Book Review: Angels of Abundance by Doreen and Grant Virtue

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Title: Angels of Abundance

Authors: Doreen Virtue, Grant Virtue

Publisher: Hay House

Release Date: May 1st 2014

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Angels of Abundance is one of the many self-help books that will have a different meaning and learning experience for you, depending on your where you are in your spiritual journey. For a beginner to metaphysical thinking this book provides comfort and insight in the basic principles of manifestation. For the more spiritual inclined, the premise of some messages, such as that healthy eating is a way to insure faster manifestation time is slightly flawed, specifically when in a placed in a book that does not go deeper (and has no space for) spiritual alignment through nourishment.

If you are looking for an in-depth book about abundance work, you will not find the answer in this volume. If you are looking for an in-depth book on working with Angels, you are also not going to find it in this one.
This book brings the individual practices that one can use to improve ones life, and puts them together as presented by Angels. There is nothing new to find here, even if the packaging is different.

Angels of Abundance has its merit for those who are new to the self-help and co-creation thought processes. It opens the opportunity for further research. But packaging the same messages as if told by Angels, can also create the confusion to the new reader, that Angels are the origin of this message, rather then accumulation of different truths and teachings, and the combination of multiple spiritual principles that have endured many hundreds of years, and come from many religious paths.

 

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Book Review: “Herbs For Reducing Stress And Anxiety” by Rosemary Gladstar

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“Herbs For Reducing Stress And Anxiety” by Rosemary Gladstar
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Release Date: April, 16th 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars

This book represents a nice overview of herbal remedies that support our nervous system, with a range of easy to follow tea recipes, to making tinctures and other remedies.

While I would not recommend this book for the absolute novice, as it lacks the emphasize on potential counteractions, does not provide sources for the recommended levels of minerals and vitamins and does not tell the novice to cross check with their medical professional for potential counteractions with medication they might be taken, the more advanced student who is aware of these basic safety concerns will enjoy the provided recipes and context as a refresher and a reminder.

The added bonus of resources in the back of the book, shows recommended further reading as well as resources on where to purchase the needed material to re-create the recipes mentioned. All in all this book is solid in information and written in a factual fashion.

Book Review: Tea A Recipe and Guidebook Quick and Easy to Make Tea Recipes

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Tea A Recipe and Guidebook Quick and Easy to Make Tea Recipes That Are Nutritious, Relaxing, and Energizing: Includes Recipes for: Black, Green, White, Oolong and Herbal Teas
Author: Jenna Mars
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: February 2nd 2014

What I love about this little book is that the Author took her time to introduce the individual ingredients in each recipe with care and detail, allowing readers to know how the ingredients can benefit them. Also very lovely is the nutritional information that is added to each recipe.
More then just the plain art of tea making, this book includes a section on history of the individual tea categories. While this is not a book for tea historians, it is an charming introduction to the origins of what we drink on a regular basis without much thought. Inviting us to look closer at one of the worlds favorite beverages, the Author manages to awaken the appetite for more, and a deeper research into the wonderful world of tea making.
This is not a book for the expert, but a wonderful addition to any home who is looking for a more in-depth personal connection with their tea.

Book Review “Everyone Prays”

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“Everyone Prays – Celebrating Faith Around The World by Alexis York Lumbard, Illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian
Release Date: March 31 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars

As a Pagan and a Homeschooling Parent, I am always looking for inclusive children’s books, and Alexis Lumbard’s title invited me to take a closer look.
A short, beautifully illustrated book to read to the youngest among us, this book shares a lesson on a common thread – prayer – that goes beyond the usual constraints of Book Religions. While it’s title could use some improvement, because surely not everyone prays, and it implies that everyone believes in a higher power, which is also not true, the book’s intent is appreciated. The diversity shared allows the child to see that there are many ways to connect to one’s spiritual journey, and that fact alone makes the book commendable. While detailed in its illustrations, the artist Alireza Sadeqhian complimented the simple words with warmth.

Overall I recommend this book as a spring board to discuss the diversity of religion and their practices, in an age appropriate manner, for example in a Sunday School setting.