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LOVE FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 14 February 2019

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LOVE FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE

Today, on Valentine’s Day, we see hearts everywhere, boxes of chocolates in hearts shape, shirts full of hearts and even, heart-shaped hamburgers. I find it normal that each business tries to sell their products on this special day, and every year we are more imaginative with traditions that, perhaps, not everyone wants to celebrate, because love is usually related to being in a relationship. But love has many shapes and should be with us every minute, every second, and not once or twice a year.

However, today I also look opportunistic and I am taking advantage of the moment, since I have in my hands the right book for today, but it’s a trap, because this book is forever. Alex Rovira, with the collaboration of Francesc Miralles, tells us about love like you never heard it before. LOVE is the most powerful energy that we have, the one that unites us to the others in our day to day, and for that reason, we have to understand it and spread it. Love has three axes: the first is understanding, the second is taking care and the third is inspiration. Alex and Francesc invite us to think about raising the quality of our love bonds with couple, friends, children or even with the work team, and increasing our balance of love. Love is energy that well channeled will make us happy: the ones who love in fullness will find the meaning of his life, because to love is to live and to live is to love. The Zenith publishing house published this book a week ago and we are already reediting it, and that means that love interests us all, that we all need it, but we need to know, above all, how we can empower it because it is the key to happiness. Who doesn’t want to know the secret, when it is also something we all have inside and we just have to listen to it? A wonderful and necessary book for each person who wants to make this world a better place.

day, on Valentine’s Day, we see hearts everywhere, boxes of chocolates in hearts shape, shirts full of hearts and even, heart-shaped hamburgers. I find it normal that each business tries to sell their products on this special day, and every year we are more imaginative with traditions that, perhaps, not everyone wants to celebrate, because love is usually related to being in a relationship. But love has many shapes and should be with us every minute, every second, and not once or twice a year.

However, today I also look opportunistic and I am taking advantage of the moment, since I have in my hands the right book for today, but it’s a trap, because this book is forever. Alex Rovira, with the collaboration of Francesc Miralles, tells us about love like you never heard it before. LOVE is the most powerful energy that we have, the one that unites us to the others in our day to day, and for that reason, we have to understand it and spread it. Love has three axes: the first is understanding, the second is taking care and the third is inspiration. Alex and Francesc invite us to think about raising the quality of our love bonds with couple, friends, children or even with the work team, and increasing our balance of love. Love is an energy that well channeled will make us happy: the ones who love in fullness will find the meaning of his life, because to love is to live and to live is to love. The Zenith publishing house published this book a week ago and we are already reediting it, and that means that love interests us all, that we all need it, but we need to know, above all, how we can empower it because it is the key to happiness. Who doesn’t want to know the secret, when it is also something we all have inside and we just have to listen to it? A wonderful and necessary book for each person who wants to make this world a better place.

BEING DIFFERENT MAKES YOU UNIQUE

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 7 February 2019

It is difficult at a certain age to build a personality, to not follow the group like sheep, and stand out for an opinion even when you are the only person who thinks that way. And then, there is the physical appearance: if you are tall or short, fat or skinny, ugly or beautiful. I used to tell my son a tale about how we should be able not to judge anyone before getting to know him. It was a made-up story about different children, with their virtues and flaws, that he loved, and when we finished we always said together: physical appearance doesn’t matter, what matters is what’s inside. Petrus Gonsalvus, a Guanche[1] King, is the protagonist of PONTE EN MI PIEL (put yourself in my shoes) by Emma Lira that Espasa Calpe has published this week.

It’s 1537 when a group of women from the Tenerife Island discover that the newborn has the little hand covered with hair. The King Petrus Gonsalvus has born and this is his story. Rejected by his people who consider him a devil, Petrus ends up in the Henry II Court, where they will use him as a clown for fun. However, the monarch sees in Petrus something special and decides to take him in under his protection. Petrus will meet Diana, the bastard daughter of the King, who will become his best friend. Together, they will try to find a place in this world that turns them down, until the companion of the Queen, Catherine, will be chosen to be Petrus’ wife. He will have to make up his mind.

We have in front of us the real story of The Beauty and The Beast, settled in the 16th century. A novel that will move you and above all, it will make it impossible to put the book down for those who enjoy love and inspirational stories, and also for those who feel that being different doesn’t make you special. After reading these pages, perhaps their vision of the world will change and they will point out the value of being unique.

[1] A King from the Canary Islands.

FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE, TWO THINGS TO BOOST OUR ENERGY

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 31 January 2019

I talked so many times about the value of friendship in this blog, and after reading the new book by Maria Barbal, TO MY SCOTTISH FRIEND, I cannot help but write again about what it means to me to have a friend. A friendship that is built in a very delicate and difficult moment but we will discover one of these relationships that last forever. Now, as I grow older, I find it more difficult to find new people and consider them as my friends, because a friend is always there, in the good times but above all, in the hard times. There are not many people like these in our surroundings, and if you have a true friend, make sure to keep him close. And remember: friendship should also be a two-way relationship, as Benet and George’s. This book about friendship travels back to Pallars, and at the same time, we will live through a love story.

