Free ebook: Atheism & The Spiritual Atheist

Atheism & The Spiritual Atheist id free on Amazon until March 1st … give it a try.

Atheism & The Spiritual Atheist: Personal & Spiritual Growth In An Age Of Skeptics (Spirituality, Meditation, Life Choices Book 5)

While atheism often points out the hypocrisies and faults of religious belief atheists desire a sense of integrity, honesty and wholeness just as much as anyone else. The atheist view of the world allows for an open mind, questioning and debate, but often excludes discussions on spirituality as a valid human expression of integrity or personal maturity. Atheism And The Spiritual Atheist is an exploration of what being spiritual is really all about.

If you already identify as an atheist you know a rejection of religious beliefs in does not change your core values of honesty, truthfulness, compassion, moral and ethical behaviour and personal integrity. Yet as atheists we often reject the notion that ‘spirituality’ is something we should explore or embrace. At the same time we have a yearning in our hearts and a mindful awareness for compassion in our society and a desire to do good, be good and effectively help others.

Atheism And The Spiritual Atheist is an exploration of what it means to be atheist and spiritual. If you question how to bring true value to your own life with a sense of spirituality, integrity and to live a life that is wholesome, compassionate, honest and dignified read Atheism And The Spiritual Atheist. Atheists in America have a particularly difficult social stigma to being atheist. Yet there is no reason atheism should not be seen and appreciated as valid an expression of compassion and integrity as any religious faith. Learn how to incorporate spirituality into your own life while maintaining a unique view of the world, your fellow citizens and those less fortunate than you.

This book is like an atheism for dummies or atheist manifesto without the arguments against religion or the divine. Perhaps just as much a spirituality for dummies or spiritual awakening book it explores the simple truths both the religious and the atheist often neglect or forget.

What is Barry reading?

Hi Gnostalgia folks! I really wanted to get back into booktubing but my software has a hiccup when it comes to the microphone in narration mode. Weird… It’s a cool morning here in sunny Florida and my attention has wandered off into topics such as potting soil. That being said, I have a few books that I am looking at… Medusa: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread (The Dark Victorian Penny Dreads Book 2) Ice Demon: A Dark Victorian Penny Dread (The Dark Victorian Penny Dreads Book 1) I am contacting folks about a giveaway of a book titled “Love Never Dies” … we shall see what the Author says!  Keep and eye posted BTW the prize is mailed by the Author so the giveaway is for the US only. One review pending of Seeing Beyond Illusions by David Cowan. I’ll sandbag this one until next month. Expect to see my reviews of Medusa and Ice Demon cross-posted on my other blog Attention Earthlings (http://barry-gnostalgia.blogspot.com). While Attention Earthlings is more scifi and horror, I think dark victorian-steampunk title should work nicely. Medusa-promo2 Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

John Green plagiarized

Reminds me once of a date in which I tried to impress the lady by working in a few quotes. Sadly, she was having none of it and replied, “… do you have an original thought!” The last straw, as far as she was concerned, was when I accidentally quoted a TV show (one I didn’t watch).  Stuff happens, you simply have to apologize and try to fix it and I think John Green did just that.

 

Review: The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records

The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records
BY LISA BARNETT
NEW PAGE BOOKS – MARCH 2015

Barry’s score 3 stars out of 5

Product description:

The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records is an extraordinary book filled with unparalleled tools for transformation. Accessing the Akashic Records is one of the most powerful paths to self-awareness and personal change currently available. Lisa carefully and lovingly guides you through the Akashic Knowing Wisdom Prayer System, a five-step system with three vibrational keys to directly and easily access your Akashic Record. You will also become skilled at:

  • The art of formulating questions to receive life-enhancing answers.
  • Releasing karma, soul contracts, and vows that bind you to negative life patterns.
  • Gaining clarity about personal situations by practicing exercises.
  • Learning new healing tools from the Akashic Lords to assist you in further releasing old issues and aligning with your life purpose.Author Lisa Barnett has gathered all her most successful techniques, strategies, shortcuts, and wisdom into this one book so you can do it yourself–anytime, anywhere.

