"Every element of creating a book is an act of love for me, part of my offering to the world. My intent and hope are to encourage self-awareness, inspire compassion, and further the realization of our interconnectedness, all with a dab of wisdom, humor, and grace. I know I’ve been “successful” when I receive a letter from a reader conveying how deeply they were moved in body, mind, or spirit by a poem; or an email expressing how uplifted a reader felt after a poem or two accompanied them through their loved one’s death; or a note letting me know that a reader has begun a contemplative practice of reading a poem each day and sitting with its message for inspiration. These comments make my heart sing with joy! " - Julie Hliboki
"Julie Hliboki is a healer, spiritual guide, a student of mystery, and a keen observer of the ache and awe of being human. Her latest collection of poetry, images, and stories invite the reader to wade in where the water is deep, exploring how to be respectful of the currents of nature and graceful in the process of aging. She uses meditative suggestions to create a sense of spaciousness and stories to illustrate our shared human connection. In a culture where the gifts of aging often go unsung Going to Essence: Aging into Wisdom with Intention and Grace is refreshing, comforting, and wonderfully thoughtful.
—Carrie Newcomer, Songwriter and Poet, Until Now and The Beautiful Not Yet
"In Breathing Light, Julie Hliboki has written yet another spiritually uplifting and artistically compelling book. Her meditations create a compassionate space in which we can embrace and honor the grief we experience as we accompany a loved one who is departing this life. She draws on wisdom from several spiritual traditions that offer solace and inspiration, and her words are perfectly paired with David Foster’s wondrous nature photographs. Those images draw us in, inviting us to both lose and find ourselves in the beauty of creation. All who are caring for people as they return to the mystery from which they came will find a comforting companion in this beautiful book."
—Parker J. Palmer, author of On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old, Let Your Life Speak, and Healing the Heart of Democracy
“Religions do not have a strong reputation for creating compassionate or inclusive people—despite the clear teachings of their founders. We often emphasize belief systems instead of practices that actually change our hearts, minds and behavior. In this excellent and much needed book, Cultivating Compassion in an Interfaith World will help bridge this gap.”
—Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, author of The Naked Now and Everything Belongs
From the book's introduction, "Each of the hundreds of children, families, and caregivers I ministered to forever changed me. They exposed the part of me that was willing to open myself over and over to unfathomable intimacy with complete strangers, and they with me. Many incidents brought me to my knees, figuratively and literally, and often to tears. These memories unleash a tenderness and compassion in me that leaves me feeling vulnerable and humbled, yet I have also gained strength and resiliency. I recognize that such stories are universal and can be found in hospitals around the world. My deep desire is that every child's story is cherished."
“Hliboki has been blessed with a very precious spirituality, and she is, once again, moved to share it with us in a work that enriches the heart, mind, and soul. It is our prayer that God continues to bless her, and that she continues to publish these blessings.”
—Imam Plemon T. El-Amin, Chair, Interfaith Community Initiative, Atlanta
“The Breath of God, written and compiled by Julie Hliboki, is a devotional poetic reflection on the most beautiful Names of God, offered through the language of personal experience bringing words together with beautiful artistry creating devotional songs based on the Monotheistic tradition. Dr. Hliboki’s poetic reflections bring the reader together with the seeking heart of the wayfarer, a heart that sees beauty in all that exists, experiences divine in every reflection, appreciates the bounty and richness that she has received from the generosity of the Being, yet expressed in a contemporary language for the modern reader.”
—Nahid Angha, PhD, Co-director of the International Association of Sufism and Executive Director of Sufism Journal
“Two thoughts recurred as I read Julie Hliboki’s new book, Breathing Light. First, science has promised and delivered extraordinary improvements in health in the past century. It has taught far less on how to deal with death. Hliboki shares her experiences in easing the transition. Second, I once asked Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of St. Christopher’s Hospice in 1967, the beginning of a worldwide movement, “What is the most important thing I should tell my family?” Her reply was, “Tell them they do not need to be with you when you die, but you do want closure with them in advance.” Hliboki provides lessons on reaching closure.”
—Bill Foege, Professor Emeritus, Emory University
“Cultivating Compassion in an Interfaith World captures the essence of compassion from different spiritual traditions showing us how common love is amongst all peoples. In spite of this, many people find it hard to practice compassion in their daily lives to others and to themselves. Hliboki’s book presents practical contemplative spiritual exercises that can be easily taught to clinicians and others needing to integrate compassion into our own lives and helping them recognize the sacred in all we do. I strongly recommend this book to anyone searching for the sacred within and especially to those in the healing professions.”
—Christina M. Puchalski, MD, Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
“A wonderful comparison of the shared roots across religious traditions that lifts out the centrality of compassion. In concrete and inviting ways, Cultivating Compassion in an Interfaith World illustrates respect for each tradition while engaging the reader with creative suggestions to develop the practice of compassion within and across our traditions—a brilliant contribution to all of us concerned with finding ways to deepen our wells of kindness and build bridges across our many divides.”
—John Paul Lederach, PhD, Professor of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, author of The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace
“Care responders to those who are suffering or saying goodbye are often undernourished. Dr. Hliboki has produced a companion for that journey. The gathered wisdom and guiding thoughts help us to center on the beauty of relaxing our breath and capturing sacred moments. As mindfulness and other meditative practices account for routine health interventions alongside allopathic responses, Hliboki reminds us of the spiritual source of their power. This beautiful book will serve as an internal reference that soothes the soul so that another soul can be revered.”
—George Henry Grant, MDiv, PhD, Executive Director, Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare
“A stunning feast of the spirit, this book describes a pathway to God. Through stories of her personal journey, the author shows us how we can breathe God too. By drawing upon faith traditions, she shares wisdom of the ancients. We have been invited on the journey, accompanied every step of the way.”
—Frances Henry, founder of Global Violence Prevention
“As a teacher of contemplative practice, I am constantly reminded that most practices focus on only one dimension of experience—for example, the use of images rather than words. But Julie Hliboki moves past this narrowness, inviting us into a multi-dimensional contemplative experience. She draws on the wisdom of the Abrahamic spiritual paths to weave together processes of vocal, musical, and visual expression, as well as insights from the sacred words, texts, and sages. By allowing us to activate this full range of contemplative capacities, The Breath of God offers us a rare and much-needed experience: a profoundly integrated contemplative practice for the cultivation of a profoundly integrated life.”
—Andrew Dreitcer, PhD, Associate Professor of Spirituality and Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion, Claremont School of Theology