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evoLve: The True Story of a Physician Who Was Struck by Lightning, The Shaman She Befriended, and the Healing that Changed Her Life Paperback – December 2, 2010


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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615412106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615412108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,454,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By randy.nyc on March 24, 2011
This is a first person narrative of an unhappy woman with rigid beliefs who reached out to a shaman she discovered online, and found relief in becoming open to new ways of seeing, thinking and acting. Dr. Hewitt's story is authentic, but I think the story would have been better served by deeper reflection and more focused editing. I feel that this was a 200 page story told in 400+ pages. Half the book is unfiltered, unexpurgated email correspondence between Dr. Hewitt and the unfailingly sincere Roger LaBorde. It feels like the author's method produces lots of redundancy; I lost track of how many times the author relates an experience, analyses the experience, shares the email she writes to Mr. LaBorde about the experience, expresses misgivings about the email she sent to Mr. LaBorde, then sends another email to Mr. Laborde on the same topic with a slightly different emphasis, and so on. I think that the book was self published because commercial publishers would insist on boiling down the experiences more than was done here, so the story would be less self-referential. The books redeeming feature is that the protagonist learns and changes. The hook for me was that it was the story of a physician who was struck by lightning, befriends a shaman, and effects healing and change in her life - I just expected a more thoughtfully refined story than the one that was crafted from these exceptional elements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Evans on June 19, 2012
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Author Mary Hewitt tells her life experience of getting on her Shamanic path through her interaction and experiences with Lightening and Shaman Roger LaBorde. The book has an unusual written format made up of a series internet and phone conversations, it's well written and holds your attention...Very difficult to stop reading. Mary's story captures ones heart and soul as you can relate to some of her life experiences. I found the book full of confirmations and plenty of heartfelt wisdom! The book defines and gives the reader a much deeper understanding about compassion...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John W. Deluca on February 9, 2011
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This book is a treasure. It's the story of one M.D.'s healing journey back after being struck by lightning. Evolve is a personal and candid account of Mary Hewitt's spiritual awakening. In some ways it compliments Jill Bolte Taylor's left to right brain shift after suffering a stroke (Taylor: My Stroke of Insight). Unlike Jill's forced choice, Mary willingly accepted and surrendered to her path, a journey into uncharted territory. One major difference in Mary's experience is that she had a guide, Roger LaBorde. Roger is a westerner trained in the traditions of Native American shamanism. He was "adopted" by Gerald Red Elk and trained by Gerald and others. Roger's gifts, including communicating with people in a coma and ability to bring them back to consciousness, have been well documented by physicians as well as appearances on several television documentaries and magazine stories. In Mary's case, Roger assisted her in uncovering and breaking beliefs and unconscious assumptions about people and the world, one by one, breath by breath, present moment by present moment. The benefit and gift for us is that Mary meticulously recorded her analytical meditation process. Her writing is clean and easy to understand and follow. More importantly, it provides us with her moment to moment processing, serving as a clear example of engaging in this work for our own growth and illumination. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to evoLve, for anyone wanting to become fully awake.

John W. DeLuca, Ph.D.
Psychologist
Boulder, CO
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 007x on December 7, 2010
Evolve by Dr. Mary Hewitt is an astonishing book in that the reader gets to experience Dr. Hewitt's crisis and the healing that takes place once she reaches out to the Shaman, Roger LaBorde. If you've ever been curious about the world of a Shaman and how they interact to those who reach out for help, you will not be disappointed in this book. The wisdom and depth of knowledge of the spirit that Roger shares with Dr. Hewitt as he helps her through her crisis, will help the reader better understand their relationship with the Great Mystery, and thus themselves. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the spiritual side of life.
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