After Fat Tuesday Comes Fat Soul

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This Lent, go lean in the daily frills and food departments if you must, but give the soul plenty of nourishment.   After all, Lent is a time for soul expansion.   I think of it like this: After Fat Tuesday, it’s time for Fat Soul, that is, for expanding the soul to obscenely large proportions.  Go ahead and indulge!  You are probably starving for quality soul-time by now.

As a companion in your soul-expanding adventure, I offer my new book Fat Soul: A Philosophy of S-I-Z-E, reflections on growing the soul.   This is a book not only for Christians who observe Lent, but for audaciously large souls of all faiths.

Here is a bit about my new book and what people are saying about it:

“Within these pages lies a creative adventure into soul expansion for the sake of beauty, reconciliation, and planetary well-being. Themes of self-compassion, kindness towards those who are different, and gladness of spirit against the growing tide of narrow, rigid, fearful worldviews weave through the text. Written during her five-year sojourn in Ecuador, the author of Embracing a Beautiful God develops her playful-yet-serious philosophy of S-I-Z-E in a series of soul-expanding reflections, inspired by the vast beauty and personal challenges of living in the Andean country. The reader is invited to explore with the author the many dimensions of growing the soul through the four major sections of the book: The Beauty of Inner Immensity, Fat Soul Planet, Fat Soul Luminaries, and The S-I-Z-E of Hope.”

“Fat Soul is the result of an outlandish feast spread by an extravagant Lover who longs for us to awaken to the spaciousness of our own inner universe. It’s so big you almost feel weightless.”  —Tim Carson, author of Six Doors to the Seventh Dimension.

“In a world constricted into brittle, rigid smallness, Patricia Farmer cracks open our hearts and invites us into a great, big bear hug of soul.  Fat Soul holds out the possibility of a life lived whole, lived large, lived with love and generosity. This is a book I will read again and again, and you should too!”—Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, author of God of Becoming and Relationship.

“This is the book you didn’t know you needed to read, and then, when you’ve read it, you wonder, ‘Where has this book been all my life?’ Well, here it is. Chock full of practical life-learned wisdom and intriguing bouquets of fresh imagery, Patricia Farmer’s riffs on enlarging one’s river of life overflow with warmth, vitality, and unforgettable insight. Get ready for an abundant feast!” —David Polk, author of God of Empowering Love.

“Patricia Farmer invites us to claim our grandeur, face our darkness, and out of this creative synthesis bring healing to this good earth. This text should be read slowly as you would savor a Godiva chocolate, so that it might flavor your spirit and invite you to taste and see the beauty of life. As you read this text, prepare to be transformed.” —Bruce G. Epperly, author of Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed

Fat Soul: A Philosophy of S-I-Z-E  is now available on in both paperback ($8.95) and Kindle edition ($2.99).

And be sure to visit our new Fat Soul International website

Blessings and Peace,


The Magic of Elizabeth Gilbert

“And while the paths and outcomes of creative living will vary wildly from person to person, I can guarantee you this:  A creative life is an amplified life.  It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life.  Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”   –Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic


The creative life.  Who dares live it?

I’ll tell you one thing:  if you’re a creative soul, but too afraid to create or find excuses for not creating or frozen in terror at the thought of how your creations might be received, I give you Elizabeth Gilbert’s
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  It’s a magical read.  This is not a how-to on writing or any other form of creativity, but rather her own philosophy of the creative life, that is, a way to re-set the mind and heart for the whole enterprise of creativity, whatever form it takes.

Elizabeth Gilbert believes that “the central question upon which all creative living hinges” is this: “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”

It’s all about courage.

And letting go of outcomes. . . .

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