Pearls of wisdom with a punch and then some! What a listen! This hell-of-a-woman entertains with her autobiographic thoughts, full of comedic sass, vulgarity and make-sense reverence of who we are and how we can be better AND enjoy living.
Quotes from her essays:
” Don’t postpone joy.”
“Edit your life.”
“Be yourself. We are not our resumes.”
“Confusion is a terrific state of mind to be in.”
“Don’t buy fear, drink water of life, not death.”
Title: Raving Violet
Author: Valerie Gilbert
Genre: Autobiography, Non-fiction, Self-Help
Published By: Black Opal Books
Published Date: January 17, 2013
Narrated By: Valerie Gilbert
Listening Length: 7 hours, 33 minutes
Publisher: Valerie Gilbert
Release Date: January 12, 2015
Other Books By Valerie Gilbert:
Swami Soup Memories
Dreams and Deflections
A Brief Description: Dead mothers, missing husbands, disgusting dates, perverted “reverends,” seductive gurus, infamous ingrates, and cheese thieves. These are just a few of the cast of characters that pepper Valerie Gilbert’s true tales in Raving Violet. Enter the world of a solitary but intrepid New Yorker. Orphaned as a young adult, this divorced, smartass metaphysician has sought solace and insight from philosophers, séances, channels and mediums—a path that has, inevitably, led her back to her formidable fortress within. Join Valerie as she scales the castle walls on her journey for love, sex, sass, a chuckle, and really good chocolate. Love and Loss! Love and Glory! Love and Nausea! Raving Violet has it all.
My Thoughts: This book was so powerful, that I immediately turned around and started listening to it again. There are so many gems of wisdom that strike a resounding chord within me. I came away with many uplifting and potent thoughts and ideas that it necessitated a second listen.
The author says not to buy fear, but drink the water of life, not death. Just that thought alone makes us realize that so much of our lives are directed by fear.
This woman has grabbed the world, shaken it and never said no, continually searching for her path. I’m now following her blog, eager to hear what other gems of wisdom she spews. Her words and voice are unique. She’s full of sarcasm and symbolism which requires me some deep pondering.
In some of her essays she rants most vehemently, poking a finger where poking is well deserved. Her narrator, with its ever-present sincerity or sarcasm, kept me listening, highly entertained, following her train of thought most tenaciously. I actually snorted several times during the listen. The woman has guts with unbelievable experiences in her continual search of truth.
I have never listened to a book with the writer and narrator one and the same. I was surprised at the excellent quality of the narration, her capability in not only expressing her feelings in words, but narrating them in such an appealing manner.
Her essays touch upon many issues and many had me smirking with a nod of agreement or laughing out loud with her outlandish remarks. I’m most pleased that I won this book as a giveaway on a blog.
About the Author and Narrator: I’m a native New Yorker, passionate mystic, and introspective seeker of expansive and explosive fun. I believe the spirit world and physical world dovetail perfectly. They are designed to, and are flip sides of the same coin. We don’t leave the physical world behind in order to “ascend.” We raise our vibration physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually in order to bring Heaven down to Earth and meld the two spheres. We, the Human Adventurers, are the secret ingredient to create this Alchemy. And whoever has the most fun wins. Happiness heals. Joy is sacred. That’s who I am, and that’s what I write about!
Valerie Gilbert’s blog: http://ravingvioletvalerie.blogspot.com/