Good Karma: How to Find It and Keep it

Good Karma:  
How to Find It and Keep it  
by Joan Duncan Oliver
Duncan Baird, 2006


Good Karma: How to Find and Keep It is such a cute little book that it may mislead the reader into thinking it can’t possibly be serious. Such a judgment would be mistaken.

Oliver offers a unique presentation of karma, with a format similar to an advice column. There are twenty questions followed by essays offering advice on maintaining good karma. The author incorporates Eastern and Western beliefs as well as scientific maxims, blending an array of beliefs including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and others to express her philosophy.

She begins with a definition of karma, then leads the reader through daily dilemmas and into more complex conundrums. Oliver assists the reader in identifying how to recognize the choices available and make good decisions. She does this while embracing all spiritual beliefs and demonstrating that the concept of karma is in all religions by using quotes from a variety of religious texts.

Oliver goes from the traditional wisdom on karma through personal responsibility, intention, self-awareness to vengeance, redemption, and numerous other topics. Karma is a complex issue which is difficult to explain in a compact format, but Oliver succeeds in providing an excellent overview. Her book offers tolerance and guidance for all religious viewpoints. Good Karma is an exceptional addition to any home library.


RATING: 4 Broomsticks

» Originally appeared in newWitch #17

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