Chris Prentiss

Chris Prentiss: The Author


Chris Prentiss is an internationally recognized author and speaker focusing on addiction, love, Chinese philosophy, self development and spiritual growth. Over the past several decades, Prentiss has written 15 books, created audio and video programs, and has appeared on many television and radio shows. Praised by the worldwide media for his “brilliant,” “insightful,” “thought-provoking,” and “enthusiastic” writing, Prentiss is known for his interpretations of the I Ching that make this ancient, and sometimes difficult-to-understand, subject easy to use and apply.

As Co-Founder of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, Prentiss co-authored the top-selling "The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure" with his son, Pax. This groundbreaking book tells the harrowing story of Pax's addiction to heroin, cocaine, and alcohol, and contains the breakthrough holistic program to total recovery that is the backbone of Passages' success. In September, 2015, Pax celebrated 15 years of sobriety.

Prentiss' first book, "For Once In Your Life," was published in 1988 and later re-issued as Be Who You Want, Have What You Want in 2008. Since then, he's penned best-selling metaphysical books, "Zen and the Art of Happiness," The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams,” and The Little Book of Secrets: Gentle Wisdom for Joyful Living.” and an audio book, Meditation on the Perfect You.”

Under the pen name Wu Wei, Prentiss has also written several books on Chinese philosophy, including "A Tale of the I Ching: How the Book of Changes Began," "I Ching Life: Becoming Your Authentic Self," "The I Ching: The Book of Answers," "I Ching Readings: Interpreting the Answers," "I Ching Wisdom: More Guidance from the Book of Answers," and "I Ching Wisdom: Guidance from the Book of Answers, Volume One."

Prior to the opening of Passages Malibu in 2001, Prentiss led personal empowerment workshops in Southern California and has written, produced, and directed a feature film, Goin’ Home. He has held a real estate broker’s license for approximately 50 years, and has invested in real estate most of his life. Chris Prentiss and his wife, Lyn reside in Florida. They have a deep interest in holistic healing and helping those in need.

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If you are battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call Passages now. (888) 991-2219. Insurance is accepted.


The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

by: Chris and Pax Prentiss

After suffering through ten long heart-breaking years of his son's addiction to heroin, cocaine and alcohol, and many failed attempts at recovery, Chris Prentiss needed a solution. Together, he and his son Pax created a program that saved Pax's life and is saving people's lives every day at the Passages Addiction Treatment Centers in Malibu and Ventura, California. The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure contains the breakthrough three-step holistic program to total recovery that is the foundation of the phenomenal success of Passages. Since it opened in 2001, Passages has had a very high success rate for helping clients permanently recover from all forms of dependency. Now, with this book, you can find freedom and relief from alcoholism and addiction at home.

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“An excellent resource for anyone dealing with addictions or trying to understand their life. It will help you to define yourself and your problem in a way that will empower you and end any victim mentality. It is written in a style that is easy to understand and learn from because it is written by natives: people who have lived the message. This book contains the information that can start you on the road to recovery.”

Bernie Siegel, M.D., No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of “Love, Medicine & Miracles”

“A critically important and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ instructional guide to recovery…The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure is a core addition to personal, professional, substance abuse treatment center, and community library health and medicine reference collections and reading lists.”

Midwest Book Review

“This thought-provoking book causes any reader to closely examine their life. One of its premises is that it isn’t the alcohol or drugs that are the problem; rather, it is usually a person’s physical, mental or emotional imbalance that the substances seem to alleviate. If a person can identify the imbalance and heal it, then the drugs and alcohol are no longer lusted after. I highly suggest this book for anyone who wants to be cured or assist a loved one in finding their own cure!”

Natural Beauty & Health

“The years of fine-tuning the [Passages] program with cutting-edge holistic, healing therapies has resulted in this excellent book. I heartily recommend it to all, especially to those who have friends who have addictions.”

ReverseSpins.com

“You can’t argue with their success rate. It is the program on which all future treatment centers should be patterned.”

Dr. Alan Blanc, psychiatrist

“An excellent guide and resource book for anyone dealing with addiction, either for themselves or their families/friends. The program offers fresh hope to many for whom conventional treatments have not worked.”

Yoga & Health (Great Britain)

“I think what hooked me was Chris’s comment about observing an AA meeting where people were ‘white knuckling their way through sobriety.’ Controversial statement. And true for too many. The book was specific about the path: Find the underlying cause(s). Work on that. The true story of his son’s journey was engaging and encouraging. For weeks and months after the show, I received emails and phone calls from listeners: ‘What was the name of that guy again? What’s the name of his book?’ Of all the shows and topics I have covered in 17 years on air, I have never received such a response.”

