BOOK REVIEWS
by Kathy DeSantis and Joan McNeill Ph.D., R.N.

 

 


Living in the Spiritual Zone
10 Steps to Change Your Life
and Discover Your Truth
By Gary QuinnIn this powerful book, best-selling author/life coach, Gary Quinn, explains how many of our beliefs and choices we make in life are based in fear, negativity and self doubt, qualities that actually move us away from the spiritual zone and lead us where we don’t want to be. Yet there is a simple way by which we can reconnect to the divine energy and redirect our lives for the better.

At a recent seminar in Southern California, Gary discussed the content of his book, which is a step-by-step guide to living in the spiritual zone, using examples from real people he has coached. He helps people formulate their goals and focus on their end results. It’s an amazing process and has certainly worked for him and countless others.

Gary Quinn is a renowned spiritual guide, life coach, author and motivational speaker. He is also the author of “May the Angels Be With You.” To learn more see www.ourlivingcenter.com
Published by Hodder & Stoughton/Mobius, this book is available at your local bookstore and at www.Amazon.com
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis



Angel Cats
Divine Messengers of Comfort
By Linda and Allen Anderson
Being a born cat lover, I was thrilled at the opportunity to review  “Angel Cats.”

Every chapter is a true story about the extraordinary ways that cats give and respond to humans. Each tale is as captivating, comical, uplifting and emotionally fulfilling as playing with a room full of frisky felines for a day! My belief that cats are every bit the equal of dogs as humankind’s best friends was affirmed.

“Angel Cats” was born out of a contest by best-selling authors and founders of the Angel Animals Network, Linda and Allen Anderson, to see why cats rule. What they found is that cats outnumber dogs in American homes by 11 million. (77 million cats and 65 million dogs, according to the 2003-2004 APPMA Per Owner Survey).

The book is highly acclaimed by someone I respect and admire — Tippi Hedren — actress and big cat supporter (she operates Shambala, non-profit organization housing abused, neglected and misplaced big cats). Hedren says “Angels come to us in many ways. Some come to us and we don’t even know they have changed our lives, maybe even saved us.”

“Angel Cats” is enlightening and will remind you of our spiritual connection to animals. I couldn’t think of a better gift for the cat crazies in your life.
Published by New World Library, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis

*Editor’s note: For more information about the Angel Animal Network, dedicated to increasing love and respect for all life — one story at a time, please visit www.angelanimals.net



The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
By Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle has emerged as one of today’s most inspiring teachers. In “The Power of Now,” a #1 national bestseller, the author describes his transition from despair to self-realization soon after his 29th birthday. He took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques, and meditation theory, but is also practical.

A culmination of his teachings, “The Power of Now,” has been translated into 17 languages, several editions, and is now  available in paperback.

 The first thing I read is a quote that sets the premise for the theme of the entire book’s message: “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That’s how important you are!”

Tolle shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living “present, fully and intensely, in the Now.”

It is clear that learning to live in the Now is a skill, and like any skill  can be enhanced with practice.
Published by New World Li-brary, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


Stillness Speaks inspiration deck
By Eckhart Tolle
Just published, Eckhart Tolle’s new “Stillness Speaks Inspiration Deck: 50 Inspiration Cards” taken from his best-selling book, “Stillness Speaks.”

Using the same format as his Power of Now Decks, this deck is divided into topics ranging from Stillness and Relationships, to Beyond the Thinking Mind, to Stillness and the End of Suffering.

The attractive packaging features a die-cut frame that can be propped up to display a card with a favorite inspiration.

A perfect gift!
Published by New World Library, this deck is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


LIVING A LIFE OF INNER PEACE
By Eckhart Tolle
 A new audio lecture by world-renowned spiritual leader, Eckhart Tolle, is now available.

“Living A Life of Inner Peace” is a moving talk given by Tolle last year in San Francisco. The power of all true spiritual teachings lie within. People will listen to these CDs again and again, and find the words are always fresh and new.

Beyond the information conveyed, something deeper is happening. As you listen, you will find yourself in what he calls “a state of presence,” one that can lead to a dramatic transformation in your life experience.
A perfect gift!
Published by New World Library, these CDs are available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


GOING DEEPER
How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense
By Jean-Claude Koven
Going Deeper is a daunting invitation to contribute to humanity in a larger way through your higher self. If you are remotely curious to explore the possibility and opportunity through this remarkable work, then you are being called to awaken the “Wanderer” in you!

After the gross impact of the 9/11 incident, the stage is set for one successful attorney who asks the fate-filled questions, “Is this all there is?” “What are we doing to each other?” By investigating these questions, his vision of his part in the play of life is turned inward which creates the catalyst for his eclectic pilgrimage to seek the answers. You are seduced to take this fascinating and life-changing ride alongside Larry and his remarkable dog Zeus.

Pages will turn quickly for the reader who hungers to see what happens next for this pair during their profound journey. “Going Deeper” will stimulate change within you. This well-written book will provoke you out of a flaccid, complacent life. It will call you to contribute your own unique brilliance. It will support your excitement and courage to commit yourself to your greater vision.

“Going Deeper” is a must-have for all individuals who believe they too have a special mission during their stay here on earth.
Published by Prism House Press, this book is available at you local bookstore.
Reviewed by Joan McNeill Ph.D., R.N.


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