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!
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.
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.