+612 9045 4394
Into The Magic Shop : A Neurosurgeon's True Story of the Life-Changing Magic of Compassion and Mindfulness - James Doty

Into The Magic Shop

A Neurosurgeon's True Story of the Life-Changing Magic of Compassion and Mindfulness

Paperback Published: 9th February 2016
ISBN: 9781444786187
Number Of Pages: 304

Other Formats

Share This Book:


Ships in 7 to 10 business days

A prominent neurosurgeon uses his personal experience and cutting edge science to reveal how we can change our lives by changing our brains and our hearts.

James Doty grew up in California, deeply poor, with an alcoholic father and an invalid mother who tried to commit suicide. His life was a dead end until the summer he was 12, when he stumbled into the Cactus Rabbit Magic Shop looking for a plastic thumb. Inside he encountered Ruth, who gave him a series of practices designed to ease his suffering and manifest his desires. Her final mandate was that he make sure to keep his heart open and to teach these techniques to others.

Jim would go on to put Ruth's practices to work and experience extraordinary results - power, wealth, and expensive habits. But he neglects to mind Ruth's instruction 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 the extraordinary things that happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart.

About the Author

Dr James Doty is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, which he cofounded with the Dalai Lama. As the Director of CCARE, he has spearheaded many research projects on compassion and altruism, and their relationship to the brain.

He is also an inventor and philanthropist, sitting on the board of a number of charities, including Friends of New Orleans (FONO) and the Dalai Lama Foundation of which he is Chairman.

Life Changing


I rarely have the time to read, however this book has me tightly in its grip and wanting more! Dr James Doty, a highly successful and well respected Neurosurgeon, talks about how having one person who believed in him as a child, changed the tragectory of his life, forever. As a child, James Doty stumbled across a stranger in a magic shop. This special woman taught him the steps toward true happiness and success. An incredibly inspiring story that proves happy, fulfilled and compassionate lives can be borne out of horrendous adversity.

Melbourne, Australia.


Excellent reading,informative and interesting


Read it every night and mused about it during next day always looking forward to reading it that night. Have since passed it on to somebody who should benefit from its messages.

Melbourne, Australia




Never would of picked it to read myself, it was referred to me, so glad I read it!!



Worth the read


I never would of picked it to read probably due to the title but I am glad it was referred to me really enjoyed it!! :)




4.5 4


ISBN: 9781444786187
ISBN-10: 1444786180
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 9th February 2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1