Author: Jeff Brown
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Release Date: 2010-06-15
Soulshaping is the inspiring memoir of an archetypal "male warrior"–a trial lawyer–who struggled to find his heart and a more authentic, soulful path. Rivetingly personal and profoundly universal, this book is for anyone who has heard a whisper of something truer calling out to them amid the distractions of modern life. Jeff Brown’s dramatic and often funny story takes readers through remarkably human experiences–emotional, physical, and economic–as he vividly recounts his troubled childhood, his success in apprenticing with Canada’s top criminal lawyer, and his ultimate decision to leave the law and begin an inner journey to discover his soul’s purpose. A work of courageous self-creation, Soulshaping reminds us that we are all truly connected, that our seemingly isolated struggles are actually part of the shared human challenge to live a life that is heart-centered and soul-driven. Both down-to-earth and magically mystical, Soulshaping will meet you where you live–and where you long to live.
Author: Celeste Yacoboni
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing
Release Date: 2014-06-23
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
As we evolve, so do our prayers; as our prayers evolve, so do we. This is the evolution of illumination, the collective voice of the soul of the world. How Do You Pray? was born from a vision in which Celeste Yacoboni was told to ask the world, "How Do You Pray?" She reached out to leading spiritual, shamanic, scientific teachers, guides, and activists and asked for their response. Culled from those responses is an original and deeply personal collection of essays. Talking intimately and candidly about how they pray, these personalities encourage the reader to contemplate the intention of prayer in their own life. This collection speaks to the reader's heart and asks What is your soul's expression? How do you dance in ecstasy, bare your soul to the divine? Bow in gratitude? Merge with nature? Cry out for guidance? How do you pray? This groundbreaking and moving book gathers responses from leaders of diverse spiritual and religious traditions ranging from Buddhism to Islam to Christianity, as well as those who do not claim one or any particular walk of faith. Contributors include Brother David Steindl-Rast, Matthew Fox, James O'Dea, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Tessa Bielecki, Lama Surya Das, Hank Wesselman, Father Bede Griffiths, Byron Katie, Joan Halifax, Normandi Ellis, Andrew Harvey, Dan Millman, Kristena Prater, Nicki Scully, Mirabai Starr, and more. This book is a beautiful gift package with matte laminate cover and red ribbon.
Author: J. Kim Wright
Publisher: American Bar Association
Release Date: 2010
Lawyers as Peacemakers can teach lawyers new ways of finding satisfaction in thier practice and providing comprehensive, solution-focused services to clients; sometimes it's not about winning, it's about finding the best possible answer for everyone involved. These practices focus on a more holistic, humanistic, solution-based approach to resolving legal problems, an approach that many clients want and need.
Author: Don Mordasini
Publisher: American Book Publishing
Release Date: 2012-02-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
“In Princes and Ogres, Don Mordasini beautifully reminds us of the indistinguishable relationship between our spiritual and psychological lives. Through story as vehicle, he exposes the psycho-spiritual thread that courses through the universal vein. This call to inclusivity and enrealment is the next step for spiritual seekers, particularly those who have become lost on the footpaths of radical detachment. It is in the heart of our psychological material that we find the grist for our soul's expansion. It is in the realms of sacred psychology that we unite with reality/grow into wholeness.” Jeff Brown, author, Soulshaping- A Journey of Self-creation Princes and Ogres cuts to the bottom line of why you experience dissatisfaction and frustration in life and shows how you can create unimagined fulfillment. Don succinctly distills the wisdom of psychology and integrates it with spiritual wisdom so you can actualize the potential that resides in your consciousness.Don demonstrates, with humor and stories, how your ego's defense mechanisms undermine your attempts to achieve happiness and fulfillment.You contain infinite amounts of peace and joy at the ground of your being. Don teaches you how to pull away the shadow of your child ego, which he calls the ogre, and realize the prince you are. Don offers a clear grasp of the purpose and meaning of life and how your trials are the means by which you evolve and actualize peace, love and abundance. Don tackles this complex subject with ease, using timeless stories and personal vignettes to make its read an enjoyable journey of self-discovery.
