Author: James Mackenzie Wright
A story written to help young people look at and discuss grief and bereavement from an enlightened perspective.
In ‘Seven For A Secret’ Holly and George sneak out of a gloomy bereavement party, held in memory of their sister Helen, who had died suddenly, a year earlier. Outside they meet six mischievous Magpies who whisk them away on a magical adventure to meet Helen in an unimaginably beautiful other-world. Here they come to understand how to live through their loss in a positive, playful and productive way.
The timeless secrets of the universe are revealed to them from all sorts of unexpected encounters: Old Harry – Helen’s kind, eccentric Guide; the dashing Jody – a young Kite-surfing expert; an Angel, the ever-present magpies, a Rock, a Lake, the Wind and many other colourful characters, who guide them towards an empowering and calm acceptance of life’s challenges, choices and delights. For more information visit: www.sevenforasecret.org.uk
What others say…
It is a beautiful story with a dream like quality and would perhaps offer some helpful ideas for thought for grieving youngsters… I think that the book would be a useful tool for some people in helping them to find a way to overcome their grief/come to terms with their loss. Although in parts the book has a very universal appeal and indeed other reviews had talked about it being able to reach a wide audience with regard to age, I did feel that it would be more suitable for a younger readership. – Vanessa Tardif CRY Bereavement Supporter
I loved this book… James’ style of writing is imaginative, thought provoking and totally engaging. Within the first three pages I was hooked and found it very difficult to put down. Not only is a fabulous story, as it unfolds, the characters invite us to consider where we are in our lives and how ultimately we will choose to say goodbye to this journey on earth. I am reading it to my godchildren whose grandfather has recently died. They may not yet fully understand the impact of what is currently happening to them but the insights they are getting will be invaluable in the future as they grow up. For most of the time they just think that they are listening to a wonderful adventure story. Thank you James for your creativity and thoughtfulness. I recommend this book most highly.” – Rob P. Brown – Co-author of The Little Book Of Positive Thoughts
A sensitively written book which deals with the difficult subject of a young, sudden death…a useful tool to help teenagers and young people deal with bereavement in an honest, open-minded way.” – Julie Donnelly – CRY Bereavement Supporter
It has been an absolutely powerful experience, and I think it should be read by all – children and adults. Then, we might all have a more optimistic, loving, and gracious way of being and living, and not fret so much about the temporal. What joy and innocence and hope spring through all the pages. I cannot hear or see a bird without thinking of James’ magpies and when I smell or see honeysuckle I think of the beyond and the miracle of the here and now. The imperative to see each natural creation and each human being as something or someone from whom we can learn is indeed a valuable dictum. And, to take time to be still and look inside and outside oneself, and to hear the still small voice of the eternal. To me, though James may not have intended it, this book enhances my Christian faith – that we are here to take joy in the glorious dance of life.” – Ruth Bennett
I would like to see this book on the shelves of every school and believe that adults and children alike would benefit from it’s serene message… I approached this book expecting it to be a vehicle for a child. I was charmed and delighted to find that as an adult, it had universal appeal and was one of the most accessible books that I have read. The language is easy on the mind and the idea is clear, non-dictatorial and does not leave one with the feeling of sensationalism that many books which deal with this subject matter often do. The author’s belief is that the soul never dies, but lives through a series of ‘life lessons’ in order to experience and grow. The idea is both comforting and plausible and I feel that this book could be of real benefit to those who are recently bereaved or who are suffering with terminal illness, either personally or with a loved one. It would be a helpful aid in group discussion, preferably with adults and children present. In this world of confusion and conflict, I found it a little oasis of relief and my children are absorbed in it too. – Lynda Sanderson