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The Rose Girls
The Rose Girls
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling story, 24 Aug. 2016
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I'm not a great fan of romantic fiction (too old and cynical) but I became deeply involved in this story. It has a wonderful setting - a mou!dering moated manor full of antique furniture and paintings, owned by three sisters, the third generation of a family of rose breeders, each struggling to save the family finances and deal with the damage done to them by their narcissistic, exploitative mother. Into their lives come an elderly lady and three very different men. The relationships are interesting, but for me the biggest and most compelling presence in the book is actually the roses, beautifully described and quite fascinating.


Promised by Heaven: A Doctor's Return from the Afterlife to a Destiny of Love and Healing
Promised by Heaven: A Doctor's Return from the Afterlife to a Destiny of Love and Healing
by Mary Helen Hensley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting metaphysical book, 18 Aug. 2016
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Very interesting account of a woman who came very close to death in an automobile accident and had a near death experience. As a child, she says, she saw auras of people and plants, and she often dreamed future events before they happened. After her near death experience, her psychic and healing abilities increased and paranormal and supernatural happenings became everyday events for her. Astral projecion was something she did for fun every night before sleep.
Mary Helen Hensley's parents were Christians as were other relatives. Dr Hensley, however, is deep into New Age ideas and believes in reincarnation and an impersonal god, the Universe. She writes very well and appears sincere and open. However, the book will do her chiropractic and metaphysical healing practice no harm. I do not mean to malign her. I am simply trying to assess her book. Many people will want very much to believe what she says. Others will want very much NOT to believe her. My instincts are always to believe someone until it is clear that they can't be trusted, but I am finding it very hard to synthesise this account with the many other near death stories I have researched. And some American TV evangelists would give their right arm to have healed and brought back from the brink of death so many people!


The Secrets of Nutritional Healing for Diabetes: Eat Your Way to Lower Sugar Levels
The Secrets of Nutritional Healing for Diabetes: Eat Your Way to Lower Sugar Levels
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3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable but brief, 17 Aug. 2016
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Basic information about diabetes and its treatment which most diabetics would know, followed by very useful information about which supplements and herbs have a powerful effect on blood sugar and pancreatic function. The writer, who seems to have Singapore and Malaysia primarily in mind, is obviously knowledgeable and very competent. This is a brief and fa tual booklet, not a book, and there are no anecdotes about people who have used this advice and improved their condition, so it is all a bit dry. Worthwhile, nevertheless.


Revealing Heaven: : A Christian Case for Near-Death Experiences
Revealing Heaven: : A Christian Case for Near-Death Experiences
by John Price
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 15 Aug. 2016
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John Price is a traditional minister trained in a liberal academy who admits that as a young minister, he was not at all sure that he be!ieved in life after death. When he turned to his professors for help, he found that they did not believe in it, either. Two parishioners tried to tell him about their near death experiences but he refused even to listen sympathetically, implying to them that they were deluded. Then a third person told his story of encountering heaven and the radical change it brought to his life, impressing Price and initiating a mind-change and a journey of discovery as he investigated other such experiences. Many were told to him by parishioners. He drew closer to a Biblical faith, though he is neither evangelical nor fundamentalist. The central lesson he has learnt is that God loves each individual unconditionally and is very forgiving. He thinks it less important which religion we follow than whether we live a life of love. He has talked to a number of people who had hellish near death experiences and says that virtually all were mean-spirited, unloving individuals.
I was fascinated by the journey he took, and by the stories he recounts. My own slant on this is that he has tried hard to be open-minded and in the process has elevated experience over Scripture. I am convinced that he is right that Christians have often been !legalistic and hard-line in their interpretation of Scripture, bringing wrong presuppositions to bear on it. I find it both comforting and liberating to be reminded that, even in judgment, God acts from perfect love. I am so glad that He listens to every cry for forgiveness. However, without a solid Biblical foundation for our faith, we are groping in the dark.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book thoroughly and gained some wonderful insights.


