Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart
Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.
Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.
Find the Book in the US
You can now buy Into the Magic Shop at bookstores and web sites. The book's publication date was February 2, 2015.
In the UK
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In South Africa
James Doty interviewed by Irwin Kula at the Strand in NYC
Into the Magic Shop is published in several languages and countries beyond the United States.
Australia: Angus and Robertson
Arabic: Arab Scientific Publishers
Brazil (Port): GMT Editores Ltda Sextante
Chinese: Tiandi Publications
Czech: Fortuna Libri
Danish: Det Bla Hus (Gyldendal)
Dutch: A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
French: Editions Flammarion in France, and Editions Edito in French Canada
German: Scorpio Verlag
Italian: Rizzoli Editore
Japan: President, Inc.
Korean: Daum Books
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Portuguese: Lua de Papel
Romania: Lifestyle Publishing
Slovak: Fortuna Libri
South Africa: Loot.ca.za
Spanish: Ediciones Urano
Swedish: Massolit Forlag
Turkish: Juaguar Kitap
UK: Hodder & Stoughton