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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434367754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434367754
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,403,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patricia Panahi has been a university instructor and program director, bookstore and coffeehouse owner, business manager, and of course, writer.  Patricia has been on her spiritual journey for 30 years and has trained in Religious Science, Reiki, Rebirthing, Three-in-One Concepts, and Tibetan Shamanism.   Her published books include "God Outside the Box: A Story of Breaking Free" and "The Well Woman Cookbook."  She is currently working on three projects: a dissertation in Holistic Nutrition; a novel that takes place in Iran titled "Veil of Walls"; and a book on nutrition titled "Boomer Food". Patricia lives on the Big Island of Hawaii and Sedona, Arizona with her husband and a mischievous cat named Pixie.

More About the Author

Patricia Panahi was born in Massachusetts to an Anglo-American mother and Iranian immigrant father. When she was nine years old, her parents divorced and she went to live with her father in Iran where she stayed for the next 16 years.

In her 20's, she moved to San Diego, California and completed her graduate work at San Diego State University. She later created The Light Spot Bookstore and Coffee House.

In 1990, Patricia moved to Hawaii where she lives with her husband and one mischievous feline.

Patricia recently completed her first novel, Veil of Walls. Publication info coming soon.

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Thank you so much for listening to your inner voice and writing this book!
Karen Hill
The book is very well written, and the author has done so in a way that reads almost as much spiritual handbook as an autobiography.
Duke and Nancy Kell
Patti Panahi's story of her spiritual journey is truly an inspirational guide into "Enlightenment 101".
Susan K. Dorety

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Dorety on June 12, 2008
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Patti Panahi's story of her spiritual journey is truly an inspirational guide into "Enlightenment 101". She has overcome so many personal trials and challenges in her life and still she chose to trust God and follow her heart. Her heartwarming, uplifting story shows us that it is possible to create the kind of life that brings us peace of mind, joy and freedom to be who we really are. And Patti's story is written in an easy to read style that will surely bring a smile to your face and warm your heart. I loved this book and look forward to her next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fritz Miller on November 18, 2008
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The author describes how she learned to depend on the small voice within. She learned that we can no longer depend on DOGMA or the ego's dictates. She demonstrates how we need to contact the GOD WITHIN. Life becoms more full and joyful when we do that. Another perspective on this is "The Healing Light" by Agnes Sanford.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Dodson on February 3, 2009
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This is a wonderful book for those of us that are on our spiritual journey and not quite understanding what is happening to us. Patricia talks to you, she just doesn't write a story, she shares everything with you as if you are in the moment with her. I found this book to be very inspirational and comforting to know that I am not the only one who has this journey going on in my life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Salerni on July 21, 2008
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An ordinary woman finds extraordinary potential within herself in this narrative of spiritual awakening and exploration. Feeling constrained and unsatisfied by religions that confined God in a box and presented him to believers as a "package deal," Patricia Panahi pursues an alternate path to enlightenment which begins with the Church of Religious Science and branches out into psychic explorations, visits to the Aquarian Foundation in Hawaii and the electromagnetic hot spots at Sedona in Arizona. During the course of her decades-long journey, Panahi learns surprising lessons in self-awareness from ministers, healers, shamans, and many ordinary people who help her along the path of self-discovery. Panahi believes that God is an "imminent, spiritual energy, a divine consciousness that permeates all of creation." She writes, "It's like God is an ocean and we're each a drop."

God Outside the Box presents Panahi's personal experiences in an uplifting and also sensible manner. She never hesitates to share her doubts, her moments of skepticism, and the obstacles to personal understanding and fulfillment which she had to work through in order to make progress in her spiritual development. Disappointments in careers and friendships, a stagnated marriage, bouts with physical illness and self-doubt - all of these things were trials which Panahi had to overcome, and in most cases she discovered that what appeared to be an obstacle was actually a necessary experience for her personal growth.

If you are interested in alternative avenues to spirituality, in learning the role of synchronicity and discernment in choosing your life's path--if you want to listen to the small voice inside you but aren't sure you can really hear it--then I recommend Panahi's book as a first step and a positive beginning to your own journey.

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By 16623 on November 13, 2012
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A very interestng store of how so many peoples lives are changed by a caring person, I am very glad I read the book. I alo love Hawaii & Sadona
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By NSW on September 4, 2012
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I have to say that I don't normally read memoir, and I'm not the least bit religious. So I was hesitant to read Patti's book even though I'm friends with her. I was worried I wouldn't find it interesting, or maybe too new-agey. Or too religious. I don't like books that preach or hit me over the head with the message. Problem is that once I started reading, Patti's story compelled me to finish it. I got wrapped up in what was happening to her as she moved through her life, and I felt the need to find out how she got to the point she was at when we met each other (after this book was written).

As I would do, in the book Patti questions everything as she goes through this journey. She doesn't blindly believe, doesn't accept that one way system is the "one true way". She recorded her path to enlightenment, and the fact that it wasn't an easy path, that she had to struggle, that she didn't just have an epiphany (or at least not a single epiphany) made it believable and enjoyable to read. Even for me.
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By Kenaveco on October 19, 2011
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A friend recommended this book to me. With a couple of exceptions (I'm not married, and have never lived in Hawaii), this book was almost like looking in a mirror. I went down a different path than the author did, but it brought back many happy memories for me, and renewed my interest in others.
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