Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review: A Dance in the Woods, a Mother's Insight

      We are not meant to outlive our children. It is against all the laws of nature. When they precede us in death, their stories end;  yet ours continue. A Dance in the Woods, A Mother’s Insight chronicles author Janet K. Brennan’s struggle with PTSD in the wake of her daughter Kristin’s death from asthma at the age of 21. 

      Shortly after losing her daughter, Janet and her husband and two children spent three years in Italy where her husband had a military assignment.  In a country where she couldn’t speak the language and suffered numerous severe illnesses that went undiagnosed, Brennan gradually came to depend on her own understanding and inner spirituality to heal her mind and body.  She began to explore  her own inner resources, learning to meditate and discern deep spiritual lessons from others, often without the necessity of words. She became a keen observer of nature, people and life as she healed.  In this book she shares many insights gained during this tumultuous period of her life. “My temple is within me,” she writes. “The more pure I try to keep it, the more balanced I am.”

      A Dance in the Woods, a Mother’s Insight, is written with a distinct and lovely lyrical style, disarming honesty and courage. Original poems and photographs add further dimension and understanding for the reader.  Brennan’s visual imagery is stunning, and the reader will long for a taste of the fresh vegetables grown in her villa’s garden and the wonderful marinara sauce she makes from it.

      An accomplished and award-winning novelist, poet, pianist, editor and publisher, Janet K. Brennan lives with her husband and numerous pets in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the home of their publishing house, Casa de Snapdragon.

      Title: A Dance in the Woods, A Mother's Insight
      Author: Janet K. Brennan
      • Print Length: 409 pages
      • Publisher: Casa de Snapdragon LLC; 1 edition (January 31, 2015)
      • Language: English
      • ASIN: B00T1UPF28

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