Into the Magic Shop

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ -

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

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