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Pathways to Illumination

Pathways to Illumination

Review Posted by Maggie on 5FEB14

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Recommend to others: Yes

5 Stars

Wow. This is such a powerful book of poems. I love that in a few words she was able to depict such a graphic story. I guarantee it will affect you on a very deep level. This is a woman’s struggle with an abusive relationship and finding her way out of it and having the strength to move forward. Not only is it about an incredibly difficult subject, that we don’t often talk about, but it is so vibrantly told. It is so vivid, visual and sensory filled. You will feel it, see it… it is so real. I gasped a couple of times as I read, my heart going out to the lost, lonely soul who was struggling to discover who she is and what her worth is. Every woman should read this (men too), I think many will identify with what Ms. Birmingham has written. And I think every woman at one time or another really struggles with her self worth and recognizing she deserves better.

In this powerfully written story through poetry, you can feel her struggle on her journey to discover herself and then to that of liking herself. I am so grateful that she has shared what she went through in such an open and raw way. It is absolutely a must read, beautifully written, forever inspiring. I highly recommend it.

 

 

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Review Posted by Graciela on 01JAN14

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5 Stars

Pathways To Illumination is an intimate journey through the pain of betrayal, the agony of depression, the challenges of therapy, and the beauty of the new life that emerges once the difficult work of recovering from loss starts to yield results. Through her poetry the author expresses the tumult experienced when the world we thought we knew shatters and innocence is lost. She also beautifully illuminates the hope that comes from strength replacing frailty and from clarity replacing the fog of pain.

Anyone who has ever experienced betrayal from a loved one or the abyss of self-doubt, or any form of deep hurt followed by the difficult but powerfully transforming journey of self-discovery will resonate with Ms. Birmingham’s poetic observations. I highly recommend this book to anyone recovering from loss (in a sense, that’s everyone). The words will touch you and reveal that, whatever depths life has pushed you into, you have the strength and ability to rise back up to a place of light.

 

 

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Review Posted by Julie Catherine on 11NOV13

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Recommend to others: Yes

5 Stars

Pathways to Illumination, the debut poetry book by Canadian author Christy Birmingham, is the story of the author’s long journey to freedom from a toxic relationship, domestic abuse, depression and low self-esteem.  Her courage and inner light, combined with a fierce independent spirit lead her into counseling, reflection, self-discovery and ultimately, illumination.

The poems are edgy and soul-searching, and filled with contemporary imagery and sophisticated metaphors that are as poetically delicious as her delectable blog, Poetic Parfait. Christy is a realist and a survivor; and in this incredible collection pens an emotional message of struggle, redemption and hope that so many of us can relate to and learn from.

There are more incredible poems and individual stanzas in this book than are possible to mention; here are just a few that struck me most powerfully:

Sink to the Gravel Bottom –  “I feel like a rock thrown to sea, Without allowance for a moment to Jump across the waves.  My mind sinks to the gravel bottom to Fester with the other stones of your past.”

Watercolors on my Cheek (one of my favorite poems) – “I still question when the pink pill and my paintbrush grew To the sharp point that they were unable to manage me, and When I aged to become a wet watercolor print Without a frame or a hope, unable to Paint a word for help or a smile for myself.”

My Legacy Wilting – “My legacy is looking for masking tape To use to cover the holes In my bank account and in my heart, After your scissors cut Intricate designs for days at a time.”

Lost and Needs a Home – “You may think I’ve lost it, But really, I just realized where my home really is.”

Soul of Sand (another of my favorites) – “If my soul is made of sand, I hope that the shores stretch for miles With pebbles that remind me of my strength and Footprints that Speak freely about my journey.”

Christy’s poems are as amazing as she is. Her words are powerful expressions of her journey to discover her authentic self.  I could relate to so many of her poems that had  me reflecting on my own struggles. Some made me cry; others had me cheering for her. All of them were beautifully, skilfully written words of hope and encouragement to inspire the reader to discover their own pathway to illumination – knowing they are not alone in their journey.

I give Pathways to Illumination a 5-Star Rating, and would not hesitate to recommend it to fans of the genre; and to readers on their own path to self-illumination.

 

 

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