Peace Dreamer

A Journey of Hope in Bad Times and Good

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
220 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2021
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Author Biography

Cheryl Melody Baskin is an author, playwright, peace educator, intuitive life coach, musician, motivational speaker and sound healer. She is also the founder and moderator of a large inclusive Facebook community of love, healing and support, "Shift of Heart."

Her books and plays include Peace Dreamer: A Journey of Hope in Bad Times and Good, Heart-Dreamer: Stepping into Life, Love, Creativity and Dreams - No Matter What, Shift of Heart: Paths to Healing and Love, and Peace Begins with You and Me - A Musical Play with Life-Changing Messages for Every Generation.

As a musician, she is a performing artist and has nine award-winning albums with positive messages for both adults and children. She is also the founder, moderator and intuitive life coach of "Shift of Heart," a large and inclusive Facebook community of love, support and hope.

“Melody” enjoys a balance of quiet contemplation, meaningful social interaction, dreaming new dreams, and the healing power of nature. She is also a strong believer in peace, diversity celebration, listening to life's wisdom whispers, trusting in the magical mystery of the unknown, healing from inside-out, and walking the path of love.

Cheryl Melody Baskin was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Visioneers International Network.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite

Peace Dreamer: A Journey of Hope in Bad Times and Good by Cheryl Melody Baskin touched me to the core. It invites readers to grow to the full stature of their humanity by tapping into the core values that define who they are — social beings that can create spaces of meaningful encounters with others. At a time when peace is badly needed, this book shows a path that leads humanity to that place where hope drives their actions, where the desire for peace becomes the pulse of every heart, and where love is a quality by which we are identified. The book is about transforming who we are and the author shows readers how to work on themselves so they can become better people. Even in the midst of social challenges and political upheavals, we can make a difference by choosing the path to peace, love, and hope, starting with finding peace within us.

Cheryl Melody Baskin’s thoughts are insightful and I enjoyed the ancient healing techniques that are discussed and proposed. The seven chakras are made accessible to readers and in a way that they can easily grasp. The message of this book is enriched by real-life stories and readers will be delighted to meet characters like Tonia and to learn from the journey of this character. Peace Dreamer will help readers shift their perspective and focus on the direction in life that really matters. It is loaded with wisdom from the East and contains methods that will drive personal transformation and growth. While the author offers words of wisdom, she provides great tools for inner work. There are points and questions for reflection and exercises that will help anyone understand that building hope is essential to life and how to go about it. This book is a gift to be treasured and to share with others.

Foluso Falaye

In a world plagued with the negative energy of discrimination, violence, political polarization, and other inhumane behaviors, Peace Dreamer is aimed at impacting readers with the positive qualities of love, compassion, kindness, wisdom, optimism, integrity, strength, courage, and more. Readers will learn about creative visualization, chakras, inner inquiry, personal transformation, how to protect oneself from negative energy, the Metta Meditation Prayer of Loving-Kindness, and more. Cheryl Melody Baskin shares the testimonials of love and transformation of her Shift of Heart Facebook group members and her thoughts about racism and being locked down as a result of Covid-19. Peace Dreamer calls all humans to elevate to a new awakening by endeavoring to have positive thoughts, words, feelings, actions, and reactions.

If all you did was reflect on the positive words in Peace Dreamer, you would witness a significant positive change in your mood and thoughts. However, in addition to the positive words, the book contains exercises that help readers to find peace, love, and calmness within themselves. I found myself smiling with contentment, energy, and joy as I went through the instructions and exercises. With quotes by well-known names, song lyrics by the author, positive affirmations, and testimonials, Peace Dreamer is a fully packed book that leaves a lingering sensation long after reading. I especially liked how no particular religious beliefs are forced on readers. Cheryl Melody Baskin's book is recommended to those who are tired of seeing evil propagated in the world and wish to be catalysts for change.

Ruffina Oserio

Peace Dreamer: A Journey of Hope in Bad Times and Good by Cheryl Melody Baskin is a bold, inspiring book that shares the message that peace is possible, that humanity can be more tolerant, and that we can overcome our fears and embrace others in an inclusive culture. In this book, the author takes readers on a journey toward inner healing, inviting them to question their beliefs and dare to be transformed. She shares a path to finding inner peace and fills the writing with true stories of love, healing, and peace. Melding Oriental thought and philosophy with the pragmatism of Western traditions, the author proposes a message that has the potential to transform individual lives and the world.

