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Awaken the Power Within: In Defense of Self-Help
Soria, Albert Amao
The $12 billion self-help industry is under constant attack for pedaling false miracles to duped believers. But sociologist Albert Amao demonstrates that Americans eagerly support self-help books, seminars, and programs because, under the right conditions, these things work.Sociologist Albert Amao analyzes the accuracy of self-help and positive-thinking claims in this groundbreaking--and wholly unexpected--exploration of what works, what doesn't, and why. "Regarding my personal experience," Amao writes, "I can testify that positive thinking and positive action have worked wonderfully for me. Born in a poor Latin-American country into a very impoverished family with both parents practically illiterate, I was the oldest of five children. I started working when I was six years old, shining shoes and selling newspapers to help my family. Nobody then would have believed that I would be able to finish high school. Nevertheless, I was able to do it going to night school, which allowed me to be admitted at the San Marcos University in Lima to get my Ph.D. in sociology. All these things were possible because, when I was teenager, I had access to New Thought," or positive-thinking philosophy. Contrary to the critics who blithely dismiss self-help methods, or the New Age gurus who sell it them as miracles, Amao--writing with sobriety, scholarship, and drawing on deep personal experience--explores the conditions under which self-help is authentic.
Everything I Need to Know About Family I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Celebrate family and the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books with the newest book in the ever-popular EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW series!Have you ever wished your family were a little more . . . perfect? The brand that most represents idyllic perfection actually confirms that there is no such thing. But it does show that joy and love can be found in the imperfect! Reap the rewards of Diane Muldrow’s collection of the very best Golden Book images in this new addition to the bestselling series. Everything I Need to Know About Family I Learned From a Little Golden Book proves once again that those gold-spined tomes hold wisdom that transcends childhood.
By the author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls and a heroine of the body image movement, an intimate, gutsy memoir about being a fat woman.Jes Baker burst onto the body positivity scene when she created her own ads mocking Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating against all body types--a move that landed her on the Today Show and garnered a loyal following for her raw, honest, and attitude-filled blog missives.Building on the manifesta power of Things, this memoir goes deeply into Jes's inner life, from growing up a fat girl to dating while fat. With material that will have readers laughing and crying along with Jes's experience, this new book is a natural fit with her irreverent, open-book style.A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it's also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes's biting voice as the guide.
Timeless Beauty: Over 100 Tips, Secrets, and Shortcuts to Looking Great
In her first book in more than 30 years, supermodel Christie Brinkley shares the secrets she's learned on what to eat, how to apply makeup like a pro, and what to wear to look like a knock out. She has the face and body of a 30-year-old and she just turned 60!From tips on which skincare products really make our skin look younger to which foods cut inflammation to a fitness plan with easy exercises to keep us strong and our waistlines lean, Brinkley draws on her years of experience maintaining her supermodel appearance to help readers look and feel their youthful best. She also offers makeup tips that will make any face look younger, fashion advice on necklines, skirt lengths, and more!With never-before-read personal stories, beautiful photographs, hundreds of timesaving tips, plus a good dose of humor, this will be the book that every woman will want to own and share with her friends.
Before You Wake
In late 2016, prompted by the news that his wife was battling cancer and his own pulmonary medical scare, Erick Erickson posted a piece to his website, The Resurgent. Styled as a letter to his young children, the piece, titled "If I Should Die Before You Wake," was a stirring message--and challenge--about how to live a life of purpose and joy. The essay went viral, shared by figures like New York Times columnist and author of The Road to Character, David Brooks. Now, in a time when our country needs healing and a reminder of our values more than ever, Erickson has expanded the project, composing a total of ten letters, featuring a wonderful mix of the practical, inspirational, and spiritual.
