Carolyn Wilhelm reviews Ascending Spiral

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Ascending Spiral: Humanity’s Last Chance
Dr. Bob Rich
Marvelous Spirit Press
9781615991860, $19.95 paperback, 248 pages
B00BZW54N0, $4.95 Kindle
Ascending Spiral

Ascending Spiral

The theme of Ascending Spiral is how people can learn from past lives and hopefully do better each successive lifetime. The book may be taken figuratively or literally. Reading happens in the mind of the reader, as each reader brings his or her own experiences to books. Whatever it is interesting to consider how humankind might improve through the centuries to the present day.

The author shares several different lives from Ireland to New South Wales he feels he lived. He shares what he learned from each life. Difficulties were present in each one, even when he lived as a plant. He applies lasting life lessons as he moves forward (ascends). The beliefs of several religions are considered to help broadly illustrate what is viewed to be a good life.
Characters and settings are detailed and realistic. Vivid stories are told. The author feels the earth is living like a toddler with greed as the enemy. We all must improve to help climate change issues and problems. At the end of the book, Dr. Rich asks us to join his team to maintain a decent life on planet Earth. If humanity can pull together, and live simply so we may simply live, Dr. Rich will have achieved his goal for writing this book.
Carolyn Wilhelm
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Sleeper, Awake [PB]

A Novel
In stock
Product Details
UPC: 978-1-61599-556-1
Brand: Modern HIstory Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Author: Bob Rich
Pages: 254
Publication Date: 02-01-2021

Retired film star Flora Fielding was diagnosed with cancer. Her solution: she had herself put into suspended animation, and invested her fortune in cancer research. She expected to return to life in five to ten years -- but is awakened into an utterly different world, 1433 years later. Population is strictly limited to one million, but there is plenty of wealth for everyone. This new world is controlled by an AI called "Artif," whose power derives from implants in the brains of the all the planet's inhabitants. Why has Flora has been awakened now and who has designs for her new existence? Her very life and the control of planet Earth may rest in the answer to that question.

"Vividly written, Sleeper, Awake transports you into a world beyond comprehension, yet he presents it so well, it becomes plausible. Wonderful landscapes, incredible gadgets, love and a touch of poignancy, this book has it all. Like me, if you weren't a Sci-fi fan before, you will be converted after reading this book." --Barbara Tanner, author of Hannah's Choice

"As a dedicated environmentalist as far back as the 1970s, I found this book refreshing... Rich's portrayal of a new society, its inventions and innovations-all of them designed in harmony with the laws of nature-is nothing short of brilliant. This reader was captivated by the spiritual growth of the protagonists and by the wonderful devices they use in everyday living." --Florence Byham Weingberg, author of Unrest in Eden

"Sleeper, Awake is an unusual novel, full of clever inventions and the echoes of myths and older customs. The Norse Tree is there in spirit, so are Greek Icarus and the philosophy of the Frontiersman. Rites of passage are alive and well, and teenaged girls are still-well-teenaged girls. The ending is thoroughly satisfying, with the final scene putting the whole novel into a new and amusing perspective." --Sally Odgers, author of Elysian Dawn

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