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Bare Naked at the Reality Dance Paperback – January 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Being a viewer of Suzanne's inner world was like recognizing myself. Especially meaningful to me was the chapter on her return to India where she revisits the geography of her youth and finds the painful place we all know in later years of realizing that a part of us is becoming more distant in the rear view mirror. ( I confess to tearing up when I read this chapter)
The design of the book is very appealing to me because of the little handwriting quotes and explanation boxes. Unlike other spiritual or self help books, we learn from being the observer of Suzanne and her adventure. The book is aptly titled, because Suzanne shares the whole range of her human experience and I appreciated the candid writing style.
The use of sidebars with explanations helped me understand words and situations that otherwise would have left me wondering. Suzanne has such a talent for words and alliteration and keeps the story alive with colorful descriptions of her feelings.
She asked herself questions that I also found helpful to ask myself. Acknowledging that there is always growth along with the struggle is encouraging. It is a very deep and thoughtful book and Suzanne's humility in deciding to share this intimate journey is, in itself, inspiring.
Congratulations to Suzanne in this first of a series of deeply personal books, which have the potential to inspire many, many women. Give yourself the gift of this book!
I could relate to a lot of what Suzanne uncovered for herself, which often has to do with facing down her ego (or fear of it). I think she is too hard on herself for having a natural desire to succeed. To me, her ego is a healthy one. For rather than dwelling on the wish to have a successful book, Suzanne wants to make a difference, and with this book, she does. There is a rich purpose behind her words--to reach out with the offering of her life to encourage others on their paths. This is her life's work, and her gift. If this is *Bare Naked at the Reality Dance: Journal One* (as the cover says it is), I can't wait for Journal Two!
Grenager approaches this material from a very real, very personal, perspective. This is not simply an exploration of spirituality, self-attainment, personal enrichment or growth processes; yet it is all of those and more. It is just as the subtitle states--a journal. It is intimate for Grenager--she writes from her own angst (a word she discusses) and her own experiences, and for the reader that is sometimes both uncomfortable and hard to read. Most women have been in places much like those this book embraces, scrabbling for answers both within ourselves and from those wiser and more evolved than ourselves.
Grenager presents her thoughts in a forthright manner, detailing her experiences from October of one year to the January of the next. She addresses self-care, ego, dealing with prickly feelings, and opening up to happenings in our lives that are both driven by our personalities and those that external influences bring to us, wanted or not! She names herself a "spiritual scribe," which is a perfect definition of what she provides. There are boxed sidebars (for example, a definition may be provided, as for "The Shiva Lingam") and thoughts written as sidebars, in lovely scripted print, like this one--"Of course I had to strike out on my own to uncover and fully express all of who I am." These are not distractions, but ways to repeat or impress the concept in the reader's mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently enjoyed a wonderful evening at a book release party hearing Suzanne read from her book. It was refreshing to hear such heartfelt stories, fluid language and eloquently... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by MDR
Bare Naked at the Reality Dance provided me with not only a deeper understanding of myself, but also a new friend...Suzanne Grenager! Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Tlewis
By Suzanne Selby Grenager
This book has a unique energy, both invigorating and calming. Read more
Written by my former life coach, who is an all around amazing woman, this is an ideal book for women like me who long to be as much of who we really are as possible. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
What a beautiful trip as we follow Suzanne through a heart-opening garden of pure honesty!
There is much gold to be found in the very honest & thoughtful self-reflection that... Read more
First, let me say that since this is a journal, you aren't likely to agree with everything written here. These are Suzanne's personal thoughts and life. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by Wendy L. Hines
Book review: Bare Naked at the Reality Dance (Journal One)
Aurhor: Suzanne Selby Grenager
This book is an honest and heart-felt chronicle of a woman's struggle... Read more
I am halfway through reading Suzanne Grenager's graceful, honest and often amusing book for the SECOND time, something I am not typically inclined to do. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Andrea Miller