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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Alternative belief systems > Contemporary non-Christian & para-Christian cults & sects

Raising a Rare Girl - A Memoir (Hardcover): Heather Lanier Raising a Rare Girl - A Memoir (Hardcover)
Heather Lanier
R642 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R131 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Pilgrimage - A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom (Paperback, Thorsons Classics edition): Paulo Coelho The Pilgrimage - A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom (Paperback, Thorsons Classics edition)
Paulo Coelho 2
R180 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R38 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A compelling tale that delivers a powerful brew of magic and insight, 'The Pilgrimage' recounts the amazing trials of Paulo Coelho and his mysterious mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword – on a legendary road travelled by pilgrims of San Tiago since the Middle Ages.

Paulo’s visionary blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore makes this an adventure story with a difference.

Without Ever Reaching the Summit - A Journey (Hardcover): Paolo Cognetti Without Ever Reaching the Summit - A Journey (Hardcover)
Paolo Cognetti; Translated by Stash Luczkiw
R544 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R105 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Strange Rites - New Religions for a Godless World (Hardcover): Tara Isabella Burton Strange Rites - New Religions for a Godless World (Hardcover)
Tara Isabella Burton
R660 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Strange Rites, Tara Isabella Burton takes a tour through contemporary American religiosity. As the once dominant totems of civic connection and civil discourse--traditional churches--continue to sink into obsolescence, people are looking elsewhere for the intensity and unity that religion once provided. We're making our own personal faiths - theistic or not - mixing and matching our spiritual, ritualistic, personal, and political practices in order to create our own bespoke religious selves. We're not just building new religions in 2019, we're buying them, from Gwyneth Paltrow's gospel of Goop, to the brilliantly cultish SoulCycle, to those who believe in their special destiny on Mars. In so doing, we're carrying on a longstanding American tradition of religious eclecticism, DIY-innovation and "unchurched" piety (and highly effective capitalism). Our era is not the dawn of American secularism, but rather a brand-bolstered resurgence of American pluralism, revved into overdrive by commerce and personalized algorithms, all to the tune of "Hallellujah"--America's most popular and spectacularly misunderstood wedding song.

Formation - A Woman's Memoir of Rape, Rage, and War (Paperback): Ryan Leigh Dostie Formation - A Woman's Memoir of Rape, Rage, and War (Paperback)
Ryan Leigh Dostie
R443 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R77 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Heart Minded - How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love (Hardcover): Sarah Blondin Heart Minded - How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love (Hardcover)
Sarah Blondin
R487 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R94 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
How To See (Paperback): Thich Nhat Hanh How To See (Paperback)
Thich Nhat Hanh 1
R120 R95 Discovery Miles 950 Save R25 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Truly see yourself

How to See is about our misperceptions, how we can gain insight and how mindfulness practices can help us see our real selves. Thich Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion and humour in showing us how to achieve an awakened, more relaxed state of self-awareness so we cn understand ourselves and the world around us.

This is a perfect pocket-sized guide to life by the most renowned Zen master in the world, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Radical Religion in America - Millenarian Movements from the Far Right to the Children of Noah (Paperback, New): Jeffrey Kaplan Radical Religion in America - Millenarian Movements from the Far Right to the Children of Noah (Paperback, New)
Jeffrey Kaplan
R471 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This work focuses on the milieu of three religiously based apocalyptic movements, their radical doctrine and rejection of mainstream American culture. The movements discussed are: the Christian Identity; Odinism and the related Asatru Movement; and B'nai Noah.

