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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review: Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable
Transforms the Way
We Live, Love, Parent and Lead

by Brené Brown

“To grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.” This quote by Madeleine L’Engle is the core idea upon which Brené Brown bases her book, Daring Greatly. This is not a daring of risking life and limb but one of opening our hearts, exposing ourselves to the possibility of both hurt and great love and joy. We risk failure as we step into greater expressions of ourselves, taking risks to create, to be seen, to find success or love. She invites us to learn to live with the uncomfortable, to experience what our human hearts feel when they not guarded or closed.  Brown shows us the value of this way of being, and the steps to living it. It is living our authentic selves, bringing our whole being to life and allowing ourselves to feel the richness and fullness of our experiences. As in her other books, Brown anchors her book with her findings from her work as a researcher, bringing proof and power to her teachings. She also uses her own life to illustrate the challenges and power of this vulnerability. This is not about becoming fearless, it is about being willing to walk through our fears. She says, “Sometimes the most powerful thing we can do it just show up.” Daring Greatly is a fulfillment of our human desire to be free to be all that we are.

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

Daring Greatly is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review: Ordinary Goodness

The Surprisingly Effortless
Path to Creating a Life of
Meaning and Beauty

by Edward Viljoen

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.

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

Ordinary Goodness is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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.

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