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I feel spending time with books is a way to let go of stress from the modern world and enrich your store of knowledge, at the same time sparking ideas for your own projects.

The first three are for kids, followed by recommendations for adults.

1. All I See Is Part of Me by Chara M. Curtis
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art19781.asp
Beautifully written by Chara M. Curtis and illustrated by Cynthia Aldrich All I See Is Part of Me imparts a message of how interconnected we are with all creation. Though written for children, it is inspiring for everyone. I found the short rhyming sentences at the foot of the pages easy to remember and uplifting.

2. Poems and Prayers for the Very Young
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29734.asp
This little collection of 38 poems and prayers is just perfect for quiet time before bed. My children grew up with this little book, which, by the way, was sturdy enough to last for years. One of the beauties of this children's book is that the selections are short enough to memorize and remember for a lifetime.

3. Prayers for Children by Eloise Wilkin
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29805.asp
This is one of my favorite Golden Books, and I enjoyed many. It is still just as appropriate for young readers today! You and your child will enjoy the traditional prayers, inspiring all the more because of the precious illustrations by Eloise Wilkin (1904-1987), who illustrated many in the series of classic Golden Books.

4. A String and a Prayer by Eleanor Wiley and Maggie Oman Shannon
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30444.asp
The authors have really tuned in to a couple of perfect ways to get centered - making and using prayer beads! Some topics covered in the book are the history and symbolism of prayer beads, and making individualistic creations for your own practice and others in different needs - such as healing and peace.

5. Chakra Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art45038.asp
Dear readers, you are in for a special treat. Subtitled "Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting," we are given rare teachings through specific mantras arising from the spinal chakras that awaken our further spirituality. I was not able to put this book down all afternoon and evening. I felt my excitement rise from chapter to chapter as what Mr. Ashley-Farrand wrote spoke to me with the ring of - "Hey, this makes perfect sense."

6. Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi by A. Osborne
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art46290.asp
Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) enlivened timeless paths from yore for our present day world. Even though he's left his physical incarnation, when I think on him I feel at once calm, uplifted, and more able to see grace and harmony in life. His presence remains with us always. Let's find out more about his life and teachings.

7. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art55327.asp
I really, really enjoyed this book. And why? Because I felt like this was a case of vicariously walking in the author's moccasins. And, I rarely have so much simpatico with an author. The author's issues and ways of dealing with the effects of her actions struck me as so human that my emotions came forward during hers. This is a book that involves the reader thoroughly; you have to wonder if she's had a special peek into your life, while recounting her experiences.

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