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A Treasure of Spiritual Authenticity
, April 25, 2010
Summer's Path is a book that masterfully achieves a rich and paradigm shifting integration of the sacred and the mundane. The story opens with Don, dying of pancreatic cancer at far too young, uninsured and scrimping on proper treatment in a valiant effort to save his wife the lone burden of lifelong debt. However, the arrival, through dreams at first, of an unexpected spiritual ally (Robert), transforms what first appears to be a desperate death sentence into an adventure of personal reclamation and catalytic transformation.
Blum takes the reader on a journey where even something as seemingly menacing as cancer becomes instead a teacher - an opportunity for healing, liberation, and a deeper understanding of life's ultimate mysteries. Don, his wife, and I would say even Robert in the end, are all catapulted into experiences and realizations that bring them into an ever deepening awareness of the profound intelligence behind all of life's dramas.
Expect to be both uplifted and challenged by this book. You will grow in unexpected ways as you follow this story that "erases the line between life and death." Part of Blum's gift is his ability to articulate the possibilities of spiritual resurrection without glossing over the simultaneous realities of grief, loss, and the painful personal surrenders sometimes necessary to gather the pearls of spiritual growth. Because of this, Summer's Path is a treasure of spiritual authenticity, a story of mystical human-ness that speaks to the trials and insights of every human journey.