I want more!! What a relief there is 4 more books planned (this is the first 2) and the third one is right around the corner, 2014 sometime, hopefully....moreI want more!! What a relief there is 4 more books planned (this is the first 2) and the third one is right around the corner, 2014 sometime, hopefully. I cant wait! :)
This book was a combination of so many things that fascinate, interest and entertain me. The story, the characters and the journey and growth throughout the book really held me captive.
Ill admit the writing didnt blow my mind, and was actually a little too clichee for my taste at places, mostly in some of the romantic dialogues. But in this case it didnt bother me or really matter because there was so many other things that just made me fall head over heels in love with it. It wasnt JUST a lovestory, it was also a story about growing and learning and changing and finding and losing and seeing and knowing and forgetting and feeling and sensing. About power and weakness, will, strength, want, desire, loss, hope, dreams, attraction, rejection, bewilderment, wonder. And so much more. The themes of reincarnation, soul connections and tasks, Atlantis, choices and conflicts, ego and soul, darkness and light, the after and in-between lives, mental or astral powers, the Earths journey and time now are all themes I find fascinating and interesting and that is very much a part of my own beliefs - so to find them in a book, weaved together like this, was like coming home.
This book is taking place in America/Canada but written in danish and (so far) isn't translated. But I really hope it will be, someday (hopefully soon), so many more people will be able to enjoy it!! I know, Im hooked ;)(less)
When I started reading this book I took several enneagram tests and got a different result each time. .... 5 tests - 5 different results. So much for c...moreWhen I started reading this book I took several enneagram tests and got a different result each time. .... 5 tests - 5 different results. So much for consistency huh? So forgive me if I don't have very much faith in the validity of this test/method. There's too many obvious faults with the test/categorizing alone on a research/science base (which I'm not going to go into detail with here) But it does kind of ruin the premise of the book for me. So.. After panicking a bit wondering if it should concern me that I didn't fit into some type I decided 'f*** no.' And then I read it anyway. Because as little as I give for this method to accurately pinpoint people into types I did find the issues and challenges described throughout the book interesting. I just wish it would have left it at that, able to point out personality potholes and ego strategies and how to counter them and not try to fit people into main types. It just didn't really work that way. But I did recognize aspects of myself throughout and so in going against the premise and using it my own way I did find the book intriguing. The last chapters of the book on the spiritual/mindful awareness and development were some of my favorites.(less)
A nice little read, that didn't really knock me off my socks. Maybe because the subjects and themes aren't new to me, and I've read other books that we...moreA nice little read, that didn't really knock me off my socks. Maybe because the subjects and themes aren't new to me, and I've read other books that went deeper in their exploration of it, that I liked better. This, to me, stayed very close to the surface, and I'd maybe hoped we were going to go a little deeper.(less)
This little book was a nice little reminder of how to live life more mindfully.
Somewhere in the middle it got a little heavy on the Buddhist wordings...moreThis little book was a nice little reminder of how to live life more mindfully.
Somewhere in the middle it got a little heavy on the Buddhist wordings and theories, referenced to without any further explanations, and since I'm not so well versed in it myself, i got a little disconnected.
But overall it was fine, especially the beginning and ending of it.(less)
This book portrays several clairvoyants and healers and describe their lives and doings. It was interesting, sure, and nice to know more of danish clai...moreThis book portrays several clairvoyants and healers and describe their lives and doings. It was interesting, sure, and nice to know more of danish clairvoyants, but i wasnt all that engaged.
a few quotes I liked:
"At turde gøre mig sårbar ved at træde frem med al min egen usikkerhed og risikere ikke at blive mødt - blive forkastet. Den der med at sige: 'her er jeg: Elsk mig - eller lad være' ('here i am: lov me - or dont')" - Steen Kofoed
"Ånd er stærkere end det fysiske" - Gunver Juul
"Senere fandt jeg ud af, at man ikke kan bringe folk videre, end de er kommet i deres udvikling. Nogle gange skal de bare have lov til at vade rundt i suppedasen, indtil de selv ændre adfærd. Man kan vejlede folk, men det er op til dem selv, om de vil tage i mod - eller fortsætte deres selvdestruktive adfærd." -Ole Kåre Føli(less)
Magical realism. A genre that doesn't always work for me. But in this case it did.
What worked for me in this case was that even though there was several...moreMagical realism. A genre that doesn't always work for me. But in this case it did.
What worked for me in this case was that even though there was several magical and fantasyesque elements they made sense inside their own world, (as well as in mine) - they weren't just there to weird things up, and didnt leave me all puzzled, confused and detached (like in 'Kafka on the shore' for example).
The magical elements carried meaning, rich metaphorical meaning that nuanced the feelings of loss, fear, evil, good, memories, knowledge, the universe(s), child- and adulthood. And I didn't feel like i was left hanging in a state of confusion but more in a state of understanding. Like in a fairytale, where several layers add up to a whole, complete story. We are not told everything, not given all the details or answers, but it's enough to be able to see the big picture, it's enough to create a deep feeling of resonance, even if you've never literally (literally being the key word) encountered people who dont grow older, evil taking the form of a beauty, deceiving everyone you love or trust, monsters who eat your world leaving a grey nothing behind, time and memories being altered or having a doorway for a monster in your heart. But the metaphors, oh the metaphors! The analysisses you could make, the possible interpretations, the deeper layer of the story, the one beneath the surface level, all that makes my inner analysists reel with excitement!
Ultimately, I think Gaiman has crafted a very relevant modern fairytale, that captures some very essential aspects of the human experience in its own, unique way.(less)
This book was just okay for me. Im fascinated by any accounts of experiences of supernatural or inter dimensional experiences, but I really don't need...moreThis book was just okay for me. Im fascinated by any accounts of experiences of supernatural or inter dimensional experiences, but I really don't need to be convinced that interdimensionality exists or that these experiences and accounts are valid. I'm already a firm believer, so all the evidence and 'proof reading' was just a waste and a bore to me. For someone who's unsure or skeptical the research and numbers might hold more interest.
I agreed with some of the points in this books, and not with others. I'm not going to go into detail with which is what.
Suffice to say, that I enjoyed...moreI agreed with some of the points in this books, and not with others. I'm not going to go into detail with which is what.
Suffice to say, that I enjoyed Jow Blows personal accounts more than his generalizations on how the world works. He says himself he 'borrowed' some of these ideas, which is fair enough, but a closer relation of his sources would have been great or a clearer distinction between when he is 'borrowing', when he is diverging but has been inspired, and when he is just freely philosophising.
I need a closer look behind the scenes as to what grounds these ideas, claims and notions are being put forward. If we are talking about mental illness for example, i'd like to know if it is a client, a psychiatrist, a family member, a politician, or a researcher that is talking? Not because I believe that either one knows or owns the Truth about it, but because they will each be speaking from a different perspective, have different agendas, different experiences that colour their view, whcih can all be interesting and very valid, but I, as a reader, would like to know from which point they are speaking, to appreciate the account better and not feeling lost of misled.
Failing to provide me with a clear point of view, led to me wondering and questioning wether Jow Blows claims/points/hypotheses had roots in some form of research or if it was just hypotheses with no ground being thrown out and about? And that ultimately distracted me from the contents. For ex. From where does he have this whole theory about how premodern society's changing from one founded on love to one founded on separation and aggression, with mans fall from grace and women's rescue mission? I'm not saying it couldn't have happened that way, I'm just saying I'd like to know more about how this theory was formed, on what grounds etc. Joes personal accounts and viewpoints, when clearly stated as such, was much more interesting to me, because I found them to be more honest and more authentic, not having to wonder about the source or the viewpoint of the speaker. That doesn't mean I necessarily agreed with everything he said, but I could easily move past that and respect it as his views/experiences, not something claiming scientific authority, perhaps unjustified.
If Joe Blow decides to edit this or make another contribution, I would suggest he focuses on being more clear about where his messages are coming from, what they've been inspired by, and maybe focuses more on the personal accounts, viewpoints and arguments and less on seeming to try to form a consistent validated theory.
I'm a firm believer in The Law of Attraction, which is what this book is essentially about, and the power of our thoughts and attitude in life, so I e...moreI'm a firm believer in The Law of Attraction, which is what this book is essentially about, and the power of our thoughts and attitude in life, so I enjoyed this book.
It didn't really offer a lot of new insights, but I wasn't expecting that, just wanted to focus my mind a bit on the subject, readily available for trying situations. And for that it is a nice little book. Hultberg writes in an easy, understandable language, with many ideas and inspirations as to how to get started. This book is a good place to start to gain insight into the ideas behind and ways to explore The Law of Attraction', but if you wanna keep practicing it just reading this ( or any other book about it for that matter) will probably not be enough. That takes training, focus and will. Not because the law is very difficult, but because most of us have been brought up to think differently, and so it's about breaking a deep seated habit that permeates most of our lives. I believe it can be done, that it'll get easier a long the way, but that there will always be days or moments where we drift back into our old habits, and we shouldn't let that discourage us. Then we do whatever we need to do, to get more in touch with this way of thinking. For me a way do hat was reading a book like this.(less)
You can't blame this book for lacking practicality. Variety on the other hand....
I found it to be a little repetitive, especially considering it was s...moreYou can't blame this book for lacking practicality. Variety on the other hand....
I found it to be a little repetitive, especially considering it was such a short book.
There's some nice little examples of affirmations, visualisation themes and scenarios and inspiration for getting clearer on what you want in life in here. Which is good. It goes with the title, so no promises has been broken. But it just didn't go beneath the surface level where I felt like this was a book that stood out much. I know I have read other, and better, books about visualisation than this one. Like "The secret" by Rhonda Byrne.
Found this a nice and quick read that sums up a lot of what I believe to be true about the way of life and the énergies involved.
This book has a great...moreFound this a nice and quick read that sums up a lot of what I believe to be true about the way of life and the énergies involved.
This book has a great little 'sum up' after each chapter, lots of little quotes and excercises or inspirations for practice if you will. Definately a book I'd like to own and come back to for a quick dose of inspiration.(less)