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ABC’s Gift Ideas: Psychology/Self-Help, Religion, Romance

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Psychology/Self-Help, Religion and Romance as picked out by section buyers Agnes, Martijn and Sophie. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.


Gift Ideas: Consciousness, Religion, Self-Help, Body/Mind/Spirit

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Consciousness, Religion, Self-Help and Body/Mind/Spirit as supplied by Femke, Martijn and Agnes.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!


Staff Review: Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chödrön

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The new book by Pema Chödrön, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, is almost like a detox program for mind and spirit. Based on lectures she gave during a winter retreat in 2009 about the ‘Three Commitments’, three Buddhist Vows that are normally taken with a teacher, she decided to share this knowledge in a less formal way, make it more accessible to people, and give insight into how we can live and become more content human beings by showing us in what way we can apply these commitments in our own lives.

Even though Pema Chödrön is an American Tibetan Buddhist nun who is a resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, she has an uncanny knack to translate Buddhist teachings into day-to-day Western situations and explain how they can be of help without getting stuck in Buddhist traditions or practices. In other words, she is the perfect person to teach Buddhist teachings to people who are interested in spirituality but not Buddhists per sé.

In her very precise and practical style she knows how to reveal the truth about painful situations in our lives and then tells you things your mind actually doesn’t even want to hear, because somewhere inside, a deeper part of you knows this is the real solution to the problem. This is the woman who, when you feel pain, advises you to lean into the pain, because there is wisdom there, wisdom and freedom from this pain we are so desperately running away from. Her honesty makes her work very insightful and in a strange way even beautiful.

With Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change she has taken the theme of living with uncertainty, meaning that you strip yourself from all the distractions the mind clings on to, you come to a place of where everything is constantly changing, which is the nature of life. This is a very difficult place to be for the mind, because it doesn’t want to acknowledge this constant change, starting with birth, moving on to growing up, then becoming old, and at the end, dying. The mind would rather ignore this for as long as possible. Of course in the end it is a lost game, because death will teach us this lesson if we haven’t learned this before.

I have read a couple of her other books – it is always slow reading for me because her lessons need time to sink in – and together with When Things Fall Apart, this is her most profound one. If the idea of detoxing your mind and your life is something that appeals to you, it is worth getting this small book that holds so much wisdom between its covers.

Reviewed by Jilles.

This Just In: Religion

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Six Recently Arrived Books from the Religion Section:


Page 23

Friday, February 10th, 2012

“Historians have suggested that we began to disregard our neighbours at around the same time as we ceased communally to honour our gods.”

- Sentence on page 23 of Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton