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Book Review: ““A Marked Heart”” by David George Ball

David George Ball (portrait taken 2006, copied from the author’s Facebook page)

The son of a missionary and a Baptist minister, seventeen-year-old immigrant David George Ball was following his destiny to become a pastor. He had always dreamed of making a difference in people’s lives. But when he met the then relatively unknown Martin Luther King Jr., the course of Ball’s life changed forever. In this memoir, “A Marked Heart”, Ball narrates his journey: beginning with growing up in wartime England; immigrating to the United States in 1954 to take the pastor’s course at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute; attending Yale University as a scholarship student; and, most importantly, meeting King. Later, he worked on Wall Street as a lawyer, started a family, championed the 401(k) plan, and served as assistant secretary of labor. “A Marked Heart” describes how Ball’s encounter with King inspired the rest of his life’s work, and it provides a multifaceted look at his immigration, education, family relationships, career, and his commitment to public service. Though Ball never became a minister, his story communicates how his commitment to God and prayer guided his life. (from Goodreads) 

This book was a total surprise!  It really was!  I was deceived by the book cover; or rather I caught myself pre-judging this book, based on the three colour book cover.  Isn’t there an old saying:  “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? 

Well, when I received this book from Bostick Communications, (in exchange for an impartial review), I had second thoughts about whether or not I would enjoy reading it.  And I will admit to putting it to the side of my TBR book stack.  It just looked to be more of a reference book, than a story book.  

I could not have been more wrong. 

A short time ago, while checking my TBR books, “A Marked Heart”, caught my attention.  And after some review of the front and back covers, and recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. pictured on the front cover with the author, I decided I would begin this read. 

Unexpectedly, “A Marked Heart” by David George Ball, was soon to display so much more than its simple cover implied.  By the end of the first chapter, it was not a question of being caught up in the story; it was a matter of needing to know everything I could about the author and those around him.  David George Ball.  I would hazard a guess that most of us have never heard the name, let alone know what his life was all about.  And part of that I would suggest, was by plan – David George Ball’s plan.  In “A Marked Heart”, David George comes through the pages as a humble man, a quiet man, definitely a family man, a very intelligent man, a man filled with compassion for family and friends, and a man filled with pride of his birth country, England, and his country of residence, the United States. 

(photo credit Heather Fraser)

The author speaks of his growing up years with fond memories, and some not so fond. He brings us through his university years, as he earns multiple degrees.  David Ball’s style of storytelling is one that engages the reader, to a desire to learn more.  Ball’s meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., is a turning point in his career, and his personal creed for life.  I found it fascinating to read of M.L. King before his rise within the culture of the day, and his impact on the world.   Although King was a great influence on David Ball, this book is not about King.  We simply see how King affected individuals who became part of his life, and vice versa.  

“A Marked Heart” reaches all parts of the life of David George Ball.  We are with him through his marital happiness and struggles, his desire to serve God, the love he is given by his family, and at times the hard life he was forced to live.  I found myself on life’s journey with the author, through his highs and lows, through his two marriages, and the lives of his children, as they grew and started families of their own.   

(photo credit Heather Fraser)

To be truthful, I do not think that my words do justice to Ball’s life, to his great mind, and kind heart.   I would suggest this book be added to your library, as part of history.  Although not given real credit for this, Ball was the originator of the 401K plan, designed to secure quality of life for individuals, once they retire.  I am not an American, so do not pretend to understand the 401K plan, but in Canada we have Registered Retirement Plans, which would be comparable.  So, I do understand the need to plan for the future.  And I was quite impressed with Ball’s quiet, yet powerful, contribution to American lifestyle.  And the telling of this story was not a mundane presentation, but a story that I felt part of, a story that held joy.  Such is the style of Ball’s writing. I encourage readers of this blog to seek out this book,  “A Marked Heart”,  add it to your library,  and set aside time to read and learn, about events that impact your life, through the life of David George Ball. 

