#BookTour “Tales from the Trail: Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail” by Sherry Blackman

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Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

 

Nonfiction / Self-Help / Spirituality

Date Published: February 14, 2022

Publisher: MindStir Media

 

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During the 2020 pandemic, one thing held true: Scores of people headed out for a day hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) as if being in the woods, immersed in beauty and mystery, immunized them against an invisible enemy.

The AT became a hospital for souls locked up in quarantine, needing to breathe, stretch, and be nourished by the earth beneath their feet.

For decades, the AT has been a sanctuary for seekers, the tired and the lost; those hungry for renewal, the broken and the grieving; and those who want to face and answer questions they have lugged around with them in invisible backpacks. Questions like, what is next for me? Is there a God? Should I live or end it all? How can I liberate my life from what weighs it down? How can I forgive God?

This book pays tribute to those who dare such a grueling and soul-satisfying adventure. It tells the tales of those on a pilgrimage through insightful conversations and encounters, exploring and revealing what angels the hikers wrestle with in the wilderness who call out to name them again. This collection unveils the spirituality of any such journey in
sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching portraits.

Tales from the Trail explores what it means to be human.

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“So ISO,” I asked, swallowing wine like milk, “did you find what you were ‘in search of’ on the trail?”

“Did I find what I was looking for? Yes, but don’t ask me to define it. Being on the trail was a transformative experience,” he said, adding that he had given his marriage another chance, but he wasn’t convinced it could succeed; some truth was missing… His voice grew more silvery the longer he talked as if his tongue was dipped in moonlight, shedding light on the darkest places of life itself—rejection, reinventing a life, belonging, where, and to whom.

“You know, there’re a lot of people out on the trail with the trail name ISO,” he said.

“Really? My question is—can they find what they are in search of if they can’t name what they are in pursuit of?” I asked.

“Interesting question. I think they’re looking for a purpose beyond survival. People hike the trail during a mid-life crisis as a means of escape, but the reality is, you have to deal with everything you’re trying to escape while you’re out there. I found I was having eighty-hour conversations with myself, all day, every day, and these conversations allowed me to understand that the things I had, my possessions, had no bearing on my happiness. Possessions mean nothing—I had every material thing I needed in my pack: food, a change of clothes, water, a tent. What I needed was a connection, was family.”

ISO paused to pour more wine into his cup, then took a sip, gazing out into the trees across the street. “I met people on the trail I would never have met otherwise. I met a truck driver who was so happy, a family man. I would’ve traded everything I had built out of my life in an instant to have what he had. I made in one year what he made in five years. He’s a lifelong friend now living here in Pennsylvania. I came to understand what’s important and what really makes a person happy.”

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#BookBlitz “Tales from the Trail: Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail” by Sherry Blackman

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Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

 

Nonfiction / Self-Help / Spirituality

Date Published: February 14, 2022

Publisher: MindStir Media

 

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During the 2020 pandemic, one thing held true: Scores of people headed out for a day hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) as if being in the woods, immersed in beauty and mystery, immunized them against an invisible enemy.

The AT became a hospital for souls locked up in quarantine, needing to breathe, stretch, and be nourished by the earth beneath their feet.

For decades, the AT has been a sanctuary for seekers, the tired and the lost; those hungry for renewal, the broken and the grieving; and those who want to face and answer questions they have lugged around with them in invisible backpacks. Questions like, what is next for me? Is there a God? Should I live or end it all? How can I liberate my life from what weighs it down? How can I forgive God?

This book pays tribute to those who dare such a grueling and soul-satisfying adventure. It tells the tales of those on a pilgrimage through insightful conversations and encounters, exploring and revealing what angels the hikers wrestle with in the wilderness who call out to name them again. This collection unveils the spirituality of any such journey in
sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching portraits.

Tales from the Trail explores what it means to be human.

 

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#BookBlitz “21 Days” by Donald R. Dragovich

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The Random Thoughts of a Brother in Mourning

Spirituality, Religion

Published: October 2019

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing

 
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How would you react if given only 21 days to live?