This is a wonderful book filled with tools for personal transformation. The worksheets have questions for reflection and they are designed to help readers do inner work. There can only be peace among people if individuals are at peace with themselves, and Cheryl Melody Baskin shows the way to that peace. Her tone is inclusive and compassionate and she has a unique way of engaging readers with words that resonate in their hearts and logic that appeals to their minds. No one can give what they don’t have and this author understands that very well; she teaches readers the steps to finding inner peace and how to share that peace with the world. Peace Dreamer: A Journey of Hope in Bad Times and Good will stir anyone’s heart and make them heed the call for personal transformation and hope, the call for the revolution — gentle like the wind — that will change the world.

Rev. Deborah

If you are looking for a treasure trove of practices, suggestions and inspiration on how to find inner peace, this book is for you. Cheryl Melody Baskin has built on her history of writing uplifting songs and lyrics for peace by covering a wide range of practical pathways to align heart, mind and soul with your highest good, all based on her own experiences. This is a lovely guidebook for all ages along the journey to peace.

Barbara Gaughen-Muller

"The messages in "Peace Dreamer" will help transform your life from inside-out while creating a higher vibration in our world. Cheryl Melody Baskin is the new Mr. Rogers. She is one of the most evolved souls in our world and her loving way of relating to the reader will bathe you in possibilities and nourish your soul."

Barbara Gaughen-Muller, President - United Nations Association, Santa Barbara and President of the RotaryEclub of World Peace; Host -

The International Review of Books

"Peace Dreamer is beautifully crafted,down-to-earth and from the heart. It is filled with inspirational wisdom and solid tools that helped me answer the questions, "Who are you and what kind of world do you want to leave behind?"

As I read this book, I took notes and used the deep questions and the journal inside to think about my core values, dreams, philosophies, biases and prejudices. It helped me become clear about how I could bring more peace and love to myself, to others and to the world. It also gave me the gift of optimism, and I especially loved the author's warmth. It felt as if she were talking just to me. One of the quotes that made me smile was, "You are enough just for being, breathing, and trying to do better than yesterday. Acknowledge yourself and say, "I am enough."

The author's experiential activities on chakra energy balancing, positive affirmations and guided meditations (and much more!) were user-friendly, stress-reducing, calming and centering. I also loved her unique spiritual insights, perspectives and philosophy on the truest definition of peace.

Whether you are in a good place in your life, facing difficult memories from your past or dealing with present anxieties, you can bet on this book to lead you through your life one step at a time. I suggest that you use this book more than once to continue your self-discovery journey. "Peace Dreamer" will help you understand how to feel hope for yourself and for the world - no matter what."

Deborah Burke Henderson

Cheryl Melody Baskin writes with an authentic voice, from deep within her soul. She offers us "Peace Dreamer" as a book of hope and invites us to try out her favorite self-care tools - to look within, discover our gifts, and, as co-creators in this world, become a vital part of creating a global community of love. She believes in the goodness of people and our ability to change, heal, and grow. As she writes openly of her experiences of fear and challenge throughout the pandemic, the reader may have well found him or herself on the same journey. She encourages us to look for unexpected blessings, embrace positivity and empathy, and be kind to ourselves and one another, "no matter how messy things get." We CAN be the hope this world needs right now. We must be. A grateful reader, Deborah Burke Henderson

Namrata M

Brilliant work of art from the heart!

Cheryl Melody Melody eloquently reaches deep within to ignite the spark that connects each of us to the Universe and it’s limitless ability to reach us so we become the best of who we came here to be. Through deep and curious questioning, Melody guides us to introspect and respond with intention. I have loved every page, and I will be going back to it as a guide, to keep me connected so the mystery of life can unfold one beautiful thought at a time.

Dr. Lisesi A. Fitzpatrick

Panacea for the times!

“Peace Dreamer” guides us towards creating a world we imagine by first going within. It is lyrical, honest, curative and affirming. Cheryl Melody Baskin conjures healing and harmony in 220 pages. Indeed, it is the panacea for the times! Thank you, Melody, for the peace you breathe into our hearts and the world!

Jan Krause Greene

Peace Dreamer is that rare book written with love for the entire world and everyone in it. Author, Cheryl Melody Baskin, has gifted readers with a book that expresses her desire that all people feel love, acceptance and inner peace. She gently encourages readers to examine our values and innermost feelings, including our biases and prejudices. She urges us to be courageous and persistent in our quest to understand how our own life experiences have shaped us. More importantly, she provides the tools to make it possible. Throughout this book, she helps us figure out how each of us can bring more peace and love into our own lives and into the world we all share. Ultimately, this book is an offering of hope and empowerment for all who read it.

Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.

