Local Books

The 53rd Card: A Dark Tale About Finding Light, by Virginia Weiss (Beaver Pond Press), 512 pages — Agoraphobic Emma Addison is afraid of any place too far from home, afraid of outside. But when one Christmas Eve she inadvertently summons the devil, she opens a door that will not close. Emma dismisses her unbidden guest, though not before relinquishing a cherished stone carving of Kuan Yin — an unwitting concession that bestows on her an unusual power. This power isn’t much — but it’s plenty enough to spark a craving for the devil’s tantalizing promise of more. And now Emma has some disquieting choices to make. Because if the devil is real, doesn’t that mean God is too? But if God is real, then why is the world such a mess and so desperately wanting the attention of the very power in her hands? Meanwhile, a door hangs open, a portal through which the devil will step, through which a host of divine beings will follow, all with an agenda of their own. And impelled to the remotest regions of faith and doubt, Emma discovers a place beyond both — a place the reader just might recognize as home.

Angel Relationships: A Match Made In Heaven, by Annette Bruchu (Schiffer Publishing), 128 pages — A wonderful phenomenon is happening in heaven and on earth. Angels want to prove their existence, and they are reaching out to connect with us more than ever. Likewise, here on earth, people are learning more about the angelic realm and the roles and purposes of angels in our lives. Using exercises, meditations and visualizations provided in this book, now you can connect to the angels and receive divine guidance for earthly challenges. Learn who the angels are and how you can change and grow to bond with your Guardian Angel and other heavenly beings. Discover their signs and how to troubleshoot your life so that you can receive heavenly wisdom. Understand how the lessons you’ve learned, months and days of the year, your emotions, and more, interact to become a gateway to heavenly angel energy. This book assists readers at all levels in the search to communicate with and understand angels. As we learn to raise our vibration and connect to the divine realm in order to become more present with our Guardian Angels, we are changing and growing. When we let our angels into our life and hearts, our thoughts naturally become kinder and more positive. This shifts our energies. Angels are available to us. Every single one of us is assigned a special angel at birth. As such, they are also the perfect resource for anyone interested in further developing their psychic abilities. By walking readers through the divine angel relationship, this book also discusses the different psychic gifts, and using our natural, angelic connection, aids readers in the further development of these gifts.

New Books

The Abundance Project: 40 Days to More Wealth, Health, Love, and Happiness, by Derek Rydall (Atria Books/Beyond Words), 288 pages, photo courtesy of Maria Rangel Photography — From the author of the acclaimed book Emergence comes a step-by-step guide to design and create abundance in any area of life, including money, time, love, creativity, and more. The Abundance Project is about having more than enough in every area of your life — more than enough money, time, love, creativity, happiness — regardless of the circumstances you’ve been through or are currently facing. This may sound like wishful thinking, but once you understand what you’re really made of, and what the source of real abundance is, you will increase your capacity and unleash your divine inheritance. Built on universal, proven principles, The Abundance Project breaks you out of the unsustainable buying/consuming loop created by the mindset that fulfillment comes from outside ourselves. Instead, Derek Rydall — international life coach and integrative therapist — shows you that the infinite-sum reserve that’s already in you will provide all that you need. Rydall teaches the laws of giving and circulation that will release the channels of abundance-creating energy in your life through his Seven Gifts that Give You Everything; he will help you identify Abundance Blind Spots and Shadows that get in the way; and he walks you through the step-by-step Abundance Boot Camp so you can design and master the life you’ve envisioned. The Abundance Project is a way of living that turns life from transactional to transformational.

Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six, by Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., and Alison Jefferies, MEd. (Viking), 432 pages — The scientific data on the link between lifestyle, environmental factors, and cancer risk has been accumulating at an accelerated rate over the past decade: Every week we learn something more that we can do as individuals to decrease the risk of cancer and improve the likelihood of long-term survival. Many of us — patients and doctors included — do not realize that changes in our daily choices and habits can improve quality of life, increase the chances of survival, and aid in the healing process for those with a diagnosis. These ideas were pioneered in David Servan-Schreiber’s Anticancer: A New Way of Life, and became the basis for a research study developed by Lorenzo Cohen and Servan-Schreiber at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Introducing the concept of the “Mix of Six,” Cohen and Alison Jefferies make an informed case that building social and emotional support; manag?ing stress; improving sleep, exercise, and diet; and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins work together to promote an optimal environment for health and well-being. While each plays an independent role, the synergy created by all six factors can radically transform health; delay or prevent many cancers; support conventional treatments; and significantly improve quality of life — as many testimonies and stories of those in the anti-cancer community eloquently show. Anticancer Living provides an accessible, prescriptive guide to wellness based on the latest scientific findings and clinical trials, and it showcases the community of doctors, researchers, caregivers, and patients who have been inspired to create change.

Bhakti Coloring Book: Deities, Mandalas, and the Art of Playful Meditation, by Ekabhumi Charles Ellik (Sounds True), 114 pages — In the yoga tradition, bhakti is the path of the heart. This devotional branch of yoga is growing in popularity as increasing numbers of practitioners seek greater peace and more heartfelt connections in their personal and professional lives. Artist and scholar Ekabhumi Charles Ellik invites us to cultivate these feelings of love and connection through coloring, meditation, and art in The Bhakti Coloring Book. Following on the success of The Shakti Coloring Book, Ekabhumi has created 40 brand-new, easy-to-color images from the bhakti tradition. Mandalas, deities, and symbols adorn the pages of this heart-centered book along with guidance for using the images both in spiritual practice and for simple pleasure. Devotional art is an important part of the bhakti tradition, as sacred imagery can shift our consciousness into a naturally meditative state. For experienced artists and novices alike, this book offers an enjoyable entry into this powerful practice.

Buddha’s Bodyguard: How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P., by Jeff Eisenberg (Findhorn Press), 160 pages — Drawing from his extensive experience as a professional protection agent, Jeff Eisenberg uses the tactics and strategies that a bodyguard employs in protecting a client from a threat as a blueprint for creating a Buddhist “security plan.” This plan provides the practical tools to protect one’s self from the threat of suffering in our world. Using the metaphor of being the Buddha’s bodyguard to understand the Buddhist teachings, the book details how to protect our inner “Buddha nature” and secure our mental and emotional wellbeing. We all have the chance to train ourselves to be more proactive in our own safety and avoid becoming a victim. And if we are victimized, this training will prepare us to take appropriate actions that will aid in our ability to survive with much less injury and trauma. As the author affirms: “It is vital to realize that a physical altercation is the last thing that happens in a chain of events. And while we must never blame the victim, our safety is our responsibility. Many situations can be avoided, or their severity greatly lessened, if we pay attention during the chain of events that leads up to it and respond appropriately.” While this book is not about personal protection per se, it applies personal protection theory and specific tactics utilized by bodyguards to Buddhist practice, laying out strategies to protect our inner Buddha from attack. Thus the Four Noble Truths are applied to the concept of “threat” in the form of Four Noble Tactical Truths, the Eight Tactics Plan echoes the Eightfold Path, and the Tactics of Interdepending embrace the notion of Interbeing in the Buddhist world. With “paying attention” and mindfulness being key concepts of both a bodyguard’s profession and Buddhist practice, this pioneering book speaks to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy, by Due Quach (Penguin Publishing), 384 pages, available May 18 — Author of the viral Medium piece, “Poor and Traumatized at Harvard,” Due Quach shares her Calm Clarity program to show readers how to deal with toxic stress and adversity. We often don’t realize how much control we have over our thoughts, feelings, and actions — on some days, the most minor irritation can upset us, but on others, we are in our best form and can rise to challenges with grace. These fluctuations depend on the neural networks firing in our brains, and we have the power to consciously break hardwired thought patterns. Due Quach developed an intimate understanding of the brain during her personal journey of healing from post-traumatic stress disorder. According to Quach, people function in three primary emotional states: Brain 1.0, Brain 2.0, and Brain 3.0. In Brain 1.0, people act out of fear and self-preservation. Brain 2.0 involves instant gratification and chasing short-term rewards at the expense of long-term well-being. Brain 3.0 is a state of mind that Quach calls “Calm Clarity,” in which people’s actions are aligned with their core values. As Quach confronted PTSD and successfully weaned herself off medication, she learned how to activate, exercise, and strengthen Brain 3.0 like a muscle. In Calm Clarity, she draws on the latest scientific research and ancient spiritual traditions alike to show us how we too can take ownership of our thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to be our best selves.

Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work, by J. Stuart Ablon (Penguin Publishing), 304 pages — Why is it so hard to change problem behavior — in our kids, our colleagues and even ourselves? Conventional methods often backfire, creating a downward spiral of resentment and frustration, and a missed opportunity for growth. What if the thinking behind these old methods is wrong? What if people don’t misbehave because they want to, but because they lack the skills to do better? Or as renowned psychologist J. Stuart Ablon asks, what if changing problem behavior is a matter of skill, not will? Based on more than 25 years of clinical work with juvenile offenders as well training parents, teachers, counselors and law enforcement, and supported by research in neuroscience, Changeable presents a radical new way of thinking about challenging and unwanted behavior — Collaborative Problem Solving — that builds empathy, helps others reach their full potential, and most of all really works. With illuminating scientific evidence, remarkable success stories, and actionable insights, Changeable gives parents, teachers, CEOs and anyone interested in learning about why we behave the way we do a roadmap for helping people grow.

The Creation Frequency: Tune In to the Power of the Universe to Manifest the Life of Your Dreams, by Mike Murphy (New World Library), 176 pages, available May 10 — This is a powerful seven-week program for creating the life of your dreams. Are you living the life you’ve always dreamed of, or have you settled for being less than truly happy? Do you secretly yearn for love, for freedom, for abundance, for peace, or for purpose? This short book contains the secret to finally creating the life you want. Are you ready to take back your power and become the author of your own destiny? At the darkest moment of his life, Mike Murphy was shown a simple yet powerful method for manifesting his heart’s desires. He used it to change his own life: A broke, desperate, divorced, alcoholic young man became a wealthy businessman, loving husband and father, and passionate philanthropist. Now he shares the precise process that enabled him to make this extraordinary transformation. In these pages, he will teach you how to tune in to the vibration at the heart of the Universe — the Creation Frequency — and use it to create lasting fulfillment, prosperity and happiness.

The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally, by Jason Fung (Greystone Books), 288 pages — In 2016, Dr. Jason Feng forever changed the way we think about obesity with his best-selling book, The Obesity Code. How he has set out to do the same for type 2 diabetes. Most doctors, dietitians and even diabetes specialists consider type 2 diabetes to be a chronic and progressive disease. But the truth, as Dr. Fung reveals in this paradigm-shifting book, is that type 2 diabetes is reversible. Writing in clear, persuasive language, he explains why conventional treatments that rely on insulin or other blood-glucose-lowering drugs can actually exacerbate the problem, leading to significant weight gain and even heart disease. The only way to treat type 2 diabetes effectively, he argues, is proper dieting and intermittent fasting — not medication. Dr. Fung is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on fasting for weight loss and diabetes reversal, and his work has been featured in outlets such as the Atlantic, Forbes, the Daily Mail, and Fox News.

Dreams That Can Save Your Life: Early Warning Signs of Cancer and Other Diseases by Larry Burk and Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos (Findhorn Press), 288 pages — Your dreams can provide inner guidance filled with life-saving information. Since ancient Egypt and Greece, people have relied on the art of dreaming to diagnose illness and get answers to personal life challenges. Now, dreams are making a grand reappearance in the medical arena as recent scientific research and medical pathology reports validate the diagnostic abilities of precognitive dreams. Are we stepping back into the future as modern medical tests show dreams can be early warning signs of cancer and other diseases? Showcasing the important role of dreams and their power to detect and heal illness, Dr. Larry Burk and Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos share amazing research and true stories of physical and emotional healings triggered by dreams. The authors explore medical studies and ongoing research on the diagnostic power of precognitive dreams, including Dr. Burk’s own research on dreams that come true and can be medically validated. They share detailed stories — all confirmed by pathology reports–from subjects in medical research projects whose dreams diagnosed illness and helped heal their lives, including Kathleen’s own story as a three-time breast cancer survivor whose dreams diagnosed her cancer even when it was missed by her doctors. Alongside these stories of survival and faith, the authors also include an introduction to dream journaling and interpretation, allowing the reader to develop trust in their dreams as a spiritual source of healing and inner guidance.

