Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 27 Dec 15

The Serpent Beguiled Eve

by Acacia Slaton

Synopsis: A young married woman with two daughters deals with her husband’s infidelity and his struggle with homosexuality. She seeks spiritual counsel, but when he refuses to cooperate with spiritual leaders-other than on a surface level-she has to make the most important decision of her life.

For the author: This book is well written. You obviously have a strong grasp of the English language and vocabulary. I see that you have previously written another book. This one, “The Serpent Beguiled Eve,” always retains respect and reverence for the God of the Bible. And yet you have written about a difficult but contemporary issue…..

You kept my interest by hinting that things were not to be or were going to get worse, and this bit of mystery led to turning the page to learn, “What happens next?”

You do a good job presenting the spiritual truth that God is always with us, ever willing to forgive our sins and lukewarm living, and yet it is squarely on our shoulders to seek Him and to repent when necessary.

I trust this is a book that will help others. We are presenting our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12 plus, and five Doves, our best rating, to this book.” -Edwin L. Carpenter, The Dove Foundation, www.dove.org

“This story gives readers a taste of the pain caused by infidelity (for the spouses and their children.) It also shows there is hope beyond the grief for those who put their faith in the promises of God. The Serpent Beguiled Eve is recommended reading for anyone who feels alone as they live through and recover from the pain of infidelity.”

-Kimberly Schimmel, Church Librarian

“None of the people here can be blamed – not even her ex-husband David. Everybody in this book is a victim of circumstances beyond their control. Who am I or, who is anybody else to judge? Who among us is perfect? I can only say that I was fully caught up in Acacia’s story, I empathize with her, and wish her and her kids – Madison and Mia – all the happiness and success in the world.” -Raghav from Bangalore



Too Gay For Old Orchard Beach – The Story Behind The Boycott: A Behind The Scenes Look Into The Everyday Life Of The Scottish Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach, Maine (Memoirs of a Gypsy Queen Book 1)

by Wendy C. Allen

Too Gay For Old Orchard Beach – The Story Behind The Boycott: With a clan war between the Gypsies and the Travellers brewing, a local white developer, with plans to put a condominium on the Gypsy’s land, takes advantage of the feud to terrorize the clan’s Queen by driving a backhoe over her house, beating her up and leaving her for dead, filling her motorhome with sewage, and kidnapping her cats, all while citing a recent local murder in Saco, Maine, committed by a transsexual. The developer starts an anti-transgender campaign in Old Orchard Beach, claiming that ALL trans people are alike, and will kill everyone if “we” (straight citizens) don’t kill them first, resulting in 3 town officials demanding a new ordinance be passed banning transgendered citizens from living in “the family friendly town of Old Orchard Beach”. Throughout 2015 terror strikes through the heart of Old Orchard Beach’s LGBTQ community as 30 families find their homes and business vandalized, driven over by backhoes, or burnt to the ground … the true story behind how the #TooGayForOOB hashtag got started and why the Gypsies are now joining the LGBTQ locals in staging a boycott of the Town of Old Orchard Beach.

TYPE: Non-Fiction ChapBooks

WORD COUNT: 32,859 words

PAGE COUNT: 105 printed paperback pages

POINT OF VIEW: first person commentary; diary style; copies of court documents

GENRE: Non-Fiction; Memoir; Autobiography; Social Sciences>Cultural Studies>Ethnic Groups>Gypsy Lifestyle>True Crime

ABOUT THE SERIES: In Memoirs of a Gypsy Queen The Queen of the Scottish Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, EelKat Wendy Christine Allen, recounts events from her life in quick first person “dear diary” style glimpses at the world around her and what life’s REALLY like for the year-round residents of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Each volume of this series is made up of actual diary entries.



A Stone That Gathered Moss: A Tale of Fear and Courage

by Colin Jones

A midlife memoir that captures the challenges of a failed student who has become an inspirational educator to many throughout the world. This book captures the journey of self-discovery that transformed Colin from poor student to a student of life.



