Book reviews
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The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom

November 13, 2013

The Power of an Open Question: the Buddha’s Path to Freedom is a uniquely practical and psychological take on the old philosophical problem of Emptiness, or ‘E’. Elizabeth aims at writing a book in which the word is hardly used, yet the concept is made clear and comes home. She succeeds. The topic of Sunyata, […]

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The Miracles of Exodus: A Scientist’s Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes of the Biblical Stories

November 13, 2013

I’ve had this book in my library for a few years. I suspect the dramatic title and a wariness with trying to find a historical backdrop to ancient myths kept me from reading it. Till one day, looking for something light, I did pick it up. The style of The Miracles of Exodus is a […]

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Best Zen Buddhism Books according to my readers

July 28, 2013

Zen Buddhism is one of the three most popular styles of Buddhism to have migrated West. It’s probably also the style of Buddhism that has moved away from it’s ‘Buddhist’ roots the most. This is true geographically: it moved all the way East to Japan first, after all – as well. In the process it […]

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Best books on Buddhism, according to my readers

July 28, 2013

Online I have various lists of best selling books on Buddhism. This list is different: it’s a list of the books people who visit those pages suggest. That makes this list a lot more eclectic. Lists like this often turn commercial fast, because publishers and authors want THEIR book on the list. However, I don’t […]

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Christian Christmas Books For Children

May 29, 2013

I did not think that being able to find Christian Christmas books for children would be a difficult task. It was not an impossible feat but I was amazed that there were so few available for parents and grandparents to buy for children. Oh, there are hundreds of books about the holiday for kids but […]

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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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