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We Are One

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A spiritual journey and reflections mixing prose and poetry about one person's quest for wholeness.

Synopsis

"We Are One" is about my journey to finding self, which revealed to me a love story. Since ultimately God is best summed up through the words “love God and love your neighbour.” a realization became very clear to me.

We learn to love ourselves by understanding love, which is God and that is how we truly know how to love one another.

This little book has a thought-provoking message of a journey from darkness to light, complemented with poetry to get a deeper meaning across.

Its message of peace, unity, and love is based on the complement of the connection of two completely different identities. Self/God, Self/neighbour, man/woman, Jew/Gentile.

In The Garden

He is life,
A great, mystical tree,
Symbolic in nature,
Eternally free.
She is root,
Hidden, deep below,
With a foundation enduring,
She is a mystery to know.
Combined is the essence of Him.
Revealed is the depth of love Divine,
Captured, perfectly, over a history of time.
Good and bad,
Back to their own identity.
As it was in the garden,
The One tree of serenity.


    There are several things that stand out about this book. It’s sincerity is obvious, and unlike others in this genre, there is no inflated sense of self-worth. The author does not boast about what she has done or offer some plan for salvation or a better life. That is refreshing these days, and I commend the author for writing as she has.

    The author was not raised in a religious home.  I can relate to that since that was also the case with me. There was no opposition to my attending services or Sunday School; I sense that was also the case with her, but she does not elaborate.

    In this book the over-arching theme is that all religions are one expression of truth. While differences exist, these do not change the inherent unit. The author sees Judaism and Christianity as being closely-intertwined. When she started her spiritual journey, she attended an Orthodox synagogue for a period of time and even considered conversion. I found this to be the most fascinating part of the book, and was a little disappointed that she did not go into more detail about how she decided to do so. Eventually she chose Christianity, but is very respectful of its Jewish origins.

    There is a lot of discussion given to the lightness-darkness dichotomy. It is common to many religious texts and has received extensive treatment. However, there is nothing new added here. One of the drawbacks to this book is that there is a lot of repetition  It is like hearing a song played on the piano, then the guitar, and finally the violin. At some point one wants to hear something new instead of these variations. Much of what is written is in generalities; nothing exactly wrong, but there is no new ground broken.

    The poetry is better, and in various forms. It in these verses that the author’s voice is most clearly heard. In the synopsis is a good example.

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I am a published poet with four books out there of my own, and two in collaboration with artist Carol Worthington-Levy. Additionally I have drafts of a novel and one short story in the process of being sent out.

Synopsis

"We Are One" is about my journey to finding self, which revealed to me a love story. Since ultimately God is best summed up through the words “love God and love your neighbour.” a realization became very clear to me.

We learn to love ourselves by understanding love, which is God and that is how we truly know how to love one another.

This little book has a thought-provoking message of a journey from darkness to light, complemented with poetry to get a deeper meaning across.

Its message of peace, unity, and love is based on the complement of the connection of two completely different identities. Self/God, Self/neighbour, man/woman, Jew/Gentile.

In The Garden

He is life,
A great, mystical tree,
Symbolic in nature,
Eternally free.
She is root,
Hidden, deep below,
With a foundation enduring,
She is a mystery to know.
Combined is the essence of Him.
Revealed is the depth of love Divine,
Captured, perfectly, over a history of time.
Good and bad,
Back to their own identity.
As it was in the garden,
The One tree of serenity.

Words

I had no words — I did not know how to speak. Darkness had captured me. It was as if I lived in a room and was never able to leave. Through a window, I could only watch the world go by, wishing to be part of it all. I was trapped. I didn’t know how to open the door, even though it was never locked. I guess I was too afraid to open it. I was afraid of everything. My confidence failed me, time and time again. I could not open the door, until I became desperate, and my life depended on me opening it…


Words

Words are the soul exposing intricate design,

Orchestrated with precision to reveal the divine.

A connection that extends from you then to me,

Words’ powerful force may be difficult to see.

Words express truth, as we know deep inside,

It’s the place we alone know how to share and confide.

Words are important, as they are what makes us be,

Words come alive being who we are truthfully. 

About the author

Shannie Alvarez is an inspirational speaker, author, and nurse. Shannie lives in Ontario, Canada helping people who struggle with mental illness, disease, and addictions. Her message of learning how to love yourself is reflected through Biblical principles and her faith in God. view profile

Published on January 22, 2020

Published by Tellwell

0-1000 words

Genre: Religion & Spirituality

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