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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
Opening the Gates of the Heart: Images That Heal and the Stories Behind Them by Carolyn CJ Jones is a delight on several levels. Jones shows she is a master of both poetry and prose. She is also an accomplished photographer and philosopher. The images in this book are of nothing but gates. One would not think gates had so much diversity, but as one reads this book, the variety leaps from each page. As one turns the pages, one will see beauty in the simplicity and healing in the calmness. The verses accompanying each gate allow one to ponder life and see the beauty of the differences. Near the end of the book, Jones shares intriguing stories of how each gate became part of her healing journey.
Do you need time to pause and reflect on life? If so, I have the book for you. Carolyn CJ Jones shares peaceful meditations in Opening the Gates of the Heart. What at first appears to be just an ordinary and straightforward gate warps into a masterpiece of tranquility. The more you relax and look at the gates, the more you will see. On top of the visual feast, Jones has given the reader lyrical repose. It is a well-known medical fact that rest enhances healing. This is especially true of emotional healing. The author has gone through the wringer, and this book was therapeutic for her to write. In her recovery, she has provided the gift of healing by sharing her words and art with us. I highly recommend you peruse this book to relax and heal.