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Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything – Review

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New book review on Thrice Read Books: Adult Nonfiction/self help - Your Next 24 Hours by Hal Donaldson

About the Book

Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything, Hal Donaldson with Kirk Noonan

Adult, Self Help, 178 Pages

Baker Books (February 14, 2017)

If asked, who among us wouldn’t say we were kind people? But kindness is often manifested in feelings of pity or sympathy–especially when others are watching–rather than in deeds. And when it comes down to it, what good does mere feeling do for the world?

Your Next 24 Hours is about something much bigger–a lifestyle of kindness, without thought of reciprocation, extended toward every person in our lives, both friend and foe. Through powerful true stories of kindness lived out, this book shows readers the enormous difference they can make through small, doable acts of kindness in their families, communities, workplaces, schools, and churches. It shows how every encounter with another person is an opportunity to be kind–and a chance to change our world.

Readers of Your Next 24 Hours will find deep satisfaction and joy as they discover how they can be part of a revolution of kindness that starts with them and reaches out through every person their lives touch.

Jenn’s Review

Kindness is King, and the world could be an entirely different place if all of us made the choice to pay homage.

Through dozens of real-life examples, both famous and mundane, Hal Donaldson and co-author Kirk Noonan illustrate more than 20 ways and reasons to make kindness, not only a random act but a purposeful habit.

My teenager recently asked me, “Why are people so unkind?”

The answer to changing that is in this slender volume, as kindness is contagious.

If you’d like to reach out to others but aren’t sure where to start, I recommend letting this little book be your launch pad. Spend 24 hours in selfless kindness using the ideas in this book, and watch the ripples spread.

New book review on Thrice Read Books: Adult Nonfiction/self help - Your Next 24 Hours by Hal Donaldson

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Magic Intentions – Book Review

About the book:

This book of quick magic intentions is an accompaniment for the highly-rated Knight Blazer series of books. This short book contains an introduction to magic and a quick to read explanation of how it relates to the real world. Using this book, you can follow a journey of magical discovery. The magic intentions are fun and easy to use straight away. May you use it wisely! Also included are two FREE chapters of Knight Blazer – Sword of Esoncia – Book1. In addition, you get exclusive access to the FREE ’21 Day Energetic Money Activation Program’ to ‘Transform Your Relationship With Money’

The Magic Intention covered are:

Magic Intention 1 – Happiness

Magic Intention 2 – Intimate Relationships

Magic Intention 3 – Giving Love and Blessings

Magic Intention 4 – Money

Magic Intention 5 – Friendship

Jenn’s Review:

I can honestly say I’m not convinced this qualifies as a book, but since Amazon sells it as such, I’m reviewing it as such. Magic Intentions: 5 Energised Affirmations by Don Trey is exactly what it says it is. Though he introduces them as magic spells, they are simply affirmations repeated a given number of times. Any student of the Law of Attraction and Universal Source will recognize them as such.

That said, this is a quick and easy read, and not difficult to keep on hand for inspiration when drafting your own affirmations. If you aren’t inclined to draft your own, then this short volume is perfect. The five included affirmations broadly cover most situations for which one might want to create an affirmation to keep their energy focused and positive while manifesting what they desire, be it better finances, romance or releasing what no longer serves.

As I mentioned, this e-book is a really fast read, and after a once-through, is worth keeping on hand for reference for novice Law of Attraction students or those new to affirmations in general.

This book is available in Kindle format only from Amazon. You can purchase your free copy here. [affiliate link]

Crystals For Energy Healing – Book Review

Ashley Leavy is the founder of the Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy, and she’s recently released a new handbook/reference guide for crystal healers and energy workers.

Meet ´╗┐Crystals for Energy Healing:´╗┐

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First off, this book is broken down into three parts: Crystal Basics, where Ashley explains the what and how of crystals and working with them in simple, concise language. Section two is all about Crystal Healing: How to work with crystals in your own sacred space, how to use crystals in affirmations and how to work with chakras, layouts and grids.

Section three is the really juicy stuff. A huge sourcebook of crystals with gorgeous color photos, detailed scientific information, attributes, legends and uses broken down into three general categories.

Whether you are just curious about crystal energy or you are a seasoned energy worker, Ashley’s book is an amazing reference work that collects her years of experience and expertise into one lovely volume.

 This book may be purchased in either hardcover or Kindle format from Amazon here.

Homemade Magick – Book Review

I have not had the privilege of reading any of Mr. DuQuette’s other works, however I picked up Homemade Magick: The Musings and Mischief of a Do-It-Yourself Magus while doing some research for a novel I’m working on, and I was not disappointed. (This post contains an affiliate link)

Through witty anecdotes and references to much larger bodies of work by renowned experts in the field of mysticism and magick, Lon Milo DuQuette relates his own journey with magick, mysticism and spirituality, much of which is relate-able to a vast array of readers. From the beginning of the book, Mr. Duquette relates such things as initiation rites, how to work with the Tarot (there are far more uses for these cards than just delving into the psyche, apparently!), and how to approach learning to practice your own magick craft.

