The Mirror, the Window, and the Wall
by Kenny G. Down
The Mirror, the Window, and the Wall: "The Life-Changing Power of Finding Your True Self" instructs us to discover the most important questions to be asked of ourselves. Who am I? and What am I?
We may be spiritually asleep but physically awake, hiding behind a persona that has been assigned to us through societal pressure. We have been consumed by what other people thing of us. Driven by body images thrust on us by corporate advertising, skewed versions of success tied to monetary gains, a lack in modern society of credence and importance to the spiritual life's journey and stereotypical molds we are asked to fit into based on sex, race, age and education.
Through the eyes and story of the main character we are able to look closely at why we accept roles assigned to us against our will. This short booklet packs a powerful, spiritual punch complete with body-blows and shots directly landed on the chin.
Why are we playing a role, and If I lose the assigned role what will become of me? Are all part of coming to find your True Self. This is a book about spiritually waking up and contains specific but simple instructions on how to step onto the path of finding and maintaining your True Self.
An amazing and well-told tale ... Simply brilliant." — Duff McKagan, Guns N' Roses Bass Player
If there ever was a time when our world needed healing, that time would be now.
Darko is a perfect parable for the times, offering the promise of hope. The infant Johanee has been born full of purity and light, and is growing up in the Desire neighborhood of New Orleans, an area troubled by prostitution, addiction, alcoholism, and crime. Desire is also plagued by broken families, absentee mothers, and missing fathers. Yet Johanee appears devoid of the corruptions which are visited upon others. She is the essence of love and innocence.
This epic tale of spirit and faith that will both inform and illuminate. In Johanee, we see the coming of a female messiah who may very well be the last and best hope to save the world. Johanee is a modern-day Joan of Arc, a saintly figure who has the ability to address the complex issues that are threatening to destroy humanity.
What People Are Saying
An Epic Tale of Spirit and Faith
John J. Kelly
Detroit Free Press
Johanee Darko is a Revelation
Lead Guitar and Founding Member
Guns N Roses
It Has The Spirit In It!
Don Coyhis, Mohican Nation
Elder and Author of The Red Road to Wellbriety and Meditations with Native American Elders
I Am Changed For The Better
Beautifully Captures The Spiritual Light
Emmy Award-Winning Producer/Filmmaker
This Story of Hope Shines Bright!
Educator and Writer
Brings Spirituality And Social Justice Together
Columbia Book Review
An Important, Meaningful Book
Top 50 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
The Care and Keeping of A Shan
by Kenny G. Down
This fun and whimsical look at "Lessons for the Care and Keeping of a Marriage" is author Kenny Down's instruction manual for the care and keeping of his wife Shannon D. Down. It's one thing to get married; it's a whole other thing to KEEP a marriage or relationship. Getting into a relationship is one thing; staying together is where The Care and Keeping of A Shan is focused.
Awakened Giant, Sleeping Spirit
A Novel by Kenny G. Down
Award-winning and bestselling author Kenny G. Down offers much of his own story and experience in this warm and empowering book.
Riding the #43 Metro bus through Seattle is much more than a commute. With Gary Goldpeople at the wheel dealing spiritual advice and giving life lessons to those on board, it’s more about the journey than the destination. To get on Gary's bus, you must arrive at the stop early and hope someone gives up their seat up front. Gary is the Awakened Giant.
Stanley Pearson, a drug-addicted lost soul, climbs on board not knowing that his life is about to change in dramatic ways. In his drug-induced stupor, he has been walking around asleep, dreaming that he is awake. Stanley is the Sleeping Spirit.
Intrigued by Goldpeople, an overweight, disheveled, donut-eating, coffee-slurping but warm and beaming individual, Stanley begins to sleep at the first stop on the route every night in order to get a front seat on the bus each morning. He wants to catch some time with the man who becomes his spiritual teacher and mentor.
Journey with Gary, Stanley and others to become the Awakened Giant as Gary Goldpeople shares his life-changing lessons in this remarkable story. This book is not just for those struggling with addiction. It’s a story for all of us who are seeking a higher consciousness through the practice of spiritual principles. It’s a book you won’t want to put down.
What People Are Saying
Love and Caring
Author of “Turning Change into a Payday” and other fine books.
Lecturer, Management Consultant, Trainer
Practical Daily Tools
Guns N' Roses
Founding Member and Bassist
Profound Recovery and Transformation
Author of “American Junkie" and "This Is What We Do"
A Cool Spiritual Journey
Two of my favorite quotes are “Spirituality should be inclusive never exclusive”, and "When we all think of one positive thought, any problem can be solved.” Both important and useful concepts that are needed now more than ever. Thanks Kenny for the great story and positivity you give.
Founding Member, lead guitar
An Inside Look
For the past 40+ years I have I worked on the "front lines" serving young people experiencing homelessness. Kenny does a great job through "Stanley" giving the reader a true sense of the traumatic impact of homelessness, addiction and mental illness on young people surviving on our streets. But more importantly Awakened Giant, Sleeping Spirit shines light and hope by reminding us of the power of positive relationships. Programs don't change lives, systems don't change lives, relationships change lives and Kenny Downs and his book exemplify that as early as Chapter three: "Walk towards the light ..."
Jim "Jimmy T" Theofelis
A Way Home Washington
Creator and Owner, Third Place Books
Not Just a Story of Redemption
A Must Read
Reflective and Poignant
Author of "A Life Concussed"
Get a Sense of the Love!
Hard to Put Down