“The Joy of the Written Word” – where do we find joy in the words of my review or in the words of “A Marked Heart”?  Where I see Joy through “A Marked Heart”, is David George Ball’s unending faith in his God, his faith in knowing that, no matter what, God was with him.  He chose Joy!

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Choose Joy!  

Patricia

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Book Review: “Recipes for Disaster” by Sheryl Browne

She’s a single. He’s a widower. She wants him. He wants her. She wants to impress. So does he. There’s just one catch – she can’t cook. To get him, she needs to get past the big fish – his mother. Lucky her, she’s got an Ace up her sleeve and all she’s got to do is impress this one time. Bad luck, though, her new guy can’t cook either, her dog Rambo is on the loose and now they’ve got to pull off the big lunch at the club. Will it be a match made in heaven? Will they be able to pull off a culinary miracle? Will their combined efforts result in love at first bite? Or is it simply a Recipe for Disaster?(from Goodreads)

 

“The best thing I can make for dinner is reservations”. 

“Sure, I know the five basic food groups:  frozen, canned, delivery, pick-up and eating out”. 

Words I have lived by!!   

Needless to say, my husband is the cook in our family!  As I cross the threshold to the kitchen, my brain opens its eyes, and says: “I just remembered, I have to be somewhere else……”.  And it leaves…. 

So, when I read the synopsis of “Recipes for Disaster” by Sheryl Browne, I knew I would need to add it to my book shelf.  I really connected with Lisa, the main character, and non-cook.  I was fortunate when Sheryl Browne, the author, and Kim Maya Sutton, a Director at Safkhet Publishing, sent me a copy of Sheryl’s book, in exchange for an impartial review.  All the way from the U.K.!!  And I thank both of these ladies. Thank you! 

The book uses multiple narrators, who tell the story from their unique positions.  The main character, Lisa, is not a cook, but commits herself to cater a major event, hosted by her prospective mother-in-law!  Chaos and calamity follows.  “Recipes for Disaster” uses humour – from the first page to the last page.  It is humour that pulls you in, and keeps your attention.   

Not only are the characters creating all kinds of delicious foods, making the finished product sound so real, the author is very generous, and gives the reader all the recipes.  Even I became (slightly) inspired to try to attempt these recipes.  I will admit that I have not yet done so, but I can feel myself breaking out of my mold

Sheryl Browne

and surprising family members with Frisian Anchor or Olivia’s Pride!! 

If you love cooking, baking, and trying new recipes, this book is for you.  If you like reading a novel with a strong plot, this book is for you.  This book is such a good blend of fiction and food! 

Just one comment about the cover of the book – it is distracting!  But, distracting in a good way! (hmmm, hmmm) 

One element of the book that I was quite uncomfortable with, is the very ‘colourful’ language that is used – quite a bit of which, I just glazed over.  Regular readers of my blog will know that I have very low tolerance for swearing.  So, I will admit that I missed some paragraphs which were peppered with these words.  

I enjoyed Sheryl Brown’s writing style – very light and fast moving – exactly right for the storyline and the personalities of the characters.  I look forward to future books, which I know Sheryl will write.

White Asparagus Creme Soup

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will know that at the end of my posts, I always try to connect the title of my blog with the post itself.  Where do I find “The Joy of the Written Word” as related to this post and the book, “Recipes for Disaster”?  For me, the Joy is felt as I smiled my way through the book, and in feeling Joy in the possibility of me as a cook!!  Just maybe I will keep you posted on that event!

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Choose Joy! 

