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
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.
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