Book Reviews

Intuition on Demand: A Step-by-Step Guide to Powerful Intuition You Can Trust

Intuition on Demand

All things "psychic" are in increasing demand. More and more people are interested in intuitive abilities, and many of them are beginning to understand they already have those abilities within themselves. This expanding audience has started to spawn books that demystify innate right-brain, creative, intuitive functions. Lisa K has made a valuable contribution to that literature with this well-organized, clearly written, and thorough book. She writes from years of experience working with a large and diverse group of people.

Sacred Signs & Symbols: Awaken to the Messages & Synchronicities That Surround You

Sacred Signs & Symbols

Dillard has been aware of spirit beings most of her life. She learned early on to recognize the signs they send her and began seeking an understanding of the messages being communicated. Eventually, after studying many extant divination tools, she realized she was supposed to create a Living Oracle, and that is what she shares with readers in this book.

The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss

The Story You Need to Tell

"If you have a story that has sucked the air out of you and made you feel as if you're going under, this book was written for you."

Animal Lessons: Discovering Your Spiritual Connection with Animals

Animal Lessons

Pets as therapists? Sounds a little over the top to you? This author not only makes a very strong case for just that but also offers readers an antidote for an increasingly angry and negative world-environment.

Most of your customers will pick up this book hoping to learn how to communicate with their pets, perhaps to get them to alter their behavior. What MacKinnon is espousing is learning to let our pets know what we need so they can help us alter our behavior.

Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young

Baby on Board

This latest, outstanding release from Dawn Publications engages young readers by showing them the ways they might have been carried by their parents as infants and toddlers. It then asks them to think about how animals, who can’t buy baby carriers or strollers, might carry their young. The loving, animated illustrations make the book a winner, and a lot of information is communicated along the way. This learning-based publisher has once again met its own standards with a combination of science and art.

Let’s Find Momo! A Hide-and-Seek Board Book

Let’s Find Momo!

Andrew Knapp’s quizzical little border collie, with his penchant for hide-and-seek, returns! This time he’s helping young children explore backyards, libraries, kitchens, farms, and more as he waits for them to discover him on each page. Additional objects are highlighted for the children to find, increasing their vocabulary as they thoroughly scour each spread for its secrets.

The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone

The Zen of You and Me

This is a book about differences. Hamilton’s supportive, confident voice guides readers through the pages, building trust and asking us to open ourselves to the possibilities that differences bring into our lives.

Your Power to Heal: Resolving Psychological Barriers to Your Physical Health

Your Power to Heal

Author Henry Grayson empowers readers to take charge of their own health and well-being in his latest book. Grayson’s venture is part of the current trend of books about healing that still includes affirmations to reduce negativity, but now integrate other modalities beyond breath work, such as tapping, muscle testing, and various methods to “clear” difficult and conditioned internal patterns.

Mindful Money

Mindful Money

We live in a world of illusions, especially when it comes to money. Buddhist practice asks us to “wipe the dust from the mirror.” Modern Western versions of that practice are commonly referred to as “mindfulness practice.” The highly sophisticated, psycho-spiritual principles at the foundation of those practices remain the same, and have increasing value in a world overrun with material concerns.

Life Unstyled: How to Embrace Imperfection and Create a Home You Love

Life Unstyled

Say goodbye to picture-perfect interiors created by teams of designers, photographers, and media stylists. A real home is a work in progress, full of imperfections and beloved objects that don’t go with the predominant décor. This author tells us clutter can be good and paint is our friend. Encouraging us to break the rules, she asks us to put creativity before consumption. She likes spaces that favor people and handmade objects and surrounding ourselves with things we like whether they go together or not.

The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-In

The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-In

Daddy Pops and his gang are determined to break into the stinky cheese shop, a small business in a row of small businesses on the block. Despite several master plans, it turns out to be more difficult than they originally believe. The story, brought to life by Shaw’s highly dynamic drawings, is an exercise in determination in the face of one failure after another. In the end they achieve their goal of getting the stinky cheese, but not in the way anyone expects. It’s a story of ingenuity, if not one based on admirable intentions.

Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free

Bright Line Eating

Anyone who’s seriously struggled with dieting will tell you that the body seems to have a mind of its own when it comes to losing weight. The technical term is “resistance.” After decades of fighting that resistance, Thompson finally asked the question that needed to be asked: WHY? The answers she finally discovered put her life (and her marriage) back on track and eventually led her to leave a successful university teaching career in order to share her findings with others.

Angels for Beginners: Understand and Connect With Divine Guides and Guardians

Angels for Beginners

This book provides a thorough, enlightened, and very readable overview of angels as they have existed from ancient times until today. The concept has become blurred by media/commercial uses of the idea of angels, yet a long tradition exists to bring interested readers back to the core message established over time. There is a substantial bibliography at the end of the book for readers who wish to have even more background information.

The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance

The Leading Brain

The latest strategy to maximize leadership potential and deliver extraordinary results while working smarter, better, and happier is what The Leading Brain is all about. Team-building experts and co-authors Fabritius and Hagemann have combine efforts to produce this fantastic guide to increasing performance while cultivating trust and building strong teams.

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom

Acclaimed author and humanitarian, Acharya Shunya, has released a magnificent book on Ayurveda, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom.

Ayurveda is science and spirituality. The word Ayurveda means “knowledge of life,” derived from the Sanskrit words for life (“ayu”) and knowledge (“veda”). Ayurveda encompasses all aspects of vital living, not simply the absence of disease. It respects the natural rhythms of nature (diurnal, lunar, solar) and encompasses all aspects of familiar Sanskrit (doshas, dharma, karma, satsang, seva, and sun salutations) as a way of life.

EMDR and the Universal Healing Tao: An Energy Psychology Approach to Overcoming Emotional Trauma

EMDR and the Universal Healing Tao

The rise of trauma-therapy modalities has brought special attention to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Doug Hilton, with two decades experience in counseling, is a proponent of the technique. When he shared the technique with Master Mantak Chia, Master Chia instantly recognized the value of EMDR and began to discuss ways to merge it with the energy practices of his Universal Healing Tao System. The results were spectacular.

Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction

Hopeful Healing

Recently I watched James Taylor, world-famous singer/songwriter and recovering drug addict, on television receiving the Presidential Medal of Honor. Soon after, I learned that Carrie Fisher, a recovering addict who stepped forward to speak her truth boldly and creatively, had died. After reading Mackenzie Phillip’s new book, Hopeful Healing, the connections began exploding in my head.

Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum

Adventures in Asian Art

Sue DiCicco’s beautiful and exuberant illustrations lead readers young and old on a lively tour of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. A rhyming storyline tells the tale as three children and their mother explore the treasures within the museum’s walls. Boxed text elaborates on each artifact with specific information, and additional details about the artifacts are presented on the inside front and back covers.

A Stork in a Baobab Tree: An African 12 Days of Christmas

A Stork in a Baobab Tree

Just in time for Black History Month, this unique version of the classic 12 Days of Christmas arrives with its musical tour of 12 African countries. Each of the 12 new verses replaces the familiar scenarios with a special glimpse into African village/tribal life.

Emotively illustrated by Alakija, readers will find thatched huts, woven baskets, wooden carvings, grazing goats, drummers, dancers, and storytellers, all of which draw them into the story with a warm and personal appeal.

The Five Thieves of Happiness

The Five Thieves of Happiness

Introduced by “happiness professional” Marshall Goldsmith, this book recounts John Izzo’s search to understand what makes us happy. It has been the guiding light of his life.

In his Wise Elder Project, he asked older people what they did that made them happy. From their answers he derived five secrets to happiness. Now he has similarly distilled five things that rob people of their happiness.

English Houses: Inspirational Interiors From City Apartments to Country Manor Houses

English Houses

From a rooftop flat in Bloomsbury to a North Dorset Manor Farmhouse, this is a tour of English house interiors that takes into account the people who live in them. Unique, inventive, beautifully photographed, and, above all, personal, these interiors inspire creativity as they affirm individual spirit.

Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple

Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple

The Hampton Roads Plain & Simple series scores again with this well-organized, densely packed book of information about the Chinese astrology system.

Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep

Dream Yoga

Holecek’s early academic foundation began with degrees in music and biology. He then landed a doctoral in dentistry and co-founded Global Dental Relief, a humanitarian organization in underdeveloped nations. In Dream Yoga, the product of the author's decades of Buddhism training, much of it directly with the Dalai Lama, he attempts to answer everything you’ve ever wanted to know about dreaming but were afraid to ask.

Leading the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People

Leading the Unleadable

Successful leadership is an art. Whether it’s a small, project-specific group or an entire corporation, keeping the ship on a steady course toward its destination takes insight, experience, and the ability to keep team members working forward and not at cross purposes.

Salt: Cooking With the World’s Most Popular Seasoning

Salt: Cooking With the World’s Most Popular Seasoning

Salt, once as highly valued as gold, is currently trending as a prized commodity. Whether it’s rock salt, sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, or France’s prized Fleur de Sel, salt is a star (not just standard) ingredient in many modern recipes. The more than 50 recipes in this book feature it in every conceivable variation and use.

The Way Under the Way: The Place of True Meeting

The Way Under the Way

“Poetry is the unexpected utterance of the soul that comes to renew us when we least expect it.”—Mark Nepo

Spiritual teacher, author, and poet Mark Nepo offers a handsome hard-cover version of his prolific, original poetry with The Way Under The Way. Nepo has organized his material into three separate sections within the book. Most poems are uncomplicated and only one page long, using everyday plain language and arranged like thoughts being expressed out loud.

The Intuitive Dance: Building, Protecting, and Clearing Your Energy

The Intuitive Dance

Accomplished medical intuitive and holistic energy practitioner Atherton Drenth offers a go-to-guide to energy work that can be done at home. The Intuitive Dance gives readers techniques and practices to utilize the innate intuitive abilities they already possess, while learning to "dance" with the ego and find a state of calm by reducing anxiety and living in relative peace and contentedness.

The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life

The Power of Kindness

Italian author, therapist, and philosopher Piero Ferrucci has re-released his 2006 sleeper hit, The Power of Kindness, as an updated 10th-anniversary edition. Complete with a 2004 blessing by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, The Power of Kindness continues to assert that the expression of kindness will induce a lifestyle that includes qualities most people seek out, such as sleeping and waking easily, feeling loved by others, a sense of protection from external harm, and a level of serenity.

The Magical Rooster: A Tale in English and Chinese

The Magical Rooster: A Tale in English and Chinese

Tang Yun’s mother embroiders a magical rooster on his clothes to protect him as he heads out to travel thousands of miles in order to take an imperial exam. He has studied hard and is determined to make the journey. His mother’s magical totem proves up to the task of protecting him as together he and Yun face one adventure after another. Even after the exam, when Yun is successful in his career, the rooster continues to be of help.

How to Cook in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn How to Prepare Food and Cook Like a Pro

How to Cook in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn How to Prepare Food and Cook Like a Pro

This is super-special starter cookbook. Youthful in design, wire-bound for ease of use, filled with illustrations of basic tools and techniques, and topped off with photos of the finished dishes, it’s fun, informative, and engaging. Everything is spelled out thoroughly. Soups, sauces, salads, dips, pastries, and modern classics (fish sticks, cheesecake, hummus, twice-baked potatoes, stir fry, pizza) flow across the pages in irresistible layouts.

The Lion Who Lost His Roar, But Learned to Draw

The Lion Who Lost His Roar, But Learned to Draw

Lionel’s roar was deafening, and he loved it. He resisted all requests to tone it down a bit. Then one day, he woke up and couldn’t make a sound! The dynamic and appealing cast of characters in the book finally have a turn sounding off themselves as he remains helpless to reply. Then Monkey shows him that he can draw, and a new world of communication opens up for the little lion.

