A Woman's Voice


Book Reviews ~ A Woman’s Voice – Inspirational Short Stories

“A Woman’s Voice – Volume 1” by Dolores Ayotte is a beautiful book by a remarkable writer and inspiring woman. The book is a selection of personal anecdotes by the author, enriched with philosophical quotes by her and others and with additional meditative questions for the reader to reflect upon her thoughts.

Ayotte is a strong believer in God and Christianity, yet her writings have relevance to any person regardless of faith. Her pointers are inspired by real life and common sense as much as they are from her faith in God and love. As a matter of fact some of the pieces reminded me even of a book I recently read that came from a Buddhist / Tao angle.

Her positive and upbeat attitude shines through the pages and for me it represents the best of Christian teachings. It is not judgemental, respectful and is written for you to reflect upon your life and its path, trying to help you find confidence and love.

The author uses her life experience to teach us what she learned about love, communication in relationship, about the choices we make in life and the connections she sees in the world that make Gods Great Picture.

This is a heart felt book that contains much wisdom and inspiration. Probably best read in small portions so that you can use the advice of the author and reflect on to the individual pieces for longer. Enjoyable with lots of food for thought.

by Author & Book Reviewer Christoph Fischer
http://www.amazon.com/Womans-Voice-Inspirational-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00A53FXMC/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES AND ANECDOTES ~ Self-Acceptance ~ September 5, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

Isn’t it strange how we meet many people in life who appear to be so self-confident and poised?  Perhaps those who genuinely are, have no need to read articles like mine.  Maybe, you are one of these fortunate people.  I don’t know and more than likely I will never know unless you tell me otherwise.  Many of us are able to project an aura or image that implies we are more confident than we may actually be.

For those of you who may, at times, feel inadequate, insecure, know the meaning of fear, failure, and human weakness, then perhaps some of what I have to share may very well appeal to you.

My goal is to reassure you that you are not alone and it is okay to be human.  We are not all cut from the same cloth and we must make the best of the gifts that we have been given.  It is wiser to deal with negative feelings in order to help overcome them so as to better cope with life. Self-acceptance is the key.

Some stars in the heavenly sky, are bigger and brighter than other ones.  When the smaller stars join together they create the same dazzling effect as some of these larger stars.  Whether big or small, we all draw our Light from the same Divine Source.

“A Wo-Man’s Voice” has been created to connect some of the newly discovered stars, including me, to create our own Milky Way.

Thanks to all of you for accepting to shine this way and for sharing your light with others who may be just starting to shine. What a wonderful and generous way to light up the sky.

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QUOTES AND ANECDOTES

“An obvious fact about negative feelings is often overlooked. They are caused by us, not by exterior happenings. An outside event presents the challenge, but we react to it. So we must attend to the way we take things, not to the things themselves.”  (Vernon Howard)

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY ~ You Asked…I Answered (part 2) ~ April 21, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

What was the hardest thing about writing this book? (I’m Not Perfect And It’s Okay)

The hardest thing about writing this book was making the decision to be so open and honest about my feelings.  I had hidden my depression from others, with the exception of my husband, for so long that I had no idea how people would react to this revelation.  I have discovered since the launch of my book that many people are willing to share their journeys or tales of depression with me, however, most prefer that they remain anonymous.  Still to this day by what I’ve heard and observed, depression is not looked upon by all, as merely another type of illness or disorder. 

One of my closest friends asked me if I felt more vulnerable after writing about my mental illness which is what depression is considered to be.  Without a doubt, I certainly did and still do at times!   The most difficult part was facing people after they had read what I had shared with them.  I did not want my relationships to change.  Generally speaking, they have not.  In fact, my fears have been put to rest because several people have demonstrated more admiration and respect for me as a result of my efforts. 

Of the 13 tips you shared for getting through life, which do you feel is the most valuable? 

Of the 13 tips that I shared with my readers, the one I feel is of the most value is the very first one, that of learning to love yourself.  During this very difficult stage of my life I not only suffered from depression but I also had a very negative self-image as a result.  At that time, I could hardly bring myself to look in the mirror and love what I saw in it…my own image.  I not only felt self loathing, I felt that others could not find much to love in me either.  Thus, first and foremost, I had to relearn to love myself instead of looking at my reflection in such a negative way…that of an utter failure. Due to my illness, I could not return to my teaching career and was at a major turning point in my life. It was necessary for me to figure things out. Therefore, this book is actually being written in retrospect.  I needed to live life first and then reflect back to better describe the choices I made along the way in order to have a full and rewarding existence. 

As in all recipes, some ingredients are vital to the recipe and cannot be substituted.  In my book, I feel that the first step is the most essential in order to make this recipe work.  A lot of people are unhappy with themselves.  My recipe calls for admitting this fact if it applies. I also stressed learning how to be happier with whom you really are rather than what you may want to be. It doesn’t mean to say that a person cannot grow but growth stems from an honest assessment of self.  This process requires some self-examination, a dose of truth serum, and the desire to move on from this point.  This could possibly be done by incorporating some of my recommendations into daily living.  When I have off days, which most of us do, I still refer to my own book and try my best to follow my own advice. 

I recently wrote an article about the “stigma” of mental illness.  Mike Falcon’s article  (Spotlight Health) with medical advisor Stephen A. Shoop M.D. in USA Today coincides with my post titled “Dear Abby”.  I hope you will take a moment to check it out.  Two more articles you might want to read regarding depression are Here To Help and About Depression.  The more aware and informed we all are about this oftentimes, debilitating condition, the more compassionate, empathetic and tolerant we will eventually become.  

To be continued…also, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will answer them to the best of my ability.  The above questions were asked by Laura Davis on Interviews and Reviews.        


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