Poetry to Ponder
Joy Walker’s Poetry to Ponder: Good News! is a remarkable collection of over thirty poems that offer a unique perspective on the human experience contextualized by religion. The anthology begins with a comprehensive summary of the Christian Bible, making it accessible to readers of all faiths. It welcomes them into exploring life’s deeper literary and lifelong themes of loss, worry, and hope.
Even as a non-religious reader, I found Walker’s heartfelt inclusion of Christianity moving in a way no other book has accomplished. Moreover, the poems’ themes are complemented and enhanced by quotes after each poem, which further illustrate the biblical stories of Moses, Jewish people, and the Holy Trinity, inspiring the reader to live a pure and happy life.
Poetry to Ponder: Good News! It is a compelling and memorable read, regardless of what the reader believes, and opens their eyes to the message of God. The beauty and mystery of each poem offer a fresh perspective on life and the obstacles we must all overcome. As an avid reader of poetry, I have been moved by the works of greats such as Dickinson, Poe, and Plath, who have shaped my current appreciation for the drama, intensity, and vehemence rarely captured in long-form prose like novels. I found these poems exceeded my expectations, for these same elements and emotional draw are portrayed in Walker’s poetry. While the brevity of each poem might have, at times, romanticized the motif of personal struggle, I believe that this minor issue does not detract from the overall intricacy and beauty of the collection.
Poetry to Ponder: Good News! is a short but intricate collection that I would gladly reread without hesitation. Joy Walker’s poetry speaks to the heart and soul, offering insight and inspiration that transcends religious boundaries. This anthology is a testament to the power of words to uplift and encourage, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of life’s joys and struggles.
Pages: 88 | ASIN : B08J3XKNM4
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Meditation and Movement for Self-Healing
This motivational and educational book, Meditation and Movement for Self-Healing, is inspired by Catherine Ayano Nixon’s four-year tenure at People Incorporated. This is where she worked with recovering addicts and individuals grappling with mental illness using holistic, non-medicated therapy techniques like yoga and tai chi. This engrossing book begins with a comprehensive guide outlining essential tools for practicing meditation either individually or in a group. It then delves into the definition of meditation, its healing properties, and the role of breath work and higher power in this practice.
Nixon’s writing style is remarkably fluid and effortless, creating an easily comprehensible and accessible guide for readers. This instantly puts the reader at ease and makes them comfortable with the process. This do-it-yourself book allows for a self-paced introduction to meditation, gradually guiding readers toward a deeper state of mindfulness by establishing a seamless connection between the mind and body, as promised in the book’s title. The author uses a unique blend of chakra activation techniques focused on specific organs such as the heart, pelvis, arms, and feet, combined with the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, providing a comprehensive. This approach allows readers to combine elements and see how they are interconnected, giving them a greater awareness and grounding.
Whether you’re a fan of yoga, particularly the cat-cow pose, or you prefer self-calming practices, Meditation and Movement for Self-Healing can help you embark on your journey toward mindfulness, offering discipline and structure to support your efforts. Regardless of where you are on your journey, this book can provide invaluable guidance and assistance.
Pages: 80 | ASIN : B08K3W5NM8
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Dream It to Do It
Howard Eisenberg’s Dream It to Do It features profound insights about humanity’s true nature and the natural spiritual resources that are our heritage but are frequently overlooked in our technology-dependent and materialistic world. The book delves into ancient wisdom traditions and recent scientific findings, offering compelling evidence of “the world behind the world” and the supremacy of consciousness. In addition, it contains a comprehensive, brilliant examination of various profound topics, such as how to envision and navigate alternative realities, how reality works, how thoughts become things, brain science and consciousness, the true basis of scientific discovery and invention, entrapment by the ego and the dark side, lucid dreaming, imaginal thinking, and much more.
Both new and long-time fans of psychological literature will find it easy to learn from the book because Howard’s words are pleasantly consistent and supported by much evidence. As they progress through the pages, readers will comprehend a new, more realistic side of core human beliefs and the notions that drive our thinking. Thanks to the book, I no longer regard myself as distinct from the things I experience and the elements that make the world—which has shown me how interconnected we all are and how to live accordingly.
This book contains fascinating statements and eye-opening, life-changing concepts from scientists, psychologists, philosophers, spiritual teachers, and psychics from various cultures and ages. It is also relatively straightforward and free of superfluous word fillers and meandering. As a result, reading the book is both a pleasurable and educational experience.
