Finding Peace in an Insane World
by Brenda Shoshanna, Ph.D.

:  John Wiley

Pub Date:  Spring 2002

Format:  Hardcover

Foreign Sales
* Germany (Random House)
* Korea
* Indonesia

Brief Description
From a long-time Zen practitioner (28 years), an introductory book to Zen practice, drawing on the author's 24 years of practice as a psychologist, and incorporating many anecdotes and exercises to help one find peace.
(see below for Full Description)

"If you are looking for a way to have happiness and still live in this world, you have come to the right book. Rarely do eloquent prose, gems of quotes, simple wisdom, and practical exercises come in one book: Zen Miracles offers all of these and more. Whatever your spiritual orientation, this is a book you will refer to for years to come."
--Lee Jampolsky, Ph.D.
author of Healing Together, Healing the Addictive Mind, and
The Art of Trust

"This wonderful book brings East and West and ancient and modern worlds together and provides profound wisdom and guidance for anyone struggling with stress, anxiety, anger, fear or loneliness. Beautifully written, funny, warm and filled with unusual, wonderful exercises. A real miracle."
--Rabbi Gary Moskowitz
Director of the Institute for Violence Prevention

"A healing journey into the inner conflicts and contradictions that separate spirit from self."
--Armand DiMele
the DiMele Center for Psychotherapy

"Dr. Brenda Shoshanna is a versatile, creative, warm and truly excellent teacher."
--Rabbi Joseph Gelberman
founder of the Interfaith Seminary and Director of the All Faith Seminary

"Zen Miracles is a book that is invaluable for anyone seeking to bring a profound, yet genuinely joyous experience to life. Brenda Shoshanna explores the spiritual and therapeutic aspects of Zen practice in a way that is acceptable to anyone no matter what their faith, philosophy or religious beliefs. With her warm and compassionate style she exhibits the unique ability to explain even the most difficult ideas in understandable terms. Her approach is readily accessible and applicable to even the most mundane of activities. This book is a must for anyone seeking the secrets for attaining a balanced life and true peace of mind."
--Lewis Harrison
Director of the Academy of Natural Healing

"Zen Miracles is an inviting and inspiring message for those looking for a more simple and powerful way to enhance their lives and for those who want to integrate a practical way of peace in today's distorted and increasingly violent world."
--Bob Goff

(for Journey Through Illness)
"Dr. Shoshanna's words are wonderful!"
--Marianne Williamson


Publishers Weekly
          It's virtually axiomatic now that America has its own brand of Zen Buddhism, and the author of this skilled volume proves the point. Shoshanna is a Hasidic Jew who has been both practicing zazen and maintaining a psychotherapy practice for more than 25 years. Here she weaves a fine tapestry out of these splendid, assorted threads. Five sections ("Getting Started," "Cravings and Compulsions," "Letting Go," Dissolving the False Self" and "Zen, God and Enlightenment") use traditional Buddhist and contemporary American stories and quotes and lucid prose to invite anyone and everyone down Zen's calming, clarifying garden path. These forms are supplemented by both provocative koans and "Zen in Action" exercises at the conclusion of each of the 18 short chapters. The last chapter, "Zen and God," might well have been placed first, since it elucidates the neutrality of Zen that can make it completely compatible with other institutionalized or personalized beliefs. This book has less to do with the mechanics of sitting and more to do with the realities of integrating Zen practice into real life. Shoshanna extends an empty and richly filled hand, offering both the sublime and the practical, which are one and the same in the Zen world. This is a highly recommended volume for beginners and new practitioners who are coming to the truth that "to find the answers to your life questions, you must look within. Nothing less will do. Nothing more is needed."'(Apr.) Forecast: Shoshanna is the "relationships expert" on ivillage.com, which should help with the strategic marketing of this title.

Spiritual Parenting
          Dr. Shoshanna challenges us to let go of fantasies, expectations, fears and anticipation so we can be fully present to life. Her wisdom is genuine and deeply considered. Her book is well worth reading.

Full Description
          ZEN MIRACLES serves as a practical introduction to Zen practice, an accessible guide to its ancient traditions, koans, stories and rituals.  It tells stories of many patients and students who have undertaken Zen practice and as a result, have been able to get off anti-depressants, calm frantic minds and find true joy and purpose in life.
          It is a book that can be embraced by the Zen world, since it is coming from the long-time student of several great Japanese Zen masters, including Soen Roshi, Eido Roshi and Kyudo Roshi; it is a book that can also be embraced by the establishment, since it is coming from a respected Ph.D. and from a long-time student of best-selling author Charlotte Joko Beck (Everyday Zen

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About Dr. Brenda Shoshanna, Ph. D.

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A psychologist and therapist for 28 years, Dr. Brenda Shoshanna published work has integrated psychology and spirituality in facing life's crucial questions. She is the author of numerous books in the spirituality, zen, psychology and relationship genres. In the Peace of Mind genre, she is author of NO PROBLEM, NO WORRY: The Zen Road to Happiness, LIVING BY ZEN, ZEN MIRACLES, FEARLESS: 7 Principles of Peace Of Mind, THE ANGER DIET: 30 Days To Stress Free Living (listed as one of the best books of the year by Spirituality and Health), and EVERYDAY GRATITUDE. In the Relationship genre, she is author of ZEN AND THE ART OF FALLING IN LOVE, WHY MEN LEAVE, GETTING HIM TO TALK, SAVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP, HOW TO KEEP YOUR LOVE ALIVE and IS HE THE ONE?. In the Spirituality genre, she is author of JEWISH DHARMA: A Guide to the Practice of Judaism and Zen, and of COMPASSIONATE CARE: Emotional, Psychological and Spiritual Guidance During Times of Illness and Loss.

Her books all offer psychological and spiritual guidance, combining spiritual wisdom with psychological insight and practical advice. She has received widespread critical-acclaim for all of her books, with excellent reviews from publications such as Tricycle, Publishers Weekly, Body & Soul and others, and she has won the NABE Award for the Best Book of the Year in the Category of Health. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, and she appears frequently on national television, in national print, and in major venues online (she is the Relationship Expert on iVillage.com). She has spoken and taught at many universities and has offered over 500 talks and workshops nationally on all aspects of psychology, spirituality and fulfilling one's potential. She also hosted her own radio show on the Gary Null network, which offered her a weekly platform to address a wide range of issues dealing with spirituality and self-help. 

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