We are honored to share some of the wisdom, love, hope, and creativity that flow from our recent 2017 Award-Winning books. Each book below expresses an aspect of the theme, Finding Home.  We shared some excerpts from other 2017 Award-Winners earlier this year (in May and July), each time with a different theme. You will find those articles on tabs of this same webpage "Feature Focus."

Today we share with you beautiful insights from several Nautilus Award Winning books (2017) of different paths to "finding home"...  the journey of Belonging, our true core-center, and the richness of life experienced and ever unfolding from that origination-point. May you enjoy these excerpts!

If you wish to get a copy of any of these books, we encourage you to ask your local bookstore or library to order a copy!

Nautilus Feature Focus - September 2018, FINDING HOME 

Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home

Author: Toko-pa Turner
Publisher: Her Own Room Press
Gold Award: Personal Growth /Self-published & Small Press

"Inasmuch as we are searching for our purpose and occupation in the world, the more salient pursuit is in the who we are becoming. It is the vibratory signature behind our enterprise that has the most impact. So the real art-form is a kind of open question to the needs of the larger Self: How can I serve you? Do you feel understood? Where is your rapture?  What are the conditions necessary for your expression and well-being?

"Though we may think of questions like this as self-absorbed, they are actually what lead us to our greater nature that is in service to the broader inclination of the whole. Artful questions such as these penetrate our daily, surface concerns to take us into the deeper quest of the world, carried within our soul's code.

"As long as we are attending to the well-being of the Self, purpose then becomes a thing as simple as flowering in all its stages: from dormancy to emergence; the slow, almost imperceptible unfurling; and eventually the trumpeting colour of your truth."   (Pg. 101-102)

"Place your roughly hewn piece into the world in the faith that, wherever you are, another is elsewhere doing the same.  If they aren't, it is because they don't yet know their worth. And if you don't, it's because you don't yet know how gravely you are missed. Your small disappearances, your holding back, your choosing to forget, is what breaks the momentum of our belonging together.

"Take your attention down into the tiny, miraculous stitching of the life you are creating from nothing - and trust that each small thread is connecting you to the greater body of belonging.  One day, maybe today, you will look back on everything that came after your decision to attend to your life like an artwork, and you will see a great number of years symbolized in moons and stained with blood, stretching across a great landscape behind you, and you'll know you have come a great distance.  Here, with your great cape of wound-moons, a piercing presence in your eyes, a living history on your skin, you will know you have always belonged."   (Pg. 172)  //


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging & the Courage to Stand Alone

Author: Brene Brown
Publisher: Random House
Gold Award: Personal Growth / Large Publisher

"A wild heart is awake to the pain in the world, but does not diminish its own pain. A wild heart can beat with gratitude and lean in to pure joy without denying the struggle in the world. We hold that tension with the spirit of the wilderness. It's not always easy or comfortable - sometimes we struggle with the weight of the pull - but what makes it possible is a front made of love and a back built of courage.

"If we go back to the definition of true belonging, we can see that it's built on a foundation of tensions and paradoxes:
          True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.
"And we feel the pull here again in our practices:
     People are hard to hate close up. Move in.
     Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil.
     Hold hands. With strangers.
     Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart."

"The mark of a wild heart is earned in the wilderness, but there is also a daily practice that I learned from this that is critical to our quest of belonging. This practice changed how I show up in my life, the way I parent, and the way I lead:

Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don't belong.  You will always find it, because you've made that your mission.

Stop scouring people's faces for evidence that you're not enough. You will always find it, because you have made that your goal.

True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don't negotiate their value with the world.

The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own.

No one belongs here more than you. "        (Pg. 157-158) //


A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around  

Author: Byron Katie, with Stephen Mitchell
Publisher: HarperOne
Gold Award: Inner Prosperity & Right Livelihood

"When you were a child, before you had language, before words had any meaning for you, where was the world? There was none. You didn't have a body, because you hadn't yet believed yourself in one. You had no separate identity; you couldn't separate reality into an "I" and a world.  When your mother pointed to a tree and said, "That's a tree," you looked up at her and said, "Goo goo, ga ga."  Then, one day, she said, "That's a tree," and you believed her.  Suddenly there was a tree and a mother and a "you."  You had a world. You had a body. And before long, your body was too short, too tall, too skinny, too fat, not good enough for this, not good enough for that.  A whole world of suffering arose when you began to name things in a world separate from you...
"When the mind realizes that it isn't this body, it ceases to experience threats, because threats don't make sense to what has no substance. Unquestioned mind is still conflicted, argues with itself, and worries about its safety; and there is no peace until it understands that there's nothing to deal with other than its own unquestioned thinking. Its life is mirrored out, since that's the only way to see itself, its bodiless journey projected as form. But when the mind wakes up, it can see itself only as brilliant imagination perfected, with nothing to get stuck on or to slow its infinite journey.

