Apprentice to a Death Defier: Scales of the Dragon
With his newest book Justin Taft, Jr. continues to build on his previous success. As I Saw It was well received by the Rochester community as a colorful and engaging look at Rochester during the 1930s Depression. Whereas his first book included humorous recollections of town characters, community leaders, escaped convicts, gypsies and chicken thieves The Tafts of Rochester, Illinois focuses on the Taft family itself.
Through this book Justin Taft continues to share his insight on life in the early days of Rochester. Unlike his previous work, this newest effort is professionally researched within its historical context. The westward migration and acquisition of land by Vermont to Rochester families is explored. Previously unidentified relationships between migrating Vermont families are documented. Each of the Rochester Tafts is traced through vital records, census listings, land transactions, family letters and bibles. The author annotates the book with early Rochester photographs and Taft family heirlooms, never forgetting to spin his signature folktales, adding depth to our understanding of the lives of his ancestors and many other early pioneers of
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This book shines like a gem amongst the plethora of metaphysical books. It is the first in a series of six books.
Each chapter is the author's experience of a teaching journey with his teacher, Master Q. A singularly unique exposition of precepts and principles of Mayan sorcery as taught by the Death Defier Quetzlquatl (Master Q).
There are similarities to Toltec sorcery but the differences makes the read so fascinating. In my humble opinion die-hard followers of Carlos Castaneda's rendition of the Toltec teachings of Don Juan Matus would serve their own growth well by availing themselves of this information.
The contra-points enable a comparison to the reader's understanding of Toltec teachings so as to enable a third point to emerge.
In a world of convenience-based metaphysics, this book is a fresh jolt back to the reality of the hard requirements for personal evolution. -Henk