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Spirit Stones: Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe's Prehistoric Monuments Paperback – Oct 16 2011

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Publications; 1 edition (Oct. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589851986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589851986
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #713,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..".a wide-ranging, thoroughly welcoming enquiry into the megaliths of the British Isles and Brittany...Spirit Stones is always thoughtful, sometimes provocative, sometimes its heart beats a steady awareness of the mysteries embodied in the stones, those truths beyond words that unite us with their makers." -- Kevin Crossley-Holland "author of The Stones Remain, Megalithic Sites of Britain"

"Part antiquarian, part shamanic . . .this evocative book felt more like a journey! I can't recommend it enough." -- Alex Whitaker (B.Sc Hons) ""

"Spirit Stones is not for nebulous dreamers and not for scholars. The fruit of long immersion with its subject, it s a wide-ranging, thoroughly welcoming enquiry into the megaliths of the British Isles and Brittany their actuality and function. Vividly written, and punctuated with short quotations..." -- Kevin Crossley-Holland "author of The Stones Remain, Megalithic Sites of Britain"

Silent and somewhat forbidding, the stone structures erected by our megalithic ancestors continue to evoke awe and wonder. Spirit Stones, ten years in the making, combines Dianne Ebertt Beeaff's lifelong love of history and travel with her quest to understand the spiritual significance and meaning of the stone monuments of Western Europe. Her book -- Kristine Miller "ForeWord Reviews"

..".a wide-ranging, thouroughly welcoming enquiry into the megaliths of the British Isles and Brittany... 'Spirit Stones' is always thoughtful, sometimes provocative, sometimes its heart beats a steady awareness of the mysteries embodied in the stones, those truths beyond words that unite us with their makers." -- Kevin Crossley-Holland "author of The Stones Remain, Megalithic Sites of Britian"

First Place Winner - Spiritual Category! -- 2011 London Book Festival ""

Honorable Mention - Spirituality Category -- 2011 New England Book Festival ""

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Their timeless secrets revealed, Europe's prehistoric monoliths, stone circles and burial chambers testify of mortality, mysticism and miracles. As their stories unfold, these relics unite generations of humanity with indelible bonds of custom, culture and creation. Monuments built centuries ago abide today, both in our landscape and in our hearts.

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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 Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn - Published on
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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
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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 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
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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.
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
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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 Spirirt Stones April 16 2012
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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

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