Looking for love: Read this


Stop Looking for a Husband and Find the Love of Your Life

Author: Marina Sbrochi

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

Did you ever walk into a room and connect with someone? Chemistry is dangerous and often leads to short tem relationships. How do you know when it’s real? There is no magic formula, pill or drink that you can take or try to find the love of your life. But, one thing I did learn from the many dates I had before getting married, is honestly, openness and telling it straight is the only way to go. If he doesn’t like who you are, the way you look and tries to reinvent you and turn you into something you are not: Rid yourself of him and go no further.

 

The many stories in this book are filled with humor and real life incidents that will make you laugh, give you pause for thought and help you decide whether your path to romance will lead you there or astray.

 

Looking for that perfect someone! Working hard to find a husband. Consumed with this idea or thought day and night. Planning, plotting and creating your every move and scenes that would adhere to your master plan STOP RIGHT THERE! DON’T MAKE ANOTHER MOVE! You are definitely going about it all wrong. Living each day and spending your every waking hour trying to find that perfect someone will consume all of your time, leave little for fun and even more, detract from allowing you to do the things that make you happy, feel important and most essential- BE WHO YOU ARE! Self- Worth, Self-Esteem: Very Vital!

 

So, what do you to in order to find-not a husband but the Love you’re your life: Step One: read Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life by author Marina Sbrochi-read it more than once. List the areas that work for you and go from there.

 

Reading this book will not only enlighten the reader on the way to go about relationships and their ups and downs but will help those who are married and on shaky ground, firm it up. Real life stories- some good and some bad told to the reader directly by the author, helps you understand what she is trying to say and even more important, makes you feel she is speaking directly to you.

Where to begin: First of all figure out what is important to you in a man and write it down. Make a list of the attributes you want. Don’t dwell on the list. Know that is it there. But first, make a life for yourself and make yourself happy. If you in a job that is going nowhere and not really what you want to do or enjoy: Change it. Read how one woman did just that and find out the end result after reading pages 68-70.

 

One basic issue many women have difficulty coming to grips with is Trust. After being burned, lied to and deceived many times you being to doubt the words of the next person and the one after. It takes time to learn how to trust someone but do not think everyone is out to lie and trick you. Not an easy thing. Your boyfriend cheated on you. This does not mean the next guy will. Take our author’s advice and enjoy your relationship from the start but do not become so obsessed and distrustful that you drive by his house to see if he has company or who is there. Never think that every girl that comes in contact with your boyfriend or date is out to steal him. Certainly, do not demean yourself by leaving voicemails and text messages that are annoying or obnoxious. If trust is an issue- you suspect something- call a friend and discuss it. Write down the incident that happened: Honestly and truthfully and see what your real friend thinks. Read pages 76-77 to learn more.

 

One thing that I really hated when dating is if someone snooped around my apartment looking at my personal stuff or trying to find my personal address book. Trusting your date or company takes time. Finding a note on at table or reading your phone book or asking you who each person in your book is, definitely crosses the line. Don’t do it to him and he should not to you.

 

Another great point made at the start of this book is that Looks and Appearance do count. The first thing someone sees is you. Make it work. Look your best but dress as who you are not someone you are not.

 

There are many reasons why relationships do not work out. One serious thing and very important to consider is the way he speaks to you and his mother in private and in public. Jokes are funny but not if you are the brunt of them. Abuse of any kind is wrong and that is a definite: Out of my life right now deal breaker. Men like that often feed on their own egos and the vulnerability of others. Talking down to a woman makes him feel big: Never let that happen you are worth better and deserve it. Power Plays are wrong. Use your instinct and eliminate him from your life. Being alone is better than being someone’s punching bag.

 

The author gives the reader so much information and so many important suggestions that I will not divulge them all because you need to read this book for yourself. But, several important points were made and I would be remiss if I did not include them. First, keep certain things private about your life on the first date. Too much information can destroy a relationship before it even begins. It takes time and you do not need to relate every part of your life.

 

Everyone has secrets that they are not proud of. You do not need to unveil them all at once. If you have children or are divorced you might want to tell your date. That is not a secret that is just part of who you are and your life. Don’t envelope yourself in his life only; do not lose your identity or your friends.