Everyone's An Artist (or At Least They Should Be) - How Creativity Gives You the Edge in Everything You Do
Can a Canali-clad million-dollar banker learn anything from a paint-stained artist? Definitely. Especially now.Clearly, succeeding in business is an art form. We've informally labelled activities and pursuits as the art of management, the art of marketing or even the art of doing more with less, but we've rarely made the direct connection between the two worlds.With a rapidly changing digital economy, new and emerging technologies, increased clutter and a drastically altered media landscape, successful companies are those that are original, creative and innovative. Defining business as art is now a credible school of thought, and the lessons are far more practical than philosophical. Everyone's an Artist shows how and why the most successful executives and entrepreneurs think like artists.
Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light to Heal Ourselves and the World
By all appearances, Zainab Salbi has had an impressive life. Growing up as the daughter of Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, she eventually became a celebrated humanitarian and activist. Yet, as she was helping thousands of women in war-torn countries, Salbi's personal life was coming to a crisis. In Freedom Is an Inside Job, Salbi explores her own riveting journey to wholeness - and how embarking on such a journey enables each of us to create the world we want to live in.After years of working as a successful CEO and change-maker, Salbi realized that if she wanted to confront and heal the shadows of the world, she needed to face her own shadows first - and this could only be done by looking within. Through personal anecdotes, real-life stories, parables, and insightful guidance, Salbi takes us through a process of self-discovery. We learn to uncover our hidden motives and desires so we can live in alignment with our authentic values. "As long as we are conflicted within, we will continue to live in conflict without", writes Salbi. "If we want to change the world, we must begin with ourselves."
The Lost Chapters: Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time
Leslie Schwartz's powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books she read as she served a 90 day jail sentence.In 2014, novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer. It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life.Following a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addiction after more than a decade clean and sober, Schwartz was sentenced and served her time with only six months' sobriety. The damage she inflicted that year upon her friends, her husband, her teenage daughter, and herself was nearly impossible to fathom. Incarceration might have ruined her altogether, if not for the stories that sustained her while she was behind bars--both the artful tales in the books she read while there, and, more immediately, the stories of her fellow inmates. With classics like Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome to contemporary accounts like Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, Schwartz's reading list is woven together with visceral recollections of both her daily humiliations and small triumphs within the county jail system. Through the stories of others--whether rendered on the page or whispered in a jail cell--she learned powerful lessons about how to banish shame, use guilt for good, level her grief, and find the lost joy and magic of her astonishing life. Told in vivid, unforgettable prose, The Lost Chapters uncovers the nature of shame, rage, and love, and how instruments of change and redemption come from the unlikeliest of places.
Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me
An entertaining, fact-filled defense of the nearly universal tendency to procrastinate, drawing on the stories of history’s greatest delayers, and on the work of psychologists, philosophers, and behavioral economists to explain why we put off what we’re supposed to be doing and why we shouldn’t feel so bad about it.Like so many of us, including most of America’s workforce, and nearly two-thirds of all university students, Andrew Santella procrastinates. Concerned about his habit, but not quite ready to give it up, he set out to learn all he could about the human tendency to delay. He studied history’s greatest procrastinators to gain insights into human behavior, and also, he writes, to kill time, “research being the best way to avoid real work.”He talked with psychologists, philosophers, and priests. He visited New Orleans’ French Quarter, home to a shrine to the patron saint of procrastinators. And at the home of Charles Darwin outside London, he learned why the great naturalist delayed writing his masterwork for more than two decades.Drawing on an eclectic mix of historical case studies in procrastination - m Leonardo da Vinci to Frank Lloyd Wright, and from Old Testament prophets to Civil War generals - tella offers a sympathetic take on habitual postponement. He questions our devotion to “the cult of efficiency” and suggests that delay and deferral can help us understand what truly matters to us. Being attentive to our procrastination, Santella writes, means asking, “whether the things the world wants us to do are really worth doing.”
