The Soul Retrieval: A Novel by Ann W. Jarvie (Author)

Inspired by a true story, The Soul Retrieval is a suspenseful tale of love, loss and healing which follows traumatized southern beauty Henrietta Clayborn as she moves between her home in a small South Carolina town and the New Mexico Native American reservation whose spontaneous healings keep drawing her physician husband back. Tortured by her awful secrets, Henrietta struggles to thrive in either locale, but it is her unlikely friendship with Joe Loco–an eccentric Native American mystic with an Elvis fetish and a gift for healing–that shows her the way to be whole again.

Set in the late 1950s, The Soul Retrieval is richly woven with spiritual insights but also deadly secrets, forbidden healings, a murder mystery, stunning scenery and an unforgettable cast of characters.

A story of transcendent and inspiring power that is both entertaining and enlightening, readers will be cheering for the uptight woman from South Carolina to push through her fears of the forbidden as she searches for truth and healing, faces great obstacles on the frontier of self and ultimately becomes more than she ever thought possible.

Ann W. Jarvie has a B.A. in journalism and more than twenty-five years’ experience as an award-winning writer in advertising and public relations agencies, both in South Carolina and Chicago. She now lives near Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends part of her time as a freelance copywriter and the rest writing fiction.

The Soul Retrieval was inspired by Jarvie’s maternal grandmother’s fascinating life on Native American reservations, where she lived with her physician husband until his mysterious and untimely death.


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Published on Mar 29, 2015

Plot Summary
Inspired by a true story, The Soul Retrieval is a suspenseful tale of love, loss and healing which follows traumatized southern beauty Henrietta Clayborn as she moves between her home in a small South Carolina town and the New Mexico Native American reservation whose spontaneous healings keep drawing her physician husband back. Tortured by her awful secrets, Henrietta struggles to thrive in either locale, but it is her unlikely friendship with Joe Loco––an eccentric Native American mystic with an Elvis fetish and a gift for healing––that shows her the way to be whole again.

Set in the late 1950s, The Soul Retrieval is richly woven with spiritual insights but also deadly secrets, forbidden healings, a murder mystery, stunning scenery and an unforgettable cast of characters.

A story of transcendent and inspiring power that is both entertaining and enlightening, readers will be cheering for the uptight woman from South Carolina to push through her fears of the forbidden as she searches for truth and healing, faces great obstacles on the frontier of self and ultimately becomes more than she ever thought possible.


The Love Letters: Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi Meet Pope Francis by Bruce Davis (Author) [Updated July 8, 2014]

Who is Pope Francis and where is he leading the Church? To understand the impact of Pope Francis and his inspiration to the Catholic Church, indeed people of all religions, we turn to the two saints who are his inspiration, Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi and the great love of their spirituality.

Eight hundred years ago when the Church had fallen into scandal and hard times, Saint Francis and Saint Clare lifted the Church to new life, new beginnings. Today the Church suffers the same crises. Today Pope Francis is looking at the heart full spirituality of Saint Francis and Saint Clare to lift the Church with less pomp and ceremony and more embracing the poor and unwanted. The Love Letters is the love story of Francis and Clare and the challenge for Pope Francis and the world to discover the same love in our hearts, our neighbor, nature, and all creation. The Love Letters is historical fiction. What if Saint Francis and Saint Clare were to meet Pope Francis? What would be their thoughts, dreams and hopes for a new Church?

The Love Letters is the mystical love discovered by two of the world’s greatest mystics long ago asking who is the new Pope Francis? Can he rebuild the Church into a living Church, a church less concerned with rules and order and more about forgiveness and compassion? In the silence of our hearts, in giving to those in need, Saint Francis, Saint Clare, and Pope Francis offer a new vision for us all to become instruments of true peace and joy.

