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Something About Me and My Book:
Illusive Secrets & Illusive Secrets 2: Both books are now FREE (pdf). DOWNLOAD YOU COPY TODAY at:

James is a contemporary author and spiritual guide who does not align himself with religion or specific teachings. He offers a simple and accessible approach to finding harmony and inner peace through willingness, self-exploration and honesty.

At the age of 30, James experienced a profound transformation of grace that left him in a state of complete and total surrender. That awakening experience propelled him on an intense journey of self-discovery allowing him to understand and integrate all aspects of the experience into is his daily life. In the years that followed he experienced a series of inner transformations that shifted the direction and purpose of his life. Each experience brought a deeper sense of peace than the previous and enhanced his devotion and willingness to share what he was experiencing with others.

James' awakening has been a real-word process dependent upon the suspension of judgment by looking directly at the suffering our judgments bring us - an experience that emerges from willingness and self-honesty. He uses an enriching blend of teaching styles and traditions and draws on his education, skills as a training and development professional, personal experience and humorous insight as the foundation for his sharing and teaching.

He offers himself as a guide to others ready to rediscover their inner peace through one-on-one mentoring sessions, books and audio, presentations, groups, and workshops.

Visit his web site to learn more about James and his message.

He blogs about his book, rediscovering inner peace and the Student of Experience™ practice at:

James Patrick McDonald's Books

ILLUSIVE SECRETS: Discovering the Power of Self-Honesty                  

What would your life be like if you had no secrets?

In Illusive Secrets: Discovering the Power of Self-Honesty, Jim McDonald demonstrates the power self-honesty has to change our lives, and he asks with tender compassion if we have the willingness to meet our true selves. 


With each secret he discovers, McDonald inspires us to look inward as the means of transcending our fear-based state of consciousness.  His candid demonstrations reveal thoughts and experiences we all have, but very few of us are willing, or able to explore.  Each self-deception McDonald uncovers empowers us to look at our own lives with trans-formative honesty.

 Illusive Secrets offers a doorway into our own self-deception.  While our initial glimpses may be frightening enough to evoke steadfast resistance and blinding denial, each experience softens that resistance and intensifies our desire to continue.  We grow in self-awareness with each step, coming ever closer to the happiness, joy, and freedom we long to experience.

Illusive Secrets is a profoundly spiritual approach to a better way of life that facilitates our journey toward the expression of love on a daily basis.  It teaches nothing directly.  Instead, it offers examples that inspire those who are willing, to follow an honest path of increasing self-awareness leading to one final destination: Our true self.



ILLUSIVE SECRETS 2: Embracing Your True Self

In Illusive Secrets2: Embracing Your True Self, James Patrick McDonald continues his candid demonstration of the capacity self-honesty has to change our lives. Through each self-deception McDonald shares, he empowers us to look at our own lives with transformative honesty and tempts us to find the small measure of willingness needed to meet our true self. If we want peace and happiness, this book is the perfect tool to help on our journey toward the uninterrupted experience of love.

As with the first Illusive Secrets, this second book is effective as a stand-alone daily guide or in conjunction with the first book. In either application, both inspire us to look inward as the means of transcending our fear-based state of consciousness. We can read the entries in succession, savor one per day, or randomly open to the entry that is right for this moment.


"What's the negative message you tell yourself every day?"
"That's easy," Nathan replied. "I'm not good enough."

Who Would I Be Without is, Based on a True Story of a Little Willingness.

This empowering account of an ordinary man’s quest for peace gives us an insider’s look at the relief self-honesty offers from the quiet desperation of a disingenuous life.

Download FREE excerpts at: see if it is for you before you buy it - what a concept !!!


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NEW BOOK - Illusive Secrets: Discovering the Power of Self-Honesty

Hello All,

just a quick note to let you know my new book is now available on Amazon, Nook, Apple, Sony and many more.


Enjoy and happy reading.

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 9:42pm

Excerpt from: Who Would I Be Without

The following is an excerpt from Who Would I Be Without which is a published…


Posted on August 1, 2010 at 8:00am

Radio Interviews !!

Jim was interviewed on,

Scott Cluthe's Positively Incorrect! "Talk that escapes the ordinary and inspires the Extraordinary in Life!" AND Your LIfe Matters - Inspirations for a Lifetime

Listen to Jim and the hosts talk about his book, Who Would I Be Without, and his Student of Experience™ practice.…


Posted on March 19, 2010 at 7:00am

FREE Download - Who Would I Be Without, Based on a True Story of a Little Willingness.

Yes, download excerpts, the first ten chapters, for free in pdf. Go to and click on FREE Downloads on the Home page.

Offering it for free truly releases the work to the world. I was holding the work hostage for a purchase-price ransom. How can I expect anyone to buy a new work, without knowing if they like it.

check it out. Like it, or don't. if you do like it, PLEASE purchase a… Continue

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 8:00am

Book Release !! a self-help novel that demonstrates rather than informs

Who Would I Be Without, Based on a True Story of a Little Willingness, by Jim McDonald. One reader calls it a self-help novel that demonstrates rather than informs.

Avaialble now on The story of an ordinary man who stopped trying to change things in his life when he realized trying was the cause of his suffering. He stopped trying to change and instead began to honestly look at who he was right now, with often gut-wrenching honesty, changed happened on its own and his… Continue

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 9:00pm

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At 4:24pm on March 5, 2010, James Patrick McDonald said…
Thanks Lightflower for considering connecting with me, naturally, i hope you choose to. Regarding the picture - I too did a rather extensive search after receiving it in the same manner you spoke of, with no luck also. I wonder about rights, etc. as i would love to use it more. oh well...
At 3:45pm on March 5, 2010, Lightflower said…
Hi Jim and thanks for the friend invite. First, I'd be happy to review your material and second, no the picture is not my creation. Wish that it were. Someone sent that pic to me in an email. It wasn't their creation either. I went on a big long campaign trying to find "Lynne" whose name is in the corner of the pic. I never did track her down. I did find several other people who use the image and they say they've done so for years. I wonder if she knows just how her image effects people?!
At 11:22am on July 27, 2009, Markus Klinger said…
Dear Jim,
Honestly, you have nothing to worry about these guys!
They are acompany called MYHELPHUB, they have been around since
the beginning of the 21st century. I have been an affiliate of theirs for 5+
years. They offer all types of products, for authors, writers, artists,
business tools, ecetra.... In 5 yrs I dealt with them, me and my friends
have never been ripped off... that is the only assurance I can offer from
personal experience.

While I continue working on my own books in progress. I need to find other
avenues to earn income for my family. As I father 8 children (from one wife).
( ).

I hope this helps you!?!?!?

Have a great day! God bless!
Markus in Canada

Skype: Markus.Carl.Klinger
At 3:30am on June 30, 2009, Ann B. Keller said…
Hello, Jim! Welcome to the Book Marketing Network.

At 1:43am on June 25, 2009, John Kremer said…
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