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Hidden Unknown Truth: A Guide to Consciousness, Spiritual Awakening, and the Joy of Living by [Edward Scott]

Edward Scott book, Hidden Unknown Truth, is about consciousness, self-improvement, and being a better human in whatever one does. The author focuses on important aspects of human life that sometimes get overlooked as people tend to be busy. Reading Hidden Unknown Truth is therapeutic. The author gives step by step guides that will help readers in their journey of self-improvement and enlightenment. The book opens by talking about motivation to try a new way. The author adds in questions that will help one examine life and everything that exists.

I enjoyed the chapter about consciousness the most. The mind is a beautiful but sometimes strange organ. Edward Scott demonstrates how the mind works and why it is crucial to not believe everything that we see. One of my favorite lines by the author is ‘Consciousness begins once we are aware that we are thinking or feeling’. To expound on this statement, the author recounts an experience and how he tried to watch his thoughts. The author writes that we have no power over which thoughts enter our mind but we have power over what we decide to do with our thoughts. The discussion on this particular chapter was enlightening and interesting on many different levels.

Other than getting life lessons, the author also talks about humility and the satisfaction of being a kind person. You may be the sharpest in the room but without humility, you are no different from those who are proud and arrogant. Three major ideas from this chapter are acknowledge, ask for help, and give thanks. There is no shame in asking for help when stuck. Being grateful is an excellent quality for a wholesome being. The explanation beneath every virtue made things clearer. Spirituality is as important as any other virtue. The breaking down of the topics was a great concept as the author highlighted critical areas that readers can pay more attention to.

Hidden Unknown Truth is one of the best self-help and motivational books I have read this year. With the author’s advice, one is sure to sharpen the areas in their life that they feel were being neglected. Edward Scott writes gracefully and reasonably. He minds his readers and understands that everyone has different experiences in life. I like his view on many things like having faith, self-love, respect, being grateful, and not giving up. The discussions are brief but have a massive impact on the reader. Edward Scott encourages positivity and loving life. His step by step approach to achieving inner peace is the best thing any reader can follow.

Pages: 119 | ASIN: B07VFLZ9QB

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The Ultimate Love

Nadeem was just 25 years old when he passed away after a short, but painful illness, however he lives on in the tireless efforts of his mother, Sherine Anniruth, to memorialize his life. The Ultimate Love is as much about Nadeem, the central figure that binds together the chapters of the book, as it is about his mother’s grief over his loss, in all its unimaginable dimensions. Anniruth’s grief comes in waves, some that reduce her to tears, others that almost obliterate her ability to continue with daily life. And her work serves as an open letter to anyone experiencing the same pain, wondering how they could possibly live on after their child has gone. 

The Ultimate Love is a work of deep and startling honesty, but not one likely to fly off the shelves. Anniruth struggles to keep her emotions down long enough in order to analyze and discuss her grief, rather than to be caught up in the depths of it. Perhaps it’s not possible to capture such a deep sense of grief in words, let alone review a work that details a mother’s unending love for a lost child. As Anniruth herself says, “each person’s struggle is different”, and her experience of grief is hers alone. The Ultimate Love is less a novel and more of a guide to living through loss, authored by a loving, abundantly caring mother who asks how the world could dare to move on, when she’ll never be able to do the same. She tries to find positive affirmations and an overarching meaning for what happened to her son – a young man we sadly, barely come to know in the book, falling back on her faith for support. 

What Anniruth has written is more a testament to the fragility of life, to its cruelties, and to our natural, built-in resilience to continuing on in the face of loss. As she carries the ghost of her son with her, she is herself transformed by the act of keeping him close to her heart. It’s not an easy read, for more reasons than one, but a book that’s bound to touch those who find themselves in the same position as Anniruth, and trying to cope with what feels like an insurmountable loss. Her parting gift to us as an author is to try and face it all, her grief, her hopes, her fears, and the small ways in which life does go on, while memory never fades.