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. has pursued the footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare for many years. For twelve years he and his wife, Ruth, lived in Assisi, Italy the historic home of these remarkable saints. There they began the Assisi Retreat Center which was awarded one of the top ten meditation centers in the world by Travel Leisure Magazine and CNN. Recently, Bruce and Ruth opened Silent Stay, a new retreat center near Napa, California. Bruce is the author of several books including Monastery Without Walls, The Magical Child Within You, and Simple Peace-The Spiritual Life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Bruce Davis,Ph.D. is the author of newly released: The Love Letters, Saint Francis and St. Clare of Assisi Meet Pope Francis. After formerly living in Assisi, Italy for twelve years, Bruce is presently offering meditation retreats, “Silent Stay” near Napa, California. Bruce’s retreats have been listed as one of the top ten meditation retreats in the world by Travel/Leisure Magazine and more recently CNN. Bruce is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post with articles on the gifts of silence, meditation, Saint Francis, and Pope Francis. He welcomes and enjoys people to be in touch…

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Dr Bruce Davis, PhD (part 1 of 4, made with Spreaker)

Published on May 13, 2014


Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi Meet Pope Francis – Bruce Davis, Ph.D. was trained as a psychologist but discovered early that true happiness is not possible without a meaningful spiritual life. Through the years he traveled and lived in many cultures in different parts of the world. But it was in Assisi, Italy, the historic home of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, that he found a peace and inner path which seemed universal in its language and presence.

In Assisi, pilgrims from every part of the world, of all religions find a spirituality that speaks of simple peace. After years of bringing groups to Assisi, Bruce and his wife, Ruth, decided to live in Assisi. In the spirit of Saint Francis, they created The Assisi Retreat Center with altars to all the world’s major religions. Their center was given an official blessing by Pope John Paul. The Assisi Retreat Center was listed as one of the top ten meditation retreats in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

More recently CNN listed the center again as one of the top ten meditation centers in the world. After many years of leading retreats, Bruce found the main ingredients for personal transformation included spending time in silence, nature, and heartfulness meditation. The peace and quiet of silence helps people to discover an inner presence in the heart that is lost by many in our busy world. Ruth has created a movement practice called Sacred Movement Ritual which is prayer through movement. Since creating the Assisi Retreat Center, Bruce and Ruth have started Silent Stay, a retreat center near Napa, California.

Bruce is the author of several books including: The Magical Child Within You, The Heart of Healing, Monastery Without Walls, My Little Flowers, The Calling of Joy, and Simple Peace-The Spiritual Life of St. Francis of Assisi. Bruce is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. The Love Letters hopes to support the remarkable events happening with new Pope Francis, the Church, indeed the world, so many can come to know this love including its humility, service, and grace. For more information about Bruce’s and Ruth’s current activities visit their website at:

One Great Year by Tamara Veitch, Rene DeFazio

An epic, thought-provoking tale of reincarnation, love, and the struggle of good against evil

As the world descends from a Golden Age into darkness and brutality, Marcus has been reincarnated an exhausting number of times. Selected to become an Emissary, it is his duty to protect the ancient secrets. His adventure is heightened because he secretly consumes a serum that allows him to have memory from one lifetime to the next. In doing so, he sets himself up for thousands of years of torment, loneliness, and searching.

Desperate to never forget his soulmate, Theron, and never sure if he was truly meant to be an Emissary, Marcus struggles through lifetimes to overcome his cruel and powerful nemesis, Helghul.

Fusing the adventure of Indiana Jones with the introspection and wisdom of Eckhart Tolle, One Great Year takes readers on an epic journey through history, following characters who are born and reborn as they struggle to triumph over evil.

What happens when two passionate writer-artists fall in love and decide to make an uncommon life together? The award-winning novel One Great Year and its forthcoming sequels are just a few of the awesome possibilities!

Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Rene DeFazio is an actor, screenwriter and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit, as well as countless commercials and print ads. After spending many years backpacking and filming, Rene drew upon an abundance of unusual and exciting experiences to create One Great Year. His tireless research and firsthand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights and smells helped to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, artist and mother. She also grew up in the Vancouver area, and attended Simon Fraser University to study English and psychology. Tamara worked as a special education assistant for the Vancouver School Board, and later opened her own mural painting business.

One Great Year took three painstaking years to complete. Within months of its independent release, One Great Year was optioned to become a Hollywood blockbuster film trilogy. Rene and Tamara have also partnered with Greenleaf Book Group for their literary debut and U.S. release, in October 2013.

The authors are currently writing the second and third books in the One Great Year series, filming a documentary, embarking on a book tour, and offering free seminars called POD Parties (Plain ol’ Discussion about monumental topics), where they discuss the ancient history, modern science, and inspirations layered throughout One Great Year.

