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THE LIGHT OF GRACE: Journeys of an Angel ~Kasey Claytor

Monday, July 18th, 2016

“The Light of Grace is an amazing journey through space and time and the most incredible journey of all – the one within.” – Mark Anthony, The Psychic Lawyer

THE LIGHT OF GRACE produces a number of hopeful feelings as one reads through each story.  The book is long and I needed to have set aside more time for reading as the stories held a denseness of ideas and lots of details.  Switching through various time periods gave a progression of history and as I always have a problem with time in metaphysical/ spiritual writings there was some confusion for me.  Mixing up the different stories seemed to decrease the concern.

Grace is becoming an angel and she is “assigned” 4 humans to mentor in 4 different time zones.  I believe this paragraph from the cover explains it with more clarity:

“THE LIGHT OF GRACE takes readers on an epic spiritual adventure as Grace, a newly-assigned angel, is given four humans to guide: Mumbi, an innovative prehistoric girl guided to break through limitations; Garth, a devout 14th century Christian who questions his faith; Arnina, a sensitive woman in the 21st century who seeks to rid herself of anxiety and fear; and Alistair, an extraordinary man living in the 26th century who explores the planes of consciousness.”

I would have liked this story better if there had been a chapter of explanation or introduction to the book before I began.  It was too much to just dive in and I did not find it similar to Dr. Wayne Dyer’s or Deepak Chopra’s work.  I did appreciate the story and yet it did take me a long time to get connected.  The reviews on Amazon are nearly all 5 stars and extremely positive.

Larissa Ackerman of the Claire McKinney PR firm sent me a copy of this book for review.    I have enjoyed all the books they have sent but I am not sure I was the right reviewer for this particular book.  I only dabble in metaphysics.  Very good storytelling and interpretations, the individuals were well explored and expressed. There was simplicity in each story, which provided several interpretations and clarity.  I was happy to read the book and for the opportunity.

Kasey Claytor is a metaphysical teacher, certified meditation instruction, money manager, and inspirational speaker.  She loves to teach others ways to find happiness and has penned several books on prosperity and spirituality, including THE 7 LAWS OF RAISING FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT KIDS and THE GOD OF ANNA. Claytor lives with her husband and dog on a lagoon in Florida.

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SINGING BEYOND SORROW: A Year of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace ~Carole Marie Downing

Monday, June 29th, 2015

An extraordinary personal journal of grief is translated into a book of comfort for those suffering a loss or tragedy and it holds a person/the reader up and carries them into a new stage of gratitude, faith and hope.  It does not leave out the ups and downs and it is personal and yet encompasses ideas and strategies which connect to numerous situations and it is healing.

Downing found that writing about her day- to-day experience for the year after her husband’s death from cancer assisted her in coping and understanding her emotions.  As a former Hospice Nurse studying to become a consultant to families and individuals making big changes in their lives, she found the practice of keeping a journal kept her grounded in her progress and real with the changes she needed to undertake as a widow and a single parent.

The poetry and quotes in the book are just amazing and kept this reader contemplating their relevance in her life situation.   The writing was just lovely and the organization of the journal entries were meaningful and although I was not grieving a death, I was recovering from a big surgery that is changing my life significantly;  I found reading this book to be soothing and challenged my thinking bringing a calm to my deliberations and energies.

The last section of the book is a grouping of the profound lessons Downing learned over the year.  These are things about self-care, making decisions, parenting a grieving child with bursts of big happiness, and how to keep love, gratitude and hope within reach to become a guiding light in those moments of profound darkness.

I have read a number of books about death and grief and I believe this one is one of the better resources I have encountered.   I would like to get the word out about this one because although very personal, I think it covers so many of the stages and aspects a human experiences after a death or trauma, that I believe the insights are extremely worthwhile.  Will you please share this review on other social media sites and assist me in getting the word out?  Thank you

I underlined so many wonderful statements in this book, I just need to share the whole book with people  – it is that good!

The author sent me a copy of her book and asked me to review on patriciaswisdom and I was very happy to do so, I am hoping that the word will travel far and wide.

Carole Marie Downing has a gratitude coaching practice in Portland, Oregon, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, shares life with her son and a dog named Alta.

