Into the Magic Shop - James R. Doty MD

Into the Magic Shop

By James R. Doty MD

  • Release Date: 2016-02-02
  • Genre: Psychology
5 Score: 5 (From 142 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

The award-winning New York Times bestseller about the extraordinary things that can happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart
Growing 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 until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others. She gave him his first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.
Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results—power and wealth that he could only imagine as a twelve-year-old, riding his orange Sting-Ray bike. But he neglects Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.


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Latest Impressions


    By vhasmyheart
    I will be checking this book out at my local library this week 💜
  • Awesome

    By Grindelynn
    Touched me in a profound, positive and life changing way. I stared with the Ebook then bought hard copies for my adult children!
  • Extraordinary

    By encompassbill
    The story telling ability kept me wanting to read just one more page... then one more page... then one more. The message is incredible and a must read for everyone with a heart. Grateful.
  • Best book ever written!

    By Ken Flach's Wife
    This book was recommended to me by my daughter, who told me it was life changing! She was 100% right! I'm now telling everyone I know to read this and I have bought countess copies for friends, my other kids, grandsons and pretty much everyone I meet!
  • This magic is real

    By jlebomba1
    This book recommended by a friend and was not at all what I was expecting. I absolutely loved it. It has opened my mind and heart even more. This magic is real.
  • Very inspirational

    By Auggie's Man
    I very much enjoyed the lessons the book offered. I've bookmarked and am sure will return to those time and time again. I just wish the book was better written as the writing sometimes got in the way of my enjoyment.
  • Parent, student, teacher, healer

    By RJF-
    James R. Broty’s story brought so beautifully to life here just might serve well as a cornerstone on a required reading list for any health profession program. Having the awareness of what is contained in the pages of Into The Magic Shop is bound to to inspire and to temper the motivations of every student embarking on their journey of education. Perhaps one place to fit it in among so much required essential material would be after acceptance to the program. Better yet, maybe it’s impact would go deeper if Dr. Broty’s story became required High School reading material.
  • Courage

    By L Nora
    This is a story of great courage and determination. A story of a man and a belief in himself. This is a powerful story that we should all embrace as it relates to all of us, men and women. It took me back to a very sad time in my life, watching a spouse die from a sick heart, on life support.....having to make the ultimate decision to "let him go". I suffer today 15 years later reliving the decision....right or wrong, no going back! I too met my "Ruth". Like young Jim, my life was saved. I commend Dr. Doty for having the courage to share his story with the must have taken great Courage! Many thanks for your inspiration!
  • The heart and the mind in a beautiful dance.

    By OptimisticMD
    From one physician to another, thank you Dr. D for you're beautiful insight and perspective on how we can all heal ourselves from within. Your words have forever left an ever lasting impression on me and how I see the world. Ali Afshar, MD
  • Fantastic

    By D The Main Man
    What a great book...very inspiring. I had learned techniques like this when I was in my twenties, and they are incredibly powerful.