Thursday, January 26, 2012

Questions in the Silence by Karen Glick

Ari Rothman, born with psychic abilities, has a lifelong fascination with spiritual issues. Her childhood experiences and desire to help others make her a natural psychotherapist. However, the conflict between her intuitive abilities and a more rational approach to the human psyche intensifies when her first long-term client disappears.

Though the description makes it sound as though the actual story begins once Ari's client disappears, the fact is that the book actually travels through Ari's life and the disappearance doesn't happen until near the end. As a character, Ari is fascinating. She's a bit unusual but still goes through the every day trials that all of us do. As a story, it's mostly just interesting. I wouldn't say I was intrigued or anxiously flipping from page to page to see what happens next. Basically, I sat back and watched Ari's life unfold.

The best part of this book for me was the spiritual context. Several places take different religious aspects and pick them apart. This lets you join in the discussion in your head and figure out your own beliefs. Later, other serious topics (such as politics) enter and once again you get to check out new perspectives and figure out where you yourself lie in the mix.

This book is well written and easy to read while at the same time causing you to think about both your life and others, as well as the possibilities of our lives and mortality.

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The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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