"Dreaming Bhutan" Receives Rare Five-Star Review from ForeWord Clarion and Featured Reviews Published in Vision Magazine, Common Ground

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ForeWord Clarion has given five out of five stars to "Dreaming Bhutan: Journey in the Land of the Thunder Dragon” (Mani Press) by award-winning author, teacher and Buddhist monk, Nicole Grace. Also this month, Vision Magazine and the Bay Area’s Common Ground Magazine published featured reviews of “Dreaming Bhutan.”

"...when closing Dreaming Bhutan, one feels a bit like Samuel Taylor Coleridge awakened from his famous dream of Xanadu. Luckily, Nicole Grace has constructed a dream that can be revisited simply by opening her book.”
- ForeWord Clarion

ForeWord Clarion has given five out of five stars to "Dreaming Bhutan: Journey in the Land of the Thunder Dragon” (Mani Press) by award-winning author, teacher and Buddhist monk, Nicole Grace.

ForeWord Clarion, a leading industry guide to small press offerings, calls Dreaming Bhutan “an exquisite book that illuminates the sense of mystery that surrounds Bhutan.”

The review adds, “Regardless of one’s spiritual leanings, Dreaming Bhutan is conducive to meditation—whether it be meditation of the sort the Buddhist monks of Bhutan practice, or simply the meditation of a reader engrossed in a transformative volume… The author writes of her time in Bhutan: ‘Like waking from a rare, exquisite dream ... I have attempted to capture a few precious moments.’ Indeed, when closing Dreaming Bhutan, one feels a bit like Samuel Taylor Coleridge awakened from his famous dream of Xanadu. Luckily, Nicole Grace has constructed a dream that can be revisited simply by opening her book.”

As Vision Magazine’s featured book review for September, editor and publisher, Sydney L. Murray wrote a moving and personal account of reading Dreaming Bhutan during a recent challenging time for her. “Luckily I had the great gift of the new book by Nicole Grace… I sat with this beautiful book and meandered through it. Not once upon picking it up have I not found a smile on my face as well as my heart and mind lifted. As they have in the past, the words of Ms. Grace have once again soothed and inspired me.”

Ms. Murray also praised the photography as “stunning and truly remarkable,” and the poetic writing as “a balm on my soul.” The review concludes with the magazine editor’s unusually heartfelt statement, “Even in the midst of a harrowing month I was comforted by the book, and in its elegant simplicity my mind was quieted and my heart renewed. I can only tell you that the many people who have learned and been inspired by Nicole Grace will not be disappointed. This book is a work of art.”

Also this month, the Bay Area’s Common Ground Magazine annual Women’s Issue features a review of Dreaming Bhutan that calls the book, “not just a collection of pictures from a journey to the reclusive Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, but rather a journey in and of itself… you may begin to sense that more is being transmitted than just information about this enchanted little country. With each passing moment spent immersed in the book, a feeling of stillness grows, as if you were actually sitting inside those ancient temples, surrounded by contemplative monks.”

"Dreaming Bhutan" has won numerous awards, including two 2011 International Book Awards, in the categories of Travel: Pictorial and Travel: Recreational, and best Photography/Art book in the 2011 Paris Book Festival.

Book Signings and Teachings are being held throughout the fall as part of a multi-city book tour throughout the Southwest and Western U.S.

About Nicole Grace:
Nicole Grace is a Buddhist monk, mystic and author. For over a decade, she has taught Buddhism, mysticism and meditation, as well as personal and professional development to people around the world. She is the award-winning author of "Dreaming Bhutan: Journey in the Land of the Thunder Dragon" (Mani Press 2011), "Bodhisattva: How To Be Free, Teachings To Guide You Home" (Mani Press 2010) and "Mastery At Work: 18 Keys For Achieving Success, Fulfillment And Joy In Any Profession" (Mani Press 2005).

Additional information about Nicole Grace’s books, teachings, events and more can be found at http://www.likeswans.com.

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