by Deborah Denicola
Before we get started, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, just in case the FTC happens to be reading my blog (stranger things have happened, but not many). I have an ulterior motive in writing this review: I got a free book to do so. Gasp! I know, I know, shocking but true, review copies of books are given out so that writers can read them.
Okay, that taken care of, let's get started. This memoir by Deborah DeNicola is about a spiritual quest. The author found herself plagued by strange visions (a room she was in completely changed itself to a previous incarnation) and intense spirits, for lack of a better word, who made her life somewhat of a living hell with their antics. But, ultimately, this turned out to be a good thing, as it set in motion a journey through many mystic and mystery traditions, including goddess worshiping and the gnostic gospels, and consultations with psychics and channelers. Denicola, a poet, also set off on journeys to sacred sites in Israel and Europe.
DeNicola's background in poetry clearly shines through in her lyrical descriptions and beautiful flights of fancy. Her accounting of her quest for spiritual answers in incredible in its detail. Since I can't generally remember what I ate for lunch the day before, I'm amazed at the recall DeNicola has about things that happened years ago. I don't mean this as a criticism--rather; I'm envious. I presume she kept a meticulous diary. And even with that, the level of detail is impressive. I keep what I consider a somewhat obsessive diary and I still wouldn't be able to recount my every thought from years ago.
Impressive as the detail is, I also consider it the main drawback of the book. At times I longed for a glance at the bigger picture because being inside DeNicola's head for the constant play by play of her quest was sometimes exhausting. Upon occasion, I longed for a step back to ponder what all of this might mean.
That being said, the book is well worth reading, particularly for those with an interest in New Age and spiritual topics. There's a lot of interesting history and information here, on a wide variety of topics, sometimes all on one page! Deborah DeNicola has written quite a fascinating memoir. Here's a bit more information on her, in a blurb provided by her publisher:
Deborah DeNicola is the author of five poetry collections and she edited the anthology Orpheus & Company; Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology. Among other awards she won a Poetry Fellowship in 1997 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Deborah has been a recipient of many writing colony residencies. She also teaches dream image work and mentors writers online at her web site www.intuitivegateways.com. To purchase a copy of The Future That Brought Her Here and receive up to 20 bonus gifts, please visit: http://www.thefuturethatbroughtherhere.com/bonusoffers/