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Become Awakened to Their Spirituality

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R.B.K. Author Interview

My Life My Story My Journey & A Tall Tale is an autobiography that details how meeting your twin flame forever altered the trajectory of your life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

This was an important book for me to write for the simple reason. As more and more people become awakened to their spirituality. And the soul’s evolution continues. Clarification and answers can be found in other souls documented journeys. Letting them know that they are not alone. And insane they are not. The importance of this book is to engage the reader and open their hearts to the spiritual beings that they are. And to let their souls fly far beyond the density consciousness of the third dimension.

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

The twin flame phenomena was of great importance for me to focus on in this book. For without Theresa this book would never have been written. Her being the catalyst to my awakening. Paved the way for the book to unfold and transpire to what it has become. It is our story to share with the world. In hopes that the reader will embrace the reality of the soul’s evolutionary process. That is upon mankind at this time.

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

I hope that readers will take away from this book. The fact that we are all spiritual beings have an experience in a human body. And that we will all awaken at one time or another. And hopefully our story will engage the reader to search further into the realms of their own spirituality.

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

I am working on a continuation of My life My story My journey & A Tall Tale. Written in real time as it has unfolded. At this time I have no idea when it will be available to the public. Book two is complete and I am working on book three at this time. I have been very humbled at the reviews received so far. And send out sincere gratitude to those who decide to open the book and read its pages. I thank Theresa once again for giving me the courage to speak my truth to the world.

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Dark Night Of The Soul, Spirituality, Ascension. These were all new concepts to KR. A whole new world had opened up to him. Willing to explore this new world, KR embraced the future with an open mind. And then there was Theresa, the catalyst that awakened him, sending him on a quest for answers that led him to a juncture of two paths, where anything could be manifested. Remembering her last words: “I’ll see you soon.”

Faith Convictions and Beliefs

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Xolani Kacela Author Interview

Get A Hold Of Yourself helps reader develop faith as a strong foundation for personal actualization. Why was this an important book for you to write?

This book arose in response to witnessing people struggle trying to live up to other’s expectations about what the spiritual and religious life consists of. I believe every human being has the capacity to develop their own faith convictions and beliefs. This book is my attempt to instill confidence in people of faith to make that move.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about faith?

A common misperception regarding faith is everyone worships the same God. Everyone does not worship the same God. Many faiths have no god. Take Buddhism, for example. It is more a philosophy and spiritual practice than a belief system. There is no god to worship in Buddhism. Those who refer to Judeo-Christian-Islamic faith trace their roots to one God, but even those followers may conceive their worship and prayers to be different from one another.  I encourage people to trust their sense of the holy, however they name it. Be free and know that you can pray to whomever or whatever you choose. You may choose not to pray at all. Perhaps, meditation or spending time quietly is your prayer. This book helps readers define their unique spiritual experience, or what I refer to as “transcendence.” That means experiencing being in contact with something beyond everyday, mundane experience of the world. Sometimes, being in nature and realizing how beautiful the earth creates a feeling of oneness with the universe. That feeling is an example of experiencing transcendence.  Most importantly, the book encourages readers to accept that different beliefs and practices can co-exist and maintain their truth. We are capable of believing and practicing different spiritualities without insisting one is superior or more true than another. There is a spiritual community for every belief and conviction. The book encourages readers to seek out or create a spiritual community that nurtures their spirit. 

You serve as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, New Mexico. How has your experience helped you write this book?

Unitarian Universalism is a faith that welcomes all people. Every UU is different, so being a minister to people with varying convictions and beliefs forces me to ask each person about their personal stance on spiritual practice. I must listen deeply and respectfully and respond, accordingly. One person will practice Paganism while another will live as a humanist or atheist.  This book is based on real-time and honest experience, spiritual practice, and community-building. It is not a religious or spiritual manual based on theory. It was written with an appreciation that there are many ways live out your faith convictions. All are valid (as long as you don’t cause harm to self or others).  Being a UU minister has provided me years of experience in the parish helping hundreds of people live out the faith convictions with genuine authenticity.

