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Winner of the 2014 Silver Independent Publisher Book Award in the relationship category and winner of the Spirituality and Practice Award as one of the best spiritual books of 2013! The search for inner peace is often met with what seems like a conflicting path– the irresistible pull of love and connection with others to which we are drawn. Reconciling these opposites, John Amodeo shows how spirituality and vibrant relationships are identical. He says that Buddha’s concept of the root of suffering is misunderstood. It is not desire that causes suffering; desire is the fire that springs from the basic life force. Drawing upon the science of attachment theory, Amodeo illuminates how the root of our suffering is disconnection from ourselves and others, which is fueled by clinging to what doesn't serve us In a conversational tone, Amodeo presents relationship as sacred experience. He teaches how to welcome desire mindfully rather than suppress it and how to overcome fear of failure in relating. He also discusses meditation as self-intimacy and holding ourselves with loving-kindness. Lastly, he explores the role of community in spiritual awakening and the issue of whom to trust—our guru or ourselves?.

Juvenile Fiction

Dancing Through the Snow | Jean Little

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Jean Little's poignant novel about an abandoned girl, and the dog who helps teach her how to trust again. Ten-year-old Min has had a long history of foster care since she was abandoned at age three. Now, let go by yet another foster family, Min continues to build a protective wall around herself. Her newest caregiver, a former Children's Aid doctor, sees past Min's hardened shell and tries to find a way to reach her...and does, finally, by taking in a sick, neglected dog that has escaped from a puppy mill. While watching the dog recover and open its heart to its new owners, Min comes out of her own shell. Readers will rejoice as Min opens her heart and allows herself to be a part of a loving family, to make friends and to finally stand up to the taunts of a bully, whose hurtful words have contributed to her lack of self-esteem..

History

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters | Jason Stearns

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A "tremendous," "intrepid" history of the devastating war in the heart of Africa's Congo, with first-hand accounts of the continent's worst conflict in modern times. At the heart of Africa is the Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal war in which millions have died. In Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, renowned political activist and researcher Jason K. Stearns has written a compelling and deeply-reported narrative of how Congo became a failed state that collapsed into a war of retaliatory massacres. Stearns brilliantly describes the key perpetrators, many of whom he met personally, and highlights the nature of the political system that brought these people to power, as well as the moral decisions with which the war confronted them. Now updated with a new introduction, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters tells the full story of Africa's Great War..

Self-Help

Belief Re-patterning | Suze Casey

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Tired of beating yourself up for not living what you know to be true? Ready to light your passions and let them fuel your dreams and desires? What if you could reset old thought patterns, "flipping the switch" without thinking about it? What if there was an autopilot option for positive thinking? There is, and you can access it through Belief Re-patterning! Solidly based in cognitive learning theory, educational psychology, and years of observation, this proactive technique developed by author and teacher Suze Casey rebuilds neural pathways and connections, allowing you to think, act, and feel differently. You didn’t arrive with an owner’s manual for your mind; and neither did your parents, friends, or children. Well, Belief Re-patterningcan be just what you’re looking for—full of activities that acknowledge your Inner Critic, strengthen your Inner Coach, and ignite your inner motivation. You’re going to have a conversation with yourself; it might as well be compassionate, encouraging, conscious, supportive, purposeful, and authentic! In this book, you’ll discover guaranteed ways to quickly, and almost effortlessly, get back on track when life’s stressors have pulled you off..

Self-Help

The Book of Five Rings | Miyamoto Musashi

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The Book of Five Rings is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the swordsman Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists: for instance, some business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work. The modern-day Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū employs it as a manual of technique and philosophy..

Religion

Book 1: Dancing in the Fire or Fighting for Life | Lyubov Oberemok

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This is a true story about miracle healing from a rare type of cancer, anxiety attack, depression, fear and pain, tears and bitterness by the one and only God, who is always with us, alive and faithful even when we are not! This book is about living God, who is leading ordinary people, His children, step by step from grief to victory, from death to life, from weakness to strength restoring physical and emotional health! This book will also give you guidance and keys, well equip you spiritually to overcome the highest mountain in your life, the biggest test and fire in your life journey. Also, you will find Holistic approach for physical and emotional restoration. I DEDICATED MY BOOK TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHO INSPIRED AND MADE THIS BOOK TO BE ALIVE WITH DEEP APPRICIATION FOR MY FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND PRAYERS. ... I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication. What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever. Psalm 30:1-12.