Pages: 125 | ASIN: B0871MW1M9

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What Thinking Means

John Lindhjem
John Lindhjem Author Interview

The Rise And Ruin Of Logic helps readers figure out the various ways to be at one with life’s characters. Why was this an important book for you to write?

This book was very important for me to write simple because people have become so confused about the idea of the mind. I suffered from the same confusion most of my searching life. I thought to myself that if I could bring clarity to the ‘mind” then I may be able to help others who felt the same.The mind is such a vast and controversial topic that I wanted to add my version about the mind and what thinking means as well as understand that we cannot banish the mind, hence the character “Thought” found in the birth from Nothingness chapter.

What were some themes you felt were important to capture in this book?

Understanding all the characters depicted in my works. I would say the practical review chapter about all the characters is the important part of my work.

I felt like this book gave me a different perspective on life. What do you feel is a common misconception people have about life?

I think a common misconception people have about life in terms of my genre and what I write about: is that many people think they need to empty the mind, stop the mind, cease thinking, etc. Everything about the “new age” has been brewed into one massive pot that has led to so much confusion.

What do you hope is one thing people take away from your book?

My hope that people can take from my book is to make peace with themselves about the topic of spirituality. That is primarily what motivated me to write this book, hence my characters from Wisdom to Body and all of them in between. This has been my effort to organise the human make up. While some people follow only the heart and others, Logic, I have tried to give equal credit to all the characters. It is all about balance.

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Me, Myself, and Life’s Characters

I am “Thought” the adventurer
Let me tell you a tale about your birth…

Long ago, in a thorough search for more, Logic the separatist broke away from his roots and gave birth to his own children of madness. As Thought lays the foundation, Logic the capitalist begins to Rise and Rule. Hence, the beginning of the here and now.

We have lost our guide while many have turned to spirituality; the big business hoax to reclaim themselves only to find how crippled they are. Hence, it is “Time to fire the Guru.”

Have you ever felt that there was more to life than the 2D images we’re used to seeing? Well, there is. Life is full of colourful 3D characters like Logic, Thought, Fantasy, and Emotions.

This book is also about Greed, Logic the planner and soul destroyer, money, holy phantasmagoria and crass materialism.

What these characters do is to form a synergy, working together like a well-oiled machine to ensure that our lives go smoothly.

Ready to get in touch with them? You’re in luck because I can help you do so! There’s no need to make drastic changes to realise your potential; all that’s required is patience, willingness, and commitment to make the necessary changes. You needn’t feel bad if getting to your desired endpoint takes more time than you’ve budgeted for, simply go one step at a time, and you’ll amaze yourself with your level of measurable progress in no time!

Awareness is the ultimate form of recognising all things around us. It helps us review all that we’ve done, and also shows us new ways to improve our states.

This book will help you figure out all the various ways to be at one with all of life’s characters because that’s the sure-fire way to discover yourself and live a stress-free existence. It’s only when you’re conscious of yourself that you’re able to see the world for what it is, and not what society has painted for us.

With the aid of this manual, you’ll be able to embrace every part of your life and not just the ones you like. We wouldn’t be at peace if we didn’t at least try.

In summary, this book is: Food for thought and a captivating story about the birth of attitudes. Sit down, enjoy a good read, and be radically transformed.

Explore Yourself with 100+ Keys

Explore Yourself with 100+ Keys gives you hope to face the day and the confidence to tackle the challenges life throws at you. The keys in the book are short texts of encouragement and quotes that everyone wants to hear when they are going through a difficult time. In his way, the author makes the reader feel valuable to society and the people around them. His kind words will make one appreciate life and choose to see the positive side of things. Veera Surampudi understands human psychology and uses words that are not only benefiting but also restorative to struggling souls.

The best thing about this book is the arrangement of the quotes. The inspirational words are enclosed in squares, and cover a whole page, making one focus on the specific words used before going to the next page. The quotes are easy to remember and have very few words. The quotes in the book make one reflect on their life and think of what to change. Reading this book will make you improve various things in your life. You will be a great listener, you will learn how to keep time, you will respect others more and you will work harder to achieve your goals among other things.

