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Living and Coping with Epilepsy, My Way
This is a very courageous book. The author is a 36-year old registered health care professional who was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and this is her story of coping and coming to terms with the illness. Epilepsy is a frightening condition, both for those suffering from it and for friends and family who witness its effects but Cara Coles manages to offer a ray of hope (and help) for those who find themselves in a similar situation.
In the early stages, the author discovered ‘the law of attraction’ and described how it helped her overcome many of the problems surrounding her recent changes of lifestyle. This is a form of developing ‘positive mental attitude’ and based on the belief that everything is made of energy, and we attract the same energy that we ourselves generate. Since our thoughts are energy, our actions are energy and our feelings, if we think and feel more positive, we will attract more positive things into our lives. In ‘Living and Coping With Epilepsy, My Way’, Cara Coles offers practical step-by-step instructions on how to approach the ‘law of attraction’ and incorporate it into your new lifestyle. As she says in her book: “The law of attraction has helped me to deal with the illness. It has helped me to deal with what was happening to me and in coming to terms with this disorder. It has helped me to see that no matter how I felt, there was a future out there for me and it gave me the strength to get up and go out and get it.”
If you have just been diagnosed with epilepsy, Cara Coles’s story will strike a resonating cord as she shares her darkest moments of coming to terms with the fact that life is never going to be the same again. She talks of the embarrassment, loneliness and fear in a way that fellow suffers will empathise with; her approach to the illness will enable the family to understand what the sufferer is going through – and how to offer practical help.
~ Suzanne Ruthven, Waterstones and Amazon (2)
Hilary H. Carter
Dyscalculia is the term used for a specific learning disability affecting numbers and maths. People with dyscalculia have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. As someone who suffers from this problem, ‘Number Woman’ is a title that should be totally unappealing and yet from the first page I found Hilary Carter’s book fascinating. All magical practitioners are aware of the importance of magical numbers and sacred geometry, and how to apply them to magical workings and interpretation, but the author brings the recognition of reoccurring numbers into daily living – and a spiritual quest. As the author herself writes: “I love the feeling of just knowing things, those times when I don’t need signs or synchronicities to guide me. The signs still appear but even without them, when my intuition is firing on all cylinders, the way forward becomes very clear.” It was intriguing following in the author’s footsteps around the different sacred sites and holy places, and I can’t honestly say that I was convinced by all this ‘numerical happenstance’ but I still found the book an absolutely fascinating read – and discovered some surprising insights along the way. ~ Suzanne Ruthven, Amazon/Waterstones
Pagan Portals - Nature Mystics
"I expected to skim this book, and ended up by reading every word. It is a wonderfully deft and vivid introduction to a broad range of distinguished British authors whose contribution to the making of modern Paganism is both considerable and little understood."
~ Professor Ronald Hutton
Pagan Portals - The Morrigan
The Morrigan is the collective name for a triad of Irish warrior goddesses, sometimes regarded as sisters, called Badb, Macha and Morrigu.
Badb is a ghost-like goddess sometimes associated with the banshee.
Macha was the goddess of the land ruling war, magic and horses.
Morrigu combines all aspects of the triad of goddesses.
In this short and concise book Morgan Daimler introduces the reader to these important female deites using information from ancient texts, historical records and her own personal experience. Recommended. ~ The Cauldron
Breaking the Mother Goose Code
When asked to review this book I jumped at the chance. Having read Jeri Studebaker’s Switching to Goddess, I had a feeling I would love this book on the myth of Mother Goose. I was not disappointed. Half way through Chapter One I promptly ordered myself a copy of this gem of a book. I devoured this fascinating read in a matter of days and am thrilled to have this in my esoteric library.
Breaking The Mother Goose Code is the Da Vinci Code of nursery rhymes and fairy-tales. Jeri Studebaker takes us on an adventures ride in search of what she believes to be the true meaning and origin of Mother Goose. With her wealth of knowledge Jeri draws the reader into the fairy-tale realm of nursery rhymes, digging deep into the history and mystery of Goddess worship concealed deep within the character of Mother Goose.
Jeri Studebaker traces the identity of Mother Goose through the ancient history of the Mother Goddess, connecting such goddesses as Holda and Aphrodite to this captivating character. By linking the goose and other sacred animals featured in nursery rhymes with goddesses of the world she uncovers the mystery of Mother Goose. Jeri shows us that the visage of Mother Goose changes throughout time. She is shown as a kindly mother figure and as a typical old hag.
By deciphering the codes hidden within such tales as Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper, The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Little Red Riding Hood, and Blue Beard, Jeri Studebaker discovers what might be the true identity of the characters, showing that the heroines of these tales can be seen as code for Mother Goddess. She covers many goddesses, some of which I would never have thought of connecting to Mother Goose, showing how the image of the Mother Goddess and Mother Goose changes with the times we live in.
There are some intriguing chapters in Breaking The Mother Goose Code, all of which add to the adventure of the search for the esoteric meaning of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Part One goes into great detail of the origins of the Mother Goose figure while Part Two digs deeper into the mystery of the tales. Chapter 13 (one of my favorites) uncovers the magic and charm that can be found in these fascinating tales.
