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The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents


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Deepak Chopra, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than thirty-five languages. He has also created more than thirty audio- and videotape series, including five critically acclaimed programs that aired on public television, and an interactive CD-ROM. In each medium Deepak Chopra mixes philosophy and physical science, poetry and practicality, abundance and spirituality to develop principles that enliven the texture of daily experience.


Chopra, the best-selling inspirational author and director of the Chopra Center for Well-being, turns his attention here to teaching morality and spirituality to children. Reframing his spiritual laws (The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, LJ 5/1/95), he suggests ways parents can incorporate them into the upbringing of their children. He suggests devoting one day each week to each principle and gives examples of age-appropriate activities for children to foster the learning of these laws and the development of the child's spirituality. This book will appeal primarily to parents who have read Chopra's other books or who watch him on public television. Recommended for public libraries where Chopra's other books circulate.‘Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills., Md.

Capitalizing on the sales of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, the prolific Chopra repeats his handbook formula for spiritual growth. The seven laws for parents are laws of: Pure Potentiality; Giving; Karma; Least Effort; Intention and Desire; Detachment; and Dharma. Chopra translates these straightforward principles into disarmingly concrete kiddie-speak as well: "Everything is possible"; "If you want to get something, give it"; "When you make a choice, you change the future"; "Don't say no‘go with the flow"; "Every time you wish or want, you plant a seed"; "Enjoy the journey"; "You are here for a reason." Seeking to help parents to instill in children a sense of the spiritual at work in everyday life, Chopra offers games and suggestions, organized around days of the week ("Friday is the day of detachment"), and asks parents to relate to their children not as the voice of authority but as fellow creatures "embarked on the journey of soul-making." It is difficult not to view this slight work as crowd-pleasing oversimplification, spiritual cup o' soup for busy, results-oriented souls. Still, Chopra celebrates well the innocence and sensitivity of childhood, and any reminder to parents to honor their too-often neglected treasures of potential has some worth. Major ad/promo; simultaneous Random House audio. (Sept.)

"Realizing that the interest in the rearing of children in America is intense and that in many cases the end products are unsatisfactory--to parents, to teachers, to employers, to thinkers--Chopra sets his mind to analyzing the spiritual aspects of child rearing--or lack of them. His conclusions are fascinating." --Benjamin Spock, M.D.

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