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Transforming Faith: Stories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker
Transforming Faith: Stories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker
by Fred Howard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars A Book About Faith for Those Who Are Losing Theirs!, 1 April 2015
Transforming Faith by Fred Howard is a first-hand account by a committed seeker of personal truth.

From a prominent position in the orthodox Christian faith the author begins to challenge his own spiritual philosophy and questions the core ideas upon which his chosen religion is based.

The book features in some depth his subsequent personal explorations into the very fundamentals of belief and faith.

Throughout the author offers his perspective on what a spiritual life actually is .. and what it is not, and why it is that fundamentalist dogma is such a danger in our society.

What appears at first sight to be a rather dry and academic appraisal of theology, mysticism and ethics is in fact a very warm, engaging and thoroughly readable book.

Throughout Fred Howard consistently challenges both himself and those around him to wake up to the reality of life and to examine the beliefs upon which their faith and religion are based and to not simply digest them unquestioningly.

There are many people today experiencing a collapse in their cherished religious beliefs and the decline in people attending traditional churches is a testament to the fact that the author is not alone in trying to unravel his own personal meaning of life.

For those stuck in the wasteland of the Dark Night of the Soul this book offers great comfort and pastoral guidance - delivered by someone who successfully faced his own demons and made it through to the other side.

This is a very warm and moving personal examination of the way of the spiritual seeker as well as being a thoughtful examination of orthodox Christianity. Recommended.


Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction
Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably One of the Best Musical Autobiographies .... EVER!, 26 Mar. 2015
Rock and roll might appear to be pretty glamorous but as David J Haskins clearly demonstrates in his autobiography 'Who Killed Mister Moonlight?' it is not always an easy life.

This is a very insightful and fascinating recollection of one of the UKs more interesting avant-garde musical ensembles. Born from the ashes of the post-punk vacuum during the late 1970s Bauhaus grew to become one of the most influental groups of the Gothic movement.

David was its bass player and when the band folded he went on to form Love & Rockets - another commercial and artistically successful band.

All of the highs and lows of being a rock star are explored in the book. It is replete with recollections, memories and descriptions of the musical, as well as political, landscape at that time.

You do not have to be a Bauhaus fan to enjoy this book for its appeal is in its insight into the music business, the tensions within group dynamics and the pressures of having to meet recording dead lines.

All in all David Haskins evidently coped with all the attendant nonesense that accompanies rock music - though he was clearly helped in this with the aid of chemical and organic stimulants!

This is a great book, a fine autobiography and one of the best publications of its kind. It is superbly produced, full of important details and a joy to read. I passed a very enjoyable weekend digesting it from cover to cover in a couple of long reading sessions!

Highly recommended!

Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex and Relationships: Design Your Living Space for Love, Harmony and Prosperity
Classical Feng Shui for Romance, Sex and Relationships: Design Your Living Space for Love, Harmony and Prosperity
by Master Denise Liotta Dennis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Labour of Love by an Undisputed Master!, 20 Mar. 2015
If you find Feng Shui to work for you then this is a book that will undoubtedly rock your socks.

Written, or should I say 'presented' by a self-evidently expert in the field of advanced modern Feng Shui practice this is a publication that will thrill and inform all students of the art.

I know and understand little of traditional Feng Shui practice but recognise that the information contained within this book is powerful and will be of immense value to any Feng Shui practitioners.

Do not let its rather 'popularist' title put you off for between its covers this is a book that deals with numerous advanced aspects to Feng Shui work.

The inclusion of charts and diagrams, the quality of writing and the wealth of additional material contained in the end of the book makes this a must buy for anyone who aspires to learn more about both the fundemental and advanced aspects of Feng Shui divination.

A most impressive book in every way.

Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


To Be a Man: A Guide to True Masculine Power
To Be a Man: A Guide to True Masculine Power
by Robert Augustus Masters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book About Men but Not Necessarily For All Men!, 20 Mar. 2015
This a book that deeply challenges our concepts of what being a man is. It reveals many aspects of modern masculinity along with its failure to really get to grips with the core elements of the male psyche.

'To Be a Man' is not an easy, or comfortable book, to read and its scything crtitique at times leaves the reader feeling somewhat guilty for even being a member of the male sex! Sadly, and in many regards I did not find this to be a positive book or even encouraging in regards to what a man is, or should be - it contains no clear definition or even a context by which we can rebuild ourselves and our psyches. Reference is made to Joseph Campbells' concept of the Hero; but whilst I felt this should have been the key to unlocking the fundamentals of masculine dynamics it is somewhat glossed over by the author.

Freudian references to the penis and female breasts also appeared to be somewhat out-dated and discredited.

However, if you see past the fact that this book does not 'lead from the front' and has more of a tendancy to 'push from the back' then this is a very interesting and readable account of where the traditional archetype of the 'Alpha Male' is so damaging.

Will Alpha Male types read it? I am sure that they will not - even with encouragement to do so from their poor and downtrodden partners, so it is for the rest of us to try and redefine maleness within ourselves.

This is a book that sure tells us where, as men, we are going wrong, but it is in great need of a follow up - one that lets us know how we work to get it right.

Despite my misgivings this is a recommended (second-hand) read though with the caveat that in dealing with some issues such as pornography it does come over as a little fundementalist in tone.

Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.
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Find Your Happily Ever After: Love and Relationship Advice from a Professional Psychic
Find Your Happily Ever After: Love and Relationship Advice from a Professional Psychic
by Tiffany Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Poor Psychism Tie-In!, 20 Mar. 2015
If you approach this book with the assumption from its title that it somehow reveals a psychical perspective on love and relationships then I am afraid you will be greatly disappointed.

There are two chapters in the book that look at subjects such as karma, soul mates and love from 'the other side' but even these are hardly insightful and offer very little to our understanding of these subjects.

Instead the majority of the book contains a near endless diatribe on how to run a relationship with advice that quite evidently pertains to the authors own life experience and not with any wider frame of reference.

This is a book that promises so much more and yet fails to deliver. For those of you who grab a sample of the Kindle version please be warned that the first chapter is NOT typical of the rest of the book which is pretty dreary and hard going.

Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy
Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy
by Ken Page
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book and make a date!, 12 Mar. 2015
If you happen to be one of those people caught up in the endless cycle of dating, thinking that you have found the right partner and then suffering their rejection then this is a book that will delight you.

In it the Ken Page presents a course of action which you can follow which has the specific goal of helping you to tease out the deeper and more authentic parts of yourself.

This, the author strongly suggests, is the better and more meaningful approach to trying to find a mate.

However, this is a book of hidden depths for it enters into revealing aspects of our inner psyches that many would not ordinarily consider. It is much more than a simple manual on finding love for it works on the premise that love has to be found within ourselves first of all.

The book is beautifully written with exercises and anecdotes that help the reader get a firm grip on the issues that emerge along the way.

A thoroughly excellent read and deeply insightful publication it is worthy of a place on your bookshelf no matter what type of emotional or more loving connection to the world you are seeking to make.

Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


Feeling Wisdom: Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology
Feeling Wisdom: Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology
by Rob Preece
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotions are over-rated - this book isn't!, 12 Mar. 2015
Feeling Wisdom offers the reader an exciting and dynamic re-evaluation of the role that feelings play in our lives.

This is a challenging proposition to those withon the modern spiritual movement who believe that emotions are the corner-stay of their psycho-spiritual work.

It may be that they are wrong in that assessment - along with the myriad of therapists who make their living from primarily exploring the emotional aspects of their clients.

The book looks at the approach that Eastern philosophy - and the Buddhist tradition in particular, takes towards feelings. As it turns out it is quite different to that upheld in the West.

That is not to say that the author argues for us to take a more Buddhist approach to life for he understands that neither side has a monopoly on truth but that a middle ground exists to serve both sides equaly well.

This third way appears to be found with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung - though in truth he was probably more an early 20th century mystic.

Jung is credited in the book as someone with a more useful assessment of the function of feeling.

The book is beautifully well-wriiten and as such is a joy to read. It is, to my mind, also an important book for it is not afraid to give a good shaking to many commonly accpeted ideas on the Western evaluation of the modern psyche.

All in all this is a thoroughly recommended and rewarding read which I whole-heartedly enjoyed geting to grips with!

Please note that the independent assessment of this book has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Gifts and Secret Desires Through Astrology
Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Gifts and Secret Desires Through Astrology
by Jessica Shepherd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Limited in its Appeal, 6 Mar. 2015
If you are looking for a good book about Venus and its atrological dynamics then this is one for you.

If you are instead looking for a way to understand how Venus impacts upon and through your sexual, emotional and sensual lives then it isn't going to be much use to you.

This is a book that is written solely from a woman's perspective and only about female sexuality - not male, which means that it is limited in its interpretation of both the male and female sides to the planet.

It does not accomodate the way that the energy of Venus is modified in our lives through the planets' position in our uniquely individual natal birth chart. It is also of use to those under the age of sixty-four as the accompying tables do not cover anyone of more advanced years.

This is not a book for the astrologers - simply for those with an idle curiosity about their deeper feminine dynamics as very broadly expressed through their sun-sign.

Please note that this independent review has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


The Mindfulness Habit: Six Weeks to Creating the Habit of Being Present
The Mindfulness Habit: Six Weeks to Creating the Habit of Being Present
by Kate Sciandra
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Six-Weeks to Creating a New You, 6 Mar. 2015
Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools of personal transformation. In this book the novice is introduced to teh various concepts related to the practices and with a daily and consistent approach to daily practice radical changes can be brought about in every area of life.

This book is a good approach to improving your emotional and physical life from a teacher that has over two decades in the practice.

The various techniques are well-explained and the six-week course itself will be very manageable for even the busiest of people to become involved with.

This is a book that many will enjoy and find to be indispensible in bringing about deep and last changes to their lives.

Please note that this independent review has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling (Culture Tools)
Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling (Culture Tools)
by Laura Simms
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Moving and Dramatic, 4 Mar. 2015
We are a culture that is obsessed with storytelling - evidenced by the popularity of Hollywood films, television series and fictional writing.

But these are not true examples of storytelling as a tool of self-descovery, promoter of community values or as transformative experiences. This requires the close one-on-one interaction with a story narrator such as Laura Simms.

In 'Our Secret Territory', Laura Simms exposes her innermost thoughts and dramatic personal experiences as a storyteller. With examples of stories of her travels around the World' whilst researching and sharing mythic tales' woven with traditional stories of epic struggles and heroic achievements this is a book full of richness and charm.

It is also challenging and thought-provoking - as every good tale should be, and it leaves the reader somewhat transformed by the end.

This is a thoroughly good book and one that I'd whole-heartedly recommend to lovers and students of the mythic and symbollic.

Please note that this independent review has been taken from a review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.


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