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Interior Castle by St.Teresa of Avila

You know how I mentioned that I have a chronic illness? Well, it has swallowed my brain altogether as it is wont to do from time to time.

(I pre-wrote this post and saved it for emergency purposes such as this.)

So, please, help me out….have  a peek at Interior Castle and let me know what you think!

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Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

The novel begins with Todd Burpo recounting the story of his broken leg, kidney stones and breast cancer scare, all of which put a dent into the family savings. Just when Todd and his wife, Sonja, begin to believe that their luck is changing, their 4-year-old, Colton, nearly dies of appendicitis. When he comes out of surgery, Colton asks:”Daddy, you know I almost died?”

And that’s when the story becomes interesting. It moves from the drama and desperation of trying to save little Colton and the resulting hospital fees to fascination stemming from his accurate descriptions of Jesus and heaven ( as compared to the scriptures), the locations and activities of people while Colton was in surgery and family members whom he never met, including a sister who never came to be.

“‘Mommy, I have two sisters….You had a baby die in you tummy, didn’t you?’…’Who told you I had a baby die in my tummy?’ Sonia said, her tone serious. ‘She did Mommy. She said she died in your tummy.'”

Colton also talks about the future, having seen Satan and about how “nobody’s old in heaven….and nobody wears glasses”.

At first, the writing style in this book seems a bit self-involved; later, warm and easy to relate to. It’s about a family’s journey from the brink of a tragedy, towards God. Whether you believe or not, it’s a fascinating read.

Reviews from other bloggers: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo, “Heaven is for Real” Book Review, Heaven is for Real.

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P.S. I will be giving away this book…check back on May 15th.

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Defy Gravity by Caroline Myss

I will be upfront with you. I LOVE Caroline Myss. I believe just about every word she utters. I first read her book, “Anatomy of the Spirit”, during a difficult time, years ago, and it helped. I read it a few times over. I will read it again.

I read her latest book, “Defy Gravity”, a few weeks ago…..

Caroline Myss in conversation with a workshop participant

In this book, Caroline writes that people cannot heal through reason or emotions, only through the soul. Grace (which is accessed through prayer) is the conduit for that healing.

Unfortunately, we are locked in our control-driven ego, which is terrified of how our life would change, how justice would not be served, should we enter a state of grace.

How do we begin to get from here to there? Let go of fear and forgive (ie. surrender). And that is also done through the power of prayer and the grace that it brings.

A few of Caroline’s thoughts:

On prayer:

“The transformative link that drew a person “out of the mind” and into an altered state of consciousness, however slight and however brief, [is] prayer.”

On forgiveness:

“Forgiveness is your release from the hell of wanting to know what cannot be known and from wanting to see others suffer because they have hurt you.”

Caroline Myss teaching a workshop.
Photo: courtesy of Connie Morain Baker

On releasing fear:

“If you were to shed the fears that burden you ego, what would remain would be a clear intuitive soul that would effortlessly respond to others.”

On why things happen as they do:

“People’s actions are driven by forces that have nothing to do with you, even though you might get harmed if you stand in their way. Or you might hurt those who stand in your way – even if you care deeply for them.”

If you love Caroline too or you’re simply curious, you’re in luck. She is hosting a free, live, online event about sacred contracts….the contracts we signed before our incarnation concerning  who we signed up to be, who we signed up to meet, and what we signed up to experience. This event takes place on May 7, 7:30 -9:00 p.m..

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