Beyond Rain of Gold

Beyond Rain of Gold is the incredible story behind the writing and publication of Victor Villaseñor’s national bestseller Rain of Gold. In the process of ensuring that his family’s saga would be published as the authentic, true account it was, Villaseñor forged a sacred bond with his father and his indigenous ancestors, who were guiding him from the Other Side. The book eventually became a national bestseller and an enduring favorite of millions of readers.
Yet the story doesn’t end there. Villaseñor’s connection with the Spirit World continued to deepen, awakening him to the ongoing miracles inherent in everyday living. He discovered that his life had suddenly taken on a magical quality, with events occurring that transcended the boundaries of what is normally considered “reality.” Beyond Rain of Gold encompasses the magical messages that Villaseñor’s indigenous ancestors told him are universal themes common to native peoples everywhere on this planet . . . and at one time we were all indigenous.
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BEYOND RAIN OF GOLD

Beyond Rain of Gold is the incredible story behind the writing and publication of Victor Villaseñor’s national bestseller Rain of Gold. In the process of ensuring that his family’s saga would be published as the authentic, true account it was, Villaseñor forged a sacred bond with his father and his indigenous ancestors, who were guiding him from the Other Side. The book eventually became a national bestseller and an enduring favorite of millions of readers.

Yet the story doesn’t end there. Villaseñor’s connection with the Spirit World continued to deepen, awakening him to the ongoing miracles inherent in everyday living. He discovered that his life had suddenly taken on a magical quality, with events occurring that transcended the boundaries of what is normally considered “reality.” Beyond Rain of Gold encompasses the magical messages that Villaseñor’s indigenous ancestors told him are universal themes common to native peoples everywhere on this planet . . . and at one time we were all indigenous.


Review of Victor Villaseñor’s Beyond Rain of Gold

By Trudie Barreras

A major thesis of this incredible book is that “there are no accidents”, a perspective with which I heartily concur.  Therefore, I must start this review by saying that I find miraculous synchronicity in being invited to participate in the Amazon Vine review group, and that I selected this for my very first review, at this particular moment in my life.

I am in the same age category as the author, and have many similar connections, having been born and brought up in New Mexico.  I am married to a man whose ancestors hail from Mexico, and have two daughters married to Navajo Indian men, who happen to be brothers.  Of my eight grandchildren, five qualify as Indian as well.  Perhaps this explains why I was immediately enthralled by this unusual story, with all its rich nuance and miraculous focus, concern for indigenous peoples, and emphasis on familia.

Before proceeding further, however, I have to say that I fear this book is not for everyone.  If the reader is stuck in “head mode”, determinedly scientific and intellectual in outlook, afraid of the possibility that the Creative Potential of the Universe is really a source of total LOVE, he or she will be immediately scared off by the exuberant excitement that Villaseñor projects.  Far too many of us suffer from what he refers to, graphically but inelegantly, as “constipation of the brain”.

The most accurate evaluation of this book that I can make is that I believe it is completely authentic.  Victor truthfully and transparently shares his own joys, despair, miraculous experiences, failures and triumphs.  His basic thesis is one with which I heartily agree – our planet must be healed; we must be profoundly thankful for this tiny but vitally important Earth we inhabit and the Creation Creating awaiting each of us who will accept and participate.  He sees profoundly that women and children, not men, must lead with love and laughter from within.  Men of good will who have glimpsed the vision can provide, as the male geese do when flying in formation, protection and energy-saving strength.

This book is, of course, part of what has been called, often deprecatingly, “New Age Spirituality”.  From my own perspective, this is not a defect but rather an asset of the highest order.  But far from being theoretical and fanciful, it is earthy, humorous, and just plain fun.  It offers a completely personal account of what can happen when individuals allow joyous love, respect for their ancestors, and willingness to plug into the currents of Divine Creativity to guide them.  It is hopeful and helpful – and reading it has motivated me to read Villaseñor’s other books, which I had somehow never encountered, despite my tendency towards interest in the type of spirituality he is discussing.


En Español

Por Rami Rivera Frankl

En 1992, cuando se publicó el original Rain of Gold, fue un sueño realizado. Nosotros los latinos por fin contábamos con nuestro propio Tolstoi, Faulkner, nuestro Márquez moderno. Y ahora Beyond Rain of Gold (abril de 2001) nos lleva por un ancestral viaje mágico “más allá” del original. Arranca con el funeral del padre de Villaseñor, quien anunció su propia muerte la noche del Año Nuevo y luego falleció más de tres meses después. Este acontecimiento se convierte en catalizador para un asombroso viaje de descubrimiento e iniciativa, remontándonos a una comprensión indígena de cómo era vivir en América antes de Colón – además de contar la increíble historia de la perseverancia de Villaseñor para que el original Rain of Gold se publicara. ¡Es una obra monumental! ¡No deje de leerla!

Desde la publicación de Rain of Gold Villaseñor ha recibido varios premios y fue nombrado Director Fundador del Instituto Nacional John Steinbeck. El libro ha vendido más de 500 mil ejemplares y se ha convertido en uno de los más exitosos jamás realizados por un escritor latino. HBO actualmente convierte Rain of Gold en una miniserie de siete horas de duración.

