The best karma books

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Astrology, Karma & Transformation

By Stephen Arroyo,

Book cover of Astrology, Karma & Transformation

When I read his expose of the Saturn Return I knew that I had hit upon a hidden gem. His description of how to read and use the conflicts of planets, signs, and houses within the chart changed the way I approached my readings, and to Stephen, I am eternally grateful.


Who am I?

I've had a deep passion for the esoteric world since childhood. I read books on everything to do with ghosts, magic, and astral travel, and began drawing up astrology charts from books I had borrowed from the library as a teenager. I studied astrology back in the mid-1980s when the new age was in full swing. Ten years later I went back to university and studied to become a psychologist. I am a firm believer that an understanding of personality through depth psychotherapy, and the hidden wisdom found in alternative schools of knowledge, can enhance one’s personal and spiritual growth in the difficult times we face today.


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Psychological Astrology And The Twelve Houses

By Noel Eastwood,

Book cover of Psychological Astrology And The Twelve Houses

What is my book about?

I spend a lot of time preparing for a reading, and when mentoring students and professionals, by first examining the house position of the planets. The planet’s house position allows you to see a side of your personality that you would normally miss in a general reading. Dig deep and you will find gold. I wrote this book so that I could show astrologers how to do just that.

Frankenstein

By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,

Book cover of Frankenstein: Or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text

Frankenstein is a breathtaking tribute to the unbridled power of science to test humanity’s limits—ethically, morally, and philosophically. “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel,” says the creature on realising its flawed conception and lack of choice to be what it is. I love exploring this debate between intent and result in my own writing too, between why something might be created but then how it comes to be used. We are all flawed creatures, so the novel’s spine-tingling exploration of self-judgment also resonates. Its wondrously inhospitable and hauntingly cold settings—framed with its opening onboard a ship bound for the North Pole, and closing with the creature alone in the Arctic—only serve to embellish the thrill of this classically suspenseful and poignant novel.


Who am I?

I’m an award-winning speculative fiction author who loves logic and reason, so when philosophising over life’s greatest mysteries I often layer debate with scientific knowledge, and I found my way to the afterlife theories behind Towards White in my late teens. I was reading English at university at the time, but it wasn’t until I went to Iceland in 2001, and fell in love with the stark beauty of its lonely lava plains, steamy natural springs, glaciers, and auroras, that I was inspired to turn my ideas into a story. I then spent years thoroughly researching my theory, and wove it into a grippingly suspenseful arctic adventure. I hope you enjoy reading the result!


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Towards White

By Zena Shapter,

Book cover of Towards White

What is my book about?

They know what’s going to happen to you…after you die.

Scientists in Iceland think they’ve figured out one of our greatest mysteries—where the electrical energy in our brains goes after we die. According to the laws of physics, one form of energy must always become another form. So the electrical energy in our brains and nervous system can't simply disappear... But when ex-lawyer Becky Dales travels to Iceland to track down her missing brother, she doesn't care about the groundbreaking discoveries or the positive thinking practiced by the Icelanders—she just wants her brother back. Having stumbled on something she thinks the Icelandic government wants covered up, Becky must piece together the answers fast…before she becomes a victim herself.

Repetition

By Doris Eliana Cohen,

Book cover of Repetition: Past Lives, Life, and Rebirth

Finally, Repetition: Past Lives, Life, and Rebirth written by clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Doris Eliana Cohen, Ph.D. is a book focused on healing. Whether the reader is interested in learning how to heal from past-life traumas that are hindering their growth or move on from dysfunctional relationships, this book offers professional help and support. It also illuminates the nuts and bolts of different ways a soul can reincarnate. Most surprising of all may be how much free will is involved in the process, not at all the never-ending cycle of death and rebirth or the mislabeled karma of punishment for previous wrong-doings. This book offers the hope of taking responsibility for one’s life and the possibility of healing many past lives in one’s own current lifetime.


