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THOO CoverThe How of Ow: Everyday Self-Care and the Art of Pain Relief,
by Wanda Jean Swenson PT

250 pages, 6 X 9 inches
October 11, 2019
ISBN-10: 0960069100
ISBN-13: 978-0960069101

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The How of Ow is a self-care guide for aches and pains—both acute and chronic— based on mindful-body awareness. It provides simple exercises that can be done during work or play, while sitting or driving, in bed before sleep, and after waking. The “art” of pain relief is the practice of creatively applying these skills as needed from moment to moment.

Using personal and professional narratives, it gives the reader a better understanding of:

• The nature of pain.
• The timeline of healing.
• Why pain medication is ineffective for the treatment of chronic pain.
• What to do for effective early self-care of neuro-orthopedic aches and pains from head to toes (including body mechanics, tips on walking, and help with balance).
• Basic anatomy.

Wanda Jean Swenson is a PT with over 30 years of clinical experience and a lifetime of recovering from her own injuries, who has seen the dramatically different outcomes from early versus delayed self-care. Preventative care, early self-care, and education are seen as key to improving health care outcomes.

Many people are without access to health care and even those with health insurance often have coverage that doesn’t include physical therapy or are delayed in getting to physical therapy. Written for the layperson and the health professional, the book has clear illustrations and is full of useful information. With its humorous and compassionate style, it’s a reference book, but also a good read.

Visit the website: www.thehowofow.com.

Illustrated by Gary Newman, a Bay Area graphic designer.

Both print and Kindle versions are available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

TFW CoverThe Fearless Way: Mudras, Mantras and Chemo -
How Learning to Let Go Saved My Life
A Memoir by Susan Sattler

312 pages, 6 X 9 inches
September 27, 2012
ISBN-10: 0615706355
ISBN-13: 978-0615706351

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The Fearless Way tells the story of Susan's journey of discovery, from the Stanford University Cancer Center to the caves of Wutai Mountain in northern China. She learns how to embrace both the best Western medicine has to offer while opening herself up to the healing joy of surrender in the practices she learns along the way.

Lovingly written over three years, the book includes several step-by-step exercises that demonstrate how the practices of mudras and mantras can optimize one's "internal terrain." Forewords to the book were written by Dwight McKee, MD, a noted cancer researcher, and Yuan Miao, founder and director of the New Century Foundation International.

Susan Sattler is a Marriage Family Therapist with a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a teacher at the New Century Foundation.

The book's cover and interior were designed and illustrated by Gary Newman, a Bay Area graphic designer.

Please visit the book's website at TheFearlessWayBook.com and it's Facebook page.

Both a print and Kindle version are available for purchase on Amazon.

Phoenix Rising CoverOn The Wings of Phoenix Rising: A Journery from Ashes to Joy
by Yuan Miao

202 pages, 6 X 9 inches
March 13, 2014

ISBN-10: 0989731618
ISBN-13: 978-0989731614

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On the Wings of Phoenix Rising gives us an awe-inspiring glimpse into the delight of existence, the joy of the cosmos. Yuan Miao also reveals how, as a very small child, she almost unknowingly and even casually accepted her spiritual life mission directly from Guan Yin. Perhaps most sobering of all is to read first-hand the heart-breaking price she had to pay, over and over, for personal access to some of life's deepest mysteries.

"Come with an empty vase and read this book for two important reasons. One is that you will never forget the story of this beautiful Chinese woman who had it all, lost it all, and found her true self in ways both surprisingly mystical and breathtakingly true. The second reason is more urgent: it is that just reading about her journey could forever change yours." —from the Introduction by Judith Simon Prager, Ph.D.

Designed and illustrated by Gary Newman.

Learn more about Yuan Miao at the New Century Foundation.

Both a print and Kindle version are available for purchase on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble.

LAYERS OF REALITY CoverLayers of Reality:
32 Unique and Beautiful Works of Art for Coloring

by Gary Newman

140 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches
November 10, 2015
ISBN-10: 0989731626
ISBN-13: 978-0989731621

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There is often more to reality than what we see on the surface, and these hidden layers can lead to unexpected beauty. The 32 line drawings in Layers of Reality may be viewed in any of several ways. They can be regarded simply as works of art, black and white drawings, just as they are. Some of the more intricate illustrations can function as puzzles, for you to find and illuminate the underlying structure.

In this respect, you’re encouraged to look past the superficial details and wonder: Is that a picture on the wall, or a window looking through the wall? Which is the foreground, and which the background? Where does one layer end and the next begin?

And finally, they can be enjoyed simply as stress-relieving drawings to color. The drawn shapes are intended as guides; it isn’t necessary to color each one individually (unless you want to). Remember that sometimes white is the best color. Relax. Let it flow. There is no right or wrong way.


At some point you may wish you could start over on a drawing, or try a different approach. Just for you, this volume includes a bonus second-chance section. All 32 drawings are reproduced again in the second half of the book, so you may try a new color scheme, if you desire.

Some of the drawings are simple and fanciful while others are more challenging. They are all unfinished works of art. You are invited to bring the artwork to completion by adding the color that will help define the layers of reality.

Learn more about Gary and see more of his work by visiting newmango.com.

Please visit the book's Facebook page.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

SLD CoverSelf-Love Diet
The Only Diet That Works

by Michelle E. Minero

352 pages, 6 X 9 inches
January 17, 2013
ISBN-10: 0615743803
ISBN-13: 978-0615743806

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You are not happy with the way you look or feel. You’ve stepped on the scale and found you’ve lost some weight.

Have all your dreams come true?

• Do you wake up feeling excited about life?
• Do you love your body?
• Do you feel at peace and connected spiritually to everything in the world?
• Do you have reciprocal, respectful and loving relationships?
• Are you passionate and clear about your purpose in life?

If you answered no to one or more of the above questions, it is because the quality of your life is not connected to the number on the scale. If you want to be able to answer yes to these questions, the Self-Love Diet will show you how.
Michelle E. Minero, MFT, has redefined diet as “regularly offering yourself love.” How would your life be different if you regularly offered yourself love?
Find out through the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet. You will explore your spirituality, your relationship with your body, your thoughts and feelings, as well as your relationship with yourself, others, your culture, and the world.

Develop a daily self-love practice, the only diet that works.

Michelle E. Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000 and in 2005 founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a California Bay Area-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.

The book's cover and interior were designed and illustrated by Gary Newman.

Please visit the book's website at theselflovediet.org.

Both a print and Kindle version are available for purchase on Amazon.