Extraterrestrial Presence on Earth: Lessons in History (Zeta) (Volume 3), by Judy Carroll (Wild Flower Press), 262 pages — The complex history of ET contact can be manipulated by mixing truth with fiction to cause confusion. Judy Carroll’s Extraterrestrial Presence on Earth: Lessons in History offers a unique perspective on the eons of ET contact–both genuine and falsified–and presents the hidden history of Earth, its hijacking by Reptoid “Controllers,” and their covert influence behind world governments and fundamentalist religions. This remarkable, groundbreaking book offers a greatly needed vision and hope. In her previous books, Human By Day, Zeta by Night, and The Zeta Message, Judy introduced her connections to the Zeta Greys. Here she explains that she is a “blended” soul, whose conscious awareness spans two planetary connections — Earth human and Zeta Grey. Her mission — along with other blended souls now incarnated as Earth humans — is to be an interplanetary ambassador, introducing deeper understanding of what happened here in the past, as well as providing guidance on how to heal our future as a planetary civilization. We are at a tipping point — do we move into our divine destiny as cosmic citizens, or do we remain locked under the entrapment of a species that wants to keep humanity trapped in fear? Just as in Atlantis, Earth humans have a choice to make: do we look to the future, realize that we are all connected, and move forward together to build a new world, or do we continue with the status quo? The genuine ETs and many benevolent (mostly invisible) ambassadors are on Earth to remind us that we are all part of Source and all life carries the Spark of God within us. The conscious awakening and embracing of this inner spark of spirituality/love within human hearts is where our true power and potential lies. This is how we Earth humans can free ourselves from control and exploitation, thus ascending to our intended place as true Cosmic Citizens.

Gods and Goddesses: The Rise of Divine Mythologies, by Gabiann Marin (Rockpool Publishing), 176 pages — Over the millennia Gods and Goddesses have taken on many forms, have given great gifts and unleashed furious punishments on those who worshipped and angered them. This book is an accessible and comprehensive primer to the main gods and goddesses from across the world — from Aztec to Greek, Celtic to African, and all the gods and goddesses in between — along with their myths, rituals, and influence on popular culture. Discover the feuding goddesses of Babylon, witness the great love affair of the Egyptian creator gods, travel with the West African goddess from the shores of Nigeria to the new world of the Americas, and meet the divine forces that may still dwell in the heavens, mountains, rivers, oceans, and stars. More than a historical glimpse into ancient cultures, Gods and Goddesses is a go-to reference to the divine pantheons and a deeply rich insight into how these ancient people and their divine creators live on in modern stories, films, practices and beliefs.

Graceful Exit: How to Advocate Effectively, Take Care of Yourself, and Be Present for the Death of a Loved One, by Gustavo Ferrer (Sounds True), 200 pages — When we are thrust into the role of caregiver for a loved one who is in the process of dying, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Yet it’s a situation millions of us face every year with virtually no sort of preparation or guidance. With Graceful Exit, Dr. Gustavo Ferrer offers an all-in-one resource for anyone tasked with managing the end-of-life care of a loved one. Dr. Ferrer shares the essential steps we need to take in a way that can be tailored to our unique situation. Through checklists, plans, and step-by-step instructions reflecting his years of experience supporting patients and their families, Dr. Ferrer offers clear and compassionate guidance for the most difficult issues, including: What are your rights under Medicare and health insurance? When should you bring your family together? How can you be a caregiver without burning yourself out? What are the pros and cons of advanced medical treatment versus hospice at each end-of-life stage? Most importantly, how do we say goodbye in a way that brings healing, closure, and peace? It’s the last news we want to hear — that someone we love is dying. Yet it’s an inevitable part of life. With Graceful Exit, Dr. Ferrer offers this much-needed guide through the medical, legal, financial, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of dying and death.

