reviewed by Jim Jenkins
Unless you're prepared to smile until your jaw aches and laugh until your sides split, you may wish to pass up reading Christopher Moore's very funny but still inspirational novel, Lamb. The book is a fictional account of what might have happened in those thirty missing years in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the New Testament, told in a most humorous, no-expletives-deleted manner by his best Jewish childhood pal named Biff.
Even the most pious of Christians will admit that the story of the Messiah combines the natures of God and humanity, yet the Bible dwells heavily on the deity and rarely alludes to the humanity. Now an angel himself, Biff is commanded to come back to Earth and, while holed up in a hotel room with a TV remote control, Starbucks coffee, and pizza delivery, remind us of not only the spiritual aspects, but the human condition he and "Joshua" encountered 2,000 years ago. ("Jesus" is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Yeshua, meaning "Joshua.")
reviewed by Elke Siller
Finally, for all us budding spiritual authors and authors-to-be, a book that offers a hand to hold as we walk on the path to becoming published. The true challenge for the inspired writer is to take that inspiration and give it a form that people will understand. Ms. Herman brings warmth and encouragement to that journey, offering practical advice as well as spiritual tools addressing everything from writers block to finding your voice. For the spiritual writer, developing credibility is key, because so much of the material comes from an inspired place that often makes a person come across as "woo-woo" and un-publishable. This book offers ways of establishing that credibility with the people we want to reach.
reviewed by Michael Armenia
Nationally acclaimed yoga teacher Rodney Yee has long been featured in a variety of instructional yoga videos and DVDs created by Gaiam. With a recent guest appearance on Oprah, his new book Yoga: The Poetry of the Body is sure to delight steadfast followers and newcomers alike.
Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning "yoke" or "union." In India, yoga is regarded as one of the six orthodox systems of Indian philosophy. Yoga as it is know in the West is a physical form of exercise that has quickly risen in popularity over the last several years. Ultimately, over time and with consistent practice, the physical poses enable the practitioner to discipline not only the body, but the mind, the will, and the emotions as well.
Considering that I'm half Italian and grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the word "vegetarian" doesn't roll off my tongue very smoothly at all. However, doing research on this subject has inspired me to add vegetarian recipes to my diet; not only is the food healthful, but it tastes good, too.
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