Villaseñor nació en California a padres mexicanos durante la década de 1940. Durante su niñez en Oceanside, California, enfrentó la intolerancia y una barrera cultural combinadas con la dislexia. Villaseñor estaba perdido hasta que fue a México y descubrió una riqueza en la cultura y el patrimonio mexicanos. Cuando tenía apenas 19 años, hizo un pacto para convertirse en escritor y luego de recibir 265 rechazos, vendió su primera novela, ¡Macho!, que el Los Angeles Times comparó con lo mejor de John Steinbeck.

Actualmente Villaseñor ha publicado quince novelas, biografías y libros para niños y en dos ocasiones fue nominado para el Premio Pulitzer. Describirlo a él y a su obra como brillantes es menospreciarlos. Beyond Rain of Gold, como el original, está destinado para la grandeza.  Beyond Rain of Gold es un emocionante viaje de la magia en la vida real y “más allá”, donde el padre de Villaseñor se convierte en su maestro espiritual así como Don Juan fue el maestro espiritual de Carlos Castañeda. Una serie de encuentros milagrosos convenció a Villaseñor que no solamente no existe una línea firme entre la vida y la muerte, ¡sino que además el tiempo ha llegado en nuestra colectiva “historia humana” para darle la bienvenida a una nueva época de abundancia, paz y armonía en nuestra amada Madre Tierra y entre toda la humanidad!

Su nueva asociación con la editorial Hay House es un encaje perfecto. Hay House es la editorial de más grande crecimiento de libros de autoayuda y espiritualidad en el mundo, y vende sus libros en más de 35 países. Hay House también publica las obras de los escritores de libros best seller Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Suze Orman, Doreen Virtue, Jerry y Esther Hicks, Marianne Williamson, Tavis Smiley y Cornel West.

A final de cuentas, Beyond Rain of Gold es un viaje mágico y que transforma hacia nuestro “más allá”. Para más información sobre la obra de Villaseñor, favor de visitar www.victorvillasenor.com

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12 comments on “Beyond Rain of Gold
  1. Bruce says:

    I typically do not read books. However, a friend of mine from Mexico gave a book to me, an Irish boy from Kansas, and said this is a precious book to me, but I’m giving it to you so you can read it. So, I did. Two years later I still have vivid images of that canyon where Lupe lived with her family, the dirt storm near the US border where Juan and his famly were suffering in hopeless circumstances with his mom’s eyes swollen shut yet still encouraging her son to have faith. I also remember endearingly the wonderfully described courtship of Juan and Lupe. I am so grateful that you shared this story with the world and with me.

  2. rra_rey says:

    I have finished of read ROG, it’s the best book that I have read.

    • lindavillasenor says:

      Thank you! If you want to read more Thirteen Senses is the sequel, and Wild Steps of Heaven is the pre-quel.

      _____

  3. Angela says:

    I have readed your books Rain of Gold and other and i loved it. and looking forward in reading Beyond Rain of Gold.

  4. Cesar Sanchez says:

    Dr. Mr. Villaseñor,
    To tell the truth, I have only read your book Rain of Gold. With that I can tell you it is my favorite book I have ever read before. It was magic to me. I was able to transport myself into every single one of the stories that were exposed in your book. I am from Parral, Chihuahua where Pancho Villa was killed and I am so proud of it. I came to this country and I succeeded like Don Pio did. I educated myself and I now am a school teacher.
    I teach 10th grade and I am also in charge to teach ESL to our new commers in the States. I feel fortunate to have my job, as I am sure you feel the same way about yours. In my job, I take the opportunity to teach our people good. I not only educate my students academically, but also morally to have the skills they need to succeed in life. I believe you did the same in your book, you did not only expose people’s lives, but also you exposed a way to live life better.
    I greatly salute you and send you the most sincere gratitude for making this book such a vivid image of reality, such a true story I lived in every single line I read. All I have left to say is that I feel so lucky to have been recommended to read this book because it really changed my life. Now, I am more me and I am more proud of who I am. Oh, I will definitely l read more of your books hoping to find more of life itself, more of us, more of…

  5. Anacristina says:

    Dear Mr . Villasenor,

    Your new book Beyond the Rain of Gold has been the laxative i have needed for years! I totally connected to your story and feel a relief that I am not crazy Mejicana trapped in a white world. From my heart and soul you have written what i have felt for years. I love your story. It made me laugh ,cry and I am alive again. May you continue to be blessed with more joyful surprises.

  6. Linda says:

    Mr. Villasenor,
    i have read your book ROG when it first came out and i loved it.
    i know that there was a movie done based on the book that was showed on PBS
    where can i find this video?

  7. Jackie says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look! :-)

  8. Dolores Fernandez says:

    Dear Mr. Villasenor,

    I am a teacher of students who are English learners from all over the world but the majority of my students are from Mexico. The students that I taught are now parents of the students that are now in my school. I have read every one of your books and just finished Crazy Loco Love. So many of us on our staff have thoroughly enjoyed your books. I am now waiting to buy your latest book. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. Please continue to write so that we can learn from you. I hope to go to your ranch next November with some of my teachers in Pasadena. Buena suerte con su libro nuevo.

    • admin says:

      Hello Dolores

      THank you for being an Angel teacher, we appreciate your words and the fact that your have read most of our books. We hope to see your during the 2011 Snow Goose Thanksgiving event. Please contact me directly if your are interested having Victor in your school to present to the students and teacher please contact his sister linda at linda@victorvillasenor.com by phone to 760-7221463. Please read the new book and let us know your opinion on it.

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