Sometimes, I can’t imagine what possessed me to request a specific book from a publisher, and sometimes I request a book based on the description and the book turns out to be something quite different. In this case, it would be the latter.
The Goodreads description calls this a “psychological memoir of a musician, artist, and writer” which is very apt.
What I expected to read (because of some initial description) was something that would be useful to the artist in discovering an artist’s path to a non-religious spirituality. But what I read was one person’s journey that really isn’t something that can be tailored to others. It was definitely extremely individualized.
The writing style is very personal and rambling, as though this were taken straight from a journal. Though I worked my way through the entire book, I never once felt connected to the author, making this a very difficult read. What I got from this was that Makram Abu-Shakra has experienced something significant and has written it down. Beyond that … there’s really nothing here.
Looking for a good book? Interplay: An Artist’s Approach to Spirituality is a deeply personal journey that doesn’t connect well with the reader.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Interplay: An Artist’s Approach to Spirituality
author: Makram Abu-Shakra
paperback, 230 pages