Patricia

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Book Review: “Go Big: Make Your Shot Count in the Connected World” written by Cory Cotton

Cory Cotton, the author of this book, is a recent Texas A&M University, who, with a dream, a simple camera, and five self-confident friends launched Dude Perfect, a friendly, high-flying basketball competition that started on YouTube (45+ million hits) and then slam-dunked its way into commercials, TV appearances, and business success. Written with freshness of a true adventurer, Go Big implores readers to take to the air with their God-given dreams. (from Goodreads)

I received this exciting and well written book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an impartial review. When I opened the box and looked at the cover, my instinct was to say: “Oh, it’s a kid’s book”, and “it’s all about sports, looks like basketball”.  Wonderful!  I know basically nothing about sports, and definitely nothing about basketball.  What do I do now for my review??  I quickly flipped through the pages and saw pictures of guys throwing basketballs outside, inside, and upside down! 

I eventually pulled back from my initial reaction and gave the book another check. And am I ever glad that I did! This book is all the things I mentioned above – but it is SO much more.  What started as six university guys throwing basketballs in the backyard of their house, and challenging each other to “go forward”; as well as a few dares: “You’ll never make this shot”, has now turned into a strong motivational force with a web page, an on-line game app, group presentations, and of course, this book.  In this social media world the “Go Big” Philosophy has reached to faraway places, and impacted many lives.  And all this has happened in the last two years.   

Although this book is written by just one of the “Go Big” guys, it is really a compilation of all their efforts to reach their highest goals. Over time the original six became five, as one member decided to follow another dream – a dream well understood and accepted by the team.  Throughout the book we are introduced to all members of DudePerfect.com.  We get to know each individual and what they bring to the team.  For me, one of the brightest lights in this book is how the group shines as a team, how they work together and grow even stronger. 

Dude Perfect's Backyard!

This is hard to believe coming from a group of guys just interested in trick basketball shots.  Here’s the catch, if this was just about trick basketball shots, it would not have captured and held my interest past the end of the book.  This book is many things, and to me it is a great business model centred in something that is bigger than the individuals involved.  This group of young men are clear in their dedication to God, and their dedication to social justice causes.  Stated clearly throughout the book, and printed on the back cover, 5% of author’s proceeds will go to charity: water, a nonprofit organization bringing clean, safe water to people in developing nations.  The author is clear in their spiritual beliefs, and their need to bring better lives to the needy.  For a book that is “not-religious”, when was the last book you read that could make those claims?  These guys are making an impact on this world. 

The Dude Perfect brand is based on five principles: 

Get Excited, Own It, Blink Later, Inspire Others, and Give Back. 

Each principle is expanded upon, highlighted, and made clearer, as the reader moves through each page, each chapter.

Dude Perfect started out with a number of personal goals, and if you check their website, some goals are still on the horizon – life goals.  It is clear that Dude Perfect will be around for a while!  Their motto is ‘Go Big’, their brand is Dude Perfect, and their hope is to inspire readers to reach and obtain their own goals. 

“Go Big” gives us, the readers, the tools we need to reach our own Dude Perfect phenomenon.  The skills set forth can be used in many of life’s situations:  team building, management skills, conflict resolution, positive attitude formation, life skills, and spirit building, (to say the least). 

What started out as a book that held a vague interest for me, became a book I had to force myself to put down when life called me away!  To say that I felt the momentum begin in the Introduction is not an exaggeration.  The subject, the writing style, the graphics, all worked together to capture and hold my interest and enthusiasm. 

This is not just a book about a group of guys who took trick basketball shots to a new level, (although it is), this is a reference book for many years ahead.  I value this book as a book that will push me at times I need pushing; and congratulate me at times I need encouragement. 

 And it can do that for you, too!!

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Book Review: “Finding Felicity” by Monica Marlowe

When Madeline O’Connor learns that her estranged sister is gravely ill, she leaves behind her life in Manhattan to be at her sister’s side in Italy. There, she discovers an ancient Benedictine monastery that accommodates travelers, and she decides to stay there, among the monks. Everything in her life turns upside down when she falls for Brother Anthony Lamberti, a soft-spoken Italian completely different from the men she knows in New York. Together Madeline and Anthony find love for the first time, and learn that life and love always find a way. When her sister dies, a new life for Madeline begins. A new life that she would never have imagined and yet is perfect for her in every way. (from Goodreads)

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Beginning a book review can sometimes present a challenge.  The urge is to jump right in with both feet, forgetting that the person reading your review has most likely not read the book yet!   

