A controversial characterization of God as a being of perfect energy.

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GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL

An avant-garde guide to spiritual wholeness.

Walker delivers an unusual introduction to the spiritual life, mixing New Age spiritualism, physics, and a surprisingly traditional view of the Bible. His work seems intended to invite readers into a closer connection with God through a kind of spiritual awakening, which he believes can unlock the potential for healing and even miracle-working. The author begins by asserting that God is composed of spiritual energy and that Jesus Christ (as well as the Old Testament prophets Moses, Elijah, and Elisha) worked miracles by using that energy, which he says is available to everyone. To access that energy, he says, one must go beyond the normal practice of religious faith and break through a spiritual barrier of one’s own “imbalanced energy” and bad karma. The author also asserts that a deep connection to God is possible because each person has God’s energy within him or her: “You have your Spirit/Soul within you, which is a piece of God’s Spirit that you received at birth.” Walker goes on to say that “quantum light particles and waves are God’s Creative Energy,” which he uses to create and order all things. By tapping that energy, everyone can have access to immense miraculous power, he says. The author shares a variety of personal experiences in which he says that he used his own spiritual powers to perform miracles as diverse as stopping a tornado and influencing the growth of his brother’s crops. Walker’s writing style is clear and engaging, and readers will be especially struck by his willingness to speak from the heart and tell deeply personal stories, such as the circumstances of his wife’s death or accounts of intense spiritual encounters. He shows an almost traditional respect for Jesus and a faith in the truth of Bible stories, but his insistence on developing an almost otherworldly connection to God will be off-putting to many readers. Most especially, his depiction of God as not omniscient, and even bordering on tangible, won’t sit well with traditional believers.

A controversial characterization of God as a being of perfect energy.

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5255-1207-0

Page Count: 252

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Oct. 31, 2017

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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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