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Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Jocelyn Jones' inspiring memoir, ARTIST (Awakening the Spirit Within) merges beautiful language and appealing visual design with practical advice in a book that's sure to...

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Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

For those interested in mycology, pharmacology, and the role of psychoactive substances in world mythology and religion, Author/editor Kevin Feeney’s excellent, integrative volume, FLY AGARIC,...

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April 27, 2022

REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM

By Rosser McDonald
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

With its gruesome depictions of violence and bleak portrait of prison life, REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM can be a grueling reading experience. Ultimately, however, it...

April 25, 2022

THE JESUS RING

By Daniel Harry
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

THE JESUS RING is a thoroughly entertaining novel that plays loose with the themes of the Book of Revelation to create a contemporary sci-fi horror...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Written in an informal, conversational style, the book is a bit rough around the edges, with some typographical errors and a tendency to drift out...

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February 21, 2022

CALLED

By Marlena Fiol, Ed O'Connor
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

CALLED is realistic, unique, heartening and beautifully told. Incredibly detailed and ambitious, while it’s highly recommended for anyone who enjoys historical novels, it’s an equally...

January 31, 2022

WHY?

By William Search
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

William Search, in his quest for meaning, explores a wide but oddly scattershot range of religious, philosophical, and scientific beliefs, and produces an answer which...

Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

Regardless of one’s cultural or spiritual background, there’s a lot to be gained from Kim Bentley’s AN INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUALITY–you just might have to take...

December 22, 2021

ETERNITY IS HERE

By Shirley Wallace Reaves MDiv.
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Despite too many errors and too little scholarship, Shirley Wallace Reaves’s ETERNITY IS HERE is a worthy effort at delivering the message of salvation.

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December 1, 2021

BUTTERFLY AWAKENS

By Margaret E Nocero
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

From the depths of despair to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, BUTTERFLY AWAKENS is the rare example of an engaging memoir...

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October 8, 2021

SHAKESPEARE MEETS THE BUDDHA

By Edward Dickey
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

With SHAKESPEARE MEETS THE BUDDHA, Edward Dickey succeeds in providing a brief, thoughtful examination of two seemingly incompatible topics and, in the process, offers a...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Ruth Thompson's QUICKWATER ORACLES are “channelings” that offer inspiration, food for thought, and some really lovely turns of phrase, but are not intended to be...

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