The Contributors

Applegate, Melissa
Author, The Egyptian Book of Life: Symbolism of Ancient Egyptian Temple and Tomb Art, intuitive counselor, meditation instructor and feng shui consultant based in Palm Springs, FL.

Armstrong, Jeffrey
Award-winning author of, God the Astrologer visionary, spiritual teacher, founder of the Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts., English literature, history and comparative religions.  He studied Sanskrit and has a vast knowledge of Ayurveda, Jyotisha, and many of the related historical Vedic texts.

Amara, HeatherAsh
Author of The Toltec Path of Transformation and Warrior Goddess Training and founder of Toci-The Toltec Center of Creative Intent.

Atwood, Janet Bray
NY Times Bestselling author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose.

Bandler, Richard
Author of Get the Life You Want, Richard Bandler’s Tranceformation and co-developer of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP).

Borysenko PHD, Joan
Cell biologist, psychologist, spiritual educator and NY Times bestselling author of Minding the Body Mending the Mind and 15 other books.

Becker, Marty Dr.
“America’s Veterinarian,” contributor to ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show and pet expert for AARP. He is co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul and practices veterinary medicine at the North Idaho Animal Hospital.

Bello, Gary
Author of Enlightening Moments, public speaker, interfaith minister, therapist, and coach, with a full time practice of yoga and meditation since 1971.  Developer of a system that integrates the ancient wisdom of India with modern body-mind psychology and holistic therapies.

Berman, Gabe
Author, Live Like a Fruit Fly

Blech, Rabbi Benjamin
Professor of Talmud, Yeshiva University, author of 15 best-selling books including Why is God Good But The World So Bad, and frequent contributor to major publications.

Biziou, Barbara
Author of The Joy of Ritual and The Joys of Family Rituals, integrates her extensive knowledge of global spiritual practices, rituals, psychology and business into her coaching and consulting practice. She is the renowned go-to expert for high-end, custom ceremonies, global rituals, weddings, and the celebration of all life’s passages.

Bluestein, Dr. Jane
Jane is an award-winning author whose books include Creating Emotionally Safe Schools; High School’s Not Forever; Parents, Teens, & Boundaries; The Parent’s Little Book of Lists; Mentors, Masters, and Mrs. McGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference; and Magic, Miracles & Synchronicity : A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness.

Boren, Minx
Author of Healing is a Journey and four books of poetry, Master Certified Coach and facilitator of innovative programs that support health and balance, reflection and achievement.

Breininger, Dorothy
Author of Stuff Your Face Or Face Your Stuff and expert organizer on the Emmy-nominated series, “Hoarders.”  She created the “Curb The Chaos” System which helps individuals conquer their clutter in a pleasing and fun way.

Bradshaw, John
Called “America’s leading personal growth expert,” he is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, Bradshaw On: The Family, Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming, Creating Love, and Family Secrets, John’s books have sold over four million copies in North America and he has hosted several programs for PBS.

Burg, Bob
Professional speaker and author of the international bestsellers, Endless Referrals and The Go-Giver. His newest book is Adversaries into Allies.

Bushnell, Candace
American novelist and television producer based in New York City. Raised in Connecticut, she wrote a column for the New York Observer from 1994 to 1996, which was adapted into the bestselling Sex and the City anthology.

Canfield, Jack
Author, speaker, trainer and originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series (registered trademark), the Success Principles series and America’s leading authority on creating success and personal fulfillment.

Chasse, Betsy
Author, filmmaker and  Co-Creator of the film “What The Bleep Do We Know?!” Books include including Tipping Sacred Cows, Metanoia – A Transformative Change of Heart and the companion book to BLEEP. Zentropy is her recent documentary film.

Dayton, Tian
Clinical psychologist, prolific author, and nationally recognized expert in the fields of psychodrama and addictions. Clinical Psychologist, Recent books include One Foot in Front of the Other and Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance.

De Caro, Frank
Host of his own live national talk show, The Frank De Caro Show, daily on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. He is the author of four books including The Dead Celebrity Cookbook.

