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Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  2,533 ratings  ·  35 reviews
This fascinating biography, written by on the country's foremost authorities on metaphysics, reached the No. 1 spot on theNew York Timesbestseller list. The Edgar Cayce story is one of the most compelling in inspirational literature. For more than forty years, the "Sleeping Prophet" closed his eyes, entered into an altered state of consciousness, and spoke to the very hear ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Bantam (first published June 1st 1971)
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Ann
At one time in my life I read everything I could by and about Cayce.
I don't now if this edition is what I read- there were many other books containing his 'readings. In the past I followed the doings of the Edgar Cayce Institute- that by the way helped many people. Cayce died in his early? 50s. I lost faith, you might say. Still, an amazing adventure.
Alexis
This was my first introduction into Edgar Cayce when I barely knew anything about him. I read it about 8 years ago whilst still studying and remember finishing it within a number of days because of how intrigued I was all the way through the book. I didn't think Edgar Cayce was anything particularly special in terms of spirituality, at the time - I kind of just thought he was some random guy who could channel and I was more interested in people who produced their work directly from their minds t ...more
Tony
Never thought I would read something like this...long story short, the book was sent to me by a woman after having an in-depth conversation about ghosts and spirits. The next thing I knew, I had this book sent to me and a membership with the Cayce Foundation! I felt obligated to at least peruse the text so that I could participate in a conversation with my "benefactor". I found Edgar Cayce's story interesting, yet I remain skeptical of the authorship. In the least, it offers another perspective ...more
Lawrence A
When I read this book in junior high school, I was impressed and somewhat awed by Cayce's alleged powers. As a more skeptical adult, I realized that the author was writing more of a hagiography, and did not question the validity of any of the claims made on Cayce's behalf. Cayce remains a fascinating figure, however, and those who are interested in the more quotidian side of his existence should see or read the play about him, entitled "The Freak."
Sandy Miller
The prose is a bit dense but the story of this man changed my life.
Brian Sanchez
Good interpretation of a beloved prophet's life. Stearn does a good job being mostly unbiased and talks about the big things concerning popularity and relevance. A good read for those who question reality or the hidden reality in us all.
Jessie Jess
Even if you are not familiar with Edgar's C. prophecies, this is a must read book for EVERYONE. Amazing to know that such person existed in our human society.
Carol
I'm an Edgar Cayce fan and this book is a must read if you enjoy his works.
Emilie Leming
A classic... read many many years ago & still am fascinated by the story. It is true and Jess Stearn did a fine job of writing Mr. Cayce's life story. Edgar Cayce was deeply religious as was his wife, and was a very serious young man when he was told that he had been talking in his sleep in a different voice about topics of which he knew nothing. He fought it for years then finally accepted this gift from God and began to use his gift to help others. Today we call it "channeling". A good int ...more
Emma
As you know, I dabble in reading this type of stuff (reincarnation, 'true life' paranormal) and I'm not quite sure what about it holds such appeal for me. Vast amounts of this book were dedicated to Cayce's world prophecies, including Atlantis, which held less interest for me (and appear more bunkum) from the outset than his cold medical readings. It astounded me that in the mid-1960s a diagnosis of a woman's catatonia as related to the psychic wound of masturbating from the age of 18-39 was see ...more
Sherry Spicer
I am very skeptical of Cayce's theories although comparing to the Bible teachings, I have not been able to find contradictions yet. It is so interesting to read and definitely has given me much to think about. This book has made me question so much of what I was raised to believe and what not to believe. I now am anxious to investigate and be more clear as to what is really true and what I was raised to believe was wrong may not be so wrong. I intend to read some more on Edgar Cayce and if nothi ...more
Sury Vemagal
Cayce is a great soul
Norman Howe
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James Lundy
Mar 27, 2008 James Lundy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: new agers, people who want to say "gee!" a lot.
I know this comes up as a 1989 version but what I read was pulished in 1967. When you read about and are amazed by Edgar Cayce's life and abilities, there is a significant diminishment when you read about how Atlantis is going to rise out of the ocean in 1983. (I'm going by memory here, let's just say it was a year in the distant future of 1967 but the past of 2005). So if he was wrong about that, what else was he wrong about? I would like to know more about Edgar Cayce and this book is the reas ...more
Jthink
Reading of this man and his obsession with who we are and where we came from, is both facinating and opens the gate to a wealth of speculative literature, some good some bad, but most of it thought-provoking. If you sometimes feel disenfranchised, lost or even needing to be found . . . follow this one up by reading some of his writings and the associated books available on the subject. And if you become hooked - look me up! Although I have to tell you, I'm Paula's (if she wants me).
Sandy
Edgar Cyce, was a remarkable man who had a tremendous gift I enjoy reading of his work and I would love to know more about him. Still I have to say that this book does not do him justice. The information here, while apparently accurate is presented poorly. In my opinion if you did not already want to know more about the man (Cayce), you would never read this book for pleasure. Finishing this was a struggle and I had read it years ago and I care about the subject.
Donna
I was curious about this subject years ago. Although I don't believe in the purported powers that Edgar Cayce possessed, I found the book interesting.
Wendy
i found this book in my dad's bookcase one summer when i was but 14 and it changed my life! it provided answers that i had been searching for; introduced me to the concept of karma and reincarnation. i have been an avid "new ager" ever since! I've read just about every book by/about Edgar Cayce
Eva Dillner
I read this book while I was in High School. I've always been a dreamer and interested in what lies beyond our senses. This book is a classic in metaphysics and shows the incredible knowledge that is out there for those who have the ability to access it.
Sameera
Edgar Cayce is a genious no doubt but Jess Stearn's writing style is not something I really enjoyed. Still thumbs up for his efforts in collecting all this data about Cayce from old times, no easy feat that.
Tom Sterner
This was an interesting and informative read. Anyone who doubts Universal Consciousness would question their beliefs after reading about the life of this incredible seer.
Coco
This was a fascinating read and really makes you wonder. I learned a lot about Cayce and whether you're a skeptic or a believer, this one is worth your time.
Fenesha
There are books where you want the information so badly that you put up with the text, no matter how poorly or well written it is. This is one of those books.
Linda Palmer
Most interesting to read and discover that the mind has such an expanse of information and most cannot tap into that information.
Cathy
In connectuion with other readings about Cayce, this was interesting information. On its own, not a page turner.
Tom
When I was reading this it seemed like everything Stern described was real. Reality Check! It can't be real.
Dayva
Interesting, but most, if not all of Cayces' "prophecies" have never managed to come to pass.
Annie
I love anything either about Edgar Cayce or anything that he has written. AMAZING MAN.
De-Ann
very interesting book about the life (and gift) of an incredibly interesting man.
Holli
fascinating figure - fun to consider the possibilities of the mind
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