Book birthday party kick-off

I can’t believe my book is already one year old. But it is! Patheos Press released it into the world, into the Internet, into your Kindles and ereaders exactly a year ago. I’m so pleased to be celebrating Birth on the Labyrinth Path‘s first birthday with you all this week.

To celebrate, I’m going to share an excerpt of Birth on the Labyrinth Path, I’m going to give one of you a book, Wild Mother Arts is going to give two of you some gorgeous labyrinth jewelry, and we’re going to talk lots about labyrinths and how beautifully they give us a spiritual map for pregnancy and birth. Ooh, and there may be more, so stick with us this week!

For starters, what is this little book I’m so excited about? It’s a guide to an earth-based, body-honoring spirituality of the childbearing year. You can read a review from Jade Oakroot, a shout-out for the book on Niki Whiting’s blog My Own Ashram, a post at Talk Birth in which Molly Remer quoted some of my favorite passages from the book (in the same company as a quote from Ani DiFranco!), or my guest post on Pantheon about why I thought the book was (and is) needed.

Convinced? You can be reading Birth on the Labyrinth Path in a few minutes for a mere $2.99. I pay more than that for my favorite cup of coffee.

You can also enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and maybe win a free copy. Free!

Plus Wild Mother Arts is joining in the celebration and generously giving gorgeous gifts to not one, but two lucky winners: a pair of Labyrinth Birth Earrings and a Peach Labyrinth Birth Necklace.  Can you believe it?

From the description on the Wild Mother Arts etsy shop: “A beautiful, simple labyrinth hangs gracefully upon a beautiful peach hand-dyed silk cord with a matching bead… [And] Labyrinth earrings on sterling silver hooks match all of the items in my Labyrinth Collection. These are designed to be worn during pregnancy, labor and birth to symbolize the journey of childbirth which turns us inward… we travel one step at a time through the spiral of life, and though the path may double back, there are no wrong turns. We need only go forward in trust and love as eventually we meet our new baby and mothering self at the very center.”

These photos are not the exact items, but they will be virtually identical.

There’s more! Wild Mother Arts is offering us all a 10% off coupon code to the etsy shop that can be used until the end of June. The code is: LABYRINTHPATH2013 She’s got fertility, birth, nursing, and goddess jewlery there. If you decide to order something and you take a pic of your lovely Pagan goddess self wearing it, I’d be thrilled to post your photo.

Sweet! So, to review: one of you will win the ebook Birth On The Labyrinth Path, one of you will win labyrinth earrings, and one of you will win a labyrinth necklace. Ok, beautiful Pagan Families readers, you’re what makes this whole thing fly. Let’s celebrate!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

2 Mama Essays and 2 Pregnancy Prayers + 1 Roadmap To a Healthy Birth
When Kids Meet the Gods
What Nights Are For
Kids Can Charm the Plow
About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.

  • Jessica Johnson Salamon

    I am very interested in reading this book and may not wait for the contest to end…probably won’t. I am not sure the Patheos subscribe is working, I tried a couple times and never got a confirmation email.

    • Sarah Whedon

      Great to hear, Jessica! Please let me know what you think when you do read it. I’ve passed on your comment about subscription to someone who can check on it. I’m not sure if you’re supposed to get a confirmation email.

  • Holly O’Brien

    I ordered the book eveb though I have pretty much no chance of ever giving birth. Even so, I have many friends who have given birth to their children, or plan to. I would also like to understand this process more, perhaps it will help me relate to the birthmothers of my three children.

    • Sarah Whedon

      Thanks Holly! I hope you’ll share what you think of it.

      After running this blog for a couple of years, I finally have the first posts about adoption that I’ll be sharing next week. I’d love to have more. Families are born many different ways.

  • Molly

    If I don’t win I’ll buy the book anyway! Very interested to read it. And I love WildMother Arts!

    • Sarah Whedon

      I’m really happy to be working with Wild Mother Arts. So talented and generous.

  • Molly

    Cool! Congratulations! (I saw another Molly post and I was thinking, “did I already comment?!” ;)

    • Sarah Whedon

      Thank you! That’s funny. I’ve been encountering lots of Sarahs online recently.

  • Molly

    Oh, and I don’t actually see the Rafflecopter giveaway info?

    • Sarah Whedon

      Oh no! That’s weird. It’s showing for me and also showing that people have been using it. Try reloading or another browser? And please let me know if that works.

      • Molly

        It worked when I used my regular computer. I was on my ipad–the Pagan Families website works find on it usually, but there was no sign of the Rafflecopter stuff until I used my PC instead.

        • Sarah Whedon

          That’s extra weird because I’ve mostly been using an iPad to check that it’s working properly. Glad you found a way to get it to load!

  • disqus_hnRBxtuWpu

    SOunds like a wonderful book!

    • Sarah Whedon

      Thanks! I hope you like it.

  • Autumn & Luna Keepers of the H

    Looking forward to reading it.

    • Sarah Whedon

      Cool! Please let me know what you think of it.

  • Pat Thompson Dugan

    What a wonderful gift! Even though I wasn’t blessed with children of my own, I have my nieces and nephew that I spend a lot of time with.

    • Sarah Whedon

      Thanks! It’s so great for kids to have loving relationships with adults other than her parents!

  • Isabel Pacheco

    I am so excited about this giveaway. I heard of this book a couple of weeks ago from one of my friends, and now I see this giveaway… Spirit guided me here and I hope I get a chance to win it!

    • Sarah Whedon

      How cool!

  • Alejandra DeMaio

    Oh why didn’t I know about this book until now? I am so glad I found it! Sounds amazing!!! I hope I win, LOVE Wild Mother Arts creations as well!

  • Cassandra

    Ooh, I wish i would have known about this before the birth of my son 4 weeks ago!! I would love to read this.

    I have been blessed to have been to various labyrinths all around the world, from France to Spain, to many across the US. It is incredible How deep I can go into my soul while journeying through the labyrinth, and so many amazing wildlife experiences I have had in those moments!

    Thank you for this!

    • Sarah Whedon

      Congratulations mama!