NEW BOOKS

Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss (Healy House Books) by Sid Korpi, 317 pages, $21.95Good Grief melds the author’s personal perspectives and astounding stories with those of professionals (such as veterinarians, animal communicators and religious leaders) and other animal lovers the world over to help you make the pet-grieving process as positive as possible. The author notes: “The pain of losing a beloved animal companion is unlike any other. However, because our society on the whole discounts our grief as frivolous since we’ve ‘merely lost an animal,’ too many of us feel we must keep silent in our anguish or be labeled somehow defective. Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss ends the misperception that we must suffer in solitary confinement and thus prolong, or stay permanently stuck in, our grief.”

Unsung Love Songs (Lulu Publishing) by Cristina Norcross, $14Unsung Love Songs, the third book by author and poet Cristina Norcross of Oconomowoc, WI, follows a poetic journey through romantic love, familial love, universal love, as well as acceptance and love of the self. The first flush of romance always involves fireworks, flowers and much swooning. This initial burst of passion is just the beginning. What happens when couples have families and they collect anniversaries too numerous to count? If you are fortunate enough to find true love and keep it, then it is the moments of constancy, humor and co-existing that make up an enduring partnership. This collection of poems celebrates the quiet, everyday moments of love and how the recognition of this deep, abiding calmness can be the heart’s biggest flourish of all.

Ceremonies of the Spirit (Plain View Press) by Wendy Brown-Báez, 105 pages, $14.95Ceremonies of the Spirit has been called “gorgeous,” “exquisite,” “flirty” and “joyous work that should be celebrated. …engrossing, vibrant, honest, theatrical, mystical, lyrical, poignant, passionate, expressive, ceremonial, heart-achieving, soul-renewing….” Michael Parker, reviewer for Oranges & Sardines, writes: “Here are poems that are living, breathing things; that invite us into them, welcome us into their elegant, ethereal dance, and walk us across the threshold into sanctuary where we look inward, feed the soul’s spark, commune with enlightenment, and transform.”

The God Manifesto (Infinite Mind Publishing) by Russell S. Hill, 72 pages, $8.95, www.thegodmanifesto.com — What started out as a simple meditation quickly evolved into a deep communion with Source. The God Manifesto is a published account of several personal conversations between the author and God. The God Manifesto encourages us not to look to the events of this world as a catalyst for our happiness, but to turn our attention inward and celebrate our perfection. God describes a way of living your life that, when put into practice, will lead to a conscious awareness of your true self.

Mala of the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems (New World Library) edited by Ravi Nathwani and Kate Vogt, 144 pages, $18 — This collection of poems celebrates the eternal spiritual truth within each heart. Spanning a wide range of cultures and civilizations — from India, to Europe, Japan and the Middle East — each poem in this collection offers a unique perspective on the path to awakening. Some of the poems express belief in a higher being. Some convey instantaneous awakening. Others lead the reader down a disciplined path of contemplation. Mala of the Heart is a collective expression of universal heart-filled wisdom.

Bridge Between Worlds: Extraordinary Experiences That Changed Lives (HJ Kramer & New World Library) by Dan Millman & Doug Childers, 224, $14.95 — A decade before Dan Millman wrote his spiritual classic, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a motorcycle crash ended his Olympic dreams. Some years later, two thugs, one armed with a metal pipe, closed in to attack a young writer named Doug Childers. These two young men had no notion that they would one day meet, become friends and draw upon their experiences to create a collection of inspiring stories about people whose lives were changed by extraordinary events.

Psychic Empowerment for Everyone: You Have the Power, Learn How to Use It (Llewellyn) by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke and Joe H. Slate, Ph.D., 234 pages, $15.95 — Everyone has psychic powers, though most people don’t realize it. Psychic Empowerment for Everyone is the ultimate tool for increasing your innate psychic abilities to enhance relationships, improve job skills, increase self-knowledge and set you on a course to live a fuller life — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Living consciously, growing and evolving are fundamental aspects of our own happiness. Your practical experience and your intuition are key to developing the fulfilling life you want.


NEW DVD

The Little Soul and the Sun (WakingUp Media) by Neale Donald Walsch, 60 minutes, $20 — When a young boy named Max encounters a bully at school, it forces him to ponder why bad things happen to good people. A fantastic, visually stunning fable unfolds which holds meaningful lessons about life and the power of forgiveness. This is the premise of the new animated film based on the best-selling children’s book by Neale Donald Walsch, now available on DVD. The film brings to life the story of Max, who envisions himself as a “Little Soul.” Armed with a loving heart and a mindful of curiosity, he sets out to learn the true lessons of life and how to overcome difficult obstacles.

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