Into the Magic Shop by James R. Doty

Into the Magic Shop

Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heartGrowing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. But back then his life was at a dead end u...

Details Into the Magic Shop

TitleInto the Magic Shop
Release DateFeb 2nd, 2016
GenreNonfiction, Science, Psychology, Autobiography, Memoir, Self Help, Biography

Reviews Into the Magic Shop

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4 stars! This was an enlightening read with a simple but powerful message. There are two stand out words for me in this book: COMPASSION and KINDNESS. Among other things, this book explores the power these two simple words can have. This is a memoir by Dr. Jim Doty, the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor. He is also a clinical p...
  • Darth J
    There's just something so sapioromantic about this book. You just have to stop and revel in the gorgeous wonder of the brain, the sheer capacity of all it can do. While there are graphic depictions of brain surgery here, the focus is mainly on neuroplasticity and the importance that presence and concentration can have on our health.(view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)]I also like the early nostalgic bits of when the author was a child in the 60s and lea...
  • Maureen
    The power of positive thinking and mindfulness are nothing new, but this is the first time that I've heard of a child learning such things. Jim Doty had a pretty poor childhood both financially, and in terms of nurturing. There's no doubt that HE was the adult in his family - caring and worrying about his mother, father and brother, and then came that fateful day when he met Ruth. Ruth taught him all manner of what he saw as magical things, not o...
    This book changed me in some way !*
  • Myrthe
    This book wasn't like I expected it to be. I thought it would focus on the 'Neurosurgeon' part of the title, so I expected it to be a story about how we can discover the mysteries of the brain through academic research or something like that. However, it was a spiritual story and when I discovered that, I almost stopped reading. I am so glad that I didn't, though! Although I am not big on spirituality, this story was still extremely interesting a...
  • Vanessa
    One of those rare books where, as I'm reading it, I keep thinking of more and more and more people I want to give it to! One of those rare ‪books‬ where, as I'm ‪reading‬ it, I keep thinking of more and more and more people I want to give it to!
  • Lumière
    تعلمت الكثير من الأشياء.الكتاب سيرة ذاتية لحياة الدكتور جيمس.. هذه الحياة التي انقسمت الى ثلاث مراحل : الطفل والفطرة، الطبيب الناجح الجشع ثم العودة الى الفطرة.تعلمت اليوم وتأكدت عن حقيقة تناسيناها حقيقة افتقدتها اثناء تربصي في المستسشفى واثناء تو...
  • teavious
    I've read this book because it was recommended by BTS and one of the songs on their new album is called "Magic Shop" and it's been hinted clearly that it's about the psychological process used in therapy where a patient and the psychiatrist play out a magic shop, the patient exchanging past traumatic and painful memories with happier ones. Basically, this is what this book has at its starting point.It sounds... intriguing, but unfortunately, I ne...
  • Claire McAlpine
    James Doty never really set out to write this book, but he told his story to so many people with whom it resonated and being one of the founding creators of CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research) he was eventually convinced how many more people could be inspired by his story and learn about the amazing work being undertaken, that he agreed to share his experience.Doty came from a poor background, raised in a dsyfunctional family,...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    I received a free advance reading copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!Into the Magic Shop is James Doty's memoir. He had a tragic childhood with parents who, for various reasons, were not present for him. Then, after an encounter with a total stranger, James was taught meditation, creative visualization, and positive thought practices that changed his life. As he comes of age, he dismisses the compassion related...
  • Rob Slaven
    I received this book free for review from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Despite the privilege of receiving a free book, I’m absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.The nutshell on this book is that it is, essentially, a self-help book. It doesn't start out that way but at the end of the day, it's quite a lot of flu...
  • Charlene
    This was basically Tuesdays With Morrie with some neuroscience thrown in. Far too sensational. Far too exaggerated. Far too ...... everything. Was he really that insightful at such a young age? Is any of that even true? Was Ruth that insightful? I doubt it. This reads more like a morphed memory of how he became a neurosurgeon. If it were an historical fiction book, I am sure I would have enjoyed it. But, passing off this much sensation as fact, e...
  • Jancee Wright
    Back in college, one of the first people I met was a girl named Sarah. We met at orientation, but I left thinking that we would never be friends. Our personalities just seemed too different. She looked every bit the hippie, with long flowing skirts, healthy snacks, and a soft voice. Luckily, first impressions don’t often mean much, and we went on to become great friends. Today we live about an hour apart, and every so often the roommates and I ...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    For me this memoir divides into four topics: - Author's heartbreaking youth and teenage years- Discussion of and instruction in "the magic"- Author overcoming incredible odds to reach - and then lose - incredible wealth- Author's redemption by re-orienting his focus from building wealth to helping patientsThe topics are interwoven with basic neurological and physiological information, which balances the "woo woo" aspects of the magic steps. The m...
