A seasoned spiritual author explores the inner workings of human connectivity through essays and fiction.
Tutt opens his debut self-help text with stark statements about the idea of otherness that seem particularly significant in the current political landscape, such as, “Each of us also needs to embrace an attitude of equality and respect for those who are traveling with us in our moment in time.” From this point of recognition, the author goes on to explain that one may achieve a connection to God by finding the common center of overlapping emotions: love, anger, fear, and hate. He relays this idea through helpful graphics, even when the volatile equation doesn’t seem to make cognitive sense. Tutt reiterates in various ways how “God is at the core of your being,” although it remains ambiguous whether he’s espousing a traditional concept of God or a greater state of spiritual awareness that can fluidly take on different forms. These musings evolve into the narrative of Arthur, a man struggling with depression, who lived through a dystopian, totalitarian regime ruled by kings that took advantage of rural villages. The author often jumps out of Arthur’s reality, however, for lofty philosophical discussions that include traffic analogies, such as, “it is in our nature not to remember all the green lights we made it through, but rather to get angry with the ones where we did not.” Some readers may find themselves becoming invested in Arthur’s more concrete story, but they may find it difficult to do so when the text moves back and forth between that dark narrative and the spiritual essays and poems. There are some wise moments in the book, though, including thoughtful tidbits on the formation of societies. And although the concepts in the text aren’t particularly revolutionary, they may still reassure readers facing spiritual challenges.
A sometimes-jumbled combination of elements that contains occasional nuggets of wisdom.