Wild Wild Guru - An insider's account of his life with Bhagwan, the world's most controversial guru (Hardcover):... Wild Wild Guru - An insider's account of his life with Bhagwan, the world's most controversial guru (Hardcover)
Subhuti Anand Waight 1
R571 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'It is a Lord of the Flies parable with Bhagwan as lord. The book is a fascinating social history, with many celebrities, from Diana Ross to Prince Charles. - Helen Rumbelow, The Times This is the story of a Englishman who gave up a job in journalism to spend fourteen years with the controversial Indian mystic Osho, also known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and frequently referred to as 'the sex guru'. His guru was always controversial with his teachings on sex and spirituality, rumours of orgies and because he owned ninety-three Rolls Royces. Early in 1976, Subhuti travelled to India to meet Rajneesh in his ashram in Pune, became initiated as his disciple and immediately began to have mystical experiences, which he attributed to the powerful energy field surrounding the guru. He stayed for six months, participating in the ashram's notorious Encounter Group and other therapies designed to release suppressed emotions and awaken sexual energy Subhuti would stay to live and work on his master's ashrams for fourteen years, first as his press officer in Pune, India, then as editor of the community's weekly newspaper when Bhagwan and his followers shifted to Oregon, USA, and built a whole new town on the massive Big Muddy Ranch. There Subhuti was a first-hand witness to the scandals and hullabaloo that accompanied the guru, including tales of broken bones in no-holds-barred therapy groups and Tantra groups that encouraged total sexual freedom, and the increasing hostility with the locals which would lead to Bhagwan's attempt to flee America, his arrest and imprisonment. . He was on the Oregon Ranch when Rajneesh's secretary, Ma Anand Sheela, plotted against rival cliques within the ashram as well as a range of murderous crimes against state and federal officials which feature in hit Netflix series Wild Wild Country. Yet, amidst it all, Subhuti could see the profound revolution in spirituality that Bhagwan was creating, leaving a lasting impact on our ideas about society, religion, meditation and personal transformation. According to the author's understanding, it was the controversy itself, plus Bhagwan's refusal to tread the path of a spiritual saint, that became the stepping stone to a new vision of what it means to be a spiritual seeker.

Scarred - The True Story of How I Escaped Nxivm, the Cult That Bound My Life (Paperback): Sarah Edmondson Scarred - The True Story of How I Escaped Nxivm, the Cult That Bound My Life (Paperback)
Sarah Edmondson; As told to Kristine Gasbarre 1
R355 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R75 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The shocking and subversive memoir of a 12-year-NXIVM-member-turned-whistleblower, and her inspiring true story of abuse, escape, and redemption.

"Master, would you brand me? It would be an honor."

Scarred follows actress Sarah Edmondson's account of her recruitment into the NXIVM cult founded by Keith Raniere and the 12 years she spent within the organization, during which she enrolled over 2,000 members. This book also chronicles her breaking point and her harrowing fight to get out, help others, and heal.

Sarah Edmondson is a Canadian actress and playwright who has starred in the CBS series Salvation and more than 12 films for the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime.

Complete with personal photographs, this tell-all follows Sarah from the moment she takes her first NXIVM seminar, to the invitation she accepts from her best friend, Lauren Salzman, into DOS a "secret sisterhood" within the cult to her journey toward becoming a key witness in the federal case against its founders.

Readers will learn how cults like NXIVM get started, why people get involved (and stay), and the importance of whistleblowers who bring light to illegal and unethical practices.

Scarred isn't just about NXIVM. It is also a story about abuses of power, the role female friendships play in cults, and how sometimes the search to be "better" can override everything else. In the constant search for self-improvement, how much do you trust the message and messenger?

A thrilling read for fans of true crime and cults, as well as listeners of podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Up and Vanished

Evokes questions about friendship, ethics, good and evil, making it a perfect selection for book clubs.

Great for fans of Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini, Escape by Carolyn Jessop, Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill, and Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Spiritual Reality - Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary (Paperback): Lydia Anne Mitchell Ph D Spiritual Reality - Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary (Paperback)
Lydia Anne Mitchell Ph D
R307 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Devils of Loudun (Paperback): Aldous Huxley The Devils of Loudun (Paperback)
Aldous Huxley
R397 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Aldous Huxley's acclaimed and gripping account of one of the strangest occurrences in history

In 1643 an entire convent in the small French village of Loudun was apparently possessed by the devil. After a sensational and celebrated trial, the convent's charismatic priest Urban Grandier--accused of spiritually and sexually seducing the nuns in his charge--was convicted of being in league with Satan. Then he was burned at the stake for witchcraft.

