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Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape. After a horrific accident forever alters the course of his life, he travels to the remote Himalayas of India, in search of a mystical old wise man alleged to possess supernatural healing power. The man he seeks, however, will not so easily reveal what he truly knows, for he alone knows Joseph's true destiny...and that the secret he is searching for resides within the ...
Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape. After a horrific accident forever alters the course of his life, he travels to the remote Himalayas of India, in search of a mystical old wise man alleged to possess supernatural healing power. The man he seeks, however, will not so easily reveal what he truly knows, for he alone knows Joseph's true destiny...and that the secret he is searching for resides within the heart of each and every one of us.
Posted September 22, 2013
Seventeen year old Joseph had suffered with visions and nightmares since he was five years old. No one knew why or what caused them. They were terrifying though. Joseph seemed to excel at everything he did. Karate, sports and helping on his family's horse farm. It was about this time Joseph had a horrific car accident after losing his first Karate tournament ever. It changed him forever. He tried to figure out why him but no answers came. He knew there must be some way for him to be whole again. It would begin with a trip across the world.
This book is a moving look at karma. We've all heard about it, but how many have actually experienced it and knew it was karma? Solid writing and well crafted characters makes this book a gem. It won't touch your heart, it will invade it and engulf your soul. The descriptions of Montana make you wish you were there. After this book, you'll walk away with a new perspective.
I found no issues with this one.
I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it was truly an enlightening experience. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
Posted July 16, 2012
Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul H. Magid
Release Date: March 25th, 2012
Publisher: Point Dume
Page Count: 186
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review
Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape.
He believes the answer to what threatens to crush him can be found in the knowledge possessed by a mystical old wise man, who lives deep within the remote Himalayas of India.
If Joseph is ever to find the peace he so desperately seeks, he must get this wise old man to reveal what he truly knows, but that will not be easy... for this sage knows far more than he admits.
What Stephanie Thinks: I was anticipating to be preached and prodded at by this spiritual novel, but actually ended up being fascinated by it. Lifting the Wheel of Karma exceeded all of my expectations, to say the least, and I'm glad to have gotten the opportunity to give it a try.
In plot, it's a fairly simple book. The structure is direct and the end satisfying. It's also crisp and straightforward in style, with a bit of a charming tint to it, though it's nothing overly flowery. Very reminiscent of Mitch Albom. I had no trouble getting through this one, actually finished it pretty quickly.
Joseph suffers, or perhaps is blessed with, visions that have always set him apart from his peers. They're terrifying and so real, that he knows they aren't insignificant, but he has no clue what to do or how to go about them. He's a perfectly competent boy — a good brother and son and extremely talented martial artist — but all his life, he's been missing out on something. And when tragedy strikes, impeding every ability he's ever known, he finds out exactly what.
Lahiri, the old Indian man who's set out to help Joseph and get him back onto his feet, is a mystifying and intriguing character. From the beginning, I was kept wondering what he had to do with Joseph and how a frail, passive man like him could ever help Joseph conquer his demons. But as they develop their friendship and relationship as mentor and student, we discover the ways in which the two connect, and are startled that those bonds are not necessarily in our time and place.
Lifting the Wheel of Karma is heavy on spiritual emphasis, but it's in the form of fiction, an extended metaphor you could say. It teaches lessons on karma, dogma, and just humanity in general, without overly sermonizing or lecturing. I enjoyed both Magid's fast-moving prose and the otherworldly feel to the entire book. Highly engaging, awing, and thought-provoking, it's definitely the kind of inspirational literary fiction I'd love to see more of. Joseph's journey, I found, became my journey, which is a great accomplishment for a novel. The discoveries he made, I made on my own, and I can definitely say I learned a lot from his story of recovery and reflection as a whole.
Stephanie Loves: "'What chance has a boy got? The girl has all the cards,' he said.
Jen corrected him, 'No, the boy has all the cards. The girl just has all the chips.'
'Either way, it's a rigged game,' Joseph replied."
Radical Rating: 8 hearts - An engaging read; highly recommended.
Posted February 3, 2012
Interesting read that gives a kind of perspective into life, what was life and how to move on with life. Gets you thinking of reincarnation and its workings.
I especially liked how this read took me to different landscapes and cultures throughout the journey.
