Weam Namou

**Award-winning author of 12 books

Winner of 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards -
The Great American Family

Publishers Weekly Acclaimed Reviews of Namou's Memoir Series
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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
Weam Namou is a journalist, an award-winning author of 12 books, and the vice president of Detroit, a 117-year-old professional writing association. She is also an Arab America ambassador and a facilitator for Pachamama Alliance, a global community that helps create a sustainable future that works for all. Her book, The Great American Family: A Story of Political Disenchantment, won a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award.

She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national and international journals. In 2012, she received a lifetime achievement award from E’Rootha, a local arts organization.

Namou studied Sikkim/Secheim from one of her teachers, a Native American man who lived with the Tibetan monks. She is a certified Reiki Master, Health Facilitator, Intuitive Healer, a Sikkim Guardian, an ordained minister, and a graduate of Lynn Andrews' 4-year shamanic school, Center for Sacred Arts and Training.

* The Authors Guild
* Detroit Working Writers
* Pachamama Alliance
*Arab America
*National Association of Black Journalists
*Mesopotamian Art Forum and Culture

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.
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