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In this memoir of an inner journey, debut author Morris describes calling on an imaginary hawk to guide her through a spiritual and emotional transformation.

Some may call it a power animal, while others call it an imaginary friend. Regardless of the title, within Morris’ memoir, the imagined creature develops a voice of its own and begins to guide the author away from negative beliefs and toward a connection with nature. Morris, overwhelmed with the pressures of society and a numbers-driven job, created this guide to help her find a place of peace. In her forest home, she finds solace in meditations that take her on long, intimate journeys through dense woods with her guide, the hawk. Along the path, she tells the hawk of realizations about her ego, her failures, and her regrets. In the process, she opens up a pathway to discovering her true self, apart from the ego and the demands of a world she finds ruined and driven by greed rather than human spirit. As she speaks to the hawk about her inner discoveries, she begins to directly address parts of her ego she wishes to dismiss, naming them, for example, “Unlovable” and “Unsuccessful.” In one passage, Morris writes, “You, Unlovable, are nothing more than a pathetic presence but I, on the other hand, am created from pure love and I intend to listen to my heart from this moment on.” This marks a turning point for the speaker, as she begins to separate her identity from the ego that has long made her dependent, unhappy, and alone. Readers may find it unusual, at first, to encounter passages where Morris speaks directly to the hawk and to other animals such as a bat. Yet the dialogue is fluid, and the author’s descriptions are easy to follow, such that the hawk becomes a character the reader can picture. The themes and topics, from self-love to fear, will resonate with anyone who has looked inward and begun the journey of unwinding the ego and finding the roots of anxieties, fears, and insecurities.

An interesting exploration of thoughts and feelings through the imaginary world of the writer’s mind.

Pub Date: Jan. 22nd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1478746010
Page count: 158pp
Publisher: Outskirts Press Inc.
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015