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Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead [Kindle Edition]

Tosha Silver
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Book Description

A compilation of funny, irreverently reverent stories on aligning with the Divine in daily life. For the passionately spiritual and
bemusedly skeptical alike.

Adapted from a popular column originally published as San Francisco's Spiritual Examiner at examiner.com.

"What if God IS the story? What if the Divine is constantly igniting roadside flares to get our attention? What if there actually IS a Supreme Organizing Principle with a ribald and unbridled sense of humor? And what if we each have this ardent inner suitor who's writing us love letters every day that often go unopened?"

What if indeed?

Read on.


Editorial Reviews

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“This book will change your life. I refer to it regularly.” (Christiane Northrup, MD New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom)

"If Amy Sedaris wrote obsessively about the Divine, this is what she might sound like. What a treat." (Darren Main author of Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic and Inner Tranquility)

"A fun, fresh spiritual tune-up. Reading it is a like taking a bicycle ride or sitting by the stream and suddenly feeling like everything is just deliciously okay. Tosha Silver has a beautiful, believable, honest voice, and she is a delightful companion.” (Tama Kieves best-selling author of Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work!)

"One of the best books we''ve ever read! My wife Hollie and I are huge fans of Tosha Silver. She delivers inspiration on every page!" (Robert Holden author of Holy Shift!)

"In a marketplace filled with lackluster spirituality books, this book sparkles with truth. Through touching personal stories, potent insights and holy humor, Tosha Silver reminds us that the only way to truly live is hand in hand, heart to heart, and hip bump to hip bump with the Divine." (Sera Beak author of Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story)

"Tosha Silver’s benevolent, heart expanding book will transform you mightily with the greatest of ease." (SARK Artist Author, Succulent Wild Woman PlanetSARK.com)

"This book offers readers a highly unusual gift – a way to release the exhausting pursuit of the ego’s wishes and dreams, a path to living with joy, peace and contentment. Start down that path and miracles begin to happen beyond anything you could have predicted!" (Marci Shimoff #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy For No Reason, Love For No Reason)

“The holy grail is right here in this gem of a book. Tosha Silver's wisdom goes down as easy as a mint milkshake and leaves you feeling so free you'll want to do cartwheels on the beach. But don't be fooled by the simplicity of this message. Look no further for an easeful path to enlightenment infused with rapture and hope, which comes as much needed medicine for the soul.” (Lissa Rankin, M.D. New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine)

"Tosha Silver is an empathetic guide along the ever-present seam between the everyday and the sacred, letting us know that we can pull a thread of aliveness for ourselves at any time." (Mark Nepo author of The Endless Practice and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen)

“This playful, enlightening, and creative collection presents the author's experiences with the Divine.” (Spiritualityandpractice.com)

About the Author

Tosha Silver grew up thinking one day she would be a rabbi, a lawyer, or a weathergirl. But fate had other ideas. She graduated from Yale with a degree in English Literature but along the way fell madly in love with metaphysics and yogic philosophy. For the last thirty years she has taught many ways to align with the inner Divine. The author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead, she lives near the city of San Francisco. Please visit ToshaSilver.com.

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  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050PKFP0
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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical spiritual guidance May 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Too bad we can only give 5 stars max; I'd do at least 10. Or 100. Or 1,000. This book, which at this point I've read 3 times, is a down to earth and real-life guide for opening to divine guidance on a day by day and minute by minute basis. It's an eye-opener for redefining "divine" -- god, our own inner self, ishvara devata, the universe. However we can think of the divine, "Outrageous Openness" added richness to my own working definition and experience of it.

The stories that illustrate the principles of letting the divine take the lead are at once moving and hilarious. This book has lots of useful information, presented with a light heart.

While I do have a mystical streak a mile wide -- evidenced in part by the various scriptures and treatises in my library -- I also have an equally spacious practical side. Tosha Silver's book skillfully and clearly speaks to both aspects without shortchanging either one. So many books and classes have a nebulous (and completely wimpy IMO) "spiritual" focus, while others go overboard with arduous overly precise -- and exhausting -- steps to becoming perfect. This book is ideal for those of us who, in Angeles Arrien's words, "walk the mystical path with practical feet."

It's a keeper and one of those references we can return to again and again for guidance as we negotiate the tricky path of our daily lives. I plan to.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
My parents "got religion" in their late 20s while in the tundra of Alaska. Raised in a Fundamentalist Christian Church, I got the notion of spirit and the power of focus and prayer. But once the service was over, so was all discussion of the magic and freedom (and responsibility) I had just heard from the pulpit. Now, as a 56-year-old woman, I have spent 15+ years spiritually seeking and working on my walloped soul. I've read most every book in the New Age/Spirituality section at Barnes and Noble and beyond. And all of it has helped. I am centered, earnest and learning to operate from a base of love. Yet, the minute my feet hit the streets of NYC, I feel frustration, irritation, and angst. Hmmm....where is the application of my spiritual life? I am inconsistent with the protocol of meditation, gratefulness, and non-judgment. And then I read about Tosha Silver being on Dr. Christiane Northrup's Hay House Radio program. And I stared at her photo on Facebook, asking to be friends. I saw a neon Budweiser sign behind her and I knew I had to know more. It is her stories that crack open my faulty follow through and teach me to relax into my own "outrageous openness" of ability. I read this book yesterday and didn't want it to end, but when it did, I knew, KNEW I had the tools I'd been seeking since 1997 to live a wide open life! I thank all the authors and spirit guides I've read previously, but I tell you, this book will show you the way through Tosha's easy, clear, fun and no strings attached honesty and ridiculously righteous power.

