Here’s a gritty story of a man’s spiritual metamorphosis.
As the world begins to shut down in the face of a pandemic, Ian — a well-worn yoga teacher and Zen student — wavers as he stands at the precipice of his life, attempting to accept the gift of self-examination while burying the pieces of his painful past.
In Waiting Impatiently by Andrew H. Housley, we experience the birth and process of self-transformation found through the catalyst of sorrow and lost love. Through Ian’s journey, we are offered the uniquely poignant perspective of a man’s internal struggle with Self. In a desperate moment, he arrives at the Monastery, a place where time stands still. Here, he finds solace to soothe his soul and to meditate on the Zen riddle, “can you manifest your true nature while staring at the pieces of your broken heart?”
Targeted Age Group:: 25-55
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Life at its lowest offers us the unique choice to either continue to look down or take a chance and gaze up at the possibilities of 'what if'. In writing this novel, I wanted to offer hope to people who were looking down, stuck in the mud of grief and suffering.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
These characters were drawn from my own life experiences and of the people around me.
I remove my chappals, take my shoes in my hands,
open the front door, and walk barefoot out into the cold
“Mr. Ian, your shoes. Please. You’ll catch a cold,” she
says from the threshold of the door.
I ignore her warnings as I wander to my car lost in the
humilation of it all.
“Remember, like Mr. Joseph Campbell said, ‘If you are
falling… dive,’” she offers with full-throated encouragement,
certain for me to hear while offering the largest of
I was already in the car with the engine running,
backing out of the driveway before I could process her
words. My life’s graceless descent operated outside the
bounds of any law of physics, rapidly free-falling past the
point of terminal velocity, hurtling towards the complete
annihilation of my fractured soul. It was too late to learn
to dive; a belly-flop may have to suffice.
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