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GATHERING OF SELVES £12.99
GATHERING OF SELVES
The Spiritual Journey of the Legendary Writer of Superman
Alvin Schwartz

For 17 years Alvin Schwartz lived a double life one half of which was spent writing the adventures of Batman and Superman the other half writing novels and spending time with members of New York's intellectual society such as Saul Bellow and Jackson Pollack. During this period his characters had taken on lives of their own and he realised that his writing of their adventures was more like dictation than creation. He found that personalities can be taken off and on like the suits worn by his superheroes and that the lives of Batman and Superman were melding into his own. The journey of inner awareness that Schwartz undertook at the prompting of the tulpa Thongden (who appeared in his earlier book An Unlikely Prophet) evoked a great sense of metaphysical unrest which is where this story begins. With the aid of his mentor Thongden Schwartz is carried beyond the ordinary boundaries of personal identity into an interpersonal consciousness inhabited by a multitude of selves including the dark figure of Batman. While in An Unlikely Prophet Schwartz was able to channel the ever-present figure of Superman into a positive voyage of self-discovery in A GATHERING OF SELVES he uses the raw strength offered by Batman to carry him to the next stage of understanding: What we think of as self is but one layer of an onion-like structure of multiple selves that co-exist representing the foundation of the fundamental unity of all being o Depicts the author's ability to use the raw strength and brooding force of Batman to reach the next level of enlightenment on a voyage of discovery of one's self
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ISBN: 9781594771095
ISBN 10: 159477109X
GESUNDHEIT £12.99
GESUNDHEIT
Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor, and Joy
Patch Adams and Maureen Mylander

The inspiring and hilarious story of Patch Adams's quest to bring free health care to the world and to transform the way doctors practice medicine

• Tells the story of Patch Adam's lifetime quest to transform the health care system

• Released as a film from Universal Pictures, starring Robin Williams

Meet Patch Adams, M.D., a social revolutionary who has devoted his career to giving away health care. Adams is the founder of the Gesundheit Institute, a home-based medical practice that has treated more than 15,000 people for free, and that is now building a full-scale hospital that will be open to anyone in the world free of charge. Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Not for those who know and work with Patch. Whether it means putting on a red clown nose for sick children or taking a disturbed patient outside to roll down a hill with him, Adams does whatever is necessary to help heal. In his frequent lectures at medical schools and international conferences, Adams's irrepressible energy cuts through the businesslike facade of the medical industry to address the caring relationship between doctor and patient that is at the heart of true medicine.

All author royalties are used to fund The Gesundheit Institute, a 40-bed free hospital in West Virginia.

Adams' positive vision and plan for the future is an inspiration for those concerned with the inaccessibility of affordable, quality health care.

Today's high-tech medicine has become too costly, impersonal, and grim. In his frequent lectures to colleges, churches, community groups, medical schools, and conferences, Patch shows how healing can be a loving, creative, humorous human exchange--not a business transaction.
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ISBN: 9780892817818
ISBN 10: 089281781X
GOD SAID YES £11.99
GOD SAID YES

Heather Hornback-Bland and Ninie Hammon

When she was just a child, Heather's life was altered by an accident that completely destroyed many of her internal organs. The doctors gave her no chance of survival - but, with God's grace, she proved them wrong. When they said she would never walk, she defied them again. And though they insisted she could never have children, she gave birth to two. When others said no...God said yes.

More than a story of suffering and survival, Heather's life is a testament to the power of faith. From the first decisive moments after the accident, Heather and her mother put their trust in God and let Him work in their lives. With her husband DeWayne and her daughter Mackenzie - the two greatest miracles in her life - Heather has found great joy and many reasons to give praise. This is her amazing story-offering hope and inspiration to all.
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GURDJIEFF £14.99
GURDJIEFF
An Introduction to His Life and Ideas
John Shirley

Born on the shifting border between Turkey and Russia in 1866 G. I. Gurdjieff is a man who would continually straddle borders between East and West between man and something higher than man between the ancient teachings of esoteric schools and the modern application of those ideas in contemporary life. In many respects from the concept of group meetings to the mysterious workings of the Enneagram and his critique of humanity as existing in a state of sleep Gurdjieff pioneered the culture of spiritual search that has taken root in the West today. While many of Gurdjieff's students including Frank Lloyd Wright Katharine Mansfield and P.D. Ouspensky are well known few understand this figure possessed of complex writings and sometimes confounding methods. In GURDJIEFF: AN INTRODUCTION TO HIS LIFE AND IDEAS the acclaimed novelist John Shirley presents a lively reliable explanation of how to approach the sage and his ideas. In accessible dramatic prose Shirley retells that which we know of Gurdjieff's life: he surveys the teacher's methods and the lives of his key students and he helps readers to enter the unparalleled originality of this remarkable teacher.
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ISBN: 9781585422876
ISBN 10: 1585422878
HANNAH SENESH £16.99

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HANNAH SENESH
Her Life and Diary The First Complete Edition
Hannah Senesh

Hannah Senesh, poet and Israel's national heroine, has come to be seen as a symbol of Jewish heroism. Safe in Palestine during World War II, she volunteered for a mission to help rescue fellow Jews in her native Hungary. She was captured by the Nazis, endured imprisonment and torture and was finally executed at the age of twenty-three.

