Light on the Mountain will appeal to readers of spiritual fiction and spirituality, those who enjoy philosophical parables, and new age audiences; especially those confronting a new era of despair and hopelessness. It offers a message for each of these readers in the form of the fictional prophecy of an Ancient One who has been sleeping for 1,000 years, and whose awakening will lead the city people out of oppression and pain to confront their demons and solve their problems.
This is the basic message of a newly-awakened Ancient One who uses the lives of disparate individuals to chronicle how this kind of awakening spirit moves differently in and for each of them.
From the beginning, Light on the Mountain's atmosphere is ethereal and winding. There's a sense of uplifting energy and upward movement to the characters as they explore what this awakening means to them, and there's also a survey of God's will, questions and answers and the forms they take, their impact, and a message of hope that streams from the Ancient One to mankind as a whole.
The generalities of this light and its bringer lend an 'everyman' feel of universality to the story that considers the different effects of transformation on a disparate group of individuals. How soldiers and messengers react differently to these admonitions and insights, for one example, is gently crafted into a story that holds much meaning for any spiritual thinker who could take virtually any religious history in the world and compare it to the enlightening force described in Light on the Mountain.
The difference lies in its presentation: where other spiritual disciplines might detail a singular path to enlightenment, Light on the Mountain contains a wider-ranging approach that includes the perspective of the light-bringer as well as those affected by it.
Of additional note is the political impact of this spiritual force on the kingdom, and the issues of control and authority it raises.
The prerequisite to thoroughly appreciating this tale is a desire to question life's greater meaning. Readers with such an interest will find Light on the Mountain may look like a light read, with its fable format and 99 pages, but contains a powerful message that's particularly meaningful in these times.
It's a parable of hope and an affirmation of the power of Light in the face of personal, political, and social darkness, and its ability to both enlighten and entertain makes for a winning combination that considers possible paths to a better world.