She breathes the wonder of love.

Buy this book if you want to live whole and let the Divine truly take the lead. It is so much easier and practical.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting August 30, 2011
By Gina
Format:Paperback
As a child of the Midwest, I remember catching lightning bugs and keeping them in jars for a couple of hours before releasing them back to the skies. I would study those bugs and watch how their glow appeared and disappeared. It was like waiting to see lightning in the sky - you could never get a really good look at it since it only lasted for a moment. I was fascinated.

When I think about the time I spent with those bugs, I am still fascinated at the thought of their glow. As adults I think that we stop being fascinated. We stop looking when there are so many little miracles to captivate us. Tosha's book reintroduces us to the small but mighty details of life that we tend to ignore in our adult lives. It reminds us of how beautiful this world is, and what we are missing by not being conscious of our surroundings. The Divine is all around us. Tosha reminds us to notice. ...Like we did when we were kids.

Not so outrageous. Enchanting.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, enjoyable June 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was even better than I thought it could be. It is helping me unleash the creative energy I have wanted to be working with for a long time in media. Tosha's openness, and mastery are wonderful, she does not get caught in the stiffness and staleness we so often encounter "on the path". I plan on getting some copies for friends when available in hard copies.

Thank you!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a breath of fresh air... May 30, 2011
By graymac
Format:Kindle Edition
This wonderful book stands out in stark contrast to the pretentious and stale formats we sometimes come across in this genre. It shines as a profound yet down to earth expression of how to live in harmony with your own inner Divinity. I belly laughed my way through it-- responding heartily to the offbeat satiric humor. And I was surprised by how deeply moved I felt , and by the faith kindled in me by these wonderfully unique stories. Give me Tosha's tales any day, rather than dry pedantic reminders of my spiritual inheritance. It's a keeper--- and I intend to return to it when needed on my own spiritual journey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and uplifting
Beautiful book. So inspiring and uplifting. I pick it up whenever I need a little lift and open to a page at random... it always has just the message I need. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Angie O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously Good
I was surprised how very much I liked this book. It wasn't what I expected at first. I thought it was going to be very intellectual but I really enjoyed the way she delivers... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
This text served as a 'review' of sorts- of a life I used to lead but somehow let go of. I love the author's style- very entertaining and she knows how to make a point. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Trisha L. Brabender
4.0 out of 5 stars Divine will IS the only will.
It was good to read about someone's understanding of our relationship with the divine, or God, or the universe. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Harriette S Heibel
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I loved it! I'm sure I will enjoy it for many years to come.
Published 8 days ago by Cheryl Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars I have the audio, kindle, and hard copy ...
I have the audio, kindle, and hard copy...she is really a voice for everyone that seeks and wants to hold onto everything... Read more
Published 9 days ago by F. Bisaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book! Thank you for the wisdom Tosha!
Published 11 days ago by Christopher Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the book
Published 11 days ago by Jane Artz
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read it three times so far
Every once in a while I just get thirsty for this book. It changes your outlook on the Everyday and renews a sense of devine connection. Read and enjoy. Read more
Published 13 days ago by busyfamilymom
3.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't NOT recommend it. There is a bit too much "God" ...
This book was okay. I wouldn't NOT recommend it. There is a bit too much "God" in it for me. But I can still apply some of it to my daily practice.
Published 15 days ago by Me'urramya Cederstrom
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More About the Author

I grew up in Pennsylvania thinking one day I would be a rabbi, a lawyer, or a weathergirl. But fate seemed to have other ideas. I graduated from Yale with a degree in English literature but along the way developed an unexpected passion for metaphysics and yogic philosophy. For the past 30 years I've taught many ways to align with the inner Divine.

A Capricorn Sun with a ton of Sag and Aquarius seems to make me a good bridge between the pragmatic and the spiritual. Since 2009, I've been the San Francisco Spiritual Examiner at examiner.com. As a writer, I've got little patience for tired spiritual jargon and relish finding fresh, funny ways to express the Divine mystery embracing us all.

Many of the columns from the Examiner were adapted to become "Outrageous Openness." The new book "Make Me Your Own: Poems to the Divine Beloved" is a poetic sequel of sorts to OO.

Every season I start a new round of seminars and telephone classes on trusting one's own intuition and aligning with the Divine. I love helping people claim their inner power and authenticity to be freed from reliance upon outer authority.

I particularly adore free-thinkers, the disenfranchised, and anyone who has ever felt alienated, different, or alone. I love helping anyone who mistakenly believes they need to change ANYTHING about who they are in order to earn God's love.

The Universe is a Divine party.

Come as You are.


PS. Also "Outrageous Openness" is now out as an AUDIOBOOK/MP3. You can find it under music http://www.amazon.com/Outrageous-Openness-Letting-Divine-Take/dp/B007M445ZI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333812631&sr=8-2

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