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The Davinci Code

The Davinci CodeWell, this book has proved a great conversation piece in my consulting room lately, as it seems everyone is talking about it, one way or the other.

I am amazed how the earlier books written on this topic are so generally unknown, so on popular request, I mention just a few of them here. Read the rest of this entry »

Black and White

racismWith grateful thanks to The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids for this most fascinating story of Origin.

If it is true that all things come out of Africa, then the discovery of the foundation of our cultural beliefs in this dark subcontinent is surely the most alluring. Read the rest of this entry »

The Jesus Papers

baigentReading The Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent it is easy to understand the furore surrounding the Davinci Code.

Mr Baigent’s chapter on The Mysteries of Egypt interests me greatly. He describes how the Pyramid Texts and the Coffin Texts concern ‘transfigurations’ – in other words, the techniques of traveling from this world into the ‘far world’, becoming an ‘akh’ or a ‘being of light’, and returning with ‘out of body experience’ – ‘working with’ the divine (theurgy) in order to be guided, or initiated. Read the rest of this entry »

The Way of Wyrd

way of wyrdThe Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates is a fascinating rediscovery of Anglo Saxon shamanism, which together with his new book The Real Middle Earth and Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings allows us to enter the world of our own culture and history to find the underpinnings of our world view, divested of the negativity that the church has strangled it with over the last millenia. (Note: Sidhe ‘Druidic Web of the Wise’). Read the rest of this entry »

An Instance of the Fingerpost

Iain PearsIain Pears has written a wonderful book called An Instance of the Fingerpost, which gives a fine illustration of how many different truths there can be.

Well worth a read!

Persian Fire

Tom HollandTom Holland in his wonderful book Persian Fire, brings events in the 5th Century BCE to life in dramatic fashion.

Such books teach us history like licking honey off a spoon.

Amazing!

1599 A Year in the Life

1599 A Year in the Life…. of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro is another fantastic history book.

Studying history can never have been easier than today with all these great books about.

Give yourself a treat and buy one today!

Freakonomics

honestyCheck out this really great book called Freakonomics which is full of fun and thought provoking facts.

For example, 87% of all people are decent and honest, no matter what the media says, and would resist the temptation of evil even if they knew they could get away unobserved with any wickedness. That’s not bad.

Well done humanity!

The Religion

vallettaThe Religion by Tim Willocks is an astonishing novel.

It describes the siege of Malta in 1565 AD in gruesome and vivid detail and the author weaves his theme around power, religion, war, greed, fear, madness and absolute cruelty: faith, love, betrayal, obsession, friendship ‘to the end’ – such that you do not know which side to love or hate, which side to admire, which part to take, who is good, who is evil – or are all his characters simply human? Read the rest of this entry »

Neal Stephenson

Baroque TrilogyI must recommend Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Trilogy Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System of the World! Wow!

If I could write like this I would feel truly blessed.

What a sweet way to learn history!

Thank you Mr Stephenson!