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Going and Coming: The First Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Novel by Christopher Stone

 
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Going and Coming: The First Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Novel by Christopher Stone

Book Info

Book Series
Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures #2
Publisher
Publication Date
January 24, 2016
Pages
309
ISBN
1944770011 (ISBN13: 9781944770013)
Excerpt
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For gay, metaphysical sleuth Dr. Minnow Saint James, the workplace spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of the vast, incomprehensible affair that is God's Creation. At forty, Dr. Minnow Saint James, "Minn" to his friends, is a gay, metaphysical sleuth who, through Past Life Regression therapy, spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of God's Creation to discover the past, or future, life origins of his patient's most challenging present day problems. Minn did not always hold his current beliefs. He was born into an affluent, atheistic, Republican family in Beverly Hills, California, and raised to believe only what his five physical senses reported. In 2001, after receiving his doctorate from UCLA, Minn opened a highly successful traditional Hypnotic Regression therapy practice in Beverly Hills. For six years he enjoyed his life, until a patient spontaneously regressed herself to a past life in Eighth Century Coba, turning Minn's world upside down. Soon he was questioning his entire worldview. Now Minn is hoping that his past just might save his future. 

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Unique novel where fiction intersects with contemporary metaphysical
(Updated: March 09, 2016)
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Blued Nation Paramours, which of you was Cleopatra in a past life? Or any Mayan virgins out there that have a deathly fear of being thrown off of a pyramid in their current incarnation?  

Why are we waxing philosophic about the debatable notion of reincarnation? It happens to be the center point of our latest read, Going and Coming by Christopher Stone. This is a unique novel where fiction intersects with contemporary metaphysical beliefs that leaves you contemplating many deep questions. Do we get one brief chance in time at life or are we infinite beings seeking continual spiritual growth through multiple physical incarnations? What is time and how does it intersect with our understanding of reality? Are we all part of one divine being who imagined us into existence?

Sounds deep right? Well, for Stone’s lead character, Dr. Minnow Saint James, these questions are just another day at work. 

At forty, Dr. Minnow Saint James, "Minn" to his friends, is a closeted gay, metaphysical sleuth who, through Past Life Regression therapy, spans time, space, dimensions, and the entirety of God's Creation to discover the past, or future, life origins of his patient's most challenging present day problems. 

Minn did not always hold his current beliefs. He was born into an affluent, atheistic, Republican family in Beverly Hills, California, and raised to believe only what his five physical senses reported. 

In 2001, after receiving his doctorate from UCLA, Minn opened a highly successful traditional Hypnotic Regression therapy practice in Beverly Hills. 
For six years he enjoyed his life, until a patient spontaneously regressed herself to a past life in Eighteenth Century Coba, turning Minn's world upside down. Soon he was questioning his entire worldview. 

Now Minn is hoping that his past just might save his future.

Going and Coming left us at a crossroads as reviewers. We always love a unique and fresh voice in gay literature. Stone achieves a fascinating combination of a philosophical learning and an entertaining read. 

He intertwines the two facets with pronounced dexterity. However, Stone achieves a stronger voice as an author when approaching the metaphysical storyline than he does in the telling of Minn’s personal story.  

There is an unexpected juxtaposition between the two story threads. One might expect the metaphysical storyline to be the most fantastical and harder to swallow while the personal story of a well-educated man from a solid upbringing would be more grounded. Stone turns the tables on the expected.  Even if you are not familiar with Stone’s non-fictional works on the metaphysical, it is clear in this novel that he has a clear grasp of and passion for this spiritual belief system. Brilliantly, he utilizes the character of Ramona, during past life regressions while under hypnosis, to explain an entire belief system in layman terms. So, while he makes a heavy subject an entertaining read by employing this method, Stone manages to make Minn’s personal story over the top in a fantastical world of wealth, celebrities, and endless beautiful gay men. Did Stone do this to demonstrate how logical and basic metaphysic spirituality can be in comparison to the back drop of Beverly Hills with swimming pools, movie stars and all? 

The model for this type of novel where a lead character’s profession and personal life have equal importance has been mastered by many great writers including the likes of Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, and Shonda Rhimes. In Going and Coming, Stone shows great promise in continuing their traditions. However, before his Dr. Minnow Saint James can become the next Kay Scarpetta, the famous character of Patricia Cornwell’s writing, he needs to find a stronger voice in character development and a backdrop that doesn’t over power the storylines driven by the lead’s professional (and in this case spiritual) journey. 

If you have read our novel, Blue Paramour, you know we don’t shy away from the dramatic so believe us when we say we enjoy a good juicy book with glitz and glamour. But, in Going and Coming, it feels misplaced and detracts from the uniqueness of the story. It is happily clear that Stone intends to write more installments of the Dr. Minnow Saint James series. We only hope that we get to see a maturity in the writing of Minn’s personal world as we see in the fascinating world of his life as a metaphysical sleuth.

So what is our final verdict? Maybe check in with your spirit guide but, for us, we say give it a chance. Going and Coming is, in all, an entertaining read and leaves you pondering grander questions about life and greater purpose. So, you might learn something unexpected or you may just get some fun Hollywood glitz. Either way, with an open mind, this unique novel will be sure to entertain.

This review was written by Ligon & Maine

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