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Where Am I Going? Moving From Religious Tourist to Spiritual Explorer Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Michelle Cromer grew up in Texas, but no longer has big hair. Wife and mom, bestselling author, salsa dancer in training, and ex-corporate drone, Michelle conducts workshops in which participants learn how to tap into a deep well of spirituality, serenity, and purpose. A woman of contradictions, Michelle believes that spirituality and capitalism can co-exist, that you have to sit still to get somewhere, and that - despite her best efforts - there are some questions for which the answers only come when you stop asking. She lives with her husband and two boys in El Paso, where you can't walk to the mailbox without stumbling into a mountain.
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"The question Is this it? led me toward self-discovery. ... inner transformation is about discovering your own truth, that deep understanding of who you are and what you can become because of that knowledge ... I have written this book as if the two of us are about to walk through a gate into a deeper experience of life's meaning. All you have to do is open the gate."
With those words, Cromer shares not only the book's purpose, but sets its tone and source of inspiration. She openly shares her life experiences in finding meaning in her own life, giving readers the challenge to search their own lives, accompanied by someone who has experienced it for herself.
Cromer's personal and down-to-earth writing helps readers discover the age of meaning, accessed through seven stages: the wake-up call; denial and fear; the search for deeper spiritual meaning; the dark night of the soul; spiritual surrender; and the clarity moment; all leading to the seventh stage of asking, as well as answering, the question as to where I am going.
Readers reach this discovery with a book that has a different approach than traditional self-help books. For example, the chapter on denial and fear is sub-titled, "You can put boots in the Oven, But that Don't Make `Em Biscuits," which begins with, "I never really know what will be served up when I visit my parents' house, but there are two staples I can always count on: denial and heaps of barbecue sauce."
Cromer opens up possibilities, ending as she began, encouraging readers to choose with, "Now it is up to you to get up and walk through the gate." This reviewer believes that many readers will do just that, making this a book well worth exploring.
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The "Is this it?" question led her toward self-discovery--an inner transformation where she found her own truth--that deep understanding of who she was and what she could become because of that knowledge.
Prayer was also important to her because she wanted to have a relationship with God. She learned that when she prayed, she didn't need to ask or plead for things; she could just surrender the need to control the outcome of events. Cromer said, "I think most people try to worship a God that they can define so that God then behaves in a way they can expect, but God is a complete mystery." Each of us must ask ourselves "Who is God to me?" and then take time to understand the answer.
Cromer muses "Who were we born to be?" We are all writing the story of our lives, hoping that, before we arrive at the end of the story, we will have found something deeper, richer, and more meaningful. We want to know that our lives are not wasted--that our lives matter--that WE matter. She explains to us that we can find meaning in our lives by determining our purpose, doing work that makes a difference to others, developing meaningful relationships, and serving one another and a Higher Power.
Where Am I Going? is about Cromer's journey and what worked for her--which may not work for everyone. But perhaps it will help us along our own path. The Buddha said, "Don't believe me, don't believe anybody, don't accept anything based on tradition." Read this book and find what works best for you.
by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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