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The Art of Trapeze: One Woman's Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening (The Awakening Consciousness Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Molly McCord
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Book Description

On a random Thursday morning, with nothing to lose and only a dream to gain, Molly McCord decides to move to Paris, France to follow the courageous call of her heart. She arrives in a city she has never visited before and where she knows no one, yet she trusts her ability to figure it out because her adventurous life has prepared her for this biggest of leaps. She carries the wisdom of Solitude, Strength, Style, Flexibility, Heart, Endurance, and Grace in her non-matching luggage collection.

Molly’s soul-riveting experiences unfold in surprising ways as she discovers the joys and realities of life as a foreigner in France, falls in love with a sexy Turkish man, moves her cats across the Atlantic, enjoys the rare opportunity of working for a U.S. Ambassador, and creates the life of her dreams in less than two years.

Yet when unexpected developments require her to surrender once again, a higher consciousness catches her with a deeper spiritual awakening.

"The Art of Trapeze" soars with emotional honesty, delightful humor, unexpected wisdom, and inspiring spiritual perspectives around living life to the fullest when nothing is guaranteed except gravity.

Editorial Reviews


Reached #1 on Amazon in Spiritual Self-Help and Memoirs: Adventurers!

"Beautifully written, charmingly funny - even hilarious - and remarkably open, honest, and down-to-earth, Ms. McCord has gifted us with a pure example of how life can be such a beautiful, grand adventure..." ~ Starfield Press

"The Art of Trapeze had me swinging through a swirl of spirit and sisterhood. An intensely relatable read- down to earth, charming, humorous, poignant, and infinitely wise - for those of us on the path of self discovery and even those who just want a good story - you will love this book!"~ Sass Jordan, Juno Award-winning Artist, Canadian Idol Judge, Broadway actress

"This is an inspiring memoir about a brave go-getter who makes things happen! McCord offers a way to reinterpret spiritual descents into the mines of our consciousness ... She guides us readers into the power of reemergence as the shining jewels we really are." ~ Rosemary Sneeringer, Literary Editor, Author,

"In many ways, Molly tells you how to be brutally honest with your own soul and get on with your own life in an extremely courageous way." ~ Rick DiClemente, Author

"Her fierce determination and belief in herself never fails as she chases her Heart to the heart of her true Self." ~ Lloyd Thompson, Author, Energy Healer, Teacher

"If you've ever dreamed about a new job, a permanent vacation to another country, or finding a special person to share your life with, you'll probably find a little of yourself in Molly's story. And if you allow it, you might just find a little more of yourself, too." ~ Daryl, Amazon Reviewer

