Richard J Marks

Break free, retrain yourself,
and find freedom

Rise To The Sun:

7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers for Getting Out Of Hell

(New Degree Press, 2020)

A voyage to freedom and love that delves into transforming ourselves before we can transform the world.

Guiding us to feel safe in the face of change, powerful images, prayers and stories the 7 footsteps and 7 prayers assert that we are ready to reprogram ourselves, rather than be programmed by outside forces. 

Finding freedom is a life-long aspiration that lights our way out of hell. The 7 footsteps and 7 prayers unlock a kinder, gentler, and long-lasting engine for transformation. 

'personal, poignant, and at last, inspiring and hopeful'

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In the audiobook, we encounter music: “Processions” by Keola Beamer – a Hawaiian legend: singer-songwriter, composer and guitar master from the concept album, Himalayan Sessions.

It benefits the Aloha Music Camp – a nonprofit organization that provides ukuleles and music to youth in third world countries and promotes Aloha around the world.

“Your book will help a lot of people because you are willing to be very vulnerable.”

-Pedro Caballero, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel

Amidst the soulful hospitality of The Carlyle Hotel in New York City, the author wrote parts of his book Rise to the Sun: 7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers for Getting Out of Hell. When the full force of the pandemic lockdown let up, Pedro Caballero came out from behind the bar to give Richard the biggest hug. When asked what he liked best about his book, Pedro answered immediately, “Prayers are for everyone.”

Why are there 7 prayers?

The prayers enable us to see for ourselves, and thereby, to do for ourselves. 

Watch our thoughts.

See what is in our heart.

Repair our response to trauma and the grief that we carry.

Readers and students gain new perspectives that our own prayers are active and also not exclusively religious. 

“Prayers inspire and lift our spirits when we are down, and they give us something to do. They guide us actively toward seeing what needs to be released, surrendered, completed, forgiven and cherished. They also bring us into the heart. Prayers are a way of seeing human truth.”

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