What’s Wrong with Mindfulness (and What Isn’t): Zen Perspectives edited by Barry
Magid and Robert Rosenbaum (Wisdom, Oct.) asks whether the ubiquity of mindfulness is a good thing. Zen teachers Norman Fischer, Gil Fronsdal, Sallie Jiko Tisdale,
and others write that decoupling mindfulness from Buddhism might set a dangerous
precedent. They offer their perspectives on what mindfulness means, its strengths,
and the potential pitfalls, urging a deeper understanding of its roots and where it
might be headed.
The Mindfulness in Plain English Journal by Bhante Gunaratana (Wisdom, Dec.) is
based on the classic bestseller Mindfulness in Plain English. Practitioners can discover
the transformative power of mindfulness in their own words as they write journal
entries about what they experience in their meditation practice. The book includes a
brief introduction to meditation, along with mindfulness tips and inspiring quotes.
Loving-Kindness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana (Wisdom, Mar. 2017) brings
the wisdom of the bestselling author of Mindfulness in Plain English to the practice of
loving-kindness meditation with personal anecdotes, step-by-step meditations, conversational renderings of the Buddha’s words in the suttas, and transformative insights.
Cool Mind by David Keefe (Shambhala, Sept.) introduces teens, young adults,
teachers, coaches, and others who work with young people to ways to handle stress,
build self-confidence, and improve concentration through meditation, breathing
exercises, and visualization.
Girl Time by Nuanprang Snitbhan (Shambhala, Sept.) provides mindfulness-based activities for mothers and their pre-teen daughters to enhance communication and bonding.
Activities include breathing exercises.
Pema Chödrön’s Compassion Cards (Shambhala, Oct.) presents
Buddhist teachings and practices written on 59 cards by
Buddhist nun and author Chodron, with her commentary.
Mindful Games by Susan Kaiser Greenland (Shambhala,
Nov.) offers a playful approach to teaching mindfulness and
meditation to children and youths ages 5–15.
Paths to Health and Wellness
The mind-body-spirit category includes books on alternative ways to health and wellness, with books on treatments including traditional Chinese medicine, bodywork,
herbalism, and more. That includes lots of books on aromatherapy, which has become
widely familiar only in the past couple of decades and is now a thriving topic. Munro
Magruder, associate publisher of New World Library, says, “When we published the
first edition of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy in 1991, only the
editor had a clue what this book was about. Twenty-five years later, it is our #2 rev-enue-generating book and has sold over 600,000 copies.”
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and
Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments—25th
Essential Oils (DK, Oct.) by Neal’s Yard Remedies features
visual instructions and full-color photographs to guide
readers in using 86 essential oils. Neal’s Yard Remedies is
a U.K.-based producer of essential oils and other nontradi-
tional products for health.
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