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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot

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Lead With Your Heart: Creating a Life of Love, Compassion and Purpose
By Regina Cates

In Lead with Your Heart, author Regina Cates asks us to question our notion of what success and happiness really mean. Through the sharing of her own personal stories as well as providing helpful meditations, questions, and exercises, Regina offers a combination of wise advice, compelling anecdotes, and practical strategies for living a life that is authentic, fulfilling, and healing.

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The Conscious Parent

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
By:  Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents’ psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents’ development. Parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the behavior that results, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control and quick fixes for dysfunction. In Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s conscious approach to parenting, however, children serve as mirrors of their parents’ forgotten self. Those willing to look in the mirror have an opportunity to establish a relationship with their own inner state of wholeness. Once they find their way back to their essence, parents enter into communion with their children, shifting away from the traditional parent-to-child “know it all” approach and more towards a mutual parent-with-child relationship. The pillars of the parental ego crumble as the parents awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.

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The Toltec Secret to Happiness
by Ray Dodd

Previously published as “The Power of Belief” Imagine being happy and content even in the most difficult times. An impossible dream? Not at all. But if your desire for happiness isn’t being reached by trying harder, having more, or knowing more the problem may lie hidden within the core of your deepest beliefs. Our deepest beliefs impact every aspect of our lives: our performance at work, our issues with money, the state of our health, and how we conduct all our relationships. In “The Toltec Secret to Happiness” Ray Dodd reveals how hidden beliefs create barriers to living a happy life, and how to break through self-limiting boundaries by changing those beliefs. In 1996, after a chance meeting at the pyramid ruins in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Ray embarked on a six-year apprenticeship with don Miguel Ruiz, MD, author of the widely beloved and best-selling book, “The Four Agreements.” “Now, building on the “Toltec Wisdom Path” popularized by don Miguel, Carlos Castaneda, and many others, “The Toltec Secret to Happiness” offers four simple steps to transform any belief that stands in the way of your happiness.

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Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life
By Jillian Michaels

A lifetime’s worth of struggle is not overturned in a small moment of positive thinking. But if you have the right attitude—attitude and skills—you can and will accomplish anything and everything you want. This book gives you both, attitude and action. By its end you will have all the tools you need to change your life. No hype. No false promises.

You will learn to:
• Cultivate your passion and embrace your uniqueness to create a purpose-filled life . . .on your own terms.
• Transform your suffering into peace, wisdom, and strength.
• Work through fear, worry, shame, and negative self-talk to blast through obstacles and create self-confidence, self-esteem, and a healthy self-image.
• Take powerful, informed, deliberate actions to make your dreams a reality.

Forget surviving: it’s your time to thrive. You do have the ability and potential to achieve unlimited health, wealth, and happiness. Getting there won’t all be easy—nothing worthwhile ever is—but take this journey and your life will change dramatically. Your possibilities are unlimited, and your life is waiting for you to break free and claim it

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Cancer Schmancer

Cancer Schmancer
by Fran Drescher

Drescher, most famous for her loud, nasal voice and her role on the 1990s TV series The Nanny, advises readers to “open a mouth” when dealing with their doctors in this down-to-earth account of her experience with uterine cancer. In the book which serves as an unexpected follow-up to her 1995 memoir, Enter Whining the actress describes living with symptoms for more than two years while shuttling from doctor to doctor without a diagnosis. She then depicts the hysterectomy that followed as well as her recovery, focusing mostly on the support she received from her friends and family and her first post-divorce boyfriend, who is 16 years her junior. She also devotes a chapter to the loss of her beloved dog, Chester Drescher. Consistently frank about her emotional ups and downs, Drescher addresses important quality-of-life issues such as fatigue and sex. Yet it is her storytelling skills and humor that make this uncomplicated book a good read.

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Words can Change your Brain

Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy
By Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman

In their groundbreaking research, prominent neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, M.D., working with Mark Robert Waldman, has discovered a valuable strategy called Compassionate Communication. In twelve clear steps it allows us to create a special bond with whomever we are speaking, a bond that aligns our brains to work together as one. In this unique state—free from conflict and distrust—we can communicate more effectively, listen more deeply, collaborate without effort, and succeed more quickly at any task.