 

Something my mom always taught me before going out: Hair and makeup are vital to your appearance as well as what you wear. Never pack on the makeup so thick you look like a mannequin nor wear clothes that are too tight and do not flatter your shape or you. Make sure your hair looks great.

 

Finally, overweight, out of shape- do not have the perfect body: Few people do! Exercise, look good and go to the gym: You never know who might be working out next to you. Sex, of course if important and having great chemistry with your partner vital to make it work. The author discusses the when, where and who of sex in chapter 15. Read It!

 

The appendix includes essential tips and answers to you unanswered questions and recaps much of what is said throughout the book. So if you need to learn how to approach a man: read the first part of the appendix. Handling the first date and few dates next and of course the dreaded break-ups. Don’t ever be crushed. Move On! Do not analyze every word or move he makes. Do not over think everything he says. Sometimes you need to take things at face value and go from there.

 

Told directly to the reader with many humorous stories the author relates how she met her husband. Talking to strangers is not something that I feel comfortable doing. Walking in the street and smiling at someone is will not always yield a smile in return but it cannot hurt to try. Tapping someone on the shoulder and asking him if he enjoyed the show. Well: you read it and decide for yourself. From approaching a man to online dating to just learning how to begin a relationship this book has it all.

 

Just think: The love of your life could be just around the corner, a smile away or even a tap on the shoulder. So, do not give up on yourself. Do not sell yourself short: read this outstanding book, smile, cry, laugh, understand the humor and most important: Never lose sight of YOU!

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

God’s Vacation reviewed by fran lewis


God’s Vacation

Author: Michael Davis

 

Reviewed By Fran Lewis

 

God Power! Imagine being able to handle the Universe, change things around and enter someone’s mind to learn their inner most thoughts. What about making objects, buildings, planets and streets disappear and then reappear out of nowhere. What if you did not know why you could do these things and where the power came from? Would you think you were God or would you think you were having hallucinations or a breakdown?

 

Picture yourself living in a cardboard box. Limited or no housing available and those who can afford an apartment might get one with very few amenities that you are accustomed to. Imagine the streets, businesses, stores and buildings lined with filth, pull down beds, nauseous green paint on the walls and furniture that came from an office supply company. Those affording these apartments were lucky. Others live in tube cities in rows of tubes one on top of another. No regular food supply, begging for scraps- living on the street in a cardboard box. This was the existence of those described as you enter the year 2031. Welcome to what might happen if we don’t watch out!

 

As our story begins we meet Gabe Stevens and Carlos Martinez, two men with college degrees working in a bookstore riddled with dirt, warped floors and chipped paint. Bookshelves that have not been cleaned forever that emanated an odor that would send you heaving. Rotted books, splinters all over the place and you are the lucky ones to have a job working in Upside Down Books. College educated, computer literate and much more these two friends are fortunate to have this medial job. One runs the place the other stacks and inventories the books. Better yet, no chance of stealing. Iris scanners scan a person’s eyes and the amount of the purchase is deducted from the customer’s bank account on the spot. Better hope they do not scan you more than once!

 

As Gabe Stevens is completing his day he comes across a strange book with a Holocube inside of it. Titled “The Universe,” he also notes the author is God. At home remembering he has this book he inserts the cube in his computer the end result will astonish not only Gabe changing the course of his dull life, but Carlos and many others too. You see, Gabe experiments with this cube and creates havoc on the real universe: ours. First: typing Saturn on his computer he winds up there and you won’t believe how he returns. Next, he obliterates Mars and he, but others too causing some serious changes in the atmosphere and solar system do not only see that. But, that is only the beginning as he takes Carlos into his confidence and then the real nightmare begins as he types in various names in the computer and actually enters the body and mind of several people at learns their inner most secrets and experiences their inner most fears and horrors. Frightening the say the least but exciting to Gabe.

