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Center of Gravity: One woman's experiment to reinvent her entire life through creativity, spirituality, and a leap of faith. Paperback – January 29, 2014
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About the Author
Geva Salerno is an author, artist, musician and speaker. She started her spiritual journey at the age of 15 is both a creative and technical writer. Passionate about understanding the world, she seeks to inspire others through her writing. Ms. Salerno possesses both a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in international policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of Lee County Florida, the National Association of Professional Women and the Female Entrepreneur Association. Ms. Salerno has lived in both India and Mexico.
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Geva Salerno embarks on a one-year “no dating” journey with the goal of finding out what her life would be like if she were not constantly focused on finding Mr. Right and having a relationship. One of the first things she realizes is that she needs to be a little more “selfish” —not in a bad way, but by setting boundaries and learning to say “no” to others in order to take care of herself. I admired Ms. Salerno’s determination to focus on her own needs for a while so she could rediscover what made her happy or unhappy.
The writing is good, and the author’s journey is interesting enough, but I’ve got to be honest and say my enjoyment for the book waned about 2/3 through, which happens to coincide with when the editing errors began to show up with greater frequency. An extra letter here, missing punctuation there, misplaced punctuation…these were sprinkled lightly throughout the book, and though I noticed them, they didn’t pull me out of the story. In the final third of the book they seemed to escalate and were definitely a distraction. The narrative seemed to flag a little there, too, but I didn’t want to quit reading since I was close to the end.
I signed up months ago for a free copy of this as part of an offer on the Facebook page “Christian Book Club,” and assumed the book would be Christian. It is not. It is spiritual, but no Christianity. I’m not sure how to classify it, but it’s more of the “God is everyone, everyone is God” type of thing. Not my beliefs, but I can’t downgrade the book’s rating simply because I don’t agree with the author’s beliefs. And obviously whatever she did over the course of her “experiment” year has worked to make her a happier person.
All in all, her journey was a brave one, and there are probably a lot of women who can benefit from what she learned along the way.
After many years of working too much and spending an excessive amount of time and energy on trying to "find the right man," the author decides that she needs to make some drastic changes. She imposes a 1-year moratorium on dating in order to focus on personal development. The book chronicles the author as she regains control of her life and finds the balance that had been missing for a long time. Center of Gravity definitely made me think about aspects of my life that I would like to change. One important message from the book was that not only is it OK to take a path other than college=>marriage=>kids, but that people can be happy and fulfilled doing so. The most fascinating part of the book for me was the conversations the author was having in her head while she was going about life. In one example, she was meeting with a business contact while having an internal debate about whether to make an exception to her no dating for a year rule. The least appealing sections of the book were the lengthy discussions about yoga and drum circles. While these topics are important to the overall story, they don't really interest me; I would have preferred more concise versions of these stories.
In sum, Center of Gravity is an interesting read with an inspirational message.
Ms. Salerno has a gift that comes from a passion for the art. The desire of a writer is that the story grabs hold of the reader, compels them to turn the page and discover what happens next. Ms. Salerno achieves this ultimate goal.
The premise of the setting as a scientific experiment is pure genius, and the journal entries give insight into her thoughts. As she moves forward always questioning and learning, her strength to venture into new areas of life grows. She tells the story every woman knows in her heart, and yearns to make a reality. Enthralled, I followed her experiment to the end, and arrived to find I examined my own life along the way.
I recommend this novel so others may do the same. When you finish take the leap, remember to believe, and most of all...just breathe.
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She's a natural writer with flair and incite!
Life is all about the journey and she's had an interesting one by far!