Using data collected from MBA students, couples in therapy, and caregivers, Newberg and Waldman have seen again and again that Compassionate Communication repositions a difficult conversation for a satisfying conclusion. Whether you are negotiating with your boss or your employees, arguing with your spouse, or coping with your kids, Compassionate Communication is a simple and unbeatable way to achieve a win-win dialogue to help you reach your goals.

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Dying to be Me

Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
By Anita Moorjani

In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system—began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth . . . and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was able to be released from the hospital within weeks . . . without a trace of cancer in her body!

Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge.

As part of a traditional Hindu family residing in a largely Chinese and British society, she had been pushed and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she had been a little girl. After years of struggling to forge her own path while trying to meet everyone else’s expectations, she had the realization, as a result of her epiphany on the other side, that she had the power to heal herself . . . and that there are miracles in the Universe that she had never even imagined.

In Dying to Be Me, Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, fear, “being love,” and the true magnificence of each and every human being!

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The Best Places for Everything

The Best Places for Everything: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World
By Peter Greenberg

What’s the best place on Earth to see the Northern Lights? Which coast offers the best shark diving? Where can you take the world’s finest French cooking classes, white-water rafting expeditions and beginner Argentine tango lessons? You’re about to find out.

Assembled by Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, this book is a travel guide that understands it’s not just the journey or the destination, it’s what you do when you get there. Based on two decades of travel experience and organized by affinity, accessibility and affordability, it’s a comprehensive guide to all things fun and the best places to do them worldwide, from hot-air balloon rides to cheese making to safari camping and beyond.

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The Untethered Soul

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
By Michael A. Singer

Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves, and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

In part one, he examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue we all live with. Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show readers how to open their hearts to the energy of experience that permeates their lives. Ways to overcome tendencies to close down to the rest of the world are the subject of part three. Enlightenment, the embrace of universal consciousness, is the subject of part four. And finally, in part five, Singer returns to daily life and the pursuit of unconditional happiness.

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Toxic Parents

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life
By Susan Forward and Craig Buck

Are you the child of toxic parents?

When you were a child…

• Did your parents tell you, you were bad or worthless?
• Did your parents use physical pain to discipline you?
• Did you have to take care of your parents because of their problems?
• Were you often frightened of your parents?
• Did your parents do anything to you that had to be kept secret?

Now that you’re an adult…

• Do your parents still treat you as if you were a child?
• Do you have intense emotional or physical reactions after spending time with your parents?
• Do your parents control you with threats or guilt? Do they manipulate you with money?
• Do you feel that no matter what you do, it’s never good enough for your parents?

In this remarkable self-help guide, Dr. Susan Forward draws on case histories and the real-life voices of adult children of toxic parents to help you free yourself from the frustrating patterns of your relationship with your parents — and discover a new world of self-confidence, inner strength, and emotional independence.

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Sex, Time and Power

Sex, Time, and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution
By Leonard Shlain

This book offers a tantalizing answer to an age-old question: Why did big-brained Homo sapiens suddenly emerge some 150,000 years ago? The key, according to Shlain, is female sexuality. Drawing on an awesome breadth of research, he shows how, long ago, the narrowness of the newly bipedal human female’s pelvis and the increasing size of infants’ heads precipitated a crisis for the species. Natural selection allowed for the adaptation of the human female to this environmental stress by reconfiguring her hormonal cycles, entraining them with the periodicity of the moon. The results, however, did much more than ensure our existence; they imbued women with the concept of time, and gave them control over sex—a power that males sought to reclaim. And the possibility of achieving immortality through heirs drove men to construct patriarchal cultures that went on to dominate so much of human history.

From the nature of courtship to the evolution of language, Shlain’s brilliant and wide-ranging exploration stimulates new thinking about very old matters.

