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RUMI - 53 Secrets from the Tavern of Love

by Anthony A. Lee Amin Banani

Rumi's poetry has been published in various English editions since the 19th century. And there has been no shortage of translators. Today, through the translations of Coleman Barks, he is the best-selling poet in the English language. The market for his poems is insatiable. He has a loyal following of English readers and serious devotees. Still, in English, Rumi's poems have often been rendered into a literal and academic prose that is awkward and wooden - or into a New-Age idiom that bears little relationship to the author's original text or his context. Professors Amin Banani and Anthony A. Lee come to the rescue with a masterful translation that bridges the academic demand for fidelity to the original Persian text with a sensitive poetic translation that speaks to 21st-century readers.The book has three sections: 1) a general introduction to Rumi's poetry, 2) translations of 53 short poems, and 3) a groundbreaking essay by Banani on the position of Rumi in Islamic poetry and in world literature.The poems are presented as lessons on love. The reader is encouraged to treat them as koans to inspire spiritual contemplation.

Still Pitching

by Michael Steinberg

Still Pitching is the coming-of-age story of growing up in New York in the '50s revolving around Steinberg's passion for baseball.

Structure and Qur'anic Interpretation

by Raymond Farrin

The Qur'an, Islam's holy book, is widely misunderstood because it is a difficult book to engage. The Qur'an is not written as a straightforward narrative like the Christian Gospels but is composed of discontinuous revelations that are often unclear in placing in an overall context. Structure and Qur'anic Interpretation, aimed both at readers familiar with the Qur'an and at those opening it for the first time, differs from other books on the Qur'an in that it reveals the text's fundamental symmetrical organization. Moreover, through readings of key Qur'an chapters, Farrin shows how structure serves as a guide to interpretation. Indeed, one finds that the Qur'an's structure again and again points to universal messages of an ethical nature, rather than to messages whose application may be limited to a specific context. In addition, the book makes a contribution to Qur'anic studies by highlighting literary evidence indicating that the Qur'an was compiled by one author (in all probability, the Prophet Muhammad) and not by an official committee.

Snowy Tower

by Coleman Barks Martin Shaw

In Snowy Tower, Dr. Martin Shaw continues his trilogy of works on the relationship between myth, wilderness, and a culture of wildness. In this second book, he gives a telling of the Grail epic Parzival. Claiming it as a great trickster story of medieval Europe, he offers a deft and erudite commentary, with topics ranging from climate change and the soul to the discipline of erotic consciousness, from the hallucination of empire to a revisioning of the dark speech of the ancient bards. Ingrained in the very syntax of Snowy Tower is an invocation of what Shaw calls 'wild mythologies' -- stories that are more than just human allegory, that seem to brush the winged thinking of owl, stream, and open moor. This daring work offers a connection to the genius of the margins; that the big questions of today will not be solved by big answers, but by the myriad of associations that both myth and wilderness offer.

Secrets of the 7th Day

by Sara Schley

Life is hectic. Moms, dads, kids - all of us - are running at breakneck speed. We need to find ways to be renewed-as individuals, as families and in our communities. Sara Schley, who runs at her own breakneck speed as wife and mother of twins while leading a successful company consulting to businesses on sustainability, has found soul-saving-sanity and renewal through her family's observance of the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat). Inspired by a non-Jewish friend who said, "Sara there is no center in our lives, you have to teach us how to do Shabbat!", Sara has written Secrets of the 7th Day, the first book of her Radical Renewal series, about how everyone can learn from this ancient Jewish ritual, whether or not they are Jews or even religious. The practice of unplugging from the world, slowing down, sharing in the simple joys of food, stories, songs and the outdoors can be celebrated by all. Secrets of the 7th Day invites all of us to make these beautiful practices for renewing the spirit our own. Ancient as the Sabbath is, we need it now more than ever.

