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Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Review - Desert Journey by Dr Jerry Burgener

Book Review
Desert Journey
by Dr Jerry Burgener

About the Author
Dr. Jerry Burgener grew up in Illinois and still lives there today. He received his PhD in Human Learning from Southern Illinois University, spent most of his career as a forensic psychologist as well as working in schools and Mental Health Organizations.  He is now in private practice with his techniques and approaches being presented in print by news media and on national television. Dr. Jerry has also ridden and trained horses in Illinois and Arizona.

Book Description 
Reeling from yet another relationship failure, Jerry travels to the American Southwest to spend a couple of months riding his horse, savoring the warm weather, and finding respite from the daily grind. But what begins as a simple escape to the wide-open spaces of Arizona soon becomes a powerful odyssey of self-discovery.

When Jerry comes upon an Indian named Tom in the middle of the Superstition Mountains, he senses that the meeting is no casual encounter. Wise and unreserved, Tom speaks to Jerry with a knowingness that both unnerves and captivates him.

Jerry is compelled to return to the mountain again and again to accept Tom’s challenges, exercises, and assignments for living in the moment, tuning into the love all around him, and honoring a connection to Spirit. With Tom as his guide, Jerry uses dreams and visions of his own past lives to make sense of his modern reality.

Tom’s lessons cause Jerry to question long-held beliefs, but they also afford him the insight he needs to move beyond pain and make his metaphysical journey toward inner peace and enlightenment. 

Our Book Review
Absolutely loved this book, I was completely hooked from the start and found it extremely difficult to put down.  This is one of them books you just do not want to end, WOW!  Such an easy flowing read and one mans quest to find true happiness and his true self is utterly believable.

On a horse trek around Spiritual Mountain Jerry is gently guided by the hands of fate to an encounter with a wise old Indian named Tom unbeknownst to Jerry, Tom is his spiritual friend from many past lives and his spiritual mentor on his life's journey, they have shared many lifetimes together and made an agreement a long time ago to find each other to help reach their fullest potential.

As they sit overlooking the valley Jerry is asked what his most important goals in life are, his reply is to be happy and to learn what it is that he needs to know from this lifetime. The answer is very simple 'To be in the Moment', Tom replies. Tom agrees to teach Jerry only on the condition that he writes all about what all they have talked about in their many times together for people to enjoy and learn from.

The only drawback to the book is that you can not actually sit on the edge of the mountain with them to share the wonders and solitude of the valley although the book describes it so very well you almost feel as if you are there yourself.

Tom begins to teach Jerry the spiritual lessons he requires, these are very clear and gives the reader a great awareness to life's real important lessons, extremely clever story writing by the author. I could write an absolute page upon page but some of the points are that your own perspective on an identical situation can change it from a negative to positive everything happens in life for a reason and for lessons to be learnt, we should take a step back from life events and look at the wider picture from our past and present lifetimes realizing that each event is another opportunity and isn't as important as we think - some people come into our life for a purpose and once that is met they may go on to other things. Also that fear leads to negative feelings and therefore what you are actually thinking about you can bring about, when our emotions are high the signals we send to others make them easier to be picked up and influence their behavior towards ourselves.

One sentence that made me think was that when someone acts in a way that irritates us it is usually because we have it in common but are unable to see it in ourselves, I'm going to have to remember this for the next time it happens.

A fantastic story in its own right with self discovering special messages to be read and learnt. This is one book that I could and probably will read again and again.  I cannot rate this book highly enough, loved it !!

Our Rating


  1. well that sounds like a good read! I'll have to add this to my list. Thanks for sharing, great review!

  2. this sounds like a great read. I'm going to check it out!

  3. I take a desert journey every day when I decide to drive downtown. Ha!

    Danielle @ Royalegacy

  4. This sounds like an awesome book! I am off to go check it out. Thanks so much!


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