De Marle, Ann
Associate Dean at Champlain College directing its Emergent Media Center, Masters of Fine Arts in Emergent Media, and MS in Emergent Media in Shanghai, China. Founder of the Game Development and the Multimedia undergraduate degrees, Recipient of the Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair.

Farmer, Steven
Licensed psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, ordained minister and author of Animal Spirit Guides, Earth Magic®, Earth Magic® Oracle Cards, and the Children’s Spirit Animal Cards. He is offers a certification program, the Earth Magic® Practitioner training.

Finley, Bill
Author, Curing Urbanitis, Air Force Cowboy, Shaking Up Boca and NewCities. Retired planning & development professional and WWII- Bomber pilot.

Ford, Arielle
Bestselling author of eight books including: Wabi Sabi Love and The Soulmate Secret. Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. She is a radio host, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post.

Gates, J. Gabriel
Author of the horror novel The Sleepwalkers, YA fantasy novels Dark Territory, Ghost Crown, and Shadow Train, and the sci-fi thriller Blood Zero Sky.

Gibb, Dwina
Irish playwright, poet, artist and author of a trilogy about Cormac mac Airt, a second century High King in Ireland; two Regency Mystery novels: Pandora’s Dilemma; and The Lady’s Dilemma; Poetry: Ergot On The Rye; Love Unbound. Comedic Plays: Last Confessions of a Scallywag; The Divil At The Fingerpost; The Gabby Aggies.

Halifax, Joan
American Zen Buddhist roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality. She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico,

Hayes, Temple
Spiritual leader, author, radio host, motivational speaker, ordained Unity Minister and CEO of First Unity campus (St. Petersburg, FL).  Books include: When Did You Die, The Right to Be You and How to Speak Unity.

Hickam, Homer
American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer. His autobiographical novel Rocket Boys: A Memoir, was a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller and the basis for the 1999 film October Sky. Hickam has also written a number of best-selling memoirs and novels including the “Josh Thurlow” historical fiction novels.

Hill, Robin
Professional photographer specializing in architecture and owner and photographer of Robin Hill Photography.

Hilliard, Brian
Has spent the last twenty-five years developing, managing, and investing in commercial real estate, telecommunications, publishing, film and music entertainment properties. His primary focus is on humanitarian projects and assisting non-profit organizations in fund raising, business consulting, and hands-on participation.

Houston, Jean
Philosopher and researcher in Human Capacities and one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement.   A prolific writer, Dr. Houston is the author of 26 books including “Jump Time”, “ A Passion for the Possible”, “Search for the Beloved”, “Life Force”, “The Possible Human”, “Public Like a Frog”, “A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story”, and “Manual of the Peacemaker”.

Jayanti, Sister
Director of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, London and based at their Global Cooperation House in London, UK. She is the European Director of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, assists in coordinating the University’s activities in over 80 countries and is the BKWSU’s representative to the United Nations, Geneva.

Katahakis, Alexandra
Founder of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, CA and author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex After Recovery From Sex Addiction.

Kamenetz, Rodger
Award-winning poet, author and teacher. Of his ten books, his best known is The Jew in the Lotus. Other Kamenetz titles include: This History of Last Night’s Dream, Burnt Books and Stalking Elijah.

Kenniff, Dr. Sean
neurologist, and author of the book, Etre the Cow and Stop Effing Yourself and one of the original contestants of Survivor, the prime time series.

Klein MD, Jennifer Arnold
Neonatologist for Texas Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics-Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, she co-stars with her husband Bill in the TLC series ‘The Little Couple.’

Kolker, Luisa, MA LPCC
Licensed psychotherapist and shamanic healer. Luisa facilitates seasonal earth-based ceremonies and private sessions. She has developed and teaches two dynamic somatic-shamanic healing models, The Transformation Process and The 3 Energy Body Model.

Lanigan, Catherine
Author of over thirty books including: The Evolving Woman: True Confessions of Surviving Mr. Wrong; Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Wings of Destiny. Her newest series of romances is SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE; Love Shadows and Heart’s Desire.  A Fine Year for Love, Lost Love and Unbridled Love is next.

