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  • Possibility Exists ... , The
    Eoin Scolard
    http://www.positivelife.ie/2016/12/winter-vibes-what-we-are-loving-this-winter/

    Entertaining Possibilities

    Eoin Scolard’s new book, The Possibility Exists, is about one man’s search for freedom. This quest is something to which we can all relate. After several life changing experiences, Eoin began asking himself some serious questions about the way he was living his life. The book is his answer to those questions. His answers are illuminating for us all.
    eoinscolard.com ~ Paul Congdon, Positive Life Magazine Ireland

  • Possibility Exists ... , The
    Eoin Scolard
    http://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2017/02/13/news/lettuce-talk-about-the-price-of-greens-and-banishing-negative-thoughts-925624/

    EOIN Scolard reckons we are all like onions. Not a bad thing: onions are good for you and tobacco onions delicious and, as Eoin says, they have many layers.

    We have to peel away to get to the heart of living and Eoin gives us great advice and guidance on how to do this. Negative thoughts are always out there and they want to dominate. If you allow them room they'll surely take up residence and become hardwired into your everyday thinking. Eoin has a way of coping and he charts his tried and tested theories in his book The Possibility Exists… One Man's Search For Freedom.

    He confronts these thoughts by visualisation: “I sit down for a minute take a few deep breaths and sense into the lower half of my body. Then I say to myself – I am like an oak tree.”

    Now he paints a picture in his mind based on the tree; in a field, maybe a forest, sun shining and it's warm. Then he takes his particular problem and gives it a name of a cartoon character. “Let's try Mickey Mouse.” So he writes the offending words on Mickey's T-shirt – ‘I'm not good enough', for instance. Basically your problem is transferred to an external source, you acknowledge the problem, you tell it – “I see you, I know you want my attention but sorry, not today.” Then you go back to concentrate on the oak tree, sense the depth of the earth, the warmth of the sun, the openness of the sky and the vastness of the universe.

    As he concentrates on this he notices that Mickey Mouse is getting uncomfortable. He's getting less and less attention, he's getting more and more annoyed.

    “Putting your focus elsewhere starves the thought of its life energy.” Poor Mickey, you see him and the problem loosing their energy. The unwanted thought gets lighter and lighter and eventually floats up and away.

    There's much more to this way of approaching life but basically it's a case of taking your negative attitudes and experiences by the scruff of the neck and forbidding them to take root.

    Eoin also talks about ‘non-specific unhappiness' – not depression but life getting you down. When he was suffering stress he wasn't prepared to take the doctor's antidepressants; instead he went on a quest to get an answer and ended up in Dublin with a fully qualified doctor who is also a homeopath. They talked, and talked. She was honestly interested in him and he responded.

    “An hour and twenty minutes later I left this wonderful woman feeling much lighter in myself.” He shares what he learned and it's valuable information.

    The author, who lives in Co Down with his partner Jenny Grainger, also discusses life as it is today putting forward the thesis that the world we live in doesn't want us to be free to make our own decisions.

    “It doesn't want empowered people who refuse to be victims. It actually needs you to be a slave to the consumer culture... this fear has spawned greed, anxiety, defensiveness and control. This paradigm needs to crack and crumble and be rebuilt. How? One person at a time.”

    Just think back to the fear we felt over the Millennium Bug, mad cow disease, salt, now sugar, and the rest – these negatives just keep coming, like Big Brother in Orwell's 1984, trying to manipulate and suppress the masses.

    Eoin has had plenty of negatives to deal with: a bad crash resulting in a near-death experience, relationship problems, single parenthood and success and failure in the world of work. No wonder he had a stress-related breakdown. But all these only made him determined to rebuild and share his experiences, often in a comical way, always in a compulsive way.

    His take on ‘fear' being your friend is also fascinating. Turning fear into energy by making a commitment to do something psychologically or emotionally frightening once a week until your courage muscle gets strong and your self-esteem grows. Start with something small you've been avoiding like making a phone call you've been putting off and building up from there.

    Be prepared to be challenged by this book; be prepared to fill in the little exams he sets and keep The Possibility Exists... as a manual to a better life.

