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Praise for Into the Magic Shop
"Into the Magic Shop offers a gripping, well-told journey into the mysteries of the human mind and brain. Neurosurgeon James Doty has written a heartwarming tale of courage and compassion."
author of Emotional Intelligence
"This is a story of faith beyond the bounds and barriers of religion. A story of hope in the face of life's great challenges, and of magic that opens the doors of potential and healing. Into the Magic Shop is the journey of a brain surgeon whose life is marked by success and failure and at all times laced together in a rich fabric of hope,kindness and compassion. A book that will touch heart, soul and mind."
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell
Emeritus Director of Religion at the Chautauqua Institute and former Executive Director of the World Council of Churches
"Once in a generation, someone is able to articulate the compelling mystery within his or her life story in such a way that it captures the imagination of others and inspires them to align with what is deepest and best in themselves and allow it to manifest and flower. There is plenty of magic in this book, but the deepest magic of all is that Jim was openheartedly guided to start practicing that aligning when he was twelve and trusted it enough to never loose the thread completely, even in the hardest of times. Behold what is emerging now."
Founder of the Center for Mindfulness, Health Care and Society and of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
"Into the Magic Shop is not only a moving testimony that keeps the reader enthralled throughout the book, but also a powerful exhortation to live a more compassionate and meaningful life. Beautiful and highly inspiring."
umanitarian and Buddhist monk
author of Altruism: how compassion can change your life and the world.
"As one evolves from the head to the heart, one, in fact, rises up to the heights of true love and compassion. Jim Doty sincerely attempts to take the reader on a journey from the limited realm of the head to the unlimited realm of the heart, where true compassion dwells. The ability to put oneself in another's position, to see and feel as another person does -- this is the rare gift of an earnest spiritual seeker. May this book be an inspiration to all.”
Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)
"In this profound and beautiful book, Dr Doty teaches us with his life, and the lessons he imparts are some of the most important of all: that happiness cannot be without suffering, that compassion is born from understanding our own suffering and the suffering of those around us, and that only when we have compassion in our hearts can we be truly happy."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master, global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist