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Believe and it is True
“Believe and It Is True” is an inspiring real-life story of faith, courageous exploration and spiritual healing. As I read Deborah Lloyd’s life story, the numerous blessings she has received as she opened to new forms of spiritual healing seemed to flow right off the page and into my heart. She is surely the ideal author to introduce readers to the various aspects of New Age spirituality, for her sincere and humble voice instantly inspires trust. She grew up in a Catholic family, and although she still maintains her Catholic faith, in her quest for healing she has gradually discovered practices such as Reiki, yoga and meditation, and gradually opened to ideas such reincarnation, channeling, past life regression, and synchronicities – and as a result, witnessed profound miracles in her life and a blossoming of her heart and mind into new levels of joy and communion with God. It is a delight to walk with her through these discoveries, and deeply touching to hear of the many ways in which her life has changed. She has not only overcome severe physical limitations but a very negative self-image formed through a crippling illness in childhood, and emerged stronger than any doctor thought possible, and with great gifts to share with us. Her beautiful faith has only deepened throughout this process, and readers will surely also find their own faith enhanced, no matter what their spiritual orientation may be. Each of the book’s chapters ends with a lesson conveying a spiritual truth, such as, “When we say ‘yes’ to God-given opportunities, wonderful things happen.” My sincere recommendation is, say yes to “Believe and It Is True” – and watch as healing miracles start manifesting in your own life.
~ Ram Das Batchelder, amazon.com
Timothy J. Jarvis
A lost writer, an old manuscript (partly in unknown tongues), a sinister puppet show, a timeslip into the far future, and a bitter understanding of what lies behind the façade of the world.
It’s a brave writer who could take those ancient rituals of the dark fantastic and make them work in a fervid new form. But that is the achievement of The Wanderer by Timothy J Jarvis, an astonishing debut novel deeply infused with the traditions of supernatural and metaphysical fiction.
It has been devised with a subtle understanding of the motifs and mechanics of the strange and visionary in literature. The skilful use of stories within stories suggests Arthur Machen’s The Three Impostors, while the scenes of a ruined city after a catastrophe, brings to mind images from M P Shiel’s The Purple Cloud, or Edward Shanks’ People of the Ruins. And there are also suggestions of a wider cosmic tragedy such as we encounter in Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land, and even of the serene realm of Shangri La in James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
It is an unusual meditation on the nature of fantasy, that shunned half-brother of literature, which also astutely exemplifies the form: a book essentially about the mainsprings of the macabre that works itself as a significant new coiling of the dark. But it is far from an academic treatise. The book shifts between sordid pubs and smeared rooms, evoked with grimy authenticity, and weird horizons in worlds of dream or hallucination.
Most of all, though, The Wanderer is that rare thing, a thoroughly engrossing and exhilarating story, laced with playfulness, which also glimmers with intelligence and audacity. We should be wary, though. The book itself reveals a force seeking out certain artists, poets, and others, as prey it can pursue forever through the underworld – an infinitely dark and cruel game of the kind hinted at by Sarban in The Sound of His Horn, but vaster still in its remorselessness and terror. How do we know it isn’t one more lure in that labyrinth?
Don’t read this book unless you’re ready to defy the gates of Hell. ~ Mark Valentine, http://wormwoodiana.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-wanderer-timothy-j-jarvis.html
Open Book Theater Management
5.0 out of 5 stars - Essential reading for anyone and everyone in the theatre industry
This book is an essential read for anyone who has just started out in the theatre industry, is thinking of starting out or - hell, is even experienced in the industry.
Beckley's passion for encouraging ethical theatre production is clear from the outset and his personable style of writing makes the book readable and, most important of all, the concepts understandable. His clear experience and history in the industry (including one example of a time he ended sitting in an aisle in a supermarket in despair) demonstrate that this man is not a theatrical philosopher but an experienced practitioner who knows what change in the industry will make a difference to those on the ground.
