Michael is the publisher of a book I have recently reviewed. I found him and his company, Sleepy Lion Publishing, to be so intriguing that I am in the process of interviewing him. Keep an eye open for the results!
He has sent me this review:
It is not often I have the chance to write a review for a book I feel more connected to than merely relating with its story. Ascending Spiral flows beautifully from life to life: each segment is itself complete yet part of a unified whole. This is part of a greater narrative of lessons each of us needs to learn to be happy. While packed with guidance, the prose never stops to preach, as it instead recounts authentically the experiences of the author. These lives stretch across both time and different levels of being. Understanding ourselves as explicitly human often characterises our need to constantly validate our ego. In our attempts to grow, understand, and become stronger, we often miss the bigger picture. Instead, Ascending Spiral shows that we are greater, and inferior to a being that aims to live a simple human life. Yet, simply living a human life is the core message of the novel. It shows that open mindedness about our life, past lives and the lives of others is crucial in moving forward.
What fascinated me most about this story was that despite a change in protagonist, I always felt I was travelling and learning with the same person. Despite moving from drastically different lives, I still held anticipation for the next chapter, even if the next chapter was a completely different life, as I knew it to be part of the same ongoing journey. This is why learning about our past can give many insights into the way our lives are lived today.
So, if like many, you are overwhelmed by the exponential growth of our lives, technology, information and the need to keep up, then take a break, breathe, and read this book. We live in a time where we need to quickly learn and adapt to new lifestyles if we and the next generation are to survive on this Earth. Learning to live simply is embracing the moments of clarity that can happen only when we are not preoccupied with the multitude of actions and reactions packed in our day to day experiences. Reading this book will give you that moment of clarity.