Anne Wilson Schaef is a New York Times bestselling author with several million books in print. Her writings have focused on healing, recovery, transformation and spirituality for individuals, organizations, societies and the planet. Schaef has a doctorate in clinical psychology and an honorary doctorate in human letters. This is her first sharing of personal writings and is the children’s version of her publication Not Just a Book of Short Stories.
Anne Wilson Schaef, PhD, is back in the game. This New York Times best-selling author, once described as one of the most important thinkers of our time, has returned from her spiritual retreat and time out to get clear. She has had four new books come out recently, with two or three on the way. She is not finished yet. She has broken her silence and is now ready to share her observations, thoughts, and wisdom about individuals; relationships; cultural trends; and the world we have created, in which we are embedded and by which we are acted upon.
With Schaef’s previous books, publishers, booksellers, and bookstores always tried to put her into a category—psychology, New Age, women, politics, organizational, addiction—and none or all ever completely fit. At least the publishing world could pigeonhole her as a nonfiction writer. Well, those days are over! Here is her first ever book of children’s stories and poems.
As an eighty-five-year-old Cherokee Irish English elder, Schaef has a lot to say about her observations, thoughts, and awarenesses, and what she has to say is more focused than, bigger than, and more inclusive and far reaching than any form or category. With a keen eye, wisdom, and humor, Schaef stands back and observes and fully participates in our world today. Gratefully, she has not succumbed to it. With a piercing awareness and a loving compassion, she “sees” what we have created and reflects it back to us.
In Spirit Horse and Other Children’s Writings, through poetry and short stories, Schaef ponders our world with us.
Schaef often says, “Don’t try to girdle me into a category, form, or pigeonhole. We are all too big for that. Reductionism is out of style. Reductionism has had its run. It’s time to expand and expand. Don’t be afraid.”
Our self-imposed prisons are not necessary. They only give an illusion of safety. Don’t be fooled.