Back on Track

New reviews coming soon! I'll be importing my work from the past two years, but in the meantime,
I'm reclaiming my small place on the web.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Fiction Review

A Man Called Stan
by Jay Henning
ISBN-10: 0595274145
Review by Heather Froeschl

If you are a woman, wishing to know the hows and whys of men; if you are a man searching for yourself or wanting a little camaraderie; if you are a soul in human form trying to remember why you are here, A Man Called Stan is a must read. Who is Stan? He is a man, sometimes raucous, sometimes pitiful, but always very real. This book is a look into the stages of his life.

What are the most important stages of a man's life? When he meets his future wife? When she walks down the aisle to him? When he drinks himself into hangover after hangover? The moment he learns what sex is about? The moment he realizes that sex isn't enough? The moment his child is born? The realization that he has become an old fart? All of those, and more, are shared with the reader. All the while, we are wondering just who this guy is, and so is he.

The author has shown us an example of man. For women, it may be an enlightening experience. For men, it may be a confirmation that they are not alone. More than this, the author gives us the wisdom of a life guide. There are lessons to be learned here. Through it all though, there is humor and interest and a story that we want to read.

Stan may be fictional, but his life events are all too real. You will laugh out loud, get angry with his indignation and feel for his sorrow. This book will have you reading through a weekend and waking up Monday morning with a new outlook on life. Or, maybe you'll just smile at the good time you've had.

Non-Fiction/Spirituality Review

Teen Witch: Wicca for a New Generation
by Silver Ravenwolf
ISBN-10: 1567187250
Review by Heather Froeschl

What does it mean to be a Witch? Is it wearing wicked clothes or being outrageously "out there"? Does it mean doing something that you know your parents forbid? If it means that to you, then you are not a Witch, nor even close. Wiccan laws contain nothing about what clothing you wear and most certainly don't encourage negative behavior. Wicca is a religion that is shared by many. Many more than you might think. They are ordinary looking people who live ordinary lives. Your neighbor, teacher or best friend might be Wiccan and you wouldn't even know it.

If you are intrigued by the mystique of Witchcraft, you should get all of the information you can. Where do you turn? The internet? While there may be some reliable sources on the web, there are also a lot of false ones. Your girlfriend? Well she might have some good books to share with you, or she might be on the wrong path as well. Mentor witches simply do not advertise in the local paper and chances are your parents would not allow you to become best friends with a 35 year old Witch down the street.

Silver RavenWolf, author of Teen Witch, is a Wiccan Priestess and Director of the International Wiccan/Pagan Press Alliance. She is also the mother of four young Witches. She is one of the most well known Wiccans in the United States today. Teen Witch is a beginners guide to Wicca. It will tell you everything you need to get started, beginning with what Wicca is and isn't. There have always been secrets about Witchcraft that Wiccans keep from the general public. Lots of times, people just don't understand and it may be best to keep secrets, well, secret. But Silver shares them with you. This way you'll be able to understand this path and see if you wish to choose it. If you decide that you do, then there are chapters on various forms of Ritual and all of the different methods of Magick. Later on there are chapters of spells, aimed at teens but ones that would be helpful for any Witch to use.

Silver uses stories of experiences to help the reader to understand exactly what she is talking about. In no way is she telling you what to think and do, but she is giving the reader the information to make informed decisions and demonstrating the numerous options of the Craft. Her stories reflect an understanding of teens and her honest ability to reach out and be the mentor they might be searching for. In an introduction just for parents, Silver shows that she understands the confusion a lot of parents might have when their teen is interested in Wicca, and allays any fears that might arise.

Teen Witch is an abundance of information and guidance from a most reliable and trustworthy source. It is a work that shines a positive light on the image of Wicca, and explains the law of "Harm None" to perfection. It's about time a comprehensive guide is available to counter the false information that may get passed around. Whether you are a teen looking for a decent bit of information on the Craft or a parent, guardian or aunt of a teen interested in Wicca, you would do well to own a copy of this wonderful book.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Poetry Review

The Black Ball
by Harambee Grey-Sun
ISBN-10: 0773434518
Review by Heather Froeschl

Take time to savor the poetry of this title. It is meant to be taken in, tasted and understood. Poetry is an art that so few can master and still remain contemporary. The Black Ball is an example of a job well done in this art form.

The lives of college students are revealed in this story told through poem. College life apparently isn't what it used to be, and the young are no longer as young as they were. The book chronicles four years of interactions, learnings, and life, of several students. Within the pages are revenge and life lessons, hatred and understanding.

This is not light reading; it is a memorable experience.

"This's all about face. Have I stepped too far out of place, undertaken a venture that promises ill?"

Not so. Harambee Grey-Sun has begun the process of becoming a respected poet.

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Children's Book Review

The Road to Weird
by Peggy Tibbetts
ISBN-10: 1869942590
Review by Heather Froeschl

A two-story collection for those who like a touch of the abnormal, "The Road to Weird", is a gem among pebbles. Peggy Tibbetts has captured youth and created a couple of memorable tales that will be enjoyed by older readers and their parents alike, IF the kids will share their copy!

In the first story, Carly has moved to a new home, an old log cabin, complete with its very own ghost. Carly finds a hidden trap door in her closet, and discovers a clue to what might be making her door slam, her room cold and footsteps to be heard in the night. Her teenaged sister thinks Carly is pulling pranks and Carly is determined to clear her name. Will her parents believe her? Will she find friends in this rural community? This mystery and ghost story will have the reader turning pages to find out exactly what is up with Carly's ghost.

The second story is maybe a little weirder, but an awesome adventure in itself. Harpo Marx awakens to find herself in a hospital bed. She isn't quite sure who the folks around her are, nor why she would be called Harpo Marx, but figures her parents must have a good sense of humor or are just a tad wacky. As her memory clears she begins to see things in her mind, things like accidents happening and the cause of her hospital roommate's head injury at a construction site. Apparently, falling on the balance beam during gymnastics can cause more than a bump or concussion: it can cause psychic phenomena! Harpo is the victim of teasing, headaches and a major problem with gymnastic team tryouts. Doctor's orders aside, her visions become the cause of adventure, instead of much needed rest. Is there a higher purpose to her newfound ability? Will Harpo's life ever get back to normal? Readers of all ages will love this story. It's easy to get sucked into the trials and tribulations of intrusive teachers, rumor spreading and life saving weirdness.

