by Chadi Ghaith

"She knew she had to step slowly—yes, always slowly—or she might trip up. How could one escape the laws of physics without blowing minds along the way?"

One needed only to look in Destiny's eyes on her wedding day to realize she was not destined to be a demure bride. There was power there, a fire that flamed from a will that could never be truly tamed by anyone other than herself. Still, she followed her groom, Fate, to his castle far from her home and, for a time, escaped the negative influence of Dhumanos, Archon of Archons, who sought to control her through fear. Yet after she became pregnant with their child, Destiny's power once again emerged, as she informed her shocked husband that she would be returning to her homeland for the birth. But what would be the result of that fateful decision for her, her world, and her son, Choice?

While this story can be enjoyed as simply a metaphysical fantasy, there are deeper thoughts dwelling below the surface of the narrative. Author Ghaith, a Lebanese Druze, has used both his religious background and material from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of ancient Gnostic texts uncovered in Egypt in 1945, as underpinnings in his story. Thus, just as John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress was an allegory for the Christian life, Ghaith's book serves a similar purpose for his beliefs. Even the title, which is the name of Destiny's land, has a religious connotation and is translated in the text as "the soul of Adam."

Ghaith is a talented wordsmith, and it is evident in his writing style, even if at times the story line bogs down due to the plethora of philosophical points that are being made. His book serves as a literary gateway to a belief system many may be unfamiliar with.

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