My Review: This is more of a workbook than a straight up read. She encourages you to tear out pages, write in it, create a Goddess journal, whatever yoMy Review: This is more of a workbook than a straight up read. She encourages you to tear out pages, write in it, create a Goddess journal, whatever you want to do. I have recently joined her program, the Goddess Circle. It's $99 for a year, and while you get:
The 2012 Creating Your Goddess Workbook and Calendar The Business Goddess e-course The Creative Goddess e-course Creating Your Goddess Haven e-course Radiant Goddess e-course 30 Days of Goddess e-course Sacred Space Clearing Kit Protecting Your Energy Creating With Kids Divine Dreaming Meditation Kit Divine Chakra Healing Mediation Kit Holy Dinger Uber Deep Zennifying Meditation Kit 9 Other Bonus Meditations Biz and Blogging Goddess 101 How to Be a Morning Goddess Goddessfesto What Your Angels Want You To Know Printable Pocket Gratitude Diary Creating Your Own Mini-Retreat Guidebook 3 Posters 4 Podcasts Access to the Worlds Biggest Summit Whew! PLUS....
The Goddess Circle online social network. This is like Facebook for Goddesses; you can connect with people all over the world. They have groups where people are going through the various e-courses together. Some of it is organized by individuals and some by Goddess Leone. There is also a pen pal club (I just sent out 8 letters!) and many other things. I am already overwhelmed, but truly excited. I will be posting my lessons on my Radical Self Love blog. This is an enchanting program and book and I look forward to working my way through it all. ...more
Buddhist Monk turned Homicide Detective turned Private Investigator. Here begins our relationship with Tenzing, a man who gets shot, quits his job andBuddhist Monk turned Homicide Detective turned Private Investigator. Here begins our relationship with Tenzing, a man who gets shot, quits his job and starts an investigation that takes us on an incredible journey. Throughout the novel we see how he came to live at the monastery, his tepid relationship with his father, why he left the Monk lifestyle to join the force, and how he continues to incorporate his Buddhist teachings into his new life.
In the beginning, a woman comes to Ten's house, looking for the previous owner. They were lovers, until she left him and joined a spiritual cult. Ten has just left his job the previous day, has no income and is a little disjointed, so he inaccurately reads the situation and turns her away without any information. The next day cops come to his house, and let him know her body was found in the park, strangled to death. Feeling guilty for not helping her out, Ten decides to take on the case himself and give her Spirit peace. He connects with the previous owner to tell him the news and find out more about this woman. In the process, he discovers this case may run much deeper than he originally realized. Mafia connections, insurance fraud, murder and that's just the beginning.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that although it is a "serious" crime novel, the Buddhist teachings spread throughout ensure that it is never dark, never hopeless, never makes you queasy. When Ten quits his job, his partner on the force, Bill, is concerned that he won't be able to survive without money. Ten assures him that the Universe always provides, and you see him go through his own private ceremony, communing with the Buddha, meditation, etc. to bring abundance into his life. Shortly thereafter, a freebie case turns into over $15,000, with three clients paying to essentially solve what becomes one case. It's enough to get him officially set up in his practice and be comfortable for awhile.
The mystery kept you on your toes; we met a great cast of characters including John D, an elderly man living on a defunct almond farm who "adopts" Ten as his son. Together they do a lot of the investigating and grow extremely close in the process.
I highly recommend this novel. If you are interested in a great mystery, powerful characters, a bit of Spirituality, and just a tiny speckle of romance, this book is for you.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product....more
"Slightly envious, I splayed my fingers over the bumpy back leather cover and had even gone so far as to dip my unpolished, trimmed-short fingernail i"Slightly envious, I splayed my fingers over the bumpy back leather cover and had even gone so far as to dip my unpolished, trimmed-short fingernail into the tiny keyhole. I'd instantly felt an unexpected little zing that had sent goosebumps chasing each other up my arms and nerves spiraling down like a roller coaster into the pit of my stomach. Startled, I jumped back, jostling my full-to-the-brim cup and sending a cascade of warm, spiced tea down onto the little book, staining the pages, buckling the edges, and rendering it ungiftable in all one fell swoop." Thus begins Austentatious, a entertaining romp. This book is definitely going on my 2012 favorite list. Who doesn't love a good fairy tale, and with Jane Austen?
