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Anastasia (The Ringing Cedars of Russia #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,153 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
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"ANASTASIA", the first book of the Ringing Cedars Series, tells the story of entrepreneur Vladimir Megre's trade trip to the Siberian taiga in 1995, where he witnessed incredible spiritual phenomena connected with sacred 'ringing cedar' trees. He spent three days with a woman named Anastasia who shared with him her unique outlook on subjects
Kindle Edition, 2, 198 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Megre (first published January 1st 1996)
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Sep 14, 2011 Tya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just awful. The first issue that I had was the sales pitch to buy Megre's overpriced cedar based products. Didn't Anastasia say that these things should be given away? Apparently, this does not apply to Megre, who's making money hand over fist selling cedar chips, talismans, bottles of oil and other props for this delusional fantasy.

The second problem that I had was that this is an obviously fictional story and it's so over the top that I was surprised that the author insists that i
Apr 04, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine, whose opinion I trust, recommended this series of books to me. I didn’t think much about it the first time she mentioned them. One day I was at her house and she was again raving about these books and offered to loan the first two of the series to me. I took them home and immediately started reading. After less than a third of the way through the first book, I was hooked and knew I would have to read the entire series. The words were resonating deep within my being. It’s like s ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Lia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Lia by: Hype on the Internet
Shelves: library, read-in-2011
This was not truly an environmentalist book. It was a face-palming waste of time. I hope anyone joining study groups for this series will sift through the B.S. to find any actual useful bits within. There have to be some, right? Or just avoid it altogether. Where there's merchandising (the back insert), there's profit-motive.

It has some gentle ideas (the gardening stuff and valuing children's minds), but also some insane ones that could do violence (giving any thought to food is a sin? Someone's
Aynsley Anderson
Aug 01, 2011 Aynsley Anderson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I've ever read in my life. Misogynistic, ignorant, banal, middle-aged newage (like "sewage.") Written by an entrepreneur who tried a number of scam businesses before striking gold by duping his wide-eyed-fruitcake readers. It's flaky enough to be thrown out with the trash even if it were just billed as ridiculous fantasy pap, but to insist that it's a true story is completely insulting to the average person's intelligence. The best part about the book was counting how many times the w ...more
Aug 24, 2014 sharad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astoundingly informative. Spiritually revitalizing. Must read for anyone who wants to "tune in" and attain an interactive symbiosis with the natural world in which humanity lives.
Um. No.

I understand the importance of connecting with nature, loving yourself and others, taking comfort in mysteries, etc., but I will not take advice from a sociopathic masochist (to a jaw-dropping degree) who sexually assaults the very woman this book is named after. Only made it 27 pages in and the answer is No.
Iona  Stewart
I've previously read the final volume in this series without being greatly impressed by it, and perhaps would not have read any more of these books, had "Anastasia" not finally arrived for me from the library after I had ordered it about 6 months before.

I can say that "Anastasia" is somewhat better than the previous volume I have read. At last, as far as I was concerned, we were introduced to Anastasia in person, and that made a big difference.

First a couple of negative remarks (I am not one of
Cathy Douglas
Apr 28, 2012 Cathy Douglas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loathsome, memoir, 2012
Accckkgghhhh! Blearghhh! Splattth! Enough of this book. If you like it/love it/have had your life forever changed by it, more power to you, but I'm bailing out.
Nov 24, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book since I was reading it for my book club, but I couldn't stand the author's woman-hating attitude & behavior.
Feb 24, 2011 Booker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth is stranger than fiction; Yet never has a book so transformed my perspective of life. To truly receive the wisdom within this writing, one must come to it with an open mind and be prepared to read between the lines. The language speaks in musical tomes, which bring the experience of reading to a visceral level. We feel it in our bones. There are over eight books now in the series translated from the Russian author Vladimir Megre, who has become himself transformed, and a tenth not yet tran ...more
Mar 11, 2008 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do i even begin to describe this book?

This book, along with a class i am currently in, has inspired me to grown my own herb garden. Strangely enough, after i had read the chapter on how one should plant an outdoor garden, several friends of mine had bought a small plot of land not far from our neighborhood.

