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Joseph Levy Escapes Death Kindle Edition
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A dark, disturbing, thought-provoking tale well told, as we would expect from the author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule. The reader is drawn through the story by a compelling need to understand the eponymous Joseph Levy's very peculiar mind! Highly recommended.
---Graham Hancock. Author of Fingerprints of the Gods
Strassman delivers a sardonic and sometimes belly-laugh provoking treatise on God, Life, Love, and Death, in shades of Joseph Heller and John Irving. One could wallow in additional literary allusions, but bottom line, this is a very funny, insightful, and, at times, painful exploration of how humans, at least Joseph Levy, wrestle with all that stuff to find cheating death's not the problem, it's what happens when one tries to cheat life.
As an added bonus, for hypochondriacs and sundry pseudo-hypochondriacs, there's a generous smattering of etiological references, that just might help you find out what-the- hell's wrong with you, along the way. A thoroughly satisfying and enjoyable ride. Climb aboard and hold onto your hat.
---Lewis John Carlino. Screenwriter and director: Resurrecton, The Great Santini, The Fox, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, The Mechanic, Seconds, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea.
This book has it all. Humor, insight, a poignant glimpse at patient care and the fragility of life, and one man's shattering odyssey through the circus of existence. Buy this book and sail on swirling wisps and eddies of perseverance, hope, causality, and wonderment.
---Dr. Cliff Pickover. Author of The Math Book, The Physics Book, and The Medical Book trilogy
Rick Strassman invites us on a harrowing journey through the ordinary dangers we all face. Our hero, Joseph Levy, retains a clarity, humor and perspective through it all. This is a story that will leave us laughing at the absurdity of life's twists and turns, while giving us a window into the faith that endures through challenge.
---Rabbi Shefa Gold. Author of Are We There Yet? Travel as a Spiritual Practice
A good story told with much interior monologue, rich in issues such as
health, relationships, and anti-semitism. Replete with medical and psychoanalytical overtones, and full of brilliant insights.
---Ralph Abraham, Professor of Mathematics, UC Santa Cruz
A post-modern tale of Job, initiated by a toothache that spirals out of control to psychedelic depths of pain and fear, love and transformation on a pilgrimage to greater insight. Rick Strassman heroically offers this autobiographical novel for all of us who suffer and will die one day. Bravo!
---Alex Grey & Allyson Grey. Artists, co-founders of CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.
I've never read anything like it.
---Merrilee Challiss. Artist, co-owner of BottleTree Café--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07QFZYY8P
- Publisher : Regent Press (March 7, 2019)
- Publication date : March 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2492 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 224 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1587904721
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #404,799 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I highly recommend this book for its unsettling honesty. Well done Dr Strassman for switching to the novel form from non-fiction and really nailing it.
BTW Rick's interview with Greg Carlwood on thehighersidechats.com is recommended for those wanting more backstory on why he wrote this novel.
Reading this book completely blew apart that assumption. It’s far from a classic hero’s story (AKA Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey) typically put forth by modern day spiritual leaders. Joseph Levy isn’t a saintly character. He’s not even a likable character most of the time. But ... he’s honest. He’s vulnerable. He’s interesting. He’s relatable. He’s real. He’s the anti-hero.
It reminded me of Catcher in the Rye and the Book of Job.
Through his honesty, Dr. Strassman shows us that an unwavering state of enlightenment doesn’t exist. And that even after a spiritual awakening, we aren’t alone in our feelings of frustration and fear during adversities.
KEYWORDS: autobiographical fiction, anti-hero, Book of Job, theodicy, adversity, suffering, angst, isolation, perseverance, courage, Catcher in the Rye, honesty, vulnerability, dark humor, hamartia, Psalm 118:17
of mismanaged hospitals, crazy dating adventures but buffered by loyal friendships, honest self examination and reflection, and a willingness to take risks in his life. It is a journey worth reading about, both entertaining and informative about coping in the modern world. Highly recommended!!!!