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Behaving as if the God In All Life Mattered
I read a book called "Behaving as if the God In All Life Mattered" by Maechelle Small Wright. I would not recommend it to absolutely everyone as I am eagar to do with many books I consume. The first 80 pages or so are a description of the author's life from early childhood until young adulthood. In this segment, she went into great detail about the many traumatic events of her youth. She was the child of an alcoholic mother which after her parents divorced caused her at age 13 to have to find work and a place to live on her own.
The author goes on to describe the events that led her to begin actively communicating with "nature spirits" and practicing co-creative gardening. She had been searching various spritual practices since she was much younger and evolved into a pathway that was very individual. The main focus of the book seemed to be realizing and behaving as if all created entities had intelligence and sensitivity. Even inanimate objects, according to the author, have a "spirit" of sorts. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I do believe that a certain amount of imagination is required to relate to this material and maintain your focus long enough to get through it. There was one life lesson that seemed to be very intentionally woven through each word and idea of this thought collection. That lesson is this: it is possible to come to a point of being grateful for all experiences and when we can look at our hardships as being integral compontents to our life process, it is then that we can experience liberation and true growth.
"Boundaries: Where you end and where I begin." By Anne Katherine
The name of the book is "Boundaries: Where you end and where I begin."
The author is Anne Katherine. For me personally, this book seemed to be just what I
needed. Throughout the book there is a running theme of each of us being a
separate and beautifully unique self. The author states that it is when we know
ourselves and the beliefs and values that are part of us, it is then that true
intimacy can be had in relationship with another person. We are sending a
message to the core of our "self" that we are not important and valuable if we
agree to the view point(s) of another while in our heart knowing that we do not
truly resonate with that view as true. There are ways to set boundaries with
another even when you have a long history of permissiveness in that
relationship. There are healthy ways to point out what they are doing and what
it is you would like to have happen. These things will be of benefit to both
people if the hearer has the inner courage to change.
"The Coward's Guide to Conflict" by Dr.Tim Ursiny.
I found this book to be wonderfully helpful and very practical.
At the end of each chapter, there are exercises that are designed to guide the
reader toward self-exploration as well as help them to find healthy ways of
responding to and initiating possible conflict situations. There were brief
places in the book that I found absolutely hilarious! Dr.Tim uses real life
situations from his counseling and job coach practices to illustrate different
styles of communication and listening. At the end of each chapter, there is a
handful of quotes that apply in some way to the particular topic of that
chapter. I loved the down-to-earth feel with which the book seemed to flow. It
seems like something that would be helpful for all who can read being that
weather or not we are conscious of it, we will encounter conflict. I also liked
the fact that the author talked a fair amount about his upbringing and his
struggles with conflict. He spoke of trying to invite our fear to be part of us
instead of trying to run from or somehow do away with it.
The book gets two thumbs up and a high recommendation from this human!:)
The Lost City of Fruitvale, Michigan
The city of Fruitvale was started by Harrison M. Parker of the Chicago Tribune with a promotion for a land show in which a small plot of land was given away with each show ticket. After this strange beginning, the area had an even stranger and checkered history involving some good hard-working people and some real con artists.