J A Crawshaw Author
"If you’ve ever wondered what forest bathing is all about, J A Crawshaw’s latest book No-Nonsense 5 Step Guide to Forest Bathing & Natural Energy explains it in a nutshell.
Forest bathing or ‘Shinrin Yoku’ originated in Japan in the 1980s and since then its therapeutic benefits have been realised across the world from studies which have proven its benefit to both mental and physical wellbeing. With a nod to this and the author’s personal wisdom gathered from decades of working with trees, J A Crawshaw’s “no frills” approach makes this concise book an informative read - and easy to follow should you want to give forest bathing a go.
The author believes that forest bathing should be accessible to everyone – and his book explains that you don’t have to get yourself to a forest to experience it.
His powerful and passionate way with words takes you on a powerful nature journey as if he were walking alongside you guiding you every step of the way.
It is written from the heart in such a conversational style that it is hard not to imagine him sitting across from you, with a cuppa in his hand, speaking the words as they flow from the page.
This in itself is no mean feat, considering the journey the author has travelled with his own struggles, particularly with dyslexia, during his lifetime so far. So it is not surprising that entwined with his writing is that sense of a much deeper knowledge and understanding of life, which Crawshaw only just scrapes the surface of in this book.
His meaningful reflections on the world we live in and his views on the importance of embracing change add an extra dimension. That, along with his vast knowledge of the natural world makes this book far more expansive than just exploring being still will trees and nature.
He writes with humour and isn’t afraid to prod the hornet’s nest just enough to plant that seed of curiosity. Even for those who already have some knowledge of forest bathing, this book is a joy to read, bursting with interesting insights.
I get the feeling that this book is the start of something much bigger for the author – and I can’t wait to find out what!" Sandy Holt
HELLO & WELCOME
In our search for meaning and happiness within our lives, we often look in all the wrong places. Putting our trust and confidence in the hearts of people we hope will help us along the journey.
Some good, some bad, we navigate the undulations of life in our constant quest for truth and fulfilment.
It’s easy to mask the damage caused by parents and ex’s. Live within the smokescreens of our unhappiness and hide from the truth. We long to escape, we long to love, and we deserve to thrive.
Romance, all-encompassing love, sensual, ultimate connections, world beating solidarity, and respect; are what keep our hearts beating and our spirits alive.
I write from the heart. No preconceptions, no tropes, no formulas. Just unadulterated freedom of expression that personally, I had disallowed for most of my life.
Now, I allow my characters to explore the vast possibilities of life and love. To make mistakes but also celebrate our male and female differences, through strengths and weaknesses, hopes and fears, passion and adventure.
J A CRAWSHAW
Empowerment and growth while facing tough adversity is my mantra. Changing and adapting as we learn and grow, we can be grateful for our experiences and excited by our potential.
It is out there for all of us. We just have to be free with our thoughts and open with our hearts.
Writing female protagonists, allows for deep exploration of our emotions, to explore our vulnerabilities, challenge conditioning and expectations, and set ourselves free.
I had never read a book before writing my first novel at the age of 50.
My undiagnosed dyslexia, a prison with seemingly no escape.
I was shocked to feel the sheer exhilarating excitement within my core, when I woke with words flowing from my subconscious like torrential rain. Rhyming, playfully dancing provocatively and bursting to come out of me.
My subconscious, now the ultimate filing cabinet of my life. Love, loss, optimism, devastation, romance, determination were all there and…words. The very thing I had been scared of all my life’s now the key to unlock the door of captivity.
I write for my own freedom, but also for the liberation of others who may feel different, marginalised, worthless or in need of change. Empowerment is ours for the taking, we just have grasp it and hold on tight for the ride.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 27 November 2022
A beautifully written love story and great first novel by J A Crawshaw.
I was completely invested in the characters and their dating journey with a roller coaster of emotions all the way to the last page.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on 17 July 2022
I loved this book! It’s fast paced and I was invested in the characters. The story takes you on a journey through all of the emotions and the ending leaves you wanting more. A well told story that keeps you turning pages. I
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 20 November 2022
Had me hooked from the first chapter.
Fantastic story of true love against all the odds, this book had it all passion betrayal love a gripping end that has only left me wanting more.
A sequel please.
Defeated dyslexia and writes from the heart! Must read!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 18 March 2023
So glad I read this as it’s engaging, funny, heartfelt and genuine! I often found myself laughing out loud as the author has a way of describing his awkward experiences in a very detailed yet simplistic way. A way that was easy for a non-reader adult ADHD type like myself to relate to and easily follow along. I recommend this book to any compassionate soul (especially if you know struggle with dyslexia or distraction) to learn about one persons struggles and how he was able to completely turn it around. The fact that this author was/is dyslexic blows my mind…it really is a good read and I look forward to reading more from him.
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