  • Dana
    Doty’s “magic tricks” and “powers” of the heart and brain are meditation and visualization. He claims that you can do and have whatever you want if you use these techniques, but, realistically, they’ll just influence your attitude, confidence and resolve. You still need to put in work, and may need some luck, to reach your goals. This book is useful in showing the value of, and providing the basics for, meditation and visualization, b...
  • Angie
    Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart This story will make you love Ruth. And like little Jim and root for him. And then hate big Jim. And then come to like big Jim again.Jim Doty has been both a good guy and a bad guy, and this book tells the story of his journey and encourages others to make the same journey toward good -- surely if a guy that selfish can make the journey...
  • Diane Holcomb
    A friend at the bookstore where I work received an advance copy of this book and told me, "You've got to read this! It's the best explanation of mindfulness I've ever seen." She flipped through three-quarters of the book, saying, "I read this much in the first sitting." Well, mindfulness is a topic that I'm deeply interested in, so I was eager to dive into this book. I was hooked at the beginning.This true story of a boy who wanders into a magic ...
  • Justin
    I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.This book is a quality spiritual tale along the lines of Coelho,Castenada and Millman. The author is genuine and the story is well told and engaging.The author breaks down the lessons from the story into a handful of exercises that you can practice to improve your life. To me the overall lesson of the book is to be more compassionate/loving to all people. When the author states this...
  • Angie McDonald
    This dude is wildly narcissistic. He fabricates a simple and digestible story so that he can reframe meditation and mindfulness as his own unique idea to sell books to the masses. For being a neurosurgeon, there's little science in this book. His own selfish desires and egocentric lifestyle clearly caught up with him but only after losing millions of dollars did he begin to consider others. No amount of charitable work or artificial regret in the...
  • Joanne Freitas
    Um grande livro, que nos faz refletir e nos ensina muito coisas. Opinião futuramente no blog.
  • Amina
    It is the story of James, a little boy who grew up to be more than an ordinary neurosurgeon..James grew up in an unstable house, with a depressed mom and a drunken dad, he was really poor but he has always had that "caring thing".. One day, he went to a magic shop to buy a plastic thumb and that's where he met Ruth, the lady who's gonna change his life, Ruth taught him through six weeks another kind of magic, the magic of the heart and the brain ...
  • Penmouse
    Into the Magic Shop is a testament of how one person can change the life of another by making time to help someone in need of help. James R. Doty, MD was a poor kid growing up in Lancaster, California with a poor family background. Thanks to the compassion of Ruth, who he met at a local magic shop, his life was turned around.Doty's writing will keep you interested as it's lively and fast-paced. I stayed up far too late as I couldn't put his book ...
  • Sue Smith
    Fantastic book with some very very interesting insights. I love it when I pick up a book for no other reason than it speaks to me and then discover it was probably put in my path for a reason. Loved this book for that!!! If everyone followed this man's advice there wouldn't be half the world issues there are today. It's really that good!6 stars and I recommend it to everyone!
  • Patricia
    I guess I was expecting a medical memoir - a genre I seek out. But this book was a combination of a guide to meditation which then continued in the vein of "The Secret" (best selling self-help book). Although the author had a few medical stories, his self-avowed arrogance and his poor attitude left me cold about this book.
  • Kathy Moldoveanu
    This book was introduced to me by BTS. And I so glad it did because it is a very inspirational one, making you think about your brain and heart and seeing every emotion from a medical perspective and through someone's point of view. James' story is one very harsh, very strong and very interesting, seeing him trying to open his heart, soul and mind and recovering after losing his way.
  • Steven
    Fascinating amalgam of science, esoterica, and philosophy that neither bored nor pandered to the reader. Note: I received this via NetGalley for an honest review.
  • Alex Givant
    Поразительные мемуары нейрохирурга, который добился своей цели несмотря ни на что: никогда не сдаваться и всегда идти к своей цели.
  • Grace
    I highly recommend this to EVERYONE!
  • Patrice
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Net Galley, for an honest review. Please note that this book is not set to publish until February 2016.Honestly, great book. It is well written and engages the reader. There are instances where the author explains things in some technical medical terms; but, he goes on to explain so that the layman will understand. There are parts of the book that brought me to tears. It is a memoir as wel...
  • Jeanie
    Intriguing and thought provoking read!Not knowing what to expect from this book I was surprised to find it speaking directly to my own experiences and beliefs! I devoured this book all the while thinking "finally, someone who put this in simple understandable terms and a story!". It is hard to impart the vision of drawing energy from mental clearing and positive thinking. I especially loved the "foggy window" exercise. It made a great visual for ...