“Resurrecting Venus” A Book Review

Resurrecting Venus:  A Guide to Love, Work, Motherhood, & Soothing the Sacred Ache.

By Cynthia Occelli

Published by Agape Media International, LLC  –  Distributed by Hay House, Inc.

ISBN:  978-1-4019-4087-4

As a Hay House reviewer, we get to choose which books to read and review.  Picking this book had to have been divinely directed because it is full of wonderful affirmations, support, and guidance.  Cynthia’s ability to share the broken shards of her life and how she pieced it back together is what makes “Resurrecting Venus” such a powerful book.

She shares her story as a way to show how to take the shards of your life and glue them back together not to limp along with the same damaged person – but one that grows and heals by facing reality and taking charge of your life.

Beginning with taking responsibility for the good and bad in your life she offers suggestions on how to confront the nightmares in your closet and begin to guide yourself in a new direction.  “Taking responsibility for your life, the positive and negative, puts you in control of it.  This is where a fulfilling life begins.”  For me, the most powerful chapter “Forgiveness is Freedom” made it clear that the baggage we carry is self-imposed and letting go of the past is not just something nice, it’s the key to being able to move on.

Her writing is clear, concise and powerful. We all carry a life burden we need to shed.  Get Cynthia’s book – I believe you’ll find yourself  Resurrecting your own Venus.  You’ll love the Kindle version and the ability to search for ideas and affirmations.

Full Disclosure – I received this book free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are unbiased and reflect my honest judgment of the product having read the entire book.


Christmas Day Photo Trip

We ventured off on our usual Christmas Day Adventure.  The backroads were mucky from the melted snow and 24° wasn’t inviting to hike, so we took a little road trip.  It was surprising how many foks were stopped at Head of the Rocks with us.  From 4 different countries and 4 nationalities.  It was pretty much a picture of the population that travels through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on an annual basis.  Most visitors are overseas residents with 33% from Germany, 30+% from Europe and the rest Americans.

The view of the snow-capped Henrie Mountains was as crisp and clear as you can ever see them.  The winter days are usually wonderful for clean air and blue skies.  We stopped for a bite to eat overlooking the grand Staircase.  At 8,000′ we expected more snow.  The roads were good and the plows were out cleaning up the wind drifts from the previous nights wind storm.  The storms that come down from the North bring winds and rain/snow to the mountain tops, but rarely to the valley floors.  When the storms come in from the south we can get a great deal of snow on the valley floors.

Just past Mile Post 103 on Utah Scenic Byway 12, there’s a clear view of the Henrie Mountains and the outer cliffs of Capitol Reef National Park.  Their Vermillion walls stand in start contrast to the snow-filled crevices of the surrounding formations.  As the day passes the clear skies revert to brown, the Aspen Grove shadows stretch a long ways across snow-covered meadows, and the temperature begins to fall.  Time to go home.

Hoping your Christmas was full of joy and peace.


The Voice – Changes Needed

I have enjoyed many of the songs that have been presented during the past three seasons of The Voice.  In addition, learning about the contestants gives them a separate identity that we can usually relate to.  This season they changed things around a little and mostly I felt it all worked well.  Until the voting was people’s choice only and then it became a personality contest.
The judges became marginalized with their lack of a say in the final outcome.  And two of the judges didn’t have any contestants in the final 3.   At that point it became the Blake Sheldon Show.  I’m not unhappy about that, but it certainly didn’t leave much of a role for Adam or Christina.
So here’s what I’d like to see Carson do differently next season:
  • The background band is very good, but too loud.  Many of the songs the artist is screaming to get louder – at least on my TV
  • The coaches should have a vote in the final four process (somehow)
  • The quality of the contestants voices becomes secondary behind popularity.  Some way is needed to factor in coaches opinions.
  • I think the steal worked well.  It caused ythe coasches to pay attention to all the contestants in case they wanted to steal.
  • I-tunes scoring for the top ten should be factored in but 3 times?  And it should be only for the current weeks performances.
  • The website allows people to vote without end.  Even though they say you only get 10 votes per person, it continues to take votes for as long as you want to sit there and vote.  Are the votes being tallied?
  • The order of the contestants on the website should be alphabetical by last name.  There were several contestants that suffered being on the bottom of the page every week and others had the top of the page every week.
  • Backroom Christina needs some guidance on her comments and tweets.  I did not think it was appropriate that she asked people if they had voted for a certain contestant.
  • Carson, you sway voters by whether you hug a contestant or not after their performance.  All or none please.

I’ll be interested to see how the new judges fit in and what they bring to the mix  Until then – – –

Today in Writing History

My goodness!  Today, December 19th, is quite the day in History.  Julia says to “Be young at heart and fall back in love with life.”   After the events in Ct. I know we can all use a little love in our lives.  Writers everywhere can be happy about these events:

1732 – Benjamin Franklin began publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”

1776 – Thomas Paine published his first “American Crisis” essay.

1843 – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was first published in England.

1918 – Robert Ripley began his “Believe It or Not” column in “The New York Globe”.

1957 – Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. It ran for 1,375 shows.

1984 – Ted Hughes was appointed England’s poet laureate.


Read something wonderful today, write something profound, be young at heart.  We can all use some “tidings of comfort and joy”.  Merry Christmas.


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Resurrecting Venus – A Perfect Kindle Read

Resurrecting Venus
by Cynthia Occelli
Published by Agape
Distributed by Hay House
ISBN 978-1-4019-4087-4

Resurrecting Venus - Cynthia Occelli

A book, from a woman, for women, about women – that every woman should read!

Cynthia takes the opportunity to write about her own healing and lends her experiences so others may do the same. Her birthrights list is one to post on the fridge and ask yourself every night, “Am I working on these and which one needs the most work?” and then celebrate your achievements.

As she states, “too many of us have grown up without stability, security, or peace. We harbor a baseline state of cautious tension and fear to trust few. This taints our ability to love ourself and others. And loving ourself is key to our happiness and success.”

Cynthia asks herself many questions and suggest you do the same – starting with “Does your self image in your mind and heart include being educted, fun, secure, worldly, loving, successful, kind and empowered?”

There are numerous self-help books on the market, but Cynthia’s is one of the better. Get your copy at Hay House or Amazon – I love my Kindle version. I can search for a word or phrase anytime for my fridge list. Start yours now!

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