An Artist's Approach to Spirituality


by Makram Abu-Shakra

Driven by the pursuit of inspiration and breakthrough experiences, musician, artist, and writer Abu-Shakra explores the inner terrain and develops a spirituality centered on attaining higher states of mind.

Interplay shows the benefits and risks of intensely energized, minimally disciplined spiritual development and emphasizes evoking the balancing process directly from life’s experiences.

Weaving memoir with fiction, discussions on art and music, and unique observations on the nature of reality, Interplay traces the author's progression from skepticism to groundbreaking revelations on synchronicity, mysticism, and the process of initiation.


First Place, Spiritual/Philosophy Category

--Royal Dragonfly Book Awards 

Finalist, Spirituality Category

--International Book Awards 

Finalist, Spirituality Category

--Next Generation Indie Book Awards 

Finalist, Spiritual Category

--National Indie Excellence Awards 

Honorable Mention, Spiritual Category

--Paris Book Festival 

Honorable Mention, Spiritual Category

--San Francisco Book Festival 

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"A dynamic and thought-provoking account of one man’s spiritual and artistic evolution....This book acts as a challenge to skeptics and a heartfelt appeal to the open-minded....serves as a powerful treatise on spiritual discovery and provokes thoughtful introspection in regards to one's spirituality."

--San Francisco Book Review 

"In every stage of his development—both spiritual and creative—this musician/artist/fiction writer/philosopher creates a complex "palette" of perspectives. Beginning with this multiplicity he strives to reach a simplicity that retains the original rich complexity, much like the miraculous harmony that comes of mixing the color on a palette....the reader will return again and again to "Interplay" in search of anchor points, synchronicity and synthesis in one's own spiritual journey."


"Devotees of art and spiritual exploration will find much to contemplate in Interplay. Weaving various art forms together with spiritual and psychic exploration cannot help but motivate those who wish to use their own art as a means to awakening."

--ForeWord Clarion Reviews 

"As a story of spiritual transition and transcendence, this is a book that will be of great interest to many people. Open-minded readers will find a great deal to ponder."


"Abu-Shakra has undergone a profound exploration of psychic and spiritual awareness. He does a wonderful job of showing how science, metaphysics, psychology and spirituality intersect in human existence ... I like, above all, the way Abu-Shakra has used his genius therapeutically--therein is a potent message for other artists endowed with talent, and perhaps, sight."

--Judge, 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards 

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Makram Abu-Shakra is a critically acclaimed experimental musician, artist, fiction writer, and spiritual seeker. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1971, he has degrees in computer science and currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Contact: makram@shiftingshadow.net


Publisher: Infinity


Release Date: Sept. 16, 2013