Friday, January 11, 2013

Thrill of Being Alive

I have always believed that spirituality is a gift that needs to be polished. And we polish it, poetically speaking, by taking time to remember those moments when we feel most alive.

In my book Spirituality and Recovery, I seek to explain this awareness by giving examples that most of us can identify with; in this sense the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

"Most times, we are not in contact with our God-given spirituality. We miss it, reject it, or ignore it. The time and occasions when we make contact, those wonderful occasions when we feel and touch the very essence of our life flow, we glow with enthusiasm. At such moments, it is great to be alive. It is not only great to be a alive, it is great to be who we are and alive.

Such moments are abundant, but we often miss them. We concentrate on clutter, the superficial, the unreal, so that we miss the beauty that has been given and the splendor that surrounds us.

Are you in touch with your life? Are you there in your life? If you answer yes, then you are already aware of the thrill of living, the wonder of living, and that constant spirituality.
When two people are in love, it is loudly present. It shouts from their eyes, faces, and sprightly walk. Love is overflowing, demanding attention. It radiates from the most discreet, respectable, and proper people. It cannot be hidden or disguised. When two people are in love, life is filled with meaning and everything is exciting.
The shared telephone call between young lovers and the nervous pronunciation of the name sends shivers down the listening lover's spine. The meal and walk in the park become a sacramental communion that radiates a real presence. Even the making up after a silly argument becomes a joyous experience of generous forgiveness. Love makes everything exciting, meaningful, and extraordinary." (Chapter 3 - Page 48-49)
Spirituality and Recovery has recently been published by Health Communications Incorporated and is now available at various places including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And for those of you who live in the Long Beach Orange County area, a wonderful recovery store called Easy Does It on Broadway in Long Beach has signed copies available. Visit their website for store hours and directions or call 562-621-1042.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Angel and the Frog Q&A

Doesn't he look hop-less?
Q. Which character are you, the author, in this book?
A. I'm all of them. That's what makes me interesting!

Q. When was The Angel and the Frog released?
A. November 6, 2012. It's brand new!

Q. Is it appropriate for children?
A. Absolutely. Becoming your own angel is good for any soul, young or old, and in any body.

Q. Can I still get a copy?
A. Absolutely! Call Michael for an autographed copy at 562-494-2900 or email, Order at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble, or my website, or stop into Easy Does It.

Q. What piece of advice would you give about this book?
A. If you meet someone without a smile, give them yours. If you want a smile, read The Angel and The Frog; Becoming your own Angel.

Q. What's the best compliment you have received on the book?
A. We all enjoy receiving or reading a compliment. I was touched by Thomas Page's comment concerning The Angel and The Frog, how he has shared it with his children and now prepares to read it to his
grandchildren. That's why I wrote this fable. I hope his compliment will encourage others to read it. 

Q. Are you proud of this work?
A. I'm still enjoying it!