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This is a beautiful memoir. Certainly one of a kind. It inspires me to continue to allow life to unfold and surprise me. It makes me think more about what I need to be doing to choose my own way.
— Maggie Neiss, South Chester, PA

From Jeannette and Beth, the QL Duo:

We've been lucky enough to be among the few who have read Pivot. It opened our minds and hearts to a better understanding and appreciation of our lives, our world and the universe beyond.

We have worked at Perelandra for over 25 years, and have read all of Machaelle's books multiple times. Still, we found this book riveting and new. Whether you've also read them all or haven't read any yet, you'll find Pivot to be an experience unlike any other.

Machaelle takes us on a deeply personal and insightful journey from her beginnings through to what she's doing and thinking now, over 70 years later and after having founded Perelandra nearly 40 years ago. She looks ahead to her pivot-woven future, and reveals what's in store for her, and for Perelandra.

If you have been looking back and thinking about your life lived so far, Pivot will give you a fresh perspective, a way to find new meaning and understanding in your own journey. If you are looking ahead to life in front of you, Pivot will inspire you to make the most of your adventures, opportunities and choices.

Pivot is more than a memoir about an extraordinary life. It's about life at its largest and what can happen when we recognize the unique possibilities in our own journey — our own life at its largest.

With this memoir, Machaelle pulls back the curtain, giving a unique look behind the scenes of an expanded view of the bigger picture.
— Emily Dobson, Decorah, IA

Think you know what the word "pivot" means? Think again!

A pivot occurs when a person who has been traveling on a familiar, well-defined life path makes a sudden voluntary or involuntary turn that untethers the individual from that path and propels him or her onto a new and often unrelated path that uproots the individual from his or her previous world.

Pivot is all about having the courage and confidence to meet life on its own terms.
— Michael T., Canton, OH


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on 11/3/2018
What a Life!
I thank Machaelle for this book and for the life and Life it represents. The new book dovetails well with, but does not replace, her three earlier biographical books. The earlier books have the advantage of speaking in the voice of one who is still going through and processing what is being discussed. The on-the-ground perspective of the earlier books has been invaluable to me, as I go through my own adventures, to show me the range of what kinds of things can happen and what kinds of daring might be required. The new book on the other hand provides a deep and unified view. The light from the unified view illuminates many corners that were left unaddressed before. And the combined life energy that emerges from the consistent view is breathtaking, inspiring, profound. The first half of the book, up through the end of Pivot One, is a classic memoir of an extraordinary yet ordinary life. Even on its own, I found this part very worth reading. My human sense of timing did wonder a bit.
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