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I wonder what our world would be like if we step out of the comfort of definition and jump into the ocean of infinite possibilities. I propose this year that we resolve to stop defining ourselves and one another, and allow the infinite creativity with which our world was created to continue creating in its loving, inclusive and miraculous way. Let us let go of exclusivity, labels and fear and open our hearts, minds and living to the possibility of something…of which we have never thought.

We strive for the reunion of all people of an enlightened mind…not only through the love of fine arts, but even more through the elevated principles of virtue, science and religion, in which the interests of the brotherhood and that of the entire family of humankind can meet each other…and from which the subjects of all kingdoms can learn to love each other. From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but every one who has to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles.

Indeed, with this attitude, each new obstacle can be seen as yet another valuable opportunity to improve our mind! As a result, our own serenity and inner strength will increase. Ultimately, the reason why love and compassion bring the greatest happiness is simply that our nature cherishes them above all else. The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence. It results from the profound interdependence we all share with one another.

However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive. However vigorous and independent one may feel during the most prosperous periods of life, when one is sick or very young or very old, one must depend on the support of others. Interdependence, of course, is a fundamental law of nature.

Not only higher forms of life but also many of the smallest insects are social beings who, without any religion, law or education, survive by mutual cooperation based on an innate recognition of their interconnectedness. The most subtle level of material phenomena is also governed by interdependence. All phenomena from the planet we inhabit to the oceans, clouds, forests and flowers that surround us, arise in dependence upon subtle patterns of energy.

Without their proper interaction, they dissolve and decay.

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It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others. With three you could see my heart. With two you can see that oak tree there. With three you could see the acorn the oak grew from and the stump that it will one day become.

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My more thorough review here! Nov 25, Maggie rated it it was amazing. I love a good Sci - Fi type book.

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I could have liked the ending better, but all in all it kept my interest so much so that I couldn't put it down for long. Dec 04, Beth rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this story. The level of skill in writing. The underlying spiritual analogy, subtle yet clear.

Looking forward the second in a series of 3. Apr 30, Shari Branning rated it liked it Shelves: I have really mixed feelings about this book. There were things that I really loved, and other things I really didn't. The best thing about the book, I think, is the imagery.

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It is really, truly beautiful in a way I haven't seen in a long time. It's whimsical and vivid at the same time, and full of wonder and longing and mystery. I adored the shadow beasts, and the way she described her gifted characters gifts. Classic fantasy at its best. What I didn't like so much about it It's hard to ge I have really mixed feelings about this book.

It's hard to get into. I started reading it, put it down, and didn't bother to pick it back up again for several months. Part of that was due to characters that felt generalized and Thomson uses an omniscient point of view, never staying in any one character's perspective for long, and so I never was able to care for any of the characters fully. They became more interesting as the book went on, but not human to the extent of being able to love them. I think my biggest complaint for this book was the way she handled a potential romantic subplot.

The whole thing felt really awkward and distant, like it was being held at arm's length while wearing rubber gloves. Worse, it didn't make sense either logically or emotionally, and wasn't horribly clear, leaving me wondering 'What WAS that? It wasn't romanticized, in that there wasn't any one central hero to strive and sacrifice and make my heart bleed. But it had its own unique appeal. It reminded me of Tolkien in a way only less long-winded , reveling in beauty and wonder, and showcasing a group of very different characters fighting the good fight for very different reasons.

Overall, I liked it. I was just disappointed that I couldn't love it. All the right elements were there, and the writing and concepts were elegant and rich, it just didn't pack the emotional punch it could have. If you're a fan of classic fantasy and can appreciate beautiful world building, then you would probably enjoy this. Maggie Sheffield lives in the city of Londren. She encounters an injured old man who carries many secrets, including an old scroll.

The man shares information about an old group of friends, members of the Council for Exploration into Worlds Unseen. As the man lay dying, he begs that someone take the scroll to the city of Pravik and give it to a man named Huss. Partway through her journey, Maggie seeks out an inn to spend the night. Sh Maggie Sheffield lives in the city of Londren. She gets lost in the city of Calai. Two rowdy thieves attempt to rob her, but she is rescued by a young gypsy man named Nicolas and his black bear.

Nicolas sends Bear to the forest to wait for him and escorts Maggie to a nearby inn. Once she has a room, he leaves her to head back to the forest. Nicolas returns to rescue Maggie from those who hunt her. The two set off on a journey for Pravik, which is no simple task. Dark forces want the scroll Maggie carries and will stop at nothing to get it. Maggie joins up with the last surviving members of the Council to discover the truth. She creates a wonderfully realistic fantasy world. I would have liked to see more development between Maggie and Jerome. Their relationship seemed to happen very quickly.

It was a bit difficult to follow all of the characters at first, but once things got going, everything came together in an exciting conclusion. I was drawn into this book from the first page and remained interested all the way through. But I was put off by the inclusion of two historical figures--Jarin Huss and Jerome. The author's website says that the The Seventh World is based loosely on our own, real world. The inclusion of these specific individuals fighting against an evil government system makes it seem as if the author is equating the evil, demonic even, system of her novel with the Roman Catholic Church, the entity against whic I was drawn into this book from the first page and remained interested all the way through.

