"A great story and the only one I've read that so daringly combines the spiritual with the explicitly erotic… The sex scenes are hot! "
Ken Dvoren, Santa Monica, California
THE UNPECTED GODDESS is set in northern California in the summer of 2008, and tells the story of how the narrator, Steven Bergman, a successful writer and teacher of the art of awakening to spiritual freedom, met and fell in love with the beautiful Annie Morgan.
As Bergman writes in Chapter One: “Like any good story, it has elements of drama to it, because Annie was in the last stages of recovering from a broken heart and shattered trust when I met her. So, in many ways, this is a story of healing and redemption, but it is also a story of self-discovery and self-realization, of sexual awakening and spiritual liberation, because Annie was living out of a very confining story when we met, a story that had been programmed into since before she came into this world.”
In the italicized pages between the book’s chapters, Bergman also tells his own story: how he was born to Jewish parents in New York; how his mother, the sole survivor of her family in the Holocaust, lived with her own inner demons, and eventually, when Bergman is away at college in California, commits suicide; and how he then joins the army, goes to Vietnam, and experiences the ‘baptism by fire’ he wanted there.
He then returns to the U.S. attends Chiropractic College, gets married, and becomes a successful chiropractor in Sebastopol, California. During this time he embarks on his own spiritual journey, to which he dedicates himself, with the result that he finally becomes enlightened, or free. But then he suffers a major stroke, which turns his life upside down. How he handles this event is lesson for anyone experiencing a crisis.
The “story” that was programmed into Annie was the Mormon story. She was raised a fourth-generation, very devout Mormon woman. She graduated from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband, Warren. They had a sealed marriage in the Provo temple, and set about starting a big family. But although Annie had three pregnancies, she also had three miscarriages. Because she cannot give him any children, Warren, after ten years, demands and gets a divorce. Annie is devastated by this turn of events.
Now, a year after her divorce, she has decided to come to northern California to find herself. She is questioning everything she has ever been taught, including all her religious beliefs. As part of this questioning, she is reading a book she bought at a spiritual bookstore in Sebastopol—You Are Not Your Story, by Steven Bergman.
When the novel begins, it is this book, his book, that Bergman finds her reading when he walks into Lucas Wharf Restaurant in Bodega Bay for lunch on a mid-week afternoon, and sees her there, sitting in the lounge area.
Thus begins their tale…
The novel is 118 PDF pages, and is available for purchase for $9.95 at www.unexpectedgoddess.com.
About the Author
Jim Dreaver’s work as a writer and teacher has been compared to Eckhart Tolle. He teaches regularly at Esalen Institute, near Big Sur, California, holds bi-monthly gatherings in West Los Angeles, and has taught his work in Boulder, Austin, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Sebastopol.
His latest nonfiction book, end your story. Begin your life… (Satori Books, 2010) is being published by Hampton Roads in October of this year. He has also sold the German rights to this book, and the German edition is also being released in October.
Previous works include The Way of Harmony (Avon Books, 1999), a practical guide to integrating spiritual awakening into daily life, and The Ultimate Cure (Llewellyn, 1995), a guide to spiritual transformation in the marketplace, which was translated into four languages. Another book, Somatic Technique (Wild Goose Press, 1991), a technique manual for chiropractors, massage therapists, and body workers, was written while he was still a chiropractor (www.somatictechnique.com).
He has also written another novel, Falling into Light, about a fifteen year old boy’s spiritual journey, published as an eBook for $9.95 at www.fallingintolight.com.