REVIEWS and BOOK FAIRS
I have just completed reading Stella Sticklands autobiography
titled, Is It An Omen? If youve ever read
a book in which you just werent ready for it to end, you
will understand the feelings I had as I neared the end of Ms.
Sticklands book. I was rather surprised in these feelings,
because I had a little difficulty getting into the book in the
beginning. The author is British & uses a lot of terminology
& slang phrases particular to British culture. And so I
was sometimes at a loss as to what some of the euphemisms were
about. However, as I found myself releasing that hang
up, I enjoyed the chapters more & more. And in the
end, I was mentally clamoring for more of the colorful terms
& vivid wordings.
life story is an inspirational one; leading a circuitous route
from desperation and abject poverty to levels of joy and complete
success. Time and again, she was forced to start over
and re-invent herself. She did this with aplomb and a gusto
seldom seen in todays world. As you read her tales of
everyday life, you will find yourself fully invested in her
trials & tribulations. Hoping against hope that she once
again comes out on top.
highly recommend Is It An Omen? to our Spirit-Works
readers fan club.
a world where the fighting human spirit for renewed hope is
sometimes a dim light on the path, Ms. Sticklands book
offers new hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Rev Dr Sandra Gaskin
story of inspiration
LIKE most people's lives, Stella Stickland's has been one of
a rollercoaster ride. But while most of us ride out the bumps
and dips, Stella has been on the ride with the tallest peaks
and the lowest falls and survived to tell the tale.
story is an inspiration, especially for women, and one I found
hard to put down. "Is it an Omen?" is all the more
interesting because it takes place in East Sussex with frequent
mention of local people and places, including Bexhill.
tells how she won and lost and finally won again through the
traumas and successes of both her business and personal life.
She struggled to cope with panic attacks, agoraphobia and, as
a divorced single mum, to support herself and two young sons.
Despite her first failed relationship she strongly advocates
marriage. She believes in God and reincarnation and regards
the various religions as many paths to the same goal. Through
her book she attempts to offer hei,_ beliefs and thoughts about
morality, politics, spirituality and life to guide others to
a better life.
I found her story fascinating though at times irritatingly repetitive
that would have benefited from some stricter editing, but still
a worthwhile read.
Stella now lives with her husband Mike in Battle and as well
as being an author is a skilled counsellor and healer.
Observer - Jan. 14th 2005>
Articles in the Battle Observer,
and in the Hastings Observer - 16
Stella Stickland has published her first book, an 'emotive and
inspirational' autobiography entitled 'Is It An Omen?'
Described as the inspiring story of how a woman overcomes many
trials in life, it weaves together her beliefs and thoughts
about morality, politics, spirituality and life.
According to Stella, the book - published before Christmas -
is quite political and very spiritual.
by Blackie and Co., Stella's autobiography has already been
nominated for an award.
Stella moved to Hastings in 1975 and has since lived in Sedlescombe,
St Leonards, Winchelsea and now Battle. She owned a property
development company in Hastings, and antiques shops in St Leonards
Stella's path as an author, counsellor and healer lends the
book its spiritual element. In it, she says: "There is
such a need for healing in the world today, mostly healing of
"People are so confused, to the point where they are not
enjoying their lives as they should be. Life is such a wonderful
gift. Hopefully this book will help people understand what life
is all about ... the journey of your soul."
Reader's review from the Amazon website: March 4th 2004:
Stella Stickland's story is one of great strength, humility,
love for her sons and passion for her beliefs. It must have
taken huge amounts of emotion and courage to be so honest about
her life and her spiritual beliefs.
I found it easy to read, eager to know the outcome of her life
and thought how brave a woman she is.
could all do at times with taking a leaf out of her book, and
to know that all comes right in the end if you just keep going.
This book gives you that inner strength. A must read.
Cheryl Frampton from Florida, USA
NOTE: Cheryl Frampton is an author in her own right
review from the Amazon website: February
The cover is a good indicator of what you are going to be taken
through in this book, it's something of a roller coaster ride
and certainly supports the theory that "Truth IS stranger
than fiction". There are certainly bits in this book that
will provoke you to think again about yourself, your life and
what you want from it.
is one of those books you really don't want to put down, this
one was done and dusted in 3 sittings in less than as many days,
such was it's appeal. Normally it would take me a lot longer
to get through a book, for me that's a good indicator of how
good a read this book is.
got a splendid narrative, you can almost hear the author's voice
telling the story in an easy going, 'matter-of-factly' way.
It's easy to understand why she the author felt the need to
write all this down. She's experienced such a diverse slice
of what life can throw one's way and come out smiling when most
would have gladly chucked in the towel.
Fleeceyflen from Essex, UK
review from the Amazon website:
an eye opener!
I was really excited when I got this book. I was immediately
caught by the eye-catching cover and once I started to read
it I couldn't put it down.
theme that runs through this extraordinary autobiography is
the author's challenge she has, suffering from agoraphobia and
how she doesn't allow this to get in her way of living life
to the full. She explains how, when left with 2 small children,
she moves into property development and builds this up from
nothing into a thriving business. She includes her agonising
experiences with the health profession, financial managers,
and other authority figures, in a way which can only leave you
feeling 'I know what you mean'. Within the book she shares her
honest, often 'straight to the point' views on our society and
how if we don't change our attitudes soon, we are all heading
certainly made me think about my own life and how it could be
changed for the better. I can only admire how she encountered
numerous setbacks along the way but somehow found an enormous
strength to pick up the pieces and soldier on.
within all this are her spiritual views and experiences and
how, from a young age, she has been able to see auras and now
works as a healer. Fascinating!
begins at a gentle, steady pace then part way through begins
to rev up until by the end you find yourself eagerly cruising
along the motorway. A very inspiring read.
Cosmic Rainbows from St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex
London Book Fair - March 2006