But in some ways this book is about jumping in with both feet.   

As read in the book description from Goodreads, the main character of this book – Madeline O’Connor – leaves her life in Manhattan and flies to Italy to be with her estranged sister, Carrie, who is dying.  Madeline is the Founder and CEO of Felicity International, whose business is high fashion lingerie.  What started as one store has grown worldwide and includes a mail-order division.  Felicity International has become Madeline’s family, her world, her one single interest in life.   

Within the first ten pages, we find that Madeline’s nephew Jonathan has written Madeline a letter, catching her up on family life, the news of his mother’s cancer, and asking Madeline to come to Italy.  So Madeline jumps in with both feet, and heads for Italy, and leaves her empire temporarily behind. 

Early in the book we learn the reason for the sisters’ estrangement: Jonathan’s father is David, Madeline’s ex-husband.  The truth is that Carrie and David had an affair, while David was ‘happily’ married to Madeline, and Carrie became pregnant with Jonathan.  Although his role in the novel is confined to only a few pages, it is important to note that Carrie was married, to Bobby, at the time of her affair with David.   It becomes quickly apparent why the sisters were estranged. 

While originally living in New York, once Carrie and David are married, they take Jonathan and move to Italy.  They were not married long when they divorced, and David moved away.   Carrie and Jonathan remained in Italy. 

It seems that within a couple of days, after receiving the letter from Jonathan, Madeline is in Italy, preparing to meet with her sister. 

While this may sound a little convoluted as I write this very brief synopsis here, the author of “Finding Felicity” – Monica Marlowe – accomplishes the telling of this story with a skill that is to be admired.

Vineyard - Italy

While we are getting involved in Madeline’s life, there is a shift in the time frame of the novel.  We find ourselves in 1943, during World War II, reading another story; reading the story of a young man who is on his way to becoming a priest, and falls in love with a beautiful young woman.  The young man finds himself at a crossroads, and must decide whether to continue to the priesthood, or change his world and find a way to marry this woman. 

As the book progresses the story of the young man is interwoven with the story of Madeline.  The time of the novel alternates between the present day and 1943.  Both stories capture our hearts and our minds.  The author seems to know just when to make the time shift.  While most of the book is dedicated to Madeline, and focus is on her life, it always seemed good timing when the story switched to 1943. 

The novel reader will know early on if this type of time shift is something they like, or something they dislike.   For me, I enjoy novels that switch time frames, as this one does.  Especially as I try to figure out how the two stories are connected.  It stirs up my brain a little bit more!  But, for some readers, transitioning back and forth between different decades and centuries can be a little bit more than they bargained for – everyone is different. 

In this case, I guessed very early on in the book what the connection was between the two interwoven stories.  But how it was going to play out was to be a surprise.  

An Abbey – Italy

As we know from the back cover of the book, Madeline meets a monk in Italy, who turns her world and her heart upside down.  Their love story is played out with a bit of a twist, which I found very enjoyable.  Theirs was not the black and white world of boy meets girl.  Monica Marlowe’s writing style came to the forefront with the story of Madeline and Brother Anthony.  Marlowe’s writing captured me completely and I became totally enraptured with the love story.  When another love interest was added for Madeline, this twist meant I could not put the book down until the last page!  I was so caught up with this book that my tears were flowing freely, by the time the path of every character’s life was laid out. 

Not that I completely liked the way the story turned out – I did not.   The journey of Madeline’s nephew Jonathan is also a very big part of the storyline.  Jonathan’s life is deeply connected with Madeline, and of course with his mother, Carrie.  And throughout the novel I was right there with Jonathan.  However, I was quite disappointed with the way his storyline ended, and also with the speed with which the author ended it.   I felt a little deserted by that part of the novel.  Almost as though the author suddenly realized she needed an ending for Jonathan’s storyline, and created one.  As I mentioned, that part of the book disappointed me. 

