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A manual that delivers a good deal of old-fashioned common sense braided into a spiritual framework built to comfort readers.

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A debut guide focuses on dealing with life’s biggest challenges.

In her well-designed and visually appealing book, Warren offers her readers a plan for encountering and surmounting the worst challenges of disappointment, loss, and suffering that life can throw in their paths. In clear, accessible prose, she lays out her “Navigating Change” program, a proposal she claims has already helped over a thousand people in workshops to cope with major events in their lives. This program is broken down into four phases. Phase 1, “Conscious Endings,” looks backward, advising readers to recall the important changes in their pasts and to look at the key people involved with forgiveness and understanding. Phase 2, “The Mystery,” centers on the idea of pausing in the now, taking stock, and spending time on reflection and inner analysis. Phase 3, “The Phoenix Rises,” as its name implies, is about embracing the personal spiritual rebirth that with luck has been made possible by the first two phases. And in Phase 4, “Visionary Beginnings,” “magical synchronicities, new possibilities, and surprising connections start appearing.” Warren doesn’t underestimate the obstacles that will face her “Navigating Change” adherents, but she promises that along the way they’ll encounter “helping friends, messages in bottles, keys hidden in the dark caves, and lanterns shining in the dark nights.” That combination of whimsy and optimism runs throughout the book, remaining its strongest feature. Warren liberally intersperses her more theoretical observations with personal anecdotes and the vivid life stories of some of the people who’ve benefitted from her program. She also gives her spiritual conception the widest possible ecumenical reach, studding her volume with quotes from all the major religions, Eastern mystics, great literature, and, just to be on the safe side, Oprah Winfrey. “Detachment brings objectivity about another’s predicament,” she writes, always urging her readers to strive for a clear inner vision—or, in simpler terms, to calm down. “Objectivity brings clarity and liberation.”

A manual that delivers a good deal of old-fashioned common sense braided into a spiritual framework built to comfort readers.

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9991395-0-9

Page Count: 209

Publisher: Flame Lantern Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2017

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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