A Thoughtful and Beautiful Story
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This is a wonderful book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Roxana Bowgen opens her heart and tells her story in a thoughtful and beautiful manner.
Could your interior life benefit from reawakening?
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The humanity represented by the work of this inspired author must be what God was hoping for when he undertook the genesis of men and women in the first place. If, as Einstein suggests, those who seek miracles can find them constantly within everyday life, then this book is a miracle which should be highly sought-after. Bowgen is an intrepid and humble soul who has devoted her life to humanitarian service and the depth of the wisdom of her learning from this calling is profound almost beyond belief. The Agapanthus is a living symbol of the flowering of the soul when given a larger pot in which to grow. It is a flowering which grows in the fertile soil of faith, commitment, love and humanity. This spiritual life can only be achieved after undergoing introspection with a fearless and relentless attitude deeply rooted in faith whenever entering the cloud of unknowing. This book is a "Wow!": it may well leave you in the reading with a changed life and quite possibly a new sense of purpose and subsequent direction. "Agapanthus Rising" is about a noble life devoted to the relief of suffering based upon the simple recognition of it among fellow human beings and a deep, abiding will to serve as an agent of positive change. This book is narrated by a soul crafted within a crucible of hardship and fortified by a deep, inborn conviction that one life can make a difference in the fates of other human beings who are overwhelmed in the millions worldwide by dire poverty, disease, ignorance, government oppression and war, intolerance and greed. This story is nonfiction told with complete and uncommon honesty which is disarming because it is so vivid in the narration representing a fearless humility which has proven instructive in informing the vessel of the soul like a fine red wine poured into a cut-glass, crystal chalice. This stunning nonfiction reads like a novel with a heroic protagonist embarked upon an impossible, lifelong quest: at first glance it would seem to be a quixotic quest except that it makes a difference for people worldwide who are impacted by this wondrous mission. It has a business plan and a name in Volunteers on Call, which delivers humanitarian services in some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world. Bowgen is as fearless amid the viper and disease infested jungles of South America as she is trading among the hostile, Hobbesian jungle of Wall Street. It is the nearly complete absence of fear and profound engagement in the wisdom and fulfillment of faithful service which struck me most in reading this well crafted, articulate and beautifully narrated spiritual work. Bowgen walks the walk and talks the talk because she has been innovative with an off-the-charts existential plan which has moved mountains. This is a book filled to the brim with everyday miracles which serves to validate,even to a skeptical mind, a proof of concept immersed in harsh reality serving, if anything, that it matters not only to you but to many others, even humanity itself, how you choose to live your life. This is one of the most profound books that you may ever read. Consider it an act of good faith that a stranger has presented you with an opportunity exponentially to improve the meaning of your life simply by the reading of this masterfully written book. If Bowgen's life of humanitarian service could be reduced to a single hymn, the title would be: "Here I Am, Lord." I cannot recommend this great book more highly: what an incredible legacy both in the humanitarian service and a narrative about its transformational value.
New Book Explores How Life’s Problems and Paradoxes Lead to Growth
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Roxana Bowgen has had a life full of diversity, and it has resulted in a number of paradoxes in her life. She was raised in Peru, grew up in Beverly Hills, lives in Connecticut, and has traveled the world. She has traded stocks and organized volunteer missions to Third World countries. She grew up Catholic, has been interested in Judaism and Buddhism, and been a speaker for the Methodist Church. In other words, she has never failed—even when at times she feared—to reinvent herself. And for that reason, she compares herself in this book to the Agapanthus flower, which is able to bloom wherever it is planted with just a little nurturing. Rather than complain or wither when she has found herself in a difficult situation, Roxana has only dug her roots deeper, and soon after, she has bloomed and shown her true, brilliant colors. In her new book, Agapanthus Rising, Roxana now tells the exciting, sometimes dangerous, often moving, and always inspiring story of her adventurous life’s journey. While sections of this book read like a memoir, as a whole, Agapanthus Rising is a call to the reader to be all he or she can be. Roxana uses her own stories and experiences as a jumping off place into self-exploration for the reader. Throughout, she encourages people to expand their horizons, take reasonable risks, and live life to the fullest. And while I believe she has done many amazing things with her life, she would be the first to say anyone could do what she has done. Speaking of herself and her family, she states: “We are common people. There is nothing special about us. But sometimes, we need someone else’s example to find the courage to do something. If we can do it, you can too. I read somewhere that ‘You may be the only Bible someone sees today.’ I thought a lot about that and realized that we can motivate, encourage, and inspire people more by what we do than what we say.” Inspiration fills every page of this book. Whether it’s Roxana walking into the United Nations building, uninvited, and having lunch with an ambassador as part of her job search, or traveling down the Amazon to bring needed supplies to villagers in remote locations, or even finding a work-around solution to airport security and immigration issues, Roxana makes it clear that whatever she can do, we can do, and once we discover the seed inside ourselves and help it to grow, we can also plant seeds in others, inspiring them to bloom as we have. Readers will find a lot of variety in Roxana’s stories, along with plenty of adventure and a great deal of food for thought. I can’t share everything here, but some of my favorite sections included Roxana’s discussion of her religious and spiritual beliefs, such as her interest in the possibility that Jesus’ lost years were spent in India, how she grew up with Jewish landlords who were like family to her, and her visit to Israel. I was also inspired by the generosity of Roxana’s spirit—she is a true missionary, having been involved in non-profit and charitable organizations long before she decided to found her own organization, Volunteers On Call, Inc., which has done a great deal of good for people worldwide. Roxana has truly taken Jesus’ words to heart to treat everyone as her brother and sister and to clothe and feed—and even to educate—them. Readers should also be prepared to be challenged beyond their comfort zones. Roxana has her say on everything from reincarnation to quantum physics, and she connects each topic to how we can use it to live a more soulful life. Roxana appreciates all the talents God has given her, and she realizes that those who have much also have much expected from them. She continually asks herself whether she is using her talents to their highest and best potential, and she concludes that “there is always room for improvement. I have been given much and there is much more that I can give. We all can.” Roxana is giving enormously just by writing Agapanthus Rising. It is a true gift because it offers her readers the opportunity for self-exploration and self-discovery, and beyond that, part of the proceeds from its sales will be donated to the ongoing work of Volunteers On Call, Inc. You may not agree with Roxana on every point, and you may not want to travel the world to serve others, but I guarantee that if you read this book, you will find that your horizons enlarge at least a little—and probably a lot. You will see the world as a bit bigger than you realized and with many more possibilities for happiness and fulfillment than perhaps you have allowed into your daily routine for some time. I encourage everyone to read Agapanthus Rising and discover new ways to bloom. For more information about Roxana Bowgen and Agapanthus Rising, visit www.AgapanthusRising.com — Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., and Award-Winning Author of Arthur’s Legacy