Faith, Power, Joy:

Spiritual Guidance from Five


of Remarkable Women

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A debut multigenerational memoir focuses on the strong women in the author’s family tree.

In this book, Stradling mingles the standout stories from her own genealogical past with the spiritual lessons exemplified by those tales. Her narrative spans five generations of her family’s history, and she delves deeply into as many of the particulars as she can uncover from each era. She tells the stories of her great-grandmother Mackie, her grandmother Minnie, and her mother, Gail, generously mixed with echoes and reflections on her own contemporary life.

Readers will likely be struck immediately by her decision to employ a number of novelistic devices, such as dramatic pacing, crosscutting between narrative strands, and reconstituted dialogue. She uses all of these techniques with a very skilled and pleasingly light hand—the result is the kind of reconstructed family history every author strives for but rarely achieves. Readers follow these women as they deal with the heartbreak of losing loved ones, a kind of tragedy that strikes Mackie often and quite dramatically, which helps to make her the book’s most memorable character. “People were instinctively drawn to her,” readers are told. “She was charismatic and empathic.”

Stradling also chronicles the challenges of these women’s daily lives and careers, particularly in the case of Minnie, who earned her master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1936, became a Shakespeare scholar, and had a strong effect on the education world of her day. The author has deeply researched her subjects and steeps her account in letter and diary extracts, all assembled and studied with obvious care. Small recurring details—Gail’s love of the written word, for instance, or the comfort Mackie drew from the teachings of Christian Science—are thus brought wonderfully to life. And the work’s underlying spiritual message—“Faith and prayer are more than a few words”—is rendered all the more clearly for not being stridently presented.

A highly readable family story that brims with heart and optimism.

Kirkus Reviews

Love is power, not logic, debate, discussion, argument or question. Use it wisely, to elevate yourself to excellence…


~ Yogi Bhajan

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.


– Thomas Jefferson

Create your world with intention. It is the highest form of thought.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.


 ~ Marcus Aurelius

All life is medicine for growth; for health, if we allow. Growth does not end; it is evolution of infinite possibility.


 ~ Faith, Power, Joy

The world is ruled by letting things take their course.


~ Lao Tzu

Focusing on the breath enhances our experience of the present moment.


 ~ Faith, Power, Joy

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. New learning develops from what we learned & used before.


 ~ Faith, Power, Joy

I need to trust myself. My wisdom is part of the divine in me.


~ journal

Bearing fruit involves being pruned & weathering the elements of our lives in a Christ-like way.


 ~ Faith, Power, Joy

All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man, the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.


.~ Chief Seattle


Create your world with intention. It is the highest form of thought.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Just ask for repeated messages for your highest good.


~ Tammy Holmes

Guilt from my strained relationship with mother sulked silently in my mind. It now crept into my heart – I had to heal.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Be each other’s inspiration and foundation.


 ~ the ancestors

I believe in a higher power. I’m guided to learn and do what’s best for my highest growth & happiness.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Love as a universal force is the energy that unites souls on all levels


~Dick Sutphen

I believe in a higher power. I’m guided to learn and do what’s best for my highest growth & happiness.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.


~ Shannon L. Alder

It’s okay for me to be who I am. I am good enough and grateful for being me.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Spiritual substance is all around us, waiting to be formed.


~ Ernest Holmes

Thoughts are things. Our thoughts create our own reality.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.


~ Herman Hesse

In my growth process, I realized I needed to overcome fear, understand myself & make peace with my family.


 ~ Faith, Power, Joy

Faith is an affirmative mental approach to reality.


~ Ernest Holmes

In my growth process, I realized I needed to overcome fear, understand myself & make peace with my family.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

A journal is an interior journey.


~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Nothing good comes without time & hard work.


 ~ Faith, Power, Joy

If you find yourself stagnant, what can you do to change it? I believe people can really change – it takes work.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Any positive mantra will work if it’s simple, easy to remember & you repeat it with emotion when relaxed.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Affirmations work when we access & program the subconscious mind with emotion & intention.


~ Faith, Power, Joy

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.


~William James

Love is a friendship set to music.


~Joseph Campbell

You must learn to listen to the voice of the inner self. It is hardly to be feared.


~ Jane Roberts, The Seth Material

I declare I will choose faith over fear!


~ Joel Osteen

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.


~ Margaret Mead

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.


~ David Orr

The environment is everything that isn’t me.


~ Albert Einstein

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