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Promise of Hope

The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours
By Edward Grinnan

Years of listening to other people’s stories of going through tough times, hoping to overcome difficult odds, or trying to find a way to make a difference in the world brought Edward Grinnan to the understanding that personal change is vital to achieving success. In each chapter of The Promise of Hope, Grinnan weaves the tales of other people with his own story to reveal how each of us can learn about the keys to powerful personal change: honesty, willingness, imagination, commitment, faith, forgiveness, acceptance, resilience, and love. He shows these principles at work in his own never-before told personal struggle with alcoholism, and how he has learned through his own missteps to accept change and become the person he was meant to be.

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Bye-Bye Boring Bio

Bye Bye Boring Bio
By Nancy Juetten

Bye-Bye Boring Bio shows solopreneurs — coaches, consultants, authors, speakers and content experts — how to transform boring bios from wallpaper to wow to attract clients, speaking gigs, and media interviews now. This comprehensive, easy-to-use, engaging, and content-rich action guide is packed with articles, road tested bio templates, access to three audio files, and abundant bio examples organized by profession that make writing bios for the web, social media, speaking, and the media a breeze. This popular, proven, and well-reviewed program gives introverted entrepreneurs and others who struggle with writing about their accomplishments cause for celebration. Apply the lessons within to get seen, heard, celebrated and COMPEN$ATED for your expert status.

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Attracting Songbirds

Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard
By Sally Roth

The best ways to attract melodic birds, with insight into their rapidly changing habits The American robin and northern cardinal are two of the best-loved songbirds, but newer backyard arrivals, like rose-breasted grosbeaks and scarlet tanagers, quickly captivate with their vivid colors and unique songs. Bird lovers will learn to attract new visitors by offering treats that songbirds like best, such as soft, easy-to-peck foods that closely mimic caterpillars, their top food preference. And planting just a few carefree perennials and shrubs can provide opportunities for cover and nesting.

Sally Roth draws on the latest science and 50 years of observation to reveal these fascinating details:

• In the wee hours, it’s the robins that sing first, followed by the babble of house wrens and the whistle of cardinals
• Some birds learn birdsongs throughout their lives, while others stop learning once they can mimic their parents’ song
• It’s Dad, not Mom, who teaches the young birds to sing

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Giant George

Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog
By Dave Nasser and Lynne Barrett-Lee

Meet George, a seven-foot-long, 245-pound Great Dane who holds the Guinness World Record for Tallest Dog in the World…ever! A true gentle giant who loves to play, he’s also scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and – most of all – scared of being alone.

Giant George is the charming story of how this goofy giant – the runt of his litter – first won his owners hearts, and a wonderful chronicle of the unusual adventures they faced raining him to adulthood and superstardom. Also shedding insight into his likes, habits and quirks, this is a fascinating look at what it is like to be the owners of the biggest dog in the world.

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The Quantum Universe

The Quantum Universe (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)
By Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw

Quantum theory has a reputation for weirdness – cats can be both alive and dead, particles can be in two places at once; Heisenberg says everything is uncertain. This, unfortunately, has led people to think that the Universe is unknowable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Quantum theory describes the world with exquisite precision and has opened our eyes to wonders more incredible than we ever imagined.

This book takes us on a voyage through to subatomic realm, introducing us to exotic concepts like Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, time-traveling positrons, the life and death of stars and more. It’s a detailed look at quantum theory in action that’s simply breathtaking.

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The War of Art

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne
“There’s a real secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.”

Steve Pressfield’s magnificent little book The War of Art is about being more creative – but more important, it’s also about fulfilling your potential as a human being. To do this, he says, you must overcome Resistance (the “R” is capitalized to represent the fact that it is a very real entity – as real to your authentic Self.

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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know
by Margaret J. Meeker

A wonderful guide to active fatherhood and your much needed participation in your daughter’s life.

This is a powerful book for fathers who are already great Dads… It will validate who you are and encourage you to keep doing what you are doing. It will help forge your mind around your absolute responsibilities as the father of a girl and young lady. It will remind you that baby girls, young ladies, and women have only ONE Daddy.

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The Won Thing

The Won Thing: The “One” Secret to a Totally Fulfilling Life
by Peggy McColl

“We have the ability to create the circumstances of our lives. We don’t have complete control over everything, but we also aren’t as powerless as we may think. If we’re looking for someone to do the work of changing our lives for us, trust me, it’s not going to happen. We’ve got to rescue ourselves.” – From The Won Thing

Is there a universal “one thing” that can bring joy, satisfaction and purpose to our lives?

