By Kayla Hancock
What Now! : A Pivotal Story of Love, Family, and the Miracle of People by Chrissie Betlach Vinje (Balboa Press, $28.99, Paperback)
Chrissie Vinje reveals what her family endures after her husband, Tom Vinje, develops brain cancer. Included are journal entries by the author, and guestbook entries that were written by others in response, on the Caring Bridge website. Vinje shares with readers her family’s journey full of victories and despair. What’s more, though, are the miracles that unfold: the energy of many people coming together in love, compassion, hope, and support of one another.
Silver Wheel: The Lost Teachings of the Deerskin Book by Elen Tompkins (Head of Zeus, $26.95, Hardcover)
Silver Wheel brings back ancient wisdom once recorded in the Deerskin Book by the Elven Ones (or Elders) of Lemuria. Elen Tompkins uses these texts as a guide for the transformation of consciousness of our modern Earth. Not only does she create an inspiring vision of the dawn of the New Earth, she also helps each of us to reconnect with our own divine gifts.
The Bicycle Effect: Cycling as Meditation by Juan Carlos Kreimer (Findhorn Press, $14.99, Paperback)
Cycling, according to Juan Kreimer, is a simple way to find balance in our lives. He explains how the breath, movement, and energy that flows while cycling all help one achieve a state of mindfulness. Bicycles serve as vehicles of transportation, a healthy way to exercise the physical body, and furthermore, an easy way to connect with our inner nature more intimately.
Me, Myself, and I: Your Power Within by Nancy Blaasch (Balboa Press AU, $12.99, Paperback)
It seems we are constantly searching for more of this, or more of that, convinced that there is something we are missing. Nancy Blaasch disagrees. She says that everything we want, we already hold within us, and she teaches readers how to own their power, protect their space, and discover their own joy within. She also explains why being human can be so difficult, and offers her wisdom on living a more fulfilled life.
The Orphan Keeper: A Novel, Based on a true story by Camron Wright (Shadow Mountain, $24.99, Hardcover)
Our identity is something that is sacred. Inevitably, part of our identity stems from our past, and where we come from. In this book, we find young Chellamuthu living in the United States with his foster parents, questioning who he is. Kidnapped from his Indian village and sold to an orphanage, Chellamuthu is taken in by the couple who raises him as their own. Ten years later, he meets Priya, a girl with mysterious roots that tie him back to his home. In this adventurous tale, Camron Wright takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, and shows how powerful our connections to our families and our homes can be.
The Four Gates: A Saga of the Human Being on the Path from the Pit of Despair to the Realm of Fulfillment, from Confusion to Clarity, Culminating in the Deepest Realization by Erhard Vogel (True Directions, $21.95, Paperback)
This is the story of a wanderer who lives in a world of despair, yet who seeks greater meaning in life. Mustering up the courage to leave his current state, the wanderer meets a guide who leads him to the four gates: the Science of Self, the Meditation of Action, Love and Devotion, and the Inner Court. Vogel uses this story to remind readers that when we break away from expectations and societal norms, we can truly live a life of freedom and fulfillment.
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 dreamwork.