Finding Magic

Finding Magic
  • Author : Sally Quinn
  • Publisher : HarperOne
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2017-03-28
  • ISBN : 0062315501

Finding Magic Book Review:

The author, journalist, television reporter, and longtime Washington insider reflects on the spiritual quest that has brought deeper meaning to her life—and kept her grounded within the high-powered political world of Washington, D.C.’s elite—her renowned writing career, her celebrity marriage, and her legendary role as doyenne of the capital’s social scene. In this emotionally involving, illuminating memoir, the legendary Washington Post journalist, author, and "superstar hostess" (Vanity Fair) talks candidly about her life at the white-hot center of power and the surprising spiritual quest that has driven her for more than half a century. While working as a reporter, caring for a learning-disabled son with her husband, longtime Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee, reigning over the capital’s social scene, and remaining intimately connected with national politics, Sally Quinn yearned to understand what truly made the world—and her life—tick. After years of searching, most of which occurring in the secular capital of the world, she came to realize that the time she spent with friends and family—the evenings of shared hospitality and intimate fellowship—provided spiritual nourishment and that this theme has been woven into all the most important moments of her life. In this spiritual memoir, Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences—from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics, to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny, her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins, to her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist and her experience as one of the first female news anchors on national television; her battles with the Nixon administration, Watergate, and other scandals that have rocked the nation; her courtship and long marriage to one of the most authoritative figures in the media; her role as the capital’s most influential hostess; and her growing fascination with religious issues. This fascination led to her pioneering work in creating the most visited religious site on the web, OnFaith.co, where she reports on the unseen driving force of American life. Throughout this radiant, thoughtful, and surprisingly intimate memoir, Quinn reveals how "it’s all magic"—the many forms of what draws us together and provides meaning to all we do. Her roller coaster and irreverent but surprisingly spiritual story allows us to see how the infinite wonder of God and the values of meaningful conversation, experience, and community are available to us all. Finding Magic includes 16 pages of exclusive photographs.

Witch, Please: A Memoir

Witch, Please: A Memoir
  • Author : Misty Bell Stiers
  • Publisher : Apollo Publishers
  • Pages : 248
  • Relase : 2018-05-01
  • ISBN : 9781948062107

Witch, Please: A Memoir Book Review:

A touching and thought-provoking account of how a woman explored a spectrum of religions—ancient and new—and ended up, unexpectedly, becoming a bona fide witch—plus a celebration of modern Wicca and witchcraft, spell books, broomsticks, holiday recipes and recipes for the changing of the seasons, and much more. Misty Bell Stiers set out on a spiritual path to find a faith that worked for her, and accidentally became a witch. She knew the Bible well, and got to know the Torah and Koran. She studied Eastern philosophies, even the stories of the Egyptians and Greeks. Finally, after overcoming an immediate prejudice ("Um, no," she writes as her initial reaction), she found Wicca. Witch, Please reveals what makes the mysterious religion of Wicca so desirable for more than a million Americans. In her witty, direct, and heartfelt text, Misty explores spirituality, perseverance, and finding oneself. She shares what Wicca means to her and what defines her as a witch; what she uses her spell book, cauldron, and broomstick for; the significance of Wiccan holidays, many about new beginnings; the surprising history of Wicca; and what kinds of witches there are. She also shares how in her busy New York City life, as a mother and a creative director, her faith grounds and sustains her. Her uplifting, you-too-can-find-what-works-for-you voice speaks like a best friend: relatable, honest, and encouraging. This unusual and beautifully written memoir explores what it's like to be a modern-day witch, and how it's changed Misty's outlook on life. It's candid, but it's also threaded with magic and has a warming, lightheartededness to it. Bewitching original drawings by Misty are throughout, and Misty even shares ten original recipes for her Wiccan holiday treats (including the likes of her cinnamon rolls and roasted garlic rosemary bread, sprinkled with magic and seasoned with love, laughter, and healing).