An Italian Landscape

 But, that was a small price to pay for the balance of the book, the bulk of the book, being well written and creatively capturing my heart!  For me, “Finding Felicity” was a wonderful wild ride, thoroughly enjoyable, and romantic.

Beyond the basic story, this book is so much more than a love story.  It is a story of life, of real life.   It is a story of choice, faith, decision, interpersonal relationships, discernment, moral values, the value of friendships, and the value of family.  “Finding Felicity” is jam-packed with human emotions, human struggles, and human kindness.  And Monica Marlowe captures and holds our attention through it all.

Monica Marlowe

Would I recommend this novel?  You can probably guess the answer, but just to clarify, yes, I would highly recommend this novel.  Read it and enjoy!

Outside of the storyline, I would like to briefly comment on the front cover of “Finding Felicity”.  I thought the colours, fonts, layout, and design, were beautifully chosen.  I even enjoyed the colour of the back cover and spine, (a shade of purple – my personal favourite colour).  My only negative reaction was the young woman pictured on the front cover.  To me, she does not look strong enough to be ‘Madeline O’Connor’.  Yes, during the course of the novel, we saw a softer side of business woman Madeline, but even so her strong personality held through the entire book.  For me, the young woman on the front cover did not match the woman depicted in the storyline. 

When I received “Finding Felicity” from the author, Monica Marlowe, Monica kindly autographed the book, including a few words.  The inscription reads:  “Patricia, to your Felicity!”  I was thrilled with Monica’s autograph and inscription. But I kept going back to it:  “to your Felicity”.  I felt that must mean something, and during my reading of the book, I thought it referred to ‘Felicity’ as my dream, the ‘thing’ that made me as proud as Madeline O’Connor was about Felicity International.  And maybe that is what Monica meant.  But, somehow, I just felt there was more.  So, tonight, as I finished up this review, I looked ‘Felicity’ up on a “What Does Your Name Mean” website.  ‘Felicity’ means ‘Happiness’, ‘Happy’, ‘Great Happiness’!    

“Patricia, to your Felicity!”    

To YOUR Felicity.

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Book Review – ‘”Be in One Peace”‘ by Dr. Joanne Messenger

“Whether you’re new to self-healing, want more powerful and easier techniques, or you’re on a committed spiritual journey, “Be In One Peace” has gifts of gold for you. This book is not just another chakra book. It is cover to cover essential knowledge and techniques based on practical experience, to get you the results you need—step by step. Learn how to Master Your Energy Budget, Reclaim Yourself from Old Relationships and Events, Repair Your Heart Strings, Integrate Your Heart and Mind, and ease pain and stress to improve your health.

This book is for everyone who wants an easy and painless way to deal with stress, release the shackles of the past and live with more peace. Say good-bye to anxiety, poverty consciousness and defensiveness. Align with the highest vision of yourself and enjoy your new life.

Be In One Peace is a progressive fusion of ancient, eastern and western philosophy with the modern understanding of energy, anatomy and physiology to support your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health”. (from amazon.com)

Dr. Joanne Messenger has practiced as a chiropractor, healer and international course facilitator for over 30 years. She lives in Woodend, Australia and is Australia’s best-known teacher of Chiron philosophies and techniques. She has a bachelor’s degree in applied science, an Excellence Award in radiology and is certified with the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (USA) and in Sacro-Occipital Technique as well as in practicing and teaching Blueprint Healing. Dr. Messenger is past principal of the Australian Energy School of Chiron and former vice president of the International Association of Chiron Healers, Inc. (Press Release)

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“Be in One Peace” – what a great title! Stirred my thoughts to: Peace itself; of one Peace – as in people on common ground;  in one piece – a play on words – keeping something or someone together,  as one.