Veera Surampudi’s solutions are practical. The author analyzed different situations people go through and helped create a solution through multiple texts. Explore Yourself With 100+ Keys is a great read for people who feel lost in life and are trying to get their purpose. The author wrote this book thinking of the harsh realities and how they break people. One may feel defeated in life, but the failure of one thing does not mean the end of another. There is always a way out of a problem. Through this book, the reader learns the importance of being open-minded and true to self.

Two of my favorite quotes in the book are ‘Find satisfaction in what you are doing, not what you are gaining’, and ‘Directly or indirectly, someone can be your enemy. Never be an enemy of yourself in any situation no matter what it is.’ Reading through this book will make you understand how different people are. Veera Surampudi has different nuggets of wisdom that can help people through different stages of life. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy inspirational texts and words of reassurance from thoughtful authors. This book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The text in the book can be applied by both children and adults.

Pages: 160 | ISBN:1659082749

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My Story

Prophet Afreda Hygh takes the reader on a picturesque and thought-provoking journey through her life. The reader gets to see her life as she experienced it. My Story is a collection of poems meant to depict the Prophet’s life as well as all sorts of occurrences that seem like sideshows at first glance but prove their significance over time. The author has created an unusual biography, but welcome and well enjoyed.

All the poems are time stamped. It is sort of a trivial detail to dwell on but it makes the reader feel like they were present at the time the poem was being written. It makes the literary experience that much more enjoyable and memorable. This detail while small and seemingly inconsequential will actually be important and notable to many readers.

The author has also written small paragraphs. They are poems so it is expected. However, the paragraphs read like anecdotes you want to fold and put in your wallet for future enjoyment. One example is a paragraph that says- Your own possibilities, you possess, within your mind. A kaleidoscope of the impossible– Such paragraphs make the reader want to read and reread this book. It is uplifting and inspiring. It is like a conversation with your own bespoke life coach.

As is expected of a poetic trip through someone’s life, the writing is smooth and has a melodious and rhythmic feel to it. But there are a few typographical errors with a few missing letters like ‘you’ instead of ‘your’ among others. However, these little errors while necessitating a cleanup do not take away from the experience of this book. Prophet Afreda has really done a good job writing beautiful poems. The messages contained within are heartfelt and important.

My Story is enjoyable and wonderfully crafted. Even after reading a few times, it still feels fresh and rejuvenating. This book would make a wonderful gift for anyone old enough to both enjoy the artistry and discern the message. The simplicity of the language as well as the gentle tone make it palatable to most.

Pages: 212 | ISBN-10: 1724284541

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Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise

Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise by [Michael A. Milton]

Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise by Michael A. Milton is a religious nonfiction audiobook narrated by Brenda J. Davis. The intent of this audiobook is to change the way that people view the suffering and tragedies in their life, to help them see that the “thorns” that afflict us serve to bring us closer to God. The author uses Bible verses, as well as songs and the quotes and testimonies of others, to illustrate how readers can find hope and inspiration in God’s word when dealing with personal crisis, spiritual depression, physical challenges, painful memories of the past, strained relationships, and looking toward the future with hope.

The questions for reflection (written by Theresa Gillis) at the end of each chapter were helpful in applying the author’s words to the reader’s own life, and useful resources for further study are provided at the end of the book.

I liked hearing the author’s reminiscences and personal reflections of his own life, especially when he was a boy, explaining how his past experiences taught and shaped him. It was encouraging to know that even pastors have times of self-doubt and struggle with the same issues as everyone else.

I enjoyed the narrator’s reading of this audiobook overall, but there was some times when words were emphasized unnecessarily, which distracted from the narrative of the book. While I appreciated the points that were being made in this audiobook, that good can come out of bad things, I much preferred the analogy of the storm as something that a person must weather, but in which we can see God.

This book has an inspiring message of finding light in the darkness to overcome the obstacles in life, which is especially needed at this time when so many people are feeling uncertain about the future and dealing with unexpected hardships and losses. It is a struggle to hold on to faith during difficult times, but these times are when faith is needed to most. This book helps readers see that God is working in their lives and that His blessings are appreciated more by those who have suffered and persevered.

