Category: Books

Evolutionary Relationships ~ The Seven Requirements Of Love

Evolutionary Relationships ~ The Seven Requirements Of Love

~ by Andrew Harvey An Excerpt From “Evolutionary Love Relationships: Passion, Authenticity,and Activism“ It is critical to remember that this crisis we are facing is a crisis in which the sacred powers of love in the human soul are being diverted by distraction, by greed, by ignorance, by the pursuit of power, so that they […]

The Day I Became a Bird: A Tender Illustrated Parable of Falling in Love and Learning to Unmask Our True Selves

The Day I Became a Bird: A Tender Illustrated Parable of Falling in Love and Learning to Unmask Our True Selves

~ Imaginative assurance that we are worthy of love just as we are. By Maria Popova In what remains the greatest definition of love, Tom Stoppard described the real thing as “knowledge of each other, not of the flesh but through the flesh, knowledge of self, the real him, the real her, in extremis, the […]

Neil Gaiman ~ Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

Neil Gaiman ~ Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

~ “Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”   By Maria Popova The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. […]

William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: The 20-Year-Old Artist’s Searing Defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit

William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: The 20-Year-Old Artist’s Searing Defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit

 ~ “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees.” By Maria Popova “The genius,” Schopenhauer wrote in his timeless distinction between genius and talent, “lights on his age like a comet into […]

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

~ “Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective… We are in this together, this accumulation of scars… What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity.” By Maria Popova “You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,” artist Louise Bourgeoise wrote in […]

Anne Lamott on the Life-Giving Power of Great Teachers

Anne Lamott on the Life-Giving Power of Great Teachers

~ “All good teachers know that inside a remote or angry person is a soul, way deep down, capable of a full human life.” By Maria Popova “You try to appeal to the goodness of every human being and you don’t give up. You never give up on anyone,” the great civil rights leader John […]

The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

~ A wonderful counterpoint to our culture of competitive self-comparison, reminding us that we can choose to amplify each other’s accomplishments because there is, after all, enough to go around. By Maria Popova “If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work,” Muriel Spark counseled, “you should […]

29 Famous Writers’ Writing Rules

29 Famous Writers’ Writing Rules

~ Written by Emily Harstone Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. Mine is to never write without having coffee first. I find other writer’s rules fascinating, even when I don’t agree with them. A lot can be learned by reading about other authors’ approach to […]

Mary Oliver on Love and Its Necessary Wildness

Mary Oliver on Love and Its Necessary Wildness

~ In praise of the “invisible and powerful and uncontrollable and beautiful and possibly even unsuitable.” By Maria Popova For more than half a century, beloved poet Mary Oliver (b. September 10, 1935) has been beckoning us to remember ourselves and forget ourselves at the same time, to contact both our creatureliness and our transcendence […]

As The Tortilla Burns ~ A Journey to the Depths of Your Soul

As The Tortilla Burns ~ A Journey to the Depths of Your Soul

~ By Wendy L. Zake This is a power house of a story equally packed with action and emotion. Often people’s lives reflect the weather, such as hurricanes. As The Tortilla Burns is such a story. It isn’t all sweet and harmonious like invented stories, but tastes of disappointment, obstacles and bewilderment, of madness and […]

Reconciling Your Spiritual Life with the Physical Realm

Reconciling Your Spiritual Life with the Physical Realm

~ By Linda Howe The central opportunity and challenge of our age is reconciling the spiritual and physical realms. How can I be aware of the spiritual reality while being fully engaged in the physical world? I wondered. Not content with either spiritual escapism or denial of the unseen dimension, I forged ahead. I ventured […]

Being Too Nice Can Contribute to Depression

Being Too Nice Can Contribute to Depression

~ There is such a thing as being too nice, too giving and too caring. To overcome depression you must stop the habit of bending over to gain people’s approval. I know, it’s easier said than done. But no one said it’d be easy. Those who are affected by depression tend to be people-pleasers. And yet, ironically, quite […]

The 12 Most Influential Spiritual Books of the past 50 Years

The 12 Most Influential Spiritual Books of the past 50 Years

~ MY OWN SPIRITUAL JOURNEY BEGAN when I picked up a copy of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It wasn’t the first “New Age” book I had read, but for the first time, I felt open to receiving the guidance within those pages. I don’t know whether I was just in the right frame of mind when […]

The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power

The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power

~ by Vernon Howard   The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power” has sold over one million copies. It presents the great spiritual and psychological truths in a simple manner, making them practical for daily use. You will read inspiring historical stories of those who dared all for Truth — and found wisdom and peace at […]

12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

~ By Michael Michalko 1. You are creative. The artist is not a special person, each one of us is a special kind of artist. Every one of us is born a creative, spontaneous thinker. The only difference between people who are creative and people who are not is a simple belief. Creative people believe they are […]

The 7 Chakras: Balancing, Color and Meaning

The 7 Chakras: Balancing, Color and Meaning

By M. A. Hills Hinduism Philosophy and Practice The 7 chakras are energy centers that are fundamental for our well-being. When the 7 chakras are open and properly balanced, they produce frequencies and vibrations that travel outside our body creating a layer of color around us, also known as aura. By understanding the main 7 […]

