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Table of Contents

 

CHAPTER 1 Minor Miracles
Miracles occur all around us. In this chapter readers learn
how to recognize them as gifts that can enlighten and fulfill
us. Stories of everyday miracles that changed someone’s
outlook on life.

Angel Wings......................................................................Carol Costa
Ninja the Amazing Reading Therapy Dog....................Barry Reifman
Moments: The Notes in Your Heart’s Song.................Barry Goldstein
A “Simple” Life of Happiness................................Susan Jeffers Ph.D.
My Favorite Player.............................................................Carol Costa
The Spirit of Joy Resides in Cursive Writing................Angeline Welk
Dragonfly Transformation and Joy.................................Danita Barton
Simple Pleasures................................................................Carol Costa

Stepping Stones: Advice on how to recognize and appreciate
everyday miracles and share them with others.


CHAPTER 2 Feel the Love
Love comes to us in many ways and this chapter demonstrates
how to give and receive love. Stories about the blessings and
the lessons we learn through this emotion.

Take Care of Yourself............................................Maggie TerryViale
Unexpected Friends...................................................Katherine Carol
I Choose Love..........................................................Shawn Gallaway
Joy, Choose Joy.............................................................D. H. Palmer
Flowers for Susan............................................................Carol Costa

Stepping Stones: Advice on how to make the most of the love
you have in your life.


CHAPTER 3 Can Anyone Hear Me?
Millions of prayers are uttered every moment of every
day. Do ours get lost in the crowd? Should we keep asking
when we don’t seem to get any answers? Stories answer those
questions and demonstrate the power of faith in ourselves and
in the universe.

God Doesn’t Need Me.....................................................Carol Costa
All You Have To Do Is Ask.............................................Dee Wallace
The Power of Prayer...................................................Denise K. Davis
Wild Hope.................................................................Ashleen O’Gaea
The Cabbage Patch Doll...................................................Carol Costa

Stepping Stones: Learning how to pray and how to recognize
the answers we receive which may not always be what we
expected.


CHAPTER 4 Joy in the Workplace
Most people spend the majority of their time at work. Stories
in this chapter demonstrate how to find joy from 9 to 5 and
how to accept and respect co-workers.

Working in Fantasy Land.............................................Lisa Rothstein
It’s Better to Have Loved..................................................Liisa Kyle
When You Wish Upon a Star................................Katherine Metcalf
Going For It...........................................................Antonio Ballatore
The Best Receptionist in the World..................................Carol Kline
The Elixir of Life...................................................................Fahtiem

Stepping Stones: Advice on choosing the career that will
make you happy, as well as advice on how to enjoy your work
even if it is not your ideal job.


CHAPTER 5 Was It Only a Dream?
Messages received in dreams can be prophetic or simply a
reflection of the subconscious thoughts that rise to the surface
during the sleep process. Stories of dreams that came true and
how dream images can guide you on your path to joy.

Psychic Dreams...............................................................Carol Costa
More Than a Dream.......................................................Neva Howell
The Dog of My Dreams....................................................Carol Costa
The Brady Bunch Luau..............................................Julie M. Casserly
Saying Good-Bye.............................................................Carol Costa

Stepping Stones: Advice on how to analyze your dreams and
how to put yourself in a good frame of mind before falling
asleep so that your dreams will be beneficial.


CHAPTER 6 Blessings in Disguise
Stories about weathering the storms of change and learning
that the disappointments and setbacks that trouble us are often
a detour that leads us to the path we are meant to follow.

Faith and the Power of the Mind.....................................D. H. Palmer
Evolving the Family Life..............................................Mark Mansfield
The Path to Happiness...............................................Denise K. Davis
Some Gifts Come Wrapped in Sandpaper..........................M. J. Ryan

Stepping Stones: Advice on how to face adversity with a
positive attitude.


CHAPTER 7 Have I Lived Before?
Reincarnation is a mystery that must be considered and either
accepted or rejected by each individual person. Unusual
stories from people who believe they have lived before and
brought their experiences and knowledge into their current
lives.

