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Posted September 17, 2012
In this wonderfully tender book, Alex Woodard describes his jour
In this wonderfully tender book, Alex Woodard describes his journey of self-awareness. Having previously been focused on writing and performing songs about his own pain, he starts writing songs about the letters he receives from others. He begins writing about other people's pain and triumphs. This launches him on the road to musical success and the discovery that when he writes about another person's pain, he is writing about his own. We are all tied together in our humanity. He had gotten out of himself and there he had found himself.
His one true friend is Kona. Kona is a black Labrador who is with him for fourteen years. Much of the book is about Kona and Alex's relationship and it is touching. The people mentioned in the book seem like background.
For the Sender: Four Letters. Twelve Songs. One Story is a gentle book that is to be savored. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every page. It's touching, tender, true and a book I will remember.
Four letters, twelve songs, and one story is an apt description of this book. Based on the four letters he receives from others, Alex writes twelve wonderful songs. The CD is enclosed within the book, and it's wonderful! Each song aptly describes feelings that all of us have experienced to varying degrees. This book and its CD are a moving and transforming experience.
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Posted November 9, 2012
"Autumn is painting change everywhere and I am turning over
"Autumn is painting change everywhere and I am turning over a season of my own, although the leaves are doing a better job of letting go than I am. Leaves and dreams alike are either dying on the limb or already gone. And so is she."¿
-from For the Sender by Alex Woodard
Alex Woodard's For the Sender is an inspiring book for anyone who is struggling to find meaning in their experiences. It also makes a great gift for anyone who is having difficulty coming to terms with loss, though this book is a celebration of life and not about loss. It is about the connections that we make throughout our journey in this world. It holds the message that life has a way of unfolding beautifully even when there are no immediate answers. When we are truly able to let go of the way we think things should be and accept what is, we come to find that even those seemingly insignificant happenings were all connected.
What begins as four letters and twelve songs turns into a journey of healing and understanding. With each song intended for the letter-writer, Alex finds pieces of himself wrapped inside. Whether it's an act of kindness, a prayer for peace, a letter of forgiveness or a song that touches us deeply, as For the Sender clearly reveals, these gifts bless the one who gives as well as the one who receives.
This book comes with a CD and the music is breath-taking and soul-awakening. There is great truth in Alex Woodard's realization that writing, singing and praying are all the same. Each of these activities are ways to awaken the deeper life within us. I invite you to read For the Sender and see that life works beautifully. Even if you already know this to be true, Alex Woodard's book serves as a powerful reminder.
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