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Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice [Kindle Edition]

Sandy Nathan , Sandy Nathan
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Book Description


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.



* 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

Editorial Reviews


A fantastic spiritual narrative that is alive with hope and possibility. Sandy Nathan's journey will inspire you create your own spiritual practice. A highly recommended book for all spiritual seekers.

From the Publisher

We expected great things from Stepping Off the Edge, but it's exceeded our expectations. It's a finalist for the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards in the New Age/Spirituality category. As such, Stepping Off the Edgehas already been judged as one of the three best books in its class IN THE NATION. The final Benjamin Franklin Award will be announced at a ceremony at Book Expo America in NYC.
As if that wasn't enough, Stepping Off the Edge is a finalist in THREE categories of the The National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards:
Autobiography/Memoir (First Runner Up)
New Age Non Fiction (First Runner Up)

We at Vilasa Press invite you to read Sandy Nathan's new book. We think you'll be richly rewarded. The book is impactful, rich in meaning, beautiful, and funny by turns. It's a memoir and self help book that reads like a novel. The climax is stunning. It includes a reading list for further study and an interview with Grammy winning Native American musician, painter and speaker, Bill Miller.

Barry Nathan, publisher, Vilasa Press

Product Details

  • File Size: 1564 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press; 1st Trade Paperback edition edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027P88VO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT a "How To" book December 4, 2006
Sandy Nathan leads the reader with wit and warmth into taking a look at life, in particular, their own life and just what is going on. More importantly, she helps the reader ask the important questions. Do I like my life? Do I like the way I am living? If the answer is 'yes,' be ready to sit back and enjoy an enlightening excursion to another level of living. If you unfortunately answer 'no,' be ready to learn specific ways to turn 'no' into 'yes', or, at least, 'maybe.' Ms. Nathan guides without preaching, leads without pushing, and does it all with a sense of humor as she shares her own life experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Off the Edge by Sandy Nathan February 11, 2009
Thank you, Sandy Nathan -- you have managed to get it across that journeying along the spiritual path is not something reserved for a select few; it is, rather, a description of the life of every human being. Stepping... mirrors my innermost thoughts and struggles, and the stirrings of my soul's awakening. The booked grabbed me right off in chapter 1, with the sidebar, "What do you really want?" - a question that gets to the foundation of all behavior and being.
I devoured your book; read most of it late into the night, and just finished the last few chapters last night. I loved it!! I was touch, inspired, expanded, and goaded into greater self commitment.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this really wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Help for Spiritual Growth August 25, 2009
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I love this book. It appeared in my life at just the right time. Every person is at a different place on the spiritual growth chart. But no matter where you are, Sandy Nathan's book can help guide you to your next phase. Stepping Off The Edge: Living and Learning Spiritual Practice contains exercises to help you grow, along with stories from the author's own journey in finding her spiritual self. The book is written in an easy to read style, yet is full of wisdom and common sense. As I read, I felt that Sandy Nathan was a real friend who cared about helping me and who was honest and forgiving. In addition to her own insights about spiritual growth and finding one's way, Ms. Nathan has included in the book a list of valuable resources for continued study.
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By diana
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I just finished reading Stepping Off the Edge....what a ride!!! I want to say this is part self help and part spiritual journey but it's so much more. It's real life messy with twists, turns, a beautiful rhythm, profound insights and entertaining on top of it all. I look at myself and journey with more wisdom, clarity and compassion. So glad I found this wonderful book. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
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More About the Author

When you read the About the Author portions of books, they usually sound as though the writer is sequestered on the far side of the moon, leaving an all-knowing narrator to hand out propaganda. I'm going to tell you the real story, heart to heart.

I was born to be a princess. I was a princess, for a while. My parents overcame the poverty of their youth by becoming extremely successful. My hometown was one of the most affluent places in the country. Giant oaks, old mansions, and flashy cars surrounded me. I spent my time showing horses and water-skiing behind my dad's obscenely overpowered boat.

Princess Sandy died when a drunk driver hit my father head-on in 1964, killing him. Those words aren't enough. My father died of suffocation, as bloods clots from his massive internal injuries broke loose and lodged in his lungs.

My old life vanished. Through structures and systems I will not describe, I lived at a below poverty level income for a while. I could qualify for food stamps, yet I worried that I wasn't doing enough charitable work. My brain still thought I was upper class.

What happened in the coming years opened my eyes. I've seen and lived the over-privileged existence I describe in the Bloodsong Series. I've seen how ephemeral its rewards are and how it warps those who are trapped by it. I've seen how it masks mental illness.

Want to know why a San Francisco-born, Silicon Valley-raised woman is so obsessed with Native Americans? After I'd drafted a few thousand pages of the Bloodsong books, I had this giant Ahah! At least half of the characters were Native Americans. Why? I don't think I'd ever seen an Indian.

I realized that had lived the lite version of what happened to Native Americans. They had the kingdom--the entire continent--and lost it. I know how that feels. They were treated abominably for centuries, and had the worst abused hurled at them. They were asked, "What's the matter with you? Why aren't you doing better, you lazy bums?" I know all about that, too.

My writing has a bite. My life has had a bite. Recovering from what happened to me has taken many years. And I have recovered. What was legitimately mine came back to me, along with the fruit of my own labor. If your life echoes mine, you might like to see how I healed; it's in my books.

My writing isn't for everyone. I write about people getting better and the world working out, but its not always gentle and nice. A reviewer described my Mogollon as "equal parts horror, spiritual, romance, and action." If that's for you, you're my reader.

I write visionary fiction, which is about making the world a better place. Why that with the bio above? I have had huge spiritual experiences all my life, as well as gentler ongoing guidance. Whatever is behind them and this earthly life wants me to tell you about them.

Now for my "regular bio": I've been in school a very long time and have two advanced degrees. I've had prestigious careers. My writing has won twenty-four national awards. I'm very happily married; my husband and I have been together forty years. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. We live on our California horse ranch and love it.

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