Paths to Wholeness

Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas

Non-Fiction - Self Help
230 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2017
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Author Biography

David J. Bookbinder is a psychotherapist, photographer, writer, and near-death survivor. His award-winning Flower Mandala images were inspired by the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe and the flower photographs of Harold Feinstein, with whom he briefly studied. David became a therapist after a transformative near-death experience shifted him toward art and healing. In addition to 'Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas,' he is the author of two coloring books for adults based on his Flower Mandalas, as well as a book about American folk music and three books about computer software. David holds Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology and Creative Writing.

    Book Review

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.