“We listen, we wait, we surrender ourselves, and then—we do!”
 
 — Howard Thurman
When Spirit Calls,
Opening epigraph

Endorsements
An elegant and moving memoir of extraordinary explorations into that ‘other’ realm…into the world of healing ministries, spiritual guides, and esoteric experiences…Those who remain enclosed in a world of “hard facts” will be challenged, for sure. But those who are open to another dimension, another world within this one have a wide-eyed journey ahead.
The Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III
Retired Rector, Trinity Church in the City of Boston

Ninth Dean, The Washington National Cathedral (2005-2011)
  

Joan Diver is a highly respected leader and accomplished foundation executive who left an inspiring legacy of social change. Her grounding in work for justice, followed by her fall into faith and mystery is captured in this compelling, provocative and generous telling of her journey. I found myself turning pages as if reading a mystery novel, all the while experiencing a deep healing.
Patricia H. Brandes 
Former Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Massachusetts Bay
Former Executive Director, The Barr Foundation


When Spirit Calls offers clear guideposts for learning to navigate chaotic times. Diver’s writing is
a powerful invitation to look deeply into your own soul and find the mirror of divine love. This book
will bring you to courage and challenge you to find healing in your own way. You will never be the
same again!
The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer 
Rector, Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church, New York


Beautiful, raw, heart-wrenching, compelling, surprising, daring, illuminating. In When Spirit Calls, 
Joan Diver shares the incredible story of her journey to wholeness and her remarkable path to freedom and joy.
Alan Seale
Author, Transformational Presence: How to Make a Difference in a Rapidly Changing World 
Founding Director, Center for Transformational Presence


Joan Diver's contributions to the welfare of individuals and the communities that sustain us are legion, as depicted in the epic book about Boston, Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families. Her spiritual journey that underlies her ongoing dedication to the commonweal is extraordinary. When Spirit Calls is a revealing, riveting, inspiring story of challenges engaged, avenues of enlightenment pursued, transcendent realities embraced.
Linda Healey 
President, Onstage Enterprises; founding committee member,
Lukas Prize Project; former VP and Senior Editor, Pantheon Books


Drawing from the concreteness of a life lived deeply in the world—a world of work and family,
love and heartache—Joan Diver has found a way to build a bridge that unites her own reflections
and the cares and concerns that human beings hold in common.

Cullen Murphy
Editor at Large, The Atlantic; Former Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
Author, The World According to Eve: Women and the Bible
in Ancient Times and Our Own​


When Spirit Calls is a riveting, fast-paced, beautifully written, can’t-put-it-down book. Joan Diver tells the stories of her healing, spiritual, and political journeys, woven into an interlaced whole with stories
of the transforming power of love… an adventure at the deepest level of the human experience.
Arthur M. Larrabee 
Former General Secretary,
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends


As a high-powered executive, Joan Diver was not expecting to leave a fulfilling career for the dubious status of “spiritual healer.” But walking through the corridors of Time and Timelessness, she finds herself ever more fascinated by the cosmos as an alive, interconnected whole…She travels to exotic locations, drawing the reader into her thoughts within thoughts, her inner journeys within outward journeys. A love story and a passion for social justice permeate this beautifully told and impactful tale. You will not soon forget it.
Edith Hathaway 
Astrologer and author, In Search of Destiny:
Biography, History & Culture ​As Told Through Vedic Astrology


When Spirit Calls is a riveting story of tremendous depth and impressive courage. Diver integrates a fearless spiritual life with a down-to-earth approach to living effectively in a complex world.
Suzanne Farnham 
Co-author, Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community
Founder, Listening Hearts Ministries


When Spirit Calls is a profoundly honest, candid and courageous chronicle of one woman's search
for meaning and purpose in the face of painful physical and emotional challenges. Her openness is deeply, viscerally touching as she offers her warm, guiding hand through explorations of spirit,
magic, discovery, truths and inevitably, vulnerability in her healing quest. This search and this book
are acts of pure love.
Gary Hirshberg 
Chairman and Co-founder, Stonyfield Farm
Author, Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World


This is Joan Diver's vivid chronicle of the decade-long odyssey she took through the world of alternative therapies—chakra cleansings, past-life vision healings, as well as journeys to Egyptian holy sites and an Indian guru—in search of healing for her body and soul. In the process, she discovers the limits of a ‘policy’ approach to social change, and commits to a life as a spiritual healer.