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One Great Year – Trailer

Published on Jan 7, 2013

“One Great Year is Indiana Jones meets Eckhart Tolle!”
How does the warrior find the heart within him? Marcus is flush with anticipation, as he awaits the coming confrontation. His pulse beats a primal warning. Yet, even in this moment, the pain of being separated from his most beloved, burdens him. Through all the Ages, he searches for her, and his torment is relentless. A battle cry shatters the stillness, and evil feeds on the mounting fear. For Marcus’ Adversary, Helghul, the anticipation of the impending battle is empowering. The beast within the heart of him, feels what it truly means to be man. A lust for war and power rages within Helghul’s blood, consuming him. The hearts of the enemies thunder in unison, connecting them. They are the same. Death whispers in their ears, though they fear it not. Marcus and Helghul both seek the Emissary Theron, but for very different reasons. Who will find her? Their destinies are tied together as they wind their way through history. One Great Year is an epic story of power, lust and love. Does every choice matter? Is fate predetermined? Read it and find out!
One great love, one great adventure…One Great Year!

Sacred Geometry, Ancient Culture and The Golden Age. – Behind the Words of ONE GREAT YEAR


Gritty adventure and ancient wisdom collide in this thirteen thousand year saga of love and hate. As the world descends from a Golden Age into darkness and suffering, Marcus has been reincarnated an exhausting number of times. Selected to become an Emissary, it is his duty to protect the world’s most sacred, long-standing secrets.

When Marcus surreptitiously consumes a serum that allows him to retain his memory from one lifetime to the next, he inadvertently condemns himself to thousands of years of torment, loneliness and searching. Desperate to always remember his soul mate, Theron, and unsure as to whether or not he was ever truly meant to be an Emissary, Marcus’s struggles span lifetimes through ancient Bolivia, Greece, the Mongol Empire and Shambhala, ever remaining vigilantly alert to the danger of his cruel and powerful nemesis, Helghul.


The Secrets of Wilder – A Story of Inner Silence, Ecstasy and Enlightenment ~ Yogani

What happens when a young Florida champion athlete and his high school sweetheart resolve to do whatever it takes to unravel the mysteries of human spiritual transformation? John Wilder and Devi Duran go on a revolutionary journey of change through heart, mind, body, breath and sexuality. Join them as they uncover The Secrets of Wilder – sacred techniques for cultivating deep Inner Silence, Ecstasy and Enlightenment. Their discoveries are destined to change the world, but at what cost?

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Overview of AYP (1 of 4), Interview with Yogani

January 4, 2009 interview on KKCR Radio, Hawaii, with Dr. Ann West – “Truth From the Source.” Easily accessible practices that everyone can use to cultivate peace, creativity and happiness in everyday life. Overview of free lessons, support community, and results.

Overview of AYP (2 of 4), Interview with Yogani

Overview of AYP (3 of 4), Interview with Yogani

Overview of AYP (4 of 4), Interview with Yogani

The Empty City by Berit Ellingsen

The Empty City is a story about awakening to universal truths and one’s true self. It is told in short episodes that describe a place, a dream, a question, a memory, a fantasy or an event. Urban explorer and lucid dreamer Brandon Minamoto discovers that outside his thoughts and emotions exists a world that is silent and open, surrounding him and everyone else. The silence starts picking him apart and makes him question his sense of self and his past. But behind all the noise and the stories, there is something constant and unchanging.

Berit Ellingsen is a Korean-Norwegian writer whose stories have appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Bluestem, Metazen, decomP, elimae, Unstuck, and others, and been translated into French and Portuguese. Berit was a semi-finalist in the Rose Metal Press Chapbook Competition in 2011 and her chapbook What Girls Really Think was published by Turtleneck Press in February 2012. Berit’s novel, The Empty City, is a story about silence (

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BERIT ELLINGSEN: Interview with Non duality magazine

In Your Body is the Garden of Flowers – A Tapestry of Tales by Kingsley L. Dennis

‘In Your Body is the Garden of Flowers – A Tapestry of Tales’ is a dreamlike voyage that takes the reader through a multilevel scape of stories that weave together. It is a hazy work of fiction that masks many lucid truths. Nothing seems quite real in these tales, as the reader is taken almost imperceptibly through the door of each one. There are two principle narrative threads running simultaneously; each distinct yet somehow interlinked. As if a metaphor for our current sense of reality, the tales make us question the very validity of our waking hours. Beguiling and enchanting.