Greek Mythology Reading Cards, by Alison Chester-Lambert, illustrated by Richard Crookes (Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.), 112 cards — A powerful deck of oracle cards combining the insight and wisdom of ancient Greece with iconic images from the world of art. The mythology of ancient Greece gave the people their history, moral principles, laws, and their spiritual support. All aspects of human nature and experience had accompanying gods and goddesses that could be consulted or learned from. Deities could be implored for support and guidance in times of stress. If you suspected a lover of infidelity, you could consult Hera for help. If you needed strength in a task, Athena might assure you of victory. Perhaps Eros would tell of a passionate, new relationship, or you might seek the supremacy and confidence of Zeus. This thinking shaped a millennium of spiritual understanding and sacred thought. Now, with the Greek Mythology Reading Cards, you can easily consult the Greek pantheon and receive their guidance and wisdom. Pairing authoritative messages from Greek philosophy and mythology with classic and inspiring god and goddess imagery, beautifully enhanced by artist Richard Crookes, astrologer and Greek mythology scholar Alison Chester-Lambert offers an oracle to bring the Greek deities back into your consciousness, and ultimately the Collective Consciousness, as part of your soul’s awakening and growth. You can consult the oracle for decision-making, spiritual support, guidance, or life advice. The enlightenment and power infused in these cards flows upward from ancient times through the centuries into our new dawn, still as valuable now as it was then.

The Healthy Mind Toolkit: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Own Way and Enjoy Your Life, by Alice Boyes (Penguin Publishing), 304 pages — This is an empowering guide to overcoming self-defeating behaviors. I can’t believe I just did that! Why does this always happen to me? I really should stop myself from…. Sound familiar? Whether we’re aware of it or not, most of us are guilty of self-sabotage. These behaviors can manifest in seemingly innocuous ways, but if left unchecked can create stress and cause problems in all areas of your life. In The Healthy Mind Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes provides easy, practical solutions that will help you identify how you’re holding yourself back and how to reverse your self-sabotaging behaviors. Blending scientific research with techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, this engaging book will take you through the steps to address this overarching problem, including how to: Identify the specific ways you’re hurting your success in all aspects of your life; Capitalize on the positive aspects of your extreme traits instead of the negatives; Find creative solutions to curb your self-defeating patterns; and Practice self-care as a problem-solving strategy. Filled with quizzes and insightful exercises to personalize your journey from harmful behaviors to healthy habits, The Healthy Mind Toolkit is the essential guide to get out of your own way and get on the path to success.

How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids, by Mark Bertin (Sounds True), 256 pages — How do children thrive? As a parent, you probably think about this all the time. You want your children to have happy, healthy, and meaningful lives — but what’s the best way to support them? In How Children Thrive, developmental pediatrician and parent Dr. Mark Bertin provides a positive, simple and empowering approach for raising children of all ages. Bringing together mindfulness, new science on brain development, and the messy reality of being a parent, Dr. Bertin has a created a breakthrough guide that will help children — and their parents — flourish. Research has shown that the key to raising resilient, kind, and independent children lies in executive function, our mental capacity to manage just about everything in life. “Despite its wonky, overly scientific name, there is nothing complicated about building executive function,” Dr. Bertin writes. “It’s actually a lot more straightforward and less anxiety-provoking than most of the parenting advice out there.” Through concise, easily applied chapters, Dr. Bertin provides simple strategies for helping your children develop healthy EF while taking care of yourself and enjoying your family. “The pressure to be the perfect parent is overwhelming,” writes Dr. Bertin, “but the truth is the job is too challenging and varied to ever be done to perfection.” With compassion and reassurance, Dr. Bertin presents a relaxed, instinctual, and evidence-based approach to raising children who thrive.

