Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms

Review by Grady Harp

Terrorism … The word that means nothing, yet justifies everything.” —Glenn Greenwald

Washington, DC author Arsalan Iftikhar presents his second book – his first ISLAMIC PACIFISM: Global Muslims in the Post Osama Era published in 2011. Now pesents a most timely new book – SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms. Arsalan is an international human rights lawyer who according to NPRs Michael Martin has ‘become a go-to voice in American media, playing a variety of roles—explaining Islam, decrying Islamic extremism and also what he sees as rising islamophobia.’ Arsalan is also the founder of, senior editor of The Islamic Monthly, and has spoken on the major media outlets. Continue reading


‘Boy, look at you..ackin’ like you always be riding around in a big fancy car with a chauffeur’

Review by Grady Harp

After reading Shawn Stewart Ruff’s first novel FINLATER in 2008 this deeply impressed reader remarked the following; ‘Shawn Stewart Ruff may be a name known to only a few avid readers of short stories, but with the publication of FINLATER this gifted writer is bound to be recognized as a very important voice in American literature. Few writers are able to relate a story from a child’s vantage as keenly as Ruff: echoes of such writers as JD Salinger and Colm Toibin and JG Hayes are present in this tender little love story that offers finely honed insights into the impact of racial tensions on the sociologic changes of the 1970s. It is a book that deserves wide critical attention as well as a broad readership.’ A wide acclaim as well as important literary awards became reality. Some years later, in 2013, my admiration grew: ‘That Shawn Stewart Ruff is a gifted writer is a given. Continue reading

YOU are THIS: Awakening to the Living Presence of Your Soul

‘What you are looking for is found within’

Review by Grady Harp

British author and philosopher Jonathan Harrison is best described as a Teacher of Being. In his previous books WE ARE ALL ONE he gently but firmly and supportingly guided his readers towards a path of self-realization. And in his superbly written next book NAKED BEING: UNDRESSING YOUR MIND, TRANSFORMING YOUR BODY he advanced his ability to assist the reader in purging the misconceptions of self, offers an understanding of the non-duality (not separating the individual from the universe but instead realizing that all is one) of each of our existences.

Harrison’s new book YOU are THIS: AWAKENING TO THE LIVING PRESENCE OF YOUR SOUL book opens his personal experiences and before delving into the content of the book he offers a very helpful glossary of terms – his own definitions of words that are important to the use of his book. Continue reading


‘I decided to give up any sense of fear and embrace your presence, to welcome my time alone with a very old friend.’

Review by Grady Harp

New Hampshire author Jennifer-Lynn Keniston, originally from Massachusetts, lights a fire with a slow burn that takes the reader through tale of mystery, suspense, a hefty flavor of New England, and a satisfying infusion of spiritual concerns in this her debut novel. Her background includes a Master of Arts degree in English, from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a concentration in writing and a minor in philosophy, from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire. Her day job is as a project manager for a company providing cloud software products for call centers at small, medium, and enterprise companies, and as of last year she started her own business, Ansel Resume Resolution Services LLC, writing resumes and cover letters. The tenor of this new novel is so rich that it is at least likely as not that Jennifer-Lynn will embrace writing novels full time! Continue reading

Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul

‘inside and outside, the psyche and the world’ – The legacy of Carl Jung

Review by Grady Harp

Claire Dunne has produced what many of us will consider the definitive biography of the great Carl Jung. Yes, we all studied Jungian thought in college and many books have been written about the influence of Carl Jung on our psyches and our world vision, but few take us through this important man’s life and contributions accompanied by art on every page that makes Jung’s though lines visual. Paintings by diverse artists, famous and legendary and unknown and anonymous, allow a different entry in to the wonders of Jung’s contributions.

Why no one has thought of this technique of communication before now seems strange, so powerful is the combination of Claire’s writing coupled with the painting and woodblocks and drawings and symbols she has elected to illustrate her points. This is a book to treasure and one to offer young students curious about the development of psychology and worldview in the early years of their education. Simply put, this book is an award worthy volume that deserves a very large audience who are curious about the impact of one of the greatest minds of our culture. Highly Recommended on every level. Grady Harp, November 15

TITLE: Carl Jung: Wounded Healer of the Soul
AUTHOR: Claire Dunne
ISBN: 978-1-78028-831-4
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