Ms. Tibbetts is a talented storyteller. "The Road to Weird" will surely bring her great admiration, as kids everywhere will spread the word about her wonderfully weird collection. Peggy, thanks for bringing a bit of the strange into an enjoyable read!

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Non-Fiction/Spirituality Review

Witch's Coven: Finding or Forming Your Own Circle
by Edain McCoy
ISBN-10: 0738703885
Review by Heather Froeschl

Being Wiccan can be a lonely prospect. Truth be told, the burning days are still not over. No, people are no longer burned at the stake; however, they are ostracized by ignorant minds that do not understand. So, finding a group to study Wicca with can be a very difficult thing. "The Witch's Coven" by Edain McCoy, offers guidance and a friendly tone of understanding.

Edain explains the purpose of meeting in covens, or groups. She takes a look at the different kinds of covens that are out there today and helps the reader to make a knowledgeable decision on choosing a path. She explains the inner workings of spiritual circles and what to expect of them, and also, what they might expect from you. Here you will find some guidance on creating your own coven, or ways to seek out an existing one.

Most of us aren't willing to wear a pin that says, "Are you a good witch?" in seeking out other Wiccans. So how can one find others of like mind? Edain suggests placing veiled newspaper ads and using the internet, among other things. There are groups out there, everywhere, and the right one is waiting for you.

What goes on in a coven? Why not remain a solitary? Edain explains a bit about the Wheel of the Year and of Life, rituals and celebrations. There are Healing Rituals and Group Magick to explore. Always, Edain is impartial and giving in her sharing of information. This book is to help you learn about covens and make up your own mind. If you are simply curious about witches, you will come away with greater understanding. If you are seeking a coven, you will be glad to have this information to help you find the perfect match.

Making the decision to join a coven can be an important part of your spiritual path, or it may not be for you. Making an informed decision is always the best thing to do. Edain McCoy is a practicing witch. Who better to answer your questions?

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Non-Fiction/Spirituality Review

Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth
by Dorothy Morrison
ISBN-10: 1567184960
Review by Heather Froeschl

As Winter approaches every year, so too does the magic of Yuletide days. Children are filled with anticipation and wonder. All over the world people are celebrating and embracing their beliefs. More often than not, these celebrations involve candlelight in some way, and family gatherings.

What else do the traditions of the world have in common? Where do these traditions come from? Dorothy Morrison explains it all so clearly and with great warmth and respect for diversity, in "Yule - A Celebration..." Here, you will find answers to questions heard in households every December: "Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh?" or "Where do candy canes come from?" Do you know the origins of the Yule Log? Do you know why the Chanukah Menorah and the Kwanza Kinara hold eight candles?

The Winter Solstice - Yule - has been celebrated for four thousand years! It is a time of renewal and rejoicing, and it is a time to celebrate light overcoming the darkness. There are many historical lessons to be learned here and Ms. Morrison has created a well researched, thorough guide to the significance of the "holidays". Included, is a most wonderful calendar for the month of December in which every day is a festival or celebration around the world, and how you can incorporate these traditions in your life.

Enjoyable are the chapters on trivia, omens and superstitions. Inspiring are the chapters on preparing for the season, gifting, feasting and festing, with recipes and craft ideas. Most inviting are the chapters on creating personal traditions. The world is truly a wonderful mixture of beliefs and customs and no matter where of who you are, this guide to Yule is a treasured gift of celebrations.

Non-Fiction/Spirituality Review

Gifts of the Spirit
by Cate Cavanagh
ISBN-10: 1592868762
Review by Heather Froeschl

What is Spirituality? Does it mean one is religious? Does it mean that a person believes only in spirits? No and no. As a spiritualist, I have been asked the definition of spirituality and at times I have been hard pressed to give understanding to the questioner. I know what I believe in, what truths have revealed themselves to me, but I cannot begin to, nor would I presume to tell you where to find your truths. In "Gifts of the Spirit", the author shares how she has followed her own spiritual path, what she has learned along the way, and how she has come to be a Spiritualist.

Without preaching or proselytizing, Cate Cavanagh shares her own exploration of Buddhism, Native American beliefs, Wicca and Spiritualism. She gives the reader a glimpse into these belief systems, like a spoonful of icing in anticipation of a birthday cake. It is up to the reader to further their own studies. She reveals some painful lessons that she has learned and the good that came from the process. In this way, the reader connects and understands and hopefully comes away having a bit of knowledge that will undoubtedly make their life better.

Going deeper into what the gifts of the spirit are exactly, Cate explains the power of our souls, the value of our spirit guides and the tools that are available to those who embrace them. We have powers within us that are just in need of a remembrance to utilize them. Cate shows you how to be open to them and other gifts as well. She offers methods of spiritual cleansing, personal growth, and guidance for those who seek their own truths.

If you've ever wondered if there really is a witch just down the road, (don't be surprised, because there likely is) this book will give you insight into who that person may really be. Nothing to be frightened of, indeed, you should be in awe and filled with admiration. Chances are that she holds some of these same beliefs and morals as your own. If you've ever wanted advice from a spiritualist, but have been afraid to ask, open this book and be thankful the spirits moved Cate to write it all down for you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Non-Fiction/Paranormal Review

My Proof Of Survival: Personal Accounts of Contact with the Hereafter
by Andy Honigman
ISBN-10: 0738702641
Review by Heather Froeschl

From the pages of FATE Magazine, Andrew Honigman has compiled a wonderful collection of true personal accounts of contact with the Hereafter. For the past 50 years, FATE has featured the letters of its readers in a most popular column, My Proof of Survival. Here, readers share their own stories of encounters with spirits of all kinds. In this collection of 145 stories, Andrew Honigman has collected the best of the best.

The book is broken into chapters that reflect the story messages, with topics from Messages - communications from the other side, to Blessings - gifts from the departed. The stories cover every imaginable spirit encounter - apparitions, signs, dreams, spirit heroes, haunted houses, and even animal spirits. Some of the stories are touching and sweet, while others are downright frightening. The publisher of FATE magazine insists that all stories in this selection are true; the policy is to have the authors sign an affidavit that they are. This fact lends credence to the book, offering a form of proof that these things do happen.

