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Sanskrit for Seekers
An excellent guide to Sanskrit for those who wish to read, write and pronounce Sanskrit terms, which covers the transliterated Sanskrit terms and teaches the Devanagari script / alphabet, as well as teaching the main rules for combining Sanskrit letters and words. The book uses examples from Hindu scriptures and includes a glossary of Sanskrit terms, with a clear and precise explanation of the pronunciation vowels and consonants. Highly recommended. ~ Martin Gill, Yoga Magazine: http://www.yogamagazine.com/whats-hot-september/
Your Simple Path
I picked up Your Simple Path during quite a dark time in my life and I have to say it was extremely helpful. I've read other personal development books in the past that focus on things like creating a life plan, getting motivated, building confidence and so on but they don't really address the issue of happiness and finding purpose in life. Your Simple Path offers a really straightforward daily practice that gets you out of your head, out of your problems and in to actions that can have a profound affect on your life. I've been following Ian's advice for around 4 months and I've noticed a big difference in how I feel. Would really recommend it. ~ Mr D Strachan, Amazon UK
In Defence of Life
A Rebellion of the Spirit
Natasha Gartside grasps what it means to be a conscious and active human being. In Defence of Life: Essays on a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom by Julian Day Rose. Earth Books, 2013. ISBN: 9781782792574
Exploring what it means to be human, to actually live on this planet, Julian Day Rose’s book In Defence of Life exposes a myriad of truths that appear to be just that: the truth. However, this book’s purpose is not just to reveal, but also to suggest ways forward, powerfully inciting its readers to change and to act.
Written by a farmer, campaigner and activist, it tells of the author’s hands-on experience of agriculture, the British government and the European Commission since the 1980s and it focuses primarily on aspects of farming and food. The details often surprise, such as the idea that mass-produced organic food is “as dull in flavour and as lacking in nutritional vitality” as conventional chemically produced foods, and that the high-protein GM soya fed to factory-farmed hens has added synthetic colours to make the otherwise grey egg yolks bright orange.
Rose forcefully condemns GMOs and the irreversible genetic pollution of our food chain, going so far as to reveal that it has been scientifically proven that eating GM food alters our own DNA. Poland is used as an uplifting example of the fight against GM seed and crops: in 2006 the president signed a declaration to ban the import and trading of GM seeds, helping to protect the thousands of small-scale family farms and their fertile, chemical-free soils.
Expanding out from this, Rose takes in the bigger picture, attacking the international corporations that control most aspects of our lives and the politicians we have supposedly elected to ‘power’, labelling the politicians mere puppets of this “unseen shadow regime”. Banking empires, agrichemical conglomerates, pharmaceutical giants, oil magnates and food and seed monopolies such as Monsanto run the show, using mass media and propaganda to indoctrinate us with superficial capitalist consumerism and distract us with light entertainment.
Rose also describes ‘human-made’ weather technology that leaves toxic ‘chem-trails’ in the atmosphere. This is part of Stratospheric Aerosol Geo-engineering, which is a global climate-modification programme that only a few people know about and understand.
Much of what this book reveals is chilling and scary, and you cannot turn its pages without a sense of injustice and without missing Rose’s emphasis on the part played by our own passivity and refusal to acknowledge our responsibility in “the global drama”.
On the final page, Rose calls for a “rebellion of the spirit”, and I certainly feel my spirit stirring, for the vital need to take action – now, today, this moment. Thankfully, he suggests many ways we can do this, from learning how to grow food and harvest rainwater, to investing in local ecological farming ventures and energy initiatives, to weaning ourselves off shopping at supermarkets.
More generally, he urges us to remember that we are part of Nature, and that we exist in a state of flux with every other particle of the universe; and he suggests that we try to find a balance and “learn how to slow down, calm and centre ourselves: to ‘Be Here Now’” – that we practise yoga and show animals the love they so freely give to us.
