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Toward an Interior Sun: Awakening by a Master, and the Difficult Journey Toward Discipleship (Short Stories about the author's experiences prior to ... encounter with Avatar Meher Baba) Paperback – October 12, 2016
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About the Author
Writer, artist, musician, Max Reif lives in California and shares his storytelling, music and love of play with the preschoolers he teaches and the adults he entertains. He will soon be releasing a music CD and continues to share prose and poetry in The Mindful Word, The Seattle Star, GLOW International, and elsewhere. For more information, visit Max’s website at www.realnothings.com.
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A PS to the too brief review above...re-reading parts of Max's painful odyssey toward self-understanding and ultimately, self-acceptance (the "Interior Sun" of his title), I was reminded of a quote by Ernest Hemingway: "Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it—don’t cheat with it." Max has not only not cheated in telling own his own struggles, he uses them to illuminate the odyssey we must all make toward that Interior Sun of psychological and spiritual healing, difficult and painful though it may be.
"Exquisite stories from the deep language of love that speak to the reader with great tenderness and insight and will serve as a balm in the long journey that each soul makes in times of trouble & uncertainty. They also clearly indicate the authors own journey of trial & determination as a writer and his own leap forward and ability to reach us at our own deeper levels of consciousness and have us share in the magic that we ourselves sometimes cannot see. There is deep nourishment here and can be easily found with each new reading. I heartily recommend these writings of Max Reif to all as they convey with true wisdom the sometimes awkward journey that we are subjected to in the human condition."
Liam Mullan, author of "A Gift of Tears"
But it goes even deeper than that. The writings of Max Reif are courageous in spirit. They are more courageous than anything I've read it quite some time. The author bears his soul in this revealing book with brutal honesty and integrity. In doing so, he grants a tremendous lift to the spirit of the reader, guiding and helping the reader to be honest with oneself and, as Max Reif has done, take to the path of healing and love as well.
The authors writing style is gifted. He appears to be many years working on his writing skills, and that work has paid off. He frames his sentences in such a way, and weaves his paragraphs similarly, such that the reader feels he or she is doing more than merely reading the life of Max Reif. Rather, the reader experiences the life of Max Reif personally, as though it was ones own life. This experience in turn proves instrumental in assisting the reader to confront his or her own life, and walk to "Toward an Interior Sun" that shines within them.
Great writing not only tells its story well. Truly great writing takes the reader from where he or she is, and delivers the reader to where the author wants the reader to be, deep inside the story. It's like listening to some of the great tunes by Bruce Springsteen. Not only did he write and sing of his youth by the Jersey shore; he also delivered the listener directly to the shore. That's the magic of a creative genius, and so it is with the writings of Max Reif. Peter A. Piazza