By Kayla Hancock
The Book of Rumi: 105 Stories and Fables that Illumine, Delight, and Inform
by Rumi, translated by Maryam Mafi (Hampton Road Publishing, $16.95, Paperback)
This book contains 105 short stories by Rumi that make up the six-volume Masnavi. With his teaching stories, Rumi takes the ordinary happenings of daily life and transforms them into beautiful Sufi teachings while expanding on the spiritual aspects of day-to-day life. Maryam Mafi retains all of the positivity and drama that is also contained in the Masnavi.
Heroines of Avalon and Other Tales
by Ayn Cates Sullivan, PH.D. (Infinite Light Publishing, $26.95, Hardcover)
In this second book of the “Legends of Grail” series, inspiring female characters and goddesses retell their stories that have been misunderstood for centuries. Ayn Cates Sullivan uses her knowledge of British mythology and her talent for writing to create an entertaining and powerful collection of stories to help us all embrace the feminine energy that has been forgotten by many. She also provides practices for readers to integrate the heroine’s magical abilities.
Spiritual Atheist: A Quest to Unite Science and Wisdom Into A Radical New Life Philosophy to Thrive In The Digital Age
by Nick Seneca Jankel (Switch On Books, $17.95, Paperback)
From the foundations of various practices and ideologies such as psychology, Taoism, neuroscience, Buddhism and more comes a new way of viewing the world. Nick Seneca Jankel calls it ‘Spiritual Atheism.’ Jankel spent years trying to find happiness through common means such as partying, thriving businesses, religion, logic, even therapy. Eventually, he discovered the unlimited benefits of ‘spiritual’ enlightenment that allowed him to live a life of true joy and purpose. Unsatisfied with the tenets of New Age ideology, Jankel created the term ‘Spiritual Atheism.’ He invites anyone who believes both in a higher purpose and in science to learn how Spiritual Atheism can help us to cooperate and create a better world together.
Prayers for Hard Times: Reflections, Meditations and Inspirations of Hope and Comfort
by Becca Anderson (Mango, $16.95, Paperback)
Prayer has been used for centuries by individuals seeking to find healing, peace of mind and guidance. Becca Anderson shares with readers a variety of sacred texts, inspirational writings and prayers that focus both on personal and global challenges. This collection is sure to lift the spirits of any reader and is especially helpful for those dealing with issues such as anxiety, addiction, loss and violence.
John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age
by Brian C. Wilson (Wayne State University Press, $34.99, Hardcover)
Being a successful businessman was never enough for John E. Fetzer. While he soared to the ranks of Forbes magazine’s 400 most wealthy people in America, Fetzer was learning about various religions and spiritual movements such as Freemasonry, Spirituality, Theosophy and even Ufology. He used a good deal of his wealth to start the Fetzer Institute, thus continuing his dreams of advancing global spiritual evolution.
The Spirit Connection: Companion Book to Abiding Flame
by Susan Lukas (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $6.00, Paperback)
Written to accompany Lukas’s novel, Abiding Flame, this book teaches us how to further open up our hearts to God. Lukas emphasizes the importance of spiritual connection and living in the now, while also providing helpful information about how mediums and psychics communicate with the Divine. She provides channeled questions and answers as well as prayers to further assist readers on their journey.
Kayla Hancock is grateful to be a part of this community. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and certified Deeksha giver who enjoys working alongside her angels and spirit guides to bring more love, joy and compassion into the world.