Readers will likely find several stories that they will connect with for various reasons; my own personal favorite being a story titled, "A Walk in the Park." With so many stories to choose from, it may be difficult to narrow it down. This is a book that you will pick up again and again and never grow tired of. Who doesn't love a good ghost story? Especially when they are from the files of FATE Magazine.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Business Review

The Fail-Proof Enterprise: A Success Model for Entrepreneurs
by Bob Thomas
ISBN-10: 0916308510
Review by Heather Froeschl

Bob Thomas has rewritten the definition of entrepreneur. He leads the reader through a very thorough process from concept to high productivity to selling the corporation. Thomas draws from over four decades of experience.

Immediately one recognizes that Mr. Thomas sees certain requirements as essential for a person who is considering an entrepreneurial venture. Personal sacrifice is critical for those wishing to follow his steps in corporate design. His expertise is in the field of chemical engineering and design. At times it was somewhat difficult sorting through the heavily detailed engineering stories. His passion for his field is obvious, but this can sometimes be confusing to the reader expecting a "how to" guide.

Thomas concludes his book with a comprehensive question and answer section. This tutorial is helpful for gaining a more complete understanding of his entrepreneurial process.

I admire Mr. Thomas for the success he has found in designing and running his own businesses. Anybody thinking about starting a business or is currently a business owner will benefit greatly from the experiences Bob Thomas shares in his book, The Fail-Proof Enterprise.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Autobiography Review

One Really Deep Breath
by Gary Van Nguyen
ISBN-10: 0974092223
Review by Heather Froeschl

In today's world, most of us are just as likely to get our news from the internet as from the television or newspaper. We look up our weather, our horoscopes, our job possibilities, (and book reviews) online. Many of us run our businesses strictly over the web. And many of us find our connections, our relationships, our friends, and peers through the click of a send button.

Is this reality? Are the people we "meet" online for real? Are the communities we are part of online as real as the ones in our backyards? Can they be more real than the physical? How do we know what is truth and what is someone's idea of a gag? I don't know. Do you?

Gary Van Nguyen began an online diary a few years ago. This is where you write what you want to, like a normal diary, but it is available for people to read online. He kept the journal going for two years. "One Really Deep Breath" is his compilation of that diary.

You might wonder how much people really share about themselves in these online diaries. Well, if Gary is any indication and he is being truthful, then it is possible to share a whole lot. You might feel that you intimately know the author. His diary readers did. I still question whether or not we can ever really know someone with whom our interaction is only through postings and emails, but that is my own opinion.

The book leads the reader through two years of Gary's overcoming depression, and a good deal more of life's lessons. His mission is to help people in the same situation. He likely will achieve that goal. I think though, that the most important thing is what he learned through his own writing.

Here is a book that will make you laugh, certainly, make you think, likely, and leave you appreciating the fact that we don't always know the people we think we do, in every way. It is a different sort of book...very unlike Bridget's Diary or The Diary of Anne Frank, but in a way it shows the male perspective of life and demonstrates how our current times and lifestyles have influenced everything we do. A unique and interesting read.

Friday, November 7, 2003

Non-Fiction/Spiritualism Review

Simplified Qabala Magic
by Ted Andrews
ISBN-10: 073870394X
Review by Heather Froeschl

What exactly is the Qabala? It can be a daunting undertaking to study something that may seem very complicated. With Ted Andrews as your guide, it is a delight to study this tradition called the Tree of Life. Ted Andrews is the author of 15 other titles in the paranormal / New Age categories. He is widely known for his wealth of knowledge and the ease in which he shares it with his readers.

Simplified Qabala Magic offers a primer to anyone wishing to realize their potential in manifesting the power of ourselves. Beginning with a brief history of Qabala and explaining that we are the masters of our own destiny, we are then led to remember that we are part of the universe, that the Tree of Life is the path to connecting our energies.

The next two chapters are the who, what and where of The Tree of Life: what archangels are there to help us to awaken our own abilities. Knowing who the powers that be are is helpful to understanding what they are and how we connect with them. Then we get to the details of how to make those connections; how to reach those levels of consciousness. Methods of meditation for reaching those levels and the ability to understand them are gone into in great guiding detail. This is the purpose, to help the reader reawaken these abilities.

It is said that we are in great times of change in the aspect of spirituality. Understanding the connections we have with the universe will help us deal with those changes and gain from them. Simplified Qabala Magic is a beginning to that understanding. I intend to reread and reread it until I have accomplished my own goals. This is a book that will become very important to those who seek the knowledge, and cherished for Ted Andrews' guiding voice.

Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Autobiography Review

The Purple Storm (One of The Bastards)
by Nicholas Tu
ISBN-10: 0974114006
Review by Heather Froeschl

There aren't many books that have touched me so deeply as The Purple Storm; I'll never be the same person I was before reading it. I have been shown things that I had no idea of and reminded of how very lucky I am to have been born in America.

This is the story of Nicholas Tu and his life in Vietnam after the Americans left. I say life but it should be: existence. His father was taken to "re-education" camp for ten years, leaving Nicholas' mother to fend for the family. Nicholas tried to help, and his childhood vanished. He thinks that he was a bad son, but I see only a soul trying desperately to survive in hell on earth.

Over the years the family struggled to live under communist regime. Simply feeding the family took illegal activity, such as smuggling rice. Nicholas took his turn in the trench digging for the "common farm fields" and almost died in the process. He was later sent to a hard labor camp but escaped...only to become homeless for the next six years, just blocks from his own home. To be found now would mean prison, to avoid capture meant living on the street and finding means for food. Refusing to beg or steal the leftover food on restaurant tables, Nicholas made himself opportunities. He cleaned the restaurant for a meal and later he found work at a molding factory. He lived in the factory under the grace of its owner and soon he found love. Thuy's parents weren't all too pleased with her choice, as her beloved was not seen as able to care for her as they'd hoped. He was not even able to attend his own wedding supper, for fear that the police would discover him and take him to prison.

Times were extremely difficult and the goal of most Vietnamese was to find a way out through illegal border crossings. Nicholas heard the details of one and tried to go along. The busload of people was discovered and while Nick and one other made it away from the group, they were later captured and held in a prison of torture box facility.

Eventually, Thuy's family was able to send her to America and this reinforced Nick's ultimate goal to reach his dreamland and live with her there. He had to go through so much more illegal and dangerous struggle before it would be possible, but my telling the details is nothing compared to the book.I can not do it justice. Nicholas' English is not the best, but he does a very good job in portraying the events that took place. His writing is deep and emotional and the story is gripping, adventurous and tragic.

