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Roll Around Heaven: An All-True Accidental Spiritual Adventure (Hardcover)
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.
About the Author
The daughter of a Scottish New Zealander and an Arabic-Cajun, Jessica Maxwell has the whole wide world in her blood. True to her pedigree, she is a widely published international adventure writer, author and photographer with a special emphasis on food, conservation, women’s journeys and spiritual transformation. The youngest writer to pen Esquire’s Travel column (1985 – 1997), she created and wrote Audubon’s True Nature in-the-field conservation column (1992 – 1997) before authoring travel books on flyfishing, golf and women’s adventure. She is a longtime contributor to the LIFE section of Forbes, and regular presence in AARP The Magazine, Gourmet, and More.
A former California beach girl, she earned a degree in Magazine Journalism at the University of Oregon–including spending her junior year in Aix-en-Provence–and now lives in Western Oregon, with her trial attorney husband Tom “Mr. Quotable” Andersen at Gaiety Hill House, a historic Georgian manor where she happily serves their guests afternoon tea and grand feasts, especially when her beloved stepsons, Ben and Eli, are in town...unless she’s out stalking giant Norwegian grouse or chasing away evil spirits with a Himalayan Rinpoche.
"Forget about searching for the divine only in dusty old churches. In Roll Around Heaven, Jessica Maxwell proves you can stumble into a state of grace in a baseball stadium, on a pig farm, or even while lumbering down a freeway." DAVID OLIVER RELIN, author of Three Cups of Tea
"What a fabulous journey! Through Jessica's eyes and voice it is just pure magic!" TAJ MAHAL, American bluesman
"After you've been there and done that, it's time to figure out what it all means. Jessica Maxwell applies her deceptively light touch to the idea of spiritual seeking. Highly recommended." TIM CAHILL, author of Hold the Enlightenment and Lost in My Own Backyard