Friday, November 9, 2012

For the Sender:A Book Review

"Autumn is painting change everywhere and I am turning over a season of my own, although the leaves are doing a better job of letting go than I am.  Leaves and dreams alike are either dying on the limb or already gone.  And so is she."
 -from For the Sender by Alex Woodard

Alex Woodard's For the Sender is an inspiring book for anyone who is struggling to find meaning in their  experiences.  It also makes a great gift for anyone who is having difficulty coming to terms with loss, though this book is a celebration of life and not about loss.  It is about the connections that we make throughout our journey in this world.  It holds the message that  life has a way of unfolding beautifully even when there are no immediate answers.  When we are truly able to let go of the way we think things should be and accept what is, we come to find that even those seemingly insignificant happenings were all connected.

What begins as four letters and twelve songs turns  into a journey of healing and understanding.  With each song intended for the letter-writer, Alex finds pieces of himself wrapped inside.  Whether it's an act of kindness, a prayer for peace, a  letter of forgiveness or a song that touches us deeply, as  For the Sender clearly reveals, these gifts bless the one who gives as well as the one who receives. 

This book comes with a CD and the music is breath-taking and soul-awakening.  There is great truth in Alex Woodard's realization that writing, singing and praying are all the same.  Each of these activities are ways to awaken the deeper life within us.  I invite you to read For the Sender and see that life works beautifully.  Even if you already know this to be true, Alex Woodard's book serves as a powerful reminder.   

Kathleen O'Malley

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product. 

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