“Messages of Hope” is a collection of short articles and true stories written with the hope of inspiring a positive approach to one’s journey through life.
It contains stories and articles that present Messages of Hope for individuals and families who are suffering. Some of the Messages are intended to be powerful positive guidance for politicians who are involved in drafting policies that affect all life on this planet.
The Messages will offer insight that will result in increased cooperation between all members of society and, in doing so, lead to a greater positive co-operation between individuals and counties … for the “common good” of humanity and our planet.
The Messages/Chapters are not placed in any particular arrangement, therefore they can be read in the order of your choice, depending on which title connects with you at any moment.
You might be drawn to the Message: “The Spirit of Cooperation for the Common Good”…a message which can assist politicians who are involved in the process of making important decisions for the citizens of their country. Or perhaps you will be drawn to the Message: “You Are Perfect” which will assist individuals and families who are dealing with emotional issues.
We can learn how to suffer less. We can learn how to turn our experiences of pain and suffering into the creation of a human being with greater understanding, compassion and loving-kindness towards self and others. We can learn to know and experience a life of joy and happiness. This is not an illusion…this is a noble truth.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Messages of Hope: Inspirational Writings from the Heart is a collection of nonfiction stories and articles written by Christopher M. Meuse. Meuse is an author, certified hockey coach and retired public school teacher. His opening story: “We Know There Is Hope: A True Story” recounts the author’s realization that alcohol was taking a toll, not only on his life and health, but that of his daughter and his family, and follows his recovery from both that addiction and brain surgery. In “You Are Perfect”, he discusses the pain that seems to be a universal human condition, feelings like “unworthiness, guilt, anger, shame and fear” that must be dealt with in a positive way rather than being suppressed. He discusses ways for people to “form positive rapport” as they learn to acknowledge those feelings and find their way to feeling safe, complete and perfect, including meditation. His article, “Toughness vs. Love”, discounts the value of the old tough-love approach to child-rearing in favor of a more supportive and loving parenting and teaching style. He shows how the old paradigm of preparing a child for the harsh realities of life can actually cause more dysfunction in that child’s development than good. Each of his writings is accompanied by illustrations and inspirational photographs.
I was already familiar with author Christopher M. Meuse from having read his most enlightening hockey novel, “Hockey, Kids & Positive Coaching”, when I began reading this collection. Meuse is an articulate and inspirational writer whose philosophy of life is aligned quite closely to my own. I loved reading Messages of Hope: Inspirational Writings from the Heart, and enjoyed learning more about the author and his outlook on life. I especially enjoyed the photographs he includes with this work and loved the interplay of ideas with scenes of beaches, rocky shorelines and endless ocean vistas. His articles and stories are inspiring, as are the poems which appear in this work. “Messages of Hope: Inspirational Writings from the Heart” is most highly recommended.
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Christopher M. Meuse is a retired public school teacher who has also been employed as a sheet metal labourer, construction worker, part time musician and recording engineer. He holds degrees from Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University and St. Anne’s University, as well as counseling certification in Neurolinguistic Programming, Ecopsychology, Quantum TLC and the WEL-System. He is a certified hockey coach under the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program.
Christopher has had numerous articles related to human development published in journals, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, and websites throughout North America. He has facilitated online courses in Ecopsycholgy, as well as workshops for the Tri County School Board and the Primary Elementary Teachers Association (PETA) at their annual provincial conferences.
Christopher is the father of three children Anthony, Mark, and Michelle. He lives in Little Brook, Nova Scotia, with his wife Peggy.