"David Bookbinder is one of those awakened souls whose near-death experience gave him fresh and timeless eyes. He has taken that gift and poured it into 'Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas,' using innovative photography and heartfelt reflection to surface and praise the mysteries of the inner world." - Mark Nepo, 'The Book of Awakening'
Many of us long to be fully present to this amazing existence we were born into, and often we can. But sometimes, we look for help. In 'Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas,' psychotherapist, writer, and photographer David J. Bookbinder brings his capacity for inspiring personal transformation to his readers. Combining insightful, pragmatic essays in the lineage of Carl Jung and Mark Nepo with 52 award-winning Flower Mandala images inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe and Harold Feinstein, David both shows and tells the tale of a spiritual seeker who, having traversed his own winding path toward awakening, now guides others to find balance, overcome fear and shame, build resilience, and to expand their hearts by listening deeply, inspiring hope, and more fully loving.
Keep it by your bedside, thumb through it as you drift off to sleep, knowing you are not alone on your journey to self-actualization.
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David Bookbinder's Flower Mandalas contain both the shock of recognition and the delight and surprise of originality. They are flowers and jewels at the same time. They will enrich anyone's feelings about what a flower is. -Harold Feinstein, One Hundred Flowers and The Infinite Rose
More than just an arresting coffee table book, Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas also serves as a guide for successfully traversing the hills and valleys of our existence. The photography is stunning and the short essays that accompany each image are drawn from David's considerable life experience, spiritual and therapeutic training, and innate and accumulated wisdom. -Lama Marut, A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life and Be Nobody
Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is itself a mandala a symbol of wholeness. I experience David's nurturing each time I read it, feeling his presence as a fellow traveler and seasoned counselor. He encourages our growth as we move forward in our own journeys, healing our wounds and loving more deeply. -Lori Bailey Cunningham, The Mandala Book: Patterns of the Universe
David Bookbinder's Paths to Wholeness: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas is an invitation to join him on a journey of exploration into the deepest levels of being. -Barry M. Panter, MD, Creativity & Madness Conferences
The words compelling, engaging, moving, and powerful only hint at the profound gifts contained in this beautifully written, authentic and unusual memoir / photography / mandala book. It is almost too rich to take it all in, in one or two sittings. Savor each essay and take time to absorb the richness of this collection. -Joan Klagsbrun, The Focusing Institute
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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite Paths to Wholeness by David Bookbinder is a beautiful and meaningful book. It presents well as an e-book, but I would love to receive a hardcover copy, as the color illustrations are so stunning. I can imagine holding the large book on my lap, feeling the smooth pages, smelling the ink they are printed with. The color illustrations are intended to be meditated upon and I found myself being drawn into their centers and into stillness as I gazed at them. I don’t often meditate — I am too busy and driven to want to sit still — but when I get a chance to rest unexpectedly, I embrace it and vow to meditate more frequently. This is one of those times. Each illustration is accompanied by an essay on a single concept - anger, acceptance, awareness. Though I haven’t had all the experiences described in these essays, I can enjoy reading them and they are meaningful to me. Lately I have spent many hours watching my mother sleep and being there for her. Despite her condition, I have peace and know this is where I’m supposed to be. I have been transformed through this time of transition, and hold all things in my heart as part of a larger whole. All that is important right now is her comfort and I do my best to make her days better. Paths to Wholeness would be a lovely gift to anyone who could use a contemplative influence in their life. It can be comforting, motivating, and guiding all at once. Consider it for the grieving, ill, or the heartbroken. It cannot fail.
This is a beautifully designed publication which I will treasure and re-read over time. I've also ordered some copies as gifts for special people in my life, any thoughtful person will appreciate it. The author has written 52 insightful essays (one for each week of the year if you so choose) about life concerns, many of which I have faced. Each essay is accompanied by glorious full-color flower mandala designs. I immediately felt a personal connection as if the author were talking directly and caringly to me - he not only writes as a psychotherapist but from his own life experience (he has a compelling story), his family relationships, and deep knowledge of literature and wisdom from diverse cultures.