Spring Reading


Books that support Body, Mind & Soul


The Promise of Surfing Rainbows: Opening Your Energy Flow Attracts a Treasured Life, by P.D.M. Dolce (Balboa Press), 236 pages, $23.95
Positive thinking can go a long way, but how do we translate our thoughts into true change in our lives? The Promise of Surfing Rainbows, a new book by P.D.M. Dolce, reveals the crucial link between two widely accepted methods for improving life, resulting in an approach that can bring immediate results. The Promise of Surfing Rainbows shows exactly how to use the energy inside and around you to intentionally create the life of your dreams. Knowing how to “surf rainbows” means knowing how to combine the Law of Attraction with Energy Alignment. The first has been proven by quantum physics; the latter comes from ancient wisdom used in healing for centuries. P.D.M. Dolce is a pen name for the book’s co-authors, Dale Brunner of Eau Claire, WI, and Pam Sullivan of Worcester, United Kingdom. They met on a bus at a conference; Brunner had read just about every self-help book imaginable but hadn’t found the success he dreamed of, and Sullivan had nearly given up on her desperate attempts to have children. “We began a conversation about life that has lasted for six years and endured over thousands of miles,” Sullivan says. “As we shared information with each other, it became clear that something was missing from all the self-help books we had read. We set about finding what that ‘something’ was.”

What Really Works: Blending the Seven Fs for the Life You Imagine, by Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt (Beaver’s Pond Press), 145 pages, $20
The new book by local authors Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt examines key elements that bring satisfaction to life: Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Fun and Future. Through thousands of surveys, research and personal interviews, Paul and Tim explore compelling and powerful personal stories from real people who rate their life satisfaction levels high. This crisply written book is digestible in one airplane ride or one beach chair sitting. These stories will energize you to think about your own sense of satisfaction with the Seven Fs, and will help you build strategies to lead the life you imagine.


Financial Recovery: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Money, by Karen McCall (New World Library), 224 pages, $14.95
Twenty-seven years ago, Karen McCall hit rock bottom. Though she looked successful, her finances were a catastrophe — she had a large and growing pile of unopened and unpaid bills on the top of her refrigerator, and she was perilously close to living on the streets. “I had been living in a ‘money coma,’ completely unconscious of my finances until desperate circumstances finally roused me,” she said. “I had to discover what had led to my problems so that I wouldn’t find myself in this situation ever again.” She went on to found the Financial Recovery Institute, where she has spent more than 20 years working with individuals and groups with difficulty managing money. Financial Recovery is full of tested, powerful methods to create a new healthy relationship with money.

The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World, by Dan Millman (New World Library), 144 pages, $17
In his first work of new teachings in 12 years, beloved author and teacher Dan Millman faces life’s fundamental questions. You know. The big ones. The ones that keep us awake (or wake us up) at night: Why am I here? What am I meant to do? What is my purpose? What am I not understanding? Why does this keep happening? How shall I spend The. Rest. Of. My. Life? “I wrote The Four Purposes of Life,” Millman says, “to offer perspective and encouragement for anyone seeking deeper insight into themselves and their lives, but especially for those at a crossroads or transition, facing a challenge or change, when our past approaches no longer work.”

Falling Into Grace, by Adyashanti (Sounds True), 234 pages, $24.95
Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his 15 years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found that the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to change our lives. In Falling into Grace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights that will “spark a revolution in the way we perceive life.” Falling into Grace is a book that gets to the core of why we suffer.

A Book of Dibbles: Stories that Inspire the Soul (CreateSpace) 177 pages, $12.99
A Dibble is a unique illumination that defies definition. Ever gone cloud riding? Had a meaningful conversation with a leaf? Found peace in a bubble? Communicated without words? Good for you! You’re probably a Dibbler, then. Prepare yourself for Angels in human and canine forms, trees dispensing ancient Wisdom and a wise rock spouting life Energy. Dibbles are delectable morsels of wisdom, honesty and humor that delight and inspire from Spirita, the voice in all of us speaking from our soul. Spirita is the Twinkle you see when you connect with someone. Spirita is the Twinkle you feel when you get excited inside or gooey all over. Spirita is the Twinkle you hear when a voice or music or nature communicates in special ways. Spirita is not a person or a face or a shape or an object to see or hold. Spirita is your Soul announcing your presence and welcoming inspirations. Spirita is Awareness Transformed to Being.

In Search of the Light, by Leonard Jacobson, illustrated by Fiammetta Dogi, (Conscious Living), 30 pages, $16.99, available at www.leonardjacobson.com
In Search of the Light is a 1,500-word children’s picture book for ages 4 and up. The rhyming dialogue tells an enchanting story of animals in the meadow who experience a sudden eclipse of the sun. Not knowing what has happened, they believe that somehow the sun has lost its way, and they are concerned that it could mean the end of light. Considering the situation to be most urgent, they form an expedition of four who journey to unknown places in search of the source of the light. This uplifting, suspense adventure — beautifully illustrated by Italian illustrator Fiammetta Dogi, who lives in Florence — invites an independence of spirit, encouraging the return to love and oneness and strength within.

