RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
- Mediumship Within
I've just finished reading "Mediumship Within " by the amazing Chris Ratter. I am impressed by the down to earth approach to a subject not quite of this earth. It took a lot of the mystery surrounding mediumship and made it easy to understand. The practical exercises are tools that I have used and will continue to do so. I would highly recommend it as a great read for those who wish to pursue mediumistic studies and even for those who don't. Definitely a 5 star read
~ Donna Mantle, Facebook
- Stop Press Murder
This entertainingly baffling "step back in time" crime caper is ripe with a variety of situations and subtle innuendos that will no doubt raise a few chuckles. There’s never a dull moment - things keep buzzing along nicely indeed! ~ Little Bookness Lane
- Beat the Rain
Nigel Jay Cooper
I could not put this book down. So cleverly written with twists and turns that keep you turning the page. The characters are intriguing. I've never read a book where I've disliked most of them! I laughed and cried. A totally wonderful read which I thoroughly recommend! ~ Amazon Customer Review
- Why the Gospel of Thomas Matters
This book holds out a welcome handshake to anyone who has ever doubted or questioned their faith. The author shows us that incertainty (his preferred term over the more negative sounding uncertainty) is a very positive attribute: “…truth is only progressively grasped. The process of our spiritual refinement is a gradual one; it is an accumulation of insights that allow us to see a bit more, or to see the same thing differently or more of the same more clearly.” The Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 by Egyptian peasant farmers. It was found in an airtight jar which contained several leather bound papyrus books. Unlike the synoptic gospels it does not give an account of Jesus’ life and teaching but is a set of sayings of Jesus. Helpfully included is a modern translation of the gospel by John Henson so that the reader can explore the gospel themselves. Thomas goes down in history as the doubter, the one who didn’t believe unless he could see it for himself. There are four occasions in John’s Gospel when Thomas speaks, and Gethin uses these to trace how Thomas gradually comes to understand Jesus, which culminates in the collection of sayings. Gethin argues that Thomas challenges the concept of Jesus found in the synoptic gospels - which developed over centuries of by a largely Western Christian Church. Here is a Jewish Jesus, more in tune with the mystical Jesus found in John’s Gospel. This is not a dry book, it is full of insights. It connects us to a character who lived alongside Jesus, who has long been misunderstood, and who shows us that it is good to question. Nor is this just an historical narrative, throughout there are stories from our own times which enrich it. In the final chapter Gethin says “If I have at least shown that incertainty is something positive, then the writing and the reflecting will have achieved their aim.” Mission accomplished I’d say. Christine Clasper ~ Author, Progressive Voices 18
- Emancipation of B, The
In an age that overwhelmingly favours extraversion, Jennifer Kavanagh has done a quietly defiant thing, to craft a genuine adventure of the inward life. To outward eyes a 'sad loner', its hero resists all cliches and his journey holds us, not least because his consciousness is rendered in prose as crisp and calm and spare as poetry.
~ Philip Gross, winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2009, Wales Book of the Year 2010, National Poetry Competition
- Beat the Rain
Nigel Jay Cooper
This novel slowly builds up its believable protagonists, with their strengths, flaws, and eccentricities. We gradually become attached to them as the tragic tale unfolds. I recommend immersing yourself into this book, if you like a good drama with credible characters. ~ Andrew Cairns, Amazon Customer Review
- Beat the Rain
Nigel Jay Cooper
Compelling and compulsive.
Sometimes you can't beat the rain, you just have to get wet, and if you won't communicate, then everyone around you gets soaked too.
There are already so many rave reviews for 'Beat the Rain' that it is difficult to find anything new to say, however I enjoyed this book so enormously that I want to add a few thoughts. First, on the cover the book is described as a psychological thriller - this description nearly put me off reading it as I don't like being frightened. But it isn't frightening, not like the terrifying film, 'Sleeping with the Enemy' for example. Not at all. It is a tense and intensely emotional portrayal of the deep-rooted insecurities vested in a child's psyche by the sense of it not being worthy of being loved.
