Elena Trintas rated it 5 stars, March 2017, Goodreads Review
Loved this deep and intriguing novel! Back into the 17th century, gliding through Amas life, exploring the wisdom of China (such a fascinating culture) and multi-leveled dimensional stories of Reuben, the man with no name, tales of Macau, A-Ma goddess, Father Benedict, and Lilith was a very special experience. Within my own life I already had a deep fascination with Chinese I Jing, Feng Shui, the Chinese most fascinating character writing, so I found my own sanctuary within the setting of Nuit-s 17th century story. An uproar of wisdom that can not be contained by religious dogmas, I was re-incarnated within such a complex setting working with enlightened minds of the time. I felt that this is exactly what Nuit wanted us to do, take an active role, worship the Temple of Ama, return to own quest to follow the river to its ocean, become one of many that instigates the change. Beautifully written, with a strong spiritual message, I also deeply connected to the alchemy thread within the story. I am very blessed that I had a chance to come across Nuit-s work at the time my focus is within further understanding of Yin and Yang balance, within the understanding of Kundalini, understanding of Goddess, and our, Christians (but also humanity) focus with suffering. Ama and her friends, lovers, family told me a story of "change", story of "alchemy", story of "transformation" and the book has a deep message for every day of the journey. Yet this is not a book for all. The special, who have the opportunity to come across it, will understand all the levels of the story and get in touch with the feminine eternal wisdom within. Must read!
Mario Johns from US rated it 5 stars, 26th February 2017, Goodreads Reviews
Deep profound reading. Fallowing a very interesting story set in the 16th century of Alchemy, magic, Chinese I Jing. The dance of Yin and Yang, rational and intuitive is very obvious within the chapters of the book. A female dreamy approach to life versus a male, an energetic and scientific approach. Ama lives during the scientific revolution of Age of Reason, during the time when missionaries tried to convert Chinese to Christianity finding a rich, advanced, intriguing culture, and philosophical approach to Life and God that is amazingly different from our Western one.
Learning from the Chinese that during the centuries lived in a huge land surrounded by a wall is just an attempt to bridge two sides of the world, two ways of thinking, two approaches to spirituality, art, music, the Yin and Yang of energies manifestations, creating an Alchemy of Humanity and witnessing an alchemy of souls.
The book is multi-leveled and I enjoyed following Amas life, learning about different African / Chinese customs, exploring spiritual stories of different eras and moving through the historical events of the time in Macao and in China: the Dutch attack, Building of the annual Chinese Calendar, Father Schall appointment to the Board of Mathematicians, first Universities in Macao translating manuscripts from Chinese to Portuguese and Spanish, witch hunt, and scientific revolution that moved the centuries ahead. Ama puts us in the main seat. We feel like we are driving the history of humanity together with Gods, spirits, and enlightened people of the time. We are the alchemists who work on the personal transformation and lovers or confused souls that are too attached to the idea that we all need suffering to grow. In fact there are many messages reoccurring through this work: it reflect the wisdom of today's search. What is the alchemy of love? What is God? How to live Divine in all the areas of life. Soul and spirit, spiritual not religious, deep and complex, interesting and playful.
Sue Andreas rated it 5 stars, February 2017, Goodreads Reviews
Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery set during the Age of Enlightenment. A novel about China, eastern philosophy, enlightenment, love, magic, Gods, Ama, Portuguese priests, the settlers of Macau (Macao) during the 16th and the 17th century.
Beautifully written wisdom of ages.
Alchemy of soul within the alchemy of love.
Through the eyes of 12 narrators: Ama-s friends, Gods, & spirits, Historian, Lover, Alchemist, Reuben, Father Benedict, etc.
A-Ma explores the human and social alchemy through the historical events in Macau: Dutch Attack, Chinese Calendar Reform, missioners work, Witch Hunt, through the eyes of Gods, Goddess, Amas father De-Nobille, a Portuguese Alchemist, her mother spirit, her lover.