Juvenile Fiction

Juggling Fire | Joanne Bell

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Trying to understand her father's disappearance, Rachel returns to her childhood home in a remote area of northern Yukon and endures danger and loneliness before she discovers the truth about her father..

Fiction

The Prophets | Robert Jones, Jr.

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Instant New York Times Bestseller "May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves." —The New York Times Book Review “A new kind of epic...A grand achievement...While The Prophets' dreamy realism recalls the work of Toni Morrison...its penetrating focus on social dynamics stands out more singularly.” —Entertainment Weekly A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Isaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master's gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel's love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation's harmony. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries—of ancestors and future generations to come—culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love..

Literary Criticism

Dancing with Disaster | Kate Rigby

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The calamitous impacts of climate change that are beginning to be felt around the world today expose the inextricability of human and natural histories. Arguing for a more complex account of such calamities, Kate Rigby examines a variety of past disasters, from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to the mega-hurricanes of the twenty-first century, revealing the dynamic interaction of diverse human and nonhuman factors in their causation, unfolding, and aftermath. Focusing on the link between the ways disasters are framed by the stories told about them and how people tend to respond to them in practice, Rigby also shows how works of narrative fiction invite ethical reflection on human relations with one another, with our often unruly earthly environs, and with other species in the face of eco-catastrophe. In its investigation of an array of authors from the Romantic period to the present—including Heinrich von Kleist, Mary Shelley, Theodor Storm, Colin Thiele, and Alexis Wright— Dancing with Disaster demonstrates the importance of the environmental humanities in the development of more creative, compassionate, ecologically oriented, and socially just responses to the perils and possibilities of the Anthropocene. Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism.

Biography & Autobiography

Educated | Tara Westover

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For readers of The Glass Castle and Wild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future #1 International Bestseller Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school. Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school—ever—and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought..

Body, Mind & Spirit

Like Gold Through Fire | Massimilla Harris,Bud Harris

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"A Herculean work . . . whose purpose is to help us fathom the depth of this mystery in our own hearts. The Harrises, in this marvelous book, help us begin this holy work." -Robert Sardello, Ph.D., Author of Love and the Soul: Creating a Future for Earth "A book to heal so many wounds of misunderstood suffering. Suffering not as blame, punishment, or mysteriously meaningful, but as the painful transformation into our innermost truth." -Dick Evers, Ph.D. Jungian analyst, Zurich, Switzerland. Like Gold Through Fire explores the transforming power of suffering, how it can change us and open our hearts to compassion and joy, and in turn provide for a more rewarding life filled with a wider range of experiences. Like Gold Through Fire helps us to find meaning and to function in a society filled with suffering how to participate in the transformation, as opposed to being a victim of our rapidly changing world..

Religion

Exhale | Chanda Fulgium

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Some days, you are absolutely slaying this thing called life. Others, you simply have to remind yourself to BREATHE.. you’ve got this...one step, one day at a time. Exhale is an invitation to intentionally be still and engage in the Presence of God to face your day and everything that is coming your way. It is an opportunity to go vertical before winning at tackling the horizontal. Experience raw and authentic vulnerability in every day circumstances that will lead you into a deeper relationship with your Heavenly Creator and launch you into your dreams and goals in practical ways with tears and laughter along the way..

Drama

Defacing Michael Jackson | Aurin Squire

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Synopsis: Set among the swamps and canals of rural Florida, Defacing Michael Jackson follows a motley group of African-American teenagers who create their own Michael Jackson fan club in 1984. But when a white family moves to the neighborhood, their son tries to join the club, all the rules of the community are challenged, and everyone's relationships starts to crumble. Defacing Michael Jackson is a dark comedy about the loss of innocence, hero worship, and American identity. Cast Size: 1 Female, 3 Males.

Religion

Simply... Woman | Crystal Andrus Morissette

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Poetry

Through Wood | Alison Swinfen

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A collection of prayers and poems having its roots in the Gaelic alphabet and in the tradition of understanding Christ as the Alpha and Omega, the Tree of Life..

