A Reader for Navigating the Depths of Our Lives The Universe holds us and tosses us about, only to hold us again. With Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, Mark Nepo brings us a compelling treasury of short prose reflections to turn to when struggling to keep our heads above water, and to breathe into all of our sorrows and joys. Inspired by his own journal writing across 15 years, this book shares with us some of Mark’s most personal work. Many passages arise from accounts of his own life events—moments of "sinking and being lifted"—and the insights they yielded. Through these passages, we’re encouraged to navigate our own currents of sea and sky, and to discover something fundamental yet elusive: How, simply, to be here. To be enjoyed in many ways—individually, by topic, or as an unfolding sequence—Things That Join the Sea and the Sky presents 145 contemplations gathered into 17 themes, each intended to illuminate specific situations. The themes include: Unraveling Our Fear, Beyond What Goes Wrong, The Gift of Deepening, The Practice of Relationship, What Holds Us Up, Right-Sizing Our Pain, The Reach of Kindness, Burning Off What’s Unnecessary, How We Make Our Way and many more. For those interested in either beginning or expanding their own journaling explorations, this reader also provides a guide to the practice of daily writing, with 100 compelling questions to get us started. "Joy is the sea that holds all," writes Mark, "the Unity of Being where feelings don’t separate, but surface like waves to remind us we are alive." Here, he helps us swim in those waters until we are held in the mystery of their buoyancy.
Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World
Author: Mark Nepo
Pubpsher: Atria Books
Mark Nepo—the #1 New York Times bestselling author and popular spiritual teacher—“has given us not only a much-needed message of hope and inspiration, but a practical guide on how to build a better tomorrow, together” (Arianna Huffington, founder of HuffPost). This poignant and timely meditation on the importance of community, demonstrates how we can live more enriching lives by cultivating connectedness. At once a moving meditation and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone is a compelling testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Mark Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts. Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times. The book explores the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another. Featuring thought-provoking analysis and practical takeaways, More Together Than Alone will help us inhabit a stronger sense of togetherness where we live and in the world so we can achieve our highest potential, as individuals, and as communities. “In an age of racial divisions, school shootings, and international conflict, this book’s message about the necessity of coming together is timely, and its examples of human compassion and unity are often comforting” (Publishers Weekly).
Poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. In his latest book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author “writes reflectively and poetically about the lifelong spiritual journey” (Publishers Weekly). Called one of the finest spiritual guides of our time, Nepo explores what it means to become our truest self as we face life’s challenges—as well as its joys. Navigating some of the soul’s deepest, most ancient questions, he asks: How do we stay vital and buoyant amid the storms of life? What is the secret to coming alive? The soul’s journey is inevitable, and no matter where we go we can’t escape this foundational truth: What’s in the way is the way. As Nepo writes, “The point of experience is not to escape life but to live it.” Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday program, and a key presenter in Oprah’s nationwide The Life You Want Weekend Tour, Nepo inspires each of us to discover who we were born to be. Like his bestselling The Book of Awakening, The Endless Practice is filled with insights and stories, guidance and practice that will bring you closer to living life to the fullest.
Along the coasts of the North Atlantic there are legends of a lost land over the sea - a land of magic, of immortality, and of plenty. Plato described such a land, naming it Atlantis. In his descriptions, the Atlanteans were doomed by their falling into decadence, and their opposition to the spirits of nature. An epic fantasy rooted in the mythology of the lost land, "The Fall of the Sea People" tells of these twin errors, and of how they brought about the destruction of a Neolithic civilization that ruled the world. "Venus and the Sea People" is the first volume of this story.
