Book: Ten Yen True by Christina St. Clair, Amanda Armstrongcategories: Book, General Fiction, Spirituality, Pure Land Buddhism, Miracle, New Age, Mysticism
Christina St. Clairabout this book: Ten Yen True was a huge amount of fun to write and originated from what I can only describe as a mystical experience.
I was visiting my niece, author Amanda Armstrong, in London. My suitcase, one of those old-fashioned cloth ones with a zipper, lay unpacked in my room. When I reached inside for a tee-shirt, I found a strange coin. I thought Mandy was playing a joke on me but she swore she was not. We didn't even know what sort of coin it was except the image of a temple implied it might be Asian. Mandy's husband found a photo of this coin on the Internet. It was a Ten Yen piece--a very common sort of coin and yet very beautiful.
Two writers together and a strange happening gave rise to an exciting idea for a novel. It turned out a Japanese monk had been given four coins and was instructed by Amida, the Buddha of Compassion, to give these coins to four strangers who needed to come together to help one another. Thus Caitlin a ruthless banker, Paul an egotistical actor, JJ a gentle giant of a nurse, and Tommy a sick little boy are on a path that will merge...
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