REVIEWS for PEACE, POWER AND YOU…
“A beautiful and inspiring book. Clear, simple, easy to read and full of hope and blessings.”
(Michaela – Amazon Review)
Annemarie gets to the very heart and soul of what it is to be human and searching for ways to make this life the very best it can be. She writes with love, grace and humility. A wonderful book to refer to often through life’s eventful journey.
(Julia – Amazon Review)
“I absolutely love it. It’s very succinct yet explains each segment in detail so we can understand. I love that it’s all there together in the book, what you teach. I feel like you jump out of the pages, almost like I’m sitting, listening in one of your classes Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read it!” (Marie)
“A wonderful, concise yet easy to understand book about self value and self care. I love the short chapters, giving me bursts of clarity about myself and my own power. The book gives accessible tools that I’ve started using in my life and am already seeing a result.” (Roz)
“I don’t generally read spiritual books but this one calls out to everyone! It’s simple, practical and straight to the point. A creative touch to use many ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’ words in the relevant chapters, it kept the topic of ‘self change’ interesting, without losing it’s message. Very clever!” (Barry)
ENDORSEMENTS for WILL TO WONDER…
“This is a beautiful collection of enlightening essays with many insights into the truth of power. Take your time, savor every chapter, allow yourself to see the connections between all these ‘powers’ and to experiment and practice them in your life. Only then will the treasures stored in these pages reveal their true value. Only then will you be sure to have many profound realisations about how to live your life more willingly and wonderfully.” Mike George – The 7 Myths About LOVE.Actually!
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“Will to Wonder is beautifully written and very well presented. It is truly a labour of love.”
Charles Hogg, Australian Director of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
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“I had the privilege of editing Will to Wonder. The best thing about that though, is that I read a book (thoroughly!) that I might not ordinarily have picked up. And since spending time with these principles, I find myself reaching for them in daily life. Short segments are sticky. Short segments are doable. Will to Wonder led me to begin reclaiming my power, one jewel at a time.” Jo McKee, Editor, EditonLine
REVIEWS for WILL TO WONDER…
Will to Wonder is an exquisite book to hold in your hands. It caresses the senses, firstly by the visual display, the design and colours of the cover then the actual ‘feel’ of the outer cover of the book. It is sort of velvety. Annemarie’s choice of purple and sunny yellow contrasted beautifully and the jewel in the centre made me want to pick it up and open it.
The writing style in this little book of inspirational philosophy is easy to read, making the messages it has to impart, clear and concise. The messages are gentle yet powerful.
I read Will to Wonder over a period of three weeks, a little each night before I slept. I did this purposefully as I found that I wanted to let the spiritual messages within the book, permeate into my mind. Reading too much at a time, could cause the ‘message’ of each ‘Jewel of Knowledge’ to be lost. I can see that this book would be great, to just open a page at random each day and read the message which comes forth.
Will to Wonder would be a special gift, particularly for folks who are looking for, some Spiritual guidance of a non invasive nature. I can think of many friends and family who would savour this little Gem. It is a delightful ‘package’ and I loved it. Thank you!
Will To Wonder is a great little book packed full of big lessons. The author has drawn on her knowledge gained from studying the teachings of the Brahma Kumaris to produce a truly inspirational gem of a book that details the 21 Jewels of Knowledge which are the principles on the loss and recovery of power In our lives.
The author advises readers that if they are looking for a method to take their life back, and if they want to create harmony in all they do, exercising these Powers consistently (as explained in each of the Jewels) will help them achieve these aims.
Some of the jewels explained in the book are the Power to Adjust (the 9th jewel), the Power of Simplicity (the 14th Jewel) and the Power of Enthusiasm (the 21st jewel).
This really is a great little book. I love the size and shape of it – easy enough to fit into your handbag, briefcase or glovebox. The idea is to keep it handy and to use it as a ready reference to help you ” reclaim your power” and “create your own path”.
I suppose this book would fall into the Self Help category. I hope this classification won’t turn some readers off – this book has so much to offer.
Full of down-to-earth, practical advice on how to take control of our lives, I would like to thank the author for sharing her story, her knowledge and her inspiration with her readers in such an easily digestible form.
“The Power to Discern”, “The Power to Adjust”, “The Power of Compassion”. These are three of the 21 Jewels of Knowledge described in Annemarie De Seriere’s book Will to Wonder. “Exercising my Powers puts me in the driver’s seat of my life. Knowing who I am – a soul – unveils my value and enables me to use my Powers to claim my rightful success,” De Seriere writes in the introduction. The book “is designed so you can pick a Power to nourish you through the day.”