Still, in the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos
Dews, Angela (Edt)
Still, in the City is a collection of stories about the practice of urban Buddhism—when a New York City subway becomes a mobile temple, when Los Angeles traffic becomes a vehicle for awakening, when a Fifth Avenue sidewalk offers a spiritual path through craving, generosity, and sorrow.The instructions offered here for exploring mindfulness in and around our cities are written to be accessible, whether you’ve practiced a lot or a little. Perhaps you’ve returned home from a retreat and want to hold the attention and intention gained from pausing and experiencing the silence. Or perhaps you practice mindfulness and don’t call it Buddhism, or you are just curious about what mindfulness is all about. Still, in the City will speak to you.Practicing in the city comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities, and this book is attuned to both, offering guidance by teachers who see mindfulness not only as an intention for self-acceptance and relief of stress, but also as awareness that leads to dissatisfaction and that inspires our desire for deeper understanding and change. Dedicated to using their practice to make a difference not only in their own lives but also those of others, the authors speak of their involvement with their cities’ diverse communities, and their experience belies the notion that western Buddhists are of an age and race and class.There is amazing clarity in stillness, and the opportunity for a skillful response rather than a reaction, even to injustice. And there is the possibility of equanimity and of freedom, everywhere and for all.The teachers who contributed to this volume are Margo McLoughlin, Sebene Selassie, Gary Singer, Harrison Blum, Alex Haley, Wildecy de Fatima Jury, Eve Decker, Alice Alldredge, nakawe cuebas, Tracy Cochran, Bart van Melik, Joshua Bee Alafia (Jbee), Diana Gould, Paul Irving, Nancy Glimm, Ellen Furnari, Nobantu Mpotulo, JD Doyle, Rachel Lewis, Rosemary Blake, Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Tuere Sala, Walt Opie, and Diane Wilde.
The Movie Book of Answers
An updated, repackaged edition of the bestselling divination tool and party favorite - ask a yes or no question, open the book, and discover your answer in the form of quotations from the world's most iconic films.Still looking for a way to know what tomorrow will bring? Here's where you'll find the answers that only Hollywood could provide. A party favorite, this fun, weirdly wise little book is for you. The Movie Book of Answers contains answers from over 150 films, including advice from classics such as Casablanca ("Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon."), and pithy gems from modern blockbusters like Fargo ("You're darned tootin'!"). So what are you waiting for?... Go ahead-ask your question.
Things to Do Before You're 30: The Try-It-Out, Get-It-Done, Live-It-Up List!
Make the most of your twenties with this must-have millennial bucket list featuring the essential skills, knowledge, and goals to achieve before reaching the big 3-0.There’s no time in your life like your twenties. Let Things To Do Before You’re 30 be your tour guide through this weird and wonderful decade, with advice on everything from traveling the world to learning new languages.In this simple, list-based guidebook, you’ll find 600 things to do before turning 30. Get advice for keeping up your health (are you really drinking enough water?), maintaining your relationships, taking care of your home (you’re not in college anymore—time to learn how to frame your art and hang it on the wall), and ultimately, becoming the best self you can possibly be, while unclogging drains and changing tires along the way.
The Code of Trust
A counterintelligence expert shows readers how to use trust to achieve anything in business and in life.Robin Dreeke is a 28-year veteran of federal service, including the United States Naval Academy, United States Marine Corps. He served most recently as a senior agent in the FBI, with 20 years of experience. He was, until recently, the head of the Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program, where his primary mission was to thwart the efforts of foreign spies, and to recruit American spies. His core approach in this mission was to inspire reasonable, well-founded trust among people who could provide valuable information.The Code of Trust is based on the system Dreeke devised, tested, and implemented during years of field work at the highest levels of national security. Applying his system first to himself, he rose up through federal law enforcement, and then taught his system to law enforcement and military officials throughout the country, and later to private sector clients. The Code of Trust has since elevated executives to leadership, and changed the culture of entire companies, making them happier and more productive, as morale soared.Inspiring trust is not a trick, nor is it an arcane art. It’s an important, character-building endeavor that requires only a sincere desire to be helpful and sensitive, and the ambition to be more successful at work and at home. The Code of Trust is based on 5 simple principles:1) Suspend Your Ego2) Be Nonjudgmental3) Honor Reason4) Validate Others5) Be GenerousTo be successful with this system, a reader needs only the willingness to spend eight to ten hours learning a method of trust-building that took Robin Dreeke almost a lifetime to create.
