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The Art of Trapeze: One Woman's Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening (The Awakening Consciousness Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 4, 2013
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"We've all dreamed about making the big leap: a new job, a new country, a new life. Molly McCord did all three, leaving a stable but unsatisfying career in Seattle to start over in Paris, a city she'd never seen. Sheshares the story in The Art of Trapeze -- part memoir, partinstruction manual for choosing a different path. As the title implies,trusting yourself as your feet leave the platform is the hardest andmost necessary part. Enjoy McCord's trademark blend of humor, honesty, and self-reflection." Seattle Review of Books
"The Art ofTrapeze had me swinging through a swirl of spirit and sisterhood! Anintensely relatable read- down to earth, charming, humorous, poignant,and infinitely wise - you will love this book!" Sass Jordan, Juno Award-winning Artist, Canadian Idol Judge, Broadway actress
"An inspiring memoir about a brave go-getter who makes things happen!" Rosemary Sneeringer, Literary Editor, Author
"Beautifully written, charmingly funny - even hilarious - Ms. McCord has gifted us with a pureexample of how life can be such a beautiful, grand adventure" Starfield Press
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The Art of Trapeze: One Woman's Journey of Soaring, Surrendering, and Awakening is Book One in The Awakening Consciousness Series and tells you "the story." But wait - there's more to it than what you read on those pages!
The second book in the series, The Modern Heroine's Journey of Consciousness connects, for the first time, Joseph Campbell's archetypal hero's journey with the essential stages of spiritual growth and life as a modern woman.
Then the third book in the series, The Unlimited Sparks of a Bonfire (Late 2014), will take you even further into understanding your soul's path, lessons, growth, and healing based on the stories and information in the previous two books.
The Awakening Consciousness Series is designed to bring you to more "A-HA" moments, deeper understanding, peaceful connections, and inspiring answers to your journey as a Soul.
And that adventure starts here!
Onward and upward,
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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
Copy editing is also lacking. I found many many instances of typos - for example location 1383 "It's allll..." Yes, four "l's." Or at location 3457: "For the true purpose of our trip: o make friends with the locals." From location 5535 to 5657 the author used the word energy or a variation of it at least 20 times.
At first I expected the metaphor of the trapeze to be more than simply that, a metaphor. I was disappointed. It seemed to me to have been inserted as an after thought in an effort to unify the narrative. I was glad when the author returned to the concept at location 4653 in her explanation of "finding top." She also ends the book with it. Nice idea though and the book surely needed something to give it a literary touch. Otherwise the book would fall flat and be really no more than a very long blog in print/ebook form.
I find it a bit frustrating to sing the praises of the book because for every wonderful bit, there is something that irritates. Here is an example. Molly had a storybook romance in Paris that even involved some living together but she never once divulged any details of the sexual relationship! The reader was treated to elaborate minutiae about the author's deep feelings for her cats and the trials of having them, but her lover/boyfriend seemed one-dimensionally portrayed, almost a prop to the author's romantic notions about men and relationships. The scene that gave me insight to what may be a strong narcissistic vein in the author's personality is when Turhan came as her date to a holiday party at the American Embassy and discovered he was the only man there not wearing a tie. Molly's lack of empathy for his self-conscious embarrassment and her waving his distress in his face embarrassed me for him and for her and took her character down several notches in my estimation. The slow and cold break up after that came as no surprise, yet Molly in all her upset never seemed to acknowledge her own role in the demise. Her departure from Europe was an anti-climax to say the least. Better turn to spiritual beliefs and personal empowerment than to delve into one's own shortcomings? The end of the book became gushing in tone and the fairytale wedding at the conclusion only serves to further reinforce my suspicions, much as I find Molly McCord endearing.