This compact, intelligently packed dosage of revolutionary information will spark a substantial shift in your perception of yourself and the world around you, ultimately improving your life significantly. Dream It to Do It is exactly what our current world requires to shock us back to reality and free us from our zombie-like reliance on technology and consumerism. Lovers of psychological works questioning their worldview will not be disappointed in this book.
Pages: 119 | ASIN : B09KFH3N76
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WTF Am I Doing?!
WTF Am I Doing?! Mindfulness Workbook was such a joy to read and work through. Maria Jones constructed this workbook with many resources to help practice mindfulness. Not only are there resources to learn about mindfulness, but there are also activities and prompts to put what you learn to practice.
This insightful book went through several topics, such as discovering what mindfulness is, tips, and intentionality. Included are puzzles to add in a bit of fun. Maria Jones really thought of everything when compiling this book. This workbook changed my perspective on Mindfulness in the best way possible. It put things into perspective and gave me helpful exercises to work through, challenging me to keep mindfulness at the forefront of my mind. In doing so, I was able to think more clearly about my goals in life and work towards those goals with intentional thoughts and purpose.
I enjoyed how this book had prompts and exercises, allowing me to put mindfulness into practice as I learned about the process. By getting into a habit of repetition and practicing mindfulness, I found that one is able to be present throughout the day and truly enjoy all that life has to offer.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to better themselves in the process of being mindful. By working through this workbook slowly, with intention, one can better their mindset about life, personality, and goals. This book provided a healthy challenge and was something I would look forward to working on each day. It is a great resource for anyone and everyone simply for the fact that it will keep you accountable to yourself and your personal goals and achievements.
WTF Am I Doing?! Mindfulness Workbook is a self-help book that can benefit anyone who reads and works through it. Mindfulness is so much more than just taking time to reflect; it is about being intentional and present with the life you have been given.
Pages: 142 | ASIN : B0B7GHYT1N
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Return to the Absolute
Return to the Absolute creates a compelling case for the existence of the universal consciousness. It is a refreshing read that employs a unique mix of physics and spirituality elements and his own personal experience to support this conclusion. McCoard writes from an interesting perspective that’s intriguing for anyone new to this subject and for individuals looking to expand their thinking and understanding of physics, consciousness, the universe, and how it all relates to us.
McCoard gives you a greater sense of the powerful energies present in our world while inviting you to use your knowledge to your advantage to find and achieve a personal balance. While the author deals with complex ideas, the general theme conveyed by McCoard masterfully brings science and spirituality into agreement to a degree.
What I enjoyed most about this book is how the author’s ideas can work in harmony with any spirituality or belief system, including Hermeticism (the Occult), Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Islam, Judaism, and the Law of Karma. It’s relatable to a variety of readers, regardless of their personal creed. McCoard tackles complicated philosophical and scientific ideas with clear visuals and a tone of humility and honesty that makes it easier to understand. The author takes the reader through an emotional and profound spiritual journey, sharing his insights gently and thoughtfully, like a mentor.
I recommend Return to the Absolute by Calvin McCoard because the author does an excellent job of translating very complex and sometimes debatable concepts of religion, spirituality, and philosophy into practical tips and shows how to apply these concepts to real life. The book was particularly helpful in suggesting meditation, mindfulness, and working towards securing a greater connection to one’s body, its energies, and the mind for a more fulfilling, balanced life.
Pages: 115 | ASIN: B09XQ9FDY5
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Pearls of My Mind
In Pearls of My Mind the author compares us and our emotions with Pearls in an inspiring and thought-provoking way. This enlightening book also provides readers with author Preethi Saravanakumar’s wisdom and thoughts, and thus we get the title of the book Pearls of My Mind. This book beautifully explores every state of mind through a colored pearl that represents that part. It gives readers a look beyond the chaotic emotions we feel daily and looks at the root of each emotion. The author also explores how those emotions affect us, and how we react to them.
I enjoyed the simple language that is used throughout the book. It made the material inviting and easy to grasp while still building towards larger and more profound ideas. It is obvious that Preethi Saravanakumar has a passion for the subject as it shows in her writing.
