Book of Interest—Fast Times

On sale February 18

Do you know how to make digital work for you?

Success in the digital age requires being first out of the gate and then being ready to turn on a dime. If you are involved in any kind of business today, you probably take that as common knowledge. However, this quartet of heavy-hitters from McKinsey & Company hammers home the point that “running in the wrong direction is worse than standing still”. They also tell readers that sometimes “hitting the pause button” is a smart move.

Fast Times is filled with invaluable guidance to help decision makers navigate these new, constantly turbulent waters. It was written with high-powered executives in mind but it will be equally invaluable for those running small businesses on social media. Learning from mistakes, agile budgets, customer-focused design, the importance of being authentic, change bureaucrats versus builders—these are just a few of the concepts that anyone trying to money in today’s world needs to embrace.

The book is sized like a coffee table book. The design, however, is sparse and intended to communicate quickly and clearly. It’s an amazingly easy read for someone like myself with a minimal tech-talk vocabulary. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—What We Knew in the NIght

How “witchy” are you?

As commercial interest in metaphysical spirituality increases, the waters become more and more muddied. In a world of “false news”, how do those new to the metaphysical traditions determine what is true guidance along the path and what is diversion? The reality is that this is not a new dilemma for those who seek spiritual enlightenment. The test has always been to recognize the authentic teacher who is meant for you in whatever guise she or he appears before you. It is the legacy that matters, not the historical record of fact. Fact can be manipulated. Legacy is recognized energetically. If you are truly an initiate, you know it. You don’t need physical plane confirmation to make that real for you.

Raven Grimassi was an initiate who also took writing down the history of witchcraft and its traditions seriously. This book records his journey along the spiritual/metaphysical path in detail.

The beauty of this book is that, while on the surface Grimassi seems to be separating fact from fiction, he is simultaneously passing along the esoteric wisdom of the teachings he received. It was a parting gift, completed just shortly before his death last year. “Let those who have ears to hear, hear.” And so it is. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Unwind Your Mind

Can you self soothe?

ASMR is a quiet wave that’s starting to roll through the world. As global stress becomes more and more unbearable, people are beginning to get off the adrenaline-driven, success bandwagon and look for ways to reclaim their lives and their sanity. They’ve become weary of pre-packaged sells and slick spokespeople. There are many grassroots movements and healing techniques which are rising to the surface to fill the increasing need. Emma WhispersRed, licensed sound therapy practitioner and Reiki healer, is one of the people who is coming to the forefront to lead the new healing arm of the spiritual revolution.

She is very careful about positioning herself as a teacher of spiritual/energetic healing. (That’s the first clue that she is offering something different.) She deals with all the downside issues of spiritual healing as she touts the benefits. It is only at the end of the book that she deals with the specifics of ASMR techniques in a concise, organized form.

If you’re already doing healing work, this book will be a good addition to your repertoire. If you’re new to the energetic healing world, this is a terrific intro. Jesus supposedly said, “When two or more of you ask in my name, I will be there”. If you interpret “Jesus” to mean the compassionate healing powers of the Divine, that’s really all you need to know about spiritual healing. Emma WhispersRed will help you find comfort in a non-denominational understanding of that. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Restore Hearing Naturally

How well do you use your sound perception?

It’s generally agreed that physical damage to the inner ear, and the resulting hearing loss, cannot be reversed. What Anton Stucki is telling readers is that the perception of sound vibrations can be improved despite physical impairments. He explains that our experience of hearing depends, not only on the mechanisms of the ear, but also on the cognitive processing of sound vibrations transmitted through those mechanisms. What we can improve, according to Stucki, is that cognitive processing.

The information regarding sound and hearing which he presents is cutting edge. His explanations of how stress and trauma diminish our ability to hear are also scientifically anchored, as well directly connected to the growing field of mind/body/spirit.

