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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens

This engrossing tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghostly journeys through Christmases past, present, and future and his ultimate transformation from a harsh and grasping old miser to a charitable and compassionate human being. A perennial classic that has become as much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe and evergreen wreaths.

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My Grandfather’s Blessings:
Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging
by Rachel Naomi Remen

Remen uses the heartrending stories of her patients to teach readers how to follow in her example, that is, combining a life of service with a life of receiving and giving blessings. She celebrates the human heart with the understanding that “serving others heals our suffering.” The author also includes numerous personal stories of her rabbi grandfather who showered the world with his mystical beliefs and wizened blessings. .

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The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley

This masterfully plotted and beautifully written book sheds new light on old characters from the time of the Round Table. A most original interpretation of the Matter of Britain by way of Celtic religion and the Great Mother.

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Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time
by Krishna Dharma

One of the oldest and most cherished of all Indian classics, filled with deep spiritual wisdom, it is the story of five heroic brothers who were destined to rule a vast kingdom. The author successfully captures the mood and majesty of this rich and ancient epic… A well-wrought saga that will be appreciated by Western readers and serve to introduce a new generation to the rich, spiritual, cultural, and historic legacy of India.

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Altars: Bringing Sacred Shrines into Your Everyday Life
by Denise Linn

Drawing on 30 years of exploring the healing systems of many cultures, the author explains the significance of altars and offers advice on building and maintaining your own. In addition to more than 80 photographs, the text gives suggestions on size, location, structure, and ritual objects – then provides guidelines for consecrating an altar and using it as a place for contemplation.

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How, Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives
by Wayne Muller

Wayne Muller, a minister, therapist and bestselling author has taken a stab at asking the big questions: Who am I? What do I love? How shall I live, knowing I will die? What is my gift to the family of the Earth? These topics of identity, love, lifestyle, and humanitarianism are explored through inspirational stories of ordinary men and women, as well as offering daily meditations, and practices.

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The Fifth Mountain
by Paulo Coelho

This novel offers a moving story of the biblical prophet Elijah and his courageous spiritual journey. Coelho gives a quietly moving account of a man touched by the hand of God who must triumph over his frustrations in a soul-shattering trial of faith. Elijah’s story is a lesson in persistence, an exercise in hope, and an unforgettably journey. It is a testament to the truth that tragedy in life should not be considered a punishment but a challenge of the spirit.

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The Secret Language of Dreams:
A Visual Key to Dreams and Their Meanings
by David Fontana

The Secret Language of Dreams is a visual dictionary of common themes and symbols that compose our dreams. The surreal quality of these exceptional illustrations and arrangement of material make this an enticing and accessible book. Dreaming is a place where ultimate truths can be had, free from our waking agendas of perception. Once we are able to decipher the language, we can move to a higher awareness of self.

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Drunk on the Wine of Beloved
by Hafiz, Thomas Rain Crowe (Translator)

The Persian Sufi poet Hafiz is a towering figure in Islamic literature and in spiritual attainment as well. Known for his profound mystical wisdom combined with a sublime sensuousness, he was a supreme master of poetic form celebrating divine love. In this selection of 95 of his poems, wine and the intoxication it brings are the images that express this love in all its joyful abandon, painful longing, bewilderment, and surrender.

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Out of This World: Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein
by I. P. Couliano, Lawrence E. Sullivan

This book takes the reader on a fantastic journey through a wide range of cultures and traditions to examine the phenomenon of ecstatic visionary experiences. He provides a comprehensive tour of otherworldly journeys common from immemorial times, and illustrates their connection with modern phenomena.

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Meant to Be: Miraculous Stories to Inspire a Lifetime of Love 
by Joyce Vissell (Editor), Barry Vissell (Editor)

Meant to Be is a collection of 45 stories of the magical and mysterious ways love appears in people’s lives. This book is a completely hopeful and joyful expression of that which makes our Earthly life most satisfying. These stories will make you cry, they will make you laugh, but most importantly they will open your heart to the incredible potential that lies within the human heart.

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Sacred Voices: Essential Women’s Wisdom Through the Ages
by Mary Ford-Grabowsky (Editor)

This treasure trove covers all areas of women’s sacred experiences from the most mystical encounters with the Divine to daily awareness of the holy. “The lives of the women in this book, their life stories, have come to mean almost more than their writings. It is beautiful to find the courage, the monumental strength, the overwhelming endurance and unshakeable commitment, the warrior-like love that emerges over and over again in women of all time.” — from Sacred Voices

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>God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism
by David A. Cooper, Rabbi David Cooper

Who are we? Where did we come from? And where are we going? The kabbalistic answers to these questions are all in this “superb, sensitive, and gentle guide” (Ram Dass). Here you’ll find everything from surprising interpretations of the creation story to mind-bending meditations on the five levels of soul, as well as the voices and stories of this tradition’s old masters.

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:
An Inquiry into Values

by Robert M. Pirsig

This lyrical, evocative, thought-provoking jounral of a man’s quest for truth – and for himself – has touched and changed an entire generation. On the surface, it’s the story of a cross-country trip undertaken by a father and his eleven-year-old son, but at the core, this best-selling autobiography/travelogue/philosophical meditation, investigates questions like “What is quality?” and “How can we live quality lives?” This special 25th anniversary edition includes an introduction by the author, discussion topics, and an author interview.

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Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Woman Mystics
by Carol Lee Flinders

This is the life story of seven mystics, each an ordinary woman in her own way, who came to God through their own personal experiences with the Divine. They found their inspiration from within, diving deep into the depths of their souls. Flinders captures the heart of feminine mystical experience and explores how the wisdom of these historical figures relates to our own spiritual transformations. At its heart, this book is a living testament to how we can make peace with sorrow and disappointment and bring joy and transcendence into our lives. This book both inspires and thrills the spirit.

