A magic mountain.
A mysterious book hiding a secret.
A horrific beast on a spree of destruction.
All awaits discovery in ‘Born with Wings’, a novel that blends mysticism and the natural world in an unforgettable adventure for the soul.
When our story begins, we dive into the mystery of existence as it draws us into a space of trust and love, a universe where we know who we are and have free choice to create. It is here that Anata chooses her future life as an orphan bird, but when she literally falls from heaven to earth at the feet of a wayward girl and her talking cat, and their journey together begins, her memories disappear.
Born with wings yet, ironically, unable to fly and feeling abandoned by loved ones, she soon locks eyes with her mortal enemy, Charlot. This is no coincidence! Like a shadow, he has been following her from the afterlife, determined to crush her soul. As the tension between them builds, fear tells her there’s no escape but, impossible though it seems, her heart knows there is . . .
About the Author
Born in Namibia, she grew up with a deep connection with nature and a desire to understand the dichotomy between the separation we see out there and the sense of Oneness we feel within. An advanced degree in Germany and France led to many exciting years as filmmaker, until she returned to her 'roots' to cultivate her own magical garden and focus on her writing.
She lives in Noordhoek, South Africa, with her husband, at least two cats, and the world's most curious Cape cobra coiling in her paper basket, pretending she's not there . . .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite With an exotic setting against the backdrop of the breathtaking landscapes of South Africa, Born with Wings: The Immortal Life of Piu Piu by Bianca Gubalke takes the reader on a spiritual journey that explores the mystery of life and the triumph over fear. Right off the bat, the reader is introduced to Anata who seeks wisdom relating to her next incarnation from an Elder. It is interesting to notice that she’d forget who she is and be left alone with the freedom to choose what her next life could be like. With fear stalking her every step, can she still remember “home” and her real purpose? When she enters her next life, she is a gosling that falls at the feet of Pippa, an African girl who adopts her. Now, an interesting adventure begins, a journey that will bring Piu Piu to the heart of grave dangers, making her face an enemy that would do anything to destroy her, a journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Bianca Gubalke tells a story that will awaken a new consciousness in readers, a story that unveils the face of life and allows readers to ask questions about where they come from and what destiny holds for them. The writing is crisp, somewhat evocative, laced with powerful images and symbolism. The author challenges readers to look past appearances, to learn to pay attention to the life surging within and around them, and to get a glimpse of a world beyond the physical. I enjoyed the unpredictability in plot development, the pacing, the wonderful character development and the vivid setting. Born with Wings: The Immortal Life of Piu Piu is an inspiring story that will test the way we see life, ourselves, and the world around us. This novel is a great success on many levels.
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Born with Wings: The Immortal Life of Piu Piu by Bianca Gubalke is a fiction novel which explores metaphysics and philosophical concepts. Born with Wings begins with the story of Anata and her present and future beginnings on Earth. The story then moves to Pippa and her experiences living in South Africa, surrounded by the landscape and all of its creatures. Bianca discusses various philosophical ideas throughout this book in the form of the experiences of the people in it as well as their interaction with beings around them, including the animal kingdom. Thus, we learn about Pippa’s close connection with animals, and through her, we meet Piu Piu, a young gosling. In this way, the book discloses its plot and secrets not only through humans, but also through animals who feel, think, and experience life just like we do. I liked the basic idea of writing a novel like this that is essentially a discourse about ultimate reality, and the mysteries of life, death, and reincarnation in a form that reads like a fable or a fairy tale. I also liked that this book contains several types of creatures, including animals and birds, and that each presents their own perspective of the world to the reader and it is left up to the reader to understand the underlying meaning and unity beneath it all. In this way, the book touches upon aspects of psychology, spirituality, metaphysics, and of course philosophy. The writing is engaging, although the plot could have been tightened up a bit instead of flowing more or less loosely. Still, this is an interesting read for anyone who enjoys metaphysical discussions.
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Born with Wings: The Immortal Life of Piu Piu by Bianca Gubalke is aptly named because the protagonist of this story is desperately trying to break free and she will do anything to become the person she wants to be. The novel opens with a powerful bang. Anata is on the path to discovering her spirituality and growing. For that, she confers with her spiritual guide and they discuss what her next earthly life should be and what she should expect from it. It is decided that in her next life she will have the right to make her life own decisions, but she will not remember who she really is. Her next life begins when a South African girl called Pippa discovers an Egyptian gosling while she is out and about with her pet cat. Pippa names the gosling Piu Piu and together Pippa and Piu Piu learn many things about life, spirituality, decisions and what it truly means to be alive. Soon Piu Piu’s life is threatened by an enemy and Pippa and Piu Piu have to do something before it is too late. Who is Anata in her new life? Is she Pippa or is she Piu Piu? What is she supposed to do in this new life and what is the lesson that she is learning? This novel has made my inner literature student very happy. Deep and intelligent, the subject matter is handled wonderfully. There are themes of mysticism and spirituality that the reader will discover and understand with Pippa and Piu Piu. They are a formidable team and they fight against the odds together. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and the cover is too stunning to ignore. Enigmatic and entertaining.
Bianca Gubalke's Born With Wings Birds, like Angels, have long been seen as messengers in human life and culture. In some societies, the Crow is seen as a harbinger of danger while in others the Crow is the conveyor of Wisdom and warnings to pay greater attention to our surroundings instead of living in a state of constant distraction between past and future. Likewise, the Owl has long been associated with Wisdom but also with death. Like Angels, too, birds can be both friends and enemies to each other and to humans. But suppose you are “Born With Wings” yet unable to fly? Suppose your destiny as a winged creature is very much in question given your obvious “disability”. How are you to fulfil your destiny and rise above the mundane dangers of existence when you are confined to the vulnerable world of the earth-bound? For one such winged creature, these questions were very much at the centre of her existence. Born in a beautiful and remote valley in South Africa, the Egyptian Goose we come to know as Piu Piu falls out of her nest and into the world of humans. Confined to earth with a broken wing could be a death sentence. Our little heroine known here as Piu Piu but in eternity as Anata, takes us on a delightful but perilous journey through earth-bound dangers, assisted by a young girl’s loving care, an ironic cat’s ambivalent companionship, an alert snake’s guidance and numerous encounters with unexpected allies amid Nature’s impersonal forces, on her way toward confrontation with her Fear and potential Freedom if her courage holds. Friends and enemies, uneasy alliances and family dynamics all contribute to the temporal experience of Piu Piu’s life but it is her recognition of who she really is and her choice to face her destiny with courage that turns her life into a truly magical tale. Opening a window between our physical world and the greater reality in which we all must learn to “fly” is an entrancing epic in which all sentient creatures are tested and our capacity to deal with different levels of reality determine whether we go on to the next step in our spiritual development or must repeat the still unlearned lessons. Beautifully written, divinely inspired, “Born With Wings” is a new and revised edition of The Immortal Life of Piu Piu, a wise and wonderful story in the magical tradition of “The Little Prince” and “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”. Treat yourself to a unique and unexpected pleasure with an out-of-this-world adventure. Five Stars!