The Well That Never Runs Dry, by Joann Davis (HarperOne), 140 pages, $19.99
After a package from an antiquarian bookshop in Frankfurt, Germany, arrives in Dorset, VT, the recipient finds that it contains a mysterious note and a rare book. Efforts to translate the work result in The Well That Never Runs Dry, a journey of discovery and a companion to The Book of the Shepherd. In the tradition of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, Joann Davis’ The Well That Never Runs Dry is a remarkable tale of faith, hope and love. Author James Redfield writes, “…Joann Davis delivers another parable of immense power and transformation…Want to have your life changed? Read this book.”

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis: Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science and Culture, edited by Julie Holland (Park Street Press), 551 pages, $19.95
The Pot Book offers a compendium of the most up-to-date information and scientific research on marijuana from leading experts, including Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Paul Armentano and Raphael Mechoulam. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan and Andrew Weil, M.D. Encompassing the broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research, this book investigates how humanity and cannabis have co-evolved for millennia; the brain’s cannabis-based neurochemistry; the complex politics of cannabis law; its potential medicinal uses for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses; its role in creativity, business, and spirituality; and the complicated world of pot and parenting.

The Flying Drum, by Bradford Keeney (Atria), 304 pages, $24
In The Flying Drum, author and therapist, Bradford Keeney, presents evidence of real mojo — magical objects and practices from around the globe that have an authenticated history of healing, transformation and inspiration. Whether it is a flying drum, dancing doll, vanishing pot, magical drawing, Samurai pillow, divining sticks, mystery book or Amazonian feather, the mojo of ancient heart-medicine can appear at social service agencies, university clinics and psychotherapy centers to help transform people’s lives and heal their souls. As a modern mojo doctor and therapist, Keeney helps everyday people with real problems by working with the ancient, living mojo in sacred objects. In this book he offers specific prescriptions for taking a journey that introduces a treasure chest of magical experience capable of bringing authentic magic and wonder into everyday life.

Shine in Kashmir, by D. Chris Castagna (Amerincan Publishing), 533 pages, $26.78, available on Amazon.com

The novel, Shine in Kashmir, follows young Justin Conrad on his travels through India. Fresh off a Fulbright Scholarship in Sri Lanka, he delves into the travel life searching for companions, romance and greater spiritual truth. A cross between The Celestine Prophecy and The Beach, this book is a spiritual adventure novel that delves into tantra, Peruvian shamanism, Buddhism, hermetic philosophy, tarot, Ba Gua, plant-spirit medicine and other traditions.

Authenticity Accelerator: How to Live an Authentic Life in Ten Words, by Robert Rabbin, (RealTime Speaking), 122 pages, $15
After more than 40 years of intense self-study through a variety of spiritual disciplines, seven books, and more than 200 articles, Robert Rabbin has distilled what he has learned into the Five Principles of Authentic Living, comprising ten simple words — two words per principle. Robert is a groundbreaking speaker, author, leadership adviser and self-awareness teacher who has written a “scripture” for authentic living. It is wise, practical, and accessible. It’s deceptive simplicity is packed with what global futurist John Renesch calls “high-density wisdom.” Ten words that offer every reader instant access to their own source of wisdom, with which they can create their own vibrant, authentic life.

The Secret Life of Water, by Masaru Emoto (Atria), 224 pages, $16.99
The first step toward protecting the earth and water is to focus on our prayers. It is Masaru Emoto’s hope to bring the world closer to peace through the use of water and prayer. Now available in paperback, The Secret Life of Water guides us along water’s remarkable journey through our planet and continues his work to reveal water’s secret life to humankind. Emoto shows how we can apply its wisdom to our own lives, and how, by learning to respect and appreciate water, we can better confront the challenges that face the 21st century — and rejuvenate the planet. Water has a memory and carries within it our thoughts and prayers. As you yourself are water, no matter where you are, your prayers will be carried to the rest of the world.

Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, by Jillian Michaels (Crown Archetype) 272 pages, $26
Bestselling author and TV health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels takes her expertise on the topic of self-transformation to the next level with Unlimited, which explains how to lose the chains that are holding you back by building your inner strength. A life-changing motivational force on The Biggest Loser, Michaels uses her new book to help readers overcome the emotional land mines and self-doubt that weigh people down. “Many self-help books tell you what to achieve,” she says, “but they don’t give you particularly useful tools for how to achieve it. New Age platitudes and sappy self-help mantras aren’t how it works, and you know it. A lifetime’s worth of struggle is not overturned in a moment of positive thinking. But if you have the right attitude and skills, you can and will accomplish anything you want.”

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