Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas—a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.
But when an unexpected tragedy strikes the tight-knit Walker community, Shea’s comfortable world is upended, and she begins to wonder if the life she’s chosen is really enough for her. As she finally gives up her safety net to set out on an unexpected path, Shea discovers unsettling truths about the people and things she has always trusted most—and is forced to confront her deepest desires, fears, and secrets.
Thoughtful, funny, and brilliantly observed, The One & Only is a luminous novel about finding your passion, following your heart, and, most of all, believing in something bigger than yourself . . . the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.
John Alton - Unified Fitness
From the Inside Flap The secret to excellent and lasting health may be as simple as a series of exercises. Unified Fitness is a unique 35-day program that blends familiar Western exercises with more exotic Chinese ones in a single routine that makes you healthier and helps you stay that way. One of the best systems of health self-maintenance available today, the program is based on health practices developed by John Alton during his 20-year career as a fitness teacher. The Unified Fitness program interweaves the body, immune system, and the mind into a single exercise and dietary approach. Through photos and clear explanations, Alton guides you through the exercises and he provides convincing reasons for doing them. A total of 49 real-life case studies provide substantial support for the claim that Unified Fitness is the simplest and best means of getting sustainable health or for recovering from dozens of illnesses. "These exercies give you the amazing ability to mobilize energy and the immune system to help you cope with harmful germs that cause health problems," says John Alton. "And, once you've learned them, you can do these exercises throughout the day." Enlightened self-care through Unified Fitness will not only ustain your health, but also give you remarkable control over it.
Paul Pearsall, Ph.D. - The Beethoven Factor
True or False? Stress is good for you! Conventional wisdom insists that the statement is false, that stress is a thief robbing us of our ability to relax and enjoy life to its fullest. But for centuries, poets and philosophers have celebrated the ups and downs of life as the very essence of living, the spice that enables us to taste life fully. So who's right? The new, fast-emerging positive psychology movement is affirming the timeless wisdom of the philosophers by showing that it is not stress itself preventing us from enjoying life, but out negative reaction to stress that does the damage. Positive psychology confirms that rather than shrinking from adversity, we must become engaged by it--and thrive through it--before we can savor all the sweetness life has to offer. Dr. Paul Pearsall, bestselling author and a leading figure in the field of positive psychology, calls this proven phenomenon of converting stress into personal discovery and transformation Stress-Induced Growth, and says it is the essential element to unlock your life's full potential. In "The Beethoven Factor", Pearsall introduces you to the people he calls thrivers, individuals who face life's unavoidable challenges head-on and grow stronger and more vital as a result. Included are the amazing and inspiring stories of these so-called thrivers, including composer Ludwig von Beethoven who wrote his best-loved symphonies despite total deafness, and the author himself who overcame stage IV cancer. Pearsall explains that these thrivers have important lessons to teach us about the life-enhancing art of flourishing. Though rare, thrivers are not unique; we all have the innate ability not only to weather life's tumults, but to become better than we ever were before. "The Beethoven Factor" gives you the tools to uncover your own 'thriveability' and begin experiencing the richness, beauty, and true pleasure of living. About the Author Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who opened the world's first positive psychology clinic, an achievement for which he was awarded the Rush Gold Medal from the International Psychiatric Association. Pearsall is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, most notably "The Pleasure Prescription" and "The Heart's Code". One of the most requested speakers in the world, Pearsall gives presentations at more than 30 events each year and is a frequent consultant to national television including Dateline, 20/20, and CNN. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Andrew Harvey - Light Upon Light
Mystical scholar Andrew Harvey offers fresh interpretations of more than 250 selections from Rumi's major works. The works of Sufi mystic and poet Jalad-ud-Din Rumi have been revered in the East for centuries. Now, Western seekers and lovers of poetry are discovering Rumi in unprecedented numbers. Harvey uses these poems, quotations, and parables from Rumi's major works, the Discourses, the Diwan, the Mathnawi, the Odes, and the Rubiyat, as well as excerpts from his letters to re-create the stages of the spiritual journey into Love. Anyone interested in spirituality will find Light Upon Light a rich source of guidance, encouragement, and profound inspiration.
Andrew Harvey - The Way of Passion
Contemporary translations of 13th-century poet Rumi's mystical poems have enjoyed tremendous popularity among modern readers. Oxford scholar Andrew Harvey's dramatic interpretation results from his own personal spiritual experience. He speaks with charisma of the relevance of Rumi's vision to Western life.
