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by Philip PeglerHidden Beauty of the Commonplace

This lovely book is based on the life, learning and developing philosophy of Clare Cameron, one of the early members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and an acquaintance of Aleister Crowley. She was also, for ten years, the editor of the Buddhist magazine, The Middle Way, and much of the work quoted here comes from her insightful editorials.

Clare Cameron was, as the book jacket says, “a gifted English mystic and nature poet”, who “challenged her readers with a fundamental question that is as vital and relevant now as it was in her own day. What is the true meaning of freedom?” The answers she gives to this question, discovered along the path of her own seeking after truth, are both deep and subtle, and as such difficult to put into words. She and her biographer manage this impressively well, and the quotations from her letters, poems and articles are beautiful in their direct simplicity.

Though organised along unconventional lines – the various parts document the development of threads of her history and philosophy, rather than following the course of her timeline – this is a wonderfully gentle book that will lift the spirits and the vibration of all who read it.

Review by Karen Tucker

Published by Changemakers Books



ISBN: 978-1-78099-337-9

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by Hazel CourteneyCountdown to Coherence

This is an amazing book.  The author, Hazel Courteney, has previously written two books about her paranormal experiences and this is a journey on which we join her from April 2008 to December 2009 to try to explain the past events.  In down to Earth, everyday language, the author tries to share with the reader facts and theories that she finds fascinating and useful. She presents to us ideas from distinguished yet controversial thinkers – from scientists, to shamans, to psychologists and beyond, all in ways that each of us can access at our personal levels of understanding.  The fundamental concept to be explored is that there is an underlying intelligence that exists at all levels of reality, throughout time, across every dimension and within everything.  Hazel goes on to delve deeply into the idea that our universe had its beginnings in perfect coherence before spiralling into increasing disorder and that current times have started us all on the journey home to coherence.  Once we have reached this countdown to coherence, the author leaves us and our paths part; but it is a whirlwind of ideas and concepts that will certainly leave you gasping and thinking about why we are here, where we need to go and why and how much more we are capable of than we’ve ever imagined.

Review by Ros Ogden.

Published by Watkins Publishing.  www.watkinspublishing.co.uk

ISBN 1906787832  www.hazelcourteney.com

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by Sylvia BrowneThe Psychic Torch

This book includes the full text of Sylvia’s bestsellers, “Adventures of a Psychic”, “If You Could See What I See”, and an all new volume “Accepting the Psychic Torch”.

What a wonderful anthology full of Sylvias experiences with her guide Francine, and about her life. In “Accepting the Psychic Torch” she focuses on her special relationship with her beloved psychic grandmother, Ada Coil.

All three parts take us on a psychic journey, gaining so much knowledge.  With each part, Francine gives us windows into the spiritual world and how things are seen from the other side of life.  A truly fascinating read.

Review by Juliana Glanfield


Published by Hay House  www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-4019-2042-5

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by Eileen Caddy MBEEileen Caddy

Since the day in 1952 when Eileen first heard an inner voice say, ‘Be still and know that I am God,’ she has not only lived her personal life by that inner guidance, but has also been instrumental in creating the international spiritual community centred round the Findhorn Foundation.  Eileen realised that her role was to help others turn within and find their own inner direction, and her books reflect this encouragement to us all.  Eileen’s books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies throughout the world, in more than 30 languages.

This DVD is uniquely presented in chapters.  Each chapter unveiling the inspiring story of the beginnings of the Findhorn community in Scotland.  The DVD begins with Eileen reflecting on her initial reaction and surprise to the guidance she received on been directed to go to Findhorn and establish a community where ‘thousands and thousands of people would come to this place.’

Each chapter of the DVD closes with a meditation or affirmation led by Eileen in a well spoken and gentle manner, leading the viewer to the acceptance of both positive and negative aspects of the soul; and to see God’s divinity in oneself and others.

On a personal level I found both the affirmations and meditations extremely enlightening, and a useful tool to use every day.  The advantage being that it is a DVD and you are able to listen and repeat; rather than having to remember or read them had they been in book form.

If I were to say one less than favourable thing about this DVD it would be that the film quality is barely adequate and the images are often grainy, which spoils the overall impact of this particular DVD

Review by Vadia Rademaker

Published by Findhorn Press   www.findhornpress.com

ISBN: 978-1-84409-056-3

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by Bruce & Andrea Leininger with Ken Gross

James Leininger was just two years old when he began having disturbing nightmares that would not stop. He screamed out in the night “plane on fire! Little man can’t get out!” While nightmares are common among children, what happened next shocked those around him.

James began to reveal details of planes and war tragedies that no two year old boy could possibly know. So began his parents’ quest, which led them to the unbelievable truth that their son was reliving the past life of World War II fighter pilot James Huston. This touching story tells of the very personal challenges that Bruce and Andrea Leininger faced during the years they spent researching their little son’s statements about the friends he had known as James Huston, and the technical details he revealed.

This is a story that confounds the sceptics (of whom Bruce Leininger was most definitely one) and confirms the beliefs of those who already believe in life after death – or life after life! It is also a tale of the deep friendships forged in the heat of war that continue long after the battles are over, perhaps longer than has been realised.

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by Hay House www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-84850-219-2


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By Francesca Brown

My Whispering Angels is the extraordinary story of an ordinary Irish wife and mother blessed with an incredible gift. Francesca faced the dawn of the new millennium debilitated by ill-health and despair, without any hope or faith in her future. This was until the loving angels and spirits that she remembered watching over her as a young girl returned to save her in adulthood. We are taken on a wondrous journey of self-discovery as Francesca describes how the angels helped her to recover from her illness and taught her how to use her gift to guide others to lives enriched with hope and purpose.

I found I just could not put this book down. The unswerving unconditional love of angels is described in great detail, as is the long and sometimes arduous journey Francesca made over nine years to a wonderful and deep relationship with them; a relationship that continues and grows.

This is an enthralling and remarkable story – a vivid testament to the transformations that can occur if you open your eyes and your heart to hope.

Review by Joan Osbourne

Published by Hodder & Stoughton  www.hodder.co.uk

ISBN: 978-0-340-99495-5

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By Scott Blum

This book is, in its own words, “a semi-autobiographical parable” in which we meet Scott, a man haunted by his memories, who almost unknowingly is looking for closure and growth. He finds both after meeting an unlikely character named Robert and his black Labrador puppy Don. Intrigued by this homeless man with his unconventional wisdom, Scott embarks upon a spiritual adventure, opening up many new pathways for him. We follow his journey as he visits unseen worlds, lovingly supported by new found friends eager to assist in healing his past.

Revealing various spiritual concepts including energy healing, walk-ins and shamanic soul retrieval, this is a warm and often moving story of personal transformation which, at times, struck a chord within.

This book was great to snuggle up with on a cold, wintry day. A thoroughly good read.

Review by Sandra Marrison.

Published by Hay House  www.hayhouse.co.uk ISBN: 978-1-4019-2270-2


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