“If you’ve ever felt lost–and who hasn’t?–Listening to My Life offers hard-won insights for anyone seeking to shift from a place of wilderness to personal peace.”

– Sandra Sarr, Writer and Teacher


What kind of woman is an advocate for women’s rights in public and an abused wife in her own home? I am that woman. How could I have such a strong professional voice and a weak personal voice?

It would take a self-reflective journey, starting in the desert at age 55, to begin to answer these questions. I would come to trust my small inner voice as it carried me into a more peaceful existence with myself.

First I would have to wake up.

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What a journey you have been on in so many different ways as you pushed forward to becoming your most authentic self.  And it speaks loud and clear as you so carefully listened.  I hope the book goes far and wide like cottonwood seeds, landing in places where they will take root.  You will not know the lives you will change but lives will change because you have written your words.

Kay Mullen, Poet

Kay Mullen

The first words that came to mind after reading Martinelli’s powerful memoir, Listening to My Life,  were “unflinchingly honest, uncompromisingly courageous, thoughtful, perceptive, deeply healing, inspiring and full of life-changing adventures.” The author’s story moves from the soul damaging patterns of alcoholic families to the soul-healing gifts of education, psychotherapy, personal and spiritual growth, and the journeys (inner and outer) that transform our lives. Read this book slowly, absorb its lessons, and then listens to your own life!

John C. Robinson, Phd, Dmin is author of nine books on conscious aging.

John C. Robinson, Phd, Dmin

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