Become inspired as this book reveals mystifying and unusual encounters outside the realm of normal existence. You will become fascinated by the way spirits try to make contact with their loved ones here on earth as I take you into the Angelic Realm with my visits, spiritual encounters, along with the messages and the signs that are being revealed to me to deliver to others. The stories and revelations are heartening and enlightening that will provide a sense of hope and healing of one’s heart, mind and soul. As my journey takes me to seek out and understand my enhanced abilities in this uplifting and powerful book that will bring joy, peace and comfort to those who seek it. My hope is that my experiences can bring reassurances to those who are seeking answers and for those individuals who have had spiritual encounters along with visions that scientifically cannot be explained.
Life Sounds In Verse deftly explores various emotions through lyrical verse. What was the inspiration that made you want to publish this book?
Some poets and writers have a muse. I pray that God will guide and inspire my words; to be an instrument in His hands to assure all of His love and to hopefully encourage the downtrodden who are without hope. Helping to build or re-build faith is another of my intents when I seek inspiration, which comes to me through the Holy Spirit. I also find inspiration in Nature and through all God’s creations, including my family. The scriptures are a tremendous source of inspiration for me.
You explore many different emotions and topics in this collection. What do you find yourself often drifting towards when writing?
I drift toward the hereafter, according to my deeply-held religious beliefs. As much as I enjoy living in the now, I am limited physically by Parkinson’s Disease. I drift toward and dream of the day when I can scale mountains. For now, I create my own scenarios- my own worlds, often word and digitally-created scenes in my perception of the afterlife.
In reference to emotions explored in my poetry, I am personally familiar with each—good and not-so.
My favorite poem from the collection is ‘The Boy Prophet’. Do you have a favorite from the book?
I have a few favorite poems. If I narrow the choice down to one, it would be, “Land of My Father’s Birth.”
Do you plan on publishing more works of poetry?
I have published seven books of poetry now, and I am presently working on another. Just a few days ago, my most recent book—a memoir–was released: “Family Forever.”
Life sounds are sounds of truth, love, faith, hope and beauty, as well as sounds of pain, sadness and grief. Transmitted by the Author and Creator of such sounds, they echo in our hearts and minds as we find and use them for ourselves and for the good of others.
Are you walking on the right road? Are your religious convictions solely based on your feelings, traditions, and upbringing rather than on scripture? Are you someone who has been traveling on a religious road, but find that something or someone is missing? Are you doing this and doing that for God, but find you are not satisfied? Is the God you are following seemingly a far distance away? Did you expect God to change you, but the changes never took place? Maybe the reason is, the gospel, the good news, the salvation message you have accepted will not cause you to have a personal relationship with God. This book will present four different salvation messages each of which proclaims that if you follow them you will find God and there will be a better place waiting for you at the end of your life’s journey. Well, I have good news for you. Each of these salvation messages will be scrutinized according to scripture and either be supported by such or not. It is important that all of us have deep convictions on this subject that are based solely on the scriptures, and not on what we think or feel is right, or on what we’ve been taught by even the closest or most respected people in our lives. Whatever conclusion is reached, you will have the opportunity to respond and have a personal relationship with God in time, which can bring about changes in your life from the inside out. If what I have said is resonating with you, then I am waiting for you to join me on the right road.
One Path, Many Lights invites readers into 12 months of your life to encourage people to persevere. Why was this an important book for you to write?
This book was an important book to write to inspire my readers going through difficult times to know that although life can be challenging, they will survive it, learn from it and even thrive. It was vital for me to be transparent, sharing my vulnerability about my own personal life, so they know they’re not alone, and will be encouraged to move forward.
You share your experiences as both a healer and counsellor. What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Anxiety, along with patterns of behaviour that keep us in the past, and how they can become a muddy stream that taints, although unconsciously, our present and future happiness. Also, spirituality and knowing there is far more to our universe, and us, and how this knowledge can support, guide and influence our path.
What is a common misconception you find people have about adversity and spiritual guidance?
Is that adversity is an affliction to thwart our path. When it can be a time of learning, understanding and a giver of wisdom.
A misconception about spiritual guidance is it’s something you seek outside of yourself when it’s freely available for all to access within. One doesn’t need to be alternative or gifted to access spiritual guidance for we all have innate inner wisdom waiting for us to tap into it.
What is the next book that you are writing and when will it be available?
I’m currently writing two books, one that is non-fiction about my spiritual journey, awakenings, and hardships experienced while travelling to many places throughout the world based on a dream or vision. The other book is a fantasy novel, which I’m excited for as the characters seemed to jump onto my page, wishing to participate in the writing of the book. I’m planning to finish one of these, if not both, by the end of 2020.
