In the fall of , Treya Killam was about to be married to Ken Wilber, a prominent theorist in the field of transpersonal psychology, when she was diagnosed. Ten days after transpersonal psychologist Wilber married Terry Killam in , Grace and Grit. Ken Wilber, Author Shambhala Publications $25 (p) ISBN. Treya Killam Wilber is Terry Killam when you first meet her. She is a She meets and falls in love with Ken Wilber in a classic but somewhat bizarre romance.

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Sep 28, Jaime rated it it was amazing. Having said that, since I didn’t actually skip any part of the book, the spirituality parts did spark a few intriguing questions even for me, but it was not what I came to the book to get.

The narrative includes details of several conventional and unconventional cancer therapies. Jul 08, T. Jun 14, Karriellen rated it it was amazing. Git and try again.

Four, there is a way out of this fallen state of sin and illusion, there is a Path to our liberation. Read Wilebr and Grit just to hear the voice of this extraordinary human being.

Mar 15, Mary Karpel-Jergic rated it it was amazing Shelves: So much for avoiding reading it during a trying time in my life This is Treya’s story.

Grace and Grit

Some of this sugar spills into the urine—the Romans used to test for diabetes by putting urine next grkt honey bees, who would swarm around the urine if the person was diabetic. I have actually read it three times and learned something new each time.

The understanding that we are here for a higher purpose. Basically, I personally find the beauty of the descriptions of mystical experiences to be most intense when they’re least pretentious.

Recommended to Kandice by: It offers such personal insight into the dying process – but even more qilber into how that process can change ones grce on how to truly live. The first and most important complaint I have about the writing itself is that I finished the book really feeling that Ken failed to showrather than tellhis readers about the kind of person Treya was.


It deals honestly with the pain and the overwhelming work that dealing with cancer can be both for the patient and the caregiver. This is a book with deep love and painful death. I mean, I’m sure she was a nice person and all, but isn’t everyone who is close to someone going to say, oh, she was such a wonderful person?

One of the most moving books I’ve read.

This book is the story of Wilber’s wifes battle with terminal cancer, her strength, his too. Treya showed me that you can be healed, and therefore wilbeg, regardless of whether you are disease-free or not. It may be an arduous, excruciating process, one that may require many incarnations to realize, but ultimately Spirit shapes matter, not the other way around. I finally picked it up this year, and as fate would have it, my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer while I was reading it.

Somehow during the course of her illness, she comes to understand that Being and Doing are equally wipber aspects of her life, and begins to sense a vocation as being an amorphous creator of environment.

Grace & Grit: Spirituality & Healing in the Life & Death of Treya Killam Wilber

Summary In the fall ofTreya Killam was about to be married to Ken Wilber, a prominent theorist in the field of transpersonal psychology, when she was diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of breast cancer. Click here for another response to Grace and Grit. Grih is right there in the title, you know it is coming, Treya’s death.

My life coach recommended this book to me when one of my loved ones was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer.

Your cancer still seemed cruel at the end. That seems a pretty remarkable story in and of itself, but she uses “cancer as a prompt to ‘change those things in your life that need changing.


A Response to Grace and Grit

As it turns out, though, my fears were pretty well unfounded. This is because the image and its object are not clearly differentiated. Of course, I’m sure he would say all the right things about women’s rights and gender roles, etc.

His weaknesses are exposed and he examines them as she continues to fight the cancer. I found the story inspiring and beautiful. She has a fairly positive attitude at the beginning her and Ken joke about “Fun with Cancer”. I became grih by reading the extensive measures that Treya took to beat her cancer.

Grace & Grit: Spirituality & Healing in the Life & Death of Treya Killam Wilber by Ken Wilber

I found it really condescending and trivializing toward women. My message is simple, but hard-won: It’s not my favorite book.

Open Preview See a Problem? I think I find it hard to acknowledge help from someone because it makes me vulnerable, it puts me at their mercy in a way, that they could see me more clearly than I see myself. It is also a fascinating story of how they grow and what they learn through Treyas five years of cancer until her death. But mysticism is transrational and thus lies in our collective future, not our collective past.

Something must separate me from Spirit. To find ways to live passionately, and yet with a detachment that trusts a Bigger sense in the universe somehow seems to capture the essence of being human. It took me a long time — 3 years, actually — to get andd this book. Mar 25, Kristen rated it it was amazing.

There’s woo and, like I said, Wilber stating ‘facts’ without citing references, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.