Battle to Success: Journey of the Poor

Imagine not being able to read and write until the age of 14 to becoming a Gold Medalist at one of the biggest regional university in this world. Do you know what it takes? Just one MOMENT and few SECRETS changed my life and can change yours too. Now I am a Gold Medalist, Youth Leader, Poet and a Motivational Speaker. Do you want to learn and be successful too? Read my book and learn the secrets that have brought me from scratch to where I am today. I welcome you to read my autobiography and get inspired to reach your dreams. Get connected to one of the rarest inspirational journey from SCRATCH to SUCCESS. I want to inspire you through poems, quotes, my life story, success strategies and new words. You will get solid MOTIVATION to reach your DESTINATION. Finally, you can be one of the greatest in this world.



Romulus

by Jacob Abbott

Jacob Abbott was one of the famous authors in the Abbott family during the 19th century, which also included his historian brother John. Unlike his brother, Jacob wrote kids books.

Romulus and Remus, descendants of Aeneas of Troy, were the founders of Rome.  Abbott’s Romulus traces the mythical story from Cadmus to Aeneas, to the founding of Rome and the Sabine War.



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Artaxerxes

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Essays and Miscellanies

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Agis

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Caius Marius

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Aratus

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Parallel Lives: Comparison of Fabius and Pericles

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Brutus

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Caius Gracchus

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Aemilius Paulus

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



The Happy Face Murderer: The Life of Serial Killer Keith Hunter Jesperson

by Jack Smith

Keith Hunter Jesperson, The Sad Story of the Happy Face Killer

Stories about serial killers are incredibly popular. Tracking down a mass murderer is a constant plot line in films, television, and literature. But these stories are so often based on real life. In certain circumstances, however, real life goes a step beyond what we could imagine happening in fiction. Sometimes, the actions of a serial killer can seem so extreme and strange, their motivations so twisted and evil, that we struggle to comprehend exactly how they fit into the modern world. In the case of Keith Hunter Jesperson, the truth behind his murder spree is more horrific than anything dreamt up by Hollywood’s best screenwriters.

After a disturbing childhood left the giant of a man riddled with emotional and psychological scars, Jesperson travelled across Canada and spent time strangling and killing women whom he met along the way. While he was only convicted of eights murders, his own boasts suggest that total could have reached as high as 160. As a truck driver, he had the perfect cover story for travelling from town to town without having to put down roots. Often leaving an unsuspecting family at home, he was out in the wilderness committing heinous acts without anyone from the authorities coming close to suspecting his guilt.

Jesperson, annoyed by the lack of attention he was receiving, began to leave messages to the public. Scrawled onto the walls of truck stop bathrooms, he signed each confession with a happy, smiley face. This led the media to christening him the Happy Face Killer. It was decades before the investigators came close to catching the killer, so read on to discover just how Keith Hunter Jesperson managed to get away with numerous horrific murders. This is the story of the Happy Face Killer.

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Mahatma Gandhi: Facts and Surprising Unknown Stories

by Barry Powell

Mahatma Gandhi: Facts and Little Known Stories about the Indian that Shook the World

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was not born with the physical qualities of a leader. A weak, shy and introverted child like him with the fear of both God and man would be expected to be soon absorbed into the collective consciousness and belief systems shared by the – almost half a billion – Indians of his time: not trying to make a change, but trying to make a living.

What happened to Mohandas? Where did that fearful child find the courage to think differently, and most importantly, to act differently?

In his book, Mahatma Gandhi Facts and Surprising Unknown Stories, Barry Powell, using storytelling, sheds light on Mohanda Gandhi’s personality as well as the emotional adventures that contributed to the shaping of his unique leadership style.

Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Gandhi is in this Book!

Mahatma Gandhi Facts and Surprising Unknown Stories is a compilation of the most interesting stories and facts from Gandhi’s biographical timeline, which sheds light on the human side of this almost supernatural leader and gives us answers to hundreds of hot questions.

