AUGUST 25, 2014

Book News by Lauren Sheppard

We received many new tarot offerings on hand the past month. Here is a list of these new titles:

 Art Of Tarot | Liz  Dean, 9781904991045 | $18.95, Ryland Peters and Small Inc. 

 Big Book Of Angel Tarot | Doreen Virtue, 9781401943707 | $15.95, Hay House 

 Earth Power Oracle | Stacey DeMarco, 9780738744582 [...]

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The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older

Kathleen Dowling Singh
(Wisdom Publications, $17.95, PB, 9781614291268)

Learn to use your later years for awakening and spiritual growth. Encouraging, inspiring, and practical, The Grace in Aging invites all those who have ever experienced spiritual longing to awaken in their twilight years. Since aging, in and of itself, does not lead to spiritual maturity, The Grace in Aging offers guidelines for older individuals of any wisdom tradition who wish to awaken before they die. This is spiritual practice for the lives we live.

Alternative Medicine

The Herbalist's Bible: John Parkinson's Lost Classic Rediscovered

Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal
(Skyhorse Publishing, $29.95, HC, 9781629146942)

In The Herbalist's Bible, Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal have beautifully combined selections from John Parkinson's (herbalist to King Charles I) book with their own modern commentary on how each plant is used today to create a truly one-of-a-kind, comprehensive collection of herbal information old and new. The Herbalist's Bible the perfect book for students and practitioners of herbalism, historians, and gardeners, all of whom will welcome this restoration of Parkinson's lost classic.

Angel and Spirit Guides

Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead

Tosha Silver; Foreword by Christianne Northrup
(Atria Books, $22.00, HC, 9781476789743)

A collection of spiritual lessons, anecdotes, and thoughts on the Divine's intervention in our lives, Outrageous Openness is a brilliantly written and wonderfully entertaining book that teaches us how to live purposefully and in line with the Force of Love. Outrageous Openness suggests that by allowing the Divine to lead the way, we can finally put down the heavy load of hopes, fears, and opinions about how things should be. We learn how to be guided to take the right actions at the right time, and to enjoy the spectacular show that is our life.


The Big Book of Mandalas Coloring Book: More Than 200 Mandala Coloring Pages for Inner Peace and Inspiration

Adams Media
(Adams Media Corporation, $18.99, PB, 9781440579868)

Beautiful mandala designs for inner peace and inspiration, The Big Book of Mandalas provides tranquility and a creative release with 200 customizable mandala illustrations. As you color in each mandala, your focus will shift, allowing you to fully relax your mind. Whether you're new to the practice or have been using mandalas for years, The Big Book of Mandalas will bring you inner calm and maximized creativity--one coloring page at a time.

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Biography - Autobiography

Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

Anita Moorjani
(Hay House, $15.95, PB, 9781401937539)

In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down--overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. A miracle awaited Moorjani as her near-death experience ultimately led to her unexpected healing and return to health. In these pages Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, and the true magnificence of each and every human being! This is a book that definitely makes the case that we are spiritual beings having a human experience . . . and that we are all One!


Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong: The Drunken Wisdom of China's Most Famous Chan Buddhist Monk

Guo Xiaoting
(Tuttle Publishing, $22.95, PB, 9780804843225)

Follow the brilliant and hilarious adventures of a mad Zen Buddhist monk who rose from humble beginnings to become one of China's greatest folk heroes! This literary classic of a traveling martial arts master, fighting evil and righting wrongs, will entertain Western readers of all ages!

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Cooking & Food

The Book of Kale and Friends: 14 Easy-To-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes

Sharon Hanna and Carol Pope
(Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95, PB, 9781771620147)

Following the success of her bestseller The Book of Kale, Sharon Hanna is back, teaming up with gardening editor Carol Pope for The Book of Kale and Friends. Sharon and Carol invite readers to branch out with 13 other superfood crops that are equally easy to grow, as well as nutritious and versatile in the kitchen, including arugula, basil, chives, cilantro, herb fennel, garlic, lovage, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme. With abundant vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes, The Book of Kale and Friends has something to please every palate.

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The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children

Julia Cameron with Emily Lively
(Tarcher, $16.95, PB, 9780399168819)

In The Artist's Way for Parents, Cameron helps parent and their children unleash their creativity and sense of wonder by offering very specific, undaunting exercises for the, shall we say, less artistically inclined among us. A helpful guide to empower parents and children to connect with their creative sides, The Artist's Way for Parents is full of playful exercises that get you and your child's creative juices flowing.