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

I want readers to trust their intuition, experiences, and the knowledge they’ve accumulated throughout their lives and use that wisdom to develop deep spiritual convictions and faith practices that create joy and lead them toward confident living.

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This book is about living out one’s personal faith and philosophical convictions fully in order to experience a life of confidence and authenticity. The writing encourages personal fulfillment through trusting oneself, developing spiritual disciplines, and connecting in a faith community. The work is grounded in contemporary spirituality, Howard Thurman’s mysticism, and strategies for creating and maintaining healthy relationships.
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The YOU beyond you: The knowledge of the willing

The YOU beyond you: The knowledge of the willing by [Ramzi Najjar]

In The You Beyond You, Ramzi Najjar offers advice that can help one change their perception about life, boost their self-esteem and improve their personal habits. The author is engaging and his words are thought-provoking. The author talks about life experiences, and the lessons one should take when they fail. This book has rare truths, some of which are painful and agonizing to read about. The author however uses a friendly tone and captivating words that enable the reader to keep going. The You Beyond You is not just a self-help book but a personal guide for anyone who would appreciate reading encouraging words before they start their day.

I enjoyed reading the chapter ‘Letting the Right Memory Run our Life,’ because of how great the author expounded about the mind. I learned about pure memory, being positive, and how prepared we should be psychologically. Some of the things we do subconsciously are a result of the energy around us. Other chapters that I immensely enjoyed reading about were those that spoke about body pollution, mind pollution, and getting imprinted with the correct memory.

In this book, you will learn that there are solutions to most problems if you are committed to look for solutions. The author advises that as an individual, focus on being a better person before trying to be helpful to the next person. The energy you carry in you will be reflected in your actions. Every human being has feelings and the author writes that there is nothing wrong with expressing one’s feelings.

Ramzi Najjar is a great motivational writer. His book has wisdom that can be helpful to teenagers, young adults, senior citizens, and anyone going through personal struggles. Being in the right state of mind will enable you to make better financial, career, and even romantic decisions and that is why this book is a must read for every reader. One good thing about Ramzi Najjar’s writing style is that he is easy to understand. The phrases he used are easy to comprehend and the examples given in the book are relatable. I would recommend The You Beyond You to anyone who is looking for an inspirational book for personal growth.

Pages: 474 | ASIN: B08DRR383Y

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Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within

Able Soul: Empowering God's Spirit Within by [Lucy Goncalves]

The biggest message that Lucy Goncalves has in Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within is that there is no challenge that is too hard if you believe in God. The good Lord cannot burden you with something that you cannot handle. Lucy Goncalves gives her story as a true testimony of what God can do. Her story is not only inspiring but also comforting. There is always a good thing at the end of the storm. Believing in God means that you have cast all your troubles to Him and trusting that he will take care of them. Lucy Goncalves tells every reader that goes through this book to have faith.

Able Soul: Empowering God’s Spirit Within discusses different things in life, not just the author’s stories. The book is refreshing and enlightening for anyone who questions life and the challenges they face. Do you ever feel that you need someone to lean on 24/7? Are you allowed to give up? Is it worth it being a Christian if all you have experienced is suffering and misery? These are some of the questions that get answered when you read this book. The author does not sugar coat her text but opens your eyes to realities and talks of how you can live a fulfilling life. In her book, Lucy Goncalves makes you feel that you are not alone even as you fight temptations.

This is ultimately a motivational and inspiring story. Lucy Goncalves gets personal and talks about living with cerebral palsy. She lays bare the realities of living with this condition, how it shapes one’s thinking and why we should all be kind to each other. The author’s personal experiences were touching. Through her story, we are reminded not to give up as God walks with us throughout. Lucy Goncalves is an inspiration, not only to people with the condition she has but also to everyone who is on the verge of despair due to one thing or the other.

