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Product Details

  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press; 1st edition (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592981127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592981120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Treacy O'Keefe is co-founder and executive director of Well Within, a nonprofit wellness resource center in West St. Paul, Minnesota, that provides integrative healing services to people living with chronic and/or live-threatening illnesses. She is a certified spiritual director with a master's degree in theology, and conducts workshops on spirituality and healing. Her writings have appeared in magazines and books, including Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul.

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Mary Treacy O'Keefe has a Master's degree in Theology/Spirituality and is a spiritual director, national speaker, and author of Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells and her newest book, Meant-to-Be Moments: Discovering What We are Called to Do and Be. As a result of her own experience as a breast cancer survivor, Mary co-founded Well Within, a nonprofit holistic wellness resource center in Woodbury, MN. Well Within provides low cost/free integrative healing support, services, classes and Outreach programs to people seeking healing of mind, body and spirit, and to anyone seeking overall well-being. A portion of Mary's book sales are donated to Well Within. For more information about Well Within, please www.wellwithin.org.

Mary also hosts an internet radio show, Hope, Healing and WellBeing on www.Webtalkradio.net. She loves to give retreats, workshops and presentations about her books and other topics related to spirituality, healing and stress reduction. To learn more about Mary's presentations, radio show and books, please visit www.marytreacyokeefe.com or email her at mary.treacy.okeefe@gmail.com

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Thank you for the message of hope, Mary.
Lynn D. Garthwaite
Really gave me an insite into the process of dealing with illness and separation particularly of a parent written from perspective of one who walked the walk.
JR StephenReader
Each of us has experienced, or eventually will experience, the death of a loved one.
S. Potter

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
A thought pops into your head seemingly from nowhere and you wonder, "Could this be a thought from God or is my deceased father sending me a message?" You get goose bumps at the majesty of a sunset. A stranger appears with a message that profoundly changes how you think about a major life decision. Have you had a brush with God?

Mary Treacy O'Keefe validates your suspicions in, Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells, combining her personal and professional experiences coping with illness and death. Mary believes these thoughts, occurrences and feelings "from nowhere," these "ah ha" moments, are real and in line with the way God communicates with us, "constantly sending messages of guidance, inspiration, comfort, love and hope."

These experiences are thin-place moments, "those times where we feel a sudden connection with God and signs of the divine become real." They may come in a myriad of ways, an intuitive feeling, a healing touch, a coincidence or a ritual. These brief glimpses give us hope for something "wondrous" beyond earthly life.

Written first for her siblings, Thin Places is an intensely personal testimony of daily practicing one's faith. As such it is authentic, sacred and irrefutable. Reading Mary's account of events surrounding her parents' deaths (three months apart), memories will surface that you may now recognize as thin-place moments. You might even be empowered to believe your own experiences are real and relatable to others. Without a doubt you will be moved by Mary's "truth" told with love so achingly tender that one cannot help but want the same kind of grace, understanding and courage when faced with similar circumstances.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Potter on November 14, 2005
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This book is a great leveler. Each of us has experienced, or eventually will experience, the death of a loved one. We never know how we will deal with that trial until we go through it. It helps so much to learn how others coped with similar situations.

We can all relate to some element in this tender book. The author is very honest in her ambivalence of feelings. She has shown, in Thin Places: Where Faith Is Affirmed and Hope Dwells, that humans are united in many ways, and that much good can come out of the most trying of circumstances. Families can grow together, instead of apart, when tough situations come into our lives.

It is a book giving much hope to all of us. If we can cope with grace and dignity as we care for a dying parent, and then another one, we can get through anything that comes our way. We can become more aware of our spiritual core through such experiences, and we can reach out to others in their own hard times to provide support, understanding, and empathy.

I did not want this book to end. Each chapter brought tears to my eyes and a warm feeling inside. Thanks for a beautiful memoir from a loving daughter to honor exemplary parents. Let's hope that we can each rise to the occasion and show the grace, love, and dignity that the Treacy family demonstrated when their parents slipped through the veil to eagerly await a joyful reunion with their devoted children someday.
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After fifty years of marriage and faith, Bill and Terry Treacy died three months apart from one another. The loss simply devastated their ten children. But the siblings were able to find comfort in some inexplicable signs which assured them that their beloved parents were reunited in heaven, at peace, and still present in the lives of all those who grieved for them. Thin Places: Where Faith Is Affirmed And Hope Dwells by their daughter describes some of these signs and the realization that the ethereal veil between what we know of life here on earth and what we believe about the afterlife in heaven can become transparent at times, revealing loving messages of faith, hope, and grace to hearten us in our daily lives. Thin Places is a remarkable testament and very highly recommended reading for all those, whatever their faith, who suffer the loss of loved ones from their lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sabajoyce on November 3, 2006
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This book paralleled some of my own experiences in dealing with my mother's sudden death in 2005; we are of Irish ancestry and it hit home on several notes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen McMahon on March 15, 2014
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My dad died on Christmas Eve 2012. I never knew losing a parent could be so painful. I knew it would be sad but I didn't realize how it changes who you are and how you view the world. The birds my dad loved would show up on my porch. One morning an eagle flew along side my car as I my tears were flowing and I was longing to see my dad. My dad had an eagle tattoo and I often thought of eagles as a symbol of him. I felt my dad near me. My dad died of cancer so it was a year of uncertainty until he died. The fear of the him dying was worse than the glorious moment that he left this world.

I could so relate to Mary's words. The way she describes the pain of losing her parents and yet the glory of a family coming together to support their parents. She talks about those Thin Places-and ah ha moments that are real and the way God communicates with us. Reading Mary's book calmed my soul and made me feel it was okay to hold on to those ah ha moments and that they help to keep my dad and God near me. Her words helped me cope with this first year without my dad.

One can hear the love in Mary's words as she describes her dad, her mom, and her family. My parents were married for 50 years too and seeing my mom live on without my dad is heartbreaking but I don't think I could bear losing them both so soon. I too am of Irish Catholic descent and this book makes me want to walk the soil of Ireland and retrace my family's footsteps. My dad always wanted to so I will take the journey for him.

Thank you Mary for lifting my heavy heart with your words. I look for Thin Places often and I now feel confident in sharing them with others! I feel closer to God and not so afraid of leaving this Earth when it is my time. My dad will be waiting.
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