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Product Details

  • Series: Plus
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061116718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061116711
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

One night, after an unsatisfying evening at a party, author Oriah Mountain Dreamer wrote the start of The Invitation. By the light of her streetlight, she began, "It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.... I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain...."

Her profound invitation (longer than is written here) became the framework for this wise and inspiring book. Chapter by chapter, the author uses passages from her "Invitation" to welcome readers into a life that is more soul fulfilling and passionate, and has far greater truth and integrity. In a sense, she invites readers to get a life instead of buying into a lifestyle. Each chapter ends with a guided meditation specific to the theme of the chapter, such as "The Joy" and "The Failure."

Despite her suspiciously New Age-sounding name, Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a highly grounded, practical, and honest writer. This fresh and beautifully packaged book is destined for great acclaim in the realm of spiritual inspiration. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Her words pierced my shell and pricked at my soul. An invitation to the ultimate dance.” (Wayne W. Dyer, author of Wisdom of the Ages)

“Stunning in its simplicity and power, soul food for the mind and heart, a prose poem for a new world.” (Michael Toms, cofounder of New Dimensions Radio and coauthor of True Work)

“The Invitation is a treasure. If you want to live more deeply, honestly, and passionately, you must read this book.” (Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)

More About the Author

Oriah is the author of the inspirational prose poem and international bestselling book The Invitation as well as the bestsellers The Dance and The Call. Her writing sets forth in detail how we can follow the thread of our heart's longing into a life of meaning and purpose. Her latest book, What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul, explores creativity as a way of accessing and cultivating a spiritually rich life. Oriah is the mother of two grown sons. She lives with her husband, Jeff, several hours north of Toronto in a home surrounded by forest stillness.

Customer Reviews

Here is a book worth reading and re-reading from time to time.
Tw Rutledge
If you are looking for a new perspective, a new age way to look at life, this book will help.
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Oriah Mountain Dreamer has a way with words that touches my heart.
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152 of 163 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This little treasure of a book takes ordinary life and elevates it to mystical status.It is one of the most moving books I have ever read and when I finished the last page I actually felt better about myself than I have in a long time. Do not misunderstand, this isn't some flaky new-age message. This book is firmly rooted in real-life but it manages to make the mundane trials of our lives seem more like a dance with the divine that connects all humans. I would hate to say anything that might make potential readers shy away from this book, and I really am not able to convey its beauty or the feeling of peace I felt while visiting the noble world illuminated by Ms. Mountain Dreamers words but please, as a favor to yourself and someone you love, find this book and read it. Your soul will thank you.
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76 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Oriah Mountain Dreamer has created a pathway beyond the comforable and the mundane into that which challenges and repels you. By addressing the edges of your personality and sensitivities, you can build on and extend your awareness and your reality in honest ways that better fit your inner self. The book is propelled from the author's emotionally intense vision of her life as expressed in this question: "Did I love well?"
Although her personal examples are simply there to help your own journey, their poignancy touched me deeply. If you are like me, you will admire the honesty and openness of her sharing. Ms. Dreamer has had two failed marriage and many failed relationships. She has had friends who experienced horrible personal setbacks. You will be seared by the pain, the truth, and the beauty in these experiences. And you will be the better for the vicarious experience.
Above all, this book is a call to have courage, courage to go beyond the comfortable into the important. Because of the examples chosen and her personal perspective, this book will probably speak more eloquently to many women than to many men.
The book is broken down into the statement of her invitation to follow her spiritual path by dealing with longing, fear, sorrow, joy, betrayal, beauty, failure, commitment, and fire to develop the deep sustenance to allows you to go to your true inner home. Each section contains personal experiences of her point, and ends with valuable meditation exercises to help you find your own "truth" in these areas.
Although the book sounds like another New Age tract, it is actually anti-New Age in many ways . . . especially in favoring emotional and physical reality over spiritual vagueness.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Invitation is incredibly moving. It invites you to live life more fully, and feel all there is to feel-both the good and bad. I don't know what I was expecting to find when I picked up this book, but I got more than I could have hoped for. One of the most compelling aspects of this book is that Oriah Mountain Dreamer is not afraid to practice what she preaches. Actually she doesn't preach at all, which is extremely refreshing. Here is a woman who has gone through it all, and is not afraid to be REAL. She is not some New Age guru living in a bubble, this is a real woman who can move you to tears with simple profound wisdom, and still admit to you she gets irked with her teenage sons for leaving wet towels on the bathroom floor. What a wonderful book!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What an incredible book! Makes you really take an inventory of your own life and see how what we think is important, just really doesn't matter (keeping up with the Joneses, bigger, better, more). Helps one to realize that in our present culture we are so obsessed with facades and images and "things" that we forget to really live fully and experience life. Highly recommended if you feel your life is missing something quite important. If you read the poem and it didn't stir something in you, then don't get the book. :-)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you like books written in a "stream of consciousness" style, then this book is for you. I enjoyed the chapter called "The Fire" which is about living life more fully and how life is very precious. I found this chapter very touching.
Another book that I recently enjoyed is "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work" by Ariel and Shya Kane...excellent book! Touching and about living life in the moment. I recommend this highly as well.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on March 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I first ran across the poem, "The Invitaion" on the Internet, then after I couldn't sleep for thinking of it, tracked down the book. I was even more blown away after reading it. So much so that I read it, went back and highlighted portions that had a great impact on me, then, read it a third time, going back again and again to write excerpts in my journal for everyday reflection. This book gave me the courage to get up and keep at it, after a very painful time in my life. Her message is so simple, yet so hard to do, but, has such incredible rewards.... Open yourself up to life, to all of it, the good and the ugly, no matter how vulnerable you may feel, because you can't truly appreciate the sweetness of life and all that it has to offer, unless you dare to have the courage to lay yourself, your deepest part of your soul bare, then began again from there. Until you allow yourself to do that, as she says, everything is just superficial. She teaches you how to LIVE life, good/bad/ whatever, all the way down to the marrow of your bones. A true gift to the human spirit.
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