Back to the Light – A Guide to your Awakening by Simone Illi

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About the Book
Simone Illi's "Back to the Light - A Guide to Your Awakening" is a powerful self-help book that teaches readers to use meditation and alternative therapies to heal themselves.

Illi learned from her own experience of overcoming addiction, depression, and unhappiness with alternative methods of healing, including meditation. Illi has years of experience in helping people find joy, happiness, and freedom from pain as she has been holding seminars in Cyprus for four years as well as six years of experience in her home country of Switzerland.

When asked to describe her book, Illi states it is A" book that can heal. A book that speaks the truth. A book that brings knowledge. A book that wants to be lived. A book that you can feel. A book full of wonders This book is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves, but also as a basis for any self-discovery or healing seminar. "

The author incorporates a lot information about using energy, new age techniques, and meditation to heal. In a recent author interview, Illi states that her goal in her book is "make my knowledge available to many people and to explain how easy it is to heal one's soul and rediscover one's light so that life can be lived in abundance! My experience shows that nothing is as simple as living in love, joy, abundance and ease once you have recognized and understood what life is really about!"


One of the main aspects that Illi covers is how modern medicine has monopolized healing. She covers various ways to heal without the use of medication. Her seminars delve into treating pain with unique techniques that have made dramatic improvements in people's lives. For fans of Illi's work, they will be eager to learn that much of her German work will be translated into English.

In summary, if you're looking for a book that teaches you how to heal and improve your life with a new age approach involving meditation and energy, you'll love Simone Illi's "Back to the Light - A Guide to Your Awakening." 

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The Oracle's Journal by Dimitri Liountris

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Book Description
Suddenly, it’s a world flooded with magic and danger draws closer with every passing second. When the powers of sixteen gods are inherited by four teenagers, destruction is not far behind. 

In Maxton City, everything changes in the blink of an eye. When a portal to the Chaos Realm – a place of torment, a world of horrors – opens up over Maxton City Park, the monsters begin to appear. Then comes the First Queen of Earth. 

Unbeknownst to anyone, four teenagers have found the means to battling these enemies deep in the Cradle of Humankind. They have found the Amulets of the Spirits, artefacts that house the souls of long-dead gods and grant the four powers beyond their wildest dreams, creating the new Guardians. Using these amulets, they can take the forms of the gods, and wield power that would incinerate mortals. But even that might not be enough… 

Serena, the First Queen, the Demon Queen, is searching for the most powerful artefact in existence, an artefact capable of granting the power of a god: The Oracle’s Journal. If she ascends, then not even the guardians can stop her. 

And there’ll be no gods to help them for what comes next…

About the Book

"The Oracle's Journal," by Dimitri Liountris is an urban fantasy novel with interesting characters, an imaginative premise, and an engaging plot.

The story is set into motion when the powers of gods are given to four teenagers -- Blake Holden, Monique Bishop, and Jen and Eric Storm. When the book opens, the characters are your typical teenagers, but they come into their own once they realize magic has been woven throughout their lives and been affecting their interactions. Each character is an individual and brings their own unique attributes to the table. Not only does the reader get to see the unique attributes of each individual from the start, but also each characters' evolution as the story progresses. The characters have an array of powers, ranging from the elements (fire, water, wind, etc) to motion powers, such as telekinesis and gravity control. The seemingly normal teenagers are transformed into the guardians of sixteen different realms, and the readers gets to come along for the journey.


Pitted against the teenagers is a formidable antagonist -- Serena -- who used to be queen of Earth a hundred thousand years ago and now will stop at nothing to get her throne back. Unfortunately for the guardians, Serena is aided by powerful knights. To regain her power, Serena must search for the Oracle’s Journal, a book filled with several powerful spells, including one that can make Serena a goddess. One of the great things about Serena is she is a villain the reader can understand, not simply root against and hate. Her powers include six magical elements, including motion, lightning, and wind, and additionally, she is an expert sword fighter. Furthermore, she has been toughened by her one-hundred-thousand years in the hellish Chaos Realm.


The book is 1,026 pages, but the writing style, interesting characters, and fascinating settings make it not a difficult read. The books is filled with action, magic, and lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Liountris shines with imaginative scenarios and a fast-paced plot. In short, if you're a fan of urban fantasy, you'll enjoy "The Oracle's Journal."


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Forever Young: A Mother's Story of Life After Suicide by Sharon Truesdale with Sue Leonard

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About the Book
“Forever Young A Mother's Story of Life after Suicide” by Sharon Truesdale with Sue Leonard is a book about finding a new way to live after the loss of a loved one to suicide.

With affecting, heartfelt writing, Sharon Truesdale shares about her experience with the grieving process after her son, seventeen-year-old Matthew Truesdale, took his own life. This is a powerful story of loss, sadness, hope, and moving forward. Truesdale shares her  most personal feelings, thoughts and behaviors with the hope that her story will help others and help break the stigma attached to mental health illness and suicide.

This book would be an important read for a wide range of people, from people with mental health illness to those affected by suicide or anyone who just wants to learn more about mental health. In a recent author interview, Truesdale shares her personal experience of working through her grieving process by reading books, attended a Bereaved by Suicide support group. worked with a counselor for nine months,  and joining online support groups. Additionally, Truesdale speaks about learning mindfulness to help her understand the new place where she was in life. 

The main lesson from Truesdale's journey was learning self-love, kindness, forgiveness, and self-care to help with existing in the present and not dwelling in the past. A main component of Truesdale's story is celebrating Matthew's life, which she does in part by meeting up with Matthew's friends on his anniversary and on his birthday, sharing stories, and spending time remembering Matthew. Additionally, Matthew's Facebook has become a memorial page and where loved ones share memories, photos and thoughts to Matthew and with each other.

In a recent interview, Truesdale said her advice for someone who has been affected by suicide is to "TALK, TALK, TALK  to friends, family, anyone. You do not have to suffer in silence or be alone. There are services out there who can help. If you try one and you haven’t connected with it, try another. Find one that fits." Truesdale also recommends those supporting someone affected by suicide to "Listen without judgement and without feeling the need to advise. Just be there."

The most powerful aspect of the book is Truesdale's authenticity. She does an excellent job of allowing the reader to see her perspective and learn from her experience.  Whether you've been affected by suicide, have issues with mental health, or just would like to learn more about mental health, then you definitely need to check out "Forever Young: A Mother's Story of Life After Suicide" by Sharon Truesdale with Sue Leonard.

Book Description
When seventeen-year-old Matthew Truesdale took his own life, his devastated mother, Sharon, had to find a new way to live. The grieving process was unexpectedly hard – and there were times she feared she was losing her mind. It wasn’t until she learned to give herself love, that life became bearable again. Through recounting this, and celebrating her son’s short life, Sharon hopes to give hope to everyone who had been affected by suicide.


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