reviewed by Carmen Viola,
I walked away from The New Times office with David Ponds book Astrology & Relationships joyously clutched to my chest. I am familiar with Davids work, having attended a lecture he presented on astrology several years ago and, more, recently having read his book on chakras, Chakras for Beginners. His wit and sincerity enliven his work. He is a man who walks his talk, so I was eager to read his latest publication. As I approached my car, my intuition revealed that one must first build a relationship with ones self. My feeling was quickly validated as I perused the books introduction before driving off. I continued to glance at the book during my ride home as if to glean more insights through visual osmosis!
reviewed by Steve McCardell
If you think that Scott Adams can only write comic strips (you know, "Dilbert"), youll be as surprised as I was. Adams has tackled what many are tackling these days basically a spiritual philosophy but that few are succeeding at quite this well. I am telling you, this funny cartoonist is about as deep, thoughtful, and intriguing a writer as Ive come across. Not complex, mind you, but deep.
As I entered into his new book, Gods Debris (just wait till you find out what the title means!), I was delighted to learn that he uses the language very well especially for a philosophical piece like this, which, at its best, really only pretends at fiction. (It is primarily a philosophical dialogue between two men.) When the narrator steps into a room and sees a little old man sitting, I actually laughed to picture it as Adams described: "Something moved and I noticed, on the far side of the fireplace, in a wooden rocker, a smallish form in a red plaid blanket, looking like a hastily rolled cigar." The narrator later tosses an extra log onto a dying fire, and we read that "the retiring embers celebrated its arrival." Now, these points are not by any stretch the meat of the book but its important to know that this is not just some comic stab at writing.
THE TAO OF
reviewed by Ariele M. Huff
The Tao of Equus is my new favorite book to tell everyone to read. Its a true story that reads like a novel one that deserves to be a movie, kind of a meld of Black Beauty and The Color Purple with some mythology and dream interpretation thrown in for good measure!
Because of this eclectic mix, readers are not required to be horse lovers or even riders. (Im not.) Kohanov only asks us to accompany her on the process that changed her life and happens to have involved horses. Throughout, her voice is authentic enough to be convincing, her own amazement persuasive enough to be inspirational.
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