Last week Oprah Winfrey selected some of her favorite episodes to run on OWN-TV’s THE BEST OF OPRAH and one was devoted to Sophy Burnham discussing her New York Times bestselling book A BOOK OF ANGELS and the existence of angels in our lives.
Sophy Burnham recently revised and updated A BOOK OF ANGELS, but when she originally wrote it, she inspired a phenomenon. This beautiful book not only tells the extraordinary true stories of present-day encounters with angels, but also traces the study of angels throughout history and in different cultures. Burnham writes about the powerful male angels, Buddhist bodhisattvas, Islamic angels, Hindu Apsaras, the mysterious angels of the Jewish Kabbalah, cherubim, seraphim, guardian angels, the angel of death, and others.
What are angels? What do they look like? Whom do they choose to visit? Why do they appear sometimes and not others, and would you recognize one if it appeared before you? With great feeling, Burnham offers an eloquent report from the place where earth and heaven meet. A wondrous journey into the world of angels, this book is a song of praise to life.
Read an excerpt from A BOOK OF ANGELS HERE.
Praise for A BOOK OF ANGELS:
“A golden conjunction of heaven and earth…reminding us that there are angels in every religion.” -The Washington Post
“As far as angels are concerned, now you see them, now you don’t. A Book of Angels gives us a lovely, sustained glimpse.” -Chicago Tribune
The human race is at a crossroads. In the coming years, we will make decisions about our human spaceflight program that will lead to one of two familiar futures: the open universe of Star Trek, where we have the opportunity to spread our wings and flourish as an interplanetary species—or the closed dystopia of Soylent Green.
If we ever hope to live in the former scenario, says aerospace engineer and author Dr. Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society, our first stepping stone must be a manned mission to Mars.
In MARS DIRECT, Zubrin investigates the challenges (and benefits) of a manned Earth-to-Mars mission. These are challenges which, according to Zubrin, we are technologically more prepared to overcome than the obstacles of missions to the moon in the 1960s and 70s. He posits that the man’s future as a species is intertwine with our ability to explore space—and specifically Mars. In order to ensure our survival, we must take the necessary baby steps away from the cradle that is planet Earth or face the possibility of our ultimate extinction.
Read an excerpt from this new e-book HERE.
According to the New York Times, Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign his post on February 28th, after less than eight years in office. This is the first time a pope has stepped down in more than six centuries.
After examining his conscience “before God,” he said, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise” of his position as head of the world’s one billion Roman Catholics.
Eight years ago, the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the papacy came as a shock to some and a delight to others. In POPE BENEDICT XVI: HIS LIFE AND MISSION, New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Mansfield tells the story of a youth who grew up in Nazi Germany and went from being a liberal theologian to a theological conservative who became Pope John Paul’s closest ally.
At the end of his short reign, POPE BENEDICT XVI paints a vivid portrait of the pope who sought to be the Great Custodian, return to the tradition of John Paul and re-evangelize Europe. Did he succeed in the mission he laid out? Has the Roman Catholic Church revived itself and the traditions of its earlier leaders?
Read an excerpt HERE.
Dr. Jane Aronson knows what it takes to make a family—and what lengths people will go to in order to create one for themselves. As founder of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation and an adoption expert praised by People magazine and sought after by many (including Weeds’s Mary Louise-Parker, Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis, and Nashville’s Connie Britton), Aronson has touched the lives of thousands of families. She has also been moved and inspired by their journeys.
She has collected some of the most memorable stories in CARRIED IN OUR HEARTS (Tarcher/Penguin hardcover)—an uplifting read that will remind every mother this Mother’s Day how precious and important family bonds are.
A powerful collection of first-person testimonies, CARRIED IN OUR HEARTS introduces readers to:
- Claude Knobler, a writer from Los Angeles who traveled to Ethiopia to adopt his son and recalls a moving encounter with the boy’s courageous birthmother
- Mary Louise-Parker, who reflects on how quickly she and her soon-to-be daughter bonded—and how readily her son Ash welcomed her as family
- Lia Bradley, a six-year-old who dreams of having a baby sister and finally travels to China with her parents to adopt little Maya
- Melissa Fay Greene, an award-winning author who details how her teenage son, despite having witnessed the worst that life can offer, eventually finds happiness and a purpose in his new life.
- Carolyn Jacobs, a writer/producer who adopted a baby boy from Vietnam and shares her unpredictable and blissful experiences as a single mother
- Deborra-lee Jackman, an actress and director who was inspired by her 5-year-old son to become Dr. Aronson’s “partner in crime” and found National Adoption Week in Australia
Every story in CARRIED IN OUR HEARTS highlights the extraordinary love that binds families together.
You can order this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound or read an excerpt here.
PRAISE FOR DR. JANE ARONSON:
“There is a wealth of information—and hope—here for people looking at possibilities for international adoption, and there is certainly no better advocate on the long journey than the upbeat, passionate Aronson.”
