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A Warrior’s Heart: The Promise

 I started Writing A Warrior’s Heart:  The Promise just over 2 years ago.  I wrote about 5 pages and then  I stopped. With out any real  reason, I just couldn’t seem to find the words.  Every-time I sat down to write, nothing manifested itself on to the pages.

Though  “THE PROMISE” was never far from my heart.  It was just that the words didn’t want to come.  Well last weekend Calgary, Alberta, Canada got pounded with a snow storm and I was stuck inside the house for the whole weekend.  Oops that’s a lie, I did go outside and shovel snow at least three separate times.

But, there was creative magic in being stuck inside that weekend  because I could do nothing besides, shovel snow, watch Netflix and write.  Let me tell you write is what I did!

It felt awesome to be in the magical world of Graham and Master Akio once again!

Stay Tuned!

A Warrior’s Heart The Awakening – Audio Sample


A Warriors Heart: The Awakening

After crashing his plane in the South Pacific (the direct result of his own arrogance), Graham begins to question who he is and what his life is about. Shortly after his rescue, he makes the bold decision to return to the deserted island to do some soul searching for 30 days; only to discover that he’s not alone!

What unfolds is an exciting adventure; a compelling tale of self-discovery, transformation, and awakening to spirituality. The antics of these entertaining characters will not only keep you wondering what’s next, but touch your heart with their story of unconditional love and friendship.

Embrace your own Warrior’s Heart and make your Warrior Spirit grow by listening to A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening!

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The 62nd State

Canada has water, The United States has been in a serious drought for four years.

Canada has a small military, The United States has much larger military. The largest in the world to be exact!

The attack was over in less than seven minutes…  British Columbia and it’s  precious life giving water were now, “The 62nd State”.

Canada’s counter-attack was over in in less than 5 minutes.  But the effects were far reaching and changed the face of the earth. . .

Forever. . .

I am tackling a new genre, military – espionage.


A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation (Book Three)

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An excerpt from this exciting conclusion to the A Warrior’s Heart trilogy:

I awoke with a start, my elbow violently jerking and falling off the armrest of the extremely weathered hospital armchair for the umpteenth time that morning.

Even though my eyes were still tightly closed I could tell it was just before dawn; I could feel the sunlight that was eagerly starting to shine through the large hospital window. I opened my eyes a tiny slit and squinted at Master Akio. He was, of course, wide awake and gazing at me with a smile. I kept my eyes closed, like a little boy not wanting to let his parents know he was awake on a school day, desperately wanting a few more minutes of peace and quiet.

For the last eight days, Master Akio and I had lived a virtual nightmare. He had been poked and prodded numerous times a day and the vampires – otherwise known as nurses -who had taken numerous blood samples from him daily, would soon be arriving again. They would be followed by the hordes that returned with a vengeance each day.

Yes, there had been a steady, never-ending stream of diplomats from both the Japanese and the U.S. Governments. There were representatives from the embassies, war departments, veterans affairs, plus countless reporters, doctors and, of course, the always present and ever dreaded vampires. Even though I’d been by Master Akio’s side for eight days, I’d seen very little of him. Apparently, people far more important than me needed to see him. It seems there aren’t too many World War II soldiers who went missing in action in the Battle for the Marshall Islands that are found this many years later. Master Akio had quickly become quite the celebrity.

He had graciously endured their incessant questions, but I could tell he was tired, none the less. He was also tired of the atrocious hospital food. It was quite the contrast to the food he’d become accustomed to on Inspiration Island. There, the food was always freshly made and hot, as it was only about forty paces from the ‘kitchen’ to our chairs.

If there was any good in Master Akio being hospitalized by a heart attack, it was that they’d given him a complete physical and psychological evaluation. He’d also received a complete and very thorough dental checkup. I was a bit envious. Despite the fact that he was over ninety years old, he still had no cavities, which was an impressive miracle to me.

