Posted on Sun, Feb. 20, 2005 Wichita Eagle by Nancy Mehl
Carson shares ideas about successful living in 'Gone Shopping'
"Gone Shopping!: An Odyssey of Discovery" by Doc Carson ( High Way Publishing, $12.95, paperback, fiction/psychology)
Writer and philosopher "Doc" Carson is a native Kansan. He earned degrees in psychology and philosophy at the University of Kansas and lives in Lawrence with his wife, Sue, and their dachshund, Kaiser.
Describing himself as a "professionally happy person," he sees his life as an experiment in happiness. "You have to keep testing and checking the results life gives you," he says. Two events caused Carson to evaluate his own existence. The first was a serious car accident, and the second, an armed robbery. "After those two near-death experiences, life became pretty valuable to me."
Carson shares his ideas about the importance of successful living in "Gone Shopping!: An Odyssey of Discovery." The story, told through the eyes of a man who stumbles upon an unusual shopping mall where he takes a fascinating journey of self- discovery, makes Carson 's point of view stimulating and entertaining.
Although I usually approach books touting philosophical messages" with trepidation, I was pleasantly surprised by Carson 's effort. He doesn't talk down to or exclude any particular group. There is no political or religious "correctness" lecture here. Instead, he offers insights that allows every reader to gain something unique.
"Gone Shopping!" is available at Barnes and Noble, Borders and Watermark Books. It can also be ordered through Book Kansas ! at (877) 878-8127