New Book Teaches how to get in Touch with God Through ‘Shared Imagination’

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Mary Ann Archer presents a collection of real-life stories that speak to the power of imaginative mediation

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Mary Ann Archer wants to help others get in touch with God. Her new book, “Shared Imagination: A Channel to God and with Each Other” (published by Balboa Press), is a collection of true, spiritual narratives that explores the use of imagination in Ignatian-style meditation for an experiential connection with the Divine. Readers interested in reaching out to God through imaginative meditation can purchase the book at:

Archer’s own life was transformed 30 years ago, when she learned about the process of using imagination in meditation. She explains, “Basically, I flunked ‘clearing my mind’ meditation, and centering prayer never seemed to work for me. … Entering a story in imagination in meditation opened an experiential channel between me and the Divine where I could receive spiritual insights to ponder, everything shepherded by a trained spiritual director.”

“Shared Imagination” encourages a more personal, one-on-one relationship with God. Archer, who spoke with members belonging to her meditation groups, curated the stories. Each storyteller shares his or her real-life encounters with the Divine through imaginative meditation and the surprising spiritual experiences that blossomed in everyday life because of this process.

“Unlike in our modern world, where only scientific facts and physical experiences are to be trusted, my book proposes the reality of a spiritual world where Love resides,” says Archer. “My book maintains that imagination is not something to fear but can be used to access that world.”

Praise for “Shared Imagination”:
“The awareness of God on the move in each life is breathtaking.”

  • Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline

“A personally involving journey to the world of spiritually directed prayer meditation and individual encounters with God.”

  • Kirkus Reviews

“Shared Imagination”
By Mary Ann Archer
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781982203740
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781982203726
E-Book | 204 pages | ISBN 9781982203733
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mary Ann Archer is a spiritual director, retreat leader and professional flutist and piccoloist. She received her Master of Arts in spiritual direction from General Theological Seminary in New York City. She has worked with individuals and groups in spiritual direction for more than 30 years, focusing on active imagination. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 26 years, she now performs with orchestras across the South and lives with her husband, Frank, and their cats in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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