Category Archives: Spirituality

The File: A Mother & Child’s Life-Changing Reunion

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

It is very frightening for a teenage girl to find out she is pregnant but just imagine if this pregnant girl is the daughter of a pastor.

Anita had a loving family; they were close and supportive. Her father was the pastor and her mother was the church musician. Being the child of the pastor had advantages and disadvantages; Anita could sleep a little later because the church was right next-door but on the other hand if her father caught Anita talking during the sermon, he would call her to the front of the church and make her sit by herself.

Anita was friends with Allison and Brent. Brent was in love with Allison but she wanted to keep their relationship as friends only. Anita and Brent had a class together during their senior year and they went out on a date. They became bored at a party and left to be alone so they could talk more. They ended up in a place where a lot of the kids went to make-out. They also ended up doing more than talking and things went a little too far.

Anita soon discovered that she was pregnant. There was a difficult decision to be made. She could keep the baby, have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption. Her first thought was to have an abortion because it seemed the easiest. No one would know. Her parents wanted her to make the decision but offered some advice. They told her that an abortion would be hard for her to live with since she would be taking a life.

Anita went into her closet and began to cry. After a lot of praying and crying, she decided to give the baby up for adoption. Little by little she started to tell her siblings and her best friend of her pregnancy. They were all supportive. Her father was the pastor of a new church and he asked the bishop if he should step down. The news was given to the congregation and Anita asked if she could speak. She told them how truly sorry she was for bringing this upon the church.

As time went on, Anita began to feel her baby kicking. She was starting to have second thoughts as she was feeling emotionally attached to the baby. She signed up for a couple of college courses to take her mind off things.

The day had finally arrived. Anita went into labor. She had to make another difficult decision. Did she want to see the baby after it was born? Would it be easier to give the baby up if she did not see the child? She decided it would be easier to not see the child. She heard the doctor say it is a little girl. They did tell her how much the baby weighed. They moved Anita to a room away from other mothers who would be taking their child home.

After Anita returned home from the hospital, she had to make arrangements to sign more paperwork. The adoption was not final yet. She, again, began to have second thoughts. Her parents, once again, offered their support if she wanted to keep the baby. This only made it more difficult.

Once everything was finalized, Anita began to feel a little better. The judge assured her that the adoptive parents had the same spiritual beliefs as her and that they would provide a good home.

As Anita tried to get her life back to normal, she received a call from a young man she had met before. He asked her out. She soon realized that he was the one for her and it did not take long for them to get married.

Even though she seemed happy, she hardly had a day go by without thinking of her daughter. Anita knew she could not have any contact with her daughter until she reached the age of 18.
Anita and her husband had four children but she still wondered about the daughter she gave up for adoption.

The one thing Anita could do for her adopted daughter was to place items in “the file” at the agency. When her daughter turned 18, she could ask to see the file.

Will Anita’s adopted daughter ask to see the file?

I am not going to say anything more because this would be giving away “spoilers”. I want readers to find out for themselves what happens.

The File is a book that shows the heartbreak a mother has when she makes the decision to do what is best for her child. You could feel the pain in every decision that Anita had to make. On the other hand, this book also shows how happy an adoptive family can be when they have the opportunity to bring a baby into their loving home.

The author has done a wonderful job in weaving every piece of this story together. From sad emotions to joyous ones, the reader will feel like Anita is sitting right beside them as she tells her story. The File also shows how important spiritual beliefs can help in the process of making very difficult decisions.

On a personal note, I attended a workshop where Anita Keagy was the speaker. She spoke about giving her baby up for adoption. Her emotion and tears told the audience everything they needed to know. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Anita Keagy speak, please do yourself a favor and sign-up.

Dirty Science: How Unscientific Methods Are Blocking Our Cultural Advancement by Bob Gebelein

Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

Dirty ScienceBob Gebelein begins by stating “This book needs to be written.” “The story needs to be told.” You will discover why he makes this statement as you read this book.

I’m only going to mention a few subjects in this book because I don’t want to give too much away for the readers.

The author begins many of the chapters with a question. “Have you been ridiculed by members of the scientific establishment because of your psychic beliefs?” So, just think about this statement. Many of us have experienced spiritual believes and psychic experiences. What happens when you express these beliefs and experiences to other people? Do they look at you like you are some kind of quack? It doesn’t even have to be someone with a scientific background. These beliefs are ground into our minds because, as the author states, “science has tapped into a human psychological need for authorities who are people who know all the answers”. These scientists believe there is no reality beyond the physical. Therefore, people who express an interest in subjects like clairvoyance, the power of prayer, reincarnation, etc. are dismissed as mentally incompetent. We all know that there is much more to clairvoyance, reincarnation, etc. The author states that he had a dream about his grandmother’s death one hour before he received the telegram. I, also, had an experience similar to this when my father was very ill. I came to the hospital to visit him and he told me that he had a lot of visitors that day. When I asked him who came to visit, every person he named was dead. I knew right then and there that he was getting closer to death. I’m sure many of us have had experiences like this whether it pertained to death, a miracle that happened because of prayer, or how about the times we have gone to a certain place and felt like we have been there before? How about the times when we first met a person and could swear we knew this person before? Could this possibly be anything to do with reincarnation?