Patricia Broersma - Riding into Your Mythic Life
From the Back Cover "Patricia Broersma takes the work of Joseph Campbell and Jean Houston one colossal step further, offering practical advice and experiential lessons on how we become our own knights in shining armor through the wisdom of the horse. A pleasure to read and an adventure to live, Riding into Your Mythic Life is an important book!" -- Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus, Riding between the Worlds, and Way of the Horse: Equine Archetypes for Self-Discovery "Riding into Your Mythic Life opened my mind, my heart, and my soul and sent all of them out over hidden mountain trails into rich green pastures -- in fact, into a whole new way of experiencing the world. I learned from this book, adventured with it, delighted in it. Patricia Broersma has hugely enriched my understanding of the healing power and presence of the horse. Her book invites us not only to experience the breathtaking wonder of partnering with a noble-hearted animal but also to transform our way of looking at all creatures. May its message ride out across the earth carrying joy and wisdom." -- Margaret N. Rubin, director of the Center for Sacred Theatre "Trish Broersma has given readers a great gift with Riding into Your Mythic Life. This special book provides a wonderful insight into the many ways horses can change lives through their power, magic, and mythic legacy. It should be read by anyone on a journey to empower themselves or for those who want to help others in need and with special needs. As Broersma explains, by partnering with the horse, the world can be changed for the better -- one person at a time." -- Sheila Dietrich, former CEO of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) "In Riding into Your Mythic Life, Broersma explores the capacity of horses to take us instantly into an ancient world and there reveal to us our authentic selves. Through engaging rituals and conscious connection with horses, she helps us open to our mythic inner landscape and discover our true path in life." -- Marta Williams, animal communicator and author of Learning Their Language, Beyond Words, and Ask Your Animal
John Rush - Spiritual Tattoo
Say "body modifications" and most people think of tattoos and piercings. They associate these mainly with the urban primitives of the 1980s to today and with primitive tribes. In fact, as this fascinating book shows, body mods have been on the scene since ancient times, traceable as far back as 1.5 million years, and they also encompass sacrification, branding, and implants. Professor John Rush outlines the processes and procedures of these radical physical alterations, showing their function as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. He explores the use of pain for spiritual purposes, such as purging sin and guilt, and examines the phenomenon of accidental cuts and punctures as individual events with sometimes profound implications for group survival. Spiritual Tattoo finds a remarkable consistency in body modifications from prehistory to the present, suggesting the importance of the body as a sacred geography from both social and psychological points of view.
J. J. Hurtak - The Book of Knowledge
The book talks about the unfoldment of the Divine Mind, opening your heart, and bringing the music of the soul to the next level. It talks about spiritual advancement, the Tree of Life, the Light, the Shekinah Presence, Christ, the Elohim, the Adam Kadmon, etc. Again, many of you reading this already understand what I'm talking about. The book says the Keys were given on Jan 2/3, 1973 to prepare mankind for the activation of events that are to come to pass in the next 30 years of earth time. (So, 2003). They are said to be the Keys from Super Angel Metatron, the creator of the Keys, who is guide to the biblical Enoch. The book was written in 1973, based on ancient information passed by Metatron. It also ties in some things I have read in the Kaballah (ancient Hebrew test). It's a different kind of book. It's not a story, it's not a "how to" book. For lack of better description, I would call it a "new age" bible. According to this book, there were 64 keys given to Enoch. The keys tell you how to live in the Light. Each key is told, then explained by Bible-like text. Some keys are long and some are shorter. The book does not need to be read front to back. Also like the Bible, you can pick it up, open it, and read whatever you want to read. Note: I did NOT say this book was THE Bible. I just said it is somewhat similar in the way it was written, so you can understand something about this book while you are trying to decide if you want to buy it or not. A spiritual friend recommended it to me several years ago. I'm glad I finally bought it. It is interesting. It also has pictures throughout that are said to possess messages hidden within them. Obviously, I can't tell you if they do or not. They are unusual pictures and very colorful. They have pyramids and the eye of God and some have egyptian figures, for example. You just have to decide what it all means to you. I try to pick the book up every night and read at least a page. You also find references to things written in the Book of Revelations (the 4 horses of the Apocalypse, the breaking of the seven seals, etc).
