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Artist's Spotlight: Molly Carroll

New book inspires author, readers



New book inspires author, readers


rtists know that the process of creating is cathartic, often healing. Artists can take that part of art or leave it, moving through the process of healing as simply as they move through a set of new paints. For Molly Carroll—a local artist, writer and therapist—art, healing and following your intuition is a beautiful, delicate dance that she believes starts deep within.

Recently, Carroll found herself with the new challenge of having just 12 weeks to write a book on a subject dear to her: intuition. As Carroll would tell you, this subject is actually something dear to many, a tool we have been given, though we often do not use. Her book, "Trust Within," which launches Oct. 17, explores several stories of people whose lives were changed, either by following or not following their intuition.Carroll's first book, "Cracking Open," an artistic journal with probing questions for the reader around self discovery mixed with prompts for writing, drawing, painting and more, was a seven-year project of love. "I wanted to create a journal that would allow people to go into a deeper area of self-discovery. Not just the artist in me or the writer in me, but the therapist in me. I wanted to share with people tips and tools I had gained in my 20-plus years of being a therapist."

Stories in her book include a mother whose teenage daughter with Down Syndrome teaches her how self-love really work; a UN Ambassador who spent 17 years in silence; a woman who listened to the dreams that ended up saving her life by correctly diagnosing her with cancer; and many more. And while the stories are varied and rich, you can trust Carroll picked each one based on the voice inside her saying, "Write this down."

Molly Carroll

"Trust Within"

Available Oct. 17 from Grand Harbor Press

Book Launch Celebration

Mon., Oct. 16


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

61980 Skyline Ranch Rd., Bend

About The Author

Teafly Peterson

For the last 20 years, I have been working as an artist and an educator. Some days I am better at one than the other. The good days are when I am excellent at both simultaneously. I love those days. I teach a variety of mediums– painting, drawing, photography, writing, film making. Mostly what I teach is how to...

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