Book Review and Author Interview
Today I’m thrilled to share a new book that I never would have found if not for this amazing community. The author reached out to me in September and something about her note resonated with me. I’m copying it below :
I recently released my book Finding The Missing Peace
It’s a story about my own healing journey through being adopted, the desperate search for my birth parents, living with an eating disorder, the massive shifts and miracles that transformed my ‘corporate scientist’ brain to spiritual well-being and how being diagnosed with cancer actually saved my life..
If any of this resonates with you or if you’re looking for an inspirational read.. I’d love for you to take a look at my book!
I’d LOVE to hear your feedback and hopefully continue to uplift each other along our journeys!
A month later I ordered a copy of her book in preparation for Nonfiction November and Chris graciously agreed to be a featured author!
Finding the Missing Peace: A Healing Journey to Wholeness by Chris Duffy-Wentzel
Pub: December 2020
My Thoughts: What an incredible story! This is the story of a scientist and immuno-virologist who knew she was adopted but had stopped searching for information. When she receives a diagnosis of uterine cancer, she starts looking for answers about her biological family again.
I’m adopted too as well as a “recovering” Catholic, and while our stories are very different, I was moved to tears several times while reading this. This quote gave me the chills.
“There is a shared experience the most adopted adults can pinpoint. It’s the exact moment when the reality of being adopted hits them. For some, it comes with incredible trauma as “someone slips “and they discover that their entire life has been a lie.”
There is a section about a personal development workshop that she attended and her assignment was to write out their life story and share it with ten other people at the seminar.
“By the fifth person, I was sick and tired of telling my story I couldn’t help but notice it focused on all the slights and wrongs I’ve ever experienced. The facilitator asked us to consider how our re-telling of the story kept us trapped as victims, unempowered, and doomed to relive themes that no longer served us.”
I’d highly recommend this book to readers who are interested in reading about physical, emotional, and spiritual journeys of truth and healing.
What’s on your TBR for Nonfiction November?
Sensitive is the New Strong by Anita Morjani
What is your favorite nonfiction read of 2021?
The Universe Always has a plan by Matt Kahn
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
How to thrive amidst fear, uncertainty and chaos.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Ask and it is Given by Esther Hicks
Favorite nonfiction audiobook?
Becoming by Michelle Obama
What genre of nonfiction are you most drawn to?
Memoirs and self-discovery
Why is reading nonfiction important?
We find pieces of ourselves in other people’s stories. Themes like: Resilience, transformation: body-mind-spirit, strength, forgiveness, and compassion.
Stranger than Fiction? Tell me about a nonfiction story that you couldn’t believe was true.
“Dying to be me” shares an incredible healing story where the author was on death’s door, as her organs were shutting down after 6 years of battling cancer as multiple tumors rampaged her body. She experienced leaving her body and having an awakening as she was met by her father and other ancestors. She was told it was not her time and that if she returned to her body there would be a gift waiting. Four weeks later she left the hospital… her life forever changed ( body-mind-spirit) and she’s dedicated her life to helping others realize the impact emotions have on our well-being.
Authors: How does nonfiction play a part in your writing?
That is my writing genre and what I enjoy reading personally. I find immense pleasure and inspiration from nonfiction. As a life and wellbeing coach, I’ve found many of my clients have experienced insights and shifts from the books I’ve suggested. Personally, the book, Feeding the Hungry Heart by Geneen Roth placed me on the road to recovery as I battled an eating disorder in my twenties. Her book changed my life. I used it as inspiration while writing my healing journey to wholeness. The author’s deep dive into her emotions gave me the courage to explore my vulnerability and also take the plunge for the benefit of my readers. “
Thank you for this opportunity to connect with your community of authors and readers. A true honor!
Chris Duffy-Wentzel is a life and personal development coach, author and speaker living in the Sedona area. Chris is trained and certified by the Neuroleadership Institute and accredited by the International Coaching Federation. Her private practice focuses on wellness and helping individuals manage careers, relationships and life transitions.
The author’s transformational self-healing journey propelled her to be trained and certified by Peggy Huddleston, the author of Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques. Individuals facing surgery learn how to reduce anxiety and feel peaceful before surgery which strengthens their immune system. Research shows that Peggy Huddleston’s method reduces the use of pain medication after surgery and speeds healing.
Tapping into the creative healing energies of Sedona, Arizona, Chris is committed to assisting people create their own unique path to wholeness: body-mind-spirit.
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