Presence, The Play is an intellectually invigorating tale that plays with the imagination and words itself. Script is a Brother in Estillyen’s Sacred Order of Storytellers, an ancient order of monks dedicated to telling the stories of the world and creating them. Script’s play, Presence is about to open in the Theatre Portesque, but tragedy strikes. Script is thrust into a world in which not everything is clear to see and he is tasked with a very important mission that will place him in Hell itself.
The concept of Presence, The Play is similar to Alice in Wonderland in the complete creation of a new world with its own laws and wording that can be literal and metaphorical. However, the book is not the typical Alice in Wonderland story in that our hero, Script, controls his own fate and learns to navigate this new world. There are hidden meanings within Script’s journey that he unravels and applies to life. Another element of the book that makes it so interesting is its religious aspect. The religious ideas never become overly didactic, but it is applied in a unique perspective, particularly as it relates to the power of words and stories. Another element of the Alice in Wonderland style narrative is that in the end, the reader is left questioning how much is real or imagined.
The themes explored in this contemplative novel are intriguing. The book is a great reminder of the power and importance of words and stories. The religious undertones enhance this message as well by emphasizing the power of ancient stories and lessons. Furthermore, the book seems to impart the lessons of rejoicing in art and literature and sharing them with others or being kind to others in this age of social media. In a world where the power of art is diminished by media every day, this book is a powerful reminder of the potent messages art carries.
Presence, the Play is a thought-provoking story that is well-written, has great characters, and a great message. If you enjoy uniquely expressive novels then this imaginative story is for you.
Pages: 257 | ASIN: B08X6B7RHF
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Insights to the spiritual world and interactions with the physical is an intriguing book. It gets the reader to think about the spiritual world, the real world, and draw comparisons. The author writes in detail, capturing all the important information that the reader may want to learn about. Reading this book was a pleasant experience. Austin Maleik Collings gets one to think beyond the world we live in. Each page has something unique. The reader not only learns about one’s physical self, but also one’s spirituality and how to connect the two. The book goes over a topic more than once just so the audience understands the subject matter being discussed.
Some of the topics discussed appeared complex at first but after reading through a few pages, the reader gets to understand why the author selected the topics. I appreciate the author for writing this book as at the end of the reading, one gets to learn about different topics that can help one understand life. Reading about righteousness and evil was one of my favorite moments. How does one decide to be good or bad? Is free will a great thing for humans? While reading parts of the book that talked about evil, I reflected on my experiences and encounters with people who did good and some that were disappointing. Austin Maleik Collings will help you know more about yourself.
There are some pages which focus on being human and relating to God. These pages were also favorites. As an adult, it is one’s responsibility to live according to God’s wishes and taking part in constructive activities. Insights to the spiritual world and interactions with the physical is the kind of book believers and every human being should read because it enables one to understand complex subjects like the spiritual world, the power God has and our existence. One thing that stands out in Austin Maleik Collings’s writing is his narration and breaking down of points. The author does not rush especially when he introduces a new topic. While reading, you get to realize that the author writes hoping to engage with readers of all kinds. The diction in the book is excellent and the words used are easy to comprehend.
Austin Maleik Collings does not use technical terms which can be confusing for the reader. The paragraphs are far from complicated and the author’s inclusion of tales is a fun concept. Insights to the spiritual world and interactions with the physical is the kind of book that you read on a quiet afternoon when you are relaxing. Getting to learn about the earth, the spiritual side and the physical side was a delight. The ending of the book leaves readers in suspense, which was a great concept as it gets every avid reader to think of possible scenarios that would follow while digesting the content of the book.
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Reign: A Guide to Ruling Your Inner Kingdom of Self with Grace, Power, and Authenticity is a great book not only for people that are enthusiastic and appreciative of history but also for readers that want to better themselves. Mary Krygiel is a gentle and patient writer. She writes about different concepts in ancient China, and explains every element, how useful it is and why people need to have the information in the book.
I like Mary Krygiel’s style of writing because unlike many authors that write about Chinese art, Krygiel makes the reader feel like they are part of the narration. She does not make assumptions nor does she rush over topics. Krygiel understands that not all of her readers are familiar with the topics in the book and so she puts in the extra effort when expounding on a particular subject. The first thing I liked about this book was the introduction. The author talks about the ancient Chinese and how they moved with nature. Through the introduction alone, the reader gets to learn how to understand and appreciate nature. On a deeper level, the author talks about when not to rush things, when to stop, how to move with times, and how one cultivates positive energy around them.
The introduction is not the only part of the book that had crucial lessons. Each chapter had nuggets of wisdom that readers will appreciate. These key lessons are spread throughout the book. At no point does the author flood a page with information. She knows how to balance the tales she gives in the book, a little history, comparisons of the present, and key lessons for the reader to take. Everything in the book from the narration to the delivery is a perfect balance.
