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Every one of us has asked the question at some point in our life: "What am I doing here and what is my role in the universe?" Lana Tracy Lewis provides an honest and refreshing view by ingeniously using the body as an analogy to assist the reader in understanding their purpose and place in the greater scheme of things. A liver cell named Cella (our ego) and a probe named Nome (a metaphor for our soul) set off on a journey through the body in their quest to find the owner of the body (God / Higher Self / the Universe). Printed in a large font with cute cartoon illustrations, this little GEM imparts a message that is easy for anyone, irrespective of age, race or religion to comprehend. A LOVELY GIFT for friends and family.
Odyssey Magazine

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A DELIGHTFUL little allegorical tale with beautiful illustrations by Michael Scott, which is quickly read but which leaves a lasting impression. The book offers you an opportunity to reinforce your relationship with yourself, others and God. It provides simple answers in the form of an allegory to help the reader understand and come to grips with concepts such as God and how being born is the greatest gift we give ourselves. "Getting to No Me" tells the story of Cella, a liver cell on his journey through the body with a probe name Nome, in their quest to find God. This is an EXCELLENT book to give to a teenager and is available through Exclusive Books.
Renaissance Magazine

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(1) “Getting to No Me” was really an inspiring read. It incorporates new age thinking with traditional thought, while still not leaving reason and logic far behind.
I was getting exhausted reading single-minded, narrow-thinking spiritual books that refuse to accept opposing beliefs – at last! – a breath of fresh air into an otherwise stale scene! A book that encompasses the whole, offering a better understanding of what it means to be truly human.
The book takes less than an hour to read, but after reading it, I felt like I had gained so much more than reading weighty books of philosophy and religion. The self-help book has come of age, and this little gem is definitely a must read for anyone, irrespective of age, race or religion.
It’s been weeks after reading this book, and I still call to mind the nuggets of spiritual wisdom it offers. It sheds new light on what the ‘human condition’ really is, how it can be helped, and how we all view God differently. This book does not dictate nor patronize. It simply and beautifully helps us to understand ‘the whole’ so much better. A delight to read, and trust me – you won’t put it down until its finished! Soul-enriching, it leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling so lacking in local publications. A fantastic gift for a friend or family member.
Dr D. Scott, Pediatrician, Morningside Clinic

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(2) A great read. I found the parable to be extremely powerful, but enjoyed all the chapters - many jewels of wisdom there. The analogy of the body and cells is quite ingenious and inspirational to people - I think it will help a lot of people in many different countries for years to come. I like the pluralism of course, the subjective truth message.
A Weir, Web Master - Godeo, (Canada)

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(3) This book is not about religion. It is how to get to know and understand how truly special everyone is in the scheme of the universe. It was enjoyable and easy to read and yet conveyed profound in-depth and essential concepts that we can all relate to and which can change our lives.
A. Sandig, Admin Controller, FSS

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(4)A thought provoking, inspirational journey which offers wise insights and shares knowledge on a spiritual level.
D. Ledgerwood, Planner, OMD Media

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(5) I loved the book. I found it exceptionally deep. It was well written and easy to read. It explains our connection with the powers that be in a very specific way using our bodies as a guide. It shows us how everything is meant to be in the universe.
G. Pitluk, EL-AL

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(6) This book takes our ‘complex’ lives and simply, yet insightfully, unravels it by showing you how to appreciate who you are and the role you play in our world. A must read for all those go-getters who are permanently striving for something and feeling like they never quite get there.
L. Stanek, Group Advertising Director, Coca-Cola

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(7) "Any divisions based on race, status or religion are irrelevant here - being a human is the only qualification needed to benefit from the refreshing concepts in this book.”
L. Cooper, Freelance wordsmith (Durban)

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(8) This book imparts a wealth of knowledge in a manner that is easy to understand. The parable gave me a concrete way of relating to myself, others and God.
C. Schulman, Manager, Flolite Manufacturers

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(9) I was so excited after reading this book. It has inspired me to go out into the world and be the best I can be.
D. Verster, Project Manager, Correctional Services

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(10) Lana has displayed the art of Participation. She asks the big questions and like all heartfelt communication with God, receives miraculous answers. This work is the answer to such a prayer.
T Middleton, Principal, Willowbrooke Properties

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(11) I picked up your book with a touch of trepidation. I have read so many books trying to make sense of "the meaning of life". "Getting To No Me" is a book with a difference. It drew me in immediately, was easy reading and left me with a deep sense of knowing that I now have the answers that I have been searching for; why I am here; and how I fit into this life and the universe. This book is compulsory reading for anyone who has EVER questioned "the meaning of life".
The message the book imparts, is one of love and living in harmony with every other being in the universe, as well as, understanding that we are part of the intricate balance of man and nature, thus making this book a gift to all mankind.
G Allen, Director, EnergyWorks Holistic Healing Centre

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(12) Regardless of your personal beliefs or your religious outlook, this book is a must read for everyone. It provides a frame of reference to help you understand the 'infinite' using a finite analogy and assists you in understanding your purpose here and now, as well as your place in the greater scheme of things. You will see your own personal questions in the pages of this book, together with profound and inspirational answers.
L de Wet, IS Consultant, Enerweb

