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Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver, Review by the Divorced Breadwinner Mom

Title: Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead

Author: Tosha Silver

Synopsis: The contents of this wonderful book are based on Tosha Silver’s 25 years as an astrologer and several years of writing columns for the San Francisco Spiritual Examiner. Each chapter has a focus and includes several short stories to illustrate a key point about living life with outrageous openness to Divine Order and the Divine Source. As Ms. Silver says in the introduction: “Divine Order says the perfect solution to any problem is already selected if you allow yourself to be guided; Divine Source says there is a natural Universal Abundance that knows how to meet every need. Harmonizing with this Force of Love…is the golden key to everything.”

Woven throughout the stories and examples are prayers Ms. Silver has used for herself and offered to her clients, as well as bits and pieces of her own spiritual journey and a good dose of humor. The book is easily read from cover to cover, or it works well to open to a particular topic, story or prayer and read that on its own.

Who Would Benefit? Most divorced moms will be able to find stories and topics they relate to in this book. In particular, Chapter Eight “When In Doubt, Clean” includes a story about a woman going through a brutal divorce (“The Karma Touch”) and Ms. Silver’s suggestions for how divorced or divorcing women can release the negative energy and make space for new beginnings. These practical suggestions, coupled with other stories of cleaning in this chapter, may be especially helpful for newly divorced moms or times later in life after divorce when major transitions are underway.

Why I Picked it Up: I’d heard about this book, which was released in the summer of 2014, from several sources. I’d even used a couple of the prayers that were quoted in a blog post of someone I follow and really liked them. But it wasn’t until I read about the book and its effect on someone I know personally that I was inspired to get a copy and read it for myself. (You can read what Jana had to say about the book on her blog (www.thenurturedentrepreneur.com) at this post.

What I Liked: I loved this book. Although Ms. Silver’s background is very different from my (much more) conventional upbringing and outlook, there is a truth in her stories and a depth in her prayers that resonated deeply with me. And she’s funny and writes beautifully. Her style reminds me a little of Melody Beattie whose book Codependent No More I reviewed last year (find that review here). I’m looking forward to Ms. Silver’s book of prayers, due out next year, as I love how she expresses her invitations to the Divine in short, succinct, and clear prose.

What I Didn’t Like: I can’t find anything I didn’t like in this book. A word of caution to any very traditional readers, however. Ms. Silver draws from many religious traditions as well as astrology and the works of Florence Scovel Shinn, a metaphysical teacher from the early part of the 20th century.

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