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  • A lovely book to read many times.

    Poetry is mysterious to me. Poetry hides and teases, it cajoles and flirts. All the time promising hidden delights, if I am willing to look for it. Wendy’s work is no different, it looks straight at me, staring into my eyes and my heart; then with a quick kiss and wink, it leads me in a direction I was unprepared for. I really enjoyed this volume, I find myself attracted to it over and over. I find something new each time. I award Into The Hearth 5 stars!

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  • A mystical, poetic journey!

    Into the Hearth is a book of spiritual poetry which is breathtakingly hypnotising, sensual, and beautiful in every way. It is honest and brave. Wendy E. Slater invites the reader to pause and reflect, to learn to breathe without trepidation, to accept and to heal. However, even fear is acceptable as this poetry is about self-awareness and acceptance, without rules and restrictions and without the need of extrinsic validation which can debilitate rather than facilitate individual growth. It explores many different themes such as separation and longing, unconditional love, and many other themes are highlighted through the exploration of the inner-self, and our affinity and connection to nature — to the cosmos. From the onset, as a reader, I wanted to devour every word, sometimes ravenously and other times peacefully, as the poetry covered a diverse range of topics. Even saying ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ — simple words and gestures which we all take for granted but use daily, are explored and open doors in the reader’s heart and soul. The mention of pretend conversations in the form of drivel that separate us from knowing the true self, also encouraged me to introspectively think. I could especially relate to the mention of early mornings — that feeling in the morning when one truly feels, as the stillness and also the movement and sounds of nature put things in perspective and speak to us at a higher level. Slater’s poetry is about not judging ourselves; accepting and integrating all the rejected, disintegrated parts of one’s personality — we can only be whole if we accept all aspects. It is a journey though, so through this journey we can evolve without judgment, and this means not judging ourselves when we falter, as well as being free from the judgment and expectations of the outside world. I felt that this book gave me permission to be present-centred — to wash away shame and guilt. Similarly, it ignites the fire within us that makes us genuinely feel; not to merely exist — but to truly live and find inner contentment. The references to nature were so soothing to read. I found that even the darkness described was comforting and enlightening because with it comes acceptance and forgiveness. While reading, I could feel, taste, smell, and visualise what was described. I could smell the sweet scented nectar, feel and smell the ocean, see and hear the sounds of nature and the birds fluttering in the environment that we share. This is a book that you can read over and over again. I know that I will be visiting the pages of this book again, and I think that the more I read it, the more I will gain from it, as the poetry doesn't tell you how to feel; like great art, it invites us to ponder and interpret the words and that’s why it’s a book that will remain in my library for future reading. I also want to highlight the author’s extensive knowledge regarding nature, the cosmos, and spirituality — her wisdom. Just like Slater’s poetry invites us to gain self-awareness as an individual, her poetry is what it is in its own right — it’s unique and comes from the author’s beautiful mind and soul. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It encouraged me to wake up from the comforting yet debilitating flow of routine that holds us hostage. As I read the last page, my breathing became lighter. I actually hugged my eReader when I completed it. Into the Hearth is refined, modern spiritual poetry at its best. It is also intellectual and philosophical. The poems remind us that there is no such thing as perfection and that healing and evolving also entail stumbling as we each walk our own path — this is the way to truly heal and live in the moment — to get in touch with the true self — to stop hiding behind a false sense of perfection. Thanks to the author for a beautiful, insightful, inspiring and nurturing read.

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