Intensely personal confession of a spiritual awakening.



One woman’s personal encounters with the Holy Spirit.

When Delgado first felt a presence physically and gently moving her head back and forth during prayer, she was thrilled but also mystified. Only after much waiting did she explore this phenomenon with others, and eventually attempt to communicate with the presence itself. Through careful discernment she realized that the Holy Spirit was communicating with her, and she began a long-term relationship with the Spirit through its chosen mode of communication. Delgado explains that the Holy Spirit communicates with people through “vibrations.” She admits that “interpreting the vibrations can be extremely complicated,” but also makes clear that “when we are able to understand the vibrations of the Holy Spirit, we feel it is absolutely imperative and necessary to accept the will of God.” Delgado mourns the fact that “Some clergy…have the assumption that their parishes are not prepared to hear that God actually talks to people.” Consequently, “keeping us ignorant of this supernatural fact truly leaves us unprepared for such an unnerving powerful experience.” Through this book, Delgado shares her own personal experience in part to let other Christians know that the Holy Spirit does communicate with people, and in part to share what the Spirit has said to her in particular. Delgado’s second-person narrative is lucidly written and displays not only sincerity but also the marks of further study. She quotes such diverse writers and thinkers as Martin Luther, Gregory of Nyssa and Georgia Harkness, to name only a few. Delgado shares her lessons from the Spirit on a variety of overarching topics, such as sin, worship, suffering and the church. She often came to the Spirit with a particular question and received—through interpreted vibrations—wise and even astounding answers. Despite her perceived limitations, she found the ability and assistance to craft this book as a vehicle for the lessons she had learned. The result is a readable and touching work.

Intensely personal confession of a spiritual awakening.

Pub Date: June 29, 2010

ISBN: 978-1425181635

Page Count: 202

Publisher: Trafford

Review Posted Online: Sept. 22, 2010

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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