About this author
I worked in the Sociology Dept. at Lancaster University, UK, and was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster Uni. I am now collaborating with the new paradigm Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University. I am the co-founder of WorldShift International.

Kingsley L. Dennis
This short & poetic book of interweaving tales is one that I have self-published online. Originally I wrote it without the intention of publishing it – letting it lie as a pdf download. I then decided to offer it as a Kindle e-book for those wishing to read it on a device preferable to a pdf! Finally, I have decided to make it available as a print-on-demand paperback – at a very reasonable price: the price of the printing!

It consists of stories within stories – many of them reminiscent of old dervish tales. I have also written two parallel ‘narrative’ threads that weave together….and somehow I have attempted to bring the reader back to the beginning, at the end – and to know the place for the first time (as TS Eliot would say!)….. enjoy the ride….. 🙂

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none of this is real (Mark Riva mix)

A short spoken word extract (by the author Kingsley L. Dennis) from his self-published book ‘In Your Body Is The Garden Of Flowers’ – remixed with music by Mark Riva

none of this is real..

A short spoken word extract (by the author Kingsley L. Dennis) from his self-published book ‘In Your Body Is The Garden Of Flowers’

The 33rd Sage and the Initiate by Geof Spalding

“It was 3 days before the Solstice and the sage must prepare him;” was the beginning of the stunning first spiritual novel by Geof Spalding. In The 33rd Sage and the Initiate, Geof Spalding once again weaves into this story profound elements of spiritual teaching. This modern day fable allows the reader to access worlds and dimensions which have been previously hidden from view, except to those who have been initiated into the mysteries.

Conway’s journey begins when he meets an old hermit who allows him access to the teachings of an ancient brotherhood who guide the evolution of the planet. The brotherhood sends Conway off on a quest to discover the true story of Jesus and the Holy Graal. On the quest Conway meets many strange characters who help him on his journey; including an old hermit, a Chinese Sage, a Buddhist Monk, the keeper of the Garden Tomb, his wife from a life long forgotten and a being from another dimension. The quest allows Conway a window into his own soul and the discovery of who he had been in a previous life and the reason he incarnated into the planet at this time and place.

“The 33rd Sage and The Initiate,” takes the reader on the ultimate journey of self-discovery; the journey to find their own inner truth. The key to finding other worlds is to first find them within yourself.

This transformational novel is a must read for anybody who has ever asked the big question why am I here and where am I going? Readers will make the journey with Conway as he walks the path of the initiate and is transformed into a person who has a deep understanding of his place in the universe. In a similar vogue to the Celestine Prophecy and the Alchemist this is a story that changes lives.

Come with Conway as his quest takes him from the beaches of Bali, to Portugal and the apparition, to Glastonbury and the Graal, to the Himalayas where he finds love and the ancient manuscripts, to Jerusalem and the tomb of Jesus, to another dimension and to Macchu Picchu where he meets the ancient brotherhood and finally understands the reason for his quest.

The earth and mankind are currently going through great change. The old mystics called it the quickening. It is now more important than ever to take the journey within because during times of transformational change, your infinite spirit will be your best guide on this magical journey.
Geof Spalding is a homoeopath, teacher and writer who has traveled the world in search of spiritual teachers and teachings. The teachings have led him on many adventures through many lands where he has met and studied with many wise men and women. Through dedication, persistence and especially patience he was able to gain a deeper understanding of his place in the world.

Over the millennia teachers have passed on their wisdom and insights to their students who have in turn upheld these traditions and then passed on them in their own way to their students.

During the last twenty eight years Geof Spalding has been fortunate enough to study with many teachers. The teachings have led him on many adventures through many lands where he has met and studied with many wise men and women. Through dedication, persistence and especially patience he was able to gain a deeper understanding of his place in the world.