The book places people into three different categories: Spiritual Newbie, Seeker, and Sage. These provide readers with the standard upon which they can place and measure themselves. I liked this idea because this made it easy for me to visualize them. There are workbooks at the end of each chapter where readers can describe their experiences and then sort out their emotions. This makes the book engaging and really helps to cement the ideas that are presented in the book. This informative spiritual guidebook does a fantastic of explaining ideas and goes a step further and provides an opportunity for readers to exercise those ideas.
Pearls of My Mind: A Rainbow of Thoughts explores spirituality using a unique concept that will help readers understand their emotions using nature and obtain a clear mind. This is an illuminating book that will leave readers feeling enriched and spiritually in tune. Author Preethi Saravanakumar helps put readers in a better state of mind with her accessible and instructive spiritual self-help book.
Pages: 134 | ASIN: B0B29J1RHC
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The Journey Through Which We Find Joy
A Heart Full of Joy: Daily Perceptions on Life is a book with a year of daily reflections to help people see how they can make the world a better place for themselves and others. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I have always loved reading daily inspirations and reflections. One day, I just got it into my mind that I had something to say based on my own experiences and my unique view of the world, so why not share that with whomever was interested in reading it? About sixty percent of this book was written during my mother’s deteriorating health, death, and dealing with her estate. It gave me something more positive to focus upon and I wanted people to know that sadness and pain are part of the journey through which we find joy. Feel the emotions and let them go. These are the things that remind us how great it is to be alive.
How hard was it to come up with 365 separate perceptions to fill the book?
Actually, it wasn’t too hard to come up with topics to discuss. I would pull from my life, my feelings, the news – everything. What I did find a little hard was trying to not repeat the same messages or wording. I had to really think about the topic and why it was important to discuss, and how to go about it in a way that would open hearts and minds to lasting change.
What perception or reflection has the most meaning to you and why?
“Mommy Dearest” (May 20). That was my mother’s birthday. Our mothers are our teachers – they teach us how to behave or how not to behave. Good or bad, their lives are the parameters we set our own lives to live by.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have two projects that I’ll be starting this summer and hope to have completed by the end of the year. One is an account of how we can help our aging parents and some of the trials and tribulations that may result based on my own experiences with my mother’s prolonged illness and death. The other project is a play based on some of the unbelievable things my family went through during my mother’s illness and our interactions with doctors and facilities. The phrase that truth is stranger than fiction would be applicable here.
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A Heart Full of Joy
A Heart Full of Joy contains 365 daily perceptions on life, the world, the universe, or whatever divine being you resonate with. Each day includes a new mantra to help you take on the day. Each reflection will make you think of how you can make a change in this world and helps others around you. We all have the power to take care of problems that may prevent us from experiencing joy and happiness. Financial debts, mistreatment, lack of job satisfaction, and inner conflict are just a few examples. Author Michele L. Sayre inspires us to live our lives differently by taking charge of our destiny, addressing our fears, and embracing our unique individuality.
Sayre’s writing style is not only beautiful, it is also inspiring. The forward of this book explains how while there are references to “God” in parts, it is not meant to be exclusive to any one religion or belief. The concepts and ideas apply to everyone no matter where they fall in the spiritual realm. This allows this spiritual book to be a guide to everyone and not just to those that follow organized regions.
The concept for this thought-provoking book is to be read as a daily activity at the start of one’s day to get a dose of positivity and to prepare mentally for what the day holds. My favorite section is where readers learn that it’s ok to do nothing for an entire day. The author helped me to realize that we need to take moments to relax and rejuvenate, even if it is little moments here and there.
I also enjoyed the section “Our Gift of Health”, in which the author brings to readers’ attention that they should live each day with gratitude and a positive attitude. Part of living a life of gratitude is to care for one own body. Self-care is a key element in developing a positive and gracious attitude. Another area that the author reminds readers to pay attention to is the ability to take a moment and step back in order to open their hearts to others and show kindness.
We tend to lose sight of many things in our busy lives, like the importance of self-care, showing kindness to those around us, and expressing gratitude. Michele reminds us through the use of the daily prompts of all the different things we have at our disposal to help us work on understanding ourselves and on the importance of spreading positivity to others.
A Heart Full of Joy is the kind of work that will leave readers better than they were before reading it. At one point or another, everyone needs to take some time for personal growth. This self-help book is not meant to be read in one sitting but rather is beneficial to carry with oneself and be read daily for reflection. Life is short, and this stunning book encourages readers to make the best of it.
Pages: 548 | ASIN : B09CPQZGF6
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