I couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the lastI couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the last half.
The first half of the book details Spencer's experience in the spirit world when his spirit leaves his body during health crises. I found this part of the book to be absolutely compelling and totally compatible with my own beliefs and conclusions about the spirit world. Therefore, it totally resonated with me and I loved it.
However, when Spencer starts talking about his visions of times to come: natural disasters, plagues, foreign invaders, translated beings, the millennial day, I squirmed my way through the book quite a bit. It is a very disturbing and uncomfortable prediction for the future. I'm not sure if I believe it, though I believe that Spencer believes it and that he really did see what he saw. I just don't know what it means.
The second half of the book really read like a dystopian sci fi with a Mormon flair. I just don't know what to make of it. Though it was a compelling read.
But beyond the believable first part and into the less believable second part, the book is full of wonderful metaphors about one's own walk to Zion within one's own heart. And I really appreciated that.
So, even though I don't take this book as gospel truth. I do believe that it is one man's truth. And it was a really fascinating read that I would recommend to others....more
While I found some parts of the book a bit of a slog, I generally loved it. For example, the beginning of the book was pretty dry with all it's scientWhile I found some parts of the book a bit of a slog, I generally loved it. For example, the beginning of the book was pretty dry with all it's scientific explanations. Even though I know it was necessary for her to set up the 'why' of her experiment, maybe she could have made that part a bit shorter or more concise?
I also didn't need the chapter on Italy. I wanted to stay with her on the farm, and did not appreciate being pulled to Italy. That trip was pretty superfluous and did not add to the story of life on the farm, IMO. It could have been left out and made a better, shorter book.
Despite these unwanted parts, I found the slog through them to get to the great and fascinating parts to be well worth it. For me, the information in this book was wonderfully consciousness raising, and life changing. In the end, I give the book 5 stars.
Even though I've been interested in nutrition and environmentalism all my life, I had never really understood the concept of locavorism. And this book opened up a whole new vista for me. And that was exciting for me.
I also loved the idea of an entire family pulling together on a big life changing experiment like this. Sharing passion and commitment and creating a joint creative project (this book) about it.
Should all families be so lucky!
I highly recommend this book. Just skim the parts that feel like a slog and get to the really good stuff. You won't be sorry.
I not only respect BK's writing now, I also respect her as a person.
This is an amazing, astounding book! I couldn't put it down! Rita Golden Gelman is still wandering the world and you can follow her at http://www.ritaThis is an amazing, astounding book! I couldn't put it down! Rita Golden Gelman is still wandering the world and you can follow her at http://www.ritagoldengelman.com/. I called Rita and she came to my home to do a book group at my home in Atlanta. What a great day! What a great woman! What a great story!...more