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Books to give/Movies to go

For full reviews, visit the Brussats' Web site at www.spiritualrx.com.

B O O K S T O G I V E
The following new books would make especially nice holiday gifts.

Animals as Guides for the Soul: Stories of Life-Changing Encounters

(Ballantine, $12.95) by Susan Chernak McElroy examines the relationship between humans and animals in terms of spirituality, communication, service, forgiveness and transformation. This paperback will help you understand how animals can be ambassadors of God.

Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing (HarperSanFrancisco, $24) by Larry Dossey is a watershed work that publishes the marriage banns and then joyfully celebrates the wedding of science and spirituality. The kind of healing described here is a combination of love, empathy, compassion, generosity, sharing and mystery.

The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life (Crossroad, $18.95) by Henri J.M. Nouwen, edited by Wendy Wilson Greer, contains excerpts from the extensive writings of this great spiritual teacher about the devotional life. Here is advice on the language of the heart, listening with a sacred text, intercession and forgiveness.

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (Jossey Bass, $18) by Parker J. Palmer is the best book ever written on this important but little talked about subject. The author has many profound things to say about the soul's truths, embracing mystery, the power of true presence and the different seasons of life.

The Ladder (Forest of Peace Publishing, $13.95; 800-659-3227) by Edward Hays contains 135 soul-stirring parables about faith, grace, sanctification and transformation. Savoring the manifold riches of these stories is bound to make you feel like you have just struck a deep vein of spiritual gold.

V I D E O S T O G I V E
These video movies, priced for home ownership, are also good gift choices.

Patch Adams (Universal, $19.98, PG-13--strong language and crude humor) is the inspiring true story of a medical student who breaks all the rules by daring to proclaim that the best medicine for patients is listening, love, compassion, laughter and play.

Shall We Dance (Touchstone, $19.99, PG) is a heart-affecting Japanese film about a middle-aged businessman who takes ballroom dancing lessons and discovers what it means to trust his body and to live in the moment.

Godspell (Columbia TriSTar, $19.95, G) is a 1970s version of the Gospels set in New York City. With rousing dance numbers and an incomparable score, this movie is a graceful free fall into life, love and the pleasures of fellow-feeling.

Shakespeare in Love (Buena Vista, $22.99, R--sex, nudity, brief profanity), winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture of 1998, is a romantic comedy about young Will Shakespeare and the beautiful woman who becomes his muse.


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