Prepare to get your long-held beliefs questioned. Trust me. I started doubting mine before I got to this book’s last chapter.
See, I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. But recently, I realized I’m agnostic.
As Bertrand Russel said, “I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.”
This book has convinced me even more that Mr. Russel is right. But the other thing that this book has done is remind me that those who have different views from mine aren’t exactly wrong. And that whether they’re my family or a stranger, the best thing for me to do is respect that belief.
I bet you don’t expect a psychological thriller to teach a reader those things! But this one did!
Before grabbing a copy, I browsed through the reviews left by other readers. Many of them talked about regression and finding out about past lives. If you’re someone who doesn’t believe in reincarnation and you don’t have an open mind, those reviews probably made you decide to ditch this book. Believe me, this book is more than just rebirths, mental time travels, and religion. Heck, it even gave me some lessons in history! I didn’t know there’s a Queen Amenirdis I until I read this book!
On a more serious note, what I picked up from the story is that when you lose your sense of self, it’s easy to fall into some sort of mental issue.
I’m not saying believing in destiny, fate, the afterlife, and reincarnation makes you, in Jackie’s words, “a nut job.” I think most of us, in this modern world, have lost our sense of self. It’s easier to follow society’s standards than stick to your own beliefs and be called a deviant, right?
So, I think this book would serve a good purpose to those who have lost or haven’t found their purpose in life. If reading Viktor Frankl didn’t help you find your purpose, this one might. I would also recommend this to anyone interested in learning about Buddhism. The last few chapters talked a lot about it. You’ll get some Buddhist nuggets of wisdom here. Here’s my personal favorite:
“The answer you seek must first come from clear awareness and understanding of death. Without this correct understanding, it would deny you to live your life without fear and without clarity of your purpose.”
Fair warning: this book is a mousetrap! Only, you’ll be a willing captive.
The title itself, “Never Stop Running: A Psychological Thriller Novel on Reincarnation and Past Life Experiences Crisscrossing Centuries” lured me in. The first chapter was a bit of a letdown, though.
It’s like smelling cheese from far away but once you take a bite you realize it probably is poison. You eat more, just out of curiosity. And that’s when you make a huge mistake because now you’re totally hooked. You can’t get enough and you want a second serving!
That’s how much Dr. Caudle knocked my socks off with this one. And if by any chance she reads this, “Hey, Doc! Can you please concoct another one? This one’s so delicious, but I haven’t had enough yet!”
Seriously, we’ve all read at least one book where we thought we still have a few more pages to go. But then you flip a page and you catch the words “The End.” in your peripheral vision. This is one of those books.
If the writer comes up with a sequel, I’d gladly let myself be her captive once again. No hypnosis needed.