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CalmingBreath Zafu Meditation Cushion - 100% Organic (Tibetan Maroon)
CalmingBreath Zafu Meditation Cushion - 100% Organic (Tibetan Maroon)
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Price: £24.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice zafu. It's very well made, 22 Nov. 2014
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Very nice zafu. It's very well made, nice materials, good colour and very comfortable. The only caveat is that if, like me, you're tall and/or don't have much flexibility in your hips/knees etc., then this zafu is not high enough to adopt a good position for Zazen. CalmingBreath makes taller ones, which you should consider. If you're of average height or below and have good flexibility, then this zafu is highly recommended. Perhaps try sitting on pillows of various heights before you choose...

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
by Melody Beattie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but beware the unstated biases, 21 Mar. 2011
I read this book because I frequently observed in one of my friends the worst excesses a control freak might visit on others and themselves, and I wanted to understand what might underlie this behaviour. Beattie's writing is certainly informative, and even helped me to observe the (relatively minor) control-freakery in my own behaviour. I have no problem understanding how this book can be valuable to those who are co-dependents and unhappy. However, I also feel that Beattie has not entirely disentangled all the aspects of her condition, and the lack of perspective on occasion can be dangerous. For example, she states that co-dependent women tend to be extremely angry people, and that that isn't surprising given what they've experienced (and by this, she means the unhealthy relationships that lead them to therapy). But it would be more honest to admit that the anger existed long before the relationships, that it informs every aspect of many co-dependents' behaviour. My own experience was of someone who was continually, unremittingly angry at *something* - anything - with that anger only suppressed (not absent) to varying degrees in daily life; she seemed to seek out things to be angry about, and they were almost always things that she felt were either 'wrong' (i.e. not done her way) or things that could be construed as a personal attack on her (which they seldom were). Excusing an aspect of a condition by blaming others is a way of enabling it, and this is what Beattie is essentially doing. She also uses the book as a platform for a polemic on alcoholics, but it is only late in the book that she reveals that she personally has been affected by them, and that her anger stems from that experience. Towards the end of the book, she states "I hate alcoholism" - which is, of course, perfectly fair - but up to that point she is less balanced, attacking the behaviour of alcoholic individuals (which is shooting fish in a barrel, really). If her stance is that co-dependency is a condition which requires understanding, then presumably she should be even-handed enough to take the same view of alcoholism and other addictions, but - once again - she enables the co-dependent by placing an emphasis not on them but on the behaviour of others. Having said this, if you are a suffering individual seeking help, then a certain amount of 'preaching to the choir' can be supportive; just be aware that that's what's happening and that the central problem is not the behaviour of other people, no matter how awful it might have been.
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The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life
The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life
by Stephen Hawking
Edition: Hardcover

51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed content, 18 Feb. 2011
"Philosophy is dead", the authors declare very early on, and then roundly prove over the next few chapters why they could have done with the services of a good philosopher. Hawking is known, of course, for his ground-breaking science, but not for his analysis of the history of knowledge or the social progress of our culture. Unfortunately, a substantial part of this book is dedicated to those topics, and makes for a short-sighted and naive read. Once the writing turns to actual science, its value greatly increases: the major elements of relativity and quantum mechanics are summed up simply and clearly, then form the basis for explanations of newer work such as M-Theory. Hawking has written better about his (and others') work, but if you're looking for the most up-to-date and/or easily read version, then this book is worth its very reasonable cover price. It's a short and superficial book, however, so if you're looking for anything in-depth you are likely to be disappointed.
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Biblical Nonsense: A Review of the Bible for Doubting Christians
Biblical Nonsense: A Review of the Bible for Doubting Christians
by Jason Long
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.95

17 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for those inexperienced in this subject, 28 Aug. 2010
The author makes it clear that he intends this book to be an easy read, and something of a digest of the main arguments concerning 'biblical nonsense'. Unfortunately, he is not really qualified to do it. Yes, he knows his bible: no, he doesn't appear to know the considerable wealth of literature written about it. Don't get me wrong - I'm an atheist, and frankly the bible is no more than a curiosity to me (albeit one that carries extraordinary cultural weight) - but I do object to paying money for a 'man-in-the-pub' argument! This is not a good book: the critiques of biblical stories are quite facile and superficial, the language is clumsy and full of malapropisms.

If you're interested in the 'dark side' of the bible - its many contradictions and astonishingly brutal world-view - then there are much better places to read about it. The anti-religion stance of writers like Dawkins and Hitchens is an obvious place to start, but I would also recommend something like Armstrong's 'The Case for God', which invokes criticism of the bible in order to demonstrate the difference between the merely human manufactured artefacts of religion (the bible, she argues, being amongst them), and what Armstrong considers 'the truth about religion' [interesting how even this very considered and informed religious argument still relies on despotic absolutes!].

Read this for a bit of craic - but choose something else for substance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! This is a rip-off., 13 May 2010
This book consists entirely of prints from Wikipedia, and is not declared as such in the product description. £35 for materials that are free on the internet? How dare they?

Amazon should not be selling this product without due warnings.

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