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West, By James Andrew - A Wildly Fantastical Thrill Ride (Paperback) Paperback – May 1, 2016
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WEST is a story that made me re-think themes from my own past, and then remember my personal narrative through the eyes of grace and redemption. It opened a door to discuss ideas that I often overlooked in my busyness, yet are some of the greatest gifts we've been given to make our way through life. WEST took me on a journey that examined my own purpose and the life I'm living. --Heather Braker
I just finished WEST yesterday, and enjoyed it immensely! There were many beautiful descriptions. I think my favorite moment may have been the section where the devil is depicted as a cruel, powerful voice booming in the darkness, and then turns out to be a chained, shriveled, decaying remnant when seen in the light. That was a great scene! I also liked the way Chris' understanding of what is happening to him evolves throughout the story. --Nellie Reilly
I started on a simple trek west, but soon I was on a journey of almost unbelievable transformation- a journey of understanding, of forgiveness, of cleansing and restoration, and unparalleled love. But mostly it was a journey of hope. As each chapter unfolded I felt more emotion, tears, laughter, sorrow, then even more tears. But mostly it elicited HOPE. Hope for the future, seen and unseen, the kind of hope we all are in need of. I was compelled to read WEST over and over, fearing that I may have missed something previously. Each time more and more emotion was drawn from me. WEST left me breathless. A fantastic story! --Steve Allen
About the Author
Artist, Designer and sometimes writer, James Andrew lives and works on Hayden Island on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. WEST was written during the long hospitalization of his wife Irene, who s been faced with the challenge of recovering from several disabling strokes.
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Seeing one’s life before one’s eyes is not nearly as much fun as this unhurried journey with quaint and occasional surprising guides as Christopher visits his past. Where are we going? he asks after some time, when he’s had the time to recover from acute hopelessness in the gentle but unexpectedly fun and poignant care of his hosts. Camping out, the endless supply of food, convenient pull-outs never seem to be a cause for question until Christopher’s hauntings, so to speak, begin to rouse him. From the innocuous question of "how did they know my name," to passing through the eye of the needle in painful accusations to meeting people long gone from his life, the journey is more than allegory, and the destination coming quickly.
Told through Christopher’s eyes with gentle splashes from The Mister and The Missus, WEST is an interesting look at one interpretation of—without giving anything away—a reflection of a life not so well-lived. I never thought about needing to prepare for such a journey, but as I read I thought, why not? Those intrigued by spiritual things will enjoy this story. A couple of minor grammatical and punctuation issues made this editor stop a couple of times to make a mental fix, but the casual reader shouldn’t be bothered. Nicely done.