Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul's Story

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review - Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul's Story

About the Book
This is a non-fiction title, in the Body, Mind and Spirit category. Mystic Journey shows how shifting our perspective to seeing life as an eternal journey will help us better navigate these rapidly changing times while giving us a deeper appreciation of soul-making, which consists of:

  • Remembering who we are at our depths
  • Allowing the universal motifs, archetypes, and timeless patterns of life to be our guide and comfort
  • Cultivating the qualities and virtues at the heart of our common spiritual heritage

About the Author
Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority in helping people tell their life stories. He is a pioneer in life story interview method development and among the first to apply Joseph Campbell’s classic work on the mythological journey of the hero to contemporary personal mythmaking. His two books in these areas have been translated into Japanese, Italian, and Romanian and are widely used in various personal growth and life review settings.

He is professor of human development and religious studies, and director of the Life Story Center at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books, including Latino Voices in New England (2009), an autobiography with Babatunde Olatunji, The Beat of My Drum (2005), The Life Story Interview (1998), and The Gift of Stories (1995). In earlier books, he explored life stories from a psychological and cultural perspective. With Mystic Journey (2012), he explores the soul’s story, and soul-making, from a multi-faith, eternal perspective.

My Take on the Book
This book is deep, and makes anyone who reads this delve deeper within themselves to understand not only their own spirituality, but also one's own spiritual and conscious self. The book takes time and effort to understand and for me it was a bit hefty, but what you get out of it is also just as robust. The book is definitely a book that you will learn from, but do not expect this to be a quick fix. The author pontificates deeply and because of this the book is not fluff, but instead is full of material that you have to examine and reexamine so that you completely understand, not only for the author's intention, but also for your own self-improvement. This was a very interesting read, but know that it will take time and effort to change and time and effort to take the most out of this book (and that is a good thing)!

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