to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

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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

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Silver Medal Award


2019 Shortlist


2018 INDIES Book of the Year


13th Annual Finalist


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2019 Finalist

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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.

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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

“Parts work” is changing my life – what it is, why it’s hard, and why I love it

Potential trigger warning… I’m (finally) reading The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. One might wonder why it took me so long. A dear friend, who is also a Moonie Second Gen, kept talking about the book. And then I mentioned it to my therapist, as in,...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME AND to the moon and back!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME AND to the moon and back!!!

September is a big month and this is a big week. I turn fifty-seven on Wednesday (these numbers are getting crazy weird!) and to the moon and back turns two on Friday. Wild. If you asked my young Moonie self what I’d be like and what I’d be doing at the age of...

Acceptance is the answer to all my problems

Acceptance is the answer to all my problems

Many, many years ago, when I was at an all-time low, someone shared with me page 449 of the Alcoholics Anonymous “big book.” “Read it,” they said. “Read it and reread it and reread it and remember it.” It reads like this: “And acceptance is the answer to all my...

You can’t shoot a cannon from a canoe

You can’t shoot a cannon from a canoe

I’m in the middle of a yoga class, doing my best to relax into the pose (which isn’t that easy, seeing as it’s a challenging, not relaxing, pose) and the teacher shares this thought. “You can’t shoot a cannon from a canoe,” he says, as we hold our reverse warrior...

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I’ve identified “parts” of me that emerged to protect me

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., “Exploring—even befriending—those parts is an important component of healing”

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Starting year three of spreading a message of hope and self-love.

Surely you know someone who still need to read it?!

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