There are a dozen topics that were fascinating to me. All the 5 realms in the book were interesting to read but the fire realm and the water realm stood out the most for me. I feel like the author was exceptional when writing these topics and many of the texts between the topics make sense to me more than any other. The texts on the earth realm, the metal realm, and the wood realm were also great and practical.
Reign: A Guide to Ruling Your Inner Kingdom of Self with Grace, Power, and Authenticity is about knowing oneself, becoming a better person, and healing. The author has wise words of encouragement for people that may doubt their potential. Mary Krygiel’s words will push you to reach your goals and enable you to achieve your aspirations sooner than you expected. This is an enlightening book that will be critical to anyone on a journey of personal development and spiritual enlightenment.
Pages: 104 | ASIN: B08P9QBX4G
The YOU beyond you shares your experiences to help readers reach their true potential. You stated in our previous interview that people need to stay motivated to survive. How do you stay motivated?
Well motivation alone is not sufficient. One can be motivated all the time but reach no place. You can compare motivation to a muscles car, if you have a bad driver behind the wheel the experience would generate a lot of chaos. Before being motivated, one should filter all negativity acquired from the outside, by avoiding putting himself in unpleasant scenarios or situations and reasoning his actions and reactions, thus implementing a system where he uses his consciousness in everything he does. We need to be proactive in acquiring knowledge and not let data in, in a passive manner. I personally have removed TV, news, unhealthy social interactions, and all sorts of data that can get to my mind in an unconscious way by totally avoiding being exposed to them.
Once this is in place, you can put a clear vision for your life and the lack of demotivators can leave space to motivation which can be directed towards productive goals. Remove all negative data intake from what surrounds you and your mind and thoughts will be automatically shift towards productivity.
You stated that the majority of what we know is only partial. What advice would you give to someone who is struggling to come to terms with that?
Yes, I believe all what we know and all what we could ever know no matter how ample it is, would remain partial in nature and this is due to the fact that we as humans are just a small fragment of the reality we live in, and our brains can only read a limited spectrum of it. The way to deal with that is to always take this as a constant and never have rigid beliefs in life which always lead to aggressiveness and mind-blocks.
Knowing that our knowledge is partial in any subject should always lead to more lenient social interactions.
Moreover, one should work on segregating these partial realities inside of him and encompass his logic as to what to keep and what to let go, on daily basis. This is a strength and not a weakness, as if our knowledge was rigid and complete, our humanity would be stagnant with little room of development.
Do you plan to write more books on this same subject?
Yes, this was the tip of the iceberg. I am intending to write a second book explaining more in depth the dynamics I communicated to readers in The YOU beyond you – The knowledge of the willing.
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In The You Beyond You, author Ramzi Najjar discusses the different ways in which the body and mind are negatively affected by various inputs. The author provides examples of how to minimize these kinds of effects and replace them with positive inputs. This book goes even further by exploring how to go beyond these positive inputs to actually accessing “the source,” the collective consciousness of the universe in making life not just bearable but intentional and designed in the way we want it to be. The book touches on even the simple things we may not consider as very impactful to life but actually they are like the meals we eat, the content we choose to take in, how we prevent and treat illnesses in our bodies. On a fundamental level, the author covers all the basic elements to illustrate how on the most elementary level they are all connected internally within us and then are manifested externally.
Author Ramzi Najjar’s writing is easy to follow, flows easily, and if received with an open and willing mindset, then it can be life changing. The author builds on some established ideas. For example, you are what you eat. The interesting and compelling part was the author making the connection to show how what we eat becomes a part of our basic genetic component, then further becomes a part of our existence and how we interact with the outside world. Interacting negatively with others can have negative results and although interacting positively with others does not always guarantee a positive outcome, the ultimate results will all show the interdependence of all human interaction.
I recommend this motivational book to anyone who is on a journey of self discovery. The You Beyond You is written for people who are ready to elevate beyond a personal level of consciousness to understanding the collective consciousness better.
Pages: 147 | ASIN: B08DRR383Y
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The Word of the Rock God follows a rock star he struggles with the physical and spiritual aspects of his life. What was the inspiration behind the idea for this novel?
I was driving home from a concert and a scene just popped into my head. I saw very clearly a man sitting a table in a café, and I watched a woman sit down across from him. He seemed shocked by her appearance, but she looked at him as if she’d known him forever, as if she had plans for him. The next day, I sat down with this scene and these characters and tried to imagine who they might be. Max became clear to me first– this meek, artistic man who was more threatened by the idea of an obsessed fan than thrilled by it– but when that image became clear, the fact that Malum was no ordinary fan followed immediately.
Max is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?
