Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rudi Unterthiner's Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows

Dr. Rudi Unterthiner's Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows draws on his life as an illegal immigrant who did not speak English and his amazing tale of the transformative power of will, putting himself through medical school as a ski instructor and crop duster, becoming one of Hollywood's elite plastic surgeons, with a client list that included Frank Sinatra. He chronicles the story of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Reiter, a man torn between his work as a Hollywood plastic surgeon and his true calling as healer in Baja.

This book offers both a riveting story from an author with an amazing personal journey and several important lessons, as Dr. Paul Reiter learns the correlation between faces and souls from his wife, proponing the belief that the face should reflect the soul. While a book about a plastic surgeon may sound superficial, Faces, Souls, and Painted Crows is anything but. While Dr. Reiter struggles with his personal demons, tension between his career and his calling, and a search to find meaning both in his charitable works and in Hollywood, the reader is taken on his amazing journey of self-discovery, personal awareness, and cultural awareness.