Kathleen Meyer - Barefoot-Hearted
"The Wyoming Centennial Wagon Train ended in Cody in a dismal, torn-down drive-in movie theater. Before setting up the corral, we were forced to clear away shards of glass, bent nails, broken lumber. My prairie skirt and petticoats hung ragged and clay-caked, and under a droopy Stetson my frizzled hair appeared at once greased and starched beyond human recognition. A cloud, a sort of vaporousness, redolent with fresh acrid sweat on top of powerful stale sweat, hung thickly about me. Laced, as it was, with a woman's sweet musky secretions, and all gone past ripe, oddly it was a pungency I savored. Such goaty piquance, though, was cause to be shunned in any town setting. The look of my world had changed. Gone were the high-dollar designer clothes and the zipping around fabled Marin County in a candy-apple-red 1966 Mustang convertible. It was true that I unfailingly sought the ironies in life and, with a kind of dual personality, shifted easily through incongruencies such as town strolls in high heels and backcountry hiking in bare feet; the bucket seats of a classic automobile and the broken-down bench of a beater truck. It was only during the years that Iíd worn white overalls, taped drywall, and come home every night much like Charles Schulz's Pig Pen, flaking a cloud of dried white mud bits onto the rug, that I'd felt moved to keep my fingernails painted red. Now I was to slip farther than ever planned toward one end of my seesaw and then, incredibly, by conscious design, inch out even farther." --from Barefoot-Hearted With more than 1.5 million copies in print, Kathleen Meyer's groundbreaking international bestseller, How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art, has been widely embraced by the outdoor community and has found its way into myriad places: national parks, outdoor leadership schools and scout-troop headquarters, the camp tents of those who have discovered that it is amusing out-loud reading, and the bathroom-literature baskets of households around the world. Now, from the Rocky Mountain West, Meyer brings us Barefoot-Hearted: A Wild Life Among Wildlife, a coming-into-the-country story told with the frank, dry humor and sharp research of her first book. The country, in this case, is Montana's tall, reaching landscape with its ever underfoot wild critters; the on-tenterhooks territory of a new romantic relationship; and the pressure cooker that is our precarious global imbalance. Meyer finds herself in midlife standing out under yawning skies, surrounded by sagebrush and cactus, having fallen for the Irish charm of itinerant farrier Patrick McCarron. As partners, they travel across three mountain states with draft horses and a covered wagon and then set up housekeeping in a seventy-five-year-old dairy barn. In this primitive structure, the author rapidly discovers she's living with troops of mice, a nursery colony of seventy-five bats, sexually fired-up skunks, and more flies than in a pig shed. She tells of a freakish season that or-phaned seventy-seven bear cubs, an unusual fly-fishing trip on a famed blue-ribbon trout stream, the visitations of moose, and the discovery of a den of wolves. Meyer's prose is original and inspired, playful yet provocative. She carries us vividly back to the settlers' old West while pondering modern-day dilemmas, those of fitting into this fast hurtling world, of determining amid the earth's rising extinctions of species, whose planet it is, and of managing to stay empowered residing with a man who "stands six feet six and beats steel on an anvil for a living." A personal chronicle of conscience and a love story of rare and quirky dimension, Barefoot-Hearted catapults readers into new realms of thought, deftly guided there by Meyer's sense of the ironic, the randy, and the humorous.
Gary Lachman - A Secret History of Consciousness
For the last four centuries, science has tried to account for everything in terms of atoms and molecules and the physical laws they adhere to. Recently, this effort was extended to try to include the inner world of human beings. Gary Lachman argues that this view of consciousness is misguided and unfounded. He points to another approach to the study and exploration of consciousness that erupted into public awareness in the late 1800s. In this "secret history of consciousness," consciousness is seen not as a result of neurons and molecules, but as responsible for them; meaning is not imported from the outer world, but rather creates it. In this view, consciousness is a living, evolving presence whose development can be traced through different historical periods, and which evolves along a path to a broader, more expansive state. What that consciousness may be like and how it may be achieved is a major concern of this book . Lachman concentrates on the period since the late 1800s, when Madame Blavatsky first brought the secret history out into the open. As this history unfolds, we encounter the ideas of many modern thinkers, from esotericists like P. D. Ouspensky, Rudolf Steiner, and Colin Wilson to more mainstream philosophers like Henri Bergson, William James, Owen Barfield and the psychologist Andreas Mavromatis. Two little known but important thinkers play a major role in his synthesis-Jurij Moskvitin, who showed how our consciousness relates to the mechanisms of perception and to the external world, and Jean Gebser, who presented perhaps the most impressive case for the evolution of consciousness. An important contribution to the study of consciousness ... a must-read.
