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Embracing the Stranger in Me: A Journey to Openheartedness - Book Announcement

I have been holding off on posting news about my book absolutely everywhere until the website was ready – which it is now, complete with a blog – a couple of posts are already up – and a link to the Balboa publishing site that has a few reader reviews on it, in case you want a peek into other people's experience in reading it – which has been opening my heart ever further. Embracing the Stranger in Me: A Journey to Openheartedness is also available online through Amazon, Indigo and Barnes and Noble – or directly through me if you are coming into contact with me soon – as I always carry copies with me (and a a pen for signing).  I post this here because the book is all about hosting self and hosting others – the first two practices in the four fold practice.

It has been a work of love.  The book has been finding its own way ever since I first put pen to paper, and that continues to be true as it now finds its way in the world. The book has been described as an empowering although at times heartbreaking work that seeks to encourage others to embrace their inner selves in the face of adversity.  Below is a photo of the book and then more information in a press release.  I offer it here for any who might be interested or might know someone for whom this book might be a perfect fit, trusting it will flow where and how it needs to. In gratitude and trust, Kathy

New memoir follows woman’s journey to open-heartedness

This book demonstrates how inner strength can arise by examining the stories that shape our lives

BEDFORD, Nova Scotia – Author Kathy Jourdain shares stories of strength and compassion arising from embracing adversity and explains how her journey to vulnerability through open-heartedness powerfully shifted the shape of her life in her new book, “Embracing the Stranger in Me: A Journey to Open Heartedness” (published by Balboa Press).


“This book is about how we make meaning of what happens to us, how the way we live our lives is shaped through the stories we tell,” Jourdain writes. “Many of us interpret our experiences through a human drama or tragedy lens but there is also a soul journey lens that is far more expansive and gives us greater freedom and choice.”


Jourdain takes readers through a significant five-year period in her life, from 2005–2010, during which time she found out, at age 46, that she was adopted. She identifies three distinct threads of experience that changed her life during that time: awakening to a spiritual lineage deeply buried in her consciousness; being confronted by a physical lineage she had no idea existed; and discovering how to walk with strength, joy and compassion while being powerful in her vulnerability and doing meaningful work in the world.


“While this book started as a compilation of stories around my adoption – mine, my siblings, my birth father and mother, my parents I grew up with – with encouragement, it became a memoir of my life journey including common life changing events like marriage, divorce, job loss, becoming a consultant, dealing with eldercare, particularly my mother’s dementia and death.  Throughout it all, my growing understanding of the energetic or subtle realms has grown, now knowing they are just as much a part of reality as the physical, providing a more holistic vision of life and how to live in it with joy, delight, compassion and love.”


“Embracing the Stranger in Me”

By Kathy Jourdain

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 292 pages | ISBN 9781452575742

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 292 pages | ISBN 9781452575728

E-Book | ISBN 9781452575735

Available at Indigo, Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Kathy Jourdain is an internationally recognized practitioner of the Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter, a self-organizing, global network living the principles and practices of shared responsibility and shared leadership. She was born in Nova Scotia, was raised there and has lived there all her life. She currently resides in Bedford. When she gets homesick, it is not for the place she calls home, but for the people she has the privilege of knowing and falling in love with all over the world. More information is available at  

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