By Kayla Hancock
The Art and Science of Hand Reading: Classical Methods for Self-Discovery through Palmistry, by Ellen Goldberg and Dorian Bergen (Destiny Books, $35.00, Hardcover)
Based on Ellen Goldberg’s 40 years of teaching palmistry, this book provides extensive guidance on how to learn about a person’s personality traits through examining their hands. Goldberg and Bergen explain the seven archetypes associated with the mounts of the palm, which reveal the lifestyle, love, marriage preferences, best career choices, strengths, and more about an individual. Also provided in a very user-friendly fashion are the meanings behind each major and minor line in the palm, and explanations about how hand flexibility and skin texture can also relate to a person’s character traits.
Spiritual Balancing: A Guidebook for Living in the Light, by Diana Burney (North Atlantic Books, $17.95, Paperback)
In this book, Diana Burney provides useful insight for those seeking spiritual growth as they seek to gain and maintain equilibrium in the body, mind, and spirit. Burney shares timeless techniques for psychic protection and spiritual cleansing, and also addresses topics such as spirit interference, possession, and spiritual attachment. She teaches readers helpful healing tools, and tips for self-empowerment that will help them accelerate their spiritual journey.
Belly Dance for Health, Happiness and Empowerment, by Christine Hobin (Ayni Books, $27.95, Paperback)
Not only is belly dancing a fun pastime and great exercise, it also helps individuals to increase self-awareness, improve their general well-being, and overcome common health issues. Christine Hobin shares with readers the root causes of illness, and how belly dancing can jump-start the body’s healing processes, and help us live longer lives. She pioneered the belly dance in the UK, and is affectionately described as Mother of the Belly Dance.
Truth and Consequences, by Ralph E. Carlson (iUniverse, $12.95, Paperback)
Feeling challenged to dig deeper into the topics of creationism, intelligent design, and evolution, Ralph Carlson decided to create propositions regarding the existence of God. He restates questions such as: “does God exist?” and, “what is the source of life on earth?” into propositions, showing readers how this helps with analyzing the contents of what these possible truths could mean. Carlson also encourages readers to face difficult questions while he challenges the theory of evolution.
Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan’s Most Rigorous Zen Temple, by Kaoru Nonomura (Kodansha USA, $16.95, Paperback)
Disillusioned with society at the age of 30, Kaoru Nonomura decided to leave his life in Tokyo to attend a year of training at the strictest monastery in Japan, also known as Eiheiji. In this book, he reveals an eye-opening account of his stay, including his struggle to endure beatings, hunger, fear, and loneliness. Nonomura shares his experiences with warmth, humor, and gratitude, and tells readers how he discovered within him the courage to live joyfully in the present moment.
On the Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine, by Cara Bradley (New World Library, $15.95, Paperback)
In this guidebook, Cara Bradley shows readers how to experience “high-definition, high-voltage living” by slowing down the mind, and connecting with the body. She provides four simple techniques that allow oneself to stop overthinking, and become more present in each moment. Bradley also offers encouraging words and positivity to help readers stay consistent in their daily transformative practices.
A God That Could be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet ,by Nancy Ellen Abrams (Beacon Press, $18.00, Paperback)
Once disenchanted by religion, Nancy Ellen Abrams now finds that imagining a higher power gives her freedom. Abrams, a lawyer and scientific philosopher, began exploring the possibility that god is not supernatural, but actually exists in the scientific universe. This god unites all of humanity, and creates a sense of meaning that we will need for our future. She explains how it provides wisdom about the meaning of our existence and can help us to overcome our pained planet.
A Princess Story: The Real-Life Fairy Tale Found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by Jaci Wightman (Cedar Fort, Inc., $14.99, Paperback)
According to Jaci Wightman, we are each living our own fairy tale. In this women’s read, she teaches readers how to discover their divine potential, and connect with their inner princess. Wightman also guides readers to build a closer relationship with the Prince, and return to the King, so that we can find our own happily ever after.
The Light of Grace: Journeys of an Angel, by Kasey Claytor (BalboaPress, $20.99, Paperback)
In this fantasy, Kasey Claytor takes readers on an epic spiritual adventure. Grace, a newly assigned angel, is given four humans to guide—each from different time periods, and with very different personalities. Leaping through time and space, she guides her humans through events such as war, space travel, lost loves, and other times of despair.
I am Pat, by Patricia Kampmeier (InspiringVoices, $8.99, Paperback)
This poetry book is full of simple poems that are focused on the wholeness of life. Channeling her journey of spiritual growth, Patricia Kampmeier touches on moving through things like illness, aging, loving relationships, and lastly: the spirituality inside of everything.
Kayla Hancock is 22 years old, and is humbled to be able to work for Conscious Community Magazine. She is a certified Deeksha blessing giver and Reiki practitioner. She loves to write, and is interested in astrology, holistic health, and dream work.