Manual for Living: Reality—A User’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

By Seth David Chernoff

Spirit Scope Publishing

6525 Gunpark Drive, Suite 370-249 • Boulder, CO 80301

2010, 274 pages, US $15.95 • ISBN: 978-0-9840930-9-0

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The author of this book points out that many of us neglect to take responsibility for our own true path, actions, and potential destiny, instead choosing to blame others for our perceived failures and shortcomings. The author then goes on to explain that perhaps instead of giving away your power you should take charge of your life and go about manifesting what you most desire to achieve from it.

This book is designed to help you navigate around the troubled waters of your life journey. It discusses time management, how to cultivate your dreams, how to let go of and move beyond past psychological and emotional pains, how to prevent psychosomatic illnesses, how to move beyond the fears and insecurities of your life, how to develop and cultivate a more deeply meaningful and enriching life, and much, much more. The book even goes into managing your finances. The author states that the majority of us are like “sleepwalkers,” that though our nation is one of the economic superpowers of the world, we are, in reality, a “very poor society” in terms of “our connection to source and to spirit.” The author explains that we can be wealthy in our giving to others and caring for ourselves and that we need to strive at becoming rich in “our personal evolution and growth.”

This book provides a blueprint, inspiration and instructions for one to pursue and follow such a meaningful life path.


Encyclopedia of the Unseen World: The Ultimate Guide to Apparitions, Death Bed Visions, Mediums, Shadow People, Wandering Spirits, and Much, Much More

By Constance Victoria Briggs

Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

500 Third Street, Suite 230 • San Francisco, CA 94107

2010, 288 pages, US $19.95 • ISBN: 978-1-57863-465-1


Reviewed by Brent Raynes

Everyone interested in the paranormal needs a good encyclopedia or two on their personal home library shelf, a handy and quick reference to guide them to facts and details regarding all intriguing manner of the paranormal, both modern and historical. Encyclopedia of the Unseen World provides just such a convenient information source and guide.

All sorts of thought-provoking categories and information are at your fingertips here. “The Encyclopedia of the Unseen World is devoted to explaining the fascinating yet sometimes complicated subjects involved with life after death and the spiritual world,” the author notes. “I feel that when we are seeking answers to questions such as the existence and state of our loved ones that have crossed over, it is particularly important that we understand the meaning of terms that have now become mainstream. I also believe that knowing what others have experienced and are still experiencing is vital to our own spiritual growth, knowledge, and understanding.”

For example, did you know that Tony Bennett, Ernest Hemingway, and Carl Jung all had near death experiences? All of these facts, and so many, many more, can be found in page and page of this information packed volume.


Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE: The History, Technology, and Philosophy of Civilization X

By Edward F. Malkowski

Inner Traditions • Bear & Company

P.O. Box 388 • Rochester, Vermont 05767

2010, 344 pages, US $24.00 • ISBN: 978-1-59143-109-1

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The author, Edward F. Malkowski, is a noted historical researcher who previously wrote Before the Pharaohs, The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt, and Sons of God—Daughters of Men. Complete with pictures and illustrations, this book presents detailed evidence aimed at showing that at one of Egypt’s oldest ruins there is proof that a machining process was utilized that was beyond the known capabilities of the ancient Egyptians, presenting additional evidence that this ancient civilization responsible for creating such awesome and magnificent monuments was also considerably older than mainstream archeology currently believes.

In addition, this author also explores evidence that shows how the ancient Egyptians (as well as ancient people of other cultures around the world) knew how to construct pyramids and monuments of other designs in ways that channeled natural earth energies of an electromagnetic nature, resulting in some surprising benefits to those ancient folks. I am pleased to see that the pioneering work of the late John Burke receives quite a few pages of review and mention here.