Immortal Self: A Journey to the Himalayan Valley of the Amartya Masters, by Aaravindha Himadra (Sounds True), 320 pages — In the summer of 2006, Aaravindha Himadra traveled deep into the interior of the Himalayan Mountains to a secret valley where he lived among the Amartya Masters — the reclusive keepers of an ancient lineage of spiritual mysticism. To answer their invitation, he endured a daunting trek across rugged, remote mountains, where he eventually came to their protected valley home, a place where our world’s most profound spiritual truths still exist in wholeness. Immortal Self is a riveting account of Aaravindha’s remarkable journey and his visit to this sacred land. Divulged here for the first time are the teachings of a legendary and secluded spiritual tradition — truths that transcend the illusion of our accepted reality and offer a beacon of hope for all seekers. Here is a transformative story that will invite you to challenge your preconceptions, open your heart, and receive the wisdom that your soul has always known: “When the last obstruction to the truth of our existence falls, but one power remains: the power of Supreme Love.

The Keepers of Color: A Creative Hero’s Journey into the World Within, by Jon Marro (Atria/Enliven Books), 144 pages — Like a self-help book found at Hogwarts, The Keepers of Color playfully guides you on a creative hero’s journey through magic, myth, and mindfulness to rediscover the greatest work of your life — you. Begin your own hero’s journey from the mundane to the mystical with The Keepers of Color, a vibrant coloring and journaling workbook that will inspire you to enter a realm of limitless possibility, magical insight, and self-reflection. Unlike traditional coloring books, this is an intentional and sequenced journey from the first to the last page, providing you with the spiritual strength to celebrate your artistic self. Use this book as an allegory to any personal endeavor: a new creative project, relationship, career move, educational decision, or any other adventures you’re taking on in life. Discover the beautiful and healing fountain of creativity we all harbor within ourselves and go confidently after your dreams, overwhelm inner obstacles, and learn how to listen for and answer the call when inspiration strikes.

The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women Around the World are Using to Heal and Empower Themselves, by Jalaja Bonheim (Meetings in Sacred Space), 230 pages — Circlework, as taught by Jalaja Bonheim, PhD, is a path that honors women’s deep longing to connect in intimate and authentic ways. Through a wide range of tools that include not only verbal sharing but also movement, touch, and immersion in nature, it creates spaces that feel both safe and sacred. Here, women have space to listen deeply, both to their own hearts and souls and to one another. Circlework has proven its value as an effective peace practice that is currently being used in the Middle East to unite Jewish and Palestinian women. Though Jalaja is an award-winning author, none of her previous books reveal the concepts and tools that make Circlework such a magical experience. Until now, the only way to access the secrets of Circlework was to attend her retreats or trainings. Now, for the first time, she explains how ordinary circle gatherings are transformed into true mandalas — fields of sacred presence imbued with love, peace and joy. The Magic of Circlework includes the stories and voices of many women who are using Circlework to heal their lives and relationships. Inspiring embodiments of feminine power, they have bonded to form a global sisterhood that transcends all national and religious boundaries. Anyone interested in the process of healing and evolution will love their stories of life-altering encounters and awakenings.

Making Sense of the Chaos: A Call to Action, by Bobbie Stevens Ph.D., (Balboa Press), 160 pages — In Making Sense of the Chaos we discover the evolutionary process that underlies the total chaos we are seeing in the world today and what we can do about it. Could it be that there is one misconception that underlies all the chaos? Our early history records a time when spiritual leaders informed the people about how the world worked and how to live their lives. We find an example of this with the 10 Commandments in the Bible. As time passed we moved from being guided by spiritual leaders to trusting in science to show us how the world works and how to live our lives. Making Sense of the Chaos brings us up to date on the discoveries of science and the realization that their original theory was incorrect. They have now discovered that the world doesn’t work the way they believed did. In this book we can see how this one incorrect belief has shaped every aspect of our lives and is the root cause of what we are seeing in the world today. Dr. Stevens shares with us what that incorrect belief is and how it has shaped our lives. And, most importantly how we can correct that belief and change our lives and the world.