The cover captured my attention. Somehow, I felt its LIFE.

And, I do not mind admitting, that the day this book arrived from Bostwick Communications, I may have judged it by its cover!  Of course, not enough to impact an impartial review, just enough to make me feel good about the book from the beginning. This book is just approximately ½ inch thick (a little over 1 cm). Good quality paper inside, and also for the cover.  A pretty book, actually.  And one of those books that just felt good in my hand.

What was strange about all this was when I read the back cover, and started getting into the book. The book IS about LIFE – our life as individuals. Briefly, the book is about ways to discover where our pain is, where our stress is, and learn how we can ease that pain and stress to improve our health.

Are you thinking: “yet another self-help book about relieving pain and stress”? I will admit to a brief thought in that direction. But, with a cover like it has, how could it be ordinary?

The book begins by talking about why we get sick, why we have illnesses. Dr. Messenger mentions how sometimes our diseases are impacted by the “DIS—EASE” in our lives. Dr. Messenger explores the path of dis-ease being a gift. Maybe not one we are happy about, we start looking for the receipt in the box to return it!! But in fact our dis-ease is telling us that our lives are out of sync – and we need to pay attention.

Actually, I once heard an acronym for pain:

P A I N = Pay Attention Inventory Needed

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Dr. Joanne Messenger

Whether we feel dis-ease, or disease, Dr. Messenger provides ways we can help ourselves recover, help ourselves feel better. And isn’t that what we want?? In “Be in One Peace”, in 18 short chapters, Dr. Messenger gives us more than 18 different ways we can help ourselves to feel better in the life we are living. One of the attributes of this book is that the chapters are brief. With that, the sentences are also brief,  and free of language that we, the general public, may  not understand. Oh, yes, there are terms we may not be familiar with, such as “Chakra” (Chapter 12), “Heart Filaments” (Chapter 14), “Energy Budget” (Chapter 10) and “Electromagnetic Field” (Chapter 7). But Dr. Messenger’s language in describing these, and other terms, is easy to read and she is clear in what she is saying.

This is not a book that you start to read at Chapter 1 right through to Chapter 18. Although you might want to do that to become familiar with the general flow and theme of the book.  Actually, that is exactly what I did.   Mainly because I wanted to get a general understanding and overview of the book.  At the end of each chapter there is an Exercise section.  In the Exercise, we are given tools to use the techniques talked about in that chapter.

Here is an example of how this, chapter information, and chapter end exercise, can work. In Chapter 5, Dr. Messenger uses an analogy of a suitcase. When we go on vacation, or on a business trip, we pack a suitcase.  We bring with us what we will need for our time away. We make decisions based on where we are going. In life we also carry a suitcase, packing personal skills inside. And we need to prepare for twists and turns, and unexpected events in life. Here is a quote from page 30: “You can prepare for life with as much diligence as a backpacker choosing what to carry or leave behind; however, there are likely to be situations where an extra pair of clean socks would be appreciated.”   We need to make decisions that will carry us through unforeseen circumstances.

So, what is one thing that will give us strength, lessen our stress, and help us be ready to face life circumstances, regardless of what we did or did not put in our (psychological) suitcase? Dr. Messenger believes that one thing, is grounding. We need to start out for a trip calm, and able to check what we need to pack. As we go through life we need to find that part of us that assures us we are grounded. We need to be assured we have the energy, the wisdom, and the strength, that will carry us through. We need them in our suitcase. When we expend energy, wisdom, or strength, to get us through a tough situation, or to help someone who is struggling with (for example) anxiety or depression; they look to us for guidance, we reach into our suitcase and bring out: energy, wisdom, and strength. And we hope we are able to bring the other person to a place of security, assurance and calm.

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If you are like me, after going through something similar to the situation described in the previous paragraph, we move on to the next crisis which may draw from us more energy, and more wisdom. And, let’s say this goes on for a while. Pretty soon our suitcase is close to empty. 

