Reader reviews of The Stranger Box: Rich Philosophical Exploration of the Nature of Good and Evil

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There is much more to this book than a rich storyline. Eden, a complex character, is the vehicle the author uses to explore the nature of good versus evil. Born into difficult circumstances, abandoned by a narcissistic mother, Eden's life is a series of challenges which teach her to stand up for herself. She rejects the role of child/victim and reinvents herself as a warrior woman. She learns to take matters into her own hands and to make her own rules. But this path pulls her into the angry role of avenger meting out of punishment to those who have crossed her. She also dabbles in amorality which breathes the same air as immorality. Along the way, she meets characters who explore man's historic quest to understand the nature of good versus evil. She draws insights from the various traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, the great philosophers and literary Giants, even from Satanism, shamanism and Voodoo. Eden wanders down paths that lead her into difficult realms but ultimately she allows the power of love to draw her away from the abyss. She finds a way to reconcile forgiveness with her need to be true to herself as warrior woman. > > Each character of the Stranger Box is carefully crafted to represent a metaphor for the various aspects of good and evil. The storyline hooks us in by using modern situations to illustrate abstract ethical conundrums. We can relate. At times the coincidences seem improbable, but these are forgiven when we remember this book is really a mythical quest for answers to some of life's big questions. Eden's journey raises much food for thought. Bravo!

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