On an August night in San Francisco, a 22-year-old named Teal collapsed from a sudden, unexplainable cardiac arrest. Six days later she died, but not before a spiritual unfolding began that changed the life of her mother forever. These essays – each one a personal touch into the divine – chart her mother’s path as she confronts painful events she’d been holding onto, and opens herself up to more joy than she ever thought possible. A truly inspiring book for anyone who is grief-stricken, facing major shifts in life, or simply looking for more peace and happiness.
Suzanne Falter is an author, speaker and blogger who writes what she calls ‘fearless stories’ – highly vulnerable essays about grief and joy, novels about uncommon heroes who overcome the odds, and a memoir about finding her way back after the sudden death of her daughter Teal. Suzanne also speaks to audiences about self care and her experience as a donor mom in the world of organ donation. Her online writing and videos can be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. She is the author of the book, Surrendering to Joy as well as How Much Joy Can You Stand? and Living Your Joy (both Ballantine.) She is also the author of two novels, Doin' the Box Step (Random House) and most recently, Transformed: San Francisco, which she co-wrote with Jack Harvey.
"Each piece was so intimate, it felt as if I was having a late-night, fire-side conversation with a dear friend,
over a cup of rich coffee. It pierced me...tearing opening the holes in my own
heart that were, until this moment, neatly covered over... Your writing is a
reminder to embrace all of who I am - surrender to it - and allow myself to
accept and be all of who I authentically am. I'm encouraged that it is
absolutely okay to show up in my life as myself, for I am enough."
-- Cynthia L. Ryals
"It made me cry in a good way."
-- Amanda Maynard
"Surrendering to Joy spoke directly to me. I am not
grieving, but some of the lessons are truly lessons that I am currently going
through right now in my life. The healing I have received from this book is
-- Maryann Candito
"It brought me back in to my heart and inspired me
to ask bigger questions of myself, and of spirit, but without an agenda. I just
felt very open and expansive throughout, in a place of deep peace, calm and
-- Sharon Crawford
"It reminded me that even events we see and feel as
"loss" can bring us more than we thought possible."
-- Victoria Phoenix
"Your book touched my heart. It brought me to deep appreciation
of my own children and relationship … The vulnerability and sharing was
-- Bobbye Middendorf
"This book allowed me to allow in a way all the self-help
stuff I’ve read has not. Its searing honesty has given me a permission toward
Truth I have not had. I am deeply grateful and much more accepting of myself
because of Surrendering to Joy."
-- Susan Putnam
"Grief can be incapacitating, it's wonderful to see
it as a catalyst to even greater things. Thanks, Teal!"
-- Deborah Beatty
"Surrendering to Joy is a powerful reminder me of
the spirit of life written from the depths of the soul."