"Burn This Book...". In his postscript, the author asks listeners to destroy this book. Why? Find out as you follow the main character in an adventure of the mind and spirit. A burned-out businessman takes an unplanned vacation to his mountain lodge and meets a strange visitor who issues a startling summons. He is to leave his whole life behind and journey into the unknown on a mission which may have world-changing impact.
Faced with the agony of this decision, he realizes that he may not have any choice against the hand of destiny. Join him on the path to discovery as he encounters teachers, guides and ragged shamans who change the way he sees the world forever. Who knows? You may emerge from this tale with a different perspective, too.
©2012 Jacob Nordby (P)2013 Cherry Hill Publishing
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"my favorite book of the year!"
this was a wonderful relatable story of one man's spiritual awakening. He walks away from the material kingdom he built and discovers a depth within.
I liked all the character's back stories. Each character had a story about how they arrived to where they were at which is true in life as well but I loved the characters and their respective stories.
I liked Jack part of me likes the idea of off the grid living. Freedom fun and adventure!
I enjoyed the cathartic experience Jacob experienced in the cave visiting the dark side and the epiphanies that were shared.
"A New Hero's Journey"
Absolutely. My review of the book on Amazon (I have the Kindle version) reads, in part:
The Divine Arsonist is a classic Hero's Journey as described by Joseph Campbell. In that, comparisons to everything from Homer's Odyssey to Star Wars can be drawn; however, don't expect swordplay, dragons and buxom princesses in need of rescue. (There is some nudity and bodily fluids, if that's your 'thing.') This is one man's inward journey from one place in life to a new, broader truth. It's a lot more Carlos Castaneda than George Lucas.
From a purely technical standpoint. Mr. Nordby uses words, sentences, description and all kinds of trippy metaphor brilliantly. It's very succinct, not too flowery.
The style is raw and honest and the story moves at a good pace, only threatening to drag at a couple of points. I never found myself bored with the story itself.
Being a writer myself, I found a few instances where the main character said, "I had no idea what was to come," hilarious, I kept yelling at the book: "Come on, dude, they're going to ____________." (I wasn't disappointed.) Those scenes are a part of all such stories, so this isn't a fault of the author's. It's just obvious that the main character has never done much reading!
The book doesn't require a degree in literature or comparative religion to understand. It both shows and talks about the themes and ideas, often doing both of these for each step of the journey to reinforce the point.
Also, the story is simple, straightforward. There's no clutter or side-trips along the way. Some will see this simplicity and label it naive, trite or cliche. In my opinion, it is no such thing. It is a focused narrative, all in service to the book's theme.
That theme is also simple. The Divine Arsonist is designed to show (or remind) the reader, through the vehicle of the main character, that there is another way to define and live your life. Simple.
If that idea resonates with you, then read the book.
Will it change your life? Only if you let it.
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior comes to mind, but only as it's a story of awakening to another way of life.
I'm not a big book listener; I'd rather read. In this case, I wanted to hear Jacob's voice reading the book. Had it been anyone else, I probably wouldn't have bothered. (Well, maybe Patrick Stewart, but that's another story.) I didn't know what to expect.
I like it.
He doesn't try to "act" the book, he reads it to you: so if you're looking for a theater production, you won't find that here. Jacob Nordby has a very good voice; not something put-on, but real. Not deep and imposing, and (thankfully) not high or nasally. Like the Little Bear's porridge: just right.
He reads it as you might imagine your father reading to you before bed. Masculine, no nonsense and somehow intimate.
At 8+ hours, no. I did listen to it over two nights, though.
I would consider the audio version to be better than the print version, because I could close my eyes and let the author paint pictures of "awakening" in my mind.
This book is one of a kind.
"The Divine Arsonist" was an excellent read (or listen)! Jacob Nordby gives us a glimpse of one man's experience of remembering who he is, why he is here, and how to apply that knowledge to his everyday life. He does a wonderful job of putting the every day "trials" into perspective, as it pertains to the overall "oneness" of everyone and everything. Don't pass this one up!
"A Message For Us All To Wake Up"
Through a beautifully written narrative the author shares a story of his own shift in awareness that he seems to want to share with the world, hoping more people will wake up and do something to make a difference. The world is on the brink. Destruction has begun but it's not fatal yet. The outcome is unclear. It's up to us to respond to this call. Thank you, Jacob.
"Good but not great"
Interesting story but really nothing new. The same messages you can find in everything from castenada, ruiz, tolle, etc to even fight club. The audio editing leaves something to be desired with retakes and duplicate reading. I got all the way through it and surprised i did.
"Pulled in to the book and didn't want it to end"
When Jacob was sent out into the forest by Jack and became naked inside and out.
A great reading voice and good expression and a sense of kindness that was pleasant to listen to.
There were a couple of technical glitches hence 4 stars but they didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the book.
When the helpers burned Jacob's most important physical possessions
At the beginning I was unsure if I was going to like this book but it kept drawing me in and I felt a deep resonance with the story of Jacob's journey of self discovery to a different way of being. It kind of made me feel a little uncomfortable because in a strange way it felt close to home from a personal perspective. I will definitely be reading and listening to future Jacob Nordby books!
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