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Dying to Know [Kindle Edition]

Christina Carson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When You Bet Your Life, You’re Betting It All.

For a woman who’s never truly lived, the threat of death could be her greatest ally.

Callie Morrow, a thirty-six-year-old photographic illustrator, is faced with a cancer diagnosis and must decide how to proceed. Dead set against the medical route for treatment, due to the disturbing experiences she endured with her cancer-ridden mother, she stuns her childhood friends when she opts out determined to find another way. Though normally unadventurous, Callie bets her life on a hunch and the wisdom of three intriguing colleagues: a Taoist Chinese restaurateur, a renowned Inuit artist, and a disheartened internist.

˃˃˃ She is ill-prepared for the choice she makes.

With no background in esoteric philosophies, Callie is a taxing student to work with, but her three friends stand by her, helping her uncover from within herself a vision of the nature of disease that opens a door to healing. But Callie’s choices threaten her circle of friends and the longstanding relationships begin to tear apart.

˃˃˃ The Big Question.

In her race against the clock, one question overshadows all the rest: What could she possibly find out that would be worth the risk she's taking?

˃˃˃ One reader said:

“It's been a long while since I read a book so thought-provoking and relevant to my own life. Ms. Carson is a story-teller of unequaled talent. Her characters are richly believable and worm their way into your heart with total ease. The author guides us like a life compass, showing us what's good and lasting about our own selves as well as about humanity. She [the author] is a soft-spoken sage, and in the undercurrent of the story, the careful reader will see the struggle with the paradoxical world, and the taffy-pull of the scientist with the philosopher.”

˃˃˃ A second reader said:

“To be honest I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first began reading DYING TO KNOW. I was quickly drawn in by the author's writing, the character development, and simple yet elegant description that pulled me onto the page. The author takes an ordinary character suffering from a common malady that afflict large portions of the population and brings the reader along on an adventure of learning, emotion, and eventually understanding. This is the path the main character takes, with all her emotional ups and downs, eventually to discovery. Discovery of what it truly means to be free, to be human, to be happy, and to be healthy. If you're looking for a well-written book, with depth, layers, and meaning, this is one you shouldn't pass up.”

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About the Author

Christina Carson (1946 - )was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania when it still looked like the verdant farming country of England. Horses and dairy farming were prominent, and I chose horses. Educated as a scientist, I was a child of the '60s and one of the outcomes of that was my stance as war protester. Leaving a PhD. program and America in 1968, I settled in western Canada and fell in love with the wildness of the country and the tolerance of the people. The cold was a tad stunning, however. I've been writing nonfiction as long as I can remember, but eight years ago began to write fiction. In 1996, I came back to the States on the arm of a Vietnam veteran. Now there's a story for you. Presently, I reside in Alabama, with my husband, also a writer. Neither the adventure of life, its wonder, nor what it has yet to teach me feel anywhere close to an end.

Product Details

  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477476504
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Christina Carson (December 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OEVQ1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seek - and you shall seek. March 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Rather like quantum physics - the result of this novel depends upon what you seek. At one level it is a story of a group of friends growing apart and together like waves on an oscilloscope. Tensions, jealousies,insecurities and love ebb and flow in a recognisable form. It would be a good enough book on that level. Suddenly, instead of cakes and coffee, the central character enters the party with the cold stone of death on a platter of fear. The effect is both cohesive and explosive. Certainties are attacked and first task is to seek shelter while the enemy is identified. Conflicting wisdoms clash. The barely covered rocks of childhood surface to find some of the cast no more than survivors clinging on, believing themselves already rescued but in fact, simply afraid to move. There are individual resolutions and the finding of new pathways. This is an "intellectual" book in the sense that it examines fundamental philosophical questions. Determinism and causality are questioned not only by the scientific quantum dilemma, but also by intuition. A quantum Descartes may well have said "I do not think, therefore I feel". This book is far from didactic - but there is a message in a quantum bottle. It reads "Fear not the labyrinth - the mystery is you." I recommend this book to all who seek - whatever the quest.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Touching, Life-Altering!! December 27, 2011
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Now I'm dying to know how I will ever get Christina Carson's "Dying To Know" out of my head! Between this book and a wonderful experience recently of Oscar Sparrow's poetry, I can feel my mind expanding, changing, healing... It is very clear to me that loving emissaries from the Universe itself have been wondrously placed in my path...and I shall never be the same.

