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All illustrations, including the stunning book cover painting, is original art by Elle Luna.

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About the book

Aphrodite Emerges: The Journey That Changed My Life - and Changed My Father's Too


As your daughter I urge you to please take these words to heart. In the future, I will not support you in doing any more of your shaming towards women or anyone, so if you call me for that, I will not oblige.

When Susie Herrick, a licensed psychotherapist then in her thirties, found herself emotionally and spiritually stuck in her relationships with the men in her life, she began an extraordinary journey toward her own enlightening experiences and toward the powerful insight that she ultimately helped deliver to her father.

The journey took her to the Himalayas; an encounter with a clawing eagle; an understanding of the state that Tibetan Buddhists call a bardo; the wisdom of the female teachers she met; and back—her raw inner world exposed as she navigates a difficult divorce. All of this results in Herrick's realization that how she had been treating herself was how her father had treated her mother. This transformed her life—as well as her father's.

Seeing the change in the way her father related to the women in his life inspired Herrick to share in this book—beautifully illustrated by the talented artist and designer Elle Luna—the lessons she learned so that she could help women examine their own life stories, take their own journeys, and empower them to speak with their own authentic voices.

32 color and 5 b&w illus., 1 color and 1 b&w photo

Book Launch

July 16, 2017

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Read more about Susie and Elle

"It was through my weakness—my vulnerability—that I was beginning to defeat the enemy."

Author & Artist

Susie Herrick

With over twenty years experience as a psychotherapist in private practice, personality typology expert, department chair as well as professor ... read more ...

Elle Luna

Elle is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and author. She began her career at IDEO, where she spent five years honing her visual storytelling ... read more ...

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Velvet Henderson, director of online Marketing & Goddess of Happenings

Velvet is affectionately referred to as the CEO of Aphrodite Emerges. She is an evening law student at McGeorge Law School. She thrives on bringing order to chaos by manipulating processes and crafting to-do lists. We love her very much!




"When you find where the disunion lies within you, it starts the path to a real relationship with the self. Dig for your truth, so you can be ecstatically horrified."



"It's a release from prison when we
shift our entire being toward love."

— Susie Herrick



Listen in browser above, or download from iTunes see episode titled, "Aphrodite Emerges" (6/23/2016).