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Lifting the Wheel of Karma

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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.

A horrific accident forever alters the course of young Joseph's life. Determined to find the magical elixir of knowledge he believes is possessed by an old wise man living deep within the remote Himalayas of India,
Paperback, 206 pages
Published March 25th 2012 by Point Dume Press (first published October 5th 2011)
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Nov 30, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Just won and received my copy of Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul Magid. Very excited to have a signed copy! I will be updating my review soon. THANKS GOODREADS!!!!!
SO, I am very excited to have just finished this interesting novel.
I don't want to spoil things for anyone reading. Thought that I would give some feedback without giving away the whole story. To start I immediately felt connected to the main character in the story and his journey. The message of trying to find yourself after trad
Sarika Patkotwar
Mar 08, 2013 Sarika Patkotwar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Lifting the Wheel of Karma is a must read. The story of a boy named Joseph from Montana, the book describes the journey of his life. An amazing family and a wonderful home define Joseph's childhood, until there comes a point in his life where he starts seeing visions and dreams that seem to be wanting to tell him something. This makes him really want to search for answers and go to India, the highlight of his dreams.
Being an Indian myself, I thought that the country has been described beautifull
Dec 15, 2011 Charu rated it it was amazing
Karma, Reincarnation and Destiny have always been the subjects which has never failed to intrigue me but when I received a copy of this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I was wondering if "Karma" is a universal, culture-free virtue or it means differently in different parts of the world??

As I flicked through some pages, the book was such a page turner that I had to force my self not to finish it in one - go .... I had to slow myself down to avoid losing the brilliance and profundity of metaphy
Mia Claire
Jan 07, 2015 Mia Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, signed
I won this book in a giveaway and here I have written an unbiased review about the book:

The cover says: A Profound Spiritual Journey of Extraordinary Healing and Redemption and it was right with that. Reading this book doesn't come as weird to me because I believe in the teachings of Eastern philosophy like reincarnation, past life, karma and everything in between.

So the book was quite short and an easy, light read. It is about a teenager named Joseph Connell who is tormented by nightmares he c
Lenore Webb
Jan 02, 2012 Lenore Webb rated it it was amazing
I want to show off! This is my first book of the New Year, Lifting the Wheel of Karma. And lucky me, it is also an autographed copy! Paul H. Magid found that you can not out run a good book. Honestly!

He started writing this when he was in high school. But often just put it down for other endeavors. But it would come back to him time and again. Along the way he has worked as a financial analyst, a waiter, a real estate developer, a summer day camp director, and then as an award winning screenwrit
Christoffer Lernö
Nov 14, 2011 Christoffer Lernö rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
This is a very direct story of personal growth. It was a pleasant read, but perhaps a bit unpolished at times and I would have preferred a bit less direct, more expansive story. I feel it is unable to compare with books by Christopher Pike (who writes books on spiritual growth disguised as YA novels) or Paulo Coelho for depth.

That said, it was still a very pleasant and easy read, which I genuinely enjoyed.

Disclosure: I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

P.S. I think the cover
Denise Jones
Nov 14, 2011 Denise Jones rated it it was amazing
At first I had reservations about this book, its so different to my other works of fiction but as I read on I found it enthralling, the charactures were so captivating. I enjoyed it very much. The parts about India I found especially interesting as my father was stationed in Bangalore during the Second World War. What I really liked was the spirituality of this book, this is really a book written for a purpose, everyone can relate to it, learn to follow the true light, live and forgive, it would ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Ponch rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I was very happy to have won this book from GoodReads. And what a nice surprise that it was signed by the author and can with a handwritten note.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was an easy read with a great plot that kept you interested. I highly recommend this book.
Dec 28, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Joseph needed to heal himself. It may not have been possible at the time to heal his physical injuries but mentally, physically he needed to get with it or he would pass on. The troubled child grew into a troubled young man with nightmares keeping him from sound sleep.
Warriors trying to kill him, horses, people all putting Joseph’s life in peril. He worked out daily, was strong and healthy – in his body at least. He was a feared Karate champion and was at the top of his game until his last tourn
Michelle (True Book Addict)
This book really is amazing. It's the perfect length, for if it had been longer, it would have lost it's impact. Of course, this is a novel, but the main character Joseph is so real, it seems almost an autobiography. Joseph has been tormented his entire life by nightmares and visions. Little does he know that these occurrences will lead him to his destiny in life.

