Kelly Sullivan Walden

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste: The Art of Transforming the Tragic into Magic

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Recoveries from heartbreaks and misfortune can be debilitating. In A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Kelly Sullivan Walden (aka the Dream Doctor) shares her own history of healing with therapy, shamans, gurus, 12-step programs, and her twenty-five years of working with clients as a dream therapist and encourages us to alchemize these challenges into a philosophy of strength, forgiveness, and personal transformation.

From a hot-air balloon crash in a wildlife refuge to a near-death experience on her fortieth birthday, Walden divulges both her own larger-than-life misadventures and debilitating losses alongside eye-opening stories from her clients and friends. Complete with healthy helpings of wisdom and humor, she flips the script with her four-step OGLE method and transforms the tragic into magic, a method designed to cut years off the recovery process and help turn suffering into optimism. With this book in hand, you’ll find your way back to your inner heaven, even when all hell is breaking loose.

Guided by Kelly’s wisdom and wit, you, too, can transform your life’s unexpected tragedies and mishaps into magical journeys of self-exploration, love, and badassery.

"A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste is a heartfelt self-help book that puts an honest, humorous spin on looking at the bright side.”

—Aimee Jodoin, Foreword Reviews (January / February 2023)

"A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste inspires us to become more open-minded, compassionate, and braver versions of ourselves. I highly recommend this book to fans of inspirational and humorous non-fiction books, memoirs, and self-help literature.”

—Nino Lobiladze,Readers’ Favorite 


Sullivan Walden, Kelly


Beyond Words Publishing

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Spring 2023



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5 1/2 x 8 3/8

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