    :: The Possibility Exists... One Man's Search For Freedom is published by O Books, available on Amazon, Kindle and in bookshops. ~ Anne Hailes, Irish News

  • Authority of Service and Love, The
    Roger Payne
    Praise for Roger Payne's previous title from Christian Alternative:
    A Different Way: A Human Approach to the Divine is extremely readable and offers much to those who are engaging with and exploring personal and corporate faith more critically... it will have a place on my book shelf and it will be recommended often! ~ Rev. John Churcher, Progressive Christianity Network

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    I really enjoyed this book, I would give it 4 1/2 stars. It was hard to put down. ~ Amazon reader, Amazon

  • Pagan Portals - Animal Magic
    Rachel Patterson
    I get questions about animal Magick and spirit animals all the time. This, along with my go-to by the late Ted Andrews, will be my suggested reading. Well written and most of all valuable to the Pagan Community ~ Larry Zaracon Sodders, The Zaracon Show/Pagans Tonight Radio/Pagan Weekly News/ Pagans Musings Podcast Channel.

  • Vegan Ethic, A
    Mark Hawthorne
    As a vegetarian transitioning to a vegan lifestyle I found A Vegan Ethic extremely thought provoking, informative & comprehensive.

    The book goes so much further than dealing with diet & animal cruelty. The author, Mark Hawthorn also covers human rights and equality issues... something I hadn't really considered as part of my vegan transition.

    It has inspired me not only to stop eating the few animal products I occasionally consume (eggs, cheese, butter & honey) but to also be mindful about how & where my plant based foods come from.

    I would certainly recommend A Vegan Ethic to anyone who is interested in raising their awareness of cruelty & exploitation to all living creatures (non-human & human).

    ~ Ali Thornett, Top 200 Amazon Reviewer

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Compelling, creative and relatable. Read it now! Very powerful read, unexpected twists and a real can't put down. I allowed myself one book to read for fun between my studies and couldn't put it down! I read it in two days flat. Very good, relateable characters you actually care about. Can't wait for the next one! ~ Lorraine, Amazon Customer Review

  • Master Communicator's Handbook, The
    Teresa Erickson
    Tim Ward
    Society for Technical Communications Journal, Feb. 2017, Book reviews, page 77

    The Master Communicator’s Handbook was written by a “Master Communicator” and is for those who wish to become one. It is one of the few books out there that is concerned not only with getting your message across to your readers and listeners but also with having them act on it. As the authors state, “Communication is not about output [by the writer], it’s about impact [on the reader]” (p. 21).

    This book is not Communications 101. It isn’t concerned with K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly), readability formulas, or Joe Williams’ elegance. It is not about grammar. Plenty of books exist today for that. The Master Communicator’s Handbook is about how to write to your readers and listeners so that they don’t hit the Delete button before they get to the second paragraph or turn to their phones while you are speaking. It’s written so that you become a “powerful advocate for your cause and your organization . . . a catalyst for transformation” (p. 3). As the authors state in their introduction, their “approach to communications is based on clarity, leadership and impact” (p. 2).

    The Master Communicator’s Handbook is specifically written for those in organizations “dedicated to making the world a better place,” such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Society of Conservation Biology, the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank, all clients of the two authors. The authors sprinkle in actual stories of their clients’ communication challenges and their solutions.

    I began examining this book thinking I would simply skim it, yet by Chapter 2, I was reading slowly and underlining and annotating new ideas, underlying
    concepts, and tips. It is a book that recognizes and stresses the need to write reader–based documents. That need has taken the authors, just as it has this reviewer, to study neuroscience to understand how we read, why we act, and what
    makes us act the way we do, and then apply these theories to our communications.

    Several chapters are specifically concerned with oral communication, speaking to both large and small groups. These include aspects that are seldom discussed, including answering questions and using symbols and icons. Most chapters, however, contain recommendations that are applicable to both oral and written communication. These, too, contain topics that are almost never covered in books on effective communication, including framing an argument, what the psychologists term cognitive cultural dissonance, transformational storytelling, and reframing (changing people’s positions on a topic}.

    Anyone working in a nonprofit or environmental organization can find much needed assistance for “changing the world” in The Master Communicator’s Handbook. I certainly did.

