now in paperback

Magical Journey

An Apprenticeship in Contentment

“So beautifully written, I wore out a yellow marker highlighting my favorite lines.” — People


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“No longer indispensable, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, we are hungry and searching nonetheless.”

With the candor and warmth that have endeared her to readers all over the world, Katrina reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, children growing up and leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage.

Poised at one of life’s most challenging crossroads, uncertain of her path through the afternoon of life, she finds solace in the discovery that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon.

More a spiritual journey than a physical one, this intimate memoir of loss, self-discovery, and growth will resonate deeply with any woman who has ever mourned the passage of time, questioned her own purpose, or wondered, “Do I have what it takes to create something new in my life?”

From Publishers Weekly:

In this intensely moving tribute to the importance of enjoying every moment of life, Kenison . . . tells a tale inspired by loss and confides what can be gained from it. After a dear friend dies from cancer and her two sons head off to boarding school and college, Kenison is forced to question what remains relevant in her life and how such an introspective examination might portend a change in priorities. . . .  Her journey will inspire tears and determination, and remind readers that anything, “done from the heart, changes the world in some small way for the better.”

More praise

Magical Journey lives up to its ambitious title.  Katrina shows us a path into the future that is generous, brave, and open-hearted.  I’ve given Magical Journey to so many people and the response has been unanimous — love.”
— Ann Patchett, author of This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

In this moving memoir, Katrina Kenison beckons readers into her world and proves to be an insightful guide and companion through the vicissitudes of life.”
Chicago Tribune

Warm and wise. . . . Soul searching reflections by a woman coming to terms with the three major challenges of midlife: change, loss, and death.”
Kirkus Reviews

This luminous memoir is a gift to any reader searching for meaning, clarity, and perhaps a bit of hard-won joy. Katrina Kenison is the best kind of guide through our life’s passages: a thoughtful, fearless friend who reaches out a hand and says, I’ve been here too.”
— Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion

The afternoon of life can cast long shadows, but Katrina’s beautiful observations on love, loss, growth and gratitude will brighten readers’ worlds considerably. You won’t find a better guide or friend to accompany you through the sorrows, joys, and mysteries we are all meant to share.”
–Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe

In sharing her quietly courageous search for purpose in the second half of life, Katrina Kenison inspires the rest of us to examine our own ordinary lives with wonder and compassion. Deeply personal and gently instructive, this poignant memoir of loss and growth affirms that, in the ways that truly matter, we are all intimately connected, our humble human stories more alike than different.”
— Stephen Cope, author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

No matter where you are on the journey, Kenison’s own pilgrimage points the way home. She give us permission to stop trying to improve ourselves and invites us to relax into the wonder of who we already are.”
–Regina Brett, author of Be the Miracle

After the kids are gone, Kenison faces the question that haunts every mother’s empty house and every woman’s passage beyond midlife. What now? Deeply wise and courageous, every page of Magical Journey shines with beauty and pulses with truth. Read it, and you’ll want to do what Kenison does: begin again.”
–Karen Maezen Miller, author of Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life

Kenison likens the existential midlife quest to the hero’s journey described by Joseph Campbell, including the death of the old self and the painful, satisfying birth of the new. With ferocious compassion, she puts words to sensations and sudden hungers that most of us dare not name.”
— Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution

Reading Katrina’s comforting words is like having a heartfelt conversation with your best friend. She opens her heart with a vulnerability that brings you instantly into a close relationship. Her experiences may not be the same but her emotions surely are. It is on that level we connect with her in a surprisingly intimate way and read with pleasure what we all know to be true.”
— Bonnie Harris, author of Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids

In thoughtful, elegant prose Katrina Kenison creates an extended meditation on a certain passage in life – one composed of loss and gain, deprivation and sustenance. She learns the way to relinquish old pleasures and to seek out new pathways. This is a guide that we all can use – warm, intelligent and compassionate.”
— Roxana Robinson, author of Cost

Kenison, soul bared and hand extended, is right beside us as we, too, face life’s next inexorable threshold: the elusive pursuit of self-acceptance.”
— Margaret Roach, author of The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life

Katrina Kenison’s Magical Journey is an intimate portrait of a life fully lived. Kenison’s voice is quiet and questioning, warm and encouraging. I felt as if a close friend were sitting next to me, whispering in my ear. Magical Journey is a book about loss, love, and compassion, and it’s also a call to action: love, embrace gratitude, be open to change. This book will help any reader find the magic that exists in each of us. It’s a book that won’t leave my bedside table; I know I’ll come back to Kension’s quiet wisdom again and again.”
— Kate Hopper, author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

Reading Katrina Kenison’s beautifully written story helped me appreciate my own life with a new tenderness. Her book helps us realize that although our lives don’t turn out perfectly, they are precious and worthy of our love”.
–Hari Kirin Khalsa, author of Art & Yoga: Kundalini Awakening in Everyday Life

In her modern re-imagining of the mythic journey, Katrina Kenison sets out to explore the interior landscape of midlife, and from the very first page her readers are eager to come along for the ride. Kenison is at once disarmingly human and courageously wise.”
–Lisa Garrigues, author of Writing Motherhood