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 New Book Offers Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have

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“I love all of Roger's healing, enlivening, and heart-opening work.”

~ Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book


In our culture of “get more, have more, be more,” is there any place for “good enough is good enough”?

Bestselling author and acclaimed teacher Roger Housden says “yes” in Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have (New World Library, September 8, 2016), which offers an inspiring alternative to nonstop striving and self-criticism.

“This book is dedicated to reminding you to rest back into the life you already have, just as it is,” says Housden. “It takes an allowing, in the form of a persistent, deep, and courageous Yes! to life right now. That Yes doesn’t mean not caring about what happens in the world or in our own lives. It means caring so much that the heart spills open. It means being willing to be fully here where we are, whatever we are, however dark or light it happens to be.”

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.

“It was so normal, and often so subtle — the background banter in my head as I went about my day — that I never even thought to call it a struggle; until, that is, I gradually became intimate enough with myself to acknowledge the feeling tones with which I moved through the day and to see through the ways I made my own life so needlessly difficult,” writes Housden. “Now the struggles are mostly over, or when they aren’t, I manage to see them more quickly for what they are and remember — mostly — to step out of the ring.”


Roger and Kim Corbin at New World Library

Isabel Allende in conversation with Roger Housden on Dropping The Struggle


About the author
Roger 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. He offers writing workshops, both live and online, with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration. Visit him online at www.RogerHousden.com.

Dropping the Struggle by Roger Housden

Spirituality/Personal Growth • Hardcover/eBook • 152 pages

Price: $19.95 • ISBN 978-1-60868-406-9

Advance praise for Dropping the Struggle


“An inspiring, life-changing book that challenges us to open our arms to the life we have rather than wishing we had something else.”

— Marci Shimoff, author of Happy for No Reason


“With luminous clarity, radical authenticity, and tender appreciation of the human predicament, Dropping the Struggle is more than a teaching and bigger than a book: it is an invitation to transform.”

— Mirabai Starr, translator of Dark Night of the Soul and author of Caravan of No Despair


“This book came to me just when I needed it, helping me to loosen my tight fist on how I want things to be and take another step toward acceptance.”

— Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar and The Courage to Heal


“Gently and wisely, Roger Housden points to the timeless knowing within us, which dissolves the need to struggle with life, with others, and with ourselves.”

— Roger Walsh, MD, Ph.D., author of Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices


“A book of confessions, advice, and easy-to-digest wisdom on how to lean into surrender and beingness in spite of our Western hardwiring of constant doingness.”

— Arielle Ford, author of Turn Your Mate into Your Soulmate


Dropping the Struggle is a wise, compassionate, fierce gift and gentle guide for living fully with more ease — blending poetry, storytelling, and science — leading the way toward a more open heart and mind.”

— Marc Lesser, author of Less and Know Yourself, Forget Yourself


Printed on 100% postconsumer-waste recycled paper