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(13) I loved it. It was wonderful the way the book was composed, illustrated and the journey. I have definitely learnt a lesson in life. Thanks. I believe that its a book that everybody must put on their want list.
T Holt, Project Manager, Chelsea Refinery (New Zealand)

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(14) What a well-written gem in the spiritual sphere. It’s a refreshing look at a difficult subject. The book is easy to read and understand. Children and grown-ups alike will enjoy the parable. More advanced readers will enjoy the compelling message and the easy manner in which it is conveyed. This multi-layered book has a profound and thought-provoking message without being vague. When you've read the book, read it again. See if you can find the message your sub-conscious got the first time.
CJ. Heystek, Senior BI Specialist, Exponant

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(15) A little book with a a very profound message. I was very agreeably surprised. As an Agnostic, this book actually made me take time to think that there is perhaps something to believe in. Maybe there is indeed a God out there. WELL DONE.
J Karras, Conference Supervisor

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(16) I want to thank you for a very special book, beautifully written and so honestly written. "Getting to no me" was a book with so much meaning yet it was such an easy read. The book was written by someone who wanted to make a difference for all of us, without exception. The book makes a rather life-changing point through a parable about soul and meaning in an ego-driven world. The book showed that we all have it in us to make a difference, and if we can transcend our egos, we will turn our gift of life into something very special - the power is within us to do that.
Thank you for making a difference Lana and thank you for your integrity.
J. Blumenthal, Attorney

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(17) Congratulations on even attempting to write something so "controversial" - it must have taken courage. The way you've packaged and presented everything is succinct and easy to understand.
Whilst much of what I read was not "new" for me, you got me to think, and several lines struck a chord. Being reminded about how our fears and 'negative' emotions can completely stifle our progress encouraged me to be more aware of this and to take the necessary action. "If I do not behave with consistency...." had a profound effect. I've been acutely aware that I'm often not consistent in thoughts and/or speech. I know this is not good - something's out of whack and your book helped me think about and resolve this. Finally the parable - Cella's journey. I loved it! I actually thought about and meditated on all the cells in my body - fighting away because I was punishing them with bad food and too much alcohol. I've turned things around dramatically - and will keep it this way - I want to be on the same side as my cell buddies!
W. Knaggs, IT Professional (Canada)

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(18) This Book has a unique blend of childlike adventure, yet also reminds us that we each have the key to our own inner wisdom. The Story represents a turning of that key to unlock that part of selves. TRULY A WORLD TEACHER AT PLAY, A STATE OF HEART IS LANA'S WAY.
Ananara Tomns, Spiritual Healer (New Zealand)

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(19) I found this book very insightful. It definitely gives a person a new and different way of seeing how we fit in with God. It shows we can’t get any closer to God because we are already a part of him and however small or big our function in life is we still form a very important part and we are as close as we can ever hope to be.
P. Nunes, PA, FNB Homeloans

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(20) The views expressed in 'Getting to No Me' resonate with a broad spectrum of early religious instruction. This combined with the good visual descriptions and analogies, make for an easy read and remind the lay person of the spiritual aspect of life. Fun and illuminating. Thanks.
Vincent F Coston, Member, Effective Solutions cc

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(21) "GETTING TO NO ME is simply written and fairly short which allows even the non-reader or children to be able to benefit from it's valuable lesson. The message is clear and understandable and has a profound impact on ones everyday life. It has allowed me to change my perspective and realise that pursuing my purpose in life is compulsory yet not as daunting as I previously thought. The book has also allowed me to gain inner peace about how I see God. A must read!"
B. van der Westhuizen, Consultant, Eskom

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(22) I just had to let you know that yesterday Francois finally read your book. When i saw him this morning, he told me that he had been carrying it around for months, meaning to give it back to me, but kept on forgetting. Then yesterday at work, he saw it, and started reading it. He said he could not put it down. He finished it and read it again. He said it belongs on the Best Seller List.
Chantell

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(23) Hi Lana. It is true - so much of what you have written is what we already know or have been exposed to in some way but your beautiful and simplistic delivery of this information is what I appreciated the most.
The message you cleverly conveyed in the story of the body was my favourite part as it became so easy to associate and visualise each step of the way (loved the animation too).
You have written this for everyone which is a great achievement as the audience is so diverse when you aren’t able to control who will pick up your book and truly understand it. Thanks Lana.
Nicole

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(24) Hi Lana. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of cella's journey. Simply written, with thought provoking concepts scattered throughout. I will definitely be sharing the story of Nome and Cella with my children as a useful introduction to the ultimate questions " where is God?" and "who is God?". An excellent read that I will recommend to others!
Hayley Moore - Director Haylo Productions

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(25) I have stolen time (in snatches) to read your delightful little book. Your philosophy is humane and consistent, and you explain it with great clarity. It is a gift to be able to put complex thoughts simply, without jargon.
Professor Gilbert Herbert

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