Author: Kim V. Engelmann
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2010-05-07
Is your small group boring? (It's okay to be honest.) Do you sometimes have to force yourself to attend the meetings (even the meetings you lead!)? Do you wonder if small groups are doing anything for your spiritual growth? Kim Engelmann, a pastor and small group leader, describes how she felt about one small group she attended: "It is Thursday evening--small group night. I . . . hesitate before getting out of the car. Do I really want to do this? I am not the sort of person that likes weeknight meetings. I am tired from a long day's work, but I push my car door open and crunch on up the gravel driveway. . . I convince myself that this is for my own good. I tell myself that I ought to be grateful that I live in a free country where small groups that talk about Jesus and the Bible are allowed. But I am not grateful--not one little bit." As a result Kim asked herself a hard question about groups: Is it small groups that are the problem or the way we do small groups? In this book she shares her answers, offering a new format for groups that gives authentic spiritual community a chance. She challenges the compartmentalization of Bible study, prayer and even fun (only laugh during icebreaker time!), and offers creative, practical suggestions that can serve to integrate these aspects into an experiential framework. Whether you are a pastor, a group leader or a member, if you find yourself dragging when it's time for small group, then this is the book for you.
In this funny, frank, and tender memoir, much-loved Ottawa chef Caroline Ishii recounts how she opened the first vegan fine dining restaurant in Canada - and then, eventually, left it. Born in Toronto to Japanese parents, Caroline learns early to love humble food like daikon pickles and rich mushrooms. So when she decides years later to become a chef, a career switch that is part naïve and part completely inspired, it is early food memories that she mines for encouragement. What unfolds is unexpected and inspiring. Caroline holds vegan pop-up dinners that land an internationally syndicated documentary-reality television show, The Restaurant Adventures of Caroline and Dave, and garner wide support for her restaurant-to-be, ZenKitchen. Together with her community, she raises funds, guts and renovates a space in Ottawa's Chinatown, develops a menu, hires staff, passes inspections, and dodges cameras throughout it all. Part cookbook, part biography, part industry tell-all, each vignette in this memoir is framed as a food memory and accompanied by a recipe for simple, delicious, mostly plant-based fare. The Accidental Chef is a moving and honest account of one woman growing up and into herself. A series of short, compelling narratives traverse Canadian geographies (Vancouver Island, Toronto, Ottawa) as well as international locales from Caroline's yoga and food experiences: San Francisco, New York, and Massachusetts, her extensive travels in Japan, and her time spent as a relief worker in Russia and the Ukraine. This is a cosmopolitan story of the way that food defines memories, losses, accomplishments, and sense of self. Ishii's position as a Japanese-Canadian woman frames The Accidental Chef and lends freshness and insight to personal reflections on childhood, family life, education, entrepreneurship, and, of course, food culture. Sarah Brown, Former Editor, Ottawa Magazine Part memoir, part cookbook, The Accidental Chef is a beautifully crafted chronicle of Chef Caroline Ishii's life journey from rebellious Japanese-Canadian schoolgirl to celebrated vegan chef. Each chapter relates a pivotal moment in that voyage and ends with a recipe - a taste memory that serves as a touchstone Ishii identifies with a key mentor or major event from her past. In one chapter the author focuses on kokoro, a Japanese word used to describe something that comes from the heart. The Accidental Chef embodies kokoro - a generous guide and recipe journal offered with love. Peter Hum, Food Editor, Ottawa Citizen Caroline's life story confirms what you instinctively knew if you'd eaten her delicious and innovative vegan dishes - she's a positive, principled, thoughtful person who gives the best of herself for those around her, be they family, friends or customers. This is an uplifting read - and one you'll event want to cook from. Sachiko Okuda, National Association of Japanese Canadians, Ottawa Japanese Community Association Ishii's style is fresh, insightful and always genuine... the vegan-curious will learn how to create, in their own kitchens, some of Ishii's favourite dishes and desserts. Japanese Canadians will relate to the comfort of ochazuke. And all readers will be nourished, replenished, and motivated to boldly seek out the true flavours of their lives. Chef Brad Long, Chef-Owner, Café Belong at Evergreen Brick Works, and co-host of the Food Network's Restaurant Makeover I love the way Caroline shares deep, personal stories with a quick flit of words and, boom, there's a lesson and a path. I will be trying Caroline's recipes for exactly the reasons she writes about them: to share with my family, to make and eat them together. Jeff Brown, author of Soulshaping and An Uncommon Bond A heartfelt, helpful and healing book. Highly recommended!