My favorite chapters in the book were The Value of Reliance, The Art of Wrestling, Hunger to Serve, and A Faith-Filled Adventure. At the end of the book, you will gain an in-depth understanding of life, the Holy Spirit, and God. You will understand yourself as a person and those that live with you. The author’s encouraging words will keep you going, and help you move barriers.

Pages: 90 | ASIN: B07R66TN5X

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All We Need Is Love

All We Need Is Love: In Service to the Light Book One by [Michele D. Baker]

All We Need is Love is about an ordinary woman named Michele Baker who has been chosen to hear messages from angels, ancestors, spirit guides, and sentient beings from other worlds, making her not so ordinary. The majority of the messages come from Archangel Michael describing to her how everyone on Earth – and beyond – is connected.

Michele Baker’s story is fascinating and kept me intrigued as she takes us into the depths of a fascinating experience in her life. She has created and organized the messages in an engaging narrative. The messages are unique, passionate and all reveal a path towards personal growth. The way that Michele interacts with Archangel Michael seem almost poetic and I appreciated the candid nature in which she relays her experiences.

All We Need is Love is recommended to anyone seeking spiritual guidance or anyone that is looking to grow spiritually. Michele D. Bakers short but powerful book will give you a better understanding of spiritual life and provides a great opportunity to start your personal growth journey.

Pages: 142 | ASIN: B07Y9D9B9B

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Love & Homegrown Magic

Love & Homegrown Magic by [Patricia Bossano, Kelsey E. Gerard]

Patricia Bossano’s Love and Homegrown Magic is a coming of age novel that encompasses the life of Maggie, a woman caught between the folk magic she was raised with and the Catholic teachings instilled in her during her formative teenage years. The story is told in chronological order, beginning with Maggie’s rustic youth years in Ecuador, continuing with her journey into marriage and motherhood, and culminating with her golden years as a matriarch.

The character development is strong from the onset. Maggie is depicted as a determined and ambitious woman driven by her values. These characteristics make her a natural matriarch once she enters marriage and motherhood. Even when confronted with life-altering changes, she has a knack for making the best out of any circumstance. Her three daughters, Kelly, Lizzy, and Marie, have distinct personalities that are apparent from the time they are young girls. Their individuality is best reflected in the unique floral symbols that both define and connect all three women with their mother – and with the magic that serves as a fixture in the lives.

Bossano does an incredible job at using these floral symbols to depict the strong bond between Maggie and her daughters. This connection is both ethereal and dynamic, changing as each of the four women age and enter different stages in their lives. The floral symbols continue to remind them of not only their love for each other, but their ties to Mother Superior.

Alonzo’s role in the story – and Maggie’s reaction to the idea of him – is particularly interesting. He ultimately serves as a litmus test for her readiness to reconcile with the past. Her persistent decision to lock his letters away and ignore the thought of him is driven by her Catholicism-fueled devotion to her husband, Angelo. Only with Angelo’s passing and her daughters’ persistence that she let happiness in is Maggie able to come face-to-face with the man she left behind for so many years. It is at this crucial point that the story also comes full circle.

Overall, I enjoyed this read. A text does not need to be long to be impactful, magical or give readers a sense of completion. Love & Homegrown Magic is a page-turning tale that blends love, magic, family, womanhood, and purpose.

Pages: 322 | ASIN: B08HYDMDXV

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My Life My Story My Journey & A Tall Tale

My Life My Story My Journey & A Tall Tale (A TALL-TAIL Book 1) by [R B K]

RBK’s My Life, My Story, My Journey & A Tall Tale is an autobiography that details how a chance encounter – meeting his self-professed twin flame – forever altered the trajectory of his life and his state of consciousness.

RBK begins his story in logical, sequential fashion. He provides readers with essential background information – his family dynamic, his youth years, and his professional career. One, it gives us an idea of who RBK is as an individual. Two, it normalizes RBK as someone who could easily be our neighbor (as opposed to someone who we can’t relate to).

