Erica M. Elliott, M.D., releases 'Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert'

Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People is a "food-for-the-soul" story about a young Anglo woman whose life is forever changed after she bravely takes a dive into an unfamiliar world
By: Dr. Erica M. Elliott, M.D.
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SANTA FE, N.M. - June 26, 2020 - PRLog -- The Coronavirus epidemic has brought national attention to The Navajo Nation, laying bare severe social and economic disparities. Without adequate access to running water, medical care, and jobs, the Navajo nation developed the highest per capita infection rate in the United States.

Compassion and understanding are in short supply these days, certainly needed when it comes to the beautiful Navajo. Author, adventurer, speaker, Dr. Erica Elliott, M.D. has released a first book about the early years of her extraordinary life living among the Navajo people. In the early 1970s, Erica arrives at a Navajo boarding school to teach, and then becomes a student herself, of a mystical, earth-centered wisdom that has been lost to most in today's modern world. As Erica reaches across a wide cultural divide to learn the Navajo language, the people begin to trust her and invite her into their homes, their ceremonies, and into their hearts.

Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert has been honored by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2020.  In May 2020 she was interviewed by Senator Bill Bradley on his show AMERICAN VOICES broadcast on SiriusXM radio.


"This book is sorely needed at this moment in America, when divisive voices incessantly warn us of the other, the foreigner, those who "are not like us." Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People reveals how diversity and inclusiveness can enrich our own society—a lesson on which our future may depend."

~ Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters

"Erica Elliott writes fearlessly, with an original voice that grabbed me from the first page. Her true adventures on the Navajo Nation as a teacher, a shepherd, an emergency room doctor—and best of all, an open-hearted student immersed in a spiritually rich culture—make a great story. She leaves the reader with something to ponder: The abiding importance of reaching out to others with joy and respect. I love this book."

~ Anne Hillerman, NY Times bestselling author of the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito mystery series

Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert: My Life Among the Navajo People

Available at  Balboa Press Online Bookstore and Amazon

ISBN: 9781982220983 (softcover); 9781982220976 (hardcover); 9781982221058 (electronic)


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