Book reviews
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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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Wisdom Man: Banjo Clarke, an Aboriginal Elder

July 18, 2011

We’ve become used to a changing society, however few people so much exemplify the struggles, challenges and opportunities for spiritual growth as Banjo Clark, an Australian aboriginal did. I did not know much about the injustices done to the aboriginal people of Australia. In Wisdom Man: Banjo Clarke I’ve learned that not only were they denied property […]

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Now: Embracing the Present Moment, Rick Singer

July 16, 2011

Don’t we all love quotes books? There’s a reason quotes websites are so popular. Richard Singer has come out with a book in which he first gathers inspiring quotes on ‘living in the now’ and then comments on them, showing how you can transform your life by living those quotes. That really could be the […]

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Into the fire: Words collected on the Road to Silence, Margaret Coyle Irsay

June 14, 2011

What do you get when you combine a dancer, with a spiritual teacher and a poet? A remarkably real set of poems that go to the heart of what it is to live and breathe and change. Again and again. Not that there’s an ‘again’ to change. This is a book of poetry in which […]

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