SoulBurgers narrative tells of a 15 year journey in soul, inspired by the most famous soul journey in the world, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. It opens with a 3,500 word introduction explaining the journey ahead – a contemporary odyssey in verse, chronicling the soul’s journey from rock bottom to freedom.
The odyssey takes its reader from the harrowing ‘hell’ of addiction and self-loathing upwards through the ‘purgatorial’ process of hope to the light of ‘paradise’ in rich sculpted poetry and prose.
Christina Reihill’s vision for this book found its opening lines after she saw a drunken woman in a restaurant, who reminded her of herself. The woman, a ‘wooden doll’, was wearing a red hat and downing red wine.
Over ten years, while she trained and worked as a psychotherapist, Christina articulated similar raw emotional landscapes and mapped these onto Dante’s central theme, to know love.
Christina’s vision was to produce a book that showed, not told, its readers the way to personal freedom. “At the time, I trusted no-one, least of all myself and while there were hundreds of books about this journey – none showed its hard trek, footprint by footprint, like Dante 700 years ago. ”
So like Livingstone in search of The Nile, in what he called “the open wound of Africa”, Christina embarked on the same journey as the medieval poet to provide a contemporary map of his journey to gold in human consciousness: the place of peace, happiness, justice, joy, hilarity and forgiveness.