    Carolyn Boiarsky
    Carolyn Boiarsky, PhD, is an STC Associate Fellow and a 1998
    winner of the Frank R. Smith Award. She teaches in the English
    Department at Purdue University Northwest-Calumet Campus.
    Carolyn is the author of three books related to technical
    communication, the most recent being “Risk Communication and
    Miscommunication” (2016).
    ~ Carolyn Boiarsky, Society for Technical Communications Journal, Feb. 2017

  • Emma Oliver and the Song of Creation
    Susan Elizabeth Hale
    A Magical Read for Children and Adults

    Mystical, magical and adventurous certainly describes this charming and important story. Emma Oliver, a 11 year old girl, living in Peachtree City, GA, soon discovers her life purpose, through Annie Oakley, a special oak tree in her backyard – a tree who understands her problems. Annie, and the network of tree spirits, help Emma through her difficulties. This book is written for children; however, it will also be enjoyed by adults. It teaches all of us about the spiritual aspects of nature, trees and song. And, it encourages us to look deeper within our own souls to search for our true callings. Author Susan Elizabeth Hale has written a lovely fictional work, and it should be included in every child’s library! ~ Deborah Lloyd, Amazon

  • Mediumship Within
    Chris Ratter
    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to develop, or who have an interest in the world of mediumship/healing.
    Chris has an engaging and compassionate writing style packed with warmth, honesty and humour making it a fancinating and insightful read of his journey to date. Truly is a page turner and I hope we see more from Chris in the future. ~ JJones, Amazon

  • Mediumship Within
    Chris Ratter
    Well written and informative, more than just trance work, a good base for those on their develope,not journey. ~ Spirit of Eve, Amazon

  • Alkoryn Chronicles, The
    C.J. Gleave
    Praise for the first volume of The Alkoryn Chronicles: Part I Scripture from the Past:

    Daimeh finds a body washed ashore and a tablet with strange glyphs. He doesn't know that this discovery will change his life forever. With his aunt Cresadir, he sets off on a journey through lands that the people of Alkoryn thought unreachable, meeting strange creatures on the way.

    C.J. Gleave depicts vividly the way of life on the islands, peaceful, in harmony with nature. It's like watching colours applied on a blank canvas.The way the author describes the personality traits of the characters makes them realistic.

    The second part of the novel is completely different and is also reflected in the description of the people and places.The ending is intriguing and I can't wait to read the sequel of this great debut novel.

    There is a glossary with the correct pronunciation of some words, as well as the description of various elements: animals, food, objects.

    If you like fantasy stories with an interesting twist, this novel is for you. ~ Catherine Ndiaye, Amazon

  • Alkoryn Chronicles, The
    C.J. Gleave
    Daimeh finds a body washed ashore and a tablet with strange glyphs. He doesn't know that this discovery will change his life forever. With his aunt Cresadir, he sets off on a journey through lands that the people of Alkoryn thought unreachable, meeting strange creatures on the way.

    C.J. Gleave depicts vividly the way of life on the islands, peaceful, in harmony with nature. It's like watching colours applied on a blank canvas. The way the author describes the personality traits of the characters makes them realistic.

    The second part of the novel is completely different and is also reflected in the description of the people and places. The ending is intriguing and I can't wait to read the sequel of this great debut novel.

    There is a glossary with the correct pronunciation of some words, as well as the description of various elements -- animals, food, objects.

    If you like fantasy stories with an interesting twist, this novel is for you. ~ Catherine Ndiaye, Amazon

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    Quick But Meaningful Read

    I loved (mostly laughing through) David Bulitt's first book, Card Game. His second novel follows a character from that first book, but the tone and tempo of "Because I Had To" is very different. You don't need to have met Jess in the first book, you can jump right in with this story (and jump right in you will!!) . David writes humorously and convincingly of practicing (and learning) law, but he distinguishes himself with his deep understanding of people from all walks of life and life experiences, especially this troubled young woman who takes hold of her life. I was completely sucked in and didn’t put the book down until I finished it. Lyric Winik got it right when she described the book as “keenly observed” and “well-crafted”. The ending (next beginning) sucked me right in to the next book! I just hope it’s not a long wait :). I came to care for and respect Jess, and I want to stay in touch and see where she takes her life. ~ LE, Amazon Reader

