Into the Magic Shop
Author: James Doty Publisher: Avery Publishing ISBN: 9780399577963
MY FIRST thought about the book was that the author, a neurosurgeon, would be writing about the brain. But surprisingly, the book is actually about his life experiences.
Doty was born into a dysfunctional family. His father was a violent drunk and his mother suffered from depression.
One day, he walked into a magic shop and met Ruth, who promised to teach him a magic trick. Instead, she taught him the steps to perform meditation and visualisation.
These steps – starting with relaxing the body, taming the mind, opening your heart, and clarifying the intent – are included in the book.
Doty continued to practise what Ruth taught him as he grew up. He eventually went on to medical school. But he became arrogant and greedy.
Only when he reached a crisis in his life, did he understand the final lesson that Ruth taught him – how to open his heart.
Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart is an attempt to unravel the link between our brains and our hearts.
Part self-help guide and part memoir, the book is filled with Doty’s advice on how to live our life to the fullest and. ultimately, transform our life. – Danny Tan