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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1ST edition (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401932002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401932008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Victor Villaseñor is the author of the national bestsellers Rain of Gold, Thirteen Senses, Burro Genius, and Crazy Loco Love, the last two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; as well as other critically acclaimed books, such as Beyond Rain of Gold, Wild Steps of Heaven, and Macho!, which was compared to the best of John Steinbeck by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of five ancestral-themed bilingual children’s books, and has written several screenplays, including the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. The original Rain of Gold trilogy is now being developed into a wonderful movie, worthy of the books that are so loved! Villaseñor, a gifted and accomplished speaker, continues to live on the North County San Diego ranch where he grew up.


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Victor Villasenor is the author of the nonfiction books Rain of Gold and Jury: The People vs. Juan Corona, and the novel, Macho! He has written several screenplays, including the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. Villasenor continues to live on the North County San Diego ranch where he grew up.

Customer Reviews

I wanted to like this book, but after plowing through 415 pages of tedious repetition I found I did not.
Zoeeagleeye
I have no problem with the book being somewhat more of a Christian Jesus Pep Rally, if that's what those people believe, then that's fine.
MommaMia
This seems to be someones story, and they seem happy and I don't want to be cruel but we just can't recommend this book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Zoeeagleeye VINE VOICE on October 31, 2011
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I wanted to like this book, but after plowing through 415 pages of tedious repetition I found I did not. This will not be a favorable review even as I so wanted it to be. I know, however, that there are many out there who would not mind the repetition and the questionable writing. To them I say, "Buy it, read it, enjoy."

There is some puzzlement as to who is doing the writing. Victor, whose name is on the book as the author, sets the book out to be written/spoken in the first person by 3 people, Jan, his wife and his son. And yet, how did this happen? Were they tape recorded? Wrote in a journal that was then translated to paper? What? I bring this up because taping people's statements and then setting them down in print is NOT being a writer. It's being a recorder. Apparently, Victor exercised little or no editing authority over what these people said. Therefore, I hope he shared the profits with them equally for they are the true authors and did most of the work!

First of all, this is NOT a mystical book or even an Indian book; it is a Christian book, despite lions helping Jan. After all, Daniel was also helped by lions in their den, so . . . Jesus is found aplenty and either the Bible is referenced or he is on almost every page.

Second, the repetition is egregious as is the hyperbole. For example, within the first 30 pages you hear the lion story FIVE times. How many times do we need to hear it? And must we read that Jan is noble and kind over and over again? There is fatuous self-promoting with very little humility, unless you count someone saying, "I am a very humble man" as taken.

Third, I must protest to Hay House who published this mishegas.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron Pevny on November 5, 2011
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I hope that Lion Eyes finds the large readership that I believe it deserves. In an age characterized by fear, cynicism and distrust of governments and institutions, it is inspiring to read seemingly bigger-than-life stories of people, such as Jan Milburn, whose commitment to serving others transcends fear, opposition and the many voices that shout, "it can't be done." For me, Jan Milburn's story, as partially told in Lion Eyes, evokes the same admiration and awe as does the story of Greg Mortenson's impactful work as told in "Three Cups of Tea," and is equally deserving of recognition.

Lion Eyes is a story of the power of deep, unwaivering commitment, courage and trust in divine support, and the power to make a difference that such a life can engender--a power that can produce "miracles." To those who question the factuality of seemingly miraculous events described in this book, I respond by saying that I heard these stories from Jan and Mireya Milburn two years before Lion Eyes was written. I had the good fortune to co-lead, with Jan and Mireya Milburn, two journeys to Barranca del Cobre to introduce American elders to Tarahumara (Raramuri) elders. The respect these elders have for Jan, whom they call "Grandfather," moved our groups to tears.

I heard many of the details behind these stories, which due to space constraints could not be included in the book, in twenty hours of interviews I conducted with Jan two years ago. As the only white man to have been trained as a mayori, the highest position of elderhood among the Tarahumara, Jan has a unique perspective on the culture and spirituality of these indigenous people who have been able to retain many of the elements of their traditional culture in spite of the onslaught of the modern world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chocolate Buddha on February 19, 2012
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Victor Villasenor presents the real life story of Jan Milburn, who sees his expression of his Christian faith as one to be lived rather than just talked about. Mr. Milburn is not your average priest.In fact, he's much despised for reaching out to the youth of San Francisco & Haight Ashbury, which begins his long trek into a mystical world that involves sex, murder, Hispanic culture, Tarahumara Indians, just to name a few. I reread the book, and did not find it an "editing crisis". Each of the main characters in the story give a "first person" account of their experience (which includes Milburn's wife & 2 grown sons).The protagonist (Milburn) experiences a series of near-death crises while attempting to make a meaningful difference to those in society who are cast off (drug addicted youth, gang members, indigenous people).Those individuals who expect a more "tradtitional" character will be disappointed. Milburn is an iconoclast, who shatters any preconceived ideas about what a Christian should be. He is most certainly not that! As a Native American, I found his book to be intriguing & uplifting. His attitude of indigenous people is one of respect. Some reviewers seem to be unaware that many of us straddle two worlds in having reverence for Jesus & Christianity as well as following our Native Culture. If you can understand such a paradox, this book will entertain & inspire you. If your expectation is that of Christians or indigenous people falling into more stereotypical "containers", this isn't your story. Search "Jan and Mireya" on you tube if you doubt the authenticity of Mr. Milburn's (and Villasenor's) story. Also check out the milburnfoundation.org for more details.
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