Cracked Places - What do you mean?
…cracked places are places different from the norm. Some people think cracked places are ugly. Therefore, many philosophies and religions create ugly terms for them. Terms like sin, mistakes, accidents, wrecks, sickness, and disability flood these idea schools with negative connotations and produce emotional and spiritual baggage that discourages individuals from considering that cracked places are to be cherished, celebrated, and even strengthened. The differences of cracked places may make others uncomfortable. However, that doesn’t make cracked places evil, bad, or destructive. In fact, those differences highlight an individual’s message and give it attention, life, and meaning.
Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places; A Time of Challenges and Miracles is a novelized version of how one man responded to the challenges in front of him when his cracked places were suddenly exposed.
Those who have read the book tell us they can’t put it down until they finish reading! Many tell us they turn around and immediately begin to read the book again so they can gain insights they may have missed the first time around.
Many people who made a dramatic impact on their family, their society, and their community were “cracked.” Here is what others say about being cracked.
There is a crack in everything God has made.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything;
That is how the light gets in.
Of course he was cracked, but that is where the light shone through!
-Edith Sitwell said of the poet William Blake
What other people are saying About Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places
"Powerful and poetic, Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places offers us a heart opening view of the perfection of all the circumstances of life. Matthew Cox's beautifully written story clearly reminds us that not only do our cracked places - our heart breaking experiences - allow light to shine in the dark night of our soul but these cracks allow us to offer our light, in a more expansive way to the world. And isn't this what the world is asking of each of us right now - to truly live an inspired life in service of a harmonious, just and sustainable human society, or even simply Heaven on Earth?"
Susyn Reeve, author The Inspired Life
"How would you respond when a simple family disagreement turns into an arrest warrant? Would you lash out, become angry, or possibly depressed? Or, would you go within and find a place of peace and contentment while knowing that “all things work together for good.” Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places chronicles the six weeks of Matthew Cox's life when he learns that freedom isn’t about location. It is about perspective. This is a message we all need to hear."
The Messenger Network
"I have not read an author with such a unique view and insights since Neale Donald Walsch’s book, Conversations with God. Matthew Cox gives the reader a view inside his deepest thoughts. If you want to expand your mind, stretch the concepts that currently define your life and discover a richness of love and understanding, then this book is for you.
This is an honest and fresh story of struggles and events that happen to a real family and a normal person. How does a “normal” person become incarcerated for hugging their children and still come out of the experience with strong positive feelings? How would anyone react to a sudden arrest, upheaval of a family with 8 children, removal of children from the home, betrayal by extended family, unfounded accusations and indictment? This is a remarkable story of the dramatic events of this family chronicled by a man with the courage to share his story. Open your mind and experience the insights, conclusions and discovery of how the author achieved a phenomenal level of growth, love and understanding for people and events through his journey with the legal system."
Nancy Moureau, PICC Excellence
RN, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, Business Consultant
“A miracle is a shortcut in time and space.” So writes author Matt Cox, as he details his experiences behind bars and delves into his own inner space as a means of coping and growing through active loving. Full of hidden gems, this book is a roadmap for well-being; even through the curveballs of life."
Guardian Ad Litem
Co-Author, New Hampshire Practice Series, Family Law
Quotes from the Book
A miracle is a shortcut in time and space
Every action is an act of love or a cry for love.
When we focus on being right, we create significant mental blocks because everything other than our “right” is “wrong” and not open for consideration.
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I’m Matthew C. Cox, author of the book featured on this website, Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places; A Time of Challenges and Miracles. I help people all over the world understand Universal Laws so they can have and maintain Peace of Mind in their personal life, their relationships, and their finances.
I do this because, over my lifetime, I’ve talked to thousands of people who, like me, have searched various religious and spiritual philosophies in an effort to find Peace of Mind. I suspect this is true for you too. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have stumbled across this website.
Late in 2010, after more than 35 years of researching, writing, and teaching, I felt confident that I had found a belief system that produced Peace of Mind. So, I began to move forward with organizing The Peace of Mind Training Institute. My intent was to share this message with the world. I thought I was ready to do this. Apparently, The Universe thought otherwise because within a few weeks, my life was turned upside down.
It started when the local Sheriff’s Office showed up at my front door late one night to discuss someone’s perception of a simple family disagreement. As events unfolded, I came face to face with losing my family, my home, my business, and my reputation as my wife and I were investigated, arrested, and jailed. With the threat of losing everything hanging over me, I picked up pen and paper and starting writing.
Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places is a novelized version of my daily journal of experiences, observations, and conclusions during my “Time of Challenges and Miracles.”
From the opening crisis to the miraculous conclusion, you’ll be riveted as I describe my fellow inmates, explain the mental and spiritual techniques I used to maintain my sanity, and give my observations about how the corrections and legal systems really work. I write about how my experiences revealed my cracked places, allowing you to look at your cracked places and, hopefully, use your experiences to grow softly stronger.
When word leaked out that I was writing a book about my experience, several published authors contacted me and offered to review the manuscript. I’m honored to say their comments were overwhelmingly positive and I’ve listed many of them on the “what people are saying” page. I invite you to take a look at their comments.
By the way, since you are here, I would love for you to take a glance at a preview of my book. If you would be kind enough to fill in your name and email address in the boxes beside the video, I’ll give you instant access to a page where you can download the introduction of my book, read a preview, and listen to me read a part of it.
Thanks so much for taking the time to watch this video and I look forward to hearing about how Growing Softly Stronger in the Cracked Places; A Time of Challenges and Miracles helped you on your personal journey of Peace of Mind.