Gift Ideas: Consciousness, Religion, Self-Help, Body/Mind/Spirit

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Today you’ll find gift ideas for Consciousness, Religion, Self-Help and Body/Mind/Spirit as supplied by Femke, Martijn and Agnes.

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Consciousness

The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles – Marianne Williamson

In The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles the #1 New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson provides a unique perspective on our financial condition through the lens of A Course in Miracles. She reveals a path to abundance by way of a powerful spiritual principle called the Law of Divine Compensation. The Law says that when we lack faith in our higher selves and focus on the negative, we create and perpetuate our own negative circumstances; conversely, when we have faith in God and in love and all that can go right in our lives, we open ourselves to receive the miracles the universe is holding for us. (more…)

Please note that this title is due out later this month!

How to Hug a Porcupine: Easy Ways to Love the Difficult People in Your Life – Debbie Joffe Ellis

Most of us know someone who, for whatever reason, always seems to cause problems, irritate others, or incite conflict. Often, these people are a part of our daily lives. The truth is that these trouble makers haven’t necessarily asked to be this way.
Sometimes we need to learn new approaches to deal with people who are harder to get along with or love.
How to Hug a Porcupine: Easy Ways to Love Difficult People in Your Life, explains that making peace with others isn’t as tough or terrible as we think it is–especially when you can use an adorable animal analogy and apply it to real-life problems. (more…)

God: A Story of Revelation – Deepak Chopra

In Deepak Chopra’s powerful, groundbreaking, and imaginative new work, a unique blend of storytelling and teaching, the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of ten historical prophets, saints, mystics, and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God. Our belief—and therefore God itself—transforms with each passing century. In this new novel, Chopra brings to life the defining moments of our most influential sages, ultimately revealing universal lessons about the true nature of God. (more…)

Religion

Heaven Changes Everything – Todd Burpo

How would you live your life differently today if you knew that no matter what happened, everything would be okay, even wonderful, in the end?
Todd and Sonja Burpo’s almost-four-year-old son Colton made an unforgettable trip to heaven and back during the darkest, most-stressed-out days of their lives. Times were tough, money was scarce, and the bills, frustrations, and fears were piled high.
The story of Colton’s visit to heaven changed their lives–and the book they wrote about it, Heaven Is for Real, gave new hope to millions of readers.
Now, in more than forty unique inspirational readings based on excerpts from their story, Todd, and for the first time ever, Sonja, from her perspective as a mom, share what happened next–in their lives and in millions of others. (more…)

Rumi: The Big Red Book

Considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, The Big Red Book is perhaps the greatest work of Rumi, the medieval Sufi mystic who also happens to be the bestselling poet in America.
Rumi was born in 1207 to a long line of Islamic theologians and lawyers on the eastern edge of the Persian Empire in what is now Afghanistan. In order to escape the invading Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, his family moved west to a town now found in Turkey, where he eventually became the leader of a school of whirling dervishes. It was a fateful day in 1244 when he met Shams Tabriz, a wild mystic with rare gifts and insight. The renowned scholar Rumi had found a soul mate and friend who would become his spiritual mentor and literary muse.  (more…)

Conversations With God (3-Volume Set) – Neale Donald Walsch

Conversations with God (Book 1) was the start of Neale Donald Walsch’s ongoing dialogue with God. The trilogy contains the most essential truths and lessons for spiritual seekers, and these books are the bestselling of all the author’s works.
All 3 books for the incredible price of € 12.50!

Living Beautifully: With Uncertainty and Change – Pema Chödrön

We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore – to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here – known as the “Three Commitments” provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support.

Read Jilles’s Staff Review here.

This Truth Never Fails: A Zen Memoir in Four Seasons – David Rynick

This Truth Never Fails is a playful yet well-grounded narrative of a year in the life of an unusual Zen master. Far from the silent and detached stereotype of Zen teachers, Rynick writes with disarming humor, offering both the struggles and the joys of ordinary life as opportunities for insight. Anyone looking for inspiration to bring a simple spiritual awareness into their daily lives, and also those interested in finding ways to more deeply integrate faith (in any tradition) with practice will find this book reassuring and encouraging.

Self-Help

The Thankful Way Journal – Aneesah Bakker

“The Thankful Way Journal is a result of many years of research, coaching and experience, all of which resulted in the creation of The Expat’s Way workshop. The latter led to my second book called The Expat’s Way, which is currently at my editor. When reviewing The Expat’s Way and many years of blog entries, creative practices I have created, and other professional articles I have authored over the years, I noticed they had one unifying thread… the practice of gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness.” – author Aneesah Bakker.

Aneesah Bakker is also featured in our Writers on Demand posts.

The Prosperous Heart: Creating A Life Of ‘Enough’ – Julia Cameron

In The Prosperous Heart, the author of the international bestseller The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron, presents a twelve-week programme for using practical financial tools – in partnership with your creative heart and soul – to guide you to prosperity in all areas of your life. According to Cameron, true prosperity has very little to do with the amount of money you have in the bank, and everything to do with the ability to understand your own (and other’s) true worth and value. (more…)

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Two systems drive the way humans think and make choices: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities and also the faults and biases of fast thinking, and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on peoples’ thoughts and choices.

This year’s best-selling title in the Psychology/Self-Help section!

Straight Talk, No Chaser – Steve Harvey

In the New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man—the basis for the #1 box office smash—Steve Harvey gave millions of women around the globe insight into what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In Straight Talk, No Chaser, he zeroes in on what motivates men and provides tips on how women can use that knowledge to get more of what they need out of their relationships, whether it’s more help around the house or more money in the joint savings account. (more…)

Body/Mind/Spirit

Perfect Health for Kids: Ten Ayurvedic Health Secrets Every Parent Must Know – John Douillard

Before the birth of antibiotics in 1930, parents raised their children proactively. Nature harvested the medicines and people were attuned to and lived in harmony with the cycles of the land. This work reintroduces the now lost wisdom that once kept our kids healthy.

Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World – Ed and Debbie Shapiro

Join award-winning authors Ed and Deb Shapiro, and a host of world-renowned luminaries, on an enlightening spiritual journey. Spiritual leaders from all disciplines and walks of life reveal how meditation has changed their lives from the inside out-motivating readers to begin their own practices and create the foundation for a new, more hopeful age in the wider world. (more…)

Running with the Mind of Meditation – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

A unique fitness program from a highly respected spiritual leader that blends physical and spiritual practice for everyone – regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability – to great benefits for both body and soul.
As a Tibetan lama and leader of Shambhala (an international community of 165 meditation centers), Sakyong Mipham has found physical activity to be essential for spiritual well-being. He’s been trained in horsemanship and martial arts but has a special love for running. Here he incorporates his spiritual practice with running, presenting basic meditation instruction and fundamental principles he has developed. Even though both activities can be complicated, the lessons here are simple and designed to show how the melding of internal practice with physical movement can be used by anyone – regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability – to benefit body and soul.