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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly powerful read,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)Angie's book is nothing short of moving and a total honest portrayal of her life thus far. I applaud the writer on the emotional journey that she has travelled on and even in the most desperate of times she had the strength to move on and carry on. I read Searching for Mooneyes in 2 days straight and could not put it down. Many times I found myself silently crying and at other times beaming a smile. I will not give too much away but the peace in Angie's words towards the end of the book are uplifting and full of love. After everything life had thrown at Angie she rose above it all to find her true self and in return be totally selfless in order to help others. This book is a gift to many and I am sure will touch many, many hearts and possibly even save lives. This young lady has immense forgiveness in her heart where others would just harbour anger. I wish the author a blessed life and very much look forward to more words from this incredible woman. Well done and thank you.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!! Incredible!!!,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)The author has herself travelled from ignorance to enlightenment and back again. This book of her journey will appeal to those ignorant seekers who have so far been unable to even take the first step unaided. My own spirit guide, Usquebaugh, told me of Mooneyes about 2 years but I could make no sense of her message at the time. So you can imagine how amazed I was to see the name appear on Amazon recently. Proof indeed of the powers of our spirits.
If you have an open mind and a desperate need for some meaning in your life I highly recommend this book, it pushes all the right buttons and ticks all the boxes. It clearly demonstrates that in these modern times any of us, right down to those of little or no talent, can write a book and have it published.
Don't be put off by the negative review by black mask, he is unlikely to be swayed by any of the lessons or evidence to be found in this book.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Rosamund de Sybel, Gulf Weekly, Volume 6 , Issue 50, December 12-18 2007,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)IF you have ever wondered what the life of a Gulf Air girl is like then a new book published by an ex-member of its cabin crew will satisfy your curiosity.
Angie Grainger, who worked for the airline from 1993 to 2000, has just published her autobiography, Searching For Mooneyes.
The book takes the author from a childhood in Iran, Oman, India and the UK to the Middle East to pursue a cabin-crew career, followed by a teaching stint in England and eventually a spiritual awakening in South Dakota, US, where she was to find kinship with the Lakota Sioux.
While Ms Grainger's life is a fascinating journey peppered with drama, heartache and calamity, it is the account of her life in Bahrain and her revelations about working for Gulf Air that are likely to captivate readers here.
After seeing an advert in Cosmopolitan for air-stewardesses the author is offered a job with the airline and heads off to Bahrain.
For seven years she travels to scores of countries, meets countless characters and stays in dozens of glitzy hotels.
But the book also describes the decidedly unglamorous aspects of the job, including finding a giant tapeworm in the lavatory, being screamed at by drunken passengers and sent to look for an explosive 'like a sniffer dog' by a petrified pilot during a security alert.
Life in Bahrain was a whirlwind of parties.
"Basically it was Sex and the City ... but in the wrong city. The Muslim community looked down on us despairingly," she writes.
She dated a Bahraini who she claims tried to palm her off on an elderly local. Far from being "bowled over by the offer of a Mercedes, an allowance and an expensive villa," she says she was appalled.
Unlike the "girls who were attracted by the fast boats and promise of money" she was determined to find true love.
She said: "So many of the girls seemed to get involved with wealthy men and then be part of a line-up of women who were all paid for. It was perhaps good for their bank balances but on several occasions it was heartbreakingly sad when they were discarded for a newer model."
All the familiar characters of the high-flying expat world are described from US Navy men, to rich playboys and an array of cabin crew from around the world.
There was plenty of cat-fighting, deception and betrayal - all of which made for a fascinating, if somewhat guilty read.
Today the author is a clairvoyant, hypnotherapist and reiki healer and lives in London.
Speaking about her time in Bahrain with Gulf Air she said: "I loved working for the airline. It was very hard work but the benefits of living in Bahrain were many. It is a small country but it has a lot of charm.
"I loved to be out in the desert horse-riding and being under the stars in a tent by an open fire. I could have easily lived out there as a Bedouin forever.
"If you are under the night sky listening to the call to prayer it is a spiritually moving experience and one that I dream of often whenever I long for the old days."
Asked if she was concerned that her book could have a controversial fall-out she said: "I did not intend to be controversial although on reflection I expect there will be people who disagree with things that I have written but this is the joy of freedom of speech and in truth. When I wrote the book, I was merely reflecting on what I had experienced.
"Some of the experiences are better than others, as with all life.
"I was never afraid of controversy. Mostly I found the people I worked with genuine and wonderful. The people who thought they were powerful and had money were the worst."
Searching for Mooneyes also chronicles the problems that face children and young adults who live peripatetic lives as expatriates.
"I have found it very difficult to adjust to living in just one place," she said.
