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Book Review: The Journey by Peter Kreeft

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
August 22, 2017

The Journey by Peter Kreeft is an interesting fictional account through allegorical form of an individual, the author, who seeks spiritual truth.

With a dear philosophical companion, Socrates, who is a confidant and guide by his side, the author creates a journey in which quite a few philosophies are encountered, and each are addressed as needed in order to get towards the next step in the author’s personal journey.

Within the allegory written, the author meets thirteen different historical characters who expound their version of truth.  These are: Socrates, Epicurus, Protagoras, Diogenes, Gorgias, Democritus, Thrasymachus, Xenophanes, Parmenides, Aristotle, Moses, Joshua and C.S. Lewis.  Each philosophy is explored as needed, providing valuable insights about what those philosophies really delineate.

The first half to two thirds of the book covered general philosophical concepts, while the latter offered deeper ruminations into Kreefts unabashed religious point of view through the allegory.

In essence, the book is about choosing a philosophical life in every way shape and form.  That’s what appeals to me most about the book.  Additionally, the concept of a life as a journey, such as what took place in Dante’s Inferno, was also rather thought-provoking.

As Kreeft notes, in life, you either have a good personal philosophy, or a bad one.  This book helps the reader consider at length what type of philosophy one will choose, regardless of what point of view you come from.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His other blog, BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com features mainly his personal work, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information nigh always ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

 

Book Review: The Mindful Writer by Dinty Moore | #SmartReads

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
August 21, 2017

The Mindful Writer is a rather unique book that seeks to stoke the creative consciousness of all creative types as they travel in their personal journeys.

The book’s scaffolding is built upon the vast array of maxims collated from various individuals, all which not only help the reader see the direction the author is headed in, but also what insights may be gained by pondering upon these pearls of wisdom.

For instance, with a critical eye, Moore, after quoting Carlos Fuentes, reminds us that:

“It is wise to remind ourselves on occasion why we write, and why it matters so much.  There is too much left unsaid in the world, either because what needs to be said is deemed impolite, because it is deemed dangerous, or because it contradicts the accepted version put forth by family, government, religious leaders, or the society we live in.”[1]

Besides that, the book offers much for rumination while still offering on-the-ground practical advice.  The quotes are excellent, the sapience is ever-present and the author brings about a no-nonsense approach, all of which is presented in a way to maximize the mindfulness of the reader.  What’s not to like?

The Mindful Writer is an inspiring read in its entirety.  If you enjoy this book, consider suffusing it with Steven Pressfield’s innovative and timeless The War Of Art, and perhaps even Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.  Though the latter book isn’t about writing, its core tenets are applicable to writing as well as life, and could be highly beneficial to individuals.  They certainly have been for me.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His other blog, BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com features mainly his personal work, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information nigh always ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

June Book Haul 2017 | [Summer Book Haul Part 3] | #RetroReads | #SmartReads

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
August 5, 2017

This Book Haul is short and sweet.

The following four books were purchased at HalfPricedBooks about two weeks ago.  Fortuitously, I was able to commandeer capture misappropriate purloin pilfer ransack plunder acquire these books in great condition for a great price.  Even better, I was able to finally purchase some of H.G. Wells’ work, which I sought to do for a really long time.

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H.G. Wells 7 Novels by H.G. Wells

This particular Leather Bound Edition was on my sights for a long time, but it tends to be quite expensive even when used.  Thankfully that wasn’t the case at HPB.

This book edition contains The Time Machine, The Island Of Dr. Monreau, The Invisible Man, The War Of The Worlds, The First Men On The Moon, The Food Of The Gods, and In The Day Of The Comet.

Really looking forward on starting this and rereading some of his stories.  Thinking about starting with The Invisible Man, but unsure still.  Any of you have any ideas?

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Science Fiction Short Stories

This book – along with the one below – was fully unknown to me.  After sifting through the table of contents [those things are time savers, aren’t they?] and seeing some of the short stories inside were my cup of tea, this book found a new home.

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H.G. Wells Short Stories

A compilation of H.G. Well Short stories – what’s not to like?  This particular book was unknown to me, but after sifting through it it’s classic Wells to boot.  So far the stories are great, except in bite-sized form.  A great complement to the introductory book.

