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Roll around Heaven: An All-True Accidental Spiritual Adventureby Jessica Maxwell
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Chronicling nearly two decades of Jessica Maxwell's all-true accidental spiritual adventure and filled with astonishing stories, witty insights, and breathtaking revelations, Roll Around Heaven will surely inspire each reader to embrace the power of the divine in his or her own life.
An adventure writer by trade, Jessica had never given God a second thought until, as she describes it, "He/She/It grabbed me by the ear, marched me into the divine principal's office, and told me to quit goofing off and start paying attention." On her amazing journey, Jessica travels the globe on magazine sporting assignments, only to end up talking about God with Islamic women in Dubai, chasing away evil spirits in a Himalayan hotel, and receiving Celtic revelations on the holy isle of Iona.
Jessica soon learns that her earthbound goals are mere day hikes compared to her soaring ascent to heaven on earth. Spiced with humor, rich with original insight, tart with irreverence, and sweetened with compassion for the modern pilgrim, Roll Around Heaven offers readers a perfect recipe for spiritual success in a chronically baffling world.
"Successful magazine travel writer Maxwell didn't intend to write a book about spirituality. The author of books on golf, fishing and other nature adventures claimed an 'allergy to religion,' yet spirituality seemed to find her anyway. After stumbling upon a lovable pig farmer/spiritual teacher, the self-proclaimed spiritual klutz finds herself wading through adventures with auras, demons, psychics and Jesus. In this book, Maxwell catalogs 16 years of spiritual experiences. The reader is taken through her quest for peace and understanding as she discovers that, regardless of the path, all religions call for loving others. Maxwell draws on religious symbolism from all world religions and quotes everyone from C.S. Lewis to Ramakrishna; the book is essentially spiritual and syncretistic. Readers who find Maxwell more superstitious than authentic should still appreciate her distinctive writing style. Her training as a nature writer allows her to see an experience from the outside in a way inward-looking spiritual writers often cannot. Her cheeky-to-chaste style is both conversational and controlled. Readers will enjoy watching this 'former spiritual dodo-brain' discover beauty beyond nature." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Forget about searching for the divine only in dusty old churches. In Roll Around Heaven, Jessica Maxwell proves you can stumble into a state of grace in a baseball stadium, on a pig farm, or even while lumbering down a freeway." David Oliver Relin, author of Three Cups of Tea
"After you've been there and done that, it's time to figure out what it all means. So Jessica Maxwell, an intrepid traveler with a delightful and amusing style, applies her deceptively light touch to the idea of spiritual seeking. Highly recommended." Tim Cahill, author of Hold the Enlightenment and Lost in My Own Backyard
"What a fabulous journey! Through Jessica's eyes and voice it is just pure magic!" Taj Mahal, American bluesman
"Readers who enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love will...enjoy every minute of this rollicking spiritual ride. An inspirational feast for the faithful and enlightening food for thought for the more cynical." Booklist
An all-true accidental spiritual adventure that led one nonbeliever to lunch with Deepak Chopra, dance with Stephen Hawking, heal animals with Yogananda, sing Christmas carols with an enlightened rabbi, banish evil spirits with a Himalayan Rinpoche, talk all night with the daughters of Islam, find true love in a Presbyterian choir, share Celtic visions on the isle of Iona, and learn an abiding respect for all paths to God.
Filled with far-flung settings, polished prose, and travel writer Jessica Maxwell's eye-opening and often humorous experiences, Roll Around Heaven will resonate with seekers and cynics, nature lovers and travel enthusiasts, and readers from all walks of life.
About the Author
Jessica Maxwell is a nationally acclaimed travel writer and the author of three books. Her work has been included in more than two dozen anthologies, including Bill Bryson's Best American Travel Writing 2000 and Tim Cahill's Best American Travel Writing 2006. She is a regular contributor to AARP The Magazine, Forbes, and Gourmet.
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