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  • In10tions
    Melissa Escaro
    What a lovely book - a perfect starting point for anyone wanting to quiet their mind of daily chatter and focus attention on a positive thought process. I wish I would have had this book when I began my own mini meditations not too long ago. Even if you already have a daily meditation practice, In10tions offers fantastic prompts to find a place in your mind in which to focus and help do away with negative self talk, which most of us have had creep in now and then. With all that we have going on in our busy world, In10tions is a terrific tool to hone in and fine tune our desire for peace and joy in a simple, straightforward and loving way.

    With ninety prompts for the ninety days of creating In10tions in one's life, this book could be opened at any page to embark on a creative journey toward whatever change we desire. This book will be of benefit for the novice or a seasoned journal writer who is looking to delve deeper. In10tions would also make a wonderful gift for someone who wishes to re-direct areas in their life where they feel stuck but are unsure of how or where to begin.
    ~ Alicia Garey, Author of What a Blip: A Breast Cancer Journal of Survival and Finding the Wisdom



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    Eva has been very brave in writing what so many people, both in and out of church life, ponder to themselves but are too fearful to speak out. It really is a big comfort to those seeking, or bewildered, or downright depressed and 'turned off' by what they think Christianity and its churches are all about. It is a short concise book, but with a huge volume of sense and ideas, and is easy to understand and use. Its poems are evocative and proufoundly deep, yet simple. Thank goodness for a volume which will take the angst from you about praying, and give you the strength to love yourself as you are and as you can be, and then help you, or those you meet, to love others free of shackles.
    I do so hope priests and teachers will read this along with everyone who longs for a better, more loving, and peaceful world. Its fresh approach should be talked about, it is for sharing. It won't take you long and will be well worth the effort, and offer you new insights. It is a book much needed. ~ Helen Kennaway, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    Book arrived quickly and in good condition. I am grateful for the help it offers> Having attended a presentation given by the author I have found it a very useful follow-on from that. ~ Leon, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    Great little book very challenging and thought provoking will make you think a lot about how you can quite your mind so as to hear from God. ~ Paul Balkwill, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    The honest truth is I have never read anyone who has wrote with such sincerity and refreshing honesty as Eva, and I am so incredibly grateful for the bravery she took in revealing what drives her personally - she actually reveals how she thinks and feels and how she effectively applies it to her own life and difficulties.
    Her words of distilled wisdom have helped me tremendously at occasional times of significant weakness or disappointment. I will read this book numerous times. ~ Shania Jeanes, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    This is a small but useful book for people who might be said to suffer from “every-day mental health problems” – particularly those people of faith who tend to demand too much of themselves, then beat themselves up when they can’t live up to their own expectations. Its integrated approach is a reminder that our thoughts, emotions and “spirituality” all affect each other, and reside in a physical body which also needs care and attention.
    ~ Susanne McCarthy, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    This delightful little book performs two functions.

    Firstly for those who seek a tool box with which to find a Quiet Mind this book does what it says on the cover.

    Secondly, if the Church will listen, Eva is pointing the way to a simple, relevant and spiritual Christianity which could be a major contribution to its salvation.

    >To read it is to relax. To use it is to find a Quiet Mind. ~ Amazon customer, Amazon uk



  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
    Rachel Patterson
    love this book, its very practical and gives good advice on the plants and herbs to use and what for, a must in any book collection ~ CosmicDancer, Amazon



  • Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Herbs & Plants, A
    Rachel Patterson
    i love this book its easy to read and follow for a novice and informative to those who are more experience. R achel Patterson is a excellent author and writes with passion and humour,her books have pride of place in my libary and i dip into them all the time, she is insiring and is well worth the five star rating. ~ Amy Newman, Amazon



  • Queen's Play, The
    Aashish Kaul
    It is the journey of the artist and the artist's examination of self that Kaul alludes to consistently in his fictions. . . . Kaul is a poet of space and silences, of absence and dream, a journeyman through text and the fictional experience. The lived is translated into the contemplated and is created in a brushstroke - such is the condition of the artist. His stories are like the Oneirocritica on the modernist urge and method, the dream of a dreamer who is aware of his dream. . . . ~ Christopher Cyrill, Southerly (Australia)



