A ‘tour de force in matters of the heart’ Claire Scobie, Kindred Spirit This powerful, beautiful, transformative book reminds us on every page that a life worth living is a life of love. Love is the currency that transcends all others. Love connects us most deeply to our best selves, as well as to other people. The presence or absence of love makes the greatest difference to our happiness, our health and wellbeing. Yet seeking love and sustaining it continues to disappoint many people.
The Moon Shines Out of the Dark is Stephanie Dowrick’s first children’s book for many years. It’s a tender, touching story for 4-7 year olds, focusing on an enchanting little boy called Harry. The book is wonderfully illustrated by award-winning artist and illustrator, Anne Spudvilas. “A great addition to any bookshelf and a moving story to be shared by families everywhere.” Australian Bookseller and Publisher
Launch events for The Moon Shines Out of the Dark – Sydney. October 2012 (Allen & Unwin) Stephanie Dowrick will read the book, talk with children (and adults!) and sign copies at the following venues:
Dr Stephanie Dowrick’s new book, Everyday Kindness: Short cuts to a happier and more confident life, offers short, wise and often very entertaining chapters on the great variety of experiences that we call “everyday life”. Adding kindness to the mix – or greater care, appreciation, good humour, respect – life itself takes a turn for the better. We feel better. We are far easier and more comfortable to be around.
Good books don’t get old. Or stale. Trivia does curdle. Or goes right off. But some of the books that I treasure most and refer to most often seem as fresh as dew and were literally written two or three thousand years ago. I don’t want to be asked what I am writing next when my newest book Seeking the Sacred has been in the world just a few months. I am still working on it! I’m teaching from it, talking about it, pursuing further the ideas that interest me most…and welcoming your reading of it, your conversations and your comments.
Allen & Unwin November 2010
“The modern world is desacralized, that is why it is in crisis. The modern person must rediscover a deeper source of his [or her] own spiritual life.”
Imagine the world we would live in if we dared to see all of life as sacred.
At a time when religion is increasingly viewed as irrelevant or as the cause of violence, Stephanie Dowrick most powerfully persuades us that only an authentically inclusive spiritual vision is ambitious enough to change the way that we see ourselves and keep one another safe. In this intimate, highly personal book, she speaks directly to those seeking spiritual depth and meaning in their own lives. She also addresses some of the most urgent social questions of our day:
Allen & Unwin 2010
New edition 2010; first published 1997.
A continuing bestseller and comfort to countless readers, this may be one of the most compassionate, inspiring and supportive books you will ever read. It is also Stephanie Dowrick’s own personal favourite, written in a time of great bleakness that emerged into new levels of understanding and appreciation of life itself.
Allen & Unwin 2009
In this timely work, Stephanie Dowrick offers a profound and highly accessible study of one of literature’s most exciting and inspirational voices. Her study of the visionary poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, includes more than 90 of Rilke’s most sublime poems, many translated here for the first time by poet and scholar Mark S. Burrows. She also offers a fascinating analysis of Rilke’s extraordinary life and work from an explicitly spiritual/literary point of view. The book also includes stimulating, provocative discussion of the experiences of readers.
Allen & Unwin 2005
The message of this book is very simple – you can be happier. You can also be a source of happiness, encouragement and support for other people. Understanding that your happiness largely depends on your outlook on life, your inner values and resilience, and on the way you regard and treat other people, you can take charge of your large and small decisions in new and highly effective ways.
This is essential emotional wisdom, supporting self-esteem, insight and respectful, joyful relationships, for a wide range of twenty-first century readers from younger adults to the most experienced.
Allen & Unwin 2006
No. 1 Australian bestseller
SIlver Award Winner, Nautilus Awards (USA), 2009
“Written with lightness and elegance, a modern bible for the soul.” The Age, Melbourne
“Stephanie Dowrick makes the hard questions simple; she makes the impossible real and possible. Her wisdom is contagious. If anyone can cause a happiness revolution, she can.”
Allen & Unwin 2007
First prize COVR awards (USA) in “Self-Help” category
“The impulse to write is natural for many people. Yet the demands of more public forms of writing can be crushing. In the private spaces of your journal, a genuine sense of possibility is renewed with every blank page. The inner critic can be sacked. The possibilities of style, mood and expression are limitless.”
Allen & Unwin 2007
Stephanie Dowrick has been writing about intimacy for many years. She distills here some of her wisest thinking into ideas that can be expressed on a single page – but that can create lasting change. The emphasis throughout is on respect, understanding, communication and personal responsibility. A small elegant book, each page offers a practical insight into how to live with greater kindness, happiness and commitment. ”It’s not age, sexuality, wealth, religion or culture that will determine the success of your relationship. It is your willingness to discover what love truly means.”