 

Wondering whether there is a God and if he cares about the people who are suffering so much like Sam the Man a former marine with mental problems and Naomi Peterson who was raped by her father as a child. Reliving the experiences that each person had in the past brought to light a fear in Gabe as to why this was happening, who really caused it and how to control it? But, there is so much more. Metaphysics or hallucinations? Which? Why does he feel the need to prove to the world that he can make buildings disappear as he does during a 9/11 remembrance causing the new Freedom Towers to disappear? Frightening to say the least.
Spencer Perry is powerful. He can enter the mind of others and do the same thing Gabe is now doing. So, why can’t he anymore? Called Father by everyone, you might think he is considered a Priest, Cardinal or even God. Angry, revengeful and more, he rules the Global Government with an iron fist and takes no prisoners. What will happen when he learns about Gabe? Why are his powers unplugged or defused? Unknowingly, whether caused by the book, which has no, print just a title, or the holocube. Gabe and Spencer sharing one half of the power in each one of them. Dividing the power of God. Both men capable of making objects disappear, move, reappear and even entering and controlling the minds of others. Fear instilled by Spencer Perry in government and in the people. Added to that we have the Movement or the insurgency run by Ravenous Shark and many other groups. Hating what they deem the Godless Government, they get blamed for the disappearance of the towers and hope they do not reap the wrath of the Man. With the Mayor, the President and everyone in government used as his pawn, which knows what will happen when Spencer Perry learns the truth or if those who feels powerless fail him.

 

Naomi is Gabe’s love interest who has the ability to read minds too. He can enter them. Added to that we have one disconnected and discontented Movement, one man names Spencer or Whitey and finally the Focal Point where everything else exists. Vrum, an alien, has the job of trying to bring Spencer and Gabe together and make one God. But, neither one wants to the job nor wants to be God. Creating a light outside of his window, Gabe sees it but Spencer does not perplexing our mediator. Naomi who pretends to work for a grocery is undercover for the CIAISA: Central Intelligence Agency and International Security Agency. How does she fit into this plot remains to be seen as the universe is in trouble and the rest is truly up to God?

 

Author Michael Davis takes us on a really unique journey forward in time to a place where poverty reigns, jobs are scarce, the educated poorly employed and the masses living on the street. Not so different from today in many places. But, will God ever return to his normal state and why is he on vacation and who exactly is he? As the author relates the facts we learn that the Focal Point, the Wholly Trinity, The Creator or God is really three different entities: Gabe or Gabrielle is the nurturing mother. Spencer is the stern father and our alien Vrum the reconciler. So, why did he split into two humans quite diverse and definitely unaware of each other and who they are really are? Leave it to humans to want God on their own particular side and need help. For 30 years the Focal Point has split in half and decided to answer the calling and plead of humans and help them. But, God does not judge, God does not take sides. Humans do and as Gabrielle/Gabe or Spencer he can now make decisions, love, hate, understand greed, trust, envy and other human frailties. One Triune mind: Two people controlling it? One Federation in fear of annihilation if God does not become one in himself and no longer Human or split. A lot to think about and much to consider for not only Gabe and Spencer, but the reader too.

 

As Gabe and Naomi realize that even with new identities they are still not safe from Moshe, his subconscious and Spencer does not know about Lilith his subconscious, the globe light that shines within his apartment in many places lets him know that what he thinks is behind him is not. What will happen? Will God ever go back to work and finish his vacation?

 

 

As Gabrielle connects with Moshe he learns the true meaning of the Universe, his role in it and why Moshe has appeared. He learns how and why he and Spencer became two voices of the Focal Point and why they split. One so kind and caring and different the other stern, greedy and ruling almost like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with two so diverse personalities yet they are both within everyone. Gabrielle understands the God Matrix, the various universes and what is real and what is not. Why he would prefer not living alone in his cubicle and why he might or might not want to reunite himself with the other two parts and become Triune Mind or the Focal Point? As our author explains many factors to the character we begin to feel the emotional upheaval faced by not only Gabe but also those close to him. What will happen at the end and how will it turn out? Only God knows, the author and of course this reviewer once she finished reading this thought provoking and quite unique book about what happens when God just wants to live his own life as a human.

