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Anticipation Mounts for Author Event at Laguna Beach Books

Roger Housden

Bestselling author Roger Housden of “Ten Poems to Change Your Life” fame will be at Laguna Beach Books in September.

Bestselling author Roger Housden will appear at a free author talk/book-signing event at Laguna Beach Books on Friday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Housden will talk about his new book that is coming out next month called Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have.

Is it possible to love the life you have—acknowledging and accepting the conditions of your life exactly as they are—and drop the struggle to make you and your life different?

Dropping the Struggle Cover

New World Library, September 2016; hardcover, 176 pages.

That is the question that Housden invites readers to live into.

“Struggle will never get us the things we want most — love; meaning; presence; freedom from anxiety over the past and future; contentment with ourselves exactly as we are, imperfections and all; the acceptance of our mortality — because these things lie outside the ego’s domain,” writes Housden. “For these, we need another way. That way begins and ends in surrender, in letting go of our resistance to life as it presents itself.”

Housden, who up until a few years ago, spent much of his time in what he describes as a covert struggle with life, writes from first-hand experience as he offers readers seven ways to love the life they have by dropping the struggle to be special, dropping the struggle for a perfect life, dropping the struggle for meaning, dropping the struggle for love, dropping the struggle with time, dropping the struggle with change, and dropping the struggle to know.

“Struggle happens for all of us, so it must have a place in the scheme of things, but I for one have spent way too much time struggling for what struggle can never accomplish,” writes Housden. “I believe that you can only fully allow your current experience into your consciousness when, if only for a moment, something in you stops struggling with your experience, stops trying to make it other than what it is.”

Housden is the author of Dropping the Struggle and numerous other books, including the best-selling Ten Poems series, which began in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life and ended with Ten Poems to Say Goodbye in 2012.

Check out this video interview with Housden by New World Library publicist Kim Corbin: