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The Universe in a Single Atom by Dalai Lama XIV
" Meh. I didn't say I consider hypocrisy a virtue. I value some of the things he has done and said, and that's enough for me to see him as wonderful. "
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The Bezels of Wisdom by Ibn Arabi
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Being a Sufi and all, I pretty much have to give Ibn Arabi a five. He pretty much defined what it is to be a Sufi. Even with that aside though this book is amazing. It is hard to find books that really truly make a person drunk with words, but this o ...more
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Father Herman by Frank Alfred Golder
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This book doesn't really know what it wants to be. On the one hand the illustrations and length make it seem like a children's book, but the content covers some things that I wouldn't be all the comfortable reading to a small child. I would honestly ...more
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Sufism and the Way of Blame by Yannis Toussulis
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This book caught me by surprise. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I honestly knew nothing about the path of blame when I picked this up, and the book does a really good job explaining what the path of blame is and how it is practiced. It ...more
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Catching the Thread by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
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This book is... it's okay. It's spread a little bit too thin. If it was just about Sufi dreamwork or Jungian Psychology it would be a much better book. It could just be that this book wasn't my cup of tea. I personally don't see the connection betwee ...more
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In the Heart of the Desert by John Chryssavgis
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This book kind of just is. It's tough to rate and review a book like this since it is at it's heart just a collection of sayings. The bits in each chapter that explain the different aspects of being a desert father/mother are nice, but a little forge ...more
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Paths to the Heart by James S. Cutsinger
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I picked this one up to see if there was a way to reconcile my Sufi path with my grandfather's Russian Orthodox path. This book does a pretty good job of bridging the gap. Some of the passages are much stronger than others. The first two and the one ...more
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St. Seraphim of Sarov by Valentine Zander
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My Russian Orthodox grandfather recommended this book to me, and I'm glad that he did. So many books on saints in any tradition spend at least part of the book trying to convince the reader of what the saint meant by this action or that saying. This ...more
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I REALLY wanted to like this book. I tried very hard, but I just couldn't. It has nothing to do with the topic. Hildegard was an amazing woman. Her visions, art, and music really are treasures. This book though does something that personally rubs me ...more
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Virginia Woolf
“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf
“madam," the man cried, leaping to the ground, "you're hurt!" "I'm dead, sir!" she replied. A few minutes later, they became engaged.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Jane Austen
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

Kurt Vonnegut
“Live by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
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Dante Alighieri
“The path to paradise begins in hell.”
Dante Alighieri

Writing on the Wall: Lola's Story (Literature & Fiction)
7 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: Lola is a free spirit. Follow her wanderings as she tries to find love and happiness. Will she finally be able to capture Officer Cruz's heart? Will she be able to go three days without getting arrested?
Sprinklers in the Rain: An Exercise in Futility (Literature & Fiction)
4 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: Language builds our world. Follow Alice as her story, and her life, fold in on themselves through the use of language. When is something a lie, and when does saying it make it true?
Self Published ebook Reviews (Nonfiction)
13 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:32PM
Description: I do ebook reviews for self published authors. Not all of them are listed in goodreads, so I'll post them here and where the book is published. If you like what you see, and you would like me to do a review of an ebook that you have posted some where, send me a message and I'll see if I can fit you into my schedule! If anyone is curious this is the break down of my reviewer ratings: ***** This rating is for the best books that I've read in recent memory. This book will need to be well edited, plotted well, and have strong entertainment value to get this rating. This would be a book that I highly recommend reading. **** This rating is for a strong book. There are some typos, and parts of the plot either aren't fleshed out or aren't very strong. This would be a book that I would recommend reading. *** This rating is for a book that has potential. There is a spark of something good, and the plot is interesting. There are a good number of grammatical errors, and the characters are a little bit cardboard. If some one likes the particular genre the book is from they might enjoy this book. ** This rating is for a book that needs to be edited and plot points need to either be fleshed out or rewritten. As the book is I wouldn't recommend reading it. * There isn't anything redeemable about the book. I will only give a one asterisk if the book makes no sense at all, has abusively bad grammar, or if the book is veiled hate speech. NOTE: If I give a two asterisk rating to a book that you wrote I would be willing to reread the book and re-review the piece once it has been edited and fleshed out. I will only re-review a piece once.
The 'I Wish I was a Beat' Poetry Collection (Poetry)
5 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:31PM
Description: I don't consider myself to be much of a poet, but I write poetry every once in awhile for kicks. I hope ya'll like it ^.^
Interpretive Dance at 65 MPH (Literature & Fiction)
10 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:31PM
Description: Life is hard for many people. So is the afterlife for that matter. Hazel wakes up crammed into a church that has no windows and no doors. Eventually she does make it out and goes on a journey with a rag tag group of people. The story also weaves her memories of life and dreams into each chapter. I hope you enjoy! ^.^ This is also now published on Smashwords for convenience's sake. :)
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