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Beyond Rain of Gold

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Beyond Rain of Gold is the incredible story of acclaimed author Victor Villaseñor’s initiation into the spiritual realm.
Decades ago, after penning the nonfiction epic Rain of Gold, the writer embarked on a life-changing journey. In the process of ensuring that his family’s saga would be published as the authentic, true account it was, Villaseñor forged a sacred bond w
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Hay House
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David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 David Lentz rated it it was amazing
The epiphanies of Victor Villasenor are well worth the reading of "Beyond Rain of Gold." He has discovered that mankind is trapped within five senses and we can expand consciousness of the mystical experience of life to engage the 13 senses with which we all are endowed. If we were to engage all 13 senses and transcend the logic box of pure reason, then a whole new universe would open and we could experience a relentless stream of miracles both large and small. He believes that the universe is i ...more
Pamela Barrett
Mar 28, 2011 Pamela Barrett rated it liked it
This is hard for me to write, because I really liked Rain of Gold and couldn’t wait to read this book, but here goes: NO, NO, NO! I spent 15 years mixing all religions up into a gobbly-goop of New Age, Occult and a smorgasbord of traditional religion and called it enlightenment. Beyond Rain of Gold brought me back to that time in a BIG way. Excuse the capitals but this is how Victor Villasenor writes his ah ha moments, so I thought I’d continue in that vein. When he started talking about his spi ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Ronnie rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book, which was a nice follow-up to Rain of Gold. Then, I started getting bored with it. The story of his spiritual journey was interesting at first, but it became very repetitive and I was ready for the book to end.
Apr 12, 2011 Walt rated it liked it
I picked up BEYOND RAIN OF GOLD mostly because of the illustration on the front of the book jacket (by Steven Yazzie).

That painting shows what I take to be a young man — his back is to you, but his hair is dark and not grey or silver and he doesn't look overweight or disfigured or bent over with age. He appears to be conducting the orchestra of a desert. The shirt he wears appears to be split at the bottom like the back of a tuxedo is. His arms are raised, and his right hand holds a baton; his
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Dani Peloquin
Apr 07, 2012 Dani Peloquin rated it it was ok
There is no denying that Victor Villasenor is a fantastic writer. He has two Pulitzer Prize nominations to prove it! That is why I was thrilled when his new book came out this year. The synopsis stated that it would discuss spirituality as well as Villasenor's (always interesting) family, two topics that he has explored before and excelled at portraying. Unfortunately, this does not live up to his other works...not even close!

The majority of the book focuses on Villasenor's difficulty in getting
Apr 15, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Beyond Rain of Gold is an autobiographical account from the time of his first success as a author to the publication of Rain of Gold, the first of a trilogy of books including Wild Steps of Heaven and Thirteen Senses, to the present time. The greatest miracle of all the miracles in his books may be that Rain of Gold was ever published. Reaching the height of the publishing industry he throws it all away to start again at the bottom at age 50 to find a way to publish the book he has spent his li ...more
J. Oshi
Aug 27, 2012 J. Oshi marked it as to-read
The most MEMORABLE book I have ever read! Villaseñor is an awesome story-teller. Reading about the history & struggle of Mexicanos' migration to the U.S. during the 1800s & earlyu 1900s reminded me of the stories I often heard from my GreatGrandother, Josefa Torres. It mentions my birthplace, Calexico, and its sister bordertown of Mexicali. It mentions places in Mexico where my extended family lived/lives now. It was a very personal story and I could relate to it from beginning to end. I ...more
Ann Kennedy
Apr 14, 2011 Ann Kennedy rated it really liked it
I like being back in Villasenor's story telling lap.
This was a wonderful story, full of so much emotion that was almost ridiculously heartfelt. I think it's important to have read Rain of Gold first, which I would enjoy a 2nd & even 3rd time.
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Victor Villaseñor is an acclaimed Mexican-American writer, best known for the New York Times bestseller novel Rain of Gold. Villaseñor's works are often taught in American schools. He went on to write Thirteen Senses: A Memoir (2001), a continuation of Rain of Gold. His book Burro Genius: A Memoir (2004) describes his life. The author has received awards and endorsements, including an appointment ...more
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