Eclipses and You ~ How to Align with Life’s Hidden Tides

Eclipses and You ~ How to Align with Life’s Hidden Tides

by Judith Hill   Finally, a useful handbook on eclipse effects through the zodiac signs for everyone! Eclipses create “surges” and “outages” of solar-lunar tides with numerous influences described for the reader’s personal sign, (and globally too). Award-winning and popular astrological author Judith Hill details: health influences through twelve signs; global influences; personal strategies for […]

As The Tortilla Burns ~ A Journey to the Depths of Your Soul

As The Tortilla Burns ~ A Journey to the Depths of Your Soul

~ By Wendy L. Zake Looking for a Great Summer Read ~ This is a power house of a story equally packed with action and emotion. Often people’s lives reflect the weather, such as hurricanes. As The Tortilla Burns is such a story. It isn’t all sweet and harmonious like invented stories, but tastes of […]

Warrior Goddess Training ~ Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be

Warrior Goddess Training ~ Become the Woman You Are Meant to Be

~ by HeatherAsh Amara You are whole. You are powerful. You are divine. When you read these words do you feel the truth of them ringing in your bones? Or do you instead feel the muffling weight of self-judgment and self-doubt? Perhaps you have a deep-seated belief that you are not good enough, and as […]

60+ of Your Favorite Books About Siblings

60+ of Your Favorite Books About Siblings

By Kelly Jensen In Riot Recommendation, we take a request for a recommendation and turn it over to the Book Riot community to help them with ideas. This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith. First they were family. Then they were strangers. Now they are lost. Whiskey and Charlie might have […]

Whatever Spirit Wants ~

Whatever Spirit Wants ~

~ By Alan Cohen A friend of mine was eager to get her book published, so she attended a panel discussion by successful inspirational authors at a large publishing convention. The authors went into gnarly detail about all the requirements for a new author to be published. As prerequisite piled upon prerequisite and the number […]

Literary Tourism ~ Venice, Italy

Literary Tourism ~ Venice, Italy

~ By Alison Peters The entire reason to visit Venice, Italy – tourist haven of lovers, gelato aficionados and shoppers galore (D.H. Lawrence, in Lady Chatterly’s Lover, described it as the “holiday-place of all holiday-places”) – THE reason to visit as a bookish person rests in this one, beautiful old bookstore: the Libreria Acqua Alta. Translating to Bookstore at […]

5 Books That Make Me Want to Quit My Job

5 Books That Make Me Want to Quit My Job

I love my job (because I have one of the best jobs in the world), but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t daydream, and there are some books that make you want to head out the door and take up a whole new life. Whether or not you actually share the skills of the writer […]

Weekly New Books ~ March 9, 2015

Weekly New Books ~ March 9, 2015

  By Swapna Krishna In Fresh Ink, we highlight and discuss some of the week’s most exciting new books. HARDCOVER RELEASES The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf) The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, […]

Interpreting The Eclipses ~

Interpreting The Eclipses ~

  by Robert Carl Jansky   Long out of print and hard to find, this is the most celebrated book on eclipses of the last seventy years. In this book, learn the unique astronomical factors that create eclipses and why some eclipses are total while others are not. Learn how the Chaldeans discovered the Saros […]

New Books Weekly ~ February 24, 2015

New Books Weekly ~ February 24, 2015

In Fresh Ink, we highlight and discuss some of the week’s most exciting new books. HARDCOVER RELEASES Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow) Born and raised in the heart of old Dixie, D’aron Davenport finds himself in unfamiliar territory his freshman year at UC Berkeley. Two thousand miles and a world away […]

NDEs: Visions of Light in Life, Death and the Afterlife

NDEs: Visions of Light in Life, Death and the Afterlife

~ by Arthur Stein and Andrew Vidich The consensus of the greatest mystics of the world’s traditions, regardless of time, culture, age, ethnicity, or prior spiritual training, corroborates evidence of a scientific nature, supporting their personal experiential findings. There is not one light for Christians, a different light for Jews, yet another light for Muslims, […]

Blog Post Ideas for Writers: Solving the “What Do I Blog About?” Conundrum

Blog Post Ideas for Writers: Solving the “What Do I Blog About?” Conundrum

  By Kimberley Grabas Writing your book is enough of a challenge. Many of us have sat staring miserably at a blank screen, cursor winking mockingly, trying desperately to pull our thoughts together to form a sentence. And then (hopefully) another. It’s rarely easy, and even on good days when your Muse is with you, […]

New Books Newsletter ~ February 2015

New Books Newsletter ~ February 2015

HARDCOVER RELEASES Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow) In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction–stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the […]

Best Books About Writing ~

Best Books About Writing ~

By Jaime Herndon As a writer, there are some books that I remember fondly, and think, yeah, those are the books that made me want to be a writer, or those were the books that helped guide my writing. Sure, the novels that stopped my heart dead on the page, or made me laugh out […]

9 Awe-Inspiring Bookstores Around the World ~

9 Awe-Inspiring Bookstores Around the World ~

~ Take a tour of some of the most beautiful bookstores you’ll ever see. By The Book Insider 1. El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina Via m4caque 2. Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands Via Bert Kaufmann 3. Cafebrería El Péndulo in Mexico City, Mexico Via Aquiles Carattino 4. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California […]

Publishers Are Giving Away Bestsellers For Free ~

Publishers Are Giving Away Bestsellers For Free ~

~ Last year, Random House quietly gave away Dan Brown’s bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, for free for one week. Millions of readers were unaware of the week-long giveaway. A select group of readers did take advantage of the promotion, though. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and […]