I won't go in to too much detail as to the actual content and ideas, as that is something which needs to really be experienced by those that read it, but I will say one thing. The concepts and ideas are not easy to stomach at first; a prime example being the 'three guiding principles' at the outset which clearly state that making art is not the first priority. As hard as this could be to fathom, along with other ideas which seem may seem alien, they ring true and in the depth of your heart, you feel that he is right. There is the risk that some may find the tone occasionally over-bearing, even arrogant. But this is a personal thing. Approaching this book with an open-mind and a willingness to learn will pay dividends.
His passion, again, for the subject make for a compelling argument and you leave the book feeling that, if everybody read this, the industry may just be the better for it.
The inclusion of a complimentary website, with examples of budget sheets, is great - especially for people like me who are to accounting and budgets what flocks of birds are to aeroplane engines.
The outcome of my reading this book? My small production company is now fully signed up to this style of theatre production - and I hope many others follow suit.
This is the voice of a theatre practitioner who knows what change needs to take place, and is unafraid of being the person to make that change happen. ~ D. Segeth, Amazon
Reluctant Patient: A Journey of Trust, The
Ian G. Wallis
He may be a reluctant patient, but Ian Wallis is also a wise, well-humoured and knowledgeable one. He proves a trustworthy guide to the trials and tribulations - and the strange gifts, if we will - of illness, which most of us will suffer at one time or the other (if not our own, then certainly someone else's). But more than this, Ian’s acutely observed and humorously described experience of illness has much to teach all of us, healthy or sick (and he shows that this is only a matter of degree or perspective), about a fundamental attitude to living, one marked by inquisitiveness, courage, creativity and humility, in equal measure. This reader, for one, is grateful for the invitation to share something of this patient exploration of human frailty and its surprising potential for glory. ~ Nicola Slee, Personal Email
To Fear, With Love
Helen Jane Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fame and fortune are nothing if fear and frustration are your reality
This book sort of grabs you as it has something often lacking in so many books: a credible heroine you can relate to and who you root for. Alice Bailey seems to have it all but her enlightenment is born from a secret suffering - middle class domestic violence. She also embraces something so necessary in the world today - a passion for peace and helping others. It is a really important topic and so relevant for the difficult times in which we live.
The book is very personal in its tone and you really get inside Alice's head. I only wish it had been longer as it often jumps from one scene to another and I would have loved more detail at time.
A great debut novel and I can see a follow up in this story! ~ Rosalyn Towlson, Amazon
Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?
"Bergen’s passion for his work shines through into his prose – clearly here is an author who knows their comic book world inside and out. The book is peppered with lovingly crafted references to comic book characters... those with more than a passing knowledge can sit and chortle to themselves as they find more and more references to classic comics. Either way, this is well-written, entertaining and an engaging read." ~ , The British Fantasy Society
Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?
Heropa is a huge virtual reality metropolis protected by a team of dysfunctional superheroes, the Equalizers, engaged in a constant battle against the League of Unmitigated Rotters.
Southern Cross, Pretty Amazonia, The Brick and the Great White Hope are the few remaining members of the Equalizers, who have all been slowly killed off by an unknown assailant. Can they find who is killing them and find the true meaning behind Heropa before it’s too late?
Bergen’s passion for his work shines through into his prose – clearly here is an author who knows their comic book world inside and out. The book is peppered with lovingly crafted references to comic book characters, with the non-super-powered population (known as Blandos) all named for various characters from classic comic books, including a strangely familiar elderly doorman named Stan, with twinkling eyes and a moustache, and a reporter named after the actress who portrayed Lois Lane in the original, George Reeve Superman series.
You don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this fantastic piece of literature, but those with more than a passing knowledge can sit and chortle to themselves as they find more and more references to classic comics. Either way, this is well-written, entertaining and an engaging read. ~ Matthew Johns, The British Fantasy Society
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth
“The past. That’s all it is. A dead currency. She runs ringers over the stubble of the buzz cut on her scalp, feeling the occasional scar, counts five different ones, each with their own story.”
If you enjoy your sleep, do not pick this book up. If there is one thing Bergen does right (and he does many things out of this world) it is keeping the pages a turning. And this is his biggest offender yet. I was up till 2 o’clock in the morning, flipping through the numbers to see what foul fate happened next. It was an exhilarating ride.