Thank you for saying so. Max’s standout qualities to me were meekness and creativity. I knew he was a rocker right away, but I knew he didn’t fit the stereotypical mold of a rocker either. I wanted to test his morals, of course, but I also needed a better understanding of those morals and where they came from, especially considering how atypical his level of inexperience was. With Malum in mind, knowing what she was and what she represented, it became clear to me that Max’s inexperience and strong moral compass came from his personal approach to and understanding of his faith.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
I know it seems as if my greatest commentary centers around religion, but genuinely that was never my intention. My initial exploration was one of art and the artist; of successful artist vs up=and-coming artist. Did Max’s morals reflecting in his messages and songs matter to the crowds? Did they only matter because they were introduced to him as he stood on a stage? Was it his attractive features that made his music popular amongst those who listen to it? Would these same people be as receptive if he were not on stage, if he were, instead, on Twitter promoting it? What if he weren’t as traditionally attractive? Are people drawn to the art or to the artist who creates it?
I wanted to explore Catholicism and what it might be like to live life according to Christian morals. I consider myself agnostic– I’m sure something greater than we are is out there, but I’m not willing to believe we’d even be able to understand it, much less understand what it expects from us– so it was exploration of morals according to a specific deity and faith.
I also wanted to challenge it with Philip, a character who goes against what is traditionally accepted by this faith, but is not only detested by the evil entity, but also very important to the good one and to the protection of Max.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have three other novels available– Fiberglass Galaxy, Amethyst, and 2288– but I’m currently working on a project with the tentative title “Deification”. It’s in its infancy, so I don’t have an expected release date just yet, but I’ll share updates on Twitter and Facebook as we near its publication.
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In Jordan Ring’s book Volcanic Momentum, the author uses friendly language to communicate with readers who either need encouraging texts or words of affirmation. Life can be cruel with the ups and downs every adult faces. In this book, the reader feels like they are not alone. Jordan Ring uses examples of situations that almost everyone has been through. By being relatable to many, readers feel at ease when reading his book and trying to connect with the discussed situations. This is the kind of book you need by your bedside every night, not just to help you focus on life, but also to help you understand that life is not easy for many.
Jordan Ring discusses various subjects in the book, all of which are significant, but I had a few that spoke to me on a personal level. Most of my favorite chapters in the book were in section two. In this part of the book, the author lays out nine strategies to master your momentum. The topics, discussions, and general explanation of terms and the subjects were helpful. Reading the book is easy because of the author’s clarity. One barely struggles to understand the context of the topics, even when reading about a new or unfamiliar subject. Anyone who grapples with procrastination and time-wasting will find gems of wisdom in section two of this book. Other important topics in the same section touched on succeeding and failing, taking criticism, working on your targets, and how to prioritize your work among other things.
Volcanic Momentum is a self-help book that will enable you to climb the career ladder, improve your social life, boost your confidence, and tighten bonds with family and friends. While writing the book, Jordan ring hoped that the reader will come out as an all-round person after finishing the last page. One of the greatest elements of this book was how the introduction and conclusion were smoothly laid out. At the start of the book, the reader feels like they are listening to a stranger, while when they finish, the reader gets the virtual impression of being acquaintances with the author. Jordan Ring’s words make one feel at peace. His mastery of the right terms to use, application of warm language, and emphasis on primary points when discussing made the book a great read.
I recommend Volcanic Momentum to any reader that is looking for a short but impactful book that will get them motivated. Volcanic Momentum is a must-read if you want to improve at least one thing about yourself. Jordan Ring writes from the heart and this is one of the dozen things that make him a special author.
Pages: 178 | ASIN: B07J5PVBP2
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The YOU beyond you shares your experiences to help readers reach their true potential. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I did not intend to publish the book at first. The book started as 10 years notes and realizations scattered here and there on my diary. Life I believe is a big mind game to balance things and it requires a lot of patience and tolerance from one side and a lot of boldness and courage from the other side but mostly a lot of noting and analyzing in both cases. These notes made me reflect and meditate for long on the nature of our existence and in view of the knowledge I acquired from a multitude of sources throughout my life and from my personal experience, I was able to draw my own conclusions about life’s nature and dynamics. When the lock-downs due to COVID 19 started, I had more free time than usual and I decided at this stage to share my knowledge with others, especially that during such hard times, people need to keep strong and motivated to be able to survive what they were enduring, especially that this knowledge helped me go through a lot in my life.
What do you feel is a good first step on the road to positive personal development?
I believe that the first step in anyone’s positive personal development is to realize that the majority of what he knows could be partial in nature and treat his judgement accordingly when dealing with anything. When one does that and is faced with any situation, he will seek to gather all missing pieces of the puzzle before acting and this gathering process is what lets him advance in the right direction.
What is a piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
- That reality is not only based on my rigid beliefs and personal convictions as all these could be wrong. It is rather fluid in nature and can constantly change when proper knowledge is acquired. Reality is sometimes a life-long process.
- That my senses and thoughts are limited in nature and can shape my life in many ways both in my favor or against it if mishandled. Therefore, seeking knowledge from multiple sources is one effective way to deal with such truth.
- To never judge too soon and to form a bigger picture of any context before acting within that context.
What is one thing that you hope readers take away from your book?
The way to properly handle their lives based on the information I shared.
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