Kathleen Hirsch 
Author, A Sabbath Life: One Woman's Search for Wholeness and Songs from the Alley


Diver’s beautifully written and very personal book is a spiritual autobiography that inspires and challenges. Whether being awakened by a hair dryer at an ashram or climbing into a coffin at the

Great Pyramid of Giza, Diver leads the reader along in an honest, unpredictable and moving
narrative. Stay with her: you’ll laugh and cry and most importantly, question.
Bettina Hoerlin 
Author, Steps of Courage:
My Parents' Journey from Nazi Germany to America
Co-author, The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age


When Spirit Calls is a spectacular page-turner. The story pulled me in the way a novel does, 
and
knowing it's all true made it that much more powerful… This is an important book—a unique survival story with the ability to bring together all religions and races. Howard Thurman and J. Anthony Lukas would be so proud.
E.B. Moore 
Author, An Unseemly Wife and Stones in the Road

 
Deeply committed and courageous, Joan Diver explores the farther reaches of consciousness in her search for healing and spiritual realization. With its variety of thought-provoking experiences, … this remarkable book … will intrigue anyone interested in spiritual unfolding, deep healing, and new frontiers in consciousness.

Olivia Hoblitzelle
Author, Aging with Wisdom and Ten Thousand Joys and
Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey through Alzheimer’s


 
Joan Diver wears her heart on her sleeve, and so we follow her—both in the spirit of keeping her company and in the hope that we will learn along with her.  Her husband, a self-described "stowaway" on the journey, figures importantly in her telling, demonstrating the bravery and generosity attendant to this tale of transformation.

Ann Jauregui, Ph.D
Clinical psychologist and author,
Epiphanies: Where Science and Miracles Meet
 

When Spirit Calls is an extraordinary journey of heart and spirit. Each episode is a meditation in
itself as the author engages us in the heart of each moment. We breathlessly await her next turn,
as if her discoveries and revelations are our own. More than a memoir,
When Spirit Calls nurtures, companions, and inspires all who seek to know their purpose and callings on the planet,
and who aspire to elevate their courage in fulfilling them.

Arleigh Prelow 
Producer-Director Emmy Award-winning film, Sweet Auburn,
and the upcoming documentary, The Psalm of Howard Thurman

 
When Spirit Calls is a timeless journey of healing and awakening that touches the very heart of what it means to be human. Joan’s courage to transform her life in the face of one initiation after another teaches us about trust and faith in a force greater than our self, a love story of the Soul.

Peter Faust M.Ac.
Former teacher, Barbara Brennan School of Healing
Co-author, The Constellation Approach: Finding Peace Through Your Family Lineage

  
The tension of this professional woman’s physical challenges and her natural will to succeed

lead her on a journey into realms she had no time to imagine in her drive to have a hand in
changing the world…We experience right along with her what it is to be stripped of an active life, autonomy, and oftentimes dignity as a result of physical breakdown. The honest vulnerability
of her journey leads us through the minefields that a high-profile lifestyle and a spiritual quest can present to a marriage… Thanks to When Spirit Calls we get to experience divine love in action.
Deb Mangelus 
Internationally acclaimed psychic spiritual counselor

   
A wonderful expression of a powerful and healing spiritual journey and an important story
for anyone trying to find their own spiritual path.
Andrew Newberg, M.D.
Author, How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain
Director of Research, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health,
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

   
There is nothing in this world more powerful than the ability to find one’s own answers. When Spirit Calls is a beautiful memoir revealing one such journey, which will whisper into the spiritual ears of all those willing to listen with their souls. 
Jeff Olsen
Author, Knowing: Memoirs of a Journey Beyond the Veil
and Choosing Joy after Tragic Loss





Epigraph from Elizabeth Yates,  Howard Thurman: Portrait of a Practical Dreamer, New York: John Day Company, 1964