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Learn 26 practical exercises for staying centered when your life becomes stormy and your emotions toss and turn.

You can order Practicing Peace by William Martin by clicking the button at the bottom of this page...

Dear Friend,

We are very pleased, and honored, to bring you this, the latest book by William Martin. It is the first he has published for Internet use, and it is a real privilege to offer Practicing Peace: Finding Personal Balance in the Midst of Relationship Chaos by William Martin.

Everyone who goes through a relationship crisis, and we all do at one time or another, knows how out-of-balance and chaotic life can become. Emotions swirl, indecision prevails, the wrong words are spoken, and inappropriate actions zoom out of control. Needless to say, it can be difficult.

We believe that it is up to you to learn how to manage your own anxiety effectively; it is not up to others to manage you. We are strong supporters of your effort to learn to be yourself while in relationship with others. A mighty challenge.

But how does anyone learn to manage his or her own anxiety?

Below, you will find the introduction from Bill's book, Practicing Peace: Finding personal balance in the midst of relationship chaos. Read it carefully for it gives you a flavor for his style, an introduction to his heart, and an outline of his content. Bill Martin will guide you to the practice of peace in your life. He will give you 26 lessons with 26 specific techniques you can do, simply, that will help you to find personal balance in the midst of any chaos you face.

Oprah featured one of Bill's books in her
O Magazine

Here now, is the introduction to Bill’s Book, Practicing Peace.

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To the Reader,

Practicing Peace is written to help you find balance in your life at a time when your external relationships may be extremely off-balance. Writing it was a balancing experience for me. I have written quite a few books of spirituality and philosophy and several of them have become quite popular. But this is the first book I have written primarily for people who use the Internet to look for information.

If you have found your way to this book you are probably looking for immediate and practical help. You are not interested in philosophical rambling and are very interested in finding ways to deal with the pain and anxiety you are facing today. I want to give you some real help. I truly do.

The pain and loneliness we all face in life doesn't always get fixed by following a series of steps. It is not like a problem in geometry where applying the correct series of operations will lead to a solution. The solution we seek is far more mysterious. It is not really a thing we arrive at once and for all, but a series of balancing activities that help us to keep going when the going is difficult.

So I have written a small book that combines the inspirational with the practical. The first part of each section is a poetic verse designed to stimulate thought about a particular issue or theme. I deliberately use verse because it is the most effective way to speak of the mysteries of the heart and spirit. These mysteries cannot be described by an equation; they must be pointed to, like pointing at the moon. The moon is beautiful. But it cannot be adequately described. It must be pointed to so you can see it for yourself. The verse sections of this book are pointers.

The second element of each section is titled, "Think About It," and conveys my reflections on the theme set forth in the verse. These reflections are designed to help you move from the abstract theme to the practical exercise, which follows in the third element.

This third element of each section is titled, "Peace Practice," and contains simple and practical exercises. These exercises are the heart of the book. You must do these exercises with an open mind and with some sense of hope and discipline. They are not magic, but they are effective. Over the days, weeks and months they will gradually transform your life. Some will be very effective for you. Others will seem less so. Try them all, then settle on a few that seem to give you the greatest help. Over the weeks, some that didn't initially seem helpful will suddenly be of great value. Others that seemed to help at first may lose their steam as time goes by. This is fine. Just keep reading and trying them out.

The practice of the exercises is, as I said, not magic. It just keeps your attention focused on the deeper things of your life. It helps you keep your relationship issues in perspective. It gives you balance.

This book is not about saving your relationship. Neither is it about breaking up your relationship. It is about your deeper and essential Self that will continue to exist regardless of what happens with your relationship. It is this deeper Self that must become your primary reference point. It is what will keep you from always looking to other people for self-definition. It is what allows you to have true relationship joy. It is your Essence, your Soul. Nothing else will give you true balance.

I cannot show you this Soul of yours. I cannot describe it. I cannot lead you to it. I can only give my poetry and my exercises as pointers. I have absolute confidence that you have within you all you need to find your own way. You are adequate for your own life, but you do not have to feel alone. We are all in this mystery together and it is my delight to share the journey with you.

Bill Martin
Chico, California, March, 2002

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In 1972 Bill and I were classmates in Seminary. In 1973 and 1974 we were serving a Christian Church together in Southern California. After that, I went back to Michigan and became a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Bill moved to Arizona. Now, Bill lives in Northern California. Over the years our friendship has stood the test of time and today we are as close as two friends can be. Bill has written a trilogy of books that are absolutely wonderful. The first is the one Oprah is so high on, The Parent's Tao Te Ching, and the others are The Couple's Tao Te Ching, and then The Sage's Tao Te Ching. The Book of Tao is ancient, written 600 years or so before Christ, in China, and it is full of the simplest and most profound wisdom about how to live a balanced life in this world. Bill has translated, as it were, the Book of Tao for parents, couples, and those of us in the second half of life who are called "sages."

Practicing Peace: finding personal balance in the midst of relationship chaos contains twenty-six chapters full of explanations and exercises designed for each of us.

I invite you to begin today by downloading Practicing Peace for $29.95 Practice each exercise under Bill Martin's wise guidance, and you will learn how to "hold your own hand" in the midst of chaos.

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Thanks very much,
Dr. Andrew D. Atwood

Please understand that I assume no liability for the information provided on this website; either that provided by me, or anyone who contributes. You can contact me at the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation, 534 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. Voice 616-456-1178. DrAtwood@HopefulSolutions.net