Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book Review: If You Know Who You Are, You will Know What To Do.


by Ronald J. Greer

Brick by brick, Ronald Greer lays the foundation for living with integrity in his book, If You Know Who You Are, You Will Know What To Do. He takes the question so often asked in our culture, ‘What am I to do?’, and underscores it with the ancient question, ‘who am I?’. Then he opens the doorway to discovering the answers to both, first by identifying who we are by our values, and our essential nature of being. He invites us each to look within to discover those values that are already rooted in ourselves. Then he walks us through examples of how these values determine decisions and directions that effect us in our lives. At the end of the book he presents some basic values that he holds and are common to us all and investigates them one by one. He wraps it all up with the theme and practice that is interwoven throughout the book, as we remember who we are, we know what to do. The whole book brings us home to realizing and remembering what already lives in us.

Review by Rev. Ruth Barnhart, a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

If You Know Who You Are, You Will Know What To Do is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Book Review: The Path to Wealth


by May McCarthy

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them; one becomes a builder by building and a lyre player by playing the lyre.”  With these words by the great philosopher, Aristotle, May McCarthy opens her book The Path to Wealth. Chapter by chapter, she teaches us effective steps to realizing success and abundance in our lives. And she does it as the builder learns building, and the lyre player learns to play the lyre: brick by brick and note by note. With her clear directions, and empowering examples, she invites us into our own practice. We too can learn to have a fuller, more enriching life. This is our teaching in easy to understand language and in gentle directions and assignments that step by step lead to our greater next to be.

Review by Rev. Ruth Barnhart, a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

The Path to Wealth is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

a Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Free Event

 an evening with author
Elson Haas, MD

Date:   Friday, September 22
Time:  7 pm to 8:30 pm
Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

Long-time Integrative Family Physician, Author and Teacher, Elson Haas will provide a health overview as it relates to lifestyle and nutrition, with the keys to experience true nourishment -- body, mind, heart and spirit. We are not just one mouth, but receive energy, health and healing through our many senses. Connection to life, people and spirit is part of true vital health. As a philosopher-physician, Dr. Elson will share what he has integrated from 40+ years of health study and practice, much of what is shared in his most recent book, Staying Healthy with NEW Medicine: Integrating Natural, Eastern and Western Approaches for Optimal Health.

Dr. Elson Haas is a practicing, health-focused physician since 1973 and is the founder and director of Preventive Medical Center of Marin, an integrative family practice in San Rafael.

Please join us on September 22nd.  This free event is sponsored by Stepping Stones Books and GiftsNo Reservations or Tickets are required. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ordinary Goodness by Edward Viljoen

The book of the month for August at Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa is Ordinary Goodness by our own Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen.  In February Rev. Ruth Barnhart wrote an insightful review of this book.  Here is her review:

Once again Edward Viljoen brings inspiration with his latest book, Ordinary Goodness. In his introduction, he quotes C. S. Lewis as saying, "To love is to be vulnerable." And in Viljoen's typical style, he draws on that vulnerability, that realness of just being human, as he explores living ordinary goodness. He tells stories about his experience with his grandmother, his early role model of love and acceptance. He tells how she would often  say, “Oh for goodness sake” when incidents would occur that might bring a more profane expression from others, and then he invites us into the deeper meaning of these words. After simply reading the introduction, I already felt inspired to strive to live from this higher perspective, to live more for goodness’ sake. Throughout the book, Edward shares personal stories to illustrate his points, both with experiences where he struggled and those where he brought his greater understanding. He also offers many points of wisdom from spiritual teachers from all traditions. And woven within each section are suggestions and simple practices to support the reader in finding and living from ordinary goodness. Here is a spiritual book that is not lofty or complicated, but written for ordinary people like us, living our ordinary lives, for goodness sakes.

Ordinary Goodness by Edward Viljoen is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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