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Words of True Love and Fond Hope - 'Love & Peace: 37 Eternal Reflections' by Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave

Words of True Love and Fond Hope - 'Love & Peace: 37 Eternal Reflections' by Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave
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By Monday, 03 August 2020 01:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

After nearly two years, Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave's long-awaited sequel to her much-praised "Love & Wisdom" is now out and available.

As fans of de Borchgrave know, "Love & Wisdom" offered words of comfort, joy, and plain old-fashioned encouragement to the reader when he or she needs it.

Now, "Love & Peace: 37 Eternal Reflections" goes on from where its predecessor left off. Its words, taken from disparate sources ranging from Charles Dickens to Buddha to the ever-comforting Kahlil Gibran, are nothing short of a manifesto of love and reflections of inner peace.

"First keep the peace within yourself — then you can also bring peace to others," are the words of Thomas à Kempis, the Dutch-German author of the timeless Christian work "The Imitation of Christ."

"And though thy soul sails leagues and leagues beyond, still leagues beyond those leagues, there is more sea," reads an axiom of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet, translator, and painter.

These and 35 other reflections are presented to the reader against the backdrop of striking contemporary photographs portraying the sea and sky (complete with 16th-century illumination manuscript borders).

"Love & Peace" is a work that was truly crafted from the author's heart. These are not hackneyed words. De Borchgrave recalls in her introduction the twilight of her beloved husband of 47 years, the swashbuckling foreign correspondent, editor, and best-selling novelist Arnaud de Borchgrave.

Upon receiving a diagnosis of an incurable cancer, she recalls, "[i]n his typically brave style, Arnaud was ready to suffer whatever was necessary to fight for more time."

But after seeking treatment repeatedly, the veteran journalist knew his time was limited and, in his words, "someone up there wants me."

Before his passing on Feb. 15, 2015, "Arnaud had promised he would do his best to send me a sign to prove the spirit lives on," his widow writes. And, in fact, she recalls signs such as turning on a random music system to hear "Time to Say Goodbye" sung by Andrea Bocelli, and returning home one evening to discover one of Arnaud's signature joke cards moved from its usual spot on her desk to the center of the desk chair.

"To me, these remarkable signs from Arnaud are confirmation that our spirit continues on," Alexandra writes, "and that loves transcends all boundaries into eternity."

Now, the author brings to life some "remarkable signs" that love and peace are powerful forces that can make all of our lives a little more hopeful. "Love & Peace" will surely inspire hope in many.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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