 

The solution: Either convince them to join as one or get 144,000 members to agree: pray and force them to reunite before chaos, wars, violence, murder and even more occur before all is said and done. Will God become The Creator, The Focal Point and be restored in all of us? Three parts of God: Each connected but disconnected and separated by choice in order to become its own entity or unit. But, remaining here too long and forgetting who he is because humans needed their help and they decided to remain. Everyone has a subconscious whether good or bad that often tells that person what he or she should do or actually can make you feel guilt and hope you do the right thing. As Moshe, Gabe’s subconscious and Lilith, Spencer’s try to explain the ramifications of their actions, both make choices that you won’t believe and the end result might or might not cause the Universe to permanently disintegrate. Will they reunite or will God remain in three parts will they ever see the light? Greed, violence, hate, free will, tolerance, understanding and hope: Which will reign at the end and which will not? Author Michael Davis gives the reader a chance to take a hard look within yourself to see the fruits of what happens when one man decides to create his own world filled with force, murder and instilling fear to have the ultimate power of God, while the other just wants to exist and be happy and a third neutral wanted to make peace among the three. Well written and fast paced and very mind provoking: An ending you won’t see coming and a conclusion that will leave you wondering what is next for the Universe and hoping that God comes back from his vacation real soon and is in all of us forever.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

 

Born to Return the Gift reviewed by fran lewis


Born to Return the Gift

Author: Catherine E. Johnson

 

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

How do you deal with rejection from a parent growing up? What happens when the norm is abuse both verbal and physical rather than a hug causing your life to become one big blur? What happens when your father basks in his own bottle of alcohol for solace and comfort and your mother retaliates with force during their disagreements? How do you face lie? Many follow the same pattern creating a life filled with emptiness, no direction and aimlessly walk around in their own fog. Visions of this come when you are not aware they are there. The unhappiness permeates throughout your body and soul as an adult as the mere image facing you in the mirror reflects not who you really are but who and what you have become.

 

Nyima, our main character’s life has taken a downward spiral and is out of control. Trying to find a way back and learn to renew her faith in herself she turns to God.

 

Diagnosed with clinical depression and post traumatic stress disorder she finds her own retreat or solace in the medications prescribed but more so in her many source of therapy: Brandy. Knocked down, face down and at her lowest point, she feels only then when there is not place to go but up will she or anyone else in her situation be able to rise above and succeed. What caused her emotional upheaval? She eluded the one area we need to move on and become whole.

 

Wanting security whether financial or emotional can often cloud our vision and distort the choices that we make. Vulnerability and being preyed on by a cruel or deceptive person, Nyima believed in the wrong man and paid the price: Her freedom. Meeting Steffan and thinking he was her answer to making her life better only proved that she would have more of the same as she did growing up. But, Nyima is not weak and she took the high road and left. Homeless, having to find places to live, she took short- term jobs in order to survive. Her strength came from within her even though she might not have readily seen or realized it.

 

As Nyima flounders and tries to find herself, the true meaning of why she is here and her purpose, she makes more mistakes, takes risks and then finds solace and peace in The One: God.

 

Denied help from her mother, she left without warning after a family visit to find employment, hopefully a place to live and friends to support her. But, what she found was quite different. Deceit and lies filled her days as those close to her disappointed her and destroyed her trust while others used her kindness and understanding ways to their advantage. Narrated by the author explaining the inner emotions and struggles of our main character, the author brought to light in a poignant and honest manner and creative writing style allowing the reader to experience along with the character her trials first hand.

 

Without your voice who would hear your thoughts and know what you are thinking. Nyima’s voice was heart not listened to as her struggle for acceptance and her need to be understood pushed aside by those who failed to realize her viewpoints or care to hear and heed her words. Using her past as a reason to defuse her present, Nyima could not win. Speaking about her behind her back rather than front and center, trying to put out the flame- Nyima felt justified in her actions and feelings but alone in the end hoping to find the light at the end of a really dark tunnel drowning herself in “Paul.” Added to her latest employment position was defined by deceit, lies and more disappointment, but that did not bring her down. Told as a diary of events dealing with her stay at the Oasis Motel, we see the progression of her life as a downhill battle. But, Nyima will not give up and what happens next will alert the reader to know that she is still very much a strong force in her own right.

