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Erik's Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom (Volume 0) Paperback – October 15, 2012
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If you've ever felt like your dog was sent just for you, then you'll especially relate to Erik's Hope. There are no accidents in this tale of one woman's dog, Erik, helping her navigate the emotional tides of trials and tribulations in order to rediscover what she abandoned in her childhood - her sense of joy, and trust. Erik's antics test the waters of her patience, but he's actually a compass leading her to sort through her attitude, and actions while revealing her passion in life. Erik will change you too!
About the Author
Andrea Chilcote Andrea Chilcote is Erik’s person, the woman who experienced and documented Erik’s real life love, loss and rebirth. She credits much of her work today to the lessons received from her teacher, Erik. Andrea is an author, executive coach, and leadership development expert. She brings to the reader current practical knowledge of the issues and concerns people are facing at this difficult time. She has a keen skilled and intuitive ability to facilitate transformational change in individuals, and her writing offers this opportunity to the reader. Andrea has authored numerous personal development articles and programs, and designs and delivers leadership curriculum for diverse businesses through her consulting practice, Morningstar Ventures. Andrea lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her husband, dogs and horses. Sara Burden Sara Burden added fantasy and adventure to Erik and Andrea’s true-life story. Equipped with creative imagination and her love for the Chilcote canine family, she helped bring the characters to life. When Andrea asked Sara to collaborate in the writing of Erik’s Hope, she was delighted to do so. As Vice President of Walden Businesses, a prominent southeastern mergers and acquisitions firm, Sara is featured speaker on numerous talk radio shows and conducts accounting and law firm seminars and workshops. She has addressed women’s professional business groups and has taught educational classes at international conferences for the mergers and acquisitions industry. Sara lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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This is one of those heartwarming and MAGICAL book's, one that you will read again, as I have, and never forget. I know there is more to just having a dog. We need to be still and really talk to them, and understand them, they love us so very much, we need to love them back. I can say this story of Erik's Hope toughened my life and it changed it for the better, in a special way. This book brought laughter and Healing Tears, for me. Do yourself a big favor and buy this beautiful and wonderful book, and you might even want to give it as a gift, as we have. I was able to go to Cave Creek to meet Andrea and Sara and let me tell you, that was a thrill for me, yet another special moment in my life. You "rock ladies" as Sara would say.
Erik did have help, though. Guided by White Wolf, Erik was able to understand that Andrea needed him just as much as he needed her. To help Erik understand, White Wolf revealed this: "When people block or bury painful feelings, they also block out joy, love and inspiration--all the things humans experience when they are at their best. Being able to experience the moment at hand--whatever that moment brings--is a key to becoming a fully creative and compassionate human being." (p.102,103)
What a powerful lesson! This doesn't mean that we won't be hurt, but Erik's Hope has the lesson that we can grieve and deal with our hurt in a way that leads to healing. Only by healing can we be able to move on. Andrea had lost individuals that were important to her, but they were always with her. This would later apply to her relationship with Erik, and by extension applies to our relationships as well.
What a great way for us to realize that what our loved ones want for us is to be free and live instead of being chained to the past and the pain! This is the kind of book that you will read, enjoy and want to reflect on as you go throughout various chapters of your life. It's more than just a story. It is a lesson of what we can do when we open ourselves up to what seems impossible.
Thank you both, Andrea and Sara!