Friday, May 20, 2016

Interviewed by God by Beth Banning Virtual Book Tour Stop and Author Guest Post



Book Genre: Spirituality
Publisher: PuddleDancer Press
Release Date: September 1, 2014

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Book Description:

Interviewed by God is an account of Beth Banning’s journey of spiritual awakening—her conscious connection with God and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From a very young age, Banning experienced phenomena that could only be called extraordinary: she’s received messages from spirit animals, felt kundalini energy awaken in her, and experienced dimensional shifts in her awareness that have allowed her to witness what only a few have seen. She was visited by totem animals, took ritualistic baths, and visited shamans and healers; she experienced ecstatic states and received messages; her ego mind began to battle against her higher mind. As she experienced her spiritual journey, a small voice within guided her. With doubt as her constant companion she continued to follow her inner promptings, which led her to higher levels of truth about her connection to herself and the world and reality as we know it. Written in a format in which the author is “interviewed by God,” the book is meant to be a mirror for the reader to reflect their own experiences back to them, and a gentle guide for those who are at the precipice of an extraordinary adventure and are either scared to jump or who hunger for answers and understanding.


Author Bio:


Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She was born in New York City and from a very young age could sense the feelings of people around her, felt kundalini energy running through her body, and experienced other unusual events that she didn't understand. The well-meaning adults in her life told her she was depressed and that these experiences were just her imagination. Growing up in this cloud of ignorance and disbelief, these gifts were buried and unable to flourish and so she was left confused and lonely.

As a young adult she recognized the same sense of confusion and loneliness in others and became passionate about helping people better understand themselves and those around them. Later in life she took this passion into her work with her husband Neill and co-founded Focused Attention, Inc. She has written numerous books, co-created the Pathway to Personal Freedom, and the Art of Conscious Connection Seminar Series.

After many years of integrating this consciousness shifting work into her own life and teaching it to others, she experienced a profound reconnection with God that turned her life upside down. This radically changed the way she perceives the world and functions in it. Beth now lives her life guided by her inner source of divine wisdom. She is committed to helping others discover this for themselves and fully experience the essence of who they truly are.

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AUTHOR GUEST POST:


A Few of the Many Things That Surprised Me About Writing Interview by God
by Beth Banning

I was asked to write about ONE thing that surprised me during the process of writing Interviewed by God. I realized when I started writing this post it wasn't as simple as it sounded. There were so many things that surprised me during the writing process.  I decided to tell you about a few of them.

One is that inspiration doesn't make the journey easy. Most of us can relate to those beautiful moments of inspiration. We spend a fun night out with our friends and feel inspired to do so more often.  We may splurge a little on sweets or treats and then feel inspired to make healthier food choices.  We can hear about a tragedy and feel inspired to make a difference. These inspirations can lead us to, however briefly, reexamine our lives.

How can such a deeply felt flash of motivation turn itself – like a switch – on and off so quickly? How come it is so easy to feel inspired, but so hard to sustain that feeling and transform it into action?  Sure, we would like to spend more time with friends, but our schedules make it difficult.  Of course we would like to maintain a healthy diet, but there are always donuts at the office. 

I was INSPIRED to write Interviewed by God.  I've been a writer for a very long time. I've written books, blog posts and articles.  I have written and created seminars and workshops. But when I went to write this book, it was very HARD! For days and hours at a time, I wrote nothing to speak of. I felt uncomfortable and even irritated as I sat in front of the computer. It was as though someone had taken me, and like a wet rag, wrung all the creativity out of me.

I was guided to write this book, or so I thought, which made me wonder, why was it being so hard? Why could I feel so inspired, but not reach the source of that inspiration? What was blocking me?  What would be possible if I could easily reach and settle into that spot inside of me where inspiration sits?

One day I screamed out loud as if someone was listening. "If this book is supposed to be written, then send me someone to interview me." The interview idea was a strategy I learned from another writer. All of a sudden I heard a voice say, "I'll interview you." I must be going insane I thought. Then I heard, "I'll ask and you answer."

I still thought I was probably going crazy, but it worked. From that point forward, the writing came easily. I call my source of inner-knowing God. Reaching that source inside of me was like snuggling with the source of inspiration. That's the second thing that surprised me, after that event, it all came easily. When I got stuck and didn't know what to write, I always heard another question, and then I simply answered it.  That’s why my book is called Interviewed by God. 

But deciding on the title wasn't as simple for me because who the heck was I to be Interviewed by God? So I asked God that question and the answer was the third surprise. The answer not only gave me the confidence to title the book Interviewed by God, but also helped me to finally settle in to that source of inspiration. Now when I'm touched with new flashes of inspiration, instead of feeling around, seemingly in the dark, I go INSIDE and turn on the light switch.  The answer I got from God?  Well, that is in the book. ;o)

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