Beat the Rain is a beautifully and compellingly written novel about the relationships of ordinary people - the sort of people we all know, or may think we know, but having read this book, do we? Cooper delves very deep into the psyches of his characters, and in so doing lays bare their innermost thoughts and unexpressed emotions exposing their every flaw and wrinkle. His observations of human frailties are so painfully honest I felt almost uncomfortable for some of the characters, in particular the ones who, through an inability to communicate, seem unable to beat the rain and are on course to get very wet indeed. Through Cooper's skilful depiction of his main characters you may think you know them pretty well, but just when you think you can guess what they'll do next, there is a twist as surprising as it is unexpected.
Highly recommended. ~ Veryan Williams-Wynn, Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1720862511?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
- Palmistry Made Easy
This is a slim volume containing a wide range, and reasonable depth, of information for people new to the world of palmistry. Topics covered include skin texture, hand and finger shapes and print and palm patterns. For those with some basic knowledge of the subject, the presentation can be a little confusing, as he assigns new names to familiar hand parts. For example, the Mount of Venus is called the "primal home, body and family quadrant"; the fingers, from index to little, usually ascribed to Jupiter, Saturn, Apollo/Sun and Mercury, are here presented as the Mirror, Wall, Peacock and Antenna fingers. Would make a very useful supplementary book for those taking a course.
Paul Harrison, BAPS Member
~ Paul Harrison, Mercury Magazine, magazine of the British Astrological and Psychic Society
- Pagan Portals - The Cailleach
For me, a novice in these matters and only briefly familiar with names, concepts and ideas, this was a great read!
Well-written, clearly a labor of love, it made me curious about this universe and has started me on more research already.
I can see myself buying not only this one but also more books by the author and on the subject.
Thank you for the opportunity to read, it will be highly recommended to friends and family for sure! ~ Phillipa Song, NetGalley/Amazon
- Stop Press Murder
Fast-paced and snappy - and one of the few mysteries that involve reporters in which the daily business of newspaper reporting seems rooted in reality (although, I don't have any experience in a newsroom so I could be talking nonsense). Brighton's seamy side rubs with the upper crust and the slightly down-at-the -heels atmosphere is nicely portrayed without being weighed down in too much kitchen sink misery. The action and plot twists sweep you along so you don't notice. Highly recommend. ~ Vanessa Bedford, NetGalley
- Farmhouse in the Rain, A
Follow along the sides of 3 young soldiers, their sweethearts, and their families as they navigate the perils of WWII - both at home and abroad. Although each comes from a different background, Joe Kilgore masterfully entwines the three central characters – young soldiers just trying to survive while on foreign soil and win the war. Unlike many war-time historical fiction we also get a peek into what life is like back home for those our intrepid would-be heroes left behind. Family, friends, lovers, all join to make a moving masterpiece that readers will be unable to put down. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves historical fiction, mysteries, drama, and star-crossed lovers. ~ Lily Greer, The Faerie Review
- Beat the Rain
Nigel Jay Cooper
This debut novel by Nigel Jay Cooper is absolutely lovely and haunting. It’s a rare combination of page-turning psychological suspense and beautiful language.
Beat the Rain opens with the death of Tom, twin brother of Adam and partner of Louise. Tom’s death was unexpected by everyone except Tom himself, so the main characters are both left untethered by loss. They marry, and life proceeds as normal, until it doesn’t.
Narration alternates (mostly) between Louise and Adam, and I found Adam to be the more vividly-realized character. His voice is the more introspective, vulnerable, and thus more sympathetic.
Cooper’s use of language is mesmerizing, piercing and true. Pondering the functional alcoholic: “Functioning. Such a good word. So descriptive of their lives . . . So descriptive of a lot of people’s lives, he imagines. Functioning. All the moving parts doing what they should but nothing going on behind the scenes, no sparks, no real life.”
And this little gem about small talk: “Maybe Adam had been hard on the woman, she’d probably only been making conversation. Except conversation is always laden with meaning and hidden truths and politics.”
Beat the Rain is full of those hidden truths, small jewels that together create the mosaic of human experience, but an experience that is made beautiful by broken things.
