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Mony and Alberto are the international award-winning authors of:
- WALKING FOR PEACE, AN INNER JOURNEY, memoir of their 5000-kilometre, 13-country, 13-month walking pilgrimage from Rome to Jerusalem. Also available in Spanish (CAMINANDO POR LA PAZ, UN CAMINO INTERIOR) and Chinese Simplified Characters (PILGRIMAGE), on Smashwords.
- I AM HAPPY, children's book illustrated by Alberto Agraso. A Mom's Choice Award recipient. Also available in Spanish (SOY FELIZ) and French (JE SUIS HEUREUSE), on Smashwords.
- THE CALL, book of meditation and original artwork of the Spirit by intuitive artist Alberto Agraso. Also available in Spanish (LA LLAMADA). Only as hardcover.
- COLORING THE SOUL, coloring book for adults based on Soul Portraits commissioned by clients of Alberto Agraso. Only as paperback.
Alberto is an author and intuitive artist who has exhibited his artwork in his native Spain. His artistic creations are inspired by his many pilgrimages, the most notable being the Camino to Santiago in northern Spain and his 5000-kilometre walk for peace with his partner Mony.
Mony formalized her studies in Canada with an MBA from Queen's University and, for ten years, pursued a marketing career in the software industry before abandoning it to embark on a search for self. She met Alberto on the Camino in 2001 and, together, they walked from Rome to Jerusalem, on their pilgrimage for peace.
Today, they share their journeys and lessons learned in their popular presentations and talks. They continue to create and publish books and artwork that transform lives.
Awards for "I am Happy"
SILVER - Mom's Choice Award (Best Children's Picture Book)
WINNER - International Latino Book Awards (The Mariposa Award for best children's book by new Latino author)
Awards for "Walking for Peace, an inner journey"
WINNER - Global Ebook Awards (Action/Adventure)
FINALIST - Global Ebook Awards (New Age)
HONORABLE MENTION - Global Ebook Awards (Religion/Faith)
FINALIST - National Indie Excellence Book Awards (Adventure)
Awards for "Soy Feliz"
HONORABLE MENTION - International Latino Book Awards (Best Children’s Fiction Picture Book-Spanish)
Awards for "Caminando por la Paz, un camino interior"
SECOND PRIZE - International Latino Book Awards (Best Biography)
SECOND PRIZE - International Latino Book Awards (Best Spiritual/New Age Book)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Sep. 02, 2012 :
This book came to my attention during the Global eBook Awards ceremony, where it had a much-deserved win. While the authors could have taken the easy way out and written a travelogue about their walk from Rome to Jerusalem, they instead wrote frankly about the problems and blessings they encountered, as well as the metaphysical growth they underwent.
I often found myself putting my eReader down for a time in order to examine not only what had just happened in the book, but also my emotional reactions to it. What Mony and Alberto learned along the way had a great deal to do with human interconnectedness and the need to overcome prejudice ... something I find myself talking (sadly, sometimes in vain) with people in my circle, and something to which I am reminded that I still occasionally fall prey myself.
In any event, the two friends begin this lengthy walk at a time when both of them are free to travel for as long as they want or are able to do, and they find themselves challenged not only by weather, border crossings and religious belief but also by one another as their relationship deepens.
This is a beautiful, spiritual book that also happens to contain some of the most lovely travel writing I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on June 20, 2012 :
Walking for Peace was an amazing journey of Spirituality, religion, mysticism, pilgrimage, commitment, hardships, loss, and love. I loved the way this book moved my Spirit. I felt I was traveling for Peace with Mony and Arturo, we all became the supporters and the followers of Peace. It made me realize so much about me, that Peace begins within and then it is shared through love and compassion. I'm Blessed to have read and shared Walking for Peace and I hope others will find the Peace and love they search for! Blessings. Silvia Bollinger
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Susanna C. Mahoney
on March 07, 2012 :
Walking for Peace was an inspiring story about two friends who frustrated with the rat race decided to abandon it and agreed to a challenge; walking across the European continent through 17 countries hiking along the path the apostle's and servants of the pass travelled seeking the mysteries of inner peace and question the unknown. Along their journey their beliefs are shatter and replace with strangers kindness and gifts of gratitude that brings tears and joy to their hearts and a new found knowledge of the spiritual truths.
The woman is bond to her beliefs deny all religious and faith beliefs stating she is walking only as a message that a person may change others inner thoughts and assist them to open their minds to the possibility of transforming the negative to the positive ideals and change the course of their destiny.
Mony is of Lebanon descent and was raised to be leery of all due to the conflict in the Middle East. She is skeptical and raised to be enriched with the simple pleasures of life; shelter, food, warmth and clothing; along her trek she is meet with obstacles that could of broke her will but acknowledges she needs to strip herself of all worldly opinions, beliefs and hurts and believe in her inner conscious to guide her to the right path of enlightenment and spread the message of peace.
The man, Alberto starts as a friend who is also called to abandoned the earthly realm and seek peace but also inner wisdom to the purpose of life and what is beyond the earthly realm. He walks as a pilgrim and declares his truth of finding the light, the Supreme Being inside each of another and to share it with others; break down the walls of hatred and distrust among the warring nations and people in general. There is conflict between the two characters which adds excitement to the story. This is a complex tale with many messages intertwined in the pages; the final message unconditional love will conquer all.
Strange coincidental here, I am a Mahoney too, from USA, supernatural is working here too. I really enjoyed this story.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
Walking for Peace is a story of THE epic journey, the one to self. Written with integrity and honesty it offers a privileged insight into the writers very personal confrontation with herself. For anyone who perceives there is a path, but lacks the courage to take the first step, this story is a worthy travel companion. It is an honour to walk this part of the way with you.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)