Spirits in Stone
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
Explores the history and design of American gargoyles, featuring the stone carvings on buildings including Washington's National Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and the Woolworth Building.
The Secrets of Megalithic America
Author: Glenn Kreisberg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
A ground-breaking study of ceremonial stone landscapes in Northeast America and their relationship to other sites around the world • Features a comprehensive field guide to hundreds of megalithic stone structures in northeastern America, including cairns, perched boulders, and effigies • Details the Wall of Manitou, the Hammonasset Line, landscape astronomy along the Hudson River, and a several-acre area in Woodstock, NY, with large, carefully constructed lithic formations • Analyzes the archaeoastronomy, archaeoacoustics, and symbolism of these sites to reveal their relationships to other ceremonial stone sites across America and the world Presenting a comprehensive field guide to hundreds of lost, forgotten, and misidentified megalithic stone structures in northeastern America, Glenn Kreisberg documents many enigmatic formations still standing across the Catskill Mountain and Hudson Valley region, complete with functioning solstice and equinox alignments. Kreisberg provides a first-person description of the “Wall of the Manitou,” which runs for 10 miles along the eastern slopes of the Catskill Mountains, as well as narratives about related sites that include animal effigies, reproductive organs, calendar stones, enigmatic inscriptions, and evidence of alignments. Using computer software, he plots the trajectory of the Hammonasset Line, which begins at a burial complex near the tip of Long Island and runs to Devil’s Tombstone in Greene County, New York. He shows how the line runs at the same angle that marks the summer solstice sunset from Montauk Point on Long Island, and, when extended, intersects the ancient copper mines of Isle Royal in Upper Michigan. He documents a several-acre area on Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, New York, with a grouping of very large, carefully constructed lithic formations that together create a serpent or snake figure, mirroring the constellation Draco. He demonstrates how this site is related to the Serpent Mount in Ohio and Ankor Wat in Cambodia and reveals how all of the vast, interlocking sites in the Northeast were part of an ancient spiritual landscape based on a sophisticated understanding of the cosmos, as practiced by ancient Native Americans. While modern historians consider these sites to be colonial era constructions, Kreisberg reveals how they were used to communicate with the spirit world and may be remnants of a long-vanished civilization.
A Handbook of Southwest Indian Animal Carvings and Beliefs
Author: Mark Bahti
Publisher: Treasure Chest Publications
Category: Social Science
Book covers the stone fetish carvings of Indians of New Southwest (the Zuni, the Rio Grande Pueblos, the Hopi, the Navajo, the Apache, and the Tohono O'odahm) as well as a chapter on the materials used in them.
Shamanism and Traditional Medicine Among the Taman of Borneo
Author: Jay H. Bernstein
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Category: Social Science
This work examines Shamanism and healing practices among the Taman of Borneo. It contributes to contemporary debates in cultural and medical anthropology, the anthopology of religion and magic, ritual, folklore, and Southeast Asian ethnography.
A Retrieval of Earth Wisdom
Author: Amalia Camateros
Publisher: Earthspeak Publications
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
"Spirit of the Stones" is a fascinating true story of the author's unexpected journey into the heartlands of the Earth. Her journey begins with a compelling series of omens, dreams, and visions, which reveal an ancient Earth assignment that she had begun in the ancient Anasazi Era.
Author: Jan Johnsen
Natural stone is the new garden fashion statement. Stone paths, walls, steps, dry streams (and more) are low maintenance and enhance a homeowner s property like no other landscape feature."
Spirits in Motion
Author: Kevin J. Todeschi
Publisher: ARE Press
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Science caught up with the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce when it proved that all of materiality - consisting of atoms and therefore protons, neutrons, and electrons - is energy in motion. Everything is a vibration. Even the body's five senses operate through the use of vibrations. The Cayce readings suggested that vibrations were also associated with healing, consciousness, and even locations. In fact, the Cayce information presents the premise that all of life in every dimension is actually just different manifestations of the One Force - the Force that moved all of Creation into being. Therefore, all vibration is ultimately that One Force manifesting in the material world in a variety of ways. Todeschi's latest title explores how everything from consciousness to the material is connected to vibration, and how we continue to create and shape our world through the vibrations all around us. Vibrations are essentially spirit in motion and our thoughts and actions affect our life and the way we are living.
Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America's Indigenous Past
Author: Douglas Hunter
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Claimed by many to be the most frequently documented artifact in American archeology, Dighton Rock is a forty-ton boulder covered in petroglyphs in southern Massachusetts. First noted by New England colonists in 1680, the rock's markings have been debated endlessly by scholars and everyday people alike on both sides of the Atlantic. The glyphs have been erroneously assigned to an array of non-Indigenous cultures: Norsemen, Egyptians, Lost Tribes of Israel, vanished Portuguese explorers, and even a prince from Atlantis. In this fascinating story rich in personalities and memorable characters, Douglas Hunter uses Dighton Rock to reveal the long, complex history of colonization, American archaeology, and the conceptualization of Indigenous people. Hunter argues that misinterpretations of the rock's markings share common motivations and have erased Indigenous people not only from their own history but from the landscape. He shows how Dighton Rock for centuries drove ideas about the original peopling of the Americas, including Bering Strait migration scenarios and the identity of the "Mound Builders." He argues the debates over Dighton Rock have served to answer two questions: Who belongs in America, and to whom does America belong?
Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance
Author: Greg Koch,Steve Wagner,Randy Clemens
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Since its inception in 1996, Stone Brewing Co. has been the fastest growing brewery in the country—Beer lovers gravitate to its unique line-up which includes favorites such as Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale. This insider's guide focuses on the history of Stone Brewing Co., and shares homebrew recipes for many of its celebrated beers including Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, Stone Smoked Porter, and Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. In addition, it features recipes from the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens like Garlic, Cheddar, and Stone Ruination IPA Soup, BBQ Duck Tacos, and the legendary Arrogant Bastard Ale Onion Rings. With its behind-the-scenes look at one of the leaders of the craft beer scene, The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. will captivate and inspire legions of fans nationwide.
Author: Margo Georgakis
A violent armed robbery catapults Alethea into a mystical journey. As she revisits the traumatic event through alternative mindscapes, she seeks out an old family friend, Fiona, who lives in solitude near the shores of Stone Cross Lake. The two women share their hopes, fears and dreams as they work together to build a stone chapel. Family secrets are finally brought out of the shadows when Alethea's mother joins them at the lake. Written in the genre of magic realism, this dreamlike novella celebrates the blurred lines of reality and the power of reconciliation.
Confessions of the Creative Mind
Author: Biz Stone
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it, through stories from his remarkable life and career. THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME From GQ's "Nerd of the Year" to one of Time's most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, charmingly positive and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter-the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating, pivotal, and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today. In Biz's world: -Opportunity can be manufactured -Great work comes from abandoning a linear way of thinking -Creativity never runs out -Asking questions is free -Empathy is core to personal and global success In this book, Biz also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture. Whether seeking behind-the-scenes stories, advice, or wisdom and principles from one of the most successful businessmen of the new century, THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME will satisfy every reader.
A Manual for Everyday Mystics
Author: Seán ÓLaoire
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Spirituality has oft been reduced to just religion, religion further reduced to mere morality, and morality ultimately reduced to sexuality. This book is not about how to be "good," nor even "religious" but about being "mystical" - the only reason for the experiment that is life on planet Earth.
A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea
Author: Peter Matthiessen
Category: Social Science
A remarkable firsthand view of a lost culture in all its simplicity and violence by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927 to 2014), author of the National Book Award–winning The Snow Leopard and the novel In Paradise. In the Baliem Valley in central New Guinea live the Kurelu, a Stone Age tribe that survived into the twentieth century. Peter Matthiessen visited the Kurelu with the Harvard-Peabody Expedition in 1961 and wrote Under the Mountain Wall as an account not of the expedition, but of the great warrior Weaklekek, the swineherd Tukum, U-mue and his family, and the boy Weake, killed in a surprise raid. Matthiessen observes these people in their timeless rhythm of work and play and war, of gardening and wood gathering, feasts and funerals, pig stealing and ambushes. Drawing on his great skills as a naturalist and novelist, Matthiessen offers an exceptional account of an ancient culture on the brink of incalculable change.
Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life
Author: Sam Storms
The Bible teaches us that we are to be filled with God's Spirit and that God's presence and grace is manifested among his people as they serve, love, and minister to one another. Yet some of the gifts that God offers to his people aren't commonly seen in many churches today. Gifts of prophecy, healing, tongues, and other supernatural gifts of God seem to be absent, and many Christians are unsure how to cultivate an atmosphere where God's Spirit can work while remaining committed to the foundational truth of God's Word. How can Christians pursue and implement the miraculous gifts of the Spirit without falling into fanatical excess and splitting the church in the process? In Practicing the Power, pastor and author Sam Storms offers practical steps to understanding and exercising spiritual gifts in a way that remains grounded in the word and centered in the gospel. With examples drawn from his forty years of ministry as a pastor and teachers, Storms offers a guidebook that can help pastors, elders, and church members understand what changes are needed to see God move in supernatural power and to guard against excess and abuse of the spiritual gifts. If you long to see God's Spirit move in your church and life, and aren't sure why that isn't happening or where to begin, this book is for you.
Author: Dina Marie Ritz
The lush beauty of the Louisiana swamplands conceals many wondrous, mystifying, and gruesome secrets. Beneath this living shroud on the shores of a vast lake, a remote valley has stood sentinel over the darkest and most powerful of these secrets for hundreds of years. For the inhabitants on the eastern shores, life is peaceful. The deadly mysticism of the past is merely superstition...or so they would have you believe. And yet... No one travels the western road...ever! To a jaded group of friends on their annual summer road trip, these warnings of danger and superstitions are nothing more than local folklore meant to scare outsiders. But when a wrong turn strands them in an ancient and seemingly uninhabited ruin, they discover that not everything dies beneath the setting sun. Trapped in time within its shimmering walls, they uncover the answer to one of the oldest mysteries of the New World and are drawn into an ancient conflict forged in betrayal. In a place untouched by time, they discover that righteousness is a lie, justice is cruelty, and evil is merely perception. Dina Ritz has a rich family history rooted in the folklore of New Orleans. She currently resides in Los Angeles, but it was the stories and tales of her family history that finally inspired her to write Spirits of Stone.
Author: Terry Goodkind
With Darken Rahl defeated, Richard and Kahlan head back to the Mud People to be married. As they wait for their wedding day to approach, they discover three Sisters of Light are pursuing Richard, intending to take him back to the Old World to be trained as a Wizard. Additionally, unbeknownst to Richard and Kahlan, the veil has been torn and the Stone of Tears has entered the world. According to prophecy, the only person who has a chance at closing the veil is the one bonded to the blade, the one born true.
Author: Isabel Allende
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted and imaginative storytellers. The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future. One of the most important novels of the twentieth century, The House of the Spirits is an enthralling epic that spans decades and lives, weaving the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.
Author: Mike Harding
Publisher: Aurum PressLtd
They stare down at us from the roofs and towers of our mediaeval churches: grotesque, monstrous and utterly mesmerising. The gargoyles grimacing and leering at us down the centuries, taking the form of anything from a centaur to a cretinous imp, were put there in the Middle Ages to ward off the evil that lies beyond the holy ground. But even in our modern era, our newspapers filled with tales of abduction and disaster, these magnificent works of sculpture and carving murmur to us of nightmares and nasty thoughts and intimations of our mortality. Mike Harding’s travels have taken him not only from Cumbria to Somerset, but also to France, Italy and even northern India in search of the most memorable and malevolent gargoyles, celebrated here in his superb photographs and erudite, quirky text. Here, then, are mouth-pullers and monster musicians, poking tongues and priapic giants, heads sprouting water or silently howling with toothache –not to mention the gargantuan cats glaring at us in Gloucester Cathedral.