On the eve of making a major life affecting decision, Sam, a troubled young man, meets his father's ghost at a desolate crossroads. Whereupon he is taken to an old turn of the century schoolhouse where he becomes a student for an afteron to some of history's most ble and enlightened characters. A book of spiritual insight, wisdom, and inspiration for living. Imagine spending an afteron conversing with history's most enduring messengers including Aesop, Buddha, Confuscious, Jesus Christ, and others. What would you ask? What would you do with the wisdom they shared with you? A fable with a universal message on healing, self-mastery, and leading a life worth living. Praise for Lessons From Heaven Life is full of challenges and experiences. Along the way, we make myriad choices; all resulting in varied consequences. Clark's book is a wonderfully written exploration on how we can impact our choices through self-examination and growth. It's presentation allows the reader to get a glimpse of highly treasured philosophies and beliefs held by some of histories most important and memorable figures. It offers the reader an opportunity to apply these gems of wisdom to their own life experiences and to take the journey inward themselves. - Dr. Kathryn Jennings, Ph.D. Founder of The Anger Management Counselling Practice, and certified member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists It is rare when an author portrays what a statesman w in heaven might advise a younger living person today. Joseph Clark does just that when he relates President Lincoln's advice to his book's main character, Sam. Lincoln's great strength was his sheer character and his ability at telling stories. This, Clark has captured when he has President Lincoln advise young Sam to 'Dream Young Sir Dream. For if you are t impassioned with that which you pursue you are advancing towards mediocrity.' Good advice, especially when the author expands Lincoln's words to include 'Practice these virtuous habits and behaviours predicated on your self respect and you shall live a life of purpose...A life of fulfillment. A life of proper distinction.' Lessons from Heaven is a good read. -The Hourable Sinclair Stevens, Former President of the Treasury Board for Prime Minister Joe Clark, and Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion for Prime Minister Mulroney. Lessons From Heaven grounds the accumulated wisdom of human experience and understanding in the unfolding story - the life journey - of Sam, a fallible one among all of us who are fallible. In a skilled, insightful and creative way, Joseph Clark provides us a most compelling opportunity to grasp the fundamental and enduring truths of our physical and spiritual existence in the face of the hurt, discouragement and anger that can so easily preoccupy us all. This t-so-fictional story is an engaging, essential primer for all in attendance at the schoolhouse of life - what matters, and what it means. -Chris Kelly, Senior Program Consultant, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, Former Superintendent of Schools and CEO of Vancouver School Board, Strategic Advisory Council to the President of the University of British Columbia, Director, Board of Goverrs, Vancouver Board of Trade, Joseph David Clark is a man of sterling character and great inner strength. He has written this remarkable story and it clearly provides the reader with spiritual insight, wisdom, and inspiration for living. -Archbishop Dorian A. Baxter B.A., O.T.C., M.Div., Federation of Independent Anglican Churches of North America
Joseph David Clark is a husband and father, fiction author, and business professional. He a Certified Mental Health Therapist and Life Coach Counsellor. He has written and produced educational productions for school boards, libraries and television and has been a keynote speaker by invite at the International Police Chief and Law Enforcement Executive Summit. In 1987 Joseph was an armored crewman (reservist) in the Canadian Armed Forces. At the age of 38 Joseph experienced an unfortunate human event which acted as a catalyst for Joseph to begin a process of prayer, meditation, contemplation, and research. This journey consisted of self exploration on a spiritual, intellectual and metaphysical level. He continues his journey towards enlightenment today through prayer, meditation, visualization, and ongoing study into Religion, Spiritualism, and various philosophies and wisdoms. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1970, Joseph and his wife Tracy Lee raise their four children on their horse farm North West of Toronto Canada. He is currently at work on his next book while continuing his spiritual and intellectual journey.