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When people talk about death, they usually associate it with the end of life. In Rebecca Austill-Clausen’s book, Change Maker: How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life, she teaches us that death is not the end. It is more like the start of a new chapter of life. She shows us that people do not really die. We only transition from one life to another. Rebecca shares a part of her life in Change Maker, specifically on how her brother’s death prompted her spiritual awakening.
Before her brother’s death, Rebecca is like any other workaholic business owner we know. She works 80-100 hours a week. She spends more time working than spending time with her husband and two children. She loves to multi-task. She spends her free time doing more work. Consequently, her stress level is always high. Whenever she goes on a vacation, she experiences headaches. All these changed when Daniel died. She loved her brother. She mourned when he died. However, her heart felt lighter after she dreamed of an animal that held the essence of her brother. This dream, along with other significant events, started Rebecca’s spiritual journey.
Change Maker is enthralling and thought-provoking. Rebecca has a way of capturing her readers for long periods of time without boring them in the middle. Although I do not personally know the author, I love how this book felt personal to me. Someone close to me recently passed away. Like Rebecca, I read books on the afterlife, spirits, and metaphysical (some were even mentioned in the book as a reference). It delights me to know that there is a way to communicate to with my loved ones even after their death. Additionally, I like how she tries to question things. It felt more natural rather than readily accepting everything. I also enjoyed her accounts of fairies, meditation, crystals, and energy fields.
The book is easy to read. There are ten chapters in the book. Each book ends with an “Illumination” – somewhat like a piece of advice to readers who want to pursue their spiritual journey. I chose to read it at leisure and contemplate on the author’s words before I continued to another chapter. I did not finish reading it in one sitting, but I felt more relaxed with each chapter I completed.
I easily give this book 4 out of 4 stars. Change Maker: How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life by Rebecca Austill-Clausen is a beautiful memoir. It is written in first person point-of-view. I did not notice any errors, which led me to believe that this was professionally edited. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in topics such as the afterlife, meditation, new-age philosophy, and other self-help books.
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