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From a spiritual viewpoint, have you ever wondered why there are gays, bisexuals or transgenders? Have you ever thought why there are gifted individuals? Perhaps at some point, you wondered why phobias exist. I’m sure you noticed that there are some people you only met once but are instantly attracted to them. These are only some of the questions raised in J.R. Wexler’s The Book of 7.
This 100-page book tells us a story that happened days before the solar eclipse of August 2017. Seven teenagers from different walks of life received an invitation to witness the solar eclipse in billionaire Gerald O’Donald’s mansion in America. Their group includes a gay Muslim, a white supremacist, a poor Ethiopian girl, brainy American, an optimistic Argentine, a chubby Jewish, and a devout Buddhist. Together, they learn to overcome their differences. Together, they discover a way to make to make the world more peaceful.
While the genre is nonfiction, I could not help but admire Wexler’s style of writing. I expected slow parts due to narration but I never encountered any slow parts. Instead, there was a steady flow of the story throughout the book. I never felt bored. It also amazed me how the teenagers’ adventure helped them with their personal growth. Although there were seven them, I was not overwhelmed by their numbers. I felt that their differences only helped bring out the questions raised in the book. The group did have a mediator in the form of Peter, Mr. O’Donald’s head butler. Whenever someone in the group raises a question, Peter helps them understand by inputting his insights as well as spiritual learning. Peter often supported his answers by sighting scriptures, practices or stories from different religious teachings. I found myself drawn into their conversations, pausing only to absorb their arguments.
When I first chose to review the book, I was curious why the title was made that way. While reading, a lot of seven’s came up: seven teenagers, seven different lives, seven life cycles, etc. From my light research, I learned that the number 7 is usually associated with faith, spirituality, and spiritual development. Even in the Bible, the number 7 came up many times. I was glad that the book had an appropriate and meaningful title.
The book certainly left an impression on me. I realized that I received many answers in my ever-growing list of questions about life. I could positively say that this book could change a person’s life as long as the reader is open to the ideas presented. Most of the discussions in the book made me think, “When you put it that way, it makes a lot of sense.” There is no doubt in my mind that The Book of 7 by J.R. Wexler deserves a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Although I noticed some minor errors, it was not enough to deduct a point. I was meticulous, so I noticed the errors. However, they can be easily overlooked. The Book of 7 would be a good match for readers who enjoy spiritual and self-help books. I strongly recommend for readers to keep an open mind while reading it.
The Book of 7
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