It's funny how I keep reading books that deal with reincarnation. Each time I read about the phenomenon, the further I come in believi
Sandra Heptinstall
Dec 08, 2011 Sandra Heptinstall rated it it was amazing

I found this book to be compassionate and insightful. At times I had to stop and read a paragraph over again so I could make sure I understood the meaning. As a Christian I found a deeper understanding of ways to accept, forgive and even love each other more.

The characters are well developed and interesting. Joseph is the main character. Every since he was a five year old child he started having violent nightmares and would scream about the demons who would attack him. As he got older the nightm
Jan 18, 2012 Gmr rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teen readers through adults
Recommended to Gmr by: Tribute Books Blog Tours
From page one, it is apparant that the author has a particular fondness for nature. Rolling hills, running streams, wild horses...the works; all are beautifully detailed as we explore Joseph's hometown in Montana. When we meet this young man, we find a troubled soul trying to make sense of the oddities that life has thrown his way...his means of escape, karate. To say he was a black belt would lower his standings...that's how good he was; of course, that's what nightmares about fighting for one' ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Roxy rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book through a goodreads first reads giveaway and wasn't sure what to expect. I must say, i was pleasantly surprised. I read this book in one sitting and it is quite a moving tale.
The descriptive text is so rich that you can visualise the surroundings and almost feel the emotions of the characters - almost as if the story was about friends. I could relate to the story as my mother was in a serious head-on crash and spent 3 years leanring to walk again.
I like the dream
Dec 15, 2011 dely rated it liked it
It was a pleasant surprise. A Western who speaks about Eastern spirituality, karma, dharma and chakra scares me because there is often the risk of falling into banality talking about serious topics in a superficial way or the risk to put too much emphasis as if he had understood everything. However, this book does not want to demonstrate anything, it doesn't want to teach anything and deals with the theme of spirituality in a lightweight and unobtrusive way leaving the reader with wide spaces to ...more
Stefan Christensen
Dec 30, 2011 Stefan Christensen rated it really liked it
Normally, I am in no way religious or superstitious. Nor do I believe in rebirth or Nirvana. But one thing, that has always caught me is the thought of Karma. I am not sure I believe in Karma as a "higher power" but I do believe that naturally there is a sort of "divine justice" to our World - and at the same time, I very much believe in the concept of mind over matter.

These are some of the reasons I found this book seriously interesting and thought-provoking. I think it's a great book with a gr
Aug 28, 2012 Grady rated it it was amazing
When Words Fail

There is something about Paul H. Magid's quiet novel LIFTING THE WHEEL OF KARMA that makes the reader simply dissolve into the hush the book produces. This is a novel, yes, and with a well delineated story that opens with a sense of wonder at the spaces that are called Montana, flies like a feather on wind to India where again the author defines the aura of a country that has always defined spiritualism, and spans time as the brief journey of each incarnation we visit like the tin
Lucia  The Loyal Book
Dec 18, 2011 Lucia The Loyal Book rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I would give this book 3.5 but Goodreads doesn't allow it.
I won it through Goodreads giveaway and it's a little bit different from my usual readings but I did enjoy it a lot.

I liked the setting, it really made me want to see Montana. Lots of descriptions that made the place sounds great (although they sometimes slowed down the narration). The charactters were very likeable: Bill was my favourite, because I love older, protective brothers who are willing to help their younger siblings and even
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 08, 2012 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual review for an unusual novel.

It started a few months back when I browsed through Bees Knees reviews for a nice
interesting book. I came upon Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul H Magid and
liked the blurb. I signed up and minutes later received a notification that the
author will get in touch for a review. That is when it hit me. As a Christian, I
believe that I am always protected and that information and a difference in
opinion or point of view can't harm me. That said. How d
May 28, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book! I picked it up, and three hours later put it down finished... now here I am reviewing it! This is saying a LOT as this is not the type of book I would usually love and it was a busy day around here. This is a regular length novel, not a short, so that's not an excuse you can give me either. :)) The book was beautifully written. Hats off to Paul H. Magid. He is either very well versed on India and their religion/culture, or he did some very in-depth research.

Lifting the
Jackie Miller
Jan 13, 2012 Jackie Miller rated it really liked it
I was taken along for the ride in this touching and inspiring story of a young man's journey to find answers. Sometimes the journey is the answer, and sometimes you have to get lost to find yourself.

The first time you see Joseph he is in the midst of a fantastical and terrifying dream. He's had them since he was a young child. I could feel his frustration and sadness at having to cope with these disturbing visions for most of his life. Joseph suffers a personal tragedy that further shakes his ou
Dec 04, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book. It took me a couple of chapters to engage in the story, then I didn't want to put the book down.

