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Karen

Karen of Northern Michigan

ROSCOMMON, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Forgotten Promise: Rejoining Our Cosmic Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sherry Wilde
    • Narrated By Jonna Kae Volz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
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    This is the story of one woman's life-long interaction with beings from another world, and her journey to go beyond the fear to find meaning and purpose. In this book she explores the abduction experience and shares with you the three important things they insisted she learn.

    Diana says: "Many interesting commonalities with other books"
    "Story that will make you curious"
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    I wasn't exactly sure what this story was about when I purchased it, but the description was interesting, so I went for it.. At first I thought, this woman has a vivid imagination, is really out there or just wants to make a dime off this story.. But the more I listened, the more I found myself intriqued, and then thinking, wow, did this really happen? I did a google search on her and found a utube video of her.. She just looks and acts like this very normal woman and when describing her experiences, has an aura of truth about her..If she's faking it, she's very good at it! I went back to the book to listen to more.. What she describes is fascinating.. If this is true, well, WOW..

    How do any of us know what really happened to her. Just because it doens't happen to us, it doesn't mean it didn't happen to her... Many other people write about similar experiences... I have to admit, I am very curious to know why our government has done a job of making people who believe in UFO's and aleins look like nut jobs.. What are they hiding from us, and why?

    Let me tell you.. we live in Northern Michigan and one afternoon, my husband and I both saw a cougar walking down the side of our road and eventually into the woods across the street. (We live in the boonies).. We both saw it, we both know what we saw, yet when we went to the DNR to report it, they told us there are no cougars in Michigan... yet there have been many, many reports of people seeing them, and even pictures taken... But hey, if the DNR denies they are here, it must be so, right???

    You may be asking, WHAT? What happened to her.. Well, she recounts a lifetime of missing moments in her life when she wasn't sure what happened to her, but eventually, figures out she has been visited by aliens since childhood, and examined, poked and prodded.. But much like a vivid dream you have that just dissolves away after waking up, she could not remember these encounters until much later in her life under hypnosis...

    Telling her story has caused her a lot of grief and unhappiness, so I have to ask myself why she would tell this story if she really didn't believe it to be true..

    If you are interested in UFO's and alien encounters, you'll enjoy this book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life, Hope and Healing: Prescriptions from the Heart

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Bernie S. Siegel
    • Narrated By Bernie S. Siegel
    Overall
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    Many years ago, as a practicing surgeon, Dr. Bernie Siegel observed the power of the human mind to affect physical outcomes. His observations led him to explore new forms of cancer therapy that utilize a patient's own innate healing potential. Today, he is world-renowned as a pioneer in the field of holistic medicine, and an inspiration to millions of people around the globe.

    Karen says: "Book about cancer survivors"
    "Book about cancer survivors"
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    I've been a fan of Bernie Siegel since he wrote "Love, Medicine & Miracles" back in 1986. I had always felt that our bodies and minds had more to do with healing than prescription drugs, surgery and so on, but felt very alone in my believes (no internet back then). His book let me know I was not alone in my feelings.. This book, "Life, Hope and Healing" is along the same lines. It's a story of cancer patients and how the way they felt about it, looked at it and treated it made all the differrence in their recovery. Dr. Bernie gave them permission to feel what they felt, say what they needed to say, ask the questions they needed answered.. He has a very different way of treating patients.. He doens't treat them as if he's the professional and they just need to trust what he tells them, but rather, he listens to them, and feels he is learning from them...

    He tells stories of people who are very ill and through discussing how they are feeling about their lives, things that have been eating away at them for years, come to understand that their illness is a direct response to all that, and how many, many, many people, once they figure out what is eating away at them, are able to reach healing....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2230)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2040)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Wonderful story of Elephants in the wild"
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    This story is written by a man who ended up buying a sanctuary in Africa and taking in a small herd of elephants that were going to be killed if they didnt' find a home.. It's his journey of coming to understand the elephants and their needs, and learning how elephants live, communicate, protect their own and relate with the human race.. It really is fascinating, touching, heartbreaking and heartwarming, all at the same time... Wonderful listen...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and Past-Life Therapy

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Brian L. Weiss
    • Narrated By Brian L. Weiss
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (360)

    Dr. Brian Weiss is a highly respected psychiatrist from the mainstream of the medical establishment. Catherine is one of his most difficult cases, a 27-year-old woman racked by phobias and anxieties. In the course of Catherine's treatment, Dr. Weiss makes a startling discovery. Under hypnosis, she recollects, in vivid detail, events from past lives ranging from the prehistoric times and ancient Egypt to the 20th century and the fires of World War II.

    Rebecca Reed says: "Many Lives, Many Masters"
    "Where it all started for me"
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    I saw Dr.Weiss on the Ophra show a number of years ago.. I found him to be very believable, honest, and down to earth.. Listening to him was like hearing things I'd always believed in, but never said out loud because I never knew anyone else who believed these things..

    I immediatly ordered this book and read it, which led me his other books, and then on to many, many other books on the subject, as well as other spiritual books and meditations.

    Dr. Weiss narrates this book and I simply love the man's voice. He's kind, understanding and easy to listen to, not to mention the subject matter is fascinating.

    This is his first book, and written about a patient he had who came in for therapy because she had so many fears in life.. After many, many sessions that did not seem to be helping, he hypnotised her, and she started talking about past lives... He was very doubtful until, through her, he was given a message about his father and a son who had passed away in infancy, things no one could have known..

    I've always been a person searching for answers and not able to just take someone else's truth and make it my own.. It's nice to have books like these to help expand your mind and break down the walls of the boxes people end up in...

