The Forgotten Self – The “You” You Should Say Hello To. The book genre is spiritual, motivational, self-help and metaphysical. It providse a unique perspective to life. The intent is to open the eyes of the reader to see life in its true form. To help them navigate through life using everything at their disposal. Most people make things harder than it should be and don’t know about all the help they actually have at their disposal. The message of the book is to simplify things for the reader by showing them they are fully in control of their lives.
Secret Spirit is a non-fiction book written by Sally Morgan. Often known as Britain’s best-loved psychic, in her latest book Sally talks about the spirit energy that resides in all of us and how we can become more attuned to it. As spirituality becomes more popular many people are looking for guidance about their own paths. The events of the last two years have forced changes on us and made most of us look at the way we live. Sometimes those changes have been positive; for some, it’s stopped the daily speeding train of existence and many have decided to make their own way to new destinations.
Sally’s book sets down easy-to-read advice on ways to improve our spiritual journeys. The book is sprinkled with stories and anecdotes from Sally’s many years of psychic readings, while she also talks openly about recent readings for people who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.
If you’ve ever seen Sally on stage or television and enjoyed what she does and her style of delivery, then you will probably really enjoy this book as much as I did. In a way it brings Sally alive and helps to spark that spirit energy that we hold inside, inspiring readers to pick up the baton and run with the ideas. Highly recommended.
No one knows more about the secrets of the spirit world and the hidden energy that it holds than Britain’s favourite psychic Sally Morgan. And now, for the first time, she shares her knowledge with you. Secret Spirit is Sally’s ground-breaking guide to the power of spirit and how to harness it to improve life, love, health and happiness. At a time when the world craves healing, Sally takes the reader on a journey of discovery to connect with the ancient power of spirit that resides in us all. Drawing on her own amazing encounters with the world of spirit and peppered with anecdotes about her crazy showbiz psychic life, Secret Spirit lifts the veil on life and death and positive spirit power. Part memoir, part self-help guide, this fascinating book takes the reader through the history of spirituality, what it means in the world and how Sally’s version for the modern age can be harnessed in the personal space. Secret Spirit is an uplifting book about hope and happiness, that deals with the dead as well as a brighter way of living – and is told in Sally’s inimitable, lovable, no-nonsense style.
Rot Gelticoi: The Geltic Calendar is a non-fiction book which looks deeply into the world of an ancient European people who pre-date the Celts. The author has created it to compliment a series of novels currently in progress. The information is drawn from folklore about people who inhabited an area which encompassed Morocco, The Canary Islands, Spain, France, Germany, Britain and Ireland.
The author has re-created a calendar which celebrated the seasons, the moon phases, flora and fauna, the movement of the planets, the sun, the ancestors, rivers, seas and much more. These people lived in tune with the natural world; they respected it, worked with and within it.
The calendar spans many years as the Geltic people incorporated many cycles within cycles of the earth. There were feast days, festivals and celebrations throughout the years which the people accepted as part of their day-to-day lives. Those with knowledge (Druids, oracles and wisemen and women) were openly respected. I am only talking about a small sample of what lies inside the pages of this book; there is so much more which I cannot possibly cover in my humble review.
I was very interested in the early pages and the history of mankind with the overview of conquering empires that tried to wipe out anyone whose spiritual beliefs threatened their own hunger for power. The Geltic people often became known as ‘heathens’ and their ways were outlawed or forbidden by others including the Romans and later followers of Christianity.
I also liked picking out the words, names and sayings which had similar sounds or uses today which show how they have travelled down to modern times.
This is a giant of a book, and the author has my great respect for the research and the quantity of content involved in creating this replica calendar. I believe that this book would be of interest to anyone looking at ancient peoples and their history. It might also suit spiritualists who want to develop their relationship with the planet. It really is a fascinating book.
Today’s popular calendar was forced upon the people. Only after 2000 years has it been able to attain some kind of accuracy.
