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Bucky Sinister chats with TheFix.com

Spoken word artist, Bucky Sinister, spoke with AA Critic Juliet Abram about why he is pro 12-step program.

Click here and check out his great interview!

9781573243667Interested in learning more about his books? Check out the links below.

Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks and Weirdos

Still Standing: Addicts Talk about Living Sober

Our July Titles Are Here!

We have officially passed the halfway mark for 2014, and are enjoying our summer. We hope you are too! Of course, what makes summer even better? A good book! Here are our July titles.


A Spirit Walker’s Guide to Shamanic Tools 9781578635573

Evelyn Rysdyk

In this beautifully illustrated guide, artist and shamanic teacher Evelyn C. Rysdyk shows you how to create, decorate, consecrate, and use various sacred tools in ritual and healing.

Navaho traditional healers bring rattles, corn pollen, eagle feathers, and sage smoke together with songs and dances to affect healing. Ulchi shamans use drums, rattles, and larch tree wands called gimsacha to work healing magic. Manchu shamans will perfume the air with incense and tie on a heavy bustle of iron jingles as a part of their ceremonial costume. Modern shamanic practitioners likewise use sacred tools to facilitate our connection to helper spirits in the Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds, as well as the spirits of nature. While you can purchase many of these tools, there’s nothing quite as powerful as making your own. You’ll find instructions for making rattles, drums, masks, mirrors, spirit figures, fans, bells, pouches, wands, prayer bundles, flutes, whistles, and more. Plus suggestions for responsible ways to obtain the materials you’ll need.

The author’s original artwork and photographs of shamans and their authentic tools appear throughout the book.

(Weiser Books)


9781578635580 The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
Nyanaponika Thera

This is a classic text on the essence of Buddhist meditation. It is an excellent, in-depth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits. It includes a concise explanation of clear comprehension, which is the kind of mindfulness you use in the course of your daily life. It also presents an easily understandable explanation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

This new edition includes an introduction from noted author and teacher Sylvia Boorstein.

Although the Buddha lived over 2500 years ago, his teachings on meditation are among the most effective methods for healing the pain of grief, finding inner peace, and overcoming the sense of dislocation caused by living in the 21st century. Mindfulness is a method not only for committed Buddhists. It is for everyone interested in mastering the mind.

(Weiser Books)


A Q&A with Jen Madson, author of ‘Head to Heart’

Jen Madson, author of  Head to Heart, answers some very interesting questions about the book!

What prompted you to write this book?

I was inspired to write Head T9781573245982o Heart shortly after I published my last book, Living The Promises, which is a collection of meditations for people in recovery from addiction. I received tremendously positive feedback not only from the recovery community, but also from people who aren’t addicts or alcoholics, who really benefited from the tips on mindfulness that I shared in that book. I felt really compelled then to write my next book of meditations, for a general audience, on mindfulness moments for every day life.

How do you define “awakening”?

Awakening” isn’t a one-time occurrence, although moments of clear realization can feel quite sudden.

Awakening is a process; a gradual awareness; a growing insight which must be cultivated to be sustained.

Awakening to a new idea or way of being is usually a mixture of poetic consideration and practical application.

How does one “successfully” meditate?
So many people struggle with meditation because they believe it’s about clearing your mind of all thoughts. It’s not about “no thought,” but the practice of calming your mind – through breath work and pointed focus – so that you can observe your thoughts, and no longer chase and indulge them.

What are the benefits of meditation?
The greatest benefit of meditation for me has been the ability to detach from all the hopes and fears that threaten to wear me out if I get too attached to them. It gives me a tranquility of mind and clarity of insight with which to understand how to be most peaceful and most helpful, the best I can, on any given day.

Do you have to practice meditation and awakening every day for your life to improve?
The good news is, once you learn the basics of meditation from a sitting practice, you can easily use those tools – of detachment, discernment, and compassion – “on the move,” in your every day life. Then it becomes a way of daily life, and because of the joy and calm that comes from it, you begin to want to meditate and awaken.

