When Angels Call Your Name, by Marilyn Frazer
What happens when angels call your name? Several years ago, Marilyn Frazer set out to discover the answer.
Within these pages are the true stories of people who experienced the unusual, the amazing, the extraordinary, told in their own words. A few of the stories are: The Mockingbird’s Song, Together Forever, and 61 Pounds of Pure Chocolate.
When people realized that Marilyn Frazer was a willing listener, they would often share their stories of wonderful coincidences or miraculous incidents. Over the years she has collected these inspirational “touched-by-an-angel” stories. Marilyn hopes you enjoy these wonderful stories as much as she did when she first heard them.
Every once in a while, a coincidence occurs that has such a profound impact, your whole viewpoint changes. This is what has happened to the people she interviewed for this book. Sometimes the event simply heightened their awareness that there is more to life than we know. In other instances, the affect was profound or life-changing. Once in a while, the event was more like a small miracle than a simple coincidence, an extraordinary account of twists and turns that were more than mere coincidence.
Marilyn Frazer is the award-winning author of The Relationship Trap: Women Who Ignored the Warning Signs That Said…This Guy’s Not For You! When she is not collecting wonderful stories, the author is a watercolor artist and meditation teacher.
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The Secrets of the 100 Golden Keys, by Mia Pratt
Unlock the Power of Your Creativity and Set Your Life on Fire
This exciting book reveals the inspiring life philosophy of author Mia Pratt, an American adventuress living in the 16th-century village of Ajijic in Central Mexico. The book explores the one hundred “principles of happiness” Mia adopted during her eclectic life spent pursuing her passion for art, dance, and writing while living within “the creative outer fringes of society.”
Until 2009, Mia lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she enjoyed a successful career as an artist, author, and columnist. After publication of her book she felt compelled to take her own advice to “set your life on fire!” and embarked upon a 6-month sabbatical to Mexico. Mia had no idea what profound changes would follow that decision, and that she would never return to her former life in Arizona.
Mia believes each of us possesses an unlimited reserve of creative energy that is available to fuel our dreams, heighten our awareness and transform our lives from ordinary to extraordinary. Once we embrace this knowledge and access our creativity, we may use it to re-create ourselves by shedding the limiting beliefs of our past. When we embracing the truth of who we are in the present, we are free to transform our lives beyond imagination.
Healing and the Creative Response: Four Key Steps Shared by Healers and Artists, by Cay Randall-May, Ph.D.
This is a readable and useful book on healing and the creative process. I am especially happy with the parallels of healing with various forms of the creative process. Dr. Randall-May discusses a broad and useful definition of healing and contrasts that with ‘cure’. She shares personal experiences and uses her own and other’s art work to illustrate her concepts. The book is built around the 4 keys that enhance the creative and the healing process. These are based on self knowledge and include the following: set the intention, relax and clear, engage and blend, and attune to the highest and love. These may sound simple but can be complex and demanding in application. While she describes these at times as ‘steps’ I like that she calls them ‘keys’ which for me is much more palatable than more concrete linear steps of development.
Dr. Cay-Randall described each key clearly and illustrates these with her own and others’ art work and life experiences. She summarizes her keys stating, “no matter what the pain, if we can be mindful enough to use the four keys … we can experience a core-level peace which sustains us. When we reach out to others it becomes a tangible force capable of restoring them, as well as ourselves”.
The CD attached to the book is clear and pleasant to listen to and to watch the ever changing kaleidoscopic pictures if you play the CD on a computer. Dr. Randall-Cay’s voice providing directions and examples is pleasant and clear.
Brooks Goldmann Publishing, 2010
And accompanying CD
Reviewed by Rothlyn Zahourek PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Remnants, Ready for New Life, by Kiki Swanson
In early 2004, Daisy Mac Duff moved into the active and well-appointed retirement community of La Ventura located in Scottsdale, AZ. She left behind many friends over the years when she moved with her husband on many transfers, eventually moving to the desert of AZ.
Her children also live in AZ and, on occasion, keep her busy with their lives. But Daisy needs the camaraderie of “soul” mates, friends her age who share happy memories of her past and her current pursuit of happiness.
Her grief for her husband had consumed several years of her life and now it is time to share her future with friends, new and old. She seeks the companionship of her women friends from all parts of the country by writing and asking them to join her in Scottsdale.
Soon a strong and steady flow of letters begin to appear in her mailbox. Both the flamboyant red-head pianist Clarissa and the demure preacher’s wife Beth write immediately. Others come in as quickly as you can say “out west”, such as Martha, the one seeking a new AA recovery group.
Daisy accumulates the letters, which often stretch into reminiscing of old places that bring back memories, such as with Mary Ann, Martha’s sister. While some were meant to just read and smile or listen to what was really being said. Beth is one of those with her quiet tone and gentle way.
Remnants-ready for new life acknowledges that it is not above the fray of recognizing the human frailty in all of us. Everyone has moments of despair and sadness, coupled with anger. Realizing in this read that it is in fact the ride of taking us “home” to our friends and faith in our “golden years” that sustains us, Kiki Swanson shows us it is possible to succeed to the end.
Discover the Secret Energized You, by Kebba Buckley
Are you stressed and exhausted?
Do you dream of being energized?
In this book, Kebba Buckley offers answers for everyone.
Discover The Secret Energized You
is intended to provide practical Life Tools for people who want to discover their secret energized self—to reveal to themselves how much they can make of their energy, their lives, and their relationships.
What people are saying about this book:
This is one of the most useful books on life and stress management that I have ever read. Filled with practical techniques, that are backed by extensive research, this is a must-have guide for regenerating our energy anytime, anywhere. I have been using techniques, taught to me by Kebba, for over a year and I can tell you they absolutely work. It’s a great book!
— Ramona Sallee, MBA, Professional Treasury, Manager and Co-author of In Our Shoes: Seven Women Reveal Their Soles
More energy. More life power. More well being. Fundamental tools that will help you achieve these things are clearly and simply explained in this very readable book. You’ll want to keep it as a resource and return to it again and again — and each time you do, new insights will be revealed. Kebba Buckley has done an excellent job of bringing together and explaining some of the most important life practices every pershon should adopt.
— Patricia Turpin
Gratitude a Verb, by Mike Lyding
A Daily Meditation Book for Recovering Alcoholics
One day at a time, and everyday, these meditations give the reader the strength to get through the day; sober, serene and empowered with the strength of God. The readings work no matter what your religious affiliation may be, even if the reader has no formal religious affiliation.
The first book, Grateful Not Smug, was written specifically for recovering alcoholics. We found that the readings helped everyone who used them, whether they were alcoholic or not. Gratitude a Verb takes this dynamic one step further. Each book will start and end your day with a solid connection with God.
What people are saying about this book:
I read a long time ago, “the most visible creators are those artists whose medium is life itself.” They are the artists of being alive. Mike is this kind of artist and my life is better just for having had the opportunity to read his meditations. May he go forth and share the gifts he’s been given so that God’s love may be experienced and shared and passed along as ripples on a pond’s face. The meditations in this book make a difference…enjoy!
Love in the fellowship, Mary Pearl T.