Our August Titles Are Here!

August is here. And we have two great titles available this month! Check them out and finish off your summer reading with a bang!


Grimoire of the Thorn-Blooded Witch9781578635504

Raven Grimassi

“Many books talk about the relationship of Witches to natural magic. This book takes you into the very heart of it.” —Christian Day, author of The Witches’ Book of the Dead

For the first time in more than a decade, Grimassi introduces readers to a new system of witchcraft, one that draws upon the old ways and the old days. Rich with spells, rituals, and detailed illustrations of plant spirits, Grimassi dares readers to take the path that leads deep into the darkened woods—to traverse upon the Thorned Path.

Meet the entities that dwell within the organic memory of the earth, the devas, the deities, the magical life force that lies within the wooded glen. Learn to work with these spirits, and use their wisdom to transform your life and your practice.

(Weiser Books)


9781571747150 Jesus the Magician
Morton Smith

This book challenges traditional Christian teaching about Jesus. While his followers may have seen him as a man from heaven, preaching the good news and working miracles, Smith asserts that the truth about Jesus is more interesting and rather unsettling.

The real Jesus, only barely glimpsed because of a campaign of disinformation, obfuscation, and censorship by religious authorities, was not Jesus the Son of God. In actuality he was Jesus the Magician. Smith marshals all the available evidence including, but not limited to, the Gospels. He succeeds in describing just what was said of Jesus by “outsiders,” those who did not believe him.

He deals in fascinating detail with the inevitable questions. What was the nature of magic? What did people at that time mean by the term “magician”? Who were the other magicians, and how did their magic compare with Jesus’ works? What facts led to the general assumption that Jesus practiced magic? And, most important, was that assumption correct?

The ramifications of Jesus the Magician give new meaning to the word controversial. This book recovers a vision of Jesus that two thousand years of suppression and polemic could not erase. And—what may be the central point of the debate—Jesus the Magician strips away the myths and legends that have obscured Jesus, the man who lived.

(Hampton Roads Publishing Company)


Mark Nepo on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday this weekend!

If you haven’t yet seen Mark Nepo on Super Soul Sunday, now’s your chance! Tune in this weekend to the OWN network to watch Super Soul Sunday’s marathon to see both of Mark Nepo’s episodes.  And if you’ve already seen them, we encourage you to relax and enjoy them again!

The episodes will be airing on the OWN network at the times below:

6 PM: ‘The Big C’ – Healing Body and Soul

7 PM: Listening to the Soul

Mark and Oprah
Mark and Oprah

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee It blossoms and the bee comes”

Very much in line with this quote from Nepo’s The Book of Awakening, Janet Conner’s newest book The Lotus and The Lily uses the teachings of Buddha (Lotus) and Jesus (Lily) to discuss how to create a beautiful, abundant life. They both taught the same thing–and it’s not our popular understanding of the Law of Attraction. They did not say get clear about what you want. They said get clear about how you choose to live.

Do that, and you create a condition of receptivity that naturally attracts all that you want–and more. 

Wisdom for the real world

Nobel-prize nominated Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh said: “Wisdom is a living stream, not an icon preserved in a museum. Only when we find the spring of wisdom in our own life can it flow to future generations.”

If you need some inspiration, Mark Nepo has a different spring of wisdom for every day of the year in The Book of Awakening, and Mary Paterson embarks on a pilgrimage to Plum Village, the retreat of Thich Nhat Hanh, to find some wisdom after crisis in The Monks and Me.

Rumi for the Holidays!

It’s September already, can you believe it? First comes back-to-school, then the autumn leaves and wool mittens come out in full force, and before you know it: the holidays arrive. Here at Red Wheel/Weiser we were particularly excited to send out copies of our new Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit. A little book packed with a lot of inspirational and heartwarming quotes from the 13th Century Persian, Muslim poet. Paired with Rumi’s Little Book of Love andRumi: Whispers of the Beloved, this would make the perfect holiday gift for any loved one, or even a thoughtful teacher-appreciation gift for back-to-school!

 Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved

Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit

Rumi’s Little Book of Love 

The Knots Prayer

An anonymously written prayer, popularized by internet viral sharing and referenced in Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett’s How To Pray Without Talking to God:

Dear God:

Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life.

Remove the have nots, the can nots, and the do nots that I have in my mind

Erase the will nots, may nots, might nots that may find a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots, would not,s and should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all, dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind,

my heart, and my life all of the “am nots” that I have allowed

to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.

Amen.

Ground yourself

Understand the importance of keeping yourself grounded, here’s an exercise from Staci Boden’s Turning Dead Ends into Doorways: How to Grow Through Whatever Life Throws Your Way

PRACTICE: GROUND YOURSELF

Imagine an invisible circle of support, ground yourself, and recognize body as a teacher in your life. Remember your intention and notice if it relates to your body awakening consciousness in some way. How might your body already be informing your intention?