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book cover image Atticus Aristotle, "Success and Happiness: Quotes to motivate, inspire, and live by." The book contains inspirational quotations on topics like honesty, truth, ethics, morality, integrity, fairness, etc. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. Available in paperback and Kindle formats.


bullet "Ray & Allan" publish "Just HIs Words" --a pocket companion containing the words attributed to Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) and collected from the Christian Scriptures. See: http://justhiswords.com/


bullet Rutgers University Press recommends "Teenage Witches: Magical Youth and the Search for Self" by Helen A. Berger and Doublas Ezzy. Lynn Schofield Clark, author of From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural writes:

"This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of Witchcraft and its appeal among real-life young people on three continents. It's a fascinating story of young practitioners who find in alternative spiritual practices a way to affirm diversity and respect for all people."

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. Available for U.S. $21.95 plus shipping.

bulletbook cover image Pamela Bloom & Joan Halifax, "The Power of Compassion: Stories that Open the Heart, heal the Soul and Change the World," Hampton Roads, (2010). This is a reissue and update of their earlier book "Buddhist Acts of Compassion" about about the "transformative and healing power of compassion in all walks of life. It features stories by and about H.H. The Dalai Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh and many others, including ordinary people in business, the arts, and homelife...it is...a healing book for all faiths. It has much to say about conflict resolution, healing deeply held anger and guilt, and developing a humanistic vision toward service and global peace." Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store 

 
bullet Book cover"Be Enlightened! A Guidebook to the Tao Te Ching and Taoist Meditation: Your Six-Month Journey to Spiritual Enlightenment," by Wes Burgess. Published by CreateSpace, (2010). The author's product description reads:
"Spiritual enlightenment is an advanced state of awareness that reveals the true nature of the world around you- this enlightened awareness helps you make the world a better place for you and all other living creatures. Be Enlightened! explains how enlightenment originated in early human history, how it became obscured during the evolution of the human mind, and how you can regain this enlightened awareness that was lost to our ancestors so many years ago. Be Enlightened! reveals the modern psychology and biology underlying the enlightenment experience and provides you with step-by-step instructions to attain your own enlightenment as soon as possible. The spiritual center of Be Enlightened! is a new annotated interpretation of the 2500-year-old Tao Te Ching that makes it easy to understand and use as a tool to attain your enlightenment. Be Enlightened! also teaches an ancient form of Taoist meditation described by Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching. This combination has been tested in my work with thousands of individuals. I have organized everything for you into a six-month journey that will shift your personal growth into high gear. Regardless of your own preferred type of spirituality, Be Enlightened! will help bring you closer to your own highest spiritual power. You can possess the great treasure that wise men and women have been searching for throughout history. This will be the greatest journey of your life. Let's get started now!"
Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

 
bullet Poseidon Books recommends Ashley Byrnes' book "Deceiving the Hearts of the Simple." Byrnes is an Aboriginal from Australia who was partly motivated to write this book:

"... to reflect the crimes of humanity that were done and continue to be done unto my people and to the entire world, perpetuated through the conquering Christian nations and churches with their false teachings and false religion© their fraud!"

He attempts to

"... show that the judgment that the Christians teach as coming soon, was a judgment that was already fulfilled upon Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, and therefore never had, nor does it have anything to do with my Aborigine people of Australia or any person within this world, except the Jewish people to which this judgment came upon 2,000 years ago.

A description of the book can be seen at: http://www.poseidonbooks.com/ On 2007-APR-16, the book was listed for $27.00 Australian dollars, shipping included. This is about U.S. $23.00.


bullet Author CL Claridge recommends her book "Buddha Heart Parenting." The book "... offers the reader deep insights into how to integrate Buddhist philosophy with contemporary psychology to arrive at a method of parenting that is both effective and enables family members to realize their true Buddha nature. It provides a frank look at the norms and status of parenting today, and suggests ways to develop more authentic communication using Buddhist principles." It is available from http://www.snowlionpub.com for $18.95.


bullet Authored by Ilene Cooper and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska, this book is intended for children from Kindergarten to Grade 5. A nameless boy and his grandfather discuss the meaning of the Golden Rule. The Amazon.com reviewer writes:

"In this gorgeously illustrated book, a grandfather explains to his grandson that the Golden Rule means you 'treat people the way you would like to be treated. It©s golden because it©s so valuable, and a way of living your life that©s so simple, it shines.' And though it may be a simple rule, it isn©t easy to follow. Fortunately, following the Golden Rule is something everyone can do, which means that every person©old or young, rich or poor©can be a part of making the world a better place. Read reviews or order this book
 

bulletImage of book cover Stirling M. Cooper, Sr.: "Replacing the Ten Commandments: Coopers Essays Guidelines for Creating a Good Life and a Civilized World."