To try to prevent us reaching a point of exhaustion, Dr. Messenger provides easy-to-follow instructions to once more ground ourselves.  Rather than having to draw on outside help to get ourselves re-charged, we can bring ourselves to that place where we are grounded.  Dr. Messenger’s technique proposes a series of breathing exercises and visualization techniques to centre ourselves and return to that grounded position.  We need to refill our suitcase and be ready for the next event life brings us.

“Be in One Peace” speaks a lot about energy, our need for it, how we can acquire more, how we lose energy, our negative energy, and building up our positive energy. If you would like to try more intuitive ways to work with your energy, more New Age focused, then this book is a good place to start.  It is clear, basic, and very instructional. If you are already familiar with the New Age focus for self-healing, or this is the first time you have heard the phrase, this book will have something for you. You do not have to follow any part of the New Age way of thinking to get something from its pages.

As a person who sits on the fence with New Age methods, I may have been a little biased going in. But, whether or not my views have changed,  has, in no way, prevented me from developing and increasing my skill level with respect to self-knowledge, self-awareness, and self-healing.

For example, Chakras. Chakras have always been a little bewildering to me – and they are still. However, Dr. Messenger’s straightforward, basic, and instructional techniques have wet my appetite to give some form of Chakra Therapy a try. Dr. Messenger believes that to live our life well, we need to use the Chakras, (our body’s energy fields), as a way of cleansing ourselves of negative thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. And retaining and absorbing positive thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Did I just explain Chakras in 30 words or less? I may have, but I am sure I did not do them justice. But, I will say, that at this very basic level, Chakras do make sense to me; and after reading “Be in One Peace”, I understand Chakras better than ever before. One of the things that truly helped me, was Dr. Messenger’s way of speaking/writing. There is a light tone to her writing, which comes across in moments of humour and joy. This gives the book a special little twist!

Another point is that we do not have to give up our spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs to benefit from Chakras, or any of the other techniques for personal health and well-being, detailed for us in “Be in One Peace”. Dr. Messenger brings multiple faith traditions into her teachings.  I feel strongly that there is something for everyone in this book.

One of the chapters I enjoyed, (Chapter 9), deals with removing our ‘masks’, removing our ‘armour’ – anything we hide behind to shield us from the world, and from ourselves. The exercise at the end of the chapter is a visualization method of removing our armour. It first looked complicated to me, but was actually quite straightforward to participate in. As with all of the exercises and treatments presented in this book, this is best approached with an open-mind, regardless of our current belief tradition.

Dr. Messenger rounds out the book by dealing with the bigger issues of healing for the heart and the mind. And ends the book by bringing us back to her opening statements that all pain is actually a gift. And once we accept our pain as gift, begin to source the cause of the pain; we will begin to free ourselves from some of the darkness of physical and emotional pain.

It is very important that the reader knows that I am in NO WAY making light of anyone’s pain, and I certainly have had little experience with thinking of any pain as ‘gift’. But what I have experienced is relief, relief at finding out what is causing my pain, putting a name to it, and then beginning the road to some kind of healing. If that makes pain a gift, maybe I will not argue terminology. Neither this book nor my review of it, are in any way substitutes for professional care. And that is true whether you are under doctor’s care at this moment, or in the future when you read this book. From my point of view, I cannot stress that enough.

When I was first given this book to review, and even after I had read a couple of chapters, I began to feel some anxiety – about how I could possibly be qualified to know if “Be in One Peace” would be considered a good book in its field.  After all, what did I know about Chakras and Energy Fields? That challenge resolved itself after my first read through;  because the book is written for both a novice, and an experienced reader, to understand.

Whether you choose to accept any New Age concepts, I would like to suggest that you give yourself an opportunity to read this book. 

 A book I have no trouble recommending.

‘“Be in One Peace”’

 

               

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