  • Dream of Horses & Other Stories, A
    Aashish Kaul
    It is the journey of the artist and the artist's examination of self that Kaul alludes to consistently in his fictions. . . . Kaul is a poet of space and silences, of absence and dream, a journeyman through text and the fictional experience. The lived is translated into the contemplated and is created in a brushstroke - such is the condition of the artist. His stories are like the Oneirocritica on the modernist urge and method, the dream of a dreamer who is aware of his dream. . . . This is an admirable first collection that may become a singularity to Kaul's later work. Kaul writes in deeply rhythmic prose [and] has crafted seven seductive, necessarily orphic stories that linger like the taste of pomegranates. ~ Christopher Cyrill, Southerly (Australia)



  • Open Book Theater Management
    Rafe Beckley
    Learning to put 'trust' first in Theatre Prodns
    5 Stars
    by Machen on Sep 24, 2014
    Well, the first thing you notice when you get hold of Rafe's excellent treatise is that he spells 'theater' the wrong way. Well, it's for the US (larger market which I can forgive). This also extends to the use of dollars rather than pounds in all the free Excel spreadsheets. These are the core of his ?method? and are simplified so that 'dumb' producers like myself can use them without having to delve into the intricacies of cell formula writing (until we want to customize our own budgets) This book is written in a very easy to read conversational style (almost feel as though you know the author) When I emailed to Stage One that I thought ethical theatre production may not be a book I can buy from Amazon the author emailed me straight back to let me see a preview copy. It is available from many outlets from Friday 26th September. Great to be able to interact with the author. So now I do feel as if I know him. I was even able to suggest adding lines in one of the spreadsheets. He discusses profit share and royalty pools shared amongst the team (including the actors and anyone connected with the show) Perhaps a little more could have been mentioned regarding author royalties especially with regard to musicals (Book, Music, Lyrics) He just lists the 'writer' as getting a small part of the profit share (2 points) but it is up to you the number of points allocated. A great book that should help to galvanise discussions amongst theatre producers worldwide and lead to changes in the ways we work. Ethics is being considered in all walks of life now and some theatre companies are looking at green issues - Arcola Theatre in Hackney, N London, Metta Theatre and I'm sure loads of others too. I am at the point of having finished my first two 'fringe' productions and knowing how hard it is to make ends meet let alone make any money from the business. This has given me a deeper insight into the way I should be travelling. The journey can be exciting and working with others should be truly rewarding if 'Open Book' Trust is used amongst the theatre 'company' . Rafe only has three rules: Make Money, Make Art and the third rule is rule 1 always comes first. Now this applies specifically to professional theatre production but amateurs will find useful guidelines here too. Rafe discusses raising finance (suggesting how to put on a production for a tenner-optimistic!), contracts and profit share. Cashflow is one of the most interesting chapters I am trying to get my head around at the moment. And Continuous Learning is what we all espouse. In the Appendix there is a Model Cast/Crew Contract Templateand Model Unit Funding Contract as well as 5 spreadsheets on the website which are freely available. ~ Machen, Alibris



  • Collecting Feathers
    Daniela I. Norris
    I won Collecting Feathers in a giveaway and received it a few days ago, and, boy, am I happy I did. This book was really good! After reading each story I put down the book and thought about what I’d just read and then rated the story. Each story got between 5 and 4 stars, and the average ended up being just below 4,5, so my rating ended up being 4 stars, even though several of these amazing short stories deserve 5 stars…

    I’ve just recently discovered an interest in short stories, I used to connect them with school and assignments (school not being a good thing), but for some reason my mind flipped and I now love short stories, so this win has excellent timing. But since my love is still quite new, I do not have that much experience with short stories, but this is what I felt…

    The theme of the stories really intrigued me, I’ve always had a fascination with death, being an atheist the idea of heaven and a heavenly afterlife seems unlikely… But these stories, though some a bit creepy, gives hope of an afterlife from the viewpoint of different people, which I quite enjoyed.
    As I said before I did not used to like short stories, which was mostly because of the lack of character in the stories. One of my favorite things in fiction is character and character development and there isn’t much of that in short stories. But somehow Daniela Norris mastered the art of capturing the reader within a few lines and making me instantly feel for the character. So I applaud you, Daniela Norris, for proving me wrong and shattering my prejudices.
    Not all of the stories spoke to me equally, but all were good. My favorites include A Reason to Go On, The Day of the Dead, Recognition, The Café and The Year Spring Turned into Winter, and, of course, they all received a five star rating from me, the rest got four well-deserved stars.

