*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Publication Date: February 26th 2015 by Hay House
Genres: Non-fiction, Spirituality
Number of Pages: 223 pages
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
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Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth.
When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living.
With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves.
This is the first time I read a memoir and I could say it felt very different, but also very fun.
I really like how the story started; it was her questioning her life at age 30, like “is this all there is?” I’m only 19, and people would say I’m too young, but I always ask myself the same question. Not because I’m tired of living, but I want to make living worthwhile. I want to get the best of life, do everything I can to improve myself, because we’ll never know when it’s time. Although I sure am headed to the corporate direction, I don’t want to spend the rest of my days sitting in front of a computer screen, starring at numbers, and letting money control my life.
It was an interesting story–one that really touched my heart from the beginning. 23 pages in and I was already shedding tears! It was painful just imagining what she’s going thru, but I love that she kept the humor despite being in that situation.
It was not the same life. A door had opened to another world, and I had walked through it.
However, I lost connection during the middle of the book. It was difficult for me, someone who has very different beliefs, to read her story. But it was probably because I was not familiar with the places, the people, the religion and the practices; it was full-on info-dumping and I stopped a couple of times to reread what I just read. But when I got back on track and focused on reading, I found it difficult to stop. I figured it was my lack of sleep due to intense school + work that got me slumbering!
All throughout the book I was rooting for her to find what she’s been meaning to. I think she’s a very lucky person to be surrounded by such good friends and supporting family. It must be because she is kind that God has blessed her incredibly.
It’s moving and inspiring; it got me laughing and sobbing and just feeling. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, but hey, life is full of surprises!
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what we believe in or how we practice our faith. What matters most is how safe we feel in the situation we’re in, and how it changed us for the better.
You see, we’re born with different names and garments, but we’re all on one journey: the cycle of birth and death. And no matter what garments we may wear, with our first breath here we all the start the journey back home, with each other. And no matter who we are or where we come from, there are certain spiritual truths that bind us. God, goodness, and compassion are within each and every one of us. And when you understand that, you’ve reached the Upper Room.