Erik's Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom

Erik's Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom

by Sara Burden, Andrea Chilcote


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Is it true that love never dies?

Erik's Hope: The Leash that Led Me to Freedom is a fictional account based on the true story of a young woman's transformational journey, assisted by her beloved dog, Erik. The book chronicles Andrea's shift from a high-performing professional with little regard for matters of the heart to a passionate and caring expert in personal leadership change and growth.

Erik's rescue from the pound in Phoenix was far from happenstance, though Andrea could not comprehend the impact of her decision to adopt the mangy wolf-dog. He was a handful from the start, immediately testing her readiness to fully engage in life's joys and trials.

Slowly Erik begins to thaw Andrea's heart as she experiences his unconditional love. The dog has secret 'conversations' each evening with his spirit guide, White Wolf. White Wolf coaches Erik and in turn Erik translates White Wolf's wise counsel into lessons for Andrea.

The biggest lesson of all comes with Erik's eventual death, which proves to be Andrea's moment of truth, her test of faith. At rock bottom, suffering the wellspring of grief from every loss she had experienced to date in her life, White Wolf appears to Andrea in a dream, offering a hopeful promise.

Erik's Hope is a primer for navigating the emotional tides of life, disguised as a page-turning story. Readers relate to its everyday themes and take away meaningful insights for their own lives. The lessons include:

Life's answers lie inside of us and are available in any moment.

The present moment is the key to transcending suffering.

Each one of us is part of a collective fabric. This connectedness combined with genuine self acceptance and compassion for other living beings can change the world, one moment at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988292703
Publisher: Morningstar Ventures, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Andrea Chilcote
Andrea Chilcote is Erik's person, the woman who experienced and documented Erik's real life love, loss and rebirth. She credits much of her work today to the lessons received from her teacher, Erik.
Andrea is an author, executive coach, and leadership development expert. She brings to the reader current practical knowledge of the issues and concerns people are facing at this difficult time. She has a keen skilled and intuitive ability to facilitate transformational change in individuals, and her writing offers this opportunity to the reader.
Andrea has authored numerous personal development articles and programs, and designs and delivers leadership curriculum for diverse businesses through her consulting practice, Morningstar Ventures. Andrea lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her husband, dogs and horses.

Sara Burden
Sara Burden added fantasy and adventure to Erik and Andrea's true-life story. Equipped with creative imagination and her love for the Chilcote canine family, she helped bring the characters to life. When Andrea asked Sara to collaborate in the writing of Erik's Hope, she was delighted to do so.
As Vice President of Walden Businesses, a prominent southeastern mergers and acquisitions firm, Sara is featured speaker on numerous talk radio shows and conducts accounting and law firm seminars and workshops. She has addressed women's professional business groups and has taught educational classes at international conferences for the mergers and acquisitions industry. Sara lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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