 

Leaving and moving to California, living with her own family did not improve anything for Nyima. Returning to her family and living among them she made some startling revelations. One nightmare, visions that would haunt her memory and yet bring her back to where she should never have left as Nyima relives her life, her past, her mistakes and much more in an ending that will renew your faith in healing, life and becoming who you need to be. Nyima learns that who she is as a person is what matters, her opinion of herself is what counts and the most valuable gift she has is the one God gave her: Life. Allowing others to dictate her movements, feelings, actions and life would never happen again as Nyima took the first step to returning and believing in God and she restored herself and rose back into the sunlight.

Told by the author in a narrative author Catherine E. Johnson reminds us of how important it is to not allow others to run our lives, abuse our bodies, or demean us for any reason. Characters that are true to live, events that could really happen, as one woman learns the pitfalls of what happens when you allow others to judge and prejudge, taking the wrong way out using drugs and alcohol and finally understanding the true meaning of life by believing in God and knowing that he is always there.

 

Well written, vividly describing Nyima’s thoughts, dreams and feelings the reader feels part of her life as if you are experiencing it first hand. Let’s hope only good things are in store for this amazingly intelligent and smart woman. Born to Return the Gift: Life what a precious one.

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

Bess the Book Bus reviewed by fran lewis


Bess the Book Bus

Authors: Concetta Payne and Freda Roberts

 

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

Multi-talented authors Concetta Payne and Freda Roberts teamed up to ride a book about a special yellow bus that reminds us of the importance of reading, understanding, giving and encouraging our youth to treasure and embrace the world of books.

 

Jennifer Francis is the founder of our famous yellow book bus, named Bess. Taught by her Nana to love reading books, Jennifer has dedicated her life to making sure that children all over the country have the opportunity to read and receive free books- how special and wonderful!

 

As our famous yellow bus tells the story in her own words, she begins by reminding everyone of how special she is and that her cargo is not people but books for children to read. Just like the mailman our Bess weathers storms, climbs steep hills, difficult roads and never gives up until she reaches her destination, brings her books to the crowds of children awaiting her arrival and seeing the smiles on their faces when leave with their precious treasure their very own book of their own choice. But, Bess is more than just a Bus, she is so caring that even though she is tired, worn out and ready to rest, she makes sure that one child named Tommy gets a chance to choose a book and the special thank you he gives Bess will not only endear you to Tommy but bring a sunny smile to your face.

 

But then the unthinkable happens the next day as Bess is going to another destination she gets a flat tire and is stranded. What is she going to do? Hoping that someone will rescue her and fix the tire she waits and along comes James a really good Samaritan who stops and fixes her tire. What happens next will endear you to not only James but to our yellow bus even more? What does happen you will have to read for yourself.

 

Bess is persistent and one flat tire would not get her down and her hopes to reach her hometown of Tampa, Florida. What will she do next? Will she reach her final destination? Will every child get to explore the world of books? Ask Bess: Only she knows the answer to that question.

 

As authors Concetta Payne and Freda Roberts created a special character in Bess reminding everyone how precious and priceless books are, how important it is for our children to read and that the accessibility of books must be more widespread. Many parents cannot afford to buy books and Bess at least gives children that special gift. Library cares are vital but there is nothing more special than bringing home your special book, sitting in your favorite chair and cracking open the binding and reading the same book over and over again whenever you want.

 

I know that because I just read this outstanding well-illustrated book more than once. Bess the Book Bus is a must have for all children.

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

I give this book: Five More Yellow Book Buses Named Bess

 

Looking for Love: read this review


Stop Looking for a Husband and Find the Love of Your Life

Author: Marina Sbrochi

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

Did you ever walk into a room and connect with someone? Chemistry is dangerous and often leads to short tem relationships. How do you know when it’s real? There is no magic formula, pill or drink that you can take or try to find the love of your life. But, one thing I did learn from the many dates I had before getting married, is honestly, openness and telling it straight is the only way to go. If he doesn’t like who you are, the way you look and tries to reinvent you and turn you into something you are not: Rid yourself of him and go no further.

 

The many stories in this book are filled with humor and real life incidents that will make you laugh, give you pause for thought and help you decide whether your path to romance will lead you there or astray.