The theory comes first in this book, aimed at making readers believe (which Stucki says is a major key to accomplishing hearing recovery). The 20 simple yet powerful exercises in his hearing recovery system come at the end of the book. He will be the first to tell you that this is not a quick fix, just like anyone who’s followed the Twelve Steps to sobriety will tell you that requires work. If you are willing to do the exercises faithfully, he promises better hearing, better balance, and possibly, a reduced risk of dementia. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Negotiating With a BULLY

Do you stand up to bullies?

Bullying seems to be everywhere these days. Even the definition of bullying has become a hot topic of discussion. Where does “defending yourself aggressively” end and “bullying” begin? Is it real bullying or is it play acting for effect? How do you know when you’re really being bullied? What can you do to protect yourself and your interests if you are? What makes someone an easy target for a bully? If you have become an easy target, how can you break that cycle? These questions and more are answered clearly, with confidence, in this book.

Specifically targeted to business people who may face bullies in negotiations, the book is equally valuable in school settings, in the home, and in daily interaction socially and at work. Williams is an expert in body language and his section on using body language to help defend yourself against, and even profit from, bullies is extraordinary.

This one didn’t seem to garner much attention when it was released. I strongly suggest you give it a try. There’s a lot of useful information here that is becoming more timely by the day. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Use Your Planets Wisely

Releases on January 7, 2020

Do planets determine our destiny?

When I discovered astrology back in 1969, it was most commonly accepted as an exact, predictive science, despite cautions from higher level metaphysicians and depth psychologists of the time. Now, fifty years later, divination tools and skills are being discussed in context, as part of a larger whole. Dr. Freed has made a very valuable contribution to that field with this book. She puts astrology firmly in service to personal growth and discusses it in flexible terms. The introduction to the book spells out her position very clearly. The bulk of the book, which describes the effect of the major planets in each astrological sign, presents the planetary influence in three stages of personal growth (Primitive, Adaptive, and Evolving).

I’ve read too many interpretations of my natal horoscope over the years, but I found myself turning to Freed’s descriptions of my planet placements with anticipation and increasing gratification. This is an important book and one that will have special appeal to Millennials and Gen Z’s. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Books of Interest—2019 HOLIDAY Gift Book Roundup

COSY: The British Art of Comfort • Laura Weir • HarperOne
Weir began honing in on the elements that create true cosy when the strain of her successful career as a London journalist began closing in on her. Cosy (as opposed to cozy or the social media phenomenon hygge) is personal and self-defined. It’s a cup of tea that’s life-affirming. It’s the weight of winter clothes that slows us down. It’s shelter from the rain. It’s knitting, home cooking, lighting, central heating, sharing, and self-care. Rose Electra Harris’ illustrations bring it all to life. This is a small treasure that wishes us well. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

The Gift of Great Chinese Wisdom • Angela Kerr, illustrator & Helen Exley, editor • Conari Press
No introduction necessary. The words of Lao Tzu, Confucius, Deng Ming-Dao, Hsueh Tou, Chuang Tzu, Meng Tse, Mencius, Tzu Yeh, Li Po, Tschen Tschi, and the anonymous authors of “Chinese Proverbs” and the Tao Te Ching, speak for themselves. The bold, modern design of the book signals the universal import of their words. Angela Kerr’s dynamic, yet traditional illustrations bring it all to life. This is a gem to meditate on, take comfort from, and share with others. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

ALPHABREATHS • Christopher Willard, Daniel Rechtschaffen, & Holly Clifton-Brown, illustrator • SoundsTrue
This is yet another standout book in SoundsTrue’s already stellar lineup of children’s books. Starting with the basic A, B, C’s format, mindfulness practice and imaginative play exercises are added in order to encourage young children to explore their creative, sensory-based faculties. Teachers, parents, and all caring adults will recognize the special gift that this book offers in a stressful world. Those with serious psychic development training will also recognize the basics of intuitive skills training. It’s a joy to look at and a blessing share. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

First-Time Vegan • Leah Vanderveldt & Clare Winfield, photography • Ryland Peters & Small
Whether you’ve decided to embrace a vegetarian diet or are just looking for an interesting way to add more vegetables to your diet, this book will be extremely helpful. Vanderveldt reccomends moderation and flexibility, not radical lifestyle changes. Maybe Black Been and Beet Burgers will work for you. Maybe you’ll stick with beef burgers but add a side of Garlic Greens, Green Thai Soup, or Coconut Brown Rice. Winfield’s photographs make this a page-turner and Vandervelot’s recipes deliver on her promise of delicious and simple. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

