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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Non-fiction review

The Major Forces Driving Humanity
By Steven Zecola
ISBN-10: 0977950913
Review by Heather Froeschl

The keyword in society these days is “change.” We want change in our economy, environment, employment and our future. Figuring out how to create positive change requires looking at the changes and complacency of the past. Steve Zecola provides his completed research on a number of topics and presents it in his latest book, “The Major Forces Driving Humanity.”

Four parts of the book break it up into “Progress up to the Late 1700’s,” “The Late 1700’s to the Present,” “Future Directions,” and “Bringing the Major Forces into Harmony.” In layman’s terms, he shows us the progress of humanity from the beginning of man’s reasoning, religion, and governing to the present, where we feel so desperate for change for the better. Where did we go wrong? What did we do right? What patterns can we avoid or alter?

Sociology classes would eat this book up; students of sociology in everyday form will enjoy the pondering and exploration. Society should pay heed to these lessons learned. The writing is full of advice and research, opinion and teachings. Steve’s voice is full of concern and care. His readers will find a message here regardless of whether the entire book is embraced or not.

What are the major forces driving societal change? What has been allowed to flourish by our very lack of understanding? Zecola explains and offers a comprehensive plan.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Spiritual Fiction Review

By Clifford Lane Mark
ISBN: 978-0-595-46219-3
Review by Heather Froeschl

If you knew we were on the verge of a shift of consciousness, what would you do? Would you be a part of it? Would you hide from the change? Deny it? Notice it? Forever, there have been wise ones, enlightened ones who have told us that we could do as they do, be as they are. We have been lost in the process and sometimes lost sight of the goal.

The character Thomas Walls was drawn to do something in preparation for an event so monumental it would change the course of humanity for the next two thousand years. As synchronicity works, the people that needed to be planners for the event came together. They were given clues that had been presented by a guru, so that they would be sure of the ones who would come to teach. The souls of the masters reborn to show us the way didn’t really need to have clues foretell of their coming though. They were known when the time came.

The planning of the gathering at a sacred spot all fell into place over months of work. Would it have occurred regardless? The planners learned much along the way and shared of themselves. In this sharing the reader also learns to let go of beliefs, look for their own path to enlightenment and embrace what becomes. The pinnacle of the book, the event itself, is much anticipated.

The writing is well executed and the story purposeful. The beginning is a bit slow but the momentum of the plot builds like the path up the sacred mesa. It is well worth the exercise. A book with a different kind of vision, “Ecumensus” is full of hope, promising a new age of enlightenment that I sincerely wish to be non-fiction.