Monday, July 11, 2016

G707 Book Review of The Light of Grace Journeys of an Angel by Kasey Claytor

Name of Book: The Light of Grace Journey of an Angel

Author: Kasey Claytor

ISBN: 978-1-5043-5132-4

Publisher: Balboa Press

Type of book: spirituality, angels, previous lives, friendships, families, companions, seeking meaning, bonds from past lives, destinies, prehistorical times, medieval ages, near future, distant future, responsibility, equality, struggles

Year it was published: 2015

Summary:

The Light of Grace takes readers on an epic spiritual adventure as Grace, a newly-assigned angel, is given four humans to guide: Mumbi, an innovative prehistoric girl guided to break through limitations; Garth, a devout 14th century Christian who questions his faith; Arnina, a sensitive woman in the 21st century who seeks to rid herself of anxiety and fear; and Alistair, an extraordinary man living in the 26th century who explores the planes of consciousness.

Grace is accompanied by her loyal emissary, Aelfraed, who takes the form of a dog, a wolf, and a fox on earth so he can keep watch on Grace’s people. Follow Grace as she leaps through time and space to guide her humans through clan battles, war, space travel, lost loves, high times, and times of despair; and celebrate with her as they earn their hard-wrought wisdom. Discover the secrets of life in a story that spans thousands of years: how angels and humans communicate, how they manifest their realities, and bring forth their latent abilities

Characters:

For me personally the characters were more told than show, but that adds more to the story's charm rather than diminishes it. There is Grace who recently became an angel and it is through her that we meet and get introduced to multiple characters. The story starts out with Mumbi, a resourceful and intelligent prehistorical woman that is only starting to learn about herself and was born in the wrong tribe. She is selfless and does what she can to make life easier for others. There is also Garth,a man from medieval ages who is determined to give the best life he can for his family and although he's not an inventor, he desires to learn more about the spiritual world and during his time is dealing with conflicting message of love and its place in the world. Arnina is a young woman in the near future who is very intelligent and seems to struggle with both intelligence and spirituality through people and drugs. She also has a kind heart as well. The last main character is Alistair who is born in the distant future and unlike the previous characters, he is born in the age of spirituality and enlightenment and his struggle is to let go of his preconceptions towards others. Of course I would be remiss in not talking about Grace's sidekick, Aelfraed who is there for the four main characters in one animal shape or another, teaching as well as guiding them to their destinies.

Theme:

Anyone can find spirituality with hard work

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Mumbi's, Garth's, Arnina's and Alistair's points of view. Once in a while Grace does interject herself into their stories to give her thoughts or her love towards the characters. The best way I can describe the writing style is whimsical and filled with warmth. The story does have more told than show, but it doesn't take away from the charm and warmth that radiates from the pages. I also should mention that when it comes to medieval ages, some of the history is inaccurate; namely very few people had literary and writing abilities, especially when these people were peasants. The history that is mentioned tends to be broad and wasn't very narrowed down. It's also interesting to see how the future is like in the novel, or how people from different eras struggle with spiritual paths.

Author Information:
(From back of the book)

Kasey Claytor is a metaphysical teacher, certified meditation instructor, money manager, and inspirational speaker. She loves to teach others ways to find happiness and has penned several books on prosperity and spirituality, including The 7 Laws of Raising Financially Independent Kids And The God of Anna. Claytor lives with her husband and dog on a lagoon in Florida.

Opinion:

If the reader is searching for a book that focuses a great deal on spiritual and metaphysical sides then this is the right book to read because for me it feels as if a truth has been found and uncovered. It's definitely an interesting take on spirituality as well as angels and their function in human life. I don't think I understood how its possible to control multiple alternate universes by one person or what was going on 100 percent of time with Grace, and I do admit that the historical aspect of the medieval ages isn't well researched, but there is still something special about this story and the characters that inhabit the four stories.

This was given to me by Claire McKinneyPR  for an honest review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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