A Writer’s Journey
The Magic Marble Tree is the Sequel to The Liberator’s Daughter. The memoir is personal, with stories of wisdom and integrity, of kindness & courage, of creativity & hope. Share Deborah’s journey through the hardships of war time and the pain of chronic illness. Go beyond merely enduring to championing life and creating beauty out of chaos. And you will be transformed at the soul level where the will to live resides and inspiration is born.
“How can I ever do justice to Deborah Levine in reviewing this book? It is mind-boggling. How can one person do and achieve so much? Despite often failing health, Deborah Levine never gave up, and when she could not keep a job at an organization she had built up, she started another. From trying to live her dream of being a dancer, creating a dance school, teaching, coaching, and even teaching dancing to the blind, she became the voice for religious diversity; she received death threats and Awards; she is truly an outstanding woman. In my mind, I call her Deborah Divine.”
~ Giselle Roeder
Deborah has made her mark as a writer and storyteller; she has authored 14 books and wrote for ‘The Huffington Post’ and other newspapers and academic magazines. Her many articles about cultural diversity are published nationally and internationally. Forbes magazine called her the top Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer. She created the Women’s Council on Diversity, the DuPage/Chicago Interfaith Resource Network and the Global Youth Leadership Class, to name a few. Presently she is Editor-in-Chief of the American Diversity Report. Her passion and involvement in bringing together the different cultural, racial and religious groups are outstanding.
“The Magic Marble Tree” is not an easy read – but it is an eye-opener in many ways. She was driven by the memory of her father, the liberator of the Holocaust survivors in 1945 and her mother, who must have been quite a woman. I loved it when in her final chapter, she compared us all to “Magic Marble Trees,” living under the branches of a huge Oak tree.
As I said at the beginning: It is hard to do this book, no, this work of an author justice. But, read it – it will enlighten you.
“Reading The Magic Marble Tree, my body shivered. I looked up at the sky, breathing with relief and recognition. Here is a woman who understands these words of Teilhard de Chardin: ‘We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’ Growing up in Bermuda, Deborah’s memories are alive with burning island colors – hot pink hibiscuses and deep red Poinciana trees. Even as a child, her mind was trembling with self-knowledge and personal kindness toward all living beings.”
~ Andréana Lefton: international journalist
“Along with her truly flawless story-telling ability, I was deeply impressed with the way Deborah could interweave a vast array of life-experiences together: growing up in Bermuda as one of the only Jewish families living there; a childhood sickness that often debilitated her and extended well into her adulthood; the varied educational levels she tackled so successfully and were later incorporated into almost every aspect of her numerous careers; her fierce determination not to quit anything she put her mind to accomplish, even in the face of death threats for how fearlessly she confronted racism, anti-Semitism, Holocaust deniers, and pure hatred from many directions.”
~Ian Michals: award-winning screenwriter, author of The Homeland Trilogy
“Deborah’s incredible journey, and that of her amazing parents, contains countless awe-inspiring life lessons which can benefit people of every generation on their road to personal and professional success. Her wit, wisdom and spectacular storytelling ability make readers feel like up close observers of a transformational life experience, like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes to reach new heights.”
~ David B. Grinberg: digital journalist, former spokesman for the U.S. EEOC, and political appointee in the Administration of President Bill Clinton.
“I just finished reading The Magic Marble Tree, by Deborah J. Levine. Let me first say without hesitancy that Deborah (and her husband Earl) are good friends with my wife Ruth and me. Many of the stories included in the book I had some knowledge of. That being said, I was simply transported back – time-traveling, so to speak – to places I thought I knew but clearly did not. Deborah’s writing style is transforming, whisking the reader from era to era and from interesting character to interesting character. The unifying thread is her family -especially her Mom and Dad – and the author’s indomitable spirit to not merely survive a variety of illnesses (which she obviously did) but to overwhelm these illnesses and succeed where most would wither. I couldn’t wait to see what came next – another adventure and challenge interrupted by sickness but never defeated. Some people have the gift of clairvoyance, seemingly. Deborah has the gift of seeing into to her own future and envisioning what most of us cannot see: herself in new and creative ways, utilizing an array of skills and strengths brought forward by genetic grace, spiritual awareness and perseverance.
~ Richard A. Zachary, synagogue newsletter editor, Chattanooga, Tennessee