Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: The Turn of the Karmic Wheel by Monica Brinkman

Publisher: All Things That Matter Press, 2010

What goes around, comes around!

Strange things are happening to the residents of the small town of Raleigh. Strains of music and voices that 'aren't there', messages from no discernable source that arouse both fear and awe. It soon becomes apparent that changes must - and will - be made: to their everyday lives, to their relationships, to their bodies, and, most importantly to their souls.

The first chapters each focus on one of the main characters. I liked this format as I got to know the person and had a glimpse of their past and the events that brought them to where they are in the present before their lives start to come together. The good guys are generous and loving people, the bad guys selfish and greedy - nothing extreme and easily recognisable in the everyday world around us. What will happen in the coming days will transform them all.

Only 200 pages written in simple and straighforward prose - not my usual preference but for me this book wasn't so much about the story or the style but what lies at it's heart.  It's a small book with a huge spiritual theme that  invites the reader to reflect and think about their own life and if the choices they make create balance and harmony in the way they relate to all other living beings and the planet we live on.

Karma, the All is One interconnectedness between living things, living by the Spiritual/Natural Laws of the Universe .............a wonderful book for inspiring discussion and study of these subjects . I spent many years in a spiritual group doing just that and know what a life changing experience it can be.

I think this is a book that will draw a variety of responses from its readers. I enjoyed it but I do love a book that lasts beyond the turning of the final page and leads me to think and explore the subject matter further and The Turn of the Wheel is succeeding at that admirably.

I received a copy of this book for review from Pump Up Your Book promotions as part of The Turn of the Karmic Wheel blog tour. A list of other tour stops is here
Read more about Monica Brinkman and her writing at her website


  1. This is Monica Brinkman and I wished to thank you for reviewing my book. I had to chuckle when you stated it is a book that will draw a variety of responses from its readers. When writing the book, my intention was for each person to go away with their own take on the story. Happy to hear from the readers that this is exactly what occurs.
    I wrote it, intentionally, in an easy to read format so everyone could read the story with ease.
    Thank you Cat and thank you readers.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to drop by Monica. it was a pleasure reading and reviewing your book.

  3. I'm in love with that cover.

    And I've dabbled with Eastern religions off and one (in a very informal way) but the all is one aspect always appeals to me.

  4. Thank you Jenners. We looked at several covers but found this one captured the essence of the universal force of the wheel.

  5. Cat, I understand you'll be featuring a blog of mine on Tuesday. I'll be sure to tune in and comment.

  6. Jenners - it is a gorgeous cover with all the symbolism of colour and sound.

    Monica - because of the time difference I didn't receive the guest post until this morning and have just posted it.

  7. That's okay Cat. I appreciate the time you are taking to show authors works.

    Cat - I have 5 cats-love, love, love, animals.
    We're doing a blogtalkradio show on Thursday night, Six Unsynchronized Souls, the topic is animals, so if you get a chance, call in. We welcome conversation.