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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Phenomenon" by Neil Fulcher.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Neil Fulcher in Phenomenon took readers on a spiritual adventure to discover the origin of life and its ultimate destination. He narrated his own experience with the 'Trinitarians' and hoped that readers would undertake an adventure to understand the power and accessibility of the spiritual plain.

The book was presented in clean, well-edited writing (at least for a book of over 400 pages). The author's language drifted from philosophical at the beginning to emotional towards the end. Initially, the author presented his ideas in a rather complex way. It would not be an easy task for some readers to grasp the crux of the author's narration. I would admit that I was not freed from this initial struggle. Thankfully, it did get more straightforward towards the end. However, this might not serve the book well because non-resilient readers might dismiss it as too theological before getting the hang of it.

The book also brought to the fore the ancient battle for the human soul alongside the battle between good and evil. With his descriptive narration, clear images of this struggle were created. His references to 'samurai warriors,' allowed us to have a picturesque idea of what he described.

Neil brought the readers in tightly into the narration. The reader, tagged as '8,' was a character in this book. The ripple effect was that the reader became unequivocally part of the adventure as though it was their own experience.

I'm reluctant to consider what it must have cost the author to have presented such complex ideas of divinity. The 'Trinitarian' nature of God had been the subject of many conflicting philosophies, but the author's take on it was as unique as it was commendable. His dissection and logical analysis were effortless, though not surprising, as he wrote from experience. No matter a reader's opinion about the author's 'boldness' to discuss such a mysterious subject, they would be persuaded to think and examine the author's story closely. They would start to introspect on the reality of eternal life and death in the manner that Neil had presented.

The spiritual adventure captured in this book hinted at some resonating issues. The first of which was the problem of denomination and theology. These two factors have caused division within the church. Through this book's narration, it came out clearly that God was a God of all, irrespective of culture, color, gender, nation, or denomination. The second issue was the ever prominent role of social media in our lives. The author called it 'social manipulation' as he pointed out the controlling power that the media and our addiction to mobile phones had exacted over our existence.

The book was intrinsically about the undiluted power of God that transcends our existence. Neil brought to life the verse of the Bible that says, "before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee." He firmly asserted that there was existence before conception — a ludicrous yet intriguing possibility. I believe that this book gave a lot of takeaway options for readers, one of which was this: 'God is light, and no darkness can put it out.'

The spiritual journey presented in Phenomenon was one that curious readers would enjoy, and I'd recommend it to seekers of spiritual truth and understanding. I only had a few concerns about the early parts of the book. However, it would be no reason to fault this book. Therefore, I'd rate it four out of four stars.

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I feel that religion should be examined from more than just one religious perspective if one wishes to discover any real truth. Thanks for a lovely review.
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I find the idea of the reader becoming part of the story other than simply a spectator to be intriguing. I’d be interested to explore that further. Thanks for the great review
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Social media has been one of the most difficult things to walk away from. I would really love to look into the points the author puts across. Good job on this review.
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Post by Rishi_reviews »

The book seems to have a pretty interesting story but as the reviewer mentioned we have to have patience to get a hang of it, but I personally don't like books like these, so thankyou for an insightful review.
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Post by Apple 7 »

Very nice review and a very bold write up bybtye author, not many write on the complexity of spirituality as the concept is much debated about..which makes it a phenomenon...nice
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