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he (Not So) Little Book of Surprises By Dierdre Hade and William Arntz

The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises

By Dierdre Hade and William Arntz

“We are here at a time of new beginnings. It is time to rethink everything that you have learned. It is time to take perception and turn it on its head.”

So starts the surprisingly beautiful, incredibly lush photographic, philosophic and mystical journey of The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises. Created by physicist-turned-filmmaker/author William Arntz, creator of the international indie hit film What the Bleep Do We Know!?, and his wife, mystic, teacher and author Deirdre Hade, this is a sumptuous, gorgeous-on-every-level coffee table book that belongs in every spiritual aspirant’s living room. Or maybe beside their bed at night, so they can read a few pages before nodding off, as a way to inspire transformational dreams and visions.

Illustrated throughout by the stunning photographic art of internationally known concert violinist and photographer Endre Balough, The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises blends Hade’s mystical poetry and wisdom teachings with practical information for navigating our increasingly strange and chaotic world. As implied by the title, the book explores the nature of a surprise, turning readers into explorers—taking them by the hand, leading them from insight to insight, surprise to surprise. It unveils the mysterious and the arcane through the commonplace, bringing in the light through the mundane as well as the esoteric—whether it’s a picture of a juggler (who is obviously a master of energy); a jeweled hummingbird in flight; or the scowling face of a Persian cat, accompanied by the pithy but oh-so-true comment: “If you are in the practice of being hard to love, eventually people will move away. Not because they want to, but their need is love too, and it’s hard to be around somebody who is, you know, Mr. Grumpy Pants all the time.”

And then there are the words and art of the purely mystical: As the reader, [A2] you are diamonds in the eye of God; you are Quan Yin riding a dragon, bringing in the Light; you fall into rapturous hypnosis, staring into the depths of one of Balough’s incredible mandalas. Whimsy combines with insight, irony plays out on the page, as words and images juxtapose and tantalize with new viewpoints and perspectives. And all of it is being done with the singular purpose of waltzing the reader into a new place in consciousness. As Hade points out, “We are at a choice point. One of those rare times in the incarnation of the human where we are going to choose what the next million years are going to look like …”

The only way humanity is going to unveil heaven on Earth (instead of the same old painful dramas) in the next million years is if we change, now, dramatically. And that is what The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises sets out to do: Help us change by seeing ourselves—our true [A3] selves—in brilliant new ways.

Rarely has a coffee table book set out to accomplish so much—and managed the feat while maintaining a level of artistry and aesthetic appeal so unique and spellbinding. This is a book to read and re-read and cherish for generations to come.