Like Anne Frank, she kept a diary from the time she was thirteen. This new edition brings together not only the widely read and cherished diary, but many of Hannah's poems and letters, memoirs written by Hannah's mother, accounts by parachutists who accompanied Hannah on her fateful mission and insightful material not previously published in English.

Described by a fellow parachutist as a “spiritual girl guided almost by mysticism,” Hannah's life has something of value to teach everyone. Now the subject of a feature-length documentary, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Hannah's words and actions will inspire people from each generation to follow their own inner voices, just as she followed hers.
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HAUNTED MIND £16.99
HAUNTED MIND
Inside the Dark, Twisted World of H.P. Lovecraft
Dr. Bob Curran Illustrated by Ian Daniels

“Just sit back and relax as Dr. Bob Curran takes you to places that only your mind can create with his words and stories. He has captivated the radio listening audience as he will captivate the reader... Dr. Curran will delight the imagination.” —Tom Danheiser, producer, Coast To Coast AM

Arguably no American writer has had more of an impact on the modern horror scene than Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the man who created the Cthulhu Mythos, with its strange gods, eerie places and forbidden books. But what sort of a man was Lovecraft, how did he create such a terrible universe and where did his inspiration come from? Was it, as some have argued, based on esoteric knowledge forgotten or even denied to all sane people?

In A HAUNTED MIND, Dr. Bob Curran explores what motivated Lovecraft - his personal life is just as strange as some of his creations - and drove him to create his terrible cosmos. Using both folklore and history, Dr Curran investigates a wide variety of Lovecraftian mysteries.

A word of warning: you may never look at Lovecraft—or the world—in exactly the same way again!
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HE WALKED THROUGH WALLS £16.99
HE WALKED THROUGH WALLS
A Twentieth-Century Tale of Survival
Myriam Miedzian

What qualities are needed when your life is in danger, not merely once or twice, but on several occasions? As author Myriam Miedzian shows in this richly detailed story of the lives of her Polish-Jewish father and family, it takes tenacity, forethought, ingenuity, strength and courage. During World War I, the anti-Semitic Polish authorities imprisoned young Henyek Miedzianagora and his father and brother on a trumped-up charge of spying for the Germans. Rebuffed by military authorities, Henyek's tenacious mother sought out a nobleman business acquaintance of her husband and persuaded him that a mistake had been made With his help, her husband and sons were set free the day of their scheduled execution. It required courage when as a schoolboy, Henyek decided to go AWOL and risk being shot for desertion rather than experience the pointless slaughter of the Polish–Soviet War of 1919-21.

In 1930, Henyek moved to Belgium, where he married and had two children. His awareness of the fragility of existence in a world that can turn hostile at any moment - a legacy no doubt of his early harrowing experiences - led him to leave Brussels immediately on May 10, 1940 when the Germans attacked Belgium, and not turn back. The family eventually reached New York - via France, Spain, and Morocco, where they spent close to a year. Henyek had the extraordinary foresight, in 1936, to deposit $10,000 in a bank account in the United States, just in case. . . . Sure enough, the money made it possible to obtain visas to the U.S.

Completing this work, Myriam's daughter, Nadia Malinovich, fleshes out the historical and cultural background of her grandfather's life.
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HELLS BELLES £15.99

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HELLS BELLES
A Tribute to the Spitfires, Bad Seeds and Steel Magnolias of the New and Old South
Searle Ballenger

A side-splitting spotlight on the southern belle and her renegade sisters from Mama to Mammy, Scarlett to Blanche, and Patsy Cline to Kim Basinger. Packed with quotes, stories, photographs, and sweet-as-pie, sugar-won't-melt-in-your-mouth Southern charm.
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HER LONGEST MARATHON £13.99

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HER LONGEST MARATHON
A Runner's Race to Survive
Randy A. Birken

October 20, 2000, Joyce Lance, a fifty-two year old, raised on a farm and a survivor of past adversity, was about to face her greatest personal obstacle.

At five am, only four miles into her twenty-mile training run, Joyce was hit, head-on, by a speeding car, sending her to the hard, wet, morning pavement, broken, bleeding and barely alive. So begins her new passage into survival - and an arduous recovery fuelled by love, support and spirit.

