Shifting Shorelines

Messages from a Wiser Self

Shifting Shorelines

Now and then one comes upon a quietly profound gem of a book. Reading Shifting Shorelines is both an awakening and a solace, much like reading a contemporary Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. In the loveliest and most inviting way, Helwig offers the reader the elusive experience of pausing to reflect and re-find the joy, meaning, and sacredness of being alive.


New York Times Best-selling author — The Book of Longings, The Invention of Wings, and The Secret Life of Bees

Shifting Shorelines is a heart-warming invitation to the treasury of the shoreline and the full beauty of life. Helwig opens our eyes to the phases of the moon and the sea's bounty, then seamlessly connects all she witnesses in nature to the inner tides that define our life's journey.


Author of Stars at Night and Waking Up to This Day.

Shifting Shorelines explores the author’s intimate relationship with the barrier island where she lives and the wisdom she gathers along its shores. Certain to resonate with women of all ages, this remarkable book is an ode to the natural world and to nature’s ability to deepen, inspire, and heal us. It is a powerful reflection on navigating the ever-changing contours of our lives.


New York Times Best-selling author – The Shark Club and Traveling with Pomegranates

I love Terry Helwig’s Shifting Shorelines. Her captivating vignettes, followed by meaningful reflections, bring a rich wisdom to this thoughtful and poignant book. An absorbing read about life lived bedside the sea.


 Founder and director,
The Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC



Terry Helwig is an award-winning author whose new book, Shifting Shorelines, has been praised as a twenty-first century Gift from the Sea. Terry’s wise, lyrical, and heartwarming prose reveals a deep thinker who finds meaning and correlation between both her inner and outer worlds. A naturalist at heart, with a master’s degree in counseling psychology, Terry says nature and synchronicity have been two of her most profound teachers. 

Her favorite pastime, combing the beach of a Florida barrier island, is a dream come true—especially for a child whose turbulent upbringing threatened to overwhelm her. Terry recounts her early struggle to keep hope alive in her coming-of-age memoir Moonlight on Linoleum, which won Elle Magazine’s 2012 Grand Prix Nonfiction Book of the Year.


Two of the brightest lights in Terry’s sky are her husband Jim and her daughter Mandy.