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Spirit Stones: Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe's Prehistoric Monuments [Paperback]

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff
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Oct. 16 2011
Nearly a decade in the making, award-winning author Dianne Ebertt Beeaff's transcending new book, Spirit Stones, explores the enduring lessons of Europe's prehistoric monoliths, stone circles and burial chambers. Beeaff's fastidious research, first-hand accounts and prevailing love of history capture not only the architectural essence of these archeological treasures, but also their spiritual strength. Uniting civilization throughout the ages, the stone relics being rediscovered throughout Western Europe speak not only of our Neolithic and Bronze Age past, but also of contemporary humanity. The lessons of these ancient stones can help our present-day society unearth and cultivate its own spiritual potential--with reverence, celebration and hope.

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Author of Spirit Stones, Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe's Prehistoric Monuments, Canadian Dianne Ebertt Beeaff, an acclaimed artist and writer, has authored two previous works of nonfiction--Homecoming and A Grand Madness, Ten Years on the Road with U2. Her award-winning first novel, Power's Garden was published in 2009. She and her husband, Dan, reside in Tucson, Arizona and are the parents of two children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience reading this book Dec 5 2011
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"Spirit Stones" is an intimate and very knowledgeable tour of European standing stones. Being fortunate myself to have seen some of these standing stones in the past, this insightful book gives great significant detail to their history. I found it to be a pleasure to explore and understand as it is written soulfully and with obvious passion. A book that is at once personal, detailed and yet is for anyone who is remotely interested in our ancient past. Very well researched. A wonderful accomplishment indeed and I highly recommend it.
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By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on Amazon.com
Dianne Ebertt Beeaff takes the reader on a journey through powerful places in civilization as she conveys mystery, discovery, and spiritual growth. A Master storyteller, combined with historical research, the author captures the essence of archeological treasures. Dianne skillfully applies her expertise, through extensive European travels, combined with her love for history. This unique book is rich in knowledge, provides analysis of prehistoric cultures, and an interesting discussion on civilization through the ages. I highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy insightful lessons on humanity, and how ancient Megaliths help contemporary society. I also recommend this book to all those who love to travel, while learning about Europe's fascinating architecture, and spiritual potential. "SPIRIT STONES" inspires the reader to embrace Western Europe's monuments and prehistoric landmarks as we travel through history, while indulging in celebration and hope, and given the privilege to view breathtaking photography of stone architecture. To touch a stone, and learn of the mysteries within and its symbolic truths becomes an unforgettable journey, providing spiritual significance of life itself. This modern-day guide is a delightful, refreshing look at humanity in a spectacular work of nonfiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read! March 5 2013
By John B. Kachuba - Published on Amazon.com
The ruins of Stonehenge in England are iconic reminders of an ancient and mysterious past but they are not the only links to that past. As author Beeaff points out in this fascinating book, there are thousands of such prehistoric memorials—standing stones, chambered tombs, stone circles—still remaining for us to ponder. The scope of this book is limited to England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Brittany, but that is not a limitation at all; there are more than 900 stone circles in the British Isles alone.

Beeaff gives us a detailed history of how these memorials came into being, who built them and why, and what they signified for their builders. But this is not some dry, dusty academic study of stone memorials, which are rocks, after all. The author gives us much more. After examining the monuments in terms of their cultures, architectural designs, motifs, and their usage as sacred spaces, she goes on to speculate on the various cultures’ beliefs relative to life and death, heaven and earth, the secular and sacred, and body and soul. In a section titled “Spiritual Fitness” the author shows how prehistoric monuments still have a connection to our modern times, either as healing agents or as repositories of myth and legend.

Profusely illustrated with color photos this is a beautiful and intelligent read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the ancient ways of megalithic peoples.

John Kachuba
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirirt Stones April 16 2012
By Pam Dinkowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book well worth reading. The author really is knowledgable. Now I want to go and visit every place written about
5.0 out of 5 stars A book meant to be a part of your journey in travel. Dec 12 2011
By Julie Gilley - Published on Amazon.com
Dianne Ebertt Beeaff has certainly done her homework! This book deserves the attention from every traveler who expects more than a quick look and a photograph of Western Europe's megaliths. To truly appreciate the world's megaliths, Beeaff helps us to understand the people who built them and the purpose they served. She also shows us valuable lessons we can learn from these ancient stone monuments simply by examining their shapes, color and composition. It's through these lessons Beeaff concludes everyday applications for understanding, appreciation, peace and harmony in our modern day lives. Spirit Stones is more than a book to read and retire to a bookshelf. It is meant to be a part of your journey in travel!
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes me want to book a trip to tour Europe with a new perspective Oct. 23 2011
By Kathleen A. Cabrera - Published on Amazon.com
I experienced Western Europe twice - both times, it was before I turned 21. As a university student studying abroad in Italy specifically and touring other Western European countries, I was all about the pub crawls, the Sistine Chapel visits, the Parisian shops. I wish, now, that I had read Spirit Stones then - or even the chance to have traveled with its author. Reading the book now, I am inspired to return and to visit the sites off the beaten map - to embrace Western Europe's monuments, and pre-historic landmarks in spiritual and historical perspective. Fortunately for me - when I do book that trip - it will be with Spirit Stones in hand. And, I will not only appreciate the sites when I get there, but I will feel like I am returning to someplace I have already been as I already feel as though I am taking a trip in-step with the author as she leads me as a reader on an amazing journey. Quite plainly speaking - this book is for anyone who wants 'more' from a trip to Western Europe - and will make your trip richer for the knowledge, and appreciation it imparts to you. It's written by someone who could rightly be called a scholar, but is written more importantly from one traveler (the author) to another. I'm not a 'student' of pre-historia, but as someone who loves travel and appreciates inspiration, this book spoke volumes to me.
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