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The Divine Arsonist


If I didn’t know better, I would swear that three of my favorite authors: Dan Millman, Richard Bach and Dorothy Bryant had collaborated on the newly released novel entitled The Divine Arsonist. In the style of Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Illusions and The Kin of Ata Are Waiting For You, business man turned gifted writer Jacob Nordby mines gold in this page turner that I reluctantly needed to stretch out over a week’s time when I really wanted to take the journey with him in one fell swoop.  Autobiographical allegory is the way I would describe the tale of a suit and tie professional who lived ‘the good life’ as defined by society, when in reality, he was dying a little bit inside.


He hears a call of something beyond his culturally prescribed existence that led him to take a trip to his woodland cabin in Idaho. There he meets the first of several guides who usher him into a world that challenges, terrifies, gratifies and ultimately heals him. The thread that runs through each powerful chapter is a knowing of who we truly are. Nothing is as it appears to be and Jacob is invited over and over to surrender, breathe and believe. The transformation that he describes in a vivid, gut twisting, soul streaming manner comes at the cost of letting go of all he thought was true and exchange it for something even grander. The purpose of this metamorphic/metaphoric adventure was to allow him to take his place as one whose calling is to be an even greater force for good in the world. Honest, succint, without pretense; he draws the reader in and it is hard to imagine declining the invitation. Regardless of gender or culture, the reader will recognize herself or himself in its pages.

This book is positively incendiary!


  • Jacob Nordby


    I’m probably breaking some unwritten rule by being the first commenter on a review about my book. I can’t resist, though…

    You have nailed the spirit and narrative of this book. Even I have a hard time explaining the story as you just did.

    So, thank you very much. As an accomplished writer yourself, you know how much it means to run into someone who “gets it”. You are one of those and much more, of course.

    Jacob Nordby

  • June O’Reilly (@LunaJune)

    love your take on it.. I’m half way through

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