    If you are on a spiritual journey, or just beginning to ask yourself questions about what really happens after death, this is a great place to start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miracles That Inspire

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Adam Houge
    • Narrated By Michael Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    God saves a woman from her cheating husband, He reveals Himself to an atheist through divine intervention, and saves a man's life from a drive by shooting through his four-year-old daughter. These and many more inspiring, true miracles are documented in Miracles That Inspire.

    Karen says: "Evangelistic overtones, not what I was looking for"
    "Evangelistic overtones, not what I was looking for"
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    I very much believe in miracles and have read a number of books that truly were inspirational. This one, however, did nothing but make me roll my eyes. Evangelistic Christians will probably really enjoy this, but if you aren't prone to an evangelistic way of living and thinking, this isn't the book of miracles for you. It's narrated in a 3rd person script, as if this person was there and could see the persons expressions and read their thoughts. Kind of reminded me of something young adults might be taught in Sunday school, designed to scare someone from following in the footsteps of the characters in the stories or to show why following Jesus is the way... Didn't feel real to me, more like made up stories to bring home a point.. or maybe like a sermon at a gentler fire and brimstone church...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (438)

    Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    Paul says: "Excellent book"
    "Many questions answered...."
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    This is the 3rd book by Bart D Erhman that I've listened to.. I first listened to "Misquoting Jesus" when I just could no longer pretend to believe what made no sense to me.. From there I listened to "Forged" and recently listened to "Jesus, Interrupted" .

    Professor Erhman is a man who started his career as a born again fundamentalist Christian who did not question what he had been taught, but through his own journey, started realizing why the things he believed no longer made sense..

    Like all his books, this one is fascinating.. He will take you through the beginning of Christianity and explained why, historically speaking, things did not happen the way we have been told and why the Bible is a book written by man, not by God...

    He will tell you why the Bible is an important historical piece of literature that provides us with details of life in that time, but also why it can't be an accurate account of Jesus's life..

    If you are searching for answers, or just seeking truths/facts about religion, Jesus and our history, listen to this book.. It is fascinating.. Next book on my list is "How Jesus Became God"... Although I've listened to a number of books on this subject, I'm sure I will walk away with a greater amount of knowledge than I have at this time. His books truly are fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed at All

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Fitzgerald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (225)
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    Nailed sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.

    Neuron says: "I Lost my faith in Jesus"
    "Something to think about..."
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    I am a person who constantly seeks truth and meaning to our lives.. I was brought up going to church and eventually, as an adult, attended an evangelistic church for a year.. I thought this church would help me find answers I could not figure out.. It didn't, but rather, added to my questions about all I'd been taught. So much of it just didn't make sense, and having people say things like "you just have to have faith", is not an answer anyone who truly wants to find answers can just blindly accept.. This book answers a lot of questions I've had, or rather, brings up the questions I've had and states why they make no sense and why they could not have happened the way we have been told, or the way the bible has been interpreted... It's full of historical documentation and facts that really just can't be refuted, that is, if you are open to the truth...
    Not to put words in the authors mouth, but I ended with the impression that he is an atheist who does not believe in any kind of God.. I, however, do believe there is a creator, God, the power, the source, whatever one chooses to call it, and I do believe there is a spiritual world.. I don't believe we are here, and then just gone.. So it isn't that I'm blindly believing everything this man says, but quite honestly, the points he makes about Jesus and how Christianity began can't be ignored...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus?: An Irreverent History of Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Quinn
    • Narrated By Thomas Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (119)
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    What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus? is the funny and skeptical, yet genuine, exploration of the Christian history they don't teach in Sunday school. It finds humor, irony, and occasional insight amid the inconsistencies, absurdities, hypocrisies, and flat-out weirdness that too often passes for eternal truth. Like a history of religion as done by The Daily Show, it humorously explores the facts, the history, and the big ideas in an engaging and entertaining story.

    R. Schechter says: "A gem"
    "Great listen for those who want to find the truth"
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    If you are a person who questions many things we are told by our religious leaders and churches, this book will fascinate you.. It's a historical look at how Christianity came to be, a look at Jesus, how he became God, and offers proof of the evidence over and over again.. Die hard Christians will not enjoy this book, because to believe it will mean the basis of their faith does not exist.. However, if you are a seeker, and want to find the truth in life, not just follow the leader, then you will very much enjoy this book.. Not only is it full of information, but it's done with great humor that will make you laugh out loud...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
    • Narrated By Maria Cabezas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

    Courtney says: "A True House of Horrors!"
    "Heartbreaking.."
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    I'm so sorry Ms Knight that you went through this... Horrible man, terrible what he put these woman through... Well written, you'll get a good idea of what really happened.. But it's more than just the story of those years she was being held a prisoner by that man in Cleveland. She starts out talking about her life and the events that happened before the kidnapping.. Worth the listen, but only if you can stomach what sicko's are capable of. What I took from this is, NEVER be afraid to call the authorities if you see anything that just doesn't seem right.. Better safe than sorry... you may be saving some ones life..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brooke Shields
    • Narrated By Brooke Shields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

    Dawn F Horner says: "Wow - a heart touching listen!"
    "Interesting, but sounds a little entitled at times"
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    I had heard years ago that Brooke Sheilds had fired her mother as her manager and that her mom was the typical show biz mother... It was interesting to read Brooke's side of it and how she saw her mother.. They had a loving, yet very difficult relationship, mostly because of her mom's drinking.. I can relate to many of the conflicts she faced, as my mom is also very difficult.. Brooke's mother eventually developed dementia.. I can also relate to that, as both of my parents have different forms of the disease.. My heart broke for her in many parts of the book. It's well written and very well performed.. She sounds like your typical bossy only/oldest child at times, and I'm sure her mom probably very much resented a child telling her what to do.. and there's a little air of entitlement here and there that kind of turned me off... For that I took off one star, but overall, interesting story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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