The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

This book is a reprint from 1956 that, among those with an interest in Joan, has attained an almost legendary status.  We live in an age where people are eager to dismiss the presumably supernatural out of hand and tear down heroes, giving zero credence to the idea of the "great person theory."  The idea … Continue reading The Maid of Orleans: The Life & Mysticism of Joan of Arc by Sven Stolpe

Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas (The Great Courses) by Prof. David Brakke

It's really no surprise, but The Great Courses has knocked another one out of the park. For anyone who's curious about Gnosticism and how it overlaps with early Christianity, Judaism, and even different Gnostic traditions, this series of 24 lectures lays it all out in about the simplest means possible.  Popular books and concepts from the … Continue reading Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas (The Great Courses) by Prof. David Brakke

Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures for achieving Everlasting Health, Rapid Weight Loss and Easy Self Healing by Advait Edgaonkar

In a classic case of "out of sight, out of mind" (as it is with almost any ebook I get because it's not staring at me from my bookshelf), I bought this as part of a multi-volume special and summarily forgot I had it.  Now that some measure of peace and quiet has returned to … Continue reading Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures for achieving Everlasting Health, Rapid Weight Loss and Easy Self Healing by Advait Edgaonkar

A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson

I mentioned recently that one of the things I wanted to do this year was to finally review the various books that I've been picking at and poring over for a number of years now as part of my different research projects.  One of my largest and most in-depth projects has been angelology. This book … Continue reading A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels by Gustav Davidson

Verily, Verily: The KJV – 400 Years of Influence and Beauty by Jon Sweeny

For those not already in the know, I am not a Christian, nor am I in any danger of becoming one.  So why this book?  A fair question.  I have a variety of reasons.  First and foremost, it's because I recognize the cultural impact of the KJV.  While other translations of The Bible continually outsell … Continue reading Verily, Verily: The KJV – 400 Years of Influence and Beauty by Jon Sweeny

Tao Te Ching: A New English Verision by Lao Tzu, translation by Stephen Mitchell

This is one of those go-to books that I constantly revisit whenever I think I need to rebalance my life and outlook.  This new translation is consistent with previous versions I've encountered, and it does add a little something extra that makes it come alive at the same time.  It's a minimalist approach that gives … Continue reading Tao Te Ching: A New English Verision by Lao Tzu, translation by Stephen Mitchell