 

Looking for that perfect someone! Working hard to find a husband. Consumed with this idea or thought day and night. Planning, plotting and creating your every move and scenes that would adhere to your master plan STOP RIGHT THERE! DON’T MAKE ANOTHER MOVE! You are definitely going about it all wrong. Living each day and spending your every waking hour trying to find that perfect someone will consume all of your time, leave little for fun and even more, detract from allowing you to do the things that make you happy, feel important and most essential- BE WHO YOU ARE! Self- Worth, Self-Esteem: Very Vital!

 

So, what do you to in order to find-not a husband but the Love you’re your life: Step One: read Stop Looking for a Husband: Find the Love of Your Life by author Marina Sbrochi-read it more than once. List the areas that work for you and go from there.

 

Reading this book will not only enlighten the reader on the way to go about relationships and their ups and downs but will help those who are married and on shaky ground, firm it up. Real life stories- some good and some bad told to the reader directly by the author, helps you understand what she is trying to say and even more important, makes you feel she is speaking directly to you.

Where to begin: First of all figure out what is important to you in a man and write it down. Make a list of the attributes you want. Don’t dwell on the list. Know that is it there. But first, make a life for yourself and make yourself happy. If you in a job that is going nowhere and not really what you want to do or enjoy: Change it. Read how one woman did just that and find out the end result after reading pages 68-70.

 

One basic issue many women have difficulty coming to grips with is Trust. After being burned, lied to and deceived many times you being to doubt the words of the next person and the one after. It takes time to learn how to trust someone but do not think everyone is out to lie and trick you. Not an easy thing. Your boyfriend cheated on you. This does not mean the next guy will. Take our author’s advice and enjoy your relationship from the start but do not become so obsessed and distrustful that you drive by his house to see if he has company or who is there. Never think that every girl that comes in contact with your boyfriend or date is out to steal him. Certainly, do not demean yourself by leaving voicemails and text messages that are annoying or obnoxious. If trust is an issue- you suspect something- call a friend and discuss it. Write down the incident that happened: Honestly and truthfully and see what your real friend thinks. Read pages 76-77 to learn more.

 

One thing that I really hated when dating is if someone snooped around my apartment looking at my personal stuff or trying to find my personal address book. Trusting your date or company takes time. Finding a note on at table or reading your phone book or asking you who each person in your book is, definitely crosses the line. Don’t do it to him and he should not to you.

 

Another great point made at the start of this book is that Looks and Appearance do count. The first thing someone sees is you. Make it work. Look your best but dress as who you are not someone you are not.

 

There are many reasons why relationships do not work out. One serious thing and very important to consider is the way he speaks to you and his mother in private and in public. Jokes are funny but not if you are the brunt of them. Abuse of any kind is wrong and that is a definite: Out of my life right now deal breaker. Men like that often feed on their own egos and the vulnerability of others. Talking down to a woman makes him feel big: Never let that happen you are worth better and deserve it. Power Plays are wrong. Use your instinct and eliminate him from your life. Being alone is better than being someone’s punching bag.

 

The author gives the reader so much information and so many important suggestions that I will not divulge them all because you need to read this book for yourself. But, several important points were made and I would be remiss if I did not include them. First, keep certain things private about your life on the first date. Too much information can destroy a relationship before it even begins. It takes time and you do not need to relate every part of your life.

 

Everyone has secrets that they are not proud of. You do not need to unveil them all at once. If you have children or are divorced you might want to tell your date. That is not a secret that is just part of who you are and your life. Don’t envelope yourself in his life only; do not lose your identity or your friends.

 

Something my mom always taught me before going out: Hair and makeup are vital to your appearance as well as what you wear. Never pack on the makeup so thick you look like a mannequin nor wear clothes that are too tight and do not flatter your shape or you. Make sure your hair looks great.

 

Finally, overweight, out of shape- do not have the perfect body: Few people do! Exercise, look good and go to the gym: You never know who might be working out next to you. Sex, of course if important and having great chemistry with your partner vital to make it work. The author discusses the when, where and who of sex in chapter 15. Read It!