A Magical Life (A Spiritual Memoir/True Story)

A Magical Life (A Spiritual Memoir/True Story)
  • Author : Vjollca Sadiku
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Pages : 168
  • Relase : 2017-07-22
  • ISBN : 9781524679774

A Magical Life (A Spiritual Memoir/True Story) Book Review:

Do you feel stuck in life? Do you feel youre being pulled in every direction by forces beyond your control? Do you feel everything just seems not right? Do you feel scared of an invisible obstacle you cant seem to tackle? Do you feel youre in a hopeless situation? Take time to realign yourself with what you value most in life. Theres much you can do about it almost every time. In fact, there are a variety of highly efficient tactics you can use to free yourself from being stuck in a rut. In A Magical Life, Vjollca Sadiku shares her experience from age seven up to the present of how she discovered the path that led her to achieve her dream life, live in the moment, and notice the magic we can create through love around us. In this inspirational and motivation book, Vjollca demonstrates how listening to ones inner self helped her focus on the goal, find her purpose , be unconditionally happy, and rise above any difficult situation in life. In these pages, you will uncover how to connect with your inner self and how to get the best advice and guidance through communicating with yourself. You will be self-motivated and find the answer to what you have been searching for. Learn how to believe in your inner power, self-love, and be who you want to be. Your life is your fairy-tale story. You can make it happen as you will learn the MAGICAL module, which is the following: Momentum This is about how to connect with your inner power, love yourself, or write your own life and make it happen. This is the chapter where all our bad or good experiences happen; and if we are able to connect with our soul, inner self, God, or whatever you call it, you can see the magic of the moment and how blessed you are and how can you use your magic to create more magic around you. But if you cannot connect, then ask for help as you will be ending up going in circle and not moving on to next chapter of your life. Open your heart and mind to the universe so you can get unlimited information back to you, and you will be the master of your life how to live it. Acceptance Learn to accept where you are in order to allow yourself to find positives on your situation, and raise your awareness on negatives in order to have clear vision of how you want to spend each moment and how you want your future to be. Goal To understand who you are at the present and to be conscious of the choices you make, have a goal. Dream your wishes, visualize your dreams, and break them in small goals. Inspiration Dont forget to pause and notice the amazing things around us so you can get inspired from anything that is surrounded you, bad or good things. You still will have something to spark your inspiration and fire your creativity. Commitment Be a good listener to your inner guidance, nature, and all your senses and trust the universe. Give time and flow with time by being spontaneous in order to understand when the time is right to do what you need to do. Affirmation Tell yourself how good you are and what amazing things you are doing and what great abilities you have to fulfill your purpose. Love Love yourself and everything on this earth to attract the love energy that leads to you living in a magical world. Love is the medicine of life and the place where you get your answers

The Sacred Fire of the Phoenix

The Sacred Fire of the Phoenix
  • Author : Robin Sacredfire
  • Publisher : 22 Lions
  • Pages : 26
  • Relase : 2014-09-16
  • ISBN :

The Sacred Fire of the Phoenix Book Review:

There's a sacred and hidden path inside each one of us, a path of mysteries and amazing manifestations, where nothing is impossible, not even our wildest spiritual creations. This is the realm of impossibilities, where imagination is carried away by a spiritual insight, which is here referred as the phoenix. The allegory inside this book takes us to a subconscious realm, that can lead us to the most uplifting and unknown side of ourselves, but also to other realities as well, namely, the ones that are parallel to ours, and also other dimensions and galaxies. It is with this allegory of the phoenix that we understand the role of the dragons and serpents of our planet, and how they interfere in the Tao of our existence. As a dance of forces, vibrations of different natures, these symbols and concepts take us to the deepest truth within, of who we are and how far can we go. This is a book about the adventures of our soul, the journey within that so many Shamans live to explore. It's also about a path that all spiritualists and gurus have experienced, a path that some have called nirvana, enlightenment or awaking, but few have ever had the ability to fully describe in a way that can be perceived by the common mortal. The Native Americans have often told us about the spirit of the eagle that keeps guard over the spiritual world. This eagle, or big bird, is representative of another living force, which is the phoenix, the bird of fire. This is why many mystics of ancient times believed that only fire could take souls to another world. The fire purifies the body, but the most potent fire comes from within, as an energy that we burn with our conscious awareness. This is the fire that Buddhists, Taoists and Hindus persist in awakening from within, commonly using disciplines created specifically for this purpose, such as yoga, chikung and meditation. This fire represents the power of our own spirituality, which most people are unaware to possess. As mortals and genetically manipulated slaves of a few alien species, we've lost the physical capability to ignite it. But the phoenix can help us reach it, through the spiritual nature that is within each one of us. The one who can ride the phoenix, can travel very far, to amazing lands. And these are the ones that often come back, when they choose to, as our prophets and religious leaders. This book describes their journey to Valhalla, Heaven, Paradise, or more simply, the Laboratory of God.

