What It Looks Like
Marta Maranda, author
The Holy Hammer is an event that turns a life upside down. Every life has at least one. It might come in the form of death, divorce, disease, downsizing, natural disaster, addiction, or dysfunction. But its purpose is always the same: to teach us to awaken to a personal relationship with truth, compassion, openness, accountability, and authenticity. And to show us that every act contains two of life’s most precious gifts—connections and consequences. The Holy Hammer came to Marta Maranda through the addiction and rehabilitation of a family member. Despite not having the substance or behavioral addictions widely associated with rehab, she entered a five-week inpatient rehabilitation clinic to discover her part in the dysfunction in her life. Her journey takes her inward on a quest of self-exploration and healing, out into a world of war, politics, history, sports, and spirituality, and finally home as she rebuilds her life piece by piece. And this is what it looks like.