Posts Tagged ‘Conversations with God’

The Week that Was

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Today is Columbus Day, a unique holiday that most companies in America ignore.  Waterside focuses on our relationship with the bank and the US postal service so when they take a holiday, so do we. Of course we started this policy more than thirty years ago when it really mattered if the bank and post office were open for our basic operations. Today, in 2014, we could be just as productive with both the bank and the post office closed, but everyone at the main office looks forward to getting the day off so our tradition continues.

Gayle and I just spent the last week driving from Cardiff to Ashland Oregon and back. Along the way we had a wonderful meeting with Michael Beckwith of Agape and then Marilyn Tam and her husband Kevin in Santa Barbara. We had one of the most amazing vegan meals I have ever eaten. I am a real meat lover and rarely have vegan meals, but Marilyn cooked some form of squash that was out of this world. Having an excellent red wine with the meal helped, but I have to confess that the dish itself was enough to convince me—even meat loving me— that I might become a vegetarian someday.

The following morning I had a call with my newest client Pamela Anderson. This was a bit of a coincidence given the vegan meal as Pamela is passionate about her “non-animal” diet and her newest book will focus on that topic among other health tips for maintaining beauty and vitality. Pamela is working with John Pierre who is best known as popular TV host Ellen’s personal trainer. John Pierre is also a nutritional expert and assures me that the sooner I give up meat the better I will feel. I am sure he is correct, but I am just not ready. Pamela’s diet is based primarily on her love and respect for animals, but she is also now working closely with John Pierre who will be a co-author the book. They are focusing on the health benefits of a vegan diet.

After the call with Pamela I had a delightful Santa Barbra brunch with Barbara DeAngelis; we had the most amazing pancakes along with a scintillating conversation. Barbara has just completed the manuscript for “Soul Shifts,” which will be published by Hay House next March. This is going to be a book that will speak to everyone who is ready for true transformation in all aspects of their lives. From Santa Barbara we headed up to Boulder Creek and meetings with Deborah Rozman and “Doc,” the founder of HeartMath. Deborah is the CEO and a remarkable businesswoman. Doc is the visionary behind HeartMath and a unique and extraordinary individual. Doc has campfire meetings that start at 9pm and run until 1am or in the morning. Doc rarely meets with outsiders these days, but Gayle and I have become close friends and regulars. Someday I may write a book based just on the conversations I had with him recently, but until then Doc prefers we keep our campfire chats confidential. (more…)

What God Said

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Neale Donald Walsch speaks directly to God.  His phenomenal bestselling trilogy, Conversations with God, has been 9781101630983.225x225-75translated into more than forty languages and sold more than ten million copies worldwide. His newest book, just released a few  weeks ago, is What God Said: The  25 Core Messages With God That Will Change Your Life And The World.  In What God Said Neale returns to what he feels were the twenty-five most important topics addressed in the original trilogy and revisits those topics in light of what has occurred on our planet in the twenty years since Neale wrote the original dialogues with God. Neale’s goal is to draw attention to the ways in which each of us can improve not just our own lives but the lives of everyone on planet earth.

I have been Neale’s literary agent for the last five years or so, but I was not the agent for the original Conversations with God trilogy.  Like so many others, I was handed a copy of the original book by a friend and told, “This is the most important book I have ever read.  You need to read this book.”  In my case I was on the beautiful island of Kauai and the friend was Ikika Pratt, a Hawaiian Kahuna and close friend. It was interesting that Ikika was so moved by Conversations With God.  As a Kahuna, Ikika is an expert on his native Hawaiian traditions and a healer focused on the healing qualities of plants and using his direct relationship with nature to heal. Thus my surprise at his interest in Neale’s book. Rarely do I read books I do not represent. I am just too busy. But I was on vacation and I had plenty of time for beach reading, and I value Ikika’s opinion, so I read the original Conversations With God – slowly and with pleasure. While I did not agree with everything Neale said, I did agree with more than ninety five percent of what I read. That’s a lot for me as I have my own opinions about practically every topic Neale addressed. (more…)

ASHLAND, OREGON

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Ashland Oregon is one of the most beautiful towns in America. Gayle Newhouse and I spent Easter weekend with good friends Neale Donald Walsh and Jean Houston while being the guests of Richard and Michelle Cohn, the publishers of The Secret and many inspiring titles from their Beyond Words book and video publishing company.

We started the weekend meeting with three new Waterside authors who now live in Ashland and enjoyed almost perfect weather in this quaint town famous for its theater, film festival and constant support of the arts. I was pleased with the quality of the two bookstores I visited and, for a town of only twenty thousand people, was astounded at the quality and breadth of cultural activities available. Later that evening, I joined Richard in burning the dried debris collected over the winter so that he can explore planting grapes later this year on the twelve acre-home he purchased last October. (more…)