Lerner, Rokelle
Psychotherapist, international consultant and lecturer. Books include The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection, Daily Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics, Affirmation for the Child Within and more. Co-creator and facilitator of the InnerPath Programs for Cottonwood de Tucson.

Loring, Gloria
Author of Coincidence is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous, actress, recording artist of the #1 hit song Friends and Lovers; co-composer of TV theme songs and beloved as “Liz Chandler” on Days of Our Lives. Spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Maslar, Dawn
Author of Your Hearts Desire, biologist, professor and Science of Love Expert. Maslar resides in South Florida.

McCall, Joanne
The Media Polisher and founder of Media Boot

McCormick, Lee
Author of Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag, Spirit Recovery Journal, and founder and co-owner of the Ranch Recovery Center in Tennessee. He founded Spirit Recovery, Inc., which produces Recovery Conferences, Sacred Journeys, workshops, and other recovery and personal growth experiences.

McCourt, Lisa
An award-winning editorial director, publishing exec, and author with over 6 million books including I Love You Stinky Face, the Chicken Soup for the Little Soul series and her book for adults, Juicy Joy: Seven Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gutsy Self.

Miguel Ruiz Jr., don
Author of The Five Levels of Attachment, Ruiz, Jr. apprenticed with his renowned father, don Miguel Ruiz in the Toltec tradition and now helps others discover optimal physical and spiritual health.

Nichols, Lisa
CEO of Motivating the Masses, one of the top training and development companies in the world, a best-selling author of 6 books including coauthoring of Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul and one of the most sought-after transformational speakers with a global platform.

Nordby, Jacob
Author, speaker, and creativity coach who accidentally sparked a worldwide phenomenon when he wrote and shared: “Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters and troubadours–for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” He is author of The Divine Arsonist: A Tale of Awakening.

Norman, Revs. Cathy & Nancy
Nancy Norman is the minister of Unity of Delray Beach (FL) and her daughter, Cathy Jean Norman is the minister of Unity Church of Ventura (CA). Both have been with Unity Church for many years and Cathy holds the distinction of having been the youngest minister ordained by the

Orloff, Judith
Psychiatrist, intuitive healer, and NY Times bestselling author. Her latest book is The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life. Dr. Orloff’s other bestsellers are Emotional Freedom, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Intuitive Healing.

Palatnik, Lori
Author, speaker and media personality, is the Founding Director of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (, which as created a “Birthright” for Jewish women, bringing thousands of mothers to Israel each year, from 18 different countries, for an eight-day transformational experience.

Rose, M.J.
M.J. Rose believes books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it. Her latest is The Collector of Dying Breaths in her Reincarnationist series.  Rose is also founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz. And she is the inspiration for the structure and words that fill this book.

Shimoff, Marci
Celebrated transformational leader and a #1 NY Times bestselling author. She is the author of the runaway bestsellers Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason. She is the coauthor of six of the top-selling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is also a featured teacher in the international movie and book sensation The Secret. President and cofounder of The Esteem Group, Marci delivers keynote addresses and seminars to corporations, women’s associations, universities, and professional and nonprofit organizations.

 ​Schmidt, Barb

Author, The Practice and founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, a non-profit organization that works with the Peace Studies department at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL). With FAU, Schmidt has hosted presentations by HH Dali Lama, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Gabrielle Bernstein and more to further her mission for world peace.

Skog, Susan
Journalist, activist, humanitarian and author of, The Give-Back Solution: Create a Better World with Your Time, Talents, and Travel, and Peace in our Lifetime, and Embracing Our Essence: Spiritual Conversations with Prominent Women. In her work, Skog has supported the efforts of more than 30 organizations easing extreme poverty in the developing world.

Velez-Mitchell, Jane
Award winning television journalist and bestselling author of I Want and Addict Nation. She currently has her own show on HLN, Jane Velez-Mitchell and is an avid animal rights activist.

Williams, Pat
Prolific author, motivational speaker and sports executive, currently serving as a senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.