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(The Ringing Cedars of Russia #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,863 ratings  ·  225 reviews
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"ANASTASIA", the first book of the Ringing Cedars Series, tells the story of entrepreneur Vladimir Megre's trade trip to the Siberian taiga in 1995, where he witnessed incredible spiritual phenomena connected with sacred 'ringing cedar' trees. He spent three days with a woman named Anastasia who shared with him her unique outlook on subjects
Kindle Edition, 2, 198 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Megre (first published January 1st 1996)
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Sep 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just awful. The first issue that I had was the sales pitch to buy Megre's overpriced cedar based products. Didn't Anastasia say that these things should be given away? Apparently, this does not apply to Megre, who's making money hand over fist selling cedar chips, talismans, bottles of oil and other props for this delusional fantasy.

The second problem that I had was that this is an obviously fictional story and it's so over the top that I was surprised that the author insists that i
Aynsley Anderson
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I've ever read in my life. Misogynistic, ignorant, banal, middle-aged newage (like "sewage.") Written by an entrepreneur who tried a number of scam businesses before striking gold by duping his wide-eyed-fruitcake readers. It's flaky enough to be thrown out with the trash even if it were just billed as ridiculous fantasy pap, but to insist that it's a true story is completely insulting to the average person's intelligence. The best part about the book was counting how many times the w ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Lia by: Hype on the Internet
Shelves: read-in-2011, library
This was not truly an environmentalist book. It was a face-palming waste of time. I hope anyone joining study groups for this series will sift through the B.S. to find any actual useful bits within. There have to be some, right? Or just avoid it altogether. Where there's merchandising (the back insert), there's profit-motive.

It has some gentle ideas (the gardening stuff and valuing children's minds), but also some insane ones that could do violence (giving any thought to food is a sin? Someone's
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine, whose opinion I trust, recommended this series of books to me. I didn’t think much about it the first time she mentioned them. One day I was at her house and she was again raving about these books and offered to loan the first two of the series to me. I took them home and immediately started reading. After less than a third of the way through the first book, I was hooked and knew I would have to read the entire series. The words were resonating deep within my being. It’s like s ...more
Um. No.

I understand the importance of connecting with nature, loving yourself and others, taking comfort in mysteries, etc., but I will not take advice from a sociopathic masochist (to a jaw-dropping degree) who sexually assaults the very woman this book is named after. Only made it 27 pages in and the answer is No.
Iona  Stewart
I've previously read the final volume in this series without being greatly impressed by it, and perhaps would not have read any more of these books, had "Anastasia" not finally arrived for me from the library after I had ordered it about 6 months before.

I can say that "Anastasia" is somewhat better than the previous volume I have read. At last, as far as I was concerned, we were introduced to Anastasia in person, and that made a big difference.

First a couple of negative remarks (I am not one of
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astoundingly informative. Spiritually revitalizing. Must read for anyone who wants to "tune in" and attain an interactive symbiosis with the natural world in which humanity lives. ...more
Cathy Douglas
Mar 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loathsome, memoir, 2012
Accckkgghhhh! Blearghhh! Splattth! Enough of this book. If you like it/love it/have had your life forever changed by it, more power to you, but I'm bailing out. ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book since I was reading it for my book club, but I couldn't stand the author's woman-hating attitude & behavior. ...more
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do i even begin to describe this book?

This book, along with a class i am currently in, has inspired me to grown my own herb garden. Strangely enough, after i had read the chapter on how one should plant an outdoor garden, several friends of mine had bought a small plot of land not far from our neighborhood.

I can understand why some people might have trouble grasping Anastasia's ideas and methodologies as fact. She makes a good point: to paraphrase, "science has yet to invent anything that ha
Sep 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I recomend you not to read these books.

In short, for those who are wondering what this is about, the books are a mixture of 'go back to nature', really horid sci-fi, a jumble of religion (mostly Abrahamic) and some hard core political paranoia.

I read the series for a debate club and it was a drag; hence my raiting. I found the book entierly unbelievable, unfounded in facts, badly written, repetitive and boring. I was glad to have been able to point out all of it's failings to the people at the d
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth is stranger than fiction; Yet never has a book so transformed my perspective of life. To truly receive the wisdom within this writing, one must come to it with an open mind and be prepared to read between the lines. The language speaks in musical tomes, which bring the experience of reading to a visceral level. We feel it in our bones. There are over eight books now in the series translated from the Russian author Vladimir Megre, who has become himself transformed, and a tenth not yet tran ...more
Paul Kieniewicz
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-expanding
On the face of it, this is a preposterous book, badly written, ostensibly non-fiction but perhaps science fiction. However even having read the cautionary reviews on Goodreads I decided to check it out. In Russia, Anastasia  is a phenomenon of no small influence, a patroness of a new back-to-the land movement. Since the publications of this book and its sequels at least a hundred eco-villages have appeared. The author, a Russian businessman, describes how he came upon a twenty something girl on ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange book about a homeless naked Russian lady that talks to weeds and flowers and has magic powers. And it’s non-fiction. Say what?
But I kind of liked it.
Ruby Koa
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! Of course the author comes off quite rough as he is actually one of the characters in the book-the woman he's mainly talking about, Anastasia is full of inspiration in nearly unbelievable proportions. The reason that lead me to this book is wanting to learn tips for raising children as I'm close to wanting to go down that path myself. Though the first book doesn't go too deeply into that subject matter, I'm about to read the 3rd book that does. Even if you read this book as a ...more
Debby Stassek
I enjoyed this work but it seems more like a tale from the an Aboriginal dreamtime than anything which seriously deals with our current level of consciousness. The hints at ancient Vedic culture in Russia were intriguing, however.
Gabriel Senekovic
Mar 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
This might be the worst book I've ever read... ...more
Ilze Slinke
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ohh, basically the funny beginning , reflecting (imo) traditional Russian muzhik ( a Russian man), and striving from that - his attitude towards woman. There's a Russian proverb which goes like - if you beat someone, then you love someone. So Megre show this dream about strong, ever-loving, forgiving and caring -perfect body-blond hair-sexy-younger-nice breast- ( and virgin! :D) Russian women. ANd in some ways that's sad - because the esoteric ideas in the book is quite ok.

