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How Do You Raise an Awakened Child in an Unconscious World? The birth of a child avatar should be a cause for celebration, but twentysomething Maggie Langford finds that sheltering Anna’s sanctity from the intrusion of the outside world is her first priority. She wants to allow this “great soul” to develop her full spiritual potential, but others like Maggie’s Hindu guru want to enlist her to promote their own agendas. As Anna grows, so do the challenges. How do you tell a child who can heal any injury or disease that she must do it quietly, or not at all? Fortunately, Maggie can rely on Joseph, the child’s spirit guide, for advice. Anna periodically whisks them away to his “astral park” for consultations. Exposed to Anna’s elevated energy, Maggie flourishes and becomes a bestselling children’s book author. They live a cloistered life until Child Services is alerted. Maggie becomes certified to homeschool her child and other Hindu children and all is well, until Anna transports the class to Joseph’s astral park amidst a dispute about the Bhagavad Gita. When alarmed parents are told of this “excursion,” Maggie and Anna are summoned to a meeting with the School Board, a confrontation that could make Anna’s elevated being public knowledge. Maggie’s worst nightmare could be about to take place...
This anemic tale from Nelson (Transformations) tells the story of a transcendent Hindu child born to a white woman in California. In San Luis Obispo, Calif., elementary school art teacher and children's book author Maggie Langford is told by her guru that she will give birth to a fully awakened daughter: the reincarnation of a Hindu guru and Tibetan Rinpoche. Anna, as Maggie names the baby, communicates with Maggie telepathically from the womb, and later, as a toddler, is able to heal the sick and enter trance states. Throughout Anna's life, Maggie takes steps to shield her enlightened daughter from exploitation by both their ashram and the media. Trouble brews when an angry parent objects to adolescent Anna's impromptu whisking of her friends to the celestial plane to meet her spirit guide, Joseph. Maggie then brings Anna to see her estranged father, Thomas, a yoga instructor living in India. Written in plain, matter-of-fact prose, the story is bizarrely devoid of wonder and spiritual contemplation. While Maggie's love for Anna is evident, too often secondary characters accept Anna's enlightenment without question. Readers with some knowledge of Hindu tenets may enjoy Maggie's determination and faith, but the uninitiated will find the story stilted and uninspiring.