THE LIFETIMES OF A JOURNEY

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This debut memoir is split into sections based on a discrete section of the author’s story. Each “lifetime” features a short summary of events, followed by a “lifetime perspective” in which Davis highlights specific lessons he learned during that time. The first lifetime section recounts his adolescence up to his father’s death in 1970, and tells how this era was “defined by conditional love,” particularly in his relationship with his dad. His second lifetime encompasses his first marriage, which lasted 23 years. In his third lifetime, he married his second wife, Kathy, and learned the meaning of unconditional love before Kathy abruptly died of cancer. In what he calls “Lifetime 3.5,” Davis grieved Kathy and found closure in a meditation workshop that he attended at the Monroe Institute in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in 2017, where he had a spiritual encounter that reassured him that Kathy was okay and following her own path in the afterlife. In his fourth and current lifetime, he began to embrace loving himself. The book’s standardized format of summarized accounts and commentary makes some of the text feel repetitive. For example, in the account of his second lifetime, Davis mentions the “higher self” and “spiritual journeys” that led him to “higher consciousness”; then, in the commentary, he unnecessarily reiterates that it “brought me to a critical turning point in my consciousness journey when I took my huge step into seeking personal and spiritual growth.” However, the book contains other features that work well to vary the reading experience, including additional writings, such as poems, love letters that he wrote to Kathy and she to him, and drawings or photos at the end of every chapter, which makes the content feel more relatable and tangible. One highly effective example is when Davis talks about a 10th wedding anniversary portrait that he and Kathryn commissioned.

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