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May Cause Happiness

A Gratitude Journal
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640578
In stock now: 7

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Through his books, the viral website gratefulness.org, and his appearances, David Steindl-Rast has shared the blessings of the thankful heart with millions. With this uncommon journal, he invites us to find greater depth and joy amid our daily challenges and burdens.

These visually inspiring pages invite us to spark our own thankfulness when feeling weary or numb, transform our dismissible moments into fresh delights, dance with both the light and dark we encounter, and merge with the stream of the natural world. It is an invitation to experience the joys of gratitude each day through contemplative writing, drawing, and reflection—there is plenty of room, among Brother David’s gems, to write or draw as you wish, making this journal deeply your own.

Most people’s glorious gates of perception creak on rusty hinges. How much of the splendor of life is wasted on us because we plod along half-blind, half-deaf, with all our senses throttled and numbed by habituation. How much joy is lost on us! How many surprises we miss! It is as though Easter eggs had been hidden under every bush, and we were too lazy to look for them. But it need not be so. We can deliberately pay attention each day to one smell, one sound that we never appreciated before, to one color or shape, one texture, one taste to which we never before paid attention.

“The mystic is not a special kind of human being,” writes Brother David, rather, “every human being is a special kind of mystic.” No matter how ordinary we might feel, May Cause Happiness is sure to do just that, as it opens portals to the extraordinary within and all around us to be revisited again and again.

Brother David’s TED Talk “Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful” has been viewed by over 1.5 million and inspired the creation of this book.

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Marrow

Love, Loss, and What Matters Most
$19.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780062367655
In stock now: 2

The author of Broken Open and The Seeker’s Guide returns with a visceral and profound memoir. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Lesser has sought what it means to be true to oneself and truly connected to the ones we love. But when her sister Maggie needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life, and Lesser learns that she is the perfect match, she faces a far more immediate and complex question about what it really means to love—honestly, generously, and authentically.

Hoping to give Maggie the best chance possible for a successful transplant, the sisters dig deep into the marrow of their relationship to clear a path to unconditional acceptance. They leave the bone marrow transplant up to the doctors, but take on what Lesser calls a “soul marrow transplant,” examining their family history, having difficult conversations, examining old assumptions, and offering forgiveness until all that is left is love for each other's true selves. Their process—before, during, and after the transplant—encourages them to take risks of authenticity in other aspects their lives.

But Maggie's body is ultimately too weak to fight the relentless illness. As she and Lesser prepare for the inevitable, they grow ever closer as their shared blood cells become a symbol of the bond they share. Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound. The story reveals how even our most difficult experiences can offer unexpected spiritual growth. Reflecting on the multifaceted nature of love—love of other, love of self, love of the world—Marrow is an unflinching and beautiful memoir about getting to the very center of oneself.

“A deeply brave, honest, emotional, visionary ride into the scary and liberating marrow of sisterhood. Elizabeth Lesser’s years of accumulated wisdom, scorching self-honesty and stunning insights are on fire here. This book is ultimately a spiritual transfusion, begging us to clean and rid ourselves of any past blood that stands in the path of love.” —Eve Ensler, author of In the Body of the World

Marrow shows how the interior of the bone corresponds to the interior of the person. I’ve never read a book that so perceptively shows the soul in process. This is a beautiful book that will move you but will also show you how to tap into the healing richness of the soul in any serious life challenge.” —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

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Big Love

The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart
$33.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781608684939
In stock now: 1

What happens when you fully commit yourself to love? Endless good, insists Scott Stabile, who found that out by overcoming plenty of bad. Scott's parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Stabile joined a cult that would dominate his life. Through all these challenges, Stabile grew stronger and more committed to living his life from love. He forgave the man who murdered his parents, found compassion for his drug-addicted brother, and finally walked away from the cult leader who had controlled his life for thirteen years.

He writes about these experiences and many other personal milestones in ways that are applicable, uplifting, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Whether trying to silence shame, show up for friends, or overcome dreaded what-ifs, Stabile shares hard-won insights that return readers to love, both of themselves and others.

In each chapter of this book, I share a personal experience that pulled me from my center—that shook me up—and the ways in which I brought myself back to peace, and to love. Some of the experiences are tragic…

 

Most of the stories, however, reflect on everyday challenges we can all relate to, like the weight of shame, the search for happiness, the struggle to be authentic, and the awkwardness of sperm donation. (Well, maybe you can’t relate to that one.) I look at situations that provoked my mind to do its crazy dance… I focus on the many mandates of love, such as kindness, compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness. I consider what happens when we choose love over fear, the heart over the ego. (Spoiler alert: really good stuff.) I don’t shy away from the times I’ve acted like a total asshole, either. In fact, they make perfect examples of how much harder life is when we operate outside the energy of love. (Spoiler alert #2: way harder.)

As Scott says, “I’d like this book to inspire you to consider love as the guiding force in your life. We can all be love-spreaders if we choose to be…  Every time we choose compassion over condemnation, we spread love. Every time we find the courage to forgive, we spread love. Life presents us with daily opportunities to share a little, or a whole lotta, love.”

“Scott Stabile is a wonderful presence of love, advocacy, warmth, resilience, and grace in our world. I adore and admire everything he creates.”Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love