Entangled in Darkness: Seeking the Light by Deborah King describes the work of energy healer Deborah King, and encourages others to bravely look at wh...moreEntangled in Darkness: Seeking the Light by Deborah King describes the work of energy healer Deborah King, and encourages others to bravely look at where the darkness in one's own path can be transformed by walking in the light. Besides the confidence with which the author relates to the reader about her own spiritual growth and experiences healing, the book has some valuable advice about avoiding those that would take our energy over, robbing us of our own power to heal.
I was hoping that Entangled in Darkness would deal in a straight forward manner about the darkness we bring onto ourselves through the choices we make. However, instead it offers some frightening descriptions about possession in the forefront. Having had no previous experience with the work of Deborah King, I was not sure what to make of her beliefs.
The part of this book I would most like to share with others, even one as young as my teenaged daughter is Mrs.King's strong recommendation to regularly meditate and pray. She is a good storyteller, and like some people you meet and just enjoy hearing about their opinions on life, she works this area admirably.
I struggled to read the first half of this book, but was able to read the final seventy pages quite readily. I believe that this book might have been helped if an important detail about the author's life was disclosed early on rather than within the final summary. She captures the reader with her first chapter describing in part her early career and battle with cancer. By the end, in which she gives an outline of how to manage the whole mind-body connection in seven steps, she then makes an admission about her bipolar diagnosis in college which first lead her onto a spiritual path. Although that admission, for me, made the presentation of the facts backward, I still do not doubt her ability to clear people of dark energies.
I acknowledge that I received this book for Hay House in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of this book. (less)
My childhood was anchored to a long-held family genealogy that traced through my maternal grandmother to the famous Mohican chief Joseph Brant (Thayen...moreMy childhood was anchored to a long-held family genealogy that traced through my maternal grandmother to the famous Mohican chief Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea). It was exciting to claim, even as the connection clearly was distant to look at my very Caucasian family. Those recollections and a desire to belong have swirled with them certain touchstones related to Native American pop references from early on. The television PSA commercials during the Seventies featuring Iron Eyes Cody, for a start. I was specifically enamored of Tonto's Pinto, likely due to a resurgence of adventure on television in 1980 and its attendant toy marketing. With that horse called Scout, add, that my ardor was reinforced by Tonto's portrayal on the big screen by Michael Horse, also at the beginning of the Eighties.
By the time I was a young adult, the Kevin Costner film based on Michael Blake's novel, Dances With Wolves, completely captivated me. I know I am not alone in recognizing the way that one film catapulted personal admiration for American Indian life to new levels, particularly the Lakota. For me, it drew my attention away from the marginal and impersonated portrayals, and caused me to thirst for information on the true nature of the First Americans. My biggest hurdle? The seeming incompatibility of living in a computer age and wanting connection to a disenfranchised people and a history based in a spoken language struggling to survive. Even in making that statement, I recognize my own arrogance. I expect the information to be brought to me.
I recently connected with the BookNook community and agreed to review this book, Returning to the Lakota Way: Old Values to Save a Modern World And in seeking answers in my own lazy sort of way, I will say honestly that I was so happy to find author Joseph M. Marshall III the storyteller that he is, and that his experience was gathered in an easily readable format, making this such an enjoyable read.
At less than ten chapters, with the various Sioux stories based in themes like Wisdom, Tolerance, Patience, etc., I appreciated the beautiful descriptions, the correlations, and the gravitas within such an accessible read. Each story ends with the way to pronounce in the Lakota language the theme. The author also then takes time to express how the story relates to experiences in his own life raised on the Rosebud Reservation. He is able to reflect back on childhood appreciation as well as the lessons he perceives now that he is older and observing a device-driven world.
I particularly liked the author's personal comments about tolerance. He states things more clearly than politicians who have speech writers. His take on tolerance is colored by the experience of his people, but it is very tempered considering. I found that the author engaged and masterfully altered my perceptions about topics I felt I'd already formed a resolute opinion on. Look for his worthy comments after the chapter about the crow family assisting the hunt of the wolf family.
I also enjoyed the chapter titled, The Journey. This story, and his own is the true heart of this book -- the coming of age for a person or even a whole society unsure where they stand. After reading this entire book, I can accept my weaknesses as a two-legged in this world. And appreciate more fully that this world has the abundance of life upon it and all types of wisdom to be seen in the natural order of it all.
I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Hay House in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. You can purchase a copy of Returning to the Lakota Way on the Hay House website. (less)
Rick Tamlyn has recently released his book, Play Your Bigger Game published by Hay House.
I'm reviewing it specifically with the BookNook community, a...moreRick Tamlyn has recently released his book, Play Your Bigger Game published by Hay House.
I'm reviewing it specifically with the BookNook community, as it is one of the newest releases. Know that the material it covers is the author's documentation of a popular workshop he and others provide as training at corporations, agencies, institutions and the like. With that in mind, I will honesty comment that this book may be more engaging as an audio book. I can hear the author's enthusiasm in his sharing. The structure of the book isn't faulty, I think I agree with the author's own early assessment that it is best to read the book through once fully and go back to read chapters as one develops their own "Bigger Game."
A collection of twelve chapters, plus many pages of endorsements and a lengthy afterword are definitely suited to people looking for motivation, selecting chapters to focus on as one begins a Bigger Game. Rick differentiates a Bigger Game from a life purpose. You're likely to create a good work, or many if you already know your purpose. So, I think, "the game" prepares you to define a meaningful path in which your purpose most often intersects.
I engaged as soon as he brought forth the most person-centered ideas some of his students developed. I was led to look up further information on the organizations one woman developed to better serve foster children [one, generationsofhope.org]. Although every story of every student he has impacted is likely very important to him, I sometimes found the process difficult to follow when punctuated continuously with success stories.
The book makes a big promise in its own tag line, "Nine minutes to learn, a lifetime to live." I can tell you it took me more than nine minutes to figure out -- but I was delighted to figure out on my own that the claim was "nine minutes" due to the model having 9 boxes (like a tic-tac-toe board). It asks you to step out of your comfort zone, tells you it's important to invest in yourself and your own ideas, good stuff ultimately.
This book would make an inspired gift if you are witness to a friend already on the cusp of stepping out in a big way with some creative idea. That empty-nester sister-in-law, or the still-at-home recent college grad, musician friend, or anyone looking to change careers, that type. When asked, I'm guilty of asking for gifts I will not budget for and invest in on my own. Is that a bad thing? In that small way, I still see myself as a child in accepting gifts. But, this year, I did make the step of asking for what I wanted, instead of simply deeming myself unworthy. You could be the compassionate person who sees a need in someone where this book's advice could be their nudge to that first step.
I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Hay House in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
You can purchase a copy of this October 2013 release, Play Your Bigger Game on the Hay House website and other retail sites.(less)
This is a quick read with few characters, but a decent level of emotional depth. Spoke to me; eventhough the problems of the two main characters are n...moreThis is a quick read with few characters, but a decent level of emotional depth. Spoke to me; eventhough the problems of the two main characters are not closely linked to my experience, they do touch on universal concerns. And I felt the anxieties of the female characters were true to life.
I also enjoyed the reminder (via chapter titles) that the Southern hemisphere experiences the seasons opposite of what I am used to in the Northern hemisphere.(less)