21 Days: The Random Thoughts of a Brother in Mourning is just that, random thoughts about death, faith, and God.

21 Days is the chronological countdown to David’s death as described by his brother, Donald. His written thoughts document what was happening to his brother David as he quickly succumbed to esophageal cancer. Donald describes his emotional turmoil in dealing with his brother’s untimely and unstoppable death. He asks a powerful, rhetorical question that makes everyone ponder their mortality. What would you do if doctors told you, you or a loved one only have twenty-one days to live? How would you react? Donald reacted by questioning his faith in God and God’s power over cancer during this countdown.

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About the Author

Donald R. Dragovich has always used writing as a way to express himself and his feelings. Writing was easy and seemed effortlessly for Mr. Dragovich.

For his education, he has an associate degree in advertising technology, and in his work experience, he is a NACE certified coatings inspector where he writes detailed and descriptive reports daily which has both helped hone and define his writing skills. Just like with his daily work reports, Mr. Dragovich’s writing captures the readers’ attention and brings them into his mind as if they are there experiencing what he experiences. Through his writing, Donald hopes to make the readers feel what he feels, think the way he thinks, and react the way he reacts. Donald has been married for thirty-three years, has three adult children (a deceased infant son), and three grandchildren. His family is his life. He writes about his personal family experiences during tragic and faith challenging events. The life tragedies that Donald has endured are ones that everyone can relate to and many may have experienced, as well. Mr. Dragovich uses his writing as a coping mechanism during these tragic times, and ultimately as an inspiration for others. “Forever in our Hearts” is a song that Mr. Dragovich wrote after the death of his infant son, Donald, Jr. Mr. Dragovich’s brother David, composed the music, performed the song and recorded it. The song was used at infant death counseling events as a theme song in Youngstown, Ohio. Donald’s writing is multifaceted as he has written short stories, poems, and a children’s book. Donald also has a blog, we-the-people-have-spoken.net, where he writes about current events. His ultimate goal is to share his experiences with others and to inspire, help, and educate people who read his writing.

 

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#Excerpt “Perception vs Truth” by Eyal Cohen

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Self-help, Spiritually, Non-fiction
Date Published: April 7, 2020
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Do you want your life to change?
The good news is that it all begins right in your mind.
By opening your mind, you can change your life in 180 degrees, making the phrase “Everything is in your head” more important than ever before.
The perception of reality steers our thoughts, feelings, the choices we make and the way we live our life.
It is the underlying reason why our lives are the way they are.
People who never examine their point of view of the world miss the chance to significantly change their lives.
What shapes our perception is the country we live in, society, culture, religion, parents, teachers, and publications like the internet, television, movies, radio, newspapers, and literature.
Many people are misguided by their perceptions, which constantly get them into problems.
This book, Perception vs. Truth, was born as a result of that insight. As the name suggests, much of the reality we take for granted in our lives simply isn’t true. Perception vs. Truth is a wake-up call for all of us. It is a fascinating read, full of interesting insights. It is a spring to quench one’s thirst for knowledge and understanding. It can open your mind to different ways of thinking, new feelings, and novel behavior.
Perception vs. Truth is a reminder that our lives can change just by changing the way we’re perceiving it.

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Perception vs. Truth

Spirituality in simple words

Eyal Cohen

Preface

My Story

For as long as I can remember, I have had an indescribable desire to understand life. Throughout my life, I always felt that something was missing, but I didn’t know what it was.

In simple words, I kept asking myself, “What the hell is this life all about? What is going on? And why?”

Okay, we go through kindergarten, school, high school, and then college; some get married, have children, find a career, buy a house… But the inevitability of death was like a black cloud that forced me to wonder, “What is it all about?”

As I grew up, this desire became a sense of unease at the back of my mind, which made me feel incomplete and restless.

No one, myself included, could stop me from pondering life. I was desperately searching for the meaning of it all. Of course, at the time, I could not tell where such a search would take me or what innumerable hardships I would have to endure. Later, I learned that if I could work out what was going on with me or what was happening to me, things would be much easier. But there was no one available to help me with this, or at least I didn’t think there was.

