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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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Manuscript Found in Accra ~Paulo Coelho

Monday, March 18th, 2013

A friend introduced me to Paulo Coelho’s THE ALCHEMIST a number of years after it had been translated, but in perfect timing for the twists and turns of my life to find solace for my soul.  It turned out to be one of those books I read numerous times.

When TLC book tours emailed me to squeeze another book into my schedule and I found out it was by Paulo Coelho I was very up for the experience.  The publisher overnighted the book to me and I read Manuscript Found in Accra in a one day read.  What an amazing history to this manuscript and how graciously Coelho has made it into a story and a piece of wisdom literature.

Two brothers in Upper Egypt were traveling and looking for a place to rest and in December 1945, in a cave they found an urn full of papyrus scrolls.  They took them home hoping to avoid the government restrictions and to make money on the black market.  Their mother thought these writing were bad luck; she burned some of them and then took the rest to the police.  They were handed to a priest who sold them to the Coptic Museum in Cairo.   They were then called the NAG HAMMADI manuscripts.

One of the manuscripts even ended up in the Carl Jung Institute and has since been returned to Cairo later to be released to a collector in Belgium.  There are thousands of pages in the Nag Hammadi collection.   These scripts have been carbon dated to AD 1307 and the city of Accra.  Coelho knew about the scripts from a friend in 1982 and was given a copy of this one in 2011 from which he created this possible story and understanding. It is described as a fantasy history.

In 1099 the city of Jerusalem is known as the City of PEACE.  The religions are all collaborating and everyone; Christian, Jew, and Muslim are respecting each other and their faiths.  On the 14th of July the city is surrounded by the French Religious Crusaders who have been sent by the Pope to destroy the city and all the people within.  The citizens have been divided into groups which are to leave and those who are to stay and fight.  Those within the city know they are all going to die.

A Greek shoemaker known as the Copt persuades the remaining people that what the future will want to know about them is not that they fought another battle and died. He calls together those people not planning the defense and they surround this wise man and ask a series of questions which when they go home they will write (thousands of scripts) or tell the story wherever they go. Here is what he says in the story:

“…when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside.  Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that.  Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.  That is all the future will be interested in, because I do not believe very much will change in the next thousand years.”

The book is a series of questions, answers and explanations, which are lovely discussions of how they were a city of Peace and Collaboration.  Even though there is only one narrator who describes life in the beginning and at the end of the Q&A, you are totally aware that this 21 year old man in going to die.  Because you are aware of this extreme tension, the story highlights the role of those who need to be at battle and conquer everything for power and control.

This discovery has been as exciting as the uncovering of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic Gospels, and the Essene Writings in the years of Jesus’ journey.  It also makes one look back on the few Church Father’s who canonized the writing that we now mark at the HOLY BOOKS of the faith.   It emphasizes that whoever succeeds in the battle gets to write the history and often gets to be honored or worshipped in a powerful way.

I am always surprised when I met someone who has their Bible version memorized and is sure they know exactly the right verse at the right moment, and yet they do not know that Women wrote thousands of the manuscripts over time but they were rejected by a “powerful” small group of men.  Women’s words were not even considered.

So as we are also experiencing a time of transition in the SPRING of the Middle East, as we watch once again the activities in Jerusalem and Iran and Israel – Syria – and as we watch the voting on a new POPE it is reassuring to know there is so much wisdom writing at hand and that Jerusalem was once know as the City of Peace and Collaboration.

I am so happy these words have been translated for us to read and know.  Knoff Publishers sent me an Uncorrected Proof copy of the book and TLC book tours asked me to review it for you.   I believe that they are offering a copy of this book for a comment on the blog.

Have you discovered a wisdom tome that helps you find peace?  Please share the book or writing that speaks to you at the greatest times of fear and gives you peace.

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Lunch With Buddha ~Roland Merullo

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012


Lunch With Buddha is a second road trip with Otto Ringling and Voyla Rinpoche which begins in Washington State and takes us to North Dakota.   The first road trip for these two can be found in the Merullo novel of 2007 called Breakfast With Buddha.   I discovered this book in May of 2009 and so enjoyed it that I put it on my summer reading list and reviewed the book on my own.

I was just roaming around Amazon and this opening paragraph on the Amazon review of Breakfast with Buddha just snagged my full attention:

“The only thing certain about a journey is that it has a beginning and an end – for you never know what may happen along the way. And so it is with this journey into the minds and souls of two very different men – one of them in search of truth, the other a man who may already have found it.”

Lunch With Buddha  is a new road trip, because Ringling has made a promise to his wife that he will scatter her ashes in a mountain spot where they went camping when they were newly married.  It is seven months after the death of his wife from cancer and it is time to take care of his promise.  The Buddhist monk in the first story is now his brother-in-law and the father of his 5 year old niece.   The retreat center on the family farm in North Dakota is up and running and after the family returns the ashes to the earth, the two men are to drive a gift truck back to the retreat center.