What manuscript readers have to say

“The first two books were such a well-told, entertaining story, filled with wonderful messages and truths about life…  and this third book, Warrior’s Heart: Convocation is a fitting conclusion.  Just as powerful the first two, this book will hold your attention right to the last page!” Charmaine Hammond, Author and Motivational Speaker

“I love books that are not only a joy to read but inspire and teach along the way. Convocation, just as each book in the A Warrior’s Heart trilogy, consistently draws you to become part of the journey it shares about life, love, and listening to your inner voice; the characters’ learning becomes your learning.”- Ellen Rogin, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Picture Your Prosperity

“A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation brings the characters to life with words that dance off the pages. Masterfully written and weaving a story of triumph, you’ll be moved by the powerful spirit of love as you realize you’re exactly where you’re called to be.”    – Lisa Marie Platske, Award-winning Leadership Expert, International Bestselling Author, Speaker, and President of Upside Thinking, Inc.

“This book was worth the wait! Loved the first two books and this brilliantly engaging conclusion of the story will keep you captivated right to the end. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn, you’ll love it! “    – Teresa de Grosbois, #1 International Bestselling author of Mass Influence

“I said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the way the characters in these books become as real to you as your best friends. You can’t help but laugh and cry with them. In this newest book, A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation, the lovable Master Akio assists his student, Graham, expand his remarkable journey of personal growth and awareness into discovery of his life purpose. It’s a great read.”     Sharon Carne, Classical Guitarist, Author, Speaker, and co-founder of Sound Wellness

“A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation brilliantly continues the compelling tale of love, friendship and spiritual awakening that endeared you in the first two books of this series. This third book expands the story of personal transformation to include forgiveness and awakening to life purpose in a way that will inspire you to live your life more fully.”     – Shawne Duperon, Six-Time EMMY® Winner, Founder of Project: Forgive

“We waited a long time for the continuation of this story… and it was worth the wait! A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation had me laughing and crying as much as the first two books. It was such a surprise to have so many more characters added to the story… and a great way to show us that each and every one of us has something to contribute to the world, in our own way. This story made me really think about how we all can learn from each other… sometimes in surprising ways!”    Colleen Bartsch, Caterer and Farmer’s Wife

“The exciting adventure continues! The first two books told a powerful story of personal transformation and spiritual awakening (through a surprising combination of Swordplay and Meditation taught by a little old Japanese World War II vet!) that was both entertaining and inspiring. This third book, A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation, continues this captivating story about love and life, illustrating the power of following your heart to fulfill your life purpose.”    Satyen Raja, Founder of WarriorSage Group, Mentor, Author

“A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation is as engaging as the first two books in the series. The messages about the power of love, friendship and personal evolution revealed in Awakening and Perseverance deepen in this exciting conclusion to the trilogy that introduces bigger challenges, deeper love and a delightful discovery of life purpose.”    Jean Hudson, International Leadership Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker and Founder of Hudson Leadership Academy

“When I read Neil’s books, a word surfaces. It dances with me on the island beach where his exquisite tales unfold. For his latest book, A Warrior’s Heart: Convocation, the word accompanying my smiles and tears is transition. So much transition happens for the cast of characters – transition in their heads in thinking, reflecting, deciding and learning what’s possible for self and the community. Transition in their hearts in gifts shared among each other, and more so, when Graham accepts the designation of Master with graciousness. Transition in their hands in the creation of buildings and water pools necessary for sharing their island with others who arrive to explore and discover their warrior heart. For in time they, too, will attend their convocation.”    Stephen Hobbs, EdD, DrWELLth – Master Navigator of the book series The Spirit and Story of IT


A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening (Book One)

amazon-best-sellerAfter crashing his Lear Jet in the South Pacific (the result of his own arrogance), Graham begins to question who he is and what his life is about.  Shortly after his rescue, he makes the bold decision to return to the deserted island to do some soul searching for thirty days… only to discover that he’s not alone!  What unfolds is an exciting adventure; a compelling tale of self-discovery, transformation and awakening to spirituality. The antics of these entertaining characters will not only keep you wondering what’s next, but touch your heart with their story of unconditional love and friendship.  Embrace your own Warrior’s Heart and make your Warrior Spirit grow by reading A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening!

Reviewed on January 7, 2015 by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite and given a 5 star rating!