“When I first heard Dr. Jane Aronson speak, she said ‘Orphans are all our children…all our responsibility.’ No one I have ever met takes that responsibility more seriously than Jane. I feel blessed to call her a friend and Carried In Our Hearts is an amazing account of the journey that she and countless families have taken toward shepherding children through the process of finding permanent and loving homes.”
“Mother’s Day gift alert!—it’s an unbelievable expression of love that will expand your idea of what a family is. Go buy it!”
“Her angle is incredibly pure and direct. It’s her heart to as many hearts as she can possibly touch.”—Andrew Garfield, star of The Amazing Spider-Man
Tired of fad diets and diet books that don’t deliver on their promises? Here, finally, is THE REAL SKINNY on weight loss! According to registered dieticians and founders of the popular TV show and website “Appetite for Health” Julie Upton and Katherine Brooking, the key to successful weight loss is actually quite simple: If you’re like most people, you have a bevy of “Fat Habits” that you repeat day after day that are causing the number on your scale to nudge higher and higher. Simply exchange these “Fat Habits” with “Slim Solutions” and you’ll be on your way to the svelte physique you’ve always longed for.
In The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions, the authors polled leading dieticians around the country to show readers how they can exchange the 101 most common Fat Habits with Slim Solutions that will work for them, for example:
- Friends and family can negatively impact your eating habits. This book shows you how to keep a meat-and-potato-loving man happy while slashing your calorie intake at the same time.
- The way in which your kitchen is organized and the size of your dishes can influence your weight. Here, you’ll find steps to downsize serving dishes and reorganize your refrigerator and pantry to promote healthier choices at home.
- It can be difficult to maintain healthy eating habits when you have a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. The authors’ “menu decoder” will help you pick the best plates at the most common chain and ethnic restaurants.
In The Real Skinny, Katherine Brooking and Julie Upton provide real-life, practical steps for you to kick your Fat Habits once and for all.
Read an excerpt HERE.
Check out the books below for some great travel-centric inspiration.
HIDDEN CITIES by Moses Gates is a travel book tailor-made for those with the most adventurous spirits. In his compelling and insightful new book, Gates lets readers join him on his travels and reveals the wonders—some off limits, and some accessible to those willing to put in a little effort—that you won’t find in a typical guidebook. He details his explorations of the “true” catacombs of Paris (the ones you have to search for, without ropes or lit pathways); the abandoned City Hall subway station; and the roofs of Sao Paolo that you can scale to get a free view of the sprawling city.
Read a HIDDEN CITIES excerpt HERE.
SAFE JOURNEYby Julia Cameron, bestselling author of THE ARTIST’S WAY takes a more holistic approach to travel. In this book, readers can join Cameron as she describes how she transformed her experience of flying—and imparts knowledge that anxious fliers can employ in their own travels. In this volume, she offers prayers, tools and strategies to alleviate the stress of travel. She teaches readers how to build a support system of people to call before and after your trip; how to pinpoint specific anxieties and meditate on those rather than the whole experience; and so on. Her wisdom will help comfort and soothe even the most anxious of fliers, and SAFE JOURNEY provides not only ways to endure the journey across country, but to enjoy the journey of life.
Read a SAFE JOURNEY excerpt HERE.
GROSS AMERICA by Richard Faulk is not your mother’s travel guide. If you want to do away with the tired beach and bar scene at your next travel destination and try something a bit more daring, this is the book for you. Whether exploring the preserved remains of Siamese twins at Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum or or taking a tour of the last remaining plastic vomit factory in Chicago, the places in this book are sure to make you laugh… and feel kind of nauseous.
Read a GROSS AMERICA excerpt HERE.
TALK TO ME LIKE I’M SOMEONE YOU LOVE: Expanded & Updated by Nancy Dreyfus highlights the power of written messages to defuse tension and put an end to conflict, offering both sound advice and more than 100 “flashcards for real life” that can be utilized in the heat of the moment. (That’s 25 more flashcards than in the first edition!)
Witnessing the life-changing power of these flashcards in her own therapy sessions, Dreyfus brings this one-of-a-kind relationship tool, along with her extensive and insightful “field notes,” to a broader audience.
“The most crucial relationship advice book since MEN ARE FROM MARS.”–Glamour.com
“Just about any couple using this material could humanize their relationship.”–Harville Hendrix, Getting the Love You Want
Read an excerpt from the book HERE.
Also brand new from Nancy Dreyfus is Talk to Me Like I’m Someone You Love: Flash Cards for Real Life–an actual card deck containing 64 written statements that hold the power to express what we wish we could say to the person we love, but for which we can’t find either the right words or the right tone in which to say it. Like the book, each statement is accompanied by “field notes” from the author that explain when, why and how to use the statement.
Sample five of the flashcards from Talk to Me Like I’m Someone You Love: Flash Cards for Real Life HERE.
Throughout a career spanning from the 1930s to the 1970s, Neville (a.k.a Neville Goddard) ranked among the most radical and quietly impactful spiritual thinkers of modern history. He brilliantly articulated a spiritual teaching that is as dramatically challenging and deeply practical: God is nothing other than the human imagination. Neville taught that your thoughts and feelings give shape to the world around you and this world can be changed when you understand how to use the mental and emotive states that create it.