In this classic work by the legendary Aldous Huxley--a remarkable true story of religious and sexual obsession considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece--a compelling historical event is clarified and brought to vivid life.

Broken Faith - Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America's Most Dangerous Cults (Hardcover, Original ed.): Mitch... Broken Faith - Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America's Most Dangerous Cults (Hardcover, Original ed.)
Mitch Weiss, Holbrook Mohr
R682 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Well of Being - A Children's Book for Adults (Hardcover): Jean-Pierre Weill The Well of Being - A Children's Book for Adults (Hardcover)
Jean-Pierre Weill
R760 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R148 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tantra Illuminated - The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition (Paperback, 2): Christopher D. Wallis Tantra Illuminated - The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition (Paperback, 2)
Christopher D. Wallis
R793 R589 Discovery Miles 5 890 Save R204 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tantra Illuminated takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the very heart of Tantra: its key teachings, foundational lineages, and transformative practices. Since the West s discovery of Tantra 100 years ago, there has been considerable fascination, speculation, and more than a little misinformation about this spiritual movement. Now, for the first time in the English language, Tantra Illuminated presents an accessible introduction to this sacred tradition that began 1,500 years ago in the far north of India. Using translations from from primary Sanskrit sources and offering a profound look at spiritual practice, this book reveals Tantra s rich history and powerful teachings.

The Little Book of Spirituality - Tips, Techniques and Quotes to Help You Find Inner Peace (Hardcover): Lucy Lane The Little Book of Spirituality - Tips, Techniques and Quotes to Help You Find Inner Peace (Hardcover)
Lucy Lane
R196 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R51 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Connect to your inner self and the world around you with this uplifting pocket guide. Filled with inspiring quotes, insights into a wide range of philosophies and useful tips on how to practise spirituality in your everyday life, this little book will help you along your own spiritual journey and instil within you a sense of peace and happiness.

Do Dead People Watch You Shower? - And Other Questions You've Been All but Dying to Ask a Medium (Paperback): Concetta... Do Dead People Watch You Shower? - And Other Questions You've Been All but Dying to Ask a Medium (Paperback)
Concetta Bertoldi
R256 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R67 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Medium Concetta Bertoldi answers all your questions about life after life

. . . from the irreverent: (If the dead are always with us, do they have a XXX view of my bedroom?)

. . . to the poignant: (Will my deceased father be with me when I walk down the aisle on my wedding day?)

. . . to the heartfelt: (When loved ones leave this life too early or under tragic circumstances, are they eternally heartbroken or can they find peace in heaven?)

Concetta Bertoldi has been communicating with the "Other Side" since childhood. In Do Dead People Watch You Shower?, the first-ever book of its kind, she exposes the naked truth about the fate and happiness of our late loved ones with no-holds-barred honesty and delightfully wry humor, answering questions that range from the practical to the outrageous. In addition she shares with us her own intimate secrets, revealing with refreshing candor how her miraculous gift has affected her life, her marriage, her friendships, and her career, as well as the myriad ways she has used it to help others.

Messages from Michael - 25th Anniversary Edition (Paperback): Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Messages from Michael - 25th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Twenty-five years ago, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and her friends began sharing messages from a group entity that called themselves "Michael." Michael's words were offered without alteration or interpretation for seekers, students, and skeptics alike. Pragmatic, insightful, and often witty, Michael insisted their work was simply to help questioners become more aware and better able to make their own decisions in life. Through this initial volume, Messages From Michael, and three more that followed, Michael spoke to thousands who found new understandings of themselves. Unfortunately imitators and frauds have since exploited the Michael teachings-but even they admit that Messages From Michael was the first source of the teachings. Here, expanded for the twenty-first century, is the long-awaited new edition of this ground-breaking book.

High Weirdness - Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies (Paperback): Erik Davis High Weirdness - Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies (Paperback)
Erik Davis
R595 R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Save R45 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An exploration of the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson. A study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, High Weirdness charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s. These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced reality-but how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? In High Weirdness, Erik Davis-America's leading scholar of high strangeness-examines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences. Davis explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America's West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.

