Memoir/Philosophy – A dark journey into the light

a-dark-journey-into-the-lightA dark journey into the light
By Josef
Published: September 2016
ISBN: 978-0646963822
ASIN: B01LWWLGPH
Pages: 281
Genre: Autobiography, philosophy
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Josef is lost in a secret world of sexual gratification, a true-life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, unable to halt the “roller coaster of conflicting emotional extremes that never stopped long enough for me to get off.”

“I gave myself to that sexual playground completely, and loved every minute of it when it was happening. It was only afterwards that spikes of shame, guilt, and self-¬loathing would be driven deep into my heart.”

He traces the beginnings of his obsession to his childhood, where his natural innocent curiosity and need for exploration were at odds with his Catholic upbringing and the view of his extremely repressed mother, both of whom regarded the human body as ‘dirty’ and ‘shameful’.

For sixty years, Josef lived a secret double life. The only people who knew about this other life were the professional mistresses, trannies, and prostitutes with whom he indulged every conceivable sexual fantasy. No one in his ‘other’ life had any idea of who he really was or the things he did.

Yet his secret life claimed a terrible toll. The failure of his first marriage. The loss of his son. The loss of his beloved second wife.

Only after extensive therapy was he finally able to see and feel the light of compassion, and allow the healing energy of forgiveness to begin taking away the pain.

In his journey, Josef explores an astonishing variety of topics. In addition to sexual addiction and the hidden world of BDSM, he delves into the burden of guilt of the Catholic Church, fear, political correctness, non-¬judgment, love and loss, philosophy, the soul, spiritual awakening, and healing.

This is the journey of an ordinary man lost in an extraordinary secret, dark world, who ultimately finds his way out of the tangled mess through the power of love and forgiveness.

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Memoir – My Journey Through War and Peace

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My Journey Through War and PeaceMy Journey Through War and Peace
Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker
By Melissa Burch
Publisher: Mosaic Press
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 978-1771611770
ASIN: B01C37VUKG
Genre: Memoir
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Escaping an alcoholic mother (who had been Sylvia Plath’s college roommate), Melissa Burch traveled to Afghanistan to film the war for CBS and BBC during the Soviet occupation in 1982 when she was just 21. She discovered that by facing her near death, living outside her comfort zone and trusting her intuition, she could find herself and set a new course for her life.

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Self-Help/Spiritual – Walking in Grace with Grief: Meditations for Healing After Loss

Walking in Grace with GriefWalking in Grace with Grief: Meditations for Healing After Loss
By Della Temple
Publisher: Button Rock Press
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 978-0996387804
ASIN: B00ZYRP3K6
Genre: Self-Help, Body/Mind/Spirit, New Age, Spiritual Growth
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“This is a story of profound hope and assurance that our loved ones truly are watching over us.”

Walking in Grace with Grief Meditations for Healing After Loss is a book from the author’s heart to yours. When her son died in a solo car accident four years ago, Della Temple grieved a different kind of grief. Della knew deep within her soul that her son’s Spirit lived on. He had left his body, but he was alive as a Spirit. This profound acceptance and belief were the keys in her ability to walk this path in a different manner.

Della Temple believes it’s time to broaden the discussion about death and dying. It may not be necessary to walk the normal stages of grief: from anger, denial, bargaining and depression to the final destination of acceptance. She believes that others too can start at acceptance and stay there throughout their journey of recovery. This might fly in the face of what’s considered “normal grieving”, but what the author experienced during her period of mourning was an amazing feeling of ease, comfort and nurturing – what she refers to as Grace – that kept her from drowning in the mire of doubt, wishful thinking and regret.

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Personal Narrative – Arabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles

ArabesqueArabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles
By Cherie Magnus
Publisher: Mirasol Press
Published: December 2014
ISBN: 978-0615980010
ASIN: B00RAP3WCG
Genre: Personal Narrative, Memoir, Dance
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It’s 1960 in Los Angeles. Cherie is 17 and on the threshold of change, even as the world awaits the cataclysmic turbulence that soon comes. Cherie is a dancer, a student at UCLA, and in love with a handsome, troubled graduate student who wants her to give up her career plans. The havoc sets her off-balance and into a nightmare world far from her dreams. A memoir of a specific time and place, but also of things that never change.

Arabesque is set in the L.A. of 1960, specifically the San Fernando Valley, Westwood and the campus of UCLA where she is a freshman student of dance. Through the wide eyes of an impressionable teenager in transition to adulthood, the reader visits the coffee houses, googie-style coffee shops, theaters, nightclubs and venues no longer existing in 21st century L.A.

Cherie’s coming of age story is her own, yet it is everyone’s journey through first love, higher education, career plans going awry, making life-changing decisions too young. Cherie’s agonizes over choices and relationships that shake her into a serious depression requiring hospitalization, as the world prepares for the social revolution and upheaval that changes everything forever.

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