Sunday, May 16, 2010


I'm so proud of this book! I was one of the millions of people in 2008 who participated in Oprah's class with Eckhart Tolle. I ate it up. I admit, I thought some of it was a little “woo-woo” =) but it was all very, very cool. Oprah said A NEW EARTH was her most important Book Club pick ever. 

At the core of Tolle’s teachings lies the transformation of consciousness—a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. 

Did it cross my mind at the time -- how amazing a book would be that helped parents teach these principles to their children? Yes.

On January 12, 2010, amongst a wave of book proposals that had come in the previous day, I had an email from literary agent William Gladstone. The pitch was simple, but had me dancing in my chair. 

"Attached please find the book proposal from educator and workshop leader Annie Burnside for SOUL TO SOUL PARENTING: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family. This is a much-needed book with a unique perspective for a market of spiritually aware parents that is growing rapidly."

And, in one click, I realized -- Mr. Gladstone is Eckhart Tolle's agent. I lost my breath.

Since I'm such an early riser, I had to wait about four hours before I could call Mr. Gladstone, but I did at 9:00am. We had a serendipitous conversation. One of those perfect moments in time when everything came together and I had a "this is why" shiver wash over me. A few days later I spoke to Annie, and that was even more magical. We had a signed contract within a week. 

Annie and I have connected on a level that is bigger than us. We are both beyond excited to send this new book out into the world. Annie is a powerful combination of spiritual teacher and parenting coach. She has filled the book with "spiritual themes" and provides numerous "vehicles" with which to share the conscious-opening issues with your family -- exercises, examples, and age-appropriate resources of books, movies and music -- make it simple, functional, and applicable (and not too woo-woo)!

I encourage you to PRE-ORDER now! 

If you're a book reviewer or journalist interested in a review copy or interview please contact me, or Annie's publicist Dea Shandera.