Imprints In The Sand

Raja's Insights

Poetry - General
92 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2016
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Author Biography

Ms. Raja Williams, also known as Raja’s Insight, fiercely arrived on the writer’s scene in 2012 after being awakened by a prolific poet, lyricist, songwriter, and music producer whom encouraged her to write daily. After nearly twenty years of pent up words only floating in her own head she began to allow the words to spill out onto empty pages and find way to readers needing encouraging words. Raja entered one of her poems into a poetry contest in 2013 and won a full publishing contract and released her first book “The Journey Along The Way” in January of 2014 with Inner Child Press.

Through the publishing process and having connected with so many amazing writers and poets from around the world Raja was moved to create a community for writers known as

“Creative Talents Unleashed.”

Having spent her entire working career in teaching and mentoring positions Raja found herself mentoring writers and walking them through the entire publishing process. Soon Creative Talents Unleashed moved from a writer’s community to a publishing group. Within the publishing group Raja founded a program called the “Starving Artist Fund” to assist writers in having the necessary tools to become published authors at little to no financial cost.

Raja is living her life’s purpose, and enjoys assisting writers from all around the world give birth and share their creative talents with the world through publishing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite

Raja Williams’ Imprints In The Sand: Raja’s Insights is a collection of poems that explore thoughts and insights about life and our experiences as human beings. There are ninety-two pages of fairly short but inspirational and thought-provoking poems, written in a thoroughly readable, contemplative, and intuitive tone and style, that carry the reader into the depths of what it means to be alive, experience, survive, find real meaning, and live purposefully.

There is an overall theme about being present in the now in order to be fully alive, and not to get caught up in the stories and thoughts in our minds. Discovering who we really are through stillness and connecting with Mother Earth will lead us to rediscovering our connection with life and others. “Cruise Control” looks at the way we lose ourselves on the treadmill of work and being busy, and asks are we really alive at those moments? “Losing Hope” reminds us that, whatever we experience, there is always hope, and occasionally hope is all we find. “Self Image” is a powerful poem about self-loathing and the sadness that can lead to anorexia – the result of “a judgmental society” that causes people to no longer see who they really are.

Raja Williams has a gift for describing the pain and confusion people experience when not attuned to themselves and not possessing self-knowledge or real understanding. I particularly loved “Some Day” – a poem about enlightenment, awakening, and finding yourself: an astonishing moment when “We will greet each other And our hearts will know Our journey has just begun…” I love the wisdom in her words too. For example, the way life will turn us upside down from time to time in order to remind us how to live the right way up.

Beautiful, authentic, honest, and brave poems written from the heart by one who understands the emotions and experiences of disappointment, fear, hope, love and connection, growth and enlightenment. Williams' words remind us to get out of our heads and live our real lives with compassion for ourselves and others with faith and understanding. My favorite overall is “Understanding Emptiness,” an insightful look at isolation and finding the courage to tear down the walls that cause emptiness in order to have a real relationship with life.

At the end of Imprints in the Sand, Raja Williams includes some thoughts on the writing of the book, including her young son’s contribution, and a Q and A session that we can hold with ourselves in order to reveal truths about ourselves. A highly recommended read for those who enjoy insightful, wise, and inspirational words about life and humanity.

Don Beukes

Raja Williams is a survivor, mother and phenomenal word weaving extraordinaire! Her words are honest,inspirational, uplifting,sweeping,experienced and cautionary.

Each imprint leaves us contemplating,searching,reflecting and inspiring us to either retrace our steps or walk a different path, just finding our intended path...who we were meant to be!

By Don Beukes, author of 'The Salamander Chronicles' (Creative Talents Unleashed, Dec 2016)