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god and the afterlife

God and the Afterlife

The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience
$19.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9780062279552
In stock now: 2

Based on the largest near-death experience study in history, involving 3,000 people from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions, including nonbelievers, God and the Afterlife presents startling evidence that a Supreme Being exists—and there is amazing consistency about what s/he is like.

In his bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife, Dr. Jeffrey Long showed us that there is a strong scientific case for life after death. Now, he goes further, revealing evidence that God is real. At the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Dr. Long studied the stories of thousands of people who have journeyed to the afterlife. Though there are a wide variety of differences in how people experience NDEs—some see a bright light, others go through a tunnel, still others experience a review of their life—he discovered that many of the accounts shared a remarkably similar description of God; a Supreme Being/Source that radiates love and grace.

Expanding on his analysis begun in Evidence of the Afterlife, God and the Afterlife is the first intensive exploration of the people who have reported going to the frontier of heaven, met God, and have returned to share their journey. Groundbreaking and profound, it provides new insight into the human experience and expands our notions of mortality, offering possibility, hope, and comfort.

I was standing over the doctor watching them work on me. I wasn’t scared, but fascinated… Then I was pulled backwards into a tunnel with a door that opened into a spectacular light. The light was brilliant, but it didn’t hurt! I passed into it, and it glowed with warmth, love, understanding, and knowledge—the knowledge of everything. Everything made sense. Everything was vivid; the colors were brighter and deeper. Everything was tranquil and peaceful when I crossed into the light. —Kristy C.

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Art of Living

$31.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9780062434661
In stock now: 3

One of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today teaches how to find nirvana—how to live most deeply and peacefully every day.

Many people believe nirvana is a state of nonbeing that can only be reached through death or “extinction of self.” In The Art of Living, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh dispels this dangerous misconception, and teaches us how to enjoy enlightenment in this life without losing ourselves.

We need our bodies to touch nirvana—to experience it with our feet, our eyes, our hands. That is the reality of no birth and no death, no afflictions, no burning, the extinction of the flames. The Buddha himself has said, "My teaching is not about nonbeing. My teaching is to overcome the notion of being and nonbeing."

In The Art of Living, Thich Nhat Hanh explores two essential questions: What happens when we are still alive? What happens when we die? As he ultimately shows, if you can answer the first question, the answer to the second comes easily. Based on the last full talks he gave before his sudden stroke and hospitalization, this thought-provoking book is filled with simple meditations and practices that focus on recognizing our interconnectedness with those around us, as well as with nonliving beings and the entire cosmos.

Arranged in short sections around a few common themes, these teachings offer opportunities and inspiration for being fully alive in the present moment—consciousness that allows us to face aging, dying, and the unknown with curiosity and joy and without fear.

With powerful mindfulness, concentration, and insight, we can live deeply every moment of our daily lives and touch our enlightened nature. When we become aware of our cosmic body, of our God body, of our nirvana body, then we are no longer afraid of birth and death, being and nonbeing. That is nirvana, the pinnacle of the Buddha’s teaching and practice.

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Joy on Demand

The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
$19.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9780062378873
In stock now: 3

A nimble follow-up to Tan’s bestselling Search Inside Yourself shows us how to cultivate joy within the context of our fast-paced lives and explains why it is critical to creativity, innovation, confidence, and ultimately success in every arena.

In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan shows that you don’t need to meditate for hours, days, months or years to achieve lasting joy—you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as fifteen seconds. Explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, Meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle, and once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life.

In this book, we will explore this relationship and ways to initiate the turning of this powerful, joyful, virtuous cycle. It is through this cycle that we eventually arrive where the masters of happiness are, where every moment is the happiest of our lives because we always have joy on demand.

For many years, meditation has been taught and practiced in cultures where almost all meditators practice full-time for years, resulting in training programs optimized for practitioners with lots of free time and not much else to do but develop profound mastery over the mind. Seeing a disconnect between the traditional practice and the modern world, the bestselling author and Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow” has developed a program, through “wise laziness,” to help readers meditate more efficiently and effectively. Meng shares the three pillars of joy (inner peace, insight, and happiness), why joy is the secret is to success, and demonstrates the practical tools anyone can use to cultivate it on demand.

Happiness was not something that came naturally to me—it was a skill I had to learn… I started meditating because I was miserable enough to try anything… To meditate, you just need to have a mind. To practice meditation is to practice with our mind, to get better at doing certain things with it, such as experiencing joy…

 

Happiness is trainable, one joyful moment at a time.

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Who Do We Choose To Be?

Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity
$32.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9781523083633
In stock now: 6

This book seeks to restore leadership as a noble profession, offering a path for leaders to engage well and sanely with the destructive dynamics of this time. Deepening the insights in her classic Leadership and the New Science, Wheatley uses two lenses to understand where we are and how we got here: the new science of living systems and the pattern of collapse in complex civilizations. Each of them is powerful on its own; together they offer tremendous explanatory power. Wheatley begins each section with “What Science Teaches”—explaining a specific dynamic common to all living systems. The six dynamics explored in separate sections are time, identity, information, self-organization, perception, and interconnectedness. Each section has several short essays.

