Ryan Stevenson was born in Abilene, Texas, in the early 1980's, and currently resides in the state of New York, where he began taking a more serious approach to writing. As an author, Mr. Stevenson has gravitated towards stories that deal with the human condition. Many of his stories, as well as poems, have been inspired from moments in the lives of people he has met along the way on his own life's journey.
His latest publication, A Life Awakening, finds its main character, Ethan Elliot, at a crossroads in his life, while his spirit guide, William, attempts to steer him in directions that he never would have considered on his own. If you have found yourself in a similar state of indecision, A Life Awakening will offer you the opportunity to review your own life, and assist you in making those decisions that inevitably move you along the river of life.
on Dec. 17, 2016 :
In Ryan Stevenson's first arc of the trilogy of Ethan Elliot, called "A Life Awakening", we are introduced to William, a spirit guide who narrates this particular chapter in the life of Ethan Elliot, who is dealing with a love lost and figuring out how to go through life. The perspective of William as Ethan's spirit guide allows for great creativity of storytelling. We see the perspective of someone observing, but rarely if even interfering with someone's life, but allowing (creatively) to speak about what might have been. As William explains in the book:
"As Ethan's spirit guide, I could never directly interfere with his free will. I couldnt say, "No Ethan, don't take that path - stay on course." Yet, as many ultimately discover, most who do get sidetracked to explore untouched areas of their lives end up coming to a dead end. Yet there is always something to be learned from every failure in life; the trick is not to let one's ego believe otherwise."
These perspectives from William is what really make the book unique and quite a good read for a first-time author like Ryan. He crafts his tale rapidly, with a book that only comes in at 60 pages. Like a lot of early writers, Ryan does not develop his characters enough to yet care about them or always understand their motives. Things happen very rapidly and many characters are introduced, but we get little information about them. That said, this is the beginning of a trilogy of stories about William and Ethan, and I think it is a good first start to establishing the concept of the spirit guide and the lessons that many of us learn in life. It was an enjoyable read, but just missed with needing more character development.
(review of free book)