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The Sacred History: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made Our World by [Black, Jonathan]
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'A new bible for the New Age, weaving mystical traditions from East and West, astrology, alchemy and angels into one amazing, life-enhancing story' Gyles Brandreth. (Gyles Brandreth)

'A masterpiece. From the moment I began reading this book, I knew Booth had accomplished a remarkable feat of repositioning ancient knowledge in such a way that we see truth through yet another lens. I absolutely loved this book' Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts. (Caroline Myss)

'An aesthetic delight. But, more importantly, it deserves to be studied and read. Black is that rare thing: an author who is at once deeply esoteric and highly accessible. With The Secret History and The Sacred History, Black is doing for spirituality what The God Delusion and God is Not Great have done for materialism. Let's hope he opens the floodgates' Sevak Edward Gulbekian, New Review. (New Review)

'The Sacred History is unlike any book I have ever read about spirituality. It challenged my beliefs from the very beginning and has renewed my faith in the fundamentally spiritual nature of reality' Philip Carr-Gomm, Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. (Philip Carr-Gomm)

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Jonathan Black is the nom de plume of Mark Booth, who has worked in publishing for over twenty years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CUE0DJM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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Are angels the brainwaves of god? Is the world around us the condensed force of the divine?

What if all along while we have been busy studying things with microscopes and telescopes the mystics and magicians who were looking inside saw more clearly?

This book is for anyone excited by these questions.
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For the benefit of all who are thinking of buying it, buy it.
It is brilliant.

if you're familiar with Jonathan Black's previous book "The Secret History" and you want to read more, then this is essential.

It does touch upon the accounts, ideas, myths and philosophy which are in the other book, but elaborates these to present a beautifully written and illustrated book depicting the evolution of the World according to myth and legend and sacred religious and scriptural history - using everything from Norse to Hindu, Shamanic to Sumerian legend, Christ to Muhammed, belief and myth.

It is written with an excellent preface and introduction, and then as a sequence of stories dating back aeons and gradually progressing towards modernity.
The stories are in a sort of chronological order, they corroborate and compliment each other, Jonathan Black is trying to portray a unity and theme common to stories from different parts of the world which could mean that there could be a universal truth in them - ie. Flood myths and heroes related to these myths. Mystical beings - Gods/Angels play a prominent role in each of these under the auspice and eye of The Great Cosmic Mind. The stories include well known ones and obscure ones - those of Noah, Gilgamesh, Perseus, Theseus, Moses - in other words; Mystics, Prophet's, Demi-Gods and Heroes.

The stories can be enjoyed in many ways, as the author intended or as stories in their own right to be read for merely the pleasure of story telling and reading.
Jonathan Black uses material available since he wrote his previous book - and material he didn't touch upon before, including more ideas from Ibn Arabi to Lorna Byrne.
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Apart from some classic typos it was a fantastic read. A timely reminder that the secular view of life does not answer all our questions or needs. A message for atheists too in that not all "believers" are creationists. If you like stories, myths and legends and wonder why they continue to act on the human psyche in such a rofound way then this book may go some considerable way towards answering and explaining that sense of wonder. It will confirm some things you've always felt and get you returning to some old favourites for a reread.
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A fascinating read. Recommended for readers interested in exploring life and the view that 'thought becomes things' and that there is more to life than mainstream science would have us think with its simplistic, reductionist ideology. Deep, profound but ultimately rewarding. Seek and you shall find. Good work Mr Black: thank you.
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To be honest, I'm not sure I can improve on The Saracen's review!
In his previous book, Black took his readers on a journey, inviting them to look at everything they thought they knew but turned inside-out and upside-down. It was a through-the-looking -glass world, where familiar stories, places and objects became pieces in a carefully constructed and complex jigsaw puzzle. It's always been there, but we didn't see it because we weren't looking through the correct lense.
The emphasis in this book is more on how our world has been shaped by spiritual forces. Again, if we only choose to look, the evidence, says Black, is there in all the major religions and in our ancient stories, morphed into fairy tales and myths. I loved, as I did in The Secret History, the way in which he shows that the same stories with the same characters are repeated throughout history in different forms. It convinces me that cultural differences are only as deep as the material world and that what unites us spiritually is the same, and always has been, whatever we choose to call it.
There is a prevalent - modern - assumption that knowledge somehow progresses in a straight line- that we are always cleverer and better- informed than those who came before. This dangerous certainty can be equated with the other dangerous certainties of any sort of fundamentalism- atheistic or religious. Black's books are fighting fundamentalism. They demonstrate, above all, that ancient knowledge is the key with which we might attempt to unlock many mysteries, if we will open our minds and ask the questions.
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I came to this book via the previous one - the Secret History of the World - an enjoyed this one just as much as the other.

One of the things I found very useful in the book was the careful clarifying of the difference between idealism and materialism. This theme was for me the core of the book and I regarded the examples from recent and ancient history as a picture of what the "idealistic" universe might look like. I also enjoyed the way in which the author linked the perception of this universe to culture so that one's experience was not absolute but relative. In a world where fundamentalism is all too common I thought this was a valuable contribution.

The book was overall a little deeper than many contemporary works that seek to deal with esoteric subjects but what left me a little frustrated was that I wanted the author to take the issues and the quest to understand them to a level that was so much deeper again. Perhaps there will be another book from the author or perhaps this is where I as a reader am urged to take the next step of exploration in a different and more personal way.
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