Dan Assisi

News, Updates & Events

Not-So-Monthly Update:

Well, that's a promise I kept: when I told you when you signed up for these monthly updates that I would NOT spam you, I meant it. Maybe a little bit too much: the last time I emailed you was in February... It's been a while, so I hope life is working well for you. And thanks for reading this.
A lot has happened since February and we now find ourselves in the middle of summer -- unless you live in San Diego, where the temperature has mainly been in the low 70s. It doesn't really feel like summer out here these days. That's quite a departure for someone who grew up with Rio de Janeiro's hot summer nights. But a welcome one. Call it getting old, but these days I much prefer a seat right by the air-conditioning.

So, what do I have to share this month? A couple of things:
  • Our Road to Damascus has won a couple of awards. Woohoo!

  • Book #2, "What if Death is Not the End?" is on its way!

  • I've been in a poetic mood, so I'm sharing "Shiny Things" with you today.

Let's dig into it, shall we?

Our Road to Damascus wins awards!

I'm excited to share Our Road to Damascus: 7 Lessons for a Life of Purpose and Meaning has earned a couple of accolades!

ORTD has been named the Winner of the Religion Nonfiction category at the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, has received a Silver Medal at the Illumination Book Awards, and has been selected as a Finalist at the International Book Awards.

National Indie Excellence Book Awards Winner
Illumination Book Awards - silver Low Res
It's wonderful to see people react so well to the book, even though it's a difficult book to place within a "traditional" category. Is it "Christian"? Yes, but not in a religious way. It is "Personal Growth" and "Self-Help"? Yes, but not in the traditional sense of the book-publishing business. Is it "Spiritual"? Yes, but we are not doing yoga or lighting candles either, which is what booksellers sometimes expect. So, to have people formally recognize it via these awards is just great. Thank you, too, for reading!

Book 2 is Coming: "What if Death Is Not The End?"

I am also happy to share that I've started book #2, which I am temporarily calling "What If Death is Not the End?". On this one, we are going to do something different than what we did on ORTD: we are going to look at the existing scientific evidence for the case that consciousness outlives the physical body. Yes, we are going into life after death territory. Then, if we are satisfied with the evidence, we will dive into the everyday consequences that accepting this new reality could bring to our lives. I am clearly biased, but I find it extremely consequential.

If you find the topic interesting, drop me a line to join the launch team and be an early reader. I'd love to get a group of people to read a version of the book when it is done to provide feedback ahead of publication. Of course, the invitation is only open to folks in the mailing list... :)

When is it coming out? Don't know, really. Probably around December/January... Let's see how it goes. I'll keep you updated.

Poetry: "Shiny Things"

You may not know this but, at heart, I am a poet. Or, rather, I'd like to be a poet. Or, more accurately, I just really like poetry. That's probably more like it.

There's something to cadence, rhythm, and rhyme that speaks to me. Poetry has played an important part in my life. It has always captivated my imagination (and feelings) and, in many ways, impacted the way I see the world. I haven't dabbled in a while but felt compelled this past week to write in verse when trying out a new pen and a new kind of notebook. (In case you didn't know, I am a sucker for paper and pens...)

So, I'll figure I'd share it with you today. Here it goes:


Beware of shiny things
That sparkle to the eyes
As they insist on giving wings
To the most alluring lies.

Refuse to let them feed you
Empty promises in disguise
-- or you'll thirst all days anew
When they don't materialize.

They'll always call you to embrace
All they herald as being true
While in secret, to your face,
They say, "I've trapped another fool!"

And because they cannot live for long,
They'll besiege you with pretenses
And sing you all their fleeting songs
That speak only to the senses.

And in that moment, you'll make a choice:
You'll look deep within yourself
For the true measure of things.
It lies not with them -- but somewhere else.

So Wisdom gets a louder voice,
And a new way up begins:
Do not try to outrun the rain
And make home amid the thunder,
For there's nothing to be gained
To live only here, where lightning sunders.

Instead, seeks shelter there
Where the sun is always gentle
And the weather is always fair
-- for the Spirit is what transcends
This reality to the next.

It is the soul that's fundamental
And should be the purpose of our care.
That is all that Truth commands
-- and what gives meaning to the text.

Upcoming Events

Join me for some upcoming events!
Here are some of the events I have planned for the next months:
  • July 25: Spiritist Society of North Beach
  • July 31: International Spiritist Council
  • Aug 10: Spiritist Society of Ireland
  • Aug 13: Francis of Assisi Spiritist Society (UK)
  • Oct 29: Spiritist Society of Bridgeport (CT)
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