Tipping Sacred Cows

by Betsy Chasse

Atria/Simon & Schuster

tipping cows

Betsy Chasse, best known as the co-creator of What The Bleep Do We Know?!, takes us on another kind of spiritual journey in these pages: a journey that encourages us to tip our own sacred cows by examining the deeply-held but fragile beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world in which we live.

This book is far from another create-your-own-reality handbook. This is real life 101. Chasse shares her story — through the details of her life, her misconceptions, realizations, and struggles — with a voice that is at once humble, witty, sarcastic, and completely honest. She glosses over nothing, including her divorce, sharing her own life experiences in a way that’s relatable to anyone who has ever been knocked down in life, gotten back up, and then been knocked down again!

Some of my favorite parts of this book are her ideas about blame, forgiveness, anger, ego, and being real with it all. There is no “New Age Band Aid” for all the issues we humans deal with; there is only the process of looking honestly at our patterns, finding the humor in the awkwardness of life, and moving on. If you enjoy your spirituality with a side of irony, this book is for you: Tipping Sacred Cows is an uplifting, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud take on what it really means to live a spiritual life in the 21st century.


Reviewed by Claudia Micco, a Maui based Yoga teacher who is the wellness coordinator at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua Spa and Fitness Center

Olivia Kvitne is a Los Angeles yoga instructor specializing in yoga therapy for veterans struggling with PTSD. One of the influences in her life was her grandfather, a WWII vet, and later a psychiatrist who embraced using the mind to heal the body: TheYogaAbbey.com @OliviaKvitne