Who am I?

Tina Proffitt is a former educator in love with writing romance novels, who believes there’s nothing more romantic than reincarnating with those she loves. After her first one-on-one past life reading with Dr. Doris E. Cohen, she was hooked and has never looked back. (Pun intended) She wants to share her passion for living a life free from fear and full of love. She writes reincarnation romance novels in the genres of mystery, science fiction, contemporary, and YA.


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Come Back: How Past Lives with Animals Changed the Way I Think about Death

By Tina Proffitt,

Book cover of Come Back: How Past Lives with Animals Changed the Way I Think about Death

What is my book about?

Come Back is the story of significant past lifetimes of one woman with the animals in her life. Reincarnationpast lives, continuity of the soul, whatever you call it, all souls are eternal. Every living thing has a soul, including our animals. The proof is all around us, that feeling of having known someone before, that moment of recognition when you look into another's eyes.

Whether you are interested in animal communication, are coping with the loss of your pet, or just want to read stories about animal's past lives, there is something in this book that will speak to your heart. The stories of reunited souls will warm your heart and give you hope for the future. This life on Earth is not all there is. When our bodies die, our souls live on, and that includes dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, horses, you name it. If you have ever lost a beloved pet and wondered what happened to them after they died, this is the book for you.

Unfinished Business

By James Van Praagh,

Book cover of Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us about Life

While James Van Praagh’s book titled Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life is not strictly dealing with reincarnation, but rather, what those who have passed over want us to know, it is founded on the same principle—that life and death are not about punishment and reward but compassion and love. Told on a case-by-case basis, the book aims a spotlight on just how important our earthly relationships are. And those souls, who have moved out of their bodies, are determined to have their messages heard, whether to right wrongs, settle debts, or, as in most cases, to ask for simple forgiveness from those they wronged on earth.


Who am I?

Tina Proffitt is a former educator in love with writing romance novels, who believes there’s nothing more romantic than reincarnating with those she loves. After her first one-on-one past life reading with Dr. Doris E. Cohen, she was hooked and has never looked back. (Pun intended) She wants to share her passion for living a life free from fear and full of love. She writes reincarnation romance novels in the genres of mystery, science fiction, contemporary, and YA.


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Come Back: How Past Lives with Animals Changed the Way I Think about Death

By Tina Proffitt,

Book cover of Come Back: How Past Lives with Animals Changed the Way I Think about Death

What is my book about?

Come Back is the story of significant past lifetimes of one woman with the animals in her life. Reincarnationpast lives, continuity of the soul, whatever you call it, all souls are eternal. Every living thing has a soul, including our animals. The proof is all around us, that feeling of having known someone before, that moment of recognition when you look into another's eyes.

Whether you are interested in animal communication, are coping with the loss of your pet, or just want to read stories about animal's past lives, there is something in this book that will speak to your heart. The stories of reunited souls will warm your heart and give you hope for the future. This life on Earth is not all there is. When our bodies die, our souls live on, and that includes dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, horses, you name it. If you have ever lost a beloved pet and wondered what happened to them after they died, this is the book for you.

Independent People

By Halldor Laxness,

Book cover of Independent People

To understand Icelanders, I believe you need to understand Bjartur. Bjartur is the independent hero of Halldór Laxness’s greatest novel, Independent People. The book is set at the beginning of the twentieth century. Over eighteen years as a shepherd, Bjartur saves the money to buy his own farm on some very marginal land. Bjartur’s life is a struggle to eke a living out of this farm, called Summerhouses. He marries twice, faces starvation and destitution, but never gives up on his dream of remaining an independent farmer. He is stubborn to the point of cruelty. He is also a poet and sensitive to the folklore around him.  Bjartur’s descendants live on in the streets of Reykjavík; don’t mess with them.


Who am I?

