Benoit Discusses His New Book In “All Storms Pass” Series on Daniel G. Garza’s "Put
It Together Conversations" Show (7/27 at 5pm)
When: Tues., July 27 at 5 p.m.
Where: LiveStreaming Podcast via Daniel G. Garza's YouTube Channel and Facebook, Twitter, Linked In Sites.
We caught up with Luke Benoit, the Life Coach Author whose newest book -- RAIN AND FIRE -- follows up the first book in his ALL STORMS PASS: THE ANTI-MEDITATIONS series.
We're passing along the promo one-sheet provided by Luke Benoit along with our Q & A Interview.
These books are definitely worth checking out!
Title: ALL STORMS PASS: THE ANTI-MEDITATIONS 2 – RAIN AND FIRE
Author: Luke Benoit
Publication Date: May 27, 2021
Paperback: 346 pages $17.95
Available on Amazon
Author Website: Luke Benoit Life Coach
Facebook: Luke Benoit @lukebenoit.coach
Facebook: All Storms Pass Recovery Books
Author/Life Coach Luke Benoit presents ALL STORMS PASS: THE ANTI-MEDITATIONS 2 - RAIN AND FIRE as a very different kind of Recovery
book. Sometimes dark, sometimes hopeful, his thought-provoking meditations
confront and explore universal themes of Healing, Addiction, Self-Help, and
This book follows his acclaimed ALL STORMS PASS: THE
“Benoit does not attempt to offer readers magical solutions,
but supplies aid as a fellow traveler who has come many times to a crossroads
that asks him to choose between Light and Darkness, and he continues to choose
Light. A 2-fisted, take-no-prisoners approach to coping with challenges.”
—Midwest Book Review (Book 2)
PRAISE FOR ALL STORMS PASS: THE ANTI-MEDITATIONS (Book 1)
“The power to change one's life lies in one's own hands. ALL STORMS PASS is
thoughtful and powerful reading that will resonate clearly and fully on many
levels ... an excellent pick for anyone looking for a way to fire their way
through life.”—Midwest Book Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Luke Benoit is the author of the ALL STORMS PASS [The Anti-Meditations] series.
He is married and lives in Orange County, California as a Certified Life Coach
and a Professional Hypnotherapist. Luke has worked in the areas of Recovery, Personal
Wholeness and Mental Health for 15 years, and touched countless lives as he
helped people achieve sobriety, overcome addictions, depression and raise their
self-esteem. He has his B.F.A. in Film from USC and his M.S. in Education from
CSU Long Beach.
|Luke Benoit Reading ALL STORMS PASS: THE ANTI-MEDITATIONS (Book 1)|
Mystic Journey Bookstore, Venice, CA
INTERVIEW WITH LUKE BENOIT BY MARLAN WARREN
FOR L.A. NOW
Q – How were the anti-meditations born?
A - I started writing these meditations as teaching
tools and springboards for discussion in some groups that I was running.
Initially, they were short and more like 12-Step slogans. They eventually took
on a life of their own, and expanded until they assembled themselves into ALL
STORMS PASS: THE ANTI-MEDITATIONS, the first book in the series.
Q - How would you classify the Anti-Meditations books?
A - They are about recovery from trauma with many
12-Step and Codependency references. Truthfully, they are intended for anyone
they might help. They are their own animal in that way and hard to classify.
But there is probably something in them for almost anyone.
Q - What was the best experience you had launching the
A – Hearing people from all walks of life say how
much the book has impacted them. That has always been amazing and incredibly
gratifying. Just last week someone thanked me profusely for the book—saying how
much it’s helping and that it moved her to tears. That has always been the most
powerful part of the experience to me. It’s very humbling, yet it also makes me
very proud to be the channel.
Q - All the anti-meditations seem very personal and
Is this by design?
A - I can’t really say that the meditations are by
design. They gestate very organically, forming themselves, and in that process
I really become some kind of channel and they move through me. It’s not like I
know what they are going to be or say. In some way, they remind me of haikus
with beginnings, middles and resolutions that have a certain rhythm to them.
Q - How would you suggest a reader in need of recovery
approach these books?
A - I would say have no expectations. “The Statement of
High Self-Esteem” that opens the book is extremely powerful and resonates throughout.
With the other entries, I think it’s a sort of “take what you like and leave
the rest” kind of experience. Let what hits you hit you. What moves you move
you. Not everything is going to be right for everybody. But more than one should
create significant, maybe even profound, awarenesses that could be life
Q – All your books have humor. What is your relationship
to humor as both Life Coach and for you personally?
A - The idea that sometimes you have to laugh to keep
from crying is a very powerful concept. I come from very sarcastic people and
the energy of that definitely informs me as a person, a writer, and even a
coach. There is something always very appealing to me about a Gestalt-ish
confrontation that involves humor. It can be really eye-opening for us all.
Q - How close to the bone are these anti-meditations for
A – Each anti-meditation comes from my own life
experience and what’s up for me at the moment that they are written. I have to
get very present when I am writing these—thinking about what I am going through
right now and entering into the flow that moves through me. Each one is about
what is happening right now in the time that I am writing them.
Q – You are both a professional life coach and hypnotist.
Does the latter influence your writing?
A - These anti-meditations are very purposely written
in hypnotic and NLP language. Writing for me is always a trance process. I need
to be ready and drop into it to be able to generate the work. Self-hypnosis (which
we engage in all the time, often unknowingly) is incredibly powerful and can do
so much to unlock our potentials.
Q - Which is your favorite anti-meditation in RAIN AND
A - The one that I always think of first and really
stands out for me is the one about the trapeze. I am proud of it because I
think that somehow it’s really insightful about relationships and at the same
time I think it’s a really well-crafted poem. I even like the way it lays
itself out on the page.
TRAPEZE FLYING [Excerpt]:
so he asked her:
SO WHAT WOULD MAKE
YOU THINK THAT THIS
TIME WOULD BE DIFFERENT?
and she said:
"I just always
DARING YOUNG MAN
when all I wanted
was something to
so I could
and someone to
BEFORE I FALL."
and he said:
“THEN WHY DIDN'T YOU
GRAB MY HANDS?”
Q - How did you come up with the second book’s subtitle RAIN AND FIRE?
A - Turbulence. The years during the writing of RAIN AND FIRE were rough for me and full of all kinds of storms. Storms may come in many forms but surviving them all is the trick or key.