From Here to Infinity (Paperback): Michael G. Reccia From Here to Infinity (Paperback)
Michael G. Reccia
R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Life's Amazing Secrets - How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life (Paperback): Gaur Gopal Das Life's Amazing Secrets - How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life (Paperback)
Gaur Gopal Das
R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Mating in Captivity - A Memoir (Paperback): Helen Zuman Mating in Captivity - A Memoir (Paperback)
Helen Zuman
R400 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R74 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When recent Harvard grad Helen Zuman moved to Zendik Farm in 1999, she was thrilled to discover that the Zendiks used go-betweens to arrange sexual assignations, or "dates," in cozy shacks just big enough for a double bed and a nightstand. Here, it seemed, she could learn an honest version of the mating dance-and form a union free of "Deathculture" lies. No one spoke the truth: Arol, the Farm's matriarch, crushed any love that threatened her hold on her followers' hearts. An intimate look at a transformative cult journey, Mating in Captivity shows how stories can trap us and free us, how miracles rise out of crisis, how coercion feeds on forsaken self-trust.

Dolphins, ETs & Angels - Adventures Among Spiritual Intelligences (Paperback, Reissue): Timothy Wyllie Dolphins, ETs & Angels - Adventures Among Spiritual Intelligences (Paperback, Reissue)
Timothy Wyllie
R332 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R61 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Swim with wild dolphins and learn how to listen to their quiet tendrils of telepathic communication. Encounter an ET and learn how to remain calm and casual while talking to such a presence. Most of all, expand and extend your consciousness to encompass the new energies sweeping our planet, heralded by angelic forces.

A Luminous Brotherhood - Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (Paperback): Emily Suzanne Clark A Luminous Brotherhood - Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (Paperback)
Emily Suzanne Clark
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the midst of a nineteenth-century boom in spiritual experimentation, the Cercle Harmonique, a remarkable group of African-descended men, practiced Spiritualism in heavily Catholic New Orleans from just before the Civil War to the end of Reconstruction. In this first comprehensive history of the Cercle, Emily Suzanne Clark illuminates how highly diverse religious practices wind in significant ways through American life, culture, and history. Clark shows that the beliefs and practices of Spiritualism helped Afro-Creoles mediate the political and social changes in New Orleans, as free blacks suffered increasingly restrictive laws and then met with violent resistance to suffrage and racial equality. Drawing on fascinating records of actual seance practices, the lives of the mediums, and larger citywide and national contexts, Clark reveals how the messages that the Cercle received from the spirit world offered its members rich religious experiences as well as a forum for political activism inspired by republican ideals. Messages from departed souls including Francois Rabelais, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Robert E. Lee, Emanuel Swedenborg, and even Confucius discussed government structures, the moral progress of humanity, and equality. The Afro-Creole Spiritualists were encouraged to continue struggling for justice in a new world where ""bright"" spirits would replace raced bodies.

One Long River of Song - Notes on Wonder (Hardcover): Brian Doyle One Long River of Song - Notes on Wonder (Hardcover)
Brian Doyle; Introduction by David James Duncan
R635 R505 Discovery Miles 5 050 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Brian Doyle died of brain cancer at the age of sixty, he left behind dozens of books -- fiction and nonfiction, as well as hundreds of essays -- and a cult-like following who regarded his writing on spirituality as one of the best-kept secrets of the 21st century. Though Doyle occasionally wrote about Catholic spirituality, his writing is more broadly about the religion of everyday things. He writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the holiness of small things, and about love in all its forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, romantic love, friendly love, love of nature, and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon. At a time when our world feels darker than ever, Doyle's essays are a balm for the tired soul. He finds beauty in the quotidian: the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, the whiskers a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every day -- but through his eyes, nothing is ordinary. David James Duncan sums up Doyle's sensibilities best in his introduction to the collection: "Brian Doyle lived the pleasure of bearing daily witness to the glories hidden in people, places and creatures of little or no size or renown, and brought inimitably playful or soaring or aching or heartfelt language to his tellings." In a time when wonder seems to be in short supply, Your One Wild and Precious Life, Doyle and Duncan invite readers to experience it in the most ordinary of moments, and allow themselves joy in the smallest of things.

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