Messages from the Divine: Wisdom for the Seeker’s Soul, by Sara Wiseman (Atria Books/Beyond Words), 336 pages, available May 15 — From the award-winning author of Writing the Divine comes a spiritual guidebook of attainable lessons and exercises to teach you how to engage in direct connection with the Universe and live a soulful life. How can I live authentically? What is my life’s purpose? How can I tap into my soul’s wisdom? How can I receive Divine guidance? To learn the answers to these questions, gifted intuitive, visionary teacher, and author Sara Wiseman gives you Messages from the Divine. Timeless and affirming, the lessons in this book will teach you the secrets of how to live from your soul’s wisdom and awaken to your true life’s path. And by living a soul-led life, you move from confusion, fear, and feeling unfulfilled to a life that is open, original, and profoundly meaningful. After a harrowing near death experience that resulted in a sudden opening of consciousness, Sara’s spiritual understanding expanded, and she began to see “beyond the veil” and receive messages from spirit guides. It is from this process of Divine receiving that the lessons in this book were transmitted and transcribed. Each of the lessons ends with a brief exercise–an easy-to-do practice, mediation, or reflection to help anchor the teaching–along with a short collection of anecdotes from the author’s life. Lyrical in style and meditative in experience, Messages from the Divine will inspire, empower, and awaken your soul and Sara’s writing “helps us slow down, feel into the moment, and find our Big Self everywhere” (Penney Peirce, author of The Intuitive Way).

Nondual Therapy: The Psychology of Awakening, by Georgi Y Johnson (Georgina Y Haran), 468 pages — In Nondual Therapy Georgi Y. Johnson offers tools to release energetic contractions in the psyche, through the healing power of Nondual Qualities. This is a new healing modality, through which you’ll discover: The evolutionary form of the human psyche; The transformative power of Nondual Qualities; How to recognize and release energetic contractions; When to engage and when to “let go”; and How to manifest individuality in unity. Georgi Y. Johnson graduated from Oxford University with a determination to explore the mysteries of conscious awareness through mind, heart and body. Together with her partner Bart ten Berge, she has an international teaching and healing practice in Nondual Therapy and Spiritual Psychology. Georgi’s other books include I Am Here – Opening the Windows of Life & Beauty. This is a study for advanced meditators on the three subtle vibrations of perception: consciousness, awareness and emptiness (mind, heart, body). The study has had a transformational impact in liberating blind-spots in the psyche for spiritual seekers around the world.

Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe, by Dean Radin (Harmony Books), 272 pages — The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice. But wait, aren’t things like ESP and telepathy just wishful thinking and flights of the imagination? Not according to the author, who worked on the U.S. government’s top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate. Radin has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others’ emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. Beginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries (what was called magic two thousand years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today), a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques (the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about), Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science.

Redvelations: A Soul’s Journey to Becoming Human, by Sera Beak (Sounds True), 288 pages — Sharing your truth with the world is rarely easy, especially when it contradicts history and a major world religion. But truth, much like love, can’t stay buried forever. Redvelations is my story of remembering and reclaiming Sarah, the forgotten daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, as the lost part of my own soul. If your eyebrows have raised, I understand. Your doubts and disbelief are well-warranted, and you’re welcome to interpret my story however you wish. What’s more important than believing in my soul’s reality is believing in your soul’s reality. Above all else, this book champions the importance of recovering and embodying the lost parts of your soul so you can become fully human, wildly alive, and contribute to the well-being of this planet. I hope my soul’s journey reminds you to trust your unique journey, cherish the entire human experience, and share your soul’s truth–no matter what others think. This book is an unorthodox offering, a fiery reminder, and a living testament. But most of all, Redvelations is my heart smashed onto pages. Handle with care.

Seven Steps to Inner Power: How to Break Through to Awesome, by Tae Yun Kim, Great Grandmaster (Mountain Tiger Press), 280 pages — Are you pursuing your dreams with the enthusiasm and focus of an Olympic athlete? Or do you put limits on who you can be and what you can achieve? In this compelling guide to fearless, creative living, Tae Yun Kim, a martial arts great grandmaster, shows that no matter what your age or background, culture or career, you don’t have to settle for anything less than awesome in your life. She should know. Once abused, abandoned, and forbidden to pursue her passion to train in the martial arts, she broke through the ultimate glass ceiling to become one of the most highly ranked martial artists in the world today and the founder of her own school of martial arts aimed at overcoming limitations in every area of life. Now in Seven Steps to Inner Power, Dr. Tae Yun Kim reveals how you, too, can apply the secrets she teaches to break through every barrier to your own personal and professional goals. Her hard-earned experience along with a wisdom rooted in ancient martial arts tradition are the perfect combination to get you to rethink what is possible for you — and to reach for it with gusto. Dr. Kim’s empowering tools, insights, and strategies will show you how to keep your power turned on at every twist and turn of your journey as you aim for awesome with unstoppable power, passion, and purpose.

