- Pro Review
- Discovery Awards
A NEW NOW
By Michael Goddart
Addressing issues including the wisdom of human interactions, being true to yourself, fulfilling friendships, feeling good and more, Michael Goddart’s A NEW NOW excels when grounding philosophical concepts with specific examples, study findings and suggested activities. Detailed definitions of words such as “wisdom,” “grace” and “compromise” satisfy those with a granular interest in language and a penchant for reflection. The meaning of “inspire” is further applied and extended to an explanation of related sources including the higher mind as well as the experiences of love and oneness. Zingers like “hubris” drive an important discussion about developing the nobler self and creating a new vision of ending or shifting relationships, jobs and paths. Tangible examples form bridges to ethereal subjects like “spiritual purpose,” which some may find elusive. Pinpointing specific paths including expressing and enhancing higher nature through art particularly illuminates the discussion. Tools and suggested activities also provide solutions for tackling stumbling blocks during the search for enlightenment. The recommendations for maintaining a “journey journal,” consciously exerting one’s will to stop negative thoughts and honestly assessing relationships are some of the practical and do-able steps bringing the higher-level aspirations within reach.
Findings from a couple of studies also add credence to important points about fulfilling friendships and contributing to longevity. The conclusion that handwritten drafts increase creativity enhanced interest in the evidence-oriented material. Headings heavily rely on numbered elements such as “5 Aspects of Who You Are.” However, particularly long sections with internal digressions require hanging on tightly to the extended thread. Similarly, repeated references to a Supreme Being are framed in open terms as a welcome approach to widely varying personal beliefs but may nevertheless prevent a complete connection to the overarching material. In a guide that requires active personal participation, a series of key questions are continually raised. Some of the most critical ones about making the best use of one’s remaining time and fulfilling your life purpose continue to linger and prompt ongoing thought.
Michael Goddart’s A NEW NOW is a timely, enlightened and well-researched guide that provides concrete tips for focusing energy, enriching relationships as well as enhancing creativity and productivity.
~Andrea K. Hammer for IndieReader
Clear Path Press
A NEW NOW
By Michael Goddart
A NEW NOW by Michael Goddart is an inspiring guide to bettering one’s life through daily wisdom, getting in touch with the soul, and changing thoughts and feelings in order to master difficult life experiences. The text is well-organized and easy-to-follow and although practical in its approach, does cover some spiritual issues. Readers looking for nonjudgmental encouragement and a daily personal compass will like this book.