HER LONGEST MARATHON is an investigative tale written by a medical doctor using hospital charts, police records, interviews and letters to compose this account of a remarkable woman, assumed dead by a fireman who thought she would make a good organ donor.

Rich with inspiration, this book reveals the special courage of an extraordinary personal recovery, from the gory accident, to A & E's hours of resuscitation, numerous operations and months of physical and mental rehabilitation - as seen through the eyes of a son, family, friends, doctors, nurses and the resiliently disciplined and unwavering faith of Joyce herself.

Full of the complexity of human drama, HER LONGEST MARATHON is a compelling tale of inner strength and equanimity.
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HOPE £14.99

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HOPE
A Story of Triumph
Joel Rothschild

On the morning of April 22 1986 Joel Rothschild was rushed to the hospital suffering from AIDS-related pneumonia. From that day his life became a weary and surreal maze of experimental drug trials support groups memorial services for lost loved ones opportunistic infections and hospital stays. Through all of this Rothschild refused to succumb to what he saw so many of his peers fall victim to: the stigma of AIDS the emotional isolation or worst of all the final end of suicide. Instead he chose to live as simply as possible continually trying to see beyond fear and self-sabotaging thoughts to what each day brought. Rothschild gained hope and strength knowing he'd survived so much loss and physical suffering growing more confident with each bout of depression or illness he overcame. The power and inspiration readers will take away from HOPE comes from knowing that he has survived when millions of others have not. In his arduous process to re-join the land of the living Joel realised that physical suffering and pain is a circumstance that will always come to an end. We can choose to escape it. However it is only by meeting this suffering head-on that we will truly see our life as a wondrous existence and know peace.
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ISBN: 9781571743534
ISBN 10: 1571743537
I COME FROM BEHIND KAF MOUNTAIN £9.99

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I COME FROM BEHIND KAF MOUNTAIN
Spiritual Autobiography of Murat Yagan
Murat Yagan

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ISBN: 9780939660087
ISBN 10: 0939660083
IAMBLICHUS' LIFE OF PYTHAGORAS £14.99
IAMBLICHUS' LIFE OF PYTHAGORAS

Thomas Taylor

Authentic memoirs of the life of Pythagoras the father of philosophy and the inventor of geometry hold great interest for every lover of wisdom.  Iamblichus' biography is universally acknowledged as deriving from sources of the highest antiquity.  Its classic translation by Thomas Taylor was first printed in 1818 and is once again brought to light in this edition.
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ISBN: 9780892811526
ISBN 10: 0892811528
IDENTITY THEFT £11.99
IDENTITY THEFT
A Wild Ride with the World's #1 Identity Thief
Glen Hastings and Richard Marcus

Identity theft is the crime of this century. Just ask Frank Abagnale of Catch Me If You Can fame. He states so in the Q&A of the latest edition of that book. So here, then, is the true-crime book of this century. This is the first book on the subject from the inside, told by someone who's assumed hundreds of identities and become rich off it. Not only does the author reveal how ID theft is done, he tells loads of wildly unbelievable but true stories about his impersonations as they led to riches. Some of them are as funny and outrageous as they are amazing.

At the same time he tells people how to protect themselves from the gangs of ID thieves thriving in the real and virtual worlds of today, and as he explains in his foreword, Glenn Hastings is writing this book to repent for his crimes. While committing them, he failed to take into account the damage they caused his victims. He states that had he continued on his massive trail of ID and credit fraud, he could have conceivably made a billion dollars. But enough was enough; ultimately he had to do the right thing.
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ILLUSTRATED BEAST £18.99
ILLUSTRATED BEAST
The Aleister Crowley Scrapbook
Sandy Robertson

Who was Aleister Crowley? Magus, poet, sexual athlete, mountaineer, traitor, drug fiend, and Prophet of a New Aeon - he has been described as all these things. Dubbed "The Wickedest Man in the World" by the British press, Crowley and his story have captured the imagination of occultists, rock stars - including The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, who included his portrait on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - free spirits, and science fiction aficionados for decades.

Compiled from Sandy Robertson’s extensive personal collection of Crowleyana, The Illustrated Beast includes a short biography, black-and-white photographs of Crowley and his contemporaries, excerpts from his writings, and commentary on the Wanderer of the Waste.

