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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Her Top 5 Review Books for 2012

We have been really lucky this year to have had the chance of reviewing some great books and have been amazed at the quality of writing we have come across.  It has been a really difficult task to narrow down just our Top 5 books for both of us as almost all of them are worthy of a mention, but here goes......


1  Desert Journey by Dr Jerry Burgener  (also Return to the Desert)
Reeling from yet another relationship failure, Jerry travels to the American Southwest to spend a couple of months riding his horse, savoring the warm weather, and finding respite from the daily grind. But what begins as a simple escape to the wide-open spaces of Arizona soon becomes a powerful odyssey of self-discovery. 

When Jerry comes upon an Indian named Tom in the middle of the Superstition Mountains, he senses that the meeting is no casual encounter. Wise and unreserved, Tom speaks to Jerry with a knowingness that both unnerves and captivates him.

Jerry is compelled to return to the mountain again and again to accept Tom’s challenges, exercises, and assignments for living in the moment, tuning into the love all around him, and honoring a connection to Spirit. With Tom as his guide, Jerry uses dreams and visions of his own past lives to make sense of his modern reality.

Tom’s lessons cause Jerry to question long-held beliefs, but they also afford him the insight he needs to move beyond pain and make his metaphysical journey toward inner peace and enlightenment.  

Read our book review here

2  Superborn - Seduction of Being by Keith Kornell
Super Born - Seduction of Being by Keith Kornell

Super Born: Seduction of Being, a fabulous new sci-fi, fantasy novel by Keith Kornell follows a single mom in Scranton, PA who suddenly develops superpowers and the journalist who discovers her heroic, high-flying antics. Follow her as she struggles to balance her superpowers with her duties as a single mom, questions morally and ethically the immensity of her new found skills, and wrestles with whether or not to keep them a secret from her daughter. All while dealing with those who wish to abuse her powers!

Read our book review here

3  Dawn of Saudi by Homa Pourasgari (also Lemon Curd)

This poignant mystery is about three people whose lives intertwine in a tale that depicts the oppression of women and the human rights abuse under the pretext of religion. Dawn Parnell made the mistake of marrying a Saudi; Sahar Al-Hijazi is forced to marry a man she doesn't love; Jason Crawford has business ties to the Al-Hijazi family. As the lives of these three people cross paths, the story takes the reader on a dangerous journey from Saudi Arabia where women are considered the property of a man, to United States where women are independent.

Read our book review here

4  Stumbling Into Infinity by Michael Fischman
Stumbling Into Infinity is part of a long tradition of spiritual memoirs that began with St. Augustine’s Confessions, 1,600 years ago.  It opens the readers to new experiences and ways of seeing the world by letting them live the experience with the author.

Stumbling Into Infinity is a personal story that begins with the son of a Holocaust survivor, in an Orthodox Jewish household. As an adult, Michael gives up a successful career as a Madison Avenue advertising executive, and , through a mysterious turn of events, ends up in the unlikely position of friend and helper to a great humanitarian and spiritual leader.

Michael re-lives inner traumas, failed attractions, a fight at an Indian ashram, glimpses of wisdom, and a blossoming of love and devotion.

5  Sitting Swing by Irene Watson (also Rewriting Life Scripts)

Irene Watson's pretentious life could go no further until she faced her past. Her moving and inspiring memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, where she has gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt, and uncertainty.

Two distinct parts of the book look at abusive child rearing and the process of recovery years later. This story shows change, growth, and forgiveness are possible. It gives hope and freedom to those accepting the past and re-writing life scripts that have been passed down for generations. It's never too late to change your life, never too late to heal.

Read our book review here

A couple of extra mentions must also go to Order of Dimensions by Irene Helenowski which I absolutely loved as well and just missed out of the Top 5 and 'If I Should Die Before My Dog --' by Joe and Cathy Connolly  which is one of the most important books I have yet to review. 

Sharon x

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  1. I remember reading your review for Stumbling Into Infinity earlier this year and can you believe I still haven't gotten it? Thanks for reminding me- this stood out to me so much then and it has been almost a year since you first reviewed it!

  2. I just wrote these down and am going to go download them all from Kindle. I am always looking for the next book because I read so quickly and these 5 are going to be awesome! Thank you so much for your great site and recommendations!

  3. I've never read (nor heard of) any of these books. I'll definitely have to check them out and add them to my "read list". Thanks for sharing!

  4. I will keep these in mind when I am ready for a new read! Thanks for your always awesome reviews :)

  5. I have only read If I Should Die Before My Dog...the others sound great...I have so many TBR in my pile...and I never find an end to all I want to read.
    Thank You!

  6. What a great list! I love seeing what other books have been your favorites!

  7. The Sitting Swing sounds wonderful. As a therapist, I love reading books like this. It helps me to understand more how people can go through life circumstances and move beyond.

  8. The Sitting Swing sounds like an emotional read, but one that could help many.

  9. I haven't heard of any of these books, and I like that about the list. So often review lists become a list of popular rather than quality reads. I plan to look into a couple on the list- thanks!

  10. Added "Sitting Swing" to my TBR list. Of course, "If I Should Die Before My Dog" is one of my favorite books to have read and reviewed recently.


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