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While I Was Learning To Become God Paperback – June 15, 2011
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Roxana became a best-selling author in the spirituality and personal development categories after she was ready to share what she had learned as the result of thirty years of thorough study of many different cultures, schools of thought, and traditions that offered the framework to understand her life purpose: to serve others by offering transformational leadership and spiritual healing through the words she writes.
The first twenty years of this path were dedicated to the academic world where she earned a B.S in Anthropology in 1990, that was later complemented with a Master's Degree in Political Science in 2003 and a Master's Degree in International Relations in 2006.
At the same time she continued searching for answers through higher education, a twelve-year abusive marriage that led her to addiction, depression and a suicide attempt, ended in divorce in 1999. At 33, Roxana found herself confronted to an uncomfortable truth: she was still looking for something she didn't know where, or how to find. Her emptiness was so unsettling that she decided to surrender to that which was keeping her alive and search for what was still missing.
As a result, she experienced a ten-year deconstruction period where she literally lost everything and everyone in her life. The molting was necessary to unlearn all that was not serving her. This is how she learned about her power and skills as a healer. During these years, she studied with amazing healers and spiritual masters in South America and North America, who taught her ancient techniques she first applied on herself as a way to probe her still skeptical mind that these alternative therapies worked.
She transformed in miraculous ways and her spiritual healing took her beyond the mind to a sacred place within the heart. In her heart she found what had been missing in her materialistic life all along and through the practice of meditation she finally found the meaning of self-love and self-empowerment. Today, she is convinced that if against all odds, she has been able to achieve amazing levels of love, happiness, and abundance, anyone can.
Roxana Jones, of British descent, was born in Cartagena, Colombia, has two daughters and lives in Los Angeles with her soul mate, business partner and husband, Arnaud. She is dedicated to several personal growth and spiritual entrepreneurship projects intended for women who are ready for self-improvement and inner transformation.
Top Customer Reviews
While I Was Learning to Become God, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, is a documentary account of the real life story of Sybil Vaughan, told partially in her own words and partially in the words of her friend and author, Roxanna Jones. Born and raised in Colombia, Sybil was a typically happy and blessed child, who at times experienced visits from her guardian angel, Archangel Michael. Sybil never considered herself poor, even though her parents were from a working class, as she had everything she ever needed. Through her own experience, as she grew older, Sybil learned how cruel the world could be and bitterness began to seep into her heart. Sybil soon forgot about her visits from her angel, later recalling them as an adult. As a teenager at the time, Sybil could not understand why no thing she did, brought her joy and happiness anymore. After high school, her father helped her financially and she attended college in the U.S. Where after 2 years Sybil ended up feeling disillusioned and homesick and decided to return to her country. She debated on whether she should go back to school, and instead decided she had it in her heart to become a wife and mother. In her early 20's, Sybil dated a man named Sebastain, ten years her senior, through an arranged date from her mother. Although, she had her doubts about Sebastain, Sybil fell in love, married and her nightmare began.
I felt a real connection to Sybil in this book, as I personally had a failed marriage with a man similar in character to Sybil's husband. Sybil struggles with feelings of emptiness and disconnection from her family throughout her life, and later from her friends after her divorce. Being naive leads her to trust the wrong people and she ends up being used again and again.Read more ›
Using her own life as an example of forgiveness and self-love, the author has created such an amazing story in this book! At first, one would think that Sybil, the main character, would not have the drive she required to improve her reality. But then the story starts to show the new person that slowly emerges and we start to be completely surprised by how all the `negative' is perceived and explained in such positive and constructive way until the end! This is the type of book I would recommend to men and women that are looking for examples of true change. After the healing, comes a new life, that's for sure! And only by coming to terms with the demons of the past, can one truly heal and build a future in that other `dimension' of love. Transformational book! Read in three days!
Once I started reading I was hooked.
Vaughan entrusts Roxana with the task of writing her life's story and Roxana, with the greatest delicacy, adds her own perspective on Sybil's life. The blending of the two voices makes for a powerful, moving and suspenseful novel.
Sybil Vaughan was born and raised on a small island in the Caribbean. She is a delicate, creative and almost spirit-like child who struggles with the conflict of nurturing her own independent spirit with her powerful mother, various mentors and a society that wants to control her every thought and action.
Vaughn's adult life is equally torn between two divisive forces. She balances her roles as a mother and the wife of a close-minded--and often abusive Columbian autocrat--with a career as a political activist. Vaughn's only comfort comes from a study of spirituality and the metaphysical guides that she believes will lead her through conflict to eventual peace.
In her quest for a balance that suits her spirit, Vaughn discovers that her life is not about the material things she has acquired, but about the peace she feels when in touch with her true self. "While I was Learning to Become God" is ultimately about one woman's courageous journey of self discovery, and another's equally courageous undertaking to record that journey.
Reviewed by Peggy La Vake
Holds degrees in English and Music. Has commercial pilots license. A practitioner of Tai Chi. Teaches violin and viola. Performs classical music. Finds great satisfaction in writing. Has been published numerous times. Works daily on what she hopes to be her first novel.
Amazing narrative, forty + years put into 236 pages ! Human drama definitely fading away along the path......A great message that is always perceived until the end. Congratulations to Roxana Jones ! " While I was learning to become God " surely is a great book to be recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected. I have respect for the writers journey, but didn't find the book interested me very much.Published 9 months ago by Stacy W
I approached this book with wonder and a thirst for the elusive peace. While I have still not found it, I am further down my path.Published 12 months ago by PJ
You know that book you stumble upon just when you needed it the most? I journeyed through every page and every experience with such love and gratitude, acceptance and peace that I... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by WyndellCG
I came across this book by chance, but then again, maybe it was meant to be. I follow Roxanna on Twitter and after listening to her commentary for some time, I was excited to read... Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Gigiu
when we all have to learn what we were meant to learn. Sometimes going through those things can be painful, but it allows you to go deeper and approach things from a new... Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Coral Russell
The writer has a unique ability to draw a picture of the storied life of Sybil. Reading this book was like watching an artist paint a picture. Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Kesh Teza
Any of us can find a part of / if not all of our self in this book... People like Roxana drew the way to freedom of the self,,, They struggled and did things that were not allowed... Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Nicole