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October 7, 2013

IN MOVEMENT THERE IS PEACE by Elaine Orabona Foster and Joseph Wilbred Foster III

Elaine Orabona Foster, Ph.D.
Joseph Wilbred Foster III
In Movement There Is Peace
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 Published August 26th 2013 by PsyConOps  

In Movement There is Peace is a powerful tale of travel, adventure and unexpected faith.
It begins with a doctor who walks away from her practice in order to cure her own paralyzing anxiety. Once free, she discovers that leaving is really only fleeing if there's no new direction. Could this be the reason for her husband’s sudden inspiration?

"I want us to walk the Camino de Santiago, it’s an 800 kilometer pilgrimage across Spain.”

After deliberating the wisdom of walking 500 miles with no planning or physical conditioning and little religious faith, the two set off to walk the “Way of Saint James.”

Their "no-plan” plan sets off a series of extraordinary events that can only be explained as divine intervention. It starts with an enigmatic suggestion from a former pilgrim who sends them off with a caution: "There are no coincidences on the Camino."

The tale itself is a funny, fascinating pilgrim's progress seeded by unique characters and full of amazing surprises. Follow along the pilgrim's path as it shares its secrets on how to:
Create a life that's unafraid of death
Make a leap of faith and land closer to paradise
Experience emotional lightness by carrying a smaller physical load
Journey without plans, and have more fun doing it
The book is about two adults with discord in their minds and emotions.   They are strong, though, because they chose to tell of their weaknesses and strengths to make themselves better and help others help themselves.
Ms. Foster has been a doctor, a medical officer, a professor and an expert in psychology.  This is over a span of twenty-five years.   She was divorced which took a toll on her self esteem.  She bore children.  Being a girl from the city she was shy,fearful of germs and full of anxieties. She quit her profession after trying to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She had begun to suffer the same traumas as these soldiers that she was trying to help.  She didn't feel in touch with God even though she was Catholic raised and had attended a twelve year catholic school.
Her relationship with Joe had some problems.  Joe had been married several times and was an active person.  His time was spent mostly in the country.  Joe was carrying a burden of guilt because he had not taken a yearly hike with his father this year.  His father died on the hike.
 Joe had decided to walk the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  It is thought of as the Christian pilgrimage. Joe thought it might help remove some of the guilt he felt over his father.  He wanted Elaine to go with him but he knew she was not physically nor emotionally ready for such a trip.  He finally talked her into going and she went because she loved him and wanted to be part of his life.  But deep inside she felt afraid and not ready for such a trip. I don't feel that the book was a page turner.  It wasn't that kind of book.  The book is about inner strength and weaknesses that all of us have.  Through those strengths and weaknesses changes take place. I am not a religious person, but I do feel I'm spiritual. Ms. Foster describes many of her own anxieties.  The characters in the book each help in overcoming the fears and anxieties that hold them back.  They share these anxieties during their long journey.  The author tells of how everyday in life is a special experience and should be enjoyed.  Sometimes our lives are so hectic that we don't take time out to enjoy the good things in our lives.  We don't smell the flowers.  When the bad things happen and they overwhelm you, anxiety and panic may set in.  They can overcome you. There are so many people out there in our world that have such bad anxiety and panic that they are in deep pain.  They feel lost and alone.  I wonder if taking the 500 miles of stumbling would help us.  It is a thought for consideration.  I know my review doesn't even touch the surface of this book.  If there is anyone out there in need of help to overcome anxieties that have limited  their lives or made their lives a lonely, fearful place, you should get yourself a copy of IN MOVEMENT THERE IS PEACE.  It may help you to live a different life a little at a time.  It's no cure all, by no means.  It is help for those who seek change. The author is giving us a tool to help with the pain.  The reader may feel close to Ms. Foster if they too have these problems.  She is brave to come out and admit it and still write about it.  It's a hard subject.  Thank you Ms. Foster.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of  IN MOVEMENT THERE IS PEACE from the author, Elaine Orabona Foster, Ph.D. and contributer Joseph Wilbred Foster III, for my honest opinion.
ELAINE ORABONA FOSTER is one of the first 10 prescribing psychologists in the US. She holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She received a B.A. in psychology from New York University and a Ph.D. from Nova University. She completed a Fellowship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Psychopharmacology. She's worked extensively with soldiers afflicted with Posttraumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. Elaine has taught classes and symposia on women's issues, anxiety, depression, and cultural factors in medicine throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has contributed to several books including: The Psychologist's Desk Reference, Pharmacotherapy for Psychologists: Prescribing and Collaborative Roles, and Trauma Psychology [2 volumes]: Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health, and Illness. Elaine enjoys pushing through the limits of her own anxiety by traveling to places far off and unknown.

JOSEPH W. FOSTER has had a passion for travel his entire life. He's an author, an engineer and a scientist but most of all an experienced adventurer. He's hiked, sailed and flown all over the world; searching for unique, off-the-beaten-track places to explore. Joe's a certified Divemaster, an FAA-licensed Pilot, and a USCG-licensed Boat Captain. Whether it's sailing an open sea or climbing a mountain, he's always exploring his physical and emotional limits. He's trained new scuba divers, teaching them how to combat the anxieties that sap their strength and endurance. As a flight engineer, he's tested new aircraft technologies during high-speed, low-altitude flight in mountainous terrain. He's had to face isolation and extreme fatigue while solo sailing long distances, battling extreme weather conditions and critical gear failures. At the end of his journeys he's always walked away with a comforting peace of mind and a wonder of what is next ... at least up until he walked the Camino de Santiago. 


kimbacaffeinate said...

This sounds like an interesting tale of personal growth, wonderful review Gayle.

Elaine Foster said...

As the author of the book, In Movement There Is Peace, I'd like to thank you for your insightful review. Your synopsis shows that you understood the reason for the book--to help others who are battling anxiety. Thank you for recognizing that and for offering your review in multiple venues. I believe your analysis will do much to inspire others to take a hard look at how anxiety limits their lives, and to seek solutions through simple actions we can do to break free each day.
Elaine Orabona Foster, Ph.D.