Book Reviews

You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us (with CD)
by John Morton
Mandeville Press (2008) ISBN 9781893020467
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (July 08)

I felt such a profound sense of inner peace while reading “You Are the Blessings.” This book contains a collection of insightful meditations and reflections about our relationship to God and our own self, and topics about life in general. By learning to view life events as blessings, we can learn from them, even if they seem negative. Blessings come from the insight we gain while we are learning to overcome hardships. If we pull ourselves closer in our relationships with God, then we come out more in touch with our own Divinity.

Something that really resonated with me was a discussion that involved fear. If we open our hearts to God, and His abundance we really should not need to fear anything. Speaking of abundance, the author also reminds us that we really already have everything we need. It is our materialism that diverts our attention from this and makes us feel inadequate. This is so true for me. I know that not only do I have enough, I have more than enough, yet so many times I forget this and find myself wanting things that lose their specialness before they are paid off.
Having a close relationship with our Creator can fulfill us more than anything materialistic. Learning to appreciate what we have helps us to feel more peaceful and accepting of our lives. Reaching out to help others adds meaning to our lives and makes a difference in the lives of others. What a blessing that is for both the giver and the receiver.

Included with the text, is a CD with blessings, prayers and meditations. The words included on this CD are so insightful. Each track has a connection to pieces of the book. It is wonderful to be able to relax and just listen. It was such a gift to be able to both read the book and listen to the CD. I discovered a sense of peace within myself that I haven’t felt in a while. The book will definitely provide a tremendous amount of material for journaling. I highly recommend that you get “You are the Blessings” by John Morton as a gift for yourself and for someone else.

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