As I mentioned, this book opened my eyes. As his story was taking place, I was growing up in suburbia. I was never put to bed hungry, and medical care was always available to me. I have always slept on a bed, while Nicholas was experiencing his first mattress, rescued from the ocean, aboard a ship on his way to a refugee camp. I cherished my childhood, while Nick lost his.

Every American should read this book; it should become required reading in college, and for every politician in office. And if that success does not show Nicholas Tu that he is a worthy man, I do not know what will. I hope that his life's mission will change to becoming an influence in the world by opening the eyes of every free person who reads this book, as he has done for me.

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Fiction Review

To Protect the Innocent
by Mark Locke Mills
ISBN-10: 1592864139
Review by Heather Froeschl

What does a parent do when their child disappears? Panic sets in. Doubt, worry, fear, frustration, and despair all wreak havoc. Anger might take over, and depression can set in. How does a parent feel when it is discovered that their missing child was sexually abused and murdered? What would you do?
Dan was a cop who left his job to spend more time with his son. He took an investigations desk job in order to work the 9 - 5 shift. He may have made this change in his life just a little too late. When her son Mike disappears, Jan frantically calls Dan for help. His instincts as an ex-cop tell him it is already too late. Jan dives into a deep depression and the strain of the whole tragedy puts their marriage in danger. But really, this danger is just an inkling of what is to come.

Running parallel to this plot is the career of Ross Huggins, an FBI researcher who wants desperately to be doing real fieldwork. He doesn't realize that fieldwork in the crime world of pedophiles is horrendous. Then there is the ongoing story of TV reporter Susan Jensen, who is trying to make her mark in the world be exposing the vile sadness of child rape and profiling pedophiles.

As in life, the plots all merge in the end, and in this case it is all to protect the children, or is it really about revenge? The author has woven the lives of his characters well and the result is a twisted, unique tale that demonstrates an understanding of various human shortfallings and defects, as well as the nicer side of things like marriage, parenting and love. This is a fast paced book that will find you engrossed and tempted to stay up late into the night reading.

"To Protect the Innocent" is a reminder to parents to be mindful of whom their children have contact with. It is also a reminder to us all that while we think our actions and plans are geared to one purpose, we may be fooling ourselves in justifying our feelings. This is a powerful book and one you will not soon forget.

Fiction Review

Jerome's Quest
by Debora ElizaBeth Hill
ISBN-10: 1929374208
Review by Heather Froeschl

Sir Jerome Kennington has been a ghost for 200 years. He is on a mission for which he has only one year to complete. At the end of that year he will be reborn. His quest: to find the soul of his soulmate Alicia in order to be reborn himself, near her. It won't be easy, but the powers that be have given him a locket that will lead him. Unfortunately it leads him to come to the aid of those in need, and puts him in the thick of confrontations with some scary people. Having been given a mortal body for the year, Jerome is gifted with exceptional, if not superhuman strength, which he uses to save a few damsels in distress.

Helping Jerome along are his descendant Robin and his on again off again love Dierdre, her dear friends Charlotte and Natalie and their men, Vladimir and Paul. Along the journey a few folks get married, Robin gets sucked into the world of limbo assumed to be Jerome, and a whole new mission is begun to save the runaway children of London. While Robin is missing to the living, Jerome fills his shoes on the stages of a tour with Robin's band, The Experimental Monkeys. For an Earl from the 1800's he learns to belt out rock songs rather quickly, and also learns that the affections of groupies are quite personal.

Will Jerome find his true love in time? Will Robin stop drinking and settle down? Only time will tell and a year passes quickly when you are on a quest of immense proportions.

Debora Hill has once again lent life to the characters of her work. Dierdre is one strong woman and Robin, an equally pig headed man. Jerome is endearing and a perfect protagonist. The lives of street kids are hard to portray but Debora has done a wonderful job. Overall her characterization is spot on realistic - even when dealing with the spirit world!

The plot is involved, yet easy to follow, much like real life. One feels as though they know these people and are involved in their lives. How delicious it would be to have a spirit to interact with in this way. With a quest as grand as reuniting two soulmates, "Jerome's Quest" is sure to be a hit. Debora Hill is a gifted storyteller with a grasp on things spiritual.

Friday, October 31, 2003

Poetry Review

At the Feet of Jesus
by Daisy Augustine
ISBN-10: 1591608783
Review by Heather Froeschl

A beautiful collection of poetry that expounds the author's dedication to her religion, "At the Feet of Jesus" is a tribute to Christianity and Jesus in particular. Daisy Augustine's verses are heartfelt and inspired, full of love and feeling. She holds nothing back, it seems, in representing her beliefs and in the touching proclamation of her joy.

In loose chapters she compiles poems that reflect the feelings of Grace, Growth, Praise and Worship, and Prayer. Each chapter opens with quoted text from the Bible that relates to the poetry that follows.

Many Christians who feel deeply in, and enjoy their religion would cherish this book. It is a soothing and uplifting voice that carries the reader through from page one to the final poem in the collection, The New Millennium.

Poetry Review

At the Feet of Jesus
by Daisy Augustine
ISBN-10: 1591608775
Review by Heather Froeschl

A beautiful collection of poetry that expounds the author's dedication to her religion, "At the Feet of Jesus" is a tribute to Christianity and Jesus in particular. Daisy Augustine's verses are heartfelt and inspired, full of love and feeling. She holds nothing back, it seems, in representing her beliefs and in the touching proclamation of her joy.

In loose chapters she compiles poems that reflect the feelings of Grace, Growth, Praise and Worship, and Prayer. Each chapter opens with quoted text from the Bible that relates to the poetry that follows.

Many Christians who feel deeply in, and enjoy their religion would cherish this book. It is a soothing and uplifting voice that carries the reader through from page one to the final poem in the collection, The New Millennium.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Historical YA Fiction Review

Maggie's Door
by Patricia Reilly Giff
ISBN-10: 0440415810
review by Heather Froeschl

It is the great potato famine of Ireland and everyone is starving, save the rich Englishmen. Surviving on seaweed and scavenged eggs from the seabird's nests, Nory knows it is her turn. Her family has gone on, and she has nothing to hold her back.