Finding

Finding
  • Author : Kim Fuller
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 354
  • Relase : 2016-11-10
  • ISBN : 1539494152

Finding Book Review:

Two 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 she is determined to keep her chocolate-eyed boy safely in the home she has created with her husband and two biological children. As she tries everything she can to get Keydell the help he needs, she must also learn to accept him exactly as he is: a tiger in the home of elephants. This vulnerable and touching account highlights the interplay between desire and reality, denial and acceptance, struggle and enlightenment. As the minds of this mother and her extraordinary son awaken - Kim's through her Buddhist practice, and Keydell's through the science of neurofeedback - we witness the power of love and compassion to overcome even the greatest odds."

Finding Magic

Finding Magic
  • Author : Sally Quinn
  • Publisher : HarperOne
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 2018-06-12
  • ISBN : 006231551X

Finding Magic Book Review:

The author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington insider reflects on the spiritual quest that has brought deeper meaning to her life—and kept her grounded within the high-powered political world of Washington, D.C.’s elite—her renowned writing career, her celebrity marriage, and her legendary role as doyenne of the capital’s social scene. In this emotionally involving, illuminating memoir, the legendary Washington Post journalist, and author talks candidly about her life at the white-hot center of power and the surprising spiritual quest that has driven her for more than half a century. While working as a reporter, caring for a learning-disabled son with her husband, longtime Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee, reigning over the capital’s social scene, and remaining intimately connected with national politics, Sally Quinn yearned to understand what truly made the world—and her life—tick. After years of searching, most of which occurring in the secular capital of the world, she came to realize that the time she spent with friends and family—the evenings of shared hospitality and intimate fellowship—provided spiritual nourishment and that this theme has been woven into all the most important moments of her life. In this spiritual memoir, Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences—from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics, to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny, her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins, to her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist and her experience as one of the first female news anchors on national television; her battles with the Nixon administration, Watergate, and other scandals that have rocked the nation; her courtship and long marriage to one of the most authoritative figures in the media; her role as the capital’s most influential hostess; and her growing fascination with religious issues. This fascination led to her pioneering work in creating the most visited religious site on the web, OnFaith.co, where she reports on the unseen driving force of American life. Throughout this radiant, thoughtful, and surprisingly intimate memoir, Quinn reveals how "it’s all magic"—the many forms of what draws us together and provides meaning to all we do. Her roller coaster and irreverent but surprisingly spiritual story allows us to see how the infinite wonder of God and the values of meaningful conversation, experience, and community are available to us all. Finding Magic includes 16 pages of exclusive photographs.

The Magic Seven

The Magic Seven
  • Author : Lida Abbie Churchill
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 104
  • Relase : 1901
  • ISBN : HARVARD:HN38TM

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Mindset Magic

Mindset Magic
  • Author : Krysti Turznik
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2017-11-02
  • ISBN : 0999414704

Mindset Magic Book Review:

There is a calling within you that wants you to do more, have more, and be more. It is the yearning to unlock your potential and experience a more profound connection to your authentic self. Mindset Magic is the perfect blend of education, insight, and practical application that will guide you to a deeper understanding of how to create a fulfilled life with intention and purpose, and experience more peace, more power, and more passion. With the proper mindset, tools, and understanding of scientific and spiritual principles, your life can unfold with miracles and magic. Awaken to your true power and discover the key to creating your best life possible. "Krysti Turznik's Mindset Magic provides the key to unlock the inner treasures that are the divine inheritance of all beings, along with reminding us that it is we who must choose to discover, activate, and make wise use of them." - Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning

The Last Seven Pages

The Last Seven Pages
  • Author : james pinnick
  • Publisher : James Pinnick
  • Pages : 158
  • Relase : 2014-04
  • ISBN : 0996036172

The Last Seven Pages Book Review:

When a ventilator prevented her from speaking during her final hours, Jennifer started writing. After her death, her husband turns to those pages to tell her story of courage and faith. James had just walked through the door after a day's work when Jennifer told him the news that changed everything: it was cancer. In the following two years they would lose their sense of normalcy and their dreams for the future. But along the way, they would gain something even greater than their loss. Told through the eyes of a grieving husband is this true story of a young woman's fight for her life. Jennifer's final words, penned by hand when a ventilator prevented her from speaking, provide a powerful backdrop to this journey of faith and hope. A memoir that also offers a practical pathway for those struggling with loss, The Last Seven Pages is a testimony of a God who is present in our darkest moments, and who turned a devastating illness into a life-changing promise.

Book of Shadows

Book of Shadows
  • Author : Phyllis Curott
  • Publisher : Harmony
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2013-07-03
  • ISBN : 9780307832276

Book of Shadows Book Review:

Since Phyllis Currot first published Book of Shadows, the story of her spiritual journey and initiation as a High Priestess in the Wiccan community, Witchcraft has captured America's imagination as a theme for fiction, television shows, and films. Now America's highest-profile Witch returns to dispel more myths and misrepresentations of her faith, and to share a practical guide to the beautiful spiritual rituals and philosophies behind Wiccan tradition. Rich with enchanting stories from Currot's own experiences and detailed advice for creating potions, working with Nature, and finding the Divine within, Witch Crafting is much more than just another superficial recipe book. Curott's unique guidebook integrates the inspiration of religious wisdom with sound, practical information. Witch Crafting reveals how to: incorporate Wiccan practices into your daily life; master the secret arts of effective spell casting; create sacred space and personal rituals; perform divinations for insight and success; and tap the magical power of altered states, such as dreaming meditation, prayer, and trance. Perfect for beginners or seasoned practitioners, Witch Crafting is the ideal handbook for anyone seeking to unlock the divine power that makes real magic happen, and to experience the power and gifts of the universe more fully.

Finding Love After Loss

Finding Love After Loss
  • Author : Marti Benedetti,Mary A. Dempsey
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Pages : 208
  • Relase : 2021-10-11
  • ISBN : 9781538152140

Finding Love After Loss Book Review:

Finding Love After Loss is a friendly guide to dating after the death of a spouse. Through interviews with widows and advice from experts in the field, this book details the singular challenges of women who are looking for love again after the loss of a partner—and the unexpected ways they are shaping their new lives.

Remember Who You Truly Are

Remember Who You Truly Are
  • Author : Sally Jane Francis
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 366
  • Relase : 2016-04-27
  • ISBN : 1532775237

Remember Who You Truly Are Book Review:

This book will help you to remember who you truly are, and to be your true, authentic self, in its entirety, to unlock the beautiful spirit and essence of you. You have a soul mission: it's time to wake up to it and fulfill your destiny and be everything you ever dreamed of being, your soul and spirit self really are, unafraid to shine in a world that all too often might seem might seek to undermine or limit you...You are filled with infinite possibilities and great gifts. Many of us are waking up from the illusion of fear, lower consciousness and vibration that we have been trapped in. Though times may be dark, the light can prevail and by holding on to our dreams and visions, we will emerge with a higher consciousness. We will shed all the restrictions of the past, and break the chains of the judgmental and fear-based systems which have ruled and limited our lives in so many ways, to take a jump and leap of faith and really be the full expression of our unique and special souls. "I really love this book. As soon as I started reading it, it felt like it was talking directly to my soul.... I believe Sally is a gifted soul on a mission to genuinely help & empower people. It is a book I will treasure" "What a beautiful book; one that touches you and works on so many levels." "It doesn't matter where you are on your journey, in this book you will find something new, something to remind you of who and where you are, why you are following the path you have chosen and affirmation that you are not alone, the Universe is always supporting you. I found the book easy to read, to me the energy of the words just flow off the page, and hit the spot. Read it from cover to cover, dip in and out, the choice is yours and the book supports you in what ever way you wish to connect with it. Bursting with information and and workable ways to experiment and include in your spiritual practice. Sally has worked really hard to make this work appeal to as wider audience as possible and I feel she has pulled it off with a flourish. Well done Sally, when's the next one?" "I really love this book. As soon as I started reading it, it felt like it was talking directly to my soul and I felt curiously emotional. I believe Sally is a gifted soul on a mission to genuinely help & empower people. It is a book I will treasure & refer to when I am in need of uplifting"

