Seasons: Spring and Summer

Sentimental Streams and Rays of Hope

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
168 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2018
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Author Biography

I have held many roles including teacher, counselor, musician, group leader, worship leader and motivational speaker. I am also a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, daughter and a friend. My greatest pursuit is to know God. I am a servant to research, constantly digging deeper in my quest for knowledge. I am an avid reader, I love books (even the smell of them) as a result, I have become a student for life and of life. I cherish the written word and it’s affect on the reader. Truthfully, I am driven by my passion for writing.

I have been married for over 37 years; I have four adult children and five grandchildren. Although born and raised in Texas, San Diego, CA will always be the place I call home.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Seasons: Spring and Summer by Cheryl E. Rodriguez is a beautifully constructed selection of short stories on how to appreciate the smallest things in life and to enjoy the simple aspects of life such as nature and family. Throughout the book, you are taken on a journey of self discovery, and the importance of relaxation and meditation. ‘Genuine people cannot be controlled through self-will or emotion’ is a revelation and a very thought-provoking statement. The book challenges our self-defeating beliefs and gives us valuable tools to live a peaceful and authentic life. The clever use of metaphors appears throughout, whether it be the example of the butterfly breaking through their hard shell to fly free and spread their wings, or the realisation that we are living in the shadows of our own doubt and fears.

Seasons: Spring and Summer is a very unique and refreshing look at how modern life tethers people to materialism, then compares the alternative of freedom to embrace nature and self-discovery. You are challenged to evaluate your values and beliefs and reinvent your life to one of peace and happiness. Cheryl E. Rodriguez's writing and use of metaphor are exquisite and beautiful. ‘Storms – your goal is not to survive but to thrive in the aftermath.’ Followed by, ‘When it’s over, splash in the puddles.' The book is absolutely captivating, refreshing, and the ultimate handbook for self-awareness and happiness. I would highly recommend this to anyone who feels lost and overwhelmed or who needs to have a clear direction in life. I went straight out into the garden after reading this book and, for the first time, realised how beautiful nature is.