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The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox…
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The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine…

by Sera J. Beak

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This book caught my eye while I was browsing the shelves and I'm glad it did. It is wonderfully open about the ideologies it pulls from. And anyone that can meet with the Dalia Lama in one chapter and quote Charlie Chaplin in the next is interesting and quirky enough for me to read again. I’ll pull it off the shelf any time I feel myself taking life too seriously.

The Chaplin quote? “In the end, everything is a gag.” Now there’s a truism.
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  DK_Atkinson | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book was precisely what I needed when I needed it -- a reminder that I have permission to own and explore my spirituality, and re-entry points to do so. ( )
  paperkingdoms | Feb 21, 2009 |
To be honest, author Sera Beak did herself a disservice by defining a market niche for her first book. The Red Book is marketed to "smart, gutsy, [young] spiritually curious women." The book is highly accessible in a variety of ways. Beak's writing style is conversational and easy. The topics are broken into short, pithy sections perfect for busy women, or whomever. The suggested exercises are written with the intent of being easily incorporated into the readers current schedule and daily practices. Pertinent, modern day examples are backed by Beak's deep personal experiences and explorations as well as her academic research, reminding readers that one's connection with the divine/spirituality/magic (take your pick) manifests in one's everyday life.

For those who are new to spiritual explorations or those who are re-remembering their connections to the Divine, The Red Book provides a lovely, heartfelt, fun (re)introduction. Overall, I would say that a couple of copies of The Red Book would be a good, contemporary addition to any metaphysical book store.

Admittedly I am not necessarily the ideal target audience for the book. While I fit the market demographic, being under 30 and female, The Red Book was a bit too, well, introductory for me. Personally I enjoyed reading a book by a kindred (but possibly braver) spirit. The thing I enjoyed most about the book was the list of teachers and resources that I gathered along the way that will no doubt lead to deeper knowledge and connections. (Not to mention from the extensive bibliography, the layout of which demonstrates Beak's desire to be both academically viable and modernly hip.) I was left thinking that Beak would be someone I would love to corner for a coffeehouse discussion (if you happen to read this...BM 08??). I am also looking forward to purchasing and digesting the oft-alluded to Blue Book, the possible follow-up to The Red Book that would explore more esoteric topics for the modern girl creating and living a magical existence in this busy world.
  aspen42 | Apr 3, 2008 |
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The Red Book is nothing less than a spiritual fire starter -- a combustible cocktail of Hindu Tantra and Zen Buddhism, Rumi and Carl Jung, goddesses and psychics, shaken with cosmic nudges, meaningful subway rides, haircuts, relationships, sex, dreams, and intuition. Author Sera Beak's unique hybrid perspective, hilarious personal anecdotes, and invaluable exercises encourage her readers to live more consciously so they can start making clearer choices across the board, from careers to relationships, politics to pop culture and everything in between. For smart, gutsy, spiritually curious women whose colorful and complicated lives aren’t reflected in most spirituality books, The Red Book is an open invitation to find your true self and start sharing that delicious truth with the world.

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