A thorough, well-articulated study of spiritual awakening.



In this guide to spiritual awakening, debut author Knox combines the teachings of many notable masters to deliver a thorough exploration of the ways that inner perspectives drive external realities.

The author aptly titles this book a “crash course” in spirituality and holistic well-being. She dives into such complex topics as light and dark energy, cultural beliefs about death and dying, and metaphysics, skillfully conveying material from ancient teachings and modern texts. Drawing on 44 years of her own study, the author relates how modern culture pushes people to ignore their spiritual lives in favor of material, commercial concerns. However, Knox urges readers to look within themselves, and to that end, she fills her book with exercises to expand consciousness and mindfulness, including visualizations and conscious breathing. The book brims with information culled from numerous outside sources, including Bashar’s Five Laws of Creation from medium Darryl Anka and an in-depth exploration of the seven chakras and their importance to spiritual and physical health. Readers who are unfamiliar with ancient studies of energy fields, pyramids, and the human connection to the divine may find the book somewhat overwhelming, but others will relish the author’s tendency to dive straight into the nuances and specifics of each topic. Indeed, many of the principles expressed, such as the importance of applying positive meaning to all things, are easy to absorb and understand, even by readers who are just beginning to learn about spiritual practice. Toward the end of the book, the author explains “The Medicine Wheel,” a Native American concept represented by stone monuments, in New Age terms, relating how people may use it to integrate spiritual growth with physical health.

A thorough, well-articulated study of spiritual awakening.

Pub Date: Sept. 11, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5043-8343-1

Page Count: 174

Publisher: BalboaPress

Review Posted Online: Jan. 8, 2018

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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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