Book Review

You Are Here to Bless the World

As you may have noticed during Halloween Town, I love learning about other religions, cultures, etc. I’m pretty white bread myself—a practicing Presbyterian from Ohio, who thinks reading the Apocrypha is livin’ on the edge. Since I’m also a bookworm (yeah, I sound like a dork), I’m addicted to ShelfAwareness, an industry newsletter filled with booky news and the occasional advance review copy offer. Which is where I found Beyond Words, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.

According to their website: “We want to inspire people through our work—inspire them to gain wholeness and completeness for themselves, and to learn, grow, and find solutions.” They only publish fifteen books a year, all in the Mind-Body-Spirit category. I’ve seen two of them: Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley and Roll Around Heaven by Jessica Maxwell. So far, I’m impressed.

Manifesting Change: It Couldn’t Be Easier hits bookshelves Tuesday, November 16. Mike Dooley is one of the life specialist people you saw in The Secret. Maybe. I never saw The Secret, but maybe I should, since Dooley is good. Like I said, I’m your basic mainstream Christian variety. When I started this book, I thought it was mumbo-jumbo. I didn’t “get it,” at first. But after a couple chapters, I decided to tell my pride to just shut up and listen to the dude. Because he’s not saying anything against religion. He just takes a different look at it.

For instance, he puts the idea of “creator” not on God, but on your own shoulders. Not to detract from God, but Dooley wants to make it clear that we create our own realities. We have the power to change our own lives, and this is a valuable lesson to learn. He also addresses the idea of what you think is what will happen. So by realigning the way you think, you can easily realign your life in the direction you want it to go. Think what you want, and the universe will make it your reality. Say it as if you already have it, and it’ll come true.

Yep, that's my house: second from the right ...
(Say it with me: I am an admired and successful writer. I am happy and relaxed. I travel often and own a home on the Charleston Battery. I am FEARLESS!)

The other book I read (and adored) was Jessica Maxwell’s Roll Around Heaven. Maxwell was an atheist, until her dad died. After his death, she saw his face floating in the sky. Her sister saw the same thing, same day, same time. This changed her life and turned her toward God. It was like her energy shifted. She could see auras. She could sense bad/good energy. She found church, and she even found the man of her dreams. But above all, her story took her on a religious journey to enlightenment she never expected.

She wants you to know that the spiritual realm is real, that it is accessible to all, and that nothing is more important than doing something about it. Her mentor was a pig farmer, known as “The Holy Pig Farmer,” and the title of this blog entry belongs to him. Along her journey, she also hangs with Stephen Hawking and Deepak Choprah. Jesus is mentioned in this book, and Christianity is a central focus. There are several discussions about “energy.” Here’s where spiritualists tend to lose me, but Maxwell uses light, comic, and very touching prose that pulled me back. Even though I still don’t know if I believe in auras, past lives, or telekinesis, her book is a piece of enlightened magic. I would highly suggest it, to spirituals with a strong foundation to seekers, alike.

Like I said, I’m not really in tune with a lot of what Mike Dooley and Jessica Maxwell were saying. I agree with about fifty percent of it, but I felt connected to their words, all the same. They’re both talented writers who have been inspired and enlightened in their lives. It’s a blessing that they shared their stories with Beyond Words, and that Beyond Words shared those stories with all of us. It never hurts to take a look into unfamiliar territory; it just might change your worldview and your life.

Check ‘em out:

Beyond Words website:

Mike Dooley’s website:

Jessica Maxwell’s website (I love her!):

2 thoughts on “You Are Here to Bless the World

  1. Dearest Sara,

    A very heartfelt Thanksgiving Thank-you to you for your
    beautiful — and, like the story itself, completely unexpected — tribute to Roll Around Heaven. Did you know that a recent
    poll found that your generation puts “knowing God” or “being
    more spiritual” at the top of their Life Goals List, right up there with falling in love and having a family? There’s just something
    enlightened about our 18 – 29-year-olds, as both my nephew
    Jesse (23) and youngest stepson Eli (29) prove. I wish we could beam you over to Oregon for our next RAH! Spiritual Workshop on January 8. You’d love the authentic joy of it! There are lots of wonderful reviews of our last two workshops on our website, too. Anyway, it was a glorious gift to stumble upon your blog. I love you too!

    Your Fan,

    1. Your book definitely inspired me (or reminded me, I guess) of the importance of knowing and seeking God at all times and in all things. It’s easy to forget sometimes. I, too, wish I could attend one of your spiritual workshops. Guess you better come visit me in Phoenix 🙂 Thank YOU for writing Roll Around Heaven. What a blessed gift to all of us!

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