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Edgar Cayce : an American prophet
Kirkpatrick, Sidney.
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New York : Riverhead Books, [2000]

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564 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Edgar Cayce Jr., born in 1877 in rural Kentucky and educated only through the eighth grade, was a man with special powers. Known as the "sleeping prophet", Cayce was an endless source of information. Awake, he had no knowledge of any of the subjects he discussed, but in a trance he prescribed medical treatments, predicted future world events, interpreted past lives (including the life of Jesus Christ), designed innovative technologies, wrote screenplays, spoke in foreign languages, and brought spiritual messages from the "other side". Although he never examined patients, and often gave trance readings for people hundreds of miles away, his medical diagnoses were deemed to be correct nearly ninety per cent of the time, and his predictions were often uncannily accurate. The first researcher to have unlimited access to thousands of Cayce's documents, Sidney Kirkpatrick has written a fascinating, definitive biography of a humble man whose psychic work prefigured the new-age and alternative-health movements, and brought him a huge following.

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Sidney D. Kirkpatrick is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His critically acclaimed books include the New York Times bestseller A Cast of Killers and Lords of Sipan , a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. He lives in Pasadena.

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Booklist Review

Cayce, humble son of Kentucky tobacco farmers, single-handedly fathered the New Age movement, although he never intended to. Best known for his abilities as a psychic diagnostician, Cayce, with no medical background, would go to sleep and accurately describe illnesses, then prescribe holistic treatments, which, if followed, consistently yielded cures. Gleaning his knowledge from channeling what he called the "Source," Cayce, the "sleeping prophet," also predicted both world wars; spoke on metaphysical topics such as reincarnation, Atlantis, and the life of Christ; and expounded ideas that proved to be years ahead of their time. Kirkpatrick, the only person allowed unrestricted access to all of Cayce's personal writings, presents what every Cayce fan hungers for: a detailed and complete biography that reveals family secrets that were deemed too sensitive to include in earlier works, as well as the long-suppressed identities of the many famous people, from Woodrow Wilson to Thomas Edison, who benefited from Cayce's readings. Kirkpatrick has lovingly renewed the Cayce legacy, bringing forth his spiritual messages of admonishment and hope, which are as significant today as they were in his lifetime. --David Siegfried

Publisher's Weekly Review

Celebrated during his lifetime for his alleged psychic abilities, Cayce's memory has been enshrined today for his remarks on astrology, the future, reincarnation, the lost years of Jesus, the mysterious kingdom of Atlantis and other secrets of the universe. Cayce has been the subject of innumerable memoirs and exegetical analyses, but none quite so massive or so detailed as this bulky hagiography. Kirkpatrick, author of the bestseller A Cast of Killers, has followed standard procedure in presenting Cayce's life in resolutely uncritical terms. Beginning with Cayce's moony youth in rural Kentucky and continuing through his dotage as a (claimed) channel for the Archangel Michael at the Association for Research and Enlightenment Inc., Kirkpatrick recites every apocryphal story of Cayce's marvelous work. He furnishes eye-glazingly copious arcana of value only to the most devoted acolyte: the names, for example, of the other men who lived in the boarding house Cayce occupied in 1902 and 1903, and the exact nature of the relationships Cayce is said to have enjoyed in previous lives with his much younger secretary and "soul mate," Gladys Davis. Relying on the recorded testimony of Cayce and his aged disciples and other dubious evidence, Kirkpatrick writes only in glowing superlatives; the prophet's every deed was a miracle, the photographs he took of "museum quality." If Cayce ever made a mistake or had an off day, it has been surgically excised from this record. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Psychic healer Cayce (1877-1945) had no medical training yet correctly diagnosed illnesses and prescribed original and effective medical treatments while in a trance. During these "readings," Cayce would also predict future happenings (the 1929 stock market crash, no less) and interpret past lives and historical events. Beginning with Cayce's birth and early years in Kentucky, Kirkpatrick (Lords of Sipan) chronicles Cayce's unsuccessful ventures as a photographer and oil prospector, leading to his eventual decision to devote his life to the work of healing. Unlike Cayce's other biographers, who were affiliated with the Cayce Foundation, Kirkpatrick steers a middle course; he does not completely believe in or refute the effectiveness of Cayce's medical readings: "The true measure of Edgar Cayce's contribution to medicine rests in the holistic approach he brought to help the people who came to him." This fair, fascinating, and well-researched biography of one of 20th-century America's most famous psychics is recommended for public and academic libraries.DLucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Open Doorp. 1
Part I A Christian in Christian County
1. A Most Unusual Childp. 15
2. Little Friends and Little Annap. 27
3. In the Company of Angelsp. 38
4. A Voice from Beyondp. 43
Part II Hoptown and Louisville
5. Hopper Brothers Bookstorep. 55
6. The Young Lady from The Hillp. 64
7. Margaret of Louisvillep. 73
8. Miraculous Recoveryp. 82
Part III Psychic Diagnostician
9. A Child in Needp. 95
10. Mind Is the Builderp. 111
11. Final Days in Bowling Greenp. 127
12. The Discovery of Edgar Caycep. 138
13. The Psychic Partnershipp. 150
14. Under Investigationp. 165
15. Little City on a Big Riverp. 174
16. Trial by Firep. 184
17. At Home and Abroadp. 193
Part IV Riches From The Earth
18. Lucky Boyp. 205
19. Desdemonap. 214
20. Luling and Edgar B. Davisp. 223
21. Harry Houdini and Cayce Petroleump. 229
22. Rocky Pasturep. 237
23. Birmingham and Daytonp. 244
24. Divine Lawp. 253
Part V Venture Inward
25. Miss Gladys and Mr. Caycep. 263
26. Ruled by Jupiterp. 270
27. A Monk in His Third Appearancep. 278
28. Karmic Debt and the First Causep. 288
29. History and Hardshipsp. 298
30. Love and Marriagep. 305
31. Blessings to Comep. 311
32. The Blumenthal Brothersp. 318
33. The Life of Christp. 327
Part VI A Home on The Beach
34. Life in Virginia Beachp. 343
35. Dreams and Reincarnationp. 354
36. Treasures Great and Smallp. 365
37. Atlantis and the Future of Manp. 375
38. Gravity, Polarity, and Perpetual Motionp. 382
Part VII The Cayce Hospital
39. A Dream Realizedp. 393
40. The Healing Artsp. 402
41. Atlantic Universityp. 412
42. Irish Eyes and Fallen Angelsp. 424
Part VIII Called Back
43. Begin at the Beginningp. 441
44. He that Endurethp. 455
45. Beloved Teacherp. 466
46. The Messengerp. 476
47. Peace and Prosperityp. 489
48. The Last Readingp. 508
Epilogue: The New Tomorrowp. 524
Acknowledgmentsp. 535
Notesp. 537
Indexp. 556