Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
LOVE: The Beat Goes On is a non-fiction memoir/motivational book written Lynda Filler. Filler was living the good life, albeit it wasn’t a life immune from the stresses and strains of modern times. She was a motivated and successful businesswoman, and while her marriage had floundered, she was both looking forward to what came next and enjoying life in her newly found paradise, Puerto Vallarta. In 2008, however, she was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. After suffering random episodes of shortness of breath, which seemed exacerbated by the high altitudes she encountered when she moved to Whistler, a particularly bad spell finally compelled her to check with her doctor. After having tried and not gotten relief from the medications prescribed to treat her condition, her cardiologist sat her down and advised that she get her affairs in order. Filler was understandably stunned by the news. She was fit and relatively young -- how could her heart fail? Then she found herself flying to Phoenix on the first leg of a journey to Sedona where she would embark on an exhilarating and life-changing path towards healing.
Lynda Filler’s LOVE: The Beat Goes On is a well-written and inspiring account of the author’s journey of healing from what is commonly considered a terminal condition. Her story is frankly and candidly told, and I soon found myself enjoying the time I was spending reading her tale. Filler is not advising that her audience forgo their prescribed medications and turn to New Age Healing; rather, she’s showing how a blend of traditional and alternative healing turned her life around and healed her heart. I loved reading about her car trips through Mexico, up the West Coast into Canada and, of course, up to the red hills of Sedona, but I was particularly moved by her account of the day she spent with Akal. She quickly discovered that he was much more than merely a driver hired to show her the sights. A shaman and drummer who was intricately connected to the energy of Sedona, the time spent with him transformed her from being “breathless and broken..(with) a part of my soul..missing” into a whole being once again. That part of her story passage is powerful and unforgettable. Filler’s account will be invaluable for anyone confronted by physical conditions or illness, and her story is truly inspirational. I also appreciate her including an appendix with recommended readings and links to websites. LOVE: The Beat Goes On is most highly recommended.