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YOUR TIME IS NOW: Your Life, Your Choice, You Have the Power; Today Is the Day ~Keith E. Smith

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I so enjoy reading books about people’s success and the path they take to get to the next level. They always inspire me to renew my energy to change and keep my efforts fresh and well practiced. YOUR TIME IS NOW is just a marvelous example of that successful living model and a great permission to dream your dreams.

Smith tells his story of change emphasizing that it was not an instant kind of journey but rather it was a process, which included a feeling that he was not manifesting his true potential. He has an extensive bibliography of the study he undertook to figure out his passion and what action he was going to undertake to work towards and hone in on defining his brightest goals and aspirations. His stories illuminate his process, which is shared in a way that gives everyone the small steps necessary to work on their own goals and dreams.

I liked very much that Smith writes in his own words, uses quotes that he found personally helpful and which actually illuminate the steps in the process. There is a truth and relevance to the steps.

YOUR TIME IS NOW brought me into the present moment and allowed me to set down a worry or two; I had a big sigh and then listed some of the tough times I have weathered and survived. I opened up to a deeper appreciation for the experiences of my life and was so grateful for those opportunities. Yes, gratitude is a large key to the process of change and movement. In the authors own words,” This is actually a good thing because it helps us snap out of auto-pilot and awaken to more!” (Page106)

Synchronicity happened around this book, a friend on Facebook was thanked for gifting this book and I mentioned in the comments I would like to read and review Keith Smith’s book. Keith Smith sent me a copy of the book. Thank you!

I recently completed a review of a book about Alice James, sister of William and Henry James. Both books ALICE IN BED  and YOUR TIME IS NOW included this William James quote: “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create that fact.”

Thank you so much Keith E. Smith for sharing your terrific book with me and I hope my sharing will bring more readers to your work.

Congratulations on the release of your new Novel: BLACK CHAMBER: Paradise Lost

Keith E. Smith Blog: Straight Up Living

Related:
A Short Path to Change
The Pocket Guide to Manifesting
Trust What You Get

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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Related:
My Stroke of Insight 
Glimpsing Heaven
The Most Important Day of Your Life 
All Gone