by Jack L. Kennedy
Although there is a good thread throughout with purposeful intentions, the sewing of the fabric of Bring Forth the Light by an author penned Emmanuel (Balboa Press) seems to be rather erratic.
The focus on stories about a variety of people, including unique individuals around us whose need is to reach out and make a difference in rather simple ways, is a commendable approach to this self-help, spiritually nurturing volume. However, the format of the book, background of the author and level of writing may raise barriers for some people.
Emmanuel, the author, is described as “a trained spiritual medium” who has had “the guidance of" American mediums James Van Praagh and John Holland, British psychic detective Tony Stockwell, Aussie medium Marilyn Whall and Dutch television celebrity medium, Jose Gosschalk. Emmanuel is said to be a “certified regression therapist” [explores past lives for emotional and spiritual growth] and a spiritual minister under the Order of Melchideck. So, are you impressed or do you not give credence to these kinds of people?
In a chapter titled “Being Yourself,” the author says, “I remember my life growing up in my home where I was called a freak—not a guy or a girl, a queer, fag, weirdo. My parents would say that I wasn’t like the rest of their children”
Perhaps, there was some validity to his parents’ concern.
Emmanuel claims to have been the victim of bullying and misunderstanding throughout his life. Without in-depth explanation of this the author prefers to discuss how to cope, foster love and understanding; reach out; share the love and embrace those around you—all commendable goals. The book's plea for continued growth is laudable but yet a rather universal theme.
The contents does have some value for those looking for hope through individual stories of faith and healing. The volume’s hurdles often get in the way of a good story, however. The writing is simplistic, the grammar often poor, the proofreading spotty, the vocabulary limited. The level of writing is plainly atrocious.
The themes, the threads, are worth considering, however. Caring, reaching out, tolerating the ‘different’ and refusing to label people or make hasty judgments are all worthy of consideration. The book also has segments that include psychic readings, poetry, and a plea to its audience not to narrow their field of vision.
One tight, telling chapter entitled “Thanks, Martha” expands upon a recollection by the author. It is an example of what he is trying to convey.
“Many years ago as a child, I can remember visiting some of my mother’s family in Wichita, Kansas” [and accompanying the family to church], the author says. That day, he describes how "a black lady" who asked to join their church was denied by a vote of the congregation. The future spiritual healer and author, Emmanuel, never forgot the bigoted incident, and thanks to his help describes how Martha later finds another, more accepting church.
Title - Bring Forth the Light
Publisher: Balboa Press (Dec. 12, 2012)
$30.99/hard cover; $14.99/paperback; $6.99/Kindle at amazon.com/pp.192; 348 KB