Laurie S. Reilly, former Clear Channel Radio Talk Show Host and Producer
Zen and the Art of Happiness

Zen and the Art of Happiness

by: Chris Prentiss

Being happy is one of the most important aspects of staying sober. If you are not happy, there is a possibility that you will return to using drugs and alcohol again. A “dry drunk” is someone who is sober but unhappy; who still demonstrates alcoholic behavior. They have to white-knuckle it through sobriety. Day in and day out, they fight to stay sober because they are not happy. Sobriety should not be a fight. It should be as easy as breathing. If you don’t want to keep white-knuckling it through another day, this is the book for you. Zen and the Art of Happiness is the ultimate anti-depressant. Recovered people who have read this book say that it is the second best thing they have ever done for themselves. The first was to read The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

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"A charming book… Shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections."

Library Journal

“Zen and the Art of Happiness is enthusiastically recommended and ‘user friendly’ reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life’s stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.”

Midwest Book Review

“[Chris Prentiss] draws on Eastern and Western philosophy, modern science, and personal – sometimes catastrophic – experience to explain why believing circumstances will benefit us is what will, ultimately, cause this to be true. He does not lecture to us from a pedestal as an enlightened being. Instead, he speaks as one who has survived the muck and mire and retained his childlike wonder and enthusiasm. Prentiss beckons us to see the world through his eyes and share his joy. It is easy to believe it is possible.”

New Age Retailer

“Happiness can be a fickle thing. It can be a snug, magnetic garment, attracting more and more of the same, or it can be an ill-fitting gossamer veil flitting here and there. It all depends on one’s psychology, karma, and attitude. This wonderful little book shows that we can overcome the obstacles to happiness. It’s for those who want and need change—in expectations, habits, and outlook. Chris Prentiss teaches us how, with a joie de vivre that obviously comes from experience. Use his practical wisdom to get in the habit of being happy—every day. Put this book by your bedside and the Zen of happiness can be yours.”

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Be Who You Want, Have What You Want

Be Who You Want, Have What You Want

by: Chris Prentiss

From the author of the popular Zen and the Art of Happiness and The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure, this proven program for change delivers a sure-fire system for letting go of limited ways of thinking, learning how to create the best possible outcome in every situation, and breaking through to real happiness.

Achieving sobriety is not enough. By reading this book and following the exercises, you will become the person you have always wanted to be and learn how to achieve your life-long dreams and goals. If you want to take a giant step forward in the development of yourself, this is the book for you. Your new life is waiting for you – step into it.

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"A charming book… Shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections."

Library Journal

“Zen and the Art of Happiness is enthusiastically recommended and ‘user friendly’ reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life’s stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.”

Midwest Book Review

“[Chris Prentiss] draws on Eastern and Western philosophy, modern science, and personal – sometimes catastrophic – experience to explain why believing circumstances will benefit us is what will, ultimately, cause this to be true. He does not lecture to us from a pedestal as an enlightened being. Instead, he speaks as one who has survived the muck and mire and retained his childlike wonder and enthusiasm. Prentiss beckons us to see the world through his eyes and share his joy. It is easy to believe it is possible.”

New Age Retailer

“Happiness can be a fickle thing. It can be a snug, magnetic garment, attracting more and more of the same, or it can be an ill-fitting gossamer veil flitting here and there. It all depends on one’s psychology, karma, and attitude. This wonderful little book shows that we can overcome the obstacles to happiness. It’s for those who want and need change—in expectations, habits, and outlook. Chris Prentiss teaches us how, with a joie de vivre that obviously comes from experience. Use his practical wisdom to get in the habit of being happy—every day. Put this book by your bedside and the Zen of happiness can be yours.”

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The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

The Laws of Love: Creating the Relationship of Your Dreams

by: Chris Prentiss

Great relationships are not an accident. Having the relationship of your dreams does not depend on luck—on the roll of the relationship dice. It’s the result of knowing the right steps to take to create an enduring, fulfilling friendship with your partner.

In this wise and practical work, Chris Prentiss, author of the popular Zen and the Art of Happiness, shows exactly how to create the relationship you desire by working with 14 powerful laws of love—time-tested principles that for thousands of years have brought soul-drenching happiness to those who have followed them.

Prentiss combines compelling storytelling and empowering truths with targeted action steps to help you build a loving, long-lasting relationship. You'll learn important keys such as how to provide Safe Space, who is attracted to you and why, the purpose behind your partnership, the power of your beliefs, how to heal unhealthy patterns from the past that affect you and your partner today, and how to save a troubled relationship or decide if you should move on.

Even in the most challenging of times that come to us all, The Laws of Love will give you the tools you need to sustain a rewarding relationship--one where great joy is experienced, great deeds are accomplished, and, most importantly, great love is returned.

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“Are you ready for what could be the most important journey of your life? Discusses 14 laws, which will take you along the journey of creating the relationship of your dreams…Provides a pathway that shines light on the past and creates the future–including love, health, well-being and creativity–that you desire.”

