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Fireside Paperback – May 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571740945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571740946
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a quiet evening sitting around talking with Mary Summer Rain? Then read Fireside. Fireside is spiritual philosophy for the common person. No big words, no fancy concepts, no esoteric teachings, just the simple Truth; a Truth that Mary has ever strived to bring to all her readers. In this book Mary and her friend Sally spend a quiet autumn evening discussing a number of concepts, including wisdom, personal responsibility, and meditation; then challenge the reader to think and discover for him or herself. Too many spiritual books want to spoonfeed us all authors' answers. Mary insists that we learn to think for ourselves. Very refreshing and well worth the investment of time and energy to read (and re-read) it.
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I have read all of Mary Summer Rains books and love every single one of them. Fireside Ifound was as always a most informative piece of art which has given me much insight into my own spritual development. The meditation section was extremly helpful and answered questions for me that I had not yet been able to answer for myself. The two friends spending the night together just having normal girls talk actually made one feel like they were there to, in the candle lit cabin just quietly listening to the conversation at hand. Her friend Sally had to enlighten her about certain issues concerning Goverment involvements, that if she published this information the men in black would want to cart her off to be interragated. The pure innosence of this revelation just goes to show one that Summer Rain is just a jewel. A wonderful loving messenger we have amongst us at this time and a teacher to us worldwide. I will continue to read all of Summer Rains books as I know there will always be something new in there for me to learn. Thankyou Summer.
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As with all of Mary Summer Rains books, you can feel everything she is talking about, the joy, the pain....She makes you think...and she always answers some of my unanswered questions....I read this book, and I felt the warm feeling of love,for the animals and the two ladies speaking of their daily encounters....I absolutely LOVED THE BOOK!!!
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Extraordinary writings of thinking... things that will make you contemplate. Quantum physics in a conversational mode between friends... just chatting... definitely a snuggle up by the fire and read.
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At times the conversation between the two friends seemed to get bogged down in semantics. Other times it read like a lecture. However the discussions still give one food for thought. While the author still has the talent for making the reader "feel" as if they are "there", the tone of the book is different from her previous work.
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After years I just found her new books I have not read. When I read some of them. I feel like I am there. Of course I got the book Noeyes , to read again. Some things I can relate to. You keep writing them and I will keep buying them. Ty
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Two people having a conversation during one evening -- no murders; no explosions; no torrid love affairs; and not even a talking dog or a pirate! How could it possibly be entertaining? This is a silly review introduction, but Fireside is engrossing in ways I did not expect.

I am a major league fan of everything Mary writes, because her work never fails to quench my thirst for spiritual understanding. Fireside delivers again in that department, and as bonus, her and Sally unravel important meanings to words we assume we understand -- like Acceptance, Love, Wisdom. These are words we overuse, and often over-assume understanding of, and they carry more importance to life than words like Wrench, Barbie, Salsa, or even Sadness. They are worthy of scrutiny because they are represent jewels, and Mary and Sally polish them deftly...and without the unnecessary sentimentality that other books heap onto the subjects. There is no other theme I can muster into a review category; the rest of the conversations address and expound upon particular facets begun in previous works by Mary Summer Rain.

If you are new to this author's work, you would probably enjoy Fireside (and also Eclipse, especially) much more after reading some of her previous works. I'd recommend Spirit Song, Phoenix Rising, Ruby, and Bittersweet before Fireside or Eclipse. I think all stand on their own well, and I recommend ALL of her work as highly as I can possibly recommend any work, but keep in mind that she tackles very major topics that readers will often find themselves surprised even existed. She does it simply, analytically, and with a seeker's (and finder's) heart, but some of the topics are so revelatory to many people that it can take a while to truly digest.
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Mary has a way of inviting you into her living room to sit comfortably in front of the fire as her guest, to enjoy the conversation as it flows between her and her long-time companion, Sally. The fireside chat ebs and flows and topics are discussed in fine detail, as only Mary can entwine the words to entice the reader into forgetting all but the capsule she has created in the their conversation.

Every day life as we all experience comes to life as they discuss things common to us all, bills to pay, challenges, pets and things not so common, such as "quantum conundrums" unraveled by physicists... and the exciting revelations of change with coming of the Shekinah... the feminine energies permeating our world today to bring about those long-awaited changes.

I am simply thrilled that Mary has chosen to bring "Fireside" into the world of electronic books so that many new readers can enjoy and learn from this classic work. It is a treasure!
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