The book The Earth and the Sons of Men is lucid and laconic, very easy to read and to understand. It is full of intrigues, suspense, and character manipulation. It is really a religious fiction of the highest order. The author carefully arranges and perfectly rearranges it as to appear mysterious. In the beginning, the creatures of the Creator like the Earth, the Sky, the Moon, the Stars, the Ocean, the Sea, the Day, and the Night are personified as if they are beings. Mother Earth accuses the sons of men of so many vices ranging from warmongering to rumormongering, adultery, idolatry, rape, assassination, jealousy, and arrogance. She therefore warns them and promises that if they (sons of men) fail to desist from these acts of wickedness, she would report them to their Creator. The sons of men turned deaf ears to Mother Earths advice and committed injustice to humanity and other creatures like the Ocean, Sea, Day, Night, Stars, and Rivers. The only creature the son of man could not mess with is the Sun because of its distance and ferocity. Hence, Mother Earth called other creatures and briefs them on the atrocities sons of men are perpetuating on her (Earth). The authors personification of these creatures makes the whole scenario so fearful when you read and picture the catalogue of sons of mens wickedness enumerated by the Earth. Mother Earth carefully informed the creatures that the sons of men are so arrogant and incorrigible that they refuse to agree that they are evil and are perpetuating evil; she therefore begged and urged these creatures to join her to report these arrogant sons of men to their Creator. She seriously implored them to be her witnesses before their Creator (God). These creatures agreed to be Mother Earths witnesses because they confess the sons of men have committed so many atrocities not only to Mother Earth, but also to Ocean, Sky, Sea, Rivers, Night, Day, and even the Moon. The systematic religious arrangement and relevant biblical quotations to back the accusations against sons of men show the deep knowledge of the scripture by the author. Mother Earth requests an appointment with God through Jesus Christ in order to present her case. The author deeply involves Jesus Christ as an authentic witness of Mother Earth during the crucial meeting with God, the Creator. Mother Earth, the Ocean, Sea, the Sky, the Day, the Night, the Stars, the Rivers, and the sons of men met with God on the appointed day and at the appointed place to present their cases. The Creator listens very well; he apportions blame to the sons of men and congratulates Mother Earth. The author gradually ameliorates the tension of sharp and logical argument between sons of men and Mother Earth so that the reader could catch his or her breath to be able to see the facts, the reasoning, and the lessons in the book by allowing God to intervene as his final judgment. While God accepts that he created sons of men to be the rulers of all things on Mother Earth, he disapproves the acts of wickedness, arrogance, belligerence, and immorality of sons of men. The Creators philosophical conclusion makes me shudder and tremble when he pacified Mother Earth and said, My spirit will not be with the sons of men because of their wickedness, you may wish to know that the sons of men are mere dust, they are taken out from you and to you they will return. The lessons to be learned from this book are many: that men should be free from every kind of wickedness, evil greed, depravity, envy, civil strife, deceit, malice, gossip, slander, God hating, insolence, arrogance, and boasting. How memorable will it be according to the wish of the author if some of our young actors and actresses could come together to make a film out of this bookusing voice-over on the creation. Dr. T. George, MD
A three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and an eight-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Campbell may be the genres most decorated writer. Publishers Weekly hails him as a master of the horror genre, adding, He does more than jar the nerves and chill the spine; he assails ones very grip on reality. Ghosts and Grisly Things is a chilling collection of the best of Campbells recent short fiction, most of it never before available in any form. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Using the Lessons of Bernard and Darwin to Understand the What, How, and why of Our Behavior
Author: Gary Cziko
Pubpsher: MIT Press
He also shows how our evolutionary past together with Darwinian processes currently occurring within our bodies, such as the evolution of new brain connections, provides insights into the immediate and ultimate causes of behavior.".
Twelve-year-old Karana escapes death at the hands of treacherous hunters, only to find herself totally alone on a harsh desolate island. How she survives in the face of all sorts of dangers makes gripping and inspiring reading. Based on a true story.
A “meticulously documented” account that covers the RAF’s controversial attempt to end World War II by the aerial bombing of Berlin (Kirkus Reviews). The Battle of Berlin was the longest and most sustained bombing offensive against one target in the Second World War. Bomber Command Commander-in-Chief, Sir Arthur Harris, hoped to wreak Berlin from end to end and produce a state of devastation in which German surrender was inevitable. He dispatched nineteen major raids between August 1943 and March 1944—more than ten thousand aircraft sorties dropped over thirty thousand tons of bombs on Berlin. It was the RAF’s supreme effort to end the war by aerial bombing. But Berlin was not destroyed and the RAF lost more than six hundred aircraft and their crews. The controversy over whether the Battle of Berlin was a success or failure has continued ever since. Martin Middlebrook brings to this subject considerable experience as a military historian. In preparing his material he collected documents from both sides (many of the German ones never before used); he has also interviewed and corresponded with over four hundred of the people involved in the battle and has made trips to Germany to interview the people of Berlin and Luftwaffe aircrews. He has achieved the difficult task of bringing together both sides of the Battle of Berlin—the bombing force and the people on the ground—to tell a coherent, single story. “His straightforward narrative covers the 19 major raids, with a detailed description of three in particular, and includes recollections by British and German airmen as well as German civilians who weathered the storm.” —Publishers Weekly