The story follows Joseph, a teenager who suffers from vivid dreams from a young age. He has an older brother Billy and helps work his fathers ranch. Joseph enjoys karate, he is very skilled and unbeaten. Onhis way home from a fight, which he lost for the first time, he is in a serious car accident, which leaves him in coma.

When Joseph awakes he o
Nov 18, 2011 Kai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Lifting the Wheel of Karma is a very interesting, spiritual book. It addresses of how our past lives could impact us in the present as in the case of the character Joseph Connell. Whether you believe in karma or not, there is something out there that balance everything else. I have been an observer (I have been told to major in theology) and have noticed that the people we meet in our present lives, either open or close doors to possibilities. These individuals in our lives are what teaches us t ...more
Melanie Adkins
Sep 22, 2013 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing
Seventeen year old Joseph had suffered with visions and nightmares since he was five years old. No one knew why or what caused them. They were terrifying though. Joseph seemed to excel at everything he did. Karate, sports and helping on his family's horse farm. It was about this time Joseph had a horrific car accident after losing his first Karate tournament ever. It changed him forever. He tried to figure out why him but no answers came. He knew there must be some way for him to be whole again ...more
Jul 16, 2012 Karielle rated it really liked it
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Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul H. Magid
Release Date: March 25th, 2012
Publisher: Point Dume
Page Count: 186
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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 remo
Jacquie Bennett
Nov 18, 2011 Jacquie Bennett rated it really liked it
The lovely Paul H. Magid was kind enough to give this away as a prize here on Good Reads (I won!) he thoughtfully included a handwritten note and also signed the inside cover. The effort of the gift was much appreciated as I am sure he will one day become a best selling author and at this point I will sell the note on Ebay ;-)

The book itself is very enjoyable, I read it in one go as I was engrossed, it was also very calming on the Soul. The plot wasn't complicated (bonus), it was easy to read a
Lana Kamennof-sine
Dec 31, 2011 Lana Kamennof-sine rated it liked it
Wahoo! Just heard that I've won a copy of this. Looking forward to it. The excitement continues - I've the book in hand, along with a charming note from the author,as soon as I finish the 2 I've got on the go this is on.

As others have noted once you open the book it's a straight forward read. The author, Paul Magid, obviously invested time & thought into research. In fact credit must be given him for making some fairly complex, and I suspect "foreign" philosophies accessible to a wide audien
Amanda Alberson
Jul 03, 2012 Amanda Alberson rated it it was amazing
Paul Magrid tells a beautiful story about life, love and forgiveness in a way I personally have never heard it before. Rich descriptions, breath taking settings and characters that pull you into the pages await anyone willing to open the cover.
The story revolves around a man named Joseph who is struggling with nightmares and tragedy. Readers follow him not only through his life, the gorgeous setting of India but also through his past lives that have brought him to where he is today. Joseph must
Aug 24, 2012 Shirley rated it it was amazing
Seventeen-year-old Joseph Connell experiences years of haunting nightmares that often turn violent. A catastrophic event eventually pushes him away from his supportive Montana ranch family to the Himalayas in India in search of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

The reader finds himself in the midst of mysterious events that encourage the prediction of outcomes and the search for solutions.

I enjoyed the detail that is characteristic of Paul Magid's writing such as descriptions of the car
Paula Ratcliffe
Oh my gosh what a great book. It’s the story of Joseph Connell who has a terrible car accident and by the wheel of fate ends up encountering Lahiri and old Hindu man who has met Joesph before in a different lifetime. Joseph become greatly injured seeks out the Old wise man to work mind over matter to walk again.

Joesph learns along the way to love and forgive those even when they have wronged you, and to appreciate all you have in life, as it can be cut short.

The writing style and description rea
Nov 17, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
Thankyou to Paul who kindly took the trouble to sign his book and write a personal note to me for winning the book in a Goodreads competition.This was not a book i would normally choose to read, but it was a delight to curl up and read from cover to cover.Easy to quickly get involved with the characters and their (mis)fortunes as their lives progressed and interesting concepts with regards to karma and reincarnation etc. i wont spoil the plot by detailing the story except to say the imagery of t ...more
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“I learned that one person hurting another really is like a hand curling into a fist to smash the foot. And that all that really matters is family and other people. And that the purpose of life is to find the Light of God, but not the light from some old guy with a beard sitting up there judging us. The light is the love we give each other on our way back home. And that God wouldn’t mind if we spent a little less time telling him how great he is and a little more time loving each other, and not just the people we’re supposed to love, but everyone.” 6 likes
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