5star-shiny-web“A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening is an inspirational adventure novel written by L. Neil Thrussell. Graham Connelly first ended up on the island when the plane he and his friend, Blaine, were piloting went down in the Pacific Ocean. They waded across several smaller islands until they reached this one. The two were rescued several days later, dehydrated and shaken by the ordeal. Now Graham has had himself ferried by boat for a 30-day stay on that same island. He panics as the boat’s captain starts to leave and tries to get them to wait for him, but the captain, thinking that he is only waving goodbye, waves back and departs. Graham has all the necessary camping gear, plenty of food and provisions, and the gift of a journal to write his experiences in. It is an island paradise, though sadly missing some girls to share it with.

The deserted tropical island setting in L. Neil Thrussell’s inspirational novel, A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening, had been the original attraction for me in reading this book. I immediately found myself envying Graham his little tent and beach chair by the waves. When he meets Akio, the elderly Japanese soldier, however, the adventure book I was reading suddenly became so much more. I loved sharing Graham and Akio’s days of meditation, sword-play and fishing in the warm ocean waters, and found myself dreading the passage of time along with Graham. Thrussell’s characters have become dear friends, it seems, and I, too, have been a student at Master Akio’s feet. A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening is a magnificent effort that is simple, elegant and very profound. I’m so impressed with this book and have learned so much from it. A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening is most highly recommended.”

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What people are saying about the book

“Hang on to your seat! You’re in for one heck of an adventure! A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening is an Indiana Jones-style adventure that transforms you along the way. It is a wonderfully captivating journey to the edge and beyond… for the characters in the book and for YOU. This story will entertain you, have you asking questions that you haven’t asked before, and make an adventurer out of you. Your Warrior spirit will grow and your Heart will be touched deeply!”– Satyen Raja, Trainer, Author, Chief Passion Igniter at Ignite Passion Now

 A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening conveys that there is a divine plan for each one of us. The Awakening lies in the heart of every person, and their life journey illuminates the path. Open your heart to love and live your life in harmony with the world around us.”
– Svetlana Kim, Bestselling Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee and Spokesperson for the 2011 Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening is a book which invites you to use all your senses when you read it. In so many ways, this book is a great expression of taking time for yourself, listening to the voices within. The learning is presented in a powerful way, inviting you to be part of the day to day experiences journeying along with what could be part of the awakening process.”
Sheila Unique, Best-selling author ofQuick Shifts

“What a delightful tale of self-discovery, friendship, the power of love and a journey of awakening to spirituality!”
– Marilyn Suttle, Coauthor of the bestseller Who’s Your Gladys? and creator of the Suttle Shift

This delightful and compelling story about a man’s desire for a deeper existence is entertaining and enlightening. A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakeningshares a transformation we all long for – how to become a more conscious, heart-centered being. Through the journey, you’ll be inspired to take a different look at how you live your own life.”
Shawne Duperon, Six-Time EMMY® Winner, ShawneTV.

“LOVE this book!A wonderful adventure of survival and self-exploration, it’s a brilliant, engaging read from start to finish. You will not want to put it down.”
Teresa de Grosbois, Word Of Mouth Marketing Expert, Bestselling Author, International Speaker, Founder of The Evolutionary Business Council”

“Places for living and learning are sacred; some more so than others. When Graham interacts with Master Akio during his reflective journey on the island, every place of Akio’s unfolding story is important. The more Graham learns, the more Akio’s story enfolds into Graham. Then comes the amazing point in their friendship when Graham has a knowing; he knows how much sand becomes a sand pile, then a sand dune, without counting each grain of sand. This awareness was Master Aiko’s miraculous gift to Graham.”– Stephen Hobbs, EdD, Master Navigator, Wellthy=Wealthy Entrepreneur Program, WELLth

You will discover in A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening, the greatest adventure is the spiritual quest to awaken to the truth that you always have been, and always will be, loveable and loved. You will learn that it is through finding a place of stillness within and letting go of how you think things should be, or should have been, that you can truly open to love and discover the extraordinary in the everyday ordinary tasks of living.”
Jacqueline Bignell, Executive Producer, The Difference Movie

This book is a story that I truly enjoyed reading. I loved the deeper message that continually built as building blocks for the foundation of true spiritual awakening: the bigger our heart, the greater our understanding and greater our capacity to touch another person’s life.  A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening certainly has touched a place in my heart, reaffirming the greatest gifts in our life come from connection to our Source and not our pain. A must read!”
– Nancy Battye, Speaker, Writer, Radio Show & Interview Host, Life Coach

A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening

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A Warrior’s Heart: Perserverance (Book Two)

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After a brief period at home to put his affairs in order, pilot Graham Alexander Connelly returns to Inspiration Island with his co-pilot, Blaine… only this time, they’re letting someone else do the flying. Their last ‘unscheduled stop’ on the island was more than a bit unsettling… and it led Graham to a month-long journey of self-examination and discovery.

