OCTOBER 6, 2014

Book News by Lauren Sheppard

Hello again,

Herbalists rejoice…We have two new titles for you.

The first is The Herbalist’s Bible: John Parkinson’s Lost Classic Rediscovered (9781629146942, Skyhorse Publishing, $29.99, HC) by Julie Burton-Seal and Matthew Seal, which compares the ancient Theatrum Botanicum (1640 ad) with the uses of plant based medicines today.

The second title is Women Healers of the World: the [...]

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Aging

Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: Embrace & Savor Your Next Chapter

Ron Pevny
(Beyond Words Publishing, $15.00, PB, 9781582704388)

Conscious Living, Conscious Aging is an inspiring guide that helps you do what Ron Pevny calls "conscious aging"--or making a reality the life of growth, purpose, service, and spiritual exploration you've always imagined for yourself. In addition to wisdom for navigating loss and grief, Pevny offers advice that helps you identify your goals, contribute to society, remain engaged and relevant, and spend your later years in profound personal development. Don't just grow older--age consciously.

Ancient Mysteries & Controversial Knowledge

Rhythm Alchemy: In Search of the Philosopher's Stone

Martin Ivanov
(Findhorn Press, $19.95, HC, 9781844096480)

Rhythm Alchemy is full of insights from ancient times and from our deepest self. The book synthesizes the ancient knowledge of numbers, the heartbeat, the rhythm of breathing and our personal situation within the bigger, universal vibrations, as well as our interactions with people and nature around us. Rhythm Alchemy will guide us to our place in the composition and provide us with the ideas and knowledge we need to participate fully in both how to compose our life and fulfill our innermost dreams.

Angel and Spirit Guides

44 Ways to Talk to Your Angels: Connect with the Angels' Love and Healing

Liz Dean with Jayne Wallace
(Cico, $16.95, HC, 9781782491644)

Tune into angel messages and experience their healing power. This text brings readers traditional and not-so-traditional ways to meet your angelic guides. Professional tarot card reader Liz Dean and professional clairvoyant Jayne Wallace show you the signs of angelic presence and demonstrate the most practical ways to get closer to these celestial beings.

Art

Art Rules! (and How to Break Them): How to Think Like a Modern Artist

Mel Gooding
(Shambhala Redstone Editions, $24.95, HC, 9781590308400)

Art Rules! (and How to Break Them) liberates you to make art as modern artists do. You learn from the inside how modern art works and how to look at it, creatively, with new eyes. This box set contains a 64-page booklet, Modern Art: Inside Out, and 42 interactive cards that encourage you to try modern art techniques yourself--including collage, photographic games, picture poems, surrealist games, and more.

Buddhism

The Buddha Walks Into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation

Lodro Rinzler
(Shambhala Publications, $14.95, PB, 9781611800616)

From the author of the best-selling The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation, comes a new and exciting book on how to make your work meaningful, satisfying, and of benefit to others. Apply the simple Buddhist teachings and practices Lodro Rinzler provides here to whatever you do for a living, and you'll not only avoid jerk-hood, but you'll be setting out on the path toward making your livelihood an expression of your inherent wisdom, honesty, and compassion.

Creativity

Coloring Animal Mandalas

Wendy Piersall
(Ulysses Press, $10.00, PB, 9781612433509)

Coloring Animal Mandalas adds the beauty of the animal kingdom--including butterflies, tigers, swans, snakes, lions, and even dragons--into these intricate designs for page after page of coloring book bliss. A fun way to achieve a state of mindfulness, Coloring Animal Mandalas adds fosters creativity, reduces stress, and allows you to embrace your inner child by focusing on the simple but engaging task of coloring in the detailed designs.

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Divination

The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook: Reading the Language and Symbols of the Cards

Caitlin Matthews
(Destiny Books, $19.95, PB, 9781620553251)

More than 200 years old, the 36 Lenormand cards are an oracle combining standard playing cards with images from the everyday world, such as key, book, animals, and flowers. In this complete guide to Lenormand card reading, Caitlin Matthews explains the multiple meanings for each card, providing keywords so the reader can quickly build an interpretive vocabulary for Lenormand fortune-telling.

Healing

The Power of I AM: Aligning the Chakras of Consciousness

Geoffrey Jowett
(Divine Arts, $14.95, PB, 9781611250275)

The essence of our being is a fully integrated energy system of consciousness. The Power of I Am shows how we can use this energy and transform and optimize our human energy body by working with the chakras. Through a series of prayers, affirmations, music, crystals, poems, and simple yoga poses, readers learn to maintain a balanced and harmonious continuous flow of energy through each chakra, leading to a path of healing and achieving our greatest potential.

