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ISBN-13: 978-0316128223 ISBN-10: 0316128228 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1 edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316128228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316128223
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

In the midst of a chaotic and often empty-seeming world, more and more people are searching for ways to rekindle the power of the soul, since the soul has always been understood to connect us to an immaterial realm characterized by peace. The contributors to this little handbook, some of the most popular contemporary spiritual writers, address the role of the soul in everyday life, lessons of the soul, soul communion, and the return to the soul. On the one hand, this book contains little that is genuinely new in the contemporary search for the soul. On the other hand, where else can you find the accumulated spiritual wisdom of gurus like Matthew Fox, Lynn Andrews, and Robert Fulghum between the covers of one book? Buy where demand warrants.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Carlson and Shield began their collaboration with For the Love of God (1990). Here they've joined forces and invited a number of spiritually inclined (and quite a few best-selling) authors to contribute essays about the nourishment of the soul. In their introduction, Carlson and Shield discuss the fact that everyone craves spiritual sustenance no matter what their religious orientation may be. Indeed, the very concept of soul means different things to different people, and this diversity is reflected in the volume's assortment of viewpoints and experiences. Authors such as Lynn Andrews, Wayne Dyer, Robert Fulghum, Bernie Siegel, Marianne Williamson, and Ram Dass offer suggestions and observations about nourishing the soul through meditation, prayer, and the contemplation of nature. Many writers offer glimpses into their own daily routines and explain, briefly, how they manage to maintain an enthusiasm for life and a vital sense of that mysterious, timeless part of ourselves that we call the soul. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

During his life, Richard Carlson, Ph.D, was considered one of the foremost experts in happiness and stress reduction in the United States and around the world and was a frequent featured guest on such shows as Oprah, The Today Show, The View, NNC, CNN, Fox, PBS and over 2000 other shows.Don't Sweat the Small Stuff continued to be a publishing phenomenon with over 20 titles in the brand franchise, two of which were co-authored and authored with his beloved wife, Kris. He died of a pulmonary embolism in December 2006, at the age of forty-five.

The words "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" have become a part of American Culture thanks to Richard Carlson's book that became a runaway best-seller and made publishing history as the #1 best-selling book in the United States for two consecutive years.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller list and is still considered one of the fastest selling books of all time and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend Handbook for the Soul, by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, as an avenue back to the peacefulness of oneself. The book authorizes us to take time for ourselves and encourages us to nourish/replenish our soul. It assists the reader in finding the road to meditation or simply take a few moments for rejuvenation from the hectic, busy schedule we lead in this day and age. My sister-in-law introduced me to this book and gave her copy to me as a gift. I'm sending her a new copy since it's a book she shouldn't be without
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful. I bought it a few years ago when I was just browsing and not really looking for anything special. The title drew me in. This culmination of writers and various points of view on how to nourish your soul really makes you think. It's helped me find peace in so many ways. It's helped remind me what is important in life and how to be good to myself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mkgoodma@swbell.net on April 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
Anything Richard Carlson lays his hands on is worth considering reading. Each essay offers a philsophical view worth pondering guiding the perseptive reader closer to the inner self. The wealth of information well surprasses the few dollars spent on this compilation.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book when I was at a low point in my life. It awakened me to a new way of seeing - both myself and the world around me. Handbook for the soul is a wonderful collection of short essays, by various people, all with the same message. It is one of my most favourite books and I highly recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
This is an excellent anthology of essays by many accomplished scholars (see the list of names above). Some are psychotherapists, some former ministers, and some psychiatrists; many are simply inspirational writers. This is a calming book with eclectic selections that will suit most tastes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fan of Fiction on June 5, 2013
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I've found this book to be very meaningful on my quest to take better care of myself! Also, each of the essays is a few pages long, so it's nice to read before bed, or just to pick up randomly.
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