The Way – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘No wonder people are stressed out. How can one become balanced when the media and greedy corporations persuade you that you need this brand new car, or an energy-efficient mini-mansion, a Big Mac with curly fries, or a multitude of medications just to make it through the day? And not to worry if you do not have the cash – the credit card companies are there to hand out those shiny plastic cards so you can have your heart’s desire and pay for it at a much later date, with interest of course.’
Wanda McBroom, who has become the teacher of The Way, speaks these words which are exactly how our world has become today. We are all on the road to self destruction due to the demands placed upon us to keep up. In the book The Way, Author Catherine MacDonald introduces 3 fictional characters who are sent to Wanda in hopes of finding the answers to life. Melissa becomes depressed and blames her husband for the death of their daughter. Lori is an alcoholic, disowned by her sister, who will do anything to acquire money for alcohol and sex, even if it means stealing. And Jenny has tried to commit suicide several times and failed, just as her marriage and everything else in her life has failed. Through Wanda’s teaching of the way, there is hope that these 3 women can be helped and live happy, productive lives.
Catherine MacDonald points out to us that “there are 2 directions you can take. You can go toward the darkness with negative thoughts and actions or toward the light with your energy and optimism. You reap what you sow. If you do business or conduct yourself in a negative fashion, they you will get negative results. Success and happiness in life are not measured by money, power, or status. We are not what we wear, the house we live in, nor the car that we drive.” These statements are so true.
We are all looking for the “secret” to life, success and happiness. I’ve read self-help, self-improvement books for years. They all seem to say the same thing but they all seem to leave out the most important step to make them really work. After reading The Way, I’ve discovered that the main ingredient left out is YOU! You must make changes in your inter-self. The Way gives you examples as to how these 3 women learned The Way and used the teachings to create real lives for themselves. But, at the back of the book Catherine MacDonald not only gives you the steps themselves but she has also given you directions through a simple questionnaire that will help you too implement The Way into your own life. And for those of you who are wondering, yes God is a part of The Way to a more peaceful life.
I see this as a book that would benefit us all, not just in reading but in following. I’m on step #1 and can’t wait to go to the next.
- Review by Tami Brady
I became a huge Catherine MacDonald fan with Divine Divas and Comstock Rose. With each new book my expectations increase as I find a new favorite. I certainly wasnít disappointed with The Way.
The Way follows the lives of three women. All are at a crucial crossroads of their lives. Jenny is lost. She had a failed marriage, hates her job, and is deep in debt. Feeling overwhelmed, she tries to kill herself.
Melissa had lost a daughter. Her marriage was in shambles. Both she and her husband are spending so much time blaming the other for their daughterís death that they couldnít see anything else.
Lori was a drunk. All she could think about was the next drink. She really didnít care who she used to get it.
All three women are approached by a woman named Christina Applegate who invites them to a retreat of sorts. It is here that these three women will regain their strength, find themselves, and learn about The Way, a method of mindfully managing oneís precious energy resources.
By JV Specialist "Denise Cassino, JV Specialist"
Cathie MacDonald has taken self-help and spirituality to a whole 'nother level! The Way, Seven Steps to eliminate stress and live your life to the fullest by wrapping her philosophy in a meaningful story that follows the personal transformation of three lost women.
They journey into the world of an old Shaman woman who slowly unveils the universal truths that, if implemented, can, and in these women's lives, do transform meaningless existence into meaningful living.
It's a pleasure to take a fictional journey into the spiritual/self help genre and a nice change from the many non-fiction books that flood the market annually. MacDonald writes with a clean, smooth style and brings her characters to life and back to the living. Thanks, Cathie!
By Tracy Riva "Tracy Riva Book Reviewer"
The Way - Seven Simple Steps To Eliminate Stress and Live Your Life To The Fullest by Catherine MacDonald is a refreshing look at spiritual transformation as told through the fictional tales of three women: Jenny, Lori and Melissa. Jenny is at the end of her rope, running emotionally on empty and has just tried to kill herself. Lori is a fifty-one-year-old alcoholic who has been in one treatment program after another. Lori's alcoholism has just cost her her job as a housekeeper in a Key West bed and breakfast - hardly the job for which her college education prepared her.
Melissa is a soul deeply locked in grief after the death of her daughter a year before. Melissa's marriage is in serious jeopardy because she and her husband can't move past blaming each other for their daughter's death, and move onto the business of comforting each other and building a life without their daughter. At a moment of crisis each of the women finds herself contacted by Christine Applegate, a representative for Wanda McBroom, a Washoe medicine woman. Christine tells them there is hope for each of them in a teaching known as "The Way".
She promises each of the women that "The Way", if followed, has the key to their future peace and happiness. Each woman struggles with this concept, but in the end, having nothing to lose, they make the trip to just outside Lake Tahoe where the medicine woman Wanda McBroom lives. Wanda comes from a long line of medicine women. Many years ago a teaching known as "The Way" was entrusted to Wanda's medicine woman forebears, along with a prophecy that the time would come when the world would be beset by the "hurry sickness". This time would come eight generations after the giving of the prophecy. Now, in her time, Wanda sees the fulfillment of this prophecy, precisely as it was foretold. Now with the time finally upon her, the teachings of "The Way" offer a cure to this "hurry sickness". This makes the teachings sought after by many people.
The three women in our story are brought together at Wanda's home, Whispering Pines, where each of them finds the solace and transformation she needs for her life through the application of the teachings of "The Way". With The Way - Seven Simple Steps To Eliminate Stress and Live Your Life To The Fullest, Catherine MacDonald reveals a deep insight into the spiritual and psychological pressures of today's life. She provides simple steps to help an individual experience greater happiness and spiritual fulfillment immediately. Additionally, if these steps are practiced over the course of an individual's life they will continue to bring peace and fulfillment.