Jonas and the Mountain

A Metaphysical Love Story

Fiction - Visionary
238 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2021
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Author Biography

Janis Harper is a writer, singer-songwriter, actor, and former adjunct English professor turned expressive arts therapist. Her lifelong passions for the creative arts, philosophy, spirituality, and metaphysics come together in “Jonas and the Mountain”—which, although ostensibly fictional, is the “truest” work she's ever written. Her writing can also be found in journals and anthologies, including two creative nonfiction anthologies that she conceived and edited: “Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and Recovery” and “Emails From India: Women Write Home.” Music from her original folk-roots album “Better This Way” is available everywhere. She lives in BC, Canada. For more about Janis Harper, check out her website: janisharper.ca

Dear Reader: I hope Jonas and the Mountain will become a companion to you, one you can turn to again and again to help you answer the big questions or show you how you can answer them yourself. I hope it will help you acquire new ideas and ways of looking at life, as well as new questions. I hope your world will widen a little, become imbued with magic and miracle, and open up to what seemed impossible. Finally, dear reader, I hope you love reading Jonas and the Mountain as much as I loved writing it.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Jonas was not sure why he went to India but his best friend Bruce had invited him, and he was ready for a change in his life. He had experienced several painful events recently, including a divorce, which led to an exploration of various spiritual belief systems. Some “inner” changes had occurred, creating shifts in his awareness. At the holy Mt. Arunachala, he joined other seekers and found the guru D. D became a special teacher to Jonas. Soon thereafter, Jonas met Anamika, also from the city of Vancouver, Canada. There was an immediate, familiar recognition between the two. She taught a different perspective than D, also enriching for Jonas. How the lives of Jonas, Bruce, and Anamika intersected, as well as how beliefs and new behaviors expanded, comprise the intriguing fictional work, Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story, crafted by author Janis Harper.

While a love story develops, a variety of teachings are intertwined throughout the story. These teachings are from several schools of thought. What is unique about this book is the realistic journey of each person. There are struggles, with times of confusion and questioning. There are also times of great joy when one of the characters reaches a deeper level of awareness. Additionally, how these new beliefs affect relationships is also revealing; this is another common part of all individual spiritual journeys but is often not included in spiritual path books. The skillful writing makes this information accessible and clear. Author Janis Harper has written a captivating and informative work in Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking spiritual knowledge and experiences.

Pikasho Deka

Jonas and The Mountain by Janis Harper follows a Canadian man as he undertakes a journey of self-discovery at the foothills of a holy mountain in Southern India. Vancouver inhabitant Jonas' life falls apart after his marriage of ten years comes to an abrupt end when his wife unexpectedly leaves him for his best friend. Feeling lost and alone, Jonas agrees to accompany his co-worker, Bruce, on a trip to Mt. Arunachala in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. Soon, he finds himself enamored with the teachings of a non-dualist guru named D. As he begins his journey of self-discovery, Jonas meets Anamika, a fellow Canadian who has become a guide for lost souls since she arrived in India. Feeling an instant mutual connection with Anamika, is Jonas finally ready to move on?

A poignant tale about self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment, Jonas and The Mountain is an introspective study of the concept of existence that makes you question the nature of reality and your place in this universe. Author Janis Harper provides some deep thoughts based on philosophy and metaphysics that leave a lot to ponder long after you've finished reading the book. Due to the premise and the literary nature of the work, the pacing can feel a bit slow. But it only enhances the reading experience as you're able to soak up the concepts at your own pace. Jonas and The Mountain is one of the most unique books I've read this year. If you're in the mood for some philosophical musings, I highly recommend it.