Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Straight Raeding from the Library - My Life Interpreted by Wanda Octave

Wanda Octave, author of MY LIFE INTERPRETED, has stopped by The Library to chat with us about books. Wanda will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


If you’ve ever pondered how you’ve ended up where you are in life, why things happen the way they do and what your life’s purpose is, then you’ll love My Life Interpreted. It is an uplifting book of ninety-nine inspiring reflections that seeks to demystify the questions of everyday life. Through real-life examples, Wanda Octave demonstrates how you can use your own life to decipher spiritual principles begging for attention.

The answers to life’s burning questions are often right in front of you and Octave shows in a practical and down to earth manner how to access those answers and live more fully.

What started out for Octave as snippets of her own life sent weekly to her list of newsletter subscribers has now been collected into one volume of inspiration. My Life Interpreted is a delightful daily companion or the perfect gift book for anyone seeking encouragement.

I watched Lionel Richie tracking his ancestry some time ago, and as he held the only photo of one of his ancestors, I was reminded of how few actual photos I have of myself. What will my descendants find when they search for me?

I remember being so excited to see old photos of my mom, aunts, and uncles. The images not only captured their youth and innocence, but also hobbies, achievements, and their love for family. Spread across my living room floor was a tangible story. I could look, touch, and instantly connect. I did not need to wait for a VCR to play a tape, fret over scratches on a DVD, or worry about converting a file into a viewable format. A picture does tell a thousand words.

My mom went through great expense to restore, make copies of, and convert several old family photos in an effort to preserve her family history. She has also been scrambling to convert old cassettes to mp4 format and to find a record player for her old 45s. Technology is progressing so rapidly that we are losing the tangible formats of our most valuable memories.

Not too long ago, Neale Donald Walsch (bestselling author of the Conversations with God series) advised authors that while e-books may be trending, it is still advisable to get their books in print, as a hundred years from now, the physical book will still be accessible for anyone to read.

And while you can still enjoy the pleasure of reading with an e-reader, you can’t deny the tease of an actual novel. When a good book sits on your nightstand, it stares up at you like a puppy waiting for a walk. It begs to be picked up. It is a glaring reminder of the pleasure of escape. Technology is engrained into the fabric of all our lives these days. We have no choice but to embrace it and keep up with it. But as you do, recognize that the pace of your life has changed. Things are quicker so you move faster—so fast that you forget to stop to take a picture, or print that picture. You don’t pick up a book, or walk to your neighbor’s. You don’t even speak to your friends anymore, e-mailing or instant messaging instead. Haven’t you realized that your fingers say a lot more than your mouth does these days?

Take a step back. Unplug. Who are you without your cell phone, laptop, or tablet? Can you pick up a landline and make a good ole fashioned phone call? How about meeting up with a friend for a real-life chat? Are you still able to connect?

Electronic formats will come and go, but nothing will ever replace something or someone that you can touch, feel, and enjoy the energy of.

Life is short...Leave a tangible trail.

 Wanda Octave lives with constant fascination and intrigue for life. Her amazing ability to extract spiritual messages out of everyday experiences, has kept readers captivated for years and is finally revealed in her new book My Life Interpreted. A former Marketing professional, Octave worked in the fields of banking, real estate and tourism before becoming a writer.

Hailing from the small Caribbean Island which produced two Nobel Laureates - Honorable Derek Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis, Octave has set her sights on becoming an international best-selling author, hoping to again position Saint Lucia as a force of to be reckoned with.

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  1. An interesting excerpt thank you.

    1. Thank you Mary. And Thank you Straight from the Library for hosting My Life Interpreted.

  2. I do not believe that I am photogenic and therefore have shied away from photo opportunities. After reading the excerpt, I now have a different perspective and feel motivated to get out there to take pictures the old fashion way to fill some picture albums.
    Thank you Wanda for aiding me in seeing the deeper meaning and value in capturing and securing these experiences :-D.

  3. This sounds like a fabulous book. I really did enjoy her comments about the pictures. I certainly agree with her on that.

    1. Thank you Jane. Hope you get a chance to read My Life Interpreted soon. And perhaps you can follow Neil and fill up at least one photo album!

  4. I don't have a cell phone, so I do make landline calls, and think they are much better to have a real convo. I liked this post b/c I'm at the library (!) and also have been contemplated how I got where I am lately (!), so I can relate!!!

    1. Thank You Rose-Marie. Sometimes we have no choice but to keep up with Technology but I still think we can hold on to those things of sentimental value. I love that you're at the library.

  5. Thank you Neil. How about I hold you to that. 'Like' My Life Interpreted on Facebook and send me a pic of the photo album when you create it.

  6. The excerpt really made me want to read more of the book!

    1. Thank you Bev! Head over to Amazon and grab a copy. Many more similar inspiring stories. Would love to hear from you after you've read it!