SPIRITUALITY FOR MOMMIES: Empowering Women at all Life Stages, by Paula M. Ezop (Lulu.com), 96 pages, $14.95, download $8.50, at lulu.com/content/3962989
Spirituality for Mommies helps women understand their own spirituality through development of personalized models. This book should appeal to readers who enjoy self-help books and spiritual literature. The work is intended as a guide for all women that focuses on feeling, thinking, and acting spiritually. We are reminded that we are more than the woman we see in our mirror. The author writes a weekly column on spirituality for Blue Ridge Today in South Carolina. Paula M. Ezop, of Bartlett, Ill., contributed to Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul.
CHILDREN OF THE CREATIVE FORCE, by Hugh K. Wolfe Jr., Ph.D. (RoseDog Books), 134 pages, $15, also available as PDF download, available at www. rosedogbooks.com/chofcrfo.html
In Children of the Creative Force, Dr. Wolfe effectively merges science, history and the readings of Edgar Cayce to provide a modern understanding of Christian scriptures and what they reveal about the origin of life, its purpose and how we can prevent our own destruction. Chapters cover such widely diverse subjects as the genesis of humanity, the fate of Atlantis, Egypt and the Pyramids, Super String theory and the coming of the New Age. Yet, despite their diversity, Wolfe weaves a fascinating thread that linksthem showing a clear path to God Consciousness. Blending ancient archaeological finds with the teachings of scripture, Dr. Wolfe staunchly believes the solutions lie within.
GREEN MEMORIES by Azam Ali, Shahrokh Yadegari and Keyavash Nourai (LilaSound), $13-$18, available at Amazon.com or CDUniverse.com
A trio of Iranian-American musicians – Shahrokh Yadegari (electronic musician/composer), Keyavash Nourai (violinist) and Azam Ali (vocalist and Six Degrees recording artist) – collaborated on this project to create an album based on the poem "I Pity the Garden (Green Memories)" by Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad. The poem has a message of impending environmental devastation and has sweeping implications for the way humans relate to each other and their world. The poem begins: "No one thinks of the flowers. / No one thinks of the fish. / No one wants to believe the garden is dying, / that its heart has swollen in the heat / of this sun, that its mind drains slowly / of its lush memories." Green Memories, a suite of structured improvisations, uses collaborative creative techniques and an instrument called Lila, an electronic program Yadegari invented that transforms the input of acoustic instruments to create a complex weave of melodies and textures. Through Lila, he forges a musical environment with Western and Persian classical violinist Keyavash Nourai and vocalist Azam Ali.
A NEW EARTH: AWAKENING TO YOUR LIFE’s PURPOSE, based on the Eckhart Tolle book (New World Library), $18.95, available at Amazon.com
These 52 inspirational cards offer another way to experience the teachings of Eckhart Tolle’s new book, an Oprah book club selection. Each of the statements on the full-color cards was selected by the author for daily contemplation and deeper meditation. Meditate on one card a day, one a week or one for an entire year, using the pop-up frame to display a single card on a desk, altar or special spot in your home. The quotations are designed to free readers from the confines of the ego and experience your true essence, as well as the true essence of the world.
WISDOM OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR, based on the Dan Millman book (New World Library), $17.95, available at Amazon.com
Dan Millman’s response to readers who asked for expanded commentary on the original teachings of Way of the Peaceful Warrior was the book Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior. That wisdom has been further refined into a beautiful card set that showcases these inspirational reminders for daily life. The set of 52 cards are written in the author’s clear, playful style. The aphorisms embody timeless spiritual wisdom that you can apply directly to your life. An example from the deck: "When a raindrop joins the sea, the sea also merges with the raindrop. Personal and collective awakening are one in the same." Featuring a variety of four breathtaking seascapes on one side and a playful aphorism on the other, the Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior deck comes in New World Library’s unique magnetic box, with the lidded top doubling as frame for inserting your favorite card for meditation or affirmation.
RIPPLE EFFECT: One secret changes everything…, starring Forest Whitaker, Virginia Madsen and Minnie Driver, directed by Philippe Caland (Monterey Media), 83 minutes, $24.95, pre-order at www.montereymedia.com, release date October 7.
Ripple Effect tells the story of hip clothing designer, Amer Atrash, who is perpetually on the brink of success. Now, with time running out, he is undergoing a crisis in his business and in his marriage. Soul searching, he attributes his misfortune to bad karma from a wrongdoing committed 15 years ago and sets out to right this wrong, experiencing a spiritual awakening in the process. Ripple Effect received the Director’s Choice Best Feature Award at the Sedona International Film Festival.
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