CIRCLES OF STONE [NOOK Book]

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Evoking the narrative sweep of The Clan of the Cave Bear and the spiritual resonance of The Celestine Prophecy, Joan Dahr Lambert creates an extraordinary novel of prehistoric life: CIRCLES OF STONE. In this compelling adventure, the stories of three wise women - each called Zena, yet born thousands of years apart - unfold in a compassionate and moving saga that celebrates the remarkable growth of the human spirit.

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Overview

Evoking the narrative sweep of The Clan of the Cave Bear and the spiritual resonance of The Celestine Prophecy, Joan Dahr Lambert creates an extraordinary novel of prehistoric life: CIRCLES OF STONE. In this compelling adventure, the stories of three wise women - each called Zena, yet born thousands of years apart - unfold in a compassionate and moving saga that celebrates the remarkable growth of the human spirit.

CIRCLES OF STONE ranges from the African savannah more than one million years ago to the fertile shores of the Red Sea to the magnificent limestone caves of the Pyrenees mountains, where the first artists painted the fire-lit wonders of their existence. Scene after scene of breathtaking drama draws us into their lives as they negotiate a world they do not understand - in which an ostrich eggshell becomes a wondrous device for carrying water, and the earth’s upheavals reveal a lush, lifesaving oasis to a starving tribe.

The first Zena, orphaned by fierce storms that engulf the parched plains in murderous torrents, is overcome by tenderness for a lost and wounded infant whose body scent is recognized by a strange tribe, ensuring their survival. When drought withers the grasslands again, desperation drives her to an ecstatic moment of revelation that will forever transform her people.
Surviving a wildebeest stampeded that decimates her people, the second Zena rages against the Mother for her betrayal. But a woman of great gifts and insights joins Zena’s band, inspiring her to embrace the mystical vision that is her destiny. And as the tribe wanders far beyond Africa’s Great Rift Valley, she discovers a devastating secret of sexuality and childbirth that she must conceal at all costs.

Raised on the meadows that shelter beneath the Pyrenees, the third Zena is outraged when a man of her tribe violates an ancient tradition that has empowered and protected women. But it is her own terrible sin against the Mother that sends Zena fleeing into the mountains. Now, as violence spreads across the land, Zena’s visions of the future grow more fearful, until an astonishing act of love fills her with hope and the will to go on.

With striking detail, Circles of Stone reinvents the incredible world of our distant ancestors. The pungent scents and sounds, the awesome scenes that greeted primitive eyes all come alive again, and we are immersed in the beauty and danger that shaped our predecessors’ daily lives. As the human heart and soul emerge in a volatile dance of experience, language and meaning, CIRCLES OF STONE becomes an unforgettable, supremely entertaining read.
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Editorial Reviews

Flint MI Journal
“A blinding journey of intense spirituality and story-telling so unobtrusive it begs the reader to pay attention… CIRCLES OF STONE displays an obvious depth of knowledge about the evolution of human minds and bodies, and its imaginative and embracing characters explore the evolution of the human soul - making this book a spiritual experience in itself.” Rachel Perry, Flint (MI) Journal
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“CIRCLES OF STONE is an epic story of the indomitable human spirit through the ages. A gripping prehistoric saga of life and death, joy and suffering, and enduring hope sustained by faith in the Great Goddess, it brings to life what once was and can again be. It is a book that will be treasured for generations to come as a new classic celebrating life and love.” Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade and Sacred Pleasure.
Clear Creek County, CO
Lambert combines her research and theories into a compelling story… She seems to capture, through raw detail, the sights, scents and sounds of a million years ago. CIRCLES OF STONE is a memorable novel that leaves the reader, man or woman, thinking about nothing less than the human existence.” Renee Aragon, Great Divide (Clear Creek County, CO)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015030402
  • Publisher: JODAHR BOOKS
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Series: THE MOTHER PEOPLE SERIES , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 517
  • Sales rank: 486,930
  • File size: 394 KB

Meet the Author

Joan Dahr Lambert is an academic who accidentally became a novelist when she set out to write her first book. Intended as a nonfiction account of female contributions to human evolution (about which she knows a great deal), it mysteriously transformed itself into a novel as words and scenes appeared in her mind. That was CIRCLES OF STONE, first published by Simon& Schuster in 1997, now published as an e-book by the author. Since then she has written two other books in the Mother People Series: CIRCLES IN THE SKY, which takes up the story at the same point that CIRCLES OF STONE ends, and ICE BURIAL, the story of the 5,000 year old Iceman discovered as glaciers melted in Italy, which will be published as a e-book in August, 2012.

On a lighter note, Lambert also writes British-style mysteries. Books One Two ad Three in the series, WALKING INTO MURDER,WADING INTO MURDER and SKIING INTO MURDER, feature Professor Laura Morland, an irrepressible sleuth with a love of adventure, an impetuous nature, and a tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time - all traits that land her in unusual and often dangerous situations as she pursues her love of walking in England and other parts of Europe. It is no accident that Laura goes on walking trips; so does her author. Nor is it accidental that Laura is a professor of Gender Studies. Lambert has studied gender issues for more than thirty years.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Not impressed!

    The first section of the book was at least interesting, but once I got into the rest of the book I was very disappointed. Being a Zoologist, I was amazed at the conceptual fallacies Lambert wrote in this book. With her education, she could have written a much more believable story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    compelling. this book won't let you go!

    I just loved this book. What Jean M. Auel did for Europe and Linda Lay Shuler did for America Joan Dahr Lambert did for Africa. She gave me an idea about our prehistric ancestors and their religion - and she did this in a compelling and exciting way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2002

    Very compelling!

    This book was a great insight to the origins of the foundations of religion. I loved the heroine in this book <all three of them>, and would recomend it to any man or woman looking to find answers to the big questions in their lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    compelling and amazing

    I first read this book a few years ago, and I was just amazed and riveted by it. I could not put it down until I finished reading every page, it was that exciting to me. It also gave me a lot of perspective, since I am a follower of a religion that finds its roots with the very people that this book describes, and it is intriguing to see the evolution of tribe to tribe as described in this book... especially when paired with the knowledge that the author did not make all of this up, but did extensive research into prehistoric people... it's almost like being there when these events happen, like they really happened... and it really shook me to the core to read about the ways of worship, the creation of the circle of stones and the rituals conducted within them, and made me see things in a whole new light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    Riveting Time Travel

    I feel that the title of this book was relevant to the story. The circles of stone did bring everything together in full circle so to speak. Aside from the relevancy of the title to theme of the story, it was not a good title. So many other books have a similar title, that it gets confusing for readers when searching for new books to read. There are several books out there that are titled Circle of Stones. It's been 2 years since I read this book, so I can't think of another title for it, but the book was so powerful and riveting that it wouldn't be too hard to come up with alternative titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2000

    Sacred Feminine Inspiration

    As a follower of goddess lore and earth religions, reading this book was a thrilling and empowering experience. These days, as more and more women rediscover and reconnect with Gaia and open to listening intuitively for real guidance, this fiction depicts some possible origins of this process. I listen and get answers, just like the three Zenas in the book listen and get answers. The sense of connection I felt to women throughout time was glorious, and I highly recommend this book to other people searching for clues to an earth-based spiritual lifestyle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    Another Great Author

    This book is a very enjoyable read. Comparable to Jean Auel's detailing of the lives and struggles of our earliest ancestors. I plan on looking up more on this author. Characters are easy to identify and scenery is detailing but not boring. It made me appreciate todays advantages of having healthy children and realize that God has existed in all cultures in one degree or another.

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