After 28 years he has decided to share this knowledge in his own unique way through a trilogy of spiritual novels which take the reader on the ultimate journey; the journey for inner truth. These books are not written as a guide but as one man’s journey and to honor the teachings and the teachers that came before him. His first novel, ‘The 33rd Sage,’ is a modern day fable which has the potential to change lives.

Spiritual growth is an individual accomplishment. Others may point the way but it is up to the individual to do the growing.

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One minute, Conway is suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and loses everything in life; the next, he is an apprentice to an old Chinese sage who teaches him that just as there are seasons within nature, there are seasons within man and mankind. During his training, Conway is sent off on a quest that has the power to change the world, while at the same time leading him on the ultimate journey: the journey for inner truth.

The Master of Evolution: An Illustrated Voyage of Truth and Light ~ Gregory Hatton

Set in the mid-21st century, this story is about an American astronaut, named John Cavendish, who is sent to the south pole of the moon on a special mission to explore an unusual geophysical location called ‘the peak of eternal light.’ This location is of great interest since satellites discovered that it is emanating unusual electro-gravitational energy. He travels to the peak and has a vision that he has been chosen by God to be a new prophet to reveal a new message from God.

He is introduced to Saints: Einstein, Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, Kepler, and Darwin and to the Prophet Moses. They are transported through space-time, going back initially 3.8 billion years to the primordial Earth and witness the creation of the first DNA molecule from the light of the Sun striking a pool of hot chemical vapors. They then stop many times throughout history where they learn about the holy design of the Earth and solar system, life design process, evolutionary purpose and process, the significance of Christ, and plan of life and mankind’s place in it. In the end he meets with God and receives 8 new commandments, returns to Earth, illuminated, and leads a global spiritual-scientific revolution.

This is a great new sacred book, a spiritual science fiction book that is full of newly discovered, spiritual truth that provides the answers to the great mystery of life. Just a few of the many revelations given by the book are:

*That the Earth and our solar system are divinely designed as the
womb of life for the universe
*How DNA was created from the light of the Sun and how life is
evolving with a grand purpose
*How Einstein’s relativity laws are clearly displayed and discussed
by Jesus Christ’
*What the greater significance of Christ, The Lord and Master of
Evolution is;
*What the brilliant purpose and future of humankind is.

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Gregory Hatton, an aerospace engineer, futurist and Christian mystic has rocketed onto the religious science book scene out of nowhere with this incredible, color illustrated book. Hatton, a gifted spiritual-science researcher from Vancouver, British Columbia, has quietly been studying and meditating upon the spiritual sciences for decades as well as conducting field observations at many of the greatest natural and holy sites worldwide. This is his first book containing some of the insightful results of his research and inspiration.

Some of the studies that Hatton completed for this book included: a detailed geometric and acoustic spiritual assessment of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, as well as retracing the steps of Jesus Christ throughout the Sea of Galilee area and in and around Bethlehem and Jerusalem in Israel. Further field studies included visits to dinosaur bone fields and to the Burgess Shale and many others.

Hatton lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife.

The Legend of Kuan Yin ~ Humanity Healing Network

Many stories and myths have been passed down through time about this compassionate Bodhisattva. In Japan, this celestial being is known as Kannon, in China her name is Kuan Yin, or Guanyin, and has the status of the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion and the feminine Savior of the East.

Quan Yin is a shortened form of a name that means One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World.  In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or “Born of the Lotus”.

In the last incarnation of the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin, she was named Miao Shan. She was the third daughter of a royal king, the sovereign of the Chou Dynasty. The legend tells that when she was born, the earth trembled, flower petals invaded the bedroom and a sweet fragrance spread throughout the kingdom.  This was interpreted as a sign that someone of a high spiritual and heavenly nature had been born.

The young Miao Shan was sweet with a very kind heart and did not want to marry. She intended instead to enter the monastery and devote her life to the work of God. Unfortunately, the King and Queen became greedy and when she grew up, tried to get her to marry a very rich suitor. The King insisted so much that she agreed to marry, as long as the King answered her three questions.

“Could he, alleviate suffering among aging?”

 The king said no.

“Could he, relieve the suffering of those who fall ill?”

 The king said no.

“Could he, alleviate suffering caused by death?”

And once again the king said no.