There is something to be said about how a single moment has the path to set us on the journey of a lifetime. Although RBK’s autobiography is unique to him, the elements of seeing with one’s third eye, meeting a twin flame, and being awakened to a heightened state of spirituality have resonated with humanity for centuries. Perhaps we are not meant to know everything that takes place in the world around us – but as RBK attests, we cannot unsee our Dark Night of the Soul.

While the content was interesting, especially from such a personal perspective, there were several proofreading and punctuation errors that necessitate a second round of editing to ensure a refined read. Otherwise, My Life, My Story, My Journey & A Tall Tale takes readers on a thought-provoking spiritual journey that will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.

Pages: 96 | ASIN: B089KCHM3N

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5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character

George Vasilca, Author
George Vasilca Author Interview

The Diamond Soul helps readers develop a Christlike moral character. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Since I was a young man I was fascinated by existential questions like, “Who am I?”; “Why am I on this earth?”, “Is life mere existence or there is more to it?”. Later on, I realized that my engineering education did not prepare me at all for how to deal with people. I knew quite well how to manage machinery, electrical circuits and projects, but had no idea on how to talk in a meaningful way to my next-cubicle fellow engineer. He, too, was as clueless as I was. Needless to say, the more I advanced in age and climbed up the ladder of professional responsibilities, the more I realized the need to train myself in the arts of verbal communications, management, and leadership. At the same time, I begun to understand the role faith plays in the lives of us humans. I started to realize that regardless how smart and hardworking we are, there is always a higher authority that decides the outcome of our endeavors.

So, here I was, in my early fifties, searching for answers to all these difficult questions. Then is occurred to me: the moral character of the man shapes his destiny; and his faith is the unshakable foundation of his character. These are very strong convictions that I have; they are part of my core value system. And they work. Just look at all great leaders around you, and you’ll notice common virtues and character strengths: industry, integrity, thoughtfulness, modesty, love and service. But the greatest model of all was Jesus Christ when he walked as a man on the earth. Why not emulate his character strengths like humility, firmness, strength, patience and courage? We can never become him, but we should aspire to be like him.

Writing this book has been the most important project of my after-retirement years. I simply wanted to share my finding with my fellow Christians, as well with people of other spiritual orientations, such as atheists, agnostics or followers of other religions. The reason I wrote this book was to challenge, inspire and guide my readers on the road of building a strong and beautiful character mimicking Christ’s own. This character I call The Diamond Soul Character, because it is as precious, strong, and beautiful as a cut natural diamond. But, in contrast to the natural diamond which needs outside light to reveal its beauty, the human Diamond Soul character carries its own light. It, therefore, shines from within. This light is also called moral authority, and is an essential goal of anyone aspiring to better themselves.

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

Starting a writing project about human development, confronts the author with the impossible task of selecting a few overarching ideas from the endless number of possible themes. In my case, however, the task was less daunting because I had a clear picture in my mind about the purpose of the book and its intended audience. I wanted the book to help readers clarify who they were, where they maybe at this point in their lives, and where they may desire to be tomorrow. Since the intended audience was Christian, it was also clear that the importance of faith in one’s life must be one of the prime themes to be worked on.

I would hope the readers would benefit from the three broad themes I approach in my book. The first one is that the faith is the most solid foundation one can stand on when dealing with morality. By its nature, the faith consists of a set of truths that are timeless and unchangeable. If you are a believer, you must adopt them. It is much easier for a person of faith to see the dangers of “relative morality” and to stay away from it. It is much simpler for a believer to look at Jesus Christ as the epitome of morality, than for a secular person who may have no model for morality at all. It is less complicated for a believer to dedicate himself to charity, as the Christian teachings tell him, than for an individualistic person who whats everything for himself.

The second theme of the book is that one must take charge of his life to improve himself. And how does he do it? By embracing proactivity, the mentality that you are in charge and take responsibility for your actions. You are no longer a victim of your weaknesses, your circumstance or your upbringing. You chart the course of your life by selecting a righteous path aligned with God’s preordained plans for you. Proactivity as a mindset is the most powerful tool you can acquire to build your character and find your destiny.

