SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOUL is a 2020 Nautilus Book Awards GOLD WINNER in the category of Religion/Spirituality of Other Traditions. "Our core mission is to celebrate and honor books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change & social justice, and spiritual growth. The Nautilus Awards represent Better Books for a Better World. During the past 21 years, this unique book awards program has continued to gain prestige with authors and publishers around the world as it seeks, recognizes, honors, celebrates and promotes print books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, families, communities and global citizens."
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SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOUL is a winner of the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Award in the category of Specialty Books. "The National Indie Excellence® Awards celebrate independent publishing as a strong and vital sector of our industry. Recognizing excellence in all aspects of the final presentation, NIEA champions self-publishers and the independent presses who produce the highest quality books across a spectrum of metrics. Established in 2005, NIEA’s entrants are meticulously judged by experts from various facets of the book industry profession including publishers, editors, authors and designers. Winners and Finalists are determined on the basis of superior written matter coupled with excellent presentation in every facet of the final published product from cover to cover."
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FOR THOSE TIMES WHEN WE FORGET to remember who, where and why we really are, Karen Brailsford gently shepherds us through soulscapes of wonder and reminds us of the "essence of the Presence," the "peace in the promise" and our "resonance with the rhythm of God." With her powerful but playful, prophetic yet poetic prose she skillfully and carefully uncovers the layers of the heart and exposes the strength of its vulnerability. She creates and opens up a space for us to frolic and to lie down in green pastures; to find respite in faithful forests and delight in majestic mountaintops; to magically find ourselves suddenly soaring with our spirit over tender tundra, across opulent oceans and beside still waters; to come at last to light on peaceful plateaus where we are invited to "bask in [our] own glow." Our cup runs over. Be forewarned: This is inspired writing! Lyrical, mystical, and beautiful and apt to transform our lives while traversing any pages unawares. REV. GRETA SESHETA 7-Pointed Star Ministries Author of Poems to Wake Up To
THE TIMING IS RIGHT for this uplifting set of instructions on how to align and realign with the Divine no matter the circumstances of the world. SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOUL is highly recommended for spiritual readers who would use these words of wisdom to change and redirect their lives. READ MORE →
SACRED LANDSCAPES ASSERTS ITSELF among the proverbial books for the ages. Filled with spiritual insight and wisdom, it beautifully evokes the peace and comfort readily available to us just by our mere acknowledgement. Master Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner Karen Brailsford's inspired messages and affirmations light the path on our journey towards, and through, eternal peace. MICHAEL BERNARD BECKWITH Founder & Spiritual Director, Agape International Spiritual Center Author of Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation
I WAS SURPRISED BY THIS BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL BOOK, which I will from now on keep by my side for comfort and inspiration. As a long time Buddhist, terms like "God" and "soul" are not so usual, but Karen's use of them in harmony with sayings of great mystics, West and East, gives them new life. And it is especially her eloquent affirmations of the divine as the life force and love force within oneself and every being that resonate with the buddha essence and the diamond clearlight of freedom that sustains our infinite lives. Enjoy this daring book of affirmations—once you get over worrying about feeling way better about yourself, you will find yourself happy at home in it! PADMA SHRI DR. ROBERT THURMAN Author & Translator Professor Emeritus of Indo-Tibetan Buddhology, Columbia University Co-Founder of Tibet House US, the Dalai Lama's Cultural Center in America
SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOUL is like a spirited choir singing the wisdom of the ages. It is grounded in intelligent thoughts from the great spiritual writers and song-makers and offers inspiring and transformative guidance. Read it to have your mind and heart opened up. Use it as a contemporary, unaffiliated prayer book or meditation guide. THOMAS MOORE Author of Care of the Soul and Ageless Soul
THIS HEALING, strengthening, empowering collection of wisdom is exactly what my spirit has hungered for. SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOULsits with my journal, ready for my morning inspiration and my evening reflection. LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON New York Times bestselling author of Shout; Chains and Speak, National Book Awards finalists
CALLING IN MAELSTROMS of emotions and heartache, shadow and light, spiritual practitioner Karen Brailsford offers a rich banquet of meditations and images to awaken, calm, challenge and excite soul, mind, heart and body. Plentiful food for all the hungry—indeed starving—souls in our chaotic world today! REV. MATTHEW FOX Author of Original Blessing, Christian Mystics, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times
INCREDIBLY POWERFUL, UPLIFTING AND INSPIRING! This beautiful book will start your day right with the uplifting inspirational readings. Each passage is brief but incredibly powerful and can shift your energy in just a few minutes. Karen Brailsford's writing is a rare combination of lyrical and deep like no other spiritual author I have ever read. I enjoy opening the book each morning seemingly at random, and every time find I have opened it to the perfect passage for me in that moment, evidence that I am, indeed, aligning with the Divine as Brailsford's subtitle promises.
The book is brilliantly organized around nine "sacred landscapes," each with an accompanying description of where you may be in that moment. These range from feeling trapped, not knowing what to do or being frozen with fear to seeking peace, contemplating action, remembering Spirit, catching a vision and daring to dive (my paraphrase), so that the reader can choose a passage based on whatever they are experiencing in the moment (though I love opening the book and seeing where I am divinely guided).
The layout is beautiful, with full color nature photos serving as the backdrop for each page, so that you are visually immersed in each sacred landscape as you absorb the text.
This book will be my go-to gift for everyone in my life who could use some inspiration, and who couldn't, especially now? LISA POLIAK Founder & Director Inner Genius Prep
KAREN BRAILSFORD IS AN ALCHEMIST of personal insight and this book is a spiritual breviary of sorts, filled with hard-earned wisdom and written in a key of deep, abiding devotion. She and her sentences cast a light. ELI GOTTLIEB Author of The Boy Who Went Away, Best Boy Winner of the Rome prize
SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOUL is a celebration of spirit. Karen Brailsford writes about faith with grace and irresistible conviction. Gems of enlightenment shine through very page to transform, uplift and bless the reader. PAMELA WHITMAN Compassionate Heart Productions Author of Yield to Joy: The Miraculous Power of Forgiveness
IN SACRED LANDSCAPES of the SOUL, Karen Brailsford provides a path that inspires the reader to find their "truth" for themselves. Whoever and wherever you are on the journey, this book brings forth Divine information to grow, expand and align with vibrational energy that's of benefit to all of humanity. SPRING WASHAM Author of A Fierce Heart Founder of Lotus Vine Journeys
IT IS RARE when you read something that reminds you of who you are and brings you back to your essence when you forget. This is such a book. Karen invokes our spiritual ancestors and springboards off them to guide us, step-by-step, through the journey in the wilderness. Expect to encounter refreshing bursts of hope, life and joy, as well as affirmation of the good in the world and our place in it. When I read it, my soul sighed, "Thank you!" CRYSTAL CHAN Compassion activist Author of Bird and All That I Can Fix