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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; Original edition (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631565
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marie D. Jones is the best-selling author of The Déjà vu Enigma; 11:11 The Time Prompt Phenomenon; and 2013: The End of Days or a New Beginning? She is also a screenwriter, radio show host, and popular public speaker who has been interviewed on hundreds of radio shows all over the world. She was recently featured on The History Channel and is a regular contributor to Intrepid magazine and New Dawn magazine.

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MARIE D. JONES

Marie D. Jones is the best selling author of the upcoming "EKHO" middle grade fiction series, which she wrote with her young son, Max Jones, and the YA series, "FREAK" which will debut in June of 2014. Her non-fiction books include "Destiny Vs. Choice: The Scientific and Spiritual Evidence Behind Fate and Free Will," "2013: End of Days or a New Beginning - Envisioning the World After the Events of 2012," "PSIence: How New Discoveries In Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena" and "Looking for God In All the Wrong Places." Marie co-authored with her father, geophysicist Dr. John Savino, "Supervolcano: The Catastrophic Event That Changed the Course of Human History." She is also the co-author of "11:11- The Time Prompt Phenomenon: The Meaning Behind Mysterious Signs, Sequences and Synchronicities," "The Resonance Key: Exploring the Links Between Vibration, Consciousness and the Zero Point Grid," "The Déjà vu Enigma: A Journey Through the Anomalies of Mind, Memory and Time," and "The Trinity Secret: The Power of Three and the Code of Creation" with Larry Flaxman, her partner in ParaExplorers.com, an organization devoted to exploring unknown mysteries. Their newest books are "This Book Is From the Future: A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Wormholes and Other Adventures in Time Travel," "The Grid: Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality," and "Viral Mythology: How the Truth of the Ancients Was Encoded and Passed Down Through Legend, Art and Architecture."
She has an extensive background in journalism, metaphysics, and the paranormal and has worked as a field investigator for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in Los Angeles and San Diego in the 1980s and 1990s. She currently serves as a Consultant and Director of Special Projects for ARPAST, the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team, where she works with ARPAST President Larry Flaxman to develop theories that can tested in the field.
Marie has been on television, most recently on the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" and "Nostradamus Effect" series, and served as a special UFO/abduction consultant for the 2009 Universal Pictures science fiction movie, "The Fourth Kind." She has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows all over the world, including Coast To Coast AM, NPR, KPBS Radio, Dreamland, the X-Zone, Kevin Smith Show, Paranormal Podcast, Cut to the Chase, Feet 2 The Fire, World of the Unexplained, and the Shirley MacLaine Show, and has been featured in dozens of newspapers, magazines and online publications all over the world. She is a staff writer for Intrepid Magazine, Paranoia Magazine, FATE Magazine, and a regular contributor to New Dawn Magazine, and her essays and articles have appeared in TAPS ParaMagazine, Phenomena, Whole Life Times, Light Connection, Vision, Beyond Reality, and several popular anthologies such as "If Women Ruled the World" and five Chicken Soup For The Soul books. She has also contributed and co-authored over fifty inspirational books for New Seasons/PIL.
She has lectured widely at major paranormal, new science and self-empowerment events, including "The Paradigm Symposium," "Beyond Expo," "Maritime Ghost Conference," "Through the Veil," "Queen Mary Weekends," "TAPS Academy Training," "CPAK," and "Darkness Radio Events," and is a popular public speaker on the subjects of cutting edge science, the paranormal, metaphysics, Noetics and human potential. She also speaks often at local libraries, bookstore signings and regional meet-ups on writing, the paranormal, and metaphysical subjects.
She is also the screenwriter and co-producer of "19 Hz," a paranormal thriller in development with Bruce Lucas Films, as well as a science fiction feature film titled "Twilight Child," and she serves as a co-host on the popular Dreamland Radio Show.



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria Savva on October 5, 2011
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This is a good book, and an interesting exploration into all things related to the concepts of destiny, fate, free will and choice, and how these can affect our lives.
The book explores in varying detail: historical ideas and philosophical thinking about fate and free will; evolution; quantum physics; The Law of Attraction; the paranormal; DNA; astrology; and religious ideas about reincarnation.

It will not give you a definitive answer as to whether our lives are predetermined, or if we have a choice over what happens to us, but it introduces and explains many different beliefs, from religious to scientific and everything in between. It also affirms the notion that most people believe in something in between i.e. that both destiny and choice play a part in our lives to a certain degree. I wasn't sure whether all of the information in the book was accurate (for example, the lines shown on the hand when the author was describing palmistry did not correspond with the traditionally accepted palmistry lines), and some of the scientific/quantum physics explanations left me confused. On the whole though, it is a fun and entertaining look at different ideas surrounding whether fate is responsible for what happens in our lives. I also liked reading the true stories at the end of the book about how fate/destiny/free will had played a part in different people's lives.

On the whole, the books seems well researched and contains a great deal of information on the subject that will help to inspire people who would like to look deeper into these concepts.
I like the author's style of writing and her upbeat and humourous narrative helped to keep me interested.
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A book that screams across a plethora of irrelevant topics, and is absolutely devoid of any scientific evidence (something that's promised on the book's cover). Oh, Jones does dip her toes into some arenas of scientific investigation, but it's clear she doesn't understand the science or does anything with it other than make asinine observations. For instance, on page 102 she addresses the fact that there was no one around to witness the Big Band, and says

"The universe could instead to be said to have remained in a state of possibility until there was a 'self-referential quantum measurement' that made manifest the physical reality---including time.

This suggests a purpose to the way the universe has and is evolving, and thus a cosmic destiny. . . ."

Such ridiculous blather---"self-referential quantum measurement" makes me cringe---belongs next to the daily newspaper horoscope listings. And this is far from the only time Jones plays fast and loose with the language of science so as to sound erudite and lend credence to her baseless musings.

I wouldn't be surprised if her next book delved into the nature of vampires and their prey. Neither this book nor Jones deserves anyone's time. She has shown herself to to untrustworthy and her writings nonsense.
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Marie Jones is a meticulous researcher for all of her subjects, and this book is no exception. Before publishing, she asked for her friends' opinions on Destiny vs. Choice and for personal anecdotes. While I could think of several to send her, it seemed as if I couldn't decide whether my experiences were truly destiny or my own personal choice - maybe a little of both? I didn't submit any experiences to her, but this book is full of arguments for either case, and does not disappoint in logic and reasoning. A fascinating read!
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Do we have Free Will or are we at the mercy of an unchangeable destiny? Or is there some balance, some combination of both choice and fate that keeps us moving and motivated? Even more profound a question: using what we believe to be free will, do all roads ultimate lead to a pre-determined outcome? These are the questions that inspired me to write my novels and these are the same questions that Jones attempts to answer in this book. Jones takes us on a journey, exploring schools of thought from determinism and predestination, to fatalism, chance, Christianity, eastern traditions, first cause, choice, and chaos. She then tackles that sticky ground between science, religion and reincarnation, finding compelling links based on DNA and the nature/nurture controversy. To add to the mix, she throws in some star gazing, soul contracts, and divination.

This is a highly-researched book, yet is is still very readable. Jones has an accessible writing style, warmed by humor and honesty. I strongly recommend this book. A must-read for people with inquiring minds. While we don't walk away with answers, we do walk away with a deeper understand of the questions and lots of food for thought. -- Patricia Sheehy, Author of Field of Destiny.
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