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R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Spirit of Things II" by Carole Mann
By R.P. BenDedek
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:47:32 AM

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"The Spirit of Things II: Here we go again" by Carole Mann (Xlibris Books) is a short book at about one hundred pages and includes a variety of photographs of things relevant to the stories contained in the book. The book relates a variety of events in the life of the author and in the process expounds her 'spiritual' beliefs. The publicity material describes it as "an edifying guide into the mysterious world of sprits and how to enhance one's connection to this realm."

I'm not sure what word correctly describes the author's spiritual beliefs but they are of the type that focus on cosmic spiritual forces and spirit guides, and are connected with beliefs associated with Reiki Healing.

In reading this book of experiences I found its style and content very similar to what one might read in a Christian book with a similar theme. "The Spirit of Things II" serves as a vehicle to share the author's spiritual beliefs and provides examples from real life that justify those beliefs in 'spirit guides, nature spirits, premonitions and spiritual intuition.'

It does not appear to be a 'teaching manual' and nor does its purpose seem to be an intent to proselytize. To me it appears to simply be a believer's book; one believer's sharing with the like minded, of certains events that have occured on the journey along the path of life.

If one were to remove spirituality from its essence, one could say that it is a book of edification; an encouragement to be positive at all times and to do right in all situations (otherwise Karma might be a bitch - my words not hers).

The book is an easy light read containing 14 short chapters and the obligatory preface, acknowledgement, introduction, epilogue and conclusions. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is interesting.

R.P. BenDedek

Carole Mann is a Level III Reiki master and an accomplished Aura photographer and Chakra reader. She and her husband live a quiet life on their twenty-seven-acre horse farm in beautiful Westport, Massachusetts.

"The Spirit of Things II: Here We Go Again"
by Carole Mann
Xlibris Books
Published March 19, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-49318-192-6
104 Pages
Softcover $16
E-book $4

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