Nory Ryan sets out, down the road to Galway, alone. She hopes to find her young brother and her neighbor Sean Red Mallon, and together set sail for America. Her sister Maggie has already arrived in Brooklyn, and waits at 416 Smith Street for her family to join her and her new husband, Sean Red's brother.

Nory's tale and Sean's are told in alternating chapters and sometimes with connecting moments that demonstrate the synchronicity of life. Sean is forced to leave his Mam and Nory's brother Patch, and when he returns they are nowhere to be found. Distraught, he hopes to find them again and manages to gain passage to Liverpool as ballast in the hold of a ship. From there he is to be the cook's assistant on another ship to America. It is the only way, and he is lucky to have found it.

Will Nory find her brother, and perhaps even her father and sister at the docks? Will she find passage on a ship, and if she does, will she survive the trip? And what of her friend Sean - they were destined to be together, or so she thought.

In a tale as old as America herself, Patricia Reilly Giff gives us a glimpse into the realities of our immigrant forefathers and mothers. My own great great grandfather an immigrant to New York, the story hits home for me, as it will most Americans. Giff's understanding and interest in the era shows and her gift of story telling shines. Maggie's Door awaits at 416 Smith Street and the journey is unforgettable. The book is suitable for older readers and adults alike, bringing history to life before your eyes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Fiction Review

Cerulean Blue
by Wray Miller
ISBN-10: 0972394818
Review by Heather Froeschl

What would happen if the powers of the world told us that the world was truly going to come to an end? What if they told us that there was a way to save our planet and life on earth? What if that meant that you, and every person in your family, had to be stored in suspended animation for thirty years? What if they never intended to re-animate you?

Cerulean Blue is the tale of how Uni-Corp Network is ruling the world, saving it for themselves. It isn't a matter of prestige that allows one to be placed on the real re-animation list. It is a matter of genetic makeup. Whose genes will be best for the world to build on in the future? Could it be the hard working common man who is striving to understand the habits of seals in the Antarctic? Or maybe a genius scientist who bowed down to the power and willingly went under the blue liquid with his wife and son, to be stored in a tube?

There are rebels in this book. Decent, upstanding folks who might not have fit into the gene pool of the future, and others who took a wrong turn when dealing with the United Nations Corporation. They hide out in jungles, they try to survive and they rescue others from the tubes. They might be looking for lost daughters or they might really be trying to save the world from the "saviors" in power.

Cerulean Blue is an interesting "what if" kind of book. At times it rings a little too true to reality for my comfort. Wray Miller had created an alternate reality to the present day, and it is one on which I am glad I can just close the covers of the book on. Her writing is detailed and precise, entertaining and a bit scary!

Cerulean Blue will find you turning pages and anticipating more from this author.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Non-Fiction/Spirituality Review

Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice
by Anna Franklin
ISBN-10: 0738700525
Review by Heather Froeschl

Midsummer is my favorite time of celebration. The longest day of the year is recognized by numerous cultures and embraced by people all over the world. What is it all about, really? It is a magickal time with many traditions and customs to honor it. Anna Franklin explains them all and invites you to embrace the holiday.

Franklin begins with the origins of the Summer Solstice. Technically, the word Solstice means "sun stands still" and the sun may appear to do just that on the longest day. But there is much more to it than that. Midsummer is one of four solar festivals that mark the wheel of the year. It is likely a time that has been noted since people started taking notice of such things, thousands of years ago. The Celts and Druids, the Saxons, Finnish, Romans, Greeks, Islams, Russians, Europeans, Spanish, Americans, and many others, all have some part in the history and traditions known as Summer Solstice.

So what ARE the customs? They are as varied and many as there are those who honor the day. Some more notable customs include bonfires, torchlight processions, circle dancing, and divination. Then there are the very simplest of customs, such as my children staying up late to fill a jar with fireflies and letting them go again with a wish before bed. Franklin explains them all, very well, and goes on to explain the details of the customs and what brought them about. She even explains the conflict of the actual date of the day, the eve and the confusion of the name MID summer, when in many areas, Summer has just begun at the time of celebration.

Being a magickal time, optimum for fairy spotting, and other mystical adventures, "Midsummer" includes a few tips on divination, including Tarot card directions, the use of Runes, playing cards, and Oghams. The use of crystals and gems is something that many cultural traditions adhere to; the inclusion of a list of properties and descriptions is a useful portion of the book. Since Midsummer is the best time to make a magickal wand, Franklin offers instructions, advice and a list of wood properties for your information and a little story of how she followed the teachings in her own quest for a branch. And what book on Midsummer would be complete without a few spells for the beginner to work?

Herb craft is something easily worked on at this time of year, as the herbs have been growing nicely and can even benefit from your taking a sprig or two to dry. "Midsummer" offers plenty of recipes for the herbalist to enjoy, from a simple tea for the nerves to detailed guides to making incense. More substantial recipes for traditional Midsummer foods are also included.

Detailed directions for Rites and Rituals, including handfasting, fill a complete chapter. What follows are several useful appendixes of such things as animal totem descriptions, a calendar of festivals, and Gods and Goddesses. You could not find a more complete guide to the Summer Solstice, and what's more is the tone in which Anna Franklin offers this information is embracing and encouraging. For anyone wanting to celebrate the Summertime, from the simple joy of catching fireflies to the student of cultural traditions, and the experienced circle dancer, "Midsummer" is a must have for your collection.

Sunday, June 1, 2003

Fiction Review

The Calico Club
by Marjorie Knorr
ISBN-10: 1930859635
Review by Heather Froeschl

Darlene has dreams of becoming an Art student. She has talent as a painter and has found her passion. Randolph is a biologist, studying birds, in need of a research project to publish a paper on. Darlene and Randolph meet when she saves him from an irrational rancher with a shotgun. Upon escorting her home he discovers that she lives in a brothel and she works there too.

His discovery in the desert, the Bristle-thighed Curlews, is an important one and he has found his project. Darlene becomes his research assistant by day, continuing her night job, and Randolph agrees to help her look into attending college classes. The birds are big news though and the Feds get involved in protecting them and their environment. The locals aren't happy about this and eventually conflicts arise.

A fence is put up by the Feds and the locals retaliate by vandalizing government vehicles. Darlene's presence as a bird watcher is noted and threats are made against her. Whose side is she on anyway? The locals need the fenced off road and dont like being told what to do. A fire is started in the brothel and Darlene finds herself in a position to start her life over.

