Embodying Soul

A Return to Wholeness—A Memoir of New Beginnings

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
352 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2019
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Author Biography

Truth seeker/speaker, Earth Realm explorer, deep thought translator.

On the surface, Keri Mangis might seem a gentle yet candid introvert. But peel back a layer and you'll uncover an inquisitive explorer of inner and outer realms. Peel back another layer and you might see a brave visionary pioneering her own brand of spiritual revolution. She has studied or taught yoga, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, energy work, aromatherapy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Tantra, Christianity, and other spiritual teachings and healing modalities.

A Minneapolis-based writer and speaker, her work has appeared in Elephant Journal, Urban Howl, The Sunlight Press, Grown and Flown, Rebelle Society, The Good Men Project, Stitch, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. Embodying Soul is her first book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Embodying Soul: A Return to Wholeness: A Memoir of New Beginnings by Keri Mangis is a fascinating memoir that speaks about the author's understanding of having a loving relationship with her emotions and herself, thereby creating a strong beginning for a return to wholeness. We are introduced to Sëri in the Soul Realm, Rasa, her soul friend, and Endless Curiosity, her soul animal which is a silver-eyed wolf. Serene Voyager, whose Soul is known as just Sëri in the Soul Realm, is going through her journey before she decides to take another birth and go back to the Earth Realm. The Soul Realm is where every soul returns between human incarnations to experience healing, reflection, and guidance. Sëri is ready to go on the River of Forgetting, which was going to be her divinely selected path to the Earth Realm. In the Earth Realm, after many unsuccessful attempts at giving meaning to her life, Keri decides to make contact with her soul, Sëri. Have you ever thought about contacting your soul? Well, this memoir might help you do it.

The memoir is about self-discovery and shows readers how Keri peels away layers inside her to discover her internal realm which gives her full awareness about her humanness and remembered divinity. It is a realization of how when life is aligned with the soul, this leads to a life of peace and acceptance. The memoir is insightful and gives readers glimpses into the author's dialogues with her soul. The book is profound and will help readers look at life with a different perspective and work towards being in alignment with their life, embodying characteristics like softness, calmness, approachability, courage, humility, patience, and strength. The author weaves together the Earth Realm and Soul Realm and the characters there seamlessly, making the transition from the boundlessness of the Soul Realm to the confinement of the Earth Realm palpable.

K.C. Finn

Embodying Soul: A Return to Wholeness – A Memoir of New Beginnings is a work of non-fiction centered around transformation and spirituality, and was penned by author Keri Mangis. Unusual in its presentation as a memoir, this volume not only describes the life, background and choices that its author makes but also combines the narrative of a kind of spirit guide from the Soul Realm, whom the author meets during a moment of crisis. In the Soul Realm, Seri embarks on a lifetime alongside Keri, and the parallels drawn between the two lives teach Keri the importance of getting to know her true self.

Whether you believe in the spiritual aspect of this memoir or not, the content and development of the Soul Realm and the wisdom of Seri really serves to create a bright, intelligent and emotive response to looking at life which many readers will find really uplifting. Author Keri Mangis sets out with the same role and goal aspirations that many women aspire to when they are younger, but when she has achieved the life she set out for, emptiness settles in. Seri’s observations teach the importance of self-discovery and self-love in an effective way, and the two distinct narratives keep the work fresh and interesting as the conversation between soul and self deepens. Overall, Embodying Soul: A Return to Wholeness – A Memoir of New Beginnings was a truly unique and highly motivational read with plenty of uplifting qualities.

Rabia Tanveer

Embodying Soul: A Return to Wholeness—A Memoir of New Beginnings by Keri Mangis is a story of self-discovery, loving yourself and believing in yourself. Keri always had a hard time believing in herself. She lived in North Dakota, trying to find a place where she felt safe, but she never seemed to find it. There was something about herself that she was never satisfied with. She sought approval from the people around her and, in the process, she lost sight of who she was. Leaving North Dakota might have been the best decision she ever made because after that she finally realized that she had lost touch with her soul. So for the first time in her life, she did something for herself and tried to find herself. In doing so, she embarked a journey in which she discovered that as long as she had herself, she was just fine.

This was such an inspiring book to read. The author has done a wonderful job at writing this book in which makes sure she engages the audience while spreading her message. Self-love and self-care are very important, but sadly we are losing touch with ourselves in the race to please most people. Keri had a tough life, but she knew that she had to do something when she reached a breaking point in her life. She wanted to be better, which was the reason why she became better. I think she is an inspiration for the women who lose themselves in nurturing their families and the lives of other people and lose themselves in the process. There is no shame in loving yourself and making an effort to find yourself. I hope that many women take this book as an inspiration to make their lives better and exactly what they want and not what other people want.