From the Author

Right here is quite possibly my most valuable real estate on the whole wide interwebs - my personal author blurb on Amazon. So as much as I want to tell you something incredibly persuasive about this book, or grab you with a moving story that will hypnotize you into clicking "buy now", or overwhelm you with influential reviews, I'm opting to go the logical route instead.
What do most people associate with books and Amazon these days? (I'll give you until the count of 2...)
Book reviews.
So here is what I have learned about book reviews since my writings have been published to the world. I had no idea about any of this "behind-the-scenes" stuff until I was an author, and I assume most readers aren't aware of it, either. You may be surprised (or not), but it's quite fascinating how the business of book reviews has evolved.
Reviewing a book is open to anyone who has an Amazon account whether or not they have actually read the book (no hall monitors on duty!). You can write a review even if you only read the copyright and the initial free four pages, including the blank page (which truthfully COULD be the best part of a book).
Individual book reviews can be purchased for five dollars, or 10 reviews for five dollars, or through a book marketing package. Or bribery. Or winning at rock-paper-scissors. Or losing at rock-paper-scissors.
Offering a free book promotion can bring in the lowest reviews because almost anyone will take anything for free, even if they hate the genre, or the book cover, or the first 300 pages. My reviews went down after a free promotion because I write about soul growth and personal development and terms that are rather esoteric and not really "mainstream." But that Eiffel Tower on the cover is sure seductive.
Established authors "haze" new authors. Seriously, this is a thing and it reminds me of West Side Story - the Sharks and the Jets trying to figure out their respective turf. (Do you hear the snapping in your ears?) Established authors will publicly knock down novices, new-kid-at-school-initiation-style, and try to take the wind out of their sales, so to speak. Of all the things authors have to do in this day and age, this ranks high for "not really the most effective use of your time."
Great book reviews are incredible and what every author hopes for, yet bad book reviews are actually normal. They happen to every author who expands beyond their target demographic. Nothing is for everyone (except essentials like food, water, shelter, and Bill Murray). When you sell more books, you get more opinions and you find more people who like to type on the computer. It just happens and is part of the reality. A few authors with bad book reviews: Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, and Maya Angelou.
So where am I going with this? Simple: Book reviews reflect the full spectrum of human behavior.
You'll find cheers, enthusiasm, and excitement; jealously, envy, manipulation; mean girls, bullying, and personal attacks; and amazing, devoted readers who want to provide honest feedback and well-thought out remarks to other readers. You'll find it all - and isn't that great? It's what makes the system wonderful! We're so lucky to have access to more opinions and thoughts and insights and things we wouldn't have thought of on our own.
See, if you're going to put something out there, you better be ready for the opinions that come with it, but you also have to be solid and confident within yourself regardless of anything else. I think that is just part of the human experience no matter what industry you're in: you create, you share, you learn, you discuss, you grow. Rinse and repeat. Add more cheese (everything is better with cheese).
I have received the most amazing personal emails from readers about how they have grown, changed, healed, or moved on with their life because of the last chapter in this book... and frankly, that knowledge within themselves is the gold. Those private confessions might not be a public book review, but in my book, public accolades are not why one should write. Public acclaim and public criticism are two sides of the same coin, and you have to know when to throw that coin out the window.
If any of my written musings can help you lead a more powerful, happy, amazing life exactly where you are, that is....just... wow. Completely humbling. And regardless, I'll still be tapping away at these keys because that is where I feel joyful, connected to Spirit, and a 6-star experience every time.  
Now maybe buy my book? Because you know Amazon doesn't just want you hanging out here and loitering.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4120 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spirituality University Press (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXHILARATING!!! June 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Not only does Molly take you through her vivid Parisian experience but she induces encouragement and personal awareness . Her book is a page-turner that captivates the reader with wit, delight and excitement. We are reminded to stop.breath.relax during challenging times. Molly's memoir is a must-read!! I suggest everyone to read it lightheartedly and trust me you will finish the book with a smile on your face.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read.. July 25, 2013
By Lachula
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very satisfying memoir, with a bit of everything that I love. Travel, animals,self discovery, love and
spiritual awakening. Molly after having gone through quite a bit of ups and downs, in her life and choices, decides she is going to leave the familiar and applies to graduate school in Paris. She is definitely a person, not afraid to try new things and to be good at them. Part of the spiritual journey to me was when faced with a problem or having one that does not go away she, would look within and changes her thought pattern, sending out different energy.
From school to working part time at the American Embassy, to her romance with a handsome Turkish fellow student, to bringing her cats over from the USA, she had me right there in the story with her. Such wonderful visuals of her life, beautifully written.
One piece where the visual impact was great was when she was sitting in Notre Dame on a rainy day, without many people around, thinking about her life and states that she is seeing prayers. One piece of it that I loved, is where she says: " I closed my eyes and felt them swishing through my hair, whisper in my ears and kiss my skin. They twirled around my legs, rubbed against my arms, and then coasted over to the next warm body with comfort and ease." Just a small portion of what she described, but one that I found beautiful.
I think we all come away from this story with having found something within ourselves or a feeling that there is something we need to still accomplish. The Art of Trapeze, to be able to delve into your dreams and opportunities, the choices you want to make, and being brave enough to try them.
Loved this story.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner for Molly McCord! June 22, 2013
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Molly McCord has a true gift as an author, to pull you into the pages, sit alongside her for the journey, but most importantly touch so many facets of your soul through the integrated experience.

This is such an amazing read, and one that every woman or individual that embarks on the poetic journey with Molly, will come out on the othersde, richer, more introspective of self and motivated to seek out new paths for oneself.

This reads so easily and embraces the reader in so many dimensions along the way. A must read and wonderful addition to any book club format.

