How many of you search for happiness and peace and yet you are very still unhappy and unfulfilled? Do you always want more an...moreReviewed by Irene S. Roth
How many of you search for happiness and peace and yet you are very still unhappy and unfulfilled? Do you always want more and more and yet you feel less and less fulfilled? If you are one of these individuals, Alice Hocker’s book Finding Inner Peace: The Key to Happiness is for you.
It seems that from the time we are born, we are seeking and searching for love, acceptance, and a sense of belonging, a feeling of security, to be respected, to feel values, to respect yourself, and to be recognized. Yet, so many of us don’t get all of these things, regardless of how hard we try. We feel frustrated and exhausted, and our quality and meaning of life suffers.
One of the main reasons why we’re so unhappy is because our life is led by our self-centered ego. When we live this way, even our happiness is short-lived. We may get all the things we want, yet we still feel empty. And the more we seek, the more frustrated we become because we are looking for the wrong kinds of things to satisfy us.
We must let go of trying to control everything in our lives and just let everything and everyone be. This can be so freeing and gratifying. It can also take you off the pedestal of the extreme lows and highs of life and help you to live a more abundant life that is directly connected to your inner being.
To achieve this, we have to turn inward for our contentment and happiness and not outside. We have to alter how we perceive ourselves. We need to stay in balance with who we are and our real source. We should also live from a place of gratitude instead of always expecting more and more. When we change our attitude from wanting to gratitude, we will be much happier and much more content. This gratitude will help us to exude more love towards others. And when we give love to others, we will also receive it abundantly.
I loved this book from beginning to end. The reader will be transported into a new orbit of gratitude and self-respect after reading this book. Thank you Alice for writing such a great book!
In the post apocalyptic future, a group of survivors struggle to carry on across the ruined landscape. They...moreReviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In the post apocalyptic future, a group of survivors struggle to carry on across the ruined landscape. They only want to have a place to live, enough food to eat, and stay alive another day. Inevitably, they are divided into factions, each desperate to be supreme with their own set of rules. Thomas Fremont is one of them. He is a conscript forced into serving the occupation forces left over from the fall -- it mostly consists of useless military criminals of the government -- in the deserted land of southwestern America. Children of the Fall is a series by Nicholas J. Landon with The Wails of Mother Earth as Volume I.
I always try to make a note of the cover and although this one appears basic, it does suit the bleakness of the story well. Children of the Fall is undeniably thought provoking. Through the young Thomas Fermont's perspective, we learn about his harsh life as a slave to the soldiers and his yearning for a better fate. As I kept reading, I realized that this story is more than a science fiction tale. It is unquestionably multi-layered, with a strong, deep plot and dialogue. The characters also contribute to the captivating element of the story; able to evoke different emotions in the readers.
Landon ends it with a perfect twist that will make readers look forward to the second installment as I do. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no doubt that it will be the same for other readers.
Set in the late 1880's, "The Woodcutter" by Steve Bartholomew is a fascinating study of the attempts of...moreReviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Set in the late 1880's, "The Woodcutter" by Steve Bartholomew is a fascinating study of the attempts of the US Government to take care of the Native American population. In this story, journalist Dana Reynolds has lost his job in San Francisco and has obtained a job in Virginia City. He hopes to avoid the controversy which cost him his last job but almost as soon as he arrive at his new post, he is assigned a controversial story in Greenfield, Nevada. Dana is to meet a man named Wovoka who is a medicine man but much more. He is also known as the Woodcutter because he is a strong and powerful man. Almost immediately, Dana develops a hunch that the Indian agent in charge of giving US goods to the Indians is taking a more-than-generous cut of both goods and money prior to sending it on to the tribe. The Native Americans also suspect this. They begin to do circle dances, just prior to a solar eclipse and this frightens the agent so much that he attempts to undermine Native American rituals and practices in order to make the Indians "citizens."
Bartholomew develops intriguing characters without advertising. We begin to understand the ways in which the characters think and feel so that we feel we are right there in the story, wanting to cheer on Dana as he attempts to make things right for the Paiute Indians. This is a book which just may catch you by surprise and capture your interest to the very end.
Pearl is a wonderful nostalgic historical fictional novel of the early years of Pearl Buck. The story weaves the story of the life and background of t...morePearl is a wonderful nostalgic historical fictional novel of the early years of Pearl Buck. The story weaves the story of the life and background of this wonderful writer and author. It is an inspiring and spell-binding book, one that will be read and re-read by many.
The story begins when Pearl is quite old and disabled. She feels like a black pearl but not a white one, as when she was young. She is living in an old Vermont Farmhouse all alone. All she has are her memories. She feels like her life is getting close to the end.
Then the story weaves back in time to when she lived in China. Most of the story focuses on her home life and how they moved a lot because her father was a missionary. Her Dad wasn’t home a lot either. So, her mother had to take care of the family on her own. Pearl also remembers her teachers and what an important role and influence they had on her formation as a writer. She felt completely indebted to them for who she became later.
She was always a writer first and foremost. She kept a diary from a very early age. One of Pearl’s favourite pastimes was to sit down and write about her experiences and feelings. Some of her journal entries are contained in the book. They are warm-hearted and the reader is able to see what she felt at the time and what was going through her mind. There are quite a few gems of wisdom in the book as well which the reader could take to heart, such as Never stop educating yourself, When you come to a fork in the road, follow your heart, and so on.
What a splendid book! I enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. It transported me to a world of the writer and how at the end of one’s life one should take stock looking at all the good and difficult things. It is also a ponderous book that feels a bit like a memoir. All the reader has to do is to sit back, grab a java, and be transported into Pearl’s world and feelings. Thank you Ron for such a wonderful book!
The Pen & Muse Review (A&BP Rates The Book): Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet Brown provides us with a refreshing look at her li...moreThe Pen & Muse Review (A&BP Rates The Book): Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet Brown provides us with a refreshing look at her life through her words. A muse in her own rite, Brown takes us on a literary journey that inspires and awe as you travel down the winding words that she weaves. Those who love poetry very reminiscent of Maya Angelou will love Brown’s poetry. This is the second in poetry books that I have read and always enjoy them. I could say that I would love to pick a favorite poem, but you will find as much as I did that poetry — it’s words takes us on a journey, a journey so incredible that we cannot have a favorite. If you are looking for beautfully written poetry than look no further with Brown’s Becoming: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet.
Once Upon A Storm takes place in New England during the 1960’s at the time of the antiwar protest and civil rights moveme...moreReviewed by Readers Favorite!
Once Upon A Storm takes place in New England during the 1960’s at the time of the antiwar protest and civil rights movement. A hurricane was bearing down on Cape Cod; it was the final night of the four day Jazz and Folk Festival. A girl (Felicity) was found wandering on the beach, naked, injured and disoriented. In the era of Peaceniks, Woodstock and Flower Children, they just figured she had a little too much to drink. A burned out yacht was found drifting in the bay with three bodies on it. The authorities wanted to question Felicity. Only she had left town with Buddy Ames, a black singer who was at the festival. Now the search was on to find her. The police were looking for her along with the brother of the yacht owner, her father, and uncle.
The reader is quickly swept up in this fast paced mystery. They will encounter racial tension, the sexual movement, deceit and betrayal. Each character is well developed. They are easy to relate to. This is one of those special books that needs to be read slowly to savor every single page. Once Upon A Storm is filled with romance, intrigue and mystery.(less)