This book is currently FREE on amazon!!!! It is written by the Trista Hendren, the author of the amazing book, Girl God. Grab it while you can, you wi...moreThis book is currently FREE on amazon!!!! It is written by the Trista Hendren, the author of the amazing book, Girl God. Grab it while you can, you will not regret it!!!! Mother Earth is the perfect second to the Girl God. Where no other children's book could ever touch me the way the Girl God did, Trista Hendren's Mother Earth is a close second. Once again the pages are filled with beautiful illustration that pull you in and dare you to explore. I loved this book and I loved reading it to my littlest girl. There are lessons in Mother Earth I feel my girls need to know and take to heart. Thank you for touching my heart once again Trista! (less)
One of the best books on the subject of reincarnation I have ever read. I would have finished this book a long time ago had I realized it ended at 93%...moreOne of the best books on the subject of reincarnation I have ever read. I would have finished this book a long time ago had I realized it ended at 93%. Although there is a great deal to learn from this book, it can be summed up in the last couple of pages. Wonderful read and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in what is referred to in this book (because of the time period it is written in) as occult principles of reincarnation.(less)
I loved the idea behind this book! In fact, I could kick myself for not coming up with the idea years ago :/ I wish each section would have been a lit...moreI loved the idea behind this book! In fact, I could kick myself for not coming up with the idea years ago :/ I wish each section would have been a little longer and I wish some of the characters would have been more lively (for lack of a better word). My favorite sections were on Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson with Margaret Mitchell definitely topping the list. My favorites may be simply because these are some of my favorite dead women writers, I'm not sure. I did like Plath's reaction to learning Ted's second wife also committed suicide, it seemed to fit well with the poet who's work I so admire. I was a little disappointed with Ayn Rand's drunken evening, but perhaps I would be just as disappointed spending an evening with Ayn Rand and not the ideal I have of her in my head....thinking about it, that is most likely the case.
Favorite Quotes: From the section on Margaret Mead: The answer can be simplified to bathrooms. Until the 1960s, our homes had one bathroom, and families worked out the logistics. Modern homes with two or more bathrooms have ruined the capacity to cooperate. If we aren't compelled to negotiate in the home, how do we learn to work within society?"
From the section on Willa Cather (whom I did not know and now must read): "your work is like a ghost knocking about in your head. It may haunt you continuously or lurk back in the shadows of your mind for decades, but that's what it is, a ghost."
From the section on George Elliot (another must read): "The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone...."
From the section on Edna St. Vincent (love btw): "You see, I am a poet, and not quite right in the head, darling. It's only that."
From the section on Ayn Rand: "Whatever you do, stay loyal to the achievement of your values."(less)
This book was free and I wanted to see how the subject was handled. I'm not finished with it. In fact I'm not very far into it at all. Why? Because th...moreThis book was free and I wanted to see how the subject was handled. I'm not finished with it. In fact I'm not very far into it at all. Why? Because the writing is terrible, absolutely terrible. The dialog is the worst I have ever read. I wanted to believe the plot line would be handled with grace and understanding. So far, what I have read seems more like anti abortion propaganda than a YA novel. I'm not sure when or if I will finish this book. I know I wouldn't want any of my three daughters to read this horrible book nor would I want the daughters of any of my friends to read it. (less)
Wow. I didn't expect any of this from this book. This meaning the depth of emotion, the way this book touched me, even when I didn't want it to or did...moreWow. I didn't expect any of this from this book. This meaning the depth of emotion, the way this book touched me, even when I didn't want it to or didn't expect it to. What was I expecting? A quick lighthearted story to pass some time between a few things I've been wanting to read. Surprise, surprise, this freebie had some depth!
