Review, August 2010
Jonette Crowley’s The Eagle and the Condor is an exciting spiritual love story where the North American Eagle and the South American Condor come together. The book is well-written and well-thought-out and thus a very enjoyable read. The author brings together all her experiences relating to her realization that she represents the Eagle and a Peruvian shaman represents the Condor and that they together create a twin flame. Crowley’s account of these identifications is set in the context of other spiritual knowledge, wisdom and teaching from ancient Lemuria until our day. Above all, Jonette Crowley, a modern mystic, shows us many sides of love in the work—universal love, her own ability to love and receive love, as well as her love of adventure, words and spirit. She also writes about her concerns on whether she is doing the right thing by pursuing her intuition and how to balance her spiritual calling with a life in accordance with her upbringing and learned values. At every point in the story, however, Crowley returns to the spiritual guidance she receives.
I think it is very fortunate that The Eagle and the Condor is not a how-to-do self-help book but rather a literary work describing a spiritual journey and thus of a more lasting value and interest. The reader can make his or her own journey and observations with the author and even return later to the sacred places and teachings the author describes. Many books in the genre of spiritual literature are less than satisfactory in terms of their literary quality and editing. As a first-time author, Crowley has achieved easiness and remarkable clarity of expression and has the ability to keep the reader interested in the events unfolding throughout the world and how they are connected. These authorial qualities require both skill and hard work. I also appreciate the care taken to edit the text. The author thanks many of her friends and colleagues for their help and proof-reading in the preface, but the book still carries her own voice. I believe that her next work, which I can’t wait to read, will show us an even more confident writer. It is no wonder The Eagle and the Condor has received awards.