Note: Thanks to Netgalley and Roundfire Books for advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. ~ Rae Colley, Amazon.com and Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1705922006
- Blissfully Dead
5.0 out of 5 stars Evolving consciousness seen from the other side - captivating!
This book initially wow’d me with its captivating one-liners. As I kept reading the overall messages began to sink in and stick with me. In Blissfully Dead, Melita takes us beyond our realm of existence to see evolution of consciousness from the other side—that is, from the perspective of a soul (identified as Janelle) who after committing suicide is no longer in a body. Janelle is blissfully happy in the afterlife but also passionate in her desire to communicate with the living realm through medium Melita. Janelle shares her connection with other souls and we begin to appreciate that even after death the soul continues to learn and grow. As Janelle grows, so does Melita. I especially appreciated author Melita’s ultimate realization of the difference between seeking bliss and seeing “truth” in this moment right now. ~ Amazon Reader, Amazon.com
Mary Victoria Johnson
A must read! This book was extremely well written, when your realise that Mary wrote this when she was 14, WOW! It was very much a page turner, wanting to find out more about the Boundary and the Master. Leaving you with suspense and wanting more details on how the children came to be there in the first place. Looking forward to Book 2. ~ Karon Hughes , Amazon.ca
- Vegan Ethic, A
Mark Hawthorne is right to point out that “going vegan is a great first step, but it’s only the beginning”, urging readers “to take into account the lives of everyone, regardless of their species, race, colour, gender, sexual identity, or other social construct (and to) make choices that benefit not only ourselves, but those with whom we share this planet”, identifying this as “what it means to live a vegan ethic”. Although the author’s vision of “a vegan ecosystem in which we can grow a thriving new world” may be hopelessly idealistic, we should appreciate his reminding us that animal rights isn’t the only cause worth striving for. ~ Paul Appleby, Editor, OxVeg News
- Treasure Beneath the Hearth
This intelligent and well-written slim volume provides seekers and thinking believers with food for the journey, enabling what Paul Riceour called a ‘second naivete’ that embraces the truth of Jesus alongside rational inquiry. ~ Carla A Grosch-Miller , Reform Magazine | September 2016
- Lives Around Us, The
However it is read or used, it offers vital and valuable insights into the natural world and our relationships within God’s kingdom. ~ David Pickering, Reform Magazine | September 2016
- Kitchen Witch's World of Magical Food, A
‘A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Foods’ by Rachel Patterson should take pride of place on your kitchen shelf amongst your most favourite recipe books. ~ Life and Soul Magazine, http://www.lifeandsoulmagazine.com/review-kitchen-witchs-world-magical-foods-rachel-patterson-moon-books/
- Escape to Redemption
Peter M. Parr
"Escape To Redemption" is an original and compelling read from beginning to end. Clearly demonstrating author Peter M. Parr as an exceptionally talented novelist, "Escape To Redemption" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. ~ Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Reviews
c/o John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.
9781785350511 $21.95 pbk / $3.99 Kindle amazon.com
Synopsis: An in-depth manual for practicing Fairy Witchcraft including theology, fairy lore, rituals, holidays, and magical practices. This book aims to pick up where Pagan Portals - Fairy Witchcraft leaves off and teach interested people the comprehensive practice of this system of honoring the Fair Folk and liminal Gods by blending the old Fairy Faith with modern paganism.
Critique: Fairycraft: Following the Path of Fairy Witchcraft is fascinating to browse for creative inspiration. The simple rituals and prayers to honor forces unseen can be incorporated into one's daily actions, used as meditative focus, or simply practiced out of respect for the wonderful and mysterious natural world. "When outdoors, if you find yourself in danger from anything Fey, one method to protect yourself is to cross running water. It is best if the water you cross is south-running, as anything moving southwards, like anything moving sunwise, has positive and blessing qualities. This method of protection is also said to work against ghosts and malignant spirits." Also highly recommended for metaphysical studies shelves is author Morgan Daimler's previous title, "Pagan Portals - Fairy Witchcraft: A Neopagan's Guide to the Celtic Fairy Faith" (9781782793434, $9.95 pbk / $3.03 Kindle).
~ Metaphysical Studies Shelf, Midwest Book Reviews