Today, I am doing a book review of ‘A Soul’s Calling’ it’s a part travelogue, part hiking adventure about a man who listened to his heart instead of listening to reason. Scott Bishop is a forty something attorney in America, average in every way, except in one way, he can communicate with Spirits.
In one of his communications with the spirits, Scott learns that his soul has been spiritually compromised. To win his soul back he has to undertake a journey to the ancient kingdom of Nepal, to the Mount Everest Base Camp. Armed with an assortment of objects to offer to the sacred mountains, and prayers from the Luminous Beings, he travels to Nepal.
As the journey unfolds, readers are transported to the hilly terrain of the Khumbu Valley, where the mountains come to life, where nature holds all kinds of secrets in its womb. On one hand we see the mountains as physical objects that Scott has to overcome, on the other hand these mountains are also symbolic of the many non-physical obstacles and battles he has fight against.
With a guide and a porter, Scott treks to the base camp to offer his prayers. He travels from one mountain to another, halts at several mountain lodges, overcomes his fear of heights, gets his body acclimatized to breathing at higher altitudes and climbs endless stairs, before he sees the majestic Mount Everest.
For most of us who can only dream of travelling to the Everest base camp, the book works in many ways. It prepares us as well as gives us the glimpse of what obstacles we will face when we leave the cosy comforts of our houses to brave the thin mountain air, the spartan food and life in guest houses.
I am not sure whether I would like to call this book one man’s pilgrimage or a sacred journey. It’s both. When I picked up the book, the thought running inside my mind was that this would be a spiritual book. It’s much more than that. The book not just makes us ask ourselves several questions, it also makes us search for the answers within our own hearts. And when the answers are revealed to us, they can take our breath away.
A Soul’s Calling is available on Amazon