I liked the format of Will to Wonder. Each day I would read a “Jewel” and meditate on the chapter’s message. I read little gems like “if you spend your life running around pleasing others, no matter what you do, it will somehow never be enough”, “Contrary to popular belief, consciously practicing introversion is a very powerful tool to effect change.”, and “Ego has many faces; inferiority and superiority are but two.” These and other statements spread throughout each chapter caused me to stop and think about my life, and how I could better utilize the “Powers” that already reside within me.
More than a self study guide, though, I think Will To Wonder also lends itself to group discussion. Pick one “Power” a week, study it, and then report back to the group how that Power is working in your life.
De Seriere summarizes each chapter nicely with a short “Action”, an “Affirmation”, and a “Blessing”. In the “Power of Faith” chapter, for example, part of the action step reads:
“At the start of any new project, visualize a successful outcome. Do something each day, no matter how small, towards that outcome, keeping a firm eye on your goal. Trust that the outcome will be successful and let go.”
This passage has been a good reminder for me as I start my book project that I mentioned last week.
I have found reading a short spiritual piece each day has been helpful for my own growth. I recommend Will to Wonder for a daily dose of inspiration.
Will to Wonder puts the power in your hands in this easy, uplifting read. Annemarie De Seriere offers an enlightened and holistic perspective on our place in the universe. This self-help book’s simple structure is broken up into 21 “Jewels” of wisdom, making it an ideal coffee table read which can be approached in spontaneous fragments, or devoured in an uplifting afternoon. Anyone looking for an escape from their suffocating, modern lives should pause and absorb Will to Wonder. From then, the power becomes yours.
This is a great book to read when you are confused, stressed or angry. The book is suitable for young adults because of the thoughts the author gives to the reader.
READERS COMMENTS for WILL TO WONDER…
“Thank you so much for the book… I gave it to my girlfriend and she says that it resonates with her so well she can hardly believe it found her… She says she really needed this and she is really excited to share it with her family and other people… I haven’t read it yet, but i will… but based on her reaction i can tell you that there must be something very special about your work… Thank you for sharing it with us and with the world…Now i am excited to read it!” (Chase)
“Annemarie.. Your honesty and courage is inspirational, you have given me strength I never thought was possible, thank you” (Anne, Primary Teacher)
“I have been clean of drugs and alcohol for well over 12 months. That small little purple book helped save me. I keep it close at all times and thank god every day for bringing it in my life. I am so blessed”” (Danielle)
“Recommend this book – simple, practical, truthful – changed my perspective of life”
(David, Mental Health Worker)
“Love this book, keep it with me for inspiration” (Fiona, Naturopath)
“Such a lovely book, simple to read. Each time I look for it, I know I can find it on my daughter’s bedside table” (Sonya, Librarian)
“Found this book to be truly inspiring. Very simple to read with powerful messages. All you need to know to reach your true potential – true harmony” (Kay)
“Thank you Annemarie for giving me the tools to look inside myself, you are always on my email when I need some support – you are an inspiration and a blessing” (Anne)
“Thank you Annemarie for Will to Wonder. This beautifully written book is a joy to read, it sits on my bedside table and I find new inspiration every time I read it” (Val, Disability Support Worker)
“At the core of Will to Wonder is the power of positive thought. Annemarie offers practical guidance on how to influence change in the world by changing my own thinking and transforming myself. A very accessible and inspiring book.” (Gayle, Artisan)
“Thanks a lot received your book – loved it a lot, it gave me the energy to live life happily. Regards (Amit)
“All the best Annemarie, love your book and your work” (Kareen)
“Thanks so much for your emails and especially the book Annemarie which I bought at one of your talks. I read it a lot and sent one to my friend who also loves it. Today a male friend came to visit and was telling us about the tense energy in his current living situation. It affects his whole body and he can feel it in many places… As soon as he explained this to me I rushed to show him chapters in your book and have lent him my copy. Every word is so relevant and now that I am feeling heaps better than I was, I still pick it up and just open it at any page for inspiration” (Helen)
WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS COMMENTS…
Thank you Annemarie, I gained so much from taking part in your ‘Reclaiming Inner Power for Body, Mind, Soul” I was struggling in life – giving ‘too much of myself’ to others – I now have the tools to help others without disempowering myself, lots of love (Trish) Counsellor
“It was wonderful experience I had when attended one day programme of mind, body, spirit – originated by Annemarie who is very much healing in my life since my attendance. I would love to continue to join all future programmes so my spiritual personality can be easy to fulfil and I can be in peace and happiness. Everyday problems in my life with family, business definitely can be settled by following these Annemarie meditation programmes. Thanks Annmarie for all the wonderful spiritual help.” Love from (Gunjan) Business Owner
