Enlightened-Ish: A Grief Memoir About Spiritual Awakening

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AuthorHouse, Feb 12, 2013 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 176 pages
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Enlightened-ish is one of the most approachable, down-to-Earth books for anyone seeking a self-guided spiritual awakening. Gails work is honest, inspiring and undoubtedly a refreshing read in a market of deeply esoteric and trite testimonies about spiritual enlightenment and self-empowerment. Gails story begins with the unexpected death of her father. She dedicates herself to writing Enlightened-ish and the belief that this event will guide her to confront death and loss in a way that few have had the courage to do. She comes forward with experiences from childhood and adulthood with an outrageous audacity and authenticity. She confronts the death of her father, the loss of a spiritual community and the effects of witnessing a violent suicide, a health crisis and a break-up - all events which occurred in an 10-month period! Her ability to use storytelling as a means of identifying the universal truths that she calls the Twelve Freedoms of Enlightened-ish Living keeps the reader engaged in a polite spiritual voyeurism that has not been matched. Without exception, her tenacity about being fully human and fully enlightened-ish will change the trajectory of spiritualists in every religion. Never before has a memoir been written with so much conviction and humility, then packaged so powerfully that readers everywhere will be awakened to the power of storytelling. Enlightened-ish is raw, conversational and unforgettable!

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Finally! Someone that celebrates the fact that we are light-filled creatures AND humans equally together! Gail’s sweet soul and sweeter story is such a wonderful change from the dime-a-dozen self-help books.
As soon as I started the first chapter I felt like I was hearing part of my own heart’s story. It was as if I was sharing in a friend’s life experiences and lessons while we sat in comfy couches with our feet tucked underneath us over a cup of coffee. Sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, and never wanting the conversation to end.
If you don’t finish this book with at least a couple of life-changing quotes stuck in your head and a smile that says the weight has lifted off your shoulders, read it again because you did it wrong the first time.


The Call
The Freedom to Cuss
The Freedom to Survive
The Freedom to Live
The Freedom to Imagine
The Freedom to Attach
The Freedom to Believe
The Freedom to Say Enough
The Freedom to Risk
The Freedom to Forgive and Forget
The Freedom to Save Yourself
Exercising my Freedoms
Meditations on ENOUGH
Life Letters
A Literary Ceremony
About the Author

The Freedom to Love
The Freedom to Drive

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Gail is an author, poet, blogger and activist whose first book, "Coming Out of the Closet without Coming Apart at the Seams" was published in 2004. She has appeared in FOX DC News as an advocate for former ex-gays and young people. Her freelance work has appeared in God Allows U-Turns, Encounter Magazine and Outlook Weekly. "For Gail So Loved the World" is her blog, where she discusses spirituality, politics and social and emotional intelligence from a global perspective. Her spoken word pieces and drumming meditations are available on YouTube and she schedules private speaking engagements where these performances are shared. Gail is one of the only known lesbians to hold a Bachelor's Degree from Cincinnati Christian University. Currently, Gail resides in the Washington, DC Area and serves her local community as the Executive Director of a nature-based early learning center.

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