Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Book Review: 'Leap of Faith' by Janie Lidey
Alaskan author/composer/speaker Janie Lidey has taught music in public schools in Alaska for many years and has been recognized for her excellence through winning an Emmy for her songwriting; a Grammy for the fine arts program she helped direct at East High School in Anchorage, Alaska; the Mayor’s Arts Award which recognizes excellence in music education; and, a spot on the George Lucas Edutopia website for her role in helping make the world a better place. She not only taught her students to sing and play the guitar, she taught them to live their lives with passion, kindness, love, hope and gratitude. The most important lesson was to instill the belief in her students that they could be or do anything they dreamed or imagined. Now she shares these values with the general public, speaking to audiences from The Rachel’s Challenge Summit in Denver Colorado, (Columbine Tragedy) Women’s Conferences in Alaska, California and Iowa, Lion’s International 8 to Great Event in Anchorage, Alaska, American Cancer Relays along the west coast, Craig Duswalt’s RockStar Marketing Boot Camp in Los Angeles, California and Personal Growth Events on the west coast to name a few. This book contains the core of her teachings.
In her Introductory remarks Janie addresses her readers in saying ‘As I share these quotes, stories, and songs with you, it is my deepest hope that they will help you live authentically, love without condition, calm your fear, power up your leap, lean into your gift, and realize the myriad of blessings and miracles that are magically and abundantly waiting to appear in your life.’
Outlining Janie’s habits offers insight into the journey on which the reader will embark - Act As If…, Begin It Now (Be bold – Whether giant leaps or baby steps, you can create your own reality by taking action), Dream Big, Just Imagine, Live in Gratitude, Let the Music Lift You, Laugh While You Leap, and Leap with Love. Or as Janie phrases all these 8 habits, ‘I believe that when you act as if, you will lean into your gift like never before and experience your wildest dreams. I believe that when you begin it now, doors will swing open wide for you, and a myriad of wonderful things will come your way. I believe that when you dream big, you will create an energy that will help allow blessings and miracles to appear in your life. I believe that when you just imagine, your thoughts will create your reality. I believe that the more you live in gratitude, the more things you will have to be grateful for. I believe that when you let the music lift you, you will feel like singing, even on the days when there is no song in your heart. I believe that when you laugh while you leap, you will find a greater sense of ease on your journey. And I believe that when you leap with love, you will carve the most direct path to your own peace, love, and happiness.’
Every new habit chapter included, actions, quotes from famous people, stories from both Janie’s journey and the journeys of other people, and closes with one of Janie’s songs. This is not only a gift to mankind, but also a wondrously good time in reading. Feel her. Grady Harp, September 16
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