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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Alignment Publishing Company (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936586355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936586356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Lorna's soul journey is the topic of Meryl Davids Landau's first novel, an inspirational gem that will appeal to introspective, evolving women."--ForeWord Reviews

"Women who loved Eat, Pray, Love have been hoping for another page-turner that reflects their own spiritual goals.... Meryl Davids Landau fills the void."--Natural Awakenings Magazine

"This book will meet you with the truth that yoga or spiritual practices like meditation have more to do with how we meet life's challenges, rather than how well we hold an asana or how many thoughts we have while sitting on our meditation cushion."--Spirituality & Health's Books in Bloom Newsletter

"Told with humor and sensitivity, Lorna's struggles are sure to resonate with anyone on the path of conscious awareness."--Science of Mind newsletter

"A lighthearted novel about a woman who just can't seem to stay on the spiritual path--something most of us can relate to."--Yoga Journal blog

About the Author

Meryl Davids Landau is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in numerous national publications, including O, the Oprah magazine, Reader's Digest, Glamour, Self, Redbook, Huffington Post, and Whole Living. She is a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner who personally relates to the struggles main character Lorna Crawford has in implementing the spiritual teachings she knows so well. Downward Dog, Upward Fog is her debut novel.

More About the Author

Meryl Davids Landau makes her fiction debut with Downward Dog, Upward Fog, a spiritual women's novel about a woman's desire to live in her daily life the spiritual teachings she has read about in myriad nonfiction bestsellers. It is a struggle Meryl knows well herself, despite being a certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. In addition to the novel, Meryl has written many articles for national magazines, including O, the Oprah magazine, Reader's Digest, Glamour, More, Prevention, U.S. News & World Report, Parade, Self, Redbook, and Whole Living. Her writing has won several awards, and was a finalist for a prestigious National Magazine Award.

Customer Reviews

It was a fun book to read.
B. T. Painter
Women everywhere can relate to the character in her normal daily struggles,and I bet most of us have felt/thought the same in many situations such as Lorna does.
E.Nicole
I learned things reading this book while being entertained!
SageSeeker

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an uplifting, fun read for anyone interested in both contemporary spiritual teachings and chick-lit. I know some people do not like the label 'chick-lit', but I happily admit to reading quite a bit of the books and authors usually included in that genre, so I use it here as a compliment. On the surface this book meets all the standard requirements of the genre - thirty-something Lorna has a successful career as a marketing/PR exec in an ice-cream firm, a likable, successful boyfriend, a good group of girlfriends, a loving sister, and a fine fashion sense. She also has the required foil - a hyper critical mother. What makes this book different is that Lorna is not satisfied with that, and the plot does not revolve around will she or won't she get engaged to the boyfriend, or will she or won't she get a promotion. Instead, Lorna is vaguely dissatisfied with her life as the novel begins, and decides to seek more. With the help of her interfaith-minister sister, she devours a slew of spiritual and self-help books, and takes up yoga. The plot of the novel is essentially her struggle to incorporate the new teachings she has discovered into her life, including her existing friendships and relationship (which are strained by her new interests), her job, and yes, even her relationship with her mother.

As the story unfolds, Lorna details her practices, and her struggles with them, including mindfulness, various yoga pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga asanas (positions), meditation, and law of attraction techniques. Along the way, she also attends a 2-day silent yoga retreat, a lecture with a spiritual teacher who channels, and a session with an energy healer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carol Smerling on May 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sometimes a book comes along in which we can easily identify and recognize ourselves in the author's portrayal of its character. I know I have quite a bit of "Lorna" in me; her faults ande foibles are mine as well as the rewards she finds as her spiritual practice deepens and she begins her ascent out of the every-woman struggles into a higher understanding of the Oneness we all share. I thank the author for bringing this work to life and light.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Swanwick on August 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Meryl Davids Landau's new novel fulfills my requirements for good new age fiction: compelling characters, a strong plot, and a well-structured theme that supports the story without overwhelming it. New age novels must appeal to both the emotions and the intellect, and "Downward Dog, Upward Fog" does both.

Spiritual/metaphysical content: High. As Lorna works through her personal issues and grows spiritually, the author references information from books such as A New Earth, A Course in Miracles, and other sources that can help expand the reader's knowledge. Lorna learns how to apply a number of spiritual concepts to better manage her relationships, both personal and professional. The author details specific yoga postures and practices (stomach wash, anyone?) that helped me gain a deeper understanding of unfamiliar spiritual techniques. She shares practical meditation techniques, mindfulness tips, and mind/body/spirit principles that everyone can use. In particular, I enjoyed reading about the power of joining a spiritual community.

Landau does a great job of describing what living a spiritual life feels like, including the "high" that can come from living in the moment and learning to apply spiritual techniques to everyday life. However, she also makes it clear that the goal is not the elation, or even the occasional peaceful moment in meditation, but the "lingering calm that sustains every moment, regardless of what transpires."

My take: I'll say it again: I loved this book. New age novels must entertain and educate; they must appeal to both the emotions and the intellect, and Downward Dog, Upward Fog does this in spades.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iryne Berezovski on April 11, 2012
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I was instantly drawn to this book by its cover, its review, and its name. I didn't have any clear expectations, but I did wish to inhance my own spirituality and learn about someone else's journey (albeit fictional).

Once I started reading this book, I was a little disappointed. I felt that the writing was simplistic and I did not feel "drawn in" to the main character, Lorna. I felt disappointment rising inside. However, by staying positivie and getting throught he first couple of chapters, I was COMPLETELY hooked! It is true that the first couple of chapters don't quite lure the reader in, however, the rest of the book makes up for it.

Everytime I finished reading yet another chapter, I felt more uplifted, positive and full of lessons that can be applied in daily life. I have learned about different spiritual modalities, different coping strategies, and overall how to be a better person and that everyone makes mistakes, but it is about how we persevere and learn from those life lessons and become a better person in the long run.

Lorna is a simple heroine, without too much complexity. However, she is relatable and I think most women will find something that they can find in themselves that is portrayed in Lorna.

I liked the uplifting tone of the novel, and even the happy ending. This is a very good read for anyone who likes simple fiction that dwelves into spirituality, self-help, and learning more about ourselves. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and was sorry that it ended. I hope the author will consider either a sequel, or even better, another similar in style novel. I feel that this type of writing is lacking in today's world.
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