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Preface. Prelude to a Kiss. Introduction. Wake Up. 1 Light the Match. Set Your Intentions Free. 2 The Beaming You Who. Gods, Goddesses, and the Blind Man?s Elephant. 3 Are You Really Gonna Eat That? Grazing at the Spiritual Buffet, Respectfully. 4 Sacred Lipstick and Cosmic Lattes. 1001 Ways to Give Prayer a Makeover. 5 Catapult Your Inner Waitress. Ritualize Your Life; You?ll Just Feel Better. 6 Divine Winks. The Universe Wants Your Attention. Will You Wink Back? 7 Dream On. Widening the Spotlight in Your Internal Theater. 8 Peeling Your Onion. Who Do You Think You Are? 9 When Sparks Fly. Know Your Self, Transform the World. 10 Breaking the Rules. Healthy Transgressions Make the Heavens Applaud. 11 Open Up and Say Ahhh. Sex. Spirit. The Twain Shall Meet?Under Your Covers. 12 Sitting Down and Shutting Up. The Best Spiritual Tool You Will Ever Learn, Ever (Except for the One in Chapter Thirteen). 13 Know That You Know. Trusting Your Intuition with Your Life. 14 Keep Your Self Buzzing. Crank Your Vibe; It?s Your Cosmic Duty. 15 The Joke?s on Us. The One Mandatory Ingredient for Every Path. 16 Roar. Finale (Like Red Wine Spilled onto a Mattress). 17 Judge a Book by What You Uncover. Resources to Keep You Blazing. Select Bibliography. Acknowledgments. The Author.

About the Author

This is Sera Beak?s first book?in this life. She may write another. Or she may just stop trying to explain the inexplicable and build a bird sanctuary. Or she might finally create that cool toy for young girls she?s been dreaming about. She is happiest being a mover. But not of furniture. She lives in San Francisco, drives a purple car, cohabits with an effusive African Grey parrot named Anaya, and has an unnatural affection for human bloopers. She would love to hear from you. And You.


Beak, a religious scholar and writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Web site,, presents a brief but potent book focused on invigorating spirituality in the 20- or 30-something American woman. She vividly criticizes the patriarchal interpretation that has dominated most belief systems for centuries, and then quickly moves on to create her own feminist one. Beak encourages her female audience to do so as well, with their own "red book" modeled after hers, which was first given her as a birthday gift by her sister after their grandfather's death. Beak initially rejected the idea of keeping a journal, but soon found herself writing down prayers, recording dreams and in essence keeping a spiritual scrapbook. Avoiding the typical sentimentality, Beak's vision is a modern, femme fatale spirituality. The book lives up to its "unorthodox" subtitle, advocating that young women search for the spiritual in all things, even sex (memorably in a chapter called "Open Up and Say Ahh"). Beak calls herself a "spiritual cowgirl," taking her readers along for the ride. Her writing is probably too brazen for more conservative spiritual readers, but she displays poignant insights throughout. (June 16) (Publishers Weekly, February 27, 2006) "GORGEOUS! . . . A deep, smart, and authentic guide to being more indelibly and powerfully yourself." ?SARK, author-artist, Succulent Wild Woman "Every so often there comes our way a glorious chunk of life so utterly unique that even the jaded blink twice. The Red Book is just such a chunk . . . refreshing, sparkling, effervescent . . . a psychic shower for the soul." ?Neale Donald Walsch, author, Conversations with God "If you're hungry for real magic but allergic to self-righteous jive, sit yourself down at this feast." ?Rob Brezsny, syndicated columnist, Free Will Astrology "Smart, stylish, divine!" ?Cameron Tuttle, author, The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want "Beak's knowledge is far-reaching. Her lightness of being is worth taking seriously." ?China Galland, professor, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California; author, The Bond Between Women

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