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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Giveaway & Thoughts on...Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul H. Magid ~spoiler alert~

One key piece of information was left off the back description and I don't know if it's supposed to be some big surprise or not. That's why the ~spoiler alert~!

I started reading in the car but had to stop due to tears ruining my make-up!

This book is so much more than I though it would be. A boy, dealing with nightmares, traveling to India for help. What I found was a boy, a loving family, vicious nightmares and a tragic accident. That accident is the spoiler for you as Joseph does travel to India but he does it in a wheelchair.

Lifting the Wheel of Karma is not the usual type of book I read. It's one of the things I love about reviewing, the chance to go outside my comfort zone. I expected a quick read, easily read, easily forgotten when I moved on. What I'm finding is that I'm not ready to read the next book. I want to process what I've read first. I feel desire for the same peace Joseph was searching for. I wonder if it is possible to combine the Eastern philosophy he uses with my own Christian beliefs.

There is strength in this book but I also wondered if it could have been shorter. As I was reading, I thought it was too flowery but Paul paints with words and I don't know how he could have left a "color" out of his painting.

I do not know if I could have done as Billy and his parents had done. Joseph's parents kissed him good-bye, not knowing when they'd see him again. Billy dropped him off with a stranger, in a country far away, and walked away not knowing if he'd ever see his beloved brother again.

So, the book is fiction but it reads like truth and there are lessons to be learned. Will you see them? Will you see different ones than I did?

The author's website has pictures of India and Montana as well as the same discussion questions that are in the book.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of Tribute Books' blog

Lifting the Wheel of Karma
by Paul H. Magid

Point Dume Press
September 2011
young adult
fiction, spirituality
192 pages

Product Description:
Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape.

He believes the answer to what threatens to crush him can be found in the knowledge possessed by a mystical old wise man, who lives deep within the remote Himalayas of India.

If Joseph is ever to find the peace he so desperately seeks, he must get this wise old man to reveal what he truly knows, but that will not be easy....for this sage knows far more than he admits.

Now for the exciting part. Paul will give away 3 copies to my followers! Isn't that great? Just comment with your email. Closing date: January 30 (midnight PST). The winner will need to respond to my email quickly.

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Tribute Books said...

Gina, I'm glad that Paul's book had such a profound effect on you. Listen, if it could get you to keep reading through tears and make-up streaming down your face, you really must have liked it! :)

Good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

Paul H. Magid said...

Dear Gina,

Your wonderful supportive, at the same time honest, review of my novel (my Baby) warms my heart and leaves me speechless -a humorous state for one who makes a living with words.

I am so happy that my baby touched you and thank you for giving me this chance to connect with your readers.

You and they can also check out my new book trailer (I like to think of it as really an "audio movie") as well as other videos related to my novel on my YouTube Channel at:

Thank you again, and please email me anytime for any reason!

Paul H. Magid

lynette355 said...

I found this one interesting too! I found that it was easy to fall in step with my own thoughts....even if I am a lil more "americanized" that way.


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