According to Peggy McColl, there isn’t. However, in her newest book The Won Thing, she provides seven hard-won lessons that can–when combined in a personal recipe–promote balance, fulfillment, and growth.

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The Dog With a Bone

Be a Dog With a Bone: Always Go for Your Dreams
by Peggy McColl

“To discover the best training method for your pooch, you have to understand her individuality. Similarly, for you to bring out the best in yourself, you need to understand your unique set of behaviors, habits, desires, and needs.” – From the book

What is the difference between a short-lived want and a deep desire–and how is finding the answer to this question the key to fueling determination? What is the length of your “leash”, the restrictions (conscious or unconscious) that you place on yourself? What three attributes, when combined, equal “dogged determination”? What is the dogma of success? How do you stop chasing your tail? Why is important to be nice to everyone?

Using clever canine metaphors and inspiring true-life anecdotes about our four legged friends, destiny achievement expert Peggy McColl answers these compelling questions in her newest book Be a Dog with a Bone.

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Good to Great

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
by Jim Collins

Unwavering resolve to do what must be done! Ah — a characteristic of the Level 5 (Good to Great) leader, described in this well researched book that shows the reader what it takes to take a good company to greatness. Personal humility fortified with professionalism will give Good to Great leaders the edge on their ego-driven counterparts. Collins makes many marvelous points, the first being that the RIGHT people are your most important asset. By rising above unrealistic optimism, confronting brutal facts and asking questions that lead to the greatest insights (optimal thinking), the leader moves his company to greatness. Good to Great leaders focus on the few things that have the greatest impact (optimal thinking). Collins won me when he said “One of the primary ways to de-motivate people is to ignore the brutal facts of reality.” Good to Great leaders create a culture where the truth is heard, and where negative thinking is not degraded or scorned (optimal thinking).

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Tell to Win

Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story
by Peter Guber

Guber highlights the times he failed to connect with a client, and most of the time, it was because he failed to tell a story. This may sound counter-intuitive to many in the business world. After all, isn’t business about being sober and logical? Where do stories fit in? According to Guber, most people in business forget that they are dealing with humans, and in order to reach people, a sales pitch has to have an emotional component. Stories not only add an emotional dimension to business interactions, but also appeal to our natural love of good stories (which contain a challenge, struggle, and resolution). This love of the challenge-struggle-resolution story is, according to research in the book, hard-wired into our brains. Thus, stories are not just entertaining: they are powerful tools that help us connect with others, and persuade them to see our point of view.

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Loving What Is

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell

In The Work, you start with the worksheet. The purpose of the worksheet is to bring your mind to paper. You start by judging people. Later you judge thoughts, issues, self-judgments. You start with a person. You write down what angers, saddens, disappoints you about that person. How do you want them to change? What do they need to give you? What do you think of this person? What don’t you want to experience with this person again? These are only a few of the questions on the worksheet.

Next you investigate each statement in the worksheet by exposing it to four questions. For each statement you ask, (1) Is it true? (2) Can you absolutely know that it’s true? (3) How do you react when you think that thought? (4) Who would you be without that thought? The four questions allow one to look at the source of pain and stress.

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Toal Money Makeover

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
by Dave Ramsey

If you’re thinking about passing on this latest book from financial guru Dave Ramsey because you’ve already read his first New York Times bestseller Financial Peace, think again. Financial Peace is “what to do.” Total Money Makeover is a step-by-step, nuts and bolts “how to do” kind of book. Dave takes the seven key principles of a healthy financial plan from Financial Peace and gives them a shot of adrenaline and a ton of muscle! He walks with you through each of the seven “baby steps” and shows you exactly how to accomplish each one. Along the way Dave shares dozens of stories from people who are working on or have completed their own Total Money Makeover. The result is a book that could replace all others on personal finance. Reader beware, if you’re looking for the next “get rich quick” book from a guy with a calculator and no experience, this is not the book for you. But if you want an uplifting and encouraging book that will show you exactly how to build true wealth and will give you loads of stories from people who have done just that, pick this book up today! Dave knocks it out of the park with Total Money Makeover, and your personal finances could be doing the same very soon.

