Tuesday, May 15, 2012
WITS Book Reviews May 2012
The Two Agreements
By: S.L. Brannon
Publisher: CreateSpace (October 15, 2011)
Reviewer: Dana Micheli
The Christian that Came in From the Cold: Steve Brannon’s The Two Agreements offers a New Path to God
Historically, in times of crisis people have turned to their religion. But what happens when people have problems and questions that their church is either unable, or unwilling, to address? This impasse is the cause of the growing rift we are seeing in fundamentalist Christianity. Millions of people, particularly the young, are leaving the church in droves. They hunger for a closer relationship with God and are tired of being told “they don’t believe strongly enough” if they have questions about the traditional interpretation of the Bible. Some of these questions are nearly as old as humanity itself, and although many remain unanswerable to us on this plane, their exploration is something that must be attempted if we can hope to understand our Divine purpose.
In this incredible new book, The Two Agreements, Dr. Steve Brannon reinterprets the New Testament and sheds light on the true nature of Christ’s life and work on earth. Brannon explores Jesus’ journey as he walked between two worlds—the relative existence of human life, and the absolute world of love, unity, acceptance and perfection created by The Source. But perhaps even more important, the book also chronicles the origins of “the Lie”, introduced in the story of Adam and Eve, which has been used for centuries to illustrate man’s inherent “sinful” nature and his separation from God.
The Two Agreements is also a companion of sorts to Brannon’s work as a spiritual counselor/coach. Licensed as a minister at the age of 19, Steve planted a fundamentalist Christian church soon after. But over time, he began to feel a need to know Christ in a way that Christian dogma did not seem to allow. After much soul-searching, he began a slow, painful extrication from organized religion that led to his transformation as a true follower of Jesus.
Today, Steve’s interfaith ministry specializes in helping those with mental health challenges develop their spiritual lives. He hosts two weekly groups: one is for patients at a mental health facility; the other is open to the public, for individuals suffering with mood disorders, as well as their close friends and families. Both groups are comprised of a plurality of faiths.
The Two Agreements is an invitation to a new level of spiritual awareness. It opens a door to a new consciousness and most importantly, a deeper relationship with God and with each other.
Walk Ins/Soul Exchange
Author: Karyn K. Mitchell
Mind Rivers, 1999
Reviewed by Yvonne Perry
A psychologist discovers that her patients are revealing a phenomenal event in their lives in which the soul born into the body has left and a new soul has taken up residence. Not like a possession, it was done with full permission and cooperation at a soul level, but the changes it created in the person's 3-D experience was quite disturbing until they had the knowledge of what had happened.
With that knowledge one can begin to put the pieces together and get on with life.
If you think this might have happened to you, Mitchell gives helpful information such as common characteristics of a walk-in and what a soul braid or twin flame is. A portion of the book shares the stories of these patients and what went on during their sessions.
The 5 Minute Motivator
Author: Eric Kaplan
Red Willow Publishing (November 15, 2011)
Reviewed by Yvonne Perry
One thing I enjoy about Eric Kaplan is his ability to tell entertaining stories and list quotes or sayings that stick with you and help illustrate the valid point he is making. The 5-Minute Motivator has tons of these examples, interlaced with humor, that make this book an interesting read as well as informative. This manual can be used to get organized, get clear on your goals and objectives, and get on track with all life has to offer.
Clear concise steps and tips to get even the worst procrastinator in gear. So, grab this book and step on the gas—just make sure the brake is not locking one of the wheels. See Chapter 23 for that story!