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After 30 years' clinical, teaching and research experience as a medical doctor in the UK, in 2000 I moved with my husband and cats to Auckland, New Zealand to work as a Bach flower practitioner, life coach and writer. Besides my ebooks on Smashwords, I have written / edited several academic books on general psychiatry and psycho-oncology, and my uncle's RAF memoir 'Geoffrey Guy's War'. My other interests are choral singing and animal welfare.
on June 01, 2013 :
Jennifer Barraclough shows an unusual awareness for her subject in this book and skillfully weaves the reminiscences, recollections and reports from her interviewees together. Life’s ultimate purpose is an absorbing topic for many of us but it would not be the easiest one to interview or write about. The group of individuals whose experiences are central to the book differ delightfully one from another, some of the ESP and dream experiences being particularly intriguing. All the incidents chronicled here are combined in a way that leaves the reader eager to turn the page.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on June 04, 2012 :
As one of the 40 people interviewed for this book I was quick to explore it upon publication. I was delighted to find it an easy read that is well organised and clear.
Jennifer explores the question of Life Path and Purpose under three broad themes:
1. Developing your own unique combination of personal qualities.
2. Becoming more aware of intuition and other subtle messages and insights which suggest the existence of a spiritual world.
3. Seeking opportunities for self-development through the challenges and difficulties of life.
Her interviews give us an absorbing insight into the experiences of ordinary people. I found myself particularly wanting to meet Jean, who matured through incredible deprivation and suffering to develop ‘a passionate interest in education’ and now runs her own programs ‘for gifted children who differ from the norm’.
I would recommend this book as worthwhile reading for anyone interested in exploring their own Life Purpose or wanting encouragement and support in making sense of their own experiences.
(reviewed long after purchase)