Diana, Herself

an allegory of awakening

“It’s rare that so much wisdom can be found wrapped up in such comedy, such kindness, such lightness of touch. It’s a perfect book. I want every woman I know to read it. This is storytelling at its very best, and also at its most important.”

ELIZABETH GILBERT, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic

Diana, Herself

an allegory of awakening

“It’s rare that so much wisdom can be found wrapped up in such comedy, such kindness, such lightness of touch. It’s a perfect book. I want every woman I know to read it. This is storytelling at its very best, and also at its most important.”

ELIZABETH GILBERT, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic

About the Book

 

Maybe, once or twice in your life, you’ve experienced a surge of destiny so strong it made you believe in miracles.

Such bolts from the blue seem to hit when weariness or ill fortune have plowed through the ground of reason, breaking it up so magic can take root. What follows is so perfect that to call it accidental defies belief. Diana Archer is an absolutely—mathematically!—average woman, living an unremarkable life, when destiny reaches her. Without quite knowing how or why, she finds herself leaving everything familiar and moving into a world where miracles are commonplace, where her supposed flaws become her salvation, and where each person’s story is everyone’s.

In this exuberant allegory, bestselling memoir and self-help author Martha Beck takes readers into the wild parts of the world and the human psyche. The story of Diana, Herself helps every reader chart a course for awakening to greater joy, adventure, and purpose.

It feels almost magical to Diana Archer—out-of-work store clerk, former foster child, and bearer of multiple psychological diagnoses—when she’s pulled into the orbit of world-famous life coach and reality TV star Roy Richards. Together, Diana and Roy embark on the latest in his series of “conquests,” surviving a month in California’s trackless Sierras Oscuras National Forest.

It’s in the forest that their quest devolves into disaster—and the real magic begins. Lost, alone, and dying, Diana is taken under the trotter of a benevolent spirit animal (or is it a projection of her perennially troubled mind?) who promises to take her home. But ”home“ proves to be a place much more mysterious than Los Angeles. Awakening is the goal, Diana learns, and bewilderment is the method.

As the first volume of the three-part “Bewilderment Chronicles” proceeds, Diana will undergo a transformation that will change her irrevocably, and just possibly save the world. Let the enchantment begin.

Praise for Diana, Herself

This book is everything. It’s a romp, a fable, a myth, an inspiration, a teachable moment, a true hero’s journey, a cautionary tale, and a fairy tale for an entirely new (or rather, ANCIENT) species of fairies.

It’s rare that so much wisdom can be found wrapped up in such comedy, such kindness, such lightness of touch. It’s a perfect book. I want every woman I know to read it. This is storytelling at its very best, and also at its most important.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic

What I love about this book is that you think you’re reading a grand adventure story, but by the end of the book you realize you’ve been abducted by the genius Martha Beck who has given you a soul transfusion—you’re more awake, more inspired, deepened, broadened, uplifted.

I was amazed that a book can be so funny and so enlightening at the same time. Now I have to read it again, because I know that hiding within the book’s oddest twists and turns, there is even more spiritual gold to be mined. Martha Beck has written The Wizard of Oz for our times, but this time, the story comes with instructions on how each one of us can find our way home.”

Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder of Omega Institute, author of the New York Times bestseller, Broken Open and Marrow: A Love Story

Even though this book is fiction and not self-help or memoir, Martha does not hold back her clear instructions for living with greater peace.

I devoured Diana, Herself in the span of a few days; I daresay it is the most powerful book I’ve ever read for furthering my own personal and spiritual growth.”

Christine Carter, Ph.D., Author of The Sweet Spot:
How to find your groove at home and work

How to Get Your Copy

Limited Hardcover Edition available via Amazon.com in USA only. Paperback Edition is available on Amazon.com in countries not limited to Canada; UK; Italy; Mexico; Japan; Brazil; Germany; India; Australia; France; and Netherlands. Digital Editions available in USA, Canada, and Internationally via Amazon.com and iBooks. All editions are available in English only.

PRINT & DIGITAL

 

Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening is available in the US and Internationally for purchase online—both digitally and in print—at the following locations. Please also check your local independent bookseller for a copy of Diana, Herself. Can’t find it there? Then join in our “Request Herself” campaign to request the book at your local library, school, or bookstore. See details below.

Once in a triple blue moon, a book comes along that combines riveting narrative, delightful characters, and timeless spiritual wisdom: In Diana, Herself, Martha Beck has written such a story.

Beck takes readers on an unforgettable, magical journey filled with deep truths that resonate, above all, in the heart. Who knew enlightenment could be so much fun?

Susan Casey, author of The Wave,
The Devil’s Teeth, and Voices in the Ocean

Videos and Interviews

Maria Shriver: Architects of Change Series
Enjoy this conversation between Maria Shriver and Martha Beck, as they discuss Martha’s new self-published book, and first work of fiction, Diana, Herself: An Allegory of Awakening. Shriver began the conversation by asking Beck, “Who is Diana, Herself?” Watch the video above to learn more about the book that the life coach calls her best work of self help yet.

Additional Resources

Articles & Blogs

Want to learn more about the Seven Tasks covered in Martha’s latest book? Enjoy a series of short articles written by Martha, Herself to discover the steps to Awakening.

Task One: Calm All Fear
Task Two: Don’t Swallow Poison
Task Three: Let Yourself Be Moved
Task Four: Demolish Your Definition of Self
Task Five: Tell the Truth
Task Six: Let Your Meta-Self Flow Through You
Task Seven: Notice that You Are All for All, Always.

Discussion Guides

Request Herself!

 

Are you a bookseller and would like to carry Diana, Herself on your shelves?

Good news! Diana, Herself is available in hardcover in the United States and in paperback internationally, including Canada.

FOR ORDERS IN USA (HARDCOVER ONLY):

  • The book is available through Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
  • The ISBN for the hardcover edition is 978-1-944264-00-0.

 

FOR ORDERS IN CANADA (PAPERBACK ONLY):

  • The book is available through Ingram in paperback.
  • The ISBN for the paperback edition is 978-1-944264-03-1.

 

FOR ORDERS INTERNATIONALLY
(HARDCOVER & PAPERBACK AVAILABLE):

For UK, Continental Europe including the Baltics, Eastern European countries and Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South Africa and India.

  • The book is available through Ingram in paperback.
  • The ISBN for the paperback edition is 978-1-944264-03-1.

 

Would you like to see Diana, Herself carried in your local library, school, bookstore, or book kiosk?

Download and print one of our super fun “Request Herself” forms and take it or mail it to your library, school, or bookstore to request “Herself” for their shelves. The form includes details on how to order the book easily, plus you get the privilege of introducing your community to your favorite author in a very memorable way.

  • The ISBN for the hardcover edition, available through Gazelle Books is 978-1-944264-00-0.
  • The ISBN for the paperback edition, available through Ingram, is 978-1-944264-03-1.

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