Anastasia

Volume 1 of The Ringing Cedars Of Russia Series

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
264 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2013
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Author Biography

Vladimir Nikolaevich Megre (born 23 July, 1950 in Kuznichi village, Gorodnyansky District, Chernigov Region in Ukraine), the author of The Ringing Cedars of Russia book series, was a well-known entrepreneur. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother Efrosinia Verkhusha, a village healer.
As a teenager Vladimir occasionally visited Father Feodorit, a priest of the Trinity-Sergiyev Monastery. Later he was shown there the picture «The One and Only» which he described in his second book before the picture was revealed to the world.

Vladimir started an independent life early and left the parents' house at the age of 16. Since 1974 he lived in Novosibirsk and worked as a photographer with Novosibirskoblfoto, a service company.

At the beginning of Perestroika (reforms of the late 1980s) he was the president of the Inter-Regional Association of Siberian Entrepreneurs. In 1994-5 he organized two large-scale trade expeditions with a fleet of river steamers along the River Ob along the route Novosibirsk -- Salekhard -- Novosibirsk at his own expense. On this trip, an encounter with Anastasia in the Siberian taiga changed his entire life.

It had been a secret for a long time for relatives and friends what made him, an entrepreneur with ten years experience, to pledge his property and spend his savings on unprofitable trading trips. The mystery was revealed in his books with Anastasia as the main character. Vladimir Megre brought something really invaluable from the trips.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Anastasia (Volume 1 of The Ringing Cedars Of Russia Series) by Vladimir Megre is the inspiring story of the author who goes to Siberia on a trading assignment. He meets Anastasia, who becomes his friend. She shares everything about her life with him. She indirectly influences his thinking deeply. The story progresses after the author decides to leave his trade and former life. He goes to Moscow to pen a book on universal ideas and thoughts, which were shared with him during his moments with Anastasia.

It's a stunning story that will touch your heart. Russia as the backdrop is an added attraction. The book is honest and the experiences of the author and how he met Anastasia has its own charm. A spiritual vein runs through the story, making the book uplifting and heart-rending. A lot of soul searching can be done once you finish reading the story.

The reference to the Ringing Cedars is exquisite. It is such a novel concept which adds to the spiritual angle of the story. The author has crafted a story which makes the seeking and understanding of God so beautiful. It's powerful and the healing powers of the Ringing Cedar Tree added subtly to the power of God.

I am eagerly waiting to read the next book because I am curious to know where the author will take us. Apart from the very visual imagery, the writer's transformation from the commercial to the spiritual is inspiring to any reader seeking God.