The Buddha Made Me Do It

The Buddha Made Me Do It
Genre: Memoir
ASIN: 099756640X

“A warmly funny, wide-ranging, and off-kilter spiritual odyssey.” — Kirkus Reviews

What starts as a search for a decorative Buddha statuette leads one woman on a spiritual journey that will change everything.

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What starts as a search for a decorative Buddha statuette leads one woman on a spiritual journey that will change everything.

“This is the ultimate girls’ guide to the spiritual life: fresh and funny and down to earth, even when Martenson has us contemplating the mysteries of existence. If you’ve ever wished for a soul sister on your path to enlightenment, she’s here for you. And she’s fun.”—Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life and The Good Karma Diet

Marla lives the good life in Los Angeles… happily nesting in a new Valley dream house. She plays Cupid for a living, helping LA’s most discriminating singles find love, whilst hubby, Adolfo makes music and entertains the movers and shakers playing piano and singing at an exclusive steak house in Beverly Hills. After a dozen years of matrimony, they are still madly in love but her handsome Latin husband can be a teensy bit of a control freak and looks askance at Marla’s new age interests.

Like any self-respecting Angelino she works out religiously, embibing on green juice, practicing yoga,  she is a vegan and can recite affirmations and practice Law of Attraction with the best of them.

It’s not until a frantic search for a discarded Buddha statuette that Adolfo suddenly can’t live without; that leads Marla through the door of The Imagine Center.  Drawn in by the mystical energy, she convinces a friend to join her in some classes on attracting abundance. Soon, she and her skeptical but willing friend Julie are being schooled by the charismatic Goddess Tauheedah on all things magical.

Marla and Julie dive deeper into their studies and self -realization. Among other things, they soon find themselves talking to angels on a Spirit Board, attending a Hindu Bajan, mastering the pendulum and candle Magick.

But there is a line the intrepid friend’s won’t cross: Orgasmic Meditation.

Marla tries to help Julie get healthier by tempting her  with “green gunk” (what Julie calls Marla’s juice) and lends a sympathetic ear when Julie is spurned by her hunky neighbor,  and then  gets involved with a married fireman,  by attending weekly clandestine rendezvous at a local Dunkin’ Donuts, but nothing seems to work.

Meanwhile Marla starts collecting certifications as an energy/crystal healer, deepens her communication from the beyond, all whilst attempting to appear like a normal middle aged housewife in the Valley as she dodges insults and accusations thrown like stink bombs from Adolfo , “Have you lost your mind? Are you hearing voices? Angels aren’t real, come on!”

Growing in her spirituality, yet, exceedingly frustrated with her persnickety clientele; mature men with bald pates and pot bellies who imagine themselves as Dorian Grays, forever young and handsome, and worthy of the most exquisite young women in the Universe to share their lives with. Marla’s alternating universes are giving her spiritual whiplash. Can she continue to straddle both worlds and remain a free woman?

Winner, Bronze Medal
– Independent Publishing Book Awards
“Thought provoking, eye opening, and downright hilarious.”
– Anita Lock for IndieReader
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