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Twentyone Olive Trees the Book
Available January 11, 2022 in Print and Audiobook
Advance Reader Copies Available Now

Illustrated by Marit Cooper

Audiobook Narrated by Courtney Patterson

 

“Laura Formentini has written a lovely book of life lessons through stories, poems, and vignettes of insight and wisdom and revelation. The ultimate result is reinventing life through conscious awareness of life’s daily miracles of healing transformation and liberation. I highly recommend it.” -Deepak Chopra

TWENTYONE OLIVE TREES is more than just a book. It is my personal journey of transformation portrayed as a collection of letters and poetry I wrote to my son Blaise, after his death. Before each of the letters, 21 fable narratives unfold, further illuminating this intimate look at coping with loss and acceptance that intrigues, inspires, and gives hope to readers looking for answers about life and death, and those who long to transform their grief into something beautiful.

I chose the title TWENTYONE OLIVE TREES because my son was 21 when he died, and and we will plant twenty-one olive trees in his honor at a healing sanctuary that I am currently creating. The olive tree is a symbol of many things, including longevity and peace, and the planting of them, and this book is my way of keeping my son’s story alive. The letters provide an insight into my shift from grief to understanding as I process the circumstances of my son’s untimely death.

Blaise was not only my soul mate, but my partner in crime on so many different adventures. I started writing these letters to him just about five weeks after his passing, which happened in the Western United States while I was abroad collecting stories of hope and transformation in Ethiopia, in early August 2019. He had a brief, yet very intense life here on earth. We lived together on two different continents, traveled seemingly everywhere around the world together, often to the most remote and unusual areas (such as Lappland in Northern Finland). All the while we had amazing and profound conversations, ate the craziest foods and exchanged as much laughter and eccentricities as we did confrontations.

Voices of Transformation: The Trilogy
Part One: Coming Home

Glow: “Coming Home”, recounts my journey of self-discovery throughout the African continent and how I learned to transform my suffering into highly positive vibes through the practice of Love in Action. After years of struggle and lack of self-direction, I reached a point where I knew that I had to let go of my old self, heal myself, become a blank page for life to write on, and to connect with the world on a larger wavelength––the wavelength of compassion and love.

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Voices of Transformation: The Trilogy
Part Two: Sponsored

Glow: “Sponsored”, tells heartfelt stories that speak to the positive impact of sponsorship and highlights expected and unexpected ways the experience has enriched the lives of everyone involved, including my own. Sponsorship is much more than a beautiful way to make a difference. It also teaches us that our differences aren’t that great. The more I work with different people in different countries all over the world, I realize just how similar we really are. We all need the same stuff––nourishing food to eat, a safe place to live, education, health, and the ability to pursue our unique strengths and talents. And it was this simple discovery that caused me to expand my sponsorship to more and more countries.

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Voices of Transformation: The Trilogy
Part Three: Sanctuary

Sanctuary profiles animal rescue projects from around the world, including Costa Rica, Morocco and Puerto Rico. Although I had originally begun my own animal sanctuary project following the “How to start and run an animal sanctuary” workshop I took at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah in 2014, life unexpectedly led me to explore how others have managed to operate their rescues instead. This is also a photographic journey since capturing moments in this way is particularly valuable to my personal artistic inquiry.

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