Throughout the book, in reference to all aspects of our lives, Rose circles back round to ideas of a small-scale, local, community-based existence. He endorses the concept of going back to our roots, emphasising that small truly is beautiful and that “there really are local solutions to global problems”, such as his own interpretation of the ‘Proximity Principle’. In a globalised world undergoing various crises, Rose’s words give us a much-needed kick.
In Defence of Life is a springboard for determining our destinies and unearthing our humanity.
Natasha Gartside is an environmental writer and food blogger. www.brightyoungfood.com
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Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
, I read Stephanie's book over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I like the bit about the geese on page 71 and your longing to go with them and swept up in their sense of purpose. I know just what you mean and you have described it well. I found the book lucid and really positive conclusions about orthodox and non orthodox medicine and how these can be combined. Also, interesting to know about all the types of anti depressants. It seems that low level anti depressants really can help sometimes and can be vital to keep stability.
~ Elizabeth Medlar(editor of New Vision), Amazon.co.uk
Reggie & Me
Tricky subjects, handled with warmth, honesty and compassion and woven into a compelling story about a girl overcoming some pretty horrendous challenges. Dani Moore is a survivor who is trying to rebuild her life and figure out how to be normal again. She tells her story in first person, in an intimately voiced journal. Marie Yates has constructed some really great strategies here, exploring the relationship between a rescued dog and Dani, who is determined not to let ‘victim’ become her story and identity.
It’s a book written with insight and empathy, squaring up to the issues of recovering after being attacked, but steadfastly refusing to offer details of abuse as entertainment. I really appreciated that. There’s no emotional pornography here, and a lot of sound, psychological advice threaded into the story. It’s a rare achievement to pull off a book that is helpful in these ways without being dull or preachy, but Marie Yates has done just that thing. It would be a good book to give to anyone (regardless of age, even if it is marketed as a book for teens) who is dealing with the aftermath of abuse, bullying or other violence.
Even if we don’t run into these issues personally, so awful are the stats around domestic abuse and bullying, and the stats for rape, that the odds are you’ll know someone who has been here. You may not know that you know. Having some sense of what it looks like from the other side, is really helpful.
~ Nimue Brown
Reggie & Me
Once I began reading this book, I could not put it down! It is beautifully written and very, very easy to read. No complicated plot to follow and you really feel for Dani. I felt I could almost stroke Reggie as he is described so well! I feel that anyone who has gone through Dani's experience would relate to the book and it could help lots of people who can't talk to anyone about what they are feeling. Would recommend the book to anyone and cannot wait to read books two and three in the trilogy. ~ Katharine Dudley
Reggie & Me
Reggie and Me is a strong and courageous portrayal of a young girl’s survival of rape. It is written from an autobiographical stance and it makes the book very real as a testimony of her survival, the style of language and expression is one representation of the parlance of young people themselves and I think this will make the book more ‘appealing’ and readable to this audience too. She describes some key people and events in her life that have helped with her ongoing recovery from this trauma, including her mother, a teacher, taking up Taekwondo and a pet dog called Reggie, who incidentally seems very significant in her regaining trust and love again. Additional to her story is how her survival is plagued by bullying, comfort eating, self-doubt and negotiating the complex aspects of adolescent relationships. There are many simple but poignant episodes in the book where Dani does reflect or only lightly touches on her experience of rape and this is brought home to her again when she hears about Amie who was also raped; we see how Dani empathises and reaches out to befriend her, introducing Reggie too. The strong feature of the book which is particularly powerful is that Marie writes from the heart and with a young person’s voice and her remarkable strength in her recovery may well be an inspiration to others as victims and those who can support a young person in this recovery. ~ Ruth Jones OBE - Director of the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse at the University of Worcester
Caveman Rules of Survival, The
Dawn C. Walton
This is a fantastic book. It is simple, straight to the point, and offers great advice for people wishing to feel happy and get more in control of their lives. ~ Dr David Hamilton
Crystal Prescriptions volume 3
Judy Hall clearly identifies the dangers of the Electro-Smog, that now intrudes into so many areas of our lives, causing people to suffer from a multitude of health problems. This is particularly common in the so-called ‘developed’ world, where the cult of materialism creates so many problems.
