A collection of spiritual stories and poems chronicling one man’s journey to the ultimate state of inner peace.
Walker wants to find out who he really is, both in name and in spirit. He begins his pseudo-memoir with a story of the time he walked “in a cirrus cloud.” He attributes his uncanny ability to help from God, a spirit, a higher power, whatever readers want to believe—the definition Walker leaves up to the reader. Throughout the book, Walker intersperses the tales with poems, Native American legends and thoughts about the meaning of life, God and everything in between: from seeing God as your own face—“He looked at me / with my face”—to the concept of there not being one, true God but rather many different incarnations and belief systems, each producing its own God. Walker shares many tidbits of knowledge and wisdom, oftentimes with perfect clarity. Elsewhere, though, a few poems or pieces in the collection seem a bit forced, obvious or juvenile, as when it’s said that everyone is “God’s favorite child.” Yet the book really takes off when Walker explores his romantic relationship with an unnamed partner. The spiritual, God-believing, wise narrator becomes a bit more human, a bit more relatable. Regardless of the work’s shortcomings, at the conclusion, readers will come away with a renewed sense of spirituality and perhaps the urge to explore their own spiritual existences. Sometimes, it seems, the best way to embark upon your own journey of self-discovery is to watch someone else’s unfold.
Inquisitive and enlightening without being dense.