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Standing On A Whale Kindle Edition
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About the Author
B. J. Tiernan is a teacher. It's her calling, and she's been at it since graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in education in 1972. She has also given numerous seminars, inspirational workshops, and classes to promote self-growth and writing skills. For the past fifteen years, she has put her certification in social sciences to work teaching world history and ancient cultures to sixth graders.
One of her biggest joys is to design and teach a course for adults at Community School, where individuals can shine a light on their memories and experiences and organize their personal histories into stories. One of her student's short stories is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul-Family Matters.
Tiernan dedicates Standing on a Whale to all of her students who have passed through her classes and workshops hungry to learn and write.
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Standing on a Whale is a very clever and intelligent book that raises a lot of thinking points while inviting the reader to look inside themselves and see what their outlook and actions add to the world, positive or negative. Philosophy, pseudoscience, and mystery are just a few of the foundations of this gripping and intriguing journey which, among other things, is about acceptance, growth, and understanding. The book was well-written with detailed descriptions and vivid, three-dimensional characters. I enjoyed watching the forming relationships and the effects each person had on another, and how these roles could easily alter. There is a real and genuine feel to the book, and it has a lot to offer for those seeking an intellectual and engaging read.
Lance, a successful Greek doctor is disillusioned with life and has decided to kill himself. His planned last ever house call to a stranger called Hadden turns his life around.
Hadden is a controversial mystic, living on the edge of town teaching alternative ways to view the world and especially critical of organised religion and the political landscape. So much so the town mayor considers him to be a threat and has hatched a plan to kill him.
The book is written as a thriller with Hadden and everyone close to him at risk. Several characters lose their life for supporting Hadden in dramatic ways. But for me the book was more about Lance learning to accept his past and embrace a different future and also the corruption and failure of modern governments to protect and nurture its people.
Interesting issues raised throughout the read.
Recommend to readers who like strong underlying themes.
Synopsis (from the author):
Recluse Lance Stavros is a successful doctor who runs his own practice, but on the inside, he’s basically high-functioning human wreckage. He was born into a loveless home that lacked the nurturing to help him develop an ability to cope with life’s challenges. Now Lance is forty-seven, and the only reason he’s survived the past four decades without taking his own life is cowardice.
As hopelessness overcomes him, and he’s finally finding the guts within to pull the trigger on his existence, a house call pulls him out of the deadly spiral. It will turn out to be the call of his lifetime.
Lance becomes a live-in medic for a controversial mystic and lecturer who irks the Greek government—and becomes an assassin’s target. Amid this new and curious world, and a reignited past romance, Lance battles his cowardice to investigate who is trying to kill his employer, and he’s about to uncover more than he bargained for.
What I liked:
Standing on a Whale was an interesting read. It was a curiously entertaining cross of philosophy, religion, and political commentary set against the backdrop of Lance Stavros’ personal crisis. Hadden, as the mystical philosopher, added a nice character. They mystery of who Hadden’s would be killer was, and the twists and turns surrounding it kept me guessing. Lastly, Lance’s budding romance with Kavita (and its many twists and turns) completed this enjoyable story.
What I didn’t like:
My only criticism of Standing on a Whale was that some of Hadden’s lectures had a preachy feel to them. Other than that, good stuff!
I enjoyed Standing on a Whale by B. J. Tiernan. From Lance Stavros’ crisis through his transformation, the novel leads us down a twisty path to redemption. What more can you ask of a book?
It’s a story about an inwardly troubled doctor called Lance who is invited to become a medic for a mysterious Greek guru, Hadden, who as he soon learns has trouble with the local government. Lance sets on an adventurous and spiritual journey in the lovely region of the Greek city Patra, which enriches the story with a magical, mediterranean atmosphere.
I enjoyed Lance's search for the assassin who is after Hadden as well as his inner quest. I liked the way he changes throughout the story, how he gains more strength, courage, but mainly hope. It’s really a story of a broken man becoming complete again, and that’s what I liked most about the book.
I also loved the philosophical pondering such as the following: “When all religions disappear and only the fragrance of spirituality remains, a better world will surface. Then there will be no need for temples, churches, and mosques. God is anywhere and everywhere, immediately—near the seashore, in a baby’s face, in a conversation between friends or lovers. You can find God in the swaying branches of a tree, a shining pine needle, or a beautiful sunset. You have simply to look. You do not need a place of worship to find God. Fully conscious people understand that they can worship on the side of the road or in a vacant field. They do not need a priest or a rabbi to intervene on their behalf.”
And finally, I also appreciated to learn that there is a powerful Greek wisdom behind the intriguing title.
The old saying that people come into our lives for a reason or a season is particularly meaningful in B J Tiernan's novel. The person who comes into Lance Starvos' life comes for both and in three short months Lance's life goes from the end to a new beginning. The transformation, which occurs as a result of a single phone call, is restorative and earth-shattering for this depressed, suicidal and friendless doctor.
Author Tiernan, a teacher by profession, weaves a powerful story line while sharing some profound spiritual truths focused on looking within ourselves to find the answers to the age-old philosophical questions of our lives. It is written is short, suggestive teaching, neither pushy or oppressive. Set in Greece, the story is refreshing, delightful, meaningful and educational in the genre of many of the new paradigm thinkers.
It is a book of awareness, forgiveness, healing, understanding and recognition of meaningful coincidences in our lives. I recommend it to anyone who has ever been hurt, depressed, victimized, oppressed or lost. Hey, at some stage of life, that 's all of us!
I recommend it to all!
Hadden becomes a mentor and father figure to Lance. He enlightens Lance by leading him to face his inner fears and demons, as well as find his inner peace and sanctuary. We clearly see Lance's transformation as he discovers the true meaning of friendship, caring, and love. Hadden is instrumental in Lance's new outlook on life and his purpose in it.
Standing On A Whale is a true gem. B.J. Tiernan combines the elements of mystery, suspense, romance and psychological thriller into an unforgettable story. Her writing style is descriptive, engaging and intense. She brings the characters to life and moves the story, effortlessly, from chapter to chapter. B.J. not only gives you an enjoyable read, but she weaves in some life points along the way. These may lead to your own journey of self-discovery and transformation. I highly recommend this book.
Some of my favorite quotes from Standing On A Whale:
1. "You must choose your own path and craft your own course."
2. "Love is such a misunderstood idea-only a handful can grasp it."
3. "Transformation is unbecoming who you've been up to now."
4. "It is impossible to open up to new ideas while holding on tightly to old ones."
5. "Life is a mystery, a splendid, wondrous dance."
6. "Only my books are important."
7. "Ultimately you must surrender to life."
A well-written story of an unlikely friendship, a mystery, and spiritual journey. When mystic and skeptic collide, anything can happen and does. This novel was well written with characters who carry the story well. The “fictional veil” wears a little thin at times as the novel is full of spiritual references, but the novel is about a mystic. Still the story draws you in and keeps you turning pages. If you love a story with a mystical bent, you’ll love On the Back of the Whale.
" Some of you are finding this world to be an ugly place. You must be contributing ugliness to it. Only individuals can make this world unlovely. Just look around you. This world is a lovely place. The prejudice, bias, greed, anger, hatred, ambition, jealousy, resentment, and judgment you keep bumping into are not part of this world. Make no mistake. Those qualities are coming from you. Please do not blame this beautiful world for what you are."
This resonated with me, due to the political turmoil we find ourselves in, and having a small baby at home. I see such a beautiful and lovely world, that I'm scared by those for spewing these ugly traits.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. We read it in our book club and everyone loved it.