Atlantis: Insights From a Lost Civilization
by Shirley Andrews

"Even though they lived long ago, Atlanteans were basically like us: equally as intelligent, they laughed, smiled, and loved, grew frustrated, angry, and determined."

Atlantis has fascinated people since Plato first wrote about a highly advanced, utopian society consisting of people who were moral and spiritual until they let greed and immorality control them, eventually leading to their downfall. This book is the work of one who has spent a lifetime enthralled by the story of Atlantis. Andrews states in the book’s introduction that it is her belief that Atlantis is more than Plato’s literary invention, and that “. . . Atlantis will eventually be included in our history books.”

Drawing heavily on the works of famed psychic Edgar Cayce, coupled with geographical and scientific studies, other sources on Atlantis, and writings from other reputable psychics, Andrews creates a comprehensive study of a once-thriving nation. It is important to note that in the author’s introduction she speaks of her belief in having lived a previous life in Atlantis where she used her “knowledge and skills in evil ways to gain power.” Compelled to share her knowledge of Atlantis, the author hopes to atone for misdeeds and help “improve and maintain life on this planet today.”

The book is divided into three historical periods: Early Atlantis, The Golden Years 20,000–10,000 B.C., and Destruction and New Beginnings. Of particular interest is Part II which details the people and their customs. Andrews asserts that Atlanteans were much like people today, both intellectually and emotionally. “They were capable of calculating, estimating, making plans, and reflecting on the past, present, and future,” she states. The author also purports that these early residents of Atlantis possessed psychic traits, and their children’s innate psychic abilities were widely supported. She discusses the possibility of extraterrestrials having visited Atlantis, furthering their advancement, and the belief that Atlanteans migrated at various times during their history to other parts of the globe.

There are many ideas purported in Andrews’ work that may be viewed by some as far-fetched, but the author asks that readers assess her views “with an open mind” and consider the possibilities she presents. The extended research of Andrews, which includes recent geographical and scientific findings pointing to the islands of Atlantis as being possibly located in the Atlantic Ocean, is indeed intriguing. The many footnotes throughout the book point to both traditional scientific findings as well as information gathered from psychics such as Edgar Cayce, giving readers plenty of resources for further reading.

Andrews writes with passion about her subject and with detail that grabs the reader’s attention. Especially interesting is her belief in the possibility of Atlanteans migrating to other lands as they faced upheaval on the island. Her inclusion of maps and timelines enhances the reader’s understanding of her history of Atlantis. Andrews’ research is extensive, and she presents this information in vibrant and accessible language. Whether one reads with belief or skepticism, this is a fascinating look at a lost civilization that captures the imagination. Anyone with an interest in Atlantis will enjoy Andrews’ work, whether taken as fact or conjecture. It is an enthralling read with vivid detail and an abundance of information with extensive research about Atlanteans and their everyday lives.

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