Bridge to the Afterlife: A Medium’s Message of Hope & Healing, by Troy Parkinson (paperback) Llewellyn, $15.95, 240 pages.
Spiritual medium Troy Parkinson, a rising star in the paranormal world, shares fascinating first-hand stories of his experiences with the spirit realm. Communicating with spirits was the last thing Troy Parkinson ever thought he’d do. A North Dakota native and self-described “ordinary guy,” he first attended a spiritualist meeting when he was a college student in Boston. After receiving a message that night from his great-grandmother’s spirit, he pursued mediumship training through the world-renowned First Spiritual Temple of Boston. In Bridge to the Afterlife, he explores the ethics of spirit communication, discusses how spirits are depicted by Hollywood, and reveals how readers can develop their own mediumship abilities. Troy’s remarkable story and amazing messages from spirit, which include moving accounts of how children and animals communicate from beyond, will touch your heart, inspire your soul, and remind you that your loved ones are always with you.
Blissful Brain: Neuroscience and Proof of the Power of Meditation, by Shanida Nataraja (paperback) Gaia, $12.99, 240 pages.
What goes on in the brain when we meditate? Are we biologically programmed to need religious and mystical experiences? Can the benefits of meditation be measured? In The Blissful Brain, Dr. Shanida Nataraja explores the extraordinary research that shows practices such as meditation, tai chi and yoga are not only helpful in reducing stress; they may actually be crucial for good health and optimal brain functioning. From the effects of meditation on blood pressure and depression to the latest insights from brain imaging studies, this book reveals the scientific evidence that proves meditative practices should be at the very heart of our healthcare system. Dr. Shanida Nataraja has a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from University College London. Her research thesis focused on learning and memory and she has continued to work in this field, holding a post-doctoral research position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Shanida regularly meditates and practices yoga and in 2004 collaborated in the development of a seminar on the benefits of meditation, tai chi and qigong for professionals.
Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot, by Andrea Leininger, Bruce Leininger and Ken Gross (hardcover) Grand Central Publishing, $24.99, 272 pages.
This is the story of James Leininger, who – a little more than two weeks after his second birthday – began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like, “Plane on fire! Little man can’t get out!” the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice. When details of planes and war tragedies no two-year-old boy could know continued – even in stark daylight– Bruce and Andrea Leininger began to realize that this was an incredible situation. Soul Survivor is the story of how the Leiningers pieced together what their son was communicating and eventually discovered that he was reliving the past life of World War II fighter pilot James Huston. As Bruce Leininger struggled to understand what was happening to his son, he also uncovered details of James Huston’s life – and death – as a pilot that will fascinate military buffs everywhere. In Soul Survivor, we are taken for a gripping ride as the Leiningers’ belief system is shaken to the core, and both of these families come to know a little boy who, against all odds and even in the face of true skeptics, harbors the soul of this man who died long ago.
The Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination, by Robert Moss (paperback) New World Library, $14.95, 262 pages.
Have you ever said something was only a dream, only a coincidence, or only your imagination? In this book you’ll discover that these “only” things can be keys to finding and living your bigger story. You’ll learn to tap into the nine powers of dreaming, the nine rules of coincidence, and the seven uses of imagination. You’ll be inspired by stories of how innovators and world changers have used these gifts, and you’ll learn wonderful games to help you access your intuition, heal yourself, and bring juice to your everyday life. When we claim the power of the Three Only Things, we reclaim tools that are profoundly simple yet have the power to remake our lives and the world. Robert Moss, the pioneer of Active Dreaming, is the author of many books, including Conscious Dreaming, The Secret History of Dreaming, and the novel The Firekeeper. He offers workshops and lectures all over the world, hosts the Way of the Dreamer radio show, and leads a lively online dream school. He lives in upstate New York.
Healing into Possibility: The Transformational Lessons of a Stroke, by Alison Bonds Shapiro (paperback) New World Library, $14.95, 224 pages.
Alison Bonds Shapiro suffered two debilitating and nearly fatal strokes in her fifties. Healing into Possibility chronicles her experience of learning, through trial and error, that her attitude would play the most important role in her remarkable recovery. In this touching book, Shapiro teaches simple principles that anyone can use when faced with illness, injury, or any other seemingly insurmountable problem to transform despair into hope and dead ends into possibilities. “I have witnessed this simple truth over and over again: It is not what happens that makes the difference. It is how we work with what happens that changes everything,” the author says. Alison Bonds Shapiro works with stroke survivors and their families at an HMO in Northern California. She also serves as an advisor to a small nonprofit dedicated to stroke survivors.
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