In Trusting Change, minister and award-winning author Karen Hering invites readers to live into and through our transformative times together.

A 2023 Silver Nautilus Award winner in the Rising to the Moment (small press) category

Product Code: 6990
ISBN: 9781558968844
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Pages: 320
Size: 8.5 x 5.5
Published Date: 06/15/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $20.00

A 2023 Silver Nautilus Award winner in the Rising to the Moment (small press) category

The November 2022 Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection.

In Trusting Change, minister and award-winning author of Writing to Wake the Soul Karen Hering invites readers on the cusp of great change—which is all of us today—to explore the new possibilities emerging in our times. Whether you are living through significant personal transitions or navigating a world reshaping itself faster than ever, the book offers ten skills for living on the threshold as well as spiritual practices and inspiration for connecting with your own inner wisdom. From the first page, you’ll find a storytelling companion ready to journey with you through uncertainty and change. Hering does not pretend that change is simple. But she offers reassurance that it becomes easier to trust the more we participate in it.

Sharing wisdom found in the body, in nature, and in metaphors, these reflections include creative and embodied exercises that invite readers into a larger story of change. With suggestions for using the book alone and with others, Hering reminds us that trusting change is made possible by sharing its challenges and its possibilities with others. This book is a conversation with the reader meant to also stir conversations between readers as we learn to live into and through our transformative times together.

Visit Threshold Times for an online newsletter and online programming based on the book and led by Karen Hering.

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How to Use This Book

Beginning Here


1. Letting Go
2. Grieving
3. Practicing Equanimity


4. Taking Part in Stillness
5. Navigating the Unknown
6. Preparing for the Journey
7. Claiming Companions


8. Moving On
9. Imagining a Way
10. Widening What We Trust

Honoring Our Journey

“In its most literal definition, a threshold is a strip of wood or stone at the base of a doorway. In many houses, it is a sill intended to keep the mud from washing into the home. In my cold northern climate, it is also an important barrier to keeping the cold from sweeping into the house in the winter. In China, a threshold might be three or more inches high, keeping the rainwater outside but also encouraging attentiveness and an awareness of the honor of being invited into someone’s home.

The word threshold also describes the doorway itself and the larger entrance into a building or home. It represents a contact point between interior safety and the outside world. Traditionally, it has been regarded as a site of encounter, risk, and danger. It can be a place of separation, requiring us to leave something, someone, or perhaps even some part of ourselves behind when crossing in either direction. It is a locus of vulnerability where we face the possibilities of transformation, not only in our surroundings but often in identity. On the other side of a threshold, we might be required to do things we’ve never done before, to face fears we have shunned for years, or to discover new gifts as well as limitations.

Honoring the risks and challenges present on the threshold, many cultures have stories, rituals, blessings and sometimes even deities offering protection and safe passage. In ancient Rome, the god Janus reigned over comings and goings. His image, carved over the gates of Roman cities, showed two faces connected at the back and pointed in opposite directions. With one face looking outward from the city gate and the other looking in, Janus provided protection while reminding those passing in either direction to notice what they were leaving and where they were going. Here, in the pages of this book, I hope you will find protected time for similarly noticing both what you are departing from and where you are headed, whatever the thresholds you are crossing.”

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