Trapped in a Castle................................................Maggie TerryViale
Learning From the Past....................................................Carol Costa
“My, Aren’t You Brave?”.......................................Maggie TerryViale
Group Sessions................................................................Carol Costa
It Happened...........................................................Maggie TerryViale

Stepping Stones: Advice on how to remember past lives and
solve problems through meditation or past lives therapy.


CHAPTER 8 Are We There Yet
This chapter is about the tools that can help us know ourselves
better so that we can grow spiritually. Stories about meditation
and messages from their higher selves, angels and spirit
guides.

Scripting the Perfect Life................................................D. H. Palmer
Becoming a Joy Spreader........................................Barbara Shiffman
Prophecy.........................................................................Hopi Elders
Connecting With the Spirit..............................................John Sackett
Pass It On...................................................................Kitty Chappell
Delaying What We Truly Deserve.......................................Paul Ryan
Finding Happiness......................................................Christine Lynne
Finding Joy in the Most Unexpected Place..........................Liisa Kyle
Pathway to Happiness..................................................Belita Davison
Hollywood Made Me a Better Daughter............................JC Sullivan

Stepping Stones: Information on how to meditate including
suggestions for opening yourself up to the wisdom and
knowledge you are meant to receive to help you on your life’s
journey.


CHAPTER 9 Acceptance
This chapter will be especially helpful to people who are
frustrated when they feel they are losing control of things in
their lives. Stories about accepting and learning from events
you don’t want to experience.

Going Home Again................................................Maggie TerryViale
God Sends a Messenger................................................Neva Howell
Opening to Your Lit Up Path...........Judith at A Peace of the Universe
Breathe Between the Lines.................................Trisha Koury-Stoops
The Joy of Food........................................................Gwen Kenneally
Life’s Lemons Lead to Lemon Meringue Pie.............Chellie Campbell

Stepping Stones: Simple advice on how to accept the things
you cannot control in your life.


CHAPTER 10 Recovering From Loss

We all suffer losses and must learn to handle the emotions
that accompany them. Stories about dealing with grief and
messages from the other side may help readers find the
strength and determination to move on with their lives.

Rob’s Tree....................................................................Sam Turner
Messages From Dad.....................................................Carol Costa
Two Miracles: Life and Death..................................Donna Connolly
Hilda.............................................................................Carol Costa
Hats of Happiness.....................................................Michelle Hirata

Stepping Stones: Advice on how to cope with trauma and loss.


CHAPTER 11 The Power of Forgiveness
Holding onto anger, hate and bitterness is destructive. Stories
about forgiveness and its healing power.

I Am a Happy Man.............................................................Bill Pelke
The Question That Changed My Life...........................Kitty Chappell
Permission to Smile....................................................Sabine Huemer
Smile on Your Brother...........................................Maggie TerryViale
Peanut Butter and Forgiveness...................................Carolyn Solares

Stepping Stones: Advice on how to forgive yourself and
others.


CHAPTER 12 The Circle of Life
A ring is round and has no end, so the circle of life
continues. Stories about near-death experiences and
communicating with the spirit world.

My Bargain with God.....................................................Joyce Martin
A Life-Saving Warning.................................................Ellie Ballentine
The Voice..............................................................Andrew Whelchel
What Is Happiness Really?..............................................Jamie Clark

Stepping Stones: Examining your feelings about life after death.

 

Chapter 3 Introduction & a Select Story

 


— Chapter 3 Introduction

CAN ANYONE HEAR ME?


Millions of prayers are uttered every moment of every day. Do ours get lost in the crowd? Should we keep asking when we don't seem to get any answers? It has been said that all prayers are answered, but not always in the way we expect them to be answered. It is also said that everything happens for a reason. If that is true should we just forget about asking for help and guidance in our lives? To answer that question we must remember that praying is a form of communication and the first thing you need to determine for yourself is who is on the receiving end of your prayer.

