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In Search of Simplicity

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

 In 1986, at the age of twenty eight, the author wakes from a meningitis-induced coma in Norway, just in time to prevent a potentially lethal injection of penicillin, to which he is allergic.

Follow his adventures as his life takes an about face from manager and investor to backpacking world traveller. A bewildering series of coincidences guides him through the tropical jungles of remote Papua New Guinea and the alpine mystique of the Shangri La-like Hunza Valley.

His mission? To discover his calling and to determine how to live with simplicity.

From a highjacking to a near death drowning, from meetings with simple villagers to leaders of religious sects, this story looks at the roots of our current ecological and social traumas and it hints at solutions available to us all.

Hold on. You’re in for a ride. You need not leave the safety and comfort of your favourite chair. But you just might find your own mission along the way. And you’re guaranteed to see the world in a different way after reading this book.


Hear the author read from the book here

In Search of Simplicity is a truly amazing true story travel/adventure book by a loving and thoughtful man. I LOVED [this] book. I found it fascinating …inspiring, hilarious, moving.”

Amanda McBroom, actress, singer/songwriter and composer of the 1979 worldwide hit, The Rose. 

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: 

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“In Search of Simplicity is nothing short of captivating. It’s an incredible travelogue of the spirit, with a plot composed by the universe itself and an author who takes as much delight in language as he does in life. Whether you pick it up for inspiration or for escape, you’ll discover that the entire book is evidence for how the whole world conspires to support and delight those who follow their hearts.”

Siona van Dijk, Director of Gaia Community

“Even amidst bouts of malaria, a recurring spasm of meningitis, and appendicitis, Haines paints his surroundings and experiences in such a rose colored tint that it almost seems as if he enjoyed the worst ordeals of his journey as much as the glorious climaxes. Perhaps this is the true mark of a Zen master… By simply taking part in his journey, he gives the reader an adventure in conscious connection, bringing hope that we can always find our path if we simply open ourselves up to it… No book in the literary realm gives such a buoyant look at [synchronicity] as In Search of Simplicity by John P. Haines.”

Steve McAllister, Modern Hippie Mag.  For the complete review visit:

“As modern society takes us further away from simple living, the message in this book brings us back to what matters most, by reminding us that ‘simplicity’ is available at any time when we are prepared to open our hearts and minds and engage fully with the world around us..”

Suzanne Stewart, Wellington

“As you read the many colorful accounts of John Haines’ true story you find that he has all the color and verve and life experience of an Indiana Jones.”

Elan Sun Star, Photographer-Writer-Teacher, Hawaii