No Surrender: Faith, Family and Finding Your Way by Patrick Bisher with Jon Land

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

No SurrenderAfter 40+ books, writing about heroes is nothing new for Jon Land. What is new for him is writing about an actual warrior, instead of a fictional one, which is exactly the point of No Surrender and then some. This wondrously written tale, chronicling the improbable route Navy SEAL Patrick Bisher followed in becoming a true American hero, rings true as an inspirational catharsis of rare depth and pathos.

No Surrender is subtitled Faith, Family and Finding Your Way for a reason: Because that’s exactly what Patrick discovered were the true keys to surmounting obstacles life kept throwing in his way. He was only nine when doctors told him he’d likely never walk again due to a congenital hip condition, but you wouldn’t know that from his performance through Navy SEAL BUD/S training. Nor would you know that his decorated service in Iraq was performed with an artificial hip made necessary when a parachuting accident threatened to waylay Patrick’s dream yet again.

Those BUD/S chapters are among the finest I’ve ever encountered as a backdrop to military training, but this is no standard military tome, despite a sequence set amid Patrick’s deployment to Iraq. It’s a memoir rooted in Patrick finding his faith when he’d lost everything else and how that faith, along with God, carried him from the darkness of despair to the light of hope.

111 Inspirational Life Purpose Quotes & Exercises to Find Your Purpose in Life by Suzanne Strisower

111inspirationallifepurposequotes&exercisesReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Do YOU know what your “life purpose” is? If not, do you want to know how to find it, and learn how to use your true potential to fulfill your purpose and life? A perfect road map or guide to discovering what your life purpose really is and how to live to your full potential is Suzanne Strisower’s inspirational and extremely informative workbook, 111 Inspirational Life Purpose Quotes & Exercises To Find Your Purpose In Life. This truly interesting and helpful book contains, as the title mentions, 111 inspirational quotes that you’ll want to commit to memory, and exercises on worksheets that provide a holistic step-by-step approach so that you can achieve your full potential and discover what your life purpose is.

Realizing that wisdom and insight into human nature and what we’re all here on this planet for has fascinated and intrigued people around the world since time immemorial, and that these philosophies and religions have helped seekers after the truth find answers for thousands of years, the author has created the exercises in her workbook based on them. She also incorporates her knowledge of psychology, making her book a sort of GPS to locating what your life purpose is. The worksheets help you get attuned to this purpose, and they dare you to discover the role you play in the divine order of life.

What are some examples of these quotes and worksheets? Are they really that useful, you might ask? We all from time-to-time question why we’re here on Earth, and why we have been born in the era and place we find ourselves in. The exercises can be incredibly useful to guiding us towards this knowledge. They cover a wide range of subjects, each worksheet designed for a specific purpose to aid us in our quest.

In the first section of the book, “Your Hierarchy of Needs,” readers learn what their universal needs are, and how many of them you have personally met. This section is designed to help you recognize what your developmental and chronological goals and purpose are, and then to synthesize these insights. Worksheets in this section include ones such as “Your Numerological Life Purpose,” “Your God’s Eye View Life Purpose,” and “Your Mission and Calling Life Purpose.” Suzanne often provides the links of web sites where you can find out things like the meaning of your name based on numerology. The question that concludes the “Numerology” worksheet is: “What do you think is your purpose based on Numerology?”

Each area of your life is taken into account, like your career and professional side, your spiritual development, your physical health and well being, and your peer relationships. Our life purpose(s) are often multifaceted, combining one’s personal, professional, and spiritual goals. The author gets into this topic also, and the importance we place upon knowing what our life purpose is and in attaining it.

Quotes from famous authors, religious figures, etc. are at the top of each worksheet. The quotes were chosen to correspond to each topic. For instance, the quote at the top of “Exercise #21 – Your Meaningful Activities Life Purpose,” relates to these meaningful activities:

“Engaging in meaningful activities promotes bliss. Activities that provide meaning do so by engaging your values, what you feel is important. When uour activities are important, you’re doing something that makes a difference. You are infused with a sense of purpose, which lifts you above the mundane and dreary.”

111 Inspirational Life Purpose Quotes & Exercises by Suzanne Strisower is an excellent resource and guide to difining whatever your life purpose might be. There are so many things about our true natures that seem hidden from us, though if we’re guided in the right direction, it’s possible to learn some of life’s deepest mysteries. Discover your own life purpose, and take the first step to achieving important goals in your life by checking out this remarkable book today.

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