I give Breaking The Mother Goose Code two thumbs up. Jeri Studebaker has done a wonderful job of opening my mind to the hidden gifts veiled within fairy tales. The amount of research she put into this treasure of a book is astounding. I find myself searching more for the hidden symbology and imagery while reading the old myths and tales of the Mother Goddess. I’ll be turning to this book often for my own research on the magic and charm that can be found in some of my favorite tales of fairy.
- See more at: http://paganpages.org/content/2015/03/book-review-breaking-the-mother-goose-code-by-jeri-studebaker/#sthash.7LWbGWe6.NwouhMMr.dpuf ~ Author Vivienne Moss, http://paganpages.org/content/2015/03/book-review-breaking-the-mother-goose-code-by-jeri-studebaker/
Living and Coping with Epilepsy, My Way
If you’re newly diagnosed with epilepsy and looking for medical information about your condition, this isn’t the book for you.
However, if you’d like to read an intensely personal account of how Cara Coles came to terms with her diagnosis – and eventually began to see it in a positive light – give Living and Copying with Epilepsy, My Way (2015, Soul Rocks) a shot.
Shocked by her seizures, British healthcare worker Cara decides to use the law of attraction and positive thinking to prove that she can have whatever she wants out of life, no matter what.
She writes a list of wishes, from getting her driving licence back to meeting her favourite band – I would love to know which band, and what happened on the sixth tour date that “we don’t talk about” – and publishing a book, and trusts the universe to deliver.
It’s an easy book to read, with the short chapters giving it the feel of a series of blog posts. Although this isn’t the case, it does seem a bit like a self-published vanity project, and it’s quite repetitious in places with some odd asides.
Having said that, I did enjoy reading it. I have epilepsy myself and recognised many of the stages she goes through, from the fear of having a seizure in public to the intense grief of losing your driving licence and hence your independence. I too went through a period of being afraid to go to sleep in case I had a seizure. It was a great comfort to read about the emotional impact of having epilepsy and feel that I wasn’t alone.
Given that the theme of the book was the law of attraction, I was concerned that at some point was going to trust the universe to deliver a cure for her epilepsy. I was glad to see that she trusts her neurologist’s advice throughout and doesn’t advocate throwing away your medication and hoping for the best.
Cara’s sincerity shines throughout the book – she clearly believes in the law of attraction, that “like attracts like”, and presents a convincing case. Even this sceptical reader felt inspired to think about clearing out the spare room to release the blocked energy within.
No matter what you think about the book’s central premise, you can’t deny that it would be a better world if more people considered the power of gratitude and kindness. And this is something everyone could benefit from, with or without epilepsy.
“It’s still your life: how you live it is up to you. You are who you are; you are not who your illness says you are.” Cara Coles
~ Hannah Hiles, www.hannahhiles.co.uk
Hilary H. Carter
Number Woman by Hilary H. Carter.
A Review by Colin Whitby
When reading Number Woman it is easy to forget that this is a true story, the twists and turns of Hilary’s journey to discover her connection to St. Thomas A Becket and the places she visits have a ‘Dan Brown’ feel about them (especially when she visits the Vatican). She not only lives through numbers but when they guide her to distant places she uncovers all kinds of seemingly unconnected facts and only towards the end, like any good thriller, do we discover with her the true nature of her adventure.
Hilary uses numbers like we would use Google, when something is feeling a little strange she will look to see if there are any numerical signs to guide her. The fun thing is that the real Hilary is exactly like the one in the book, using numbers to connect events or information to great effect. Often she goes against her own thinking mind, bypassing the ego, to find herself living somewhere many of us would simply say ‘no, not there’.
When I first met her she was living in Watchet in Somerset where much of the action in the book takes place. At the time she had nearly finished her adventure but was still ready to leave at a moment’s notice if the numbers dictated. She had a feeling that she would be moving when she had been there 333 days – a number that crops up frequently in Number Woman (you will have to read the book to understand just how significant a number that is).
Another number that appears for Hilary is 11:11 and it was no surprise when she posted a Facebook picture showing the train timetable for the first train out of Watchet into Minehead, it departed at 11:11 every day. (interesting that now Hilary has moved from Watchet the train leaves at 11:14).
Recently I knew I had to contact her when just after I had the thought ‘I wonder what Hilary is doing’ I glanced at the clock and it was 11:11 – that meant, ‘give her a shout, something is up’. It just works that way.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did, it has the pace of a good investigative thriller yet tells a real life adventure.
~ Colin Whitby, Magic of Being
Briar Blackwood's Grimmest of Fairytales
"...Ugly Ducklings, Cinderellas, wide-awake Sleeping Beauties, magical godparents, and Handsome Princes in disguise will all love Briar's adventures."
~ Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. , (www.barbaraardinger.com), author of Secret Lives, Pagan Every Day, and other books
Compass Points: Creating Meaningful Dialogue
"Creating Meaningful Dialogue explores in depth every facet of this often-neglected aspect of fiction and non-fiction writing. Suzanne Ruthven leaves no stone unturned, and one only has to see the Contents page to realise how thorough this exploration is. The premise of 'getting rid of the dross from your typescript and retain the gold in the story,' is delivered in a very readable style, from someone who knows what they're talking about. From dialogue that deliberately misleads, to causing confusion, and on into the detail of 'softeners' and 'hedges,' this is a remarkable achievement, to be read and re-read to avoid giving agents and editors the excuse to say 'no.' Buy it!"
~ Sally Spedding, Amazon
Pagan Portals - Nature Mystics
"I expected to skim this book, and ended up by reading every word. It is a wonderfully deft and vivid introduction to a broad range of distinguished British authors whose contribution to the making of modern Paganism is both considerable and little understood." ~ Professor Ronald Hutton
Where is Lonely?
"That's the best story I've heard in a very long time!" ~ Year 3 Pupil, Wilden Primary School
Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools - We'll get you through this
There are so many books on cancer management and experience on today's market that it's unusual to see one that holds something different on the subject; but Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools comes from the writings of a two-time cancer survivor whose intent is to use her experience to provide tools for recovery from cancer's emotional pain (she is a survivor of breast cancer and melanoma), and it focuses on the emotional needs of patients and their caregivers.
From the moment of diagnosis through treatment and the turmoil that rises and falls like a tide, it provides not just a candid account of the author's own struggles, but adds unexpected humor and tips for perceiving positive paths when facing life-threatening health challenges.
Its pages give clues on how supporters can help, and provide patients with insights on their emotional ups and downs and how to redirect negative impulses into positive results.
Most of all, Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools goes beyond the usual meditation and imagery tips other books provide to impart some candid, different observations - such as how to not shut out those who want to help and, most of all, how to learn to trust one's body again.
If all this sounds too simple, keep in mind that this set of tools is fairly basic. There's no magic in them; but having them all under one cover as a toolbox is a special event: one cancer survivors will want to celebrate.
~ Donovan, Midwest Book Review: California Book Watch
Briar Blackwood's Grimmest of Fairytales
"Take a journey with Briar Blackwood in this unique and entertaining story written by renowned Wiccan author Timothy Roderick. This debut novel -- the first in a series -- will undoubtedly appeal to adults of all ages whose hearts have a fondness for magic, fantasy, and a dash of darkness." ~ Raven Digitalis, author of Shadow Magick Compendium & Goth Craft
Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists
Aaron J. Leonard
Conor A. Gallagher
Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists-The Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party 1968-1980 recovers a “lost” but crucial portion of the history of the New Left of the 1960s and 70s. Co-authors Aaron J. Leonard and Conor A. Gallagher masterfully chronicle the tumultuous history of the leading Maoist group in the United States and the government’s attempt to crush dissent under an iron heel. ~ Mike Kuhlenbeck, Eurasia Review
Your Simple Path
Five stars! A Simple book, beautifully written. ~ J Mexson, Amazon UK
Your Simple Path
I went to Ian's talk and it was fabulous - the book is great, easy to read and understand. It truly changed my life …I hope it changes yours too. ~ Jane Griffiths
How I Left The National Grid
How I Left The National Grid captures the heart of post-punk Manchester and successfully depicts the struggle between wanting to be somebody and the fear of losing yourself along the way. Anyone with a keen interest in Manchester’s music scene or celebrity culture should read this book; you will not be disappointed. How I Left The National Grid leaves you with a sharp taste in your mouth and a beat in your step. ~ We Love Books, http://www.welovethisbook.com/reviews/how-i-left-the-national-grid
Realignment Case, The
...‘The Realignment Case’ is a terrific novel placing time manipulation in the dock with morals being scrutinised or ignored if it’s your own and you are on the legal team. There’s yet one more surprising twist as the story reaches the conclusion. This nicely brings together the loose threads and quirks in the previous chapters.
I think this is a real winner and strongly recommend it. ~ Andy Whitaker, http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/the-realignment-case-by-r-j-dearden-book-review/
Pagan Portals - Nature Mystics
This book is an important first: it brings the rich detail of the pagan sensibility in early twentieth-century novels to the modern reader. Pagans's spiritual ancestry is shown to be richer than we knew. We all know the names Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente, but how many of us know to cherish and appreciate Mary Butts, Sylvia Townsend Warner and Mary Webb? We learn too of the paganism in the heart of those greats John Keats, DH Lawrence and William Butler Yeats. By giving us extensive quotes and biographical summaries, Rebecca Beattie gives us an enjoyable introduction to these pagan 'ancestors'. ~ Christina Oakley Harrington, Treadwells Bookshop
Toxic World, Toxic People
Anna Victoria Rodgers
This is a bible for anyone wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, reduce toxic exposure through foods, home, environment, cosmetics, build immunity, and create a loving relationship with your children through attachment parenting. She's a thought-leader and really walks her talk. Anna I am so proud of this book. Everyone should have a copy. ~ Lathan Thomas, Mama Glow