Reviews: The Curious Reality in Imagination

As part of my book release, I asked a select group of people to read my book and give me their thoughts. Criticism or praise. Here are their words, completely unedited. Much gratitude to all who submitted! Pre-order is open now here >


"Get ready to meander through musings about the synergy of personal imagination and creativity with that of the Universe of which we are all a part. With echoes of Jung’s “collective unconscious,” Redfield’s, “Celestine Prophecy,” psychological concepts such as “flow,” and post-traumatic growth, as well as odes to other creative writers such as Julia Cameron (“The Artist’s Way”), Bernie Freytag takes us on a gently humorous but deep dive into the creative process. He invites even the most skeptical and analytical of us to take a look at how we think, and how our thinking may block our own creativity and appreciation for the Universe within us and around us.

With a wonderful mix of prose, illustrations and poetry, Freytag invites us to consider suspending our analytical minds, to seize moments of synergy with the Universe rather than rushing to the next scheduled activity. This simple, gentle invitation has the power to impact how we interact with ourselves, others and the world. Perhaps we can allow a moment of serendipity to unfold, be more willing to take ownership of our own vulnerability, and more able to observe (and perhaps facilitate) connections between ourselves, others, and the Universe. That can only be of benefit."

Mary G Brownsberger, PsyD, ABPP
Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology
Pennsylvania, USA



"A lovely read! Poetry, art, and storytelling collide as Bernie Freytag takes us on yet another enchanting journey of exploration. Freytag writes, “depending strongly on how we look for it, how we feel for it, how our mind connects to it… the truth could possibly be that the Universe is hiding this magic in plain sight.” The Curious Reality in Imagination inspires us to tune our senses differently, to recognize cosmic connections, and to follow our instincts to reveal new truths. The result is a thought-provoking look at what the world might be when we invite our imagination to percolate through the realities of our existence." 

AJ Wojtalik
Poet, Storyteller
Colorado, USA



"Once in a while you come across a book that makes you pause….and wonder. It’s the kind of book that piques your curiosity and opens your mind to possibilities. You are holding that book right now. In these pages, Bernie allows you to wander with him from Iceland to Utah and from Walden Pond to Paris. His poetry, drawings and written words weave seamlessly together to create an experience on each and every page. Along the way, he gives you an opportunity to contemplate synchronicity, creativity, and the many mysteries of the universe. This isn’t the kind of book that you want to read quickly. Rather, it’s a book that you want to savor, pausing often to allow your creative imagination to flow and your own curiosity to run wild. When you get to the final page, you will discover that all of these wanderings bring you exactly where you needed to be."

Kelli O’Brien Watson
Owner, Scriptor Publishing Group
New York, USA



“After more or less two years cooped up in our homes from the pandemic, it’s refreshing to be reminded of just how creative, capable, and adventurous we all are at heart – we just need to let ourselves rediscover how those muscles work. 

Part travel log, part memoir, part study in curiosity and creativity, Bernie shares the moments and the mysteries that unlock the parts of ourselves we didn’t know existed or had gone dormant. Through doodling, dreaming, and most importantly doing, in the midst of recovery from a traumatic brain injury, The Curious Reality in Imagination is it fitting follow-up to Find Wonder in the Ordinary

After all, every act of creation starts with a little curiosity. If you would ever felt like you got a small peek behind the curtain of our universe through travel, books, music, or art, you’ll identify with Bernie’s stories, and maybe even re-discover more of your own creativity.”

Ryan Miller
Traveler, Storyteller, Songwriter, Connector.
New York, USA




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