In 2009, when I decided to set a crime series in Iceland, I embarked on a decade of research into the country, its people, its literature, its culture, and its elves. I visited the country, I spoke to its inhabitants and I read books, lots of books – I couldn’t find an elf, but I was told where they live. I needed to understand its criminals, its victims, its police, and most of all my detective Magnus Jonson. These are the best books that helped me get to grips with Iceland.


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Where the Shadows Lie

By Michael Ridpath,

Book cover of Where the Shadows Lie

What is my book about?

One thousand years ago: An Icelandic warrior returns from battle, bearing a ring cut from the right hand of his foe. Seventy years ago: An Oxford professor, working from a secret source, creates the twentieth century's most pervasive legend. The professor's name? John Ronald Reuel Tolkein. Six hours ago: An expert on Old Norse literature, Agnar Haraldsson, is murdered.

Everything is connected, but to discover how, Sergeant Magnus Jonson must venture where the shadows lie...

The Universe in a Single Atom

By Dalai Lama XIV,

Book cover of The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

I fell in love with the Dalai Lama while reading this book. While telling his own story, he makes it clear that the most important knowledge a human being can have is not amenable to the usual idea of scientific inquiry, which typically involves analyzing external phenomena. I learned about how inner awareness yields to contemplative investigation in the Buddhist tradition, enabled by the development of refined attention through meditation. As I read this book, I could feel the love that remains when all judgment about ourselves and others is finally released.  


Who am I?

As long as I can remember, I have wanted to understand how the universe works. I studied physics with a firm belief in scientific materialism, the belief that all things can or will be explained by science, including consciousness. However, after earning an advanced degree I found myself no closer to a satisfying answer to my inquiry into the relationship between consciousness and the physical world. Then, a personal experience of unembodied consciousness convinced me that my answers would have to come from a reexamination of all that I had believed, an internal journey over decades that has borne fruit in unexpected and magical ways.


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Hoodwinked: Uncovering Our Fundamental Superstitions

By Larry Gottlieb,

Book cover of Hoodwinked: Uncovering Our Fundamental Superstitions

What is my book about?

One day in 1974, I had an experience that forever changed the way I look at life. And now that I have gone through that door, I find I can never go back.

Join me on my search for a deeper understanding of what it is to be a human being, the truth about our belief systems, the stories we’ve been hoodwinked into believing, and how, by uncovering our fundamental superstitions we can all, ultimately, open that door too.

Journey of Souls

By Michael Newton,

Book cover of Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives

Journey of Souls is the culmination of one psychologist’s work over decades pertaining to understanding what happens to our souls after our bodies stop functioning. The similarities of descriptions (across thousands of patients under deep hypnosis) left me amazed and comforted that our souls make deliberate choices in an effort to improve, for lack of a better word, our karma. I read this book after I wrote my book, but it cemented the ideas that I present in the book. It also helped me to deal with challenging health issues in my family.


Who am I?

Before becoming an opera singer, I received my Masters in Healthcare Administration and worked in various healthcare settings, from a community health center to a large teaching hospital. I learned first-hand how the best-intentioned clinicians can make mistakes, and how those mistakes can lead to unintended consequences that can harm patients. Although it’s terrifying to think about, the best defense is to self-advocate as much as possible. It’s your body and your decision. Don’t give away your power.


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Devil's Grace

By Elizabeth B. Splaine,

Book cover of Devil's Grace

What is my book about?

0.63 seconds.That's the amount of time cardiac surgeon Dr. Angela Brennan has to process the oncoming truck that destroys half of her family and irrevocably alters her life. Not long after the accident, death intervenes once more and snatches her remaining family member.

Angela confronts the healthcare power brokers at the hospital where she works and discovers lies, complicity, and corruption at the highest levels. As she uncovers the truth about her daughter's death, barriers are thrown in her way that threaten to destroy her career and reputation. Spirits start communicating with Angela, causing her to question her sanity. But as her science-based world continues to disintegrate, she accepts her new reality, and her mission to transform her pain into purpose becomes clear.

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