A writer, spiritual seeker, speaker, and political activist, Diane Silver gives presentations about hope and an atheist’s faith to a variety of audiences. She has served as communications director for a candidate for Congress, a press secretary in a gubernatorial campaign, championed equality for LGBTQ people in bright red Kansas, and helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for universities and other nonprofits. Her writings include the books Kansas Storms, The New Civil War, and articles and essays in Ms., The Progressive, and many other venues.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was writing the book proposal to sell Your Daily Shot of Hope to a conventional publisher when I realized that even if a publisher purchased my book that day, Shot of Hope wouldn't be out until the end of 2017. It was late November 2016, and I didn't think people could wait a year to get some shots of hope. This book was created as an antidote to the despair I saw all around me after the 2016 presidential election in the United States. I didn't think any of us could wait for the old channels to churn. Although I've published two other books through conventional means, I knew I couldn't wait, and so I asked an indie published friend for advice and, well, here I am!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Decades ago I took a year to read an amazing book called "365 Tao" by Deng Ming-Dao. I picked it up because it offered an easy way to learn about the Taoism. I did learn a bit about Taoism, but what became more important to me was the daily practice of reading a meditation and contemplating it. As I journeyed through that year with the Tao, doing one meditation a day, I became calmer and a bit kinder. Two years ago, I decided to write a daily meditation book that I wanted to call 365 Love, but when I saw so many people fall into despair after the last presidential election, I realized that what we really needed was a book of hope. Thus, I set out to write 365 meditations on hope. This is Volume 1 of a planned four volume set. This volume includes enough meditations to provide one shot of hope a day for more than three months. My wish is that readers will find a new perspective on hope through reading this book. I want them to find a place to rest, gain perspective, and re-energize. Let me know what you think.
This book provides the tools we need to thrive in unsettling times. Drawing on 40 years as a spiritual seeker, survivor, and activist, Diane Silver creates daily meditations that enable us to awaken to our own power to heal ourselves and our world. These are vitamin pills for the soul. This is the second of four volumes of meditations.