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The Spiritual Life as the Natural Life in 'The Songbird in My Heart'

New book embraces a Thoreau-like inner knowing of original, true nature

GREENWOOD, Va., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Some are comparing new author Mark Steven Rhoads to Henry David Thoreau as authors who link nature's lessons to the spiritual life. "The Songbird in My Heart" is a song of grace, whispering softly to anyone listening for the hushed voice of inner knowing. For many, the call is so quiet it is perceived as a vague yearning for something more in life. This is the call of the songbird in your heart.

The book has simple intentions: to help the reader recognize the simple magnificence of being and point toward the purpose of life. In addition to Henry David Thoreau, it is inspired by the work of Dainin Katagiri, H.W.L. Poonja, Don Miguel Ruiz, Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson.

A video book trailer (3:00) is now available at http://www.youtube.com/user/marksrhoads. The video titled, "I Am Spirit, A Song of Grace," combines photographs and book excepts set to the transformative music of Maia Oden. The book is featured on the October cover of the Boomer Times and Senior Life. International Titles is representing the book at the Frankfurt Germany Book Fair, looking for global distribution partners.

Mark Steven Rhoads recounts his journey of self-discovery through the readings and philosophies that have brought him to an everyday peace that passes all understanding. The story is told within the simple, beautiful context of everyday life. While no religious and spiritual traditions are promoted, they are all encouraged and respected.

Advance Book Reviews (review copies available)

10/10/2009 "Blending philosophical prose, simple nature poetry, and full color photography, Mark Steven Rhoads produces a read that'll delight readers on multiple fronts, pleasing their eyes along with their mind." Midwest Book Review

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/oct_09.htm#rc

10/1/2009 "...this book shouted out to me to sit down in a quiet spot and relax, reading the poetry and absorbing its messages.... I cannot emphasize enough how lovely and helpful this book will be to any person sensitive enough to appreciate it. It is rare find!" Anita Finley, Boomer Times & Senior Life

http://www.babyboomers-seniors.com/pdfs/oct09/articles/cvrbook.pdf

7/19/2009 "an exceptional manifesto of life in these troubled times... sure to inspire..."

Torey Mitchell, Newswire

http://www.newswire.net/newsroom/index.php/permalink/68611.html

7/15/2009 "These brightly colored volumes indicate conscious engagement with the natural world as a means toward spiritual insight or revelation..." Graham Christian, Library Journal

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6669009.html

Book Facts:

"The Songbird in My Heart, The Magnificence of Being" by Mark Steven Rhoads

5.5" by 8.5" sewn softcover with fold-in flaps, 208 pages

Four-color throughout, illustrations, photographs, tables, bibliography and index

ISBN 978-0-615-27362-4, Publication Date - October 15, 2009, retail price $24.99

Available at: Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Follett Library Resources, Amazon.com

    Contacts for the Publisher:
    Belle Vista, LLC (member of the IBPA)
    Publishing Division
    8899 Critzers Shop Road
    Afton, VA 22920
    (540) 456-6861
    Email: [email protected]

Contacts for the Author:

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.TheSongbirdInMyHeart.com

Blogsite: http://RoadtoRhoads.blogspot.com

http://facebook.com/RoadtoRhoads

http://twitter.com/RoadtoRhoads

http://myspace.com/MarkRhoads

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.

SOURCE Belle Vista, LLC

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