When Spirit Calls

When Spirit Calls

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A Healing Odyssey

Joan Diver

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A memoir, When Spirit Calls is at once an adventure story and meditation on the healing journey that traces Joan Diver's odyssey from Boston foundation executive to spiritual healer. An eloquent tale of opening the heart to the power of divine love, it challenges us to move through our fears and become bearers of spiritual transformation.


As Boston's Hyams Foundation's first executive director, Joan Diver was nationally recognized for her creative leadership. A student of diverse spiritual paths and speaker from the heart, Joan has since offered healing to seekers, led contemplative and healing church ministries and partnered with her husband, Colin, in his role as President of Reed College. Their urban story is chronicled in J. Anthony Lukas' Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the lives of Three American Families. When Spirit Calls is Joan's first book.


“An extraordinary exploration 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 other dimensions, other worlds within this one, have a wide-eyed journey ahead.” —The Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, Rector, Trinity Church in the City of Boston, Ninth Dean of 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.”—Pat Brandes, Former Executive Director, Barr Foundation; Former Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Massachusetts Bay

"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…. "—Arthur M. Larrabee, Former General Secretary, Philadelphia Society of Friends