Bravo, Molly!
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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable March 13, 2014
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This lady needs to get over herself. Perhaps she should have done humanitarian work in some third world country rather than deciding she was the center of the universe. The prose is somewhere between bad and mediocre, much like what I would expect from a romance novel. She never tires of her "caramel hair" and romantic dinners. The pace is slow, nothing really happens, other than narcissist dives into herself. This seems to be a bottomless pit as she accepts reincarnation, etc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book June 21, 2013
By Daryl
Format:Kindle Edition
Molly opens up and sets out the formative times of her life. For the reader, these experiences are stepping stones to introspection about the things that truly really matter in life and how ambitions and destiny are blended together in unexpected ways. Through the good times and the trying times, her stories intertwine sincerity, wit, humor, and detailed imagery. If you've ever dreamed about a new job, a permanent vacation to another country, or finding a special person to share your life with, you'll probably find a little of yourself in Molly's story. And if you allow it, you might just find a little more of yourself too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soar, Surrender, Awake July 26, 2013
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"A true teacher will never give you the answers to the tests, but they will support you in figuring out the answers for yourself because that is how you connect with your own power."

This empowering quote from Molly McCord's amazing new memoir The Art of Trapeze: One Woman's Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening perfectly captures the essence of the message so bravely portrayed in this book.

In true-life illustration after illustration, Molly recounts her journey from the United States into the great unknown of Paris, complete with cultural clashes, catch-22 scenarios, and blessings in disguise. All along, her fierce determination and belief in herself never fails her as she chases her Heart to the heart of her true Self.

Beautifully written, charmingly funny--even hilarious--and remarkably open, honest, and down-to-earth, Ms. McCord has gifted us with a pure example of how life can be such a beautiful, grand adventure, even when things seem a bit muddy. She demonstrates so simply that even the slow times are a necessary piece of the whole in life. As she puts it, "...being alone does not mean being lonely. Being still does not mean being boring. Being quiet does not mean being unexciting..."

I highly recommend The Art of Trapeze to the young and old, male and female alike.

You will not be disappointed.

--Lloyd Matthew Thompson, Author of The Galaxy Healer's Guide, Lightworker: A Call to Authenticity, and The Energy Anthology
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed this book. I felt it was well written. I enjoyed following Molly's journey. I am also a fairly intuitive person and know following my gut is a must. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ramona
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just ok...
Published 3 months ago by Larry Linhardt
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect read
I loved this book. It took me about 8 months to finish it, but it wasn't because I didn't enjoy it, it was because I LISTENED. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 3 months ago by Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Profound and hilarious, deeply moving and insightful, a travel book not only Paris, also ... the heart
Published 3 months ago by C. A. Cameron
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing adventure story
An entertaining story of one woman's struggle to feel at home in Paris. I enjoyed the story, as I love Paris, but hated the ending conclusion section which was a New Age version of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by marlena morton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
Loved this woman's journey! Hits the mark for those who want to travel to Paris. A good read!
Published 4 months ago by pab931
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very funny story about a woman's life it was a fun read.
Published 4 months ago by Ann M. Callebs
3.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed when Trisha and Molly slept with young men...
When I was about half way through the book I went out and bought 2 copies of the book for my twin granddaughters as an added graduation gift to read before entering college. Read more
Published 5 months ago by grandma
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read. I had been to Paris recently & ...
A good read. I had been to Paris recently & I enjoyed watching the character learn to live in Paris.
Published 5 months ago by christina e.
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More About the Author

Molly McCord, M.A., is a bestselling author and modern spiritual teacher with no religious affiliations. Her debut indie memoir, "The Art of Trapeze: One Woman's Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening", hit #1 in 2 Amazon categories within 3 days. She is traditionally published in "The Thought That Changed My Life Forever" alongside such luminaries as Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Dr. Bernie Siegel.

"The Art of Trapeze" is Book One in The Awakening Consciousness Series and tells "the story." But wait - there's more to it than what you read on those pages! If you enjoy the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, you'll like where this is going.

Book Two in the series is "The Modern Heroine's Journey of Consciousness" which references how spiritual growth is in alignment with Joseph Campbell's the hero's journey. Molly asserts that three stages are experienced in the consciousness quest: Opening, Deepening, and Renewal.

"The Unlimited Sparks of A Bonfire" (Summer 2014), Book Three in the series, is a travel adventure that combines stories and spiritual information from the previous two books, and culminates with a bigger consciousness message.

Molly's other current published books include "Conscious Messages: Spiritual Wisdom and Inspirations For Awakening" and "Conscious Thoughts: Powerful Affirmations To Connect With Your Soul's Language."

Molly's popular website, was nominated by for Best Spirituality Website in 2011. She is also a practicing intuitive astrologer and the official contributing astrologer every month to Happiness + Wellbeing magazine. Molly's popular weekly radio show attracted over 70,000 downloads in the first year. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband.


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