Science of Mind

“The Laws of Love is a self-help guide to cultivating strong, lasting, and loving relationships…An excellent supplemental resource and tool for pursuing a healthy relationship.”

Midwest Book Review

“Prentiss’s lively book helps us understand what love looks like in action…Filled with stories and action steps that suggest ways to put the Laws of Love into effect in our daily lives.”

Spirituality & Health Magazine

“Every couple should keep this book on their night stand and read it together–a little bit at a time. Digest it. Savor it. It will help you find the path to a relationship you will be proud to be in….A terrific guidebook to genuine couple happiness!”

Larry James, author of “How to Really Love the One You’re With”
The Little Book of Secrets: Gentle Wisdom for Joyful Living

The Little Book of Secrets: Gentle Wisdom for Joyful Living

by: Chris Prentiss

The Little Book of Secrets: Gentle Wisdom for Joyful Living is a marvelous collection of timeless secrets distilled from the writings of the world's great sages. Each secret reveals a principle that has stood the test of centuries. After each of the 81 sayings in this delightful little book, Chris Prentiss added his enlightened comments to help readers apply the simple and practical wisdom to their contemporary lives. Prentiss spent 40 years searching the world for these rare secrets that have brought people true success, prosperity and soul-drenching happiness. His search took him to many lands and he studied the world's most ancient writings. This profound collection of secrets is the result of his quest. A beautifully designed book small enough to fit into every backpack, pocketbook and briefcase, it will become a well-loved friend and trusted companion as you travel through the twists and turns of your life's journey. A meaningful gift for any occasion.

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“Filled with positive witticisms for meditation and upward striving. The book is a perfect blending of East and West philosophy…If you want to spread the joy within you during the holiday seasons, then Chris Prentiss is the one to show you the way. You can’t go wrong with The Little Book of Secrets.”

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“Showcases 81 sayings which have stood the test of time…Elegantly presented principles furnishing a sound foundation for being able to discover, discern, decipher, and develop a life attitude and lifestyle that will enhance our appreciation for life and what it offers us all regardless of our present appreciation for life and what it offers us regardless of our present circumstances or future challenges.”

Midwest Book Review
The I Ching: The Book of Answers

The I Ching: The Book of Answers

by: Wu Wei

The I Ching is a book of answers that miraculously guides us to success in every possible situation. This revised and expanded edition of Wu Wei's well-loved version of The I Ching: The Book of Answers is unparalleled in its clarity, making this the easiest-to-grasp I Ching ever published. Wu Wei's insightful interpretations of the I Ching's sixty-four hexagrams provide perfectly clear, unambiguous direction while remaining completely true to the ancient writings. You will know exactly what action to take to avoid misfortune and achieve success. This edition of The I Ching: The Book of Answers contains the entire text of Wu Wei’s easy-to-use version of the I Ching plus 100 workbook pages to record your answers. Learn how to work with the I Ching to receive guidance in every area of your life.

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“I have a friend who lived in a cabin by himself for two years and memorized the I Ching. He revered its wisdom that much. You can save yourself the trouble of memorizing, though, by picking up a copy of this newly revised and expanded edition of Wu Wei’s version of this timeless classic. Its introduction beautifully explains the philosophical explanation of why this divination system works so well. Additional chapters give its history as well as a pronunciation guide. The meaning of each of the kua, the symbolic configurations, is explained clearly and beautifully. This is a lovely book to have on your shelf and to use whenever you have questions about the mysterious unfolding of events in your universe.”

Magical Blend

“Wu Wei’s revised edition of the I Ching is a beautiful and clear adaptation of the ancient text for the modern user. His explanations are clear and easy to understand and his language and the answers and cautions given in the various kua are both profound and relevant. The I Ching is a universal wisdom that stands the test of time, and Wu Wei’s adaptation is germane to the modern reader.”

LA Yoga
I Ching Wisdom: Guidance from the Book of Answers, Volume One

I Ching Wisdom: Guidance from the Book of Answers, Volume One

by: Wu Wei

In this invaluable companion guide to the universal wisdom and guidance of the I Ching, Wu Wei extracted the I Ching's deepest wisdom in the form of simple yet profound sayings that the greatest Chinese sages preserved for thousands of years because of their inestimable worth. To these sayings, Wu Wei has added his enlightened comments to help us apply the empowering and practical wisdom of the I Ching to obtain the wonderful gifts we all seek: prosperity, peace, love, and happiness. Each saying is accompanied by a delightful Chinese ink drawing done in the Zen style by Wu Wei.

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“By familiarizing yourself with these sayings, you can become aware of the principles and laws that underlie all knowledge and all reality. Acting in accord with these laws can make the difference between suffering misfortune and enjoying good fortune.”