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The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

Hello Dear Followers,

Have you ever found a book in your life that changed everything for you? Many years ago, I found “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. When I discovered this book, I was about 22-years-old and working at a salon and spa here in Connecticut.

At the time I was in a terribly dark place in my life and this book changed everything for me and how I viewed the world at the time. It was definitely a book that became an instant favorite that I never forgot as I got older. It was recommended to me by someone I had worked with at the spa who knew of this dark place I was in.

It taught me that every place and everyone you meet you were meant to. At the time I didn’t know how much of that I believed or wanted to believe, but I was instantly glued to this book and finished it in a matter of 24 hours.

Flash forward 14 years, and the author came out with a sequel. “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.” I was so excited, I honestly thought this was the universe’s way of providing a comfort again.

And I have to say, I loved this book, but it didn’t do the thing for me as the first one did. It wasn’t until the very last page, where the author says, “She would tell her that all endings are also beginnings, we just don’t know it at the time.”

This was probably the only line that resonates with me at this moment. In the last couple of years I’ve seen endings and while I am still working through those endings without any explanation or cause, I have seen a world of beginnings take shape in my life. I may never know why the endings happened, but maybe I am not supposed to, not yet.

I’d like to believe that I have been protected from what isn’t meant to be part of my life and that whatever comes next is much better than whatever was left behind.

Other than this, I honestly don’t have any other reaction to this book, which I think it also great, because often times we cling to things we think we need not realizing we’re our own savior that no book, person or event can help us with.

I was much too young during my first darkness and today there is so much light in my life that the darkness I once felt so many years ago cannot and will not rear its head again.

Until next time!

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What I’m Reading This Summer

Hello Dear Followers,

I usually don’t announce books in advance like this and I am not done with “The Help” just yet, but I have to admit seeing the constant mention of “summer reading lists” in bookstores and on various social media sites, made me nostalgic for the days before Borders and Barnes & Noble were my escapes, when I’d be one of the first kids signing up at the library for the summer reading program.  I couldn’t wait!

So here are three books I will be reading this summer –

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1. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.  And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want to as our legacy. Mr. Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it was his last, since he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Why I picked this:  Because it has been my experience that books like these, however  as short as they are (this one is 206 pages), they are filled with excellent advice about life and this reminds me of my favorite book “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” by Mitch Albom. Mr. Albom’s book left such a deep impact on my life, it saved me from myself during some of the darkest moments of my life.  I imagine this book will do the same.

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2. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  It is January 1946, London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject.  Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’d never met, a native of Guernsey, the British Island once occupied by the Nazis. He’d come across her name on the flyleaf of a secondhand volume by Charles Lamb.  Perhaps she could tell him where he might more books by this author. As Juliet and her new coorespondent exchange letters, she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends, all members of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a unique book club formed in a unique, spur-of-the-moment way: as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans.

Why I picked this:  Letters, books and history. All of which I just love. I feel the art of letter writing is lost in the maze of social media and e-mail. There isn’t romance in correspondence anymore, letter writing was personal, romantic, and passionate.  I love books, if I could spend my time in a cafe  drinking fabulous coffee and reading all day escaping the world around me, I’d be happy.  History especially the time in which this book takes place has always fascinated me, I love learning about World War II and shortly after the war.

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3. “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks.  In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for each other seems to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. A loner from a violent and infamous local family, Dawson believed his love for Amanda promised an escape from the darker destiny laid out for him. A golden girl from a well-to-do family with plans to attend Duke University, Amanda saw something in Dawson that spoke to her own rebellious and passionate heart. But as summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Why I picked this –  I just love Nicholas Sparks, he is a wonderful writer. He grabs you from the first page and never lets you go and when it is over.  Then you are left craving more. That is a good writer.

(Since I fell behind with “The Help” I will be making up my June book with one of these three books and “The Help” will be considered my May book.  )

Make sure you share with me what you are reading this summer on here or on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Okay! Until next time… Happy Summer Reading!

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