Thursday, December 13, 2018
Book Review: 'Beyond a Veil' by Ron Frazer
Author Ron Frazer earned a PhD and has studied Psychology and Religion for many years. Interestingly in his biographical note he states that his novels ‘are written for women who have lived long enough to have a few regrets.’ His books always have an intimate, spiritual element that is always positive, often involving women taking control of their lives, even entire countries. Every book celebrates women as a positive force in their culture. He has been an engineer, a yoga teacher, a financial planner, a photographer, a computer security researcher, and has traveled in 29 countries, lived in four of them and in several US states. He doesn't consider himself an expert on women, but, having been married three times with three adult daughters, probably has learned more about their concerns than have most men! Not that his books are written for women alone- many men who share his view of life and philosophy and death and the hereafter stay abreast of his output.
It is refreshing to read a novel (or novella, in this case) that focuses on the possibilities of communicating with those who have let this life form to enter the next. What is our relationship with those who have crossed over to the life after this one? Are they able to communicate with us? This sensitive and well-researched and explored book will change the way you look at life, dying and the mysterious, empyreal existence that awaits us all.
The synopsis suffices to outline the thread of story Ron shares – ‘Life During Death "Beyond a Veil" is the story of Max and Lori Sashinian who struggle to make ends meet in a rustbelt town. She is an attorney in a law firm with few clients while he is a novelist who has never made anyone’s bestseller list. Sophia, their eight-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome, is abducted and murdered as the story opens, leading to a cascade of difficulties and spiritual growth. The emphasis is on Lori's spiritual journey. While Lori rapidly loses everything that was once important to her, with the help of her deceased daughter and grandmother who work together as her spiritual tutors, she learns to put her physical tests into perspective and discovers what is ultimately important in this life and the next. Throughout the story, her tutors teach her about the oneness of all creation while Lori develops her psychic abilities and struggles with her increasing physical disability. This book will change the way you look at life, death, dying and life after death experiences. As Lori adjusts to each new situation that life throws at her, you will find that you are able to take a more light-hearted approach to your own problems.’
Ron’s gentle writing style, while not diminishing the tragedy that opens his book, is sensitive and supportive and reveals the mind of a man who has thought through the continuation of life ‘beyond the veil’. The manner in which he conveys his philosophy is grounded in credible reality while providing an uplifting series of possibilities about how we view the lie cycle. He includes some eloquent thoughts and quotations – ‘Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because, for those who love with heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation.’ — Rumi.
Celebrate life here and in the next one. Enriching little book. Grady Harp, September 16
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