Book of Interest—Angels of Abundance

Hay House

Are you accessing your full potential for abundance?

The Angel Lady and her son, Grant, have created another great product which merges psychology and angelology. This time they are dealing specifically with manifesting abundance. Grounded in the real world, their advice lifts readers sight above the fray and into the divine realms.

They cover all the bases including asking for help, coping with duality, avoiding jealous energy, tips for raising your energy level, Divine contracts, focusing tools, allowing yourself to receive, and even how to release past life vows of poverty.
They have included special guided meditations at the end of the book to help readers find their way into the positive vibration that will ensure their abundant success.

This is another triumph for Virtue. I am a fan since she released Constant Craving in the mid-1990’s. Once again she has lived up to my expectations. SHOP FOR THE BOOK (InannaWorks.com received a free copy of this book.)

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Book of Interest—Refuge Recovery

HarperOne

Have you freed your heart?

Refuge Recovery outlines a recovery program which is based on a non-theistic foundation. While not contradictory to AA and the Twelve Steps, it uses different language and focuses on the issues surrounding addiction and recovery through a different lens. For those who struggle with traditional Judeo-Christian terminology, it offers an alternative anchored in spirituality but which is not faith-based.

The Refuge Recovery protocol relies on the Buddhist Path to Enlightenment but requires no experience of or allegiance to Buddhism. It requires meditation, soul searching, mindfulness, and community. It asks addicts of all kinds to think about the differences between recovery and renunciation, wanting to have things and having to have them, and selfish motivation versus altruistic motivation.

Mentored by Jack Kornfield, Levine has become a respected teacher of Buddhism and speaks with authority and experience as he reassures readers that the Refuge Recovery protocol will lead them to a life of self direction and self esteem. He offers no illusions about the hard work that recovery will require. Instead he lets readers know that recovery is possible and provides very clearly written instructions for how to achieve it. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Attack of the Rudee Crudees—part 3

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Attack of the Rudee Crudees—part two

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Attack of the Rudee Crudees—part one

Although inspired by actual events, the following story is fictitious. Any resemblance to actual people, places, or situations is coincidental.

First Installment

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Book of Interest—Practical Prosperity Magick

Llewellyn Publications

Are you ready for success?

In this information-packed book, Garden Witch Ellen Dugan takes a microscopic look at prosperity rituals. Dugan is one of my favorite authors. When I found out she had written a book about prosperity, I couldn’t wait to read it. When I discovered (in the book’s Introduction) that she had written the book because of a period of financial stress in her own life and done extensive research and analysis in response to that experience, I couldn’t get to the next page fast enough. I wasn’t disappointed.

How to draw prosperity into our lives isn’t the secret many societies pretend it is, but it is more complex than pop culture would lead us to believe. Dugan explains it all using theory, example, and psychological insight in perfectly balanced combination.

While there is plenty of Craft information in the book (correspondences, spells, charms, crystals, candles, planets, etc.), this is as much a book about what doesn’t work as it is a book about what to do. Dugan works very hard to explain why following rituals, step by step, out a book often doesn’t bring the results we are looking for. Even worse, sometimes those efforts bring the results we asked for but they come with a lot of unwanted baggage as well. Whether you’re new to the Craft or a seasoned professional, this book is a gold mine. I’m still rereading it. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution

AMACON

Is it time to finetune your fundraising strategy?

If you’re stuck at a plateau and haven’t been able to budge from there, then Laurence Pagnoni suggests that it is. Finetuning nonprofits is what he does. He’s got a proven track record. Now he’s offering readers the basics of how he does it. From fairly obvious ideas like recruiting fundraising specialists for the Board of Directors (easier said than done) to more complex strategies like diversifying within a single fundraising strategy rather than expanding the number of different fundraising strategies used, every idea he puts forth is discussed clearly and with plenty of backup information.

There are lots of web resources included, and strategies are spelled out with complete, step-by-step instructions. Each chapter has a really short summary at the end. (I read the summaries first, then read the chapter.)

