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The Gift of Appreciating Life

Screen shot 2012-12-22 at 9.34.46 AMThere could not be a better message told, in a more intriguing way, than Piece by Piece, by Wendy Naarup. Molly, a tween, is bullied, lacks confidence, and despairs to the point of suicide. The author then uses a wonderfully crafted, page-turning, dream-like sequence where Molly learns that no one can see inside another person’s life, to imagine their suffering, to understand their actions. The lesson is non-judgment of ourselves and others; seeing the precious gift of life in ourselves and even those we have been hurt by or don’t understand.

Molly’s grandmother reminded me of my own and deeply touched my heart. Sharing family stories – not just lecturing – was what her Nona called putting “sauce on the pasta.” Naarup has written a saucy tale with many inspiring lessons to digest under the captivating story.

This book will inspire anyone of any age to appreciate their life more and to cherish each moment they’re given on Earth. But it should be required reading for pre-teens and teens who face peer pressures that may often be too tough to bear or to understand on their own. You couldn’t give your child a better gift.

Author Wendy Naarup is a motivational speaker, an Ironman age group champion, an author and a survivor. In addition to her new novel, she has written a wonderful memoir, WAKE UP! TRAVELING FROM GOOD ENOUGH TO GREAT.

She said she wrote Piece by Piece because she wanted to “help kids see through the struggle of adolescence and realize how truly brilliant their lives are meant to be.” Amen.

Becca Chopra

“Their Inspiration for Writing” from Five Top Authors

Chakra Secrets and the companion DVD are part of my HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

I am happy to take part in Authors Tagging Authors! to explain their process of becoming an author and how they were inspired to share their writing.

I was tagged by the visionary author, Gary Markwick, and I am thrilled to keep this going. As part of this blog hop, I am going to answer the questions below, tag a new set of 5 Authors, which then they answer, tag 5 more authors, etc.

1. What is the title of your book?

Chakra Secrets. It’s available on and also as part of my Holiday Giveaway.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

As the author of The Chakra Diaries, released in 2010, I offered the stories of nine participants in a chakra workshop as they transformed their lives through energy healing, really, the healing power of love. My readers wanted to know more of my personal story, as my life became entwined in both good and bad ways with theirs… while aspiring to help my best friend overcome Stage 4 melanoma, I succumbed to a love affair with her partner. Saintly counselor or tantric temptress? My readers wanted to know more about me… and I wanted to share my secrets about my own tumultuous life, yoga journey, and exploration of every New Age modality, including past life regression, to remove the guilt that had been my constant companion throughout my life (even when unexplainable).

I love to teach about balancing the chakras, and I wrote Chakra Secrets to show how I used chakra healing in my own life. At the same time, I bared my soul to all my shortcomings and the mistakes I had made, hopefully explaining how the “wounded healer” can help others. And to find and feel forgiveness.

Part II of the “sizzling” memoir (as it has been described since it covers Kundalini rising, Tantric Sex and more) is actually a sharing of a mind-body “instant healing” technique that I learned in Hawaii from Serge Kahili King, PhD.  In my mind, it should be part of everyone’s “Emergency 911 First Aid Kit.”

3. What genre does your book fall under?

New Age, Metaphysical, Memoir, Self-Help, Dramatized Life Stories

I don’t write in any one specific genre. The closest comparisons to Chakra Secrets that I’ve been thrilled to receive are Paulo Coehlo’s Aleph, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.

I’d love for Angelina Jolie to play Rebecca in the movie adaptation of Chakra Secrets.

4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve always thought being a casting director would be great fun… I often cast my characters while I’m writing, as I’d love to see all my works made into movies.

For Chakra Secrets, I’d choose Angelina Jolie to play Rebecca, as I think she’s a fabulous actress who could show me as I was accused of being – sometimes saintly, sometimes the tantric temptress. Gwyneth Paltrow would be perfect as my best friend Julie, and Bradley Cooper in the twin roles of the men in my life and past lives – Richard and Mark.

5. Here are the authors I have tagged… all in different genres, all great. Check out their blogs, and look for their posts coming to your computer screen next week!

Marla Martenson

Roger Harris

Wendy Naarup

Kay Goldstein

Iain Parke
I hope this gives you some great ideas for additions to your bookshelf, Kindle or iPad. And don’t forget to enter my Holiday Giveaway. If you win, there will be one less gift to buy for your favorite yogini, friend, or to enjoy for yourself!

Becca Chopra

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