Keeping a journal is not intuitive to most people, but having a record of your innermost thoughts about loved ones can be something of tremendous value. I have chosen to use these small books as a way to give something special to those I love the most. Small books, huge impact.
An international bestseller which has sold over a million copies in the UK, Dreams From My Father is a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking big questions about identity and belonging. The son of a black African father and a white American mother, President Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published. The collection that has emerged provides a richly varied and authentic voice for the American people, whose lives, loves, griefs, regrets, joys and sense of humour are vividly and honestly recounted throughout, and adeptly organised by Auster into themed sections. The section composed of war stories stretches as far back as the Civil War, still the defining moment in American history; while the sequence of 'Meditations' conclude the volume with a true and abiding sense of transcendence. The resultant anthology is both an enduring hymn to the strange everyday of contemporary American life and a masterclass in the art of storytelling.
“In My Father’s Arms is a beautiful reminder that peace and love are available to us at every moment if we so choose.” —John Gray, Author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Every day we make choices based on what we believe about ourselves. If we know ourselves to be the powerful, spiritual beings that we are, then all our choices are born of love. If we believe we're victims of the world we see, our choices are based on fear and a belief in lack, so anger, guilt and shame are what we experience. Through beautiful poems, thoughts and prayers, In My Father's Arms takes us back to our beginnings; helps us to remember ourselves as God created us: whole, pure, perfect, innocent and free. It reminds us that peace, joy, love and light are our true qualities and that this identity never changes no matter what we experience in this life. In My Father's Arms helps us to release fear and choose love for ourselves, our relationships and the world at large and to remember that only the love is real.
As a child growing up in the Hollywood Hills during the 1950s, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson thought it was perfectly normal that a guru named Paul Brunton lived with his family and dictated everything about their daily rituals, from their diet to their travel plans to his parents' sex life. But in this extraordinary memoir, Masson reflects on just how bizarre everything about his childhood was-especially the relationship between his father and the elusive, eminent mystic he revered (and supported) for years. Writing with candor and charm, Masson describes how his father became convinced that Paul Brunton-P.B. to his familiars-was a living God who would fill his life with enlightenment and wonder. As the Masson family's personal guru, Brunton freely discussed his life on other planets, laid down strict rules on fasting and meditation, and warned them all of the imminence of World War III. For years, young Jeffrey was as ardent a disciple as his father-but with the onset of adolescence, he staged a dramatic revolt against this domestic deity and everything he stood for. Filled with absurdist humor and intimate confessions, My Father's Guru is the spellbinding coming-of-age story of one of our most brilliant writers. REVIEWS "An uncompromising yet compassionate book . . . A coming-of-age memoir unlike any other." -The Toronto Star "AN EXTRAORDINARY CAUTIONARY TALE .... about the enduring human impulse to imbue charismatic individuals with superhuman attributes." -San Francisco Chronicle "Told with a mixture of humor and compassion. . . . Throughout this confessional book a grown man tells of an unusual, even weird childhood and the blind submission that consumed his family's life." -ROBERT COLES The New York Times Book Review "My Father's Guru is an interesting account of a warped upbringing made fascinating by the insight it provides into Masson's adult life. He makes no excuses: in initially revering Freud and other authority figures, Masson realizes he was seeking new and better gurus that Brunton-and was fated to reject them pitilessly when they showed themselves, like Brunton, to be merely human." -Los Angeles Times Book Review "Beneath the guru-bashing, the book is Masson's poignant and loving indictment of his parents, worth reading for his psychological portrait of coming-of-age disillusionment." -Seattle Weekly
For Anna, the narrator of Bo Caldwell's richly lyrical and vivid first novel, growing up in the magical world of Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s creates a special bond between her and her father. He is the son of missionaries, a smuggler, and a millionaire who leads a charmed but secretive life. When the family flees to Los Angeles in the face of the Japanese occupation, he chooses to remain, believing his connections and luck will keep him safe. He's wrong. He survives, only to again choose Shanghai over his family during the Second World War. Anna and her father reconnect late in his life, when she finally has a family of her own, but it is only when she discovers his extensive journals that she is able to fully understand him and the reasons for his absences. With the intensity and appeal of When We Were Orphans, also set in Shanghai at the same time, The Distant Land of My Father tells a moving and unforgettable story about a most unusual father-daughter relationship.
Grief is no respecter of persons. Often it moves in harshly and unexpectedly. In many aspects of life grief is expected, but it's never easy to face the loss of a loved one. Is it possible to truly preserve the legacy of any important person in your life? Author Patricia A. Colucci asked herself the same question when her father, a leading figure in her life, passed away. Overwhelmed with the earth-moving shift in the universe, she is forced to examine the very depths of her heart and soul in order to pull herself back together. Laced with pain, discovery, and sheer will, Colucci must battle as the enemy of grief rages on. Trudging through the dark and uneasy days, the light of a new dawn slowly begins to break. In order to overcome and heal, she examines the precious things in life like hugs, smiles, and her Father's Straw Hat.
On December 31, 1989, I began a journey of Salvation of Reflective Thoughts. A journey of emotions in my life through poetry. Emotions of nature, death, life, magic, imagination, spirituality, love, deceit, anger, hatred, lust, desire, mystery, romance, and sadness. Along the journey of Salvation of Reflective Thoughts, the emotions of utter sadness were the only emotions I felt. From all the pain, loneliness, and sadness in my life at that time, I then became, “The Broken Hearted Poet.” All illustrations and photography was done by The Broken Hearted Poet - Unrecay Demarko.