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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., is a distinguished researcher of near-death experiences, prayer chaplain, spiritual counselor, and visionary. She is the author of 15 books including Beyond the Indigo Children. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Tymn on 13 May 2013
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My senior friends and I sometimes lament the state of the world and see little hope for things changing and reversing themselves when we observe young people, primarily those under 30 - referred to as the millennials. While agreeing that there are many exceptions, we too often see surly, brash, hedonistic, narcissistic, slothful, and obnoxious youth with an entitlement attitude. We shake our heads in disgust and despair, wondering if we are now at the same point as Rome was when Nero played his lyre and sang as the city burned. We wonder if progress is really wave-like and if we are in the process of bottoming out so that we can go upward. And we wonder whether it will take a major catastrophe or long-term economic collapse to reverse things.

If P. M. H. Atwater, the author of this intriguing book, is correct, there is hope. In spite of the seemingly insurmountable negatives, including the facts that two out of every five children in the U.S. have learning disorders, one out of every ten is mentally ill, cases of ADHD are up 600 percent since the early 1990s, and autism has become an epidemic, Atwater sees countering and redeeming positives with a quantum leap in evolution, leading to a complete transition into the "Fifth World." which according to Mayan legend marks the age of modern man and space travel while fusing masculine and feminine energies. The book is sub-titled "Guide to the Coming Changes in Human Consciousness."

Atwater notes that the millennials are unique and calls the current situation a "youth quake" that is engulfing many countries. "No other generation except theirs views the world first through a screen," she explains. "Cell phones, smart phones, iPads, computers, television...all screens.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Absorbing 13 May 2013
By Michael E. Tymn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My senior friends and I sometimes lament the state of the world and see little hope for things changing and reversing themselves when we observe young people, primarily those under 30 - referred to as the millennials. While agreeing that there are many exceptions, we too often see surly, brash, hedonistic, narcissistic, slothful, and obnoxious youth with an entitlement attitude. We shake our heads in disgust and despair, wondering if we are now at the same point as Rome was when Nero played his lyre and sang as the city burned. We wonder if progress is really wave-like and if we are in the process of bottoming out so that we can go upward. And we wonder whether it will take a major catastrophe or long-term economic collapse to reverse things.

If P. M. H. Atwater, the author of this intriguing book, is correct, there is hope. In spite of the seemingly insurmountable negatives, including the facts that two out of every five children in the U.S. have learning disorders, one out of every ten is mentally ill, cases of ADHD are up 600 percent since the early 1990s, and autism has become an epidemic, Atwater sees countering and redeeming positives with a quantum leap in evolution, leading to a complete transition into the "Fifth World." which according to Mayan legend marks the age of modern man and space travel while fusing masculine and feminine energies. The book is sub-titled "Guide to the Coming Changes in Human Consciousness."

Atwater notes that the millennials are unique and calls the current situation a "youth quake" that is engulfing many countries. "No other generation except theirs views the world first through a screen," she explains. "Cell phones, smart phones, iPads, computers, television...all screens. Hence, their mind-set is global and they think in multiples or grids. Imagery, virtual realities, and digital worlds are their comfort zone; nature is a foreign object. Because they are so capable, so quick, we cram more into their young lives than is healthy or appreciated." She asks if what disgusts us can find a place in our hearts and if the chaos and disorder we perceive can produce the foresight and ingenuity necessary to remake our families, our communities, our culture, our world. She says the answer is "yes," but the question is "how?"

"The antidote to overstimulus and the addictive qualities of the electronic world is its opposite," she suggests, "...the imaginal realm of spirit." She adds that while kids these days may be in lockstep with digital nanoseconds, they are just as tuned into other realms of existence. She points out that older kids define spirituality as alchemy without props and while only a small fraction relate to church and the religious experience, many see God as an ever-present reality.

One of the foremost researchers and authors in the field of near-death experiences, Atwater has observed that many of the millennials are just like children who have had a near-death experience - extremely intelligent, music oriented, creative, innovators, intuitive, humanitarian, and spiritually minded. Among their negative traits, they are impatient, impulsive, overconfident, intolerant, feel entitled, and have no concept of authority. Nor were they raised in a manner that has prepared them for what has happened with the economy. "They were spoiled and fully expected to find the opportunities they felt entitled to receive," Atwater concludes. "Their anger is palpable, as they continue to fuss and complain. And it is their anger that will drive, push, insist, and demand a better world."
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Filled with undocumented assertions 11 Aug. 2013
By Howard Schumann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with all kinds of theories and speculation stated as fact, backed up with some proselytizing for church attendance and right-wing talking points such as stating as fact that "life begins at conception." The chapters on parenting and education have some useful information. Other than that, the book is not well researched, well documented, well written, or really well thought out.