Merullo actually took this trip with his children in order to write this second book which must be going to become a trilogy. (I expect in a few years that we will see the Dinner with Buddha on the book shelves – The stage has been set)  My copy of the novel came complete with photographs of the various locations that they shared and the specialty meals that they enjoyed.  I have always wanted to go to CAVE B  and the Grand Coulee Dam  but because I live in Washington State we just go past those spots getting to someplace else.

There is as much detail about the other states that the team travels through also and their swim in Yellowstone is a delightful segment I thoroughly enjoyed.  The duo are very respectful of each other as Ringling moves from grief to mourning and the Monk assists in the letting go and looking towards the future and the teaching of his child to use her gifts.  The current US elections add to the story line and the conversation and the characters that they meet along the way add an extraordinary dimension and quirkiness to the journey.

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When TLC book Tours asked me to review this book, I just jumped right up in the air – no lie – and happy danced.  In the wakeful moments of the past three years when I just could not sleep, I have read  Breakfast With Buddha  3 more times.  It just delights me and calms me down into a centered space.  The questions that Otto Ringling is asking are the questions that I am contemplating.  The book can pull me away from worry and anger in just a moment or two of reading.


When the Independent publisher, contacted me early on, I joined the Facebook page for Lunch with Buddha and sent out a huge “bring it on” message.   I had so much trouble waiting that I purchased another book by Merullo in the mean and explored his other words.  I chose A Little Love Story I was not disappointed.   I just enjoy Merullo’s style – play with words and ideas.

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I am filled with gratitude for having been given a copy of this book to read and I say a huge thank you. The book also supports an Independent publishing company, PFP Publishing and that feels good too.  TLC and Newtonville Books are offering up a free copy of this book for the best comment – so what would you like to say?  What questions would ask the author?

Sometimes a second story on the same pathway is not so wonderful – this was not the case with LUNCH WITH BUDDHA It was a joy to read and explore. I was fully engaged in the road trip, every mile of the way.

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If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Thank you.  Donations also welcomed.

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Thirty Days With My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD ~Christal Presley, PhD

Thursday, November 8th, 2012


This book is already an Amazon best seller in pre-orders!

Thirty Days With My Father is quite a memoir and it tells a story that has not been publically told before.  It is the story of how a young man’s experiences in Vietnam during the war developed into PTSD and left him disabled and unable to cope.  How the people yelling at him and spitting on him when he returned from duty haunted his days and created an almost unbearable anguish and tremendous suffering.  He kept it to himself.  From the onset of the disability, it took the Veteran’s administration nearly 6 years to get him competent services and medications that were fractionally helpful.  During that time and for most of his life, his new wife and baby were traumatized by his unpredictable behaviors, angers, and suicidal behaviors.

Thirty Days With My Father is the story of a five year old child being traumatized by the rages of her veteran father and how she coped with secondary generational PTSD when there was no notion that this war was affecting the families and their home life with such drama and infection.  It is a story about how a child learned to cope and her defense mechanisms and isolation because she could not tell and had to keep up appearances.

This is also a story about America’s addiction to fear.  It is driven into the very fabric of life and then often exploited in small rural communities because they do not know and do not explore beyond their ken.  In this case, the Bible thumping, loud preaching of the family’s church also contributed to their dismay as it add confusion and “sin” and “saved” values to their already overwhelming burden and perpetuated their silence.  When her father first came home from Vietnam and was working to support the family, women walking down the street would change to the other side; just being a Vietnam Veteran meant one was shunned.

Presley does not spare words in sharing her story, she tells her truth, her struggles, her fears, her outcomes, and her relentless pursuit to heal herself and find recovery and health from her experiences. Where she found solace in her learning, she translated that into becoming a teacher and helping others. She had to get free of her family and move away in order to find herself.

“An incredible memoir…and important part of the still unhealed wounds of war” ~Nikki Giovanni – Poet, Writer, Activist

Thirty Days With My Father is about 30 days of phone calls as Presley is defending her thesis and making tremendous strides in her recovery.  Her father agrees to talk to her about the war and her childhood for a few minutes each day on the telephone.  He has several “episodes” as brought on by the conversation, and yet this is a primary healing experience for him also.  They get reacquainted and they come home. The book is written with simplicity of language that I think will make it more of an opportunity for a larger audience.

The book is filled with resources for others who wish to know about PTSD, second generational PTSD, the trauma that families experience after war, and recovery.   It is a wealth of information from personal to public.   We have come a great distance in understanding war and veteran’s needs, but we truly have a long road ahead of us too.  I can understand how this book is already a best seller and I think it will fly off the shelves here in my area.  November 1, 2012 was the publishing date for Thirty Days With My Father.

I am not going to rate this book, because I think it needs to be a national read and I hope it will inspire more peaceful thoughts for our future.

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I want to thank TLC book tours and HCI books for sharing a pre-print copy of this book with me for review.

If you order anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site I will receive a few beans in my bucket.  Thank you. Donations also welcome.

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