Old School Thursdays: Shortened Reviews Part II

Last Thursday I posted a collection of shortened reviews that I had posted on a review site and here’s some more from 2008.

Beyond Fear by Dorothy Rowe

What looks like a self help book turns out to not be your typical self help book. Instead it delves more into the psychology of fear and explains the human relationship to fear in order to give an understanding rather then a quick fix.
Usually I have difficulty reading such deep thinking non fiction as I become quite bored with the writing style that a lot of ‘self help’ books have, but Dorothy Rowe was not only easy to understand and follow, she also wasn’t dull in her delivery. Perfect for anyone interested in psychology, but not used to reading such heavy material.

Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber

This isn’t your typical ‘little green men flew down in funny ships and took me away’ alien story so if you read this expecting that you might be either disappointed or surprised. Yes there is talk of ‘visitors’ but this isn’t some sci fi novel. What this is, is a man trying to understand the disruption to his life and the people around him. I got the impression as I read the book that it was his way of coming to terms with and understanding his experience. In saying that don’t expect a definite conclusion as to what is going on.

It was an interesting read though especially seeing as a fair bit of it was told via hypnosis transcripts, but I think if it wasn’t for those transcripts I wouldn’t have found it as interesting. It also isn’t a story that stays with you while you’re reading it. I was really only ever compelled to read it and not put it down when I finally decided to pick it up, but when I took a break and closed the covers it felt like I wasn’t even reading it.

Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Read at the right time, especially when on a spiritual path, I think this could be one of those life changing or at least very pivotal books to read. It’s very simply set out and easy to comprehend which is great for those who are only just learning or discovering law of attraction. As for people who already know about law of attraction I think it’s great for a reminder and for fine tuning what you know, but not for extensive learning or research.

I did find it to be slightly repetitive, but I feel that given the subject and taking into consideration how much we are all used to a certain perspective it’s probably for the best as it drums it in more helping to push past any resistance and keeping an open mind.

The Horizontal Instrument by Christopher Wilkins

Upon finishing this I thought it was an interesting take on love, loss and grief about a man who losses his wife to dementia. At first it read like a book about time and timepieces interspersed with bits of the story, but after awhile it became moments of introspective reflections on perspective, time, memory and how they are connected, again interspersed with more of the story which made it read like two separate books in the one, yet fluidly moving within the two, until the two became the one and ended in a complete story that was quite heartbreaking. It was probably even more so because of Wilkins’ writing style made it feel like someone was actually talking to you about their loss and their thoughts on that loss.

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