About the author
My name is Gonzalo S. Rey, and I love to see people expanding their possibilities, breaking limiting patterns, having faith in themselves.
First, my life was determined by others. I studied Law, and Economics. I entered in the corporate world, went to Kenia to work for a electrical company and then to London to work in Investment Banking. I loved the markets but one day in 2001 I asked myself: why am I here for? What is my life about?
Searching for the next deal?.. From that moment I knew I had to leave banking.
It took me two years to take the decission to start my pilgrimage. I had reached what my family wanted for me. I was a succesfull person at the eyes of the community, but my soul longed for more.
So I came back to Spain and studied Philosophy at university, trying to find deep answers. I also went to psychoanalisys. Then I studied spiritual traditions. Although I had no job, I knew I was going in the right path. And I walked a lot.
One day, a very good friend suggested that I should write a book. And I put all my heart and effort in the project. I walked 400km, studied all the history in the 13th century of Spain and created a self-help historical and spiritual novel. I self published it and was a relative success in Spain. Then it was traslated to English and can be bought in 13 countries. Realizing that the book needed some help to reach out I had to learn to do websites: The first was http://www.lallamada.org Little by little, I have created a blog, a newsletter, a course on the book…So after a few years I have a small tribe of followers that are waiting for my next novel (so I will never need a publisher…). Then I created this basic website for the English version of the novel.
At the same time I saw people suffering for being unhappy at their jobs. So I made a course at Coaching Training Alliance and became a coach for those people. The goal was to help them to have the courage to take the step to go from the life determined by others, to determine his/her own life.
Lately some people running business have started asking for my advice. So I have created a coaching program for business people who want to reach to the next level.
So that is pretty much my story.
Regarding the novel “The Calling” which narrates the “hero´s journey” in the Iberian Peninsula during the 13th Century:
Writing this novel has been a great adventure and has brought me many gifts. I have had the opportunity to delve into an extraordinary time in the history of Spain, the 13th century, which is unknown for many people. Also, it was incredible to walk a 400 km trek between Teruel and Toledo, in a pilgrimage, which allowed me to discover so many inspirational places. It also enabled me to research the history of Spain in a way that I would not have otherwise been afforded. The novel also has helped me to discover Toledo, the city where I live, and where I feel at home.
Love to you. And thank you for this opportunity. God bless you.
Gonzalo Rey (1973) holds a degree in Business Administration (University ICADE – Madrid, Spain) and a degree in Law (National Distance Education University of Spain), and graduate studies in Philosophy (National Distance Education University of Spain). After working in Kenya and London, he started his spiritual journey. He has studied the Jewish Mystical Tradition that germinated in Spain during the medieval ages, which is the foundation of this novel.