One Path, Many Lights takes you on the roller-coaster ride of twelve months in the life of author, counsellor, hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Teacher, Maria Lacey. By sharing her story Maria has one aim; to encourage you to recognise that change, adversity and confusion can empower you to move forward in your life.
Experience the wonder of spiritual visions after the Chilean earthquake, the grounding fears and anxieties of everyday life, including a life-threatening rush to hospital, surgery a few months later and the personal struggle with anxiety, the ego-self and the mirrored reflection of those around her. Inevitably, adversities from Maria’s earlier life cannot be ignored in her striving to understand her present journey.
As a healer and counsellor Maria meets with a diverse range of clients from young women in their 20’s to men in transition to retirement, as well as her beautiful pregnant mums. Maria finds herself sitting and writing in her art room, her place of peace and meditation, unlocking her inner sight through channeling information from the Guardians of the Light. There are many questions, some answers, and thought-provoking moments.
One Path, Many Lights explores the author’s truth as she exposes her innermost fears, struggles and resistance to understanding herself. This enlightening story will give you hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone in your own personal struggles.
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A harrowing tale of family challenges one women faces traversing the life of her defiant father after her mother’s passing. Embodied with the faith of God the author narrates her perseverance with every roadblock she encounters, which adds up quickly as her patience is tested dealing with a rebellious father. Snapdragon reads as a series of episodic events, each chapter highlighting a situation that would bring anyone to the boiling point of frustration. Woven through each of these trials, the author recounts her involvement with faith. Her Christian beliefs are spun deep into the fabric of this intimate story revolving around confronting all odds to find peace with her father.
Allison St. James undoubtedly writes with a personal voice, her persistence to become close and receive the love of her father is heartbreaking at times. The seemingly open face view of her struggles with personal relationships, financial setbacks, and physical ailments never once waiver her beliefs. Aside from anyone who is a Christian or feels they have some connection to organized religion might find Allison’s passages depicting her beliefs to be preachy at times. However, her honest expression of the situation will have any reader astonished with her resolution and drive to care for her father.
The author writes with a clear tone that had me flipping through page after page finishing the book in no time. Easy to read and written in the first person the story flowed smoothly through each transition. I was impressed with the heart and emotion that shown through with such simple language. Although a few characters came off written with just a rigid introduction, and I wondered how many times Allison could be “emotionally drained”, the spirit of these relationships fostered a deeper understanding of how convoluted the authors’ life became as the story went on.
Allison’s story is composed of real-life scenarios which don’t always amount to a fairy-tale ending. Instead, despite all the challenges the author faces, Snapdragon portrays a genuine feeling of forgiveness. It reassures the reader that through these constant battles in life doing the right thing might be difficult but the conscious will always remember that decision.
Pages: 238 | ISBN:1449788777
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James Frost is an aspiring writer with huge plans, but life seems to have things laid out quite differently for him. Rejection letter after rejection letter, James begins to lose confidence, becomes increasingly filled with fury, and sees no way out of his destiny as a school janitor. His father’s offhand attitude about James’s future does nothing to help his morale. Then, James meets Leigh–a woman who could not be more different from him if she tried. A devout Christian always seeing the positive side in trying situations, Leigh brings about changes in James and sends him careening down a drastically different path of emotions and a newfound faith in Jesus Christ.
James and Leigh both shoulder great burdens and are destined to have found one another at this specific moment in both their lives. Hebert paints a grim picture of the life Leigh endures as a woman with overbearing parents who manipulate everything from her love-life to her own self worth. James, with all of his issues, is as much a blessing to Leigh as she is to him.
Hebert addresses warped body images in a realistic and tasteful manner as he highlights the relationship between Leigh and her mother. In addition, he draws James into the dynamic by having him gently override the damage created by Leigh’s mother. Nowhere is this more poignant than when James, in no uncertain terms, explains to Leigh that she is speaking her mother’s words and not her own. Everyone needs a James in his/her life–he an amazing voice of reason.
James is an amazing character on many levels. Hebert has gifted readers with a champion of free thinking while molding a character who is broken and in need of love and faith. As a reader, I was touched on more than one occasion by the descriptions of James’s poor health, his financial struggles, and his staggering lack of self confidence. Hebert certainly gives readers a main character for which they can both cry and cheer.
I was more than impressed with the turn of events in which James becomes a giver of strength and a builder of self-confidence. It is quite a stark difference from the outset of the book wherein James’s feelings are scattered and he’s falling toward depression. Meeting Leigh is just the tip of the iceberg; meeting Meranda completes the change begun by Leigh.
Hebert’s book is an unconventional literary approach to expressing Christianity. Readers do not often find text professing faith in Jesus Christ written in the form of a novel. Each of the stories surrounding James Frost’s life tug at the readers heart and doesn’t stop. James and Leigh are memorable and relatable. Hebert’s in-depth look into James Frost’s transformation is a testament to faith, love, and hope.