In retrospect, this longing brought me into “spectator mode”­—observation of the theater of life—a situation in which I was looking at life as a though it was a play, but one in which I was participating, meaning that I identified with the characters on stage.

At around the age of thirty, I experienced a critical and overpowering turning point. After going through a confusing period, I woke up one morning with a dreadful emptiness. It felt like a big black gaping hole had opened in my chest. The words that jump to mind when I remember this feeling are, “all dead!” I had a very acute sense of loss, as though everything I had been until that moment was now gone. All I knew and thought and felt about myself and life in general, had died that morning and I found myself living in a bubble.

There was no connection between me, and reality and life as I knew them.

The feeling could be compared to eating food without the senses of taste and smell; without these basic senses, you lose the desire to eat. And in the same way, I lost the desire to live. What followed was a total collapse of mind and body. I experienced panic attacks, and simply standing up was a struggle. What I remember most is that I knew I had to hold on despite the strong desire to completely collapse, let go, and never get up again, because I did not want to worry my family.

Not able to understand what was happening to me, I did not want to get into a situation where I had to explain myself. Deep down, I felt insulated and lonely, and all I wanted was to be left alone.

Exact words failed me, and all I could describe was a state of tremendous fear, loss of control, and restless hell, and an inability to understand any of it. And so, I lived trapped in a kind of furnace that burned me alive. I was completely detached from reality, and my sense of identity was utterly gone as though it had never even existed.

After a few months, I began to see the simple beauty in my surroundings: a blooming flower, the shining sun, or a simple good morning. I welcomed every one of those little gifts that came my way, and I began to see the simple yet wondrous beauty in everything. And so, I learned to enjoy every little thing in all its greatness.

Despite those newly found comforts, I was still troubled because my fundamental questions about the meaning of life remained unanswered; my inability to find the answers meant that true peace still eluded me.

Over the course of a period that was relatively calm, words started to visit me just as I was on the verge of sleep. I felt a compelling need to write them down, and so I did. At first, words would come only at night, but soon, they began to surprise me at any hour. I would hear a word from someone and all of a sudden, an entire scenario would unfold before me, and I would have to write it down. At that time, I went everywhere with a small notebook, ready to write whatever came to me whenever it came. The material was absorbed into me like into a dry sponge, and I finally realized the answers to my deepest questions.

I realized that the missing part I was looking for in my life was myself.

In this manner, short and concise chapters took shape. After a few months, I had enough written words that the idea of a book came to life. Some of the things that I had written took me a while to understand. It took a while for them to crystallize into a book.

The book, Perception vs. Truth, is designed to introduce you to yourself. It is designed to introduce you to a different perspective of you and the world, one that you may not be accustomed to. Furthermore, it is designed to enable you to see how you are influenced and how you can influence yourself and your surroundings.

Perception vs. Truth holds the answers to all the questions that took me on a life-changing journey. I hope that reading it will inspire you to find your own answers to life.

Eyal.

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Wisdom of Water

Wisdom of Water means that whatever I write, I’m not necessarily trying to say something concrete. You may say that I am painting with words. My writing is a set of different perspectives on each situation. I am not trying to make a specific point; I just wish to maintain awareness of many different and diverse points of view. Everything is valid; everything is circumstantial according to one’s own point of view.

Wisdom of Water means not getting stuck on words, definitions, etc. Like water, life seeks balance. And so do we. When we understand that there are endless ways to view each situation, and we use our ability to learn from any outcome, we become like water—we maintain our balance, and gradually, over time, we become wiser than before.

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Spiritual Search

If you have an unexplainable yearning to know the nature of the world in which you live, then Perception vs. Truth is the book for you. To know the world is to know the “I” that you are. It is called self-knowledge, and it can only be known by one’s own wisdom.

Never be satisfied with the answers that come from others. Somehow, we learn to place more faith in the wisdom of others than we do our own. Listen to people, but use their answers as a guideline only.

Perception vs. Truth is about being aware and acknowledging yourself, and by doing so, life will become simple. Enjoy the adventure of your own self and discover the depths within, which can give you the answers you seek. Each of us is the expert of his or her life. Remember, whatever comes from deep within comes in the form of intuition, and you have to become more aware of that intuition, and learn to trust it.