The Witch’s Altar • Jason Mankey & Laura Tempest Zakroff • Llewellyn
These pagan authors aren’t joined at the hip. To the contrary, Jason is a Gardnerian Witch and Tempest is a Modern Traditional Witch. As they worked together over the years, they discovered that they had a lot in common and, hence, this book was born. It was Jason who knew they were meant to write about creating Altars. With the help of their friends, they tell readers about the purpose and history of altars, altar-natives (include faery altars), altar maintenance, and altar troubleshooting. This is a one-stop reference guide, whether you’re starting out with an end table or creating an elaborate outdoor shrine. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

My First Book of Haiku Poems • Tracy Gallup, illustrator & Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, translator • Tuttle
In this extraordinary book, young children are introduced to twenty haiku, each written by a Japanese Haiku Master. Issa speaks of a bird let out of a cage. Onitsura tells young readers about calling out to fireflies. Shou immortalizes the year’s first dream. Basho describes moon-viewing. The haiku are printed in English, as well as in script and Romaji. Gallup’s illustrations are magically rendered, and Ramirez-Christensen has provided questions for each drawing to promote enlightening discussion. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

Awakening Your Crystals • Sharon L. McAllister • Earthdancer
At a time when interest in crystals is burgeoning, this book is a fortuitous and timely arrival. I was especially heartened to see McAllister’s diligent introductory comments regarding the inclusion of traditional medical practice in crystal healing applications, the acceptance of undesired outcomes as part of someone’s life journey, and the request to not mix crystal healing work with recreational drugs or alcohol. This book contains an amazing amount of basic crystal information, combined with extraordinary photographs that make the crystals “real” for readers. Eight crystals are covered in elaborate detail, with 60 additional crystals concisely photographed and presented at the end. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

The Big Book of Poker • Dario De Toffoli • Duncan Baird Publishers

“…the fact remains that while the Napoleonic Wars raged in Europe, poker was born in the newly formed United States of America.” —Sergio Valzania

To this day poker maintains a mystique that separates it from other games. De Toffoli suggests that it may be because poker is the game that best represents real-life competitions. In this 282-page tome, he tells us everything we need to know about the game and how to play it at all levels. Beginnning with the history of poker, he covers everything from dress codes to fitness to mathematical expectation to playing a tournament. The book contains simple diagrams and charts throughout to make the material visually understandable. This seems like a millenial trend waiting to happen. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

Vibrate Higher Daily • Lalah Delia • HarperOne
Born into crime-ridden South Central Los Angeles, Delia’s path to spiritual mentor wasn’t lined with flowers and angelic music. She was dragged down into the abyss and survived despite her attempts not to. Sharing the enlightenment that came with her survival has become her life’s work. She opens this book by telling readers, “If you are outgrowing who you’ve been, you are right on schedule.” She ends the book with a call to action, asking readers to stay focused on a higher awareness and lift the world around them by holding “space for growth and transformation”. What’s in between is a passionate guidebook for rising above the chaos and reclaiming personal power. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

Silent Swoop • Michelle Houts & Deb Hoeffner, illustrator • Dawn Publications
Dawn Publications is dedicated to bringing understanding of the natural world into children’s lives. They have outdone themselves with this exceptional, real-life story about a misplaced owl’s egg and the man who retrieved and incubated the egg. The little rescued owl thrived in his care and became an education bird, traveling to schools and nursing homes. Hoeffner’s inclusive illustrations bring this story to life with a tangible sense of the special connection between the owl and his caregivers. As usual Dawn has ended the book with follow-up information and suggested activities for young readers. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

