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Jonas was not sure why he went to India but his best friend Bruce had invited him, and he was ready for a change in his life. He had experienced several painful events recently, including a divorce, which led to an exploration of various spiritual belief systems. Some “inner” changes had occurred, creating shifts in his awareness. At the holy Mt. Arunachala, he joined other seekers and found the guru D. D became a special teacher to Jonas. Soon thereafter, Jonas met Anamika, also from the city of Vancouver, Canada. There was an immediate, familiar recognition between the two. She taught a different perspective than D, also enriching for Jonas. How the lives of Jonas, Bruce, and Anamika intersected, as well as how beliefs and new behaviors expanded, comprise the intriguing fictional work, Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story, crafted by author Janis Harper.
While a love story develops, a variety of teachings are intertwined throughout the story. These teachings are from several schools of thought. What is unique about this book is the realistic journey of each person. There are struggles, with times of confusion and questioning. There are also times of great joy when one of the characters reaches a deeper level of awareness. Additionally, how these new beliefs affect relationships is also revealing; this is another common part of all individual spiritual journeys but is often not included in spiritual path books. The skillful writing makes this information accessible and clear. Author Janis Harper has written a captivating and informative work in Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking spiritual knowledge and experiences.