Before this was imposed, people lived according to other calendars. In Europe, one of these calendars was the Geltic calendar, which was modelled after the moon and the sun. It was designed for the Geltic lands and, thus, it encompassed an area spanning from the Baltic Sea to Northwest Africa.
I reconstructed this calendar based on folklore, ancient scripts, and my own experiences. The basis of the calendar is the calendar of Coligny, which is thousands of years old and was found in the Western Alps.
The calendar is wholistic and therefore incorporates nature and the stars. It also interacts with the close environment. Therefore, one can find references to gods and goddesses within it, who are reflected in rivers such as the River Severn in Britain, the Danube, the Vistula as well as the Tagus River in Spain.
The use of this calendar was persecuted by Christianity, Islam, and the Romans. However, its role over the course of time can be splendidly retraced in folklore.
The universe is made out of several worlds, known as “tirs”, and these are separated into three levels. The Gelts, indigenous peoples, and other ancient peoples already had this knowledge. This wisdom was—and is—still persecuted by the Church.
I also added a global version of the calendar to this book, which is closely tied to the rhythm of the Earth.
The book is over 380 pages long and sheds light on the following topics:
The history of the calendar in Europe
Cyclic festivals, half-moon festivals, and more…
The persecution of the Geltica and the Celtic areas
The gods and goddesses who are reflected in the landscape
The rivers and mountains in Europe as well as in Northwest Africa, and their connection to the gods and goddesses
An accurate calculation of the five-year cycle, the four seasons, and the two halves of the year
Why the idea of a “Germanic” people and a “Europe” is nothing more than an artificial construction
Many festivals, which are based on experiences and sources
The three levels: the “Upworlds”, the “Middleworlds”, and the “Downworlds”
Dragons and mythological beings
The Rix Rigana cycle, or the “royal cycle”
It also situates the festivals within the current, popular calendar
Includes prophecies from folklore
Includes information on several plants and their meaning
An unexpected read that delves deep into the issues that athletes and fans face when things go wrong in sport.
A few decades after leaving the sport behind following a rather harrowing event, ex sports journalist Ian Probert returns to investigate boxing and all the changes that have occurred since his last foray into the sport. And change it has…
Based on the blurb, I was expecting a book on boxing but, instead, I got a memoir punctuated by meetings, memories, and the good (and bad) that the sport brought out in the author. This was an interesting story that delved into the depths of the human psyche, and charts the effects that wins, losses, and retirement can have on fighters and fans alike. It is not always comfortable or indeed pleasurable reading, but it is a very interesting memoir cum investigation that makes you think about the sport in very different ways.
*Thank you to the author and to #RBRT for my free review copy.
A quarter of a century ago journalist and author Ian Probert decided never to write about boxing again. His decision was prompted by the injuries sustained by boxer Michael Watson during his world title fight with Chris Eubank. Now, in common with so many fighters, Probert is making an inevitable comeback. Dangerous sees Probert return to the scene of an obsession that has gripped him from childhood. In the course of numerous meetings with a number of leading figures in the fight game, including Herol Graham, Steve Collins, Michael Watson, Nigel Benn, Ambrose Mendy, Rod Douglas, Frank Buglioni, Kellie Maloney, Glen McCrory and Jim McDonnell among others, Probert takes a look at how lives have changed, developed and even unravelled during the time he has been away from the sport. From an illuminating and honest encounter with transgender fight manager Kellie Maloney to an emotional reunion with Watson himself, Probert discovers just how much the sport has changed during his absence. The end result is one of the most fascinating and unusual books ever to have been written about boxing.
About the author
Ian Probert has been scribbling down words ever since he learned to spell the phrase: ‘Once upon a time…’. He is the author of Internet Spy, Rope Burns and a bunch of other titles. Internet Spy was a bestseller in the US and made into a TV film. Rope Burns is a book about why books shouldn’t be written about boxing. Ian has also written things for a shed load of newspapers and magazines. When Ian was a student he used to write lots of letters to the bank manager.