In “Facing Reality,” the two lenses of science and the pattern of collapse are used to describe the causes of many of our most troubling and disturbing personal and social behaviors, especially those of importance to leaders. Subsequent essays are organized under “Claiming Leadership” and “Restoring Sanity.” In these, Wheatley answers the question, In our current reality, what is sane leadership? She uses a combination of commentary, actual practices, quotes, and stories to bring into focus the qualities and actions that support good leadership and create "islands of sanity."

The stories she tells of leaders with whom she's worked are exceptionally diverse: from nuns to military commanders. But these leaders are deeply unified in how they work with people and partner with life. In the concluding chapters, she brings in her current work, calling on us to develop the qualities of compassion, insight, and presence as “warriors for the human spirit,” creating workplaces and communities where people can still be generous, creative, and kind.

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Tears to Triumph

The Hidden Link Between Anxiety, Depression, and Spirituality
$19.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9780062205452
In stock now: 6

The beloved teacher and author of A Return to Love and other books, Marianne Williamson argues that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals— have learned to avoid facing pain, and so we avoid our growth. Here she helps us rediscover religious principles for dealing with and transcending our suffering.

A life of spiritual triumph is not one in which we never fall into a deep, dark valley; it is one I which, if and when we do fall, we’ve learned how to get ourselves out of it. We need emotional muscles in order to rise up emotionally, just as we need physical muscles in order to rise up physically. And developing those muscles takes work. It is the work of enlightenment, the inner world of the soul.

Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace and learn from our hurt, we’ve come to numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it. In not acknowledging our suffering, we actually prolong it and ultimately limit our personal growth and opportunity for enlightenment.

As Marianne makes clear, true healing and transcendence can only come when we finally face our pain and wrestle with what it has to teach us. Written with warm compassion and wisdom, Tears to Triumph offers us a supported, powerful way forward: into and through the pain, to a deeper awareness of our feelings, our lives, and our true selves. “The darkness has no power before the light within your heart. Be patient. Give it time, if it needs time.”

On an internal level, the great religions of the world have always led to miracles. On an external level, they have as often led to violence and destruction. That must change, and will change, as more people come to recognize the mystical truths, the inner gold, that lie within them all. The greatest opportunity for humanity’s survival in the twenty-first century lies not in widening our external horizons, but in deepening our internal ones. That applies to us personally, and it applies to us collectively.

Among Marianne Williamson’s other books are A Year of Miracles and The Law of Divine Compensation.

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Pathways to Possibility

Transforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9780143110545
In stock now: 3

In this powerful and inspiring book, family systems therapist and executive coach Rosamund Stone Zander invites readers to shed the childhood stories that hold us back, and enter a realm of true maturity and fulfillment, where limitless growth becomes possible.

As children, we develop stories about how the world works, most of which get improved upon and amended over time. But some do not, even as we mature in other ways. Opinionated, self-centered and fear-driven, these child stories are the source of the behavioral and emotional patterns that hold us back. When we learn to identify and rewrite these stories, we can do remarkable, even magical things.

Zander shows us that life is a story we tell ourselves, and that we have the power to change that story. She illuminates how breaking old patterns and telling a new story can transform not just our own lives, but also our relationships with others—whether in a marriage, a classroom, or a business. Finally, she demonstrates how, with this new understanding of ourselves and our place within an interconnected world, we can take powerful action in the collective interest, and gain a sense of deep connection to the universe.

Having rewritten our own stories in an adult voice, we avoid the common trap of being advice givers (at best) and meddlers (at worst) and we become natural agents for their transformation. We learn to connect with others on an energetic level that creates a synergy for realizing our collective dreams…

 

The final section of the book presents a series of “games” that will usher the reader into this new territory of possibility and connection. These belong to the category author/philosopher James Carse dubbed “infinite games,” open-ended engagements with no winners or losers; games that offer only the joyousness of play. The promise of this section is great: if we engage fully, we are likely to discover facets of reality we have never before experienced, and become occasional conduits for rare moments of perfect attunement with life.

This galvanizing book expands our notions of “how much we can grow and change, whether we can change others and even affect the world at large, and how much freedom and joy we can experience.” Stimulating and profound, it is the perfect companion to her beloved first book, The Art of Possibility.

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Essential Sustainable Home Design

A Complete Guide to Goals, Options, and the Design Process
$34.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9780896578500
In stock now: 0

Many people dream of building a beautiful, environmentally friendly home. But until now there has been no systematic guide to help potential builders work through the complete process of imagining, planning, designing, and building their ideal, sustainable home.