"After all, I never really knew where I was from. Being born in India and then living in the Gulf had a remarkable effect upon me and being sent to England was a bewildering experience. I had to return to the Gulf as it called to me and I longed for it, yet in the end I had to accept that I was actually not meant to live there either.
"I am sure that travel will figure in my life always. I have learnt that as long as one is happy within oneself then really one can be anywhere and have a wonderful time."
Ms Grainger said she had received a lot of positive feedback about the book and is writing her second which focuses on the Native American Indian tribe of the Lakota, which she said has had a huge influence on her life.
She is expecting her first baby next month and hopes to one day take her children to Bahrain to "show them the desert and all the fabulous things about the Arabic culture".
Searching for Mooneyes is published by Athena Press and is available at Amazon.com
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book from a wonderful lady!,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)I have replied to the totally irrational negative response from 'black mask'... Angie has written a great book here that people who may just their minds opening - just a tad- may be helped by reading.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars While "Searching for Mooneyes", you'll find happiness!,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)Staggering! Life has it's ups and downs, and some choose to attack life's problems head on (Angie Grainger), some choose to learn from them (Angie Grainger), some choose to help others (Angie Grainger), some choose to celebrate life (Angie Grainger) and some choose to use their experiences to write a book that horrifies in the baseness of humanity, delights in the spirit of humanity and inspires everyone (again, Angie Grainger). If you buy the book to read cover to cover as an autobiographical journey or use it as a reference guide to similar situations in your own life, you won't be disappointed! Angie is not a celebrity, she is not a rock star or a sports star, she is a down to earth human being who gives and gives and gives. Read it and I guarantee you will take something positive away from the whole experience!!
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)A fantastic story of a wonderful, exciting, adventurous and at times sad experiences of a couragious lady. A life story that is so well written i felt i was with her! It has helped me to reflect on my own life and put certain events into perspective. Highly recommended x
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Wonderful Book,
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This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)Searching for Mooneyes
Fascinating, heart-rending, incredible and beautiful are the words I would use to describe the contents of this book. The author is an old friend of mine. We lost touch several years ago when I left the airline we both worked for. When she told me she had written a book I wanted to read it partly through loyalty, but now I realise that perhaps us having contact again is destiny!
Although I knew small bits about my friend, I am astonished by her life and how she has managed to turn it around through such diversities. I felt like I was there with her in parts. She is an inspiration to anyone who has ever felt that their life was on a road to nowhere!
It was an absolute pleasure to read and learn more about a friend I admire and I am glad I am back in touch with her after so many years. We had fun in Bahrain and I hope we will have more fun in the near future.
She has inspired my husband too, which takes some doing!
I challenge anyone read this book and not get goose-pimples!!
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening observations and viewpoints from personal experiences...,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)There were times throughout the book that I laughed out loud... sometimes I just sat there and couldn't believe the words I was reading of incidents that took place and there were occasions that I was filled with hope in how beautiful life can really be if only we trusted and listened to that little voice within us that guides us towards paths of brighter light.
Angie Grainger is a very spiritually beautiful woman. She has had trials and tribulations, which she has learned to understand, and use to her benefit throughout life's ups and downs.
Angie's insight into her mystical relation towards the Native Americans who sadly died at Wounded Knee made me cry. The real beauty in her writing was not just within her direct experience and divine wisdom by observation and understanding things deeply (and as it evolved over and through time with her spiritual maturity)... the real beauty was the re-creative balance and healthy vibrancy in energy she peacefully displayed in this written testimony.
I highly recommend this book. It will make you look at life with hope and will help open up your mind concerning spirit guidance. When we're open to it, our life will then open up into a whole new dimension of possibilities. I promise. :o)
The Noble Mystical Woodsman.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book!,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)I have just finished reading this incredibly interesting story, and I would like to recommend it to people who are open to the fact that there is more to life than what we can actually see and that we can find our meaning in this world by listening to our inner voice - or intuition if you like - rather then by being passively led by whatever other people would mean.
Angie Grainger tells her story in an extremely honest way, as well as optmistic and positive - but also very entertaining, and I often found myself bursting with laughter! Sometimes I could hardly believe what I was reading, as her experiences are far away from what the average person experiences during a lifetime. In addition, she writes about subjects that often are too taboo to be talked about, such as how it is to grow up with alcholism in the family, and she describes how this feels extremely honest and in a way that makes you understand how devastating it can be for children to live under such circumstances. Finally, with a strong voice, she puts the cause of the Native Americans on the agenda. A cause that deserves all the attention that it can get!
Looking forward to more books from her.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Mooneyes,
This review is from: Searching for Mooneyes (Paperback)A amazing story of a young womans life. She really have experienced so much emotionally and spiritually. A wonderful read and i would highly recommend it to anyone.
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