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It seems to me that a spirituality that doesn’t help me when my kids are fighting is a hobby, not a way of life. I teach a practical spirituality that can help you navigate the everyday, no matter what comes.
— Staci Boden

Turning Dead Ends into Doorways:

How to Grow Through Whatever Life Throws Your Way

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By Staci Boden

Whether we like it or not, control is an illusion. God and the universe laugh when we make plans. We can try hard to materialize something—a new job, the perfect body, trust, our dream partner, inner peace—without success. And sometimes life deals unexpected blows: illness, divorce, death.

Turning Dead Ends into Doorways: How to Grow Through Whatever Life Throws Your Way introduces eight teachers to help us face the unknown in daily life—fear, awareness, choice, body, intuition, energy, intention, and surrender.

With compassionate honesty and a practical sense of humor, healing practitioner Staci Boden shows her readers how to navigate change without clinging to false expectations. How to make excellent choices while giving up the illusion that they can control outcomes. How to grow and heal, no matter what life throws their way.


Meet 8 Teachers for navigating life


Fear often appears as characters in your life ranging from comical or grumpy to mean and ornery. Which fears regularly arrive on your doorstep?


Awareness can change everything yet it takes time to grow. What colors, sounds or interactions tend to draw your attention?


A conscious choice is a leap of faith, a direct experience and a practice all in one. What choices have you made today?


Begin a conversation with your body that relies on listening instead of lecturing. What is your body trying to tell you?


Intuition is an internal compass that helps you sort through static to make decisions amidst daily unknowns. How do you connect with your intuition?


By definition, following energy means staying behind it. How do you get ahead of energy in your life?


An intention is an opportunity to learn how to love yourself fiercely as you grow self-worth. What aspect of yourself needs some fierce love?


Practicing surrender means accepting change so you can cultivate life in a different way. How do you let go?

What people are saying

“An enlightening, deep, real, illusion-busting, door-opening, must read if you are seeking personal strength. Written in a down-to-earth, personal style with deep compassion for the human experience, you’ll want to devour every line and put it to work in your life right away.” Colleen Deatsman, author of The Hollow Bone and Seeing in the Dark

“Staci Boden is the ideal guide for navigating the unknown. She is the wise friend, the generous teacher, the compassionate soul-sister you’ve always wished for. If you would like to awaken your capacity to experience grace and gratitude—in any circumstance—this is the book for you.” Sage Cohen, author of The Productive Writer and Like the Heart, the World

“Turning Dead Ends into Doorways opens a dialogue to Life’s 8 great teachers through stories that will inspire you and activate your own story. This practical guide can help us embrace our fear of change by letting go and allowing life’s mystery to reveal the way.” Jyoti, Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Studies

“To today’s anxious, frenzied world, Staci Boden offers a deep in-breath. Boden walks her talk, and as we follow her through the challenges and traumas as a wife, mother, friend, doula and healer, we grow along with her. A candid, rare and immensely helpful book.” Meg Lundstrom, author of What to do When You Can’t Decide