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A U D I O
Final Wisdom (Sounds True, 800-333-9185) by Rachel Naomi Remen shares the insights this doctor has learned from those facing terminal illnesses. Like the labor of a woman giving birth, the process of dying is filled with meaning. This tape will open your heart to epiphanies of both living and dying.

B O O K S
Psalms for Zero Gravity: Prayers for Life's Emigrants (Forest of Peace) by Edward Hays presents 148 prayer psalms for those who are moving from one place or stage in life to another. This artist of prayer includes gems on dealing with mistakes, coming alive to Jesus' parables and appreciating all religions.

A Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons in Simplicity, Service and Common Sense (Eagle Brook/William Morrow) by Robert Laurence Smith is a mix of memoir, history and sagacious reflections on the values that give life meaning. He explains how Quakers have used shared silence as a medium for group discovery.

The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (HarperSanFrancisco), edited by Philip Zaleski, brings together 29 prose essays and nine poems from 23 different publications. Many of our favorite authors are included: Terry Tempest Williams on wonder, David Steindl-Rast on prayer, Thomas Moore on natural spirituality and Natalie Goldberg on discovering joy even in difficulties.

M O V I E S
Babe: Pig in the City (Universal, PG-13) is a new adventure about the big-hearted pig who learned to herd sheep in one of 1996's most spiritually literate films. This time he's on a mission to save the Hoggett farm. Stranded in a big city, Babe joins up with an assortment of homeless animals. Again, he comes across as a moral exemplar of kindness who always sees the good in others.

A Bug's Life (Walt Disney, G) is a frolicsome and funny family film that registers strongly on the senses. This computer-animated feature is set in an ant colony that is threatened by domineering grasshoppers. The story hurrahs the virtues of individuality and imagination.

V I D E O S
Madeline (Columbia TriStar, PG) focuses on the adventures of a mischievous orphan in a private Parisian girls' school. When she learns that the rich owner of the school building is selling it, she tries to sabotage his project. But then, in an inspired moment of grace, Madeline finds a way to deliver him from his small, selfish desires.

Smoke Signals (Miramax, PG-13) is the first commercial feature film written, directed and acted by American Indians. It revolves around the spiritual journey of two young men raised on Idaho's poverty-stricken Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation. The drama reveals how friendship and ritual can be healing medicine for anyone caught up in grief.


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