Monday, July 16, 2012

2nd Customer Review

Quite an interesting weekend, one of those first-time author experiences. Received a rejection letter from Destiny Image. As I was warding off those feelings of rejection, I checked my listing and there was, to my amazement, another five star review. Before we jump from rejection to happy, in Your Little Light Shines,  I shared that you remember things in the state you learned them. Whenever you are feeling depressed or rejected, you will more easily recall other situations that made you feel depressed or rejected. The reason why you should not dwell on a hurtful memory is because it grows into thoughts of all your other collective hurtful memories and it becomes overwhelming. You think about the rejection letter from Destiny Image and all of a sudden you remember something negative your ex did to you. So you have got to manage what you think about.

Now we can jump to happy. One of the things that flabbergasts me is when someone (a perfect stranger) gets something from the book and writes a review. This review, from "real health hope blogger" who lives in Kentucky, said, "This is the book I'd been looking for and thought I might have to try to put together myself. I intend to use it in teaching very smart "church raised" recovering drug addicts. It is EXACTLY the book we need for just such a time as this. It "shines THE light" through Scripture and removes the "tatoos" from the reader's soul."

I am humbled.

I love the tattoo analogy. Once something is imprinted or tattooed in our memory, it takes as much effort to remove that memory as it does physical effort to remove a tattoo.

Thank you Real Health Hope Blogger for taking time to write the review and giving me words of encouragement.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

They have known for years

There is nothing I love better than a good, lively discussion about scripture. There is always something new to discover. Much of my interest in the Old Testament is because it's foundational to the New Testament. You have to have a good solid foundation first, before you start to build.

In order to better understand the New Testament, we have to understand and respect that Jesus was a Jew. He was born a Jew. He was raised a Jew. He worshipped God as a Jew. All of his apostles and disciples were Jews. All of the writers of the bible were Jews. They were taught as Jews. They thought as Jews.

The books in my library about the Talmud are valuable resources. When I began to collect volumes of the English translation of The Talmud The Steinsaltz Edition (published by Random House), I did not know anything about Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. In the process of writing my book, I found out that Time magazine, in 1988, hailed him as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar."

Because intelligence is the attribute that is most attractive to me, I just knew that I could learn something from Rabbi Adin Steinseltz who, born in 1937, is currently living in Jerusalem. His website is

I ordered his book, The Thirteen Petalled Rose. I was just astonished that some of the information I labored to present in Your Little Light Shines just rolled off of his tongue in a manner like, doesn't everyone know this? He begins his book with "The physical world in which we live, the objectively observed universe around us, is only a part of an inconceivably vast systems of worlds. Most of these worlds are spiritual in their essence; they are of a different order from our known world. Which does not necessarily mean that they exist somewhere else, but means rather that they exist in different dimensions of being." Fasten you seat belt.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What I discovered, "they" already knew

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last blog. I've reached the age where I attend more funerals than weddings and this month I had some involvement with two homegoing services. My good friend lost her ex-husband. They had been married for forty-nine years and five years ago they divorced. Even though they had done pre-need planning for their funeral services years ago and made arrangements to be buried together in the same crypt, it was difficult to see how her opinions and wishes were relegated to the "legal" next of kin. It was also difficult to watch the current girlfriend on the scene. We live, we die, we leave stuff behind.

It reminds me of a quote from Dr. Maya Angelou, "I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

When Dr. Angelou called me, she suggested that I read The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav. I ordered several of his books. In the introduction of The Dancing Wu Li Masters, I found another source of inspiration. Zukav said, "When I wrote The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, I had never written a book and I had never studied physics." Me either, me either. His comments encouraged me over and over and over again. He said that he just knew this book would sell and all he needed to do was his part—to continue writing. That's got to be a source of inspiration for all new authors.

Many of the things I discovered in my journey, Gary Zukav knew over thirty years ago when he wrote his book in 1979. And so I pass along Dr. Angelou's recommendation. You can learn more from Gary Zukav  at