 

The appendix includes essential tips and answers to you unanswered questions and recaps much of what is said throughout the book. So if you need to learn how to approach a man: read the first part of the appendix. Handling the first date and few dates next and of course the dreaded break-ups. Don’t ever be crushed. Move On! Do not analyze every word or move he makes. Do not over think everything he says. Sometimes you need to take things at face value and go from there.

 

Told directly to the reader with many humorous stories the author relates how she met her husband. Talking to strangers is not something that I feel comfortable doing. Walking in the street and smiling at someone is will not always yield a smile in return but it cannot hurt to try. Tapping someone on the shoulder and asking him if he enjoyed the show. Well: you read it and decide for yourself. From approaching a man to online dating to just learning how to begin a relationship this book has it all.

 

Just think: The love of your life could be just around the corner, a smile away or even a tap on the shoulder. So, do not give up on yourself. Do not sell yourself short: read this outstanding book, smile, cry, laugh, understand the humor and most important: Never lose sight of YOU!

 

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

The Healings reviewed by fran lewis


The Healings

Author Oana

 

 

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

 

 

One man who is struggling to find himself, deal with the horrors of life and the suffering we all face. One man who takes the reader on many different journeys along with his Cat: Her who travels with him to each place, to each person he seeks to be healed by trying to find himself and much more. The main character has no name. His black cat Her engulfs and envelopes all that is feminine or female. Each chapter captures another emotion, another flaw of the human soul. The life of this nameless man has been difficult, filled with depression and totally unbalanced. Meeting each of these healers he hopes to find someone that can turn his life around, find a healthy solution and create some semblance to reconstruct him into a healthy living human being.

 

 

Look in the mirror and what do you see: You! Your image and nothing more. The imperfections that are within you and your flaws are not readily seen unless you speak, interact with others and allow them to know the real you. You think you are perfect just by looking at your outward appearance that others think is impeccable but hidden underneath are the lies, deceits, shadows and fears that follow you wherever you go. It’s how we deal or handle them that create our own pattern in life, pitfalls and seeking our own path to self-realization or who we really are.

 

Oana, in The Healings introduces one man: Nameless who can be the embodiment of anyone. Let’s say he represents every one of us in some way. As he begins his journey, along one with his Black Cat: Her to try and find himself, his inner being: he will encounter over 40 different healers and meet with each one hoping to find the answers within their different philosophies and experiences that are shared. Humorous, satirical and quite unique each of these short stories or chapters will enlighten the reader to the real problem faced by our nameless man.

 

Every journey has a beginning at does this one as he meets with a Shaman first. Evengi Heavy Feather is really where it all begins and probably should have ended as he truly says it all in one simple phrase: Sometimes we carry a heavy burden with us: Sometimes what causes things to weigh more or prey heavily on our minds cannot always be dealt with or expressed until we decide to do something different and change our own pattern to lighten that burden or in this case the weight of a feather. Not facing the problem often increases its weight.

 

What about becoming a Dream Master and able to create beautiful dreams for everyone to avoid those dreaded nightmares which prey in our subconscious, ruin a good night’s sleep and are also often part of something deeper that is bothering us and we just don’t know it or refuse to face it. This journey or healing was quite funny and the end result reminds you of the inside of a dirt devil or vacuum cleaner bad and armed with his Dream Toolkit are main character feels ready and able to rid the world of bad dreams and nightmares. Instead, he faces more demons and harsh realities. Controlling your life and taking control of your anger and fears might help the need for more journeys. He still needs to define what he has to change before he can more forward without the need of all of these healings to eliminate his depression, anger and much more.

 

Sarcastic and despising those who are hoping or hot filled with the same despair or depression he forges ahead in search of more healers as he meet Chamoile the storyteller who can create characters to go along with his controlled plots. Allowing the listener to become the central character or focal point of the story enables him/her to fell accepted and understood. Can someone feel this way just listening to the words of others? As he leads him to a place called The Crossroads you realize all he is doing is trying to get him to choose the correct path as he decides which way to go or the crossroads of his life; good, bad or stays the same. Missed opportunities: Cannot relive them.

 

He meets numerous healers along the way but one incident that stands out is when he states he is going to work in a psychiatric ward and observe the behaviors of the patients and the doctors helping administer pills along the way. What he really learns is that even those working there and the healers he previously meets have issues and sometimes need to face them with help from others too which angers him even more.