Cheryl Melody Baskin has created a book that can be used as powerful life coaching. I see "Peace Dreamer" as a means by which wounded souls can be reparteted and reborn to a life filled with love and hope. Life is difficult, but it is also possible to turn a curse into a blessing and find the open door you thought didn't exist. Let this book be your guide to finding your true and joyful new life.

Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

Cheryl Melody Baskin has written a book that is perfect for our ties. It is a poetic treatise that provides hope, insight and wisdom that successfully addresses the profound difficulties in our society. "Melody" speaks from the depths of her soul and shows us how to overcome doubt and fear by uncovering the goodness within each of us. This book is not only heartwarming, but it is a necessary guide to overcoming the stressful times we all currently face. Be good to yourself and read this book slowly, integrate every section into your psyche and you will likely growth and thrive.

Rev. Dr. Deborah L. Clark

What a refreshing, inspiring book, and what a time for this book to emerge! I am so grateful for Melody's open heart and her honesty. Gently and persistently, she invites us to choose hope and to trust that we are part of a larger spirit of healing. I love that she gives us practical, manageable ways to make a shift in our heart and our lives. I especially appreciate the list of positive affirmations and her accessible and simple chakra meditations.

Natalie Sist

A Journey to Guide You on Your Path

A powerful book that will give you hope and inspiration . Life is not easy as we know but this book will show you how as you go on your journey.Its written with love and compassion for all mankind and no need to look any further.


Peace Dreamer is a book about hope, healing, self discovery and personal transformation. It contains wonderful techniques to increase personal awareness and bring about inner peace for ourselves and in our relationships with others in order to create a more peaceful world. One highlight in the book was the author’s granddaughter’s “kindness argument” concept and her ability to “shift my “heart” from negative to positive thoughts and actions and she’s only seven! “I stop, think, shift my heart.” Other favorites were the W-A-F-T method and Power Quotes. There are many methods, action steps and coaching techniques to choose from. Cheryl Melody Baskin’s book helps us keep our “flame of hope burning brightly in both bad times and good.”


Delves into the inner spirit and brings out the Joy! I love this book. It's such a good example of how going within can plump up your spirit! The chapters begin with a wonderful quote from well known writers and healers. The workbook pages make it your very own personal book and journey to self discovery. There isn't a way to read it without coming out a better healthier person, seeing yourself in a new light. It's an ongoing revelation of the Spirit within and a bridge to finding and living Peace in our discordant world!

Mary-Jane Horvat

What do we all need after over a year of pandemic restrictions and civil unrest on many fronts? We need help finding our own sense of peace...peace in our personal relationships, peace in our communities and peace in the world around us. “Peace Dreamer” will help you become more centered, content and conscious of your own ability to find peace through greater awareness of your own spirituality and your 7 chakras. A delight to read, gift yourselves or others this life changing book. Peace begins with you.

Pat Kuras

This is an excellent book by a musician, writer, and peace activist, Cheryl Melody Baskin. Personal experiences and suggestions for how to bring peace into your life. This book also includes an introduction to chakras which I found enlightening. I highly recommend this book for people who are seeking peaceful lives and personal growth.

Lisa L. Konietzky

This book is fabulous and Melody has once again written another magical story for the good and bad times! I highly recommend this book! Pick one up and let your imagination take you to another place! Live, love and light!


Peace Dreamer is a book of treasures that will speak to your body mind and soul. The author addresses many serious topics but somehow still manages to leave you feeling lighthearted and hopeful. This book is sprinkled with golden nuggets of wisdom not only from the author but also from many renowned citizens of the world. Peace Dreamer is empowering and beautifully written and I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.

Shelley Phillips

Cheryl Melody Baskin's book, "Peace Dreamer: A Journey of Hope in Bad Times and Good" is inspiring and loving and comes from the heart. Her personal style is refreshing and comforting. At times, I felt like she was speaking to me personally - having a one on one conversation with me. We can all use a nudge and some tools to feel more positive and loving toward ourselves and others. Her openness in sharing how she overcame her own struggles are also helpful and motivating. Cheryl Melody tunes into ways of dealing with our own fears and doubts and strengthening our ability to look within for positive change. Give yourself a gift and go on this journey of growth and empowerment with this book.ey

Cynthia Franca

Peace Dreamer provides hope, love, wisdom, and tools that help us in our personal transformation/growth journey and the transformation of our world. This book is a wake-up call to create one global community of love, beginning within us.

Kasey Mauro

This book was full of beautiful and peaceful messages that literally felt like it was refilling my soul. I am a nurse and the pandemic has been draining and dragging on at times and this book has such a great message, it really helped soothe some of the past experiences of this challenging year.