[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column bg_color=”hsl(0, 10%, 87%)” fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”2/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]I Am – Stephen Shaw
Subtitled “ A journey to Enlightenment” this book is a delightful, thoughtful handbook to Stephen’s vision of spiritual living.
His vision is a global one, taking in guidance from places as diverse as South Africa, Egypt, Bhuta, Maldives, Italy and Peru.
A South African Anglophile, his style is Shamanic, his authority natural and confident, drawing upon the teachings of the ancient Masters.
His style combines Socratic discourse from third party questioning, and the gentle wisdom of Kahil Gibran.
Compelled to leave his partner, he sets off on a physica, and spiritual journey which starts off at Heathrow airport before traversing the globe.
Well written, and pleasingly spaced and paragraphed, it is an easy read, readily digestible in small chunks. We consider the most fundamental of questions, “Who am I”, and the author goes to different locations to find a different spin on the same answer.
The book is given a powerful coda with the passing of Stephen’s father upon his return which only serves to underscore the fragility of our temporal existence and highlight the importance of all of us understanding who we are – son, lover, partner, friend? Or maybe they are all a superficial veneer to something more?
At one hundred and forty five pages “I Am” does not outstay its welcome and is packed with life lessons, philosophy, and wisdom.
Only occasionally does it veer into the glib. It’s strength is its question and answer format, its clever angle to seek answers to the same questions from wildly different cultures.
An unnerving feature of this book is that it is impossible to read it without sensing the tranquillity, pleasure and sensuousness that the story itself espouses.
There is humour in Italy, and Divinity in Bhutanese monks. A thoroughly good read, for more details on how to acquire the book, and the many others that Stephen has written, visit: http://www.i-am-stephen-shaw.com/[/cs_text][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://jane-osborne.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/I_Am-stephen-shaw.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]