to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

Share the Hope

Lisa Kohn’s memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s.

To the Moon and Back

new awards


Silver Medal Award

2019 Shortlist


2018 INDIES Book of the Year


13th Annual Finalist


Honorable Mention


2019 Finalist

You really need to read this book, because it’s awesome.

Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess 'New York Times' bestselling author of 'Furiously Happy'

as seen in

What Lisa Does

Lisa Kohn
Writes

Lisa’s long-running blog offers hope and joy to others who may feel beaten or damaged by their upbringing or circumstances.
Lisa shares stories from her past, as well as her challenges, peace, and healing of today.

to the moon
and back

Told with spirited candor,
to the moon and back reveals
how one can leave behind
absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy. This is the fascinating tale of a story rarely told in its full complexity.

Coaching, Consulting, & Speaking

As a Chatsworth Consulting Group Partner, Lisa focuses on leadership consulting and executive coaching, spending time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting approaches to life and business.

Lisa Kohn Writes

Leap to freedom

This powerful poem by ansel elkins was pasted in my Facebook group for Moonie Second Gens. It floored me. I don’t know if it resounds as deeply and mind-shatteringly for people who weren’t raised with strict, confining religious teachings – and specifically strict and...
Notice the tension and tightness – and let it all go

Notice the tension and tightness – and let it all go

I am playing with awareness. They say, “awareness is the first step.” I’m noticing when I feel tense or tight. And I’m (doing my best to) breathe it all away. Then I’m noticing it again and (doing my best to) breathe it all away again. It’s an on-and-on process for...

One breath at a time

One breath at a time

“One day at a time” may have saved my life, but there are times when “one day at a time” doesn’t really work. It’s too hard. It’s too long. Sometimes a day is too much to take in and (seems like) too much to get through. Which always brings me to “one minute at a...

I think we need a hell of a lot of singing and dancing right now

I think we need a hell of a lot of singing and dancing right now

Let me start by saying that each week I feel less and less equipped to share thoughts that are valuable. That don’t seem just completely misplaced (and mis-said) in this moment in time. I keep wondering “who am I to have anything worthwhile to say, coming from all the...

Stay in touch

to receive my latest blog posts and news on to the moon and back

Lisa Kohn's top 10 tips for raising yourself when you've grown up in a toxic environment

Follow me on Twitter

5 hours ago
This is my time to be a snowflake in an avalanche of hope. And to realize when I have been a snowflake in an avalanche of injustice and pain.

I can choose what kind of snowflake I will be. Today. And today. And today.

I choose hope and love

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders https://t.co/xyQjIdXKaa
LisaKohnWrites photo
1 day ago
#AutobiographyofEve by @anselelkins

For those of us raised with confining religious teachings this poem is wildly liberating

Maybe Eve leapt to freedom. Maybe I leapt as well.

My latest blog post - Leap to freedom - https://t.co/VozLIIaMe3

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders https://t.co/0NGnSUntxY
LisaKohnWrites photo
3 days ago
I am lucky to get messages from readers. Still.

I especially love, ‘that you were able to write into such difficult material and still have humor that kept you afloat in it.’

I am lucky to spread a message of hope and self-love.

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders https://t.co/54G5Ysq5s3
LisaKohnWrites photo

Start reading 'to the moon and back' today!


Subscribe to my weekly newsletter and receive a FREE sample from my new book, 'to the moon and back'!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Start reading 'to the moon and back' today!


Subscribe to my weekly newsletter and receive a FREE sample from my book, 'to the moon and back'!

You have Successfully Subscribed!