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A Reader's Treasury — Journeys in Discovery

Today readers live in the midst of riches, which they neither value nor exploit, failing to realise that the application of attention is the magical act which transforms print and paper into bread and wine. And now, patient reader, read on!
— Robert Cecil
in his Introduction to The King's Son

A Reader's Treasury — Journeys in Discovery
Chapter 1: Evolution of Consciousness
Chapter 2: Quantum Reality
Chapter 3: Psychotherapy
Chapter 4: Spiritual Science
Chapter 5: Reading for Enjoyment
Chapter 6: Writing

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Author's Comment:
Dear Readers:

Before I began writing reviews of books when I finished reading them back in 1987, I had about 860 books in my library that I had read before then, most of them read during the period of 1976 through 1986. These books comprise my early journeys of discovery into a variety of fields which I have summarized by the chapter headings of the book listed below. These are the same as the chapter headings of A Reader's Journal — Journeys into Understanding, my first book of reviews and essays into understanding.

Yes, most of the reviews I wrote became essays into understanding the books I read. I didn't write them with the purpose of publishing them — I wrote them as a prod to myself to probe the depths of the book, to "come to terms with the author" as Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren had urged readers to do in their classic book, How To Read A Book, which you will find reviewed under the Chapter Heading "WRITING" below.

I hesitated to even begin the task of writing 860 reviews. The very idea was daunting! Why if I attempted such a thing, I couldn't do anything else! When I expressed the idea to my wife, Del, she said, "Well, if you write one review a day, you will be done in about three years." I laughed at her temerity to suggest such a thing, but her words got me to thinking and planning: if I wrote two or three reviews a month, the project could be fitted into my other writing projects. This new webpage is one of the outcomes of that thinking and planning. It will contain the lastest reviews that are added to A Reader's Treasury as they are completed. As such it will be an on-going work in progress. The titles will mostly be added in alphabetic order by Author's last name as I go down the shelfways of my library. So if you return to look for new additions after a couple of weeks, look to the bottom of each chapter for the new additions.

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These reviews will be often short ones because I read these books over twenty years or more ago. Some of the shorter ones I may re-read when I come across them to review. Illusions by Richard Bach, reviewed below, was such a book. What I hope to give you is a thumbnail of my own journeys of discovery that led me to where I began reading the books that grace the inside of A Reader's Journal.

One final note: Since these are reviews I've written recently of books I read about 20 to 30 years ago, they are special because they typically include many the things I thought important to me at the time when I read them. As I wrote a recent review of "Learning How to Learn", it occurred to me that the things I thought were important in this book back then were things that I have since assimilated into who I am today. These reviews provide a fourth dimensional mirror of me — the "me" I was some 25 years ago. That "me" was reading and studying material selected by the process of "remembering the future" in order to create the "me" I am today as I type these words. As one external sign which confirms my insight, my wife and partner of thirty years, Del, scribbled a note at one point as she was copy-editing the "Learning How to Learn" review, "Just like you!" Hope you enjoy these reviews, and while reading it may you "remember a future-you" who will much later find that these insights have become a part of you. If any review alone doesn't do it for you, then locate a copy of the book itself to read.

Read and Enjoy, in Freedom and Light,
Bobby Matherne, November 12, 2000

~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~ Evolution of Consciousness ~^~^~^~^~^~^

Author (Last Name, First) Full Title of Book Reviewed
Axelrod, Robert The Evolution of Cooperation
Andrade, Edward Neville Da Costa Sir Isaac Newton
Arnet, Jay How to Develop a Million Dollar Sales Presentation
Auel, Jane The Clan of the Cave Bear
Abbott, Edwin Flatland
Adams, James L. Conceptual Blockbusting
Akeret, Robt U. Photoanalysis
Paulsen, Michael B. and Kenneth A. Feldman Teaching and Learning in the College Classroom
Ardrey, Robert The Hunting Hypothesis
Bach, Richard Illusions, Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Bacon, Francis The Essays of Francis Bacon
Banks, Roger Living in a Wild Garden
Banville, John Doctor Copernicus — A Novel
Barrett, William The Illusion of Technique
Barron, D. W. Recursive Techniques in Programming
Bateson, Mary Catherine Our Own Metaphor — Effects of Conscious Purpose on Human Adaptation
Brown, G. Spencer Laws of Form
Blair, Lawrence Rhythms of Vision — the Changing Patterns of Belief
Butler, Samuel The Notebooks of Samuel Butler
Castaneda, Carlos Teachings of don Juan — A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Book 1 of Series
Castaneda, Carlos A Separate Reality — Further Conversations with Don Juan, Book 2 of Series
Castaneda, Carlos Journey to Ixtlan — The Lessons of Don Juan, Book 3 of Series
Castaneda, Carlos Tales of Power, Book 4 of Series
Keyes, Kenneth S. Jr. How To Develop Your Thinking Ability — Taming Your Mind: A Guide to Sound Decisions [new title]
Korzybski, Alfred Science and Sanity — An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics
Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Montagu, Ashley Touching — The Human Significance of the Skin
Schank, Roger C. Tell Me A Story — A New Look at Real and Artificial Memory

