Books to Bring You Home to Yourself
Welcome to Rose Press.
At the very heart of Rose Press is -- you. We publish books to nourish your inner being and grow your inner garden.
Whether you are a devoted reader or also a writer, we seek to offer you an experience of sanctuary that opens you to the beauty of your own true being.
And isn't that just what we want from a book? We want to see who we are. We want direct access to the materials (and im-materials) with which to grow our inner garden well. We want to live in a world where this is so; where our incredibly beautiful fragrance reveals itself to us and is released into a transforming and welcoming world.
These books — these fragrant offerings — can make this vision real for you. Look around, smell the roses, and take these books into your heart and mind.
"If you asked for a few words of guidance and comfort, I would quickly kneel by your side and offer a whole book as a gift." — Hafiz
SERIES 1: THE CREATIVE PROCESS
STARTING YOUR BOOK: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You, by NAOMI ROSE
A key to writing the book of your heart where the essential ingredient is not a technique or formula, but what's inside you.
"Reading your book was like a comforting hug of encouragement. I love everything about it." — Jane Falla, former literary associate, writer
SERIES 2: HEALING THE WORLD FROM THE INSIDE OUT
HEALING CIVILIZATION: Bringing Personal Transformation into the Societal Realm, by CLAUDIO NARANJO, MD. Foreword by Jean Houston, PhD
The doctor has taken the pulse of our modern way of life, and concluded that it is very sick. How did this come to be? Is there a cure? Yes, once we find balance within our own "intra-psychic family" (head, heart, and instincts).
"A grand theory of Civilization with a capital C!" — Johan Galtung, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award ("Alternative Nobel Prize")
THE STAR-SEER'S PROPHECY, by RAHIMA WARREN. A retired psychotherapist brings this fantasy of the healing journey to vivid, unforgettable life — and takes us to the edge of our own humanity and redemption. Book One: Dark Innocence. Book Two: Fierce Blessings. Book Three: Perilous Bliss.
"I can’t imagine how any reader can take this soulful, spiritual and creative literary journey and not come away deeply and personally transformed." — Chris Zydel, MA, author, Love Letters from the Creative Heart
SERIES 3: MONEY AND THE INNER LIFE
MOTHERWEALTH: The Feminine Path to Money, by NAOMI ROSE.
MotherWealth weaves a magical story of how the death of an old sense of self can bring an endless ocean of treasures from within — including money. This inside-out approach takes into account the inner life that holds the key to our fortunes, and offers a much-needed perspective on why the soulless model of money isn't working — and what will.
"NaomiRose is a princess weaving straw into gold. There are very few books written today that come close to this kind of genius." — Judith Avalon, author, Entering into the Heart of the Mother
THE PORTABLE BLESSINGS LEDGER: A way to Keep Track of Your Finances and Bring Meaning & Heart to Your Dealings with Money, by NAOMI ROSE
What if every time your hands, mind, and heart touched money, something wonderful happened? The Portable Blessings Ledger helps you bring your heart and finances together in an immediate, hands-on way — and reap the benefits and blessings that accrue.
"This financial roadmap guides you to a place where money is the vessel that illuminates your inner wisdom, brings peace to your home and family, and expresses your deepest values in the world. What a gift!”— Hal Brill, President, Natural Investment Services; co-author, Investing with Your Values
SERIES 4: THE POETRY OF ORDINARY LIFE
A NEW LIFE: Poems, by RALPH DRANOW.
The 76 vivid poems in this book offer us a unique and compassionate view of what it is to be human. A father spending hours looking for his young daughter's toy in "Professor of Patience" achieves a modest nobility, as does the family joyfully and sloppily playing frisbee in the park in "Happiness." The old life becomes a new life through the poet's discovery of the mystery and wonder that lie just beneath the surface of our everyday lives.
"I've been touched by Ralph and by Rumi. Ralph's poetry is tender and honest and bittersweet. He shares the raw truth of human experience with us, from childhood to seniority; and the word glimpses, like snapshots of everyday experiences, are like sweet-sour candy melting on the tongue." — Shonen Bressler
The Fragrance of Our Books
Rose Press seeks to offer you books as fragrant offerings that will live in your heart like an eternal time capsule, releasing their healing medicine as you need it. As a book publisher with an intimate knowledge of the creative process and its healing potential, we hold the vision that our books will connect readers to their true nature, in part through the authors' own writing journey.
"Fragrance" is not usually associated with books. In our speeded-up age, we often are told that books are only about ideas, entertainment, steps for helping us be more new and improved.
And yet there have been books that are mirrors to the soul ~ marvels of excavation, revealing the vast treasures hidden within every human heart. There have been books whose journey swept readers up into their remarkable world, leaving them with the passage of that journey in their bones and the fragrance of that atmosphere still shimmering invisibly near. There have been books so deeply entered into by their authors that they not only transmitted to their readers the scent of the impressions and understandings embodied in the book: they actually helped form the readers' very being.
This is the vision of Rose Press books: that in taking them into yourself, you discover what is most deep and essential within you ~ and it opens your heart like petals opening to the light.
That said, getting to the more subtle fragrance ~ the distillation of more earthbound, sometimes sludgy experience ~ is often what book writers dream of and work in the trenches to do. And when the book is finally complete, neither it nor its author is the same as in the beginning. Something essentializing has happened. Something -- out of all the years and memories and ideas and possibilities dreamed of and lived through -- has been distilled.
And what is left on the page is the offering: the "fragrance," one might say. All the dregs have been churned up and left to sink to the bottom, leaving only the gift of the book.
This, then, is what the reader gets to experience: a hint of the churning process, but ultimately, the fragrance.
When 10,000 rose petals are gathered in the dark of early morning, placed into retorts filled with solvent, and heated over time until their oil rises as a liquid distillation, then you have just 16 ounces of that most prized (and expensive) of aromatics, rose essence (rose absolute).
In the same way, Rose Press books are the distillation of their authors' essence, refined over time and many revisions to bring you into contact with the gift of something fragrant and indescribably beautiful within yourself.
A Publishing House for Your Inner Garden
Books that go deep take time to write, so quality may win out over quantity, here. We hope you will content yourself with the current varieties in this “garden,” and look forward to new blooms to come.
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