I picked up this book at a time when I was caught off-guard after reading the transcripts of a series of lectures by Rudolf Steiner, feeling confused...moreI picked up this book at a time when I was caught off-guard after reading the transcripts of a series of lectures by Rudolf Steiner, feeling confused about the concepts of Satan, Lucifer and Ahriman. Trusting its title, I thought this book would help clarifying them.
On this count I was wrong, and though I´ve got to admit it was an interesting and entertaining read, when I put it down I still couldn´t tell the difference between any of the three fore-mentioned gentlemen… Lynn Picknett is not very helpful on that front, though she makes it clear Satan is the bad guy here, the sinister puppet-master behind the Catholic Church´s Holy Inquisition and the witchhunts, which during nearly five centuries tracked down, tortured and exterminated hundreds of thousands of innocent people, especially women, in the name of God. She doesn´t go as far as to openly saying that Lucifer is the good guy, but she implies it (she even sets the tone at the end of the book´s introduction, with the line: ‘Long live Lucifer, but to hell with Satan’). Fair enough, but the problem is, however, that she never really cares to explain who Lucifer is, therefore making the whole argument of the book quite confusing from the start.
The author, with the usual wit and extensive researching that characterize all her works, gives us a fluid, chronologic account of the dark, medievil times (pun intended) and the barbarities committed by the Church and the guardians of "morality", worldwide, to remain in power and in control of the masses. That´s the lion´s share of the book, introduced by some lenghty biblical considerations, debating the “official party line” about the fall of man, the story of Jesus and the Apostles, etc… It is then followed by a short mix of confused bits and pieces about freemasons, satanists, secret societies, black magicians and spiritists that don´t really hold together…
As I said, it is an interesting book but its claims of telling the ‘secret story of Lucifer’ are really misleading; indeed, it hardly brushes a description of the ‘Lightbearer’, so if that´s what you´re looking for, you´ll have to look elsewhere, I´m afraid... (less)
Light years away from the hysteric praise quotes on the back cover of this book, this is in my opinion one of the most boring and deceiving books I´ve...moreLight years away from the hysteric praise quotes on the back cover of this book, this is in my opinion one of the most boring and deceiving books I´ve read in ages!
Joe Vitale outlines the basics of the Ho'oponopono teachings, and perhaps his only merit is to have been among the first ones to do so in writing; however, he does he not get into specific details regarding how one can put this set of techniques into practice (and sells you a workshop instead). The author is a clever, business-minded person that succeeded in stretching along more than 200 pages what could have neatly fitted in a 2-page article.
The subject is fascinating though, and I´ll make sure I lay my eyes on a decent book about it next time! Suggestions are welcome!(less)