The Little Book of Angel Healing • Kimberly Marooney • Hampton Roads
The creator of the Angel Blessing Cards is now offering readers a guided tour of what she calls Archangel Raphael’s Healing Clinic. You can feel the light, angelic energy as you turn the pages of this uplifting book. After describing her personal experience with Angel Healing, Marooney gives us 30 Angel Healing Remedies which contain specific practices and an Angel Blessing for that particular issue. Rather than just removing symptoms, the remedies are intended to align us with our inherent health. It is a very special journey that this book takes us on. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

The Call of the Swamp • Davide Cali & Marco Somà • Eerdmans
The duo who produced The Queen of the Frogs has achieved a new plateau with this book. Boris is a hybrid from the swamp, human but with gills like a fish. A childless couple adopts him anyway but eventually Boris follows the salty smell of the swamp back to the place of his birth. The ensuing story is a tale of compassion, acceptance, patience, and personal exploration. It is a tale every non-traditional or adoptive family will want to read, regardless of their ages. Somà’s illustrations are exquisite and magical, with lots of additional activity included with the main themes. The story is written with a quiet wisdom and trust in the positivity of life in general. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Beyond Performance 2.0

How do you turn the ship around?

These authors tell us that less than a third of large-scale change programs succeed. They back their statements up with research data, lots and lots of research data. They acknowledge that they go to great lengths to scientifically verify the conclusions that they have come to. Those of you who are less academically, facts-and figures, inclined might want to start with Part II (page 61) The Five Frames which is where they tell us what to do based on all the research they have done.

We all know that the world we live in is changing faster than most of us feel we can handle. Whether you are head of a large company, owner of a small business, or just trying to reorganize your life so that’s it more flexible and functional in today’s climate, this book provides psychological insights and real-world strategies that can be of great help.

There are very well-designed charts throughout the book for those who are visual learners. The language is readable and clear despite the density of information that’s being communicated. This is not a quick read but what is offered to the reader is definitely worth the effort. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Breathing as Spiritual Practice

Do you feel the presence of God?

If concentration is the first step toward profound, transformational meditation, it is also the most difficult step for most people to master. Johnson begins there on Day One in this ten-day journal recounting his retreat in search of the unifying presence which is commonly referred to in the West as God. He specifically focuses his spiritual search on the three major Western religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. He finds the common denominator on his journey is breath. It is the ultimate thread that transcends the words of diversity and brings us into the common experience of Unity.

Far from being an elitist, intellectual treatise on spiritual life, this journal is a down-to-earth, return-to-the-basics guide to gently following the breath into a more peaceful place. He covers all the basics, including dark nights of the soul, without sending up complex smoke screens that discourage people along the path. He tells us that the pain and doubt that come up along the way can be moved through with the same simple focus on breath with which he began.

His insights are powerful. His example makes this undertaking seem possible to all those who come after him. His message is clear. This is an easy-to-read-and-understand manual for what is, in reality, a very complex journey inward. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Gravity and Grace

Do you have a personal yoga?

Somewhere back in the 70’s, I used to get up at dawn, turn on PBS, and spend half an hour with Richard Hittelman doing yoga before I left for work in the morning. I still do some of those poses I learned in front of the TV and I still remember experiencing the new understanding of my body that came with the strange positions he was teaching. Like Sterios, who used his knowledge of yoga to recover from a severe spinal injury, I almost always turn to what I learned in front of the TV back then when I find my self in physical pain. Since those early days, yoga has become more and more commercialized in the West and Instagram has turned yoga into a competitive sport.

In Gravity and Grace, Sterios is asking readers to give up the quest for perfecting poses and go back to the healing roots of yoga practice. He gives us all permission, based on his four decades of yoga experience, to make yoga our own and discover the subtle energies within our bodies that yoga is intended to free up. He reintroduces us to our bodies in a way that nurtures, inspires and empowers.

Sterios covers information that has become common lingo in the West, putting it into the overall context of a journey of self-discovery. He talks about Chakras, Nadis, Subtle Energy Bodies, Alpha States, and the wave frequencies of different levels of consciousness. As he progresses, the information becomes more and more sophisticated, but it is always about connecting with our bodies on our own terms.

This book is a valuable contribution to a world that has us competing ourselves into extinction. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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