Book Review: Grace by Christine Friel McGrory

Kripa (trans Grace) – the ultimate key towards realizing the spiritual path of self-realization. (Wikipedia)

Every now and then a book comes along that makes you feel like the author wrote it with you in mind.  The words appear like personal messages to you, at exactly the time in your life when you need to hear them.  You feel like the heroine or hero in the book is discovering the very things that you are at the same time; it is as though you are both on the adventure together.  You think to yourself:  “Aha!  I knew that”.  Grace is such a book.

The story is of an ordinary, everyday, completely miserable western woman called Grace who takes the wrong bus and meets a mysterious “Old Lady” who takes her on a journey through the ages to understand the concepts of creation, energy, love, desire and the universe.  Grace strips bear all that she is, takes it all out, has a look at it and lets go of what is no longer needed, putting the rest back piece by piece, this time with love.    Grace finds confidence and purpose and is encouraged to create the life that she truly desires.

This book does something that is not easy to achieve – it inspires. It has feminist values, in a subtle way that does not lecture.   The heroine changes her life by her own actions under the guidance of an older woman.  No romantic love story, no strong, handsome man is required for Grace to save herself.  All she has to do is to learn to love and believe in herself and her relationship with the universe, and she cannot help but create the life that she truly desires.  It really is as simple as that. The little old lady is fearless, there is nothing she will not try and no place she will not go and she encourages Grace to do the same.

Women are especially going to enjoy the read.  It can be difficult for women to respond well to some of the more aggressive motivational writers and speakers who can be too intrusive, too crass and too loud.  In contrast, this book has subtlety and the ideas explored simply and reasonably.  The advice is not to go out there and violently take from the world what you want.  It is to stop for a second, think about your life and about how you have ended up where you are now.  It explains in a very calm, reasonable way the fundamentals of the laws of spiritual energy, without attempting to force a religion or a method on the reader.   It is not the natural instinct of most women to force their will on the world and that is where Grace will find a willing audience of women who want to find the confidence to chase their dreams without using aggressive techniques.

 “The heart is the electromagnetic powerhouse of our body, our universe … Its energy can be picked up eight to then feet outside of our bodies”

Grace explores the concept of the universe being divine and everything in it, including people.  This is not a new philosophy; monism and pantheism have been around for centuries, however many more people are finding themselves drawn towards this way of thinking once more.  The belief in universal energy does not necessarily state that there is no God, and Grace clearly refers to a divine creator. Believing that divinity is in the energy of everything in the universe, means it is still possible to believe in a God that has created the energy that comprises it.  It is also still possible to believe this and believe in science.  You can believe that there was no creator as such and still believe that there is a divinity in energy. The concept of divine energy does the opposite of what many religions do (whether or not that was their original intent) in that it includes us mere mortals as opposed to alienating us or making us feel, inferior, flawed or sinful and it does not mean that any other religion is wrong.  It is an all-encompassing belief.  Grace introduces the reader to these beliefs and offers a further reading list for those interested in learning more about different schools of spirituality.

Grace also discusses our understanding of space and the relationships between the planets in a rational, clear way. Understanding how energy drives the forces of the universe and the earth is somehow comforting.  Grace gives you the impression that when looked at it in the context of space and the universe, whether scientific or spiritual, there is a force at play which is far more powerful than human beings and it knows exactly what it is doing.  We can try to fight that force, or we can learn to flow with it and love it.

Grace is a great read for those who are just beginning to ask themselves questions about the earth, about their place in it and about why things happen the way that they do.  If you are contemplating beginning a creative journey or if there is something that you have always wanted to do but never thought you were talented enough, you will find inspiration and encouragement in the pages of this book.

Grace asks you instead of tells you to look for the answers that are already there.  To see the strength and potential within you so that you can start to unlock that in the way only women can – with elegance.  If you are interesting in learning how to be more confident and creative, but want to do so in a feminine, flowing way, then Grace is a book which will open up your mind to a different way of thinking that could potentially change your life.

Grace can be bought on Amazon here.

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