Book reviews

Best Buddhist Books

February 20, 2013

I should start this post with admitting that I am not a practicing Buddhist so my recommendations may appeal more to the uninitiated or the newly initiated souls seeking enlightenment in their lives. I have read these books as a part of my own journey to find a balance in my spiritual life and to […]

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Books About Religion For Kids

February 15, 2013

When it comes to books about religion for kids, I am a firm believer that children should be educated in the practices and beliefs of all the world’s religions. When children understand why a classmate celebrates a holiday that he or she does not or why they refer to the Supreme Being with a different […]

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Best NDE Books

November 5, 2012

The sharing of stories of  NDE (near death experience) is not something that is new to this century or in centuries past. As far back as the 4th century BC, Plato describes the near death experience of a soldier. Suffice it to say even back then at least a few people were not only having […]

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Yearning for the new age: Laura Holloway-Langford and Victorian Spirituality

September 13, 2012

Mrs. Holloway  (1843-1930) is a character from early theosophical history who is all but forgotten by theosophists and non theosophists alike. Still, as can be learned from this new biography, she seemed on just way to theosophical fame at one point. She received quite a few Mahatma letters, was comfortable around Blavatsky, very close to Judge […]

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Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teachings of Shunryu Suzuki

August 28, 2012

This book brings tears to my eyes. Not because it’s sentimental, not because it’s Zen, but because reading this book reminds me of my own teacher. That’s quite an accomplishment: writing about a spiritual teacher in a way that brings to life the relationship between student and teacher – which is where the real work […]

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The 11 Karmic Spaces, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

February 23, 2012

Karma has fascinated me for decades now (yikes, I’m getting old), so the offer to get a review copy of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati’s new book ‘The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing Freedom from the Patterns that Bind You‘ came as a welcome surprise. Unfortunately, the book isn’t as much about karma as you’d think. The […]

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Guided meditations on the Stages of the Path, Thubten Chodron

February 15, 2012

Guided meditation is probably the most accessible type of meditation for beginners out there. After all: all one has to do is listen. The voice of the meditation instructor will help you get back to the meditation when your mind wanders (which it will). However, Thubten Chodron’s guided meditations may not fit your idea of […]

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Andrew Cohen, Evolutionary Enlightenment: a new path to spiritual awakening

January 11, 2012

Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening is the first book by Andrew Cohen that I’ve read. His name precedes him of course: both on the good and the not-so-good. But I’ll let the book stand on it’s own two feet. Let’s start with the style: Andrew Cohen really is a great writer. The words […]

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Mirror of the free, Nicholas Swift: on the origin of the Tarot

November 24, 2011

Those of you who are into Western Esotericism and Tarot will be glad to hear that Nicholas Swift has taken Blavatsky up on the hints she gave in her letters and looked at the Babylonian cylinders. Blavatsky Collected Writings Vol XIV pp 106, 94 and 174, p. 12 of the book under review. This is not […]

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When the chocolate runs out, Lama Yeshe

September 2, 2011

Sometimes books come just at the right time. When the Chocolate Runs Out by Lama Yeshe was given to me as a ‘refuge‘ gift. Yes, I’m now officially a Buddhist. When the Chocolate Runs Out, by Lama Thubten Yeshe is the kind of book we’ve come to expect from Buddhist spiritual teachers: deep practical psychology, […]

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