Finally, Perception vs. Truth talks about the Promised Land, which we all reside in.

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Introduction

Illusion

Some say that the vast majority of humans are sleepwalkers—people who live while sleeping. It would be truer to say that they live within an illusion—an illusion of their own individual creation.

Illusion, as one does not know what reality is facing him.

What is the source of it? And how is it created?

If we presume that life is like a dream, we could say that in order to dream, there is a need for a dreamer. There is a correlation between what one thinks and believes, and what one is actually experiencing. The term “illusion” is used because one does not fully comprehend the nature of his/her reality; therefore, we may refer to him/her as being “asleep.” One needs to be “awake” in order to understand. One has to realize that the common denominator in everything that is happening to him/her is simply oneself.

Once you are awakened to the fact that the cause of everything is within you, all your decisions you will make will be directly related to your perspective. Your own perceptions will be determined by this viewpoint. One who succeeds in having no viewpoint at all ought to have a very broad and profound perception. “Ought to” because it is impossible to adopt “no viewpoint” without actually having one. Any effort on someone’s part will constitute adopting a viewpoint; therefore, one is always condemned to remain as he/she is.

Although this paradox seems like a maze with no way out, this is where true liberation resides. True understanding leads to surrender, which in turn leads to freedom. However, when a person wears a mask (a personality, ego), that person cannot be free. Unknowingly, this person values their mask more than their freedom.

The difficulty is how to be free from the mask; free of conditioning.

When someone surrenders to the truth, they stop being dominated by their persona and their viewpoint. A person can give many reasons for liking something but the truth is, we discover what we like; we don’t choose what we like.

Who you truly are and what you love in life is not a matter of choice.

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About the Author

Eyal Cohen was born in 1968. At the age of thirty, after a powerful and life-changing experience, his perception of reality was transformed completely, and over the next twelve years, he immersed himself in study as he sought to understand what had happened to him. He delved into the philosophies and wisdom behind the teachings of Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, Sufism, Mystic Judaism, Mystic Christianity, and more; and he tried to understand the state of the world by researching numerous leading thinkers of past and present times, such as Noam Chomsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, Socrates, Confucius, to name but a few.
His years of research, combined with his own experiences and knowledge, gave him a unique way of looking at life and the world that we live in. It was this unique perspective that gave birth to the book Perception vs. Truth.
In his first book, Eyal talks about how transformation can be achieved by working on the mind, our thoughts, and beliefs.
Among his associates who are living a “normal life,” Eyal is considered as a “strange, calm character.” He evades frameworks, commitments, and circles of society where there is no room for the free or the different. He surrounded with friends and people who wish to know, taste, and understand the secret of his relaxed charm.
Eyal is like a haven of rest to come to talk, and spend time with. He carries within him intriguing knowledge, which he knows very well to explain. He communicate the truth that he has come to know and understand.
It takes great courage and perseverance to free ourselves from the illusory reality—this confusing world that causes so many problems and so much suffering. We need to open our minds and examine our perceptions and beliefs in depth. The feelings of peace, joy, and freedom are indicators that we on the right track. The book Perception vs. Truth is a means to examine our beliefs about reality and the stories that we tell ourselves, which create our perception of reality and hence create our experiences in life.
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#GuestPost “Mass Awakening” by Shoshi Herscu

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How to Sell Your First Book?

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My name is Shoshi Herscu, an investigative journalist and an activist from Israel. My book Mass Awakening tells the story of my personal awakening, as well as that of all humanity, to the massive deception of the world’s Elite controllers and their devastating agendas. It is an exposé on dark agendas and how people are fighting back offering hope for the future (spirituality/self-transformational/narrative nonfiction genre).

As I’m the publicist of my book, I’m the one responsible for the promotion and selling of this book. My book was published last year and I’ve learnt a lot during this year how to promote it. So in this post I’m going to share with you what works to sell my book.

