Space Creatures by Barbara Weisberg

Space Creatures, by Barbara Weisberg, is an enchanting addition to children’s literature. Ms. Weisberg, author of three previous children’s books, has perfectly captured the whimsy of a child’s view of the world — in this case, the role of being an “Earthling” on this wonderful planet.

Part science and part a study in self-awareness, Space Creatures tells a story of exploring the world, our Earth, and also introduces the idea of being part of a larger whole — the grandness of the Cosmos and our place in it. Ms. Weisberg is very much in touch with the child-like sense of wonder that we all used to share, and regain momentarily when we read books such as these.

The book features lovely ink and watercolor illustrations by Kate Arnold, and will delight children with their colorful detail. Parents will enjoy the art, too, and children will want to hear the story over and over again.

Space Creatures is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

Listen to our podcast interview with Barbara Weisberg talking about The Fox Sisters!

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A Talk with Linda Johnsen, author of Lost Masters: Rediscovering the Mysticism of the Ancient Greek Philosophers

Linda Johnsen, M.S., discusses her newest book, Lost Masters: Rediscovering the Mysticism of the Ancient Greek Philosophers. She is the award-winning author of nine books on ancient and modern spirituality, including Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India, The Living Goddess, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism. Hundreds of her articles have appeared in Yoga International, Yoga Plus, Yoga Journal, and other magazines.

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When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Realities by Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph. D.

| review by Cheryl Shainmark

When the Impossible Happens is a fascinating, extraordinary book filled with eye-opening accounts of alternative states of consciousness. Stan Grof, one of the foremost explorers and authorities on consciousness, has written a memoir that is warm, personal and detailed. His insights into these non-ordinary realities and the potential they hold for transformation are incredible — and the stories are captivating.

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What do Lions Represent? From “Whispers from the Wild” by Amelia Kinkade

A sense of belonging. They belong to this earth and they know it. They came to reign supreme, and they do so with an uncompromising sense of clarity. What if you could be the king or queen of your own life and rule with absolute authority? Wouldn’t you, as the alpha lion or lioness, bring a sense of being alpha — calm, confident, and in charge — not only to yourself but to the world around you? Excerpt from the book Whispers from the Wild: Listening to Voices from the Animal Kingdom.

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Cat Tales for Mariette by Michael Brown

| review by Cheryl Shainmark

Cat Tales for Mariette: An Unexpected Friendship on the Camdeboo Plains of South Africa Cat Tales for Mariette: An Unexpected Friendship on the Camdeboo Plains of South Africa is a remarkable story of love and friendship: for people, for pets, for the wild and nature. Michael Brown, author of The Presence Process and Alchemy of the Heart has written a charming tale (or many tales) of love and loss, joy and death, and the foibles of humans and animals. He narrates the story of how he is coerced by a well-meaning local to visit one of the town’s residents who is dying of cancer in the local hospital. Michael reluctantly agrees to a one-time visit, which becomes daily.

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The 7 Rays of Energy by Klaire D. Roy

To understand the energy of the 7 rays and their influence on each human being, we must first be aware that we are spiritual beings incarnating on earth in order to evolve. Each of our lives compels us to experiment with various situations that will allow for a greater comprehension of our divine nature. At the turn of the 20th century, Alice A. Bailey and H.P. Blavatsky were the first to speak of the 7 rays of energy and their impact. They are simply 7 distinct energies that qualify all life forms on earth, including the human race.

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Excerpt from Matthew Fox’s “A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality”

In 2015, preeminent theologian and bestselling author Matthew Fox was invited by the Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, KY, to give a lecture to honor the centennial year of the legendary Catholic monk and writer’s birth. In preparing for the talk, Fox re-immersed himself in Merton’s work and revisited the correspondence he had with him while he was alive. As Fox read through Merton’s journals, poetry, and religious writings, he realized that his exploration was inspiring far more than just one talk. The result is A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality, a powerful book about Merton’s pioneering work in deep ecumenism and interfaith; about his essential teachings on mixing contemplation and action; and about how the vision of thirteenth century mystic Meister Eckhart profoundly influenced both Merton and Creation Spirituality, which Fox has long espoused and written about.

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#What is Sound Healing

| review by Cheryl Shainmark

#What is Sound Healing? is a marvelous gem of a book, sure to inspire readers to hum, sing, chant, or drum their way to well-being. The second offering in a series from Watkins Publishing, this book combines intriguing case studies with simple exercises for practicing healing. Author Lyz Cooper has done a wonderful job of stockpiling a lot of information in a small book, and enlivened the topic with her own experiences in therapeutic sound healing.

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Pacha’s Pajamas – A Story Written By Nature

| review by Cheryl Shainmark

Pacha’s Pajamas – is a real treasure for children, parents, and teachers. Set against one girl’s adventures in nature, interacting with animals, this lively tale will capture kid’s imaginations. But it will also teach them about the environment and the global community, and leave them feeling engaged and empowered to make a difference in the world around them. Authors Aaron Ableman and Dave Room have really tapped into the spirit of the times, asking the most important question facing us all: how can we save this planet that we love?

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#What Is a Near Death Experience by Dr. Penny Sartori

| review by Cheryl Shainmark

#What Is a Near Death Experience? Is a wonderfully informative new book by Dr. Penny Sartori, author of The Wisdom of Near Death Experiences. It is part of the new series, #WhatIs, from Watkins Publishing. Written in a Q and A format, and loaded with case studies, this latest volume is densely packed with research about the incidence and types of NDEs, as well as thoughtful reflections about what they may mean for each individual, their families and for the world.

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