It's been a long while since I read a book so thought-provoking and relevant to my own life. Ms. Carson is a story-teller of unequaled talent; I've read other writings of hers and always come away taller, more peaceful and imbued with a greater sense of dignity than before. Having grown up in the Southwest, I hail from a beautiful tri-culture that allows me to see her writing in any venue as being deeply infused with what I call "coyote wisdom" (about soul and mind), as she brings us along on a journey filled with insights and images that break us out of our frozen-heart places and fully transform our awareness. Hers is truly a deep and profound intelligence.

"Dying To Know" provides insights into a person's hidden fears and hurts that often underlie and contribute to or even cause the development of many physical and psychological problems, and also suggests a variety of ancient and timeless solutions which inspire hope that change is possible. Her characters are richly believable and worm their way into your heart with total ease. The author guides us like a life compass, showing us what's good and lasting about our own selves as well as about humanity. In reading the book it reaffirmed my belief that we are all interconnected...and that brought me comfort. You will probably find yourself highlighting every other paragraph as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Affecting - a story to change your life by June 11, 2012
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There is a reason all the reviews to this point have been 5 stars! Carson writes books that move you, the shift your awareness. It took me a while to get into the main character, Callie, because she's written in such a brutally honest way that you become a little uncomfortable with her at first - in exactly the way you would in life. She's going through a very traumatic experience - absorbing the clinical probability and inner knowledge that she has cancer. Just the way that it's uncomfortable to be around someone who is facing a similar challenge in real life, part of you wants to rush past the horrible stuff.

But soon, you become enmeshed in her journey to search out a more peaceful way of life, in order to cure herself. The friends she starts with and those she pulls around her are very well-drawn. We know them, like our own circle of friends. Carson spares none of them from the glare of inspection. They are all affected by Callie's journey, in one way or another.

In the meantime, she finds love in the person of Joe, a longtime friend and he assists her in finding the right path for her. An Inuit, he's wise in ways the Western world doesn't understand, as is her Chinese friend Mary, another partner in her search.

You must read this book. You will find yourself looking at your own life differently. Christina Carson is a fearless writer and I found myself picking out favorite phrases from the book. I know I will read this one again and soon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal April 3, 2012
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To be honest I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first began reading "Dying to Know." I was quickly drawn in by the author's writing, the character development, and simple yet elegant description that pulled me onto the page. The author takes an ordinary character suffering from many of the common maladies that afflict large portions of the population, and brings the reader along an adventure of learning, emotion, and eventually understanding.
Cleverly written into the book are universal messages of healing. One must confront and deal with their personal demons and find the root causes to the symptoms their body expresses. This is the path the main character takes, with all her emotional ups and downs, eventually to discovery. Discovery of what it truly means to be free, to be human, to be happy, and to be healthy.
If you're looking for a well-written book, with depth, layers, and meaning, this is one you shouldn't pass up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Messages
Christina Carson writes important books with huge messages. After I read Suffer the Little Children, I thought about her deft portraits of human despair when a life is lived... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patti Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary book
I think this is a remarkable book. While it starts with a woman receiving a cancer diagnosis it continues to teach us what a full life really is. Read more
Published 11 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars A many layered novel
A cancer diagnosis changes Callie's life, but not always in ways you would expect. Drawing her friends around her, she delves, with their help, into new ways of thinking and new... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Darlene Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!
True Reality in a story we can understand - today's issues, today's language, Universal Reality. I absolutely loved the concepts in this book!
Published 16 months ago by Jet
4.0 out of 5 stars Dying to know
A very well written book about one woman fighting her fear of cancer using alternative approaches. I found it very interesting following her emotional turmoil associated with the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pame
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been reading esoteric novels for 50 years - this is the best...
Until I read DYING TO KNOW, Herman Hesse's, 'Siddhartha," Nevil Shute's "Round the Bend," and Somerset Maugham's, "Razors Edge" were my favorite esoteric novels. Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read in a long time.
Dying to Know isn't for the faint of heart. It is for those earnest sojourners willing to search inside themselves, to jump with no bungee into the mystery of human consciousness. Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by Adrienne
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Christina Carson (1946 - )was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania when it still looked like the verdant farming country of England. Horses and dairy farming were prominent, and I chose horses. Educated as a scientist, I was a child of the 1960s, and one of the outcomes of that was my stance as war protester. Leaving a PhD. program and America in 1968, I settled in western Canada and fell in love with the wildness of the country and the tolerance of the people. The cold was a tad stunning, however. I've been writing nonfiction and poetry as long as I can remember, but eight years ago I began to write fiction. In 1996, I came back to the States on the arm of a Vietnam veteran. Now there's a story for you. Presently, I reside in Alabama with my husband, also a writer. Neither the adventure of life, its wonder, nor what it has yet to teach me seem anywhere close to an end.

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