With nothing to lose but her reputation, she finds Randolph and persuades him to let her stay in his guest room. Will the two ever break through the stigma of her past? She begins her career as a college student and finds she is truly talented in painting. Her life is changing for the better. But someone at the college knows who she is and threatens to expose her. In the process he could destroy Randolph's career. And the Curlews are nesting amongst bulldozers and angry ranchers. Will the rare birds stay with their nests?

With a plot surrounding an artistically talented [...], a prudish professor, a town up in arms and an evil-minded schemer, the author has created a very interesting tale of life lessons. A view that is not often shown, Marjorie Knorr introduces us to the world of the oldest profession. An entertaining read!

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Ficiton/Spiritual Review

Harvest of Illusion, a Spiritual Adventure
by George C. Wallach
ISBN-10: 0972898905
Review by Heather Froeschl

An amazing adventure is available to everyone; an example of which is the point of this book. Harvest of Illusion may help you to understand your own adventure a little better, or it may simply entertain you.

On the surface you will read about a time in the not too distant future on earth where the security of our knowledge is questioned and proved incomplete. Beginning with Mari who is seemingly abducted by aliens, only to learn that she has agreed to participate in inter-being propagation in a previous life. Don't run off screaming. The author is attempting to open the eyes of the reader through a fantasy, in the most gentle, unobtrusive way possible...the imagination. It is well done.

Mari's husband, Murph, is a psychologist who helps people who believe they have been visited by other beings. When his own wife turns to him and tells him that she has had her own very close encounter he grapples with his beliefs and his desire to know for sure if these things happen. He is given absolute proof when Xanthas, Mari's before unknown half other-being, half sister, is presented to him in need of discovering the E-gene...the ability to feel emotions. It doesn't hurt that her physical form is the ultimate in attractive, and Murph falls in love with her.

It eventually is realized that Mari has "cheated" on Murph in her procreation attempts with Jenoor, another alien being, resulting in Murph's realization and understanding that he is enduring this pain as a lesson he needs to learn, carrying over from his own previous lives. He is tempted to reciprocate with Xanthas, but if he does he will need to repeat this lesson in his next life. Is it worth it?

These beings are not truly aliens, but another life form, of earth. They have lived beneath the surface, and have coexisted on the planet unbeknownst to humans. It is time to reveal themselves, as there is great need to warn the humans of an impending extraterrestrial invasion by the Harvesters: a body of beings who planted the humans here to begin with, along with the gray, subsurface beings. Will the citizens of earth accept these gray Mantid beings as allies? Will the Harvesters reap what they sowed and consume the occupants of Earth?

There is more to the story. It goes much deeper than the fantasy, science fiction that it seems. The souls of the characters are not strangers to each other. They have been reincarnated time and again, together. They are helping each other with lessons in the classroom of life, in order for their souls to grow and graduate to the next levels. The story of the aliens is not the important part of this book; it is after all, all an illusion.

The underlying lessons are what makes it a must read. You will be guided through realizations about your own soul, your own journey. You will come to understand the truly non-fictional concept of the nature of the spirit, the purpose of being. You might come to realize the power of positive thought, or the process of mentally healing the physical body. You may understand the nature of death, or the meaning of life. You may see past all of that and understand the illusion of it all. In the process, you'll read an entertaining, if not enlightening, work of fiction.

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Non-Fiction/Self Help Review

Seduce Me! How to Ignite Your Partner's Passion
by Darcy A. Cole
ISBN-10: 1581125917
Review by Heather Froeschl

Why does he fall asleep on the couch, rather than coming to bed? Why does she so often have a headache? What happened to the spark of electricity that was there when you just started seeing each other? Where is the passion?

It isn't really gone. It might be hidden under levels of stress or lost among the maddeningly packed calendar of events, but it can be re-sparked. The key is to look into the whys of the roadblocks to the bedroom. Clear those up and you will be free to proceed down the highway of intimacy again.

With a background in health care management and business consulting, it is clear that Darcy Cole is a problem solver who cares about the problem! Applying scientific research, anecdotal evidence and yes, personal experience to the development of "Seduce Me!", Darcy has completed a guide that offers advice and clear speaking factual information that answers the many questions we all have. Like "Why am I not in the mood?" and "How can I get my partner interested in sex again?"

With understanding of a roadblock we can plan to take a detour. Understanding a reluctance to release inhibitions is the answer to overcoming them. Men will come away knowing what a woman needs to get into the mood and women will understand what makes the male brain tick. You might learn something about yourself too!

Darcy clearly explains the differences in male and female arousal systems while providing keen insight to the mental beast as well. The mysteries are explained here. But that's not all! Darcy offers some remedies for those situations you have just learned about. She even gives a whole chapter of Seduction Scene Strategies and explains why they work. If all of that isn't enough for you, Ms. Cole offers a generous list of additional resources.

This title should be a mandatory gift for every wedding couple, every 50th anniversary and every couple undergoing the mundane tasks of living.

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Children's Picture Book Review

Rory The Adventures of a Lion Cub
by Gillian Cullinan
Patsy Smith Roberts (Photographer)
ISBN-10: 0939801094
review by Heather Froeschl

Rory is a young cub, the son of the head of the pride. He longs to be noticed and recognized as a valuable member of the group. He tries to teach himself to roar and encounters a giraffe, monkeys and a leopard while voicing his growls. None are very impressed with him, and he begins to feel badly about himself.

His mother comes to protect him from the leopard and speaks to him about being himself, telling him that it doesnÆt take a loud noise or a big body to be important. She reminds him that the warthog is just as important as the large elephant and that one day he will be big enough to protect the pride. On the way back to the bush she encounters a hyena and fights with it. Rory is scared but yells for his dad, who comes to fight off the beast. He has become a protector after all. His father is proud of him and they practice their roars together.

Within the text we are introduced to several African animals. Just for those wonderful children who want to know more, the end of the book holds a treasure of tidbit facts about those animals, making it easier for parents to answer the questions of why and how.

The beauty of this picture book is in the photographs, taken by Patsy Smith Roberts in Botswana, Africa. Each photo is more enchanting than the last with the text clearly written to coincide with the image. Or vice versa, it all flows so smoothly that one cannot tell which came first. Patsy Smith Roberts and Gillian Cullinan work wonderfully together, bringing us a delightful story that will be sure to become a cherished favorite by children everywhere.