A case in point, on P. 181, the author states "our new kids are born knowing how to jump time." To support that assertion, she quotes a seven-year-old boy who allegedly told his music teacher that "There's a tear in time. Kids like me can go back and forth whenever we want. Older people, can't though. From nine on, it's harder to do. But for a seven-year-old like me, it's easy." From that dubious statement, the author concludes that "Your children are familiar with aspects of time that you are not." In other words a statement is quoted with no citation, no source material, no study to back it up, one quote that allegedly is evidence for a generational attribute.

People and books are quoted to support the points made, but the author swallows them whole without questioning the accuracy of their statements or findings. On P. 201, as an example of a new wave of evidence that weird things are happening, she cites the book "Black Genesis" by Robert Bauval, reporting that the book says that `the true founders of the Egyptian Civilization, supposedly "star people" were black." The book does posit a theory as the origin of Egyptian civilization (it is only a theory) but the reference in the book to "star people" is to the fact that they were interested in and knowledgeable about astronomy, a totally different meaning than the one the author has implied.

OnP. 40, she makes the assertion that "estimates suggest that nearly half of today's young people are bisexual." What estimates? Who did the estimating? How many studies were involved? How big a sample population was used? There is no information because the statement is not sourced.

Some statements are demonstrably false. Ms. Atwater's astrological timelines show little knowledge of past events. She cites the period from 1975-1981 as demonstrating the "sexual revolution and the rise of the counterculture." This is stated twice in stating the timelines of Uranus and Pluto, though both of these events started in the sixties. The author also misstates the sixties as a time of "me-first narcissism." While this is normally attributed to the seventies, it is also a media invention that has no basis in fact.

This unfortunately is typical of this book that is filled with opinions masquerading as facts.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Helpful? If you cannot understand your child you need this book. 13 Feb. 2013
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have a child with all or any of the new catchwords such as autism, ADHD, by-polar etc. this book will probably help you to understand them and their actions. The problem that I have with this book is the authors time frame. Their have been children with these problems forever not just in the coming fifth world. I bought this book hoping to be able to understand my grandson and to my surprize it helped me understand myself (I am 78 years old). and why my mother and I fought all of the time. It also helped me to realize why I always felt that my son kneew what he was doing and I gave him a lot of room.to do the things that he wanted to. He has always made me proud. These children are always very intellegent and mature for their age. It is a fact that Thomas Jefferson. Einstein, and other famoius people are labled with autism. So, don't think your child is a misfit. Treat he or she with respect. Noi matter their age realize that they are more knowledgeable and mature than the average child.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
All over the place 6 Aug. 2013
By MysticJaguar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are old enough to know about books like Future Shock or The Fifth Wave (broad social surveys with impacts from technology) then this is a very similar book with a pinch of focus on kids. Really, this material is too wide in it's attempt and really dilutes information on children into the entire mix. There are a number of issues in the book content and it's editing. Many topics are spread around, general organization is weak in places leading to redundancy, and overall word count is a little high to communicate the core concepts. You have to read pages of info-bla-bla and then stop and find a few good parts along the way. So, if you like to read and read and not get to the point, then, ok, you -might- like this book. But for most people, especially parents, this will be a slog.

And keep in mind this book does a sales job on a number of pseudo-mystical new age beliefs from Theosophy and other sources. I'm all for alternate thinking. But there is no way that Alice Bailey or Anne Besant, or Ms Blavatsky has some inside track into supposed 'facts' about our history, root races, and all of that. None of that detailed information can help you live your life today. And it's such a distraction to hear this stuff sprinkled in. Let's leave Theosophy on the side and just let it fade away. Most parents don't need to know anything about it.

If you want a book that focuses more on children and has a more realistic scope then this is a better book The Children of Now: Crystalline Children, Indigo Children, Star Kids, Angels on Earth, and the Phenomenon of Transitional Children.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Children of the Fifth World 6 May 2013
By Helen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Interesting book and some great insights. I have read and done research on this subject myself and Atwater has some great research and facts.
I would like to say however that the dates can overlap. Always interested in anything to do with the Children who are going to save our planet in the future.
Very easy and good read. Read it in one day as I could not put it down.
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