AT THE ENTRANCE
TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN
reviewed by Margaret Doyle
Beyond Yossi Klein Halevis credentials as a Jewish Israeli journalist, his legitimacy to write this book are contained in this statement: "I am a religious Jew for whom the Jewish story ... is the context in which I try to encounter the miraculous. And I am a religious pluralist who believes that all the great religions are in effect denominations in one great religion, which teaches the primacy of the unseen over the visible and of unity over fragmentation."
Armed with these beliefs, Halevi seeks in this book to explore the devotions of Muslims, Christians, and Jews as a means of dialogue within the multiple viewpoints of the Holy Land. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Halevi says, "Judaism was my language of intimacy with God."
SACRED INTO THE REAL
reviewed by Ariele M. Huff
The question we writing instructors most often get is, "How do I put my own experiences, my own beliefs, into my writing in a way that others will want to read?" Its a reasonable question, as most of us have had the experience of failing to impress listeners with the importance of what we know, what we feel, what has happened to us.
The answer I give to that question is, "These are the things readers most want to hear. Writers and readers want to connect through written work with feelings, thoughts, and experiences. The problem for the author or poet is how to deliver these things in a way that involves the reader."
reviewed by Ruthie Young
Have you ever felt left out and different from the crowd? How did you react to that situation? Did you feel mad, sad, and like you didnt even belong on this Earth?
In this book, Rosa, who has a square head, felt just this way. Author Peggy ONeill, who is a three-foot-eight "little person," wrote this story providing us three essentials for getting through tough stuff: courage, confidence, and compassion.
Okay, let's just forget about the usual New Years resolutions. Instead, how about asking yourself, "What do I really want?" and then deciding what you are willing to do to go about getting it? Whatever it is, create a plan, and do it now! Haven't we all recently learned that life is too short to say "later"?
Maria Marsala is president of Marias Place for Holistic Evolution, a firm offering coaching and consulting services. Subscribe to her free weekly e-zine, "Growing You and Your Business," at <http://www.coachmaria.com/>.