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Healing Crystals: The A-Z Guide to 555 Gemstones

Michael Gienger
(Earthdancer Books, $9.95, PB, 9781844096473)

Healing Crystals contains all the important information about 555 healing gemstones in a neat pocket-book! This 2nd updated edition is a comprehensive directory of all the gemstones currently in use in crystal healing. Clear, concise and precise in style, with photographs of each of the crystals accompanying the text, Michael Gienger describes the characteristics and healing functions of each crystal.

Inspiration and Personal Growth

The Book of Women: Celebrating the Female Spirit

(St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99, PB, 9781250006240)

In The Book of Women, Osho explores the role of women in our society in a not only male-dominated but male-chauvinistic society. In these pages, Osho challenges readers to reclaim and assert the feminine qualities of love, joy, and celebration to bring a reunion of the intellect and the heart, that is so desperately needed now. Osho looks to the female spirit in all of us as a way to nurture the soul and cultivate a healthy relationship with spirituality.

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Magick Studies

The Book of Celtic Magic: Transformative Teachings from the Cauldron of Awen

Kristoffer Hughes
(Llewellyn Publications, $19.99, PB, 9780738737058)

Delve into the depths of a magical current that spans over two thousand years with The Book of Celtic Magic, a book that provides the unsurpassed power of practical magic and the transformative forces of ancient Celtica. Work with spells, conjurations, invocations, and magical tools that have been developed and refined from genuine Celtic sources. Complete with exercises and a glossary of terms, this step-by-step guide is a definitive source of authentic Celtic magic.

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How to Eat

Thich Nhat Hanh; Illustrated by Jason DeAntonis
(Parallax Press, $9.95, PB, 9781937006723)

How to Eat is the second in a Parallax's series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduce beginners to and remind seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized, with bold black-and-white illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Eat explains what it means to eat as a meditative practice and why eating mindfully is important. An excellent guide to well-being, general health, and longevity, How to Eat is perfect for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to eating as a meditative practice.

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New Thought

Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions

James Van Praagh
(Hay House, $19.95, HC, 9781401944704)

Adventures of the Soul, is a manual for anyone who has ever questioned where they come from, why they are here, and where they go after they die. Sharing his intuitive experiences of communicating with the Spirit World for the past 30 years, celebrated medium James Praagh takes you on a spiritual sojourn to discover the unique design of your very own soul and explore its various adventures as it travels between worlds. This is one journey that will force you to look at life and death in a completely different light!

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The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You

David Wilcock
(Plume Books, $18.00, PB, 9780142181089)

In The Source Field Investigations, David Wilcock illuminated an entirely new understanding of our world today. Now, he embarks on an astonishing investigation into what lies beyond--finding proof that everything in our lives is not only connected, but it also influences everything else. Once we understand and identify the hidden laws of this seemingly random "synchronicity," we are left with a remarkable blueprint of how best to lead our lives in this uncertain and confusing world.


Daily Love: Growing Into Grace

Mastin Kipp
(Hay House, $24.95, HC, 9781401942274)

Down and out, addicted to drugs and parties, jobless, and with nowhere to go-Mastin Kipp turned to the divine power for help. Moving his life in a new direction, Kipp began teaching about the power of self-acceptance and service by starting his Twitter account, @TheDailyLove, which now has more than half a million followers, and his popular website,, which features contributors from many walks of life--from Russell Simmons to Wayne Dyer. Now, Mastin has written a book based on his spiritual experiences to encourage other young seekers to discover their own paths.

Witchcraft & Wicca

Witches' Almanac, Issue 34, Spring 2015-Spring 2016: Fire: The Transformer

(Witches' Almanac, $12.95, PB, 9781881098157)

The Witches' Almanac is a witty, literate, and sophisticated publication that appeals to general readers as well as Wiccans. The theme of Issue 34 (Spring 2015-Spring 2016) is Fire the Transformer, and among the lineup of obscurities is the Krampus, a Wassail recipe, Botanicas, the Restless Dead, Rum, and the Tibetan Dorje.


The Little Book of Yoga

Nora Isaacs
(Chronicle Books, $14.95, HC, 9781452129204)

This petite hardcover presents all the basics for yoga lovers of every interest and skill level--beginner or advanced, committed or just curious. Authoritative yet approachable, compact yet robust, The Little Book of Yoga is a timely offering for a practice that continues to grow. Fans will recognize it as the only fundamental yoga book and gift givers will rejoice in finding the perfect present for the yogi in their life.

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