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Book Review: The Burning Spirit: The Spiritual Adventure of a Hollywood Stuntman by Rev. Banzai Vitale, Ph.D

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The Burning Spirit is a story of a man finding his way through life. I love the fact that it is written journal style. It’s bold, it’s honest, and it gives you the ups and down of a real life. Its simple language that you can relate to. There are also a few grammatical and spelling errors left in hoping to bring out a more genuine and personal feel. They personally irritated me and jumped out of the book at me. It’s a good thing there wasn’t too many to distract me from the story.

Banzai’s dedication to his training spoke volumes to his character. I enjoyed reading about how he used every moment to improve his skills and learn new ones.

Reading about Banzai’s love of his wife was inspiring, including the description of his courtship and the start of their marriage. So, it came as a bit of a surprise to me to read about their divorce and the reason why — followed by what he all went through in order to get over her and learn how to be himself and more.

I was a little turned away by the drug use mentioned in the The Burning Spirit. But knowing that some people do and some people don’t, I just worked past it. I wondered why Banzai didn’t turn towards God for answers and support instead of toward drugs and where they all took him. I was quite impressed with his restraint toward sex and found it easier to get from one day to another without putting the ponderings of sex into every relationship.

A great lessons sums it all up: “She said I should also stop fearing what people think of my beliefs and just say what I feel, to basically stop leading a double life.”

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