Julius Evola - Ride the Tiger
WESTERN SPIRITUALITY / HERMETICISM “It is one of Evola's greatest merits that he combines a prodigious wealth of erudite detail with the gift of isolating from their local conditioning ideas or disciplines that are of value to us.” --Marguerite Yourcenar, author of Memoirs of Hadrian “Evola rises above the usual dichotomies of left and right, liberal and conservative, challenging us to reconnect our lives and our institutions to the timeless spiritual standard that guided our ancestors.” --Glenn A. Magee, author of Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition The organizations and institutions that, in a traditional civilization and society, would have allowed an individual to realize himself completely, to defend the principal values he recognizes as his own, and to structure his life in a clear and unambiguous way, no longer exist in the contemporary world. Everything that has come to predominate in the modern world is the direct antithesis of the world of Tradition, in which a society is ruled by principles that transcend the merely human and transitory. Ride the Tiger presents an implacable criticism of the idols, structures, theories, and illusions of our dissolute age examined in the light of the inner teachings of indestructible Tradition. Evola identifies the type of human capable of “riding the tiger”--an individual who may transform destructive processes into inner liberation--and, in so doing, offers hope for those who wish to reembrace Tradition. JULIUS EVOLA (1898-1974) was one of the leading authorities on the world’s esoteric traditions and wrote extensively on ancient traditions and hermeticism. Among his other works published by Inner Traditions are Men Among the Ruins, Introduction to Magic, The Mystery of the Grail, The Hermetic Tradition, and Eros and the Mysteries of Love.
Rowena Pattee Kryder - Emerald River of Compassion
The Emerald River of Compassion is a journey through Gaia -- the actual consciousness of the Earth. By means of poetic fiction, mythologist & master storyteller Rowena Pattee Kryder weaves a tale of all people & all time. By piercing Gaia through stories of individuals, she reveals how we coincide with or diverge from the structure of nature. This is a brilliant exploration of the multidimensional richness that we all, knowingly or unknowingly, participate in. As the lives of the characters unfold, time is continuously contracting into a dense impact of insight & meaning, & then expanding into release & expression.
László Ervin - You Can Change the World
You Can Change the World: The Global Citizen's Handbook for Living on Planet Earth should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet. Written by renowned scientist, futurist and Club of Budapest founder Ervin Laszlo, You Can Change the World answers two pertinent questions-first, what is at the root of all the conflict and crisis in today's world? And second, what can actually be done to move toward a world where we can live in peace, without marginalizing and killing each other and destroying the environment?A handbook that urges readers to become global citizens who aspire to live responsibly on this precious but highly exploited and crisis-prone planet, You Can Change the World provides a simple and basic message: in today's world it is neither wealth nor power, nor the control of territory and technology that make the crucial difference. How we think and act shapes our present and decides our future.
Gerry Thompson - Astral Sex - Zen Teabags
A tongue-in-cheek look at New Age culture and especially at some of its absurdities, with accompanying cartoons. The author has built a reputation as a satirical New-Age columnist, and his material has appeared in "The Weekend Guardian", "Vegetarian Living", and "The San Francisco Chronicle".
Brad Blanton - Neale Donald Walsch - Honest to God
"Nobody tells the truth about anything anymore. Not anything important. Everybody's lying to everybody else, and everybody knows it." With these words, two great figures in the emerging culture of consciousness begin a searingly powerful dialog about the practical applications of honesty in our everyday lives. Neale Donald Walsh, five times New York Times bestselling author of the book series Conversations with God, and Brad Blanton, noted seminar leader and bestselling author of the Radical Honesty books, here speak with one voice about the new spiritual revolution and its application to both personal and political life. This book shows the absolute necessity for individual and social transformation and the absolute necessity for honesty in order to bring it about. Climbing down from the ivory tower of philosophers to tackle the problems that vex real people - lying about income taxes, a spouse's infidelity, a terminal diagnosis for a parent or child, the sudden loss of a job, the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks - the authors give us a blueprint for living fully, authentically and honestly in a world full of lies. And they fearlessly confront the changes we need in governance to deal with the social tragedies that focus the attention of today's world. Their message of honesty offers real hope. Yet it does not gloss over the courage and conviction required to make lasting changes. The authors show that just as great personal tragedy often sparks positive growth if we're willing to face it, great social tragedy can also serve as a pivotal opportunity for positive social transformation.
