I recently read the novel Soul Sessions by Carson Gage. I picked it up for Amazon Kindle and just dove in.
Reading has become a huge part of my “me time” after the kids go to sleep at night. Oh how I love relaxing in bed with a good book, one that offers an interesting distraction from my every day. So, I was pleased to find Soul Sessions quite intriguing. It’s an unusual story of love and spiritual awakening.
Soul Sessions is a quick but intense read. I admit, as I began I was pretty annoyed with main character Nick Dalton. He’s a high stakes player in the investment world in an unfaithful relationship with a gorgeous shallow woman. He’s a womanizer, sex addict and is obsessed with material things and appearances. Quite frankly, he’s a jackass (at least at first.) When I started reading, I was like “What the heck is up with this guy!?” His lifestyle is certainly not something I can identify with in my own life.
But I quickly began to see his underlying struggle with depression, and you know I can certainly relate to that. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Nick’s true character is counter to the person he’s become, and I found myself pulled in and rooting for him.
In the depths of self hatred, Nick reaches out to therapist Katrina on the recommendation of an old friend, and that’s when things get really interesting. In his sessions with Katrina, Nick begins to explore his life’s choices–in this and past lives. Reincarnation and past life exploration is actually incredibly fascinating to me. I personally believe reincarnation could be possible. (In fact, a psychic once told me I was a healer in previous life, which I think is pretty cool.) Reading this book gave me a lot to think about, seeing the progression of Nick’s soul based on the choices he makes as his many selves. It was also cool to have a few stories within the story, that were very different from Nick’s own “first world” life.
Even if you don’t believe in past lives, Soul Sessions is also enlightening in other ways. It’s interesting to see how his choices and attachments to success, material things and others’ approval continued to affect his mental well being, and even his chance for true love in his life. The book in a lot of ways straddles the line between novel and self help book, which is a style I’ve often enjoyed.
Of course there’s also an important love story. As Nick opens himself up to his past, he discovers that “the woman who got away” might be even more than she appears. Is she his soul mate? When he goes on a quest to find her, Nick uncovers the true mystery of his own life.
This was a quick, interesting and emotional read, with a lot of insight that kept me thinking about life and it’s possibilities. TIP! Get past Nick as the Jackass and the story develops into a lot more.
“I had no idea what the next chapter of my life entailed, but I knew it involved living a life shaped by inspiration rather than accumulation …contribution rather than achievement …oneness rather than indivuality …and love rather than fear.” –Nick Dalton.
From the Publisher:
About the Author:
Carson Gage has been interested in the mysteries of life and death since the age of seven, when he survived being run over by a speeding car. This experience led him on a journey of discovery for answers to some of life’s biggest questions.
Soul Sessions is available via Kindle, which is how I personally do all of my reading, but it’s also for sale in hard copy if you prefer.
What do you think you’d enjoy about Soul Sessions?
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