Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up Paperback – March 18, 2015
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"Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up, by Tsara Shelton, one of eight children, mother of four, and wife, is a gripping and powerful read." - BookOrBust
"Spinning in Circles reads to me more like journaling, as if Shelton forgot that the collection would be in the hands of strangers throughout the world." - Books from the Soul
- Publisher : ArchwayPublishing (March 18, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1480815810
- ISBN-13 : 978-1480815810
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.44 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,939,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tsara Shelton’s book of essays and stories, Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself, is a lovely elaboration on the author’s lifelong pursuit of learning to know and love herself. She seems, even from childhood, to have been uniquely gifted at loving others, seeing past outward appearances and personalities into the inner selves of people. Her honesty and empathy, patience and optimism seem to extend from those around her to her reader.
So she gathers you in. And “in” is where you hear stories ranging from parenting young children, to letting go of older ones; from learning what romantic love is, to learning what it isn’t; from imagining the perspective of an autistic person, to sharing the day-to-day challenges of life with autistic brothers as a teenager and with autistic sons as a mother; from learning the lessons that writing teaches, to adapting the dream of writing to a life filled to the brim with other loves.
The author is very good at capturing happiness without it feeling oppressive, partly because she doesn't minimize the existence of pain and suffering. In fact, she describes some painful experiences with great simplicity, honesty, and perception. But she does not pitch a tent in Misery and dwell there. And so her experiences, while they may be different from yours and mine, carry us through the dark stuff to a sunnier place.
We are friends through words (not in “real life”), and it’s been so uplifting to sit a spell with Tsara (on the page, that is), sip a bit of coffee (O.K., so I can't actually drink coffee, but I could smell the cozy aroma of her brew), and feel more kindly toward my own trials and errors (thanks to Tsara's example). How did she DO that? She’s a great storyteller, a wise timeless soul who loves people, and you can’t help but feel better about whatever ails you with a little time spent reading her book. It was a Christmas gift to me. By choice, I sipped it slowly over the months since and relished the flavor of friendship.
A glimpse of life ‘Spinning in Circles’. “I just can’t go to school today. I have low self-esteem and my elbow hurts.” Gotta love that kid and all of Tara’s sons who fill her life with joy.
A parent extraordinaire. A coffee sipper, a writer of wisdom, a singer of songs. A free spirit with gypsy in her soul who carries you along with her wonderful stories.
A sister of brothers on the autism spectrum. A daughter who passed on her mother’s lesson to never allow beliefs and limitations to come from others. A visionary whose inspiring book leaves you feeling uplifted. A book to share with those you love. Take hold of her book and let Tsara take you for a spin.
We all have our own stories and to read about Tsara's life experiences, mistakes, and growth and the way she can look back at her life and grow from it, is truly inspirational. I loved the way this book made me see various perspectives on many subjects and how in my own life I could use those insights to make positive change. Yes life is about making mistakes and learning from them, but how to change them into positive live choices, that is how we grow. To try new things and nurture our soul. A fantastic read for anyone who loves to hear and learn from someone else's journey on the path to finding yourself.