Roll Around Heaven

An All-True Accidental Spiritual Adventure

Roll Around Heaven

An all-true accidental spiritual adventure that led one non-believer to lunch with Deepak Chopra, dance with Stephen Hawking, heal with Yogananda, banish evil spirits with Buddhist lamas, find true love in a Presbyterian church choir, share Celtic revelations on the isle of Iona, talk all night with the Daughters of Islam, and learn an abiding respect for all paths to God.

When Jessica Maxwell—nationally acclaimed adventure-travel writer and self-professed spiritual klutz—saw a vision of her father’s face filling the sky three days after his death, she had no idea that it foreshadowed a dizzying spiritual journey. Drawn kicking and screaming into the bright light of spiritual reality, she soon traded in her hip waders for halos as her world travels brought her face-to-face with enlightened teachers from all the great religions.

Chronicling nearly two decades of Jessica Maxwell’s spiritual adventures and filled with astonishing stories, witty asides, and breathtaking revelations, Roll Around Heaven offers readers a perfect recipe for spiritual success in a chronically baffling world.
  • Atria Books/Beyond Words | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781582702377 | 
  • July 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Roll Around Heaven includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jessica Maxwell. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. 


When a startling vision of her father’s face appears in the sky soon after his death, travel journalist Jessica Maxwell begins questioning her own spirituality. Maxwell soon becomes drawn into the bright light of spiritual reality by a “Holy Pig Farmer” she meets through a friend.

Roll Around Heaven chronicles nearly two decades of Maxwell’s spiritual adventures, as she travels the globe on her “down-to-earth” magazine-writing assignments only to end up receiving valuable insights into the world’s great faiths. Spiced with humor and rich with original flair, Maxwell’s adventures will inspire you to embrace the power of the divine in your own life, and a bonus last chapter is designed to help you do just that. 


Questions for Discussion
1. At the beginning of her journey, Jessica Maxwell and her sister see an image of their recently deceased father appear in the sky, though they live a thousand mil see more

About the Author

Jessica Maxwell
Photograph by Richard A. Herman

Jessica Maxwell

The daughter of a Scottish New Zealander and an Arabic-Cajun, Jessica Maxwell has the whole wide world in her blood. True to her pedigree, she is a widely published international adventure writer, author and photographer with a special emphasis on food, conservation, women’s journeys and spiritual transformation. The youngest writer to pen Esquire’s Travel column (1985 – 1997), she created and wrote Audubon’s True Nature in-the-field conservation column (1992 – 1997) before authoring travel books on flyfishing, golf and women’s adventure. She is a longtime contributor to the LIFE section of Forbes, and regular presence in AARP The Magazine, Gourmet, and More.
A former California beach girl, she earned a degree in Magazine Journalism at the University of Oregon–including spending her junior year in Aix-en-Provence–and now lives in Western Oregon, with her trial attorney husband Tom “Mr. Quotable” Andersen at Gaiety Hill House, a historic Georgian manor where she happily serves their guests afternoon tea and grand feasts, especially when her beloved stepsons, Ben and Eli, are in town...unless she’s out stalking giant Norwegian grouse or chasing away evil spirits with a Himalayan Rinpoche.