I can understand why some people might have trouble grasping Anastasia's ideas and methodologies as fact. She makes a good point: to paraphrase, "science has yet to invent anything that ha
Paul Kieniewicz
Jun 07, 2012 Paul Kieniewicz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-expanding
On the face of it, this is a preposterous book, badly written, ostensibly non-fiction but perhaps science fiction. However even having read the cautionary reviews on Goodreads I decided to check it out. In Russia, Anastasia is a phenomenon of no small influence, a patroness of a new back-to-the land movement. Since the publications of this book and its sequels at least a hundred eco-villages have appeared. The author, a Russian businessman, describes how he came upon a twenty something girl on t ...more
Ruby Koa
Jan 10, 2011 Ruby Koa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! Of course the author comes off quite rough as he is actually one of the characters in the book-the woman he's mainly talking about, Anastasia is full of inspiration in nearly unbelievable proportions. The reason that lead me to this book is wanting to learn tips for raising children as I'm close to wanting to go down that path myself. Though the first book doesn't go too deeply into that subject matter, I'm about to read the 3rd book that does. Even if you read this book as a ...more
May 02, 2015 Renee rated it it was amazing
I have had days where It i've been challanged by the dark forces I suppose in that they try to convince me she is not real... If they are successful they have in effect, erased the new information that Anastasia has imparted. I love the new information i've been learning since beginning reading these, i've made concrete changes in my life I also see the way ahead to make more & lasting for eternity changes... No other book can do this & all others are a distraction from the most importan ...more
Feb 07, 2011 Debby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this work but it seems more like a tale from the an Aboriginal dreamtime than anything which seriously deals with our current level of consciousness. The hints at ancient Vedic culture in Russia were intriguing, however.
François Lamontagne
Jan 07, 2011 François Lamontagne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Ok, first of all I must say that The Ringing Cedars books are the most life changing books I ever read. They really helped me rediscover my true identity and they gave me hope for the future. I will never forget the impact these books had (and still have) on me!

That being said, the opener in the serie is not the best one. Vladimir, who meets Anastasia for the first time, is so amazed by this woman that he fires tons of questions at her and it goes in all directions. Sometimes, the questions he
Lindu Pindu
Aug 13, 2010 Lindu Pindu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life
I guess the euphonic qualities that are supposed to give us readers happiness while reading the book have been lost in translation.
I've always felt like I wanted to live in the forest somewhere. Although I love cities as well, I feel myself more of a human being, if that makes sense, in places with less people and more trees.

This is the least New Agey contemporary book that I could find, and while I can't say it has changed my life, it has given me perspective, and the determination not to let
*Translated from the Russian by John Woodsworth; edited by Leonid Sharashkin. 2nd ed., rev.
1. Spirituality
2. Nature - Religious Aspects
3. Human ecology.

There's a bit of everything in this book. Interesting to read about the wave of eco awareness in Russia. Not so sure about the Magical properties of the girl Anastasia. I checked out The Ringing Cedars, and Cedar pine nuts on google. Seems there's a mountain of marketing of products and books for sale in relation to this book - whether the health
Feb 21, 2011 Emmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i'm increasingly convinced, especially after 2 or 3, that this really happened to vladimir megre!! Based on my own experiences of the supernatural i'd say, sure, anything is possible, but i didnt think so literally and manifest!! coooool.

