An English translation so powerful as this makes me believe the Arabic must be even more so. This is a hefty volume at 498 pages, so I will rest beforAn English translation so powerful as this makes me believe the Arabic must be even more so. This is a hefty volume at 498 pages, so I will rest before taking on the second book in the trilogy. The primary family of characters is deeply developed, revealing a strict Muslim lifestyle that even the neighbors find harsh and overbearing. What I most appreciate about the book is the beauty of the language and the aptitude with which the words capture the lives of Ahmad Abd al-Jawad and his family. I also appreciate the historical context provided with the onset of the Egyptian Revolution, which serves as the framework for the tragic conclusion of Book 1....more
I believe that if we all wrote our own truth, we’d find that we are much more alike than we ever imagined. That belief was reaffirmed with Lyneah MarkI believe that if we all wrote our own truth, we’d find that we are much more alike than we ever imagined. That belief was reaffirmed with Lyneah Marks’ autobiography Thirsting for a Raindrop and her stories of intuitive “knowing.” Reading her book reminded me of my own journey to understanding that the inner divine is always guiding us if only we turn inward and listen.
Ms. Marks’ book playfully jumps around her life and creates a heart-warming picture of her unique experiences as healer, energy worker, teacher, mother, wife and musician. Through her story-telling, we come to understand her gifts and how she has worked with them over time. One of my favorite stories from her childhood was when she packed her bags to leave home because she knew the furnace was going to blow and her father wasn't taking her seriously! I can only imagine how alienated she felt from the rest of her family who didn’t have her sight and therefore could never understand how she discerned her knowing – a subject that she returns to frequently throughout her book.
Thirsting for a Raindrop is a gift all by itself, for it gives readers insight to their own intuitive knowing. That “little voice” you hear within? It’s real… and it will guide you to a healthier, happier life if you only listen. Thirsting for a Raindrop is proof that life is so full of energetic connections that we can’t even begin to fathom. The truth is, we really don’t need to understand, we just need to trust.
I highly recommend this book for spiritualists or anyone curious about healing, energy work and deepening one’s connection to their inner divine. ...more
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom is a whopping book -- 539 pages with more than 52 pages of footnotes in tiny prinThe Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom is a whopping book -- 539 pages with more than 52 pages of footnotes in tiny print -- a bit too much detail for me but still a great read. What kept me motivated was that I learned so much. In particular, I was amazed at how much atomic theory and experimental proof emerged during the two world wars. While this book is focused on Dirac, by default it covers all the great physics theorists of the time -- Einstein, Bohr, Eddington, Heisenberg, Oppenheimer, Schrodinger, and Kapitza, etc., because they all knew each other and followed each others’ work, whether they supported it or not. Great insight into the esteemed world of science and academia....more
This book makes a great conversation piece with Muller's physics facts broken down into bite sized chunks that are entertaining and educational. ReadThis book makes a great conversation piece with Muller's physics facts broken down into bite sized chunks that are entertaining and educational. Read in the way the author recommends -- looking first at each cartoon and contemplating the physics behind the joke -- is a fun way to approach a complicated subject. My favorite cartoon shows the headstone that reads: At least he's less radioactive." It's further explained with the tagline: If you aren't radioactive, then you're dead -- and you've been dead for a long time. In the explanation Muller explains C-14, how all living creatures (plants and animals) and radioactive and how long is takes for radiocarbon to decay. For a human to not be radioactive, not only would they have to be dead, but they would have to have been dead for 300,000 years!...more
I borrowed this book from the library to enhance my understanding of physics and was so thrilled with it that I'm buying a hard copy for my library. WI borrowed this book from the library to enhance my understanding of physics and was so thrilled with it that I'm buying a hard copy for my library. What I most appreciate is how Hawking and Mlodinow take complicated, non-intuitive material and make it a curious and interesting read. This book has also been a great accompaniment to a university level concept chemistry class I'm taking. I recommend it for those interested in science, high school teachers of physics and chemistry, and students with a focus on physics and chemistry. ...more
Five stars go to Gary Markwick’s Now It Begins, a compendium of spiritual truths for any reader regardless of deity. Markwick’s book consists of ten pFive stars go to Gary Markwick’s Now It Begins, a compendium of spiritual truths for any reader regardless of deity. Markwick’s book consists of ten phases meant to help readers turn inward so they can better distinguish the reality of spirit from the illusion of the mind to gain personal happiness.
Markwick’s sharing is deeply personal and heartfelt and Now It Begins is a reflection of his life journey and spiritual reawakening. Moreover, it’s the result of his knowing that the only way to move forward spiritually is to connect with others and love unconditionally. Only in this way can we collectively make the world a better place for all.
Reading Now It Begins is, on its own, a journey. Whether you are spiritually searching or already awake, Markwick’s book will speak to you. He casts a wide net and touches on so many spiritual topics that he is bound to spark a new knowing or reinforce an important truth. One of the messages I heard loud and clear was that we should never allow ourselves to feel like victims. Victimization, after all, is merely a frame of mind -- a personal judgment of self. Markwick emphasizes the importance of acceptance and looking for the learning in every situation. That’s a lesson we all tend to forget – especially when life is in an up cycle.
Markwick’s sensitive spirit is felt in his stories, told through parable and personal experience. His sense of caring for others and the world around him is genuine and stirring. Best of all, his words are gentle yet powerfully spirit-filled.
I highly recommend this book for any reader who desires to walk a spiritual path or is simply curious. As Markwick says, “Each person’s realization is different from another’s; the key is to find your own.” Now It Begins is the perfect step in the right direction. ...more
What makes Lewis Richmond's "Work as a Spiritual Practice" so compelling is that he has both perspectives: that of someone who spent 15 years as a BudWhat makes Lewis Richmond's "Work as a Spiritual Practice" so compelling is that he has both perspectives: that of someone who spent 15 years as a Buddhist priest and meditation teacher and that of someone who successfully navigated the corporate world.
Whether or not you understand or embrace Buddhism is irrelevant -- the thoughtful stories and explanations are for anyone wondering how to manage the stress and discontentment often found in the working world. My only additional input would be that sometimes a work environment can be so toxic that no amount of meditative practice will make it easier or healthier to endure.
Note: If you are prone to skip Introductions, don't! Richmond's short intro about the shiny blue grasshopper is very powerful! You won't want to miss it! ...more
In the Rev. Deborah L. Johnson's The Sacred Yes , she shares many beautiful letters from her divine. This book isn't meant to be read from cover to cIn the Rev. Deborah L. Johnson's The Sacred Yes , she shares many beautiful letters from her divine. This book isn't meant to be read from cover to cover but rather dabbled with over time.
In her introduction, Rev. Johnson describes her letters as universal in message, "addressing the human condition common to us all." In this sense, The Sacred Yes invites the reader to come back again and again and receive the learnings from where the reader stands at that time.
Rev. Johnson is an amazing speaker which is why I purchased her book. I would even go so far as to say that I find her speaking even more powerful than her written word!
If you enjoy a resource full of rich, spiritual thought then you'll appreciate The Sacred Yes ....more