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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Paths to Wholeness by David Bookbinder is a beautiful and meaningful book. It presents well as an e-book, but I would love to receive a hardcover copy, as the color illustrations are so stunning. I can imagine holding the large book on my lap, feeling the smooth pages, smelling the ink they are printed with. The color illustrations are intended to be meditated upon and I found myself being drawn into their centers and into stillness as I gazed at them. I don’t often meditate — I am too busy and driven to want to sit still — but when I get a chance to rest unexpectedly, I embrace it and vow to meditate more frequently. This is one of those times.
Each illustration is accompanied by an essay on a single concept - anger, acceptance, awareness. Though I haven’t had all the experiences described in these essays, I can enjoy reading them and they are meaningful to me. Lately I have spent many hours watching my mother sleep and being there for her. Despite her condition, I have peace and know this is where I’m supposed to be. I have been transformed through this time of transition, and hold all things in my heart as part of a larger whole. All that is important right now is her comfort and I do my best to make her days better.
Paths to Wholeness would be a lovely gift to anyone who could use a contemplative influence in their life. It can be comforting, motivating, and guiding all at once. Consider it for the grieving, ill, or the heartbroken. It cannot fail.