What do you hope is the impact of writing and publishing this book?
This book is my contribution to world peace – one entry at a time, one reader at a time, hopefully the world over, I want people to have simple tools for being more mindful in their thoughts, words, and deeds, and therefore more helpful to others and themselves.

If someone followed the instructions in your book very diligently for one year, what could they expect to accomplish?
I wrote the book during a time of great loss and transition, so I literally had to practice what I preached every single day, and a year later, I came away with a greater sense of peace, purpose, and compassion than I had ever felt before, which is what I believe can happen for others who diligently follow the book’s suggestions.

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers is now available on Audio CD!

You’ve read the book – now you can listen to it on CD! Enjoy this snippet from the audio CD!

Pam Blair on Across the Fence

Enjoy this interview with Pam Blair on Across the Fence on WCAX-TV where she discusses her book Getting Older Better. Across the Fence is the longest-running locally produced program in the United States and has been on air since 1955!

Are You a Contemptible Cancer?

If your birthday falls within the dates June 22 – July 22, then you are a Cancer. Check out the video below to see what Bad Birthdays has to say about your sign.

Our June Titles Are Here!

Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through 2014?! It doesn’t seem possible. But we are, which means our next round of books are now available!


Head to Heart: Mindfulness Moments for Every Day

Jenifer Madson

Head to Heart gently guides us to cultivate (and sustain) those moments of clarity—the awakenings of everyday life—and to embrace and grow from them all, no matter how joyful or painful.9781573245982

“Awakening…think of it as something we need to do every day; it is a process, a gradual awareness and growing insight,” Madson writes. Practice awakening to:

  • generate more compassion or love,
  • create an unshakable sense of well-being
  • better understand your mind and surroundings,
  • find answers to specific challenges,
  • or all of the above.

Practice can happen anywhere, any time: on the mat or on the move, sitting or walking, in silence or conversation, alone or with a group; in short, whenever you are consciously pointing your mind toward greater clarity and service while connecting with the Spirit, you are meditating and preparing to awaken.

Head to Heart times 365. Each brief meditation opens to the promise of peace, joy, and purpose.

(Conari Press)


9781578635542The Voodoo Doll Spellbook: A Compendium of Ancient and Contemporary Spells and Rituals

Denise Alvarado

When it comes to Voodoo, few things are more iconic than the Voodoo doll. Known also as conjure dolls, doll babies, dollies, baby dolls, poppets, fetich, fetish, and effigies, they are servants of fast-acting, long-lasting magic. If you are seeking a new job or new friends, need to find your one true love or keep your lover at home, wish to be rid of your enemies or protect yourself from thievery, in these pages you will find the doll and the spell to do just that and more.

Drawing not only on New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo traditions, Alvarado also presents doll spellwork from ancient Greece, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, and the European grimoires of old magic. You’ll learn how to make, use, and properly dispose of your Voodoo doll.

Be warned: this is some of the most effective magic that exists so be ready to reap what you are about to sow, or in this case, sew!

(Weiser Books)


Unconventional Flying Objects: A Former NASA Scientist Explains How UFOs Really Work

Paul R. Hill, Foreword by Robert Wood with Don Crosbie Donderi PhD9781571747136

Paul Hill was a well-respected NASA scientist when, in the early 1950s, he had a UFO sighting. Soon after, he built the first flying platform and was able to duplicate the UFO’s tilt-to-control maneuvers. Official policy, however, prevented him from proclaiming his findings. “I was destined,” says Hill, “to be as unidentified as the flying objects.”

For the next twenty-five years, Hill acted as an unofficial clearinghouse at NASA, collecting and analyzing sightings’ reports for physical properties, propulsion possibilities, dynamics, etc. To refute claims that UFOs defy the laws of physics, he had to make “technological sense… of the unconventional object.”