Sunday, May 4, 2003

Historical Fiction Review

The Blows of Fate
by Antoinette Clair
ISBN-10: 1904433049
Review by Heather Froeschl

Lives begin like any others, and are kindled with hope and promise for the future. Only they are not like any other lives. The son of a master confection baker, the son of a master violinist, and the daughter of a master surgeon grow up and become a trio of friends, two of which are destined for deep love. The three show promise of carrying on the family linesàGiuliano is a great singer in the opera, Stephan is apprentice in the bakery and Maria Luisa is to study to become a physician. The war is over and life is going on.

However, post war eastern Europe is not to be a peaceful haven. Under the grip of the communist regime everything is about to change. The bakery is seized ôfor the peopleö, apartments are brutally taken from residents, jobs are lost and people banned from making a living. Some are taken to concentration camps, some just disappear. Stephan and his sister are forced to leave Sofia and their father dies in the hospital. They exist for a short while in a hovel, by the grace of an elderly man. Maria Luisa is taken to a rural area and left to find shelter in a falling down cattle shed with her mother and father. It isnÆt long before her father is taken and killed on the mountain. Giuliano cannot escape Sofia. He must stay and support his parents after his father loses his position. The family is blacklisted, yet they cannot leave.

Somehow the three friends find a way to meet, and a plan is made for escape from Bulgaria. Two of them make good on the plan, while the third is left to uphold responsibility. Over the next 40 years the two will hold tight to their dreams and build on them. They become successful in spite of their cruel past. After 40 years, the communist regime comes to an end and the third is able to finally escape the life he has lived. Will he be able to find his true love? What surprises await him?

Antoinette Clair offers a look into the brutality of political change and an insightful glimpse into life as many lived it. In ôThe Blows of Fateö (2003), her characters are vivid and unforgettable; her story is one you will not soon forget. It is a stirring tale of love, raw beauty, talents and the reality of our dependence on government. Brava!

Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Non-Fiction/autobiography Review

Dare to Believe
by Mark I. Sharp
ISBN-10: 0971661804
Review by Heather Froeschl

Here is a story of one man's battle with Parkinson's Disease, and his victory over that pain. In this goal, Mark Sharp has been an inspiration as an author. He relays the immense struggles and life changes that took place for him and his family, and in the end we feel joy at his prognosis.

Here too, is a story of a Christian sharing his view of the gospel. If you are looking for guidance in this area, this is the book for you. I am certain that it will inspire many. However, if you are not interested in Mark's view of the power of God and the Christian viewpoint, I suggest that this is not a book for you. It could be argued that the book is pure propaganda, but since it portrays the events of this man's life, it is also a miraculous story.

The book is short but concise and to the point. The story is well written and the points of argument are well documented and introduced. While I do not agree with most of the content, the purpose of the author is fulfilled and I applaud him.

The basic idea of the book is comparing life with a game. There are rules to follow if you want to win and Mark spells out many of them and leads the reader to discover the rest on their own journey, and find their own coach waiting for them on the field. While my own coaches told me that winning is not important - it is how you play the game that counts, Mark's coach told him that winning is the most important, and that is the fun of the game. Different philosophies and different outlooks on life, lead to different appreciations for this title. Take it as you will. Either way, the joyous result of victory over a disease is a reason worth reading this one.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Non-Fiction, Humor, Self Help Review

Green Things: Tips, Ideas, and Humor for the Garden and the Gardener
by Rhonda Watson
ISBN-10: 0972636609
Review by Heather Froeschl

An A to Z guide to all things garden, this is a gem of a book to have around. My copy is already dog-eared and cherished! Did you know that that Amaryllis flower bulb you got for Christmas could very well produce blooms for 75 years? Not in my hands, but if you follow the tips in the book yours just might! Did you know that Zinnias were grown by the ancient Aztecs? I had no idea!

You may have already nourished your plants but are unsure how to go about harvesting those fruits of your labor. The second section of ôGreen Thingsö is an abundance of tips on enjoying those rewards to the fullest. From Almonds to Zucchini, there is more to gathering the goods than sharing with neighbors. A bouquet of asparagus, complete with water and vase, will be a wonderful gift to yourself and will keep for several days. Boiling corn on the cob or even worse, boiling it in salted water, takes away most of its nutritional value and makes it tough to chew. Did you know that the strawberry is a member of the rose family, and is the only fruit to grow its seeds on the outside? Or that the watermelon is actually classified as a berry?

The final section of the book is right up my alley. Tending to the gardener is an imperative part of gardening! Here you will find tips on dealing with those muscle aches and back pains, stains on clothing, relaxing baths and the dreaded poison ivyàall with things from the garden.

Not forgetting the mind of the gardener, dispensed throughout the book are garden giggles that will turn your frustrated grub concerned frown upside down. Along with tidbits of trivia like the gross amount of insects we all consume by the year, the giggles will lighten your load. It helps to laugh about things like weeds growing at the precise rate of our pulling them out.

My advice is to buy two copies of this book, for once you show it to a friend, they will want to borrow it forever, and you'll want to keep one for yourself as a guide that you will return to time and time again. You never know when you'll want to know what sex your African violets are, or just what type of manure is perfect for your needs.

Saturday, February 8, 2003

Cookbook Review

Cooking With Bananas
by David Woods
ISBN-10: 0595242731
Review by Heather Froeschl

If I ever get stranded on an island covered with banana plants, I hope I have a copy of this book with me! David has covered the complete possibilities of the banana in "Cooking With Bananas". Call me conservative but I'll likely stick to the bread and dessert sections. However, for the more daring there are such dishes as Chicken and Banana Casserole, Banana Citrus Seafood Stew and Tropical Fruit Stir fry.

I don't know if Elvis preferred mayonnaise on his "Nanna" sandwiches or not, but David offers a recipe for one. My kids are very interested in the sweets section, including the Banana Nut Pops and Frozen Chocolate Bananas. Whatever gets them to eat more fruit is fine with me!

David has been kind enough to give us a little introduction to this versatile fruit, with nutrition values and choices of varieties available. I love David's cookbooks. They offer a new look at staple foods, with a unique twist. The occasional typo, here and there, only adds to the charm of these titles. Have fun with your food!

