BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

MOSTLY Bob
By Tom Corwin
Mostly Bob is a true, short story about how the author’s pet dog entered and exited his life, and the love that grew between them in the meantime. This book is actually a eulogy Tom was inspired to write. It has a sad ending until you realize the lessons in the story.

Meant to be read in a “flip-book” style, Bob’s silhouette appears on every page as if to keep you company. Tom writes with compassion for the journey he and Bob, who was constantly by his side, went through together.  Many people knew Bob, and were touched by his presence, but not many knew his history, which Tom reveals in the book. This is a heartfelt tribute to his best friend.
Despite the devastation of losing him, Tom was encouraged to share the story of Bob so others could also be touched by the message of courage, perseverance, and unconditional love through their bond. It is a very sweet story with a positive message that makes you want to hug and love your own dog (or whatever pets you have) even more.

This book is available at your local bookstore and at website: www.newworldlibrary.com
    Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis



THE ONE
Finding Soul Mate Love
and Making It Last
By Kathy Freston
It is all about finding that glorious person, the perfect connection, the magic and mystery of love. You are successful in love, not by finding a lifetime partner, but by becoming more connected, learning and growing closer through each shared experience. By nurturing a relationship with the right partner, you enable yourself to reach your highest potential in all aspects of your life.

Author Kathy Freston, a meditation coach and counselor of Transformational Meditation, shares with us her plan to effect profound changes in our relationship perspectives. She shows us how we can tune into the mind-body-spirit connection through practical advice and suggestions.

Even if you have been unlucky in love, Freston shows us how to recognize patterns and actions that may sabotage our efforts at true happiness and bliss. You can learn to identify the ‘dark voice’ that results from past wounds and move forward to understand and heal them. Thereafter, your self-destructive behavior is healed and therefore under control. You are open to accept true love.

Through a mix of several philosophies and disciplines, Freston points out that the spiritual task underlying romantic partnership is to close the gap between our humanity and divinity. She includes some integration work, checklists, questions and exercises to identify issues and solve them.

Love is always present and available to us. Often, we don’t see it. The author says it best: “We are all chosen for love; the question is whether or not we show up to claim it.”

Published by Miramax Books, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.KathyFreston.com
   
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard



INVISIBLE ACTS OF POWER
Channeling Grace in Your Everyday Life
By Caroline Myss
Every day affords us an opportunity to recognize the importance of virtue and energy. Everything we do creates an impact, so it doesn’t take much to make a difference. We all have the individual ability to create more meaning and goodness in the world. By acting compassionately, and without an expectation of reward, we create outward as well as an inward energy of good. Our generosity, compassion and kindness can become a channel for divine grace and a conduit for miracles.

These ‘gifts’ to others can manifest in many ways, including financial and creative support, gifts of choice, wisdom, as well as gifts of the spirit. Courage affects what we are willing to do for ourselves as well as what we are willing to do for another person. Whatever method we choose, we undergo a journey of personal empowerment.

The seven levels of power and the body’s seven energy centers correspond to the seven stages of generosity and compassion. The author draws from a wide range of spiritual teachings to illustrate her point, including Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Hindu sacred works, along with real-life stories.

Myss explains how the choice to manage our best power is essential to our physical and emotional health. She proves that we are not alone in this world and that we can use our own inner strengths and energy to harness everything the world has to offer.

Published by Free Press, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.simonandschuster.com
   
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard



CREATING MIRACLES
A Practical Guide to Divine Intervention
By Carolyn Godschild Miller, PhD
When is the last time that you heard your inner voice? When is the last time you actively listened for it? Your inner voice is the easiest one to ignore, but it is the one you need to hear in order to create a nourishing environment from which to receive divine guidance, as well as a miraculous phenomenon.

Ordinary miracles are not only possible, but they happen more often than we acknowledge. After 25 years as a student of science and metaphysics, and as an experimental psychologist, Miller discovered that ordinary people often survive disaster by entering into a serene state of consciousness that allows them to follow their inner guidance. The research is based primarily on individuals who have escaped grave danger after going into an altered state of consciousness.

“Creating Miracles” explores the connection between our intuition and modern physics and explains how shifting our consciousness can actually alter the events in our physical world. In the first part of the book, we hear more than fifty accounts of how ordinary people have responded to extraordinary circumstances in a positive way. The second part explains how to create your own personal conditions so that you can tap into your inner divine, or intuition, to bring yourself to a state of readiness should a miracle occur.

Each chapter has a ‘things to think about’ section that provides the reader with tools to harness their inner voice, as well as an invitation to try out the instructions in order to create your own miracles.

Published by New World Library, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the web at www.newworldlibrary.com
   
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard



2012: YOU HAVE A CHOICE!
Archangelic Answers and Practices For The Quantum Leap
By Sri Ram Kaa and Kira Raa
What are Density Consciousness, Spiritual Activism, Ascension Awareness and Ascension Consciousness? What is the 2012 choice and how do we make it?  This book attempts to answer these questions with teachings from the Archangelic realm.

Through the concept of Archangelic In-soulment, similar yet different from channeling, teachings are taken from encounters with and journeys of an Archangel named Zadkiel. Through communication with the author and angelic oracle, Kira Raa, Zadkiel offers assistance at this time in the Earth’s history.

Among other things, Zadkiel believes that our planet is in a suspended animation of energetic shifting to which we need to respond. The acceptance of full responsibility for our actions is liberating as well as troubling, as the ego wishes to be in control. The disaster of Atlantis is cited, as it was an advanced civilization that ended in complete decay. Metaphysical information gathered from Ascended Beings offers an opportunity to higher wisdom.

Without the development of our own inner communication with our soul, we can be swayed by outside influences that do not lead us to deep peace and enlightenment. Choice is a gift and we are at the time of choosing.

The authors provide some simple practices that are multi-dimensional and can be understood and followed by people of all religions as we approach a great shift. If you have questions about the New Horizon or Quantum Leap phenomenon, and would like to have a better, clearer understanding of our destinies, this book attempts to explain our options.

Published by Tosa Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore or at websites: www.selfascension.com or www.amazon.com  
   
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard



THE JOURNEYS OF SOCRATES
An Adventure
By Dan Millman
This is a coming-of-age story centered in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the time of Cossacks, soldiers, warriors and the struggle of Jews to survive in a land where an evil many were in control. Our hero is Sergei, a young boy who was taken by soldiers at the age of three to be trained as a military student. His grandfather, before passing on, takes him on tremendously meaningful journey where he discovers his true heritage.

There is also promise of a great gift. Then, Sergei must struggle to hide his true feelings while living a life as a warrior-in-training. At age fifteen he decides to leave the academy to chase his heritage; however, a chance encounter with a rival provides additional hardships.

We are with Sergei as he loves and loses, and we share in his hardships. There are horses, battles, beautiful scenery, strife, and occasional contentment and peace. We also see his great hope and passion for meaningful life along a path in a rough and challenging world.

Author Dan Millman shows that he is a true teacher and storyteller as the odyssey progresses. Eventually, we find the Peaceful Warrior is really a blend of fact and fiction: a true story of survival and peace in a tumultuous and dangerous world. We find that this is the prequel to the Peaceful Warrior saga and the story behind the adventurer. And, there is a happy ending filled with hope.

Published by HarperSanFrancisco, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.danmillman.com
   
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard
 


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