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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Marc’s Picks: Shakti Gawain’s THE RELATIONSHIP HANDBOOK
 
It has taken many years, but Shakti Gawain has done it again: written something so simply and clearly that it can have a wonderful impact on our lives. Her first book, Creative Visualization, launched our company into the ranks of serious publishers. It has become a classic, selling year after year since its publication in 1978. We’ve sold over three million copies in the U.S. alone; total worldwide sales have surpassed six million copies.

I’ve met literally hundreds of people who have said that Creative Visualization changed their lives — and many of them have said it was the first book of its kind that they read. At first it sold just through word of mouth — we had no sales department of any kind when we originally published the book. I don’t think we sent out one review copy, or tried to get any endorsements from other authors in the field, or did anything else a publisher is supposed to do to promote a book.

We just shipped the book to our distributors — first Bookpeople and then Publishers Group West, both in Berkeley, California — and then watched the book sell to what became a large, appreciative audience.

Shakti has focused most of her work — most of her life — on the area of relationships, specifically on discovering how our relationships can become a path to consciousness, healing, and growth. And she has finally written a book that sums up what she’s been living and teaching for decades.

Reading The Relationship Handbook is just like taking a workshop or seminar with Shakti and Gina Vucci, her collaborator and coauthor, as our guides. We see immediately that this book, this approach to our relationships in our lives, is unique and powerful. It is unique because all the processes it describes take place within us. There isn’t a chapter on communication with others, and it isn’t necessary for anyone other than ourselves to change before we can create lasting relationships that work beautifully for us.

That’s why this book is so powerful: We’re not dependent on anyone else before we can find fulfillment and wonder and love in our lives. When we turn within and explore our many selves (such as our Inner Critic, Perfectionist, Pleaser, and Rebel — all of which Shakti explains in detail), and when we become aware of which self is talking at any given moment, we become much more conscious of the dialogues going on within us. And Shakti shows us how we can direct those dialogues, and change those dialogues, and return, always, to a state of conscious awareness in the process.

This book may prove to be Shakti’s greatest contribution to the world, for it shows us, so simply and clearly, with gentleness and honesty, how to transform our relationships and our lives.

— Marc Allen, Publisher, New World Library 

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We are giving away three free copies of The Relationship HandbookTo be entered in the drawing for your chance to win, please leave a comment here about Shakti Gawain and/or the book. Entries must received by Friday, November 21.

Marc Allen is a renowned author, composer, and speaker. On the day he turned thirty, Marc cofounded New World Library with Shakti Gawain, and as the company’s president and publisher, he has guided it from a small start-up operation with no capital to become one of the leading publishers in its field. He has written numerous books, including The Magical Path, The Greatest Secret of All, and Visionary Business.

 

 









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