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Winter Newsletter 2023 Mind, Body & Spirituality

Home Is Here by Liên Shutt

In Home Is Here, Liên Shutt illuminates the path of antiracism through a tapestry of intersectionality, wisdom, and compassion. Shutt’s words create a safe haven for learning and exploration as she invites everyone to find belonging and a place to join in for justice. Even those not familiar with Buddhism will find this a very accessible way to learn about and practice the Eightfold Path and engage in the Four Noble Truths.


Don’t miss our event with Rev. Liên Shutt on November 15th. Click here to learn more!


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Home Is Here: Practicing Antiracism with the Engaged Eightfold Path By Liên Shutt, Chenxing Han (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Liên Shutt, Chenxing Han (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623179045
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Published: North Atlantic Books - August 22nd, 2023

Falling Back in Love with Being Human by Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng Thom’s letters are meditative poems to old foes, transgender children, sex workers, johns, and all in between, in turns gentle and comforting, celebratory and free, embracing of jagged edges and pleasures great and small. Fervent prayers of strength, forgiveness, and grace, balms between the spiritual and the activist and the simple aching truth of being human in this world. To be read one at a time or all in a rush, this is for those souls who need a moment of beauty in word and thought.  

 — Jocelyn

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Falling Back in Love with Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls By Kai Cheng Thom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593594988
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 1st, 2023

How to Be by Adam Nicolson

How to Be is not necessarily lessons on how to behave, but rather a historical walkthrough of how the early Greeks came to answer questions like, “How do I be myself?” and “What is existence made up of?” This book is more history than it is philosophy, but it is a fascinating deep dive of the distant world of buccaneer merchants, poets and adventurers, gods and seducers, and the slow-but-steady expansive attitude to the world and self.  


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How to Be: Life Lessons from the Early Greeks By Adam Nicolson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374610104
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 17th, 2023

This Wheel of Rocks by Sister Marya Grathwohl

Sister Marya Grathwohl became a nun in 1963 and was eventually assigned to an order in Montana that worked closely with the Crow and Northern Cheyenne people. Deeply moved and educated by traditions in both tribes, she is faced with the expanding and unlearning she has to do about her own belief systems. She realizes also that she feels most connected to God through nature, and works to promote environmentalism as a way of living. Her memoir offers fascinating insight into the seldom-seen world of a young woman who dedicates her whole life to one of faith.  


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This Wheel of Rocks: An Unexpected Spiritual Journey By Sister Marya Grathwohl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594487309
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 14th, 2023

The Witching Year by Diana Helmuth

I began The Witching Year with the same hesitation that Diana Helmuth began her year of witchcraft with. I quickly overcame my uncertainty as I became familiar with her snarky sense of humor, her humbling honesty, and her genuine emotional investment. Helmuth’s journey is an insightful ride that takes us deep into the world of covens, rituals, and overpriced colored candles. Her experience hits close to home, as her roots are firmly planted in Northern California, and I found myself (a nonpracticing theoretical enjoyer of witchcraft) growing in confidence with each new leap of faith she takes—if she can do it, why can’t I?


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The Witching Year: A Memoir of Earnest Fumbling Through Modern Witchcraft By Diana Helmuth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668002988
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Published: S&S/Simon Element - October 3rd, 2023

The Gospel of Wellness by Rina Raphael

Part memoir, part investigative journalism that explores the world of Wellness—a term everyone struggles to define. It’s a close look at scream therapy, Goop-style products, and all the classes and techniques wealthy folk purchase in pursuit of the often-promised extended life and better health. Rina Raphael, a lifestyle journalist, is an admitted wellness junkie and she explores her own complicated relationship with this multi-trillion-dollar industry while also attempting to expose the scams. Intriguing read for cultural skeptics.  


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The Gospel of Wellness: Gyms, Gurus, Goop, and the False Promise of Self-Care By Rina Raphael Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250861535
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - September 12th, 2023

Radical Tarot by Charlie Claire Burgess

Although somewhat new to the practice of tarot, I feel in my bones the truth of what Charlie Claire Burgess writes, whether they are challenging us to consider tarot’s appropriative origins or encouraging the reader to approach the cards with a sense of play. Rather than be tied to a “right” way to read tarot, Burgess encourages us to get down and dirty with our own psyche and use the cards as a method of self-discovery. I’m buying a copy for everyone I know who reads the cards or has ever even hinted that they might!  

— Jax

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Radical Tarot: Queer the Cards, Liberate Your Practice, and Create the Future By Charlie Claire Burgess Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401971472
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Published: Hay House LLC - September 26th, 2023

The New Saints by Lama Rod Owens

In his new book, Lama Rod Owens offers a refreshing perspective on the ancient Buddhist tradition of Bodhisattva, reimagining it as a contemporary and justice-oriented path. Owens redefines the saint as a “spiritual warrior,” driven by a deep altruistic desire to alleviate suffering. Through anecdotes and practical meditations, he guides readers on a path toward embodying this modern-day saintliness. Owens’s work is a powerful call to engage in spiritual abolition, advocating for justice, and dismantling oppressive systems. A must-read for those seeking to merge spirituality with activism.  


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The New Saints: From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors By Lama Rod Owens Cover Image
ISBN: 9781649630001
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Published: Sounds True - October 31st, 2023

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