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Roll Around Heaven: An All-True Accidental Spiritual Adventure (Hardcover)
December 2009 Indie Next List
“Adventure travel writer Jessica Maxwell takes us on her latest journey -- an 'accidental spiritual adventure.' With much good humor, wit, and no heavy religious baggage, she explores the spiritual landscape of her life. I found it hard to put the book down!”
— Susan Wood Taylor, The Traveler, Bainbridge Island, WA
Chronicling nearly two decades of Jessica Maxwell's all-true accidental spiritual adventure and fillled with astonishing stories, witty insights, and breathtaking revelations, Roll Around Heaven will surely inspire each reader to embrace the power of the divine in his or her own life. An adventure writer by trade, Jessica had never given God a second thought until, as she describes it, "He/She/It grabbed me by the ear, marched me into the divine principal's office, and told me to quit goofing off and start paying attention." On her amazing journey, Jessica travels the globe on magazine sporting assignments, only to end up talking about God with Islamic women in Dubai, chasing away evil spirits in a Himalayan hotel, and receiving Celtic revelations on the holy isle of Iona. Jessica soon learns that her earthbound goals are mere day hikes compared to her soaring ascent to heaven on earth. Spiced with humor, rich with original insight, tart with irreverence, and sweetened with compassion for the modern pilgrim, Roll Around Heaven offers readers a perfect recipe for spiritual success in a chronically baffling world.
“Jessica Maxwell is the Empress Tizzie Izzie of adventure writing. She’s ornate, lavish, unpredictable, commanding, witty, daring, and illuminated by a certain afterglow of spiritual awareness.” —Tom Robbins, author of Wild Ducks Flying Backward and B Is for Beer
"Jessica Maxwell and her book are the real deal. Inspiring, encouraging, full of enough good humor and awkward learning to make anyone on the spiritual path laugh and keep going. That's my kind of adventure."
Dr. Susan Corso, Huffington Post