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EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
by Dave Ramsey

This book works whether you lead a team at work or lead your family at home. I love how he puts so clearly into perspective the big things that matter when it comes to business and leadership. While many of these things we know, the examples and practical application provided in EntreLeadership make it well worth keeping this book handy on the shelf. It’s a great road map for business and leadership of all types.

What is an EntreLeader? According to Dave, they’re people who can be:
Passionately serving
Mavericks who have integrity
Disciplined risk takers
Courageous while humble
Motivated visionaries
Driven while loyal
Influential learners

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The Money Class

The Money Class: How to Stand in Your Truth and Create the Future You Deserve
by Suze Orman

Suze Orman has delivered to her fans a primer on managing money in current times. I am impressed with all the detailed advice provided on everything from Family, Career, Buying a Home, Investing and Saving for Retirement at all stages of life. Everyone will find something of great benefit. Her web site has the tools and financial calculators that accompany the book. They are terrific, easy to use, and a wonderful bonus that goes along with purchasing the book. Anyone who follows her advice and direction will be successful not only with their money but also with their life.

Stand in your Truth about your money. The thesis of her book to be true to yourself and live below your means in order to protect your future is a very necessary one.

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Women and Money

Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
by Suze Orman

“Women and Money” is loaded with action steps that anyone can do. This latest book is divided into 8 chapters, including “For Women Only”, “Imagine What’s Possible”, “No Shame, No Blame”, “You Are Not On Sale”, “The 8 Qualities of a Wealthy Woman”, “The Save Yourself Plan”, “The Commitments”, and “Say Your Name”. These chapter titles do not indicate how much real information is given–this is not just an “ideas to get you started” book. Orman gives a month by month description of things for women to do to put themselves in a good financial position. She has boxed information entitled, “I Would Be Thrilled If You…” and then gives specific things to do. She also has an Action Plan for each month of her 5 month plan.

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Think a Second Time

Think a Second Time
by Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager sets himself two closely related tasks in this volume: to provoke his readers to “think a second time” about matters we may have taken for granted, and to prod us to care more about ethical behavior than we do about pretty much anything else. He succeeds at both jobs.

Prager’s basic contention is that ethical monotheism is the necessary foundation of all moral thought and practice. While ethical monotheism was revealed to and through the Jewish people, it does not demand that everybody in the world convert to Judaism; however, Jewish thought has traditionally set aside a group of ethical laws (called the “Noahide laws”) which are binding on all humankind. (Here he is of course on very solid ground.)

Throughout this work, Prager — who describes himself as a “passionate moderate” — applies the insights of traditional, historic Judaism to a host of pertinent social issues, thinking the issues through carefully and insightfully to sometimes surprising conclusions.

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Happiness is a Serious Problem

Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual
by Dennis Prager

One of the keys to happiness, Mr. Prager rightly suggests, is that expectations inevitably result in unhappiness. This is a wonderful insight to why so many today are frustrated, angry and unhappy in a society that touts the entitlement mindset, the thinking that we are automatically entitled to things, including happiness.

If you can set aside your expectations suddenly everything good that enters your life becomes a blessing. What do you appreciate more, the gift you’ve demanded or the one you didn’t expect? Integral to happiness is appreciation. Unappreciative people are simply unhappy people. They are people who expect life to cater to them, so consequently are bitter when it doesn’t and unappreciative when it does.

This book should be required reading in all schools, particularly on college campuses where so many expect life to cater to them. But it applies equally well to all ages.

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Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph
by Dennis Prager

Still the Best Hope, is the Statue of Liberty in hardcover. No other book combines such sharp insights into America’s current state. No other book is at once so deep and so sensible, so succinct and so comprehensive, so American and so universal. In this extraordinary book, Dennis Prager, argues that the global social and political crisis of the 21st century is really an intellectual crisis. That is, a battle of ideas between American values and their alternatives. There is nothing partisan or one-sided about his argument. He makes his case fairly, lucidly, and persuasively. His book moves with a kind of worried grace probing the difference between liberal and conservative thought, and he has something urgent to teach the people on either side. Prager’s sweeping analysis is a grand tour of American values. And the power these values have to light a torch of hope and liberty in a dark world.

