An engaging vision of the enduring nature of the human soul.



Spiritual counselor Rippy’s book offers accounts of the afterlife and assert the presence of unseen miracles in our midst.

Much of this book is made up of transcripts of nine past-life regressions in which Rippy says he helped people explore aspects of their previous existences. For each, he includes historical and relationship context and information about the causes of death of his subjects’ past lives. Stories include the life of Liza, a nanny in early-20th-century Boston who died of an allergic reaction to penicillin—in the company of a man that she only ever knew as a ghost. In another account, Rippy tells of a young woman who experienced a past-life regression to an orphaned boy named Elliot, who lived in 1910 and whose twin brother, Peter, was reincarnated as the young woman’s father. In a particularly compelling story, he describes a female subject who recalls serving as Lt. Hertzof, a member of a Nazi battalion that captured Brussels in World War II. Killed when his tank blows up, Hertzof then experiences hell for 1,000 years before God forgives him. Most of the stories of past lives end tragically in suicide, murder, or alcoholism, but their accounts of the afterlife may bring solace to some readers. Intriguingly, Rippy’s work doesn’t offer one consistent view of heaven, instead showcasing different versions that include spirit guides and councils, farms, spiritual “hospitals,” and other ways in which souls prepare for rebirth. This compelling book not only tells of hypnotic regressions conducted by the author, it also provides informative asides outlining how he helped clients focus during unfamiliar or startling experiences. He also informatively describes the steps that he says he uses to catch potential fabrications. In addition, readers learn of his techniques for keeping subjects from becoming retraumatized by past-life events and how he uses protective prayers and imagery to bring comfort to those entering hypnotic states.

An engaging vision of the enduring nature of the human soul.

Pub Date: July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-15064-1

Page Count: 422

Publisher: Vision Peak Resources LLC

Review Posted Online: Oct. 15, 2020

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A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

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All right, all right, all right: The affable, laconic actor delivers a combination of memoir and self-help book.

“This is an approach book,” writes McConaughey, adding that it contains “philosophies that can be objectively understood, and if you choose, subjectively adopted, by either changing your reality, or changing how you see it. This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life.” Some of those philosophies come in the form of apothegms: “When you can design your own weather, blow in the breeze”; “Simplify, focus, conserve to liberate.” Others come in the form of sometimes rambling stories that never take the shortest route from point A to point B, as when he recounts a dream-spurred, challenging visit to the Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who offered a significant lesson in how disagreement can be expressed politely and without rancor. Fans of McConaughey will enjoy his memories—which line up squarely with other accounts in Melissa Maerz’s recent oral history, Alright, Alright, Alright—of his debut in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, to which he contributed not just that signature phrase, but also a kind of too-cool-for-school hipness that dissolves a bit upon realizing that he’s an older guy on the prowl for teenage girls. McConaughey’s prep to settle into the role of Wooderson involved inhabiting the mind of a dude who digs cars, rock ’n’ roll, and “chicks,” and he ran with it, reminding readers that the film originally had only three scripted scenes for his character. The lesson: “Do one thing well, then another. Once, then once more.” It’s clear that the author is a thoughtful man, even an intellectual of sorts, though without the earnestness of Ethan Hawke or James Franco. Though some of the sentiments are greeting card–ish, this book is entertaining and full of good lessons.

A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-13913-4

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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A virtuoso performance and an ode to an undervalued medium created by two talented artists.



The veteran actor, comedian, and banjo player teams up with the acclaimed illustrator to create a unique book of cartoons that communicates their personalities.

Martin, also a prolific author, has always been intrigued by the cartoons strewn throughout the pages of the New Yorker. So when he was presented with the opportunity to work with Bliss, who has been a staff cartoonist at the magazine since 1997, he seized the moment. “The idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me,” he writes. “I felt like, yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny.” Once the duo agreed to work together, they established their creative process, which consisted of working forward and backward: “Forwards was me conceiving of several cartoon images and captions, and Harry would select his favorites; backwards was Harry sending me sketched or fully drawn cartoons for dialogue or banners.” Sometimes, he writes, “the perfect joke occurs two seconds before deadline.” There are several cartoons depicting this method, including a humorous multipanel piece highlighting their first meeting called “They Meet,” in which Martin thinks to himself, “He’ll never be able to translate my delicate and finely honed droll notions.” In the next panel, Bliss thinks, “I’m sure he won’t understand that the comic art form is way more subtle than his blunt-force humor.” The team collaborated for a year and created 150 cartoons featuring an array of topics, “from dogs and cats to outer space and art museums.” A witty creation of a bovine family sitting down to a gourmet meal and one of Dumbo getting his comeuppance highlight the duo’s comedic talent. What also makes this project successful is the team’s keen understanding of human behavior as viewed through their unconventional comedic minds.

A virtuoso performance and an ode to an undervalued medium created by two talented artists.

Pub Date: Nov. 17, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-250-26289-9

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Celadon Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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