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The Buddha Made Me Do it: A Memoir Paperback – May 26, 2016
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"A warmly funny, wide-ranging, and off-kilter spiritual odyssey.” — Kirkus Reviews
This is the ultimate girls' guide to the spiritual life: fresh and funny and down to earth, even when Martenson has us contemplating the mysteries of existence. If you've ever wished for a soul sister on your path to enlightenment, she's here for you. And she's fun." - Victoria Moran, author of a Creating a Charmed Life and The Good Karma Diet
"Marla Martenson's unchained optimism shines through every word of this spiritual memoir. She is a woman who leans into life with charming levity and a writer who delights in wrapping her discoveries in laughter. Join her in this quest to uncover life's magick and perhaps tap into some of your own!" -Joanna DeVoe, author of The Rich Witch
Join Marla on her entertaining road to enlightenment through divine intervention, wacky adventures and belly laughs that includes a lively and eventful cast of characters. It’s a lesson in spiritual hopscotch where Marla’s desire to fully jump in and participate with the otherworldly dimensions and energies magically evokes the fun! ~ Karen A. Dahlman—Psychotherapist and author of The Spirit of Alchemy: Secret Teachings of the Sacred Reunion
Marla Martenson writes a highly engaging story about exploring the mystical while firmly tethered to the tangible and complicated material challenges of the modern world. Both funny and sweet, it's a book that will entertain spiritualists and skeptics alike. ~ Kyra Davis--New York Times bestselling author of JUST ONE NIGHT
"A delicious blend of wit and spirituality, The Buddha Made Me Do It will make you laugh out loud while digging deeper into your own sacred journey." - August McLaughlin, author of Embraceable
“Often, the funniest thing about the multitude of spiritual offerings in Los Angeles is the complete lack of humor with which they’re presented. Marla Martenson remedies this in her new memoir, The Buddha Made Me Do It, which adds generous helpings of humorous insight to the quest for spirituality. You’ll never look at yoga, meditation, and crystal healing with a straight face again.”
--Mark Miller, Author of 500 Dates: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars.
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Just as enjoyable as her first two memoirs, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker and Hearts on the Line, this book takes us deeper – within Marla’s inner quest for spiritual enlightenment.
The drama and the laughs are non-stop as she accomplishes the feat of becoming certified in Crystal Healing, Reiki, Life Force Energy Healing, and Psychic Development all while continuing as a matchmaker to superficial rich men, and the wife of a loving yet doubting partner.
I thought I had personally tried every spiritual healing modality out there, and experienced everything from channeling to astral traveling. But having now read The Buddha Made Me Do It, I feel like I don’t need to go to any more Whole Life Expos… Marla did a thorough investigation into New Age spirituality, energy healing and the occult. She does most of her exploring with her side-kick Julie, but her engaging writing makes you feel like you’re right there with them. You can’t help but root for Marla and hope that one day you’ll have a chakra healing session from her.
While there’s quite a bit of information about chakras, crystals and many forms of spiritual healing, this book is truly light and fun – a great read for anyone wanting to dip their toes into the metaphysical. The Buddha Made Me Do It can be considered a great recipe as to what to add and what to leave out in your own journey of self discovery. And the detox recipes she shares in the Appendix will help you clear the way.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet
For those who have been on the path or want to start, this is a fun read that stays with you.