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

Honorable Mention

2019 Finalist

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Lisa Kohn

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

I’m right where I need to be (despite how I might feel)

I will admit that where I am sitting right now is pretty magnificent. I’m sitting on the balcony of my dear friend’s apartment, looking across the Hudson River to the city I will probably always call home, even though I don’t live there anymore. It’s a clear,...
Let the love shine in

Let the love shine in

Last week I wrote about my over-responsibility and how I am learning – day-by-day, moment-by-moment – to let that go. This week, what I need to hear and remember (and hopefully it will resonate for you as well) is my day-by-day and moment-by-moment decision and choice...

I’m not responsible for anything

I’m not responsible for anything

I was raised knowing that I was responsible to ease God’s suffering and that any doubt in my mind or heart, any time I selfishly thought of myself first…or at all, any misstep or misaction I took would break God’s heart. While I now know that that is ludicrous – that...

Move toward joy (not away from pain)

Move toward joy (not away from pain)

I spend a good deal of time creating joy, finding things that bring me joy, allowing joy, and as much as possible, being joy. I do it. I teach it. I firmly believe in it (and maybe even know it). And then I heard the other day, “move toward joy, not away from pain,”...

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