In general, some part
Jul 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
The author tried to write a dirty romance novel and accidentally started a cult. "I exist for those for whom I exist" Anastasia's motto is the perfect description for reactions to this book. Those who want to believe in a bear-loving, grass-eating, telepathic goddess will love it, and believe in her. Those who have no use for internally inconsistent new age psychobabble will hate this book. '50 Shades of Gray' is better written and more philosophically enlightening. My struggle is to decide whic ...more
Rachel Ronning
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm an English major. I'm used to reading a book I'm not interested in a week per class. This book took me months to get through. I kept reading something else instead. I liked Anastasia. I got extremely annoyed with Vladimir. Instead of listening to this amazing woman we have to read while he shouts at her, shakes her, gets frustrated with her, hurts her, and calls her names. That's not the way I would have spent the gift of her time. I have no interest in reading the rest of the books unless t ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have had days where It i've been challanged by the dark forces I suppose in that they try to convince me she is not real... If they are successful they have in effect, erased the new information that Anastasia has imparted. I love the new information i've been learning since beginning reading these, i've made concrete changes in my life I also see the way ahead to make more & lasting for eternity changes... No other book can do this & all others are a distraction from the most important thing ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly "out of this world!" It paints a new way of understanding human potential and our ability to exist in greater harmony with nature and each other in more productive and almost miraculous ways. I'm excited to read the rest of the series! ...more
Feb 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2021
Nope. I read this because someone I love and whose opinion I value recommended it to me, but I loathed this book. The misogyny was deeply disturbing, the physical abuse and assault was disgusting, the anthropocentrism was stale and unoriginal, and I often felt like I was reading Russian propaganda. I refuse to give this the tag of "non-fiction" because this read too much like an immature man's fantasy novel that he thought would make a good marketing booklet for his cedar oil products. Hard pass ...more
Sue Kornke
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book very intriguing.
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Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: very-good
Inspiration different way to see the world with ways to save it
François Lamontagne
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Ok, first of all I must say that The Ringing Cedars books are the most life changing books I ever read. They really helped me rediscover my true identity and they gave me hope for the future. I will never forget the impact these books had (and still have) on me!

That being said, the opener in the serie is not the best one. Vladimir, who meets Anastasia for the first time, is so amazed by this woman that he fires tons of questions at her and it goes in all directions. Sometimes, the questions he
Lindu Pindu
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life
I guess the euphonic qualities that are supposed to give us readers happiness while reading the book have been lost in translation.
I've always felt like I wanted to live in the forest somewhere. Although I love cities as well, I feel myself more of a human being, if that makes sense, in places with less people and more trees.

This is the least New Agey contemporary book that I could find, and while I can't say it has changed my life, it has given me perspective, and the determination not to let
Charles  van Buren
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Written to promote a philosophy

This series of books raise philosophical arguments as well as arguments about the nature of God. The problem from a Christian perspective is that the true and false are mixed. THE RINGING CEDARS OF RUSSIA is more than a book series, it is an international philosophical movement which is not Biblically based. If God is to be found in religion it is logical to assume that it would be one of the major religions whose roots are lost in antiquity, not a secret known onl
*Translated from the Russian by John Woodsworth; edited by Leonid Sharashkin. 2nd ed., rev.
1. Spirituality
2. Nature - Religious Aspects
3. Human ecology.

There's a bit of everything in this book. Interesting to read about the wave of eco awareness in Russia. Not so sure about the Magical properties of the girl Anastasia. I checked out The Ringing Cedars, and Cedar pine nuts on google. Seems there's a mountain of marketing of products and books for sale in relation to this book - whether the health
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Vladimir Nikolaevich Megre (born 23 July, 1950 in Kuznichi village, Gorodnyansky District, Chernigov Region in Ukraine), the author of The Ringing Cedars of Russia book series, was a well-known entrepreneur. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother Efrosinia Verkhusha, a village healer.
As a teenager Vladimir occasionally visited Father Feodorit, a priest of the Trinity-Sergiyev Monaster

Other books in the series

The Ringing Cedars of Russia (10 books)
  • Ringing Cedars of Russia (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #2)
  • The Dimension of Love (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #3)
  • Co-Creation (The Ringing Cedars, #4)
  • Who Are We? (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #5)
  • The Family Book (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #6)
  • The Energy of Life (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #7)
  • The New Civilization (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #8.1)
  • The Rites of Love (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #8.2)
  • Anasta (The Ringing Cedars of Russia, #10)

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