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Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction

It was her husband’s suicide that caused Jessica Lourey to recognize that a standard
fiction writer’s tool is also a powerful transformative healing modality.
Transforming traumatic fact to fiction grants the writer perspective and an opportunity
to view events with more objectivity so that they can distill the therapeutic benefits
by reviewing the situation as a third person. In two perfectly-honed pages in the
Introduction which describe the immediate aftermath of her husband’s death, she

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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)

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.

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?

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.

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 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.

AncesTree: Gift of the Ancients

AncesTree: Gift of the Ancients

This is my first exposure to flutist Kim Bold’s music, but I hope it won’t be my last. Playing an assortment of world flutes and accompanied by gentle percussion, piano, strings, and ambient textures, Bold weaves a hypnotic web of ethnic flute journeys, transporting the listener to a variety of landscapes, each subtly aglow with subdued primal energy regardless of mood or tempo. It’s always a delight for a music critic of 19 years (yours truly) to discover an artist who possesses a special gift and a unique vision. Kim Bold has both of these in abundance.

Once Upon a Mat Bundle

Once Upon a Mat Bundle

When Namaste Kid’s founder noticed her toddler following along with her yoga DVD, she realized kids are natural yogis. Active play helps kids develop their motor skills and their ability to creatively problem solve, and this fun yoga bundle helps kids do both! It comes with an instructional DVD geared to kids two-and-a-half years and up, a kid-sized (24" x 48") yoga mat, and a 12-oz. stainless steel water bottle, all packaged in an eye-catching box ready for fun in-store display!

In the Garden

In the Garden

With how tumultuous and chaotic our world is becoming every day, Seay’s new album, In the Garden has arrived none too soon. Possessed of one of the finest voices in music today (regardless of genre), Seay (who also plays piano and keyboards and did the sound design for the album) weds her magnificent voice to an assortment of life-affirming lyrics and dramatic, soulful melodies that will whisk listeners away from their trials and travails and deposit them in a land of beauty, light, and love.

Tassel and Bead Necklaces

Benjamin International Tassel and Bead Necklace

One of this year’s favorite summer fashion accessories is the long necklace. Benjamin International has many colors and styles of tassel necklaces to choose from, making it easy to mix and match. They are so affordable and stylish that customers will want to build a collection! Their basic tassel-and-bead necklace is 20 inches long and available in purple, peach, bronze, turquoise, grey, and black, and embellished necklaces like the ones shown here are available with an elephant, hamsa, om, or sun/moon charm.

The Magician Movie Maker Kit

The Magician Movie Maker Kit

This company’s tagline is “Dress up and dream big,” and their creative-play kits help kids do just that! The Magician kit, part of their Props in a Bag collection, comes in a drawstring backpack filled with magician essentials: top hat, eye mask, cape, bunny, magic wand, and a fun backdrop. Plus, their free app helps families create and film their own movies. This fun gift idea is begging for an in-store demo—with videos shared to your store’s Facebook page, of course!

Follow the River Home

Follow the River Home

Ambient guitarist Jeff Pearce’s latest release sees the Indiana resident displaying a variety of electric guitar-playing techniques, highlighting at least one new wrinkle: his talent for stinging electric leads (previously exhibited at the Zone Music Reporter Awards show in 2015). These soaring notes of electric energy are unleashed on “Snowfall,” heard over a bed of reverbed rhythm-guitar chords.

Laser-cut Sphere Stand

Technician of the Sacred Sphere Stand

One of the most unique items at INATS this year were the stunning mandalas, sphere stands, and multi-layer art from Adrian Rasmussen. All are true showstoppers that bring sacred geometry to vibrant, three-dimensional life. Each piece is laser cut and then hand painted by Technician of the Sacred artists. Mandalas (4" or 5.5") can be used for crystal grids or gorgeous altar décor, while rock lovers can upgrade their sphere collections with elaborate stands (4 sizes). Adrian’s multi-level designs are also available as wall art and stickers 2", 4" and 6").

Red Thread Collection Scraggle Bear

Red Thread Collection Scraggle Bear

This soft, huggable keepsake bear is sure to be an instant customer favorite! Plus, with every purchase of Scraggle Bear (there are cat and bunny versions, too) Bunnies by the Bay donates a portion of the proceeds to charities for kids. A win-win!

Waves of Love

Waves of Love

Waves of Love is a stunningly serene and lovely album from pianist/keyboard artist Nadama, even by the high standards of the Malimba Records label. While the 10 tracks are rooted in sublime piano melodies, Nadama’s use of an assortment of digital and sampled instruments is absolutely textbook in execution, and they help fashion these songs into relaxation masterpieces. There are some moments of gentle playfulness, but even then, the overall mood is blissfully mellow.

Henna-Mehndi Designs Coloring Postcard Book

Lark Crafts Henna-Mehndi Designs Coloring Postcard Book

Coloring books are still all the rage, and Sterling Publication has one for every age. They also sell coloring notecards, posters, journals, and, one of our favorites, postcards. The smaller size (4" x 6") makes each postcard easy and fun to complete in a short amount of time and then mail to someone special. The postcard book (ISBN 9781454709688) contains 30 postcards and retails for $9.95.



It’s more than a little staggering to this music critic to encounter a pianist like Alexi Musnitsky, who is one third of my age yet plays with the emotional depth and maturity of someone much closer to my years. However, it’s true—Alexi Musnitsky has only now entered his twenties. When you and your customers (in-store play!) hear this extremely gifted artist, I believe you will be as impressed as I was on my first playing of Zia.

Vibe Bottles

Vibe Bottles by Soulwurx

Created by Reiki practitioners and infused with love, Vibe Bottles ($19.97 suggested retail, 16-oz. jar; $34.97 suggested retail, 64-oz. growler) combine sacred-geometry designs with the power of intention. Beautiful, stylized artwork (hamsa, lotus, flower of life, Metatron’s Cube) produced in limited editions makes these glass bottles instant collectors’ items. Also available are waterproof vinyl decals, which allow customers to personalize their intentions with additional words and designs. Perfect for individual, spa, and festival use.

Cosmic Connections Live

Cosmic Connections Live

Cosmic Connections Live is the polar opposite in style of the other live album reviewed this issue (Yanni’s The Dream Concert), but is its equal in every other way: superb musicianship, wonderful (as usual) vocals, outstanding instrumental performances. My assessment is, of course, no surprise to anyone who has followed the recording career of Deva Premal (vocals, tempura, keyboards), Miten (vocals. guitar) and Manose (bansuri, vocals). These three are among the best chant artists recording today.

Guardian Grandmother

Guardian Grandmother

Stoned Parrot’s newest creation, the Guardian Grandmother (approx. 20" to 30" tall), is a beautiful work of art. A unique combination of natural feathers, wood, stones, and crystals bring into fruition this spirit totem. Guardian Grandmother reminds us to connect to our ancestors for guidance and protection. She can be placed on an altar or a bedside table to assist in a peaceful night’s rest. Each is a one-of-a-kind special piece of art.

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.


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