The truth is that stress and electro- sensitivity are inextricably linked, and it is the unnatural effect of bringing into the human body something, that it was never designed to give space to, and never will.
Those who want no part of this - because they are sensitive to modern inventions, have, in Judy Hall someone who cares about people and can give hope to ward off the worst effects that cause illness and distress. Blocking that which is harmful is difficult but not impossible.
Crystal remedies hold out some hope that the solution is there, and by wearing the crystals near the body at all times human health can improve. ~ David Harvey, Letter to Kindred Spirit
Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism
S. Kelley Harrell
"Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism" is a good book on the subject for adults as well as teens. This is clear and useful instruction for any would-be sky-walker who wants to expand his or her worlds." ~ Peggy Payne, Author of "Cobalt Blue"
Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
This isn't a medical herbal or a 'how to grow herbs' book. It is an easily accessible guide to the energy and magick of the old ways employed by cunning folk and the village wise women , often referred to as Witches. A Kitchen Witch will find this an invaluable quick reference to herbs, their magickal properties and correspondences.
Written in Rachel Patterson's friendly and conversational style There are many ideas on how to use herbs around the home harnessing plant spirit energies, including tips on growing, harvesting and storing them, and using them in meditation. My favourite craft idea being the Lavender pentacle. The directory of herbs isn't comprehensive,, but most the items listed are easily grown, or acquired in a supermarket or online shop and are those you would probably the ones you would want to know about as a hearth and home focused Kitchen Witch.
I found the sections at the end containing the correspondence lists really useful as a cross reference to identifying the most useful herb for a given situation. It will be a well used reference in my kitchen. ~ Zoe Lynch, Amazon
Afterlife Unveiled, The
A powerfully short book that packs a punch if you're interested in learning what the next life has in store for you in the spirit world. You can't put it down. The stories of seven different souls who find themselves in different levels of heaven. They've communicated their stories to willing mediums on earth. You'll learn so much if you are open minded. You'll also learn how incorrect many religions are in predicting what heaven is like and in the doctrines they preach. ~ John Hoffman, Ph.D., Amazon.com review
Bald New World
Peter Tieryas Liu
Bald New World is Peter Tieryas Liu’s first novel (he has published a short story collection, Watering Heaven). Aside from writing, he works as a VFX artist for films and a technical writer for LucasArts, the video game division of LucasFilm. Also, as an Asian American writing science fiction, he is a voice that is severely underrepresented in the genre. Delving into a project like Bald New World, with its off-the-wall premise and its non-mainstream cast of characters, is certainly a commercial risk, but Liu has proceeded with confidence, humor, and prescience. The world of books is richer with his inclusion. ~ Simon Han, http://heavyfeatherreview.com/2014/10/15/bald-new-world-by-peter-tieryas-liu/
Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
This is a comprehensive look at how plants and herbs, those found in the garden as well as those purchased in shops, can be used in a wide range of ways to enhance your life. Rachel Patterson shares her ideas for growing, harvesting and storing herbs, working with plant spirits and energies, as well as ways of crafting with flowers and herbs. The bulk of the book is made up of information about each individual herb or plant and includes general information for each plus the magical properties. In some cases there are spells, incense mixes or even teas that can be made from the herb or plant. There are also correspondence lists for the plants in the book.
