Review: Circles – Ruby Standing Deer
Feather Floating In Water’s life has always been peaceful. He’s proud to be a member of the Fish People and lives his life to the fullest. He’s young and carefree and has been taught to appreciate the world around him. Every day he gives thanks for the bounties that Father Sun and Mother Earth have provided for him and his family. Things have never been better for him, yet he cannot help but feel a tad disturbed by the unexpected dreams that surface every night.
For as long as he can remember, Feather has been plagued by visions he cannot explain. His spirit guides have shown him things that have not yet happened, but which he knows will come to pass. He knows he’ll need to make sense of the situation when the time comes, but he doesn’t quite know how. Never-the-less, he’s determined to remain strong in the face of such adversity.
As the moons pass and he grows older and stronger, he comes to understand that there’s a far greater purpose for him and his people than he ever imagined. His dreams are full of meanings he does not yet grasp. Dreams that tell him of his people’s future, one he knows is right around the corner for which they must prepare for.
When it becomes apparent that he’s not the only one that’s had the disturbing dreams, Feather comes to understand that he has a destiny he must fulfill. Danger is coming and he is destined to lead himself and others to safety. Deep inside, he isn’t sure if he can do just that, but he’ll do his best to complete the mission the Spirit guides have given him. Granted, not everyone believes in his visions, but he’s determined to keep his people together, at all costs.
With his grandmother by his side and his beloved family instilling the needed values for him to make use of the dreams he’s had his entire life, they soon prepare for what’s come. The path to safety and prosperity is littered with obstacles they must all overcome. Feather knows he must find the courage within himself to succeed.
He knows he’s not alone in the path he’s now treading. There are others alongside him that will give him the support he needs in order to find their promised land. The Circle of Life takes him and his people, along with those they find along the way, through a journey that will change their lives forever and bind them together in more ways than one. A journey none of them will ever forget that cements their place within their people’s lore for as long as they live.
Steeped in Native American legend, Circles is a story that will give the reader further insight into their beliefs and their way of life. Each of us here on Earth has a purpose, whether we want to believe such a thing or not. Utilizing such vivid descriptions, Ruby draws you in to a world where the simplicities of life are all that’s needed to live a peaceful and fulfilling life. Granted, there are dangers around every corner.
Through these wonderful characters we’re able to live their lives and feel their pains, passions, and uncertainties with every turn of the page. No matter your beliefs, this story is a spiritual journey full of good values and morals that’s sure to keep the reader fully engaged within the story itself, be they young or old.
With much of the world still undiscovered, a small band of people live a peaceful life, until the dream vision of a young boy, Feather Floating In Water, changes everything. Only nine winters old, Feather’s dreams turn his seemingly ordinary childhood into the journey of a lifetime. He must help his people face a terrifying destiny from which they cannot turn away. He must find a way to make his people listen.
Bright Sun Flower, the boy’s grandmother, guides his beginnings, teaching him about the Circle of Life, and how without it, no life can exist. But he needs a bigger push, and gets it from a grey wolf and a Great Elder. The boy’s journey leads him to discover that the Circle of Life involves all people, all living things, and not just the world he knows.
In the end, an ancient People guide the boy in his visions, toward an unexpected place hidden from outsiders.
This story is steeped in American Indian life, in their beliefs and humor, and in their love of family. It shows how we might benefit from the old ways today.
About The Author:
Author of Circles, Spirals and Courage Through Fear, a short story in a book called Evolution Book 1 Put out by my publishing Company, Evolved Publishing.
Life is a wondrous mystery that I still explore. I spent my youth “feeling” my way thought it. I traveled throughout the seventies, standing on one highway ramp or another, exploring the many corridors of our country, learning about life and what it had to offer.
In 1979, deep in winter, I settled down. I was lucky enough to become the first woman journeyman pressman of a major newspaper in Colorado. After ten years of working on printing presses, an injury forced me down another path.
I made and sold jewelry, cared (still do) for abandoned animals, volunteered for a horse rescue as well as a no kill shelter. I went to school for so many different careers that ended up combining my credits to get a degree in horticulture. Unfortunately, or so I thought back then, two car accidents during my last semester, my last class, prevented my pursuing it as a living.
I had no idea what my future held, but I was fortunate; my caring and understanding husband allowed me to explore other paths and I found one I knew I belong on–writing.
Back then, I had no idea “someone” was pushing me to become a writer.
I had taken creative writing classes off and on throughout my college years, because I always felt the need to write. Nothing came of it, except satisfying my own desires, until that special dream guided me to write my novel, Circles.
I joined a couple writing groups to improve my skills. I met David Lane (aka Lane Diamond), my editor, in a group. He taught me to keep going, not to get discouraged, to write and never give up. He stuck with me and gave me the confidence I needed in myself, to let go of doubt, to move forward.
My animals taught me about myself through their own lives. They showed me that I had the patience to push onward toward my destiny, that to give up meant the end. They helped me learn that if I willed myself to wade through all the murky waters, eventuality, I would see clearly enough to move forward.
I am currently working on Stones, the third in this series and a book of short stories of the paranormal that will have something for everyone even if you are not sure you believe. I might just change your mind!
My mixed bloodlines have shown me many things in life that I am truly grateful for. Thank you, Great Mystery, for the dreams, for the guidance, for the whispers in my mind.
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