Stories and Songs that Set the Spirit Free
Forward by Joan Borysenko, PhD.
Struggling musician, wedding singer, musical comedienne, garage organizer, lemonade-stand entrepreneur, competitive swimmer-- Karen Drucker has done all of these things and more, in her indomitable urge to grow and evolve.
Often funny, always honest and real, the stories she shares in Let Go of the Shore reveal how she leaves behind fears and limits to emerge as a writer, workshop leader, recording artist, and speaker--a free spirit who lives life to the fullest and inspires us to do so as well.
"This is my path. It is a constant process of surrendering to what is, what is next, who I am, what is emerging, what needs to be released. It s about letting go of the safety of the shore and what I have known, while floating into the mystery that is this amazing life."
In thirty-six stories and songs based on her life experiences from swimming the English Channel to showing off her best Tarzan call on national TV, Karen Drucker helps us to step boldly into the beckoning waters of our own freedom and growth.
The included CD is a compilation of Karen's music.
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Posted by Carol on 6th Aug 2012
I truly enjoyed reading about Karen's life and her uplifting message.
Posted by Beth DeLashmutt-Poore on 8th Apr 2012
What an enjoyable and enlightening adventure reading Karen Drucker's book, Let Go of the Shore. She has brought together thirty-six vignettes telling of her expansive, colorful life, and its evolution in becoming the accomplished song writer and performer she is today. Alongside each personal story are lyrics inspired by her experiences, and those same songs are found on a companion CD tucked in the cover.
For example, as a teenager, she initiated the movement that saved the landmark Hollywood hills sign from being torn down. It is this kind of personal choice for action she eloquently alludes to in the story's accompanying song, We Are The Ones. Each story and its accompanying song contain a valuable lesson Karen learned, something we can all appreciate.
Her tenacity, and listening to her own heart, kept Karen moving forward as a musician. The variety of opportunities she felt "called" to accept ranged from being an entertainer in a smoke-filled hotel piano bar to an exceptional wedding singer to a Hawaiian cruise ship lounge act backed by a seven-piece band.
When least expected, Karen was invited to coordinate music at a women's retreat conducted by Joan Borysenko. New doors opened and she became a musical director at a New Thought church. Sharing her own songs with the public began and her musical career continued to expand, as well as her awareness of her purpose in life and the need to trust and have faith in following one's inner voice.
In Permission to Play Karen learns about the joy found in being in the moment. While swimming in a race under the Golden Gate Bridge, when a buddy stopped and invited her to splash in the water, she realized she needed to stop looking ahead and enjoy each moment. She played as if she were there for the first — and possibly last — time of her life. That is Karen's intention — to enjoy life to the fullest — one moment at a time. This book is a testimony to her passion for living.
Posted by Dwayne E. Conner on 13th Mar 2012
With thirteen CDs to her credit I think of Karen Drucker as the Song-ffirmation Queen of New Thought. What could possibly be better than Karen's enriching music? Her new book, Let Go of the Shore - Stories and Songs that Set the Spirit Free.
Karen writes with humor, heartfelt delivery and sincerity about the hardest spiritual lesson of all; letting go. Lucky for us, her life lessons serve as tender teachings for everyone. Karen's warm invitation to walk with her through her life's vulnerabilities as a struggling musician, wedding singer, musical comedienne and garage organizer is both laugh out loud funny and soul provoking.
Whether she's belting a Tarzan yell with Carol Burnett, swimming the English Channel or headlining a concert, Karen hasn't allowed life's hard knock's to break her - instead she sees hard knocks as blessings. Like a true alchemist she's created another product that generates healing for world audiences.
Karen says, "This is my path. It is a constant process of surrendering to what is, what is next, who I am, what is emerging, what needs to be released. It's about letting go of the safety of the shore and what I have known, while floating into the mystery that is this amazing life."
Reading this book is like sitting in the sunshine with a good friend that truly sees you, and hears you. Karen's words create a heart space, a space where love reminds us we can create anything we want if we'll just trust the Universe enough to Let Go of the Shore and Set Our Spirit Free.
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