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There is a River: The Story of Edgar Cayce

(Collector's Library of the Unknown)

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most impor ...more
Published May 1st 2003 by A.R.E. Press (Association of Research & Enlightenment)
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David Seals
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When my generation, born in the latter 1940s, somehow blew our minds by the 1960s and challenged some of our parents' ideas about civil rights, war, religion, education, and even medicine, the books and astonishing insights of somebody named Edgar Cayce were just another among many new possibilities for us to discover. The bookstores and the streets were exploding with marches and ideas, music, art, cosmic consciousness for peace and love. It was a wonderful and heady and terrible time of assas ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book has helped me through a difficult period. The extent and pace of change in my life has overwhelmed me as I prepare to enter a new career and thus a new way of living. Money and charity have pulled from opposite ends of my soul throughout my life and finally, I think I found the line of work I am meant to do.

Edgar Cayce's story is one of an ordinary man who, through some stroke of predestination, spoke about extraordinary mysteries while in a sleeping trance. In an era where frauds lik
Dave Thompson
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll bet there are a lot of Christians out there who reject the idea of reincarnation or any other type of alternative afterlife theories with the idea that it's counter to the all mighty Bible. Those people need to read about Edgar Cayce, who found a way to align his Christian faith with the physical experiences he could not deny.

I won't try any harder to sell this idea, but if you'll take your head out of the sand and accept that maybe, just maybe something might be true that wasn't written 20
Judy Vasseur
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. Edgar Cayce had a gift which he used to alleviate suffering and restore health in thousands of people. A devout Christian, not educated in medicine, he had the ability to make contact, through his subconscious, with an articulate source of healing knowledge. The details, medical terminology, and results were overseen and approved by learned doctors of the day.

“The Readings”, which could be done from any distance as long as the name and address of the person was given, treated the b
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I am familiar with Cayce, but the book gives concrete examples, especially when Cayce is shocked to find out about reincarnation. He goes back to his Bible and finds scripture to support that truth.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure if this is the same edition I read. I loved this book. Edgar Cayce's story confirmed so much of what I already believed.
Deep. Not done yet though. 7/11

Left me feeling as if I were needing a more diverse explanation of his readings. 7/22

Very interesting start for me though.
Gina Faber
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I grew up in Virginia Beach, where there was always an underlying whisper about ARE and Edgar Cayce. As the daughter of a Catholic family, curiosity about this man and his "cult" were not encouraged. I ran across this book when I was searching for a different book with the same title, and I decided to give it a read.

I very much enjoyed it, and came away feeling like he was not a fraud, but that he had gifts which the people of his time (and even our time) have no way to explain. Those kinds of p
Rob Kristoffersen
Edgar Cayce is often portrayed with myth and wonder when he is mentioned in books and on various Television specials. That he could fall asleep and diagnose a person of all their ailments, recommending treatments, and read past lives is a remarkable thing. That science couldn't debunk him is something else entirely. I first heard of Cayce, as I did for most of the remarkable phenomena that amazes me, through Unsolved Mysteries. Hosted by Robert Stack, the show delved into various crimes, people ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
took a while to get good, but once it did it was very interesting. it was sort of similar to the books of another psychic, carl jung (particularly 'memories, dreams, reflections'). my only complain was that i wished the author would have focused a little more on the readings edgar cayce gave on the nature of reality and the evolution of the soul, rather than diagnosing medical conditions. very interesting regardless.
Edgar Cayce
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in learning about Edgar Cayce
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The complete biography of Edgar Cayce covers not only his fascinating life and the phenomenal information that came through his psychic readings, but it also provides hope to anyone suffering from illness or despair of heart and spirit.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book to me, about a humble man who devoted his mind to Source/God.

I will openly state that, other than the Holy Bible, this book has transformed my understanding of our human universe more than any other. Without a doubt, the most compelling and indispensable read anyone can imagine.

