My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11
The story of an ordinary woman with extraordinary experiences, Virginia Swain’s soul journey takes her from the devastating loss of her brother to moments of peace, visions of a new future, and after a harrowing day in New York City on September 11, a vivid dream of a phoenix rising from the city’s ashes, calling her to a new definition of leadership — one of empowerment, reconciliation and peace.
Reflecting on a series of deeply spiritual encounters, Virginia recounts how she evolved from an overworked corporate executive to a woman who learned to live with integrity, purpose and confidence, experiencing a calling she couldn’t ignore — to bring leadership, wholeness, balance, and peace to a world torn by conflict.
Bringing the spiritual to the practical, she shares stories of moments of grace on mountaintops and by the sea, and of healing experienced by groups as diverse as attendees at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, consulting clients in California, United Nations staff, United Nations peace-builders addressing religious conflict in the Philippines, and refugees from the former Yugoslavia.
As her journey unfolds, she finds her vocation, a life partner, a new perspective on death, and a sense of her own worth and capacity to contribute to her country and our world. Throughout this compelling narrative, Phoenix invites the reader to undertake their own soul journey, closing each chapter with journal questions to prompt further reflection.
“Virginia Swain’s memoir, My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership , is inspiring. It’s rare for us mere humans to know God directly, far more rare to repeatedly receive divine guidance throughout life. Virginia’s willingness to listen and obey God leads her back and forth across the country, into and out of relationships and very different tasks. She is led and supported by God’s loving affirmation. The book answers both what a Spirit-led life looks like and how a loving God nurtures individuals.” Michael Resman, Quaker and Co-Editor, What Canst Thou Say.
“Master coach, leadership trainer and spiritual director, Virginia Swain is a dedicated and determined activist, devoting herself to making our planet a better place to live for all.”- Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury is the Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations & Founder of The Global Movement for The Culture of Peace (GMCoP)