Book Discussions & Reviews


Book Discussions & Reviews

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Welcome to ASCS Book Discussions & Reviews

Welcome and thank you for your interest in books related to the mission of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies. Please join this discussion group, in order to be notified of new postings. Here, you will be kept abreast of new books being published (scroll to the Comments section below), books being reviewed in ASCS publications, and other news of interest.

We encourage you to let your fellow ASCS members know about the books you are reading, reviewing, or writing. If you have questions or advice about book publishing, please post them here.

See the Pages section (to the right) for our Book Review Guidelines, if you are interested in reviewing titles for the Searchlight or the Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies.

Discussion Forum

Advice from members about new book

Started by Tom Butler. Last reply by Tom Butler Mar 1, 2016. 4 Replies

I am coming close to finishing a book and it is time to decide if I am going to publish it with AA-EVP Publishing ( or try to find a publisher. I would like your…Continue


Started by Jane Fazzari. Last reply by Robert Landro Dec 2, 2015. 4 Replies

I am interested in new evidence of After Death Communication.  Continue

What is "New Age"?

Started by Donna Cox Baker. Last reply by Sharon Allen Aug 8, 2015. 23 Replies

In the other discussion we started today, Rick reminded me of something I've been meaning to bring up in this forum: the use of the term "New Age."My family calls me New Age because I believe in reincarnation and claim to have communicated with dead…Continue

Books Reviewed for August

Started by Donna Cox Baker. Last reply by Elene Gusch Jul 19, 2015. 5 Replies

The August issue of The Searchlight will have reviews on the following books:One Mind: How Our Individual Mind IsPart of a Greater Consciousness and Why ItMatters, by Larry Dossey, M.D., Hay House,Inc., Australia, 2013.Adventures in Psychical…Continue

Our thoughts on self-publishing

Started by Donna Cox Baker. Last reply by Donna Cox Baker Jul 19, 2015. 19 Replies

I work for a publisher, but often question whether I want to self-publish my first book, for reasons this article makes clear:…Continue

Are Our Books Measuring Up to Expectations?

Started by Donna Cox Baker. Last reply by Tom Butler Jul 11, 2015. 5 Replies

There is much talk in the scholarly press world of the demise of quality in books. Successful books on the market seem to be written rapidly, sold on the popularity of the author, barely edited, marketed for a quick return on investment, then thrown…Continue

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Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 29, 2015 at 12:51pm

Tomorrow, William Peter Blatty's Finding Peter: A True Story of the Hand of Providence and Evidence of Life after Death will be available.

Amazon: "'For those who have lost a loved one to that liar and fraud named Death.' So reads the dedication of William Peter Blatty's Finding Peter, a deeply moving memoir that tests the bounds of grief, love, and the soul. Blatty, the bestselling author and Oscar Award–winning screenwriter of The Exorcist, lived a charmed life among the elite stars of Hollywood. . . . A true and unabashedly personal story, Finding Peter will shake the most cynical of readers—and it will remind those in grief that our loved ones do truly live on."

Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 29, 2015 at 8:03am

This past Friday, Monarch Books released Dr. Ruth Bancewicz's God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith. 

Amazon: "Science can be unglamorous and tough, but it gives the opportunity to use creativity and imagination, to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, and to experience the joy of finding out new things – thinking God’s thoughts after Him. . . .Through the eyes of the author and six other experienced scientists, God in the Lab shows how science can build faith in God."

Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 29, 2015 at 7:53am

Avery will be releasing After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go? by therapist Claire Bidwell Smith on April 28. It is available for pre-order now from Amazon.

"In an exploration of the afterlife that is part personal, part prescriptive—Smith invites us on her journey into the unknown. She wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now, even though they are gone?

Chronicling our steps along the path that bridges this world and the next, Smith undergoes past-life regressions and sessions with mediums and psychics and immerses herself in the ceremonies of organized religion and the rigor of scientific experiments to try and find the answers."

Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 28, 2015 at 4:33pm

Elizabeth Sirriyeh's Dreams and Visions in the World of Islam: A History of Muslim Dreaming and Foreknowing, will be released on March 30.

Amazon description:

"People in Western societies have long been interested in their dreams and what they mean. However, few non-Muslims in the West are likely to seek interpretation of those dreams to help them make life-changing decisions. In the Islamic world the situation is quite different. Dreaming and the import of visions are here of enormous significance, to the degree that many Muslims believe that in their dreams they are receiving divine guidance."

Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 28, 2015 at 2:47pm

Excellent point, Sharon. Perhaps the modern-day hitch-hikers are in other parts of the world. It would seem futile here. But like you, I'm very curious about that book!

Comment by Sharon Allen on March 28, 2015 at 2:45pm

So many interesting book - so little time! The new ones you have posted  sound fascinating.  I didn't know people even pickup up hitch-hikers these days.  Now I learn about phantom hitch-hikers. . . wow, I hope someone is brave enough to read it and report! : )

Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 28, 2015 at 2:07pm

Available April 1 from Palgrave Macmillan is Death, Dying, and Mysticism: The Ecstasy of the End, by Thomas Cattoi (Jesuit School of Theology--Santa Clara University) and Christopher M. Moreman (California State, East Bay). 

Amazon describes it:

Contemporary society tends to conceal death and the dying process from public view, seeking to erase them from our consciousness. This attitude of denial stands in great contrast to the approach of the great spiritual traditions of humanity, for which the dying process was an integral and often crucial part of our own spiritual practice. This volume offers a sample of reflections from scholars and practitioners on the theme of death and dying from scholars and practitioners, ranging from the Christian tradition to Hinduism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, while also touching on the themes of the afterlife and near-death experiences.

Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 28, 2015 at 1:37pm

On April 1, Weiser Books releases The Evidence for Phantom Hitch-Hikers: An Objective Survey of the Vanishing Passenger from Urban Myths to Actual Events, by Michael Goss.

It can be ordered on Amazon, which appears to already have copies ahead of the stated publication date. Here's how Amazon describes it:

"All over the world, motorists report giving lifts to hitch-hikers who then vanish ghostlike into thin air. Phantom Hitch-Hikers, as these insubstantial passengers are called, have become classified as an urban legend and have been related to historical tales of supernatural traveling companions. But is there more to such stories than picturesque folklore?" 


Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 26, 2015 at 9:53am

Coming this May to local bookstores is Amy Major's Toward the Light: Rescuing Spirits, Trapped Souls, and Earthbound Ghosts (New Page Books). It is available for preorder from Amazon.

"Toward the Light is the first guide dedicated solely to spirit rescue and its role in saving earthbound spirits from their self-imposed exile on earth. It is a guide to rescue mediumship, a form of spirit communication used to counsel and aid the deceased in crossing over."   --Amazon

Comment by Donna Cox Baker on March 25, 2015 at 7:59am

Lee, I've been cursing myself for the same reason. And it's my pleasure!


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