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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: #1,144,193 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.

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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Tenenbaum VINE VOICE on February 17, 2012
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The truth of the Lion Eyes' love story of a native American makes it an ethnic experience not everyone can, wants, and will identify with. Not everyone believes that the future lies in murky native wisdom of finding a symbol or object (totem) that will fix all our problems. The whole premise seems shallow...ish. But the premise has a backup: the drug world, a hunt by assassin, a return of land to native Mexicans. Neither is original, as biographical, nor intriguing, and together they do not build an excitement. Also, they are not just a mere fictional pretext to deep considerations, as memories of Marcel Proust in In Search of Lost Time, but the book's substance. So, it is not one nor the other. The nature descriptions are not Ernest Hemingway ether. The academic recipe for a novel, namely take a life story of someone original, put it into the landscape, and voilà - a novel, does not perfectly work here also, because the language is flat...ish. To many sentences in the first person: I this, I that, and I something else, I, I, I, and I, may indicate some technical difficulties with writing. On the other hand, the book is very well published and hard-bound. It has 8 pages with photos in color in the middle.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daring Di VINE VOICE on November 16, 2011
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Lion Eyes has no moments of clarity and most of the content of this book is in need of a good editor. I'm not talking about misspelled or misused words, I'm speaking of content and presentation. I thought this would be about American Indians, and their spiritual journeys. It is not. It's about nothing, actually...

The tale wanders aimlessly, jumping from Jan to Mireya, and back again. It's a mish-mosh of stories intertwined and designed only to confuse and bore the reader. A man goes to aid some Mexican peasants in getting their land. He meets an underage girl, and waits until she's grown enough to be legal. A Mexican girl falls for an adult man, and she waits until she's grown enough to be legal, then goes to him. In between this less than fascinating material is a plethora of poorly written garble about nothing.

I chose this book because of the exciting blurb, but that's about the only thing exciting here. Victor Villasenor is touted as a bestselling author, but this book is an example of his writing, I don't see how that can be true. What, exactly is a bestselling author? I see those words bandied about often, but seldom does the writer live up to the claim.
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