Only Everything is my 4th book and my first mature novel. It will be released July 23, with a reading at the Boulder Bookstore on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm.
Only Everything explores art and ambition, love and loss, privilege and entitlement. It reveals how even the most beautiful of dreams can create unexpected pain, along with the possibility of redemption.
""From the banalities of the corporate work machine to the devastating effects of random brutality, 'Only Everything' is raw, riveting, and relatable. The interwoven storylines leave a lasting impression, an indelible imprint on the heart and psyche."
- Sarah C. Beasley, Author & Columnist, Buddhist Door
A Heart Blown Open (Divine Arts Media, 2012), is the memoir of Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi, an American Zen Master.
Foreward Reviews on the book: "If Denis Kelly’s life was made into a novel, no one would believe it...Kelly crossed every inner river, climbed every emotional mountain, slayed every psychological dragon, to arrive at a place of peacefulness.
"Martin-Smith keeps Kelly’s story rolling on a fast track...the women, the violence, the good times, the regrets, the fear, and loathing, all are recounted. There is something in this book for everyone: spiritual seekers and unrepentant sinners alike will find Kelly’s ride hilarious, frustrating, poignant, and thoroughly human."
2013 Nautilus Award: Silver
Category: Religion/Spirituality – Other Traditions & Practices
Category: Finalist 2012 Book-of-the-Year Awards - Biography
The book's film rights were optioned in March, 2018
The Heart of Zen (North Atlantic Books, 2014) is a dialog between Zen master Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi and me.
While we are more and more familiar with popular ideas of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between our spiritual belief and our everyday life seems to loom ever larger. Through spirited Q&A sessions with Zen master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi, The Heart of Zen takes a gradual, step-by-step approach to what has become a vexing problem in spiritual circles.
"This is one of the most important works on spiritual realization to be written in years. You can't afford to miss this revolutionary process for your own enlightenment." Ken Wilber, author of Sex, Ecology, Spirituality
The Mysterious Divination of Tea Leaves (John Hunt Publishing, 2009) my first published book, a collection of short stories that includes his personal favorite work, "Killing and Letting Die".
"This is a profound and deeply felt collection of short stories, highly recommended for those who are looking for intelligence, insight, wit and wisdom. Especially in these days of postmodern flatness, art with depth is a rarity indeed. --Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision