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The Unbelievable Truth

The Unbelievable Truth: My Personal Walk With God, by Elder Emerson D. Broadnax, is the encounter of a man that went from being a drug-addicted alcoholic to a member of the Church, thanks to a sudden and lucky encounter. It follows his path as he starts hearing God’s voice, anticipating seeing God in his life events, and guiding him through his faith.

Broadnax writes straightforwardly, not spending much time on each episode but clearly narrating all of them, helping the reader understand the miracle the Lord had realized for him. I appreciated the multiple quotes from the Bible, which gave more depth to the different stories and might inspire readers. The choice of verses underlines the attention to detail as the quotes all refer to the chapter in question or at least to one of the episodes narrated.

The Unbelievable Truth: My Personal Walk With God, by Elder Emerson D. Broadnax, is an inspiring story. It will guide people who might be looking for their own way or who might need a new perspective on life, just like the author did. I recommend this novel to any reader keen on religious and spiritual themes. Lastly, I would like to end this review with a quote from the author: “This book is about how God delivered me out of a twenty-three-year drug habit and how I have been free for twenty-four years.”

Pages: 52 | ASIN : B0BKNS5Z5L

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Peace, Joy and Love: Christmas in Africa

Author and traveler Terry Lister brings back the true meaning of Christmas in Peace, Joy, And Love: Christmas In Africa. In this short page-turner, we go on a journey across Africa and discover the Christmas traditions of African countries. From folklore-based traditions to unique holiday cuisine, there is something to learn on every page. Throughout the book, we are reminded of the true Christmas spirit and how to reshape how we view and celebrate the holiday.

We often forget that Christmas is more than Black Friday shopping sprees, taking pictures at a mall, and opening lavish gifts on a random December morning. If I could sum up the impact of this book in one word, it would be “enlightening.” Lister lays bare the wholesome, unique, and sometimes overly simplistic traditions of many impoverished African communities in an honoring and respectful manner. He does not see these communities as lacking but rather admirable. That gives the reader a more positive perspective on a Holiday that has been taken over by global marketing giants. I appreciated the respect he showed to each African community in his writing.

Lister does a fantastic job at sharing facts in a simplistic but entertaining fashion. It felt easy to retain the information; I often let chapters simmer in my mind before moving on to the next. The photographs were a beautifully added touch. Although many were not high-quality in the traditional sense, they showcased rawness and the natural state of these festivities as if they were happening in real-time. It also added a feel of a travel diary to the overall writing and book that I thoroughly enjoyed – we went on the journey with Lister to discover these traditions.

My reading of Peace, Joy, And Love: Christmas In Africa left me feeling humbled, joyful, and ready to enter the season ahead with a new perspective. If you are looking to switch up your holiday reading from the traditional classic tales, I recommend diving into the Christmas spirit-filled pages of this book.

Pages: 90 | ASIN : B0BGQGC82G

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Christ vs Satan – Final Battle for Earth has Begun

The Final Battle for Earth has Begun, Christ vs Satan, by Trinity Royal, is one of the most extraordinary books that I have read this year. The concept of an ongoing war between good and evil, light and dark, that is hidden from the human eye is intriguing and the way that this provocative yin and yang is explained and explored in the book is fascinating.

The author describes the world we live in as a matrix, and in most religions, there is a pull for our souls either toward light or darkness. This book references Christianity, insisting that Satan is on the battlefield to wipe out our souls for judgment day. It perfectly describes the fall of Lucifer, the battle for our souls, why we are in this matrix, and most importantly, how to break off from the matrix that is seemingly designed for us to be controlled. It draws similarities from the Matrix movies, describing how we can take either the blue pill to remain oblivious to what is happening, or the red pill to be shown how deep the rabbit hole goes.

The author says that one can be in the Matrix, but not of the Matrix when describing ways in which it can be broken. A quote that sums up the purpose of this book is, “You can train yourself, through conscious mental effort, to go beyond the false illusions the spiritual Matrix inflicts on you and raise your mind to an awareness of the spiritual realities it keeps from you”.  This is an interesting parallel to Neo’s journey in The Matrix. The book continues to point out ways in which one can be manipulated by darker forces, and how to avoid them.