Book review from ebookstore.sony.com:

"Is it time to replace most of the religious commandments and codes of the past with reason and secular thinking? In modern terms, what are the purposes of life? What are the purposes of schooling? What are the implied contracts between any citizen of the world and his/her government? What are the duties and responsibilities of all persons who are members of the human race? These are but a few of the BIG questions raised by Stirling. He attempts to look at the great ideas of mankind and to view them as objectively as possible. He is not attempting to indoctrinate, nor to defend any particular "box." He is not a member of any church, political party or social group.

Nothing he states is to be viewed as chiseled in stone or as being found on tablets of gold. However, he hopes his ideas will provoke some new thinking aimed at reducing wars and other forms of madness of our age. He also hopes that readers will look inwardly and try to improve their own lives through major changes in how they think and act. He thinks new philosophic positions can be found and used to make better human beings! This is a book for thinkers - for the curious - for the mentally brave. Stirling challenges you - and dares you - to step outside the boxes which govern your life." Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store


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book cover image Tom Crawford, "The Human Handbook: Your extraordinary story,"

Booklocker, (2007-OCT-31). Read a book review and/or order.

From Amazon.com's customer/reviewer R. Saenz: "Whether you follow science, religion, or are simply going about your life in a passive manner; this friendly read touches on all dynamics of life from an unbiased perspective. Simply to enlighten the reader's mind, this book will not only leave you with a more thorough knowledge of where we are in humanity but where we've been and allows you to take the material and determine where you believe humanity to be headed. The author's analogies make the understanding of the material simple enough for anyone who is a novice trying to read something new and exciting. It's refreshing to see that some of us are not afraid to take bold leaps, not to influence the reader, but simply get their mind roaming with endless possibilities. I recommend this to anyone trying to get their foot in the door and catch up to the rapidly developing theories and findings so that you may develop your own educated opinion with an understanding of the information at hand. And it's affordable!" Read reviews or order this book in paperback format safely from Amazon.com online book store  Rated 4.5 stars by Amazon reviewers out of a maximum of 5. Also available as an eBook in PDF format for $6.95 from BookLocker. Free excerpt can be also be downloaded from BookLocker. The author can be contacted via his blog at: TheHumanHandbook.blogspot.com

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book cover image Jimmy Creech, "Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gay,"

Duke University Press Books, (2011-MAR-11). Read a book review and/or order.

From Amazon.com's product description: "Rev. Creech ... determined that the church was mistaken, that scriptural translations and interpretations had been botched and dangerously distorted. As a Christian, Creech came to believe that discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was morally wrong. This understanding compelled him to perform same-gender commitment ceremonies, which conflicted with church directives. Creech was tried twice by The United Methodist Church, and, after the second trial, his ordination credentials were revoked. Adam’s Gift is a moving story and an important chapter in the unfinished struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil and human rights."

bullet book cover image Edfu Books recommends Ralph Ellis' book "King Jesus." Amazon.com's editorial review states:

"Ralph Ellis has discovered and exposed many new perspectives on the life of the biblical Jesus, who was actually a king."

"Contrary to orthodox perceptions, King Jesus and Queen Mary Magdalene were the richest couple in Syrio-Judaea. The Romans wanted to impose taxes on Jesus and Mary, an imposition that provoked the Jewish Rebellion.King Jesus fought and lost that war, and so he was crucified, reprieved and sent into exile in Roman England. In those remote lands, King Jesus became known as Atur-tii (the Egyptian) or 'King Arthur and the twelve disciples of the Last Supper Table'. This identification of Jesus as a wealthy, royal, warrior-hero of first century Judaea may sound bizarre, but that is what the texts say. All research and quotations are from original sources, including the New Testament, Tanakh, Talmud, Josephus, Origen, Eusebius, Irenaeus, Herodian, Suetonius, Tacitus and many others besides." Read reviews or order this book

 
bullet Book cover image Ralph Filicchia has written a novel titled: "The Devil with yellow Hair." It is a high-intensity adventure story about a magazine writer assigned to report on the conflicts between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia. Amazon.com readers rate it 4.5 stars out of 5. Read reviews or order this book


bullet Deborah Gelbard recommended her novel "Global Dawn." In the foreword, Timothy Foresman of Digital Earth writes:

"She weaves science, art, mysticism and spiritual growth into an enticing drama that combines the joy and the angst of embracing a common destiny for humankind amid grim, present-day realities. Hopefully, this novel will inspire cadres of thoughtful people, when looking towards the future, to say, 'Why not?' and 'Why not now?' " Read reviews or order this book

bullet Frank Gonzalez recommended his book "Revelation of the Christ in Chronological Order." He discusses the tribulation, the 1,000 year reign of Christ, and the new Earth. It is available for free download or for purchase at a nominal price. See: http://www.revelationoftheChrist.com


bullet Image of book cover Carol B. Green recommends her book "Spiritual transformation in America: What it means to all of us." She notes that in the U.S. religious scene: "... major shifts are taking place in affiliation, observance, and practices. Exposure to different cultures, religions and spiritual practices is influencing what we think and what we believe. Tough questions are asked; contradictions are explored; conventional wisdom is challenged." See: http://www.authorhouse.com/  Read reviews or order this book


bullet Book cover image True Compass Press recommends their book by John Greer, Ph.D. "SEEiNG KNOWiNG. BEiNG. The Library Journal called "Seeing, Knowing, Being" "an intelligent and truly transformative book" in a starred review. Drawing inspiration from a diversity of teachers, sages, mystics, philosophers, artists, scientists, and religious leaders, Greer helps the reader navigate society’s hand-me-down version of reality. An excerpt called "Self Delusion" can be read at: http://bit.ly/KNaef8 Read reviews or order this book


