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Sitting, eating, walking, loving, relaxing—human enough behaviors with varying degrees of difficulty. Now, in this serenely packaged How to Live Boxed Set (Parallax Press, $49.75), mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s straight-forward advice for living in the present is even easier to access. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us to be still and to focus our attention on whatever act we are performing. Whether you are walking from your home to the metro, showing loving kindness for a friend, or simply listening to the sounds around you, stillness and openness will help you act with grace.

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By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781941529478
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Published: Parallax Press - December 13th, 2016

As a devout atheist, something happened to Sara Miles when she wandered into St. Gregory Episcopal Church in San Francisco and took part in her first communion. The bread and the wine transformed her and she begin learning about what it meant to “become the bread.” Having fed people as a kitchen worker and cook, she took the "feed my sheep" commandment literally and translated it into a food pantry at St. Gregory's, even challenging the priests’ ideas of what it means to be a Christian. Take This Bread is an inspiring story told from an unlikely follower.

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ISBN: 9780345495792
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Ballantine Books - February 5th, 2008

In this ambitious and eminently readable book, Aidi magnifies the intersections between Islam, music and youth social activism. Hip hop, Samba, Reggae, Gnawa and Sufi Rock all have their turn as Aidi jettisons the tired doomsday narrative associated with Muslim youth and focuses instead on how music embodies their struggles to gain footholds in increasingly ambivalent or hostile societies. Aidi takes us to locales as diverse as Brazil, France, Morocco and the US for a look at the role of Muslims in uprisings and social justice movements, the interaction between oppressed communities and Islam, and how contemporary Muslims remold an array of musical genres into their own distinct tools of liberation.

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ISBN: 9780307279972
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - December 2nd, 2014