On this trip, Blaine is introduced to the Japanese War Veteran that Graham very fondly refers to as Master Akio. What follows is an exciting, challenging and powerfully life-changing set of adventures that deepens the bond of friendship between them all.

A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance is an entertaining, captivating story sprinkled with delightful lessons about life, love, friendship and spirituality. An engaging read for anyone who has ever questioned who they are and what their purpose is.

 5star-shiny-webReviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance is Volume 2 of L. Neil Thrussell’s inspirational fiction series. Graham Alexander Connelly is on his way back to the island where his friend and mentor, Master Akio, is waiting. He’s made arrangements for a year-long stay this time, and he’s actually signed a 50-year renewable lease for the island. His friend and co-pilot, Blaine, is making the trip back with him and will be staying for one month. At the end of his stay, his wife Katie, and their two young daughters, Vikki and Gracie, will be coming for a 5-day visit as well. Master Akio is thrilled to see his friend back on the island and is excited to welcome Blaine, who wants to share in the experiences that have so radically changed his once dour and bitter friend.

L. Neil Thrussell’s second volume in the A Warrior’s Heart series, Perseverance, continues the heart-warming and inspirational tale of the friendship between a formerly cynical and angry pilot and the World War II Japanese soldier who’d been living in solitude for decades. While it’s possible to read this book as a stand-alone novel, I strongly recommend reading its predecessor, The Awakening, beforehand. I was thrilled to be back on the island with Master Akio and Graham, and any hesitations I felt about Blaine being along for this stay were quickly swept away by the training adaptations the master and his student make to accommodate the new arrival. This volume has a bittersweet edge to it as Graham notices that his mentor has aged in the less than three months since he left, but the story continues this inspiring saga marvelously. Thrussell’s writing is assured and easy on the eyes, and his plot works beautifully. A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance is most highly recommended.

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Book Excerpt #1:

Master Akio had aged so much in the short time I’d been gone.   In my heart I knew he spoke the truth, yet his words hit me like a wild punch in the stomach. I may have known this to be the truth but I was not ready to accept it as true. I audibly sobbed. My heart ached at the mere thought of life without my friend, my Master, the man who had become my dad.  

Master Akio looked at me in his kind and loving way, “I sad, too. Not sad die. Sad leave you and sad leave Blaine.” Tears were freely streaming down his face.

My tears were flowing as freely as his. I asked him, “Do you have any regrets, Master Akio?”

He closed his eyes, apparently reflecting on his life. It took him a long while to answer, “Some. I never kiss girl. Never marry, never have child.” He fell silent again.

 Blaine quietly interrupted us with hot drinks and a couple cookies. I motioned for him to come join us. He collected his chair and plunked it down in the sand facing Master Akio. Master Akio’s eyes were still closed, lost in his own thoughts. “I wonder how my life different if I go home after war. But no regret on that.”

 Master Akio opened his eyes again and asked me, “You, Graham, you regret?”

I tossed the question around in my head for a few moments, savoring my realization before I replied, “Half a year ago, my whole life was a continuous stream of regrets. I regretted not having a girlfriend. I regretted the way my parents treated me. I regretted not having more money. I also blamed everyone for how badly I felt and even acted. It was absolutely everyone else’s fault but mine. I was a victim of everything and everyone. I now realize, or I should say I am realizing, all those things, actions or lessons were necessary to get me to this point, this place in time. They all happened to get me to this island with you and with Blaine, right here and right now!”

A smile slowly crept across Master Akio’s face, “It take me ten years meditation every day in jungle to know self.”

