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While I Was Learning To Become God Paperback – June 15, 2011
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While I Was Learning to Become God, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, is a documentary account of the real life story of Sybil Vaughan, told partially in her own words and partially in the words of her friend and author, Roxanna Jones. Born and raised in Colombia, Sybil was a typically happy and blessed child, who at times experienced visits from her guardian angel, Archangel Michael. Sybil never considered herself poor, even though her parents were from a working class, as she had everything she ever needed. Through her own experience, as she grew older, Sybil learned how cruel the world could be and bitterness began to seep into her heart. Sybil soon forgot about her visits from her angel, later recalling them as an adult. As a teenager at the time, Sybil could not understand why no thing she did, brought her joy and happiness anymore. After high school, her father helped her financially and she attended college in the U.S. Where after 2 years Sybil ended up feeling disillusioned and homesick and decided to return to her country. She debated on whether she should go back to school, and instead decided she had it in her heart to become a wife and mother. In her early 20's, Sybil dated a man named Sebastain, ten years her senior, through an arranged date from her mother. Although, she had her doubts about Sebastain, Sybil fell in love, married and her nightmare began.
I felt a real connection to Sybil in this book, as I personally had a failed marriage with a man similar in character to Sybil's husband. Sybil struggles with feelings of emptiness and disconnection from her family throughout her life, and later from her friends after her divorce. Being naive leads her to trust the wrong people and she ends up being used again and again.Read more ›
Once I started reading I was hooked.
Using her own life as an example of forgiveness and self-love, the author has created such an amazing story in this book! At first, one would think that Sybil, the main character, would not have the drive she required to improve her reality. But then the story starts to show the new person that slowly emerges and we start to be completely surprised by how all the `negative' is perceived and explained in such positive and constructive way until the end! This is the type of book I would recommend to men and women that are looking for examples of true change. After the healing, comes a new life, that's for sure! And only by coming to terms with the demons of the past, can one truly heal and build a future in that other `dimension' of love. Transformational book! Read in three days!
Vaughan entrusts Roxana with the task of writing her life's story and Roxana, with the greatest delicacy, adds her own perspective on Sybil's life. The blending of the two voices makes for a powerful, moving and suspenseful novel.
Sybil Vaughan was born and raised on a small island in the Caribbean. She is a delicate, creative and almost spirit-like child who struggles with the conflict of nurturing her own independent spirit with her powerful mother, various mentors and a society that wants to control her every thought and action.
Vaughn's adult life is equally torn between two divisive forces. She balances her roles as a mother and the wife of a close-minded--and often abusive Columbian autocrat--with a career as a political activist. Vaughn's only comfort comes from a study of spirituality and the metaphysical guides that she believes will lead her through conflict to eventual peace.
In her quest for a balance that suits her spirit, Vaughn discovers that her life is not about the material things she has acquired, but about the peace she feels when in touch with her true self. "While I was Learning to Become God" is ultimately about one woman's courageous journey of self discovery, and another's equally courageous undertaking to record that journey.
Reviewed by Peggy La Vake
Holds degrees in English and Music. Has commercial pilots license. A practitioner of Tai Chi. Teaches violin and viola. Performs classical music. Finds great satisfaction in writing. Has been published numerous times. Works daily on what she hopes to be her first novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful story depicting the strength of one woman who never gave up her journey of awakening. God is Great!!Published 4 months ago by Novel Thought
Not what I expected. I have respect for the writers journey, but didn't find the book interested me very much.Published 14 months ago by Stacy W
I approached this book with wonder and a thirst for the elusive peace. While I have still not found it, I am further down my path.Published 18 months ago by PJ
I came across this book by chance, but then again, maybe it was meant to be. I follow Roxanna on Twitter and after listening to her commentary for some time, I was excited to read... Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Gigiu
when we all have to learn what we were meant to learn. Sometimes going through those things can be painful, but it allows you to go deeper and approach things from a new... Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Coral Russell
The writer has a unique ability to draw a picture of the storied life of Sybil. Reading this book was like watching an artist paint a picture. Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Kesh Teza
Any of us can find a part of / if not all of our self in this book... People like Roxana drew the way to freedom of the self,,, They struggled and did things that were not allowed... Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Nicole