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  • By Shirley Cheng
    Apr 13, 2007
    "More Excerpts of Reviews" An inspirational miscellany from one of the braver souls on the planet. The author of a number of works in genres ranging from memoir to short fiction to poetry, this motivational speaker is seldom at a loss for words to celebrate life and promote her indefatigable character. Here, Cheng collects a menagerie of lyrics, haiku, short personal essays and even briefer aphoristic words to live by-all on the theme of leaping over seemingly insurmountable hurdles, a subject with which this author is well-acquainted. Though plagued from infancy with near-fatal juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and then blindness as a teenager, Cheng continues to tackle on the page all life has to offer, enlisting but her two index fingers, the aid of a screen-reader program that reads back what she's composed and her indomitable will. Cheng's prose statements detail a few of her tribulations, offering philosophical insights on suffering, though never with a hint of self-pity;... More > her poems, particularly the vivid haiku, turn more to objects of the natural world that delight her. For those ready to be eased of their burdens, Cheng provides a lift. -Kirkus Discoveries This book is an amazing read by an amazing person. While shops and shelves are piled with inspirational and self-help books written by people with disabilities, only luck can lead the reader to an author capable of transporting them to a world outside the normal and understood. Shirley Cheng is one of these lucky finds, driven as she is to help others understand the lives of the disabled. Cheng is one person who has never allowed her differences to dictate her attitude towards life. She not only appreciates life as a gift, but expresses gratitude to her mother for her positive outlook on life, and to the existence with which her Heavenly Father has blessed her. No matter what, Cheng views her life as an opportunity to make the most of, and views her differences as giving her a unique outlook on life. Waking Spirit is a collection of poetry of different types including haiku, quotations and essays that embody Cheng's positive attitude towards life and strategies for dealing with adversity. Her writing is very accessible and enjoyable as she "shows without telling," without arrogance or preachiness. This book is an expression of joy, of wonder, and of passion for life. It teaches simple truths and lifelong lessons that are often overlooked in the current complex world. -Karen L. Sadler ForeWord Magazine CLARION Reviews Shirley Cheng creates beautiful worlds of inspiration by focusing on a positive outlook. Her wisdom and captivating writing style reveals a rare beauty of the heart. Humorous haiku blends effortlessly with devotional selections as quotes sing a wisdom we want to hear and live. This book takes you on journeys of spirit, where you feel nurtured and loved in this world of magical joy. Her visions of delicate wonder are a warm soothing revelation. I can highly recommend Waking Spirit as well as Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That The Heart Tells. The positive energy in Shirley Cheng's books is refreshing, real and inspiring. I hope you will invite her writing into your heart to experience the beauty of love's transforming energy. -The Rebecca Review Top 10 Reviewer< Less
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Shirley Cheng
May 23, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.59 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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