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Desert Angels

Desert Angels by Lyman Ditson is an eloquently written short story interspersed with bursts of poetry throughout and charmingly drawn illustrations. The reader follows our protagonist and his dog Lion as he wanders the desert trying to find his way home to his cabin. Along the way, he meets a host of characters amidst a series of fantastical interactions with them, starting with a Slavic angel named Boris, who implores him to conduct a sacred mission.    

The desert wanderer appears in an active state of confusion and, following his meeting with Boris, is catapulted to the bow of a ship where he meets a parrot trying to seek the tree of eternity.  

Throughout the book, various philosophical themes are examined, from immortality to the secret of life. In addition, the theme of belief is addressed throughout the story, with multiple characters asserting what they promised can only come true if the recipient truly believes it will happen.  

Ditson’s writing is both philosophical and humorous. I particularly liked the funny aspects of the book; it was both easy to read and comical, which made the story entertaining. All the characters are well thought out and written with sharp, flowing dialogue. The dynamic between the protagonist and his dog is particularly amusing as Lion the dog begins to talk.  

The author Lyman Ditson is clearly a talented poetry writer, and the poems included throughout add a level of depth to the story. I liked how the poems are spread through the book, making them easier to relate to compared to a traditional volume of poetry. The book’s ending is somewhat ambiguous, and we are left wondering what exactly happened to the protagonist. However, that suits the style of the story. Readers looking to take an adventure with side trips into the author’s poetry and philosophical thoughts will find this short read magical.

Pages: 78 | ASIN : B0B57RBP6K

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Soul Afterlife

“What happens after we die? Is there a life after death?” These are the questions that have plagued humanity since times immemorial. Unfortunately, most religions, faiths, and cultures try to answer these questions differently, while some stay silent on this. Every human at some point has worried about this, whether with the curiosity of a child or with the wisdom of old age, but no one really knows. Bud Megargee explores this fascinating topic through interviews with those that have experienced brushes with death.

Soul Afterlife: Beyond the Near-Death Experience is Bud Megargee’s journey on an unorthodox quest to find answers to these questions for himself. It seeks to satiate the author’s curiosity about questions of life, death, soul, and reincarnation through the state of being as close to death as one possibly can: Near-Death Experiences or NDE.

In this journey, to seek answers to non-traditional questions that make him question his Catholic schooling, the author seeks out the help of his spiritual guide – Shirlet Enama. Shirlet is a psychic/oracle who lives in the mountains of Berwick, Pennsylvania. The thought-provoking book’s format is light and palatable as it is a mixture of text and interviews, which keep the book interesting. However, sometimes this complex book gets hard to understand due to references to his other books without including footnotes or endnotes to explain to readers.  

Soul Afterlife: Beyond the Near-Death Experience is a compelling work that seeks to answer the question of what happens to the soul when we die. Readers that enjoy personal transformation, spirituality, and self-help books would find this a valuable read. Also, this intriguing book is recommended for anyone who, like many others before us, seeks an answer to the questions about life and death. Even though the book is a companion to Megargee’s previous works, it is still understandable to any beginner, even as a stand-alone work. 

Pages: 233 | ASIN : B085GM3HNP

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