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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Wow! That is what I thought after I finished reading Soul Skin: A Spirited Shaman's Journey, the luminescent novel by author Jan Porter. Following our protagonist, Navi, as she navigates a midlife crisis, this book has something for every person to connect to. Navi feels stuck in a damaged marriage, financially and physically drained, and so lonely for contact with loved ones that are gone from this world that she can feel it. When she starts to practice what she calls “dream journeys,” through a balance of meditation and dreaming she is able to travel to historic places and events, speak to people of historic importance, and gain healing and clarity in her own life.
Soul Skin: A Spirited Shaman's Journey is simply a wondrous book. I’m not sure how else I can describe it accurately. This book is not one that can be read lightly; it’s certainly not a beach read. It is a book that spurs thought and feeling, and it is one that I am so glad I read. Author Jan Porter is practically poetic in the way she describes Navi’s thoughts, ruminations and dreams, and reading her words brought tears to my eyes several times. Soul Skin is a book that would appeal to any reader who loves literary fiction, stories with strong female protagonists, those looking for a book that will make them think, or just a unique and very worthwhile read. I highly recommend this book, and certainly hope that Jan Porter is working diligently on her next effort in this vein.