We also follow a universal spiritual journey that is within each one of us: the path from suffering to love. Each character chooses their-own path to God and each path leads to Divine, whether it is called Christ or Buddha or Tao.
Spiritual not religious.
Must read at least once!
Aurora Zora rated it 5 stars, April 2017, Goodreads Reviews
Ama. Who is Ama? I asked when I saw her eyes for the first time looking at me from the cover of the book. She intrigued me instantly. I know Nuit and her work, from the moment of her first exhibition launch of Art of 4 Elements poetry and art bbook in 2012, when a group of artist exhibited 120 works (photos, painting, pastels) inspired by Nuit!s 120 poems of elements, and I was looking forward to hold this beautiful book /novel in my hands. I know that Nuit was writing Ama for more than 10 years and I was aware of some of her writing anecdotes. Ama had a life and personality of her-own and the most amazing one. For example, Ama as a protagonist of the story, was black before Nuit has decided to adopt her two kids from Ethiopia. Her deep connection to the African story and wisdom is completely fascinating. At one point I remember Nuit recalling, she has decided to remove Ama!s love-life from the book. After she did all the edits, she forgot about this little crazy episode. She did not touch the book for a while and when returning to it she mistakenly returned to the previous, un-edited version of the story, the one with Ama!s love-life intact. Nuit said that Ama did not want her to do anything so stupid as to remove such an important part of the story.
So who is Ama? A divine female incarnated within a setting of the 17th century Macau (China). A most amazing female protagonist whose wisdom is vast and moving. I read about Tao, I read about alchemy, I read about love, and China and its amazing esoteric knowledge. I think Ama will be something else for each one of us. I will not spoil your story. I will let you do your-own discovery. I personally was impressed with what I got from the novel. Best reads!
Kristina rated it 5 stars. March 2017, Goodreads reviews
Ama as a virginal youth, or fully blooming female, or as a Goddess herself.
This book transferred me into a journey to another sphere, time, through foreign lands, mix of cultures, perhaps even through different spiritual dimensions, still touching upon questions we all ask even today. Is it religion, or magic or heart we ought to follow? Love that is in its pure simplicity the essence of the path to highest spirituality, through the deep respect of life elements: water, fire, wood, metal and earth. Inside of your eternal search perhaps you will find the answers exactly within this book. Do Gods and Goddesses face the same dilemmas as we pure mortals and how different we are truly from the Creators? How one contains the magic of two and One is mirrored in all. How often the differences between us divide us and how often do they bring us together. In an attempt to solve the secret of life and death, do we come across the stage of the Creator Herself? Where is the harmony and how to live it? When is the moment when “The Essence became Now, past and future disappeared.”
A-Ma Alchemy of Love, the spiritual book that I sincerely recommend to all, the book you will return to always learning something new, with the questions that are at that moment within you. “Everything in Nature manifests either through Heavenly Father or through Mother Earth.” A-ma Alchemy of Love
Interviews with Author
Q: You’ve traveled widely and researched multiple approaches to “love mindfulness.” Does one approach appeal to you more than another?
Nataša Nuit Pantović: The Eastern and Western approaches to God and spirituality developed in different directions. The western thrived exploring science, music, sports while the eastern focused on the interconnectedness of all, with a greater emphasis on myths, occult, micro-macro relationships. There are Yin and Yang approaches to life. Within my novel A-MA: ALCHEMY OF LOVE, I explore these in greater details. A-MA is set in 17th century China, at the time of first real contact of Eastern and Western civilizations, first printing books, first Universities that translated ancient works, first enlightened minds that saw that the merge of the two could lead to an amazing wisdom sharing.
Within China we enter the very wisdom of the alchemy of soul and humanity, where a group of enlightened people create an energy matrix that will change the lives of generations to come. Through Ruben, a Portuguese Jesuit Priest, through Ama, her family, friends, followers and enemies, we attempt to understand the challenges of their time, we join their attempts to learn from both the Eastern and Western philosophies, and we witness their personal inner transformation.