Fiction/Paranormal Review

A Ghost Among Us
by Debora ElizaBeth Hill
ISBN-10: 1929374143
Review by Heather Froeschl

Never before have I encountered a ghost I like so much as Sir Jerome Kennington. We should all be so lucky to have a spirit so full of life in our homes.

Three women rent a house in Hampstead that comes furnished with antiques and its own resident earth bound spirit. What follows is a wonderful story of the three living together, as only women can, sharing and supporting each other through career challenges, men troubles and decisions of what to wear.

Deirdre Hall is a television show host who falls for a guest rock star. Charlotte Lewis is a photographer who wants desperately to capture the essence of the souls in London, and Natalie Ladd is a painter who ends up wowing the crowds at a gallery showing. In between the inspiring lives these ladies lead, they find the time to make love with their boyfriends, liberate a lab full of test animals and help sort out the mystery that has their ghost remaining on the earthly plain.

Jerome was murdered, and he needs to discover why and by whose hand. There is an evolution here of this lost soul. At first he can only be seen by the three women, the first in 200 years to do so. Then he discovers that others can see him as well. He was trapped in the house that at one time was part of his own estate, but as time goes by, with the women to help him, he finds he is able to travel about. Jerome shares with the girls, his understanding of life and death and reincarnation: shocking one of the boyfriends.

And then there is Deidre's boyfriend, the rock star, who looks exactly like Jerome. Though he is not a Kennington, it is possible that he is a descendant and turns out to be a clue to a piece of the puzzle.

The author has succeeded in bringing a group of friends to life for the reader, even the character who has been dead for so long. Attention to detail is given at just the right moments. The research that was involved, in portraying Jerome's story from the 1800's, was obviously enjoyed by the author, as the details of the period are wonderfully vibrant.

I savored this book to the very end, which turns out to not be the end after all. The second novel, Jerome's Quest, I am told will be available shortly. I look forward to it with much anticipation.

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Historic Novel Review

The Texas Republic
by Joe L. Blevins
ISBN-10: 1553691407
Review by Heather Froeschl

The birth of the great state of Texas was a bloody battle on many fronts. History can be quite interesting when told through the journal entries of a freed slave, a brother to the Cherokee, a soldier in Sam Houston's army.

Andrew teaches himself to read and write, using the Bible for his primer. In his journal he details life and death, chores and challenges and even sketches the important people and places in his life. Through his words we see the history of Texas and the people who built it. Attacked on the trail to a land grant, Andrew is wounded, his wife killed. The Cherokee take him in and heal him, adopting him as a brother. He later marries the tribe's dream interpreter, Say-te-qua and eventually they have a son.

The Cherokee are asked to be scouts for Sam Houston's army in the struggle to free the Texas territory from Mexico. Andrew and his brother-in-law, Red Bird, take up arms and join the battle. Through it all, Andrew finds comfort and guidance in the Bible, and finds a friend in Sam Houston.

Andrew's family grows with the birth of sons and the adoption of others. Their farming community develops into a settlement, complete with schoolhouse, church and blacksmith. Through trade with the forts and local tribespeople they are able to exist. For a while, the people live side by side in guarded harmony. Later, with the threat of Indian War, Andrew and Red Bird help Sam Houston to broker peace among the tribes.

This book is full of real history, from Texas being a Mexican state, through its being independent, to the days of its becoming the 28th state of the US. But more so, it is the history of the Native Americans and the freed slaves, and the settlers of the land. It is the description of the day to day living that makes this book so interesting. The realities of life and the struggles of conflict, an acknowledgement of the reality of how the native peoples were treated by our government, are details which cannot be overlooked.

The author has relayed stories that were passed down in his own family. He has compiled and drawn from research over the past 25 years in order to make this book as historically correct as possible. His illustrations add a colorful flavor to the tales and added glossaries give understanding to the reader. There are countless references to the Bible that add to the depth of the story and demonstrate the impact that it must have had on freed slaves, the native people, and settlers alike.

For anyone wishing to understand better the history of our nation or the state of Texas, I cannot think of a better source that would be as entertaining and personal.

Friday, January 24, 2003

Non-Fiction/Spirituality Review

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing
by Jed McKenna
ISBN-10: 0971435235
Review by Heather Froeschl

Bookstore shelves are filled with how-to books and numerous volumes telling us what we should think, believe and feel. There are aisles of texts that claim to be the path to enlightenment. If you read them all you might come away with one passage, here and there, that makes an impact on your soul's journey. You may indeed discover fodder for thought and contemplation. You will certainly find a good deal of conflicting information and a whole lot of stuff that just fills the pages between the covers and makes a pretty penny for the publishers. Where do you turn when you want some straight answers, but your neighborhood simply does not have it's own guru upon the highest hill?

"Spiritual Enlightenment, The Damnedest Thing" by Jed McKenna. Why this book? Why this guy? It takes a true master to take a topic that has been studied since humans could communicate and describe it in simplicity. It takes a teacher who is fluent in the language of butterflies to convey the message to the awaiting caterpillars, that it is indeed possible to make the transition through chrysalis and emerge glorious. One simply must let go of being a caterpillar. It is the how of it that complicates things for people.

Jed McKenna introduces the reader to his current life and the atmosphere that surrounds it, in eastern Iowa, where he lives among the students who have sought him out. Here we see the interaction of teacher and student and the wisdom that is relayed. Having been through it all already, Jed knows how to help his students by challenging them to find the answers for themselves, and not simply quoting the masters as law.

The book is not full of fluff and fancy. Jed does not take you by the hand and lead you through your journey. But he does take the mystery out of mysticism. He does show us what enlightenment is, or rather, is not. I have only one other time found an enlightenment book to be so readable and engaging as this. Referring to Walt Whitman, Tao Te Ching and Bhagavad Gita and the teachings of Zen Buddhism, while using examples such as skydiving, Lara Croft, and watching a thunderstorm, Jed attempts to shed light on questions many of us have on our journeys. And he does. He explains why so many have failed to find enlightenment and how this can be avoided. Once you are on the journey though, once you have made the breakthrough, if it is right, you will become obsessed with uncovering the truth.

Each reader may find something just a bit different from the next to connect with and utilize in this book. You may uncover a truth within yourself or you may lose yourself. Which takes you further toward enlightenment? You'll have to read it and see what it does for you.