Biography & Autobiography

Still Dancing Through Life | Dr. Gretchen Helm

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Gretchen and Norm Helm were married for eight years when Norm was struck by a car while crossing the street and suffered a massive head injury. Everything in their lives changed at this moment. Norm, who was the pastor of a church in Westborough, Ma. had to give up his job and his profession. Gretchen also had to give up her profession as a therapist as they needed to leave the town they had called home for ten years in order for the new minister to establish himself without the former minister and his wife sharing the spotlight. They began a new life in New Mexico but had to deal with the effects of Norms traumatic brain injury. Norms short-term memory was gone, and over the years Norm had to endure many other losses. Then, seventeen years after his accident, Norm was diagnosed with dementia and subsequently entered an assisted living facility. While going through some things that Norm had written to Gretchen over the years, she found a lovely note that Norm had written to her on the occasion of their nineteenth wedding anniversary. He wrote, My dear Gretchen, Nobody has ever been more a part of me and my life than you have been and are; nor have I ever known anybody as well and as deeply as I know you. We are not one: we are a pair...We dance freely, improvising as we spin around this floor of life...So just hold me, and well dance another nineteen years. I love you, Norm. Jack Kornfield wrote: At the end of our life our questions are simple: Did I live fully? Did I love well? Gretchen and Norm have lived fully, and they have loved well..

Music

Pass Thru Fire | Lou Reed

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Containing a body of work that spans more than three decades, Pass Thru Fire is a stunning collection of the lyrics of an American original. Through his many incarnations-from proto punk to glam rocker to elder statesman of the avant garde-Lou Reed's work has maintained an undeniable vividness and raw beauty, fueled by precise character studies and rendered with an admirable shot of moral ambiguity. Beginning with his formative days in the Velvet Underground and continuing through his remarkable solo career-albums like Transformer, Berlin, New York, Magic and Loss, and Ecstasy-Pass Thru Fire is crucial to an appreciation of Lou Reed, not only as a consummate underground musician, but as one of the truly significant poets of our time..

Fiction

Dancing in the Dark | Sandra Marton

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Welcome to Twin Oaks—the new B and B in Cooper's Corner. Some come for pleasure, others for passion—and one to set things straight… Check-in: When Wendy Monroe left Cooper's Corner, she'd been an Olympic hopeful in skiing…and madly in love with Seth Castleman. But an accident on the slopes shattered her dreams—and her heart. She fled from Seth rather than tell him the painful secret behind her injuries. Now Wendy has returned home with just one desire. She wants to be whole again. Checkout: A renowned surgeon staying at the Twin Oaks B and B could mend her leg. But only facing Seth again—and the truth—can mend her broken heart. Now, more than ever, she needs Seth's strength and passion…and the healing power of his love..

Fiction

The House of the Seven Gables | Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A family burdened by the sins of their forebears seeks redemption in this Gothic masterpiece from one of the most influential voices in American literature In a small New England town, the haunted halls of Pyncheon House trap its current owners—Hepzibah Pyncheon and her brother, Clifford—in an atmosphere of gloom and despair. Two hundred years ago, their ancestor seized the property from a man sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft. At his execution, the man placed a curse on the Pyncheons, and the family has been plagued by tragedy ever since. Enlivened by the arrival of Phoebe, a pretty young relative who begins a tentative romance with Holgrave, their mysterious attic lodger, Hepzibah and Clifford hope that the curse has finally lifted. But before a new day can dawn, they must first contend with Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, whose greed and treachery threaten to doom the family forevermore. Inspired by the role his ancestors played in the Salem witch trials, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The House of the Seven Gables to explore the complicated legacy of the Puritans. First published in 1851, his savage indictment of the darkness at the heart of the American dream is more powerful than ever. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices..

Fiction

The House of Seven Gables | Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The house of the title is a gloomy New England mansion, haunted from its foundation by fraudulent dealings, accusations of witchcraft, and sudden death. The current resident, the dignified but desperately poor Hepzibah Pyncheon, opens a shop in a side room to support her brother Clifford, who is about to leave prison after serving thirty years for murder..