The author also relates how magick can and should be approached when there are little ones about (If you feel there is nothing to hide, then why hide it from your children? His own son was raised as part and parcel of as much of the goings-on as any member of the DuQuettes’ social circle) and how magick has intertwined with his 47 year marriage to another magician.

Included as well, are a variety of elemental prayers and a full script for one of the rites that the DuQuette’s regularly host every year. (Shakespeare with a kick)

My one complaint in this (and it is a very minor complaint), is that Mr. DuQuette refers to those who practice paganism and Magick as “magicians”, which carries an entirely different meaning for me; this seems to confuse spiritual practice with the art of illusion practiced for the entertainment of others. While Mr. DuQuette and his wife do put on rites that are both spiritual and entertaining at the same time, I harbor the belief that calling himself (and other practitioners of the old ways) a magician diminishes the spiritual side of what he is actually offering discourse on. On one hand, this seems to be a petty complaint, however, in the interest of full disclosure as a book reviewer, I feel it’s only honest to point this out. 

This is not a book on performing illusory magic. It is a rather compact yet thorough manual on finding the spiritual magick in the everyday world. 

You can purchase the book on Amazon in Kindle or paperback format here.

Inside the Miracle – Book Review

I mentioned this book a week or so ago in another of my blog threads, but having finished the book, I’d like to give it some more thorough attention. (This post contains an affiliate link)

Mark Nepo wrote Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness as a reflective work, looking back over his journey through two rounds of cancer, divorce, the deaths of close family and friends and finding his way back to a different surface of life to fully embrace vulnerability, living, loving and the suffering that is part and parcel of a life fully lived and experienced. 

It is a collection of essays, poems and short, reflective stories about his life and the emotions and revelations he encountered during this journey and includes reflective writing exercises for the reader to dive deeper if they so choose.

In order to fully experience Life, we must be open to all it offers. It’s easy to harden oneself to the harder emotions; broken hearts, loving another through separation or illness, and loss are all far more difficult to handle than joy, pleasure and new love. Yet Nepo posits that Life will break one open through suffering, and those that embrace the less pleasant alongside the joys are the ones that truly live. 

This book was deeply touching, and some parts were more relevant than others. Some passages brought to mind difficult days that are long in the past for me, and others seemed to touch me right where I am in this moment. I would recommend it to anyone on a spiritual path of discovering themselves more deeply, whether you use the journal prompts or not (though, for a deeper experience, I recommend using the prompts).

Inside the Miracle is available in a variety of formats, including hardback and Kindle. You can check it out here:

Goddesses for Every Day – Book Review

I’ve been diving deep into my heart space recently, and digging back into the Sacred Feminine as I embark on another writing journey. {Note: this post contains an affiliate link.}

While scratching around in my personal collection of books, I came across a book I purchased several years ago, titled Goddesses for Every Day – Exploring the Wisdom and Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World by Julie Loar.

Like a perpetual calendar, Goddesses is a book that you can pick up any time of the year, and reread it each year. One page per day, the entries take only moments to read and are arranged by theme around the traditional Western Zodiac. These are truly international goddesses and representations of the sacred feminine, with deities from every culture and hemisphere imaginable covered.

Dive deep and explore the inter-connectedness of all that is sacred and divine in the feminine with this book from Julie Loar. Available in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon here.

The Templars and the Grail – Book Review

About the book:

Who were the medieval Knights Templar?  How did they become so powerful and influential?  Why were they suddenly arrested and tortured in 1307?  What happened after their suppression?  And how does their memory live on today?

The powerful Knights Templar, famed monastic warriors of the Crusades, have long been shrouded in mystery.  They were believed to conduct mystical rites, guard various relics, and perhaps possess the lost treasures of Jerusalem.  They were also bankers to kings, trusted diplomats, skilled farmers, business scions, and navigators.  Drawing on both academic and local sources, this book provides a solidly researched, up-to-date academic history of the Order of the Temple, the Knights Templar (Part One), while also examining various theories about the Templars and their enduring mythos today (Part Two).

A vital contribution to medieval Templar history, 12th-14th century medieval religious studies, Crusades studies, Grail and related literature, and an analysis of modern-day interest in the medieval Order of the Temple (1119-1312).  Appendices include a comprehensive Chronology of Events (1118-1571), a list of Grand Masters,  information on major Templar sites, and illustrations featuring Rosslyn Chapel (Scotland) and its museum exhibition.

Brian’s Review:

 If you have ever heard of the Knight Templars, the holy grail, or even the crusades, then this book is right up your alley.  This work of nonfiction is master piece put together on the history of this great and powerful knights, from their rise to the their fall, and what may or may not have happened to them afterwards.  If history was taught the way this book was put together, kids in high school would be yearning for their history classes.  I can’t rave enough about this book

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