Weam Namou

**Award-winning author of 12 books **Vice president of Detroit Working Writers * *Facilitator at Pachamama Alliance **Ambassador at Arab America

Winner of 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards -
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My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School

A Babylonian Storyteller in America

Sitting on top of a Mount Etna in Sicily long ago
I come from an ancient lineage of healers. My great-grandmother Maria was a well-known healer in the once Christian village of Telkaif in northern Iraq. My father, who headed the accounting department at Baghdad’s railway station, was also a bonesetter for family and friends and whoever needed that free service. My paternal aunt was a midwife in Fallujah. She helped save many newborn girls’ lives by convincing their fathers not to bury them, as some men wanted to do at that time.

I was born in Baghdad as a minority Christian in a Muslim country. My family and I endured Saddam's totalitarian regime, then when I was a child, we fled to the United States for a better life. Here in America, I was again a minority and had difficulty fitting in and finding my voice.

Over the years, and with the help of many wonderful spiritual people, I not only found my literary voice but I reconnected to my faith. I wrote about this transformation through my four-book memoir series, Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World.

I realized what a blessing it was to have been born in the biblical land of Babylon, now called Iraq, where literature, school, law, a map of the world was first found. The first writer in recorded history was Enheduanna, a princess and high priestess from ancient Iraq. The first recorded woman ruler in history was also from that land. Kubaba, a former tavern-keeper, rose to the role of king. She was said to have reigned peacefully for one hundred years. And I was very blessed to come to America and have the opportunity to create my own story.

Since it’s in my genes, for 25 years I have been studying spiritual work through different teachers. I want to continue to use my storytelling abilities to do work similar to that of my great-grandmother, my father, my aunt and other family members.

Publishers Weekly review of memoir (Book 1)
Spiritual coach Namou (The Flavor of Cultures) describes her personal journey in this first volume of her four-part memoir. It begins with a phone conversation between Namou and author Lynn Andrews that was an essential part of Namou’s development; quotes and themes taken from this conversation are woven throughout the book, which recounts how Namou processed and came to terms with her childhood arrival in Detroit, Mich., after emigrating from Baghdad at the age of nine.

Andrews encourages Namou to participate in the Mystery School, a lineage of learning based on Native American shamanic teachings, and this brings Namou a sense of release from the traumatization of being suddenly uprooted at such an early age to move to a vastly different culture. This thorough and descriptive first installment includes a deep look into her Iraqi past and Chaldean Christian background, and explores how that spiritual upbringing has influenced her present life. Spiritual terms and symbols that could be new to some readers are explained well throughout the book. Readers interested in personal journeys of faith will be eager to follow Namou along her spiritual path.
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Publishers Weekly review of memoir (Book 2)
Spiritual coach Namou In this second installment of her four-book series, spiritual coach Namou continues to describe her personal journey through a shamanic school known as The Mystery School. Taking up where the first book left off, Weam shares some of her meaningful telephone discussions with mentor Lynn Andrews—for example, it’s important to “be responsible for yourself, before you can be responsible to deal at all with anyone else.” As Namou’s second year in The Mystery School requires her to expand her studies, the book includes descriptions of conversations with her second-year mentor, Fiona.

During these conversations with Fiona, other participants from Namou’s Mystery School cohort chime in to ask pertinent questions that push their collective spiritual journey forward. In addition to relating her experience with The Mystery School, Namou divulges more about her personal and family life, including her relationship with her husband, Sudaid, and their eight-year struggle with immigration into the United States. By the end of book two, readers will see firsthand that settling her undecided immigration status gave way for Namou to feel more freedom to write.


Publishers Weekly review of memoir (Book 4)

Accomplished spiritual coach and author Namou (The Flavor of Cultures) concludes her four-part memoir by describing her final year in Lynn Andrews’s shamanic school, Storm Eagle. Her new mentor, for the fourth year of the school, is Nancy. Just as in the other three books of this series, this new spiritual teacher has a profound impact on Namou’s journey. Nancy explains that the fourth year is about the apprentices working on themselves and that the year is designed to “help you come out into the world.”
A major portion of the book focuses on the preparation for the graduation ritual, and the ritual itself, which Namou describes in detail that draws the reader in. Familiar names from the previous books in this series make appearances. By the conclusion of this fourth book, it is apparent how Namou has benefitted as a person and writer. The weaving of family life and spiritual life throughout the series helps forge Namou into the person she is today, and she uses what she has learned to help others on their spiritual paths.
Link to full review http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-945371-94-3

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