While I thought the book presents some interesting ideas, the book shapes scripture to convey its poignant philosophy. The concept of free will as well, which I think most religions are based on, takes on a new meaning and understanding through the interference of these forces in our lives. This is an interesting book that I would recommend for Bible study, or to anyone interested in Christian philosophy, Christology, or spiritual leaders.

Pages: 141 | ASIN: B0BFC9BB6Y

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Help Me Understand the Bible

Help Me Understand the Bible by Clarence Whetstone is an educational book which aims to help the reader understand the Bible on a deeper level. The book focuses on creating a new perspective of the Bible to enable readers to better understand the lessons contained within. It addresses the fact that people often look at the Bible from a Greek and western view. Help Me Understand the Bible helps the reader alter their mindset and view the Bible from the perspective in which many of the books it contains were written: Hebrew.

The author tackles the subject of perspective well by looking at individual words, phrases and imagery used in the Bible and looks at what they mean from the Hebrew perspective. The author also introduces each chapter well by beginning each section with two characters who have an initial conversation that will be unwrapped. Additionally, when looking at verses and parables in the Bible, the author gives the reader a clearer understanding of the passage it addresses and includes good references to other books in the Bible.

One of the most interesting parts of this book is when the author addresses the parable of the Good Samaritan. The author addresses the cultural differences between the people in the parable and then discreetly challenges the reader to use this story as an example of how Christians should break unhealthy social norms. 

This book conveys the information in simple to understand language. You don’t need a degree in theology to understand the ideas expressed in this book. I enjoyed how this does not reads like your average theological book. It feels much more like you are listening to a knowledgeable friend, minister, or pastor explain things to you on your level. The author raises valuable points throughout the book that offer plenty of information to reflect on.

I would recommend Help Me Understand the Bible to anyone who is ready to change their perspective on the Bible and is ready to approach the Bible in a new way. This is an educational book that can help modern readers understand the culture, language and time the Bible was written in, and in so doing it provides a better understanding of the Bible.

Pages: 294 | ASIN: B0792K88KM

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It Became About Humanity

Mahayana I. Dugast Author Interview

Ekstasis, the Return of the Sovereign Heart, follows two people who connect on a metaphysical level and work to save humans’ free will. This original idea is intriguing. How did you come up with this idea and develop it into a story?

The idea of regaining access to freedom and self-empowerment, and changing our world from the inside-out, out was what interested me. With that, I wanted to explore the idea of sacred union, meaning the inclusion of our true nature (spirit) in a loving relationship, and transcribing this as a novel is what got me writing many drafts over several years.   

I originally thought that it would be just one novel, but as I was ready to put the book through edits, the nemesis of sacred union, human freedom and self-empowerment stepped in to be integrated, taking the shape of the dark side of sexuality, all the way to human trafficking.

Then my one novel idea became a trilogy. Then it became about Humanity and not just one couple.

So overall, I had to find ways of building a structure (thank you to my structural editor!) to make sure that it could take not only the contemporary aspect of the here and now where the tale is anchored, but also the cosmic and spiritual dimensions.

What was the inspiration for the relationship that develops between the characters?

Besides entertainment, storytelling can be a powerful vehicle for self-realization, healing, upliftment, etc. So the characters in Ekstasis go through significant experiences, moving through their ordeals, into healing, self-realization, and/or spiritual awakening, giving us an insight into what is possible.  

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Self-awakening, self-forgiveness, human sovereignty [meaning autonomy and freedom from mental programming], inner guidance, inspiration, reclaiming one’s own empowerment through the healing of past trauma, resilience, self-love, and enjoying true, sacred loving for a new outlook on sex and love.  

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Book II of the Ekstasis Trilogy, aiming for the end of 2024.

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Together, they are the keys to humankind’s original blueprint. Apart, will they find each other through the pages of time?

Mona Devek is driven by an innate knowing. As a walk-in from birth, her life’s unfolding twists and turns serve to awaken her to her potential and identity and to reconnect her with an ancient star tribe. But when she publishes a work of fiction detailing her spiritual quest, something inspires her to fill in the blanks left by her as-yet-unseen interdimensional lover.

David Wilkins is a firm atheist and has long given up on happiness. Devastated by the tragic loss of his wife and child, the former award-winning film director shelved an unread book his sister shared on account of its uncanny similarities to his own life. Then on one transatlantic flight home, he finally flips it open . . . and by the time he reaches the last page, he is no longer the same person.