From his paradoxical childhood to his stormy involvement with The Golden Dawn, from his adventurous travels and published works to his controversial Italian Abbey and lifelong heroin addiction, this scrapbook offers readers a glimpse of the man, his works, and his lasting impact on the occult.
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IN A WARRIORS ROMANCE £10.99
IN A WARRIORS ROMANCE

D. S. Lliteras

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ISBN: 9781878901057
ISBN 10: 1878901052
INSATIABLE HB £22.00

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INSATIABLE HB
A Young Mother's Struggle with Anorexia
Erica Rivera

At twenty-four, Erica Rivera appeared to have it all: a B.A., two daughters, a successful husband, a house in the suburbs - and a great body. But under the surface, Erica was struggling with an addiction. She developed a self- destructive obsession with dieting, bingeing, purging, exercising and, ultimately, anorexia. It wasn’t until her very young daughters began to imitate her actions that she decided to get help - and to trace her disordered eating and body-image patterns across three generations of women in her family. INSATIABLE is the raw, candid and ultimately uplifting story of one woman’s plunge into the depths of addiction and her fragile fight to climb back out. Getting to the root of her own problems helped her show her own daughters where happiness truly lies: in loving oneself. Though her road to recovery has not been easy, Erica Rivera is reassuring in her honesty - and inspirational in her triumph.
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IT'S ALWAYS POSSIBLE £12.99

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IT'S ALWAYS POSSIBLE
One Womans Transformation Of Indias Prison System
Kiran Bedi

This book tells of the transformation of one of Asia's largest jails - Tihar Prison. Before Kiran Bedi became the warden of Tihar in 1993 it was a hellish place where 8300 inmates in a prison designed for 2500 lived with corruption gang wars illness filth and hopelessness. Today many thanks to her stunning reforms; it is more an ashram than a prison. Half the book is devoted to a detailed account of the situation Bedi found when first appointed. The other half is devoted to describing the process of Human Interaction that she emphasised was the key to bringing about the transformation. By the time Bedi left there were councils in each ward self-governance by prisoners daily activities like yoga literacy programmes playrooms for children a university course and most important of all vispassana mediation. Bedi describes the tools she and like-minded colleagues used to bring order and peace out of chaos and despair. Interspersed with the conversations from inmates this book is a powerful story of redemption faith and hope for a better future. It can serve as an inspirational guidebook to all who wish to overcome enormous obstacles.
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ISBN: 9780893892586
ISBN 10: 0893892580
JANE AUSTEN FOR BEGINNERS £12.99

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JANE AUSTEN FOR BEGINNERS

Robert G. Dryden Illustrated by Joe Lee

Jane Austen's novels are classics.  They have never been out of print, and have continuously been turned into countless movies and TV series, yet her works still remain largely misunderstood.  On their surface, Austen's novels all involve characters from provincial communities in rural England, far removed geographically and thematically from greater social movements, war, industry, colonization, and imperialism.  This impression could not be further from the truth.  JANE AUSTEN FOR BEGINNERS explores the intentions behind Austen's work.  Her examination of money and power, of the marriage market, of social class, and of the rending of the British social fabric of her day are among her many concerns.  JANE AUSTEN FOR BEGINNERS will foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of Austen's greatest stories and most memorable characters.
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JEWEL IN THE WOUND £26.00

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JEWEL IN THE WOUND
How the Body Expresses the Needs of the Psyche and Offers a Path to Transformation
Rose-Emily Rothenberg

This is the compelling story of how the author's disfiguring scars guided her search for a connection with her mother who died at her birth and ultimately led to her own psychological development. In this process the scars became the sacred jewels that illuminated the pathway of self-understanding. Movingly told from a Jungian point of view and in the intimate context of analysis it is not only the autobiography of a person with a lifelong dedication to understanding the psyche but also a portrayal of the unconscious as it reveals itself throughout the course of that person's life. As a journey of the soul the book includes dreams artwork and active imagination-all ways of accessing the archetypal dimension underlying body symptoms. Ms. Rothenberg explains through focused work how body symptoms and physical illness can help us to discover our personal myth. In her case the journey led her to Africa and a study of the art of scarification during which she interviewed shamans who helped her unveil the symbolic and spiritual meaning behind her own physical and psychological scars. Rothenberg explores wounding in a way that opens us to healing. It is the tale of a life lived consciously and with great integrity. She includes a rich variety of artwork images of cultural artifacts and pictures from her visits with shamans.
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ISBN: 9781888602166
ISBN 10: 1888602163
JOHN DEE £47.00

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JOHN DEE

Charlotte Fell Smith

John Dee (1527-1608) is most known for his work with Edward Kelley in contacting spirits and transcribing angelic language. Smith provides a clear retelling of their famous and tempestuous relationship and lays to rest some of the ridiculous stories about Dee. Charlotte Smith's biography draws from Dee's private diaries and several of his important works including The Book of the Mysteries and A True and Faithful Relation bringing to light all his truly remarkable accomplishments. As a man of great learning he fell under the suspicion of his less gifted contemporaries and suffered rumour and even imprisonment. But for the most part he was quite famous in his day serving as mathematician astronomer and astrologer to the royal court of England. Smith credits him for initiating the creation of England's National Library. An essential work for students who want a full understanding of the ground from which the esoteric arts have grown.
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ISBN: 9780892541041
ISBN 10: 0892541040

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