Barbal is an icon of the Catalan Literature, and it makes me very happy to write this blog about the writer of ‘STONE IN LANDSLIDE’, a truly long-seller, that I read both in school and college, and that now, I have the honour to represent. Coincidences like this one are hard to explain because they are like a dream made true.

TO MY SCOTTISH FRIEND is a story of love and friendship. At the hospital where two injured soldiers are being healed, we find an inscription in the garden that says <<To my scottish friend>>. A boy who was born in a small town of the Pyrenees – Benet Enrich – wrote that to his friend George, the Scottish boy who joined the international brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War. The two young men become friends during the war and will meet again 30 years later with great joy. George, a journalist for the Daily Telegraph, is our narrator at the beginning and at the end of the book. At first sight, George’s life looks more exciting, but it is Benet’s, an ordinary man, who will put light to the story. The plot narrates Benet’s life starting the day of his birth in a small town, son of a parents who will not understand him, and with two brothers. They will move to a bigger town but it won’t be until his stay in Barcelona where Benet will finally widen his horizons. The plot tackles the young dreams, the job concerns, the war wounds, the refusal of an artistic career and specially, the refusal of his love story with Elvira, a very special girl. The reader will get to know all the details of this love story by the letters that Benet writes her in first person.

An extraordinary novel that sends a clear message: there are no winners in the war whereas everybody always loses something. We should take this into consideration so fights won’t become wars, but dialogues and words to live peacefully in this world.

 

A GLANCE FROM INSIDE IS ALWAYS DEEPER

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 24 January 2019

Last Sunday I went to prison to visit Raül Romeva, our Ex Minister of Institutional Relations and Foreign Affairs, and my friend and author of the agency. I can’t explain in words what I felt. It was my first time in a prison, and the coldness and the noise of the steel doors when they opened for me was really frightening. Seeing someone like Raul, deprived of liberty, but so calm at the same time, made me think of too many things that I’m not capable to summarize in this blog. It made me very sad, I cried back home, alone, because it is not fair that people like Raül and the other political prisoners are shut up in prison without having been tried. They are also being treated differently from other people that, in my opinion, should be in prison because they are the dangerous ones: murderers, rapists, people who harmed others. I don’t wish to make any political judgement but I would like to see my son living in a fair society, where people could express themselves freely, without violence and without being punished for that. We are in the 21th century but some people still live in the Middle Ages.

Raul has written ESPERANÇA I LLIBERTAT (Hope and freedom) to put into words his thoughts from the prison, without magical tricks or regrets. It is a book about the political prisoners’ incarceration, with thoughts and proposals, a lot of questions but also certainties. With reasons and arguments about our democracy, sovereignty and independence; with memories from the 1st of October and above all, with the certainty that, unfortunately, prison lasts for a long time but dignity and pride last forever.

I am proud to represent this book and I wish that international publishers help us to give voice to the truth. Raül agrees that everybody can think whatever they want to think, can wish whatever they believe, he even wants to listen to these people, but there needs to be room for all of us. It is a book that emits humanity, warmth and above all, empathy for everybody, even for those who believe that Raül deserves to be in prison. A book full of reasons written from the heart by a very close author that I would describe as a honest and good, exactly what our society needs to grow healthy.

THE REVOLUTIONARY METHOD FOR OUR DOMESTIC FINANCES

Author: Sandra Bruna Thursday 17 January 2019

We are going through the popular January slump, and for many, unfortunately, this slump lasts the whole year, but after reading the book by Cristina Benito, MONEY MINDFULNESS, I believe this won’t be a problem anymore: we will know our relationship with money and we will become aware of it.

In the last years, there’s been a lot of talking about the importance of Mindfulness for our body and our mind, and Marie Kondo has helped us to put order in our lives. So far, so good, but what about money? Cristina Benito, economist and graduated in Business Management from the IE Business School, explains how to become aware of our personal finances. Money does not bring happiness as we have always heard, but it may help. However, the author says: money does not bring happiness but a bad relationship with it brings unhappiness. I believe here lays the difference of this book, suitable for everyone who is at the age to manage money, and to me, it has been one of the most revolutionary methods I have recently read.

The author unites Mindfulness and secrets of the most successful business men and women in the world so we will learn to generate, conserve and multiply our money, no matter what our income is, money will not be a problem anymore. Don’t you think that investing in this book makes all the sense in the world? We can assure that anyone who applies a small part of what the book says, the price he would have paid will be the best investment of his life.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair,  four international publishers (France, Italy, Greece and Brazil) already put their faith on Money Mindfulness, even before its publication in Spain, but they quickly saw the potential of the book for the readers. Today is finally the release of the book, published by Grijalbo of Penguin Random House. Although comparisons are odious, Cristina Benito is our Marie Kondo for the domestic finances, and this book a very useful tool that may change the lives of many forever. I encourage you to read only the prologue, but you won’t be able to put the book down and you will need more.



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