Process of Illumination 

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"The Way of the Fertile Soul: Ten Ancient Chinese Secrets to Tap Into a Woman's Creative Potential"

by Randine Lewis

Beyond Words, $14.95

Randine Lewis' life is a testament to the effectiveness of the advice in her book. Spurred on to a spiritual journey as a result of infertility, Lewis traveled and studied around the world before earning a Ph.D. from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, returning to the States with her three children and helping women conceive both physically and emotionally. With a view of fertility expanded to include creativity and the soul, Lewis offers many techniques for relieving stress, balancing qi and uncovering the authentic self.

"The Two Marys: The Hidden History of the Mother and Wife of Jesus"

by Sylvia Browne

Dutton, $23.95

Although the premise isn't new to anyone who has read "The Da Vinci Code," Browne's book about the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene will be relevant to readers interested in delving deeper into the life of Jesus. Although much of the text, written with the help of the author's spirit guide, Francine, is conjecture, ancient scripture and recent biblical findings also support the theory that Mary Magdalene wasn't a harlot and was indeed married to Jesus.

"God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life"

by Paul Kengor

HarperCollins, $24.95

Kengor's newest biography purports to be an examination of former first lady, New York senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's spiritual life and her relationship with God. But while Kengor, also the author of "God and Ronald Reagan" and "God and George W. Bush," has surely done his research into the facts of Clinton's religious past, his prose is colored by his own judgments surrounding issues of morality, making his so-called spiritual book a thinly veiled condemnation of a politician.

"How to See Yourself as You Really Are"

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama;

translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins

Atria Books, $13

Whether you are interested in a gentle introduction to Buddhism or want to deepen your practice, no need to skate around the periphery. The inspired words of Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the Dalai Lama, cut right to the chase. Written in a format that is simple but not simplistic and inspirational but not impossible, this text will teach you to undermine ignorance, harness the power of concentration and insight, end self-deception and deepen love.



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