Category Archives: Spirituality

Timeless Travels: Tales of Mystery, Intrigue, Humor, and Enchantment by Joseph Rotenberg


Timeless TravelsWho is today’s American Jew? Joseph Rotenberg styles himself as a modern-day maggid (traditional Jewish storyteller), weaving tales from the everyday to the fantastic, each one bringing the reader a slice of the American Jewish experience. Just as Sholem Aleichem did more than a hundred years ago in his famous stories describing Russian Jewish life, these tales inform and entertain by uncovering little-known events and personalities that have impacted the American Jewish world. In the 1950s, the late Harry Golden, in his popular collections Only in America and For Two Cents Plain, introduced Jewish culture to many non-Jewish Americans. Joseph Rotenberg’s work updates that vision to depict the contemporary, modern American Jew who is today increasingly as much at home in the halls of the Ivy League, the corridors of power in Washington, the corporate boardroom, and the theater as he is in the beit midrash and the synagogue. You’ll laugh, cry, and wonder as you travel through Joseph Rotenberg’s incisive and at times laugh-outloud funny collection of tales.

Timeless Travels is a fascinating and thought-provoking account of the experiences and travels of Jewish people throughout history, by the talented author, Joseph Rotenberg. Timeless Travels will appeal to readers of all ages. I highly recommend this page-turning collection of short stories.”

Douglas R. Cobb – Reviewer for Bestsellersworld.com

The Five Paths to Happiness: The Keys to Living a Happy Life According to Your Personality by Javier Ramon Brito

Reviewed by Timea Barabas

The Five Paths to HappinessThe search for happiness is a central theme in our life paths; it seems to be the goal of mankind. Although many view it as a destination some, like Javier Ramon Brito, are here to remind us that it is in fact all about the road. In his book, The Five Paths to Happiness, he describes several means of materializing such an elusive concept.

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Unlike other self-help books which usually put forward a single universal solution, this one presents five ways, adding a layer of complexity to the approach. The author combines different disciplines and thought systems based on a common denominator (the number five) to outline his personal system. From psychology he takes the character structures, the five elements that govern everything (ether, air, fire, water, earth) from Eastern philosophy, also studying the interaction of these elements with the human body from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine.

The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

theunboundsoulAuthor Richard L. Haight feeds readers food for the mind, consciousness and soul, with his enspiriting non-fiction work, The Unbound Soul which centers on his spiritual endowment learned through his inspiring life experiences while on his path to spiritual enlightenment and empowerment.

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The information, lessons and guidance, deftly dispensed by author Haight throughout this book can be called nothing short of soul stirring as he touches on many pertinent elements of the spiritual awakening process he learned helping himself to move out of the negativity wielding mind and into consciousness. Through this book he shares his experiences and offers sage guidance, in the hopes that his message will get through and help others to uncover the latent disharmony buried within themselves, thusly leading to expanded spiritual awareness and purpose.

What makes Mr. Haight a voice to be heard in the world of spiritual self-help is his many years of combined experiences involving divine guidance, meditation, healing therapies and the metaphysical conditioning of martial arts. He proves each to be an equally important facet of the process of spiritual unfolding. In fact, he shares his inspiring guidance not only within this book, but also as a multi-licensed instructor in meditation, therapy and martial arts. His journey has also led him to devise and teach a process of enhanced spiritual expansion, named Shinkaido, a multifaceted approach which is supposed to speed up the path to spiritual awakening.

Author Haight candidly unveils the details of his life’s journey, his voice is powerful, his honesty palatable and his words awe inspiring to say the least. The portrayal of his journey seems to come from a well -grounded perspective as he divulges shocking, but resonating first-hand, information concerning the future of earth, humanity and the necessity for expansion of one’s spirituality. Mr. Haight posits, like many other spiritual leaders currently are, that earth is going to go through a great change and move into a new age of consciousness but the journey will be rough.

Overall I was both deeply inspired and awed by The Unbound Soul. It was an engrossing and intense read that has forever changed my personal spiritual paradigm. I found some of his experiences to be almost incredulous, but indeed awe-inspiring. As I read, I experienced a range of emotions spanning from soul-shaking fear to reverberating inspiration especially as I experienced those “Aha” moments of realization. Although the book as a whole is metaphysically edifying, I found the content of Chapter 11, The Frequencies of Mind and Consciousness, eminently mind-blowing. This book is a keeper and I highly recommend it as an integral part of the libraries of those seeking expertly-helmed guidance to becoming consciously awake.

Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan? by Julia Wilmot

Reviewed by Lisa Gilbert-Brown

Where is Emma Butler's Life PlanA sublimely witty and thoroughly entertaining read, Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan? authored by Julia Wilmot,entrances Chick Lit readers from page to page, with its successful combination of humor, spirituality, and the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment by contemporary woman Emma Butler.

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A light hearted, but provocative read, this intriguing narrative stars main character Emma Butler, she’s single, youthful, intelligent, attractive and gainfully employed, but she begins to realize that she is worthy of something more rewarding career-wise, and with no man in her life her biological clock is ticking away as well. Somewhat complacent with her life, and not quite ready to make any big moves to change her life, Emma’s life stays somewhat stagnant.

Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Voyage of Discovery (Journeys) (Volume 2) by Susan Joyce

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Good Morning Diego GarciaWith Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery (Journeys – Book 2), talented author Susan Joyce relates her further memoirs, which she began in The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening (Journeys – Volume 1). The result is a fascinating book, combining the genres of memoirs and travel books, relating the author’s further adventures, when she and her husband, Charles, are invited by friends to travel in a yacht they are breaking in on its maiden voyage, and they travel to many exotic locations. Like in the first book, the author undergoes an internal journey of self-discovery as well as experiencing the journey of a lifetime places many people only dream of seeing.

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Good Morning Diego Garcia begins with the narrator and Charles back in Ojai, California, after having spent a tumultuous time in Cyprus, living through the 1974 coup and war there. The couple are settling into a house they have rented, with Charles waiting on his old job to call him back and let him know work is available for him. They do not seem to be worried about financial matters very much, as Charles has money socked away in at least a couple of bank accounts for them to get by on.

Ends of the World by Matthew Waterman

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Ends of the WorldAuthor Matthew Waterman treats readers to a unique reading experience with his debut thriller, Ends of the World; an interesting read that slickly captures reader’s attention by virtue of it’s distinctive characterizations and creative storyline.

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Author Waterman weaves a stimulating tale fraught with mystery and elements of fiction and reality that are both intertwined and apposed. Matt (the author) is also the story’s protagonist; however, this story is not quite a biography as there are strong fictional elements woven throughout the story.