When Sandy Nathan set out to write a book about her profound experience at the Gathering, a Native American spiritual retreat, little did she know it would guide her to chronicle a life of stepping off the edge. Again and again , she takes the risks needed for her soul's growth and vividly presents her personal journey--one of growing into the courageous spiritual being she is. Sandy reminds us we all possess spiritual greatness: It is our birthright.
By walking with Sandy along her path we get more than a glimpse of a person. We get a revealing and inspiring view of her life. Her adventure and the understanding she adds as she writes help us use her experience to enhance out own development. This book does much more than tell about a life: It takes us by the hand (or sometimes by the nose) and leads us to the opportunity afforded by spiritual practice. And practice is the key word.
Stepping Off the Edge is alive with information and inspiration. It is a book about doing.
It's more than a book that describes chocolate cake or even one that tells you how to make chocolate cake. It is a book that gets your mouth watering for chocolate cake and then lets you loose in the kitchen stocked with recipes and everything you need to make your own chocolate cake. With fudge frosting. And chocolate chips if you want them.
In this fascinating narrative you will encounter the basics of prayer, meditation, worship, spiritual retreat, and how a life can become dedicated to the pursuit of experiencing the divine. You will even find how to domesticate your mind and make it an ally in your quest for inner knowledge.
It is said that the path to self-awareness is a solitary one. Stepping off the Edge opens you to the possibility that it can be fun, challenging and rewarding.
WINNER OF SIX NATIONAL AWARDS!
STEPPING OFF THE EDGE WON:
* 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist in New Age (Spirituality/Metaphysics)
* Bronze Medal Winner in Self Help, 2007 IPPY Awards
* National Indie Excellence Awards 2007: Finalist in THREE Categories: Memoir, Self Help, & Spirituality.
"Stepping Off the Edge is beautifully written. It has many examples of Sandy's spirited events and the need for inner awareness."
-- Adele Von Rust McCormick, Ph.D., Marlena Deborah McCormick, Ph.D. and Thomas McCormick, M.D. authors, Horses and the Mystical Path and Horse Sense
and the Human Heart.
"Sandy Nathan has not only captured the essence of the Gathering, but she has also scattered the seeds of its healing to others. Sandy, in Stepping off the Edge, sharing her flaws, her fears, her uncertainties, so that readers can connect, open up, and begin the healing process. I am both awed and humbled that the Gathering, with its tiny beginnings nearly a decade ago, now speaks to the hearts of so many hurting people through Bill Miller's words and, now, Sandy's book. Thank you, Sandy, for listening to that inner voice. Aho."
-- Delilah F. O'Haynes, Ed.D, A founder of the Native American
Ministries (NAM) of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist
"This is a dynamic book. It's alive with Ms. Nathan's passion, and her presence is in every line, teaching and learning with you, helping you when you stumble, because she's stumbled too. It's rich with energy and meaning."
- Gerald DiPego, Screenwriter, Phenomenon
"Sandy's book has got to be one of the most fun to read books about spirituality ever written. She takes the reader along on her adventures with a down to earth approach and style that keeps the reader in touch--with both reality and spirituality. Informative, entertaining, and enlightening."
Natural Horse Magazine, Volume 8 Issue 5