Published on 7th August 2015
Source: Author provided review copy
The search for a meaningful existence is as universal as it is elusive. When obstacles to happiness and personal goals seem to riddle our horizons, where do we turn for answers? Meet Matthew, an average Londoner, a family man, intent on the all-too-normal pursuit of making a better life for himself and his family. When an accident threatens to become the proverbial straw that breaks his back, Matthew finds himself at a crossroad in his life. In the way the universe has of placing the right people in our lives at just the right time, Matthew happens upon a tale from an unlikely source, a tale of a man with mystical healing powers, someone Matthew can seek to restore balance and harmony to his life and heal his daughter, who is fighting for her own. As he traipses through Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia in search of the healer, nothing about the beautiful, trying, and challenging outward journey compares to the progress he makes as he travels into the depths of his own being. Through Matthew's journey, we are given the keys to finding the healer for ourselves. Most importantly, readers are invited to harness the beauty and prosperity that come when we seek ways to recognize that we are all connected to each other and we are all marvellous and powerful creators of our own unique, stunning life stories.
I happened to be at a friend's house for the weekend when she mentioned she was reading this book. I was intrigued by both the title and the description, so when my friend said the author was looking for more reviewers, I turned a blind eye to my teetering TBR and offered my services. What follows is my unbiased review.
Although I was expecting the bulk of this book to follow Matthew on his journey, I wasn't prepared for the emotional attachment I made to him and some of the other characters
along the way. As Matthew travels through different countries and discovers more about himself, it made me really think about him. Although I have probably few of the same experiences as him; I'm not a parent, for example, I tried really hard to put myself in his place, something I think far too few people do in Western society.
I really enjoyed the way the story alternates between the different sets of characters. The story as a whole is really engaging. It's hard to say more and still avoid spoilers, but suffice to say this is one of those books that has touched me and that I will no doubt re-read from time to time.
Thanks to Jules for introducing me to this author. Thanks to Mann for the book and to Jules for sending it!