The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant
Motivation expert James Fell teaches readers how to skip the hard part and go directly from intention to committed action.After years of helping people change, James Fell had a sudden insight about sudden insight: significant life change doesn’t often come from just putting one foot in front of the other, carefully observing and altering habits, slogging through baby steps toward new behavior. Rather, the research reveals that serious life turnaround usually happens in a moment, with a flash of inspiration. Epiphany arrives like a lightning strike, rapidly shifting the recipient of such enlightenment onto a new path that creates a better life.Motivational psychology has traditionally focused on slow and steady - gradual improvement over time to reach a desired goal, whether it’s weight loss, career change, battling addiction, or success in relationships. We’ve been told since toddlerhood that the tortoise beats the hare. But, through compelling science and powerful stories, James Fell shows us that the hare has the edge; overwhelming desire can be awakened fast and furiously. When you learn to become attuned to that sensation of sudden awakening, a new path can be followed almost effortlessly, because it feels like destiny.Everyone has the ability to experience the lightning strike. The Holy Sh!t Moment will teach you how to create a life-changing epiphany and go directly from intention to action.
Anti-Aging Hacks: 200+ Ways to Feel - and Look - Younger
Are signs of aging - or even just worrying about signs of aging - taking their toll on you?In Anti-Aging Hacks, you’ll find more than 200 easy, actionable tips and exercises you can implement right away to help age-proof your body and mind. Through straightforward, easy-to-understand language, you’ll learn how to preserve your appearance and health, as well as combat - or prevent - the most common ailments, conditions, and risks associated with aging.From protecting your skin from wrinkles and fortifying your diet, to strengthening your body with fun and easy exercises and staying mentally sharp with stimulating activities, to preserving a youthful glow, you’ll find all you need to know to stay healthy, strong, sharp, and youthful for years to come.A selection of anti-aging hacks include:-Sleeping on your back to reduce wrinkles-Wearing sunglasses to help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration-Slowing aging and improve health through intermittent fasting-Using skincare products with retinol-Reading for 30 minutes a day to increase your life spanEmbrace Anti-Aging Hacks as your own personal fountain of youth - in handy guidebook form!
Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win
Allende, Sam Conniff
Pirates didn’t just break the rules, they rewrote them. They didn’t just reject society, they reinvented it. Pirates didn’t just challenge the status-quo, they changed everything. Pirates faced a self-interested establishment, a broken system, industrial scale disruption, and an uncertain future. Sound familiar?Whatever your ambitions, ideas, and challenges, Be More Pirate will revolutionize the way you live, think, and work today and tomorrow. So what are you waiting for?
Brand Aid: Taking Control of Your Reputation--Before Everyone Else Does
Linne, Larry G.
Hands-on strategies for creating and protecting your personal brand (yes, you have one) While we can't fully control how others see us, the truth is that each of us has a personal brand that is shaped by what we do, say, and write, and how we otherwise present ourselves to others - whether it's in a conference room, PTA meeting, dinner party, Facebook comment thread, or anywhere else. Using clear examples from businesses, families, and more, this indispensable guide presents essential advice for anyone who wants to succeed in today's competitive and interconnected world.
Johnston, Ann Dowsett
In the bestselling Drink, the author interweaves in-depth research and interviews with leading researchers with the moving story of her own struggle with alcohol, as well as those of many other women, from age seventeen to seventy.
Falling with Wings: A Mother's Story
De La Garza, Dianna
Before she was mother to global superstar Demi Lovato, she was just Dianna Hart. Dianna tells her story from the very beginning in this complete and genuinely affecting memoir.She had big plans of becoming a country music star, but her life went in a different direction than her dreams. She developed an eating disorder early in life to gain a sense of control in her strict upbringing. As she continued to struggle with body image and her obsession with being perfect her entire adult life, she was also met with other difficult situations. Her husband and father of her two eldest daughters, Dallas and Demi, had his own troubles that effected the entire family. She coped with alcohol and pills, forming a long-lasting addiction.She's had terrible lows but also some great highs as she watched her daughters break out in Hollywood to become strong, empowered young women.As a mother caring for daughters with addictions while continuing to battle her own, Dianna offers a unique perspective. And as a family, they have survived everything life has thrown at them and come away from it stronger than ever.Dianna tells her story of living through and surviving adversity--with tremendous strength, love and faith.
