Search Results: "Georg Feuerstein"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A provocative and personally charged attempt to reconcile an ancient spiritual form to the modern age."
Here, Feuerstein (The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga, 1990- -not reviewed) explores the arcane and dramatic world of ``crazy wisdom''—the purposefully outrageous, convention-destroying behavior of spiritual adepts in every great tradition—peppering his fascinating historical survey of gurus and tricksters with insights from modern psychology and his own experience in an unnamed contemporary cult. ``In their realization or experience, adepts may be above good and evil,'' Feuerstein writes. ``In their actions, however, they are not.'' Tracing the shadowy tradition of crazy wisdom from the self-abnegating ``Holy Fools'' of early Christianity and Sufism (the ``Way of Blame'') to the greatly accomplished teaching adepts of India and Tibet (including the legendary Milarepa), Feuerstein paints a richly suggestive picture of ``crazy wise'' spiritual experience—as solitary and superb as a saint pretending to be mad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 1992

"An innovative treatment, muddied slightly by Feuerstein's slack writing style and tendency to overstatement. (Illustrations.)"
Here, Feuerstein (Holy Madness, 1991) tackles the spiritual potential of sex—comparing and contrasting motifs and practices from neolithic to neo-pagan times to conclude that we need to reconnect with the ancient experience of the energy of sex. ``Our civilization encourages us to neglect the lived body, even to ignore and deprecate it,'' writes Feuerstein. ``This dovetails with the Christian ideology that the body is corrupt and that we must therefore place our attention on the Eternal, the paradise beyond the finite human body and its concerns.'' Feuerstein contrasts our disembodied, guilt-filled state with neolithic Goddess cults that purportedly encouraged—and worshipped—a magically potent, boundlessly creative female sexuality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAULINE by Georg Hallensleben
Released: Oct. 5, 1999

"The spreads are presented from a weasel's-eye-view are particularly captivating and reinforce Pauline's small stature and mighty impact. (Picture book. 3-6.)"
Pauline (32 pp.; $16.00; Oct. 5; 0-374-35758-7) The illustrator of Kate Banks's many books (The Bird, the Monkey, and the Snake in the Jungle, p. 62, etc,) goes solo for a tale that proves children's suspicion that bigger isn't always better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLTI ON SOLTI by Georg Solti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"An adequate rendering by a man renowned in the musical world for his excellence. (16 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
A behind-some-of-the-scenes look at the life and thoughts of one of the 20th century's greatest conductors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Memory by Victoria Feuerstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2014

"An absorbing, emotional tale with a strong hook for animal lovers."
In Feuerstein's debut paranormal thriller, a young woman learns about her heritage, including special powers, as she's tracked by government forces. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW BOOK OF OPTICAL ILLUSIONS by Georg Rüschemeyer
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Browsers and budding neurologists alike will be dazzled, dizzied, and delighted. (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
A substantial gallery of optical puzzlers and deceivers, with notes on their creators and discoverers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAT WHO WALKED ACROSS FRANCE by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2004

"Beautifully realized. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With the rich palette and thick brushwork of Rouault or Gauguin, Hallensleben magically captures the light of France and the forthright courage of a small gray cat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT WORKER by Kate Banks
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 28, 2000

"The pictured warmth of the father-son relationship combines with restrained yet poetic text to make this 'take your son to work night' a special one indeed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The team behind And If the Moon Could Talk (1998) relates what happens one night when Alex achieves his wish to go to work with Papa, a nighttime engineer on a construction site. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT BLUE HOUSE by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2005

"Hallensleben's saturated Van Gogh-like colors visualize this quiet reverie and testament to the joyful recurrence of life and the rhythm of the seasons. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With their signature simplicity and gentle insight, this accomplished picture-book team lyrically presents the life cycle of a house in nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIFT FROM THE SEA by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2001

"Share this with a child at bed or rest time, but other rocks make less arbitrary, and more clearly articulated, journeys in such books as Meredith Hooper's Pebble in My Pocket (1996). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The luster dims a bit for the author and illustrator of Night Workers (2000) and their other wonderfully soothing picture books, as they go more for poetry than science in trying to give younger children a sense of our planet's antiquity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LISA’S AIRPLANE TRIP by Anne Gutman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Legible hand-lettered text. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Lisa's first solo airplane flight is a long one—Paris to New York. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABOON by Kate Banks
ANIMALS
Released: April 14, 1997

"First-rate lap and bedtime reading. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Another intimate tàte-Ö-tàte between mother and child from the creators of Spider, Spider (1996); here a baboon takes her baby on a walk through the bush, providing gentle commentary on his pronouncements. Read full book review >