    This book was sweet, it was hopeful, it was haunting, it was creepy and so much more. And I know that it was good, because as soon as I had read it, I started looking forward to time passing so I could read this with a different and further aged mind. So I look forward to revisiting this book in a year or two, and maybe I’ll find new favorites, who know… ~ Maja, Goodreads



  • Collecting Feathers
    Daniela I. Norris
    Beautiful, thought provoking collection of short stories to uplift the soul and enrich the mind. Well written, very enjoyable read, and I found food for thought (and the soul!) behind each story. Looking forward to reading more by this author. ~ Debi WH, amazon.com



  • Collecting Feathers
    Daniela I. Norris
    This gentle read of thought provoking short stories made me think, once again in my life, how there must be more to just living life. There are such things are guardian angels, spirits and bonds that go beyond the living. If you feel the same way, you will love this book and if you don't feel the same way.....try it anyway. It's a wonderful read. ~ SMR, Amazon.com



  • Collecting Feathers
    Daniela I. Norris
    Collecting Feathers: Tales from the Other Side is a short story collection presenting works that are spiritual, diminutive, filled with action, and satisfyingly compelling reads; especially for busy readers who prefer to digest their stories as short staccato pieces rather than winding, full-length productions.

    Its focus is on human connections and love, and it imparts these basics using a variety of protagonists, settings and circumstances that reach into everyday lives and flavor them with a dose of spicy reflection; whether those events be as mundane as shopping in a grocery store, as poignant as visiting a child's grave, or as world-changing as a suicide attempt.

    Many universal messages are embedded in these vignettes, from health struggles depicted in 'A Reason to Go On' to portraits of loss, despair, struggle and redemption. Throughout them all, Daniela I. Norris's lyrical, poetic hand adroitly captures the heart and feel of lives at crossroads, even in seemingly-ordinary scenes: "We saw storms in the eyes of the other patients. They stared at us enviously as we walked away on that grey, miserable morning. Could they have seen us both? We were the ones getting out, they were staying behind. Or was it the other way round?"

    Does darkness hide everywhere - or is it the individual who refuses to let it go? Each story is replete with some kind of darkness and some kind of light; whether it be physical, psychological, or spiritual. And each is permeated with Norris's attention to detail, which betrays a poetic hand lurking in the background of vivid description: "I could hear the early summer winds whistling their melancholic tunes, accompanied by the sound of a distant piano. They whistled at me, for me. No one else seemed to hear them. Whoosh,
    whoosh, they would say, and I whooshed back at them, ignoring the loud protests of the starlings which must have
    been trying to distract me."

    It would be all too easy to present the trappings of what each short story in this collection is estimably about - but that would be doing the overall collection a grave disservice. Really, it's about reasons to go on living and where (and how) these reasons are found.

    Birth, death, afterbirth and afterlife are all intricately wind together against the backdrop of tragedies happening daily and how people cope, move on, and move outward.

    That's the living, breathing, beating heart of Collecting Feathers, especially recommended not for those who expect entertainment from their short stories, but for readers more interested in reflective pieces spiced with poetic imagery and succinct (but striking) revelations.
    ~ Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review



  • Your Simple Path
    Ian Tucker
    Brilliant from the title to the very last line.

    Just the title appealed to me.

    I sometimes think the human race make life so complicated and really it doesn't need to be. I have been on a personal quest to lead a simple life for a few years now and this book fit in with my ideas perfectly with some really powerful exercises to help create that simple Path.

    It's also an easy read which is always a plus for me. ~ Wendy Tomlinson, Amazon UK



  • Pagan Portals - Hoodoo
    Rachel Patterson
    Wonderful book. It may be small but certainly packs a punch! Beautifully written and easy to read. Lots of ideas and recipes for incorporating Hoodoo into your chosen path - love it! ~ Vanessa A, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Hoodoo
    Rachel Patterson
    excellent ~ glyn, Amazon



  • Pagan Portals - Hoodoo
    Rachel Patterson
    Brilliant book - well written and easy to digest…... ~ Manni, Amazon

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