The New Akashic Records is Montaigne Medal Finalist!

I want to let you know that my new book, The New Akashic Records: Knowing, Healing & Spiritual Practice, has been named a Finalist for the 2010 Montaigne Medal!!? To celebrate this achievement, I have decided to offer a copy of my book to your local library!? Here are the details:

The Eric Hoffer Foundation holds a book award program each year for books that are published by small and independent presses.? As a book is being evaluated for an Eric Hoffer Award, a judge may also recommend a book for consideration in the more select program, the Montaigne Medal.? The list of recommended books is whittled down to a Finalist List or Short List.? I entered my book in the Eric Hoffer Award program and it has now been chosen as one of the finalists for this Medal.? Books considered for the Montaigne Medal “are books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought.”? Winners of the Montaigne Medal as well as the Eric Hoffer Award are announced later in April.? If you would like to read more, here are a few links:

To celebrate this accolade, I would like to donate a copy of my book to your local library.? Libraries have always been an amazing part of my life.? The support that my local library gave me in writing my book was invaluable — I literally could not have done without all their services, especially the InterLibrary Loan program.? This is how my Library Support Program works:

  1. Send me email ( and let me know the name and address of your local library.? If you have the name of the Director or web address, please include this as well.
  2. I will send a copy of my book as a gift of support.
  3. When the book package is sent, I will let you know in case you want to follow-up.

I will offer 20 copies to begin with and will increase if there is interest.? Also I will include public libraries any where — the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Japan — any where!? I will also be posting a list of the libraries on my websites.

On a personal note, that I have made it this far within this book award program from the Eric Hoffer Foundation means so very much to me.? When I was in high school, I use to frequent the 50 cent book bins at my local bookstore.? One day I found a copy of The True Believer by Eric Hoffer which discusses the psychology and motivations of mass movements.? I took it home, read it cover to cover in one sitting, and had my world completely rocked.? Growing up in Oklahoma, I always thought that there might seriously be something wrong with me because I did not automatically buy in to the institutions of conservative religious beliefs that seemed to surround me.? It wasn’t so much a disagreement with the concepts (though I did have disagreements), it was more about the blind belief and the willingness of many around me to take unquestioned direction from religious authority.? In very concise and powerful prose, Mr. Hoffer illuminated an alternative path and assured me that I was not alone.? That I, Cheryl Trine, was most certainly not destined, willingly or unwillingly, to be come a true believer.? Of all the books that have passed through my hands since high school, my battered copy of The True Believer is one of the only books I still have from that time.? The True Believer is securely on my bookshelf and Mr. Hoffer is held with great reverence in my heart.? To have my writing in some way associated with this amazing writer and human being has to be one of the true honors of my life.? Even now, teardrops of joy are running down my face and cleaning my keyboard!

You may extend even more honor if you would allow me the privilege to commerate this personal event with public action on your behalf.? Thank you!!

In Joy!

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