Paul writes – I recently completed a review of Steve Georgiou’s latest book – The Isle of Monte Cristo: Finding the Inner Treasure. Steve, a good friend, kindly sent me a review copy.
Here are the opening and closing paragraphs. Amazon.com has an abbreviated review. The full review can be found as a PDF at the bottom of this post.
“…Steve Georgiou wonderfully concludes his extremely accessible trilogy (begun in 2002 with The Way of the Dreamcatcher: Spirit Lessons with Robert Lax, Peacemaker, Sage (dedicated to his father. A revised edition with a new publisher due out soon); and followed by Mystic Street: Meditations on a Spiritual Path in 2007 (dedicated to his mother)) with his 2010 publication The Isle of Monte Cristo: Finding the Inner Treasure (Toronto: Novalis, 2010. 299 pages plus endnotes). This final book is dedicated to his sister Maria.
All three books have a foreword by Thomas Merton’s former secretary Brother Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. All three are woven through with the thread of Georgiou’s “mentorship” by Trappist Monk Thomas Merton’s best friend, American poet / mystic / sage / hermit Robert Lax (b. 1915). During the latter period of his life Lax, born in the US, was resident on the island of Patmos, Greece. It was here that Georgiou met Lax in 1993. He would make the trip regularly until 1999, not long before Lax’s death on September 26th 2000…
...Overall, this is a beautifully presented and richly evocative little book (19.10cm X 13.30cm X 2.50cm) that encourages its readers to put themselves “in a place where grace can flow” (Lax) and to take the path of the heart. Relevantly too it invites us to live deeper lives and to not succumb to living on the surface of life, a reality all too common to those of us who live in the so-called West. I highly recommend the adventure that is The Isle of Monte Cristo and encourage you to see where it takes you in terms of your own life journey. And while you’re journeying with the narrative, and the excursions you take, have U2’s song One playing in the background.”