The Man Who Saw the Future
The 17th-Century Astrologer Who Changed the Course of the English Civil War
William Lilly (1602–1681) produced uncannily accurate forecasts about the country’s fortunes during the Civil War and predicted the Great Fire of London. Highlighting the links between prophecy and politics in a tumultuous age, this biography describes how Lilly rose from humble farming origins to become an astrologer consulted by both King and Parliament; how he produced his prophecies and evaded efforts to silence him; and how his almanacs and astrological guidebook influenced popular culture.
Prayer for the Day Volume II
More Reflections for Daily Inspiration
All religions agree on one thing: to be human is to pray. This new collection of 365 meditations from BBC Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day offers insights from across the faiths into happiness, integrity and spiritual wellbeing. With one prayer for every day of the year, the book provides new perspectives on the challenges of our times, and a vision of gratitude, joy and hope.
John the Baptist and the Last Gnostics
The Secret History of the Mandaeans
Amid the dangers of the modern Middle East, adherents of the obscure Mandaean religion still practise weekly river baptisms, following the example of their most important prophet, John the Baptist. Smith investigates the history of the Mandaeans, asking whether their mysterious sect could be the last survival of ancient Gnosticism, as they claim. He also considers their links to other ancient religions, their possible influence on the Knights Templar and their belief that Jesus himself was an apostate Mandaean.
Overcoming High Blood Pressure
The Complete Complementary Health Program
High blood pressure often goes undetected, and can lead to heart attacks and strokes. This book outlines simple steps, such as taking regular exercise and relaxation through meditation, to overcome symptoms and treat the condition naturally and safely.
Discovering the Lead Codices: The Book of Seven Seals
and the Secret Teachings of Jesus
One of the most controversial episodes in recent Biblical archaeology has concerned a hoard of ring-bound lead books allegedly discovered in a remote Jordanian valley. Could these be the oldest Christian artefacts ever found? Are they genuine? The Elkingtons, who first saw photographs of them in 2007, recount their subsequent quest to track down and authenticate the codices and to investigate the possible meanings of their texts and symbols in the context of early Christianity and Judaism.
The Real Life of William Blake
William Blake is one of Britain's best-loved poets, yet for much of his career he was either ignored or ridiculed. Drawing on a large body of unpublished letters and diaries, alongside books and pamphlets, this biography charts his development as a writer, an artist and a visionary. It reveals Blake's inner and outer struggles in a well-depicted Georgian London, dispensing with the 'eccentric genius' cliché in favour of a serious examination of his radical theology.