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The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
by Debbie Ford

THE DARK SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS is written with such brutal honesty that if you are not ready to change your life than don’t bother with the book. Why? Because it would probably put you off, and that would be a shame because this is an extraordinary book that will surely alter your life as it did mine. Ms. Ford teaches us to deal with our inner demons or shadows as they are called in the book Shadow work as Ms. Ford refers to is the ongoing process of depolarizing, and balancing to heal the split between the conscious sense of self and the all else we are or could be. We learn that `Dark’ doesn’t mean only negative, it refers to something out of the light of our conscious awareness.

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Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence
by Debbie Ford

Debbie Ford understands transformation. She uses her own deep life challenges and experiences – in the current case, cancer – as a way to discover the deep well of courage and power that she, and we all, were born with. If you take this journey with her you will see your past limits for what they are – lies that no longer serve. You will uncover the Divine courageous warrior within that has always been waiting to guide your life and your choices.

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A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
by Daniel H. Pink

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment – and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that’s already here.

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Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience
by Laurence Gonzales

The shark attacked while she was snorkeling, tearing through Micki Glenn’s breast and shredding her right arm. Her husband, a surgeon, saved her life on the spot, but when she was safely home she couldn’t just go on with her life. She had entered an even more profound survival journey: the aftermath. The survival experience changes everything because it invalidates all your previous adaptations, and the old rules don’t apply. In some cases survivors suffer more in the aftermath than they did during the actual crisis. In all cases, they have to work hard to reinvent themselves. Drawing on gripping cases across a wide range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales fashions a compelling argument about fear, courage, and the adaptability of the human spirit. Micki Glenn was later moved to say: “I don’t regret that this happened to me. [It] has been . . . probably the single most positive experience I’ve ever had.”

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How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist
by Andrew Newberg M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman

God is great—for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Based on new evidence culled from brain-scan studies, a wide-reaching survey of people’s religious and spiritual experiences, and the authors’ analyses of adult drawings of God, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and therapist Mark Robert Waldman offer some breakthrough discoveries. Both a revelatory work of modern science and a practical guide for readers to enhance their physical and emotional health, How God Changes Your Brain is a first-of-a-kind book about faith that is as credible as it is inspiring.

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In the Heart of Life: A Memoir
by Kathy Eldon

In 1977, Kathy Eldon moved with her husband and two children from England to Kenya, where she found freedom as she had never known it before and was ready to push back from her old, restrictive life. Diving into this tumultuous new world as a journalist and writer, she embraced the energy and creativity of Kenyans, both black and white. But her world collapsed when her twenty-two-year-old son, Dan—an artist and photojournalist on assignment for Reuters—was stoned to death by an angry mob in Somalia, killed by the very people he was trying to help. Kathy’s journey through this tragic loss was deeply spiritual as she discovered that, in many ways, Dan was still ever-present in her life. This gripping international saga includes a passionate love, a dangerous coup in Kenya, and a compelling glimpse into a woman on the brink of self-discovery. After her son’s murder, Kathy began to publish his art, which gained popularity worldwide and—together with her daughter, Amy—launched a global foundation celebrating Dan’s work as a creative activist. Throughout Kathy’s exploration of profound tragedy, we find the secrets to not only surviving, but being truly, gloriously alive.

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I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap
by M. Night Shyamalan

Famed director M. Night Shyamalan has long had a serious interest in education. The founda­tion he and his wife started once gave college scholarships to promising inner-city students, but Shyamalan realized that these scholarships did nothing to improve education for all the other students in under-performing schools. When he learned that some schools were succeeding with similar student populations, he traveled across the country to find out how they did this and whether these schools had something in common. He eventually learned that there are five keys to closing America’s achievement gap. But just as we must do several things to maintain good health— eat the right foods, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep—so too must we use all five keys to turn around our lowest-performing schools. These five keys are used by all the schools that are succeeding, and no schools are succeeding without them. Before he discovered them, Shyamalan investigated some popular reform ideas that proved to be dead ends, such as smaller class size, truculent unions, and merit pay for teachers. He found that the biggest obstacle to school reform is cognitive biases: too many would-be reformers have committed themselves to false solutions. This is a deeply personal book by an unbiased observer determined to find out what works and why so that we as a nation can fulfill our obliga­tion to give every student an opportunity for a good education.

