Books for Living
By Will Schwalbe
From the author of the best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.'I'm on a search and have been all my life: to find books to help me make sense of the world, to help me become a better person, to help me get my head around the big questions that I have, and figure out the answers to some of the small ones while I'm at it' Will SchwalbeWhy is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape into another reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions. In each chapter, he discusses a particular book-what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world. These books span centuries and genres (from classic works of adult and children's literature to contemporary thrillers and even a cookbook), and each one relates to the questions and concerns we all share. Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honour those we've loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: "What are you reading?"Books covered include:David Copperfield RebeccaStuart LittleThe Importance of LivingGiovanni's RoomBird by BirdThe Girl On The Train'I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk with someone about a book you've shared. A book is a great gift; the gift of your interest and attention is even greater' Will Schwalbe
The Best of Both Worlds
By Gordon Smith
The Best of Both Worlds is the true story of how childhood misery and trauma helped Gordon Smith discover a gift that has helped many people throughout the world. He has helped those who are in mourning come to terms with death and bereavement by working as a medium to put people in touch with their loved ones who have passed over.Gordon held off telling the story of his discovery of spiritual powers, as he believed his mother would have hated people knowing the poverty they came from or the abuse that her son suffered. After her death, Gordon decided it was time to tell his incredible story from humble beginnings all the way to becoming an internationally praised medium working for some of the most famous and powerful people in the world.His previous volume of memoirs Spirit Messenger was a massive bestseller but only now is he able to tell the unvarnished astonishing truth.
The Book of Mindful Origami
By Samuel Tsang
Fold your way to zen calm and happiness - featuring tear-out origami pages to get you started!Origami has been shown to aid relaxation, concentration, hand eye co-ordination and memory, and what's more, it does not require complicated tools or materials to perform. All you need is a piece of paper and some focused thought, and the results can be enjoyed almost immediately. In this beautifully designed book, with clear step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to make 16 inspirational models that you can display on your desk, your windowsill, or your mantelpiece, or give to somebody as a gift. Every day millions of us sit in front of a computer screen tapping away at a keyboard and don't create anything real. Undertaking an origami project is a chance to get creative and make something tangible; turning a piece of paper into a 3D sculpture is a meditative journey that instils in us a sense of pride, competence and accomplishment. As we slow down and start to fold paper, which is so beautifully tactile, so we start to unfold our minds. Worries and troubles float away as we follow the instructions and start to fold, fully focused on the task at hand, able to mindfully contemplate our intentions, hopes and dreams.Why not sit with a friend or a child and fold together? Like colouring in, origami is a wonderful shared pursuit - as you get into it and find 'flow', time is suspended and as you discover the art of origami, so you start to lead a more authentic, simple and calmer life.
The Book of Practical Candle Magic
By Leo Vinci
Remember the first time you blew out the candles on your birthday cake and made a wish? That was your first experience of candle magic. Candle magic is a simple but effective magical technique, involving a basic minimum of equipment and experience. In this complete manual are instructions for marking, dressing and anointing candles and for using them in a variety of rituals - of attraction, banishment, peace and contemplation and of Mystical Novena. The Book of Practical Candle Magic, written by an experienced occultist, offers expert guidance on a fascinating aspect of magical theory and includes a historical survey of the candle in religion and folklore as well as essential information on colour symbolism, angelic signatures, planetary signs and zodiacal correspondences.
By Jonathan Alpert, Alison Bowman
Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert wants readers to know one thing: you can face your fear and create your ultimate life - and you can do it quickly.You can find your dream job. You can end that dead end relationship and get the love you want and deserve. You can overcome perfectionism, procrastination, panic, worry, rejection, failure, excuses and even the people in your life who keep telling you that you can't. You can turn your dreams into reality. You can find happiness, success and love. And you don't need years of therapy or even medications to do it.Be Fearless is a 5-step plan that is guaranteed to transform the fearful into fearless. It's based on a revolutionary formula developed by Jonathan Alpert and it has worked on countless of his patients whose amazing stories are told throughout the book.By teaching readers to use fear to their advantage and take important risks Be Fearless will make the impossible possible.