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Star Trek – Prime Directive by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

When a Star Trek book contains everything from double-dealing, backstabbing, piracy, resignations, and even violations of the classic Prime Directive, you know it’s going to be chock-full of intensity.   That’s on top of the ‘science fiction’ too.  And luckily, there’s even more than that!

For a Star Trek book newbie such as myself, figured this wouldn’t be a bad place to continue my venture, and thankfully, the book is delivering in spades.

Any of you familiar with these pieces or find any other books of late that are feeding that old reading addiction?  By all means hesitate not and comment below!

Hope all is well and you all have a great and meaningful weekend.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His other blog, BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com features mainly his personal work, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information nigh always ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

June Book Haul 2017 | [Summer Book Haul Part 2] | #RetroReads | #SmartReads

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TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
July 30, 2017

“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
– Carl Sagan

“If you want children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.”
– Einstein

“Books are the mirrors to the soul.”
Virginia Wolf

This one’s a quick haul.  To spice it up just a smidge, this bookhaul will only feature leatherbound books purchased early summer.  Enjoy.

Dracula & Other Horror Classics by Bram Stoker

A novel that could be said to be ‘ahead of its time’.  Wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can honestly now say that I really enjoyed the unique point of view brought about through the unorthodox way the story is related by Bram Stoker.  Stoker employed the use of letters, personal entries, ship logs, newspaper articles, etc., to tell the story from each character’s unique point of view.  Certainly this is something one nigh never sees, but which worked out rather well given its uniqueness.  The story is a bit slow at times, but engrossing enough to keep you going if you’re a fan of the genre.

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

One of the classics in Science Fiction, from one of the Big 3 in science fiction.  What’s not to like?

It’s been said this is one of Asimov’s great works and I am looking to finishing it.  Finished book #3 in the Foundation series, which is the first book of this trilogy three days ago.  I really enjoyed the book, although enjoyed the previous prequel duet more.   Still, I am looking forward to finishing this trilogy and moving on to the last books thereafter.  Definitely a highly recommended series for fans of science fiction.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Since I had never read anything from Gaiman, I knew not what to expect.  That said, many of my friends really enjoy his work and thought I would as well.  Having read this book, I was intricately surprised at the uniqueness with which he brought about this particular story employing Gods as the foundation for various characters throughout the story.  Not what was expected, but in a very refreshing way.

The Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard Of Oz, Barnes & Noble Ed. features the first five novels of the Wizard Of Oz Series.  It’s a book that’s simple to read, but quite entertaining as well.  I myself am only familiar with parts of the story, so thought it interesting to avail myself of the rest whenever there’s downtime around.  Back when The Wizard Of Oz initially came out there wasn’t almost anything like it out there, and it made it stand out like lightning in a clear sky.  That said, it has stood the test of time as a classic in literature.

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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

The quintessence of the classics, The Divine Comedy was a bit harder to read given its old English writing, but it’s not anything someone can’t overcome with a little hard work and perseverance.  After a while you begin picking up the language rather swiftly and it becomes nigh automatic how easy you can comprehend what’s being said.  A very rewarding, breathtaking and imaginative book, especially for its time.**

The Ultimate Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Although the plot could have been better, the humor more than makes up for it.  This book is downright hilarious while still offering a very novel story that holds the ship above water.

Star Trek: The Classics Episodes by James Blish & J.A. Lawrence

Surprisingly, this was a very great book.  The quality of the short stories is great, and the stories within all read seamlessly, and are much better and interesting than I expected.  I really hope B&N follows up with another book of later episodes.

All things considered, it’s been a busy and entertaining few weeks.  Having read most of these it was a very unique experience and one glad I took the time to undertake.  I am usually more fond of reading nonfiction research books, but now and again I opt to involve a dash of something different.  Thankfully, all of these books delivered and a few were better than expected.  I look forward to setting up more time to finish up those I haven’t read, and hopefully continue to catch up on some of the classics.

Have any of you read any of these or have any books you would like to recommend?  What are your favorites?  Hope all is well.

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The Divine Comedy was actually purchased two months earlier than June.  Since the book surreptitiously snuck into the picture, thought it worth while to comment.
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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His other blog, BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com features mainly his personal work, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information nigh always ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.