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God Outside the Box: A Story of Breaking Free Paperback – April 22, 2008
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About the Author
Patricia Panahi has been a university instructor and program director, bookstore and coffeehouse owner, business manager, and of course, writer. Patricia has been on her spiritual journey for 30 years and has trained in Religious Science, Reiki, Rebirthing, Three-in-One Concepts, and Tibetan Shamanism. Her published books include "God Outside the Box: A Story of Breaking Free" and "The Well Woman Cookbook." She is currently working on three projects: a dissertation in Holistic Nutrition; a novel that takes place in Iran titled "Veil of Walls"; and a book on nutrition titled "Boomer Food". Patricia lives on the Big Island of Hawaii and Sedona, Arizona with her husband and a mischievous cat named Pixie.
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As I would do, in the book Patti questions everything as she goes through this journey. She doesn't blindly believe, doesn't accept that one way system is the "one true way". She recorded her path to enlightenment, and the fact that it wasn't an easy path, that she had to struggle, that she didn't just have an epiphany (or at least not a single epiphany) made it believable and enjoyable to read. Even for me.
From that day on she embarks on a spiritual quest and discovers, there is only one god, it doesn't matter by what name he is called, and he is everywhere. The author Patricia Panahi has written a beautiful story that doesn't preach religion, it gently leads you down a pathway of discovery. You feel for her characters and are pulled into their lives with fluid writing and good dialogue. It begs the question, that religion cannot be ignored. Whatever your faith, you call upon it when times are hard, to sustain you.
I give God outside the Box a Citrine. 4/5 rating and leave you with this small quote from the book that stirred my heart. Our origins are clear--all of us God-sparks, pieces of the divine. Our destination is certain--we all, ultimately, return to oneness, to the mind of God.
God Outside the Box presents Panahi's personal experiences in an uplifting and also sensible manner. She never hesitates to share her doubts, her moments of skepticism, and the obstacles to personal understanding and fulfillment which she had to work through in order to make progress in her spiritual development. Disappointments in careers and friendships, a stagnated marriage, bouts with physical illness and self-doubt - all of these things were trials which Panahi had to overcome, and in most cases she discovered that what appeared to be an obstacle was actually a necessary experience for her personal growth.
If you are interested in alternative avenues to spirituality, in learning the role of synchronicity and discernment in choosing your life's path--if you want to listen to the small voice inside you but aren't sure you can really hear it--then I recommend Panahi's book as a first step and a positive beginning to your own journey.
Reviewed by Dianne Salerni
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