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Finding Spirit in Zen Shiatsu by Kris Deva  North
Finding Spirit in Zen Shiatsu by Kris Deva North
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I read this book in one sitting. It was very easy to read but was packed with great ideas. His weaving of autobiographical details with what he was saying made it fun to read.

I'm interested in learning Shiatsu, and have already read two quite heavy-duty books on meridian and 5 element theory. This book did not go into detail on things like that--though it did give a lucid introduction to them both--instead getting to the heart, the spirit, of Zen Shiatsu. That he shares with poetic language and fun stories.

I imagine this book would be just as interesting to an experienced practitioner who is looking for fresh inspiration for her practice.

Incidentally,… Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to Canon Speedlites for people on a budget, 25 Nov 2011
I simply cannot afford Canon Speedlites, but bought this after reading generally positive reviews. In my experience, they held out. It works in every situation I have tried it, reliably. The only minor things that could be improved are 1) the test button is unreliable 2) there is no locking mechanism. Therefore if I hang a heavy ring flash adaptor there is no way it will stay in horizontal position (because there's no lock, as on the Canon version), and flops down to the bottom notch. Small gripe; I could mod it somehow if this was important.

The original manual is a little unclear because of translation issues; I found an updated one that had obviously been reviewed by a… Read more
The Shadow of the Galilean (SCM Classics) by Gerd Theissen
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, 1 Nov 2010
I enjoyed this book so much that I'm now reading it again. I very rarely do that.

This is a cross between a novel and a look at the historical Jesus. It's written in a very engaging style and you never know what's going to happen next.

If there was one thing that has ever opened my eyes to the political context that Jesus was in, this is it. And frankly, now I feel that the only way we can even start to stay we understand the historical Jesus is by looking at his context.

A nice spin-off in the novel format is that you are likely to remember things you might forget if they were presented in a traditional way. Your mind will be full of images of the past,… Read more