Karen Horneffer-Ginter
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Advance Praise & Reviews

"Karen has the heart to lift up the quiet things that keep us going, and the wit to have us laugh and marvel at the journey we're all on.  Her first book is full of welcome and surprise.  Like a walk with a gentle friend, she leaves us feeling more alive."

Mark Nepo, New York Times #1 bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, As Far as the Heart Can See, Finding Inner Courage, and The Exquisite Risk.

"Book titles are sometimes misleading.  Not this one.  The book itself is a full cup of life-giving water for thirsty spirits everywhere.  Karen Horneffer-Ginter writes wonderfully well about the vexations and vicissitudes of everyday life.  A grounded and gifted story-teller with a winsome sense of humor, she teaches a simple spiritual alchemy that can turn daily dross into priceless gold.  I love this book so much I read it in one sitting and have already started practicing its alchemy.  So read it and use it! You'll be very glad you did."

Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, The Courage to Teach, and Let Your Life Speak.

"Karen lives fully and passionately in this world.  No monk or nun, she lives in the same world that assaults us with relentless demands.  Because, like us, she knows this world all too well, we find we can trust her.  So when she tenderly offers a gentle insight, points us toward a glimpse of subtle grace, or reveals an unexpected fragrance of wonder in the midst of our familiar parade of daily discouragements, we already belong to her.  We see, just as she does, the astonishing surprises that shine their light just barely beneath the surface of our overwhelmed existence.

Put away your lists and piles, and allow the beauty of your unopened life quietly to take your breath away.  You can do this, Karen reassures us, again, and again."

Wayne Muller, author of A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough, Sabbath, How Then, Shall We Live?, Learning to Pray, and Legacy of the Heart.

"I wish I'd had Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit with me through the course of my "serious" grown-up life.  In the pause I took to read it, I gained more time and a happier heart."

Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression & Yoga Skills for Therapists.

"Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit combines advice, story, and practice for those ready to consider changing their pace of life and attaching to an inner self.  These are increasingly needed skills in the techno-plugged in world, and Karen shows readers the way to another way.  Enjoy--read slowly."

Christina Baldwin, author of Seven Whispers: Spiritual Practice for Times Like These, and Storycatcher: Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story.

"Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit is an inspirational and practical guide that helps us track very closely our relationship to joy.  Seldom do you find a book that provides comfort, solace, and healing in one place.  The total impact is one of simultaneous upliftment and deep nourishment."

Angeles Arrien, author of Living in Gratitude, The Second Half of Life, and The Four-Fold Way.

"With wonderful wit and wisdom, Karen not only provides strategies to help us slow down but also shows us how to explore and engage the parts of us that are afraid to let the hamster wheel stop spinning.  Living more in the present is rewarding but most of us won't get there without gentle, practical guidance.  This book can get you there."

Richard C.Schwartz, author of You are the One You've Been Waiting For and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

"Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit contains a wealth of practical advice and compelling examples, many drawn from her own life and gently conveyed.  I recommend it to all who have enough time to read a good book and especially to those without enough time!"

Christopher Peterson, author of A Primer in Positive Psychology and co-author of Character Strengths and Virtues.

"Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit is like sharing a table with a dear and wise friend.  Karen's stories leave you smiling in recognition and open to her gentle suggestions for more self-awareness.  Flavored with Eastern wisdom and Western practicality, this book offers more than one kind of tea.  Refreshing and restorative."

Karen Maezen Miller, author of Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life and Momma Zen.

"In a world where many of us are driven to live at an unsustainable pace, filling our cups to overbrimming, Karen Horneffer-Ginter shows us a slower, saner way, and importantly, how we can begin to embody it.  Heartfelt, humane, honest and practical, this book is infused with wisdom, grounded in everyday experience."

Ed Halliwell, co-author of The Mindful Manifesto: How Doing Less and Noticing More Can Help Us Thrive in a Stressed-Out World.
Book Reviews for Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit

"Reading Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit was like being immersed in a gentle love letter for the soul.  Filled with practical easy-to-implement tips as well as profound thought-provoking information."

Kayce Hughlett at Diamonds in the Sky with Lucy

"I wished I had owned a copy of Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit when I was a young mother and working on balancing my life…and when I was doing counseling and working on a busy college campus…I would have referred this book to nearly everyone I encountered."

Patricia at Patricia's Wisdom

"What a lovely surprise Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit was! Karen Horneffer-Ginter comes across as a gentle friend, someone on whose sofa you want to curl up, someone whose quiet wisdom will enrich your life…There are many, many gems in this book, and I honestly urge you to read it."

Isabella Mori at Change Therapy

"Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit is a powerful little book with a topic perfect for beginning a new year, a new you…Each chapter includes a practice exercise for the reader to utilize the skills discussed in each section.  I've tried a few of them so I know this book has real value.  In fact Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit is one book I can foresee reading again and again…"

Shirley Martin at My Bookshelf

"Karen Horneffer-Ginter gives her readers methods and tips to slow down in the busy hurry up and go world we live in… So far I've highlighted the heck out of this book because so much of it resonates with me."

Thien-Kim Lam at From Left to Write

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