My thoughts:

While I loved Smith and Shaw’s “Do It Yourself Akashic Wisdom” (link), I didn’t really warm up to Barnett’s The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records. Barnett’s approach seemed to me to be too structured and ritualistic. For example,  she says that you must use your “legal name” to fully access your Akashic records. I can see using her prayers as inspiration, but reading her prayers and inserting your legal name just doesn’t feel right to me. She also says no  alcohol within 8 to 12 hours of an attempt to access your Akashic records — so much for that glass of wine.  I spoke to a psychic, who I respect, and she disagreed with Barnett’s approach. To each his own … I suppose.

The book is slow to build, the first chapter feels like one of those internet ads for a “simple trick to …” but it never tells you the simple trick.  Eventually, we land on an ad for  Barnett’s 4-part training course complete with website address.  I looked them up on the web and the prices of the courses varied between $350 to $450.

That being said, the book is an easy read.  The 4 chapters have a pleasant and positive vibe to them and it was an interesting read. I don’t think that I would recommend it for your home library, but it would be something to check out at the library. I give The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records 3 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from New Page Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: The Lee Avenue Haunting

The Lee Avenue Haunting: 2nd Edition- Re-edited and extra chapter
by Donna Parish-Bischoff

*Review posted on Amazon*

Product description:
Donna Parish-Bischoff is one of the Co-Founders of Indy Para, a team of Paranormal Investigators who tells of her new book’s haunted tale called The Lee Avenue Haunting.
Nowadays it seems everyone has a ghost story to tell, share or explore. One in particular that is a good one was written by a native New Yorker who lives in upstate, New York, with her husband.
Donna Parish-Bischoff is one of the Co-Founders of Indy Para, a team of Paranormal Investigators that we see much of today. They have been featured on two episodes of The BIO Channel’s My Ghost Story for covering some investigations at Miss Fanny’s Victorian Party House in Wappingers Falls, New York and the Patchett House located in Montgomery, New York.
Donna talks about her own ghost story in the book called ‘The Lee Avenue Haunting’ as it’s second edition was released April 17th of this year. In that edition the author has included some photo’s and an additional chapter taking you on her journey meeting the current owner’s of the home she grew up in. She took on a new editor, Christopher DiCesare, as well. He’s known for his film and book ‘Please Talk With Me’ and later this year to be released ‘Surviving Evidence.’
The Lee Avenue Haunting tells of a story from 1974 when Donna and her family moved into this home that was built in the early 1900’s as it was once a vacant farmland lot. Unknown to their family it was riddled with its shadow people and secret’s of the past. These dark passages entered their lives early into the move.
Some would have called Donna’s family insane for staying as long as they did. Donna says, “You see we did not have a choice financially. Our family was a family of means, struggling on left-over’s and a prayer. Back in the 1970’s some landlords gave five year leases. And we could not afford to move nor could we tell our landlord the home was running rampant with multiple entities keeping us up all night as well as punching its way into our physical universe.”
Donna explains that “I decided to write about our collective family experience’s throughout the five years because I knew as a now paranormal investigator, being I have co-founded my own team Indy Para along with Terri Garofalo, that I could talk about it. It was my responsibility to let others know they aren’t alone out there. Another reason I wanted to write the book was to honor my deceased parent’s and brother. My brother and I always spoke about writing the book about Lee Avenue. He became ill with cancer and passed way before his time in 2010. My sister illustrated the cover art work and I wrote the story for our family.”
Donna feels that “What once emotionally destroyed me as a child witnessing these almost demonic entities has re-built me from the inside out and has given me a re-gained faith and strength in the afterlife now as an adult.” Her second book “Growing Up Paranormal,” is due out Fall of 2013. It further explores the author’s life as well as other live’s who have submitted their experiences. Donna says that, “We all have a common thread, I hope ‘Growing Up Paranormal’ proves this to show how much we all have to share with each other.”
Over the past years many have come forward to talk about their experiences as due to the upsurge in cable television shows has prompted the high interest again since the days of In Search Of, the first real reality show on air. As with the outpouring of ghost stories so there is of books on the subject matter. However, they are not all good and I am pleaseed to direct my readers and fans to Donna’s. Click here to watch a video of an interview with Donna Parish-Bischoff http://youtu.be/XA_G9ugIQzw

My thoughts:

It’s a small book and you’ll burn through this one pretty quickly. Having said that, I love the personal anecdotes from the 1970’s. Are the stories true? Well, that’s for you to decide.