  • More
    Mariah McKenzie
    This is a fascinating tale of one couple's journey to a deeper spiritual experience through intimacy. This is a great book for "believers" and skeptics alike. For those familiar with the subject matter, the heartfelt, personal nature of the narrative gives it a fresh, autobiographical immediacy. Skeptics will be interested to learn how widespread the concept is. Far from being a modern invention of "the New Age," the idea of connecting to the Sacred through the "profane" experience of human sexuality is extremely common. The author guides readers through many of these traditions in detail, all in a relatable, first-person tale that is beautifully, unapologetically personal. I highly recommend it!
    ~ Señor Khoi, amzon

  • Diving for Pearls
    Maggie Kay
    Anyone searching for love will find this book delicious and comforting. Plump up your cushions.
    This is one to curl up with and hits the spot like a hot chocolate with swirly cream.

    "Diving for Pearls" really is the ultimate guide to finding love. Maggie should know because she's
    had to work it out for herself and it's been an incredible journey, a very wise woman indeed. Make
    no mistake, this book is not just for those looking for love. It also serves as an inspirational and
    helpful guide for absolutely everyone. Filled with every kind of spiritual seeking and leaps of faith,
    Maggie takes us on a winding road of self discovery and inner wisdom.

    Most of us have experienced emotional damage at some time in our lives. It can be depressing
    and depleting, especially if what we're seeking is recognition in love. Love not only from others but
    more importantly, love for ourselves. It's refreshing to learn through Maggie's inspirational teaching
    that with the expert guidance she offers us, finding love is more possible than we can imagine. We
    just need to know how to manage and realise it. She encourages us to dive deep and find our
    pearls. The first step is the only one we need, our willingness to take that chance, and the rest will
    follow.

    In this gem of a book, we dunk our biscuit into a blissful pool of rediscovery, one of warmth,
    understanding, hearts and healing. It leaves us feeling calm and rejuvenated, happy in anticipation
    of our future. Suddenly we believe it really is possible to find that deeper love opening up another
    door, one of acknowledgement, strength and relief. It also helps us to understand others and how
    we can enrich our relationships generally.

    Being a great believer in saying "yes" to life and all the love it has to give, I found this book honest
    and refreshing. I am constantly amazed at the strength of people all around me who perform their
    lives on a stage where a lot of us only choose to see what is immediately visible in front of ones
    eyes instead of what actually lives behind them. In this book, Maggie has chosen to share what
    lives behind her own eyes so that we may all find the courage to move forward and progress in
    troubled times.

    I was given this book as a gift and I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to improve
    their lives and what wise woman wouldn't want to do that?

    In short, it's a great read.
    Totally satisfying and delicious.
    Time to dive in everyone. ~ Patti Savage, Psychic Link Magazine

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    FUNNY AND SAD ALL IN ONE
    It had me from the beginning, the middle and the end. Character development kept me engaged. Sexy, funny and sad all in one. A must read. ~ Andrea Brody, Amazon Customer

  • Because I Had To
    David Bulitt
    TERRIFIC SOPHOMORE EFFORT FROM BULITT
    I thoroughly enjoyed "Because I Had To." Just because it's a quick and easy read does not mean that it lacks depth. The emotional connection between the troubled 20-something, Jess, and her "fake" uncle, the verging-on-a-midlife crisis, 50-something, JB--which changes both of their lives--is certainly unusual but very real and carries the reader to an ending that leaves you craving for more. A sequel, perhaps? I certainly hope so! ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon

  • Moon Books Gods & Goddesses Colouring Book
    Rachel Patterson
    Love it!!! Beautifully drawn pictures, some intricate, some more simple - you can color depending on how the mood takes you ... and accompanied by information about each deity and a mantra, too. Its truly fascinating, and I can't wait to get cracking!!!! Thank you ~ Soup Dragon, Amazon

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    5 Stars... Wonderfully deep and captivating. I finished this book two weeks ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. A great story and so well written. The characters are really brought to life by the author. I can't believe this is his first book! Can't wait for the second! ~ Amazon Customer, Amazon UK

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