Make no mistake. This book may start off innocent enough, but it soon spirals out of control and right into Bergen’s capable and crafty hands.
Mina is an Australian teenager eking out her days either chatting on the fringes with her friends or typing away a new creative spark. Or being beaten by her older brother. Or talking to her imaginary bird friend. And it only gets stranger from there.
We have an angst-filled prose of a rollercoaster ride that rollicks us through mental and physical abuse, experimentation, and a whole dollop of deception, all set to a background of various gothic and rock songs. Bergen knows how to set a scene and keep the atmosphere from cluttering it up, all while creating a vivid setting of 1980s Melbourne. While the prose can become cumbersome, especially in the beginning, once you hitch a ride on this surreal escapade, you’re in it for the long haul.
“Just another of those weeks that flies by and leaves you wondering what single worthwhile thing actually happened.”
Nothing goes right for a typical teenage girl. As I’ve mentioned already, she’s the victim of abuse and indifference, coping from a recent death of her mother and reckless abandon of her father. While she’s rocking out to a new muse, he’s escorting in other women and letting his underage son drink himself silly. It’s a warm, dark, dank environment that creates a shy loner that hides behind her fringe.
But as time goes by, Mina learns that we’re all hiding, playing games and wearing a mask, so what does it matter? She trades her fake friends for mascara wearing raccoons where one ends up pulling her out of her shell and the other opens up to her. It’s exactly what this heartbroken girl needs.
“Well, I think it’s obvious – you’re unreliable. You have a chronic inability to fathom what’s going on right before your field of vision; you deceive yourself, me, and anyone else you care to include. Have no idea of how you feel and refuse to try. Selfish and somewhat self-indulgent.”
Unfortunately, things fall apart quickly.
Around the halfway mark, everything goes to pot. We’re subjected to one of the strangest dream sequences I’ve seen in a while. It can be jarring. But it’s meant to establish a divide and create a drive for our drifting protagonist. And once that hits, the last 40 percent never lets up.
Almost as good as the pulling descriptions is the dialogue. From Bergen’s third book, Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? I know that he can write some damn amazing conversations. And here he shows off his expertise once more. Peppering the flowing sentences is a juxtaposition of tight, concise back and forths. Strains of talking that keep you moving and keep you guessing, especially near the end. Your head will explode when you realize the title’s namesake, but Bergen won’t let up. There’s more to be told.
“I feel my head is stuffed full of cotton wool, rammed in tight with a shoehorn, and someone’s been liberally dressing the stuff with liquid Panic.”
But it would be wrong of me to not mention the greatest part of this book. No, it’s not the pacing or the writing or the tone. It’s his deepest, most well developed character to date. Mina is an absolute joy to follow, and her plight is made even better by the weird strings that tug on her and the way she interacts at each decision. She’s smart and stays true to character. She doesn’t adhere to a set plot, as you would expect in most murder mysteries; the plot adheres to her as any great bildungsroman.
It is the environment he moulds, in each and every sad conversation, in all of the harrowing scenes from a simple chat at a café to a near rape scene. Every single moment packs a punch, and we’re there to experience this with her.
Thus, it’s very easy to get attached to her. And Bergen does a fantastic job with not only the main star, but with his entire cast.
The only criticism I have is that it starts off sluggishly and thick, but this more than pays off in the explosive ending. And what an ending. A fine quip to past readers, and a lovely sail into the sunset. It’s fitting, remarkable, and exactly what both Mina and Andrez needed.
A chance at self-discovery in one fine mess of ordered chaos.
“Relaxing now into the seat I blow out my cheeks, and then smile.” ~ Caleb Hill, Acerbic Writing
Daniela I. Norris
Death rarely comes alone. In our human experience, it is usually accompanied by pain, or suffering. Generally speaking, we are conditioned to greet the phenomenon with fear and dread.
For me, this collection of thought-provoking tales presents the reader with a more gentle aspect, shading in the space so often perceived in black and white, evoking subtle shifts in consciousness around the subject.
