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  • Into the Magic Shop

  • A Neurosurgeon's True Story of the Life-Changing Magic of Mindfulness and Compassion That Inspired the Hit K-Pop Band BTS
  • By: Dr James Doty
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Religion & Spirituality, Spirituality
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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The award-winning New York Times best seller that inspired BTS' K-pop song 'Magic Shop'.

The day that 12-year-old James Doty walked in to his local magic shop is the day that changed his life. 

Once the neglected son of an alcoholic father and a mother with chronic depression, he has gone on to become a leading neurosurgeon, based at Stanford University. He credits Ruth for this incredible turnaround: the remarkable woman he met at the Cactus Rabbit Magic Shop, who devoted the summer to transforming his mind and opening his heart.

In this uplifting memoir, Jim explains the visualisation techniques Ruth taught him that gave him the self-esteem to imagine a new future for himself. He examines the science behind mindfulness and why the skills he learned - of focus and attention - now help him to think fast and keep calm in the operating theatre. And he shows us what is possible when you start to change your brain and your heart. Into the Magic Shop imparts some powerful life lessons about how to live better and inspires us to believe that we all have inside us the capacity to change our own destiny.

©2016 James Doty (P)2020 2020 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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beautiful message

A beautiful message about life told from the perspective of a truly remarkable human. compassion is the key.

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This book should be compulsory

I was moved and enlightened. Thank you 🙏🏼 I believe that it should be read in schools and Ruth’s methods taught. Kindness and love are fundamental for all. I genuinely loved it.

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Riveting story

Riveting story of a boy born to an alcoholic father and severely depressed mother with no one in family having been to college goes on to become a neurosurgeon at Stanford- I actually Googled to check if it was true! It really is!!

Visualisation and Compassion for the not very religious among us. There are parts where you are reminded of that old Shakespearean quote: there are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. But, these are not the pillars or foundations of the book, and easy to leave on the side pending judgment.

On the whole, I think it is a fantastic book - and you’ll find yourself rooting for an 11 year old kid about to evicted from him home and all that he will become! If you also take to heart and mind some of the lessons from his journey, well, that’s only natural.

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A fabulous book

This book is Inspirational and heartwarming. It is so easy to listen to. I highly recommend it.

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Love it! Will listen over and over!

Fascinating, enlightening and heartbreakingly warming! I will be recommending to many family and friends and likely acquaintances.

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Beautiful story with lovely guided meditation

This story takes you through the life of Jim whilst teaching you the value of breath work meditation and visualising. It’s a perfect start for anyone beginning their journey into sitting still and being and wonderful bio of a kind human.

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the magic shop brilliant

excellent brilliant book I recommend the book it is
very Insight full the book will open your mind and heart.

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  • 18-06-2020

Lovely story and educational.

Beautiful book and if you’re interested in science too then you’ll love it! Share with your family.

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Beautiful narrative

The narrator has such a calm voice, and it tells a really beautiful well crafted story on someone’s life which is so inspiring and encouraging

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  • Chantelle&Jo
  • 18-05-2021

Brilliant

An absolute pleasure to listen too. The story, and voice. Didn't want it to stop.

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  • ReadMoreThinkMore
  • 16-02-2021

Highly Recommended

The most simple idea is often the most challenging to put into place. This book is a wonderful journey explaining how to fully embrace the heart and make this world a better place. You won’t regret the time dedicated to this!

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  • Wafa
  • 13-06-2020

Inspiring and life changing

An amazing, inspiring and life changing book. Listened to it 3 times and I'm sure I will be going back to some parts of it specially the alphabet of the heart and the face of God.

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  • utkarsh chandel
  • 04-04-2020

life changing book

its a story that will definitely change your perspective about life . the real magic is within us

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  • K Merryweather
  • 24-10-2020

Inspirational

I heard of James Doty on Sam Harris’ Waking Up App and this book didn’t disappoint. Very interesting and inspirational while being very honest. Extremely moving in places and a beautiful story.

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  • Sarah Thomas
  • 19-12-2020

A valuable perspective on life

A tale from rags to riches and discovering that having lots of money isn't the key to happiness, but that kindness of the heart is far more rewarding than anything money can buy.
An extra ordinary life and person achieving beyond what anyone was thought possible. Okay for some this level isn't possible, but it does demonstrate that if you really want something, then you have to be determined to strive for it.
You follow him from a difficult low point in his life to highs and lows again. I listened to it on audio but would like to write down some of his mantras.
If you want to know what's important in life, then this is a book to read. It's not page turing exciting, but it is worth a read for reflection and gratitude for what is really important in life.

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  • 03-11-2020

Wish every single human read this book!

Extraordinary explanation of using the power of mind & heart and how it corresponds to neuroscience ❤ Thank u Dr. Dorty!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-2020

Exceptional

Compelling, extremely useful, loved it. In a world with so much loss and grief this has given me hope to cope better.

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  • Christine
  • 11-03-2021

Wonderful reminder of what is important in life

Absolutely wonderful book.
Very engaging reader who tells a wonderful story of the Author’s life and the lessons learnt.
I have been reminded of what is important in life- compassion, dignity of others, kindness and forgiveness.
Great lessons

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  • Tam
  • 28-02-2021

Definately recommend!

Absolutely inspiring & thought provoking. I loved it! I would definately recommend this book .

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  • M Hanlon
  • 19-02-2021

A great thought provoking read

I loved this book. The author is a neurosurgeon, so the first couple of sentences reflect this & take you by surprise, but do not reflect the content of the rest of the book.

It is a really enjoyable read that hooks you in & keeps you wanting to read more. As it is based on his own life story, it is more intriguing than a work of fiction.

There are definitely sections that make you think & reflect on your own life, values & behaviours. It was a great read, well narrated, I will definitely read it again.

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  • Lin Lee
  • 23-10-2020

Remarkable and moving account of a life

I heard Dr Doty's interview with Sam Harris. His sincerity and wisdom are obvious.

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  • chaz761
  • 09-09-2020

A must read

Just read it today
Make time in your life and read it
Today
Very good

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  • Helen Robinson
  • 17-04-2021

Magic & wisdom

I loved this book. Well written and a story which kept me gripped. Full of magic and wisdom!

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