I look at all those books lined up on my bookshelf in my office and I think -- wow, so many years, so many words, so many thousands of hours invested. How many years? My first book was published in 1981 by Madrona Press, a tiny Seattle publisher. How lucky was I to have a book contract at age 29, an advance of $3000, and a real, honest-to-goodness published book? And the luck continued, with more books on alcoholism and recovery, and then branching out into spirituality, memory, Traditional Chinese Medicine, adolescent drug use and addiction, empathy, and memoirs, one of which is my own.

"The Only Life I Could Save," may be my last book. I'm tired of deadlines -- the word "dead" has always done me in. But more important, I have been captured by stories, ever since I wrote "The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning" with Ernie Kurtz. A master storyteller, Ernie helped me to see and understand how these ancient and modern wisdom stories have the power to inspire, instruct, and transform our hearts and spirits. So it is to the stories I turn, with great excitement about sharing all of them with you.

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