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Heart: A Personal Journey Through Its Myths and Meanings
by Gail Godwin

Lively, literate, and wide-ranging, the author’s first work of nonfiction explores”the ways we’ve imagined the heart through time … and what those images tell us about thehuman condition.” We examine the heart in political and religious history, literature and poetry, philosophy, psychology and medicine. Godwin brings the book full circle, proffering hope for “a coherent culture in which mind and heart are partners, not competitors, in perception.”

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One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths
by Matthew Fox

The core of the author’s vision makes an important case for “deep ecumenism” as he explores the universal truth at the heart of all faiths. Matthew Fox draws from all the world’s traditions, distilling their texts and mystical teachings into a common spirituality that reaches past dogma to a direct experience of the divine. This is not a course in comparative religion; it’s a resource to read, underline, and refer to again and again in the unfolding of your spiritual life.

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Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds
by Michael J. Gelb

In this book, the author sheds light on ten well-known geniuses, from Copernicus and Plato to Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin. From their examples, learn how to wield power responsibly, develop absolute powers of observation, strengthen optimism, and be open-minded about change. There are also fun quizzes and exercises designed to help you awaken your slumbering genius.

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Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet
by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

Edgar Cayce was one of the most humble and influential people of his day, a man whose outstanding psychic abilities appeared to heal hundreds of patients. The author presents an evenhanded story about the life of this American prophet, using a myriad of sources, including transcripts of his trances as well as Cayce’s personal letters and papers. What makes this biography especially fresh and lasting is Kirkpatrick’s excellent storytelling skills.

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Soul Mapping: An Imaginative Way to Self-Discovery 
by Nina H. Frost, Dr. Richard W. Shoup, Dr. Kenneth C. Ruge

Soul Mapping invites you to actively participate in discovering your truest self, to admit what D.H. Lawrence calls “the angels who are knocking at our doors.” At the heart of this book is the creation of ten maps, organized around key themes as where you are today, childhood remembrances and family patterns, education, pleasures and pastimes, hidden desires, envy, detours and losses, and more. Created through wide-ranging questions and exercises that invite drawing, writing, brainstorming, doodling, sketching and other activities. Conceived to elicit unexpected epiphanies and insights from unconscious depths and forgotten impulses.

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Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
by Barbara G. Walker

This fascinating, scholarly book spotlights the feminist underpinnings of myth, religion, and culture. It is an incredible compendium of information you can use the rest of your life. Much in this vast tome will dazzle dabblers and intellectuals alike.

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Blessing: The Art and the Practice
by David Spangler

Blessing, a tender book by internationally recognized spiritual leader David Spangler, teaches the art of invoking and receiving blessings. Diving into the core of this book, we discover how blessings represent the crux of spiritual development–the ability to hold the world (and oneself) in the palm of loving kindness, and to develop a practice that sheds good intentions upon the world.

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Lakota Way: Stories & Lessons for Living
by Joseph, III Marshall

To the Lakota Indians, virtues such as humility, sacrifice, and bravery are not just distant goals to aspire toward, they are daily expectations. “We believe we are measured by how well, or how little, we manifest virtue in our life’s journey,” writes Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota. This collection of stories illustrates how generations are taught the Lakota Way of virtuous living through oral storytelling. After each story, Marshall offers a gracefully rendered essay on the virtue it espouses and how it’s applied to daily life. “These stories are our gift to the world,” he explains. “They are not guarded secrets, they are markers on the road to life.”

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The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master
by Hafiz, Daniel Ladinsky (Translator)

Here are love songs to God. Hafiz, a secret Sufi, came to prominence in his day as a writer of love poems. That love transformed into an all-consuming passion for union with the divine. Daniel Ladinsky bestows on us the impassioned yet whimsical strains of Hafiz’s ecstasy. Never forced or awkward, Ladinsky’s Hafiz whispers in your ear and pounds in your chest, naming God in a hundred metaphors.

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Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives
by Wayne Muller

In today’s world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves. In a book that can heal our harried lives, the author shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal–a refuge for our souls. Sabbath time can be a Sabbath afternoon, a Sabbath hour, a Sabbath walk. With wonderful stories, poems, and suggestions for practice, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness.

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The Way: Using the Wisdom of Kabbalah for Spiritual Transformation and Fulfillment 
by Michael Berg

For centuries, the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah was closely guarded, reserved for a select few scholars. Now it is made available in this warmly written book which illuminates the Jewish mystical tradition whose purpose is to bring an end to all human suffering. We are shown how to stay connected to the manifestations of the divine in the world by drawing out the Light within ourselves, to see obstacles as guideposts, to do the work of transfomation, and to build our own relationship with the Creator.

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>Ten Poems to Change Your Life
by Roger Housden

Through the voices of ten inspiring poets and his own reflections, the author of Sacred America shows how poetry illuminates the eternal feelings and desires that stir the human heart and soul. These poems explore such universal themes as the awakening of wonder, the longing for love, the wisdom of dreams, and the courage required to live an authentic life. In thoughtful commentary on each work, Housden offers glimpses into his personal spiritual journey and invites readers to contemplate the significance of the poet’s message in their own lives.

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Think Like A Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, & Sell Your Book
by Randy Davila

In Think Like a Publisher: 33 Essential Tips to Write, Promote, and Sell Your Book, Randy Davila, President of Hampton Roads Publishing & Hierophant Publishing, explains the nuances of the publishing industry in plain English, and gives authors all the tools necessary to be successful in today’s rapidly changing publishing world.

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