Adventures of a Lightworker series mates chick lit and metaphysics
Dead End Date, the first book in the Adventures of a Lightworker series by Caroline A. Shearer, is an entertaining romp through metaphysics and relationships. The tone is light and fun, and the pairing of spiritual concepts and the narrator’s relationship challenges helps make the book both amusing and insightful.
Story: Dead End Date chronicles a woman’s mission to teach the world about love, one mystery and personal hang-up at a time. Faith’s dating disasters and personal angst have separated her from her purpose of being a lightworker, and she has only one year to prove she is capable of fulfilling her life purpose. The death of her blind date launches her first challenge. Working with angels, psychic abilities, and even the murder victim, Faith begins a personal journey to help heal those around her while proving she can fulfill her life purpose. (From book jacket)
Spiritual/metaphysical content: High. Faith’s life purpose is to be a lightworker, which Shearer defines as an evolved soul sent to Earth to increase love. Metaphysical concepts such as trusting intuition, looking for signs, staying mindful, and connecting with guides (angels) are a substantial part of the book’s theme. For example, she demonstrates meditation fundamentals and energy work, including the real-world challenges of both. Practical advice includes energy work such as how to do a space clearing and basic feng shui. An important theme she emphasizes is the interconnectedness of everyone and everything; the story line demonstrates how our smallest actions can have wide-reaching effects on everyone around us.
My take: I enjoyed this book. Using the popular chick lit genre, Shearer weaves basic metaphysical concepts such as mindfulness and energy awareness into her philosophical musings about whether men are worth the bother. Although some of the plot points are forced, the end result is a feel-good mystery that strives to both entertain and enlighten. Note that this is Shearer’s first book; I expect that the quality and consistency of the writing will improve over time. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Adventures of a Lightworker: Dead End Date, by Caroline A. Shearer
Absolute Love Publishing, 2009
Paperback, 230 pages