Praise for Hope is a Traveler
“These are beautiful, holy, wise and inspired poems by a soul that has suffered deeply and rejoiced deeply. Buy and savor this book!” ~ANDREW HARVEY, author of The Hope, Radical Passion.
“With a penetrating eye and in a tender, intimate voice, Susan Frybort illuminates in these poems the gossamer beauty of our everyday life.’
~ROGER HOUSDEN, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life.
“These poems by Susan Frybort are personal reflections on the nature of spirit and the ways in which objective reality and spiritual awareness intersect. Frybort writes attentively and with a sense of gratitude and reverence. There is much thoughtfulness and a gentle intelligence in these poems that lead readers through a portal of hope toward deeper understanding of self and spirit.”
~ADELE KENNY, Poetry Editor, Tiferet Journal
“In this wonderful book, Susan Frybort displays the uncovering of the heart. She reminds us of the heart’s healing potential, while exploring what might hold the mind at bay. She unearths the root of that which keeps our happiness entranced with a longing for fulfillment. And she does it all with such grace and loving kindness. We really enjoyed her beautiful poems, and felt her heart within ours.”
~STEPHEN AND ONDREA LEVINE, coauthors of Embracing the Beloved, Who Dies?, The Healing I Took Birth For.
“A ticket to wonder. Hope Is A Traveler invites the reader to climb aboard a caravan of love as it meanders through moments of loss and infinite joy in the life of its author. Daring to bare the innermost core of her pain, as well as the exalted way of human interaction and Spirit guidance, Susan Frybort’s words, in my mind, sit in harmony with her historical poetic compatriots of Rumi, Hafiz and Gibran. Her experiences are both unique and universal and the reader can immerse in the Divinely Human and Humanly Divine nature of her soul spilling over onto what she calls ‘the heart road.’ Travel well.”~EDIE WEINSTEIN, author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary.
“Susan Frybort’s work is true poetry. She skillfully conveys central human concerns with apparent ease: love, pain, suffering, hope, empathy, and all the other truths, feelings and emotions that make life worth living. More, her words are imbued with a special potency that allow her readers to feel feelings and experience experiences that they might otherwise not be privy to. Few poets can work this magic, but she does, easily, effectively. To experience this phenomenon, one has to actually read her work. All of her work has an intense spiritual dimension, speaking to parts of the soul that are dying to hear her message.”
~STEVEN J.ROSEN, author of Hidden Glory of India, The Yoga of Kirtan.
“Opening, soothing, nourishing, lightening. This is a book to keep close to your heart! It will open you to the re-membering that brings us home.”
~MARY O’MALLEY, author of What’s in the Way IS the Way
“Reading this collection of poems, I saw so much of my own life s journey mirrored in their beautifully crafted words. The years of dissatisfaction with myself, even at times self-hatred, learned from a society that doesn t let us simply be just the way we find ourselves but always wants us to be somehow different it s all so poignantly reflected here. My decades in religion, then later spirituality, all of them an attempt to address my perceived inadequacy my days of stormy, darkened clouds, watering down and dampening my dreams, as I fought the fight my upbringing taught me against living like a cornflower somewhere in a morning field, far away from here singing out to the sky s vermillion sunrise, with not a care in the world. Until, at last, I began to awaken to the central insight of these poems, that my humanness isn’t something to be endlessly apologized for, but that God s divinity and my humanness are the same. You’ll want to read slowly, to ponder, to simply sit with the rich metaphors, the deep insights, the heartfelt wonder these images evoke.”
~DAVID ROBERT ORD, author of Your Forgotten Self, coauthor of The Coming Interspiritual Age, and author and narrator of the audiobook Lessons in Loving A Journey into the Heart.
Praise for Open Passages
“These poetic passages feel like blessings, prayer, the quiet voice of the heart. They acknowledge the beauty of peace within the soul and the courage it takes to protect that sacred inner space amidst the complex world of daily life. This is one of those books worth keeping by the bedside to read a page on rising or at the close of day, inviting us to return to who we are.”
—IVAN M. GRANGER, founder of Poetry Chaikhana, editor of The Longing in Between: Sacred Poetry from Around the World
“An exquisite and most beautifully written book. This book is to be read many times as one would feast on delicious food. A powerful call to know and value who we are. A poignant invitation to the nobility of authenticity, humanity and love.”
—CHRIS SAADE, author of Evolutionary Love Relationships and Second Wave Spirituality
“This book is full of simple but profound life lessons that read like poetry from the world’s greatest mystics- free of dogma and throbbing with emotion. Self-knowledge is a messy ride, but Susan herself is a compassionate, eloquent guide through the bright spots and shadows, the ecstatic moments and the quiet, solitary ones- reminding us that, no matter what, we always have what we need to navigate all of it. Susan covers all the “major” topics: change, death, closure, heartbreak, purpose, and the seasons and cycles of one’s personal journey. She compels the reader to ask the age-old questions: Who am I? What is my true power? How do I deal with pain and loss? What does it mean to connect with the divine? How can we “find” ourselves in a world where death and change are the only constants? All the same, the passages in this book inspire hope rather than despair. Susan shows us how dancing with both our gifts and our wounds, and welcoming everything that comes our way with curiosity and openness, is the key to our authenticity. Full of passionate honesty and feeling, Open Passages is a gift to all the dreamers and sensitive souls out there. I love opening this book at random and being led to whatever message I need to read that day. It’s like opening a present- and that present is ME.”
—KELLY MCNELIS, Author, Founder of the ‘Women For One’ Movement
“Susan’s voice is as evocative as Sappho’s harp. She muses about the journey of the mutual strings of the heart, and the ancient quest for the enlightened spirit to live authentically in the light of truth. Behold, she pens – breaths “words which I command are immortal.”
—CLARA MACRI, Writer/Contributor (Huffington Post), Philanthropist, Broker for the Arts
“So much in life is hasty. If you take the time to read Susan Frybort’s Passages, you will begin to look inward, pondering the direction of your life. Not in a guilt-ridden way, but with possibility and hope. Her short, poetic passages, will affirm the strength that exist within yourself. I felt whispers of encouragement, empathy in my trials, and a determination to be free.”
—DAVID SANDUM, Artist, Award-Winning Author of I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down: A Memoir about Depression and Discovering Art
“Susan Frybort carries the profound ability of revealing the sacred in the most unsure moments and enlightening the heart to find the holy when all seems ordinary. Through these Passages a courageous love calls to be remembered and Susan’s words remind us of what has been hidden right here all along in the most precious expressions of human life.”
—JAYANANDA, Author of Living with Love & Light of Heart