There are of course people who don’t believe in a Supreme Being and therefore never try to communicate with that Being. Most people believe that there is a God and direct their requests accordingly. Whether you believe in God, Buddha, Jesus, or your own higher power consider that when you pray, why you pray and how you pray may affect the way your prayers are heard and answered. A good example of the when, why, and how of a prayer can be found in a true story about a man named, Joe.

In 1937, Joe had become an embarrassment to his family. He refused to hold down a job and spent all of his time drinking and gambling. One night in a strange city he was beaten severely by men who caught Joe cheating at the card game they were playing. Joe was thrown out into the alley. Unable to walk or see clearly, Joe crawled to a nearby transient hotel and passed out on a shabby mattress in a room filled with other men much like him. When Joe awoke the next day, he found that the room was pitch black even though the manager who wanted him out of the place claimed it was afternoon. Joe was blind, his vision taken away by the beating he had endured the night before.

For the first time in many years, Joe began to pray. He spent the rest of the day and the following night asking for help. “Please, God,” Joe whispered. “I’m young and strong and if you give me back my sight, I will work for you. I don’t know exactly what that work will be; I’ll leave that up to you. Oh, I know you’ve probably heard promises from guys like me many times before. And you’re probably thinking that if you give me back my sight, I won’t hold up my end of the bargain and go right back to drinking and gambling. But I won’t do that, Lord. Give me back my sight and I’ll spend the rest of my life doing your work.”

Joe’s story offers a prime example of when people pray. They turn to God as a last resort in a time of crisis. Joe’s family had disowned him. He was in a strange city about to be thrown out into the street. He had no friends, no money, and no one who cared whether he lived or died. Why Joe prayed is obvious but perhaps the most important thing is how he prayed. Joe didn’t just beg for mercy, he promised to change the way he lived and do God’s work.

Perhaps his blindness was the catalyst that put Joe on the path he was meant to follow because Joe’s prayer was answered and he regained his sight. As Joe had said in his prayer, some people would have gone right back to the things that got them in trouble, but Joe didn’t do that. He kept the promise he had made. In Fairmont, West Virginia, the Union Rescue Mission started by Joe is still operating today. Joe spent the rest of his life helping people, like himself, rebuild their lives.

Prayer is a powerful tool, even if it is just used to reach the core of your own spirit and intellect. Whether you pray in a group, with a child, or alone in the darkness like Joe, prayer opens the lines of communication between you and the universe. Even if your prayers seem to go unanswered, they have served a purpose in your life, which may simply be acceptance and understanding.

— A Story from Chapter 9 —


Going Home Again
By Maggie TerryViale


Two weeks in the ideal climate of California! I could feel the gentle moisture of the bay on my face mingle with the hazy sun as I gazed at the rolling hills dotted with majestic oaks. Here and there a vineyard graced a hillside with a celebration of crimson and yellow leaves still clinging to the vines that had just been harvested.

I wanted so to move back to the place where I was raised, but the timing wasn’t right. I boarded my flight back to Phoenix and when I walked out of the airport there I was confronted with oven-like temperatures in the bone-dry desert city choking in smog. In short, I came back kicking and screaming. I did not want to live here. I had spent almost twenty years in Arizona, most of them wonderful, but my time was up, I told God.

But God didn’t think so. There was more for me still in Phoenix. I could have rebelled and gone against my Guidance and moved back to California, but I knew in my heart, for some unknown reason, the timing was not right. Ok. Fine. All right. I’ll stay. Yes, there were a few grumbles, but as soon as I agreed to stay, everything shifted.

I fell right into my writing, my circle of friends, and my artwork. I gazed appreciatively at the hummingbirds of joy that hovered outside my window. I saw sunsets that looked like an orb of gold setting the clouds on fire. Breathtaking. Even unexpected money flowed in. And the key to my attitude adjustment and appreciation of this desert paradise? Acceptance.

Maggie TerryViale is a co-author of this book.

 

 

 

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276 pages • Paperback • 6" x 9" • $17.00 •
Copyright 2010 • ISBN: 978-0-9844600-5-2

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