Pages: 334 | ASIN: B002QHVW1G
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What do you find is a common misconception people have about humor?
The most common misconception about humor is you have to be born funny to use your sense of humor. Not true. Think of humor like a muscle, if you exercise it, it will get stronger, if you ignore it, it will weaken. Anyone can exercise their sense of humor and practice using it more.
I find that some people have a good sense of humor, while others do not. How does having a good sense of humor play into the habits you describe?
We are all on the bell curve of humor with some apparently more comfortable using humor and others less comfortable. Past negative experiences with humor, such as being teased or criticized for their sense of humor can definitely make one more hesitant to use their sense of humor. Some have even been mocked for the sound of their laughter. This discomfort can be overcome and practicing these humor habits can help one become more comfortable with their sense of humor.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Just in the concept stage right now, I’m looking at doing a book on the role of humor in leadership. I also have a children’s book in the works called “The Frog Who Couldn’t Jump” for children with arthritis.
“7 1/2 Habits To Help You Become More Humorous, Happier & Healthier” is an easy and fun book to read. The practical applications on how to improve your sense of humor make this a ‘keeper.’ This book reveals the mysteries to improving your sense of humor to be happier, healthier, have better relationships and make you a more humorous person. This funny, uplifting and endearing book will teach you the secrets of using humor to decrease stress, cope with adversity and enhance the good times. It tells the story of one man’s rise from the depths of illness and chronic pain to the heights of success attributable to his daily humor habits. He explains his discovery of how the simple use of HUMOR can transform your life and the world you live in.
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The Gift of the Seer follows Katie and Hectors journey across the continent as they learn more about each others ways. What was the inspiration for the setup to this series?
I had a fairly bad childhood, but when I was seventeen, I became captivated by Native American history, and I have never looked back. I have spent my life studying Indian history, cultures, and stories, and I even went on to get a Masters Degree in English with a specialty in Native American literature. After having read dozens and dozens of captivity stories from the 17th, 18th, & 19th centuries, I wanted to write a book to share what I learned with people who have neither the time nor energy to dig through all those old documents.
Katie and Hector are dynamic characters with an interesting relationship. What were some driving ideals behind their characters?
I see Katie and Hector as metaphorical representatives of their people. They are endlessly intrigued by one another, even as they also pose a very serious threat to each other. Because they formed a physical bond before they understood much about each other’s worlds, they created a conflict that takes them decades to resolve–which is, oddly enough, equally true of almost all young lovers who get married and have children! So one of the basic premises of the story is that relationships are hard, whether those relationships are between individuals or nations, and finding common ground is an ongoing challenge. But, oh!–meeting that challenge is definitely worth the effort!
I enjoyed the nuanced world views and philosophies in the book. What were some themes you wanted to explore in this book?
I was very intrigued by the idea of writing a story that could be read on multiple levels. If you are interested in American Indians, you can read this book to learn more about Native cultures. If you are interested in complex marital relationships, you can read this book to find out how one “odd couple” made a difficult marriage work. If you are interested in personal identity issues, you can read this book to see how someone who suffers from chronic self-doubt deals with the challenge of living up to other people’s high expectations. If you are interested in Spirituality, you can read this book to ponder the role Spirit can play in the everyday life of humans. And if you just want a fast-paced adventure story, you can read this book simply for the thrills and chills.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I was working on an intriguing manuscript three years ago, but I gave it up when I could not see how the story ended. Then my mother died, and I suddenly understood exactly how that story ended. Now that I have finally gotten The Gift of the Seer into the hands of the public, I am returning to my unfinished manuscript, and I hope to have something readable by mid-2020.
Katie O’Toole’s epic adventure began in The Spirit Keeper (Plume 2013) when she was rescued from a 1747 frontier massacre in Pennsylvania only to find herself chosen as the “Spirit Keeper” of a dying Indian Seer. She hesitated to accept this mysterious obligation until she fell in love with the Seer’s bodyguard, an Indian man she called Hector.
In The Gift of the Seer, Katie and Hector continue their journey across the continent, but the more Katie learns about the peculiar ways of her husband’s people, the more she dreads arriving at their destination. Will anyone believe she is the Spirit Keeper she pretends to be? Equally troubling, Katie knows the Seer expected her to prove his Vision—a Vision which foretold of infinite Invaders coming to his world—but to prove this prophecy, she must give his people the great Gift he also predicted. The only problem is that Katie has no Gift to give.
Years pass as she desperately searches for a way to fulfill her promise to the dead Seer, but when his former rival threatens to expose her as a fraud, Katie finally understands that her life and the lives of all the people in her new world hang in the balance. That’s when she knows she must give a Gift—she must—before it is too late.
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