Grateful: The Transformative
Power of Giving Thanks
By Diana Butler Bass
HarperOne, 2018, $26.99
To young Diana Butler Bass, gratitude felt
like a duty, such as writing thank-you notes.
A self-proclaimed “gratitude klutz,” Bass—
Bass embarked on her own examination of gratitude.
Bass defines gratitude as a four-sectioned circle:
• Me/Emotions. You have strong personal feelings of
joy and appreciation for service and gifts.
• Me/Ethics. You see gratitude as a personal obligation
for favors or kindness.
• We/Emotions. Your heart soars when you express
gratitude in a group, such as during worship services.
• We/Ethics. You view gratitude as a social
responsibility, leading to community service.
In Grateful, Bass shares stories that foster understanding
of each quadrant and illustrates how to put emotions and
ethics into action. “As a practice, (gratitude) embodies the
wisdom of humanity’s greatest spiritual teachers,” she writes.
“Gratitude takes us from abstract belief to living compassion
in the world.”
Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the
Second Half of the Journey
By James Hollis, Ph.D.
Sounds True, 2018, $15.95
The second half of life is a time for
The Creation Frequency: Tune in to the
reflection and planning. Jungian analyst
James Hollis notes that the renowned Swiss
psychiatrist said we seldom solve problems,
“not solutions but attitudes, behaviors, and disciplines
that move us toward enlargement, toward unfolding our
debilitating history into a journey more productive, more
clearly our own.”
Hollis has prepared a 21-step plan for making life more
fulfilling and steering you back on course toward your
goals. He tells how to let go of the old, discover the gifts you
have been withholding, choose meaning over happiness,
and be who you really are. “Whether you know it or not,” he
writes, “you are on the high seas of the soul and have been
so for a long time.”
Power of the Universe to Manifest the Life
of Your Dreams
By Mike Murphy
New World Library, 2018, $14.95
Mike Murphy hit bottom in his twenties.
His drug and alcohol abuse destroyed both
his marriage and his relationship with his daughter. A friend
suggested he meet with a “mystery man” who could change
his life in seven weekly visits. The $50-per-session fee was a
stretch on his waiter’s wages, but Murphy gave it a shot.
Murphy shares the tools he learned from the experience
in his book: understanding why you’re not already living
your dreams; the intention formula; how the universe really
works; moving from fear to love; raising your frequency; and
the power of giving. The final gift is learning how to create a
transmitter for carrying intentions into the universe. “Look
for every opportunity to cocreate the life you want with the
Universe,” writes Murphy, now a successful entrepreneur and
philanthropist. “Don’t just sit and wait—take action!”
The Logic of Faith: A Buddhist Approach
to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and
By Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
Shambhala, 2018, $16.95
When Buddhist scholar Elizabeth Mattis
Namgyel wanted to teach about faith, reactions ranged from indifference to disdain.
“I started to call my inquiry ‘The F-Word’—and after that
everyone wanted to talk,” Namgyel writes. Definitions of
faith, she notes, range from blind dogmatism to the highest
expression of human consciousness, but all “reflect the desire
to find ease in a world you can’t secure.”
Namgyel examines five facets of faith: being informed vs.
“knowing”; poising the mind for insight; putting faith into
action; burning with love in a world we can’t fix; and using
ritual for transformation. She encourages open questioning.
“It is only an open and attentive mind,” she says, “that is said
to perceive its object without mistake.”
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