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A View From a Height

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Here is a love story. But it is not the usual kind of love story. It is about the kind of love that can send the world spinning in new directions without the world even knowing that it was done. A discovered manuscript tells of a life that bridges the spirit world and the physical world. This manuscript tells the story of how, after a near death experience, a young Chinese ...more
Published by Portraits of Earth Press (first published November 8th 2008)
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Jan 22, 2012 Literary rated it did not like it
I don't know where to begin ... I guess with the simplest statement: I hated this book. I have never been so glad for a book to be over.

Have you ever read something and it just seemed so "heavy" that you were mentally tired and had to stop reading it just to give your brain a rest? This book made me feel this way. After the first three chapters, the main character, Xiao Chen, had died twice, been locked inside a Chinese prison, lost both of her eyes and mastered the ability to travel, via medita
Article first published as Book Review: A View from a Height by J.E. Murphy on Blogcritics.

The meaning of life seems so much a part of what we wonder on a daily basis, and is a question that is asked by almost everyone at some point in their life. While there seem to be no real answers, there is always the foray into spiritualism, which seems to give its own form of answers. At the same time, even this sojourn often leaves just as many questions.

In A View from a Height J.E. Murphy takes us into
The author wrote "I have always enjoyed most the books that expanded my horizons and showed me new ways to look at the world. I hope that someday, people will say my books did that for them." He succeeded doing that with me for the most part. I was honored to receive a free copy of A VIEW FROM A HEIGHT from the author approx 2 years ago but I had to put it aside for numerous reasons. I now believe having to wait to read it potentially contributed to what the author hoped it would do for someone ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Do you contemplate the meaning of life? Have you ever given any thought to what happens after death? Many people believe in 'the afterlife'. So what is it really? Some believe that we all have a responsibility to better ourselves through multiple lives which we do through reincarnation or rebirth. As our 'souls' venture forward from our bodies they are given the opportunity to be reborn into another life to improve on past mistakes and/or learn more about the true meaning of life as we know it. ...more
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Dec 23, 2011 J.E. Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I know it seems like self-promotion for an author to review and rate his/her own book, but I don't even feel like I wrote this one. The only work I did was format it some, and correct the spelling and grammar (and I had major help with that). I guess I also wrote the translator's notes. But the rest of the novel, the real meat, was dictated to me by Dawn Bang, also known as Xiao Chen, the angel Metatron, Kwan Yin, and several other names. This is her story, and she settled down in my head and wo ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Coral rated it it was amazing
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