Carolyn Wilhelm reviews Ascending Spiral

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Ascending Spiral: Humanity’s Last Chance
Dr. Bob Rich
Marvelous Spirit Press
9781615991860, $19.95 paperback, 248 pages
B00BZW54N0, $4.95 Kindle
Ascending Spiral

Ascending Spiral

The theme of Ascending Spiral is how people can learn from past lives and hopefully do better each successive lifetime. The book may be taken figuratively or literally. Reading happens in the mind of the reader, as each reader brings his or her own experiences to books. Whatever it is interesting to consider how humankind might improve through the centuries to the present day.

The author shares several different lives from Ireland to New South Wales he feels he lived. He shares what he learned from each life. Difficulties were present in each one, even when he lived as a plant. He applies lasting life lessons as he moves forward (ascends). The beliefs of several religions are considered to help broadly illustrate what is viewed to be a good life.
Characters and settings are detailed and realistic. Vivid stories are told. The author feels the earth is living like a toddler with greed as the enemy. We all must improve to help climate change issues and problems. At the end of the book, Dr. Rich asks us to join his team to maintain a decent life on planet Earth. If humanity can pull together, and live simply so we may simply live, Dr. Rich will have achieved his goal for writing this book.
Carolyn Wilhelm
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
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Bob Rich, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in psychology in 1972. He worked as an academic, researcher and applied scientist until “retiring” the first time at 36 years of age. Later, he returned to psychology and qualified as a Counseling Psychologist, running a private practice for over 20 years. During this time, he was on the national executive of the College of Counselling Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), then spent three years as a Director of the APS. He was the therapist referrers sent their most difficult cases to.

Bob retired in 2013, but still does pro bono counseling over the internet. This has given him hundreds of “children” and “grand­children” he has never met, because many of these people stay in touch for years. His major joy in life is to be of benefit to others, which is why he wrote a book that’s in effect a course of therapy.

You can get to know him well at his blog, Bobbing Around,


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