Melissa Burch Banner Memoir
Melissa Burch Banner Memoir



Spiritual Journeys

of a Mother, Healer, and Lover



She Risked Everything to Become a Mother, Lover and Healer


“....a brave adventurer who discovered her own life.” 

— Kirkus Reviews 

In her debut memoir, My Journey through War and Peace, Melissa Burch told the compelling story of how she braved a war zone as a young woman and found her voice as a filmmaker and feminist. 

Yearning for Magic continues Melissa’s adventures as she explores new horizons as a mother, lover and healer. She learned that while traveling with the Mujahadeen was hard, it took just as much courage to face down her fears on home soil, grapple with infertility and embark on her new calling as a homeopathic healer. 

Join Burch as she discovers meaning and joy in surprising places: from a christening on a Greek Island to life in an East Village Quaker community, and from a miraculous healing in Brazil to a life-changing spiritual experience in India. 

Her most daring journey was her voyage within. “Sometimes I kept having the same thought over and over. I must do something that felt exciting and fearful, like rappelling off a cliff — most often this idea worked out for the best,” Burch recalls. Yearning for Magic will inspire you to stay open to the unknown, listen to your inner wisdom, learn to live in the here and now .... and seek out your own heroine’s journey.

My Journey Through War and Peace






2017 Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award

2016 Silver Foreword Indies Award

"Burch's memoir recounts her remarkable experiences over eight years as a photographer covering the war in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s and as a filmmaker, and also her own personal and spiritual journey as a young woman…. Her accounts provide revealing glimpses into the conflict, Afghan culture, and the dangers of war reporting, particularly for a woman.”

~ Publishers Weekly

"In this memoir, a documentary filmmaker describes her dramatic journeys, both outward and inward... An absorbing, well-written memoir by a brave adventurer who discovered her own life.”

~ Kirkus Reviews

"At twenty-two, Melissa Burch headed to Afghanistan with a camera… determined to film a war for CBS and to find herself. MY JOURNEY THROUGH WAR AND PEACE is the dizzying and dazzling account of that journey.”

~ Foreword Reviews