Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Tour: Review and Give@way--Lifting the Wheel of Karma by Paul H. Magid

My thoughts:
This book really is amazing.  It's the perfect length, for if it had been longer, it would have lost it's impact.  Of course, this is a novel, but the main character Joseph is so real, it seems almost an autobiography.  Joseph has been tormented his entire life by nightmares and visions.  Little does he know that these occurrences will lead him to his destiny in life.

It's funny how I keep reading books that deal with reincarnation.  Each time I read about the phenomenon, the further I come in believing it.  Something that was said in the book about reincarnation was, "Because it only makes sense.  God is not cruel.  He is trying to teach us what we need to learn, and giving us many opportunities to learn it....there is too much to learn in just one lifetime.  Secondly, do you really think this little planet is the only place life exists in the universe?"  That is a convincing argument, in my opinion.

I really liked the spiritualism of this book and that it touched on something I truly believe is the answer in our world.  Kindness to everyone.  At one point, Joseph says, "...God wouldn't mind if we spent a little less time telling him how great he is and a little more time loving each other, and not just the people we're supposed to love, but everyone."  Wise words and ones I think we could all live by.

I have to say that this book did have a couple of problems.  I found myself wondering what happened to the girl Joseph fell in love with.  And the story didn't flow as smoothly as it could have at some points.  However, in all it is well worth a read because of the message it conveys.  We could all learn something from this book.

About the book:
Lifting the Wheel of Karma Book Summary
A Profound Spiritual Journey of Extraordinary Healing and Redemption

Joseph Connell is a gifted high school athlete from Montana, loved deeply by his family, yet tormented by nightmarish visions he can neither explain nor escape.

He believes the answer to what threatens to crush him can be found in the knowledge possessed by a mystical old wise man, who lives deep within the remote Himalayas of India.

If Joseph is ever to find the peace he so desperately seeks, he must get this wise old man to reveal what he truly knows, but that will not be easy…for this sage knows far more than he admits.

A modern tale that harkens back to the myths of antiquity. It takes you on a remarkable journey, while exploring the themes of healing, redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice, and ultimately...peace within.

About the author:
Paul H. Magid started writing his debut novel, Lifting the Wheel of Karma, twenty-five years ago while still in high school. It took him so long to complete because he tried repeatedly to abandon it, but the work refused to be forsaken. Eventually he realized that sharing this story with the world was, in fact, his Dharma.

Along the way he has worked as a Wall Street financial analyst, a waiter (not a very good one), a Hollywood Agent Trainee, a real estate developer, a summer day camp director, an award winning screenwriter, and independent filmmaker—including his autobiographical film, A Life Unfinished, which screened in The Hamptons International Film Festival. 

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Price: $15.00
ISBN: 9780984016068
Pages: 192
Release: September 23, 2011

Price: $9.99

Giveaway details:
Paul was generous enough to offer three (3) paperback copies of the book to readers of my blog.  Open to U.S. entries only.  To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address so I can contact the winners.  Giveaway will be open until January 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST.  Good luck!


I received a copy of this book in conjunction with a book tour with Tribute Books in exchange for an honest review.  I received no monetary compensation.


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  1. Michelle, I'm so glad you truly enjoyed Paul's book. I know he will be thrilled to read your review.

    Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway :)

  2. Dear Michelle,

    Thank you so much for reviewing my novel and for sharing your thoughts. I think you actually touched on every salient point I hope to get across in the story, so thank you also for such precise insight.

    All the best...
    Paul H. Magid

  3. This book sounds very interesting and I'd really enjoy reading it. Please enter me. Thanks!


  4. Sounds very interesting. Please enter me in contest.

  5. This sounds wonderful! Please enter me!

  6. This sounds like a perfect book for my husband. Thanks for the giveaway oportunity.

    Amy @ bookgoonie
    bookgoonie at yahoo

  7. Wow, amazingly inspirational! I was unable to put it down, I started out reading the book as just a story and soon found that I became truly involved, feeling the story as it unfolded page by page.

    The concept of Hinduism is a foreign one to me but the author made it real and relevant without losing its subtlety. We as a society blame circumstances outside ourselves for what is happening in our lives, without actually looking at the role that we play in it. There are many wonderful and inspiring passages in this book that will give you pause to think about your life and how your actions impact others.

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