Amongst them:

  • What are the two sins that Gandhi committed when he was a teenager?
  • Why did Gandhi try to commit suicide?
  • What happened the night of his father’s death, which haunted him and filled him with guilt throughout his lifetime?
  • Was Gandhi a vegetarian by choice or by religion?
  • What happened that completely destroyed his career as a lawyer before it even started?
  • How did he find himself in Africa shortly after?
  • What happened in Africa that shaped his destiny to become a freedom fighter?
  • What were Gandhi’s true feelings for his wife Kasturba?
  • Who was the fascinating woman that bewitched Gandhi while he was married to Kasturba?
  • What happened shortly after he founded his Ashram, which almost led them to bankruptcy?
  • What was Gandhi’s main argument against the use of machines?
  • Which important personality gave the title of Mahatma (Great Soul) to Gandhi?
  • When and why did Gandhi deny his Western clothes and started appearing in his white Indian loincloth?
  • What astonishing thing did he say about the Bible?
  • If he admired Jesus, why didn’t he become a Christian?
  • What were his feelings about all living beings of creation?
  • What did Gandhi say the moment that Kasturba died in prison?
  • Why didn’t Gandhi celebrate on India’s Independence Day?
  • What exactly happened on the day of his assassination?
  • Who was the man that killed Gandhi?

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Commander Collins’ Will: memoir (Psychic Chronicles Book 1)

by Jacqueline Lunger

Cmdr. Collins lived a frugal life, traveling the globe as a career JAG officer. He retired and along with setting up his private law practice he adopted a young boy, finally having the son he’d always wanted. He planned a constructive life that included enriching opportunities for his son. He was aware that he wouldn’t likely be around to see his son reach maturity. He used to say “if I can get him to age twelve I will have given him everything I can; after then it’s just a matter of writing checks and cheering them on. Unfortunately, he found the need to reach out from the other side of life to correct the mismanagement of his Last Will and Testament. A psychic medium friend heard him and responded to his call for assistance taking several local lawyers and an elected official to task while defending him.



Disabling disability

by karthik

Life and struggle of Karthik who despite his disability has managed to achieve so much in life



The Patriotic Rouge: Vol 5: The Rebuilding Years

by WJJohnson

In this volume the rouge begins to rebuild his life after the destruction of his career during the WorldCom scandle.



The Sponge

by Dmytro Kolesnyk

Bangkok had cheap liquor and cigarettes, and it was supposed to be easier to focus on his writing while living 12,000 kilometers away from home. Inspiration was what he hoped to get out of it all, but Bangkok gave him more than that. In his debut novel, a chronicle of a writer attempting to finish his first novel, he discovered it took more than an escape from home to get over his shortcomings as an artist. Through grime, bodily fluids, and misadventure, emerged an unrestrained memoir of his first step toward being the author he so desperately aspired to be.



Mystery: Jealous Love: Romantic Suspense Thriller & Romantic Mystery

by Maya Moss

A criminal-defense attorney, Mark Janis, exhibits increasingly erratic behavior as his jealousy builds over his new girlfriend’s ex. His girlfriend Leah Winston has a child with her ex-boyfriend, Brayden Carter, and they have a connection that seems to defy their split.

Mark is working on defending a company from corporate fraud. Leah is getting tired of rescuing companies from greed but it’s a good job and she needs the money for her daughter. She’s recently started to date Mark because he’s been making advances on her for a while. She figures that he has a steady income and insurance and she thinks perhaps he would be a good provider for her daughter. But this move is more due to world-weariness and practicality than gold-digging or romance. She figures she’s an adult and mother now and she has to make practical, not romantic decisions.

Mark has a secret history of paranoid behavior and he begins to wrongly suspect that the ex-boyfriend is hacking his email account and listening in on his phone conversations. Matters escalate until Mark confronts Brayden, shoots and attempts to kill him. Brayden records everything on his smartphone.

Leah and Brayden were young parents who weren’t together long before the arrival of their daughter. The stress of raising a child and trying to figure out their lives and build a career tore them apart. But they’ve always held a candle for each other and harbor a secret desire to get back together.