The inclusion of these specific individuals fighting against an evil government system makes it seem as if the author is equating the evil, demonic even, system of her novel with the Roman Catholic Church, the entity against which the real Jarin Huss and Jerome struggled. If that's what she meant to do, then I'd rather not read any more of her books, no matter how entertaining the story is. If that implication is not what she intended, she would have done much better not to have included these historical figures at all.

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I'm uncertain as to whether I'll read the other two books in the trilogy, even though this one had a good story. I also had a few minor quibbles with the writing--overly poetic in places, which didn't mesh with the less poetic parts, and what felt like a rushed and formulaic climax and too-drawn-out conclusion--but those wouldn't be enough on their own to prevent me from finishing the series.

The uncertainty about whether she intended the parallel between the Catholic Church and her evil empire, however, is making me hesitant to continue. Aug 21, Cindy rated it it was amazing. I really love this author. While I read a lot of books, there aren't many authors who write consistently great Christian fiction, but Rachel is one of them. She shows it all in a way that keeps you riveted, and wanting to know what will happen next.

She shows sin for the evil it is without trying to pretty it up. She shows too, the difference between the world's love and God wonderful book! She shows too, the difference between the world's love and God's love, and how very powerful it is. Great book and series! Ok, so I love this author! Have read several of her works over the past few months and I have to say here stories touch my heart. Great epic Christian fantasy!

This is only book one and I do plan on finishing the series. Requesting my library to order the series. Good versus evil, lives redeemed, and sacrifices made, this is a good read! I give it five stars and can recommend to all fantasy lovers, teens on up. Mar 29, Karli rated it it was amazing. I am absolutely obsessed. Dec 29, Matthew Sampson rated it it was ok. This takes a few forms. First is unrealistic jumps in time or place. This communicates an unrealistically easy search and strained my ability to believe in the story. The other way rushing the story appears is that the action scenes are over too quickly.

At another level they can be unrealistic does a ship really burn that quickly? As a redeeming feature, some of the characters were genuinely interesting, particularly Lord Robert and his interest with the spiritual realm. Would consider reading the next book eventually. Jul 12, C.

Wachter rated it really liked it. When Maggie leaves home and her guardian, Mrs. Cook, to fulfill her promise to a dying man and deliver a parchment, she has no inkling of the terror that would hunt her or the world-changing events she would stumble into. Arriving in the port town of Calai, Maggie soon becomes the target of some unsavory characters. Nicholas and his friend, Bear, come to her aid. But the real trouble is yet to come. Nicholas rescues Maggie again when an otherworldly creature comes after her.

They escape and join some gypsies on their way to Pravik. Once again, Maggie is attacked by something supernatural, and they agree to travel alone, leaving the gypsies behind.

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On arriving in Pravik, they are thrust into a skirmish between the High Police of the Overlord and a group of angry farmers and students. Maggie meets the man she is committed to deliver the parchment to and things start to heat up. Cook helps an old acquaintance rescue another special young person who is being hunted by the same evil that hunts Maggie. But all is not as it seems. Cook and her party arrive in Pravik as well, and Maggie and Mrs. As the story progresses, history unfolds. This is a well-written and engaging tale.

Worlds Unseen is an enjoyable story that pulls the reader in. It is populated with rounded characters who learn and grow. Aug 13, Sean Helms rated it really liked it. I enjoy a fast-paced book and one without a bunch of 'filler' to bog down the story. The pacing of this one was part of the reason I liked Thomson's first book in this trilogy. Other things I liked were the originality of it while still putting me in mind of Narnia the very first fantasy series I read in the dark ages when I wasn't yet a teenager.

The Christian themes and identifiable characters placed in a fantasy setting, although an easily recognized world, were a pleasure to follow. It was I enjoy a fast-paced book and one without a bunch of 'filler' to bog down the story. It was also nice to read an adventurous story without lewdness inserted or filthy language many writers feel the need to add. I'm just starting the second book and am confident that it will be as much a pleasure to read as the story continues.

I'm looking forward to the return of the King in more ways than one! Jan 04, Alison rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very well written book. I do not generally read fantasy type stories, but I could not put it down! A strong play on Good versus Evil in this Christian fantasy. I enjoyed getting to know each character and being brought into the story. Much looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy. Jan 17, Angela Wilson rated it really liked it. Just not my cup of tea I guess. I lost interest about halfway through. Personally, it just felt like there was too much hinting at future events.

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But the plot did move rather well. Just not the kind of story I really get into. Oct 30, Daniel rated it it was amazing. Different, but a great book.

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    There were plenty of Biblical parallels. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Very well written book good for grade six and above. One person found this helpful. Love reading this book! Its a great entertaining book! It is a great book for teens and preteens also. The author did a great job! One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.

    I loved this book. It is charming, delightful and engaging. I am left with eagerness for the next in the series. It has intrigue and mystery. I am impressed with the Author's imagination and ability to put that into words. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fairy tales, children and charm.

    I also agree that teens and pre-teens would be enthralled.