Ismeretlen szerző - Beyond Forever
Transcending the boundaries of all religions, Beyond Forever unveils, explains, and diagrams in detail the definitive spiritual path enabling perpetual life existence. The truth of reincarnation is unmasked and proves to be a self creation process increasing one's existence infinitely. Many other verifiable Absolute Truths are revealed providing answers to age old questions. Death: is it our choice? Eternal life: how and why it is possible. The Universe: are we alone? What is the true path to these revelations? Whether one is a devout seeker with a deep hunger to awaken or a practitioner searching anew or aiming beyond his spiritual or religious practice Beyond Forever can help lay to rest the "Hungry Ghost" that resides deep within our longing. Review "Beyond Forever is a very impressive contribution to the growing body of literature on metaphysical studies, meditation practice, and New Age spirituality." -- The Midwest Book Review, May 1999 By defying the accepted conventional wisdom of the human life cycle, Mahan Agass presents the most challenging theme of this book: identification of the universal form of spiritual existentialism transcending the boundaries of all religions. -- Leon Rappoport, Ph.D. Extraordinary secrets, yet an astonishingly simple blueprint to help save our sanity. For those who open and allow these writings to touch their souls, their lives will never be the same. -- Nelwyn Richardson Finding the Pure Mind practice (as we have begun to call it) with its Truth, clear understanding, and teacher freed me and gave all life meaning. -- Johnathan Bhai, M.D., Pakistan I turn to "Beyond Forever" and magically a single poetic phrase or paragraph lifts the veils on my mind and with clarity I am able to let my delusions go. -- D.R. Deam It was an electrifying yet almost terrifying shock to finally see in print that which has been kept secret for so long. -- Jamyang Rilu Tuklu, Himalayas. Powerful, absorbing, revealing, compelling, intriguing, stunning, and inspiring. No other book or practice reveal what these do! You won't be disappointed. -- Barbara Childress Riveting in the way it speaks to one's very essence. Revelations of Truth open pathways within. Uplifting, and dynamic, truly a unique book that describes those things we know and feel but cannot "see." -- Neal Davidson, CEO Davidson Real Estate, Cameron, MO The teaching is so beautifully simple on a subject so profoundly complex that it is at once understandable, and yet it takes a lifetime of study to awaken and know. -- P. R. Young With the dawning of the 21st century at hand it was Truth's time to be revealed. Man now learns that his life has purpose beyond his present hollow understanding. Unveiled for the first time in this work, he learns beyond doubt or question his true and clear purpose. -- Pastor J.J. Boone, ret.
Mari Perron - Dan Odegard - A Course of Love
Like Helen Schucman of A Course in Miracles, Mari Perron followed a process of inner dictation whose source was Jesus. The result of that channeling -- this series of teachings -- continually returns to a central theme: the heart knows more than the mind. The book challenges the idea that people are isolated individuals, arguing that everyone is integrally connected with each other and with the universe and that answers lie in union rather than separation.
Amy Wallace - Sorcerer's Apprentice
Amy Wallace's memoir of her complex relationship with Carlos Castaneda plunges readers deep into the reality of the Castaneda cult and the psychological terrors it perpetrated. With the skill of a master storyteller, Wallace recounts early meetings with Castaneda, shares previously unpublished material straight from the Nagual, and explores the aftermath of Castaneda's death and the long term effects of his legacy. Insightful and unwaveringly honest, Sorcerer's Apprentice is simultaneously a love story, a cautionary tale about the dangers of giving one's power to another, and a joyous account of healing and self-affirmation.
Stephen Strang - Old Man, New Man
Stephen Strang, publisher of New Man magazine, draws upon his unique experience as a journalist on the front lines of men's issues to write Old Man New Man, a frank Christ-centered guide to help you close the gap between the life you could live and the life you are living. Old Man New Man addresses the deeply personal habits that can make or break a man--financial stress, marital tension, sexual temptation and the challenge of forming lifelong relationships--and it is filled with compelling stories and God's transforming response. MEN--YOU can now discover how to: Break old habits Find your true purpose Renew your mind Attain sexual purity Heal the "father-wound" in your heart Make your marriage great Get closer to your children Care for your body
E. V. Agibalova - G. Donskoy - History of the Middle Ages
In 1978, History of the Middle Ages was award¬ed the State Prize of the USSR. It is a sequel to History of the Ancient World brought out by Progress Publishers in English, but it can easily be used independently. The Middle Ages stretch from the 5th to the mid-17th century, covering twelve centuries of world history. That was the time of the estab-lishment and development of feudal and the emergence of capitalist relations. The book deals with the principal events in the history of Western and Central European states, India, China, and some other countries. It also gives a good idea of the tremendous contribution to world culture made by mankind in the Middle Ages.