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Sufism for Western Seekers Secures Fourth Place, Receives Honorable Mention

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff’s book Sufism for Western Seekers, which was nominated by ForeWord Magazine’s 2011 Adult Non Fiction Religious Book of the Year, was just awarded fourth place receiving honorable mention in the overall competition. Bitkoff has proven his ability to offer Americans an ancient teaching which has otherwise been viewed as seemingly complicated and […]

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The Ferryman’s Dream by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

Review by Emmanuel Karavausanos Once in a while one reads a book that not only is a wonderful read, but has a magnet drawing a reader into it and fills the mind with at least a bit of wisdom and good sense. The Ferryman’s Dream is such a book with one difference: it delivers a […]

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In the Footsteps of Martin Luther – 495 Years Later

Eat My Dust, Martin Luther! 96 Essays on Modern Spirituality and New American Mysticism by Jeffrey Baker In 1517, Martin Luther nailed ninety-five theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenburg. In the same way that Luther felt that the establishment had lost its way and needed to be shaken up a little, […]

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12 Ways to Renew Your Spirit for Spring

Intuitive psychologist Susan Apollon says spiritual healing means learning how to focus on what makes you feel good or better. It’s all about choices—choosing to release the old “stuff” that attracts undesirable energetic consequences and to replace it with positive thoughts, images, and activities. When you clarify your intentions, remember your “ABCs,” and make the […]

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Enjoy a More Intimate Relationship by Asking Better Questions

If you’ve run out of interesting things to say to your spouse or significant other over the years, you’re not alone. But according to Andrew Sobel, author of Power Questions, true intimacy is actually about what you ask. He offers 10 questions that will help you banish the boredom, avoid the awkward silences, and reconnect […]

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Tips for Becoming More Authentic

Authenticity. It’s a word that gets tossed around quite a bit these days. (In fact, it’s in danger of becoming a bit of a cliché.) Sure, we all think we’re authentic in our words and actions. But are we really? Kathleen McIntire says that, consciously or not, most of us let the expectations of others […]

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Back to the Summit Reveals the Physical and Spiritual Recovery of Senator Omer Rains

“You’ll never walk again.” This was the news Omer Rains heard from doctors when we awoke from a prolonged coma and found the right side of his body completely paralyzed, the result of a stroke and brain aneurysm that nearly killed him at age 61. But the former California State Senator – a politician on […]

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Nine Wicked Strategies for a More Successful Life

Looking for something with more impact (and sticking power) than the usual doomed-to-fail resolutions? Vickie Milazzo wants you to make 2012 the year you finally buck up and start living the life YOU want to live—recession be damned! 2011 is drawing to a close and, for many recession-wracked American women, it feels like just another […]

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Sufism for Western Seekers

Book review by Michael Greenstein Depending on who you talk to, life has never been worse.  Cancer seems to plague almost every family, financial ruin is at our collective doorsteps, divorce rates remain alarming high and the news is rampant with spiritual leaders that have abused our young and led us astray.  Without much difficulty, […]

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Book Helps Athiest Parents and Children Deal With Religious Conflicts

“Why Don’t We Go To Church?” is a book that helps atheist parents and their children deal with religious conflicts. Evolution vs. creation is the focal point of a book written for atheist or agnostic parents and their children. “Why Don’t We Go To Church?” helps young people deal with religious conflicts. It also opens […]

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Gaian Tarot

Quite simply: I am enthralled with Joanna Powell Colbert’s luminous Gaian Tarot (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011). This earth-centered deck defiantly breaks through “isms” with a resultant multicultural vibe where men and women switch traditional tarot roles, zaftig women radiate sensuality and animal – and plant — allies have much to teach humans. What a fabulous world […]

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To and From the Land of the Dead

by Michael Berman http://www.merciangathering.com/learbooks/home.htm The concepts of heaven and hell are familiar to all of us, whatever our faiths may be, and the idioms that incorporate the words themselves have become so overused that they are now nothing more than clichés. On the other hand, although they appear in a number of mythologies and religions, […]

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