Allen & Unwin 2004
These short, highly accessible “takes” on modern living provide an excellent introduction to Stephanie Dowrick’s work – and ideal bedside reading. Stephanie Dowrick’s writing territory takes her from the profound to the everyday, but always with attention to the biggest question of all: ‘How should we live?’
In chapters short enough to enjoy in a single reading, Stephanie Dowrick offers her views on subjects as various as: how to worry less and praise more; what happiness is – and how to achieve it; ageing appreciatively; why and how to meditate; when and whether to marry; why doubt can be useful and how burnout can be avoided. She also speaks up persuasively for honesty, tolerance and peace in a world where those vital qualities can seem in short supply.
Random House Australia 2002 (Revised and expanded) First published 1991
An international best-seller, this book allows us to understand our relationships with others through a deepened and more self-accepting relationship with ourselves. Six years in the writing, this highly researched yet supremely accessible book was Stephanie Dowrick’ s first major best-seller. It has sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand alone and is a classic in its field. It is of profound help to people undergoing what is perhaps an essential crisis of self-awareness, or those who want to understand what intimacy asks of them, as well as how it can most reliably support and reward them. Widely translated.
Viking Australia - First publication: 2000 – No 1. Bestseller
A rare book that combines practical psychological insights with genuine spiritual development.
“A tour de force of matters of the heart” Kindred Spirit
“Deeply attentive and acutely perceptive… infinitely compassionate and accepting” Women’s Health
“”Celebrates altruism and the precious everyday moments of human connection” The Courier-Mail
“Dowrick is a great teacher, a great observer of human behaviour and a fine tactician, but first and foremost she’s a great story teller” Marcus O’Donnell, Sydney Star Observer
“Deeply attentive and acutely perceptive… infinitely compassionate and accepting” Josephine Brouard, Women’s Health
Random House Australia Pty Ltd – First published 1993
In this warm, wise companion to her international bestseller, Intimacy and Solitude, Stephanie Dowrick guides us to greater self-awareness, confidence and happiness through simple, effective self-therapy. She does not provide formula answers, hoping they might fit. Instead she inspires us to develop our own inner strength, enabling us to relate rewardingly to ourselves and others.
This invaluable resource:
• Develops fresh, creative ways to respond to emotional hurdles.
• Uses focused explorations and guided meditations which can fit into and transform the busiest of schedules.
Penguin Australia – First publication 1998
There is no source of happiness greater than the practice of love.
Stephanie Dowrick shows us in countless warm, practical and far-reaching ways how to make every day a loving day.
Open this exquisite book at any page – and deepen your knowledge of love.
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DAILY ACTS OF LOVE
PAPERBACK – Penguin Australia, Melbourne – ISBN 0140273034
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DAILY ACTS OF LOVE: A JOURNAL
Penguin Australia, Melbourne – ISBN 0140273034
Penguin Australia, Melbourne – First publication 2001
Viking Australia, Melbourne
There are moments in all of our lives when we need encouragement and hope.
Stephanie Dowrick offers us practical inspiration to see freshly how precious our lives are, and how readily we can regain balance, strength and resilience.
Open to any page – and feel renewed.
EVERY DAY A NEW BEGINNING
Penguin Australia, Melbourne – PAPERBACK – ISBN 0143001043
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Viking Australia – No 1 Bestseller : First published 1997
“Just as the great oceans have but one taste, the taste of salt, so too there is but one taste fundamental to all true teachings of the Way, and this is the taste of freedom.” Buddha
Work and love are at the heart of this wise, optimistic novel.
Around two immensely likeable women – Cordelia and Laurie – circulate noisy, opinionated friends, children, siblings, most of whom share their fascination with place, with creativity, with richly varied human relationships, and with vital, exhilarating questions about the “”taste of freedom”" that underpins everything.
Penguin Books Australia/ Viking UK – First published 1985
Her mother’s death marked a turning point in Zoe Delighty’s young life. It was as though everything she knew about the world – about life and love – died with her.
Zoe’s imaginative life becomes her strength and eventually her means of escape.
Years later, we meet her again in Europe. She is living a colourful, even dazzling life. But what is she making of herself?
Random House Australia
Childrens Fiction – Illustrated by David Cox
Katherine Rose is so pleased when she says her first words, and there’s one word she loves best of all. She says it over and over again. But it’s not a word her parents want to hear!