2013 Evergreen Book Medals
Books Honored for Contributing to Positive Global Change
Five years into conducting the Living Now Awards and 12 years into this new millennium, we've launched the Evergreen Book Medals to commemorate world-changing books published since the year 2000.
We all seek healthier, more fulfilling lives for ourselves and for the planet, and books are important tools for gaining knowledge about how to achieve these goals for ourselves, our loved ones, and for Planet Earth.
Divided into five categories, these books are honored for their contributions to positive global change. Here are the Living Now Evergreen Book medalists.
Evergreen Medals for World Peace
Gold: Letters From Your Future: Reaching for Your Highest Potential in Times of Great Change, by Brett L. Bowden (CreateSpace)
"Things have been as they always have, until now. Now is the dawning of a new era, a era in which man will become more like he was in the beginning, when God and man breathed as one. No longer will the wall of separation divide the two. For the barriers are being broken down, even as these words are being written."
Silver: Tri Worlds: It’s Time to Think as a Species, by Gil Mulley (Red Feather Publishing LLC)
"Our globe wallows in one mess after another because we human beings value our contrived differences exponentially more than our basic human sameness. We’ve divided our species into so many nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, political and religious beliefs that we now have no concept of our whole – our species – and what’s best for its survival."
Bronze: The Rainbow Bridge: Bridge to Inner Peace and to World Peace, by Brent N. Hunter (Spirit Rising Productions)
"I discovered that the great perennial wisdom of all of the various religious perspectives was never available in an integrated form. After a series of profound spiritual awakenings and realizations, I recognized that one of my key life purposes is to illuminate the common ground in the world’s major religions, revealing universal principles…"
Evergreen Medals for Health and Wellness
Gold: Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the Hopeless, by Howard Straus with Barbara Marinacci (Totality Books/Gerson Media)
“In the developing world, people’s extreme vulnerability to infectious diseases is definitely linked to gross malnutrition and the change from wholesome, well-balanced native food to the high-tech diet of the so-called developed world,” writes Gerson’s grandson, Howard Strauss. “As a culture we have also become programmed to believe that eating Big Macs and drinking sugary soda pop are desirable human traits.”
Silver: Breast Cancer: Reduce Your Risk with Foods You Love, by Robert Pendergrast, MD (Penstokes Press)
"Your best habit for cancer risk reduction day by day is to eat a large variety of healthy foods instead of focusing on just one or two in the “Top 10” list. A large amount of good science links a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables with decreased cancer risk across the board."
Bronze: The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing, by Cortney Davis (Kent State University Press)
"I learned that nursing is an odd, mysterious, humbling, addicting, and often transcendent profession… The stories patients reveal – with their complex emotional and physical histories and the multilayering of their lives – are as entrancing and as important as the greatest novel."
Evergreen Medals for Personal Growth
Gold: Rascal: Making a Difference by Becoming an Original Character, by Chris Brady (Obstaclés Press, Inc)
"Being a Rascal is an outpouring of who a person is on the inside. It is a spirit of willfulness and strength, a dynamic force that drives one forward toward a unique path and contribution. It is character in motion, originality in broad relief, uniqueness for the sake of being true to one’s self and one’s cause."
Silver: The Boy Who Saved My Life, Walking Into the Light with My Autistic Grandson, by Earle Martin (Bright Sky Press)
"Charlie likes himself. How profound that is.
With all of his limitations, of which I think he is somehow aware, he likes himself. He can experience frustration and sadness, and talk about it… and still he likes himself. At the end of the day, he chooses to find his glass half full."
Bronze: A Loving Guide to These Shifting Times, by Alice Inoue (CreateSpace)
"You may have had moments where you sensed that something was happening deeper within you than you’ve ever experienced before. It is simply the voice at the core of your being, nudging you into full expression of your soul. Listen closely to the message: it is saying, 'It is time.'"
Evergreen Medals for Spiritual Leadership
Gold: Up and In: Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Potential, by Steve Kubicek (Summit Partners LLC)
"If your heart yearns for a better tomorrow, then I challenge you to address this yearning by taking seriously the truths you are about to discover. Learn to apply them to your life. Accept the key principles and treasure truths offered here, allow them to lift you up and in, and then pass them on."
Silver: I Am Another You – A Journey to Powerful Breakthroughs, by Priya Kumar (Embassy Books)
"It is my purpose to communicate clearly and to use my life in service of the highest good for the highest number of purposes that there ever will be. I will measure the worth of my life with the quality of the world that I leave behind. I will live in love and that will be my identity for the world to know. I have found my purpose. I have found myself."
Bronze: Inner Peace – Global Impact: Tibetan Buddhism, Leadership, and Work, by Kathryn Goldman Schuyler (Information Age Publishing, Inc)
"Can the fusion of ancient wisdom teachings and Western education develop wise leaders? Only future sages will be able to answer, looking back at what happens during the rest of the twenty-first century. However, adding the pure, accurate transmission of these formerly secret “ear-whispered” Tibetan teachings to the clamorous mixture of elements in Western culture opens the possibility for a shift in the underlying Western paradigms."
Evergreen Medals for Nature Conservation
Gold: The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction, by Will Burrard-Lucas, Rebecca R. Jackrel and Jaymi Heimbuch (Lobelia Press)
"As much as their appearance and location, it is the wolves’ behavior that inspires conservationists. The wolves build a village – they work as a group to protect their territory, they all help to raise each litter of pups… There’s a beauty to that, and a lesson to be learned. It takes effort to create and care for a community, and these wolves embody that ideal. By helping one another, they are mentors for improving our planet."
Silver: Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants, by Dr. Frank Porter (Orange Frazer Press)
"By creating wildflower gardens, we begin to understand what makes our natural areas unique. As wildlife begins to return to our landscape, we also begin to understand how our ecosystem functions. We should be gardening in harmony with nature – not in a battle against nature. We can begin finally to appreciate the beauty and importance of our native plants and wildlife."
Bronze: Cycle, by Jay Amberg (Amika Press)
"You will comprehend that the solutions to our current global problems lie not in more and larger Marvels but in balance, in letting yourself be touched by the world, in surrendering to your moment in time, in living deeply each day, in taking action that affirms life. Locally, wherever you are, and globally."
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