The Shark's Paintbrush

by Jay Harman

Why does the bumblebee have better aerodynamics than a 747? What structural design is shared by a tornado and a blood vessel?Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturers have built things by a process known as "heat, beat, and treat." They use enormous amounts of energy to heat raw material, shape it with heavy machinery, and maintain its design, strength, and durability with toxic chemicals. Now, in a world of depleted natural resources, entrepreneurs and scientists are turning to nature to inspire future products that are more energy- and cost-efficient. Biomimicry, the science of employing nature to advance sustainable technology, is arguably one of the hottest new business concepts. At the center of this growing movement has been award-winning inventor and biomimetic entrepreneur Jay Harman.In The Shark's Paintbrush, Harman introduces us to pioneering engineers in a wide array of businesses who are uncovering and copying nature's hidden marvels. He shows business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs how we can reconcile creating more powerful, lucrative technologies with maximizing sustainability. He injects a whole new vocabulary and way of thinking into the business sphere that speaks to both small start-ups and corporate giants.

Cut, Stapled, and Mended

by Roanna Rosewood

"At least you and the baby are healthy."That's what they said when they handed him to me. And they were right. Why then, so long after my body has healed, do I still feel broken? A whisper inside of me insists: Birth is more than a means to a baby. There was something I was supposed to do, something I was to receive through giving birth.Pregnant again, when the doctor tries to schedule another cesarean, I refuse. I will not submit to being tied down, cut open, and having my uterus extracted again without a fight.That's why I ask a midwife to help me give birth. I tell her that I'm determined and strong. But she sees through my tough-guy armor. She smiles, saying, "Birth isn't a battle to win or lose. It's the result of delving into your vulnerability and finding your true feminine power."In exquisite detail, Roanna holds nothing back in her powerful birth memoir, plunging the reader deep into the intimacy of this universal rite of passage. Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a must read for anyone who has given birth, will give birth, or who loves someone who will give birth.

Yin Yoga

by Paul Grilley

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Yin Yoga: Outline of a Quiet Practice by Paul Grilley brings together in a fresh way the ancient wisdom of acupuncture and Taoism with Hindu yoga practices. With over 80,000 copies sold, Grilley's book has been enhanced with new materials describing the evolution of Yin Yoga within the Yoga world over the last decade plus new reference materials on anatomy and the practice of Yin Yoga.Yoga as practiced in the US is almost exclusively Yang or muscular in nature. The Yin aspect of Yoga (using postures that stretch connective tissue) is virtually unknown but vital for a balanced approach to physical and mental health.Paul Grilley outlines how to practice postures in a Yin way. Grilley includes an explanation of Modern Meridian Theory, which states that the meridians of acupuncture theory are currents flowing through the connective tissues of the body. Yin Yoga is specifically designed to address these tissues.The two major differences between a Yin and a Yang Yoga practice are that Yin postures should be done with the muscles relaxed and should be held a long time. This is because connective tissue does not stretch like muscle and will not respond well to brief stresses. In addition, Yin Yoga better prepares people for meditation. For yoga practitioners looking for something beyond physical postures. Yin Yoga addresses the deeper spiritual dimensions of yoga, with helpful sections on chakras, breathing exercises, and meditation.

Unfolding

by Nancy Hill

Unfolding is a book women want to share with each other - mothers, daughters, sisters and friends - because it reflects and leads back to their own wise self. Unfolding speaks to a woman's heart not her intellect. Some books are about information. For example, they tell you how far it is to the moon and the circumference of it. Some books are how to books. They tell you how to reach the moon. Metaphorically speaking, Unfolding is about falling in love with the moon. It speaks directly to your experience bringing you into the moment rather than telling you "how to do it," it takes you there.

Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth

by Carolyn Brigit Flynn

Communion is Carolyn Brigit Flynn's offering of love poems to the divine, addressed in these poems as Beloved. The poems invoke the author's movement from an urban Catholic childhood into an embodied communion with the sacred presence of the Earth. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's Book of Hours, each poem uses one of Rilke's lines as its title and springboard. Communion addresses timeless issues of spiritual awakening, loss and communion, and moves the reader through longing and moments of spiritual aloneness into a vivid connection with the sacred Beloved that is resilient and integrated into the rhythms of daily life.