This is not a medicinal guide, not a how to grow book but rather a wonderful resource in which the author shares her love of herbs and plants and the magical uses that they can be put to. A must for the bookshelf of every witch, would be witch as well as anyone who loves plants and herbs. ~ Yvonne, Amazon
Rarely do we find a book which combines detailed analysis of a concrete pop-cultural phenomenon – the rise of creepy characters in today’s sitcoms and TV series, from Sex and the City and Breaking Bad to Mad Men and Louie – with properly metaphysical reflections on the traumatic core of subjectivity. And, on the top of it all, the books is immensely readable, simply unputdownable, without sacrificing any of its theoretical stringency. Adam Kotsko not only provides the social and ideological context for the fascinating figure of a creep, as well as the Freudian account of what makes a subject creepy. His ultimate insight is that creepiness is a name for the uncanny dimension in all of us which makes us strangers to ourselves – a creep is ultimately our name for what the Judeo-Christian tradition calls a neighbor. Even creeps will enjoy this book… and only real creeps will not buy it! ~ Slavoj Zizek, philosopher and psychoanalyst
I Am Here
Georgi Y. Johnson
The table of contents of this in depth psycho-spiritual inquiry reveals the author's understanding of not only that which we desire to become aware of, but that which is in the way of such knowing.
With great humility and wisdom, Georgi Johnson leads your way to embracing the play of trinities in Life.
The words glow with the consciousness of one who knows transmitting clarity and compassion. I highly recommend this book as a companion to any self-help study, therapy, exploration of consciousness or non-dual inquiry. ~ Anna Pittman, The Breathing Space Yoga, amazon,com
Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII
The author's research is spot on and her writing style is more populist than academic. However, a little over a hundred pages of text merely breaks the surface of Katherine's larger impact on history. Given the task of handling a chunk of England's past within the limitations of a single book, Watkins' effort is a commendable overview of the Tudor family feud. The author keeps the pace brisk, especially in the narrative's second half, without sacrificing the emotional overlay of the story. ~ Rich Moreland, 3hattergrindhouse
Story of Light, The
The Story of Light is overall a delightful read which transfers the reader into the Iron Age. Back into the mists of time where questions were asked and answers were discovered concerning Magic and the mysteries of life and how such knowledge can become a powerful tool of understanding.
Indeed each generation of humanity rediscovers for themselves something similar as they themselves may choose to undertake such a journey.
Fictional or truth, the reader will need to decide the answers to this question. ~ Druidic Dawn, Aontacht Magazine
Depression: Understanding the Black Dog
This small compact book is deceiving. Although it is under 100 pages long it holds so much helpful and understandable information about the nature of Depression and Bipolar Disorder. It de-mystifies these conditions and explains them in terms that lay people can understand and work with.
The writer, herself a suffer of depression, has an MA in Phsychosynthesesis Psychology and trained as an Applied Practitioner at the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London and also works at an NHS hospital in Cumbria, UK.
Because of her background Stephanie is able to talk about the subject from all aspects including signs, symptoms, treatment and medication with great insight and balance.
This book is a must for all practitioners/therapists who come into contact with the general public and will help them to understand the nature of ‘the black dog of depression’. For those whom themselves are sufferers or have a loved one who is suffering reading this book will give them greater insight into the disorder, its treatment and will find they have more compassion for the sufferer. Hopefully, as this subject is opened up and more people understand the nature of the condition then the stigma currently attached to Depression and Bipolar Disorder with become a thing of the past.
Depression and Bipolar Disorder affects a larger portion of society than one would dare to imagine, reading this book will help each one to deal with the subject and the suffers with compassion and support.
It is a book I will share with others and will keep a copy on my bookshelf for further reading and reference. Thank you, Stephanie for writing this book which is helping me to understand this area of mental health more fully.
~ Diane Morgan, Spiritual Insight: http://spiritual-insight.webnode.com/news/book-review/
Gag, brief but brilliant, shines out with a unique glimmer in the skies of the contemporary novel. From the very first sentence – which epitomizes the quirky mood of this innocuously short novel – we topple down from the cliffs of realism into a world located just one lopsided step from ours. A novel for the strong-hearted and quick-witted, Melissa Unger’s gem of a first novel throws us head first in a dizzying, high-speed rollercoaster adventure, in which it becomes a tough job to make out top from bottom..
~ Claire Lejeune, San Francisco Book Review: http://sanfranciscobookreview.com/2014/10/gag/