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Book Title: The Invitation: A Weekend with Emma|
The author of the book: Dawn Kohler
ISBN 13: 9781452515731
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 838 KB
Edition: Balboa Press
Date of issue: August 28th 2014
Read full description of the books The Invitation: A Weekend with Emma:Despite having a loving fiancE, Kate Edwards is haunted by a feeling that something is missing in her life.
After losing her job as a reporter, a sense of inspiration is ignited by an invitation to spend the weekend with Emma Daines, a retired professor of social anthropology and the former US ambassador to Germany. Kate has long admired Emma's accomplishments and for years has attempted to obtain an interview. Yet Emma Daines is known to be deeply suspicious of journalists, as she holds a secret that reporters have wanted to get their hands on for decades.
A thoroughly mesmerizing novel, The Invitation takes us to a beach community in Northern California, where through a series of outdoor adventures Kate struggles with her internal conflicts over love, ambition, and her need to gain Emma's trust. Little does she know how her life will change when she stumbles upon Emma's hidden memoir which exposes the underbelly of her determination, her relationships, and brings to light the walls that keep us separated from one another.
This riveting, insightful, and unpredictable story brings us into the heart of two women who ultimately learn from each other what's important in life and the real and powerful meaning behind receiving The Invitation.
Read information about the authorIf I would have known I was going to leave my job that day to become a writer, I probably would have planned differently. I would have found the perfect replacement for my executive position, somebody who would have run my computer company exactly as I did. I would have cleaned out my large corner office, taking with me the pictures of my three children, the awards for being a woman entrepreneur, and the smooth river rock with the word “Trust” engraved on the surface.
My last day was not about heroics, a pinnacle of success, or like I wished, a buyout that would have left me if not outright rich, at least financially secure for the better part of my life. It didn’t come by way of illness per se, accident, or dismissal, but by way of sheer self-mutiny. The self I was born to be, decided to hijack the one I had created.
To help me move through my spontaneous revolt (also known as major depression), I began to write, read, and explore everything I could get my hands on about psychological development and spiritual awakenings. I wrote about what was happening to me and read about what had happened to others who had similar experiences. The journey took me back through my childhood in San Diego. To a family of four children led by Midwestern parents fraught with love, a strong German work ethic, and traumatic dysfunction. The need to cope with such a mix, and the desire to please others, veered me from a want-to-be-writer to a business school graduate and soon after the founder of a fast-growth technology business. The serendipitous journey that followed my exit helped me to uncover a new source of inspiration, and a true north as a writer that gave birth to my first book, A New Dawn Rising, One Woman's Spiritual Odyssey.
After my company was sold and the book was released, I was asked by a woman at a book signing to help her with her struggling leadership team. Six months later, I had a full practice as an executive coach, which afforded me time to write and helped me provide for my children after a compassionate end to a 20-year marriage. Within a few short years, I found myself working with senior leaders at companies such as Time Warner Cable, DreamWorks, and NBC Entertainment. Many of these leaders were experiencing challenging corporate changes and, at times, their own spontaneous revolts.
Then change came to me again. My two youngest children moved away from home to attend college, and for the first time in my life, I was living alone. The air barely moved in my empty nest, and I found myself yearning for what I have often yearned for in my life—an older, wiser, educated woman who could help me better manage such changes. In those long fall nights, I returned to my writing, tossed out my non-fiction leadership manuscript, and created Emma Daines, a 72-year- old reclusive American hero. Emma and her friends became a loving source of wisdom for me inspired by my journey and those of my clients.
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