An inspirational read
I think anyone looking to overcome challenges, to find peace, anyone who wants to learn how to “live in the now”…that they would find this book inspirational. Its an autobiography that reads like a novel. A novel about a spiritual seeker who’s quest for enlightenment gets derailed by drug addiction and the lure of easy money. Along the way there’s a failed marriage, an estranged relationship with a dear child, a near death experience resulting from an overdose on heroin while incarcerated in Thailand. And that’s just some of it.
Stories like this often end tragically, and the fact that this one didn’t can serve as inspiration for anyone trying to overcome obstacles. I hope there’s nobody I know going through the same types of experiences that author Howard Beckman went through, but even if someone is, this book may just serve as a well spring, as a life affirming elixir to revive the soul.
While it starts with a young man tempting the Devil, pushing his luck despite numerous close calls, it ends with the rediscovery of his spiritual journey, to India and instructions with masters in Vedic teachings.
Reading this book has already helped me deal with the stresses in my own life. We all have stress, but a book like this can provide that wonderful but often elusive element we all need, perspective.Daniel Wright
Compelling and inspiring
A powerful and evocative true story of the author’s journey and spiraling descent into the depths of a dark and dangerous world before confronting his demons. The remarkable turnaround that transformed Beckman’s life to follow a spiritual path and find his true calling is both compelling and inspiring. This is an incredibly emotive but gritty book, told with courage, honesty, humor, and grace. Through sharing his experience it not only helps to better understand the fatal grip of addiction, but also the potential that exists within the human spirit to achieve positive change.Mrs J
I couldn’t put it down; this compelling story was alive for me during the three evenings I read it and for a week afterwards. I would visit places in Howard’s history and find the emotional and spiritual connection. I myself have benefited greatly from the recovery process offered in the 12 steps, and while the author disregards 12 step redemption, his process is exactly the same as the steps and other spiritual paths: trying again and again to fix our own selves and only making our problems worse; finally surrendering to a higher power (higher self), as the author did in the “hole” in a prison in Thailand, reviewing our lives, sharing our story and making amends and carrying the message. This taught me — once again — that there are many ways and paths, the Creator is not limited by method.
The pages of Howard’s life as a drug addict and trafficker are plentiful in the book. The pages of his new life are filled will hope, animals, nature and good people. I look forward to a sequel with news about his daughter and his horse rescues and life in the Light. What a beautiful story.Amazon Reader
Incredible Suffering Transformed By Redemption
This is Howard Beckman’s amazing tale of what drugs did to his life, placing him into a horrendous day to day existence for years inside a Thai prison. The author freely admits that he “ruined all of the opportunities” presented to him to clean up his act, and at times it’s challenging for the reader to feel any sympathy for this very self-destructive individual. But the amazing journey that his destructiveness takes him on is a very compelling tale of loss, suffering and ultimately hard-won redemption.Dee Long
Howard Beckman, your memoirs offered in your book, “Tempting the Devil in the Name of God,” are indeed compelling, captivating and inspiring.
Thank you for having written it. When you should have rightfully been dead in the hole in a prison in Thailand for your drug addiction, the Higher Power came and pulled you out of the miry clay and rewrote the etchings on your soul. I came to know you only as a spiritual adviser, thinking perhaps you’d had a cushy, privileged life … HA!Gaia Genevieve Richards, Santa Fe
A powerful and evocative true story of the author’s journey and spiraling descent into the depths of a dark and dangerous world before confronting his demons. The remarkable turnaround that transformed Beckmans life to follow a spiritual path and find his true calling is both compelling and inspiring. This is an incredibly emotive but gritty book, told with courage, honesty, humor and grace. Through sharing his experience it not only helps to better understand the fatal grip of addiction, but also the potential that exists within the human spirit to achieve positive change.J. E. Ellershaw, UK
I have known Howard and his wife over 8 years. Was first stunned to read his book, then so relieved for him to be able to share this burden.
For anyone in addiction or needing guidance on their personal journey this book can definitely be helpful. I know from personal experience that recovery centers that place recovering addicts on methadone is only prolonging their addiction thus furthering our dysfunctional drug rehabilitation system. Howard’s expertise in guided meditation can help addicts by addressing the subconscious where addictions start and revolutionize rehabilitation.Anna Anderson LMBT - Atlanta, Ga - David Matthews,MD
A well done memoir which needed to be written
Very well written – which adds to the allure of this memoir. It touches on events and times which many baby boomers can relate to. The relationship of the Hare Krishna alumni to drug smuggling and violence shocks the senses and provides a warning to those who tend toward religious fundamentalism or cults. The book is a real page turner – I couldn’t put it down and finished it within 2 days of my download (ebook). A worthy read if one has interest in the subject matter (baby boomers, locked up in foreign jails, heroin use and abuse, self-discovery, etc.).Amazon Reader