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Health & Fitness

Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food--The Ultimate Diet

Louise L. Hay, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane
(Hay House, $25.95, HC, 9781401942847)

For decades, best-selling author Louise Hay has transformed people's lives and health by teaching them to let go of limiting beliefs and create the life of their dreams. Now in this tour de force, Louise teams up with her go-to natural health and nutrition experts, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, to reveal the other side of her secret to health, happiness, and longevity: living a nutrient-rich life. They invite readers to join them on a life-changing journey that will turn your life into your greatest love story.

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Inspiration and Personal Growth

Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life

Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson
(Blue Rider Press, $27.95, HC, 9780399167195)

Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams is an alcoholic. Screenwriter Tracey Jackson is not. But together, these two close friends have written Gratitude and Trust, a book designed to apply the principles of the recovery movement to the countless people who are not addicts but nevertheless need effective help with their difficulties and pain. Gratitude and Trust is an essential, inspirational, and uplifting guide to identifying and changing maladaptive behaviors in order to uncover your most productive, healthiest self.

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New Thought

The Akashic Records: Sacred Exploration of Your Soul's Journey Within the Wisdom of the Collective Consciousness

Ernesto Ortiz
(New Page Books, $16.99, PB, 9781601633453)

The Akashic Records is the most valuable tool for individual healing, growth, and self-realization. This definitive work provides all of the conceptual and practical information needed to truly understand what the Akashic Records are and more importantly to be able to incorporate accessing one's records in very empowering ways into one's lifestyle - for a lifetime! Now in paperback

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Parapsychology

Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death

Judy Bachrach
(National Geographic Society, $15.00, PB, 9781426215148)

If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life? Investigative journalist Judy Bachrach has collected accounts of those who died and then returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead, and the conclusions are astonishing. Bachrach redefines the meaning of both life and death. Glimpsing Heaven reveals both the uncertainty and the surprising joys of life after death. Now in paperback

Prophecy

DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible

Rick Strassman
(Park Street Press, $19.95, PB, 9781594773426)

DMT and the Soul of Prophecy is Straussman's controversial new book that brings together the phenomenology of Hebrew prophetic literature and modern psychedelic experiences in order to develop a new theoneurology. Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls 'theoneurology.' A stimulating work that will appeal to people interested in biblical studies and human thought.

Psychology

Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind's Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life

Jennice Vilhauer
(New World Library, $17.95, PB, 9781608682980)

Stop talking about your past and start creating your future with Think Forward to Thrive, a book that is filled with information and step-by-step exercises to help you overcome negative emotions, identify what you want in life, transform limiting beliefs to get you on your way to living a life of success!

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Self Help

The Energies of Love: Using Energy Medicine to Keep Your Relationship Thriving

Donna Eden and David Feinstein
(Tarcher, $27.95, HC, 9781585429493)

The bestselling authors of Energy Medicine and Energy Medicine for Women present a complete program for using energy medicine to heal and strengthen romantic relationships. By helping you better understand your own unique energy system, as well as that of your partner, you will be able to recognize your strengths as a couple-and avoid the pitfalls. The Energies of Love serves as a powerful resource for anyone who wishes to build a rich partnership while maintaining the spark that keeps a relationship exciting.

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Spiritualism

The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life

Baptist De Pape
(Atria Books, $24.00, HC, 9781476771601)

With exciting spiritual and scientific insights, The Power of the Heart presents fascinating evidence that the heart is more than a physical organ. Mindfulness exercises and contemplations guide you to activate the heart's special powers--including intuition, intention, gratitude, forgiveness, and love. These unforgettable lessons from the world's greatest teachers will inspire you to find your hidden talents, hear your inner voice, and fulfill your highest purpose in life.

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Spirituality

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Sam Harris
(Simon & Schuster, $26.00, HC, 9781451636017)

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris's new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. Waking Up is part seeker's memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris--a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic--could write it.

Stress Management

The End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain

Don Joseph Goewey
(Beyond Words Publishing, $15.00, PB, 9781582704913)

With this simple, straightforward, four-step method, you can switch your brain's autopilot from habitual stress and anxiety to a mindset that is calm and wired for success. Stress debilitates and even damages the brain, inhibiting you from living life to the fullest. That's why alleviating stress is the key to success - and why changing your brain is the first step to sustaining more joy, peace, and fulfillment at every level of life. The End of Stress will increase your brainpower help put an end to your anxiety now.

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Yoga

Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice

Lauren Walker
(Sounds True, $18.95, PB, 9781622032464)

Energy Medicine Yoga-a breakthrough book that combines yoga with the most effective practices of energy medicine to vastly increase the benefits of your practice. These tools are simple, easy to learn, so you can have a healthy body full of energy, zest, and joy for what life has to offer.

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