BOOKS AND ANTHOLOGIES

Learning to Breathe

One woman’s journey from panic to peace

After suffering from debilitating panic attacks for decades, Priscilla Warner learned about a group of Tibetan monks who meditated so successfully that neuroscientists were studying their brains. “I want the brain of a monk!” she decided. “And I want everything that goes along with that brain – like peace and tranquility, compassion and lovingkindness.”  In order to write Learning to Breathe, Priscilla researched powerful therapists and teachers, then outlined her own path to healing.“Forget Physician Heal Thyself,” she wrote.“My new mantra will be “Neurotic heal thyself…and please stop complaining!” 

Priscilla learned how to meditate and developed a daily practice. She also tried spiritual chanting, meditative painting, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath, and luxurious Ayurvedic oil treatments. She encountered mystical rabbis who taught her Kabbalistic lessons, and attended silent retreats with compassionate Buddhist mentors. After calming down long enough to examine her colorful, sometimes frightening family history in a new light, Priscilla ultimately made peace with her past. And she received corroboration that she’d healed from a neuroscientist who scanned her brain for signs of progress and change.

Written with Priscilla’s lovely wit and humor, Learning to Breathe is a serious attempt to heal from a painful condition, and an inspiring guidebook for people similarly adrift or secretly fearful, facing daily challenges large and small, and longing for a sense of peace, self-acceptance and understanding.

Priscilla Warner’s search for inner peace will resonate with anyone who has ever been anxious or at sea

Wise, searching, fearless, and big-hearted, Priscilla Warner’s search for inner peace will resonate with anyone who has ever been anxious or at sea—in other words, all of us. She is a comforting and stabilizing guide through her own life—and ours. This book is a gift.

Dani Shapiro

Author of Hourglass – Time, Memory, Marriage

The Faith Club

Three women forge a groundbreaking interfaith relationship

In the aftermath of September 11th, Ranya Idliby, an American Muslim of Palestinian descent, faced constant questions about Islam, God, and death from her children, the only Muslims in their classrooms. Inspired by a story about Muhammad, Ranya reached out to two mothers to try to understand and answer those questions for her children. After just a few meetings, however, it became clear that the women themselves needed an honest and open environment where they could admit—and discuss—their concerns, stereotypes, and misunderstandings about one another. After hours of soul-searching about the issues that divided them, Ranya, Suzanne, and Priscilla grew close enough to discover and explore what united them.

In their memoir of spiritual reflections, the authors wrestle with the issues of anti-Semitism, prejudice against Muslims, and preconceptions of Christians at a time when fundamentalists dominate the public face of Christianity. They write of their families, their losses and grief, their fears and hopes for themselves and their loved ones. And as the authors reveal their deepest beliefs, readers watch the blossoming of a profound interfaith friendship and the birth of a new way of relating to others.

The Faith Club has spawned interfaith discussion groups in living rooms, churches, temples, mosques, and and classrooms. In a final chapter, they provide detailed advice on how to start a faith club.

Pioneering, timely, and deeply thoughtful, The Faith Club’s caring message has resonated with people of all faiths.

Learn more about The Faith Club at www.TheFaithClub.com

The world needs this book…
Library Journal

An invitation to discussion that’s hard to turn down – and a natural for book groups.
Kirkus Reviews

Brimming with passion and conviction…this is essential reading for anyone interested in interfaith dialogue
Booklist

The authors have set a path that many more will want to follow

Millions of Americans crave a way to have interfaith conversation but have no idea where to begin. This book is a great place to start. The Faith Club is unfailingly honest, always engaging, and even suspenseful. The authors have set a path that many more will want to follow. I raced to the end to see how it all turned out. Hurrah!

Bruce Feiler

Author of Walking the Bible and Where God Was Born

How Does That Make You Feel?

True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

Readers of HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? will never again have to wonder, “What does my therapist really think of me?”

This anthology, edited by Sherry Amatenstein, is the first ever to feature essays about this profound connection from the perspective of both the ‘shrink’ and the ‘shrunk’. Of course your therapist has thoughts about you that on occasion practically leap off his or her tongue into your ears. But at the last minute the impulse is reigned in and the therapist mask prevails.

In this book the mask is ripped off, revealing what it’s like to hate a patient, feel incompetent to be a therapist, what it feels like to us when you say goodbye and much, much more. And from the other side of the couch, the book covers everything from being pressured by a body-shaming therapist to drop 30 pounds to how a relationship with a beloved therapist morphed into friendship after the latter’s career-ending stroke to realizing decades later that your long-ago therapist was sexually inappropriate!

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