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The Invitation (Plus) [Kindle Edition]

Oriah
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Shared by word of mouth, e-mailed from reader to reader, recited over the radio, and read aloud at thousands of retreats and conferences, "The Invitation" has changed the lives of people everywhere. In this bestselling book, Oriah expands on the wisdom found within her beloved prose poem, which presents a powerful challenge to all who long to live an authentic life.

In a world of endless small talk, constant traffic jams, and overburdened schedules, "The Invitation" opens the door to a new way of life -- a way of intimacy, honesty, and peace with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Oriah invites us to embrace the varieties of human experience, from desire and commitment to sorrow and betrayal, and to open ourselves to all that is possible. The Invitation is an invaluable guide to overcoming the obstacles that stand in our way and to discovering the true beauty that life has to offer.

Accept the invitation and open yourself to a more meaningful life.


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* The author is well-connected and endorsements are expected from, Jack Kornfield, Spalding Gray and Marion Woodman

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Cult bestseller The Invitation is more than just a poem. It is a profound invitation to a life that is more fulfilling and passionate, with greater integrity. Oriah Mountain Dreamer invites readers to get a life instead of buying into a lifestyle. This book is a word-of-mouth sensation, whose truths have resonated with people all over the world. Sales Handles: * Repackage launched to coincide with Oriah Mountain Dreamer's new book The Call. * The new jackets will have beautiful, gifty feel. * The Invitation has achieved tremendous word-of-mouth fame and a great sales track both hitting the bestseller lists in the US and developing a strong track in the UK and other territories. * Average sales are around 2,000 a month. * Paperback has sold over 55,000 copies in the UK/CW since publication in May 2000. * Accessible and very inspirational. Audience: MBS, general, gift. The poem has become extremely popular for readings at weddings, funerals and spiritual events. Competition: Oriah Mountain dreamer's poem is unique, and as such, it is hard to find direct competition. However, it is spiritual poetry in the tradition of Rumi but in a modern context. Author: * Promotable and charismatic author. * Oriah Mountain Dreamer leads spirituality workshops throughout Canada and the US. * A gifted speaker, Oriah has shared her insights through numerous radio and TV appearances, including Oprah. * Her other books include The Dance, Confessions of a Spiritual Thrillseeker and her forthcoming title The Call.

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Ms. Oriah Mountain Dreamer has created a pathway beyond the comfortable and the mundane into that which challenges and repels you. By addressing the edges of your personality and sensitivities, you can build on and extend your awareness and your reality in honest ways that better fit your inner self. The book is propelled from the author's emotionally intense vision of her life as expressed in this question: "Did I love well?"
Although her personal examples are simply there to help your own journey, their poignancy touched me deeply. If you are like me, you will admire the honesty and openness of her sharing. Ms. Dreamer has had two failed marriage and many failed relationships. She has had friends who experienced horrible personal setbacks. You will be seared by the pain, the truth, and the beauty in these experiences. And you will be the better for the vicarious experience.
Above all, this book is a call to have courage, courage to go beyond the comfortable into the important. Because of the examples chosen and her personal perspective, this book will probably speak more eloquently to many women than to many men.
The book is broken down into the statement of her invitation to follow her spiritual path by dealing with longing, fear, sorrow, joy, betrayal, beauty, failure, commitment, and fire to develop the deep sustenance to allows you to go to your true inner home. Each section contains personal experiences of her point, and ends with valuable meditation exercises to help you find your own "truth" in these areas.
Although the book sounds like another New Age tract, it is actually anti-New Age in many ways . . . especially in favoring emotional and physical reality over spiritual vagueness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will change your life! 16 July 2010
By picasso
Format:Paperback
this has to be one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. Oriah writes so well that every word has meaning - this book changed the way I think about life and the people around me - I have also lent this book to friends who have loved the easy style and content- go get yourself a copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Self Assessment 21 Nov. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The Invitation is exactly that, it invites you to apply these questions to you and your life. It manages to be healing, challenging and thought provoking and a constant source of comfort ~ knowing you're not the only one to have felt this way. It is easily readable, not full of jargon or new age phrases and makes a great gift, especially to a friend in need. The last line haunts ~ "I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments."
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both a relief and an inspiration 18 Jan. 2004
Format:Paperback
It is very rare for a book to touch the most profound feelings and emotions within us, but this one does it again and again. It has the intensity of poetry in its heartfelt prose. If I’m honest, I often pick up ‘self-development/spirituality’ books because I want to read about how to improve my life without actually having to *do* any more than just read. On this score The Invitation challenges me right from the start. It is compelling reading and it leads me to broader, deeper, more intense thoughtfulness about what living is every time I open the cover.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer touches often on thoughts and feelings which ring utterly true to my life and yet I’ve never allowed myself to admit them. It’s both a relief and an inspiration to read sentences such as: ‘It is not the being, not even the doing that exhausts. It is the trying’.
The Invitation is a call to integrity… integrating all of ourselves into our lives. No denial of the bits we think we don’t like, but an acceptance, even a celebration of all and every part of ourselves, our feelings and our thoughts. It certainly isn’t the path of least resistance in life, but this book paints it with glorious honesty, clarity and beauty. I know I will return to this text again and again and that my life will be the richer for it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Invitattion 3 Oct. 2006
Format:Paperback
I read this book during a difficult time in my life, it helped me to focus on me and what is really important. The inspiring stories she tells of her life enable you to translate what she is trying to say into your own meaning, and the best thing about this book is everybody who reads it will take something away from it that they will always remember.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew I could not be the only one! 5 Aug. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
To begin I must thank this wonderful woman for her courage to share this wonderful book with the world. I would then like to thank her for letting me know that I am not strange or weird and nor are my thoughts on living my life as I have thought for so long. She has given me the okay to be who I am, because I strived for so long to let others know who I was, and now I see myself in the pages of her book. I believed all that she writes and hid this because others could not see what I was trying to say. Now I have a book, a guide to pass on to those who look puzzled at me and wonder 'who are you'. I am the one who lives through my heart, soul, and lives life with love. Thank you for setting me free and to all of those who have crossed my path, wondered who I was, read this book and find the answers to your questions.
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