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ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE: A Novel ~Randy Susan Meyers

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help and what they cannot.”   (Plato)
“I think you have at least. Twenty-two things.  You shouldn’t be angry about. Everyday.”  (Page 296)

Randy Susan Meyers is a writer and a person who works with folks with domestic violence issues. ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE takes her excellent writing skills into this realm and tells us a story about a family which is developing serious violence issues and problems and how it is affecting the marriage and the children – the future.   The characters are quite well depicted and their responses to the situations and scenes are tremendously portrayed.   I read into the wee hours of the morning, because I could just not put the book down; I have thought about this story often since I finished the read and it just stays with me.

ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE is about a life changing year for the Illica family who live in Boston, MA area.  Maddy is the spirited social worker who is messy and forgetful (I think I might say stressed to the max trying to balance work and family) and vacillates between standing up to Ben’s growing rages and to placating him – always protecting the three children: Emma (14), Gracie (9), and Caleb (7).  The marriage bond did not begin with such anger issues, but as Ben became a more powerful public defender and a recognized warrior in the courtroom, he becomes increasingly belittling and critical of his wife and children; they are becoming truly afraid.  The two styles on a wet and rainy, frantic, fast drive crash into each other and Maddy ends up nearly dead with brain injuries and in a coma.

The characters are just so believable and Emma realistically portrays how a teen and her siblings would increase their anger reactions by acting out and by being scared nearly out of their minds.   ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE is about all the ways that individuals cope with major problems and violence.   The story is a good portrayal of what love is not.

TLC Book Tours   sent me a copy of this book for review and I am planning on sharing this book with several of my counselor friends.  ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE was an intense and provocative read.   Good teaching tool, excellent storytelling, excellent read for nearly every reader.

From the book jacket:

“Randy Susan Meyers is the author of THE COMFORT OF LIES and THE MURDER’S DAUGHTERS and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award.  Her writing is informed by her work with batterers and victims of domestic violence, as well as her experience with youth impacted by street violence.  She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing seminars at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.”


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FOR SUCH A TIME: a novel ~Kate Breslin

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

“I absolutely loved this book…I dare anyone to close the cover before the last suspenseful page.”  Debbie Macomber

“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”  “Hope does not disappoint.”   BIBLE

For Such a Time is a fictional story about a real place in WWII.  I was worried that it was going to be yet another gloried story of how faith wins the day and produces a miracle or the horrendous regime of the Nazis’ allows one or two faithful people to accept their circumstances and die for their faith. I had a bit of dread to overcome before I started this read.  I was encouraged by Debbie Macomber’s cover quote and she was right, I needed to read to the very last page and had difficulty putting the book down.   It did have a suspenseful end, right to the last page, and it was an interesting romantic story.

Can compassion and faith actually turn a mind, or return a mind to a redemptive action?  Can a young men’s enthusiasm for doctrine blind his endeavors?  Can a human see too much war and evil to ever be able to return from regret to see beauty and truth in actions?  When faith is lost can it be rediscovered?  Can a young Jewish woman rescue an entire internment camp and accomplish survival?

I have seen many soldiers return from war bitter, angry and scared and I see thousands who have come home determined that war is no longer an option for change. There is possibility in this story- I wish it was a story which was true.

Terezin Camp was built in 1780 in the Czech Republic, the camp was used by the Nazis as a transit camp for Auschwitz from November 24, 1941 to May 9, 1945.  Several Danish Jews were sent to this camp and the Danish people sent Red Cross workers to check on the treatment of the Jew’s held within its boundaries.  The Camp/ city was spruced up for the Red Cross inspection and then the next day thousands of Jews were transported by trains to the gas chambers.

In the author’s words: “The Nazis proclaimed Theresienstadt /Terezin a ‘Paradiesghetto’ and coerced 140,000 Jews from their homes.  The new arrivals discovered not a resort city, as they had been promised, but a ghetto plagued by squalid, overcrowded living conditions, a lack of food and medicine, and much death and disease.  Of those who entered this walled town between November 1949 and April 1945, over 90,000 were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz-Berkenau and other extermination camps.  Of those, 15,000 were children.  And of those who remained, 33,500 died in the ghetto.”

When I finished For Such a Time, I wished the events had actually happened in just this way; that a determined young Jewish woman could have saved 3,000 people because of her love for a Kommendant/soldier who saw her beauty and compassion for others and changed himself and his actions for love.  Could this story actually have happened?   Could faith actually be that powerful and life changing?

Kate Breslin is a good story teller, and readers will enjoy this history lesson in story form very much. Kate Breslin definitely believes this is a possibility.

tlc logoTLC Online Book Tours sent me a copy of this book for review and I found it to be a  4 lady bug read.  I think you will appreciate the story as much as I did – For Such a Time. 4-Ladybugs

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