Perhaps it was the age of the three women, but I really felt connected to them on a personal level. It was as if I could see a little bit of myself in each of them. Although Grace is a lot edgier than I am at this stage of adulthood, I "got" her. I understood who she is and how she got there. Grace and I could have been friends. Erica isn't really anything like me, but I could see her life and my life with a lot of similarities. I couldn't quite grasp her acceptance of or her taking responsibility for her husband, but at the same time, I could seem me justifying things the same way. How else do you take control of the situation if you do not take responsibility? Then there is Jude. Oh Jude. At one point I think Jude and I walked the same walk, stalked the same circles, lived the same destructive existence. I don't agree with, but man, have I seen so many take that destruction and dive headlong into Jesus in the same scary manner. I understand why Jude and people do what they do, I just can't grasp the hypocrisy of it.
The Truth about Us is a mystery, kind of. We get to see the journey. We know what and why from the get go but the story lets us experience the situation with the women. I like how each woman gets a voice and chance to tell her side. I must give Dalene Flannigan credit for giving me an ending I did not see coming. I mean, some of it was obvious, but some of it was breathtaking. All in all, great book. I can't wait to read more of Ms. Flannigan's work.
My favorite quotes:
Why can some people court death and survive while others are careful, do all the right things ans still a piano falls on the them?
"Choices are made in the moment, in context," she said. But context was like physical pain from the past, you could describe it as excruciating but you couldn't feel it again--no physical pain memory, only a description distorted by time.
One choice leads to another, each choice a step into the center of somewhere you never intended to go.
Fault wasn't only at the end of a line but distributed all along, point to point, person to person; an accumulation of small, guilty contributions.
I could have forced the other girls to join me in the spotlight, to put our legs in the stirrups and be thoroughly, publicly examined. and I could have prayed that following the postmortem tallying of accountability versus damage that he would have been sent to jail for what? One yea? Two? Five? Ten?
Not all secrets are sins in need of forgiveness. But secrets are central to a person's being. They are who we are. The truth of us can be found in our secrets.
She realized she was the queen of consolation, the 'it's okay' girl. Why had she never realized that before? When was the last time someone had patted her back and told her everything was okay. when had she ever let anyone?
A secret is never locked away tight, it pushes outward. It's the thing to be avoided, the creaky stair when you're trying to be quiet, the crack in the sidewalk. Avoidance is hard work and it takes its toll and leaves its mark.
...there wasn't any way to erase the past, that starting from the beginning wasn't possible when you were already in the middle, but she thought they could possibly start free.
"She carried her sorrows bravely, until they became too heavy..."
...the last straw, the tipping point, after effects, side effects, butterfly effects of a moment.--how we can't know the reach of our choices because it takes time for them to accumulate and travel. Only later, once we're far away and looking back, can we see the distance covered, like land carved by time and water.
Does one truth cancel out the other? Do ugly details change the bottom line?
We can never know the whole of anything. There is no static truth. I'll never know the reach of responsibility I bear or the repercussions still to surface.
This was a very short story (nearly flash fiction). I liked it but I really wish there were more to the story. It was as if the author had a dream, wo...moreThis was a very short story (nearly flash fiction). I liked it but I really wish there were more to the story. It was as if the author had a dream, woke up and wrote down everything he remembered. I would love to read more of the story and find out more about the characters. If you ever catch yourself wanting to read something start to finish and only have a few minutes, I highly suggest Beyond the Veil. (less)
Not bad, but not what I was expecting. It is a very young adult book, so much so that I would allow my jr. high aged daughter to read it without a sec...moreNot bad, but not what I was expecting. It is a very young adult book, so much so that I would allow my jr. high aged daughter to read it without a second thought. The last 20% of the book was really good, but up until that time, it was average. In Dreams is one of those books you pick up after a really intense read.(less)
I would place this book somewhere between "What Dreams May Come," "The Five People you Meet in Heaven," and "The Celestine Prophesy." I'm still proces...moreI would place this book somewhere between "What Dreams May Come," "The Five People you Meet in Heaven," and "The Celestine Prophesy." I'm still processing the book (as this type of book often calls for a lot of processing time), so all I can say is that the material presented to me, touched me. I liked it enough to tell many people to read it before I had reached the halfway point in the story. I have a lot of opinions and thoughts on the material presented in The Opening, but my thoughts are not going to matter to another reader. Read it and take from it what you will. (less)