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Author (Last Name, First) Full Title of Book Reviewed
Berger, Ralph Psyclosis — The Circularity of Experience
Eddington, Sir Arthur The Philosophy of Physical Science — Lectures given to Trinity College, Cambridge, Easter Term 1938
Friedman, Norman Bridging Science and Spirit — Common Elements in David Bohmís Physics, The Perennial Philosophy and Seth
Pagels, Heinz The Cosmic Code — Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature
Jones, Roger S. Physics as Metaphor — A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Human Side of Science

~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^Psychotherapy ~^~^~^~^~^~^^~^~^~

Author (Last Name, First) Full Title of Book Reviewed
Laing, R. D. Knots
Bandler, Richard Using Your Brain — for a CHANGE
Bandler, Richard Magic in Action
Bandler, Richard & Grinder, John Frogs Into Princes
Bandler, Richard & Grinder, John The Structure of Magic, Vol. I — A Book about Language and Therapy
Bandler, Richard & Grinder, John The Structure of Magic, Vol. II — A Book about Communication & Change
Andreas, Connie and Steve Change Your Mind — and Keep the Change
Andreas, Steve NLP — The New Technology of Achievement
Bandler, Richard & Grinder, John Trance-formations: Neuro-linguistic Programming & the Structure of Hypnosis
Alexander, F. Matthias The Resurrection of the Body
Assagioli, Roberto Psychosynthesis
Bandler, Richard & Grinder, John ReFraming — NLP and the Transformation of Meaning
Bates, W. H. Better Eyesight Without Glasses
Watzlawick, Paul et al. The Invented Reality
Watzlawick, Paul et al. Change
Watzlawick, Paul et al. Pragmatics of Human Communication
Watzlawick, Paul The Language of Change
Bean, Orson Me and the Orgone
Farrelly, Frank & Jeff Brandsma Provocative Therapy

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Author (Last Name, First) Full Title of Book Reviewed
Ansari, Djaleddin etal. Visits to Sufi Centres — Some Recent Research Papers on Sufis and Sufism
Adler, Mortimer The Angels and Us
Barbour, Ian G. Myths, Models, and Paradigms
Hammitzsch, Horst Zen in the Art of the Tea Ceremony
Roberts, Jane The "Unknown Reality" Volume 1, A Seth Book
Roberts, Jane The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, A Seth Book
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de: Wisdom of the Sands
Schucman, Helen A Course in Miracles — Volume 1: Text
Schucman, Helen A Course in Miracles — Volume 2: Workbook
Khan, Hazrat Inayat The Art of Personality Volume 3 of the Sufi Message
Khan, Hazrat Inayat The Alchemy of Happiness Volume 6 of the Sufi Message
Idries Shah Learning How to Learn — Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^ Reading for Enjoyment ~^~^~^~^~^~^^~^~^~

Author (Last Name, First) Full Title of Book Reviewed
Adams, Douglas and Lloyd, John The Meaning of Liff
Adams, Douglas The Hitcherhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Adams, Douglas Life, the Universe, and Everything
Adams, Douglas Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency [also: The Long Dark Tea-time Soul]
Allen, Steve How to Make a Speech
Amis, Martin Time's Arrow
Asimov, Isaac I, Robot and Foundation
Auel, Jean M. The Valley of Horses
Auel, Jean M. The Mammoth Hunters
Bach, Richard Jonathan Livingston Seagull — A Novel
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Sonnets from the Portuguese
Hoffenstein, Samuel The Complete Poetry of Samuel Hoffenstein
Matherne, Bobby Zorkoff Rays, A Short Story
Webster, Eric How to Win the Business Battle

~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^~^ Writing ~^~^~^~^~^~^^~^~^~

Author (Last Name, First) Full Title of Book Reviewed
Adler, Mortimer and Van Doren, Charles How To Read A Book
Adler, Mortimer How to Speak, How to Listen
Elbow, Peter Writing Without Teachers
Goldberg, Natalie Writing Down the Bones — Freeing the Writer Within
Joubert, Joseph The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert — Edited and Translated by Paul Auster


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These books are all about going on. All the way. To our common destination. To which none of us wants to go ignorant and alone. Hence, into the dark, we write. Nancy Mairs in Voice Lessons

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