Rainbows, Angels and Unicorns

Rainbows, Angels and Unicorns
  • Author : Eileen McCourt
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 160
  • Relase : 2016-04-03
  • ISBN : 1530635934

Rainbows, Angels and Unicorns Book Review:

Here is a simple, easy-to-read, delightfully illustrated book for young children! The author presents, in a very easily comprehensible way, the basic Spiritual truths, explaining who we are, where we have come from, why we are here and the part God plays in all our lives. It is our responsibility as adults and particularly as parents, to ensure that our young children come to an understanding of the truths about Spiritual matters at as early an age as possible. This book is meant to develop a child's imagination, awakening tender young minds to the beauty that lies all around us and to connect with that beauty in an inspiring and meaningful way. It also explains, in simple terms, realities about creation and the subtle higher energy vibrational levels, which exist in close proximity all around us. The exercises and experiments will delight and amaze, as well as nurture your child's creativity, introducing, in a fascinating way, the truths that are fundamental to our understanding of our existence here on Planet Earth. Your child will learn that life is meant to be fun and to be enjoyed. But there are rules, as in any game! This book explains these Spiritual Universal Laws, helping your child to see this world as the wonderful, amazing, beautiful place it really is, and to live a life of fulfillment, joy and abundance. What more could you ever hope for?

Have We Lost Our Spiritual Connection?

Have We Lost Our Spiritual Connection?
  • Author : Clarence Brown
  • Publisher : Austin Macauley
  • Pages : 202
  • Relase : 2019-06-27
  • ISBN : 1641828072

Have We Lost Our Spiritual Connection? Book Review:

Have we lost our spiritual connection? More precisely, what does it really mean to have a spiritual connection? In this book, the author, Clarence Brown, takes us on a rewarding trip that explains to us how to heal our confusion through the process of self-love. He tells us that love is a series of actions that needs our participation for it to exist. He also discusses feelings of being lost and alone, and talks about the journey back to reconnect to our spiritual selves and a way to hear our inner voice. With many other topics that will ultimately enable us to find our spiritual connection, his thought-provoking book not only helps us discover our personal clarity and understanding but also how to find the willingness to acknowledge the well-being of all humanity.

Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love

Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love
  • Author : Visakha Dasi
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 290
  • Relase : 2016-10-03
  • ISBN : 1522838449

Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love Book Review:

An American photojournalist, disillusioned by the pressures and mindlessness of Western education and consumerism, journeys with a friend to the East looking for fun and adventure. In India she unexpectedly finds truth and knowledge beyond the intellect, beauty and hope beyond the mundane. Slowly, unexpected love softens her skepticism. Her life is never the same.

You Can't Sleep Through Your Awakening

You Can't Sleep Through Your Awakening
  • Author : Jane Simmons
  • Publisher :
  • Pages :
  • Relase : 2016-11-19
  • ISBN : 1627474013

You Can't Sleep Through Your Awakening Book Review:

In this book, you will:*Awaken to where you are being run by unconscious cultural/social programming*Find ways to free yourself from the limiting beliefs underlying unconscious behavior*Learn a method of healing using the FACE formula of forgiveness, appreciation, compassion and embodiment, in order to "face" life in an awakened state.*Learn to "re-author" unhealthy myths, messages and beliefs that are running your life*Learn to take care of your own unmet needsA combination of personal memoir, shared stories, psychological study, scientific learning and spiritual discourse, You Can't Sleep Through Your Awakening is an exploration into what it actually means to wake up, and includes tools that contribute to the awakening process.

