Spotlight on 4 Notable Spiritual Awakening Memoirs

Posted by – March 12, 2012
Categories: Psychology & Personal Growth Spirituality & Religion

On her 35th birthday, former Conde Nast Traveler editor Laura Chamorro was struck with the sudden and inexplicable urge to change her name. She chose to become Stella Osorojos. What she didn’t realize at the time was that this one act of self-actualization, of name changing, would open a door to a wealth of extraordinary and transformational experiences that would alter her life forever. From receiving extraterrestrial  beings in her living room to sprouting wings during meditation and braving the mountains of Peru to learn from the Altomisayok Shamans, Stella takes us along for a compelling journey of spiritual awakening in her new memoir Star Sister: How I Changed My Name, Grew Wings, and Learned to Trust Intuition.

“…I believe it also has archetypal relevance. Everyone can (and perhaps will) experience something similar to what I’ve experienced (albeit translated into the specifics of their own lives), especially if they learn to listen deeply and trust their heart’s wisdom. Don’t let the seemingly extraordinary particulars of my life story fool you: Otherworldly encounters, travels to exotic locations, and smooth finances are not key components to spiritual awakening.” – Stella Osorojos, Star Sister.

In anticipation of the  March 20th release of Star Sister and in celebration of women’s history month, NAB Communities presents you with three more notable memoirs of spiritual awakening and self-discovery.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

At the age of 31, Elizabeth Gilbert suddenly realizes that she neither wants a husband nor a child. Following a long and painful 3 year divorce from her husband, she embarks on a journey  around the world to recover and reevaluate her life. She divides her journey into 3 destinations to explore her earthly desires and divine aspirations from Rome to Mumbai and finally Bali where she studies with a medicine man and falls into a passionate love affair.


What Everyone Believed: A Memoir of Intuition and Awakening by Christine Hoeflich

An Ivy-League scientist’s life is thrown into a crisis by unsettling events. This memoir tackles the question of what the “great shift in consciousness” is really about. A personal memoir and a no-nonsense guide, What Everyone Believed: A Memoir of Intuition and Awakening explores the steps needed for developing trust in our intuition despite societal expectations, accessing interconnectedness, and understanding our soul’s bigger plan.


The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

While riding the city bus one day, Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany: “The days are long, but the years are short.” What ensues is a year-long attempt to discover what is essential to happiness. This may not be a memoir of spiritual awakening in the most literal terms, however this memoir chronicles Rubin’s attempt to find the key to both happiness and inner calm with lessons from science, pop culture, and the wisdom of the ages at her disposal.

Tags: Biography & Memoir
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Southern California native Patricia Quan is a sales and marketing assistant at North Atlantic Books. Both yogi and foodie, she spends her free time on her yoga mat or in search of good eats.