Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, August 2017
and Scientific Truths
by Jim Willis
Visible Ink Press
43311 Joy Road #414
Canton, MI 48187-2075
2017, 416 pages, 7.125” x 9.25” Trade Paperback, US $19.95
120 B/W Photos and Illustrations
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
Supernatural Gods is authored by Jim Willis, an ordained minister for over 40 years, who earned a master's degree in theology from Andover Newton Theological School. Willis explores complex, controversial, and thought-provoking evidence and theories that one does not usually find a person of his background so willingly and enthusiastically delving into and reporting upon, mixing together science, spirituality and the paranormal. He blends the old with the new and explains that a meaningful theory of intuition and deja vu may come not from psychics and mystics but the emerging field of quantum physics. He believes that the Australian aboringinals had it right, that the Dreamtime is real and life is the illusion, and that the brain is the receiver not the originator. He agrees with Ervin Laszlo who believes we tap into a so-called “Akashic Field.” He points out that while many will argue that an MRI shows how each thought originates in some part of the brain, a modern shaman would argue that while a radio might play a Hank Williams song, the country singer doesn't live in the radio just as true consciousness doesn't reside in just the circuits and neurons of the brain.
He delves deeply and relentlessly into it all, no holds barred, with an obvious thirst and appreciation for finding the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but. His quest is a comprehensive one that weaves through a vast historical progression of events, from shamanism to modern quantum physics, exploring so many various facets and aspects inbetween and their potential and ultimate significance.
If this is unfamiliar, uncharted territory for the reader, they should fear not. Willis gets into the nitty gritty and carefully goes into easy-to-follow detail with each page, even though he delves into some truly complex and confusing subject matter. He has a very friendly, chatty style of writing, that almost makes one feel like he's right there with you as you read his words. He also shares personal experiences, like out-of-body episodes that's he's had, meditation, and dowsing experiences too. In fact, he shares how with his dowsing rods he feels he has been able to tap into his higher self.
Aliens, God and the Bible:
A Theological Speculative Study
of the Bible's Alien Mysteries
by the Rev. Dr. Joel Curtis Graves
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road
Atglen, PA 19310
2017, 192 pages, Paperback, US $17.99
Reviewed by Brent Raynes
An Anglican priest in the Anglican Church in North America, the author approaches the UFO/alien question from a speculative theological, Bible-based exploration of the evidence. He begins with the Book of Revelations prophetic description of the future arrival to earth of the New Jerusalem, an enormous spaceship in the shape of a giant cube, whose length, width, and height is to be 1,380 miles! That is, if you actually believe this, and the author states that you “cannot cherry-pick the Bible,” though admits interpretation isn't always easy. He believes that the theory of evolution is seriously flawed, and fails to take into consideration a supernatural explanation. He presents his speculation that the UFO aliens are our living ancestors! That is, they also departed from the Garden of Eden, as did Adam and Eve, but that they ate from the Tree of Life, which made them immortals and allowed them to travel between two dimensions – two different worlds, the physical and the spiritual!
On the New Jerusalem we find that the Tree of Life and the River of the Water of Life will be on this giant spaceship. The author spends a good number of pages analyzing what the Bible seems to tell us about this giant cube, it's purpose, appearance, and even it's possible make-up.
The author mentions the huge Nazca lines of Peru, whose shapes and designs can only really be seen from above, and the elongated skulls of these ancient people who, he speculates, deformed their heads to possibly mimic visiting aliens. He even speculates that the legendary Bigfoot creature may be one of these Immortals from the Garden. He quotes a Ray Owen, son of a Dakota spiritual leader from a reservation in Minnesota, who says that Bigfoot exists in “another dimension” and is “from God.” He found that the Lakota describe him as both spirit and a real being.
The author discusses mental illness and demonic possession, believing in both. He also discusses the power of prayer, fasting, and the importance of seeking forgiveness. He doesn't waiver from his spiritual faith and beliefs while trying to explain the UFO/alien enigma with a theological connection always in mind.
If you're an athiest this book will probably be one you will pass on, but the Garden of Eden aspect with regard to the aliens (and Bigfoot!) is an interesting new twist.