The Wonderful W is a story of transformation told and illustrated as a fairytale for adults. Seussian rhyme and quirky illustrations take us on a journey into our holiest holes to discover the wholeness that resides within us.
Princess Willa has everything, but instead of enjoying her bountiful riches she only laments what’s wrong, bad, and missing. Until one morning she tries to wake up but only _akes up instead because, to her horror, the letter W is missing. This W deficit is a very big problem.
People aren’t well, only _ell, which is too close to ill and when wonder goes _onder they feel even _orse still. But that’s only half the problem. What had once been a great seamless whole, without the Wonderful W is riddled with _holes. There are holes in the ground and holes in the sky, but the _orst of the holes are the ones deep inside. Princess _illa is at the end of her _its. Until one day, terrified but determined, she does the one thing left to do…and that’s when the magic begins.
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PRAISE FOR THE WONDERFUL W
“Gwen Gordon offers us a gem—sparkling with fun, and the light of truth. Please treat yourself to this delightful book!”
TARA BRACH, #1 NYTimes bestselling author of Radical Acceptance
“Disguised as a children’s book, The Wonderful W enthralls and delights while it delivers transformational wisdom…a true treasure!”
MARCI SHIMOFF, #1 NYTimes bestselling author of Happy For No Reason
“What an important message Gwen Gordon offers us in such delectable terms. The Wonderful W is really stunning!”
SYLVIA BOORSTEIN, National bestselling author of It’s Easier Than You Think
John Welwood PhD., bestselling author of The Psychology of Awakening
James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy
John Prendergast PhD., author of In Touch
Judy Clement Hall, author of The Book of Awesome
Raphael Cushnir, author of Surfing Your Inner Sea
Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem
Faisal Muqaddam, founder of The Diamond Logos Approach
James Redford, filmmaker
Nina Wise, performance artist, teacher, and author My Big, Happy, Unusual Life
Debra Chamberlin-Taylor, dharma teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
What a beautiful book. I love it.
Jane Hirshfield, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets
The Wonderful W conveys the luminosity of spirit that comes to those of us courageous enough to leap into the unknown. Gwen takes readers of any age on a journey to discover their resource of joy.
Stuart Brown MD, NYT bestselling author of Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the Soul
Gwen Gordon has taken one of the foundational keys to a fulfilling life and given it a playful twist filled with delight and humor. This is a classic that will have a lasting impact for generations to come and should be given out at every graduation ceremoy. I smiled through the whole book.
Rick Tamlyn, author of The Bigger Game
Gwen Gordon has added magnificently to an emerging genre of children’s books for grownups. With great charm, The Wonderful W cunningly reinvents the perennial teaching about how we often lose and how we might ultimately redeem the self. So simple! It’s a winner!
Jean-Pierre Weil, bestselling author of The Well of Being
The Wonderful W is a superb psycho-spiritual text that is well written, beats in all the right places, very good art work, and hit the right note of being familiar (Suess-ish) and fresh at the same time. I predict really big things for this book.
Jonathan Gustin, Director of The Purpose Guide Institute
Terry Marks-Tarlow, author and editor of Play, Creativity, and Psychotherapy
Henry Kimsey-House, co-founder of Co-Active Training Institute and co-author of Co-Active Coaching
Anna Douglas, dharma teacher and co-founder Spirit Rock Meditation Center
This is absolutely fabulous!!! I love it, adore it, want to share it with my grandchildren, their parents, and everyone else I know. Wonderful! Wowser! Well Done!
Molly Brown, co-author with Joanna Macy, Coming Back to Life
The Wonderful W is an amazing, enchanting journey through the awakening process. Written for children of all ages, it will capture your imagination and inspire you to your highest self. Gwen presents profound, universal truths in such a playful and magical way that you will not be able to resist going along for the ride. Buckle up and soar. I recommend it with my Whole heart.
Amy Elizabeth Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Mobius Executive Leadership