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Thursday, April 17, 2014
HEAVEN IS REAL: A movie review by Echo Bodine, author of WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE
By New World Library

Last night I saw the new movie Heaven Is for Real, and I was very touched by it. It’s the story of a four-year-old boy named Colton Burpo who went to heaven when his body was being operated on and came back to share his experiences with his family. This may sound sweet and innocent, like a child with a great imagination, but this young boy actually had this experience, and it turned quite a few lives upside down.

His father just happens to be the pastor of a local church, and watching his struggles with Colton’s accounts of heaven reminded me of the consciousness of our planet. The reaction of the parishioners compounded the confusion and anger about this little boy’s experience. It was eye-opening for me because I’ve become so ingrained in the belief that there is life after death and that heaven is the most beautiful safe place that we will ever experience. That was one of Colton’s comments: “No one will hurt me here.” 

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spirituality
Thursday, February 13, 2014
MATTHEW FOX’S COSMIC MASS by New World Library Office Manager Jennifer Listug
By New World Library

New World Library author Matthew Fox created the Cosmic Mass in 1996 as a way to “reinvent worship.” The event falls somewhere between an interfaith worship service and a rave, and in fact its purpose is to bring together elements of both, using ritual and dance to reawaken joy, transform grief, spark creativity, and support compassionate action. Sunday, December 1, 2013, marked the first Cosmic Mass in five years, and I volunteered to help, along with New World Library Assistant Editor Jonathan Wichmann and a team from all over the country.

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spirituality
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
BLESS THIS FOOD by guest blogger Adrian Butash
By New World Library

Food blessings connect all humankind in reverence for the Almighty.

Sharing food is the most universal cultural experience. Expressing thanks for food was humankind’s first act of worship, for food is the gift of life from above. In every culture there are sacred beliefs or divine commandments that require honoring the giver of life — God or the divine principle — through acknowledging the sacred gift of food.

While prayers often derive from specific religious contexts, they may be experienced and enjoyed by all, just as religious music and fine art transcend their origins and have universal appeal...(READ MORE)

spirituality
Thursday, May 05, 2011
The Tao of Motherhood: An Interview with Vimala McClure
By New World Library

Nurturing children is no easy task. How do we guide them without harm and without losing our integrity? Vimala McClure addresses these questions with poetic wisdom in The Tao of Motherhood, which we recently republished in a twentieth anniversary edition.

But poetry can raise as many questions as it answers. When family-management blogger Katina Ferguson interviewed Vimala, we found the discussion fascinating, and we’re reprinting part of it here to share more of Vimala’s unique perspective on mothering. Enjoy!

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parenting & education, spirituality, women's interest
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Expand This Moment
By New World Library

In his new book, John Selby offers a new way to quiet your mind, brighten your mood, and set yourself free.

 

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personal growth, spirituality, meditation
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Women's History and Global Goddesses
By Julie Blog Loar

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 was the 100-year anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. In some places, such as China, Russia, Vietnam, and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

I have seen tremendous change in the past fifty years, and the opportunities for my daughters and granddaughters are quite different from what faced me when I graduated from college. Today, a resurgence of the sacred feminine is sweeping the planet, and I wanted to know who the Goddess really is.
 

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spirituality, religion, women's interest

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