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Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite
Tshombe Amen's The Professor is a deeply philosophical and spiritual book that challenges how one looks at the world straight from the gate. It will have you thinking from page one. I have degrees in both psychology and philosophy. I would have loved to have taken such a class as the Professor's when I was going through my schooling. Ah, well. Reading this book allowed for a voyeuristic trip through the class. Or should I say, through the looking glass?
This book starts the fires of alchemy burning within the reader, as it does the students in the Professor's class. Learning the Professor's background and what is essentially his own alchemic journey lends credence to the lessons taught. His story grabs you immediately, sparking a curiosity for the catalyst to the Professor's transformation. He is the quintessential Professor archetype, teaching students to think for themselves, to open their minds and step beyond their boundaries.
I love how the class focus turns to helping the mental patient named Maria. Her story is so sad. Saying too much more about her, well, as River Song would say - "Spoilers!" This book, especially some of Maria's views, articulated beliefs I already had, giving voice and substance to what I hadn't yet been able to phrase properly.
The Professor's lessons and insights remind me quite a bit of Don Miguel Ruiz's Tolteca wisdom books. While those were non-fiction/spiritual books, if you enjoyed The Four Agreements, or any of Ruiz's other books, you are sure to enjoy The Professor by Tshombe.