Surviving Cancer - the Magic Ingredients

Surviving Cancer - the Magic Ingredients
  • Author : Martha Frost,Martha Nash
  • Publisher : Booksurge Publishing
  • Pages : 96
  • Relase : 2009-06-15
  • ISBN : 1439240051

Surviving Cancer - the Magic Ingredients Book Review:

Surviving Cancer begins with the premise that you are the key magic ingredient in any healing. This how-to, inspirational and practical little volume helps the cancer patient, his care-givers, family and friends learn how to deal with the first news of the diagnosis, with choosing one's doctors or practitioners, with utilizing the healing power of pleasure and the help of friends and family, and with creating a life during treatment; even if terminally ill and especially after one is in remission.

Making Other Plans

Making Other Plans
  • Author : Craig Comes
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 298
  • Relase : 2014-09-03
  • ISBN : 1494354209

Making Other Plans Book Review:

Craig Comes planned for a journalism career, while his friends expected him to become a bestselling author. But un-diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Depression struck after college. After the writing stopped, delusion and denial lead to poverty. long term joblessness and self-imposed exile. Returning to himself would take 15 years in a journey spanning from California Wine Country to the South African veld. This is his story.

Memoir American

Memoir American
  • Author : Benjamin Hollander
  • Publisher : punctum books
  • Pages : 70
  • Relase : 2013-04-28
  • ISBN : 061580862X

Memoir American Book Review:

The texts which comprise this small book - forms of essay, talk, dialogue - at one time saw themselves as individualists who went somewhere (to small press magazines) on their own. Now they are here, collected with the chance of going nowhere together. As it should be: since they represent the fate of language and translation in the memory of aliens living inside America - like a family going nowhere together, but at home.The philosopher Jacques Derrida and his family are part of this family in the dead letter office, and curiously they are named going nowhere together at home. Along the way, so are the poets Charles Reznikoff and William Carlos Williams and Emmanuel Hocquard and Juliette Valery and Charles Olson, as well as Horace's Odes in translation.You will find in this Memoir what it means for an alien to search for his family in a book outside the time of its writing. You will find him discovering that translation is a personal story and that poetry might not have a home without it. You will find him wondering: whose voices are these which we hear around us as we write, as Babel turns to rumor through the fact of translation, wherein a book is being made and remade from American to French and back again? You will find him through translation like a Being in the Poetry of the Extraterritorial, an un-owned territory which is neither French nor American but is negotiated by the rumor of a poetry which emerges from both, a future condition (État) which seeks the name it could be but is not.Follow this alien Being's trajectory: he is not of America but grows up in it. He publishes a book in French translation before it appears in the American English original. He becomes native to a writing whose eloquence is always in question, at times because it is passive, at other times because it is unpronounceable.Who, over time, finds his Memoir?In the dead letter office, we do. We find someone somewhat like ourselves, who uses language and translation as if these were a poet's gifts in the making of history, a history which is foreign yet integral to his homeland. We find someone who uses it to return to his own people and place, so that he can "only stand more/revealed." We find someone who will act the new basis for his identity - the consciousness whose coming into Being must be premised on his existence in another world.

Drive Gently

Drive Gently
  • Author : Barbara Wuest
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 290
  • Relase : 2017-05-21
  • ISBN : 1540486397

Drive Gently Book Review:

My father's suspicious death, perhaps at the hands of a small town sheriff's department, forced my mother to flee our hometown--Idamay, West Virginia--a few days after he died in 1954. She was told that he'd hung himself in a jail cell in Fairmont, West Virginia, where he was being held for driving while intoxicated. She was afraid they would do something to her and leave us kids orphaned. Though we left Idamay, that town and our devastating loss followed us. My father's absence, though seldom spoken about, was "present" everywhere we turned. My mother never looked back. But when she died forty-two years later, his death came back to me in full force. I felt compelled to investigate further. I'd heard conflicting stories all my life. This book documents an investigation that yields more questions than answers for the seven-year-old survivor who has an insatiable need to know. This book is about this seven-year-old whose entire life was indelibly marked by this tragic loss that she experienced when she had just reached what is often called the age of reason. Her quest for the truth takes her to places she'd never dreamed she could go. Because there is so much she doesn't know, she finds herself leaning heavily on her imagination to help her to navigate this mysterious and fatherless world.