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James Redfield

James RedfieldABOUT JAMES REDFIELD

James Redfield is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Celestoine Prophecy.  At age 43 when he published The Celestine Prophecy, he had been keenly interested in human spirituality all of his life. Born on March 19, 1950, he grew up in a rural area near Birmingham, Alabama. From an early age, he was motivated by a need for clarity about spiritual consciousness. Brought up in a Methodist Church that was loving and community-oriented, he was nevertheless frustrated by a lack of answers to his questions about the true nature of spiritual experience. As a young man, he studied Eastern philosophies, including Taoism and Zen, while majoring in sociology at Auburn University.

 

He later received a Master's degree in counseling and spent more than 15 years as a therapist to abused adolescents. During this time, he was drawn into the human potential movement and turned to it for theories about intuitions and psychic phenomena that would help his troubled clients. All along, Redfield was forming ideas that would eventually find their way into The Celestine Prophecy. In 1989, he quit his job as a therapist to write full-time, synthesizing his interest in interactive psychology, Eastern and Western philosophies, science, futurism, ecology, and history.Using an adventure parable approach that has been called "part Indiana Jones, part Scott Peck,"






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The Celestine Prophecy created a model for spiritual perception and actualization that resonated with millions of people and focused on the mysterious coincidences that occur in each of our lives. Disdaining the spotlight himself, Redfield proclaimed in The Celestine Prophecy that each of us must intuit his own spiritual destiny.As he writes in The Celestine Vision, his non-fiction title published in 1997, "The actual writing of The Celestine Prophecy occurred from January 1989 through April 1991 and was characterized by a sort of trial-and-error process. Quite amazingly, as I remembered earlier experiences and wrote about them, lacing them into an adventure tale, striking coincidences would occur to emphasize the particular points I wanted to make. Books would show up mysteriously, or I would have timely encounters with the exact sort of individuals I was attempting to describe. Sometimes strangers would open up to me for no apparent reason and tell me about their spiritual experiences."’

After the self-published book was brought to the attention of Warner Books through a perceptive sales rep, Warner Books bought the rights and published the hard cover edition in March 1994. The book quickly climbed to the #1 position on the New York Times bestsellers list. It remained on that list for more than three years, joined by The Tenth Insight, which built upon the Nine Insights revealed in the first novel. The two books spent a combined 74 weeks on the New York Times list, making James Redfield the best-selling hard cover author in the world in 1996, as cited in BP Report (January 1997).In October 1997, James Redfield was awarded the highly prestigious Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Senate at the XXIII Pio Manzu International Conference in Rimini, Italy. Pio Manzu is a nongovernmental arm of the United Nations headed up by Mikhail Gorbachev.In the spring of 2000, James joined Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat For Humanity, as the only two recipients of Humanitarian of the Year honors from their alma mater, Auburn University. Two months later, he was honored by the International New Thought Alliance with another Humanitarian of the Year award.

The Celestine series of adventure parables continued in 1999 with the publication of The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight. Set in modern day Tibet, Redfield continued the inspiring journey of The Celestine TTIProphecy and The Tenth Insight—carrying readers to a new adventure in a sacred place where truths that can affect all of humanity await. In 2002, James joined author Michael Murphy and filmmaker Sylvia Timbers in a collaborative work entitled God and the Evolving Universe (J.P. Tarcher).In March 2004, James Redfield was honored by the Wisdom Media Group with the World View Award for engaging the discussion on the nature of human existence and for his ongoing efforts and contributions to the bettering of humanity.

The final installment in the Celestine series, The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision, was published by Grand Central Publishing in February 2011.James lives with his wife, Salle, and dog, Toby, in Florida and Alabama.

ABOUT THE TWELFTH INSIGHT

The Twelfth Insight is the fourth book in the hugely popular Celestine Prophecy Series by #1 New York Times best-selling author, James Redfield.Set in current-day Sedona, Arizona and Mt. Sinai, Egypt, this story utilizes the same "parable effect" characteristic of Redfield's other novels. Amid a stubborn financial downturn and an escalation of East-West tension and terrorist activity, there has developed a disturbing negative interpretation of the Mayan Calendar and other "end times" prophecies.As a ray of hope, a complementary ancient document to the original Celestine Prophecy found in Peru has been discovered. Released in fragments by an unknown source, this document describes a series of steps through which determined individuals can discover a new "lived" understanding of our spiritual nature and potential, one that can somehow also halt the escalating fear and conflict growing in the world, if all the fragments can be found.Leading the reader to join in the search, the book moves through an experiential exploration of a series of spiritual integrations—the secret of sustaining synchronistic flow, of aligning with the karmic structure of the universe, and of developing a higher intuitive guidance and oneness with others. In the end, the book embraces and explains a mysterious influence that not only transforms all those who authentically intend to "prove it to themselves," but literally unleashes a contagion of integrity and inspiration that can reach those in fear, and lift all of us into a new-found purpose for life.PublISHED BY GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

LECTURES AND EVENTS

James Redfield lectures internationally on all facets of his books and such diverse topics as The Mayan Calendar, Ancient Prophecy,  Opening to a Deeper Spiritual Consciousness, and  many other topics stemming from a World in Transition.