Each story in this collection is a sole feather floating graciously to the ground.
Whether the context is the unexpected warp of classic, Swiss time in ‘Clockworks,’ or set amongst the garden shadows of a stately hospital facility in ‘A reason to go on’, there is a comforting sense of blurring the edges between life and death, of softening the sense of finality that death often brings to the grieving. The author’s attention to detail in ‘Train’ lulled me into false sense of reality, before artfully transporting me to an alluring state of liminality.
Prepare to be taken on a most unexpected journey!
~ Helen Noble author of Scorpio Moons; The 49th Day and Tears of a Phoenix, Goodreads
Good Pussy Bad Pussy
Good Pussy Bad Pussy was a great read and I love a happy ending. You had me worried right up to the last page; but everything turned out okay. The book is a perfect example of sex as art and entertainment. ~ Guy Hogan , Pittsburgh Flash Fiction
Your Simple Path
Everything Ian says resonates with me. We have a choice to be positive but Ian makes you realise how negative we have become and how Simple it is to change your perspective.
I met him and he comes across as a genuine human being with good in his heart.
If you want to see " Your simple Path " in front of you, do read this book. Highly recommended. ~ Ms J Round, Amazon UK
What Wags the World: Tales of Conscious Awakening
What Wags the World: Tales of Conscious Awakening
A Potpourri of Endless Possibilities
Ervin Lazlo, among whose many books I have reviewed LINK TO Paradigm, opens the book with the observation that we are in a race with time and the cosmos is longing for us to show life and consciousness.
His foreword is followed by a short introduction from Miriam Knight, from whom I extract one quote:
QUOTE (5): The revelations and personal shifts that people have described run the gamut from profound understandings of the nature of the forces underpinning the very fabric of physical reality, to the ability to visualize the interior of human bodies and having the capacity to change their molecular structure and create miraculous healings, to the ability to hear and even see beings in other dimensions, and convey their messages to friends, loved ones, and the world at large.
In her own introduction, Julie Clayton observes that we are asleep to a lot of things in the world, but humankind is stirring into wakefulness – the contributors listed below are showing the way and making the point that the paths toward transformation are many.
The editors, who are world-class themselves, have leveraged thirty-seven other world-class figures to compile, for each, a tale, an insight, a message, and a bio. Most of these figures have published books, and all without exception have a website for further exploration.
I am new to the New Consciousness and New Thought movements, having spent the past ten years focused on Collective Intelligence and Group Wisdom. I am no longer skeptical about near death experiences and I am absolutely persuaded that consciousness and energy are the essence of everything and J D Messinger has nailed it in isolating the World of Form as false and the World of Light as the whole. It is in that context that I examine this book as a potpourri, a smorgasbord, of mentors and masters. Think of this as Conscious Awakening 101 and go from here.
As printed the book offers the 37 authors in the following order. I provide a phrase for each, with a star for those that resonated with me to the point of being interested in follow-up. Where I found their book especially interesting, I offer the Amazon link as well.
Allan Hunter. Surrender – humility – innocence.
Anita Moorjani. Heaven is a state of mind, love self, be happy.
Barbara Berger. Everything is non-linear all at once.
Cyndi Dale. We have choices, you are the beauty.
David Bennet. Allow love, embrace love.
Dianne Collins. QuantumThink, “transformation is not a one-time event.” LINK Do You QuantumThink?
Eva Herr. Only one energy – food as medicine – practice silence.
Foster Gamble. Physical is illusion, recognize wholeness. LINK TO THRIVE
* Frank DeMarco. From the Heart
Gaetano Vivo. Heal self first. LINK Messages from the Angels of Transparency
Gary Douglas. Trust yourself, suspend judgment of all others.
Geoffrey Hoppe. Awareness has many layers.
Georgina Cannon. Each person is much more than they seem.
* Gregg Braden. Marry science and the spiritual. 53,000 scrolls and 45 books of the Bible destroyed. LINK Deep Truth
* Gyorgyi Szabo. Lazlo Center, WorldShift, China-France axis.
Howard Falco. First get to “I don’t know.”