"As it does The Work, mind can lose its grip on identity safely, gently. When you question your stressful thoughts and surrender everything that "you" thought you were, you come to a place where you wonder, 'Without that thought, what am I?' Just because an identity appears doesn't make it true.  No one knows what he or she is.  The minute it's said, it isn't.


"Once it thoroughly questions its thoughts, the mind projects a world that's completely kind. A kind mind projects a kind world. If someone else sees something that's not perfect, the questioned mind can't comprehend that at first, because it can't project it. But it remembers its ancient dream-world, when it believed that too, so in stillness there's a kind of reference point, an echo. It's always grateful for how it sees things, and it understands how others see them. That leaves a lot of energy for it to make amazing changes in the moment, because clarity keeps none of the options hidden. This is a fearless state of being. There's no limit to it."         (Pg. 259-261)  //

7 Keys to Serenity: Creating Harmony Within

Author: Serge Mazerand
Publisher: LMR Publishing
Silver Award:  Personal Growth /Self-published & Small Press


"Through the lens of imagery steeped in both music and water (after all, this is who I am - a pianist, a composer, a fly fisherman and above all, a worshipper of nature), I hope the reflections in this book will inspire you to resonate with an everyday awareness of the subtle music that plays within you, to become attuned to its synergistic components the way a caring orchestra conductor listens to his musicians.

"This awareness, represented by the key of A, is the master key to inner harmony and the common denominator to all other keys to serenity. Developing this state of conscious living will nudge you to pause and breathe, to switch off the autopilot mode and learn to attune to your inner Self.
"The key of B will help you to identify the beliefs and attitudes that empower or disempower you; it will allow you to understand the nature of balance and find your own unique state of equilibrium on the tightrope of life.
"The key of C inspires you to access the transformational power of creativity, of conscious choices and change; D encourages you to harness discipline and implement a mindful strategy of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self-care. The key of E takes you into the mind-boggling quantum perspective of life and allows you to grasp the essentiality and universality of the subtle energy that creates the template of your existence.
"Played together, these keys will create synergy, clarity and flow (key of F).
"Finally, but no less importantly, in the key of G, I will share with you my reflections on guidance, on how the exhilarating awareness of the God-force residing within us truly empowers us to find our way through life in harmony and serenity.
No matter how much or how little they may contribute to your own transformative process, I sincerely hope these insights will strike a chord in your heart and soul, and awaken in you a new awareness of the art of conscious living. May this book help you glimpse all the possibilities that lie waiting, inspire you to find your own authentic voice and become - if you are not already on your way there - the composer and the conductor of your own beautiful life symphony."         (Pp. 10-12)  //


We hope that these excerpts from four Nautilus Award-Winning books resonate with your journey.
Thank you to all the authors & publishers who sent entries in our 2017 Season.
We now look forward to welcoming the entries in our 2018 Season! Entries will be accepted with postmark-date between September 21, 2018 until February 8, 2019.  See Entry Guidelines page for more details.
May we each find a beautiful key in which to co-create our life and a Better World.
On behalf of the Nautilus reviewers, judges team, staff, and volunteers,
With gratitude and love -
Mary Belknap, PhD
Director, Nautilus Book Awards



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Guidelines for Entering

Award Winning Books from the 2017 Season have been announced to the Nautilus mailing list, and Bookcovers of all the Winners are posted on our webpages, 2017 Grand/Gold Winners and 2017 Silver Winners (see navigation bar at left).

For the upcoming 2018 Season: Entry packages postmarked from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31, 2018 will benefit from Early Entry Fees. Entries postmarked Nov. 1- Dec. 31, 2018 will have Regular Entry Fees. And Entries postmarked from Jan. 2 through Feb. 8, 2019 will have Final Entry Fees.

See our Entry Guidelines webpage for specifics.  There is a link on that page to the 2018 Entry Form with details.