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 Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
by Dr. Joe Dispenza

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

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You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter
by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Throughout history up until present, many cultures have traditionally experienced the effects of verifiable healings, along with hexes, curses, witchcraft, voodoo, and other mysterious phenomena. These effects—many of which were elicited by unscientific means—were brought about by the beliefs and lore of the society. Even today, pharmaceutical companies use double- and triple-blind randomized studies in an attempt to exclude the power of the mind over the body. In You Are the Placebo, Dr. Joe Dispenza explores the history, the science, and the practical applications of the so-called placebo effect. Citing many amazing individual case studies, this compelling book will empower you to personally use “the expectation of a particular outcome” to alter your internal states—as well as external reality—solely through the action of your mind. It offers the necessary understandings to change old beliefs and perceptions into new ones. In addition, it teaches a model of personal transformation that correlates with the placebo effect—without the need for any external influences (“placebos” such as sugar pills, saline injections, and so on). You Are the Placebo combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioral conditioning, and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect . . . and show how the seemingly impossible can become possible.

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God on Your Own: Finding A Spiritual Path Outside Religion
by Dr. Joe Dispenza

After spending eight years in a monastery, Joseph Dispenza walked away from his life as a monk and the religion of his youth in search of a different kind of spiritual path. Outside the confines of organized religion, Dispenza was able to create a spiritual life that gives direction and meaning to all he does and all he is. God on Your Own is written for anyone who has left (or is thinking of leaving) organized religion but wants to continue on a spiritual path. Written by noted author and retreat leader Joseph Dispenza, this book provides a spiritual road map for those who want to make the transition from conventional religion toward a richer and more satisfying direct relationship with the Source, without rules, dogmas, or doctrines. Throughout the book, Dispenza offers wise, compassionate guidance, speaking as one seeker to another. He has made this journey himself, gleaning spiritual truth from across traditions and practices.

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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
by Alex Kotlowitz

There Are No Children Here, the true story of brothers Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, ages 11 and 9 at the start, brings home the horror of trying to make it in a violence-ridden public housing project. The boys live in a gang-plagued war zone on Chicago’s West Side, literally learning how to dodge bullets the way kids in the suburbs learn to chase baseballs. “If I grow up, I’d like to be a bus driver,” says Lafeyette at one point. That’s if, not when–spoken with the complete innocence of a child. The book’s title comes from a comment made by the brothers’ mother as she and author Alex Kotlowitz contemplate the challenges of living in such a hostile environment: “There are no children here,” she says. “They’ve seen too much to be children.” This book humanizes the problem of inner-city pathology, makes readers care about Lafeyette and Pharoah more than they may expect to, and offers a sliver of hope buried deep within a world of chaos.

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

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Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell

Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the “dog whisperer” who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and “hindsight bias” and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate. “Good writing,” Gladwell says in his preface, “does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head.” What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.

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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

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No Mistakes!: How You Can Change Adversity into Abundance
by Madisyn Taylor, Sunny Dawn Johnston and HeatherAsh Amara

Have you ever wondered if there was any truth to the adage, “Everything happens for a reason”? Wonder no more. This is the book that demonstrates the truth in that old piece of conventional wisdom. Madisyn Taylor, Sunny Dawn Johnston, Heather Ash and twenty other motivational and inspirational authors and speakers explore how synchronicities, blessings, and miracles can be found even in the most seemingly daunting circumstances.

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If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities
by Benjamin R. Barber

In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time—climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns, and people—the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big, too interdependent, too divisive for the nation-state. Is the nation-state, once democracy’s best hope, today democratically dysfunctional? Obsolete? The answer, says Benjamin Barber in this highly provocative and original book, is yes. Cities and the mayors who run them can do and are doing a better job.

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