There Is a River, Thomas Sugrue’s story of Edgar Cayce, has sold more than a million copies since it was first published in 1945. It covers not only Edgar Cayce’s fascinating life and the phenomenal information that came through his psychic readings, but provides hope to anyone suffering from illness or despair of heart and spirit. The myriad of topics covered include holistic health and natural remedies for both common and rare illnesses; spiritual growth subjects such as meditation, prayer, and reincarnation; and world events both past, present, and future. In addition, this audiobook includes the famous "philosophy section", which covers our origin, purpose, and destiny on earth.
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Karen of Northern Michigan
I found this book fascinating. I've just discovered Edgar Cayce and this was a great way to get a good idea of who the man was. I enjoyed the audio book very much and will listen to it again. Unlike another reviewer, I liked that two people narrated the book. I enjoyed both of the narrators. This book gives the story of his childhood through his death, and everything in between, including the love story between him and his wife. I found it not only fascinating, but also very touching.
If they are going to make a movie or TV series about Edgar Cayce, they can easily toss out half of this book.
Edgar Cayce was a humble man who had the ability to put himself to sleep. Once asleep, he would be asked questions regarding the health of strangers and would recommend "treatments" to help these people. Author Thomas Sugrue was a person friend of Edgar Cayce. Sugrue's writing style ruined this book for me. It was just so...boring. Someone should have edited out chunks of this book. At times, it read like a Cayce genealogy. I've nothing against the Cayce family, but I bought this book to hear about Edgar, not his father or his sisters. If you are mildly curious about the life and work of Edgar Cayce, go somewhere else for your information. If you have a burning desire to hear about ever little detail of the Cayce family, every business dealing and partnership that Cayce had throughout his life, then this is the book for you. There were two narrators for this audio book: a male and female. One narrator would read a chapter and then the other narrator would read the next chapter. I don't know why the producers chose this method as it added nothing to the story, nor did it improve the performance of said narrators.
I was interested in Edgar Cayce's background and philosphy based on his readings. It seemed this book would be the best and most concise way to learn about it. I was wrong. The biography was painful to listen to 80% of the time. Details were included that seemed trivial and distracting from the topic. The narration was irritating, Why two narrators? There was one chapter at the end that made the book interesting. I probably could have found out that info on the net. This book is mainly for the Cayce enthusiasts who want to gather as much info as they can about his life.
A came to know about Edgar Cayce through another book that is not available in audio format, "Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation" by Dr. Herbert Puryear, which is the most profound book on Christianity I have ever read. Much of Dr. Puryear's teaching is based upon the readings of Edgar Cayce, but unlike this book Puryear makes them very specific to the Bible and backs his assertions with the specific words of Jesus in the Bible, so I wanted to hear what he learned from Edgar Cayce more directly. I dislike saying it because it is still a very meaningful book, but "There Is a River" falls short of the importance of his spiritual teachings, and even of his medical readings. I believe Cayce was a legitimate prophet and that his teachings could change the world. How could thousands of people healed and given correct and specific medical and personal readings maintain a fraud? Not that it matters to me because his teaching is profound, but I think the evidence in favor of his legitimacy is overwhelmingly on his side—much more so than, say, Joseph Smith (who started the Mormon church) and look how large the Mormon church is today.
There is much about Edgar Cayce's life in this book that I think is important because it shows that he was extraordinary in his gifts but also incredibly ordinary in every other way—poor, humble, perpetually lost like the rest of us. He always maintained a deep love for and belief in Jesus and, paradoxically, the orthodox Christian church. Though the author did a good job in letting us know Cayce, I get the feeling that knowing him in person was to love him deeply.
Where the book falls short is in the relatively brief treatment it gives the most important part: his understanding of reincarnation and the teachings of Jesus. It's discussed primarily at the end of the book and in a different context entirely than the book. I would love to have listened to a much more in depth discussion of this section.
In spite of the shortcomings, listen to this book. Then read Dr. Puryear's book. Together they will change your life.
This is by far, the absolute most profound and moving book I've ever come across in my life. Using logic and intuition, I've been shown the door to our (Humanity's) past, present and future. I simply do the book an injustice with my failing words.
David brings the book to life. What a pleasure it's been to listen to that man narrate. He truly is gifted. I love the pregnant pauses... so appropriate. I can quickly identify characters as they unfold near and around each other.
The direction and purpose of and for my soul, how I should behave on this planet and why, what I need to do the be the best person I can be, and finally my relationship with God, my soul, and the cosmos have finally been revealed to me.
Why are you still reading my review? Buy this book and open your mind, heart and spirit.
I would recommend this audio or book to anyone who has been educated in the traditional Christian up bringing that I have. That anything from other the Bible is a deception, if it wasn't for Edgar Casey I would still be afraid of exploring other avenues of why we are here. This book explains many mysteries of the unknown I accredit this book to who I am today. It is a must read or hear to anyone who thinks that there is more to life than live and die and hope you go to heaven.
Mansfield, OH 44903
That Edgar Casey was a devout Christian who read the bible every year he lived from cover to cover he didn't know what he said when he was in a trance state but he healed so many people with his readings you cannot dispute it.
An excellent narrator
Opening up your closed mind to the Truth
This was an interesting story based on Edgar Cayce life. The reviews intrigued me and I am glad I listened to it. Not as much actual information about his readings but a good listen anyway.
I found the book to be interesting for the most part, although the final hour was borderline tedious. The book goes into great lengths to describe Mr Cayce's life and the events that played a role in his becoming a very sought after counselor. The narration is extremely slow paced, to the point of becoming boring in some parts. He obviously was a well read man that sadly was not blessed with educational opportunities and it makes you wonder if his readings were simply a way of attaining stature, respect or importance. As a young man he simply wanted to become a Preacher but did not have the ability to get the necessary education to do so. Still, like many of the modern day counterparts such as John Edward or the long island medium, there are some uncanny instances of his seemingly being able to have knowledge of information that most people would not have. The book doesn't seem to convince the reader of anything, it just states details about many instances where he was sought after and was perceived to be capable of extraordinary insights into health issues of his clients. He probably was ahead of his time in recognizing diet and exercise as being huge factors in peoples health. His greatest triumph and legacy may actually be that he was able to provide for his family in extremely challenging economic times, especially for a very poor and uneducated person. Both of his sons were able to complete their college educations in a time when that would have been difficult for most people.
A remarkable life the reverberations of which are still being felt. A biography of Edgar Cayce that should offend no-one, and whose very humble life is an inspiration to everyone. especially those of us who thought we understood Christianity and what it is to try to live the life of a Christian. It should do much to do much to dispel his critics, who in general have not even taken the time to understand where he was coming from.
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