Rise Sister Rise is a non-fiction guide for those ready for change in their life circumstances, whether at a crossroads in life, a desire to stand up and be heard, or a need to follow a dream.
Rebecca Campbell firmly believes we are at a crucial point in our world development, ending thousands of years of oppression and darkness caused by religion and power hungry world leaders. Our planet is dying under current human abuse; people are lost, hurt and angry.
This book is “a call to arms for women to rise up, tell their truth and lead using their innate powers and wisdom.”
They can do this through the support systems and strengths of sisterhood. There have always been wise women, healers, medicine women, priestesses and visionaries. Campbell sees women all over the world awakening to what has been locked and hidden away inside them. Courageous, encouraging, passionate, compassionate, confident, self-assured, radiant women.
In this new high speed electronic world, we have forgotten to listen to the planet we inhabit, to work with its seasons and the cycles of the waxing and waning moon. Each season of the year has different components; spring is full of new life and energy, winter is for sleep, rest and recuperation. But many of us try to live our whole year at high-speed with maximum energy output and it is unhealthy for us, we fill up with stimulants and are constantly exhausted.
Campbell suggests remembering what makes us women, celebrating the strengths being a women brings and getting back our passion to change things in our worlds for the better.
This isn’t a book just about feminism, it is about reclaiming ourselves and saving the world.
Rise Sister Riseis for the women who agreed at soul level to be here at this stage in history to lead this global shift that the mystics of all of the ages have predicted: the return of the mother and the rise of the feminine. It is essentially a call to arms for women to rise up, tell their truth, and lead.
Most women have spent much of their working lives “making it” in a man’s world, leaning on patriarchal methods of survival in order to succeed, dulling down their intuition, and ignoring the fierce power of their feminine. They have ignored the cycles of the feminine in order to survive in a patriarchal linear system – but now the world has changed.
Rise Sister Riseis a transmission that calls the innate feminine wisdom to rise. It is about healing the insecurities, the fears, and the inherited patterns that stop women trusting the Shakti (power) and wisdom (intuition) that effortlessly flows through them. It’s about recognizing all of the ways we have been keeping ourselves contained and restrained in effort to fit into a certain archetype of woman. It’s about co-creating a whole new archetype of woman – a woman who does not keep herself small in order to make others feel more comfortable. A woman whoknows like she knows like she knowsthat she is not her body weight, her sexual partners, or her career. A woman who deeply respects the wise woman in her life and cultivates her own wisdom every single day.
Full of tools, calls to action, contemplative questions, rituals, and confrontational exercises, this book teaches women that it is safe to let Shakti rise, safe to trust their intuition, and safe to take leaps of faith – because in healing ourselves we are healing the world.
About the author
Rebecca Campbell is a Hay House author, grounded intuitive, spiritual mentor, six sensory teacher and co-creator of The Spirited Project.
Numerology: Discover Your Future, Life Purpose and Destiny from Your Birth Date and Name, is a non-fiction book.
I chose to read this book on the eve of the New Year and use it for a lighthearted look at where I am currently in life and what the new year holds for me.
I don’t regularly follow astrology and star sign predictions, but I always feel pulled to such things at the start of a new year.
Using very easy to follow instructions and numerical addition, readers can find numbers pertaining to their; life path, soul, personality and birthday date. There are also sections on forecasting for the year, month and even days ahead.
The idea behind it is to use the information to blend with your everyday life and to see just how numbers might appear and affect you on a daily basis.
This book might interest all those who have an interest in numbers, or who find they have a lucky number or a number which reoccurs in their life. It could also be useful for all those who feel they have reached a cross-roads in their life and are looking for a new road to take them forward.
Discover the fascinating metaphysical system of numerology, and how it can support you to understand yourself better and make the right choices for you in every area of your life.
This book explores:
how numerology can help you
how to read a chart
your personality numbers – your Life Path, Destiny, Soul and Birth Day numbers – and what they all mean!
your forecasting numbers and how you can use them to look at the year ahead and the energies it holds for you
Hay House Basics is a new series that features world-class experts sharing their knowledge on the topics that matter most for improving your life.