Blissful Relaxation Exercises: Flash
By Alice Muir
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Blissful Relaxation Exercises is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to learning basic relaxation techniques in a few short steps. Even if you are completely new to the area, in just 96 pages you will discover how to master some essential principles and follow some simple routines to help them relax and unwind.
Banish Back Pain with Alexander Technique: Flash
By Richard Craze
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Banish Back Pain with Alexander Technique is a quick, no-effort solution for those who want to reap the benefits of a practical and proven physical discipline.Whatever the aim - whether to overcome back pain or just improve wellbeing - in just 96 pages readers will discover the basic poses and principles. FREE YOURSELF FROM PAINREEDUCATE MIND AND BODYBANISH TENSIONMOVE WITH POISE AND GRACEBECOME MORE SUPPLE AND RELAXED
The Book of English Magic
By Richard Heygate, Philip Carr-Gomm
Of all the countries in the world, England has the richest history of magical lore and practice.English authors such as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling, dominate the world of magic in fiction, but from the earliest times, England has also acted as home to generations of eccentrics and scholars who have researched and explored every conceivable kind of occult art.Most people are torn between a fascination with magic and an almost instinctive fear of the occult, of a world redolent with superstition and illusion. And yet more people now practice magic in England than at any time in her history.The Book of English Magic explores this hidden story, from its first stirrings to our present-day fascination with all things magical. Along the way readers are offered a rich menu of magical things to do and places to visit.
Beat Stress With Meditation: Teach Yourself
By Naomi Ozaniec
It has been scientifically proven that meditating for just 20 minutes a day a few days a week can reduce anxiety and stress dramatically, and this book shows you how to do just that, whatever your spiritual and religious beliefs. It will introduce you straight away to the practice of meditation, showing you a whole series of different exercises so you're sure to find one that works for you, and will help you to understand the link between body, brain, and why meditation works.NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of meditation.FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Beat Back Pain with the Alexander Technique
By Richard Craze
Is this the right book for me?The Alexander Technique is now proven to overcome back pain, and is recommended by the NHS to sufferers. Buying this book might save you a visit to your doctor, but more importantly will give you a simple, no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to how to use this technique. It makes the physical facts easy to understand and the spiritual aspect straightforward with simple language, making sure that you benefit from better mental health as well as a pain-free life.Beat Back Pain with the Alexander Technique includes:Chapter 1: A history of the Alexander TechniqueChapter 2: What is the Alexander Technique?Chapter 3: What's it for?Chapter 4: Who can benefit from it?Chapter 5: How is it done with guidance?Chapter 6: How to do it for yourselfChapter 7: Practical applicationsChapter 8: The body explainedLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Be Your Own Psychic
By Sherron Mayes
Having used her psychic abilities to turn her own life around, journalist and psychic Sherron Mayes explains in this highly practical guide exactly how we can do the same for ourselves. A far cry from new-age, esoteric psychic books, Sherron's approach is fresh, modern and, above all, accessible. She cuts through the mysticism surrounding psychic phenomena, firmly believing that we all have the ability to tap into our innate intuition and apply its extraordinary gifts for success in every aspect of our day-to-day life.Illustrating her points with fascinating stories of her own experiences, and those of others, Sherron shows us specific techniques for strengthening intuition and interpreting the messages that it brings. She gives us simple-to-follow exercises to: use visualisation to strengthen the mind, 'tune in' through psychometry, program our dreams, understand communication from guides and angels, locate our strongest sense (whether clairvoyance, clairaudience or clairsentience). Exhilarating and eye-opening, this book is for anyone who has ever wondered how to make life infinitely successful.
By Teresa Hale, Liz Simpson
At the heart of the Buteyko Method lies the recognition that some 200 diseases, including respiratory conditions like asthma, develop because of hyperventilation. By altering your breathing patterns, you can radically improve your health, relieve symptoms and sometimes even eradicate illnesses without the need for drugs. The simple breathing exercises are based on 45 years of practical and empirical research by leading Russian medical scientist Professor Buteyko and are now used with great success around the world. Written by the founder of London's leading alternative clinic, the Hale Clinic, as well as a top practitioner of the Method, this book is set to radically improve the health of all those who embark on its 5-day programme.