The king, finding absurd the questions his daughter had asked him, inquired if she knew someone who was capable of such feats. She answered positively and pointed out a doctor who was a gifted healer, but humble with his gifts, and proceed to say that he could relieve the suffering of his people, and him, she would definitely marry.

The king was furious with the statement of his daughter and, to teach her a lesson, sent her to the monastery as she initially wished, but ordered the monks to instruct her to perform very hard work.  Nobody was allowed to help her or to encourage her. Afraid of the king, the monks sent her to fetch water, chop wood and other vile heavy work. They had her built a garden in the courtyard of the monastery where the ground was stony dirt, and at the same time to take care of the kitchen. Miao Shan worked hard day in and day out without complaining.  With her gentle spirit, she eventually attracted the animals, which helped her with her tasks. Soon, Miao Shan had created a beautiful garden that began to attract the attention of travelers and passersby, and it flourished even in winter.

Soon the fame of the princess who lived in the monastery reached the ears of the king. Thinking that the monks were helping Miao Shan, he ordered fire to set to the monastery.

When Miao Shan saw the fire spreading, she took one of her hair clips and pierced her tongue. It shed a lot of blood with which she obliterated all the fire of the monastery.

The King, upon learning what had happened, became terrified and ordered the killing of Miao Shan. When the executioner came, she smiled at him, and said beforehand that she would forgive him for what he would do. More than that, Miao Shan vowed to take all his karma for the life of a hangman that he had acquired, so that when he died, he could go directly to Tian[1].

Still, at the moment the executioner brought the ax down on Miao Shan, it broke itself into hundreds of pieces. The same happened with the sword and the sickle. Even the arrows diverted their course; and no matter the distance, they did not touch her body. Desperate, the executioner was forced to take the life of Miao Shan with own hands. And yet, she forgave him.

It just happened that, with all the karma that she took from the executioner, she ended up going down to the last plane of Diyu[2]. As the story goes, on her arrival in Hell, the flames were quenched and flowers burst into bloom. She then began to take the karma of all murderers who were there, freeing of all the negative energy, so they could leave that plane and return to the cycle of reincarnation. Yanluo, the presiding officer, looked on in dismay at what seemed to be the summary abolition of his post, and visibly afraid to see his kingdom destroyed and fearing that she would free all the Diyu, he sent her back to the plane of the living.

Back on the earth, she began traveled as a hermit, finally stopping at a little cave on Mount Fragrance, where she dedicated herself to meditation and helping those in need.

[1] Tian is the Chinese heaven, equivalent to paradise.

[2] Similar to the Dantean inferno of the Divine Comedy, the Chinese hell is divided into 10 levels, where the latter is reserved only for the worst murderers.

God: A Story of Revelation ~ Deepak Chopra

In Deepak Chopra’s powerful, groundbreaking, and imaginative new work, a unique blend of storytelling and teaching, the New York Times bestselling author explores the evolution of God. By capturing the lives of ten historical prophets, saints, mystics, and martyrs who are touched by a divine power, Chopra reveals a riveting portrait of a constantly changing God. Our belief—and therefore God itself—transforms with each passing century. In this new novel, Chopra brings to life the defining moments of our most influential sages, ultimately revealing universal lessons about the true nature of God.

Job in the Old Testament experienced something completely different from Paul in the New Testament, Socrates chased a mercurial spirit almost unrecognizable to the strange voice that called to Rumi, and Shankara moved from town to town sharing the truth about a God that stood in marked contrast to the one that guided Anne Hutchinson—yet one sees an undeniable pattern. These visionaries took the human race down unknown roads, and Chopra invites us to revisit their destinations. Tearing at our hearts and uplifting our souls, God leads us to a profound and life-altering understanding about the nature of belief, the power of faith, and the spirit that resides within us all.

Here are the ten faces of God for Chopra:

1. Job: “I am the Lord Thy God”
2. Socrates: “Know Thyself”
3. St. Paul: “I Am the Light of the World”
4. Shankara: “Life is a Dream”
5. Rumi: “Come with Me, My Beloved”
6. Julian of Norwich: “All Shall Be Well”
7. Giordano Bruno: “Everything Is Light”
8. Anne Hutchinson: “Spirit Is Perfect in Every Believer”
9. Baal Shem Tov: “To Love is to Serve God”
10. Rabindranath Tagore: “I Am the Endless Mystery”

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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

From the author who’s inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper–a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

The man who became Father Time.