He articulates this message in his signature volume, The Power of Awareness. Originally published in 1952, The Power of Awareness not only prefigured the revolution in mind-power metaphysics, but surpassed it. Before the public had heard about quantum physics experiments (popularized in our own time through movies such as The Secret and What the Bleep Do We Know!?), Neville was conveying the unheard-of message that reality is directly impacted by the perspective and consciousness of the observer himself. Moreover, he wrote, each of us is ultimately responsible for, and capable of reshaping, the outer circumstances we perceive.
Neville’s authorial genius is his ability to deliver these ideas in an immensely readable and enjoyable way. Like few other metaphysical figures of his era, Neville captured complexities in simple stories, memorable examples, and practical advice. His books are unfailingly brief and easy to read, because his command of his material is so masterly and complete.
The Power of Awareness also includes a special bonus work, Awakened Imagination, originally published in 1954. This two-in-one volume forms a brilliant introduction and user’s guide to the practical philosophy of a great spiritual thinker.
Read the first chapter of The Power of Awareness HERE.
“Neville captured the sheer logic of creative-mind principles as perhaps no other figure of his era.”–SCIENCE OF MIND
Long before self-help gurus Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle, there was Ernest Holmes. Hailed as the architect of the modern self-help movement, Holmes and his Church of Religious Science continue to attract a growing fellowship with an emphasis on the unity of all life and the importance of positive thought processes. For years, several of Holmes’ most important texts have been unavailable. In the new, 500-page book YOUR SPIRITUAL POWER: A COLLECTION OF INSPIRATIONAL WRITINGS, for the first time, seven of Ernest Holmes’s most empowering works are bound together in a single volume–including four rare works being published by Tarcher/Penguin for the first time.
—Immortality: Thoughts on what it truly means to be immortal, and ponderings on what experiences after death may be like.
—What Religious Science Teaches: Offering the student of life the best that the world has so far discovered, Holmes shows how the ideas of Religious Science have been developed by Taoism, Hindu scriptures, the Koran, the Talmud, and other great spiritual teachings of the world.
—Your Invisible Power: Considered by Holmes to be one of his most powerful works, this short book expands on a selection of key topics presented in The Science of Mind, and is illustrated throughout.
—Pray and Prosper: An essay discussing Holmes’s understanding of prayer and its relationship to the infinite. Holmes contemplates the meaning of prayer, its objectives, and prayer’s relationship to internal spiritual enlightenment.
—Think Your Troubles Away: Learn to use the power of your mind to experience fewer problems and more peace and joy.
—Living Without Fear: Move past the fear preventing you from living your destined life.
—Discover a Richer Life: Here is a blueprint for the foundation of a new and more successful life, centered on the nature and meaning of reality.
This beautiful, one-of-a-kind collection—brimming with messages of hope, inspiration, and joy—will be a must-have for students of spirituality and fans of Holmes’s work the world over.
Read an excerpt from Your Spiritual Power (taken from Your Invisible Power): HERE.
Tarcher is also proud to bring back three titles (previously out of print) as part of our Ernest Holmes Library.
A New Design for Living is one of the most important works by Ernest Holmes, second only to his masterwork, The Science of Mind. This cherished title outlines a plan to redesign your life in order to achieve your goals. Holmes’s wisdom guides readers toward positive changes that can improve their personal life, career, physical health, and spiritual well-being.
Discover a Richer Life offers a blueprint to finding health, wealth, and a meaningful life through a relationship with nature and reality. Profound yet simple, the 20 focused essays address themes such as the connection between the mind and physical health, the development of security through faith, and the power of subconscious thought patterns to bringing about positive change.
Living Without Fear provides a guide to liberating yourself from fear while embracing a life of health, happiness, and abundance. The clear, direct essays address topics like how to eliminate superstitions, the power of embracing your individuality, and the importance of preparing yourself to accept prosperity, even before it arrives.
About Ernest Holmes: An internationally known authority on religious psychology and the founder of the Religious Science movement, his inspirational books include the beloved classic The Science of Mind, This Thing Called You, The Art of Life, and The Hidden Power of the Bible.
Penelope Quest’s THE BASICS OF REIKI offers a clear and accessible introduction to an increasingly popular and powerful healing art. Best known as a gentle hands-on healing technique for physical ailments, Reiki is also a holistic system which can be used for healing body, mind, spirit—and even emotions. In this helpful and easy-to-follow book, you will discover everything you need to know, including:
- The origins and development of Reiki as a healing system
- What to expect when receiving a Reiki treatment
- How Reiki treats both the symptoms and the causes of illness, easing physical pain and helping to clear emotional blockages
- How easily you can be attuned to Reiki, and what to expect at each level of training
- How to use Reiki for self-healing and for healing other people, animals, plants, and the environment
- Practical exercises and visualizations to encourage relaxation and develop insight and energy awareness
This is the perfect choice for those who want to find out more about Reiki and the benefits it can offer, from a highly qualified and experienced Reiki Master, Penelope Quest.
Read an excerpt HERE.