Aug 182009

waspsmallMuch like any spiritual calling, the impulse to write demands courage, devotion, and a deep sense of purpose. In this inspiring guide, writer, and writing coach Jill Jepson explores the connections between the creative life and the spiritual life through diverse sacred practices. Drawing on the traditions of Buddhist monks, Navajo storytellers, Amazonian shamans, and more, she offers more than eighty-five writing meditations, prompts, rituals, and exercises to help you overcome blocks, access your inner resources, and discover your authentic voice. Her enlightening instruction and nurturing guidance will incite you to write with joy, honesty, and true vision. – FROM THE BOOK BACK

AUTHOR GUEST POST…A man—say he’s a carpenter, although he could be a lawyer or teacher or basketball coach— has finished a hard day at work, eaten dinner, paid some bills, and taken out the garbage. Now, instead of hitting the sack, he stays up for two hours, hunched over his desk, writing. A woman—we’ll make her a single mom who owns a catering business—drags herself out of bed when it’s still dark to work on her poetry before the kids get up. A college grad turns down a job with an accounting firm, moves into a ratty apartment, and lives on canned beans so she can spend her time writing a novel. What is wrong with these people? Are they crazy? Addicted? Masochistic? No. They are writers.

If you write, you understand. You know that writing is more than a hobby or profession. It is a spiritual calling, an irresistible impulse, a command from the Universe. When you hear that call, even faintly, you must answer.

Writing as a Sacred Path: A Practical Guide to Writing With Passion and Purpose is for all people who know that impulse, whether they are professionals or beginners. It explores writing as a spiritual practice and an act of deep significance. It looks at writers as more than artists, but as shamans, warriors, mystics, and monks.

How is a writer like a monk? We don’t usually live in desert hermitages. Few of us are celibate, and fewer still humble. But we do share with monks our dedication, our need for solitude, and our willingness to work for little pay. And for many of us, writing is a kind of meditation, or a form of prayer.

Mystics experience unique states of awareness where the boundaries of the self seem to disappear. Any writer who has felt a flow of energy that seems to be coming from outside himself, who has looked up from his writing to discover in amazement that hours have passed, or who has the sense that his work is writing itself and he is just a vehicle, knows what writers and mystics share.

In many cultures, shamans are believed to travel out of the ordinary world to the spirit realm, where they encounter demons and ghosts, and face horrific challenges. The writer’s shamanic journey takes her to the world of her darkest memories, fears, and fantasies, to the hidden and frightening side of life. But, like the shaman, the writer returns to the day-to-day world strong and whole—and with the power to heal our world.

And if you can’t imagine the writer as a warrior, think of this. To be writers, we have to have the discipline of the soldier. We must be able to fight for truth. We need the focus of the warrior on the battlefield. And to write with honesty and honor and depth, we need a warrior’s courage.

Shaman, warrior, mystic, and monk. If you are writer, you are all of those things in one. Developing those aspects of your writing life can open your creativity and take your writing far beyond what you’ve ever imagined. With over eighty exercises—what I call “sacred tools”—Writing as a Sacred Path can show you how.


Jill Jepson is a traveler, professor, and transformational life coach, and the author of three books and over 60 articles. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Universityof Chicago as well as degrees in writing, psychology, social science, and Asian studies. Using her extensive travels to places as diverse as Guatemala, Syria, Siberia, and Afghanistan, her writing explores spiritual traditions, history, culture, personal growth, and the writing process. Through her business, Writing the Whirlwind, she offers coaching and online workshops for writers, activists, and others. You can visit her website at

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  • Wanda

    I do a fair bit of writing. I’m unpublished at this point, but this book would be a thrill to own.
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  • Wanda

    I subscribe through Google Reader.
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  • Wendy Gillissen

    This is definitely going on my to-read list. I read the first pages on amazon, and for the first time, I looked in the mirror of another’s writing and recognized myself as a writer. This book will give me the strength to persevere, whether my journey leads me through the Underworld or through the sunny meadows, where all is light and fun. Thank you Jill, for writing this book.

  • Benita G.

    I dabble in writing. I’ve been quite fortunate to have had a few poems and stories published.


  • Benita G.

    I just subscribed via email.


  • Gahome2mom

    I have two daughters that love to write and a son-in-law. My daughters are teenagers and their writing is very good, if I say so myself. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  • tonya

    I would love to win this book. I love to write as well and this would be great inspiration

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  • Shauna Roberts

    I would like to be entered into the contest. I’ve never seen another writing book that draws on the wisdom of many cultures and the author’s personal travels and explorations. As a former anthropologist (and current writer), I would love to win this book.

  • Sharon Walling

    WOW!! The books sounds very interesting. Maybe it would encourage me to write.

    Thanks for the chance.

  • Sharon Walling

    I am also a subscriber.

  • Barbara Davis

    Wow, as a writer, I would love this book.

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  • Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    I would really LOVE to own this book! I know I could absolutely USE it! Thank you SO much for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

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  • Gaby @ Starting Fresh

    I would love this book! I used to love reading and had been writing on my own and was improving but then I went to law school. Between studying, reviewing for the bar, and practicing law, I stopped writing for myself and have only started again. I have a blog and am trying to write fiction but there is a lot that I have to unlearn.

    I’d love to read this book – it sounds like it’ll help me get back to writing. Especially now that I’ve left the law!

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  • Gaby @ Starting Fresh

    i subscribe through googlereader. Congratulations on being self hosted!

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  • Nicole

    I enjoy writing and would really like to read this book.
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  • Mitzi

    I can totally relate to what Ms.Jepson is saying. Writing is not a hobby, it is a spiritually calling. Whether I ever decide to share my thoughts with the world or not, In my heart I am a writer.

  • Kayla Cunningham

    I would love to read this book. i subscribed through google reader.

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    Kayla Cunningham is the randomly selected winner of the Writing as a Sacred Path book giveaway at The Book Faery Reviews. Congratulations Kayla and thank you everyone for participating!
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