THE TEACHER AND ME by Dennis R. Zinner


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In this novel, computer expert Fred leaves behind his everyday life and sets out on a journey of mindfulness and self-discovery.

Fred thinks he’s a happy man, though he spends his days hiding in his basement office at Conglomerate Conglomerated, Inc. in San Francisco. Of course, his life abounds with problems: he drinks and smokes too much, and he refuses to accept that his wife has left him for good. On his way to work one morning, he stumbles upon a tent revival and meets a spiritual leader destined to change his life. The Teacher, who disappears and reappears over the next few days, connects Fred with Dorothy, a beautiful EMT, who turns out to have been Fred’s childhood friend, and other members of the Earth Council, who introduce him to the All-That-Is, a universal energy force. And to further complicate the plot, Fred is being followed by Bill, who works for Dr. Smasher of the Paranormal Studies Institute—a stand-in for everything negative in the world. The novel, filled with magical thinking, is sincere and may appeal to readers interested in spirituality, but it doesn’t make for a particularly satisfying work of fiction. While Fred eventually grows to become a three-dimensional character, Dorothy remains static. The Teacher and other Earth Council members get little embellishment; they seem to exist only to move Fred forward in his spiritual awakening, sort of like the ghosts in A Christmas Carol. While Fred may eventually find the life he was meant to live, the incomplete narrative framework may leave some readers unengaged.

Long on mindfulness but short on storytelling.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1477401811
Page count: 348pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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