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Brene_BrownJJtwitterNot only is Marianne a beautiful writer, she’s a courageous truth-teller. Zen Under Fire takes readers on a breathtaking adventure through war-torn Afghanistan and an equally perilous place – the human heart. I can’t stop thinking about the brave stories of peace, justice, and love.”

– Brené Brown, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly

This is a poignant and uplifting story about finding resilience in the midst of intense suffering, written with genuine understanding and care. Marianne Elliott has written a very special book, both compelling and inspiring.”

– Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness.


I’ve created a free online guide to staying Zen Under Fire – covering the key lessons I learned in Afghanistan about finding a place of inner peace even in the midst of war. The Zen Under Fire online guide is a four week course in finding your own inner peace in the midst of whatever chaos, conflict or simple day-to-day challenges you might be facing. It includes:

  • One lesson per week (for four weeks) with a key learning from my experiences in Afghanistan and a simple exercise to help you apply the lesson to your life
  • One practice per week (including yoga, meditation and writing) to help you put the lessons ofZen Under Fire into practice in your life
  • Access to a private Facebook group where you can post updates, questions or insights from your own Zen Under Fire journey.
  • One live Q&A call with Marianne (on Sunday June 9th

Get Zen Under Fire online course free when you pre-order the book. Here’s how:

Step 1: Preorder Zen Under Fire from one of the following online stores:


Step 2: Forward your email receipt to

Step 3: We’ll send you instructions on how to sign up for the course.

Step 4: The course will begin on 1 June 2013

This is an amazing book, kind of like if Eat, Pray, Love had happened in Afghanistan and the stakes were life and death. Marianne’s story is touching, relatable, informative, and, to boot, fantastic storytelling.”

— Susan Piver, New York Times best-selling author

I could not put this book down. I could not stop thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. Marianne’s story plunged into my heart but made me see I can make a difference, too. There is magic in these pages. Please read this book.”

— Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer

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