BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

DAILY GUIDANCE FROM YOUR ANGELS
365 Angelic Messages to Soothe, Heal and Open Your Heart
By Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.
This book provides a way for you to connect with your guardian angels’ love and energy on a daily basis. It is presented in a way that allows you to choose exactly how, when, and why you would like to benefit from it.

Each “day” contains a thought and encouragement as a practical message from the angels to help you have your best possible day. Each page contains a suggested action, reflection, or focus for you to take that will bring you more peace and happiness.

Messages include suggestions to appreciate yourself, breathe, notice fragrances, trade worry for faith, enjoy divine abundance, and find the blessing and gift within everything. The daily message is then followed by an affirmation entitled the “thought for today” that can further inspire you. Many of these specifically ask for guidance and can be used to further connect with your angels.

This book is intended for a morning meditation, contemplation and affirmation; however, you can benefit from it at any time. The author, Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., with M.A. and B.A. university degrees in counseling psychology, is a metaphysician and clairvoyant who works with the angelic, elemental and ascended-master realms. She suggests that, if you are in need of inspiration, you can simply open it to a random page and explore that reflection for guidance. With the help of this book, every day can be an inspiration.

Published by Hay House, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or www.hayhouse.com
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard


THE IDENTITY CODE
The 8 Essential Questions
for Finding Your Purpose
and Place in the World
By Larry Ackerman
Much like your genetic code, your identity code provides you with your life’s destiny.

This book is designed to introduce the powerful and real you to yourself. The journey to finding the “true you” starts with finding your inside and outside identity, learning what these are, and applying this knowledge to how you live.

Author Larry Ackerman, a pioneer in the field of identity-based management, tells us that the myth of personal freedom leads us down false paths to realizing our dreams. This freedom to pursue what we think we want leaves us frustrated and confused. Freedom actually weighs you down and true freedom comes from doing what is already naturally programmed within us.

In answering eight basic questions, the “real you” will gradually become more apparent. Each of the eight questions includes exercises, known as the “Identity Mapping Process”.  Some are easy, while others are challenging. In the end, you will be able to determine your identity as well as surrender to who you really are.

Published by Random House, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard


WHY WE BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE
Uncovering Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth
By Andrew Newberg, M.D.
and Mark Robert Waldman
We form beliefs through a combination of what our senses perceive, and how our brain organizes and makes sense of those perceptions. The emotional intensity of these thoughts and perceptions, as well as the input we receive from others, are factors as well as those beliefs, realities and misperceptions we learned during our early development.

Authors, neuroscientist and college professor Andrew Newberg, M.D. and therapist Mark Robert Waldman, show that any belief, if held long enough by the mind, can be transformed into a living reality that actually changes the neural structure and functioning of the brain.

The neural activity in the brain causes it to make mistakes because of the biases we hold. The authors explain, in simple terminology, how the brain perceives reality then transforms it into our personal and ethical premises outlining those beliefs that establish and create meaning in our lives.

The book also includes several interesting studies, including the tracking of actual brain activity changes in groups that have had extremely close encounters with spirituality such as Buddhists, people who “speak in tongues” and nuns. Also included are detailed instructions and advice on how to become better believers by remaining open to different belief systems and challenging our beliefs on a continual basis, so as to establish a grander view of reality.

Published by Free Press, this book is available at your local bookstore or www.simonsays.com
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard


RESCUED: Saving Animals from Disaster
By Allen and Linda Anderson
Foreword by U.S. Senator John Ensign
The Andersons have done wonders again with “Rescued”, a riveting book that examines how the largest animal-rescue operation in history made a huge difference in changing our view of pets as family members. They extensively interviewed volunteers who heroically waded into the devastation left in Hurricane Katrina’s wake to rescue lives, both animal and human.

These heroes share their many stories so we can plan for disaster, a need that is becoming more important than ever. In addition to amazing stories about the rescue efforts, this book contains sixteen pages of color photos, an index and resource section, and hundreds of interviews with animal rescuers and disaster survivors who share how to prepare pets for emergencies.

The stories of courage, determination and compassion kept me spellbound. Aftermath stories are changing public policy and laws so no person is forced to leave their pets behind in a disaster. The foreword was written by U.S. Senator John Ensign, named 2005 Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States.