Angels in the Realms of Heaven: The Reality of Angelic Ministry Today
Angels in the Realms of Heaven: The Reality of Angelic Ministry Today
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 10 Aug. 2016
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What a wonderful book! I am amazed that another reviewer found this boring; I was fascinated and moved. Obviously, I cannot say whether the experiences described by Kevin Basconi really occurred. I note the criticisms made by others, no black angels, lots of smiling angels, a certain amount of repetition, no great writing skills. All true. It isn't true that there are no children, however. Anyway, despite all that, I found the book powerful and inspiring. There are people, I know, who would take issue with details of the book. Who was seated at the right hand of God when Jesus was spending all that time with Kevin Basconi, I hear them ask. And so on. And I was irritated by the spelling mistakes. Cha!ice is consistently spelt 'challis' - a soft cloth. But I understood certain Biblical truths better than ever before. I understood the beauty and greatness of Jesus better and the majesty of God, because my imagination was engaged and informed. Taken just as a parable, this is a wonderful story, rich in imagery and meaning. As a real spiritual experience, it inspired me to seek God as never before. I can't vouch for it, but I really hope this story iis true; how could a Charlatan write anything so profoundly meaningful? Years ago, my husband visited a minister as he lay on his deathbed. 'I have just visited heaven,' that godly old man told him,. 'I did not want to come back.' This book makes me understand why.


Jekyll And Hide Me Not
Jekyll And Hide Me Not
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 7 Aug. 2016
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This is a very gripping story with the ring of reality about most of it. The author describes it as fiction 'based on a true story.' I think it is her own story fictionalized. It is about a Christian woman who marries an abuser who turns out to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I have a friend in this situation and recognised much of the diseased behaviour. This book would be helpful to anyone trapped in such a relationship or wanting to learn more about the disorder. It is quite a well-written story which moves at a good pace. I found iit hard to put down. There are some grammatical and spelling mistakes and it could have done with the services of a good editor. Nevertheless, a really worthwhile read.


True Stories of Near Death Experiences and Afterlife Communication. Heaven is Real; Heaven Exists; Evidence of Life After Death, Proof of the Afterlife. (Heaven is Real; Heaven Exists. Book 2)
True Stories of Near Death Experiences and Afterlife Communication. Heaven is Real; Heaven Exists; Evidence of Life After Death, Proof of the Afterlife. (Heaven is Real; Heaven Exists. Book 2)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Folk religion, 6 Aug. 2016
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A collection of stories of encounters with deceased persons and some near death experiences, largely unconnected with Christianity or other world religions. There iis quite a bit about mediums and communication with the dead. The author is sincere and so, it seems, are the people she mentions. It contains the usual message of such books - mankind is evolving, deceased people are happy and there is no personal God or judgment after death. I appreciate that the author and others want to reassure and comfort, but compared with the Christian accounts that I have read, there is precious little in this book to stimulate the imagination, exalt one's aspirations or arouse one's conscience. In fact, for me, it falls into the category of folk religion - focusing on the supernatural without any particular moral force.
Quite a lot of research went into this book, and it is useful to learn to understand better a point of view I disagree with. However, the book is short and the stories are at second hand and lack immediacy, so did not grip me. I'm rather sorry I spent my money on it.


Alkaline Diet Explained: A Guide To Balance Your pH, Lose Weight, And Regain Your Health (Alkaline Diet, pH Diet)
Alkaline Diet Explained: A Guide To Balance Your pH, Lose Weight, And Regain Your Health (Alkaline Diet, pH Diet)
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK, 3 Aug. 2016
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Interesting to read the basics of an alkaline diet, but there isn't much here that I could not have found out free of charge through a web search. This is a short book and more information is needed to justify the price, low though it is.


50 Pound Club! How This Busy Mom Lost 55 Pounds in One Year
50 Pound Club! How This Busy Mom Lost 55 Pounds in One Year
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 3 Aug. 2016
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The title of this book is misleading; we do not learn how Jamie Martin lost her excess weight, though we learn the basics of the diet that she followed. She says that she wanted to write a brief book that would be informative and easy to read. Actually, she waffles quite a bit and the book is quite thin on information. She makes some good points, but there is nothing revolutionary or even particularly thought-provoking here. This isn't worth what I paid for it. It needs better organisation, good editing and better information.


About Life After Death : A Clergymans understanding From 50 Years Of Ministry (Life Issues Book 1)
About Life After Death : A Clergymans understanding From 50 Years Of Ministry (Life Issues Book 1)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak, 3 Aug. 2016
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A short book about evidence for survival after death, Leonard Greenhall has produced a strange book for a clergyman. He evidences Christian experiences of Heaven, poltergeist activity and the resurrection of Jesus. It isn't well-written, with a number of grammatical errors and missing words, as if no-one bothered to edit the final draft. He writes with a certain detachment, as if he does not want to push the Christian case too strongly in case he seems like an extremist, and he does not discuss the possible origins of poltergeist activity. The whole book lacks detail and impact, a sadly weak and 'liberal' account of a compelling subject that is unlikely to do much to impact anybody. Pretty poor!


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