I am again honoured to review a new book by Ronald Chapman as part of the WOW! Women of Writing blog tour. This one, “My Name is Wonder” is a tale of adventure that offers much truth.
Little Wonder, a young goat, is made fun of and feels shame. Yet as he learns under Oren and the MC, a wily crow, he comes to find his place in the Presence. His path takes him far away from his farm and he meets many interesting characters along the way. Many offer much to his growing wisdom.
Oren is his first teacher and through him, Wonder learns to be still and listen, to seek the answers inside himself.
“Let your inner voice be your one, true guide. Learn to trust it and it will never fail you.”
Wonder leaves on a journey to the mountains with MC the crow. He meets otters, rams and a bear that enlighten him further. At the top of the mountain, he realizes here is no end to his path.
Other adventures await him and although he is discouraged, he rises above that. As MC tells him: “Now is now. Inside is truth. Breathe. Listen. Feel.”
He learns to be present, even in the darkness. That his path is always there and that they can only limit his body.”
I found so many wise words from the different teachers – from Oren, to MC to Espy. So many words to ponder and take into my own life. Ideas of being present in the moment, of listening deeply, of caring for others.I found Wonder’s acceptance near the end inspiring, as he states: “Since I am here, I might as well be present.” And he finds new ways to explore and grow.
Ron Chapman’s book is a powerful allegory, one that needs to be read and then read again to absorb its wisdom.
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Book Summary: My Name is Wonder is a tale of adventure that will have you thinking from the first page until well after you’ve closed the book. This beautifully written novel chronicles the transcendent adventures of a little goat with big dreams. Join Wonder and his wisecracking guide, the mysterious crow Mac Craack, on a journey through the scenic landscapes of the American Southwest and into the heart of a mindful presence. Along the way, you’ll meet an unforgettable cast of creatures, each with an important lesson to teach.
Paperback: 202 Pages
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (September 1, 2016)
My Name is Wonder is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.
About the Author:
Ronald Chapman is owner of an international speaking and consulting company, Magnetic North LLC. In addition to international accreditation as a speaker and national awards for radio commentary, he is the author of two novels, My Name is Wonder (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016) and A Killer’s Grace (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016 and 2012), two works of non-fiction, Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days(Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2008) and What a Wonderful World: Seeing Through New Eyes (Page Free Publishing, 2004) and the producer of three audio sets, Seeing True: The Way of Spirit (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2016, 2005), Breathing, Releasing and Breaking Through: Practices for Seeing True (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2015), and Seeing True – The Way of Success in Leadership (Magnetic North Audio, 2005). Ron provides a wide array of social media content atwww.SeeingTrue.com, content for people in substance abuse recovery at www.ProgressiveRecovery.org, and other content from his master site, www.RonaldChapman.com. He holds a Masters in Social Welfare from The University at Albany (New York.) Prior to his relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in 2008, he was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ronald can also be found online at:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/seeingtrue/
———-Blog Tour Dates
Monday, September 26th @ The Muffin
Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!
Tuesday, September 27th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Madeline Sharples showcases “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman on her blog, Choices.
Wednesday, September 28th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker
Join Ronald Chapman as today’s guest author at Selling Books with Cathy Stucker. Find out more about Chapman’s topic: How wonder is not in the world, but in how we see, and thus the perspective we bring, and about his latest book “My Name is Wonder”
Thursday, September 29th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverly A Baird reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. Find out what Beverley has to say about this moving tale.
Friday, September 30th @ Linda Loves Chocolate
Linda Juul shares her thoughts after reading “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. You won’t want to miss this insightful review.
Monday, October 3rd @ Book Santa Fe
Elizabeth Seratt reviews Ronald Chapman’s ” My Name is Wonder ”
Wednesday, October 5th @ The Muffin
Crystal Otto from WOW! reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. Don’t miss this 5 star review of an intriguing and enlightening novel.
Thursday, October 6th @ Renee’s Pages with Tange Dudt
Tange Dudt reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman; find out what she had to say after reading this insightful and moving novel.
Friday, October 7th @ Monika Josan
Ronald Chapman’s “My Name is Wonder” will be featured on Monika Josan | a life path today and readers can hear Monika’s thoughts as she reviews this delightful novel.
Monday, October 10th @ Bring on Lemons with Alison Taylor
Educator and mom of four Alison Taylor reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. Alison offers her ideas and insight about this enlightening and beautifully written novel.
Tuesday, October 11th @ Bring on Lemons with Penny Harrison
Wisconsin business woman and mompreneur Penny Harrison shares her thoughts and feelings after reading “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman – don’t miss this insightful blog stop.
Hi Beverley, thank you, thank you! I really appreciate that you found enough wisdom in Wonder’s story to feel it needed to be read over and over again. That’s a powerful testimony. Though I guess I’m also just pleased you enjoyed the read. Ron Chapman
Thanks Ron. I still have to put my review on Goodreads – will do that asap. All the best on the tour.