Tuesday, August 29, 2017

a Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Free Event

 an evening with author
Elson Haas, MD

Date:   Friday, September 22
Time:  7 pm to 8:30 pm
Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

Long-time Integrative Family Physician, Author and Teacher, Elson Haas will provide a health overview as it relates to lifestyle and nutrition, with the keys to experience true nourishment -- body, mind, heart and spirit. We are not just one mouth, but receive energy, health and healing through our many senses. Connection to life, people and spirit is part of true vital health. As a philosopher-physician, Dr. Elson will share what he has integrated from 40+ years of health study and practice, much of what is shared in his most recent book, Staying Healthy with NEW Medicine: Integrating Natural, Eastern and Western Approaches for Optimal Health.

Dr. Elson Haas is a practicing, health-focused physician since 1973 and is the founder and director of Preventive Medical Center of Marin, an integrative family practice in San Rafael.

Please join us on September 22nd.  This free event is sponsored by Stepping Stones Books and GiftsNo Reservations or Tickets are required. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ordinary Goodness by Edward Viljoen

The book of the month for August at Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa is Ordinary Goodness by our own Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen.  In February Rev. Ruth Barnhart wrote an insightful review of this book.  Here is her review:

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.

Ordinary Goodness by Edward Viljoen is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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