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Star Wars: The Jedi Mind: Secrets From the Force for Balance and Peace

Star Wars®: The Jedi Mind takes quotations and lessons from Star Wars and pairs them with practices such a breathing, posture, and meditation.

The Jedi Code is focused on peace, knowledge, serenity, and balance—principles that readers can engage in their own lives.

The philosophical tenets are applicable not just in the galaxy far, far away, but also in our own galaxy, here and now.
• Quoted wisdom offers day-to-day life lessons
• An accessible pop culture spin on the Star Wars universe
• Features 20 color illustrations to illuminate the book’s thoughtful advice

Author: Amy Ratcliffe
Illustrator: Christina Chung
Publication Date: 10 November 2020
Pages: 80
ISBN-13: 9781797205939

On the face of it, in a galaxy when Star Wars books come along as regularly as inflammatory presidential tweets, a Star Wars themed self-help book might not be the most appealing release to gravitate towards. Thankfully there’s far more within the covers of Star Wars: The Jedi Mind: Secrets From the Force for Balance and Peace than first impressions might indicate. Using the familiar characters of the saga to give hints and tips towards personal well-being, it starts with the Jedi Code and branches out from there, looking at subjects like letting go, speaking truth, making difficult choices and much more.

Take for example the subject of ‘Difficult Choices’. Ahsoka Tano is our guide here, taking a quote of hers – “This is a new day, a new beginning” and looking at a moment of her life, when as Fulcrum she had difficult decisions to make on a daily basis. Further to that, it gives advice on what to do in such a stressful situation by giving practical, physical advice; energizing breathing, showing what to do and how to do it. It cleverly takes a Star Wars character, their situation, the issue at hand and how you, the reader, can take that advice and put it into action.

The book was written while Amy Ratcliffe convalesced after her own health issues, giving her something to focus on while her slow and steady recovery continued, and it helped. In an increasingly stressful world, there are plenty of things to be taken away, and as a Star Wars book it gives insight also. There are lessons from yoga as well as from Yoda, and married to some beautiful, postcard worthy images from Christina Chung this not only makes a handy, travel-sized manual to ponder on but the perfect stocking filler as the festive season approaches.

In a relatively short period of time Amy has been given the opportunity to show the breadth of her writing skills, with this self-help book following the well-received Women of Star Wars, the recently released From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back containing her first short fiction, the children’s book Elee and Me and the Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming in May 2021. You could argue that of those books, the trickiest to make engaging and desirable is The Jedi Mind; that Amy does so, and does it so well is a testament to her writing.

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Star Wars: The Jedi Mind: Secrets from the Force for Balance and Peace
  • Hardcover Book
  • Ratcliffe, Amy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages - 11/10/2020 (Publication Date) - Chronicle Books (Publisher)