Time Ripples: A Gift of Love
by Robert H. Wellington
reviewed by Carol Anderson, D.Min., ACSW, LMSW
“These simple thoughts, poems and essays are presented with the hope that they stir something deep inside, helping each of us to reconnect with our inner voice or guide, a guide who waits silently and patiently to be recognized.”
A compilation of prose and poetry, this 159 page book is an easy, yet deep read. The spiritual essays offer insight into numerous thoughts and feelings that we encounter in our lifetimes. Covering a variety of topics with a focus on healing, compassion, and love, the author offers his spiritual and religious beliefs in a manner to guide the reader to becoming the highest self, the Divine Self, the cocreator with God, in an ever-expanding focus on the unity of life. At times, the works are of a panentheistic view with all-encompassing beliefs of the transcendent and the immanent. However, some of the writing focuses on a patriarchal God and Christ as the way of expanding the soul.
Written with a depth of spiritual understanding, many readers will find this a delightful read, as it can be picked up and opened to any topic; it is a book that can be used in meditation, prayer, and contemplation. With a focus on humility, beauty, joy, compassion, wisdom, essence, and passion, one is touched by the words of spirit. The author presents as spiritually grounded as well as able to seek higher truths offered by his own beliefs and religion. The prose and essays are more relevant than some of the poetry as a few of the poems appear too focused on rhyming instead of the flowing nature of his other writings.
The information regarding the book, including the descriptive back cover, presents a book that appears to be more spiritual than religious, more inclusive than Christian. However, in reading the book, it is a paternal, Christian-based study, which may be a turnoff to persons seeking a more inclusive read. Yet overall, the book offers a treasure of writings to contemplate even for those readers who are not Christian.
RECOMMENDED by the US Review
by Robert H. Wellington
reviewed by Peter M. Fitzpatrick
“Somehow the world has chosen to embrace the theories of randomness, chance, and survival of the fittest, to the exclusion of the spirit and consciousness.”
Hall is a twenty-two year old graduate of college who feels somewhat troubled by an inner unease as he contemplates his future. Intuitively sensing that there must be something beyond career and family, he is startled when a vision of “the heavens open up and the multitude of heavenly host descend over the altar” during a Christmas Eve midnight service. Hall decides to embark on a canoe trip in Canada’s Quetico National Park to help him digest this experience. While paddling and camping, Hall writes poetry and begins to experience intense spiritual realizations. These increase until he finally encounters a mysterious entity named Joshua who engages him in a long discussion of the “First Cause” argument for the existence of God with elements of modern physics given a theological interpretation emphasizing the central role of love.
This small book of seventeen short chapters reads more like a meditation on the author’s own preference for the Canadian wilderness as a source of spiritual awakening than a traditional dramatic novel with characters in conflict reaching a final resolution. Hall’s conflict is within himself and perhaps life in the city—the “chaos” of city life being repeatedly contrasted with the peace of the Canadian countryside. His mystical experience of oneness with the animals, trees, and even rocks culminates in a dreamlike “dance” with petroglyphs on a rock wall formed from glacial activity occurring thousands of years ago. This kind of illustration is his one of his strengths as a writer. The transcendent and mysterious is given concrete and palpable representation, something that writers on the mystical experience have often found frustrating to express in language. By positing an ultimate synthesis of Creationism and Darwinism, Physics and Faith, City and Nature, the writer helps imply an ultimate sense of unity in a language whose very essence presupposes duality.
I finally had the moment in time when I could sit down, uninterrupted, and read Water Wisdom. I sensed this was a little book with a big message that needed to be read in one sitting, rather than my usual frivolous escape novel that could be picked up and put down repeatedly. This past Sunday was a day of solitude that begged for tranquility and reflection, and Water Wisdom was my perfect companion. It resonated on multiple levels in a very poignant, yet peaceful way.
For those readers who have never had a wakening experience, or experienced the vulnerability associated with unconditional love, or looked fear in the face to ultimately reach a state of total calm and inexplicable joy… your book will nonetheless be a heartwarming journey! For those who have called to the Loons in the quiet of the morning, held a hummingbird in their hand, fed chipmunks from their lap, danced around a bonfire on a desolate beach, touched the stars from the middle of a spring-fed, north-woods lake, gasped at the fiery brilliance of the Aurora Borealis, found faith and hope while alone on an ocean beach, where the majesty of the waves never stop and the horizon never ends… Water Wisdom will transcend time and space and evoke a knowing joy and kindred spirit.