is a fantastic reference and I am glad to have it in my library.
Natural Herbal Living Magazine
is a multi-faceted reference book for many types of Goddess-informed practices. Donato's book provides a fresh new set of ideas for connecting our beliefs to our daily routines.
I cannot recommend
Goddess Consciousness enough especially if you are at the start of your journey with the divine feminine or if you are a teacher or circle facilitator.
Goddess Pages Magazine
Marlene was raised in a metaphysical home and began having OBEs at 15. Since, she like the psychic voyager, Ingo Swann, has translated her celestial sojourns onto canvas. Because of its detail and breadth Naked Soul can become a referenced classic, not in a scholarly sense, or because it is the first to allude to cosmic relationships, but because the author has brought into the book detailed insight not yet surpassed.
Out-of-Body Research Foundation
Marlaina is the author of 15 books in several genres including women's spirituality, holistic health,
slow/meaningful living, fiction, memoir,
children's stories, humor, and poetry.
Midlife Crisis? Be Inspired by Novelist Marlaina Donato
Bucks County Women's Journal August/September 2013
by Linda C. Wisniewski
Marlaina Donato believes that “words are sacred; words are energy.” She spent nine years writing her novel Broken Jar and says “I could never have written it in my twenties or thirties.”
Donato’s mother took her to visit the Pearl S. Buck estate when she was eight and showed her little girl the famous author’s desk. “It was nothing less than magical,” Donato says, noting that some scenes in Broken Jar come directly from the years she lived in Bucks County as a child. When she was 10, she began a weekly 4-H column in her local newspaper. As a teenager, she started a novel and hired a typist who was also a professional editor, a woman who taught her the basics of writing. With no other formal training, Donato found her own voice.
Broken Jar is the story of Tee Buckley, a woman in midlife who suffers great loss and finds redemption in the Bucks County town of New Hope. Donato says writing the book helped her navigate her own losses and life transitions. “Don’t be afraid to write from the solar plexus, the deepest emotional place of your own experience,” she advises. And “make writing a priority. Let your stories out of the prison of excuses and never settle for less than your own level of excellence.”
Now living in rural New Jersey, Donato is also an accomplished painter, photographer, and composer. She is certified in massage and bodywork, clinical application of essential oils, Reiki I, and hospice volunteer work. She is an essential oil practitioner and meditation instructor specializing in eclectic women’s spirituality and the Sacred Feminine. With all these accomplishments, how does she find time to write? “We make time for the gym, our kids’ extracurricular activities, salon appointments...make writing just as important, and you will find time. If you write just one page a day,” she says, “you’ll have a draft or a finished manuscript in a year.”