 

Every healer that our main character meets imparts an important lesson to this man who refuses to realize that his problems stem from not facing what they are and blaming his shortcomings and failures on those trying to help him. All the while like a good wife or nurturing mother, his cat Her, keeps him centered, brings reality into focus, performs the duties of a good wife or mother and hopes he finds his own path to self-awareness and realization. Sharing each of his plans with his cat, yet wanting to embark on each journey alone, you can feel the frustration of this cat as she tries to guide him before he falls down. Each healing brings the same result: He feels cheated, lied to and the experiences because they do not come out exactly as he envisioned they would, create him more turmoil within this man and do not meet his expectations.

 

Too many choices, options, freedom of choice: All too often like kids, adults need some parameters and guidelines when things get tough in order to continue on. From the Master Painter to Master Whiteout our nameless man hopes to find immediate answers to his unfilled life: Can he learn how to use the right words or paint a masterpiece on the spot creating his own form of expression? You decide what lessons if any he learns as your continue the journey along with the reader and I continue my review of The Healings by this creative and outstanding author.

 

From thinking that he is filthy rich from his cat picking the winning lottery ticket to a rude awakening that money cannot buy you the peace and harmony you need or want, to more interviews and jobs that will make you smile, laugh and wonder Oana sets the bar when creating everyday events that go awry. Each time our main character feels the pressure he and his trusty cat either pack up and go somewhere else, find another venue to vent in or another way for both of them to escape their true realities: loneliness, confusion and dissatisfaction with their plight as they journey to many more places, meet many more people and eventually realize the end result. Added to the mix is Aunt Lyla who provides another take on his plight, encourages his fantasies and goes along with many of his dreamlike experiences reeling him in even more.  The character’s he meets and their names alone will make you smile and the rationale he uses to explain each of his encounters, his excuses for his failures and successes are no different than ours today as this nameless man and his faithful cat Her continue on to many real and imaginary places to find Knowledge, inner peace and who they both are.

 

From Cousin Jello’s funeral to Tito Sponge a great mind to Professor Turtle ad great mind in anthropology our nameless man turns to every profession in life and more to find his way back to where he might have started from had he paid attention. I think the funniest is Dr. Iceberg who is supposed to help those in need of increasing their sex drive and tells our main character to discuss this with his significant other. Would that be the cat? Or someone else? The author closes with healing sessions in friendship, beauty, pain, bad relationships and much more that you need to read for yourself. Finally, the last healing is in the tower. Going from room to room and floor to floor allows him to relive areas of his life, healings that were described before, events that have already taken place and remembering the good and the feather and weight is now lighter and the burden and heaviness lifted. To learn more about his healing in the Tower and the others and whether he finds his true inner peace and more you need to read this mind stimulating and thought provoking account of one man’s journey to find himself. Humor reigns, philosophical discussions often interrupted with events that will make you laugh this is one book that will give the reader much pause for thought and great topics for book club discussions as each healing or chapter brings to light many issues we all face today.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red River Radio would like to welcome everyone to the first of four special shows dedicated to children’s authors. This show will feature authors whose books are geared to early childhood student’s grades k-2. Although many of the books can be used as read aloud in any classroom from k-5 the reading levels of these books would be for children in the lower grades.

The lessons taught in each of these books can be used in classrooms teaching Character Education, Sunday School Classrooms, for parents to read at night to their children and in libraries or bookstores during story time.

 

This is a special edition for teachers, children, parents, grandparents and anyone that loves to read children’s books and YA books. Red River Radio would like to announce this special edition of Book Discussion with your host book reviewer, author and writer Fran Lewis. This show will feature the best of children’s writing with authors writing in many different genres. Each book will be geared to early childhood children, elementary school students or young adults and teens. The authors will entice readers by telling you about his/her book and reading a short excerpt to really make you want to go out and buy it for your children, grandchildren and friends. School is about to open in some states and has in many others and what better way to get a head start on books needed for research, book reports and just plain fun, by listening to our show, hearing about these great authors and their books and joining in the discussion.

 

The stars of this show are six great authors whose books I have read and reviewed:

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