As Mona uncovers more about her true origin and her reason for incarnating, she discovers that the entire free will of human beings is at stake. And as David’s creativity resurfaces and he plans a return to directing by making a movie of Mona’s best-selling novel, he is shocked when he learns that the author he has grown to love is in a coma.

Can their spirits rejoin in the physical realm and save humanity from oblivion?

Ekstasis: The Return of the Sovereign Heart is the inspiring first book in the Ekstasis magical realism romance series. If you like a visionary and metaphysical adventure, with relatable paths of healing, where trauma and loss are transmuted into love, then you’ll adore M. I. Dugast’s journey into the soul.

Buy Ekstasis – The Return of the Sovereign Heart to pierce the veil today!

Writing Notes From The Heart

Elizabeth Cottrell Author Interview

Heartspoken: How to Write Notes that Connect, Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire is an inspiring book that shares with readers the value of handwritten notes and the history behind written communication. Why was this an important book for you to write? 

While I have always believed in writing notes and considered that practice to be good manners, there was a moment in time when I realized suddenly that writing notes from the heart could have far more impact than just being good manners. It was when I received a letter from a stranger… A woman whose son had recently committed suicide. I did not know this woman or her son, but I knew her son‘s fiancé and had written her a sympathy note expressing my deep sadness over her loss. The young woman I had written to sent my letter to her fiancé‘s mother. The mother told me she had read it over 25 times and it had helped her get through the worst time of her life. I truly do not even remember what I said, but I realized at that time that writing a Heartspoken note can have a great impact as well as a ripple effect.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

Perhaps the most important idea I hoped to convey in this book was that every person has inside them their own voice for writing heartspoken messages. So many people expressed to me their lack of confidence in knowing what to say and their fear of saying the wrong thing, but I hope I made the case in my book for this being an on grounded concern. The irony is that people rarely remember exactly what you said. What they will remember is that you reached out to them with kindness and caring.

Did you find anything in your research of this book that surprised you?

I was fascinated to learn that the earliest known examples of note writing from thousands of years ago were primarily for the purposes of recordkeeping. It was not until about 500 BC that historians and archaeologists have found evidence of note writing as personal correspondence. The practice did not become very widespread beyond royalty and clergy until the 18th century when paper became more affordable.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will that be published?

I am focusing on getting this book in front of readers now, but I am working on a 40-day devotional and possibly a sequel to this book about note writing for corporate and nonprofit professionals. I write regularly for my blog

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In the hands of author Elizabeth H. Cottrell, the handwritten note is set free from old-fashioned irrelevance to become a superpower tool for connecting with others. Heartspoken: How to Write Notes that Connect, Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire will guide you to uncovering your own unique note-writing voice and give you the confidence to use it. Consider the flipping of a light switch. You can’t see the electricity. You may not even understand how it works. But when power starts flowing through the open wire, it is nothing short of miraculous. She will show you how to find and flip that switch in your own note writing. Grasp this beautiful process, and your writing will become alive, meaningful, and impactful in ways you never thought possible.

There Were No More Secrets

Phoebe Leona Author Interview

Dear Radiant One tells your emotional recovery story and provides readers with guidance they can use to transform their life. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

Generally, it was just being so raw and vulnerable. I knew I had to be authentic in order for the power of my story to be fully received. I also knew it could not be raw or unprocessed so that I could effectively communicate my message to be of service to the readers and not just for my own healing. It took me years to get to that place and I am really grateful I was patient with myself and the process. I think if it came out anytime before it did I would not have been grounded enough or emotionally ready to handle it. The day it was shared with others, I felt a huge weight of my past was lifted off my heart. There were no more secrets or playing roles I no longer wanted to play for others.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

The main idea is that we get to choose how we dance with life. All the roller coasters of obstacles that come our way, are opportunities to see how we choose to respond (or not respond) to them. The second idea is intimately wrapped up with the first idea being how we acknowledge (or don’t acknowledge) our emotions ultimately leads us to the choices we make to life’s challenges. If we don’t allow ourselves to sit with our emotions and process them in a healthy way, they lead to choices that create more obstacles for ourselves.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?

My hope for the reader is they receive whatever they need to receive. It might be that they need to receive a story about someone who came out on the other side of a traumatic childhood that inspires hope for themselves. It might be that they need to receive an understanding of their own emotional landscape that has hindered them in some way. It might also be that they receive tangible practices to befriend their emotions and make changes in how they relate to them. They might just need to simply receive a new perspective. My hope for the reader is they find whatever they need in this book is some kind of elixir for living the human experience.

