Weam Namou

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

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Winner of 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards

May 22, 2017

Tags: Hoffer Award, Iraq, Sanctions, U.S. Constitution

Email I received this morning:

Congratulations. Your book, The Great American Family, has placed in the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. visited Chaldeans in Michigan

May 5, 2017

Tags: Iraq, Ambassador, Chaldeans, refugees, Prophet Abraham

Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Fareed Yasseen, visited the Chaldean Foundation earlier this week, and said about our Iraqi American community, "I was floored by what I saw. The way they stand tall and the good things they do because their actions are embedded by strong values, going back to Prophet Abraham, (more…)

Making the World a Better Place

April 30, 2017

Tags: Documentary, Authors, Leaders

Recently returned from L.A. where I participated in a documentary that consists of doctors and leaders from different parts of the country who have written books to help make the world a better place.

That's all I can say about this project for now.

Baghdad, the Gift of God

April 17, 2017

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq, Persia, Mesopotamia, childhood

They say that Baghdad means the “gift of God” in Persian. That definition reflects the memory I have of my birth country, not the news, which is saturated with accounts of prolific violence and a reign of terror. Instead, I visit that place, the past, which contains flavors of a happy childhood, of magic (more…)

Author Nicholas Belardes and the Aboutness in Our Stories

April 1, 2017

Tags: writers, authors, books

In 2012, I went on a four-day writer’s retreat in Colorado, which was led by Random-House author and literary agent Cicily Janus. Cicily, a young mother of three children, brought many authors, editors, and publishers together through her retreats. She had a number of health complications and passed away last year, but those who (more…)

My Tribal and Powerful Mother

March 15, 2017

Tags: Women, Mother, Iraq, Chaldeans, French, Tribal

My mom with French director Claire Jeantet
It was a sunny April afternoon four years ago when I was working on my book that I received a call from Eman Jajonie-Daman, an attorney friend and magistrate at the 46th District Court. She said there were French reporters and filmmakers in town doing a web documentary entitled, My Beloved Enemy: Iraqi American (more…)

3rd Publishers Weekly’s Review of My Books

March 13, 2017

Tags: shamanism, Lynn V. Andrews, Iraqi, Chaldean, Spirituality, Mysticism, Publishers Weekly

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It's difficult to get one book reviewed by Publishers Weekly let alone 3 books! But it can happen - as it did in my case, 3 books in a row!

Much love to my teachers Lynn V. Andrews and Nancy who worked with me on this fourth and final year of Lynn's 4-year school.

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Meeting St. Pucchi, the Designer of my Wedding Dress

January 29, 2017

Tags: Brides, Weddings, Inspiration, Prayer

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A few days ago I discovered that a Facebook friend, Rani Totman, was the award-winning designer of my wedding dress. We’d connected a year ago through a book marketing program we had both joined. Recently, when I saw pictures of her standing next to rows of beautiful wedding gowns, I realized she’s (more…)

Publishers Weekly Review of Book 2 of My Memoir Series

January 9, 2017

Tags: Publishers Weekly, The Mystery School, Shamanism, Spirituality, Christianity, Chaldeans, Assyrians

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 (more…)

Cleopatra’s Dance of Darkness

January 9, 2017

Tags: Cleopatra, Native Americans, Matriarch, Patriarch

Cleopatra and Caesar (1866). Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme
An old friend, a Native American whom I call in my books the Red Indian, is the focus of my upcoming book, Conversations with My Native American Friend. Over the weekend, we continued a conversation we have been having for a while about Cleopatra. Here is some of what he said:

Cleopatra was a (more…)

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