Moments in Time

REFLECTIONS ON PERSONAL MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES

An exploration of the author’s spiritually transformative experiences and the worldview he’s developed from them.
Part memoir, part roundup of metaphysical and New Age philosophies, Anthes’ debut begins with an important spiritual moment he had as a teenager in Canada at the Bay of Fundy that began a lifelong interest in connecting with what he calls the Divine Universal Energy. He recounts the various experiences he’s had with Kundalini, premonitions, sensitivities to energies and following his instincts. He surrounds these experiences with the thoughts and views of numerous thinkers regarding the relationships among the spiritual and corporeal, the nature of the soul, and how New Age philosophies relate to Western religions, especially Christianity, in which he was raised. He also provides guidance and insight into how to interact with spiritual energy and live a more spiritual life—e.g., looking for God in daily things, being generous, forgiving and focusing on the spiritual in order to heal physical ailments. His look into the effects and challenges of spiritually transformative experiences could prove helpful for readers struggling to make sense of and adjust to their own experiences; the wisdom he draws from his life could certainly help readers in similar situations feel less alone. He often finds deep spiritual meaning in seemingly mundane facets of daily life, which, while interesting, can feel a bit overblown. Anthes’ personal story jumps around in time, with the author presenting various aspects of his life without much context, which may make his journey difficult to appreciate, since readers will struggle to get a sense of his spiritual progression. Numerous references to other authors and an in-depth bibliography make this book a useful jumping-off point for readers looking to get a broad sense of the New Age landscape.

Far-reaching and generous if somewhat scattered, but Anthes is a kindred spirit for readers on a similar journey.

Pub Date: May 23, 2014

ISBN: 978-1460239209

Page Count: 176

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: July 30, 2014

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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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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