On one level, it is quite easy to rattle through, this book, following the story, recognizing steps of the journey here and there – and, job done! Oh! But wait. I feel uplifted yes! But I’m still the same old me, stuck and beleaguered and bewildered by my life. So, for me, it took one false start and two sessions to read Andrew’s work. This is no fault of the author. It seems to me to indicate the density and deeper invitation of a book, that on the face of it, is deceptively slim and simple. So beware! Appearances can be misleading. This is a short story. This has pleasing and sometimes amusing rhymes and word play. This is also perhaps, half a lifetime’s personal work. This is also one of the great eternal quests. This book also asks questions. What we have here is an extended poem in the form of prose, on the matter of attaining one’s own peaceful authority in a human existence. The format itself seems to illustrate that, alive within and beyond the prosaic every-day, is the provocative, mysterious and other, leading to the light of the living soul. In my experience of my own particular steps through the territory that Andrew’s work describes – it is a book laying out in an often dizzying sequence – inner work, that may take a long while and demand tough application! This accessible story and its warm invitation and encouragement to follow suit, is nonetheless very welcome. The language is chosen with intelligence and understanding. Often, sentences are compact and elliptical, and their meaning reveals itself through the reader’s thought and contemplation. Experiences, paths, ways of approach, are suggested or simply described, like a map to inspire or a set of filmic images unfolding in front of us. Our conditioning, which gives us such a seemingly solid and limiting sense of who we are is a powerful and persistent shaper of our lives, perceptions and experiences. A psychotherapist, a Buddhist, a philosopher, would each have a somewhat different way of describing the human condition and of how to begin to free ourselves from unhappiness, misery, pain and dissatisfaction. “The Diamond Soul” describes such a journey from the everyday of our repetitive toiling to a homecoming of a warm heart at ease upon the eternal ocean. This book invites, encourages, demands – curiosity, dedication, and ultimately a kind of surrender. May this book be a help and inspiration in lessening suffering and in bringing the light of love to troubled souls in a troubled world.