Willis has faced a lot of pain and beauty in his life, from beloved teachers lost to suicide to the beauty of nature experienced with close friends to a very full career in and out of religious institutions. In Cosmo and Me, he shares the “flowers” of these experiences, including some bold conclusions. While the level of personal disclosure is often high, Willis doesn’t dig too deeply here into some practicalities of his search for God, such as its impact on his children and wives, though he does include several photos which help put faces to the stories that he tells.
Willis closes the stories of his life with a deeply thought out “theory” of just who God is, what the universe is and who people are —even though he warns that these passages may seem to be “a sudden turn to religion or philosophy,” they cohere well with the rest of the text by fleshing out what has been made implicit earlier. However a reader may feel about the specifics of Willis’s spiritual theory, it is well worth considering as hard-won the wisdom of a true seeker. Readers willing to appreciate the experiences of the past will learn much from Willis’s story and spiritual insight.
Takeaway: A seeker’s engaging quest for God over the course of an American life.
Comparable Titles: Ervin Laszlo’s Science and the Akashic Field, Itzhak Beery’s Shamanic Healing.
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