Every pet owner and animal lover should read the Andersons’ book and develop a private plan for the safety of their non-human companions. 

You can read more at www.rescuedsavinganimals.net where interviews with hundreds of animal rescuers and disaster survivors are posted.

Published by New World Library, this book is now available at most bookstores, Amazon.com, some Costco stores and www.rescuedsavinganimals.net
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


Longinus: Book I of the Merlin
By Steven Maines
This exciting new book tells the story of Gaius Cassius Longinus, the battle-hardened centurion of Rome who is assigned to guard the crucified Jesus. But while guarding Jesus, Longinus stabs him in the ribs with his spear, ensuring Jesus’ death. It is a simple act, but one that changes his life forever and leads him through a sinuous series of experiences including encounters with Mary Magdalene, Celtic Druids, Greeks, a Jewish Rabbi and many other unforgettable characters.

The first book of this trilogy follows the journey of Longinus’ spear, examining and exploring the legends and myths surrounding its rumored supernatural and occult power. Through Longinus’s journey to escape an angry post-Christ Rome and into the mysticism of the enigmatic Druids, we experience the spear’s capacity for both good and evil. Longinus’ journey teaches us that an average person can be enlightened one day, and living at his or her baser level the next, and that life as we know it is often a fragile dependency on external circumstances…

Through Maines’ semi-historical novel, this examination fully explores this mysterious weapon and its prevalent historical role in both traditional religion and mysticism. Even readers who don’t normally enjoy religious or historical legends will love this engaging version.

Published by i-universe, this book is available at your local bookstore or www.venmaines.com
Reviewed by Stephen McCrory


GNOSIS
The Secret of Solomon’s Temple Revealed
By Philip Gardiner
For many years, scholars and researchers have tried in vain to locate the Temple of Solomon. There are so many clues and theories, yet none has led to a success. Author Philip Gardiner reveals the truth behind Solomon’s Temple. He suggests, among other things, that the temple is a symbol for the truth within us ­— the human temple. The true definition of the word gnosis is not simply knowledge. Instead it is the direct mystical experience of the Divine in the self. So, the true nature of ourselves cannot be discerned from intellectual dogma or doctrine, but only through experience.

The book escalates from a preliminary focus on symbology and ideologies, such as the serpent in religion and history as well as Kundalini, then moves forward with discussions on ancient religious texts, a hidden bible, the Goddess, temples and Templars, along with Solomon’s Secrets, with a final view at Mystics, Alchemists and Gnostics. The author discusses texts, similarities and differences, referencing certain bible stories, and then moves to the Muslim Sufi and Hindu Avatars, all in an effort to explain his theories.

Finally, for the novice as well as the expert, there is an interesting “Knowledge Dictionary” at the end of the book, including some cosmic terms, sects, ideals and theories that are useful in defining some of the items Gardiner discusses.

Published by New Page Books, a Division of The Career Press, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or www.NewPageBooks.com
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard


Reaching Through The Veil To Heal
By Linda Drake
Loss is an inescapable part of life. Recovering from the death of someone close to us is especially difficult, says Linda Drake in her new book, “Reaching Through The Veil To Heal”. She shares powerful, true stories that underscore vital lessons in accepting loss, coping with grief, understanding death and reconnecting with life again.

Linda continues, ‘’Spirit explains that death is God’s reward for completing our life purpose. At death the body releases its physical density to the freedom of spirit. A life-force energy with every human spirit remains after death, reviewing and evaluating the life and then undertaking new tasks.

“Understanding that the spirit of a departed loved one remains and continues to provide support and love is very comforting to those left behind. Healing comes from accepting the emotions of loss rather than suppressing or denying them.’’ Linda helps her readers to understand why sometimes a loved one’s death leaves a void with unresolved emotional issues.

Linda also offers a better understanding of the stages of grief, and dying, life purpose, signs from the spirit world, karma and reincarnation. She provides readers with comfort and assurance through her understanding of the dying and rebirthing process, assuring them that through direct contact and practically pinpoint accuracy, they are never far from their loved ones.

This book is available at your local bookstore, at www.llewellyn.com or at www.lindadrakebooks.com 
Reviewed by Stephen McCrory


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