First, I learn a lot from other writers who provide free books on this topic with excellent advice on how to promote and sell your books. I’ll mention two books that greatly helped me start doing this:

  • How to Promote Your Book by Authors Publish (especially read Alicia Sophia’s way to promote her book).
  • 10 Ways to Sell More Books by Tom Corson-Knowles

I’ve carefully read these books and then implemented those suggestions that I resonated with and I felt that they are appropriate for my book.

I also have a book blog where readers can go directly to Amazon’s buy book and buy my book. But the most important thing is that on this website I post at least once a month an in-depth article about topics that interest the audience of book to engage with my audience. These topics include intel about the manifestations of the mass awakening worldwide, the upcoming financial system (QFS) that I recently received confirmation it was already activated and runs behind the scenes simultaneously with the current one. I provide intel from insiders about the secret space programs and continue adding content that I notice people are asking about or posts that explain unclear issues.

After publishing these articles on my website, I share them in relevant groups on my social media, including Facebook with popular, relevant hashtags that I check on HASHTAGIFY.ME

Then I create videos in which I add details that I didn’t mention in the articles and post them both on YouTube and Bitchute. From the videos, I create mp3 files for podcasts which I then share on popular podcast platforms, including BuzzSprout (highly recommended), Google Play, and others. Don’t underestimate podcasts as I read somewhere that nearly half of the Americans prefer to listen to podcasts while shopping or driving.

Another way to sell more books is by book reviews published on sites such as BookWalker, sending a copy of my book to relevant magazines to publish a review and of course, book tours which I learnt about only recently. Another resource for newbie authors is to promote your book on sites that provide free book promotion. If you want to know how they benefit from this even though it’s free, watch this short video https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/

In order to know how the selling of your book is going check its Amazon Best Sellers Rank. Your book is doing well when it’s below 100,000. If it’s around 1,000,000, it’s not doing well and probably your book sells less than one copy a day. There are days that my book reached 75,000 and higher, while there are days that it’s above 1,000,000. It’s a learning process. Don’t take it hard. You improve with time.

Shoshi Herscu

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coverSpirituality / Self-Transformational / Narrative Nonfiction
Date Published: October 8, 2018
Publisher: Balboa Press
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An Exposé on Dark Agendas and How People Are Fighting Back   
The truth has been hidden from us while a global policy of mass depopulation and exploitation has been carried out behind the scenes for the past half-century. The author, an independent journalist, became aware of this agenda only in the past few years. She found it hard to believe, but in-depth research and the testimony of whistleblowers worldwide have exposed these strategies. They include geoengineering (chemtrails), fluoridation of water supplies, GMOs, vaccinations, false flag terrorist attacks, and economic warfare by the group David Wilcock calls the Cabal. However, despite this grim reality, a positive shift of mass awakening is occurring worldwide. Tribunals are being established to prosecute elite offenders; revelations of hidden technology like free-energy and new economic models are being put forth. The author shows how humanity is claiming its rightful heritage as spiritual beings and charts the course of our elevation of consciousness.
MASS AWAKENING gives us all real hope for an amazing future.

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Mass Awakening is Shoshi Herscu’s well researched and yet profoundly personal handling of intensely shocking material, rarely covered in print. It is both a true inspiration and a much- needed breath of fresh air.
—Ada Tourtsakis

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About the Author

 photo Shoshi Herscu current 1.9.19_zpss1s9wpqq.pngShoshi Herscu has an MBA degree from the University of Humberside in Hull, England (today, The University of Lincoln), and is a graduate (BA degree in English linguistics and special education) of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.  She worked as a journalist for PCON magazine, which is an IT magazine for CIOs and CTOs in major companies and organizations in Israel for several years. In this position, she wrote in-depth articles on a wide array of advanced technologies, such as encryption, the Dark Net, analytic tools, protecting the corporate website. She also interviewed opinion leaders in the Israeli hi-tech arena.

She then worked as the content manager of IsraelAgri.com, the international Israeli agriculture portal, where she wrote articles on Israeli agriculture and interviewed opinion leaders in this field. Becoming aware of the topics in this book, she started writing articles for alternative newspapers and blogs, one of them Israeli Patrioti. Over 20,000 people have read her online articles on this site, now defunct, and her personal blog on Cafethemarker.com.
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