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Posted: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:45 pm

Healing is what brought them together and healing is what Janet Purcell and John Campbell hope to share with those who read their new book, “Threads of Two Voices.”

Purcell, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident, interfaith reverend and Reiki master, first met software engineer and artist John Campbell when he answered an ad for learning about Reiki healing.

As he learned more about energy healing he began to apply it to painting, a pastime he had enjoyed since he was young but had never really taken seriously. Purcell became a fan of his work and when she began writing poetry she approached him about making a book together.

The two did all their work separately and only combined the paintings with the words for printing. Somehow, even with an unplanned and seemingly random order they’ve found that the pictures and words just flow together.

“It’s a demonstration of how synchronicity plays a role in our growth,” Campbell said.

While the book is in no way a how-to book the pair believe it can have healing power. Purcell, who calls her poetry spiritual metaphors, said even reading it herself she learns a different lesson from it each time.

“If a person is curious about life in general and opens the book then it will strike them on some level,” she said. “It may not be a conscious level. It may be subconscious and the healing is taking place very quietly.”

Campbell and Purcell hope their book applies to many different groups. Those who love art and poetry, those who may be suffering with an addiction or the loss of a loved one, or those on a spiritual journey to discover more about themselves.

The two have continued with their writing and painting but it’s still up in the air whether or not they’ll put another book together. “Threads of Two Voices” is available upon request at most major book stores and online at or www.JohnCampbell


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