Posted January 10, 2012
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Refreshingly different. That's what Lifting the Wheel of Karma is. It's not your average read. Paul H. Magid mixes the practicality of a Montana farm with the spirituality of a Himalayan retreat. What seems like two disparate worlds are blended seamlessly in the fictional life of Joseph Connell. Plagued with nightmares throughout his life, this teenage karate champion is paralyzed as the result of a car accident that seems predestined. Afterward, he catches a television news report featuring a meditation expert in India proclaiming the power of mind over matter. With the hope of walking again, he gets on a plane with his older brother, Billy, in order to track this man down.
After a long and tiring journey, he arrives at the house of Lahiri, a man he met right before his life-altering crash. The encounter is jaw-dropping. The realization of their shared destiny becomes even more profound as the intricacies of reincarnation are explored. Actions from their prior lives are being held accountable in the present. What happened between Lahiri and Joseph in the 19th century must be resolved before they can both find peace.
Throughout the Indian culture comes alive with lush detail. The country's inherent sense of celebration is depicted through ceremonies and festivals. Fires enliven the night sky. Colored spices fill the air. Brilliant saris twirl through the streets. The friendliness of the citizenry is heralded. The pulse of the subcontinent energizes the pages.
India is beautifully contrasted with the big sky country of Montana where words are precise and rarely used. Neighbors are miles away, but there in a time of need. Natural abundance is tempered with frugality. Prosperity is ignored and trucks are run into the ground rather than replaced with the latest models.
Joseph is the product of both of these locales. He is a son of the American West, but finds fulfillment atop the Himalayas. His journey spans the globe, but it's only when he stills his mind through meditation that he is able to reach his intended destination.
Overall, this wheel will take you where you need to go, if you let it.
Posted December 8, 2011
I found this book to be compassionate and insightful. At times I had to stop and read a paragraph over again so I could make sure I understood the meaning. As a Christian I found a deeper understanding of ways to accept, forgive and even love each other more. The characters are well developed and interesting. Joseph is the main character. Every since he was a five year old child he started having violent nightmares and would scream about the demons who would attack him. As he got older the nightmares changed to where he was fighting with warriors. Joseph's only coping mechanism was martial arts. He was so good no one in his age devision would fight him as they knew they would lose. They promoted Joseph to fighting with adults when he was fifteen. He had never lost a fight until one night. It is from here you will find the heart of this story. Joseph feels he can only find the answers he needs by going to the remote Himalayas of India. There he finds an old wise man who helps him to find the answers to all of his questions and to find his Dharma. The ending made me cry and I did not want the book to end. This is an excellent read for anyone or any religion. You don't have to agree with all that is wrote but the message of love is something we should all pay more attention too. I cried at the ending. It was hard for me to believe this was a first time author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2011
"Lifting the Wheel of Karma" is definitely not the kind of book that you will have to force yourself reading through - I simply could not put it down until reached the last page. Those in search of who we are, why we are here, and why we were born to suffer will certainly find some answers sent to us in form of this breathtaking story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2011
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite
Joseph has spent most of his life in anguish due to tormenting, graphic nightmares that he cannot shake when he's not sleeping. In fact, sometimes he daydreams and they come to him: still the same scene, just as graphic and certainly as disturbing.
Using karate as a release, he is undefeated; a powerful fighter who has moved to the adult class for lack of anybody to fight. For every champion, there shall always be another who will defeat and this was the case with his last fight. Broken ribs down his side along with other bumps and bruises, a stranger enters in the locker room to offer him ice. He says no thank you and, little does he know, he has just changed his future..
A freak accident, the yearning to learn mind over matter and perhaps walk again drives the young man to seek wisdom from another in a high Himalayan town in India. To his dismay, the man who waits is the same who offered help after the fight.
With the encouragement and teachings of finding peace through Hinduism by the old man, Joseph grows spiritually, emotionally and as a man. He returns home to Montana for the funeral of his parents, who are killed by a drunk driver, remaining there for many years until he realizes that India is where he belongs.
His journey to find peace affects not just him but also the old man as they both come to terms with commonalities in their past lives.
The author has done a lot of research for this book and it is quite evident in his descriptive detail throughout the book. Whether the farm in Montana where his family resides or the meadow outside the rock house he shares with the old man, the reader feels as if they are right there.
Added to the back of the book is a questionnaire which causes thought about life, religion, temperament, morals and so on. I personally found this relevant to the book and enjoyed answering them in my head.
I highly recommend this book to anybody with an imagination, who like to ponder and certainly enjoy creativity and a few plot twists!!