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I Was Amish: A personal story of an Amish girl and her life
I Was Amish: A personal story of an Amish girl and her life
by Malinda Detweiler
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting first-person account of suffering, surviving... and thriving..., January 22, 2016
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I loved this book.

The voice is so authentic and sincere, sorrowful yet hopeful, grieving but forgiving, and with a rare deep honesty that spares no one including most of all herself.

This story is a perfect depiction of the horror, the needless suffering, the shame and pain that ignorance and superstition inflicts upon its victims. Some Amish are very nice people, there is no doubt of that; but those individuals are the very ones that would also make nice Catholics, Hindus, or Buddhists or whatever else they may have landed in by accident of birth. The Amish, as portrayed in this memoir,
[and as I know from my own past experience] make a fetish out of ignorance. Admirers call it being 'simple' and 'plain.' They are thought to be very spiritual when what they really are is superstitious and fearful. That's what will always happen in a tight-knit community [call it what it is: cult] where a woeful lack of education and the most childish literalist religious beliefs are considered virtues and actually even soul-saving necessities.

O. K, maybe some of the grammar and word usage and general organization of the material in this book are not world class according to current collegiate composition standards, but the story itself, the pure natural artistry of the primitive voice and the deep sincerity of the author's need and effort to tell her story carries the day and makes the book worth buying, reading, and admiring.


Women of Wisdom
Women of Wisdom
by Paula Marvelly
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred Feminine is Alive and Well, November 23, 2015
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I only very recently happened upon this wonderful book of the sacred feminine and have been happily savoring the rich banquet over the past few days. Ms Marvelly has produced a, well, marvelous book of great spiritual knowledge with some emphasis on the role inspired and gifted women have played throughout history.

Here we have a collection of stories of women that expressed their spiritual ecstasy and wisdom through poetry and writings and, indeed, by their very lives and actions. From Enheduanna to Yeshe Tsogyal, from Parvati and Sita to Sappho to Hildegard of Bingen and Teresa of Avila-- and dozens more. The author shares stories of their lives and character and samples of their great poetry and wisdom teachings. But this is not only a 'women's book', far from it, the author always keeps everything in balance and shows how the feminine is the too often unrecognized essential essence of the healthy Realization of Wholeness, the One, the Truth.

From the Prologue: "There are...a number of people throughout the course of history who have tasted the joy of their immortal selves, the freedom of the immanent Source, the infinite bliss of I Am. And some of those have sought to explain this ineffable state...."

Ms Marvelly has a lot to offer us in adding to our greater understanding of the Feminine, the One, the 'ineffable state'. Not only is this book a great pleasure to read, it is inspiring and enlightening in the true sense of those words. Enjoy.


The Ribhu Gita/(Sixth Amsa Of Siva Rahasyam)
The Ribhu Gita/(Sixth Amsa Of Siva Rahasyam)
by Saint Ribhu/Translated by Dr.Lingeswar Rao and Dr.Anil Sharma with support from T.Venkateswar Rao
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars the 'Bible' of Advaita Vedanta ?, November 4, 2015
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This is a wonderful new edition of the ancient classic. Highly recommended.


Blueprints for Awakening: Rare Dialogues With 16 Indian Masters On The Teachings Of Sri Ramana Maharshi (includes PAL/computer viewed trailer DVD)
Blueprints for Awakening: Rare Dialogues With 16 Indian Masters On The Teachings Of Sri Ramana Maharshi (includes PAL/computer viewed trailer DVD)
by Premananda
Edition: Paperback
Price: $34.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening anthology, November 4, 2015
a very fine collection of interviews with Indian 'spiritual masters.' the dialogs are mostly geared toward these individuals' understanding of Ramana's teachings. the book as a whole is excellent--well worthwhile. the CD of the same name is also excellent...


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