The third theme of the book is that the process of self-improvement is a marathon, not a sprint. You better be armed with know-how, grit and patience. And above all, have a spiritual guide, the Holy Spirit that resides in you. Building a Diamond Soul character is a cooperative project between you and the Hoy Spirit. You provide the know-how, the sweat and the toil. He provides the support, guidance and encouragement. Where does the marathon of self-improvement take you? Well, on that never-ending spiral of personal and spiritual growth that takes you closer and closer to God. Or, on that road of leading others by serving others, in other words of becoming a servant leader based on the example of Jesus Christ himself.

What do you feel is a common misconception people have about faith in their life?

This is a tough question, but I’m going to give it a try to offer my best take on it. Perhaps the most common misconception is that the spiritual life and the secular world cannot coexist. Most believers either find total refuge in their Christian faith, or get engulfed in the stormy seas of the temporal world forgetting they are children of God. Their strategy is either one of separation or of surrender. But there is a better road. My book argues that believers are best equipped to bridge the gap between spirituality and materialism, between believers and atheists. And how could they do that? The only answer is, through engagement and using their moral authority. An act of charity, a decent behavior, a friendly attitude toward everybody, everywhere and all the time speak more than a thousand words. When secular people see Christians behaving in a godly way, they for sure ask themselves the questions, “why do they do it?” and “what’s inside them that make them be this way?”. Isn’t this the beginning of the opening of one’s heart to the beauty, security and mystery of the Christian faith? I believe it is!

This is book one in your Diamond Soul trilogy. What can readers expect in the next two books?

Books two and three will provide practical applications for the Diamond Soul Character. The second book will discuss leadership issues, while the third one will focus on interpersonal relationships. In them, I will argue that only men and women of character can lead people in a Christ-inspired manner, and build meaningful, pleasant and long-lasting relationships. It is, therefore, the Diamond Soul character we acquire by following the teachings in the first book, that will provide the moral foundation for our dealings with people around us.

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Ever wanted to learn more about how to improve your character to mimic Christ’s? Have you ever wondered about how to live a meaningful Christian life in today’s society? About the interplay between faith and reason and the importance of self-esteem in shaping one’s destiny?

Ever questioned why so many relationships between people living a Christian life are empty, unfulfilling, and end in disaster? Ever struggled to understand the mysterious connection between two human hearts, which beat in perfect harmony, yet maybe miles apart?

This newly released self-help book will give you a solid framework for self-improvement and personal growth. Besides, I will also show how to build a Christlike character, which I call the Diamond Soul, under the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Why do we need divine guidance? First, we are believers living a Christian life, and second, we cannot do such a huge task alone. The Diamond Soul is the result of the cooperative yet mysterious work of the Holy Spirit residing in us, and ourselves. We supply in a positive manner the know-how, the sweat, and the perseverance. The Holy Spirit provides the guidance. The result? The growth of your persona from an ordinary believer into a highly moral mighty Warrior in Christ.

At the same time, I realize that science must provide the know-how, processes, and methods necessary to undertake such a massive personal growth project. For this reason, I draw on the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, and human behavior. I use the latest findings regarding the undeniable bond between thoughts, self-esteem, and conduct. I add my personal observations about the role spirituality plays in this too complicated and volatile mix.

In The Diamond Soul, 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character, I use two metaphors. The first is the image of a beautifully cut, strong, and valuable diamond, to help people visualize their character crafted after Jesus’ own. The second depicts the arduous path up a mountain slope, using stepping stones found along the way, leading to the valuable diamond located on the peak. They cannot exist without another. You cannot reach the diamond on the summit unless you climb the mountain toward it. Conversely, if you climbed any other mountain, your efforts will have been in vain.

This book is based on my experience and struggle for personal growth, searching proactively for God, and developing moral character traits aspiring to be like Christ’s. The battle to change myself has transformed my life and made me a more positive person. The new moral authority and self-esteem, which the Diamond Soul character afforded me, had a tremendous impact on the people around me, be they family members, friends, employees, or business associates.
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