The Cleanse Companion Cookbook

by Bonnie Nedrow Jeff Hauptman

Whether you are in great health and want to stay that way, or needing to heal from chronic illness, the The Cleanse Companion Cookbook will serve your body's needs. If you love delicious foods, this book will be your true companion for healthy nutritious meals.The Cleanse Companion Cookbook is intended as a reference for people on a detoxification program, providing the optimal foods to support naturopathic cleansing. Doctors around the country are using it for this and other health promoting purposes.It is an excellent book for folks suffering from diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and any other chronic illness. It can be used to help families that need to be on special anti-inflammatory diets, as all the recipes are wheat, egg, dairy and nightshade free. These hypoallergenic recipes can help reduce inflammation so that your body can regain normal healthy functioning.The recipes are also perfect as a basic diet for healthy weight loss, or for optimal body composition programs, when you may not want to lose weight but you want more muscle.Best of all, The Cleanse Companion Cookbook has fabulous tasting recipes with the addition of sound advice on the health benefits of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes as well as a variety of spices and herbs.

Demanding Dignity

by Maytha Alhassen Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Arab Revolutions is a collection of essays written by today's generation of Arab youth who have directly inspired and sparked a revolutionary spirit that toppled governments, unearthing the aftermath of decades of suppression in the Middle East and North Africa.Their voices are as varied as their individual stories, but their destinies are shared. They are the connected generation.Their personal stories, told by 20 contributors from 9 different countries, meet at a crossroads somewhere between journalistic first-hand reports with accessible, intimate journal entries.Inspired in part by universal human values and aspirations, each story captures the very changes revolutionizing the region: Social media's role in uniting like-minded citizens through civic engagement.A Nubian take on revolution and restitution in Egypt. A Saudi-woman who steps into the driver seat to change her daughter's future because her mother couldn't change her present. The repeated reminder of torture in daily life. The tumultuous journey as a young Egyptian navigates his travels through social and political upheavals from Egypt to Syria.Their journeys point to a vision of pan-Arab identity as seen in the manifestation of their shared spirit of connected struggles. Their voices together sound a culmination of calls for human dignity that reflect the voices of their fellow citizens and the struggles that come with challenging political, religious and conventional authorities.

love letter to the milky way

by Matthew Fox Thomas Berry Drew Dellinger

A small book of very big poems. Drew Dellinger's poetry reaches out to the far ends of the Milky Way and to the inner depths of the soul. His poetry and performances have captivated thousands across six continents. He is, in the words of Cornell West, "one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic poets of his generation." This power of his poetry is tied to his passion for ecological survival and social justice movements. The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou calls Dellinger "the poet laureate of the global justice democracy movement."it's 3:23 in the morningand I'm awakebecause my great great grandchildrenwon't let me sleepmy great great grandchildrenask me in my dreamswhat did you do while the planet was plundered?what did you do when the earth was unraveling? from the poem "hieroglyphic stairway" read on the floor of Congress during climate change hearings

Embrace Your Inner Wild

by Don Moseman Mary Reynolds Thompson

Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World is a brilliant, full-color book of photographs and reflections that invite you to seek out wildness wherever you find it - within or without.Don Moseman's spectacular photographs feature the wildlife and terrain of Marin County, California: the fiercely intelligent eyes of the coyote, the spiraling hawk in the supine sky, a bobcat prowling through golden grasses. These photos are paired with reflections by Mary Reynolds Thompson to awaken the reader to wonder. And to oneness.Don spent twenty-five years in San Quentin maximum-security prison in Marin County, California. In 1989, got sober and went straight, encouraged by nature as a guide. Later, taking up photography, the patience he learned in prison paid off. Don knows how to wait for the wild to come to him. Since 1983, the natural world has been key to Mary's successful recovery from alcoholism. A life coach and facilitator of poetry therapy, Mary has developed a unique program of ecological spirituality that connects clients to their true selves through nature.Embrace Your Inner Wild is a visual and verbal psalm to wildness, rooted in Don and Mary's shared love of the earth, its inhabitants, and the wild soul that longs to be set free.

All-American

by Keith Ellison Zahra T Suratwala Wajahat Ali

Follow up work to White Cloud's successful and highly acclaimed May 2011 book I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim. With this second book in the I Speak For Myself series, American Muslim men speak out on their lives and how their Muslim beliefs play out in private and on the public stage. Contributors include high profile figures in the American Muslim community, representing a new generation that is making a profound impact inside and outside the Muslim world.

