Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review: Fullness of Joy

by John Stephenson

In his book, Fullness of Joy, A Spiritual Guide to the Paradise Within, John Stephenson brings us into the true essence of our teaching, that awareness of our connection with the One. He breaks down our seeming experience of living separate to invite us into that peace that passeth understanding, the experience of heaven within. Beyond all our words that tend to separate us, the ideas of God and Law and us as separate aspects, he invites of to let go of concepts; to stop using our minds/thoughts to change conditions and simply drop into the present moment. Without our stories, our opinions/perceptions/judgments we can actually know and experience that which holds us, unfolds around us as our world and is us, as all one expression of Life and goodness. This is a great read!

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

Fullness of Joy is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Reading with Francis Weller

A Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Free Event

a book reading with author Francis Weller, MA

Date:  Friday, March 11
Time:  7 pm
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

Francis will give a reading from his new book The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief.
"'Survive love and loss,' the great French essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne advised. His maxim for life compresses the essence of the human dilemma into four words.
"Easier said than done, for loss is the other side of the coin of love. The greater the love, the greater the loss. And yet different people respond to loss very differently. When it comes to loss, there are hard-earned skills that can help you survive the unknown terrain in which you find yourself. There are survival skills, there are maps, and there are guides.
"Francis Weller is a well-travelled guide to the country of loss. He can teach you the survival skills. He can show your the maps. He carries his knowing of sorrow in his bones. He writes as someone who has been unmade in the way loss unmakes us.
"He is not afraid to tell us so."
—From the Foreword by Michael Lerner

Francis Weller, MA, has been working with the emotional, creative and spiritual life of men and women for over thirty years. Francis is a community builder, author, teacher and psychotherapist in Northern California. He draws from an extensive background in depth psychology, mythology, group work and indigenous traditions. He has taught at numerous colleges including New College of California, Sonoma State University and the Sophia Center in Oakland. He is the founder/director of WisdomBridge.
Francis Weller's book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief is available from Stepping StonesBooks and Gifts.
Please join us for this Free Event. No Reservations or Tickets are required.

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