Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing

I love old things.  Unfortunately I live in a big city that tears down old houses, clears fields for parking lots and “updates” and “modernizes” without paying attention to preserving history.  But I guess that is how it goes.  We live in a house built in 1926 and it is updated but full of character. When I saw the cover to this book, I fell in love. I love the old antique gates and the beautiful photography. In fact, when I mentioned this to the author – she said how ironic that was – as some of the gates she photographed for the book are no longer.  So in a way this book is about historic preservation.

Then I opened the book and found something much richer and more wonderful that the photos (which are just breathtaking).  Somehow, the author has married beautiful photography and beautiful words into a heartfelt picture book.  It can easily serve as a coffee table book – but one that people will thumb through and find much more.


About the Book

Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing is a tribute to the resiliency and beauty of the human spirit. It will captivate you, and bring you tears of sadness and tears of joy.

Opening the Gates of the Heart leads to self-love and love of others, while reflecting a spiritual and emotional healing journey. Read in its entirety, it presents a pathway to peace. Read one at a time, each verse provides a starting point for a daily meditation or reflection. This makes the book an excellent gift and/or coffee table book.

Composed of a series of topics to describe a journey, each topic shares a title, a photograph of a wrought-iron gate, and an inspirational verse. As you absorb each triplet, you will be transported into a safe and tranquil garden of serenity. After one or two triplets, you can put the book down and go about your day with a lighter, more peaceful heart.

his is a book of 42 photographs of wrought-iron gates and inspirational quotes about life. All the images are full color on high luster paper. It is a hardcover with dust jacket and is 9 1/2 ” x 8 “, in a landscapeorientation.


About the Author

My passion of photographing iron gates began with my travels. I found myself back in the Bay Area in 2004 and I started photographing these lovely gates I had stumbled upon three years earlier. I don’t know why I was unable to stop photographing them, yet, I was. It is not clear when it happened, but one day, the gates began to represent my heart, closed from life’s pains and hurts. I began to wonder if all of our hearts were closed from pain, and if that’s why we sometimes don’t treat others or ourselves very nicely.

After I realized this, my long-standing daily practice of journaling changed, as I started to write about my closed heart and the emotions I was feeling. Then one day I wrote in my journal something that described a gate photo I had just titled. I was flabbergasted, as it gave voice to the image way beyond the visual element!

This discovery prompted a search of all my journals, in which I found words that matched three-quarters of the photos that now appear in the book. When this occurred, the idea of a book was born and I began to pair together verses of inspirational quotes about life and love that I had found in my journals.

In 2010, I became Gate Lady Publishing to publish my book Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing, which I did on October 8th, 2010. Since then, it has won awards for spirituality, inspiration, and photography/art.

In addition to gates, I photograph colored light as it is shined through cut glass. This produces vibrant and magical images. Down the Straightaway, pictured to the rightwon First Prize. Other images which have won awards are listed in my biography.

All of my images can be found on the Photo Galleries page.

Buy It 

You can buy this book for about $30 online at the author’s website.  I think it is super cool that each book is autographed especially for the person you are buying it for – that is rare to find that kind of personal touch.


Disclaimer: I was not paid or did not receive any compensation, but did receive samples to review and test out. The opinions in this post are soley mine.

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2 comments for “Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing

  1. November 20, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Sounds like an amazing book. Thanks!

  2. November 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful discovery. It sounds like a fabulous book!!! xo HHL

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