Introducing Pilgrim – A Short Novel by David Stewart

Author of One Day, One Life. The Propaganda of Success

“…sit at my feet and listen to my tale. You will walk, run and stumble with me as we traverse the road that Daniel treads. And as you feel what Daniel feels take a moment to reflect without judgement or pity, because at the darkest hour comes the dawn. Maybe you will see some of your life or the shadow of a loved one in the characters that Daniel meets. Maybe you will feel the vibrations and echoes of a like-minded soul. Searching. Looking. Finding. Maybe you will decide that the lessons Daniel has learned are experiences you do not wish to taste?’

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David's lived experience provides enormous empathy and understanding to create a hard-to-put-down book!

Kathryn GreinerAO

What a FABULOUS book!!!

Rick Grossmanof the Hoodoo Gurus

What an incredible spiritual journey Pilgrim takes you on, it really gives you a new perspective on the now ...Allow yourself to get lost in the story and reflect on your own life.

Matt MoranChef

‘Paranoia and anxiety grips at his gut. Tightening around his bowel and intestines like a snake. Coil after coil. Betrayed again. It is 5.45am and he has no more drugs or money, not even enough pocket change to get back to his city hotel. He is completely cooked with nowhere to go but go he must. An awful feeling. Abject, bone aching despair.

SEARCHING

“He had come to Chiang Mai looking for solutions. A solution to his continuing anger and unrest, and an answer to his ongoing search for passion and purpose.”

LOOKING

“‘Just moments before he was casting Western superiority over everyone in this bustling morning market….quietly he comes back into who he is as a man, and humanity in the space around gives him peace”

FINDING

“‘They are alive and he is vanilla, watered down by residual threads of commitment, timetables and regret.”

To be human is to feel melancholy. Feel it. Hear it. See it. It is not failure but preparation for true presence. You are alive and one of the features of being fully alive is often a deep sadness that comes from recognizing beauty that is unknown to the person whose beauty may capture You.

‘He became beautifully light headed, skipping and jumping over gutters, road divides and around tuk tuks. Whimsical. Magical. Like a wood fairy at the bottom of an olde English garden. But he was an Australian man strolling along the lanes and canals of the Lana kingdom. Walking head up and open mouthed, gazing at the temples and shrines. Intoxicating. He was assaulted by the smells, noises and colours that were riding the warm air. And before he knew he was really lost. The overwhelming stimulation of his senses took him deep into his body and out of his spirit.’

The need shook him. He started shaking and he became rock hard. The sudden, overpowering desire always shocked him no matter how many times the experience rocked him. Was it desire or was it anger? Not towards the woman. Towards himself. Towards life. Towards his helplessness. Straight to his boyhood abandonment.

"Close your mouth Daniel. You must stop living in shock and judgement. Remember, the greatest gift one can give another is to allow freedom of choice, even when the choice appears the wrong one. No person has the right to judge another when they come from a place of ignorance.’

‘My feeling is you never had to ‘recover’ from addiction. You needed to realize you are not special. Like me, you are just another man.’

The greatest gift one can give another is to allow freedom of choice, even when the choice appears the wrong one.

‘His fingers on his left hand were covered in blood! What in God’s holy name was this she-thing? As if she had read his thoughts, she spoke again. It was a sinister whisper as she verbally repeated her name. ‘I am Krasue and I have come to feed.’ Daniel looked up to the apparition above him and stared straight into her deep crimson eyes. He was hypnotized. She was beautiful.’

Many men had come before Daniel. Better men. Stronger men. Holier men. But Daniel had a connection to the womb of the woman and his longing was his source of renewal. Daniel had begun to see that passion was not just lust. That passion was a conduit to love.

And when the significance of Daniel’s awakening fell into his psyche he finally saw the price of his own wanton, reckless lust. He had also been preying on the innocence of women. Yes, sometimes cunning and calculating women. Women as naive and reckless as Daniel. Yet women who had been manipulated by men.

A short, powerful, musical read that will teach you to own your past, then let it go.

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THE BACK PAGE BLURB: Pilgrim is a short novel which deals with the spiritual journey of an Aboriginal man named Daniel. It is written in the philosophical genre, with powerful and lyrical prose. Daniel is a tormented soul who leaves a successful career in Sydney on a quest for Purpose. He embarks on a journey to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Led through the range of human experiences from longing and lust, to boredom and fear, Daniel meets monks, demons and gods. His odyssey finally takes him to Sacred Mountain, where he faces supernatural tests delivered by powerful women.

The journey of Daniel’s life may change yours forever.

About the Author

David Stewart is an author, senior philanthropy director, recovered addict and a Buddhist socialist. He has survived cyclones, overdoses and working for banks but his greatest victory is raising his three boys. His wife thinks he is a grumpy old man but forgives him because he cooks well and washes the dog. 

Behind Stewart’s calm, professional exterior is a man awash with philosophical dilemma. When he decides to speak people are inclined to listen. Pilgrim is his second book and reflects his deep love of temples, Thai food markets and mango sticky rice.

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David's lived experience provides enormous empathy and understanding to create a hard-to-put-down book!

Kathryn GreinerAO

What a FABULOUS book!!!

Rick Grossmanof the Hoodoo Gurus

What an incredible spiritual journey Pilgrim takes you on, it really gives you a new perspective on the now ...Allow yourself to get lost in the story and reflect on your own life.

Matt MoranChef

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