Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Review: A Soul's Calling, by Scott Bishop
A SOUL’S CALLING
Wanderlust Publishing House
January 4, 2013
Print Version: 341 pages
List Price $14.95 Paperback
Once in a great while a book lands in my lap that is breathtakingly beautiful and at the same time personally illuminating. Such is the case with A Soul’s Calling by Scott Bishop.
This is the story of Scott who has the ability to communicate with the Other Side. It is during his encounter with the Spirit World that he realizes his soul is in jeopardy. As he grapples with this revelation, he makes a choice to travel to Nepal. He expects a mythical adventure that will take courage, but his soul beckons him to go. He must face Mount Everest in hopes that the Spirits will help to mend his soul.
Scott is an attorney who is not exactly your typical experienced mountain climber. He describes himself as conservative, predictable and responsible. Undaunted, he researches the feasibility of the trek and physically trains for the arduous journey. He gathers a melange of symbolic objects and prayers with obvious personal significance. He believes he will need these things when he reaches Base Camp. Along with the requisite guide, (reticent and wary of the American) Scott is eager to begin the climb. Soon he realizes his preparations have fallen very short of his actual needs and he must adjust. The challenges begin early on as he must overcome his fear of heights and acclimate to breathing at high altitude. On the ascent, each stage of the climb gets harder, with seemingly endless stairs and rugged terrain. Each day he feels weaker with increasing doubts and an ominous outlook.
A Soul’s Calling will take you where most will never go. The author builds drama and captures the nuances of the sweeping resplendent landscape. He allows all senses to experience this man’s pilgrimage, the natural rhythm of his journey unfolds with fluidic imagery. The prose is rich with visual brilliance, words so carefully blended together. Scott Bishop captures the majestic and graceful soul of these virginal peaks. He unveils the simple serenity and spectacular attraction of the Himalayan Mountains. A Soul’s Calling is a humbling and reflective novel that will polarize most readers.
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