Foreword writer Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Adyashanti is author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, Emptiness Dancing, True Meditation, and The End of Your World. Based in California, he lives with his wife, Mukti, and teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live Internet radio broadcast.
Lita de Alberdi
Lita de Alberdi is a gifted and experienced spiritual teacher who spends her time channelling, teaching, healing, spiritual counselling and in psychotherapeutic work at the School of the Living Light which she founded in 1994 near Ely in Cambridgeshire.
Heather Alexander has written numerous books for children and young adults including previous titles in this series, A Child's Introduction to the World, A Child's Introduction to Greek Mythology, and A Child's Introduction to Art. She is a former book editor and lives in Basking Ridge, NJ. Meredith Hamilton has illustration the previous eight books in the Child's Intro series. Her other illustration work includes apps for children, cookbooks, and Steuben glass. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Jo Amaral grew up a bit of a rebel but credits a youth pastor as a major factor in his conversion and decision to enter the ministry. In 2002 he first visited Israel and learned about the culture from his tour guide, a Messianic Jew. He now operates a ministry conducting tours of the Holy Land several times a year and teaching on the Jewish roots of Christianity.
J. C. Amberchele was born in Philadelphia in 1940. He attended a Quaker school, then colleges in Pennsylvania and New York, graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In the early 1960s, Amberchele worked as a part-time instructor at a private school in Honolulu, teaching high school math and French. An athlete in high school and college, he tried his hand at auto racing in Hawaii, but soon ran out of funds. He married in 1965, worked briefly as a salesman in both Honolulu and Los Angeles, but soon divorced and returned to Hawaii. After working at odd jobs at a local marina, he began taking LSD, and subsequently joined the growing ranks of "hippies" living in the Waikiki Beach area. In 1967, Amberchele again moved to Southern California, and this time began selling marijuana to support himself. Soon he was transporting wholesale quantities to various cities in the United States, and within a year was moving marijuana north from Mexico in cars and airplanes-a "career" he followed for nearly fifteen years, and one which he admits drove him deeper and deeper into crime and "insanity." During this time, he married again, had two children, and travelled extensively, often to avoid the law. After his arrest, he began writing and studying Eastern philosophy. His first book, How You Lose, a novel, was released in 2002 (Carroll & Graf, New York). He has been a longtime meditator in prison, and has called himself a "reluctant Buddhist" since taking formal vows in 2001. As of this writing he has been incarcerated a total of twenty-nine years, and does not expect to be released soon.
TROY ANDERSON is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist, best-selling co-author along with Paul McGuire of The Babylon Code, former executive editor of Charisma magazine and Charisma Media, and a regular guest on numerous television and radio shows.
Dianna E. Anderson
Dianna Anderson is a 27-year-old freelance writer who writes for and manages the popular blog Faith and Feminism, where she examines questions of women, sexuality, and progressive political issues within the American church. She also writes for various feminist websites and tweets @diannaeanderson. She has a master's in English from Baylor University and a bachelor's in theology and philosophy from the University of Sioux Falls. She currently lives in Sioux Falls, SD.
Jane Teresa Anderson
Jane Teresa Anderson BSc (Hons) is a dream analyst, dream therapist, writer andmentor, consulting, training and mentoring worldwide through JaneTeresa.com She is the author of six books, a frequent guest on Australian television, and an accomplished international radio dream talkback guest, contributing to hundreds of shows across all demographics. Jane Teresa also hosts a podcast series, The Dream Show, where she analyses guests' dreams and shares dream interpretations and insights. The Dream Show will reach episode 200 in February 2018.
Jan Angelo is a healer, psychotherapist and counsellor.
Jack Angelo D.Litt. is a well-known healer and teacher of subtle energy medicine and natural spirituality, who has worked with individuals and groups for over 25 years. He lectures and gives workshops in the UK and abroad for health-care professionals and the general public, and also runs popular courses for the National Federation of Spiritual Healers.
MARIE ARMENIA, the daughter of Molly Bruno, has traveled the country as a singer/songwriter and keynote women's retreat speaker. As a pastor's wife for many years, she has always had a heart to serve God's people in any way possible. She is the former producer, writer and on-air hostess of "The Marie Show," a TV broadcast for women, which aired on seven Christian TV stations in the northeast. She is the author of more than 400 magazine articles and various columns for Lifeway magazines and Mature Living. Marie currently writes a monthly humor column for Mature Living. She also writes for several other faith-based publications.
Lucy Atkins is a well known health journalist.
Michael Backes specializes in cannabis science and policy issues at a southern California consultancy, which maintains clients throughout the United States. He previously founded the first evidence-based medical cannabis dispensary. Backes is active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis molecule), the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and is a member of the American Herbal Products Association's Cannabis Committee. He lives in Southern California.
Darryl Bailey was drawn to meditation at the age of fourteen. He spent the next seventeen years exploring awareness and concentration practices from Christian, Hindu, Sufi, Taoist, Buddhist, and Western psychology sources. He then spent a further nine years apprenticed to mindfulness teacher Ruth Denison, and another six years as a Buddhist meditation monk in the Thai forest tradition, under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho. In both situations he was asked to begin teaching. Along the way, there was recurring contact with the independent philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti, as well as a significant connection with the Advaita sage Robert Adams.
Roy Bainton author of Honoured By Strangers, The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena and A Brief History of 1917: Russia's Year of Revolution travelled the world in the Merchant Navy. He has written extensively for radio, TV, magazines and newspapers.
Sarah E. Ball
Sarah E. Ball is a blogger, speaker, and mom of five beautiful children who uses her platform to minster to people suffering from crippling anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and depression
After studying for an Art degree at Middlesex University, Sarah Bartlett went on to become a consultant astrologer, first training at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London, and then acquiring the Diploma in Psychological Astrology at the CPA, an in-depth 3-year professional training programme which cross-fertilizes the fields of astrology, mythology and depth, humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Author or over twenty mainstream non-fiction books, including the best-selling 'Tarot Bible' and more recently, 'The National Geographic's Guide to Supernatural Places,' she has been astrologer for the 'London Evening Standard,' as well as many women's magazines such as 'Cosmopolitan,' 'She,' and 'Spirit and Destiny.' She is also one of the founder members of www.theastrologyroom.com where she provides both weekly content and a consultation service.Sarah contributes as astrologer to BBC Radio 2 and divides her time between London and the South of France where she practices both the occult and fine arts.
Richard Bates lives in Warwickshire, England. He's married with two children and for the past 25 years has worked as a locksmith. He has a degree in psychology from The Open University and spends his life enjoying time with his family and writing about everything and nothing.
Martha Beck is a bestselling author. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio, including the television show OPRAH. She has carried out research at Harvard Business School, and through her company Life Design, Inc. she helps clients develop their careers and their lives.
David Bell is a qualified Zen Shiatsu practitioner. His illustrations and writing are inspired by his study of Eastern philosophy and meditation. He works in theatre as a stage manager and is an art director in film and television.