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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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WE’RE ALL DAMAGED: A Novel ~Matthew Norman

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Have you ever hoped that someone who hurt you would find a bit of punishment? Maybe not really full on retribution or revenge, but a bit of pain or struggle – just enough?  WE’RE ALL DAMAGED is about recovery from a big hurt except the struggle keeps arriving at the door step of the victim and in quite funny ways.

Andy has escaped from his hurt self /life in Omaha, Nebraska to land in NYC and become a bartender.  Karen, his now ex-wife just announced at Applebee’s one night that she was done with the marriage and Andy.  Our hero is very sensitive and is left in pain, needs release from his job and to find new turf in hopes of recovery.  A year into his new surroundings he is still obsessed by his ex when he gets the call that his Grandfather is dying in Omaha and he needs to come “home.”  On the way to his apartment, Andy is hit by a bicyclist and suffers a bruised face and black eye; he will decide to head to Omaha anyway since his mother has purchased a ticket.

WE’RE All DAMAGED continues with proving this title to be true as Andy reconnects with his family, his former in-laws and is able visit his Grandfather in hospice.  Mom is a conservative radio talk show host who is opposed to Marriage Equality.  Dad is a retired accountant; brother Jim is a workaholic with two young children. The parents have moved to a new mansion of a house where Dad tries to shoot the squirrels in his bird feeders with a paint ball gun and Mom is working to get a contract with Fox News.  An interesting young woman and a senior in a blue bathrobe with matching slippers enhance the story and give it some bazaar twists and turns.

I had several laugh out loud moments reading this story and was so happy TLC Book Tours http://tlcbooktours.com/2016/02/matthew-norman-author-of-were-all-damaged-on-tour-june-2016/ sent me a copy for review.  It was satisfying, humorous, and very entertaining.

From the Cover:

“Matthew Norman lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two daughters.  His writing has appeared on SALON, the GOOD MEN PROJECT, and the WEEKLINGS.  His first novel, DOMESTIC VIOLETS, was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in Best Humor.”

Matthew Norman BLOG
Matthew Norman TWITTER: @TheNormanNation

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INTEGRITY: A Compelling Novel ~Anna Borgeryd

Monday, February 8th, 2016

“A compelling novel that brings the big picture of climate change, economic greed and runaway inequality down to a deeply personal level through the story of a relationship between a woman and a man.”  Dr. Vandana Shiva, Environmentalist and author

I could not put INTEGRITY down.  All 500 pages held my interest and it is proving to be an amazing educational tool because of the parameters of a real love story between and man and a woman who are honest and smart.  Great political truth telling.

It began as a screenplay and then expanded into a novel and is now translated into English. It is being shared on all the book sites and I am extremely pleased to say that Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc.  tracked me down and asked me to review this book.  Due to a typo, 2 copies of the book were sent to the wrong address and then not returned to the Post Office or sender and Meryl Zegarek still sent me a third copy for review.  I love political books, environmental books,  and taking a good hard look at what the USA is doing from the outside worldview.  Our financial markets and strategies are working against what people want and many, many more of us are having our mortgages sold to people who do not care if we fall or the market fails, which it is destined to do. Greed is blinding.

I loved the students working on defining Hedge Funds and Naked Buys and how the system was intended to work for the betterment of our welfare and instead how it is destroying our future instead. GREED and ILLUSION explored. I loved the honesty of the student’s enthusiasm; the working through of their thinking, their process of gaining integrity in their relationships and in their presentations.   No wonder this book is becoming a “Cult Novel” in Sweden and now here.

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Anna Borgeryd Blog

From NC Review.com:  “Anna Borgeryd is a musician and filmmaker, has a Ph.D. in conflict management and is chair of the family business, Polarbro-d. She has been an advisor to the Swedish government’s Future Commission, and given a TEDx lecture on The Dawn of a New Economy  http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-dawn-of-a-new-economy-Anna;search%3AAnna%20Borgeryd. Named one of the most influential environmentalists in Sweden, Anna has just published her first novel, ‘INTEGRITY’-a love story between a woman trying to change the world, and a man trying to change with her.”

From the book cover:

“Vera is a nurse from Sweden who, while delivering a baby in the Colombian jungle, meets indigenous people with a wholly different outlook of life.  A traumatic experience forces her home, where the quest to put her life back together becomes tired up with her search for a more sustainable world.

