Guest Reviewer: Marci Shimoff
Marci Shimoff is the New York Times
bestselling author of Happy for No Reason
, Love for No Reason
, and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
As all who know me and my work can attest, I love anthologies, especially real-life stories of the hero’s journey, where ordinary people overcome insurmountable odds and share with us their most important life lessons. For it’s by sharing these stories that we connect to one another on the most fundamental level of our humanity.
, Elise Ballard has traveled the world and collected the life-changing stories of more than fifty people, including some of today’s greatest thought leaders, to show us the grace, the gifts, and the wisdom that life has to offer. I’m not going to give even one single story away, but I promise you, you will
be moved, you will
reflect, and you most certainly will
want to share these stories.
Epiphanies are about transformation. They are the ”aha” moments that connect us with the Divine. In this impressive collection of true stories, we are invited to experience the transformation along with these fascinating and undeniably real people. Elise is a gifted writer and has done an excellent job in sharing her experience with each of her subjects. She portrays each individual with warmth and authenticity, whether they be a politician, a mother, a technical genius, a film producer, a doctor, a magician, or a student.
This is the kind of book that you keep by your bedside and read over and over. Each time you pick it up, you’re invited into the private life of another person’s tale of transformation. It’s a classic inspirational collection to be revisited time and time again.
I think this is a work of great importance. In this time of dramatic change, when so many of us must redefine ourselves based on a new reality, Elise shows us we can experience our greatest selves.
Ballard is a professional actress, independent filmmaker, and producer, so it isn’t surprising that she contacted people from the entertainment industries to share their epiphanies for her book. Contributors include producers, screenwriters, actors, even an ex-con turned mentalist and magician. But there are also testimonies from other kinds of public figures, such as Maya Angelou, Desmond Tutu, and Deepak Chopra. Each story contains a transformative experience that causes someone to act differently for the remainder of his or her life, with some of the best coming from everyday types, including a stay-at-home mom and a schoolteacher. At times participants indicate that the world seemed to conspire to support their actions, confirming that they were on the right track. Interesting and inspirational, this is for thoughtful readers, in whom it is likely to trigger self-examination and and the effort to listen to one’s own inner voice. --Susan DeGrane
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