Sofia’s Prolific Literary Community

January 28, 2015

The subjects of Sofia’s published authors range are vast and include books on happiness, depression, sexuality, Christianity, and the search for a divinely led life.

Palo Alto, CA – The heart of our university resides within our Sofia community which include students, both past and present, faculty and staff.  We’ve been fortunate to host an abundance of literary talents, many of which have published groundbreaking books.  The following are just a few of the successful book ventures our Sofia community has launched into the world in the past few months.

Elisha Goldstein PhD, appeared on Good Morning America’s segment on a surprising teen trend, meditation.  His new book “Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion,” uses cutting-edge mindfulness and self-compassion techniques along with innovations in neuroscience to release natural antidepressants in the brain.

Walker Karraa PhD, has written “Transformed by Postpartum Depression” and it’s been on the top ten for postpartum depression every week since publication. Walker’s book is a poignant tale of 20 women’s journeys through postpartum depression, the trauma it creates, and the growth they experienced as a result.

Eric W. Towle PhD, has written “The Uprising of the Human Spirit” and it’s about the evolution of consciousness through history in relation to the rise and fall of civilizations and our place in that dynamic right now.  Eric has taken the integral theory of Jean Gebser, a social historian of immense genius, and integrated his penetrating insight into the evolution of consciousness with the political science of Carroll Quigley, a past master in the study of evolving civilizations.

Melissa Jebian Fritchle Adjunct Faculty Member, has written, “The Conscious Sexual Self Workbook” and it guides you to look to yourself for answers. Written by an experienced sex therapist and educator, this book gives you accurate holistic information about sex and sexual relationships, but it also provides you with questions and exercises to help you explore your own sexual history, values, and desires.

Lauri Ann Lumby Global PhD student, released her fourth book “Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene.” This novel is a work of historical fiction, inspired by scripture, historical documents and ancient sacred texts, providing nourishment and inspiration for those in search of a relevant Christianity – with Jesus and Mary as two who lived the fullness of the human experience while teaching us how to love.

Mark Allan Kaplan PhD, has written “The Search For A Divinely Guided Life.” Mark’s book is a first-person true account of one individual’s quest for the divine through time and memory, across many cultures and traditions, through dark nights, gentle graces, and unimaginable miracles and wonders, ultimately leading to the discovery of the one path within the many and the heart of divine wisdom and guidance itself.

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