Inspirational Author To Visit Payson


Terry Hershey, inspirational speaker, humorist and author of Soul Gardening and nine other books, who has been featured on The Hallmark Channel, CNN, PBS and NPR, will present two programs in Payson Monday, March 14.

He will speak between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church parish hall, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.

Hershey holds a mirror up to fast-forward, disconnected lives and offers the wisdom of taking an intentional moment to regain personal and spiritual balance.

The afternoon program is for members of the area’s garden clubs and participants in a group at St. Paul’s, which has been reading Hershey’s book Soul Gardening.

The evening program can accommodate up to 250 people and is open to the public.

Hershey has served as a Protestant minister and is now a writer and garden designer on Vashon Island, near Seattle, Wash. He speaks throughout the U.S. on relationships and spirituality and gardening. The Power of Pause (Loyola Press) is his 10th book.


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Terry Hershey

The Power of Pause: becoming more by doing less, focuses on the ingredients that allow us to nurture the soul. His other works include Soul Gardening: Cultivating the Good Life, Go Away Come Closer, Giving the Ministry Away and The Nature of an Island.

In 1994 Hershey founded Cotswold Garden & Design, designing gardens that emphasize imagination and the element of surprise. His gardens and books have been featured in Pacific Northwest Magazine (Seattle Times), Seattle Homes and Lifestyle, and the .

Most days you’ll find him out in his garden, ambling between roses and perennials, believing that he loses much who has no aptitude for idleness. For life is to be lived passionately, fully present and fully alive.

Hershey enjoys life with his wife, Judith, and son, Zachary, on Vashon, where ferry is the sole mode of passage. Rule of thumb: if you have to go anywhere, don’t be in a hurry.

He tolerates the rain and he is addicted to golf.

Hershey was born and raised in southern Michigan, but his education was a potpourri safari: from Indiana, to England, to California – while earning degrees in philosophy and theology. Armed with two degrees, and fueled with some latent workaholism, he spent the next few years working as Protestant minister, a personnel director for an organization sending teachers to Japan, and a public relations officer for a firm working in Uganda, Africa.

It took a divorce to slow him down – a crisis that allowed him to reassess his vocational journey. Like it or not, a moment of truth makes you take notice.

The seed of change had begun to take root, and it led to the founding of Hershey & Associates in 1984, an organization that provides workshops and seminars on building balanced lives and healthy relationships. Hershey’s message is straightforward and clear on what it means to find balance in a fast-paced, competitive world. His insight, honesty, and humor have motivated and encouraged individuals and organizations literally around the world.

Hershey captivates his audience with his motto: Do less, live more.  With a relational style, he creates an environment where his audience is given permission to become intoxicated with the world around them; to know that success doesn’t require that we arrive; to want what we already have; to be embraced by moments of grace; to allow the child in us a wide sky; to understand that laughter is a type of prayer; and to delight in our friends.

Hershey lives, writes and teaches The Balanced Life: Living with Passion, Purpose, Heart and Grace. What does it mean to find balance in a fast paced highly competitive world? How do we juggle work and family? How do we separate the essential from the superfluous? What are the root causes to a cluttered or imbalanced life? Hershey leads seminars and retreats around the theme: Do Less, Live More.  Healthy organizations ask “Why?” not “How?” They seek effectiveness and not just efficiency. Balanced lives create effective organizations. Balanced people are productive, resourceful and focused. They make a difference.


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