I chuckled, “Well, I’m even slower than that. It took me 42 years to figure it out.”

Blaine teasingly interjected, “What are we talking about? What have you figured out? Tell me. I want to know too!”

Master Akio looked at Blaine in mock seriousness, “Secret to sticky rice,” and with that the energy between us lightened up and we all burst into laughter.

 I looked over at Blaine, “So, Eagle Scout, what’s for lunch?”

Book Excerpt #2:

Blaine stood tall, his eyes fiercely locked onto mine, “Either get your sword or I will beat you where you stand. Master Akio told me not to come back unless I was willing to fight for the things that are important to me, so pick up your damn sword and fight!”

 I felt Master Akio stir. I quickly glanced at him, surprised to see the impish grin on his face, “He say truth. I tell no come back until he think he beat you in sword fight.”

 I squealed, “What?”

 Master Akio smiled, “Sorry no tell!”

 I felt Blaine race toward us. My sword was leaning against the palm tree five long feet away. I leapt over Master Akio’s cot, landed with a somersault, then shot straight up onto my feet mere inches away from my sword.

 Blaine was closing in very rapidly. I grabbed my sword with my right hand and leapt toward the water, once again landing with a somersault and flying to my feet in an upright position. The sun was just starting to rise. I needed to keep the sun to my back as my advantage.

 Blaine closed in. I raised my sword and parried his first swing to my body. Then I raised my sword high and slashed across his body from his left shoulder down to his right foot. He parried the strike.

 I stepped back slightly, allowing him to decide the next move. He shifted slightly to my left, attempting to get the sun out of his eyes. I swung hard and high to his left side, not giving him any chance to switch positions with me. I felt his energy intensity increase. The sun was beginning to fully rise and Blaine was now aware of his precarious position.

 He flew at me with a flurry of thunderous strokes, high and then low, middle shots, thrusts, head shots. He was fighting remarkably well for a man that had only ten days of training. I stumbled slightly from his onslaught two or three times. But each time, because of the combination of my natural ability and more practice time with the sword, I was able to maintain my position. I hit him in the arm and then once in the leg. He began limping from my strikes.

 In another couple seconds Blaine would be fully facing into the intensity of the rising sun. He hesitated. I sensed his energy change. I felt feelings of complete and utter despair rise up from deep within him.

 I looked at Blaine intently, silently urging him to find his inner strength and the will to fight. I saw him take in a deep, centering breath. I felt his energy shift to pure raw determination. I heard this huge, metaphorical, mystical padlock unlock and two giant chains noisily fell away from Blaine.

 In that moment, I knew that Blaine would not quit. He was ready to give it everything he had or he was going to die trying.   No matter how many times I hit him, no matter what I did to him, as long as he had a wisp of breath in his lungs he would claw, stagger and rise up.   He would continue to fight and he would not stop because life was definitely worth fighting for.

Words of Praise for A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance

“It was a long wait to find out what would happen next… and it was worth the wait! A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance is just as entertaining and engaging as A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening was!

What a delightful surprise it was to have Graham’s co-pilot, Blaine (the very same co-pilot who was on board when Graham crashed his plane a few months ago on a supposedly deserted island) return to the island with Graham to meet Master Akio for himself. Blaine’s presence brings impressive depth to the story and highlights the value of true friendship.

I was thoroughly captivated by the first book, which unveiled a brilliant transformation of the cynical, bad-ass pilot, Graham, into a conscious, grateful, respectful being.   As a personal/spiritual growth junkie, this second book held as much appeal for me as the first. Graham’s evolution from student to teacher reveals many wonderful lessons about compassion, strength of will, purpose and of course, perseverance… and unveils the truth that every good teacher learns from his students.

