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The Ecstasy of Surrender by Judith Orloff, M.D.

12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life

The Ecstasy of Surrender by Judith Orloff, M.D.

The Ecstasy of Surrender

Judith Orloff, M.D.
  • Imprint: Harmony Books
  • On sale: April 1, 2014
  • Price: $26.00
  • Pages: 432
  • ISBN: 9780307338204
Contact: Lauren Cook

New York Times bestselling author Judith Orloff, MD, has a simple solution for so many of our problems and stresses. Whether it’s feeling pressure at work, having low self-esteem, noisy neighbors, delayed flights, being attracted to unavailable people, excelling in your career, or dealing with the illness or death of a loved one, Dr. Orloff has the answer we’re looking for.

Just let go.

She describes exactly how to do this in her acclaimed new book, THE ECSTASY OF SURRENDER: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life. Dr. Orloff provides an exciting plan for reducing stress by controlling less, and shows you how to approach the world and yourself so that you can live more effortlessly and joyfully.

For more than twenty years, Dr. Judith Orloff, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, has witnessed the transformative effects of surrender on the health and moods of her patients—as well as herself. Often people think of surrender as weakness or admitting defeat. But as Dr. Orloff explains, surrender allows you to achieve your goals and to experience consistent happiness by tuning into the flow of your life instead of fighting everything or trying to control too much.

In THE ECSTASY OF SURRENDER, Dr. Orloff presents twelve key areas of life where learning how to let go yields surprising and positive outcomes, including:

SEX: To tap your full sexual power, you must surrender. Holding back, obsessing on performance, or letting your mind drift is the end of passion. Surrender old ideas of macho sexiness and be authentic and loving. Surrender your overactive mind and your to-do list so you can be present in your body.

POWER: Power keeps increasing when you learn when to exert control and when to let go. Pushing too hard sabotages success, but surrender increases power. True power means balancing worldly power with the influence of the heart.

BEAUTY:  Surrender is a beauty secret. Pushing too hard, worrying, and holding on to resentment increase stress hormones and cause frown lines, premature aging, and weight gain. Surrendering increases endorphins and makes you radiant and wrinkle free.

MONEY: You are not your bank account. Money can’t make you happy if you are not happy already. Surrender old ideas that money can fix you.  Happiness research shows that being generous, meditation, and positive thinking can increase your happiness set point whereas winning the lottery cannot. Surrender means learning what money can and can’t do and enjoying what you have.

Every chapter has specific tools for surrender and quizzes to guide you, with simple how-to exercises that give amazing results. With her unique approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual health—marrying neuroscience, psychiatry, intuitive medicine, and energy techniques—Dr. Orloff provides a powerful yet practical guide on how to surrender for anyone who feels stuck, fearful, or afraid to let go.


About the author:  JUDITH ORLOFF, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, has helped patients experience emotional freedom and the power of surrender for more than twenty years. Dr. Orloff passionately asserts that we have the power to transform negative emotions and achieve inner peace. She is the author of Emotional Freedom, Second Sight, and Positive Energy. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, the Today show, PBS, CNN, and NPR, and her TED talk debut of this book has over a half million views on YouTube.  For more information, check out


Praise for Dr. Judith Orloff 

“Dr. Orloff voices the message that intuition works as a potent therapeutic force that can help us lead smarter, saner lives. She is a serene maverick.”

USA Today

“This luminous book is crammed full of wisdom on every page.”  

Larry Dossey, MD

“There is no real peace, happiness, or joy without surrender. This book gives your intellect the information necessary to trust the wisdom of simply letting go.”

 —Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

The Ecstasy of Surrender is a stunning accomplishment. Orloff masterfully explores the multiple facets of letting go and discovering personal and spiritual freedom. This is a wonderful book.”

Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Defy Gravity

“One of the most important changes we can make is to go from seeing surrender as a sign of defeat to seeing it as a land of victory inside ourselves. Dr. Judith Orloff offers beautiful guidance and insight into making the switch. This book takes you straight into the light: our surrender to an intelligence, power, and love that is greater than our own. Dr. Orloff nails it. ”

Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

“Dr. Judith Orloff not only writes eloquently about the beautiful process of surrender but she demonstrates it through her openhearted writing. She shows us the strength and power that come from healthful vulnerability. Judith and her book The Ecstasy of Surrender are treasures!” 

Doreen Virtue, author of The Miracles of Archangel Gabriel

The Ecstasy of Surrender: wow! I surrender to my intuition, to my wisdom, to my inner guru, and to the moment.”

Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now

“My wise and courageous colleague, Dr. Judith Orloff, has spun a brilliant book—The Ecstasy of Surrender—blending spiritual wisdom, modern medical insights, and Judith’s vast intuitional skills. This book will remove blocks to your inner peace, happiness, and health. I highly recommend it.”

 Brian L. Weiss, MD, author of Many Lives, Many Masters

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