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.

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.

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