Brownies, Blondies, and Other Traybakes: Easy Recipes for Delicious Treats

Brownies, Blondies, and Other Traybakes: Easy Recipes for Delicious Treats

Some of your customers may be surprised to read in the introduction that the recipes in this book are easy throw-togethers that are accessible to bakers of all levels. A quick perusal of the book reveals Bakewell Slices With a Pastry Crust, Millionaire’s Shortbread With Caramel and Chocolate Topping, Banana and Nutmeg Custard Brownies, Cherry Marzipan Streusel Squares, Ginger Cashew Granola Bars, and Chili Pecan Brownies. Sounds pretty sophisticated, doesn’t it?

Make Your Own Rules Cookbook: More Than 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes Inspired by Family and Friends Around the World

Make Your Own Rules Cookbook: More Than 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes Inspired by Family and Friends Around the World

This cookbook is not only a beautiful, lively treat, it aims to put community back into mealtime and restore the sharing of meals and recipes to their rightful place in the rituals of life. Stiles is on a mission to prove that healthy food can be easy and fun. The dishes aren’t vegetarian, but they’re plant-based. They are also international, including a (believe-it-or-not) SIMPLE pad thai. The secret ingredient throughout is fun. Stiles believes that cooking should be energizing, not a chore.

The Saints’ Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings

The Saints’ Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings

“I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.” — St. Francis of Assisi

In this palm-sized book of insight and inspiration, Assaf offers readers bite-sized nuggets from saints (famous and obscure) to guide, comfort, and instruct. The wisdom spans thousands of years and is rooted in Christian philosophy dating back through the history of the Catholic Church.Yet, at times, it seems extraordinarily modern (“Maintain a spirit of peace and you’ll save a thousand souls.” — St. Seraphim of Sarov)

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! 25 Deliciously Weird Cupcake Recipes for Halloween and Other Spooky Occasions

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake!

Lily Vanilli began baking grotesque cupcakes in response to what she calls the “cutesy icing/poorly baked” cupcake craze. She focused on making really good cupcakes and then icing them in bizarre and morbid ways. Among her gory successes are Zombie Hands, Shattered Glass, Day of the Dead Skulls, Ghastly Ghouls, Morbid Merengue Bones, Rotten Ragworms, Black Roses, and Marzipan Beetles. There are even zombie sliders. They’re all brought to life with seven basic cupcake recipes, two basic icings, and standard decorating fair.

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)

Sitting Still Like a Frog

Almost two decades ago, Snel created an exercise to help her five-year-old daughter get out of her head and into her belly where no anxious thoughts abided. The meditation she came up with is the first one (Sleep Tight) on the accompanying CD to Sitting Still Like a Frog. When her daughter reached the age of 12, they shared an experience that imprinted the power of just sitting and breathing on them both. The frog exercise, which teaches children to turn their attention to their breathing, followed.

Rupert’s Tales: Making More Magick

Rupert’s Tales: Making More Magick

Schiffer’s superstar rabbit and his lady friend Roxanne make another journey to the edge of the meadow. They watch intently as the children there gather natural objects for their altars. Grandmother Spinner explains it all as the pair of hares look and listen with fascination. In this second tale, Rupert and Roxanne are joined by several of their forest friends as a mysterious Lady answers their questions about the moon.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

This extensively revised 25th-anniversary edition of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy arrives as interest in essential oils is rapidly attracting new readers—and it’s just in time for the holidays!

52 Ways to Live the Course in Miracles: Cultivate a Simpler, Slower, More Love-Filled Life

52 Ways to Live the Course in Miracles

Longtime recovery powerhouse Karen Casey, a prolific author of best-selling self-help books, revisits her roots with A Course in Miracles with her latest book.

Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

Joyful Living

Amy Leigh Mercree, Renaissance Woman of our time, is a medical intuitive, spiritual healer, coach, and motivator pushing JOY. And push joy she does, with the hope of fostering an attitude that "life is an adventure meant to be enjoyed.”