In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Told in Albom’s signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, as were For One More Day, his second novel, and Have a Little Faith, his most recent work of nonfiction. All four books were made into acclaimed TV films. Albom also works as a columnist and a broadcaster and has founded seven charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage/mission. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

Writing The Time Keeper

Deep into the writing of The Time Keeper, Mitch posted a weekly podcast for three Wednesdays in January. Inside his office–the cave–he brings us into the writing process and shares some early details from his new book.
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Author of Have A Little Faith: A True Story, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day, writer and broadcaster Mitch Albom has become an inspiration to millions around the world.

Tuesdays with Morrie became an international phenomenon with over 14 million copies sold and is now the bestselling memoir of all time. The Emmy Award-winning TV movie featured Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria, and was produced by Oprah Winfrey

Albom’s follow-up, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly five million copies in its first year. In 2004 he wrote the screenplay for the ABC TV movie starring Jon Voight and Ellen Burstyn.

His #1 New York Times bestseller, For One More Day, explores the themes of family, divorce, and lost loved ones. The TV film aired in 2007.

His latest #1 New York Times bestseller, Have A Little Faith, begins with an unusual request when his rabbi asks him to deliver his eulogy. An 8-year journey, Albom’s story is about how community and faith pull people together, and the potential in all of us for a giving, meaningful life.

A columnist for the Detroit Free Press, Albom also hosts two radio shows on WJR-AM. He has appeared on many TV programs including Oprah, The Today Show, Larry King Live and Charlie Rose, and his articles have been featured in The New York Times, GQ and Sports Illustrated.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world

The Age Of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker is a graduate of UCLA and the Columbia MFA program.

A former book editor, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband.


A Conversation with Karen Thompson Walker and her editor, Kate Medina

KATE MEDINA: The “slowing” you envision threatens the entire world. What made you decide to focus on Julia? What is it about Julia, do you think, that makes her such wonderful narrator, such a keen observer of the world around her?

KAREN THOMPSON WALKER: Julia is naturally quiet. She listens more than she speaks. She watches more than she acts. These qualities make her a natural narrator. She reports whatever she remembers noticing—about the slowing, about her parents, about other people—and she notices quite a lot.

I think the fact that Julia is an only child is also part of why she’s so observant. I’m an only child myself, so I know the territory well. Julia spends more time alone than her friends who have siblings do. As a result, she places a very high value on her friendships. She is devastated when they begin to change, to disintegrate, and then elated when she starts to form a bond with Seth Moreno, who is as quiet as she is. Julia is also unusually attuned to the subtle tensions in her parents’ marriage, which increase as the slowing unfolds.

KM: The details of how such a “slowing” would affect us, and our environment—changes in gravity and tides, increased insomnia and impulsiveness—are quite realistically rendered. How did you do your research to get these details right?

KTW: I did do some research at the outset, but I came across many of my favorite details accidentally, just through the daily reading of newspapers. Whenever I read a story that contained a potentially relevant detail, I would knit it into the fabric of the book. This included studies on sleep disorders, stories about new technologies for growing plants in greenhouses, and even articles about the various ways people and governments reacted to the financial crisis.

The most intense research I did was on the physics. No one knows exactly what would happen if the rotation of the earth slowed the way it does in my book, so I had some freedom, but some consequences are more likely than others. After I had finished the book, I had an astrophysicist read it for scientific accuracy, which was an extremely nerve wracking experience. I was relieved by how many of my details he found plausible, but made some adjustments based on what he said.

In general, I wanted my book to seem as real as possible. I recently read a Guardian interview with the Portuguese writer José Saramago, who said that his books were about “the possibility of the impossible.” He explained that even if the premise of a book seems “impossible”, it was important to him that the development of that premise be logical and rational. That’s exactly the way I wanted The Age of Miracles to function.

KM: You call middle school “the age of miracles.” What do you think is special about this time of life?

KTW: I knew from the very beginning that Julia would be of middle school age. For some reason, her voice—that of a woman looking back on a specific moment in her adolescence—came into my head as soon as I had the idea of the slowing. It was the only way I could imagine writing the book.