Essential Sustainable Home Design walks potential homebuilders through the process starting with key concepts, principles, and a project vision that will guide the house to completion. Coverage includes:

  • How to clarify your ideas and create a practical pathway to achieving your dream
  • A criteria matrix to guide design, material, and systems decisions
  • Creating a strong, integrated design team and working with professionals and code officials to keep the project on track from start to finish
  • Key building science concepts that make for a high-performance, durable building
  • Primer on building logistics, material sourcing, and protocols to ensure that the initial vision for the project comes to fruition
  • One-page summaries and ratings of popular sustainable building materials and system options.

This book is ideal for owner-builders and sustainable building contractors working with clients aiming to design and build a sustainable home.

Also by Chris Magwood are Making Better Buildings and Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction.

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Sex That Works

An Intimate Guide to Awakening Your Erotic Life
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9781622038893
In stock now: 6

Millions of couples report sexual dissatisfaction as the number one reason for ending their relationship—even after years together. So if we’ve lost that special spark, depth of connection, or sense of confidence in our sex lives, how do we rediscover passion and pleasure? Or if were embarking on a new adventure with someone, how can we overcome the challenges we had the last time? Sex That Works is a practical guide for women (and anyone who loves a woman) looking to reclaim intimacy, renew curiosity, and embrace our full potential for erotic freedom (which can be significantly healing).

Having good sex, sex that works, depends on learning to feel. I’ve arranged Sex that Works to highlight the themes of the journey while still allowing you the space to make your own observations and discoveries. In each chapter, I’ve also included some exercises related to the theme, to help you in this work of observing and discovering. I invite you to return to these exercises as often as you like…

 

Learning to feel is a practice, no different than learning a musical instrument. Some days you hit the right notes; other days there is no melody at all. But just by agreeing to the practice, you open yourself up to an intimacy that deepens your connection with yourself, your partner, and your life. It is an intimate journey that makes sex work.

Drawing on her marriage of over 30 years and her work with thousands of people, Wendy Strgar invites readers to experience a new level of liberation and feeling in their sexuality. Nine core topics include Freedom, Pleasure, Finding Your Normal, Courage, Curiosity, Sensation, Fantasy, Attention, and Gratitude—along with stories, skill-building activities, and wisdom gleaned from her own journey. Strgar offers healing insights and the guidance of a trusted friend to encourage the full awakening and expression of our erotic selves.

She also provides excellent resources (books, organizations, tools) for further help, learning and exploration.

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Rising Strong As a Spiritual Practice

$33.50 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9781622037810
In stock now: 0

With her previous bestsellers, Dr. Brené Brown helped us realize that vulnerability is the birthplace for trust, belonging, joy, creativity, and love. Yet a willingness to be vulnerable means accepting that life will sometimes knock us down. Where do we find the strength to get back up? In her research for her breakthrough book Rising Strong, Bren discovered a key factor. Without exception, she says, the concept of spirituality emerged from the data as a critical component of overcoming struggle.

On Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, Brené offers an in-depth exploration of this critical and oft-misunderstood aspect of wholehearted living. Here she defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma—rather, it is a belief in our interconnectedness and in a loving force greater than ourselves. Whether you access the sacred through traditional worship, solitary meditation, communion with nature, or creative pursuits, one thing is clear: rising strong after falling is a spiritual practice that brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.

This audio program presents Brené Brown at her best—communicating with a live audience as seen by millions on her phenomenally popular TED talks.

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Story You Need to Tell

Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: May, 2017
ISBN: 9781608684830
In stock now: 3

Informed by the author's years of teaching writing and researching its healing properties, The Story You Need to Tell is a practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling through writing. Riveting true stories illustrate Marinella’s methods for understanding, telling, and editing our own stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal.

Marinella also shares her own experience of using journal and expressive writing to navigate challenges including breast cancer and post-partum depression. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she presents work to “unravel the knot inside and to make sense of loss.” Based on a profound understanding of how “in our sadness and pain we can be remade,” this is the kind of storytelling—and the kind of book—that can change and perhaps even save a life.

In 2012 when she faced breast cancer, Sandra turned her focus from teaching to writing as a way of healing.  She began volunteering with veterans and cancer patients. As she watched writing help them to transform their lives, she discovered her new passion—sharing the power of their stories and the methods they used to heal their lives.

After writing The Story You Need to Tell, Sandra founded the Story You Need to Tell Project at www.storyyoutell.com. Here individuals who want to write or tell their stories can discover life-changing stories and learn the  healing power of  reworking and editing their personal life stories.

Untold stories don’t go away; they morph into volatile emotions, into flashbacks and anxiety, into behaviors we don’t understand in ourselves, things we wish we didn’t do… Untold stories cause ruptures in relationships, ill health, and spiritual or religious crisis…

 

So maybe you’re not a writer.
You don’t have to ever show anyone this writing, and it will still work on your heart and mind to reorganize your life
So maybe it’s scary to think of putting your life-breaking moments into words.
This book provides you with a safety net.
So maybe with a little help you’re ready to live a more resilient story.

         You can dance on one leg.

         You can get through a crisis.

         You can survive grief.


That is the promise this book makes to you. Now make yourself a promise–to tell the story you have to tell!

 

from the foreword by Christina Baldwin, author of Storycatcher