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4.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 5 4.35 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oriah Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780061130526
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Visionary author Oriah Mountain Dreamer brings to life the wisdom of her beloved The Invitation, the prose poem which has touched hearts everywhere with its fresh and spirited call to live life more passionately and honestly.

Speaking from the heart, she invites us to confront the varieties of human experience, from desire and commitment to sorrow and betrayal, and challenges us to open repeatedly to love and life. Unique, practical, and often surprising, The Invitation is an invaluable guide to living the ecstasy of everyday life, learning to recognize true beauty in ourselves and the world, and finding the sustenance our spirit longs for.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Her words pierced my shell and pricked at my soul. An invitation to the ultimate dance.”

    Wayne W. Dyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Intention

  • “A remarkable book…A fierce and tender presence, its wisdom could become a lifelong companion, engaging and awakening the original and unique rhythm of your mind and soul.”

    John O’Donohue, author of Anam Cara

  • The Invitation is a treasure. If you want to love more deeply, honestly, and passionately, you must read this book.”

    Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

  • “Stunning in its simplicity and power, soul food for the mind and heart, a prose poem for a new world.”

    Michael Toms, coauthor of True Work 

  • USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shyama Napal | 2/15/2014

    " The author writes with intense passion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha Owens | 2/13/2014

    " Have consistently given this book as a gift at special occasions, such as graduation and Christmas. Oriah invites us to confront the various human experiences from desire and commitment to sorrow and betrayal- then challenges us to open ourselves to the possibilities of love and life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/12/2014

    " This is such a beautiful book...the very opening of it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. When I fell in love with the love of my life, I gave this book to her and made a small inscription inside, for how could I improve upon something already so beautiful and passionate and as full of desire that is contained within those words. What a wonderful gift to someone you love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/11/2014

    " Don't let the author's New Age name scare you off. The Invitation is a soulful poem about what should really matter between humans, not what Madison Avenue tries to condition people to. The book contains the poem, and a discussion of the poem. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 2/3/2014

    " Personally for me, I found this book boring and pretentious. Her constant repetition of the work "ache" made me want to scream. I stopped reading after 3 chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bholdsworth7 | 1/31/2014

    " The book explores the origins and expands on the meaning of the poem. It's one of those books that you pause frequently to reflect on your own life. The book explores themes of openness, authenticity, compassion, truth, and intimacy in our personal life and in relationship with others. I recommend the book highly. Just google the poem and decide for yourself - The Invitation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunti | 1/28/2014

    " I came to know The Invitation when it was used as a closing prayer in a group I have shared with for many years. It truly is an invitation to "go deeper" in oneself and in life. I loved it so much I had to get her follow ups.. The Call, and The Dance!! Answer "The Call" and you will "Dance"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nannette | 1/19/2014

    " this book really helped me get over an anger I held for too long, I always wanted to give it to the person I have forgiven, but I haven't yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Thompson-Granquist | 1/17/2014

    " One of my favorite books!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 12/23/2013

    " An expanded version of the prose poem originally by the author, this books is phenomenal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joleen Richwine | 12/15/2013

    " I absolutely LOVED this book. It is a 'thinker' book. I also have read several of her other books and enjoyed them as well as the searching of one's self that comes with the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indigojody | 12/1/2013

    " A beautiful collection of words! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/20/2013

    " It's taking me a while to read it as it keeps giving me a lot to think about, but it's an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Zielinski | 11/19/2013

    " Must have staple for those who like to look deeper within themselves and what they want in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 11/18/2013

    " a gorgeous challenge for me, for anyone... great book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hilary Atkins | 9/13/2013

    " The poem is wonderful, which is why I got the book out of the library. Maybe I have already read too much similar stuff but I didn't find anything useful or original here. I would recommend sticking with the poem, which you can find on the web. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dveith | 9/7/2013

    " I enjoyed this book so much, I bought a dozen and have given them away to various favorite women over the years. Truly made me reconsider many of my choices and the changes since then have all been for the best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Hunt | 3/19/2013

    " It's a good spiritual book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae | 4/9/2012

    " every woman wants to tell their lover this one day.......every woman yearns to know what their man is willing to do for love..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 11/2/2011

    " so beautiful, and absolute must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiley-anne | 2/15/2008

    " This is another book that can be read in an hour or two but it packs a punch. I love love love love the poem. A timely reminder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 10/7/2007

    " Wonderful! This book is filled to the brim with inspiration to follow your heart, dreams, and passions! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Howard | 6/1/2007

    " Read this! So inspiring. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 8/29/2006

    " how can anyone resist an author with a name like that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Rosenberg | 3/21/2006

    " This book is amazing, profound and inspiring with regard to our human spirit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sori | 8/17/2005

    " the content is basic meditation exercises, but the value of the book comes from the gorgeous prose. worth reading just to see how she weaves words together within the actual meditations "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/1/2005

    " A beautiful book . Simple and profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonita Rose | 1/11/2002

    " loved this book, so so real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reanee Spratt | 5/6/2001

    " A staple to reread ever so often as it is such inspiration for living. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CynthiaA | 11/26/2000

    " I enjoyed this book. She writes beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/15/2000

    " Lightbulb moments and seeing another point of view and being able to embrace a new perspective . . . you will experience this and more from reading this book. "

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About the Author

Oriah is the author of the inspirational prose poem and international bestselling book The Invitation as well as the bestsellers The Dance and The Call. Her writing sets forth in detail how we can follow the thread of our heart's longing into a life of meaning and purpose. Her latest book, What We Ache For: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul, explores creativity as a way of accessing and cultivating a spiritually rich life. Oriah is the mother of two grown sons. She lives with her husband, Jeff, several hours north of Toronto in a home surrounded by forest stillness.