Journey to Eloheh

How Indigenous Values Lead Us to Harmony and Well-Being

Journey to Eloheh

How Indigenous Values Lead Us to Harmony and Well-Being

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Available October 8, 2024

Rooted in ten Indigenous values, this thoughtful, holistic book—written by Randy Woodley, a Cherokee descendant recognized by the Keetoowah Band, and Edith Woodley, an Eastern Shoshone tribal member—helps readers learn lifeways that lead to true wholeness, well-being, justice, and harmony.

The pursuit of happiness, as defined by settlers and enshrined in the American Dream, has brought us to the brink: emotionally, spiritually, socially, and as a species. We stand on a precipice, the future unknown. But Indigenous people carry forward the values that humans need to survive and thrive. In Journey to Eloheh, Randy and Edith Woodley help readers transform their worldviews and lifestyles by learning the ten values of the Harmony Way. These ten values, held in common across at least forty-five Indigenous tribes and nations, can lead us toward true well-being: harmony, respect, accountability, history, humor, authenticity, equality, friendship, generosity, and balance. By learning, converting to, and cultivating everyday practices of Eloheh--a Cherokee word meaning harmony and peace--we have a chance at building well-being and a sustainable culture.

In this riveting account of their own journeys toward deepening their indigeneity and embodying harmony, Edith, an activist-farmer, and Randy, a scholar, author, teacher, and wisdom-keeper, help readers learn the lifeways of the Harmony Way. The journey to Eloheh holds promise for all of us, Indigenous or not.

We know the Western worldview is at odds with a sustainable Earth, a just common life, and personal well-being. Together we can convert to another way of living--one that recognizes the Earth as sacred, sees all creation as related, and offers ancestral values as the way forward to a shared future.


"Edith and Randy Woodley's passion and persistence to create spaces of community and care are inspiring. A blend of storytelling, theology, and guidance harvested directly through Indigenous wisdom, Journey to Eloheh reminds us to stay true to the path of kinship and belonging, and to never give up on justice and peacemaking in the world. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is searching for a way to be a better relative on this earth or to fight for a better reality for future generations. This book will help you get there."

Kaitlin B. Curtice, award-winning author of Native and Living Resistance

"Spiritual journey as autobiography: like a Navajo weaver, Journey to Eloheh skillfully connects Native American theology and personal experience into a way of life. If you are looking for your own path, Edith and Randy Woodley's story is a good place to begin."

Steven Charleston, author of Ladder to the Light, Spirit Wheel, and We Survived the End of the World

"There is so much we can all learn from the wisdom of Indigenous culture. In this book, Randy and Edith Woodley invite us to join them on a journey of learning a different way of living that leads to wholeness, abundance, and peace. They generously share their life experience and spiritual insights to show us a better path toward harmony with the whole of creation. I highly recommend it!"

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, author of Becoming Brave and Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0

"A practical antidote to despair, hopelessness, and aimless consumption, this book offers a robust and healing path to well-being for all of us. The Woodleys are wise and trustworthy guides for restoration and embodied goodness within the community of creation."

Sarah Bessey, author of Field Notes for the Wilderness: Practices for an Evolving Faith

"Randy and Edith Woodley write with insight and wisdom from their years of experience. They have prophetic voices that draw attention to the needs of all of our relatives. Their voices rise out of difficult situations in which they have done more than survive; they are showing how to flourish in an ever-changing world."

Ray Aldred, director of the Indigenous Studies Program, Vancouver School of Theology

"For many years, I have considered Randy Woodley one of my teachers. His books, lectures, and personal conversations--together with his humble, yet bold, spirit as a teacher--have enriched and challenged me. His new book, co-written with his wise and eloquent wife, Edith, is a masterpiece, a book I would recommend to anyone and everyone. It beautifully combines the sharing of their life-story with the essence of their lifeway, articulated in ten powerful Indigenous values that are as deeply spiritual as they are deeply practical."

Brian McLaren, author, teacher, and activist

"In my twenty-seven-year journey as a pastor, I had two prolonged, intense internal struggles wrestling to keep my faith. Randy and Edith Woodley's Indigenous values and their friendship played big parts in restoring hope for me during my second struggle. Their generous sharing of painfully beautiful and vulnerable stories, along with life-giving, wise values, in Journey to Eloheh will surely be a gift to anyone who reads it."

Eddie Han, pastor in Los Angeles

"Being Native Hawaiian and growing up in the continental United States, I found the ten Indigenous values Randy and Edith Woodley talk about in their book resonating deeply in my soul. I have deep ancestral roots in Lahaina, and it is these Indigenous values that are sustaining my families as they face the future rebuilding of their homes and historical Lahaina Town after the wildfire. In Journey to Eloheh, Randy and Edith share from personal vulnerabilities and challenges in their journey."

Jim Sequeira, pastor and facilitator, Journey to Mosaic and racial righteousness

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506496979
  • eBook ISBN 9781506496986
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75
  • Pages 264
  • Publication Date October 8, 2024