BOOK REVIEW: LEAVES OF ELVIS' GARDEN:
If you are an Elvis Presley fan, it will come as no surprise to you that he had a deep spiritual belief. He showed this by many of the gospel songs that he sang throughout his career. The one thing you probably did not realize is just how deep Elvis’ spiritual beliefs go. I have read many books on the life of Elvis Presley and followed his career throughout the years but I was amazed by how spiritual Elvis really was and how he yearned to find answers to many of the questions he had been harboring through the years.
Elvis had many questions that he wanted answered. Two of the most important to him were: Why did my twin brother die at birth? He wondered why he was the one chosen to live. The other question had to do with his mother with whom he was very close. Their family was very poor and his mother would take on all kinds of jobs to help get Elvis items so he could have the same as the other children in school. Just when his career started to really take off, his mother passed away. He was happy that she was able to enjoy some of his success but he wanted to do much more for her.
Larry Geller came to Elvis as a hairdresser. While riding in a car with Larry one day, Elvis had a spiritual sighting. Elvis was so taken by this sighting that he was ready to give up everything and wanted Larry to help him find a monastery so he could become a monk. This is probably something that no Elvis fan knows. Larry was able to change Elvis’ mind by telling him that he had a responsibility to the world and that the world needed him.
Elvis, who was very impressed by Larry Geller, hired him. Elvis believed Larry came to him – not as a hairdresser but for a reason. Larry would bring several metaphysical and spiritual books along on the customized bus where he would sit next to Elvis who was at the wheel. Elvis would pull the bus over every so often to have a chance to do some reading. He also asked Larry to speak to the other guys on the bus. He wanted to help them make the same spiritual journey.
Larry explains that he wrote this book because it is something Elvis wanted done. Larry stated that Elvis said, “The world knows Elvis Presley all right, but they don’t know me. I want them to know me, the real person, Larry, I’m counting on you.”
Larry Geller has written a very intriguing book about the private side of Elvis Presley. I did not know many of the things that Larry mentions about him. It is nice to read a book about Elvis written by a close confidant and to hear some of the singer’s innermost thoughts about his beliefs in the spiritual realm. I always heard that Elvis was very close to his mother but you don’t realize just how much she meant to him until you read this book. The author has done an excellent job of conveying Elvis’ spiritual beliefs to the reader and especially to all of his fans. If you are an Elvis Presley fan, this is a must read book.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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