Official Review: Change Maker by Rebecca Austill-Clausen

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Official Review: Change Maker by Rebecca Austill-Clausen

Post by ellieonline03 » 28 Dec 2017, 17:17

[Following is an official review of "Change Maker" by Rebecca Austill-Clausen.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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When people talk about death, they usually associate it with the end of life. In Rebecca Austill-Clausen’s book, Change Maker: How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life, she teaches us that death is not the end. It is more like the start of a new chapter of life. She shows us that people do not really die. We only transition from one life to another. Rebecca shares a part of her life in Change Maker, specifically on how her brother’s death prompted her spiritual awakening.

Before her brother’s death, Rebecca is like any other workaholic business owner we know. She works 80-100 hours a week. She spends more time working than spending time with her husband and two children. She loves to multi-task. She spends her free time doing more work. Consequently, her stress level is always high. Whenever she goes on a vacation, she experiences headaches. All these changed when Daniel died. She loved her brother. She mourned when he died. However, her heart felt lighter after she dreamed of an animal that held the essence of her brother. This dream, along with other significant events, started Rebecca’s spiritual journey.

Change Maker is enthralling and thought-provoking. Rebecca has a way of capturing her readers for long periods of time without boring them in the middle. Although I do not personally know the author, I love how this book felt personal to me. Someone close to me recently passed away. Like Rebecca, I read books on the afterlife, spirits, and metaphysical (some were even mentioned in the book as a reference). It delights me to know that there is a way to communicate to with my loved ones even after their death. Additionally, I like how she tries to question things. It felt more natural rather than readily accepting everything. I also enjoyed her accounts of fairies, meditation, crystals, and energy fields.

The book is easy to read. There are ten chapters in the book. Each book ends with an “Illumination” – somewhat like a piece of advice to readers who want to pursue their spiritual journey. I chose to read it at leisure and contemplate on the author’s words before I continued to another chapter. I did not finish reading it in one sitting, but I felt more relaxed with each chapter I completed.

I easily give this book 4 out of 4 stars. Change Maker: How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life by Rebecca Austill-Clausen is a beautiful memoir. It is written in first person point-of-view. I did not notice any errors, which led me to believe that this was professionally edited. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in topics such as the afterlife, meditation, new-age philosophy, and other self-help books.

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Post by Yaone » 02 Jan 2018, 01:39

Thank you for a well articulated review. I love the new definition of death as a transion of one life form to another. It helps me not to fear death so much.
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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Jan 2018, 08:29

I don't think this is my cup of tea, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I do like the fact that the author sums up the chapter with a kind of takeaway "illumination." I think that's a great thing to meditate on and sump up the chapter. Thanks for the information.
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Post by Kat Berg » 02 Jan 2018, 15:08

Not my kind of book, but I do like the meditation aspect and am glad it was meaningful to you.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 02 Jan 2018, 22:54

Although I don't do yoga, new age or fairies, I believe in the hereafter. The body may go back to dust, but the soul lives on. Death, like graduation, is a commencement. Life on Earth is just the foreword to the Book of Life.

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Post by Lebs » 03 Jan 2018, 10:46

This is definitely a different perspective and seems like a book that has a very personal impact on people. The review highlights the main thesis very well. I will not read it now, but it is something I will old onto for when I go through something similar.

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Post by Boypnet1 » 05 Jan 2018, 05:04

I was forced by the reviews to read the book and it is a nice one to dealt with.

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Post by Boypnet1 » 05 Jan 2018, 05:33

This book is one of the best I ever come across looking at the reviews alone nothing will stop you from reading this book.

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Post by BookHausJ » 06 Jan 2018, 00:18

Life after Death. This truth was established in the Bible by Jesus Christ himself. Though I have no idea or had never experienced yet that someone who is mortal can talk to a spirit who are already dead. But I have no right to judge the Author for writing this book. Experience is different from opinion. And I think it's really hard to write a book if you have no experience for something. Reading this book is interesting. I'll find a way to read this book. Thanks for the review!
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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 07 Jan 2018, 15:53

This sounds like a relatable account of how a life-changing event can provoke spiritual growth. Thanks for the excellent review.

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Post by Mary Wangare » 12 Jan 2018, 00:04

Not the kind of story I would prefer to read over and over but generally I like the use of illumination. The writer has given a great flow of the book that gives the reader the urge to finish reading it.

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 13 Jan 2018, 05:41

Thanks for the revelation in your review. This book would be interesting to me. I have been exposed to some topics on Oriental Philosophy. Life-after-death concepts are expounded deeply in this philosophy. I am amazed that my Catholic upbringing does not present much friction with these tenets. There is a complementary relationship as I have found. I will read this book.
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Post by Jesskid » 15 Jan 2018, 00:46

The review has made me read the whole book.. Its one of the best i have read.Thanks for the review

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 19 Jan 2018, 00:48

Change Maker is a beautiful memoir. The topics of spirituality, meditation and life after death are Appalling. Great review. Do check mine.
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Post by CommMayo » 19 Jan 2018, 16:28

It sounds like you were able to really connect with this book. I always good to read reviews resulting from that connection.

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