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url 2018-01-18 09:41
Art of 4 Elements Poetry Free this weekend
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Art of 4 Elements Poem Spiritual Evolution by Nataša Pantović Nuit

Free to download this weekend!

Discover Alchemy through Poetry and do let us know what you think! We would love to read your thoughts and inspirations in a review...

 

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Elements-Discover-Mindfulness-Training-ebook/dp/B00TSR97N2

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url 2018-01-18 08:51
Tree of Life FREE this Weekend
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Wu Wei, poem from Tree of Life by Nataša Pantović Nuit

 

Enjoy, explore and let us know what you think! Would love to read your review! 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Tree-Life-Spiritual-Mindfulness-Training-ebook/dp/B06X1944WJ

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url 2018-01-17 10:36
Ama Historical Fiction Free on Amazon this weekend
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Ama Historical Fiction Free on Amazon this weekend.

Ama Alchemy of Love Book Quote by Nataša Pantović Nuit

 

Spiritual Historical Novel. A-Ma is a historical spiritual novel set in the 17th century (Age of Enlightenment) Macao that follows lives and spiritual insights of settlers of this little peninsula in the middle of China. A-Ma main protagonist is Ama, an African alchemist, Goddess, a guru, a lover, a story-teller that inspires and gathers artists, preachers, priests, philosophers...

"Deep profound reading. Fallowing a very interesting story set in the 16th century of Alchemy, magic, Chinese I Jing. The dance of Yin and Yang, rational and intuitive is very obvious within the chapters of the book. A female dreamy approach to life versus a male, an energetic and scientific approach. Ama lives during the scientific revolution of Age of Reason, during the time when missionaries tried to convert Chinese to Christianity finding a rich, advanced, intriguing culture, and philosophical..."

https://www.amazon.com/Ma-Alchemy-Love-Nataša-Pantović-ebook/dp/B06X6GQHTZ

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review 2018-01-02 13:40
Children of Wisdom trilogy (Stephanie Erickson)
The Children of Wisdom Trilogy - Stephanie Erickson

Well that's about four hours of my life I won't get back, but since it was four hours spent on a plane, they were counted as lost anyway. This 3-chaptered novel (because that's what it is - the cliffhangers at the ends of parts 1 & 2 are even more egregious than is usual in a fantasy series) is set within a cosmology that includes elements of Greek mythology (notably the 3 Fates) merged with a version of Christianity, heavily filtered through American pop culture. God is a remote bureaucrat along the lines of "Heaven Can Wait" (or "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"), whence we also get the plot point of the too-early death. This God runs what appears to be a sort of human-processing shop, in an area of the heavens behind a third gate between those of Heaven and Hell. Purgatory, which we would expect to be that third gate, is disused (to say it's "in limbo" would just confuse everybody... ) and instead rather illogically housed within Hell, chiefly for the narrative convenience of allowing the principal characters to have Hellish adventures on their way to and from the Halloween castle shackled dungeon.

I don't mind cosmological fantasy, but this one is really not all that well thought through, and that makes the final trial and fate of the ultimate (human) villain a bit risible to me, I'm afraid. You will not convince this atheist that complete extinction, which is what she is doomed to, is worse than an infinity of the tortures of Hell, which would presumably be her "normal" fate. This is all the more uncomfortable when juxtaposed against her actual sin, which is going to extremes to preserve life in a suffering child who should be humanely allowed to die.

This was (I believe) a free Kindle offering, and I sometimes wonder with these things whether I should, instead of criticism, apply the much more generous standards of fan-fiction non-criticism, since it's essentially "gift literature."  But I do wish this author's kind, non-critical editors had explained to her that "opaque" does not mean "transparent". Worse, the error appears in both the first and the final book, so it was allowed to slide even after the first part was published.

Two stars as opposed to one, merely because, although the control of tone was iffy, the spelling and grammar were generally correct, and despite the occasional howler like "opaque", the only major objection I had to the diction was careless repetition of the same descriptive word within the same passage without any rhetorical justification.

You get what you pay for.

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text 2017-12-23 21:02
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square #10: World Peace Day
The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom - Dalai Lama XIV

Book themes for World Peace Day: Read a book by or about a Nobel Peace Prize winner, or about a protagonist (fictional or nonfictional) who has a reputation as a peacemaker.

 

This is a re-read. It is one of those books that I like to dig out every now and then to re-visit and ponder over. The fact that it qualifies for one of the book tasks is an additional bonus.

 

From the Foreword:

 

The Book of Wisdom is an extract from the earlier publication of Power of Compassion – teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama given in May 1993 in London.

It is hoped that this extract – The Book of Wisdom – will bring His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message about the importance of love, compassion and forgiveness to a wider audience.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. In 1989 His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. Since 1959 His Holiness has been living in exile in India. Tibet continues to be occupied by Communist China.

 

The Office of Tibet, London

September 1999

 

 

Although I speak from my own experience, I feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable for you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.

- His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

 

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