The Pearl of Great Price describes Veronica’s journey from her childhood disenchantment with her guilt-laden experiences as a young Roman Catholic through hypnosis, out-of-body experiences, yoga, the channeling of spirit guides and ascended masters, Buddhism, and finally to the Orthodox Church, which she finally comes to consider her home. I read this book in less than two days. It brought me to the verge of tears at several points. I think it will be helpful to many people, especially to women. I especially appreciate the heroic level of honesty with which she openly shares all of her fears, pains, and insecurities along her journey; this brings a level of genuineness to her work not easily found elsewhere. I also very much appreciate that even though she eventually concluded that much of what she had engaged in before her conversion was wrong, and some of it even demonic, that she nevertheless presented these experiences as stepping stones on her journey to Orthodoxy and showed a real appreciation for the ways in which God had reached out to her through those experiences. I think that is very important to the ability of her story to reach out to others who have had similar experiences and would be turned off by blanket accusations devoid of any nuance that such experiences were completely evil. Instead, she presents them without any judgment, and we experience each chapter of her life as she had experienced it at the time, rather than through the lens of her later judgments, except that she occasionally marvels within these early chapters at how these experiences ultimately led her on her path to a more intimate connection with God. Her approach produces what ultimately is a beautiful and inspiring memoir.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring, Open, and Non-Judgmental Account of a Woman’s Journey From New Age Spirituality to the Orthodox Church,June 1, 2012
This review is from: The Pearl of Great Price: The Spiritual Journey of a New Age Seeker to the Light of Christ and the Eastern Orthodox Church (Paperback)