Will Brayden survive the tragedy and will he and Leah ever get back together?



HELLO EGO

by Les Thompson

This book delves deeply into the world of broadcasting and the many egos that fuel its engine room. Les Thompson tells of his personal journey through radio and television in Australia & New Zealand with no-holds-barred impressions of the media. The author, who handled journalistic investigations and who for 5 years hosted Sydney’s highest-rating, ‘reality radio’ program called Night Watch, chronicles the societal changes that he witnessed, as well as their effects on his own family, as he carved out a successful career in broadcasting and journalism. He describes the people with whom he worked, including megastars, managers and the people behind the broadcasters. This is a roller coaster ride through a ratings-driven industry; a career that can breed personal wealth, along with grave insecurity, satisfying accomplishments, and inflated egos for performers and managers alike. This is the updated and expanded version which includes photos and fresh appraisals of his 35 years in mainstream media.



Affair with the Divine: Psychic Experiences Through Grief and Adventure

by M.L. Curry

Affair with the Divine invites readers who are “lovers of memoirs, as well as those interested in the spiritual/psychic aspect of life.” That’s a quote from a satisfied Amazon book customer who wants to mention that the author has not taken a road well worn. M.L. Curry has not written about spiritual insight from an all essay point of view that is, intellectually standing outside of her life experiences in an effort to assign them to an invisible force of some kind. Instead she’s written about the surprising actual events that happened to her during “normal” life.

The rather short memoir is a refreshing approach to an evolving public interest in the metaphysical possibilities that lie beyond the physical ones. M.L. (Merry Lynn) struggled for peace after the loss of both parents, and quickly afterward, the additional death of her husband. She was living in supposedly sunny California, yet stunned, lonely and needing another direction in which to put the strength of her love. That centered theme is one of the many reasons why the memoir is accessible to anyone.

We all long for understanding and affection especially when the going gets tough- psychic fireworks or not. Readers will be as astounded as she was in the turn of events. The writing is vibrant and compelling. There is beautiful detail in the settings that were hers and hers alone, yet the carefully chosen words have the power to take you there. Affair with the Divine’s motivation is to show just how greater perception came to the author, and to propose by example that everyone possesses an alter-intelligence that wants us to win. How to meet it and see it are not likely found in guru-speak texts, but found in taking a closer look at the circumstances surrounding a person’s unique here and now.

The book is divided into two parts. The first half is biographical, in order to explain how even as a child living in suburban Chicago Illinois, Merry Lynn felt the possibility that her natural born instinct to ask “Why am I here?” might have an answer if she developed the sixth sense that beckoned to her from the sidelines. Merry Lynn’s other natural skill at the time was dancing. It sparked a longing to be surrounded by artistry, a wish that many of us have.

When she was 20 years old and working with the choreographer of a Broadway musical, she met her actor and singer husband who had a leading role in the production. They married within a few months. The ups and downs of their long marriage were unusual because of a theatrical life style and her husband’s need for autonomy, his way to satisfy his mutual interest in freedom of consciousness.

Merry Lynn escaped a time of growing concerns there, in New York City, by accepting a full year’s dance teacher position in Vienna, Austria. Her job was to train opera ballerinas to learn modern dance style. The address of the apartment she hastily found in Vienna was on a street she’d seen in a dream before learning about the open job. Surprising synchronicity in events like that, began to happen more often.

The second half of the book is the exact, real time daily journal Ms. Curry wrote during her travel to Europe while still grieving, in order to find a new beginning. In Southern France she learned how to write. Tuscany Italy provided the opportunity to look up maternal relatives she had not yet met. They contributed an unexpected amount of respect and affection.

Talk about expanded perception. The journal entries come from her experiment to allow all of nature to express itself, not just human acquaintances (interesting as they are like the Italian taxi driver in Como, Italy who was really Romanian) – but everything around her. There is the dog on the beach who shared his state of mind. Don’t miss that nor the denouement scene in a very old French church that capped the whole ball of wax.



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