Anyone interested in expanding their consciousness should definitely read this book. Mr. Manogue through his storytelling, which centers on seven pine trees, two oak trees, and a gaggle of “believers,” expounds on the interconnections of all living things and how this realization can ultimately resolve the challenge of melding our physical personality, as we project ourselves and relate to others, and our nonphysical personality, represented by the soul/spirit. Through his writing, the author challenges the reader to become a more authentic person. The protagonists have accepted the challenge and actively embrace this mission. In a turbulent world, we all need to be more grounded. I loved the book because Mr. Manogue, through his characters, presents a good argument for awareness of our own Godliness and the Godliness of everything in our universe. Reading this book required my complete attention; it is definitely not a beach read. I had to reread parts of the book for better understanding. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the author's other books, as well as his poetry.
This is the second book that Hal Manogue has asked me to paint front and back covers for. Reading the books, I knew I wanted to be a part of this venture into the inner self.
My big bonus is being able to spend time with this creative thinker. In the course of talking about the substance of his philosophies and the suitability of various aspects of my art for the books, I was given a candid look into the rich mind of this most intriguing author. Dive in and enjoy the waters.
with acorn dressing
This is the 5th book by this author that I have read and it is by far my favorite yet.
Manogue is an excellent storyteller and this is as readable as all of his books have been. What sets this one apart is its full-on explanations about what "spirituality" actually is as contrasted (though lightly) with conventional religion.
Its concepts will be easy for any modern reader to grasp and may change how they look at life going forward.