Search Results: "Michael Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 1992

An impressively researched, authoritative, and absolutely mind-boggling survey of ``the transformative capacities of human nature.'' As to be expected from a co-founder of California's Esalen Institute, the emphasis here is very much on mind-body phenomena, with the focus on individuals who apparently have extended the usual reach of human possibility—saints, mystics, psychics, artists, geniuses, etc. Drawing on an astonishing array of eyewitness accounts, scientific studies, biographies, letters, monographs, etc., Murphy rigorously organizes his vast material into three categories: ``Possibilities for Extraordinary Life''; ``Transformative Practices''; and ``Evidence for Human Transformative Capacity.'' In the last category, for example, he discusses and documents placebo effects, spiritual healing, hypnosis, ``somatic'' disciplines such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, yogic powers, the charismas of saints, etc. All this fascinating if sometimes sensational information does serve a purpose, of course—to illuminate the author's ``central observations and proposals,'' e.g., that ``the evidence for extraordinary human attributes strongly supports some sort of penentheism....the doctrine that Divinity is both immanent and transcendent to the universe.'' Whatever one thinks of Murphy's conclusions, even a casual dipping into his text, which will no doubt become a primary source for future mind-body investigation, will reveal a world of inspiring wonders. Read full book review >

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THE KINGDOM OF SHIVAS IRONS by Michael Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 1997

"These are the occult dimensions of golf, straight from the Easter bunny. ($200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Ghosts on the golf course! Read full book review >

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Living in Color by Michael Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2015

"A moving account that should help families affected by cancer cope with despair."
A grief-stricken husband attempts to come to terms with the death of his wife in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

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MELTDOWN! by Jill Murphy
by Jill Murphy, illustrated by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A slice-of-life toddler story that squarely maintains focus on the toddler. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A parent-child power struggle at the grocery story provokes the titular meltdown. Read full book review >

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READY FOR SCHOOL, MURPHY? by Brendán Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers' empathy for Murphy will be very strong even before the final page turn. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Worries over a doctor visit just may trump worries over going to school for one bigheaded, big-eyed, spiky-haired tyke. Read full book review >

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SAY HELLO LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A hoot (pun intended). (Picture book. 1-4)"
Toddlers and their adults nationwide will welcome with open arms this clever coupling of animal sounds and lift-the-flap elements. Read full book review >

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ALL FOR ONE by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Astutely conveying a vital life lesson with aplomb while avoiding any treacly sentimentalism, this is definitely to be shared with any child navigating the rocky waters of peer relations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Murphy's lovable little monster, Marlon (The Last Noo-Noo, 1995) returns in a heartfelt and ultimately triumphant tale about being excluded. Read full book review >

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A DICTIONARY OF DANCE by Liz Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Though this is a beginning taste of a complex subject, it will serve well as a first look at dance for preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This introductory exploration of the world of dance offers one term, step or type of dance for each letter of the alphabet, from an arabesque to zones of the body. Read full book review >

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PANDA FOO AND THE NEW FRIEND by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The friends' matter-of-fact exchange and ultimate acceptance of their newest member makes this an excellent tale to share with young readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murphy explores the delicate art of making new friends in this gentle preschool tale. Read full book review >

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I KISSED THE BABY! by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"A knock-out in design and concept. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The excitement of a new arrival is proclaimed loudly and by all: "I saw the baby! Read full book review >