Greetings, my readers. I decided to switch things up a bit and review a nonfiction novel. This installation is Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet by Jess Stearn. It’s a fascinating read and covers a variety of information that should appeal to a broad audience. Anyway, on with the show!
—Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet—
Edgar Cayce was an unnatural man, the book claimed, with his ability to enter a trance and procure insightful information. Upon waking, Cayce wouldn’t remember any of it, but listeners would jot down his words.
Many sick people were cured after following Cayce’s directions—and he often supplied complex or unusual ingredients for each cure. Cayce’s work also mentioned reincarnation and theories of Atlantis, delving deep into conspiracy theory and spiritual suggestion.
Unfortunately, the writing fluctuated between exciting and dull. If you don’t know what to look for, reading this book for the first time may seem overwhelming.
Much of the book is organized into case studies where a patient comes to Cayce for a diagnosis. Cayce provides a curse for a particular disease and elaborates on why it occurred. Some of these studies were intriguing.
Chapters are relatively long, and the book runs around three-hundred pages in a fine print.
The ideas in this book may come off as far-fetched to some readers—but in general, Cayce had some wise advice, particularly with health and spiritual outlook. The many people cured through Cayce are scientifically documented, suggesting there is a method to his madness.
Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet has an abundant amount of detail across a wide variety of topics. Any open-minded reader would value the wisdom within this novel, able to apply it to his or her own life.
The case studies are straight forward and enjoyable, ranging from cancer patients to migraine victims and paralysis. Cayce also mentions topics like Atlantis, geological upheaval of the planet, and spiritual concepts. Stearn did an excellent job portraying Cayce’s information.
This novel isn’t for everyone and requires an open mind. The prose can be difficult to understand sometimes, and you can easily get overwhelmed in all the information. As an aid, I highlighted specific portions of the book that I could reference later.
This book was written in the mid-twentieth century, so some of the information may be outdated or obsolete.
—My rating for Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet: 4/5 stars: an excellent read—
Jess Stearn produced a fantastic book on the mystic, Edgar Cayce. For me, several of the topics hit home, and I found most of the book very enjoyable and informative. Much of what Cayce suggested can still be applied today, empowering readers’ lives with his cryptic words.
As I mentioned above, parts of the book are dry and serve as filler content. It is highly recommended that you underline or highlight specific passages and later—after finishing the book—use it as a reference guide.
Overall, if you’re an open-minded reader with an interest in alternative medicine and new age theories, then this book is for you.
Have you any thoughts on Edgar Cayce? Are you a Cayce fan who has researched his work? Leave it in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading!
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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet”
Good for you, writing about Edgar Cayce. Glad he is not being forgotten.
All the best
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Thanks for the comment, Paul! Edgar Cayce was indeed a legend.
My Dad gave to me 6 paperback books about Cayce, I think he still has 1. I’ve read nearly all of them completely. It’s neat to see how worn they are from him having read them multiple times. I think Cayce was interesting & unique. It is really neat people are still learning of him.
Thanks for the comment! Cayce was a wonder for his time. He helped a lot of people and did some amazing things.
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