Synopses & Reviews
An all-true accidental spiritual adventure that led one non-believer to lunch with Deepak Chopra, dance with Stephen Hawking, heal with Yogananda, banish evil spirits with Buddhist lamas, find true love in a Presbyterian church choir, share Celtic revelations on the isle of Iona, talk all night with the Daughters of Islam, and learn an abiding respect for all paths to God.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Jessica Maxwelland#8212;nationally acclaimed adventure-travel writer and self-professed spiritual klutzand#8212;saw a vision of her fatherand#8217;s face filling the sky three days after his death, she had no idea that it foreshadowed a dizzying spiritual journey. Drawn kicking and screaming into the bright light of spiritual reality, she soon traded in her hip waders for halos as her world travels brought her face-to-face with enlightened teachers from all the great religions.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Chronicling nearly two decades of Jessica Maxwelland#8217;s spiritual adventures and filled with astonishing stories, witty asides, and breathtaking revelations, andlt;Iandgt;Roll Around Heaven andlt;/Iandgt;offers readers a perfect recipe for spiritual success in a chronically baffling world.
and#8220;Jessica Maxwell is the Empress Tizzie Izzie of adventure writing. Sheand#8217;s ornate, lavish, unpredictable, commanding, witty, daring, and illuminated by a certain afterglow of spiritual awareness.and#8221; and#8212;Tom Robbins, author of andlt;iandgt;Wild Ducks Flying Backwardandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;B Is for Beerandlt;/iandgt;
"Jessica Maxwell and her book are the real deal. Inspiring, encouraging, full of enough good humor and awkward learning to make anyone on the spiritual path laugh and keep going. That's my kind of adventure."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;Bandgt; Dr. Susan Corsoandlt;/Bandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Huffington Postandlt;/Iandgt;
Filled with witty insights and breathtaking revelations, Roll Around Heaven retells nearly two decades of an all-true accidental spiritual adventure.
About the Author
The daughter of a Scottish New Zealander and an Arabic-Cajun, Jessica Maxwell has the whole wide world in her blood. True to her pedigree, she is a widely published international adventure writer, author and photographer with a special emphasis on food, conservation, womenand#8217;s journeys and spiritual transformation. The youngest writer to pen Esquireand#8217;s Travel column (1985 and#8211; 1997), she created and wrote Audubonand#8217;s True Nature in-the-field conservation column (1992 and#8211;andnbsp;1997) before authoring travel books on flyfishing, golf and womenand#8217;s adventure. She is a longtime contributor to the LIFE section of Forbes, and regular presence in andlt;iandgt;AARP The Magazine, Gourmet,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Moreandlt;/iandgt;. andlt;BRandgt;A former California beach girl, she earned a degree in Magazine Journalism at the University of Oregonand#8211;including spending her junior year in Aix-en-Provenceand#8211;and now lives in Western Oregon, with her trial attorney husband Tom and#8220;Mr. Quotableand#8221; Andersen at Gaiety Hill House, a historic Georgian manor where she happily serves their guests afternoon tea and grand feasts, especially when her beloved stepsons, Ben and Eli, are in town...unless sheand#8217;s out stalking giant Norwegian grouse or chasing away evil spirits with a Himalayan Rinpoche.