Learning to Breathe: The Book that Takes You from Panic to Peace
A couple of summers ago, I got a “thank you” email from a very charming, funny woman named Priscilla Warner, who kept apologizing for bothering me and reassuring me that she was not a stalker – even though she would very much like to talk to me and give me a present. (This in and of itself was pretty funny, because I don’t think it occurs to most stalkers to worry that they’ll be seen as stalking. A true stalker just stalks, unencumbered by insight.)
Then it got even more amusing, because it turned out that she was writing to thank me for being a calming voice in her ear during her 3-year, 60-city book tour for her very terrific book, The Faith Club – a book I happened to know and admire. So actually, I could just as easily have been stalking her, if there were any stalking to be done.
Long story short, this international book tour involved a lot of flying and a lot of pressured performing in public, and it essentially brought her 40-year history of anxiety and panic attacks to a head… so much so that she was moved to write a new book, called Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life, about her journey exploring meditation and visiting various teachers and healers, to take her from panic to peace. In her own words from that first email she sent me,
Well, guess what? I just saw her after a year, and she’s gotten kind of Tibetan-monk-like as a result of all the work she’s been doing on herself (while thankfully retaining the smart-ass Jewish humor. Some things do not need fixing…)
I got the galleys of the book a few months ago and dutifully started to read it, hoping I would like it as much as her first book, so I could honestly give it a positive blurb. (I’ve never managed to fake those blurbs and don’t intend to start now.) As luck would have it, I liked it better than her first book. It’s terrific – an inspiring, practical, funny, authentic guide for anyone who suffers from panic and would like to stop. In fact, here’s the blurb I gave it – no baloney:
So, here’s the thing. If you’re going to order this book anyway, please do it today or this week. That’s because if enough people order it, all in a bunch, it seriously counts to the counters of such things in the publishing industry. Who knows, maybe Learning to Breathe is destined for the iconic status of NYT Bestseller. Why not? It deserves it.
OK, take care and be well.