Back in 1993, we were paying for having won the Cold War by enduring the very painful base closure and realignment process--the peace dividend. At the time I performed a very challenging, important and self-fulfilling job in the Charlest
Sean Reeves
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this an engrossing biography, although it might be more accurately termed a hagiography. The reading of this book also introduced me to De Puysegur who, in the late eighteenth century, was able to induce a sleeping trance in a person by the name of Victor Race who could then diagnose physical ailments in the same way that Edgar Cayce could. By the early nineteenth century, many individuals emerged all over Europe who could provide trance diagnoses and the phenomenon came to be called "so ...more
I wanted to like this more. The concept is so fascinating to me but the narrative became redundant in places. Certainly a fascinating man and story, didn’t particularly like the writing though. Some of my favorite was in the philosophy at the end of the book. “ Every person’s life is shaped to some extent by karma: his own, that of his associates and loved ones, that of his nation and race, and that of the world itself. But these, singly or together are not greater than free well. It is what the ...more
Lauren Thyme
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was the first time I heard the words past lives and reincarnation. I had been calling them my other lives but didn't know there were words for them.

Bless my Aunt Edna who gave me this book to read when I was 9.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. I learned that so many concepts that we consider "new"have been around for almost 100 years.
Kathy Nissen
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read

Couldn't put the Book down! Amazing account of an even more amazing man. Edgar Cayce was a dream come true for the ill. We need more like him today.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and enlightening.
Bert  Hopkins
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was good but a bit tedious. If you are interested in Edgar Cayce reading it is worth your time.
Absolutely riveting. I could barely put it down. Excellent read, really leaves you thinking.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Such a great read on this awesome man!
Merideth Noel
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such resonance.
Nicole Northrup
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This story is interesting and peculiar. The writing itself is quite dated as it was written in the 1930s.
Worth a read.
Jul 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard of Edgar Cayce before, mainly because I shelved so many books by or about him in my years as a bookseller. It was only recently, though, as I was browsing through one of the Stranger than... books by the late Frank Edwards that I came across a brief biography of Edgar Cayce and learned more about his mysterious diagnoses given while unconscious. I remembered that I had this book, one of the Time-Life Collector's Library of the Unknown reprints, on my shelf and so I dug in.

For the mos
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book except I found at times it was confusing or in some areas it was too vague, or too dry. Perhaps because the book was originally published in 1942, that was the style of the day. Today, perhaps in our expectations, we request a faster, smoother read.

However, I did learn a lot about Edgar Cayce, who was born March 18, 1877. As a little boy in a small town in Kentucky, Cayce requested a copy of the Bible so he could read it. His fascination of the Bible at such a young age, made h
Stephen Coates
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) suffered severe laryngitis which doctors couldn’t heal. As hypnotists were a current fad, he tried two and was able to speak normally but only while under hypnosis, but the third asked Cayce, while hypnotised how he could be cured and he answered, suggesting increasing blood flow which he did, and he was essentially cured. In due course, he learned to hypnotise himself and give readings for correspondents which were recorded by a secretary.

As his fame grew, he was asked i
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I am a member of the A. R. E. (the Association for Research and Enlightenment, the Edgar Cayce foundation in Virginia Beach). I have long been interested in Edgar Cayce and his unusual life and work. I have read a lot about "the sleeping prophet," but this is the most detailed account I have come across and the only full biography written by someone who knew Cayce and interviewed him extensively.

Cayce was a man with an extraordinary gift that he himself did not understand and s
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing book!
This is a wonderful-sometimes complicated-yet very interesting biography. When he was under auto-hypnosis (with induction later on by his wife - because he was taken advantage of prior to this) he could diagnose, and lay out a treatment plan for people in his office, or even around the world. Although while conscious this did amaze him, because he doesn't have a knowledge base for this. One time when under "autohypnosis" when asked the source of his knowledge " 'Edgar C
Feb 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
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