FOR I AM JOHN by Helen   Barton


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Debut author Barton ponders spiritual and philosophical questions from various angles in this esoteric meditation on Christianity, karma, time, space, and other topics.

What is the purpose of the soul? How do we form our belief systems? These are among the questions that the author tackles in this ambitious discussion. In 10 chapters, she teases out aspects of the spiritual realm and its worth in the modern world, broaching concepts as broad as perception itself. The text appears to document the author acting as a medium for a being named “John,” who discusses various topics with a group of listeners who respond in italics, paragraph by paragraph. In a chapter on belief systems, John asks the listeners to catalog their beliefs and inquire into their origins. In another, on perception, he challenges listeners to define what creates a perception. John offers analogies and scenarios to ensure that the listeners understand each tenet under discussion, but these sometimes become hypothetical (“Just supposing you [have] been asked to be driving from A to B”). As the chapters progress, the ideas leap from the spiritual to the metaphysical, with discussion of other dimensions, “Earth time,” karma, and vibrations, among other topics. John introduces some new terms (“Disconnection to the physical is through what is called your Silver Cord”) and some empowering ideas (“To feel that you are a victim of your circumstances is to say that your Divine Essence has no intent or Will to Good for you”), all of which contribute to a heady volume of tough questions and tougher answers. The subtitle of this book could have been “Do you see?” as the narrator says that phrase many dozens of times, apparently assuming that the listeners (and readers) are, indeed, understanding each aspect of philosophy at hand. However, the book provides no clear context for either John or the listeners, so it’s hard to discern who’s taking part in the conversation and where, exactly, it’s all going. As a result, spiritual seekers looking for enlightenment from this experimental volume will have to work hard to find it.

A high-reaching work on spirituality that lacks cohesive narration.

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-64045-858-1
Publisher: LitFire Publishing
Program: Kirkus Indie
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