‘ In’ twenty-five years as a psychiatrist, I have too often seen lives become diminished by an encounter with depression, loss, or some other form of suffering. Yet the wondrous thing is that some people emerge on the other end of suffering having been somehow enlarged by it. How does that happen? What goes on in the brain, the mind, the heart, or the soul to bring one more fully into life? What can we do beyond leaving it to chance or hoping that we will be enlivened?
”In Meant-to-Be Moments, Mary Treacy O’Keefe explores these mysteries in the best possible way–through stories. And she goes further–she offers a method that we can use with our own stories to encounter God and our own deepest selves within the stuff of our lives.” –Henry Emmons, MD, PhD, author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm
”As a spiritual director, I’m thrilled to have discovered this compelling and well-written book. Often when people come to see me it is because they are dealing with life-and-death issues, or those surrounding grief. I’m delighted to have Meant-to-Be Moments in my cache of helpful tools. Filled with wonderful first person accounts, it is a book I can wholeheartedly recommend because it enlightens, educates, and entertains in such a delightful and uplifting way.”–Diane Keyes, spiritual director, award-winning author of This Sold House and Spirit of the Snowpeople
”Meant-to-Be Moments is an invitation and a call to wake up and pay attention to the grace and mystery that surround us. What makes the stories extraordinary is the fact that they are very ordinary–happening to people in the course of their everyday lives. Invariably, the gift that emerges in the stories is clarity and serenity. Through observing signs, experiencing synchronicities, and reflecting, people discover purpose and meaning, and life makes more sense. Mary Treacy O’Keefe offers profound spiritual wisdom that transcends cultures and traditions. It offers inspiration and hope.” –Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing; Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
”First, a tear alert. Have your box of tissues handy. Mary Treacy O’Keefe has gathered nearly sixty stories as told to her by people who have had ‘meant-to-be’ happenings. This compilation of stories demonstrates how spiritual transformation can give people the courage to live life fully and be who they are meant-to-be. These stories affirm that God is an active force in our daily lives–if we pay attention, listen, and respond to that small, still voice we hear. Meant-to-Be Moments present themselves in a variety of ways–as signs, dreams, telepathic events, and synchronicity. These encourage you to make time to care for others as well as yourself. Need a spiritual kick in the pants? This book is for you.”– Connie Anderson, author of When Polio Came Home: How Ordinary People Overcame Extraordinary Challenges and In My Next Life I Want to be My Dog
”My favorite storytellers now have some serious competition from Mary Treacy O’Keefe. I love listening to and learning from stories, and the stories in Meant-to-Be Moments are packed with joy, pathos, love, coincidence, compassion, and a heartfelt connection with the divine.
”These stories help us to accept that human part of us that rages and wrestles with illness, dying, and death. At the same time, they inspire us to embrace our higher selves as we discover our deep spiritual connection with friends, family, and God.
”As I smiled and cried my way through the book, I realized how deeply touched I was by this emotionally rich and profound collection of stories. Thank you, Mary, for this delightful and amazing gift.” —-Bill Manahan, MD, past president, American Holistic Medical Association