Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: Gracism

The Art of Inclusion


by David A. Anderson

“Gracism, the positive extension of favor on other humans, based on color, class or culture.” This is the definition created by David A. Anderson, who wrote, Gracism, The Art of InclusionAs the minister of a large multicultural church, Anderson teaches how to live from and as grace in our interactions with any and all diversity. As an African American man, he understands racism but he also includes himself in the stories of our prejudices and challenges in accepting people different from us. 

As a Christian minister, Anderson relates stories and teachings from the Bible to illustrate his points and ground us in spiritual principles. This didn’t create any challenge for me. It was easy to see the parallel in Jesus’ call for us to love, and our own teaching's reminder that we are one and our nature is love. His approach is very practical, relevant to  our lives today.

At the end of each chapter he leaves us with questions to ponder about ourselves and our own behaviors. He presents positive suggestions for the opportunities we encounter to bring grace into our interactions with race as well as all expressions of diversity.

In these times of great division, with issues involving diversity extending into all areas of humanity, I find this book very informative, encouraging and empowering.

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

Gracism is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Concert

Date:  Saturday, July 8
Time:  7 pm
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

The amazing Sufi Qawwali group, Fanna-Fi-Allah, is coming to the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa to draw us into their sung prayers. Led by Tahir Faridi Qawwal, the Canadian and American members of FFA have immersed themselves in the Chishti Sufi Qawwali ecstatic tradition of Pakistan and India for almost 20 years, and are recognized as the preeminent qawwali group outside of Pakistan. Tabla player Aminah Chishti is the first woman qawwali tabla player recognized in Pakistan as a master in her own right. Their main teachers have been members of the family and musical lineage of Nusrat Fattah Ali Khan.

Their voices are intense, their devotion deep, their musicianship is world class and their performances are inspiring! You'll be hooked from the first percussive "clap"! Included in the evening will be excerpted footage from their upcoming documentary film on qawwali in general and their journey of the last 17 years.

This concert is their only appearance in the North Bay for this tour.

Tickets are $20. Click here to order.
Tickets will also be available at the door.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Free Event: A Manual for the Modern Mystic

a Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Free Event

an evening with author
Rio Olesky

Date:   Friday, June 2, 2017
Time:  7 pm
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road


Astrology is an ancient symbolic language that helps us, individually and collectively, to connect to that which is greater than we are. It’s a mystical art that reveals ways to understand both our own internal dynamics as well as ways of developing consciousness and aiding spiritual growth.

Rio will introduce his book, A Manual for the Modern Mystic, which discusses 12 universal laws, each one associated with a sign of the zodiac. Rio uses stories and personal anecdotes as well as quotes or references to mystics throughout history. He discusses ways of working with these laws to enhance spiritual growth and consciousness development.

Please join us on June 2nd.  This free event is sponsored by Stepping Stones Books and GiftsNo Reservations or Tickets are required.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Don Miguel Ruiz family

The Four Agreements for a Better Life

Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, and two of his sons will be at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 24.  This will be a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to hear don Miguel and his sons on tour together for the last time sharing wisdom of the Four Agreements and how to apply them in your everyday life. You can view the full information on the event at:

The Four Agreements for A Better Life

You will find nine of the Ruiz family's books and card sets, available on-line and in the store, at Stepping Stones Books and Gifts:




The Four Agreements  by don Miguel Ruiz
Wisdom from The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements Message Cards by don Miguel Ruiz
The Fifth Agreement by don Miguel Ruiz and don Jose Ruiz
The Mastery of Self by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
The Five Levels of Attachment by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
The Circle of Fire by don Miguel Ruiz
The Mastery of Love by don Miguel Ruiz
The Voice of Knowledge Cards by don Miguel Ruiz

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