In her seventh year of teaching "Get the Life You Love" at Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning, award-winning author and speaker Patrice Dickey has filled BACK TO THE GARDEN: Getting from Shadow to Joy with the riveting stories of real people who have used the simple secrets she teaches to free themselves from shadow issues and self-defeating behaviors. You'll learn how a desire to be perfect can wreck your health, happiness and peace of mind--and some easy tools to get beyond perfectionism to true happiness. You'll see how tapping your creativity can save your life--and how to get your own creative juices flowing again. You'll discover what happens when you get rid of the 'Haunted Bed' in your life. Learn how Treasure Mapping and Personal Crests brought a new swimming pool to a cash-strapped graduate student; a career as a holistic chef to an empty nester mom; and peace of mind (as well as a husband and baby) to a perfectionist workaholic. Find out some of the many ways people make themselves sick every day, and how to recognize and correct these negative behaviors. Learn how dreams, intuition, hypnotherapy and other tools to access the subconscious can lead us back to our true selves. So far entered in five contests, the book has won Honorable Mention in the Inspirational Category of the 2006 Writers Digest Independent Publishers Awards, two Finalist Awards in the Best Books 2006 Book Awards in the Spirituality and Aging/Death & Dying categories, an IPPY Finalist Award in the Inspirational/Spiritual category, as well as First Prize for nonfiction from the prestigious Atlanta Writers Club (est. 1914). People are reading it more than once, and buying several copies for alltheir friends and employees. As one reader, a CPA, states: "I read it in two days at the beach--couldn't put it down! But there's so much meat I'm going back to read it a second time."