The Mirror Effect

by Troy Pummill Judy Day

The Mirror Effect defines and describes the Mirror Relationship and teaches how to harness the power of the Mirror Effect to find this relationship using online dating. Built on the premise that couples who are highly alike enjoy a rare, extraordinary connection, the Mirror Effect leads to compelling dates, deeply profound love and ultimately, a relationship beyond imagination. In clear, entertaining language, this engaging book provides a simple, tangible 6-step process that guides you to finally meet your Magical Match.

This Is Our Time!

by Eric Alan Chris Haft

Baseball has life encoded within it as completely as DNA does: the world's deepest wisdom, edgiest laughter, joys and sorrows. Among the millions who chase baseball's dream, though, only a few scale the sport's most rarified heights-not only in terms of victory, but in becoming true selfless teams who are vivid role models, in a gritty age beyond the destruction of heroes. With uniquely wild style, the 2010 San Francisco Giants follow the 1969 New York Mets and 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers into history as a World Championship team whose success was supposed to be impossible. Welcome to the place where rally thongs meet Zen lessons, where relentless discipline meets fake beards, where the year-long neighborhood party culminates in a million being blessed by the team's Pope in the name of Mays and McCovey. This is the kind of legendary year for which all baseball lovers live, told from deep inside and beyond. This is the timeless beauty and hilarity of life itself, a rich story even for those who never knew before why to care about the game.

Winning at Aging

by John Kalb

A revolutionary and empowering story is emerging: We actually have significant control over our aging process. John Kalb's exciting new book shows how millions of mature (age 50+) men and women can live lives of great health (physical, emotional, and spiritual) by understanding fundamental aspects of body, mind, and spirit in the second half of their lives.Research has proven that positive emotions and healthy behaviors play a significant role in aging, and they can be increased for a better life. This means that successful aging is a self-fulfilling prophecy: Anticipating a positive future increases the likelihood we will experience it. Each of us must develop practical wisdom to know when to courageously maximize our functional abilities and when to serenely accept the inevitable losses that aging brings. Winning at aging is a journey not a destination and there are many pathways to success. Here is a book that will help you live life to the fullest and: Increase your life span by 20 quality years Enjoy your authentic diet while you reduce disease risk Spring clean your body with a user-friendly allergy-free detox program Achieve permanent weight loss ... without dieting Exercise for fun and maximize your benefits in minimal time Create the healthy lifestyle of your dreams by eliminating self-sabotage once and for all Keep your mind sharp and clear by stimulating and supporting your brain cells Become a master of self-care by learning from your body Discover an exciting new vision and purpose for the second half of your life Feel great about helping yourself, other people, and the planet

A Branch from the Lightning Tree

by Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw's writing rattles the cages of souls. In A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Shaw creates links between the wildness in landscape and language, with myth being the bridge between the two. Shaw uses four great myths from Welsh, Norwegian, Siberian, and Russian territories that explore the process of leaving what is considered safe and predictable and journeying out into wild, uncertain areas of nature and the psyche. Shaw's work focuses on both men and women's movement into wildness as part of the bigger awareness of climate change and ecology. It presents the old stories as keys into any debate on these issues, showing how the ability to think metaphorically and mythologically "re-enchants" our perspectives.

Earth Is Your Sweet Spot

by Ellae Ellinwood Mary Lanier

Earth Is Your Sweet Spot is written by three generations of women who invite readers to the work of their lifetime: transforming themselves and our world. This inspiring little book builds on the books of Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth) and Rhonda Byrne (The Secret). This book gently guides the women of the world to connect to their ultimate source of balance and renewal: Mother Earth. By connecting to Earth and remembering and appreciating her, each woman can activate her highest potential and enjoy a more balanced life. The book invites each woman to help heal the Earth in her own unique way, as well as inviting them to intentionally choose to be a creative female leader in her own personal sphere of influence. Earth Is Your Sweet Spot provides inspiration through the authors' rich language and practical advice in the form of exercises for visualizations, breathing, Qi Gong movements, and other easy-to-implement actions for personal growth.

