Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book with a View September 2012

   Title: Shifting into Purer Consciousness ~ Integrating Spiritual Transformation with the Human Experience
Author: Yvonne Perry
Publisher: Write On! (May 15, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0982572290
Reviewer: Dana Micheli
Yvonne Perry's New Book is Required Reading for Your Spiritual Journey
No matter who you talk to, 2012 will be a pivotal year in human history. For some, it is the end of the world; for others, it MIGHT be the end of the world, depending on who wins the presidential election. Those in the metaphysical community, however, believe that 2012 signifies a much more positive, less political, shift: an unparalleled elevation of human consciousness. For those of us seeking a deeper understanding of the Universe and our place in it, there has never been a better time to begin our transformation.
But learning more about our spiritual path is often not as simple as it sounds. The endless supply of information at our fingertips can be difficult to wade through. That's why Yvonne Perry's latest book, Shifting into Purer Consciousness: Integrating Spiritual Transformation with the Human Experience, is such a Godsend. With her trademark blend of in-depth research, deeply personal stories, and techniques for transformation, Yvonne makes learning about such topics as Miraculous Healing, Soul Retrieval and Spiritual Purification a joyful and stimulating adventure.
Whether you are a veteran of metaphysical studies, just beginning your transformation, or--like me--somewhere in between, reading this book is like having a conversation with a trusted friend and counselor. It was a safe place for me to find answers to my many, many questions, some of which I didn't even know I had until Yvonne anticipated them. For years, psychics and other metaphysical folks have tried to explain to me about the nature of the soul and how things work "On the Other Side"; yet, I could not wrap my mind around some of these concepts until reading this book. Yvonne Perry has once again demonstrated her incredible knack for explaining complex spiritual topics in a language that mere mortals can understand.

Title: Mia and Jake: Finding the One
Author: Sherri Starr
Publisher: SEAHILL PRESS INC (September 1, 2012)
ISBN: 978-1-937720-09-4
Reviewer: Dana Micheli

Online dating; set-ups; blind dates; speed-dating. These are just a few of the ways men and women are spending their time, money, and tears to meet people these days. It reminds me of the movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You,” when Drew Barrymore waxes nostalgic over the ordinary answering machine. Either there was a message when you got home, or there wasn’t. Now, she points out, singles get strung along or rejected via voicemail and text, to say nothing of Facebook, MySpace and various other forms of social media. Indeed, finding “the one” has never been easy, but it seems like modern technology has only increased our chances for humiliation.
Thankfully, we always have our sense of humor to fall back on, and Sherri Star’s new book, Mia and Jake: Finding the One, proves that laugher is still the best medicine for all that ails us. The book takes us on a physical and emotional journey as Mia, a cheerful, smart and highly evolved stick figure navigates singledom and searches for her other half. The witty text is complemented by the hilarious illustrations as Mia twists herself into a yoga pose, moves to a new city (with a bigger dating pool) and gets advice from well-meaning but often misguided friends.
The best part is that at the end of Mia’s story, you can flip the book over and read it again, this time from Jake’s point of view. This both doubles the laughs and debunks the myth that women are tortured by the single life while men coast through it with ease and manly grace.
Mia and Jake is a great gift for others, but an even better gift for yourself. I laughed out loud with each turn of the page, and I know I’ll be returning to it again for a pick me up on my own journey to finding the one.
Sherri Starr doesn’t only talk the talk, she has already walked the walk. The inspiration for the book was drawn from her determination to live her fullest, best possible life, even before she found her “Jake”. I can’t wait until she comes out with the next installment of Mia and Jake.

Title: I Don’t Want to Be Your Guru but I Have Something to Say
Author: Joyce Shafer
ISBN: 978-1-4303-1411-0
Reviewer: Yvonne Perry
Maybe You Should Be My Guru!
When I first started reading I Don’t Want to Be Your Guru but I Have Something to Say I thought it was going to be a novel containing a “ghost-like” mystery story. But then the beautiful and enlightening discussion between the characters in this flashback scene started ringing with truth and such validity that I soon realized this book could just as easily be a non-fiction work in the spirituality genre. I like the way the author was able to pull that off with such cohesiveness!
Joyce Shafer created a story within a story that kept me interested all the way. For example, Old Bill and A.J. are casually discussing religion over a slice of apple pie and a cup of coffee when Bill says, “Ideals should guide your life, not rule ‘em (it). Someone might be really good at being whatever the ‘ism’ is—let’s use Christian for example—but they don’t go the distance…they don’t aim to be Christ-like. It’s easy to quote chapter and verse, but how deeply is it understood? Is it integrated into the life?”
For one who was steeped in fundamentalist religion before embracing a metaphysical view of life, this rang true to me. My new goal in life is to be more Christ-like and that means ascending in consciousness, keeping my thoughts pure, never judging self or others, seeking the will of the Divine Plan, and expecting miracles (doing and receiving them) on a regular basis. Yes, it’s a process with many “oops” along the way, but my beliefs are being integrated into my daily experience. It was refreshing to read Bill’s commentary on this and many other thought-provoking topics.
This is a great short book for anyone who would like a simply put overview of a deep spiritual (rather than religious) dissertation on how our thoughts create reality.

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