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by Sommieh Stephanie FlowerEye of the Heart is the story of my spiritual journey as I seek to find a connection to God that transcends the material world. From the quietude of nature to the frenzy of Manhattan, from the grandeur of Mecca to a rugged mountaintop in Pakistan, this is a journey of mysticism, poetry and faith; sometimes heartbreaking, often inspiring, but always imbued with God's grace. It's truly a journey of the soul.
by Kim FullerTwo years before adopting seven-year-old Keydell from a group home for young boys, Kim made a vow before the Dalai Lama to become a bodhisattva: one who cultivates an enlightened mind, is free from delusion, and practices kindness and compassion above all else. However, she struggles with this practice as her new son's challenged mind sends him into fits of rage and violence, while seemingly allowing him to feel no remorse for his actions. His behaviors go against everything Kim believes in, but... more
by Keith Van SickleKeith and Val had a dream – to live in Provence, the land of brilliant sunlight, charming hilltop villages and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. But there were two problems: they weren’t French speakers and they had full-time jobs. So they came up with a plan… Follow their adventures (and misadventures) as they quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making fri... more
by Edward Arruns MulhornFed up with London and my job, it’s time to escape. Why not Sri Lanka, I think. That’s idyllic and sunny and covered in palm trees, and half way across the world. A good place to chill. A little research might also have revealed that it’s reaching the height of an internal conflict. So probably not the best time to go and work for a peace organisation. Let alone to take the kids. Written in the moment and blind to the future, this is a voyage of discovery where nothing is what it seem... more
by madison meadowsThis book is a continuation from Stringing Beads, Volume 1. Stringing Beads, Vol 1 introduces the reader to Madison's blog. Madison published her first book, Stringing Beads in 2013, for an audience of one, her twin soul. During the writing process of the book, Madison struggled physically and spiritually. What Madison experienced for several months was a painful ache within her chest. Lying in bed one day, Madison thought she was having a heart attack. When she surrendered to the pain and to G... more
by madison meadows
Stringing Beads, Volume 1 is a compilation of Madison's blog posts of the first 3 years starting in 2010. Her posts have an order to them based on synchronicity. For example, The Old Hag in the beginning of her blog, is an experience Madison had in her childhood. The post date May 19, 2010 reflects the time when she learned about the experience. Often the universe sends us messages to guide us on our spiritual path. One must pay attention to the signs. Synchronicity reminds us that we are... more
by tyler pageRaised on Ritalin is kind of like an episode of This American Life in comic format. At age 8 in 1985, I was among the first generation of kids diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Ritalin. I would go on to take it almost every day for 8 years until it seemed like I had ‘outgrown’ my ADD. I didn’t give it much thought until I began having trouble again as a young adult as I started a career and a family. My daughter is very much like I was as a child. What happens if she has the same problems at ... more
by Phil GerigscottAs Phil graduates college, gets married, and travels the world, he should have every reason to feel invincible. Instead, a mysterious and chronic illness leaves Phil feeling like a crotchety old man griping the days away. Phil and his partner Emma are left wondering what the heck they should do.
by Melody L BoultonHave you experienced the deep loss of a precious loved one — your son, your daughter? My son, Devon, left this earth Good Friday, 3/29/2013. He was 23 years old. Dev and I have always had a deep and mysterious connection. Our relationship continues on beyond his physical life and manifests in joyful, loving, and extraordinary experiences. Our story will give you the opportunity to engage with a powerful spiritual journey while also getting to know Dev as he was in earthly life. Amazing A... more
by Gaylan D. WrightI begin my adventure in the third grade where I first rebelled against the system. My teacher said no to a bathroom trip so I went in my pants. I move through school and describe my observations of bullying, drug use and an un-planned pgrenancy. In the seventies there were school shootings too. I joined the military and report how it all goes. Reading it myself, it seems like a movie.
by Lisa SmithDrunken school teacher + an elite NYC private school = a disaster. On 9.11.01, Lisa faced her first day in the classroom. An addict since 12—the same age as her students—Lisa’s deep descent into the party scene escalated. By day, an attractive, well-dressed instructor; by night a slutty alcoholic, cokehead—for over a decade. Wasted in class. High at prom. Showing up to school with a black eye from partying. Dreams of inspiring children turned to nightmares. This is Lisa’s memory of her degenerat... more
by Alex BernsteinIn "Plrknib" Alex Bernstein takes the I'm with the Band vibe from "Almost Famous" and flips it into I'm with the Comics. The author of "Miserable Holiday Stories" brings you back to 1980 to tell a coming-of-age story set in the breakneck world of stand-up comedy. At 16, Bernstein became the youngest regular at Cincinnati’s premiere comedy club, d.w. eye. But as the pressure to keep up with the older comics grew, he looked for something – some edge – to help him compete. And then he found one: "P... more
by Lois HerrDear Woman of My Dreams is Kathryn's 1923 diary, covering her nineteenth year. This coming-of-age story is told in her own words as she goes about her daily life at college with her friends and with her mother and grandmother at home. She writes to the woman that she sees as herself in later years, and the book closes with a brief chapter based on letters and the diary Kathryn wrote when she was one hundred years old. All this has been creatively edited by her daughter to include enough material... more
by James M. O'Brien, Ph. DIn l940, the nation hovers on the brink of World War II, and a small and fearful six-year-old trembles on the brink of first grade at St. Mary's School, Elgin. He will find himself plunged into a world of mystery, guided by white-robed nuns who speak a mysterious language and live in a separate world from ordinary people. He will become steeped in the liturgy and language of the Catholic Church as it presented itself at the time, and come to feel set apart from the non-Catholics and special, but... more
by Derrick R. HardingOn February 16, 2014, a fellow elder quietly prayed for me: ?Lord, give my brother a new bone marrow.? The next day, a Hematologist diagnosed that I had a bone marrow disease. This unbelievable news with no obvious sign or symptom was true. I had an aggressive acute Leukemia. Graphically, the Lord assured me, three times that I would be healed and the disease would not return (Nahum 1, 9). Acting proactively, the Hematologist scheduled my admission into a Florida hospital. Subsequently, a skille... more
by Grace Hournbuckle WalkerWhen Grace Hournbuckle Walker talked for the last time with her eight-year-old son, Nathan, he shared his joyful hope and anticipation of his future in heaven with Jesus. That unforgettable exchange inspired Grace to create poetry and letters capturing elements of that conversation and the foundation of trust in God shared by mother and son. Now I Can Think Myself to Mars: A Son?s Final Goodbye, A Mother?s Journal of Renewal collects those writings and bridges the decades between that conversati... more