When the author Ed Lehner submitted this book to AIA Publishing for consideration, I was delighted and snapped it up immediately. It’s a wonderful story and beautifully executed. Lehner manages to make a character that some might consider a bigoted red-neck into an innocent. Russell is the way he is simply because he’s never examined the beliefs his parents instilled in him. The road trip he undertakes in a rare moment of spontaneity is more than a journey to see some of the beautfil American countryside, it is a journey into himself that has profound ramifications for himself, the woman he meets on the way and his whole family. This is an uplifting story, skilfully told so that you never want to lay the book down.
When Chicago investment-banker Russell Henderson—newly divorced and suffering from depression—makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to go on a camping trip to explore the Western United States, he steps outside his usual safe mode of operation and opens up a wealth of new, and scary, possibilities.
Somewhere in Iowa, he picks up a woman hitchhiker, who challenges everything in which he believes. This sets off a chain of events that involve an American Indian sweat lodge, a Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoche, and a road trip through stunning countryside. His relationship with the woman becomes more complex, and deep self-reflection eventually leads him to step outside the confines of his upbringing and discover who he truly is.
Part road trip, part romance, and fully visionary, this is a delightful story that both inspires and entertains.
The Awakening of Russell Henderson will be ready for purchase early in December.
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