Happiness Hacks: 300+ Simple Ways to Get - and Stay - Happy
Who doesn't want to be happy? In Happiness Hacks, you'll find more than 300 quick and easy hacks to make every area of your life happier.
Instinct for Graduates: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive and Face Your Unlimited Future
Jakes, T. D.
Bishop T.D. Jakes's Instinct skyrocketed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Now this companion gift book, INSTINCT FOR GRADUATES, shows grads of all ages how to unleash their God-given instincts and embrace the future with unlimited success. INSTINCT FOR GRADUATES encourages readers to thrive using their new diplomas, and demonstrates ways to: Create a plan with clear direction for your life that makes the most of your potential Make new friends, and maintain (or let go of) old relationships Choose and live with roommates Form an adult relationship with your parents-cut the cord, without tearing the relationship Manage your finances and debt Hunt for the right jobs, interview successfully, and begin an outstanding career Navigate the ins-and-outs of dating, relating, and getting married Embrace new adventures, have fun, and expand your horizons Equipped with the wisdom of Instinct, graduates will discover their potential, become equipped to succeed in every opportunity, and stride confidently into the future.
Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety
Maureen “Marzi” Wilson - the popular Instagram cartoonist behind Introvert Doodles - is back with a brand-new collection of hilarious, relatable, and heartwarming doodles about anxiety that show you that you are not alone. If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once - wouldn’t it be nice to have someone around that understood exactly what you were going through?Meet Marzi! She struggles with anxiety just like you. In Kind of Coping, join Marzi as she (kind of) copes with her own anxiety from day to day, finding the humor in her condition with this collection of funny, encouraging, and supportive comics that show you the best you can do sometimes is just kind of cope - and that’s totally OK!Whether it’s a panic attack or an awkward social snafu, Marzi knows what you are going through. With over 150 full-color doodles that deliver hope and inspiration, unconditional support, and big laughs, let Marzi share her journey with you.
More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated
When you're trapped in a cycle of financial frustration, and you feel like you've tried everything only to end up with more month than money yet again, More Than Just Making It is your promise and pathway to thriving again.Take it from someone who's been there. Erin Odom grew up in the private schools and neatly manicured lawns of Upper Middle Class America, but was thrown into low-income living during the economic crash. She was a stay-at-home-mom, her husband was supporting the family on a teacher's salary, and despite the fact that they had no debt to their name, they were scrambling to make ends meet. Suddenly Erin found herself standing in line for food stamps, turning down play dates because she couldn't afford the gas, and ultimately walking into bankruptcy court in the eighth month of her third pregnancy.More Than Just Making It tells the story of their breaking point, as well as the triumph of their comeback. It took hard work, creativity, and faith in God’s provision to reset their bank account as well as their hearts, but ultimately they found a new way to thrive and freedom from financial anxiety. You can do the same. Learn how Erin and her family saved enough money to put $30,000 down on a home, buy a minivan in cash, and begin sending their daughter to private Christian school. More Than Just Making It will encourage readers to rise above their circumstances, empower them with money-saving tips, and reimagine the good life as God designed it outside the myth of the American Dream.
Rules for the Unruly
Rules for the Unruly is a distillation of surprising life wisdom from National Public Radio commentator and writer Marion Winik - a woman who has seen it all, done it all, and would never exchange her experiences for the security of a traditional life. Wink's amusing tales of outrageous mistakes, haunting uncertainty, and the never-ending struggle to stay true to her heart strike a powerful chord with creative, impassioned, independent-minded free spirits who know they're different - and want to stay that way.
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