A BRANCH OF WISDOM
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This book is like no
other. In the 1980s it is said that not a single while South African family
was unaffected by the Angolan war. After an horrific stint in Angola as
a national serviceman, the incipient split within Christopher cracked
open into full-blown paranoid schizophrenia. He spent months in One Military
Hospital, Pretoria, where he was kept powerfully sedated and subjected
to shock treatment. ......I could not put it down
of Wisdom is simultaneously an autobiography, a fictional personal odyssey,
a portfolio of computer generated conceptual art, and a philosophical treatise.
Integrating all these elements into a text that is comprehensible to general
readers is a daunting task for any author. Christopher, the author without
a surname, certainly succeeds. The result is an engaging and accessible meditation
on the unity that underlies the apparent division of the world around and
inside of us..."see full
"Your book meant
more to me than an enjoyable story, I found it deeply profound with respect
to my daily health practice. In so many of todays "dis-eases", the aching
of the soul or the torment of the mind is at the centre of the problem. If
we can all access our deeper selves, and be comfortable with who we find,
we could all relate to our environments so much better, and hence live in
better balance and harmony. "A Branch of Wisdom" revealed this balance, the
appreciation that the dark is an important part of the light. It has great
therapeutic value, and I am lending it out to patients."
on turning your experience into something so creative and helpful to others
- we live in the age of the Wounded Healer"
bought your book and borrowed it to me - it's wonderful. She is very intersted
in your writing so as I."
"This book had
a profound affect on me. I picked it up and could not put it down. It
is not an easy read because of the thought patterns and references, but
is the story of one mans journey to make sense out of life and find meaning
and healing. The story starts fifteen years ago with a young man in the
psychiatric ward of a South African military hospital after returning
from military duty in Angola. It then traces him in midlife and mid career
as events of the past return to haunt him and depression sets in. This
is a book for thinkers as it deals with the greater questions of life
and the ultimate need to know why we are here. Much to be recommended
and beautifully produced with amazing conceptual art."
" I was blown away"
a story to tell, although not everyone has the intelligence or ability
to tell it. This book, by Christopher, is a well told story and one does
not need to know that the author is a member of MENSA to know that he
is highly intelligent. His intelligence and creativity bursts from every
page and apart from the moving and interesting story about his breakdown
into psychosis and his recovery from this breakdown, there is the playful
look at the meaning of words. This is a book that should be read by all
South Africans in the health care profession who deal with mental health
problems in their daily life."
! Two thumbs up!
"I want to thank
you and tell you how very meaningful reading your book has been for me, not
only a reading-of but a discourse-with. Like visiting Bhutan and finding,
amazingly, that one can understand the language. I find too that your journey
has visited many places that I've visited and that I recognise the terrain,
feel the climate. I salute your integrity in the "being" of this book
of the coming together (along one branch) of what you feel, think, say and
of Wisdom is a superb narration of a person`s journey in search of many unanswered
questions throughout his life. Christopher has managed
to give the reader a highly humourous, blow-by-blow account of his mission
in a manner that enabled the reader to laugh & at the same time actually
have a small idea of what a person suffering from this condition goes through...."
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Thank you so much for
sharing your book with me. Firstly, I must say what an easy and enjoyable
read it was - your style is clear and personal and very engaging - felt like
you were talking just to me. I also admire the way you have successfully combined
a completely personal experience and journey with something that can be so
meaningful and inspiring to others. It is real, unpretentious and from the
heart, unlike most of the inflated nonsense produced by self-important gurus!
Thank you, and I hope you will continue to inspire and enlighten others through
your journey to self-knowledge.
I found it really well
written and easy to read. I was drawn onwards by the suspense of the quest,
and even over the outcome of the relationship! Your thesis I found intriguing
and tricksterish. I love the letter diagrams, and very much agree about the
"ends" meeting in a loop - that is an image I use when countering
those, like Wilber, who see the transliminal as hierarchical.
An enjoyable and an eye
opening read leading the reader on a journey of vicarious discovery. A valid
style is lively and conversational, sparkling with irony and humour. Although
he delves into the esoteric, most of his quest remains rooted within the tradition
of Western philosophy. Accompanying the journey is a playful and fascinating
exploration into the interconnectedness of words, images, puns and paradoxes,
together with a provocative array of illustrations."
"I thoroughly enjoyed
it - I think it is great!"
MYSTICAL QUEST FULL OF
"The story was well
written - I imagined myself on the path of the writer. I feel that the read
challenged the way that I see my life. Thank you for the opportunity to read
"I have been intrigued
and fascinated by your research and insights, and horrified by your Ward 24
experiences. In fact, I have been thoroughly entertained by the whole novel."