Sarah's on a blogging hiatus, busy working on the launch of her new book which is now available for preorder on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or IndieBound. Here's a sneak peek:
AN INTERVIEW OF (SWEET) SARAH BY (SNARKY) SARAH
Hey. You can't interview yourself. That's bogus.
Hold up there, bub. The book is in preorder! We'll have interviews by more impressive people when the press get their copies soon. They will all love the book and write spectacular reviews, but likely not as entertaining as snarky Sarah interviewing sweet Sarah. But if you insist, here's a link to people not named Sarah (okay, well there is one Sarah, but it's not us), who have spiritual street cred and who liked the book. Read reviews.
Ok, well why should I buy this book? I already have a stack of unread books I feel guilty about.
How much time do you have? There are tons of reasons: SERENITY: It will help you stop beating yourself up for not meditating every morning, missing yoga, or being perfectly spiritual every day. JOY: It's frickin funny. BARGAIN: It's only 16.95… that's like 1 lunch out, 1 hand of a manicure, or two grande lattes. SAVES LIVES: Each book sold will mean a donation to charity:water to bring clean water to the 663 million people who lack access to clean water. And I could go on…
Ok, enough. Let's start with the cover. What's with the unicorn?
That's you. That's me. That's all the readers: the Spiritual Rebels. Not afraid to stand out and strike our own path, yet united in that we are all seeking, looking for a deeper perspective and a higher purpose for our lives.
Nice way to hit the subtitle there. Alright, then what's the inside of the book about?
Bringing together insights from a wide range of traditions―from Taoism to Jediism to Yoga to Science―Spiritual Rebel unveils three weeks of unconventional practices—including forest bathing, hiking, cat-gazing, mindfulness, and sacred space crashing to name just a few. Combining pop culture with ancient wisdom, the book helps not only spiritual seekers—but also agnostics, atheists, the spiritual-but-not-religious, and the (joyfully) spiritually confused—curate meaningful spiritual moments throughout the day without having to commit exclusively to one path, never having to fear they might be “doing it wrong.”
I heard you interviewed a bunch of really cool spiritual people for the book. Tell me more about that.
You heard right! I'm a bookworm who can’t stop reading and an unrelenting researcher. I believe this makes me an inspiring spiritual tour guide. So I mined the world’s philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions for juicy tidbits, drawing on the wisdom of Wayne Teasdale, Dr. Andrew Newberg, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Muir, Dr. Qing Li, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hanh, Madeleine L'Engle, Krishna Das, Belden C. Lane, and many others (including Princess Leia and Yoda). And I had some deep chats with others, including Lindsay Mack, Diane Berke, Francesco Mastalia, Steven D. Farmer, and Joshua Coombes, As a result, Spiritual Rebel contains a diverse collection of practices and resources to inspire the Force within you, by whatever name you call it.
And about that Force… I heard a rumor you were a Jedi. What's up with that?
Well, truth be told, I'm an aspiring Jedi. After the book launch, I'll get back to hitting the books to make it official.
So, I'm not religious.
You don’t have to be. Spiritual Rebel doesn't require you to "be" anything, believe anything specific, join anything, or agree to anything. It's about exploring your spiritual side in whatever way is meaningful to you.
I was thinking about gifting the book to a friend, but she's religious. Are you gonna rip on religion and piss her off?
Nope. No religion bashing here. Religions—at their best—are groups of caring, spiritual people trying to support each other to get good stuff done in their community (so that all can feel sustained and strengthened). Religions—at their worst—are groups of people focusing on how to keep themselves solid (by excluding those that stretch their ideas of what the community stands for). like any institution. I'm a fan of a lot of sacred texts, spiritual practices, and spiritual people from all different kinds of religions. There's amazing stuff out there, so I won’t throw the baby out with the proverbial bathwater.
Why should I order now, when I won't get the book until June?
Because you are a trendsetter. An influencer. A first adopter. Or maybe you just like to get free stuff. (If you preorder and email your full mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org we'll send you a sticker.) Preordering also helps us make sure we print enough books.
Who are these Monkfish people publishing you?
Monkfish is an independent press publishing spiritual and literary books from a diverse range of perspectives. Genres include memoirs, wisdom literature, fiction, and scholarly works of thought. Monkfish creates books for both the seasoned and novice seeker as well for to the general public looking for reliable sources on spirituality. Learn more
Your first book was really long. I mean thorough. Is this book long too? I'm a busy person!
You are in luck. Straight through this book takes only 4-5 hours to read. But, it's designed to be read in short chucks of about 10-15 min each day for 21 days. Most sections are followed by a spiritual practice for you to try out.
Umm. I didn't read your first book.
That's ok! You didn’t need to. This one's completely different.
Ok, well thanks. You are clearly a brilliant, creative writer whose book will change my life. How do I get it?
If you preorder on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or IndieBound, the book will be shipped June 11. E-books will be available at launch as well.
Got it. And will you be doing a book tour so I can come bug you in person with all my deep questions?
You are in luck again! The epic book tour starts in June. To keep up-to-date on book signings as well as my upcoming workshops in Seattle (August 2019) and New York (January 2020), check out the Events page (and sign up for the monthly newsletter).
How can I rock one of those awesome "Spiritually Rebellious" t-shirts I saw you wearing on Facebook. Or maybe Instagram. I don’t know. I saw you in a cool shirt somewhere.
I bet you did. Those shirts are my unofficial author uniform. Here's a link to get your own.
Last question: So what's next?
Audiobook. I like to talk.
Hey, thanks for your time, Sweet Sarah.
Back at ya, snarky. Don't forget to check us out on IG @spirituallyrebellious to keep up-to-date on our antics.