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Couple follows series of coincidences to South America

Leigh Ann Laube • Jul 23, 2011 at 1:25 AM

In “The Celestine Prophecy,” the 1993 novel by James Redfield, John Woodson is an out-of-work high school history teacher who experiences a dramatic and profound metamorphosis.Through a mysterious set of coincidences, he finds himself on an adventure to Peru in search of ancient scrolls, known as the Celestine Prophecy. The scrolls predict a new awakening that redefines human life and provides a glimpse into a completely spiritual culture on Earth.Life is full of coincidences. Lyle Kelly and Amy Anderson not only decided to pay attention to the coincidences in their lives, they decided to let those events lead them. And, by coincidence, the husband and wife were led to Peru, where they stayed for nine months.Both natives of Kingsport, Lyle and Amy headed west after their 2001 graduation from Sullivan North High School. Lyle moved to Knoxville to study architecture at the University of Tennessee, and Amy was accepted to Maryville College to study sociology and religion. Lyle transferred to East Tennessee State University with plans to pursue a degree in art, but after the death of his mother, he dropped out of college and went to work in the family business.Meanwhile, Amy graduated from Maryville in 2005 and found a job in the non-profit sector. After the couple married in 2007, they lived first in Knoxville then moved to Jackson, Tenn.Read the expanded version of this report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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