I thoroughly enjoyed this little book. The writer continuously engages you as you read the many adventures of Niki Owl, very thought provoking. A great introduction to spirituality for your little one without being "in your face". I can hardly wait to read about the adventures of Niki Owl and his very endearing friends.
The primary journey of this book is a character in a new place, making new friends, and discovering new things about himself. That's fertile enough ground for a reader (especially, in my opinion, a teen who has just moved to a new town or has just moved from Jr. High into High School) to get some great insights about life and identity and community.
What sets this book apart, usually pretty covertly but sometimes openly, is the use of actual self-help methodologies in the character's self-reflections and dialogues with others. The author's background in this area clearly shows through, and leads the reader to ask some bigger questions of themselves, and of life, in the search for connection and purpose.
As the book ends, there's definitely a "to be continued" feeling that might leave some people feeling a bit unresolved (those who like neat & tidy American endings, that is). Others will see that this too reflects life, and that more adventure is always what's just around the corner.
I ordered Niki Owl: Leap of Faith for myself and a gift for a friend. This is a wonderful book about life's lessons. It is multifactied and can be read over and over. It is my sense that every time I read it I will receive a new message. It is inspiring and full of goodness. Each chapter stands on it's own and provides insight. Karin is very clever linking the chapters to songs, lessons and teachings from many disciplines, as well as, weaving in real experiences from her travels from her home to far away lands. This book is a true gem, uplifting, and a reminder of how love and compassion play in our daily lives. Karin, thank you for this priceless contribution to readers of all ages.
Niki Owl is such a cute little guy.....and always has thoughtful insights to share! All of us here at The Darling Show recommend this book very highly! You'll laugh, smile, and fall in love with this witty and brilliant character. Karin Pinter is so amazing! We can't wait for the next installment of Niki's adventures.