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Beatriz Sarlo on Popular Religion

Amiable Spirituality

Prayers to Heal, You Can Save Your Life, Heal Your Body, Magic With Angels, Taking Care of Angels, The Hidden Message of Dreams, Beyond Darkness: My Journey... Bookstores in Buenos Aires (as all over the West) have complete sections for these promising titles. Book dealers maintain that they are the real best-sellers, sold by the dozen to middle aged women. Perhaps they are the ones who buy them, (but) not the only ones who read them.

One must say...that these books don't deal so much with death, but rather about improving life... They promise a better life...

© La Nación, Buenos Aires, Oct. 7, 1996


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