The Soul on Its Path to Perfection, by Gabriele (Gabriele Publishing House), 100 pages, available at gabriele-publishing-house.com — In The Soul on Its Path to Perfection, Details are given about the creation of the eternal Being and the structure of our soul with the seven consciousness centers and how to activate them. Beautifully and simply explained for every person! A book that answers many questions: What does the soul have to recognize and learn on the individual levels of the soul? What is it like for the soul that left its physical body during its early years? How is a soul guided once it has left the physical body? Explanations that help us understand the true significance of our life on Earth and how to purify our soul, so that it may return to the eternal Father’s house, to our true homeland.

Unlocking Greatness: The Unexpected Journey from the Life You Have to the Life You Want, by Charlie Harary with Mark Dagostino (Rodale Press), 304 pages — This is a guide to successfully getting the life you want by changing your perspective and discovering your ideal self. More often than not, our own mental obstacles are holding us back from the joy, fulfillment, and meaning that we all crave, but by retooling our perspectives, we gain the ability to see the path toward the life we truly desire. Charlie Harary, business executive, professor, speaker, and radio host, combines the wisdom of science, spirituality, and personal growth in practical and understandable terms so you can take the life you have and make it the life you want. Everyone has the extraordinary capacity to transform their life. And it’s easier to do than you might think — in order to get what you want, to achieve that sense of greater life satisfaction, all you need to do is learn how to best use the resources you already have. Based on the latest research into the brain’s neuroplasticity, analysis of ancient wisdom, and exploration of the practices of today’s greatest achievers, he offers guidance and inspiration so you can break through the clutter and confusion of your life and find your true purpose.

Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine, by Lama Tsultrim Allione (Atria/Enliven Books), 368 pages — Through her own story of loss and spiritual seeking, paired with mandala meditations and rituals, bestselling author of Feeding Your Demons Lama Tsultrium Allione teaches you how to embody the enlightened, fierce power of the sacred feminine — the tantric dakinis. Ordained as one of the first American Buddhist nuns and recognized as an incarnation of the Mother of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Tsultrim has a unique perspective on female strength and enlightenment. In Wisdom Rising, she shares from a deep trove of personal experiences as well as decades of knowledge as one of the preeminent teachers of the mandala of the five dakinis. Dakinis are a type of Buddhist female spirit comprised of five families, each with a set of unique qualities, as well as an encumbered pattern or emotional block that gets in the way of your true brilliance: Buddha dakini — ignorance to the all-encompassing wisdom; Vajra dakini — anger to the mirror-like wisdom; Ratna dakini — pride to the wisdom of equanimity; Padma dakini — craving to the wisdom of discernment; Karma dakini — envy to the all-accomplishing wisdom. As a Buddhist nun, Lama Tsultrim yearned to become a mother, ultimately renouncing her vows so she could marry and have a child. When she subsequently lost her first child to SIDS, she was overcome with grief and unsure of where to turn for guidance. She once against found courage through Buddhist female role models and meditations, and, using the mandala of the dakinis, she transformed her pain into faith.

You Are Not Alone: A Heartfelt Guide to Grief, Healing, and Hope, by Debbie Augenthaler (Everystep), 268 pages — Has someone you love died? Or have you experienced another kind of loss where you feel like a part of you has died? Do you feel alone in what you’re experiencing? You’re not alone. When Debbie Augenthaler was 36 years old, her husband Jim died suddenly and unexpectedly, in her arms, of a heart attack. Debbie thought her life was over and felt hopeless about the future. Yet today she is living a life filled with love, hope, and meaning. Just as she has helped many grief-stricken people as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma, grief, and loss, Debbie and her wisdom can help you too. In her book Debbie shares her personal story of loss, healing, and the spiritual journey that led her to know that love never dies, and helps guide you through the labyrinth of loss with practical insights and simple suggestions for healing.

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