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Review: Light Radiance Splendor

Title: Light Radiance Splendor

Author: Leah Chyten

Release Date: May 16th, 2017

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: The Divine Shekinah seeks deliverance from exile to heal a world desperately in need of Her wisdom. Her chosen mission keeper, three generations of kabbalists from places as diverse as a 19th century shtetl and modern day Israel/Palestine, must grapple with profound injustices and the shadows of humanity. If they choose the path of righteousness, love, and forgiveness, Her light can return to the world. Will the mission succeed? Will the divine feminine return to the world? The Shekinah calls to all of us to find our own way to 'knit the world back together.'

*There are spoilers in my review*

My Review: “Do you ever feel as if your life is not large enough to hold you, not free enough to express everything inside of you?”

This book offered some profound insights into the human spirit and enduring great hardship without losing your faith. I don’t typically read spiritual or religious books though and perhaps that is part of the reason I found this book lacking. I did enjoy the historical aspects of the book but because the book spans over 100 years that part was diluted. In addition the book is divided into 3 parts with multiple view points in each part. The multiple view points were distracting and switched so often that it pulled me out of the story each time.

One of the view points was that was the most poignant was that of Benjamin. He was forced to live through the Holocaust and suffered immensely, even managing to survive Auschwitz. Later he finds it within himself to forgive a Nazi officer who admits to committing multiple atrocities. I think that this story would have been much more impactful had it been told from only Benjamin’s view.

Overall this story was a letdown. It was well written and I enjoyed the authors style but I did not enjoy this story.

*I received this book from Booksparks in exchange for an honest review*

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