Lina Landess


It's always challenging to know what to write about myself since I don't know what you'd like to know about me. Suffice it to say, I've been an adventurer for most of my life; not a daredevil in the extreme sports sense, but curious. Curious about other people, other cultures, what may be up that trail or the next dirt road . . . At the same time, I'm somewhat conservative; not politically, but in my sense of what's 'right and what's wrong.' This is probably normal from growing up in the Midwest, but moving to Northern California changed all that. And me. I think I owe much of who I am today to the twenty or so years I lived there. Northern California was, after all, where my spiritual journey began . . . and ever since those days, I've taken my spiritual practice and the life of spirit seriously. I've been blessed by the guidance that propelled me in whatever direction I needed to go, and I'm grateful for the willingness that lives inside me to listen to and follow that guidance.

I suppose that if you'd like to know more about me, you can read my book, visit my website (, read my blog or sign up for my monthly (irregular) newsletter (

Until we meet again, I send you many blessings . . .

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
For Heart Breaking Open I wasn't sure how the cover could convey the title or what those words actually mean to me, but it all came to me in a dream. Or rather, as I woke up one morning. The image was clear: I saw a heart with a tear down the middle with butterflies, representing transformation, emerging from that broken open heart. It seems important to me that the image and the title are in alignment such that even without the words, the message is clear.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books tend to be somewhat biographical and personal-growth or spiritually oriented, based on experiences or insights that the author has had. My five favorite books at this moment fall into that category. They are: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, On Having No Head by Douglas Harding, The Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry, and Recovering a Sense of the Sacred by Carolyn Toben. There are more than five, of course, but I think you get the idea from the above list. There are other books by Brene Brown & Ruth Reichl that I've also enjoyed, but I think that's an interesting mix.
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Where to find Lina Landess online

Where to buy in print


Heart Breaking Open . . . Discovering the Heart Within Heartbreak
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,100. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
How do you respond when your life falls apart, when you lose those you love to betrayal, death or other losses? Lina Landess' book reveals, through her honest and open sharing, how the inevitable suffering in our lives can transform us; how beyond our previous knowing, we can discover the love, the Spirit that is always present, always available when we allow our hearts to truly break open.

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