An uplifting—but sometimes bizarre—series of meditations on how to seize your inner energy and achieve deeper happiness.

HOLDING A BUTTERFLY

AN EXPERIMENT IN MIRACLE-MAKING

A spiritual guide focuses on finding your heart’s desire.

Woodland’s (The Breakthrough Point, 2018, etc.) manual urges readers to discover the miracles in their daily lives. “This book is an invitation to suspend disbelief,” the author writes, “let your mind be boggled, and have an experience of reality beyond what you think you know for certain.” The volume is also an invitation to what Woodland calls a “great adventure,” in which the rules of reality are suspended and anything can happen. The author urges readers to set aside their worrying and overthinking. If you can’t see a clear path from where you are to where you want to be, she asserts, “stop thinking about it”: “Stop. Stop whatever you’re doing that isn’t bringing you peace. Stop talking, stop worrying, stop trying to figure things out, stop running from one thing to another, and stop proving you’re right or trying to be perfect.” Some of the book’s chapters include a series of exercises for readers to attempt as well as “Questions for Thought.” Much of the material revolves around Woodland’s conception of the “Zero Point Field,” consisting of “the energy left in a space when all other energy and matter are removed.” From this “quantum soup” can spring all kinds of healing energies and miracles, and this book is designed to help readers “receive, hold, and disseminate” what the author refers to as “God energy.” The goal is not only to use these miracles to achieve life’s desires (“Desiring from life isn’t a selfish thing,” she writes), but also, charmingly, “to make the world brighter by our presence.” Woodland’s vivid and readable prose consistently shows her readers ways to break out of their old, unthinking patterns. She repeatedly emphasizes that her readers already possess an abundance of God energy, telling them that any spiritual power they could possibly want is already within them just waiting to be used. “I’ve always eschewed the role of guru,” Woodland writes, and that appealing egalitarian tone runs throughout the work. Unfortunately, the author’s New Age enthusiasms sometimes overwhelm her larger narrative. Her assertion that there’s a scientific correlation between prayer and the healing of physical ailments is of course not grounded in empirical evidence. Nor is there any evidence for fire-walking or spoon-bending (there are countless examples of frauds making both claims). The book’s most peculiar contention, about “dental alchemy” that facilitates energy transmissions through metal fillings, will require a great deal of the aforementioned suspension of disbelief. And readers may find far more objectionable Woodland’s explanation of “the language of symptoms”: “People with sore backs typically feel unsupported; those with sore hands are often trying to handle too much by themselves; people with heart problems are likely to be broken-hearted or have lost their zest for life.” Such overstated claims notwithstanding, the author’s persistent calls for readers to slow down, to still their inner clamor and calm themselves, make for reassuring reading.

An uplifting—but sometimes bizarre—series of meditations on how to seize your inner energy and achieve deeper happiness.

Pub Date: Sept. 27, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-939116-65-9

Page Count: 219

Publisher: Waterside Press

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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