Joyful Living is a portable and inspiring compact handbook of living joyfully that is filled with messages of love, bliss, relaxation, turning fear into love, letting go, meeting spirit guides, ancestral healing, animated adventures, and much, much more.

Let Your Spirit Guides Speak: A Simple Guide for a Life of Purpose, Abundance, and Joy

Let Your Spirit Guides Speak

Debra Landwehr Engle, author, inspirational speaker, teacher, and blogger of faith, takes a leap forward with her newest project Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. In her previous book, The Only Little Prayer You Need, she merely hints at the subject of spirit guides. She has now fully embraced the topic and shares boldly about it.

Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have

Dropping the Struggle

The author of the Ten Poems series, has now turned his attention to the idea of surrender as the path to true happiness. The idea that attachment is the cause of all suffering is a key concept of Buddhist teachings, at least in the West. It’s also something that is often difficult for Westerners to understand. Housden is offering readers an in-depth discussion of the subject in terms of surrendering to the moment rather than detachment.

Spirit Traveler: Unlocking Ancient Mysteries and Secrets of Eight of the World’s Great Historic Sites

Spirit Traveler

Traveling non-physically to eight of the worlds most famous ancient sacred sites, Sonja Grace offers us information scientists and historians are unable to provide. She believes the small group of humans who created these sacred sites had gifts of sensory perception the current human race is only now beginning to recognize. She describes it as people being aided by star beings. Readers may prefer to think of it as access to intuitive, universal wisdom from what Jung called "the collective unconscious." However it is defined, the insight she provides is fascinating

The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar

The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions

The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions embodies a traditional Jewish spiritual practice of transformation. The author of this auspicious book, Greg Marcus, Ph.D., is a recovering workaholic, driven to overproduce and now attempting to save other chronically overworked employees from a life of corporate drudgery, one soul at a time.

The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki’s Ancient Epic, Complete and Comprehensive

The Ramayana

The Ramayana, the ancient Hindu literary work dating back to the 4th century, has been reincarnated in its most current version. The authors of this contemporary version are two accomplished women ensconced in Ayurvedic practices and Transcendental Meditation on professional levels. This version is a story told partially in flowery poetry balanced with dialogued descriptions.

The Abandonment Recovery Workbook

The Abandonment Recovery Workbook

There are all kinds of abandonment wounds, some carried from childhood, some happening in the current moment. Drawing from her 30 years in the field of abandonment recovery, in addition to the experience of her own devastating loss, Anderson has created a step-by-step protocol to help people work through the five stages of healing from abandonment and reclaim their lives and their emotional well-being.

Sell With a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale

Sell With a Story

According to Paul Smith, storytelling can be used at every stage of the sales process. Successful salespeople, he tells us, use it every time they make contact with their customers. BUT, you have to know what story to tell and how to tell it.

What If This Is Heaven? How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us From Experiencing Heaven on Earth

What If This Is Heaven?

Moorjani is best known for her insightful and fascinating account of her battle with cancer and subsequent near-death experience. When she finished that book, she felt she had said everything there was to say about near-death and the lessons it brings. She was surprised to find out the lessons were just beginning.

The Path of Modern Yoga: The History of an Embodied Spiritual Practice

The Path of Modern Yoga

This decade-long labor of love approaches yoga from the historical perspective beginning with the classic Guru-Disciple relationship and documenting the first "yoga class," which took place in 1917. Goldberg’s style leans toward academia, rather than self-help, as he tracks the progress of yoga—and the gurus who made it happen—as it evolved in India as a way of life and a system of health.

When Awareness Becomes Natural: A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Life

What is our relationship to reality? This profound and very sensible question gets the conversation rolling along another very powerful spiritual path in Buddhist monk Sayadaw U Tejaniya’s book. When Awareness Becomes Natural is an excellent introduction to his spiritual teachings, mainly, the awareness of attachment and aversion all humans wrestle with in everyday life.

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