I also think that looking back at our adolescence is something we all do—it’s one of the most extraordinary periods of human life. Middle school is an era when just the simple passage of time results in dramatic consequences, when we grow and change at seemingly impossible speeds. It seemed natural to tell the story of the slowing, which is partly about time, in the context of this distinct perspective. It’s also a way of concentrating on the fine grain details of everyday life, which was very important to me. I was interested in exploring the ways in which life carries on, even in the face of profound uncertainty.

KM: Some early readers have likened the slowing to the threat of climate change. Were you thinking about climate change during the writing of the book? If not, were you surprised by this reaction? What do you think the connection is, if any, between the two?

KTW: I didn’t specifically intend for the book to remind readers of climate change, but I’m not surprised that it does. One of the big challenges of writing this book was to figure out how people would react to a catastrophe like the slowing, which is almost too large to comprehend and which unfolds at a relatively slow rate. I was always trying to learn from parallel situations in our real world, and climate change was definitely one of those.

As I wrote this book, I also began to realize that one of the hidden pleasures of these kinds of stories is the way they can remind us of the preciousness and fragility of ordinary life on planet earth. In my book, the natural world is the thing that’s most immediately under threat, so I can see why readers would be reminded of the forces that threaten our world, today.

KM: There are so many different ways people respond to the threat of disaster in this book—denial, fatalism, conspiracy theories, etc. The “real timers”—the people who continue to live by the rising and setting of the sun —are one of the most fascinating aspects of the book. How did you conceive of them?

KTW: Every community has its dissidents. Even though the specific conflict between real time and clock time is invented, it felt like a classic divide between the natural and the man-made, and also between the herd and the individual. I liked the idea that real time would attract people from the extremes of both the left and the right, from liberal environmentalists to conservative religious groups. And it was fun to explore my characters in relation to these two different versions of time.

KM: Like Julia, you grew up in southern California. How do you think growing up in a place where natural disasters are always looming affected the concept, or the writing of The Age of Miracles?

KTW: I grew up in San Diego on a cul de sac of tract houses much like the one where The Age of Miracles takes place. In most ways, California was a very pleasant place to grow up. But it could also be a little scary. I remember the way the sky would sometimes fill with smoke during fire season, the way the smoke hung in the air for days at a time, burning our throats and turning everything slightly orange. I remember the way the windows rattled at the start of every earthquake, and the way the chandelier above our dinner table would swing back and forth until the shaking stopped. I sometimes couldn’t sleep at night, worried that an earthquake or a fire would strike at night. But when I think of those years now, I realize that my novel grew partly out of my lifelong habit of imagining disaster.

If I’ve given the impression that I was constantly afraid as a child, that’s not right. In fact, one of the things I remember most vividly about living in California is the way we mostly ignored the possibility of danger. We always knew that the “big one”– the giant earthquake that scientists believe will one day hit the region–could strike at any time, but mostly, we lived as if it never would. Life often felt idyllic: we played soccer, we went swimming, we went walking on the beach. A little bit of denial is part of what it means to live in California. Then again, maybe that’s also just part of being alive. I really wanted to capture that feeling in The Age of Miracles.

KM: You wrote this book while working as an editor. Was there ever a conflict between what the writer in you and what the editor in you wanted to do with the story? Do you think your experience as an editor affected the way you write?

KTW: Working as an editor definitely made me a better writer. Over the years, the two processes, writing and editing, came to feel very closely connected. Editing is a big part of my writing process. I’m not someone who pours out five pages in a sitting. Instead, I edit every sentence as I go, rearranging the words again and again, like an editor. Being an editor is like being a professional reader, and I really feel that the better I became at reading, the better I became at writing. Editing professionally meant that I was striving to answer the same questions at my day job that I was as a writer: what makes a sentence work? What makes a story work? Who is this character? Whenever I revised a chapter of The Age of Miracles, I tried to pretend I was editing one of my authors’ books. Working as an editor also taught me never to take the reader’s attention for granted. As an editor, I was often swamped with manuscripts. The ones that really stood out were the ones that kept me turning pages, the ones I literally could not stop reading.

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