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Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice Paperback – May 15, 2007

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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. --

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.

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 Church.

From the Author

Sometimes the universe tells you to do something--and you just do it. Your soul realizes that what's before you is so important that you must do it. That's how Stepping Off the Edge was. When I started writing in my journal at the Gathering, a Native American spiritual retreat led by Bill Miller, I had no idea my scribbling would turn into a national award winning book. But it did.

I'd like you to go with me on a journey you'll never forget--my journey through life and love, addiction and recovery. A journey that took me to my roots, and my heights--and depths.

As we make this journey together, I think you'll see how alike we are, and how what I learned can apply to your life.

I invite you to read my book, and watch out for what's coming. I've just begun this voyage of speaking to the heart. I'd love you to come along with me. We'll have a ball.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Vilasa Press; 1st Trade Paperback edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976280981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976280989
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,009,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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. I spent my time showing horses and water-skiing behind my dad's obscenely overpowered boat.

My life as a princess ended when a drunk driver ran into my father head-on in 1964, killing him. Not instantly, though. My dad's death was the stuff of horror movies and plunged my family into years of darkness.

My old life vanished. I lived at a below poverty level income for a while. What happened in the following decades opened my eyes. I've seen and lived the over-privileged existence I describe in the Bloodsong Series. I've seen how it can warp those who are lost in it. I've seen how the power of money can mask mental illness and allow evil to ruin lives.

Want to know why a San Francisco-born, Silicon Valley-raised woman is 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 they had lived the lite version of what happened to Native Americans. They had the kingdom--the entire continent--and lost it. I knew how that felt. They were treated abominably for centuries, and had the worst abuse hurled at them. I know about that too.

My writing has a bite. My life has had a bite. Recovering from what happened to me took many years. And I have recovered. What was legitimately mine came back to me, along with the fruit of my own labor.

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-six 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. And I still get on a horse occasionally and love that, too.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. B. Shepherd on December 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.C. Evans VINE VOICE on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Boston on February 11, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By diana on February 18, 2014
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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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