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Come along on a journey with Phoebe Leona as she dances through the twists and turns of her life. Do you get lost in the shadows of Fear, Anger, Grief, Shame, or Loneliness or do you choose to step into the light of Gratitude, Trust, Confidence, Joy, and Love? Phoebe’s journey from a child impacted by trauma to a radiant spiritual teacher is a reminder that we are all the authors of our own stories and we can rewrite them at any period of our lives.

This book shares vulnerable and honest interactions with emotion through letters that give you direct access to your own internal landscape. Phoebe provides specific practices that are an open invitation to explore your own vulnerability and the honest experiences of your emotional body. If you are ready to dance with your radiance—and you always have a choice—this book will be your best friend to guide you along the way.

Find the Beauty in the Tragedies

Jami Lee Mumford Author Interview

Walking with Spirits: Paying It Forward During a Global Pandemic shares your story about connecting to the spirit of your son and getting guidance on performing this amazing act of charity. Why was this an important book for you to write? 

This book was important for me to write as I had young grandchildren, one who was entering the world during this time. As adults, we were having a hard time navigating our lives through the early days of the pandemic, with the country shutting down, many suddenly without income. The isolation from others, was difficult to handle as adults, so I couldn’t even imagine what was happening in the minds of our young children. I wanted them to be able to look back years from now and truly understand how the pandemic affected people’s lives. The good, the bad, and the ugly side of it all.  I am not sure the history books will do that side of the pandemic the justice it deserves. This book was also my way of reminding them, that life can suddenly change without warning, and not always for the better. However, it is through our darkest moments, that we learn to find the beauty in the tragedies.  

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

This whole timeline and event was so emotional, that it made all of it very difficult to write. The sudden loss of income brought people from all walks of life through our doors. The emotions that came along with them were difficult to see, especially with the men. Who are taught from a young age to be the providers, they were now feeling like failures for not being able to do so for their families. the best part was the tears of embarrassment always turned to tears of gratitude.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book? 

The synchronicities during this time, were to incredible not to share with the world. The way spirit orchestrates a situation and brings it to life, is never anything shy of amazing. The day of the dog food story was my favorite day during this whole event, because it was filled with spirit and their mysterious, yet, magical ways.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

The one thing I hope everyone takes away from reading my book is that their loved ones who have transitioned to the other side, are still very much involved in the day to day events of your life. When My son transitioned, I set out on a mission to give a voice to those in spirit. Through Chayse, and his guidance, along with others, this book does just that. It shows the world that those we love, never go away. They walk beside us everyday. Guiding and protecting us, while unconditionally loving us through, this crazy ride!

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Planning a birthday celebration is a difficult task on its own. Every mother does her best to make it as perfect as possible. However, when it is being planned for a child in spirit, what does one do? That was the dilemma Jami Lee Mumford was facing in February of 2020. Her late son, Chayse, was turning twenty in April. She was clueless about what to do to honor him and his beautiful life. One night while browsing through venues, she noticed tickets were available for a comedy show. The show was scheduled for Chayse’s birthday: April 3, 2020. Feeling confident it was a sign from her son, she bought the last remaining seats for her family. Elated that they would now enjoy laughter on this day instead of the usual sorrow that this day has provided for the last three years, she was positive she had planned the perfect birthday celebration. Until the unthinkable happened.
The Covid-19 pandemic that had been plaguing other countries was now wreaking havoc in the United States. When Illinois shut down in late March, the venue had to close, therefore canceling the comedy show. Devastated and once again lost, Jami spoke aloud to Chayse, asking for guidance. During a partial meditative state, Chayse gave her the answer. He was guiding Jami to start a food donation event for families impacted by the pandemic shutdown. An event, she believed, would only last a few hours. However, through God and Chayse’s amazing grace, it lasted for almost four months.
In the pages within, Jami shares with you the dream visits, signs and synchronicities from many spirits that allowed her to pull off one of the most amazing acts of kindness during the pandemic of 2020. When it ended, see how Chayse continued to walk with her for the remainder of the year—guiding her with his magical, mysterious ways. Providing the validations that those we love never go away; they walk beside us every day!
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