WILL THE CIRCLE
reviewed by Liz Bardon
It happens at the rate of one per person.
In the quote above, Brisben is referring to death, which is the subject of Will the Circle be Unbroken, the latest book by celebrated author Studs Terkel, who wrote the famous Working. Terkel gathers diverse interviews on a single topic into oral histories of our lives. The interviews are not in a question and answer format; rather, the subjects tell their stories with very little interruption. I felt like I was sitting in on the conversations. The book was so engrossing that I toted it to work with me every day. I couldnt read much at home, because my husband would take the book to read himself as soon as I walked in the door.
reviewed by Ariele M. Huff
The American image around the world is one of a nation obsessed with material things, capitalists who place little importance on anything even remotely spiritual. We often loudly question this ourselves, blaming our commercialism on early forebears who labored hard under the puritan work ethic and sacrificed quality of life for financial success or mere survival. We frequently indulge in self-flagellation based on misunderstandings as elementary as those held by some in other countries, defining ourselves as crass and secular.
CARDS OF LIFE
reviewed by Steve McCardell
When I first considered reviewing this deck, I wasnt too sure about tackling another divination deck on the market. But I was directed to the Web site to try the cards out online, and after a quick reading, I was so delighted with the surprising result that I decided to look further into these cards.
Now, you can see my hesitation about new decks, and my appreciation of traditional tarot comes of my belief that symbols used by so many people over so long a period have a way of building up something important for readings. There are so many new decks today that none ever has a chance of building this important inner nature. But then, it might also be important for decks that open the doorway for new users, rather than promising that "you, too, can read tarot in ten minutes." A deck like Cards of Life may offer such a doorway.
reviewed by Arlene Arnold
Trudy Joosts illustrations light up each page of this wonderful book for children aged four to adult with beautiful colors and pictures that see life through a childs eyes. Author Gina Otto encourages children (and us) to find our own story of who we are. Most of us have created our self-image (our story) based on what others have told us. Are we smart? Are we lovable? Are we supposed to exist?
As children, we decide the answers to these questions through our experiences, how we are treated, and what we are told. When we were growing up, did anyone tell us to find our own story, to know who we truly are? Cassandras Angel encourages us to treat what others tell us about ourselves as their understanding, which often comes through their own sadness and fear. The angel that comes to Cassandra shows her how to see herself through different eyes.
THE WAY WE
reviewed by Ariele M. Huff
In The Way We Pray, Maggie Oman Shannon has given us many of the answers currently being sought. If youve ever wondered why some religions recommend fasting while others use prayer beads or ikebana to express devotion, Shannons book will put into perspective these and many other disparate practices.
Organized alphabetically, the book looks at topics rather than separate religions. So chapters about altars, angels, fasting, or feasting include information about how several different faiths view religious customs.
reviewed by Michael Armenia
Still the Mind, the new paperback release by Alan Watts, is physically soft, flexible, and lightweight, a testament to the simple elegance of his philosophy. Watts is known for his studies of Buddhism, among other Eastern religions, and wrote on these subjects until his death in 1973. This book was compiled and edited by Mark Watts, his son, from recordings made of Alan's lectures in the 1960s and 1970s. It is primarily for this reason that the language is simpler and more accessible than many of his other written works. The result is unique and refreshing.
I thought chants were just chants, but a little Web research taught me that theres a lot to learn about this timeless musical form of soul expression. I hope that you, too, will enjoy exploring the depths of the form.
Chant Web Guide
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Maria Marsala is a business and life coach/consultant who has just written an e-book called "Thinking About Starting a Business? Lets Talk About Whats Next." For your free copy, visit <http://www.coachmaria.com/ebook/thinkingabout.html>.