Living Guided: Divine Power Is Always and Forever with You
by Jennifer Weber
Amazon Digital Services

"You can release struggling with the unknown knowing you are guided and your life was a Divine design."

Author Weber has found a new path through life after many challenges and wishes to share her success with others. Much of this spiritual advice is offered through memoir. Weber uses examples from her own life to illustrate her progress and her setbacks, leading to a new, revelatory self-help credo. Raised as a Catholic in Utah in the ambiance of a majority Mormon culture, the author learned early on some of the pitfalls of sectarian differences. The majority of her school friends were Mormon, yet she hid her family’s religion from most people throughout grade school and middle school. When she did finally reveal that secret to a teacher who had admired her writing abilities, she felt the full force of the religious divide as he began to denigrate her work in front of the class.

As a young woman, Weber had moved away from Utah and was living a rather typical life, eventually marrying and raising children. She seemed poised to fulfill her ideal of being a good mother and happy wife, but that was not to be. As time passed she and her husband grew farther apart. He was demanding, and she coped by trying to control events so that he would be happy, but nothing seemed to work. Serendipitously she attended some Landmark seminars, and in confessing her self-perceived weaknesses to others, she began to find a sense of mental and emotional release. Once she looked out a window and realized that there was freedom in the open view, freedom she could enjoy. She slowly began a divorce process and started piecing together a plan for managing her life by “co-creating” with God, realizing that her difficulties had led her to this point of surrender and creative revamping.

Weber had always found solace in nature, in music, and in her ability to write. She describes the steps that led her to the creation of this book, each chapter of which has some wise counsel to offer. Now a life coach who offers downloadable guided meditations, she has organized her book without straining her temperate wisdom through some of the usual filters of bullet points and text boxes. Instead, her chapter headings give insight—“Without the Dark, We Cannot Know Light,” “Learn from the Peaceful,” and “Normal Is Overrated”—while the information shared in each may be predicated on her experiences or more universally based.

Possibly as a result of her early years as a non-Mormon in Utah, she is careful not to limit her concept of God to any sect or religion. No matter what one names the deity, what is important, Weber stresses, is to remember that what counts is one’s faith in something larger than oneself. Not only that, the author is frank and open about her own failures and doubts, giving the reader hope of overcoming problems as she has done. In Weber's view, when one looks back on life’s events, one can see God working through and for us. She believes that once people can learn to be unaffected by evil because their own lives are guided to the good, they can achieve a state of enlightenment.

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