THE BETTER WORLD SHOPPING GUIDE, by Dr. Ellis Jones (New Society Publishers), $9.95, www.betterworldshopper.org
To help consumers navigate the shopping maze, The Better World Shopping Guide serves both holiday givers and receivers. It is a must-have guide for the socially and environmentally responsible consumer or those who want to improve their awareness. By rating the most common companies on their overall responsibility, the book provides a valuable lesson on how to save money while improving our planet. The Better World Shopping Guide synthesizes more than 5,000 hours of research, 1,000 companies and 75 product categories to provide consumers a fascinating resource to help them evaluate a product’s value by price point and its cost to society in terms of a company’s human and animal rights policies, community involvement and philanthropy, environmental practices and overall social responsibility.
MR. EGO AND THE BUBBLE OF LOVE, by Amber Hinton, M.Div., (Namaste Publishing), 32 pages, $16.95.
This exquisitely illustrated children’s book introduces children to an imaginary figure called Mister Ego – a character who represents the part of us that so easily becomes out of sorts and ruins a good time. In it Amber Hinton conveys a key aspect of the ego in a simplified manner appropriate for children who are pre-readers and early readers. In Mister Ego and the Bubble of Love, Nico and Leo, who are playing with blocks, get into an altercation. After the squabble is over, Leo is mad at himself because he’s spoiled all the fun. How can a child who tends to get upset and cantankerous learn to stay calm when he or she doesn’t get their way? With Mister Ego at rest in his bubble of love, the sun is out again and the house is once more a happy place for the children to play. Julie-Ann Harper, author and co-founder of Pick-a-Woo Woo publisher of children’s spiritual books, writes: "We see hundreds of children’s books each year that espouse wonderful spiritual messages. Very few, however, have come close to interpreting the teachings of Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and A New Earth with such belief and authenticity or conveyed in a language suitable for young children."
SUMMER’s PATH, by Scott Blum (Hay House), free, www.scottblum.net beginning January 2009
Summer’s Path represents the first time a major self-help publisher has used a free E-Book to exclusively launch a new series of books. Summer’s Path is the prequel to the highly anticipated hard cover book release Waiting for Autumn (Spring 2009). It is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease and only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death who offers him an exceptionally unique and unusual option.
THE RED DRUM, by Cristina M.R. Norcross (firkinfiction.com), 47 pages, $12.13
The Red Drum is a collection of poetry celebrating the joyfulness of living in the presence of authentic moments. Cristina M. R. Norcross writes about the sacred, every day moments that bring us joy, while reflecting on what makes the soul search for philosophical answers to modern living. Inspired by the beauty of landscapes, nature, visual art, music, parenthood, faith and the creative process itself, Ms. Norcross sheds light on why we need to strive for more out of life than just the external or temporal. Beneath the stunning cover of a black backdrop and an exquisite, stained glass window, are poems with questions for every searching soul. Ms. Norcross resides in Wisconsin with her husband and their two sons. She has had more than 50 works published in literary magazines in the U.K., the U.S., Canada and Algeria. The author’s latest book is Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art (2006). To learn more about the writing of Cristina M. R. Norcross, please visit her website.
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