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Book Review for Tree of Souls The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz Book 3 Part 3.10

General Information:

Name of Book: Tree of Souls

ISBN: 9780195086799

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Year it was published: 2004

Overall theme:

"With only one God, heaven would be a barren place, at least in mythic terms. Yet the actual Jewish view of heaven is quite different. There are seven heavens, filled with angels and other divine beings, such as the Messiah [Not jesus!], who is said to have a palace of his own in the highest heaven. The clestial Temple can be found there- the mirror image of the Temple in the earthly Jerusalem- as well as an abundance of heavenly palaces, one for each of the patriarchs and matriarchs and sages, where he or she teaches Torah to the attentive souls of the righteous and the angels..." (xliii)

"Drawing on the full range of Jewish sources, sacred and nonsacred, ten major categories of Jewish mythology can be identified: Myths of God, Myths of Creation...Each of these categories explores a mythic realm, and, in the process, reimagi…

G697 Book Review of Seven will out by JoAnn Spears

Name of Book: Seven Will Out

Author: JoAnn Spears

ISBN: 978-1-5147-7589-9

Publisher: Createspace

Type of book: Tudors, astral plane, visit, Shakespeare plays, secrets, gossip, sleep over, drinking, revelations, intrigues, court, royalty, family, forgiveness, late 1500s early 1600s, rivalries, jealousies, claimants, rulers, queens

Year it was published: 2015


If you thought "Six of One: A Tudor Riff" was the most fun you could have with your nightdress on, wait until you see what "Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel" has in store. Get ready for one 'ruff' night! Tudorphile Dolly thought that the night she spent on an astral plane with Henry VIII's six wives, learning their heretofore unknown secrets, was a one-time thing. Not so! In "Seven Will Out," Dolly finds herself back in the ether with the women of later Tudor times: Elizabeth I, 'Bloody' Mary, Bess of Hardwick, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Anne Hathaway Shakespeare, to name a few…

G688 Book Review of Evanthia's Gift by Effie Kammenou

Name of Book: Evanthia's Gift

Author: Effie Kammenou

ISBN: 9780692471838

Publisher: Self-published

Type of book: Greece, single parenting, marriage, second chances, childhood love, soulmates, 1956-2000s, Greek identity and culture versus American identity and culture, wealth, travel, dreams, life, death, secrets, immigration, New York

Year it was published: 2013


In the year 1956, Anastacia Fotopoulos finds herself pregnant and betrayed, fleeing from a bad marriage. With the love and support of her dear friends Stavros and Soula Papadakis, Ana is able to face the challenges of single motherhood. Left with emotional wounds, she resists her growing affection for Alexandros Giannakos, an old acquaintance. But his persistence and unconditional love for Ana and her child is eventually rewarded and his love is returned. In a misguided, but well-intentioned effort to protect the ones they love, both Ana and Alex keep secrets - ones that could threaten the delicate balance of their fami…

E-Reading G699 To Be a Child

Title of the book: To be a Child

Author: Debra Schoenberger

Publisher: Blurb

Publishing Date: 2015



Give a child a cardboard box and his imagination will turn it into anything but!

Today, it is less common to see children playing in the streets, especially in urban areas. The plethora of ready-made toys should make any child happy.  What usually happens is that the box the toy came in becomes the toy!

This book documents children at play (and at times at work) from 10 different countries. A child's ingenuity never ceases to amaze me and I hope you will share these images with your children as well.

Author Info:
(From iRead Book Tours)

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Meet the author / photographer:

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera

"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the wor…

G690 Book Review of Taming the Twisted by Jodie Toohey

Name of Book: Taming the Twisted

Author: Jodie Toohey

ISBN: 9780692449653

Publisher: Wordsy Woman Press

Type of book: Iowa, tornadoes, survival, mystery, abandonment, death, creating life, surrogacy parents, siblings, mysterious disappearances, sins, secrets, 1860

Year it was published: 2015


"Taming the Twisted" is written in a similar style to Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books though updated for modern times. It might read as if she'd left in all of the juicy tidbits about things people didn't talk about during the time when she was writing. "Taming the Twisted" is a story of destruction, romance, mystery, and deceit set against a back drop of an actual historical event.

In early June, 1860, Abigail enjoyed a peaceful home life with her parents, younger sister, and twin toddler brothers. Their home in Camanche, Iowa, where they’d emigrated from Pennsylvania, was almost complete and her beau, Joseph Sund, had recently proposed mar…