“She meets the womanizing heir to a luxury travel company.  Could such opposites really attract?  And could they actually work together to find a fix for an economic system heading towards meltdown?

“An exploration of the interconnectedness of human life and an unexpected love story, INTEGRITY delves deep into the choices and emotions of a woman trying to change the world – and a man trying to change with her.”

I want everyone I know to read INTEGRITY.  I want everyone to read INTEGRITY. I want INTEGRITY to be a cult book here in the USA.  We all need to read this book.

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2 Memorial Services, an Earthquake and Hope

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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I have found this to be true, whenever you get quite discouraged or worried or overly concerned seek out a Memorial Service to attend.  Try to pick out one for someone who made a difference in the world wherever they went.

I have just attended two services for 2 great souls who passed through my life made change happen for the better.   My Aunt made each person she was with feel valued and important, she had a special joy in living and in sharing the arts and beauty with everyone she encountered.  She loved what she chose to do in life and she loved the work she had to do in her life.   We were inspired to incorporate her gracious values into our daily lives and make a renewed effort to encourage all who we encountered in our living.

My Neighbor Dr. Bob died on Valentine’s Day.   The family wanted to pick a date when everyone could gather – so the service was just this past Friday.  Dr. Bob was a funny guy – not quite standup comedian, but because he loved a gentle tease and a practical idea.  He was a General Practice Physician and he took the word “practice” to a new art form.  He was always practicing to give his best and be his best at his art.   He was an inspiring listener and teacher and oh how he could promote one to their best effort.  He was a loyal friend and he just radiated love for his children, grandchildren and the children in the neighborhood.  He loved movies – especially westerns, and corn on the cob (he was born in Indiana) and having cob tossing parties from the deck.  My children raced to rake the leaves in his yard, bake cookies and take a plate full over, and when he fell cleaning roof gutters and broke both his legs, they delivered fresh DVD’s to his door daily.  He built our hospital into a fine institution and always took a peanut butter sandwich with him wherever he went.

Both of these fine people “let go” of life, they chose not to have hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical care heaped upon them, when so many people who were suffering could not get the care they needed.  They gave gifts to others as their last moments of living and embraced dying.

Our shores were touched by the tsunami waves from the massive earthquake in Japan.  We were moved by the pictures of devastation being sent to us and organized and phoned and began the process of support for the victims and the rebuilding.  I scurried around the internet to see if those living on boats in the path were safe and okay and I called my friends in Hawaii to check with them.  The personal were safe and sound.   We prayed for and blessed the rescue workers and then said, “What can I do?”

I lost heart and was discouraged by the doomsday criers; witnessed the fear promoters ramping up their stylish ways.   Actually, I felt exhausted and alone.

I took the puppy for a walk and I forced my eyes to notice the pink camellia in bloom, the many crocuses, the pink caste to the plum trees and the hours and hours of pruning work going on in my neighbor’s yards.  Everyone here believes Spring is coming, and that energy is bursting forth.  They are planning on it as a matter of fact and taking steps to embrace it.  All this rain is cleaning the air, all this wind is pushing us along, all this anticipation is creating belief.

I went to a birthday party and there I heard other folks sharing similar concerns and figuring out ways they could participate and share their beliefs too. 2 guests were losing their jobs and health insurance, one was job hunting.  Those gathered talked about how to share with their children, how to create open dialogue, and create patterns of change that would work for their new grandchildren too.  Each person was celebrating that birthday by challenging themselves to find an action that used their gifts – we laughed and felt hopeful.

This morning I read The Comma, a local blog with this story about a minister shearing her sheep: Two flocks and a fleecing

I thought the following quote was a profound metaphor for my thinking

“And my own observation, related to the ram: “If a sheep doesn’t give up its wool, eventually the wool will kill it.” (Sheep that have been bred for centuries to produce wool are not like sheep in the wild. Wool sheep must be sheared every year, or the weight of the wool will eventually cripple, then incapacitate, and then kill them. And if you skip even just one year, the wool you get is heavy and dirty and completely useless.)”

If I do not remove the wool from my eyes, I cannot see the hope and the process beginning a new.  It will eventually kill me and my spirit – because I need to find the gifts and spring forward. There is always something budding forth – but I need to see with fresh vision to find hope.

What gift of yours do you use to refresh your hopes and dreams?

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