 A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance reaffirms the foundation of spiritual awakening set out in the first book – the bigger our heart, the greater our understanding and capacity to touch another person’s life. I suspect it will be my favourite read of the year!”
Nancy Battye,
Speaker, Writer, Radio Show & Interview Host, Life Coach

“At last! Loved the first book in the A Warrior’s Heart series… and this long-awaited book two is just as brilliant and engaging!  A compelling adventure of survival and self-exploration. You’ll love it.”
Teresa de Grosbois, Word of Mouth Marketing Expert, Bestselling Author, International Speaker, Founder of The Evolutionary Business Council

“The Indiana-Jones style adventure continues! A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance is as captivating as the first book, the characters sweeping you into their journey of personal expansion.   This story will not only entertain you, but inspire you to see the world with an expanded view. You may even stretch your boundaries into a world of new possibilities!”-Satyen Raja, Founder of WarriorSage Group, Mentor, Author

“The characters in this story will pull at your heart-strings and their journey will open your eyes to the power of self-awareness and love.  A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance is both entertaining and thought-provoking; a book worth reading.”
Karen Klassen, Author of Living in the Freedom Frequency, Empowerment Coach, Certified Facilitator, Inspirational Speaker and Founder of Women Embracing Brilliance.

“The compelling tale of love, friendship and spiritual awakening that endeared you in A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening, continues. This time, Blaine is introduced into Graham and Master Akio’s world of personal transformation.   Their journey will hit home. You’ll be inspired to grow into a bigger version of yourself.”
– Shawne Duperon, Six-Time EMMY® Winner, Founder of Project: Forgive

“Graham’s engaging journey as a student of life, love and meditation in A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening  led you to discover the truth that you always have been, and always will be, loveable and loved.  In this second book, A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance, Graham’s spiritual journey evolves from student to teacher… and you discover the profound truth that every student is the teacher’s teacher.”
– Jacqueline Bignell, Executive Producer, The Difference Film

“I love the way the characters in these books become as real to you as your best friends.  Master Akio and Graham make you laugh and make you cry.  And with the addition of Blaine to this story, they make you appreciate the importance and true value of friendship.”
-Sharon Carne, Classical Guitarist, Author, Speaker, and co-founder of Sound Wellness

“The adventure continues….  Graham’s exciting experiences in Book 1 conveyed the Divine guidance for each of us.  This message expands in Book 2 with the addition of another loveable character and his often challenging journey of self-discovery and personal expansion.  A story of love, friendship, trust and honour, A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance will warm your heart and expand your consciousness.”
 – Farhana Dhalla,  International Speaker, Author, Transformation Guide

The delightful story of A Warrior’s Heart continues… and the messages about the power of love and friendship deepen as Graham steps onto the evolutionary path from student to teacher.    Enjoy the journey!
Jean Hudson, International Leadership Coach, Facilitator, Professional Speaker and Founder of Hudson Leadership Academy

Neil’s true grasp of life, love and freedom has allowed him to successfully expand the story of A Warrior’s Heart.  Any man who has ever been challenged by another will appreciate the bond of friendship that arises through these tests … and any woman who reads this story may come to understand them.  It’s a great read for all!
– Stephen Garrett, Author of When Death Speaks

“Preparing, sharing and drinking tea is a universal prompt to start and finish an activity. In Neil Thrussell’s book, A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance, tea signifies participation in, and celebration of, activities like meditating, sword playing, and story sharing after a meal. These activities highlight the childlike re:creation often missing in adult lives. As the main character, Graham, delves into his deeper awareness of self with others, he values interactions with a cast of joyful characters and his Master’s guidance. In doing so, he frees himself to be present in the moment to truly enjoy what each person brings to his life and develop deeper connections with them. Benefit from an imaginative journey to a Pacific island where tea is a great accompaniment to the strengthening and honoring of the simplicity of life.”
 – Stephen Hobbs, EdD, DrWELLth – Master Navigator of the book series The Spirit and Story of IT

“Well, it’s about time!  We’ve been waiting for this book for two years!  I wasn’t sure I would even like the first book, but I absolutely loved the story of the hard-nosed pilot who turns into a kinder, gentler man… and I enjoyed this continuation of the story just as much.  The introduction of Blaine into Graham and Master Akio’s ‘spiritual school’ added some really interesting dynamics.  But this one is an even bigger cliff-hanger than the first… so hurry up and finish the third book, Neil!”
– Colleen Bartsch, Caterer and Farmer’s Wife

A Warrior’s Heart: Perseverance is a compelling, exciting and heart-warming continuation of the story of awakening to the message of love and spirituality that began in the first book, A Warrior’s Heart: The Awakening.