After his retirement from NASA, Hill finally completed his remarkable analysis. This book, published posthumously, presents his findings that UFOs “obey, not defy, the laws of physics.” Vindicating his own sighting and thousands of others, he proves that UFO technology is not only explainable, but attainable.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


 

Our May Titles Are Coming!

It seems like just yesterday we were posting about our April titles, and our May ones are already coming out! By now, you’ve had four months of titles to enjoy. And now for three more great titles for your reading enjoyment.


Sun Sign Secrets: The Complete Astrology Guide to Love, Work and Your Future9781578635610

Amy Zerner and Monte Farber

The bestselling husband and wife team, artist Amy Zerner and author Monte Farber, bring fresh revelations and original psychological perceptions about each astrological sun sign in this beautifully illustrated guide. Their easy-to-understand descriptions of the distinctive attributes of the twelve zodiac signs will provide clear, penetrating and useful insights into your personality and those you care about. Farber offers an ancient history of astrology and its uses, setting the stage for an in-depth description of each sign.

(Weiser Books)


9781578635498The Theban Oracle: Discover the Magic of the Ancient Alphabet That Changes Lives

Greg Jenkins, Ph.D.

Based on the ancient magical writings of 14th-century magus, Honorius of Thebes, the Theban Oracle is a codex employed for centuries as a means of devotion and divination. Used by such masters of the occult sciences as Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Dr. John Dee, Francis Barrett, and later Gerald Gardner, it has remained relatively obscure and elusive to the modern practitioner. Until now.

In this book, author Greg Jenkins, PhD, offers both the complete history of this medieval magical system and a working manual for the modern mage to utilize it.

Prepare yourself to discover the hidden mysteries of the ancients and the magick within you.

(Weiser Books)


Induced After Death Communication: A Miraculous Therapy for Grief and Loss9781571747129

Allan L. Botkin, Psy.D., with R. Craig Hogan

Induced After Death Communication (IADC) is a therapy for grief and trauma that has helped thousands of people come to terms with their loss by allowing them the experience of private communication with their departed loved ones. This is the definitive book on the subject.

Botkin, a clinical psychologist, created the therapy while counseling Vietnam veterans in his work at a Chicago area VA hospital. Botkin recounts his initial—accidental—discovery of IADC during therapy sessions with Sam, a Vietnam vet haunted by the memory of a Vietnamese girl he couldn’t save. During the session, quite unexpectedly, Sam saw a vision of the girl’s spirit, who told him everything was okay; she was at peace now. This single moment surpassed months—years—of therapy, and allowed Sam to reconnect with his family.

Since that 1995 discovery, Botkin has used IADC to successfully treat countless patients—the book includes dozens of case examples—and has taught the procedure to therapists around the country.

(Hampton Roads Publishing)


 

Mark Nepo Joins Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend!

Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening, will be joining Oprah on her The Life You Want Weekend Tour! See below for more information.

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Dates and Cities below:

Auburn Hills, MI – Sept. 12 – 13: Buy Tickets

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Offer subject to change without notice. Event dates and locations subject to change.

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Our April Titles Are Coming!

April is always a great time of year. Spring (finally!) makes it’s appearance on the east coast, warmer weather sets in and we can finally be outside. And what goes great with being outside? Reading a book! With seven titles coming out in April, there should be something for everyone. With titles ranging from surviving three near-death experiences, to raising a husband, learning how to grow older better and finding out the truth behind your sun sign, you’ll have plenty to read until our May titles come out!


9781573246361How to Survive Life (and Death): A Guide for Happiness in This World and Beyond)

Robert Kopecky

An Emmy-nominated art director for television, Robert Kopecky never dreamed he’d end up writing a book about how to survive life and death. But what else could he do? Over the years, Kopecky had not one but three near-death experiences. He discovered exactly what lives on the other side of our fears about dying–and living. And he had some stories he knew we’d want to hear. Even some very funny ones.