As for me, I loved reading about the events, in the early life of a person, that directed her to a lifelong pursuit of the paranormal. I have to admit that I got goose bumps with a couple of these stories.

All in all, it’s an awesome book. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

*Review posted on Amazon*

Review: The Flame in the Cauldron

Picture 6The Flame in the Cauldron: A Book of Old-Style Witchery
by Orion Foxwood
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (March 1, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1578635365
ISBN-13: 978-1578635368

Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5.

Product description:
Few words entice and incite like the word witchery. Thousands of self-identified witches, pagans, and magical practitioners embrace the word, but seldom go beyond the practice of the well-accepted and learned forms of “traditional” witchcraft to explore the path of old-witchery. Orion Foxwood invites readers to walk on the path of old-style witchery, a nature-based practice that is as old as the swamps and as wild as the woods.

For the first time, Foxwood reveals some of his own deeply personal rituals and spells directly from his own grimoire of witchery; he highlights the differences (and similarities) between Wicca, “traditional” witchcraft, and old style witchery. By weaving his own path to witchery throughout the book, he gives readers examples of how to identify the way toward this path.

There is a revolution among the Pagan and Witchcraft communities, a movement away from prescribed ritual and neopagan practices and a reaching back toward what Foxwood says is in the heart of any true witch: a thundering call deep within their very blood to become a healer, a reckoner, a protector of magical arts, and a guardian of the wild woods.

My thoughts:

I really enjoy reading about how someone, in this case Orion Foxwood, integrates his/her spirituality into his everyday life. He hooked me rather quickly with his inclusion of Gnois and I blew through the book in no time. Having said that, it is a book that I have returned to several times. I’ve also used it in discussions with esoterically minded friends.

One the downside, I wish that there was more. The book really only touches on topics and it really begs for a more indepth treatment.

Raven Grimassi’s Foreword was spot on perfect and summed up my thoughts of Foxwood’s book. I give The Flame in the Cauldron: A Book of Old-Style Witchery 4 stars out of 5 and strongly suggest adding this title to your home spiritual library.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Red Wheel/ Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Victorian Gazing Ball: A Steampunk Persective

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Is there anything quite as magical as a mirror? A mirror contains a whole universe trapped in a film of silver paint, reflecting, reversing, and distorting reality. Everything you see in a mirror is a trick of the light. Thanks to scientific advances in the Victorian era of Industrialization, there were new methods for mass-producing large, flat panes of glass and new methods for chemical-coating those same panes, so that glass mirrors became easily available and much more affordable. And so there was a fashion for using mirrors as decoration and not just for their invaluable assistance with keeping tidy and checking for food in your teeth. Gazing Balls, also known as Gazing Globes or Orbs, were considered a fashionable  and amusing addition to both the Victorian home and garden.

What made these gazing balls popular was the way they distorted their surroundings, as well as the beautiful way they dispersed light into…

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Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever

Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever

As many of you know, I love scifi and as a child Star Trek was my gateway drug into the marvelous world of scifi. One of my favorite Authors is the loveable curmudgeon Harlan Ellison. Knowing that, it should come as no surprise that the story “City on the Edge of Forever” was a big hit with me. What some Trek fans may not know is that Ellison’s story was altered ( due to the drug angle of the story ) when developed into the Trek episode of the same name. This graphic novel provides us with a more Ellison-version of the well-known episode.

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The artwork is fantastic. Ellison’s story is actually better than the original TV episode. Having said that, I missed the stone circle and the drugs looked like something from the game Bejeweled. I give it 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the Trek, scifi, and Ellison fans.

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