Book of Interest—Christian Mythology

Inner Traditions

What did Jesus really do?

Thoroughly researched and dense with information, this book sheds light on the origins of Christian holidays, saints, and even the life of Jesus. There has been much discussion in recent decades about what is fact (and what is poetic license) in the familiar stories about early Christianity. Professor Walter takes it all a step further as he documents the evidence supporting the theory that much of Christianity was merged into existing pagan ritual and symbolism. He explains how the need to bring pagan worshippers into the new religion superceded the need to accurately record historical events.

Some readers might be distressed by these revelations, but I think most of you will be intrigued to unravel the mysterious roots of one of the world’s major spiritual traditions. For many New Consciousness readers it will be a relief to find out that the religion in which they were raised is actually tied to natural cycles and common transcendent experiences after all. I highly recommend this book for its insight and attention to detail. It certainly gives readers much to think about. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2015 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—The All-Day Energy Diet

Hay House

Are you tired of being tired?

Suddenly, the world is overflowing with holistic nutrition books. The good news is that unlike the world of miracle weight loss diets, there seems to be a growing consensus, backed up by scientific research, about what and how we should eat to be healthy.

What separates these new books is the perspective from which the author presents the information. Yuri Elkaim’s perspective is clearly founded in his personal story. As an energetic teenager and athlete, he was really thrown for a loop when he began losing energy — and his hair! It was a naturopathic doctor who pointed him in the direction of real, sustained healing. He became a believer and is now devoting his time to helping others access the miracle that restored his physical and psychological well-being.

In this book he explains it all, in very specific detail, but in language that makes it easy to understand. He tells us how the body works, including digestive damage and repair, hormone imbalances, adrenal fatigue, and that general “sluggishness” that so many of us live with. He provides a 7-Day Energy Reset (including recipes) to jump start healing. The last part of the book tackles other lifestyle issues which impact our ability to process foods effectively. He covers stress reduction techniques, healthy exercise, and creating a mindset that helps our bodies work correctly.

This one has it all, clear, complete, and written from the heart. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and

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Book of Interest—Angels of Abundance

Hay House

Are you accessing your full potential for abundance?

The Angel Lady and her son, Grant, have created another great product which merges psychology and angelology. This time they are dealing specifically with manifesting abundance. Grounded in the real world, their advice lifts readers sight above the fray and into the divine realms.

They cover all the bases including asking for help, coping with duality, avoiding jealous energy, tips for raising your energy level, Divine contracts, focusing tools, allowing yourself to receive, and even how to release past life vows of poverty.
They have included special guided meditations at the end of the book to help readers find their way into the positive vibration that will ensure their abundant success.

This is another triumph for Virtue. I am a fan since she released Constant Craving in the mid-1990’s. Once again she has lived up to my expectations. SHOP FOR THE BOOK ( received a free copy of this book.)

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and

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Book of Interest—Refuge Recovery


Have you freed your heart?

Refuge Recovery outlines a recovery program which is based on a non-theistic foundation. While not contradictory to AA and the Twelve Steps, it uses different language and focuses on the issues surrounding addiction and recovery through a different lens. For those who struggle with traditional Judeo-Christian terminology, it offers an alternative anchored in spirituality but which is not faith-based.

The Refuge Recovery protocol relies on the Buddhist Path to Enlightenment but requires no experience of or allegiance to Buddhism. It requires meditation, soul searching, mindfulness, and community. It asks addicts of all kinds to think about the differences between recovery and renunciation, wanting to have things and having to have them, and selfish motivation versus altruistic motivation.

Mentored by Jack Kornfield, Levine has become a respected teacher of Buddhism and speaks with authority and experience as he reassures readers that the Refuge Recovery protocol will lead them to a life of self direction and self esteem. He offers no illusions about the hard work that recovery will require. Instead he lets readers know that recovery is possible and provides very clearly written instructions for how to achieve it. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Attack of the Rudee Crudees—part 3

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Attack of the Rudee Crudees—part two

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Attack of the Rudee Crudees—part one

Although inspired by actual events, the following story is fictitious. Any resemblance to actual people, places, or situations is coincidental.

First Installment

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Book of Interest—Practical Prosperity Magick

Llewellyn Publications

Are you ready for success?

In this information-packed book, Garden Witch Ellen Dugan takes a microscopic look at prosperity rituals. Dugan is one of my favorite authors. When I found out she had written a book about prosperity, I couldn’t wait to read it. When I discovered (in the book’s Introduction) that she had written the book because of a period of financial stress in her own life and done extensive research and analysis in response to that experience, I couldn’t get to the next page fast enough. I wasn’t disappointed.

How to draw prosperity into our lives isn’t the secret many societies pretend it is, but it is more complex than pop culture would lead us to believe. Dugan explains it all using theory, example, and psychological insight in perfectly balanced combination.

While there is plenty of Craft information in the book (correspondences, spells, charms, crystals, candles, planets, etc.), this is as much a book about what doesn’t work as it is a book about what to do. Dugan works very hard to explain why following rituals, step by step, out a book often doesn’t bring the results we are looking for. Even worse, sometimes those efforts bring the results we asked for but they come with a lot of unwanted baggage as well. Whether you’re new to the Craft or a seasoned professional, this book is a gold mine. I’m still rereading it. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

@2014 Anna Jedrziewski and InannaWorks

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Book of Interest—The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution


Is it time to finetune your fundraising strategy?

If you’re stuck at a plateau and haven’t been able to budge from there, then Laurence Pagnoni suggests that it is. Finetuning nonprofits is what he does. He’s got a proven track record. Now he’s offering readers the basics of how he does it. From fairly obvious ideas like recruiting fundraising specialists for the Board of Directors (easier said than done) to more complex strategies like diversifying within a single fundraising strategy rather than expanding the number of different fundraising strategies used, every idea he puts forth is discussed clearly and with plenty of backup information.

There are lots of web resources included, and strategies are spelled out with complete, step-by-step instructions. Each chapter has a really short summary at the end. (I read the summaries first, then read the chapter.)

Pagnoni tells readers in the Introduction that the book covers Contributed Income only. (Fees-for-Service Income is not his area of expertise.) Just as well. The 224 pages in the book are chocked full of plenty of information on the topic of fundraising. Most readers, unless they’re already experts in the field themselves, will find this to be a terrific resource and more than enough information to process and put into practice. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and

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Book of Interest—Pagan Portals: Fairy Witchcraft

Moon Books

Can you recognize a fairy cat?

Morgan Daimler has interacted with Fairies since she was a small child. She views them three-dimensionally, not as the limited New Age/media-interpreted versions that many of us are familiar with. She sees them as they are with their full range of emotions and motivations. Telling it like it is, she recounts her system of Fairy Witchcraft, based on decades of personal experience. She goes back to the roots of Celtic pagan wisdom to put it all into perspective, but it’s clear that the information she conveys is not from “book learning”. It comes from contact with the Fey Folk themselves.

This very personal recollection has a special air of enchantment about it. As one reads, it becomes clear that Daimler not only has personal experience with the Wee Folk, she has been completely charmed by them. She has not, however, been deluded by “pixie-led glamour”. She just likes these ethereal creatures, warts and all.

The book contains lots of rituals, correspondences, and magical tools. The interweaving of modern witchcraft with fairy lore makes for a special experience and Daimler opens the door for us to join her in that world. Fun to read … Full of information … Complete with in-depth references at the end … This is a gift from the fairy realms indeed, delivered by one of their biggest fans.  SHOP FOR THE BOOK

© 2014 Anna Jedrziewski and

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