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Book cover Guardian Angels Chronicles - "David and Goliath" written by Bryan Hathaway. Here is the famous story of a brave youth who forges his courage through his faith.


bullet Euan Hague, Heidi Beirich, and Edward H. Sebesta edited this book: "Neo-Confederacy: A critical introduction." It describes the formation of the League of the South a group advocating the secession of Oklahoma, Misouri, Kentucky, Maryland and the 19th century Confederate States of America from the United States. Read reviews or order this book


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Book cover image C. Houck has written "Time Frames and Taboo Data: A history of mankind's misdirected beliefs" which he describes as: "An unconventional reference system that summarizes time periods in chronicling human evolution from prehistory into the 21st century.  History is shaped by mankind’s beliefs which tend to undermine compassionate interaction. Read reviews or order this book. This is especially true when belief in supernatural beings prevail over rationality to mire man in unnecessary trauma and grief." His blog is at: http://timeframesandtaboodata.wordpress.com/


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Book coverThis is an ebook by G.K. Ingersoll titled "The Atheist Vignettes." It is available in a number of formats for various ebook readers and in HTML and PDF format for computers. A sample can be downloaded for free. The book's description on SmashBooks.com is:

"Highly satirical and humorous while scathingly poking holes in the armor of religious belief, The Atheist Vignettes is an irreverent, sometimes didactic, but always entertaining novella of “associative fiction” that weaves short stories, playlettes, news reports, internet chats and other literary forms into a very human story with an unexpected ending. Even the "author" is a character!"

bullet Allan W. Janssen has published: "The Plain truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know)" on his website. It presents a fascinating analysis of the early Christian movement, and how the original teachings of Jesus were overlaid with Greek philosophy and other beliefs. Read reviews or order this book According to the publisher, Booksurge/Janssen International :

"This book comes in two parts. The first half looks at how we as a civilization got to where we are now in our physical and spiritual development. The second half allows us to take a long look at ourselves as a people. It examines our beliefs, and the practices of the "priesthood and organized religion," that has made our world here in the twenty first century the way it is! This book has attempted to separate the fact of a "God" from the myths of humanity that have so shaped our lives."

bullet D.R. Khashaba has recommended his book "Plato: An Interpretation (2005)." He writes:

"Our understanding of Plato and our understanding of the nature of philosophy are two sides of a coin. The dominant academic conception of the nature of philosophical thinking vitiates both our understanding of philosophy and our interpretation of Plato. Plato gave us the profoundest truths about ourselves and about Reality in winged myths. Our learned scholars turn the myths into silly dogmata, into transparently erroneous doctrines, and all is lost: the inspirational core, the inspired insight, is dissipated when its housing shell of myth is shattered. No one is entitled to claim a monopoly on understanding Plato's 'true' meaning, and I certainly make no claim. I neither pretend nor intend to arrive at what Plato thought or taught. Plato has left us some thirty pieces of verbal composition, which he created for his own amusement. I enter into living dialogue with the living Plato and offer the understanding I come out with for myself from that dialogue, not claiming any authority or veracity for my interpretation. I do what Plotinus did; I draw from the flowing founts of Plato to water my own garden and offer my version of Platoism for what it may be worth intrinsically." Read reviews or order this book

See also his blog "Let us philosophize" at: http://khashaba.blogspot.com/ and his book announcement at: http://www.back-to-socrates.com/

bullet "Wolves Among Sheep" by James Kostelniuk.  Amazon.com's review states: "... Compelled to write the book as an expression of sorrow and love for the family so cruelly taken from him, Kostelniuk also had a deep need to arrive at some understanding of why these senseless murders took place. This question led him to expose the influence of the Jehovah's Witness organization that wielded total control over [his former wife] Kim's life, as it had over himself until he found the resolve to break with the organization. In making that break, Kostelniuk knew he would be forever shunned by the Witness community and, according to its laws, forbidden contact with his own wife and children. The convicted killer, Jeff Anderson, was also a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. ... Wolves Among Sheep is a riveting read that explores the darkest parts of the human heart and mind, and surprises us with the depth of its love and compassion."

Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. Available for U.S. $17.99 plus shipping.

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  1. Amazon.com book review of Karen Armstrong;s "The Battle for God,"

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