Pagnoni tells readers in the Introduction that the book covers Contributed Income only. (Fees-for-Service Income is not his area of expertise.) Just as well. The 224 pages in the book are chocked full of plenty of information on the topic of fundraising. Most readers, unless they’re already experts in the field themselves, will find this to be a terrific resource and more than enough information to process and put into practice. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Pagan Portals: Fairy Witchcraft

Moon Books

Can you recognize a fairy cat?

Morgan Daimler has interacted with Fairies since she was a small child. She views them three-dimensionally, not as the limited New Age/media-interpreted versions that many of us are familiar with. She sees them as they are with their full range of emotions and motivations. Telling it like it is, she recounts her system of Fairy Witchcraft, based on decades of personal experience. She goes back to the roots of Celtic pagan wisdom to put it all into perspective, but it’s clear that the information she conveys is not from “book learning”. It comes from contact with the Fey Folk themselves.

This very personal recollection has a special air of enchantment about it. As one reads, it becomes clear that Daimler not only has personal experience with the Wee Folk, she has been completely charmed by them. She has not, however, been deluded by “pixie-led glamour”. She just likes these ethereal creatures, warts and all.

The book contains lots of rituals, correspondences, and magical tools. The interweaving of modern witchcraft with fairy lore makes for a special experience and Daimler opens the door for us to join her in that world. Fun to read … Full of information … Complete with in-depth references at the end … This is a gift from the fairy realms indeed, delivered by one of their biggest fans.  SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest — The Practice of Greater Kan and Li

Destiny Books

Can you enter the Wu Wei state?

This latest collaboration between Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan begins with a history of the Kan and Li practice, starting with its roots in early shamanism, moving into the Philosophical Taoism of Lao-tzu, through Religious Taoism, External Alchemy,. Internal Alchemy, and finally arriving at modern Taoist practices.

Greater Kan and Li exercises are categorized as advanced study, but the text has been very well-thought-out.The foundation principles of the practice are explained in very clear and precise terms. The basics of the Eight Pillars of Health, the Five Elements, The Eight Forces, Trigrams, Immortality, Magical Powers, Astral Flight, and Animal and Plant Symbolism,  are all put into understandable terms for easy access. Comparisons are made with familiar systems like Astrology and Yoga, even Christian teachings, so that as many people as possible will find a comfortable door into these extraordinary teachings. After detailed instruction for the advanced exercises, there is a section entitled Home Practice, which offers less experienced readers a realistic starting point. The book is designed so that readers can begin learning this powerful system regardless of their level of skill.

Master Chia spent most of his early life studying with Taoist masters all over the East. He absorbed and preserved ancient wisdom that might otherwise have been lost. For decades now he has been sharing that information with others, teaching teachers, and inviting co-authors to bring additional perspective to what he knows. The power of his system is that it encourages participation in society. Followers are encouraged to live in the day-to-day world, not to isolate with like-minded people. This latest book is a standout among a vast library of worthwhile reading. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest — Awaken the Inner Shaman

Sounds True

Can you see in the dark?

Seeing in the dark is an ancient definition of shaman. José Stevens has made a career out of updating that definition and making the truth of it accessible to people around the world. He has spent most of his adult life traveling the globe seeking out legitimate tribal teachers who work with subtle energies and altered states of consciousness. He has learned their wisdom firsthand and, in true shaman fashion, has brought it back into his day-to-day world and incorporated it into his life.

I read Stevens’ Secrets of Shamanism 25 years ago and I still recommend it to people. As with that and all his previous books, Stevens once again provides a well-thought-out mixture of psychology, wisdom teachings, and practical guided meditation techniques. There is a lyrical quality to his writing which conveys the magical quality of the things he is telling readers about. He speaks of other worldly things as if they were commonplace occurrences — because to him they are.

The book is full of exercises for heightening our shamanic instincts. The instructions and explanations make them easy for readers to practice on their own. Stevens’ accompanying narrative makes this not only a compelling read but also makes it all seem so possible to achieve. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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