Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Review: Discover a Richer Life

The Path to Health, Wealth, 
and a Life of Greater Meaning

by Ernest Holmes

“Is this not the essence of prayer? Just saying to Life, ‘Here I am. I let go of everything that does not belong to God.’” This is just one of the nuggets to be found in Discover a Richer Lifea compilation of articles written by Ernest Holmes for the Science of Mind Magazine, which he started in 1927. These short articles present Holmes’ brilliant teaching in easily digestible bites. The book is put together in a way that makes it fresh and enjoyable. Covering a myriad of topics from prayer, faith, and health, to successful living and our place and value in the universe, these writings are relevant for all of us. Leaving out much of his poetic language, he addresses us with a directness that serves to wake us up to our role as expressions living in oneness . “I am lame and blind and halt without inclusion. Unity permits no division.”  A most important message for today.

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

Discover a Richer Life
 is available from 
Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Free Event: Ordinary Goodness

a Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Free Event

An evening with Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen

Date:   Friday, January 27
Time:   7 pm
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

Rev. Edward will be discussing his new book, Ordinary Goodness: The Surprisingly Effortless Path to Creating a Life of Meaning and Beauty.

"It’s excellent!!  — Ordinary Goodness received a coveted “Starred Review” from Publishers Weekly, the largest publishing trade magazine (an excerpt from the review is shown above). The book also has received many pre-publication endorsements.
"It’s pure Edward — reading through the book, you’ll be able to “hear” Edward’s voice throughout.  It’s filled with stories and amazing teaching, like being in a Masterclass with Edward. It’s for readers of books like “Kitchen Table Wisdom” by Rachel Naomi Remen, and books by Anne Lamott. The book is deep but accessible. I believe it will bring many people into our Centers, and will appeal to a broad audience of spiritual readers."
—Joel Fotinis

Please join us for this enlightening evening.  No tickets or reservations are required.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Rev. Edward's New Book

Rev. Edward has a new book coming out next month.


Discover how garden-variety acts of kindness, faith, and compassion have the power to create beautiful lives. Using stories, personal examples, tips, and exercises, Ordinary Goodness will guide readers to realize that they can create meaning and beauty in their life and the world.

Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen is the Senior Minister at Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California. He is the author of The Power of Meditation and co-author of Spirit is CallingPractice the Presence, and Seeing Good at Work.

Ordinary Goodness is also the book chosen to accompany the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa theme for August 2017.

Ordinary Goodness will be available at Stepping Stones Books and Gifts on January 3, 2017 for $16.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Review: Living Presence

A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self

by Kabir Edmund Helminski

“Each moment contains 
a hundred messages from God:
To every cry of ‘Oh Lord,’
He answers a hundred times, ‘I am here.’"

This sweet verse by Rumi is the teaching presented again and again in Living Presence, A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self by Kabir Edmund Helminski. As a translator and interpreter of Sufi literature, Helminski clearly embodies the understanding of the Divine that lives in each of us. He echoes all the great teachings, including ours of Religious Science, in the spiritual practice of turning to the invisible, transcendent source of life. But he does not suggest that we separate from our physical experience. Instead, he invites us to so practice that we may discover this sweet presence that expresses as our very bodies and around us as our world. He describes the work of growing and deepening our vibration as the light and love of life. Reading Living Presence, I felt like his very words were imbued with this light and love. It brought me  inspiration, openness and aliveness drinking in the ‘living waters’ of the Essential Self.

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

Living Presence is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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