and really helpful, later on in the series, when vladimir takes questions from readers to anastasia, such as 'Should we all move into the wilderness?" and anastasia says "move? Why?" and proceeds to say to clean up the mess of the place you live. And i think, W
Marci Wise
Jul 30, 2013 Marci Wise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange little book that kept me thinking long after the reading was done - and for that, it deserves some recognition. Translated into English from Russian, the words in this book don't always flow smoothly but the concepts are truly fresh and thought-provoking. There's a mysterious quality about it that intrigues me. In fact, I recently dug this book out of my stacks of old books just to give it a second read. If you're looking for something a little different - something that may ju ...more
Michele Harrod
Whilst I love the concepts in this book, the style didn't work for this reader, at all. The narrator came across as a total buffoon to me. Somehow, not the sort I could envision a forest nymph, proclaiming the loving wisdom of the world, so instantly falling in love with and shagging with abandon - as she did in this 'porn fantasy' come 'guide to spiritual living'. And still love him completely, even after he violently bites her breast and "shakes his head from side to side"? I'm sorry, that sce ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Joonas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dirt
Voihan psykoosi mitä paskaa.
Sarah Belle
While I was excited to read this book for its unconvential ideas about the natural world and our relation to it, I was disappointed by the writing style (the word "nincompoop" was actually used) and the arrogant and condescending attitude of the author (who was also one of the main characters). I can see how the book would be inspiring, however, and perhaps other books in the series will go into more detail about the important topics raised (such as using plants as medicine, raising children, sp ...more
Charles Van Buren
Jan 26, 2016 Charles Van Buren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Written to promote a philosophy

This series of books raise philosophical arguments as well as arguments about the nature of God. The problem from a Christian perspective is that the true and false are mixed. THE RINGING CEDARS OF RUSSIA is more than a book series, it is an international philosophical movement which is not Biblically based. If God is to be found in religion it is logical to assume that it would be one of the major religions whose roots are lost in antiquity, not a secret known onl
Jared Isitt
May 29, 2015 Jared Isitt rated it it was ok
I like the concepts of this book, but almost immediately had to assume it to be fiction in order to continue reading. I found myself having to negotiate away skepticism at several occasions and was finally completely derailed midway when I could not fit the content into good fiction, concept or any other perspective. I even considered the author was mocking the reader, and would have respected that if it were clever, ironic or meaningful in any way. I am referring specifically to the chapter tit ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically what everyone else has said: there is a lot of pretty unbelievable stuff in this book that you can choose to believe or not to believe, but no matter which direction you go with that, the book still leaves you with a lot to think about. Loses a star for all the self-advertisement- lost count how many times something was going to be expounded upon "in the next book". Better to let the reader decide if they want to read more without being so pushy...
Ran ♠
Apr 12, 2015 Ran ♠ marked it as to-read
My father recommended this book for me to read. Although, this is really not my kind of genre, I think I'll try reading this one.
Jan 08, 2015 Missy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. For me, it was a reminder that returning to a natural way of being, in all areas of life, leads to a lightness of spirit. It was a pleasure to read. The words easily beautifully and genuinely and I found myself wanting to read more and more. Upon finishing it, I immediately ordered the second title in the series. Anyone who is exploring a return to a natural way of living may benefit from reading this.
Jun 13, 2012 Juliana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
this is a book about a very enlightened person, written by someone about as enlightened as a sack of potatoes.

(full disclosure: i did not finish this book. it became glaringly obvious that a lot is lost in translation, probably mostly in the first exchange, between anastasia and vladimir...and they are speaking the same language)
Nov 01, 2014 Martina rated it it was amazing
My sister recommended this series of books to me. She gave me the first book of these series "Anastasia", I started reading and could not put down this book. I knew I would have to read the entire series. The words were resonating deep within my being. Now I'm reading the last book and I will start to read all books again.
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Vladimir Nikolaevich Megre (born 23 July, 1950 in Kuznichi village, Gorodnyansky District, Chernigov Region in Ukraine), the author of The Ringing Cedars of Russia book series, was a well-known entrepreneur. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother Efrosinia Verkhusha, a village healer.
As a teenager Vladimir occasionally visited Father Feodorit, a priest of the Trinity-Sergiyev Monaster
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Other Books in the Series

The Ringing Cedars of Russia (10 books)
  • Ringing Cedars of Russia (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #2)
  • The Dimension of Love (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #3)
  • Co-Creation (The Ringing Cedars, #4)
  • Who Are We? (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #5)
  • The Family Book (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #6)
  • The Energy of Life (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #7)
  • The New Civilization (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #8.1)
  • The Rites of Love (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #8.2)
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