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

by Bernie Clark Sarah Powers

The Yin Yoga Book provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga. Clark's fascinating and comprehensive book is divided into three sections:(I) What is Yin Yoga; (II) The Benefits of Yin Yoga, including discussions of anatomy, the energy body, and the heart and mind body; (III) The Practice of Yin Yoga, including illustrated descriptions of 30 yin yoga asanas (poses).Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (the yang tissues). Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.

I Speak for Myself

by Maria M Ebrahimji Zahra T Suratwala

Muslim American women are the subject of endless discussions regarding their role in society, their veils as symbols of oppression or of freedom, their identity, their patriotism, their womanhood. Yet the voices and life experiences of Muslim American women themselves are rarely heard in the loud rhetoric surrounding the question of Muslims in America. Finally, in I Speak for Myself, 40 American women under the age of 40, share their experiences of their lives as Muslim women in America. While their commonality is faith and citizenship, their voices and their messages are very different. Readers of I Speak for Myself are presented with a kaleidoscope of stories, artfully woven together around the central idea of limitlessness and individuality. A common theme linking these intimate self-portraits will be the way each woman uniquely defies labeling, simply by defining for herself what it means to be American and Muslim and female. Each personal story is a contribution to the larger narrative of life stories and life work of a new generation of Muslim women.There are approximately six million Muslims living in the United States and over one billion around the world. While the events of 9/11 certainly engaged Americans with the religion of Islam, many enduring stereotypes continue to belittle the Muslim American experience; this often leads to a monolithic interpretation of Islam. Such a treatment is especially inappropriate when reflecting on the Muslim American identity, which is by far one of the most culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse of any in the Islamic world. Women of the Muslim community in America could be described as both patriots and practitioners (of faith). Their experiences call for a body of literature that reflects how they celebrate and live Islam in distinctive ways.In the wake of the current rising tide of Islamophobia (see Time Magazine, Aug. 30, 2010), I Speak for Myself is a must read for Americans seeking understanding of Islam from young women who were all born in the USA.

Quarreling with God

by Jennifer Ferraro Latif Bolat

This collection presents, for the first time in English, a compilation of seven centuries of the mystic hymns of Turkey's rebellious Sufi poets. At the time Rumi was writing in ancient Anatolia, many other great mystics in the region were also composing wild, ecstatic, and controversial poems that were shared among the people as spiritual songs. Many are still played and sung today in sacred dervish ceremonies. Poet Jennifer Ferraro and translator/performer Latif Bolat have organized the poems into insightful themes and also provide concise but essential cultural context that helps us swiftly join the rebels in their reverie. Quarreling with God welcomes us into a spiritual tradition from the Islamic world that bravely challenged orthodox religion and emphasized universal mystic love and tolerance. These songs reach across the ages to awaken your heart to our divine inheritance.

The Franciscan Conspiracy

by John Sack

The Franciscan Conspiracy is set against the chaotic backdrop of thirteenth-century Italy, a time when the extreme poverty of religious zealots clashed with the burgeoning prosperity of merchants, the monastic orders, and secular prelates.The Franciscan Conspiracy is based on an actual event, the kidnapping and hiding of the remains of Saint Francis of Assisi at the instigation of the head of the Franciscan Order. The burial site was not discovered for 600 years. What Church-threatening secret were they hiding? Only now has The Franciscan Conspiracy finally been revealed. A historical mystery, John Sack researched the biographies written during the forty years following the death of St. Francis as well as the chronicles of the wandering friar Salimbene, who appears in the novel. The crusades and the various Church Councils described in the book refer to historical events. The popes and leaders of the Franciscan Order, as well as most of the friars in the story, are also based on real people.

Stolen from Gypsies

by Noble Smith

Stolen from Gypsies, Noble Smith's outrageously hilarious first novel, involves a stolen Gypsy baby, a tongue-tied accountant, a rich merchant, the merchant's ravishing daughter, magicians, spells, contracts in blood, pirates, transformations, Dim Avengers, döppelgangers, demons, duels, dicksocks, angels, carnal temptations, imprisonment and redemption.If this sounds like Shakespeare meets Monty Python, you are not too far off.A comedic adventure set in the early nineteenth century, this historical comedy that is as absurd and enjoyable as Monty Python's The Holy Grail and Goldman's The Princess Bride.The characters leap off the page in full costume.

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