Duration: 9 hours 7 minutes | ASIN: B089NDYYDT

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A Visitor to Heaven’S Garden of Blessings

A Visitor to Heaven’S Garden of Blessings by [Joyce M. Englehardt]

Lil and Peter have a daughter, Amy. Debbie and David are the parents of a little girl themselves. The two families don’t know one another, but their daughters–both in comas–have managed to find one another. Lil and Peter, both believers in God’s Word, have never once given up or given in to their fears as they watch and wait for Amy to recover. Debbie and David, on the other hand, don’t find themselves as trusting in the Lord. They watch their daughter, Melisa, and hope for a miracle, but their actions don’t show their faith in it ever happening until, that is, they meet Lil.

A Visitor to Heaven’s Garden of Blessings, by Joyce M. Englehardt, is the touching story of how one couple is led to discover God’s Word through their daughter’s coma and hospital stay. The closeness they develop with another couple, Lil and Peter, opens up a whole new world of faith, hope, and promises of an eternal life. Lil’s vivid dreams of her daughter lead her to understand that Amy’s coma was no accident and actually served a purpose much bigger than any of them could ever have realized.

Englehardt’s entire work is a beautiful testimony of faith, hope, and love. From the beginning to the end, readers are treated to glimpses into Lil’s dreams and the amazing way in which her daughter, Amy, is able to communicate with her about, not only her own feelings, but about Melisa’s as well. The evidence of the miracle is clear each time Lil talks about her dreams. Amy’s ability to communicate with her parents through their dreams is quite amazing and leaves readers with a feeling of hope and renewed faith.

One of the most visually stunning aspects of Englehardt’s writing is her description of the garden itself. The image of blessings being bestowed through the children in the garden is quite breathtaking to behold. I don’t know that I have ever read anything described in such a tender and loving way.

Debbie and David’s curiosity and desire to feel more spiritually connected is obvious, and their questions are genuine. I was reminded of questions I used to ask my grandmother as we had Bible study when I was a little girl. There’s a different level of curiosity when it comes to spirituality, and the author demonstrates it well through Debbie and David.

I was moved by the plight of both families and appreciated the overwhelming focus on developing a relationship with the Lord. Readers who are struggling with their faith or have met with a situation that seems too heavy to bear will welcome Englehardt’s story with open arms.

Pages: 212 | ASIN: B07957BJMV

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Sky Ranch: Living on a Remote Ranch in Idaho

Sky Ranch is a riveting memoir about a young suburban woman who trades in her city life for an Idaho ranch. Living in rural America is not easy, as Bobbi quickly learns. While the challenges are numerous Bobbi’s determination often helps her overcome them. This compelling memoir delivers one of the best contrasts between rural life and city life. Bobbi shares her true story and how she adapted to a new life during the 80’s, a time without modern technology, when all you had to rely on was yourself, family and friends.

I have lived most of my life in the city, visiting farms only in passing, so I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live on a farm. Bobbi Phelps paints a vivid picture of life on an industrial farm. This is a memoir, but it feels like a movie made for the Hallmark channel. It is a heartfelt story and I found Bobbi to be endearing. She shares many of the things she learns along the way and I appreciated the candor with which she tells her unique story.

I have not spent time on a farm, so all of the different obstacles she had to contend with were incredible to me. For instance Bobbi faces Rocky Mountain blizzards where there’s moments of ‘white-outs’, ugh… “Alexa what is a ‘white-out’?” There were so many new things that I learned about rural life from this book. What fascinated me the most was that Bobbi was also learning about these things while having to live through them.

This is an emotional, but ultimately uplifting story, about a suburban woman adapting to life on a cattle farm. It is an intriguing story filled with humor, drama, and even moments of terror. If you enjoy stimulating memoirs about a life quite different from your own then I heartily recommend Sky Ranch.

Pages: 234 | ASIN: B07V1WCK5X

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