* Irene Kendig. Dead live and can be reached.
Jack Rourke. Psychic not same as spiritually developed.
Jake Ducey. School, learning, and living are all out of synch. LINK Into the Wind My Six-Month Journey
* James Wanless. We are all multi-dimensional, go for it. Sustainability Cards.
* JD Messinger. Read my review of LINK 11 DAYS IN MAY
Jessica Maxwell. We don’t see most of what is.
Julia Assante. Feel the presence, ride above the human drama.
* KAYA. Angel a metaphor for higher human consciousness, become an angel, help co-create. LINK How to Interpret Dreams & Signs
* Kingsley Dennis. We are an unfinished species.
* Larry Dossey. Streams of spirituality complement one another, always changing.
Meg Blackburn Losey. Answers are here – open up.
* Nina Brown. Forget ego of role – each is a divine sovereign human. LINK to Return of Love to Planet Earth
Paul Chappell. We must wage peace.
* Paul Von Ward. Appreciate the self-correcting cosmos. LINK to Dismantling the Pyramid
Penney Peirce. Don’t give up – honor your dream.
* Peter Russell. Spirituality increases consciousness which leads to peace and prosperity.
Pim van Lommel. Death is not death.
Rajiv Parti. Science too reductionist, social and spiritual wellness matter.
Ruth Miller. Lead with spirit not intellect.
Suzanne Giesemann. Consciousness exists along a continuum of energy.
A couple of other books I have enjoyed and reviewed recently:
Robert David Steele
THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust (2012)
~ Robert Steele
Your Simple Path
A 5 * book and I recommend his talks they are also 5*!!
I have been to see Ian Tucker talk, he is a genuine honest person who has chosen to share simple techniques that go a long way to assist the recall of what our divine selves knows to be true. ~ Antonia F, Amazon UK
Your Simple Path
Great book, very simple, quick to read for those who don't like big books.
Very easy exercises to do with great results and a refreshing reminder of what's important and what isn't in life.
You can also access great meditations.
I enjoyed it and found it useful.
Whether you're new to this type of message or looking for reminders this book is lovely. ~ Julia Smith, Amazon UK
Your Simple Path
This is a marvelous book - bringing the Reiki principles into the 21st century and much, much more.
For anyone even vaguely interested in improving their life, it's a "must read." It's full of really useful, simple exercises to improve the quality of your life.
The author is also a wonderful speaker, so if you get the chance to see him, I recommend you do. ~ Miss A Millington, Amazon UK
Your Simple Path
This beautifully written book shows the reader simple, practical steps to help shift emotions away from worry, loneliness and aggression, to a life full of compassion, respect and calm.
If you want to find out what's important and what really matters, this book provides you with a few things to introduce into our daily lives, so that you are able to feel forgiveness, gratitude, peace and freedom.
It is a straightforward, modern way of learning to appreciate what we have in life and all that is wonderful about our time here. ~ Health and Happiness magazine, Health and Happiness magazine book review
Your Simple Path
What an inspirational book!
I have used this simple path to pull me out of the darkest moments of dredded anxiety and uncertainty, and I know that this book will change many many lives, all around the world.
I'd love to see more, because someone like myself who leads a busy life, requires a simple approach and you provide this in your work. ~ Katy S, Australia, Amazon USA
Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch
So much information in this book. Very easy to read. Love the sabbat section at the back, so many new things to try :) ~ Raychel, Amazon
Pagan Portals - Kitchen Witchcraft
"Purchased this alongside moon magic. I had not considered kitchen witch work at all but feel inspired to sort my kitchen out completely as it is old and messy. I love this author a great deal. Highly recommended." ~ Hayley, 13th August 2014
Productive Body, The
This edition is intended to create a bridge between the later Foucauldian analysis of the relations between power and the body with more canonical Marxist discourse in the Anglo sphere to offset the artificial break between the two philosophers created, involuntary, by Foucault's critique of, and subsequent distancing from, the French Communist party, as well as a general carelessness towards his most left-wing activist writing. ~ Francesco Tenaglia, Kaleidoscope