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A seemingly unlikely advocate for meditation, Russell Simmons, rap producer & philanthropist, has a new book out, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple (9781592408658, Gotham, $20.00, HC) and it's been an instant hit.
Dan Harris' 10 % Happier (9780062265425, Harper, $25.99, HC) is a spiritual book that is [...]Read More »
(Quirk Books, $19.95, PB, 9781594746918)
Renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt's bright and insightful guide to birthday colors is back with an all-new cover inspired by the iconic Pantone color system. Discover every vibrant aspect of your personality with Colorstrology, a fascinating blend of astrology, numerology, and color theory that offers exciting new insights about our lives and relationships.
Biography - Autobiography
(Hay House, $19.95, HC, 9781401941239)
Author and singer-songwriter Alex Woodard's For the Sender is based on a letter to him from Wayne Dyer's daughter and another letter from Scarlett Lewis whose six-year-old son died a hero while saving his friends' lives in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary-school massacre. The end result is a deeply empowering reading and listening experience that will be featured in Dr. Dyer's 2014 PBS special and on stages nationwide this spring.
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(Shambhala Publications, $19.95, PB, 9781611801262)
One of today's most highly regarded Insight Meditation teachers describes the process of enlightenment in a way anyone can understand. Rodney Smith also provides brief, powerful exercises that enable us to challenge the reality of our thoughts in order to free ourselves from the illusion they keep us bound to, all the while steering us away from the temptation to regard spiritual practice as a process of self-improvement or a goal to be obtained.
Also New in Buddhism:
- A Beginner's Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers... Edited by Rod Meade Sperry
- Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm... Thich Nhat Hanh
- Giving Our Best: A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Practicing the Way of the Bodhisattva... Pema Chodron
- In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint... Donald S. Lopez, Jr. and Peggy McCracken
Wayne W. Dyer and Saje Dyer; Illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick
(Hay House, $14.95, HC, 9781401945855)
In Good-bye, Bumps!, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and his daughter Saje tell a remarkable story from her childhood in which she was able to overcome a physical condition in a very unique way. This sweet story offers valuable lessons that will remind all readers, both young and old, of what can be done with the childlike belief in what is possible. Ages 5 - 8
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Cooking & Food
(Ten Speed Press, $40.00, HC, 9781607745532)
Revised with more than 1,600 classic and exquisitely simple recipes for home cooks, and more than 200 new recipes plus updated information on vegetarian and vegan ingredients, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is not just for vegetarians and vegans--it's for everyone interested in learning how to cook vegetables creatively, healthfully, and passionately.
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(Llewellyn Publications, $13.99, PB, 9780738738741)
While spirit boards have sometimes received a negative reputation, they are a safe way to communicate when used properly. Sharing dozens of heartwarming tales and creepy encounters, silly games and life-changing occurrences, author Alexandra Chauran provides everything you need to know to make the most out of your spirit board experience.
Health & Healing
Chia Vitality: 30 Days to Better Health, Greater Vibrancy, and a More Meaningful and Purposeful Life
(Harmony, $16.00, PB, 9780804139786)
In Chia Vitality, Mamma Chia founder Janie Hoffman shows how integrating chia into your diet can boost your stamina, help you lose weight, and feel more alive than ever before. Informed by research as well as Hoffman's personal experience this program offers a 30-day integrative approach to well-being with this little superseed that will be your gateway to a vitality filled life.
Also New in Health & Healing:
- Complete Ayurveda Workbook: A Practical Approach to Achieving Health and Wellbeing with Ayurveda... Anna Selby
- The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life... Robin Rose Bennett; Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar
- Plant Spirit Medicine: A Journey Into the Healing Wisdom of Plants... Eliot Cowan
- Seiki Jutsu: The Practice of Non-Subtle Energy Medicine... Bradford P. Keeney and Hillary Keeney
- Thai Herbal Medicine: Traditional Recipes for Health and Harmony, 2nd ed.... Nephyr Jacobsen and C. Pierce Salguero
House and Home
Lauren Rosenfeld and Melva Green
(Beyond Words Publishing, $16.00, PB, 9781582704579)
Everyone's lives could use some serious decluttering. Breathing Room takes you on an enlightening room-by-room tour where each room in your home corresponds to a "room" in your heart, and where decluttering will not just make space but improve the spirit.
Inspiration and Personal Growth
(Hay House, $12.95, PB, 9781401919047)
In Being of Power, wildly popular and best-selling author Baron Baptist argues that our personal philosophy and view need as much updating as the technology in our lives. The nine practices in this book are the stepping-stones on the path back to your essential authenticity, and rediscovering who you are and what's possible.
Also New in Inspiration and Personal Growth:
- Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness... Tal Ben-Shahar
- The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life... Dr. Judith Orloff
- How to Survive Life (and Death): A Guide for Happiness in This World and Beyond... Robert Kopecky
- Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality... Chris Grosso; Foreword by Noah Levine
- Labyrinths from the Outside in: Walking to Spiritual Insight: A Beginner's Guide... Donna Schaper and Carole Ann Camp
- Shamanic Awakening: My Journey Between the Dark and the Daylight... Sandra Corcoran
(Polair Publishing, $29.95, PB, 9781905398317)
This compendious but readable volume on the Tibetan Singing Bowl should quickly establish itself as the definitive work on the subject. Readers will be introduced to sounds not just from Tibetan bowls and the techniques used to sound them, but Chinese bells, drilbu and ding-sha, the planets, elements and chakras, and more. There is almost nothing that is not here that readers won't find enjoyable.
Joseph Chilton Pearce; Foreword by Thom Hartmann
(Park Street Press, $14.95, PB, 9781620552544)
In this classic follow-up to his bestselling The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Joseph Chilton Pearce explains the process of acculturation and the mechanisms that create our self-limiting "cosmic egg" of consensus reality. Pearce will teach you how to discover the cosmic egg's inherent cracks to restore wholeness to our minds, release us from our fear of death, and reestablish our ability to create our own realities through imagination and biological transcendence.
Sam Parnia with Josh Young
(HarperOne, $14.99, PB, 9780062080615)
Erasing Death is a fascinating discussion which reveals that death is not a moment in time but a process--a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun. Dr. Parnia reveals how some form of "afterlife" may be uniquely ours, as evidenced by the continuation of the human mind and psyche after the brain stops functioning. Erasing the Death is a thoroughly researched book that will have you rethinking what we believe about the border between life and death.
(W. W. Norton & Company, $22.95, HC, 9780393708943)
This user friendly and vital guide offers simple tools of mindfulness to strengthen your connection with your inner world and learn to explore your anger, paying heed to the important messages it is sending.