About the author
Michelle Buchananis a numerologist, speaker, teacher and writer who has studied numerology for more than 20 years. She is the author of the Hay House title The Numerology Guidebook and the creator of Numerology Guidance Cards. Michelle provides personal readings, workshops and seminars to clients all over the world. She is also a talented singer/songwriter and dedicated mother of two based in Auckland, New Zealand. http://www.michellebuchanan.co.nz/
Motivate Me is a non-fiction happiness and wellbeing book. Just 64 pages it offers the reader the opportunity of some fun inspirational guidance in the form of positive affirmations.
Two ways to read the book are: Firstly you could work your way through it choosing one page per week, or you can think of a question or problem and allow the pages to fall open randomly to give you their wise words. Either way works well.
Taking inspiration from her own life and teaching, Shelley has produced a beautiful book which would make an ideal gift for anyone wanting to open themselves to positive experiences.
Your weekly guide for happiness! Designed to give you a weekly boost of motivation, this sixty- four page guidebook will offer you a positive dose of inspiration throughout the year. Listen to your inner voice, pick a page, and then take meaning from the message you receive.
About the author
Shelley divides her time between writing non-fiction titles for the self-help and personal development genre, and developing characters and worlds for her young adult fantasy fiction books (written under S.L. Wilson).
A single mum to three teenagers, she enjoys reading a wide variety of genres, cooking, running and arts and crafts. She is an avid list maker and pizza addict, enjoys going out for coffee with friends, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, and reading in a beautiful garden.
She would love to live in the Shire but fears her 5ft 10inch height may cause problems.
How To Write & Sell Fiction To Magazines is a non-fiction book offering lots of tips and advice to writers who want to get paid for their short stories. The book is split into easy to read chapters, each begins with a short piece of advice, with examples and ends with one of the author’s own stories for you to read.
Examples of the chapters are; Turning real life into stories, Tags for characters, updating a fairy tale and giving the market what it wants.
As the author says, women’s magazines offer a great market for paid writing, this book offers an inside look at writing for magazines and dealing with their editors. Research into current story styles is important as is checking the length of stories a particular magazine currently uses. Good advice is to stick to a three word catchy story title to grab the attention of the editor and then the readers.
Sound advice for anyone starting out down this road.
World Of Britannia is a non-fiction companion book to the Roman Britain historical fiction series called Britannia. I would recommend having this along side as you read the Books in the Britannia series, in order, as this will provide details like maps, place names and character information to secure the plot lines firmly in the readers mind.
This book takes you through timelines, locations, Roman buildings, Gods and more about how the Roman Britain interacted with the local people and shaped the future.
I was particularly interested in the parts which were local to where I live. I’ve been to the Roman remains at Silchester several times and once during Reading University’s summer archaeological dig, and I accompanied a school on a trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace which I think I found more interesting than the children.
Froth On The Cappuccino is a non-fiction delight about taking more notice and appreciating the good things in life. I picked this book up in my local library, I love going in on the spur of the moment and choosing a random non-fiction book, from my favourite section.
I bought a sandwich and some fruit and found a park bench in the sun to sit for half an hour pure reading pleasure. I think I managed a third of the book in that time, it was such an easy read. Maeve’s introduction talks about the fast world of change we live in which allows stress and unhappiness to prevail. Statistics say we are generally richer than ever before yet despite this, we are unhappier than ever.
Simple chapters follow which remind us of the tiny pleasures in life and how these small miracles and delights mean much more to us than money and power if we just stop and embrace them.
Here are some examples of my favourite chapters; clean sheets, a new magazine, drinking from your favourite cup, park life, white T-shirts, seeing your luggage appear at the airport, hot water bottles, getting invitations, holiday reading, being creative and pottering in the garden.
There are loads more magic moments which make you stop and think. This book would make a lovely gift.