Read this book and you’ll find yourself uncoiling, relaxing your shoulders, taking deeper breaths. You may even feel like you’re floating as you begin to shed the weight of a lifetime of social and existential anxiety. And you’ll find the calm determination to live your life accordingly.

(Conari Press)


9781573246354How to Raise a Husband: A Whole Bunch of Ways to Build a Strong and Happy Marriage

Tonilyn Hornung

Completely nag-free, How to Raise a Husband offers a unique approach by incorporating the honesty of six experts (real wives) with one unifying voice (the author’s) to assist and entertain, all the while providing deep and valuable insight into the less-talked-about issues of marriage. From honest communication to knowing the difference between when to compromise and if you are compromising yourself, and how to know when it’s appropriate to wear your Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader uniform, How to Raise a Husband gives practical advice and encouragement on marriage that will unite women across the globe.

(Conari Press)


9781571747037Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement and More

Pamela D. Blair, PhD

Pamela Blair, a psychotherapist in her 60s, has a few things to say about aging. Open this book to any page and find one of over 100 brief, kickstarting essays and journaling questions for moving into your third act with a sense of adventure and possibility. Blair offers dozens of practical and motivational ideas for handling everything from health and libido to the death of a spouse, money, legacy, and more.Let Pamela Blair will guide you through the thoughts and feelings about aging that may be dragging you down. Let her point the way to a different, optimistic and clear eyed, way of getting older—better.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)


Bad Birthday.inddBad Birthdays: The Truth Behind Your Crappy Sun Sign

Sarah Christensen Fu

Revealing the truth (whether you like it or not) about your star sign, Bad Birthdays uncovers the true quirks, oddities, and unpleasantries that characterize your unlucky sign of the zodiac and rule your destiny. When it comes to love, do you think that watery Pisces are naturally romantic lovers? Think again—if you’re unfortunate enough to have a relationship with a Plagued Pisces or a Contemptible Cancer, you’re in trouble. Reference the relationship sections to rate your compatibility with other star signs, or at least highlight where the cracks are going to show.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)


The State Is Out of Date: We Can Do It Better 9781938875069

Gregory Sams

Does anyone really think that politics is working–aside from those in power and behind it? What if living together in peace and harmony is a more natural condition than that we experience in today’s conflict-driven culture? We are community animals with built-in empathy, good at organizing things and helping each other out. The most essential and reliable features of our culture arose without top-down planning by a state that has one basic objective–to stay in power. We have enjoyed enduring civilizations in the past governed wholly from the bottom-up, without need of a shepherd and sheepdogs. We can do it again – and are more connected than ever before.

(Disinformation Books)


9781573246316The Language of Healing: Daily Comfort for Women Living with Breast Cancer 

Pat Benson and Linda Dackman

This wise little book of 150 meditations is like a breast cancer support group. It is exactly what a woman recuperating in her hospital bed or during any of the other milestones of treatment and recovery might need—the advice and wisdom of other women who have preceded her in confronting breast cancer.

Gathered here are moving reflections, anecdotes, and practical information for women concerned with or diagnosed with this disease. Built upon the experiences of women of all ages–women who have undergone all types of breast surgery and treatments from lumpectomy and mastectomy to radiation and chemotherapy; women who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay–the reflections touch upon topics as universal as fear and grief and as intimate as sex.

(Conari Press)


9781571747112Children of a Living Universe: Discovering Our Legacy Will Change Our Future 

Paul Von Ward

Children of a Living Universe is a call to action unlike any other you may have encountered. According to cultural historian and cosmologist Paul Von Ward, the time has come for human beings to reassess just about everything we believe about our ancestry and global past. Drawing upon forgotten prehistory, clues from the world’s esoteric traditions, and new research in consciousness, Von Ward asserts we are more powerful beings than either science or religion has led us to believe. He exhorts us to embrace a bold, new model of human existence, one that explains our celestial origins, multidimensional capacities, and destiny as conscious co-creators of a self-learning and self-correcting universe.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)

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