Nic is a very scientific (she is a scientist after all), n0-nonsense, rather prudish 20 something that is dedicated to following "The Plan" until a journal comes into her possession. She originally buys it as a gift, but after the tea spillage she keeps it as her own. She writes her first entry, and when she goes to pick up the journal again, her entry is missing, and in it's place "Miss Nicola James will be sensible, and indulge in a little romance." And with that begins a journey that includes a Scottish rock-star, a new job, an impromptu karaoke performance, and the decimation of "The Plan." Fantastically written, great characters all around, I HIGHLY recommend this cozy, quick read. And according to the back, a sequel is in the works. Swoon! ...more
This is one of those books that once I started reading it, time in the outside world stopped. I read it in one session, and absolutely loved it. ThisThis is one of those books that once I started reading it, time in the outside world stopped. I read it in one session, and absolutely loved it. This is such a touching story, and while it starts with a tragedy, we learn that life goes on. Through her relationship with these bachelors, she finds herself again. They become a family and guide each other through many challenges. The story ends beautifully, and just made me feel good. I loved the recipes throughout, even though I'm a vegetarian, many can be modified. I highly recommend this story. ...more
I absolutely LOVE this series! Esther cracks me up. There are some staple characters, but each book always has a new cast of quirky characters that keI absolutely LOVE this series! Esther cracks me up. There are some staple characters, but each book always has a new cast of quirky characters that keep this series fresh. In this particular book, she is working in a terrible off-Broadway play based on a gothic vampire novel. They have a crazed level of fans, due to the popularity of the main actor, who claims to be a vampire himself. There's a murder, a sneezing supernatural dog, Esther kicks ass in a Victorian dress, "real" vampires who think the whole vampire mythology is ridiculous. A fun read, highly recommended. ...more
This is the fourth book in this series and it keeps on getting better. She has a great cast of characters, the mystery this time was FANTASTIC! It kepThis is the fourth book in this series and it keeps on getting better. She has a great cast of characters, the mystery this time was FANTASTIC! It kept me hopping the entire time. There is a bit of a love triangle, but mostly it's on the guys side. She made her choice in the end, although I don't agree with it. The magic aspect is fun and believable, it's just a really great series. ...more
I loved this book. I read it all in basically one sitting, with a short break for a nap. I found the characters very likable, all the story lines fitI loved this book. I read it all in basically one sitting, with a short break for a nap. I found the characters very likable, all the story lines fit together perfectly and all I wanted to do after reading this book was devour as much Jane Austen as possible. I loved the detail, the passion these characters felt for a woman who died 200 years ago. It is quite amazing what books survive the times, and what ones don't. I enjoyed the debates on the best versions of Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth of course!) and the believable romances and the sly references to Jane's stories. I loved how Katherine and Warwick, two of the main characters, had a Darcy and Elizabeth relationship going, and later he quoted Persuasion in order to win her. Wonderful story. Looking forward to my next Victoria Connelly read. ...more
I LOVED this book! Couldn't put it down; spent the entire evening reading it. The entire book is from the dog's perspective. You see him born, die, anI LOVED this book! Couldn't put it down; spent the entire evening reading it. The entire book is from the dog's perspective. You see him born, die, and be reborn into a new and wonderful life. We actually spend four lifetime's with our honorable pup. The special thing about his experience is that he remembers each lifetime. Each time he is reborn, he remembers what he learned in the previous life, and uses these tools to be the best dog he can be. His goal, to serve his purpose, which he believes is to serve humans. This is a touching and heartwarming story; beautiful. ...more