Amazon Wisdom Keeper: A Psychologist’s Memoir of Spiritual Awakening

Amazon Wisdom Keeper: A Psychologist’s Memoir of Spiritual Awakening By Loraine Y. Van Tuyl Publisher: She Writes Press Release Date: 24 October 2017

Who is Dr. Tuyl? I wished I’d known her credentials before beginning this read, but honestly I might not have picked it up if I had. Now I’m very glad I read it.

I feel like this book came into my life for important reasons. One of these is an upset with my day job. After reading this book, I’m managing this uncertainty far better than expected.

Loraine Van Tuyl is many things. She’s a healer, first and foremost. She holds a PhD, is a holistic psychologist, spiritual teacher, Depth Hypnosis practitioner, and shamanic healer. I needed to search out her website to get this information, and you can visit her page, The Sacred Healing Well, for more details on what she does and what she offers through her practice.

Her memoir explores her unique relationship with culture and its relationship to our spiritual perspectives and growth, as well as her powerful experience fulfilling her calling to heal others with her gifts.

This book did a lot for me, mainly because Dr. Tuyl is a powerful person. Not everyone will connect with her and her experiences, but after reading her work it would be clear to anyone that’s typical of her unique course.

I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in gaining confidence in their own spirituality, or if they’re feeling a pull to trust their own intuition more than they are currently. Her story is inspiring in that respect. Since starting and finishing Amazon Wisdom Keeper, I’ve felt motivated to do more inner work than I have in years.

Hearing a trailblazer share her experiences, her reaction to moving on from old support systems, and how she recognized and embraced new guidance, can give curious people with high potential the courage to let their path take some important turns.

The reading experience did get a bit rough there at the halfway mark. Memoirs that progress chronologically can be a tough sell, at least for me, as the stages of childhood can feel predictable. I’m more engaged by memoirs that play with structure and the unique relationship between the current self, past self, and reflective self.

I feel Dr. Tuyl’s voice is a necessary one for many people, but the chronological structure seemed to hold it back. I found it interesting she picked it, since so many of her existential experiences are so pointedly outside of time.


You can pick up Amazon Wisdom Keeper this October 24th.


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