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By AF FirebirdThe Reluctant Goddess

Ellena Ripley is a bookshop owner from a rural town in the south of England – or so she thinks. But lately, she has a growing sense that life is not as it seems. At night, she dreams of a serene man who appears to be trying to tell her something; In the day, she can’t shake a feeling of expectation. But of what?

Meanwhile Hector, servant of LIFE and the man from Ellena’s dreams, has a dilemma. How do you tell someone they are a goddess? His previous attempts have met with disaster so he must be cautious, particularly when his new trainee, Boudica, formerly Queen of the Iceni tries to help. The question is can they succeed before it is too late?

I love reading about metaphysics and I truly enjoy fantasy fiction. This book combines the two in a wonderful way. I got sucked into the book straight away and enjoyed the varied characters and twists and turns of the story. Dogs that are guides, angels that do not follow the rules, Goddesses that think they are simply 48-year old women with high expectations and physical assets moving south. Nothing is quite as it seems in this book. Some of the scenes really made me laugh. To be able to make one think deeply of life at one moment and giggle at the next makes an author into an alchemist of sorts. I definitely recommend this book as it will inspire you to look at life from a different perspective and at the same time keep a sense of fun.

Review by Cathelijne Filippo-Kokkeel

Published by POSE Ltd

www.posegroup.org/books/trg

ISBN:  978-0-95731-3804

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The First ChronicleSeven Point Eight

by Marie Harbon

The First Chronicle is the beginning of a five-part epic which follows the spiritual and emotional journey of five people in their quest to understand the universe and our place within it. Seven Point Eight is the most powerful number in the universe, the number that connects everything.

I really enjoyed this novel, it was a well crafted book that used the narrative approach blended with the presentation of character voice that did not distract from the tale itself; but added to the development of the major characters. There is a strong historical background to set the scenes in our reality and these snippets are accurate and vivid.  We journey from the 1940’s to the present day, flavouring each era as we pass through it. There is also a firm scientific basis for the tale, again accurate; but not too detailed to stretch us beyond our comfort zone, just to give credibility to the story-line developing within it.

The story itself is a blend of the paranormal with psychic powers, detailing strange visitations to most of the characters and then moving into the exploration of mysterious dimensions or worlds, and the science behind them that seeks to explain the inexplicable. We have the enigmatic and sensual Tahra; a remote viewer, working with the enthusiastic scientific “expert” Paul; who is quickly out of his depth in controlling what is happening with his out of body experience machine. Behind them is the “slightly murky” Max; selling their findings for evil military designs and making lots of money from their naiveté. There are Ava and Sam alongside these characters; but not yet connected within the scheme of things. And how does it end? On a cliff-hanger that needs to be resolved in the next chronicle!

It is a clever and intriguing story that blends science and spirituality and calls us to question what we believe in – what is reality. There are scientists, psychics, musicians and businessmen faced by choices and repercussions of those choices as they make journeys of self-discovery through the book. Science is faced with alternate realities, metaphysics and the paranormal;and is then seen to be bumbling along slightly out of its depth with the consequences – that is where we are left. The historical and scientific base is solidly built and then challenged by the paranormal events that overtake it. It is a thought provoking read that those who enjoy fantasy and science fiction are sure to enjoy. It will be a series to keep looking at and I will certainly look out for the second chronicle to read.

Review by Ros Ogden

ISBN: 978-1461072485

www.marieharbon.com

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Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge

By Neale Donald Walsch

The ‘Conversations with God’ series have achieved best selling Tomorrow's Godstatus on the New York Times book list and have been translated into as many as 34 languages. A success phenomenon, the author, Neale Donald Walsch, has created a not for profit organisation to disseminate the teachings status described in these books. Outreach projects, including audio and video programmes are available from ‘ReCreation’, the foundation which provides personal growth and spiritual development materials, including lectures and workshops.

When Walsch was at a low ebb in his life, he asked God a question and received a reply. The conversational style allows in depth explanations by both parties. In ‘Tomorrow’s God’ many sociological and political questions are asked and their replies are documented in almost 400 pages. We are challenged to accept a new spiritual life path that is ecological, generous, aware, just and kind and to develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of our present world. Questions and answers about economics, social and environmental changes are covered as are metaphysical subjects, such as reincarnation and life on other planets. As the dialogue reaches its conclusion, the author makes a plea that the reader changes perspectives and priorities and adopts a spiritual way of life that creates a better world for everyone.

The book has a large index to help readers understand the spiritual concepts and also find their way around many of life’s most pressing problems.

Review by Wendy Stokes

www.nealedonaldwalsch.com

Published by Hodder & Stoughton  www.hoddermobius.com

ISBN 0 340 83023 9

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