“Thank you Annemarie, you are a beautiful person/soul and it shines through everything you do and say and write about. I am grateful to be part of your life and have you in my life” (Sigrun)
“You are so precious. I appreciate your emails and so grateful I met you – my life has changed since attending your workshop. Thank you” (Helen) Personal Trainer
“My contact with you no matter where you are is a positive part of my life, I am drawing on your positive messages as I move towards this new phase in my own journey, thanks Annemarie. I recommend Annemarie’s book and workshops” (Leonie) Celebrant
Dear Annemarie, thank you for sending such inspiring and uplifting messages in the form of newsletters to us. I read them when I receive them and then, whenever I’m feeling down I read them again and these messages really uplifts me. Once again thank you so much for doing this. I gained so much from your program (Sudhakar)
Dearest Annemarie, I thoroughly enjoyed your 1 day programme and your book – they’ve both helped me resolve several issues in my life and continue to help me today. I’m grateful to have met you (Paula)
“Thanks Annemarie for your continual support & encouragement. You are an inspiration and always so supportive. It has taken a long time for me to reach this stage, but each time you share your personal stories I realise I need what happens to help me grow! I’m glad to have met you and to have you in my life – thanking you for everything” (Sheryl)
“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your talk, the Powers, and your enlightening emails about experiencing each Power. It seems that you have much to contend with at present and yet you “Power” on with courage and open-heartedness. Thank you so much for all that you do for us, and may you maintain your lovely spirit, and have good health.” (Katie)
“Thanks for your very informative and uplifting emails on our many powers – you continue to inspire and uplift me – I’m so glad I made the effort to come to your talk. I love your book (Julie)
“I so enjoyed the workshop in the glasshouse mountains. It came at the right time for me, as well as empowered me with my recent decision about my life. You created a very calm and reassuring atmosphere, in which loving energy was able to flow. Thank you again, my daughters started reading your book with eagerness. We discussed a few very beneficial points. We love the wisdom in it….” (Gisella)
“Thank you sincerely for giving so generously of your time, your knowledge and wisdom. Both my friend and myself learned so much, and are now inspired to regain our inner powers. We find your book very helpful to guide us along the way as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it was a blessing and privilege to hear you and to know you. Thank you!” (Leesa)
“I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Four Faces of Woman’ and listened to the wonderful spokesperson and advisor, Annemarie De Seriere. It was held in the quaint hall in the ‘village’ of Glasshouse. This atmosphere and the mild fragrance of lit candles was welcoming.
When I initially heard that I would be stepping out of my comfort zone, my thoughts were slowly, but surely doing a disappearing act – would my absence have been that noticeable?!… However, as the morning progressed I began to feel extremely relaxed, comfortable and intrigued with the overall program and began to look at some of my life’s circumstances through different eyes. Sometimes old habits just become a way of life and it took a new person with new ideas to remind me of this…. Thank you to Annemarie for being such a wise, caring soul.” (Julie Anne)
“Loved this newsletter. Remember you well through a workshop at Redcliffe a few years ago. You really inspired me then so I bought your book & have shared it around” (Annette)
ENDORSEMENTS Public Seminars…
We would like to thank you for your generous donation of time and energy. It is people like yourself that make a real difference to our community.
Your Reclaiming Inner Power sessions were well received by the Sunshine Coast community with a number of your sessions being completely booked out. The feedback received from our patrons was very positive and we feel this has the potential to enrich the lives of those who attended. You spoke comfortably as a presenter and were very knowledgeable about your topic.
It was a pleasure to have you as a part of our 2013 events calendar. Kind Regards”
Louise Bauer – Learning & Heritage Service Manager, Sunshine Coast Libraries – Sunshine Coast Council
“It was a pleasure to have Annemarie visit Kempsey Library with her partner Colin, to talk about her book Will to Wonder, and to share her personal beliefs and knowledge.
Annemarie was friendly but also professional, and presented herself to the audience gathered to meet her in a very genuine and engaging way. She spoke about “real-life” situations and problems in a way that the audience could easily relate to, and answered the many questions with in depth answers, drawing on her own life experiences. Annemarie also guided her audience through a short ‘meditative’ exercise which was a very special experience, and created a sense of unity and optimism in the room.
Annemarie’s individual consultations after her talk were a welcome addition to her group talk, and increased the value that Kempsey Library obtained from her visit.”
Alison Pope, Seniors Services/Marketing Librarian