'In the Same Breath' Hits Shelves in April: Early Praise Calls Book 'Beautiful,' 'Opens Readers to Wisdom Traditions'

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‘In the Same Breath’ is being compared to Aldous Huxley’s ‘The Perennial Philosophy' by best-selling author Mark Epstein. Beautifully illustrated book traces spiritual concept that Spirit and Creation are One back 2,600 years.

Critics are calling "In the Same Breath" a beautiful book that 'opens readers to the world's wisdom traditions."

A hydbrid book that provides insight into the world’s great spiritual traditions as well as springboards for meditation, "In the Same Breath" has been compared to Aldous Huxley's classic anthology by best-selling author Mark Epstein, M.D.

Epstein, author of Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being and Open to Desire, sums up In the Same Breath’s vision and appeal:

“Jean Latz Griffin's In the Same Breath is a    beautiful book. It reminds me of Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy, one of my favorite works of all time. I am sure that this book will open its readers to the world's wisdom traditions, just as Huxley's did for me.”    

Griffin, a former Chicago Tribune reporter who has written about spirituality for the Tribune and other publications, collaborated with Downers Grove artist Christine Tobias to meld 52 readings from the world’s wisdom traditions with more than a dozen illustrations that evoke the essence of the readings and the times in which they occurred.

Meticulously researched but simply written, with overviews that place the readings with the historical and religious context of their times, the book traces humanity’s attempts to understand the mysterious unity of God and Creation through writings from 600 BCE, when human consciousness made a huge leap all over the world, to the 21st Century.

Writings come from Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Sufism, Wiccan, Native American Spirituality and secular voices, including pop music and literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

One of the book’s more interesting discoveries is that the concepts being expressed regarding this mystery in the 20th and 21st centuries – both from secular and religious writers – are more similar to the thoughts expressed 2,600 years ago than to anything that has gone between.

A strong argument is made that the increasing global connectedness and the concepts of relativity and the new physics have enabled a spiraling back to those earlier, less dualistic times.

Griffin and Tobias are available for interviews.

"In the Same Breath," by Jean Latz Griffin, illustrated by Christine Tobias; 152 pp. Index, Bibliography, Glossary, Timeline, two 8-page full color inserts.

3,000 first printing; 6-city tour. Pub date 4/21/06; published by CyberINK.

Contact: Jean Latz Griffin

847 506 4214



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