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  • Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-Acceptance
    There are countless “aha” moments in Ann Smith’s revised, updated version of Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance and Self-Acceptance, so much so that even the most well-balanced reader will gain valuable insights. If not ...
  • Emotional Equations: Simple Steps for Creating Happiness + Success in Business + Life
    As the title suggests, Chip Conley’s Emotional Equations proposes a simplified, logical, almost mathematical approach to managing some of the modern world’s most common challenges. Drawing on wisdom from a broad range of psychology researchers, ...
  • Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight & Learning How to Finish
    “Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it.” That statement sums up Betsy Schow’s personal philosophy. In her recent book, Finished Being Fat, Schow not only chronicles her journey with weight loss but a personal ...
  • Book Review: Southern Vapors
    Who would have thought a book by a privileged southern belle turned lawyer could hold so much charm and wit, and leave the reader with the belief that they too can be better? Southern Vapors ...
  • Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous
    Little did Gloria Loring know when she found a business card that was placed anonymously on her dressing room chair that it would help her for the rest of her life. In her new book, Coincidence ...
  • Book Review: Gone: A Novel
    Cathi Hanauer’s Gone explores life’s pitfalls, changes and second chances, leaving the reader beautifully satisfied and content with the pages before them. The narrative alternates between the protagonists' contrasting viewpoints. Eve Adams must cope with the ...
  • MANipulated into Fear: There is Always a Pattern
    If you are new to reading books about how manipulative and cruel men can be to the women they profess to love, the book MANipulated into Fear by Marvela Dawnay can be validating. Dawnay tells us ...
  • The Turning Point: Conquering Stress with Courage, Clarity & Confidence
    One area not missing from any bookstore, collection, or library is the volumes of books dealing with stress, a problem that few are immune to and many are held hostage by. In The Turning Point: Conquering ...
  • The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin
    In 2012, ABC News reported that the annual revenue of the US weight-loss industry was $20 billion. This includes the sales of diet and weight-loss books. How does a person decide between the proliferation of ...
  • Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier
    Peter Gray is a developmental psychologist who studies the growth of human beings over the course of their lifetimes. As his young son began to have more and more difficulty functioning in a traditional school ...
  • Japanese Self-Reflection: Naikan
    As a coach and counselor, I’m occasionally on the lookout for good books on self-reflection, but I try to avoid the ‘same-old’ self-help style that so many mimic (no matter how good the advice). ...
  • Non-Judgment Day is Coming: Are You Ready?
    With the spread of technology and social media, people are becoming aware of travesties and tragedies almost immediately after they take place. And so, there are plenty of theories as to what we can do ...
  • Silently Seizing: Unrecognized, Frequently Missed Seizures & Autism
    One might suspect that, at a mere 148 pages, Caren Haines’s Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized, and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders is an easy, finish-in-one-sitting kind of ...
  • How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy & Sorrow
    “I see you.” These three little words have remarkable power to change how you think, feel, and live. Author Toni Bernhard visited Paris back in 2001 one and came down with a viral illness that has ...
  • Melancholy, Mania & Miracles: My Journey With Bipolar Disorder
    I picked up this book because I have bipolar disorder and I wondered how similar or different her story is to mine. Shortly after the book came in the mail, I had surgery and my ...
  • Words of Love: Quotations from the Heart
    “Do not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love.” This quote, from Buddha, is one of many warm, useful sayings in Words of Love: Quotations from the Heart. From religious texts to scientists to novelists ...
  • Fearless at Work: Timeless Teachings for Awakening Confidence
    Michael Carroll has a niche around the concept of mindfulness at work. Fearless at Work: Timeless Teachings for Awakening Confidence, Resilience, and Creativity in the Face of Life’s Demands is his most recent and probably ...
  • Confessions of a Worrywart
    While reading Susan Orlins’s poignant memoir, I was reminded continuously of the catchphrase from the late ’60s and early ’70s feminist movement: “The personal is political.” The specifics of Orlins’s life story are hers alone, but ...
  • Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life & Teachings
    For those familiar with the work of famed thinker Carl Jung, author Gary Lachman has written a challenging but worthwhile biography. In Jung the Mystic: The Exoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings, Lachman explores ...
  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
    One of my best friends, Valor, a black Labrador, was a genius. My husband set up a video recorder and we saw that Valor waited exactly 60 seconds after the garage door closed before stealing ...
  • A Compassionate Approach to Addiction Intervention
    Interventions make for interesting reality television, but how are they done in the real world? How do you get someone you care about who is drinking himself, or herself, into oblivion into treatment? And how ...
  • Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century
    Community mental health can cover children and senior citizens, hetero and gay people, soldiers, legal offenders, homemakers, working people, non-working people, people of every race and ethnicity, and people with relatively minor psychological problems all ...
  • Summer Island
    "It was the impurity in her heart that made her successful. She was an ordinary woman who’d made extraordinary mistakes. She understood every nuance of need and loss." ~ Summer Island Given my love for women’s ...
  • The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life
    “I’ve discovered there’s genuine healing power in sharing your struggles. Accurately identifying what they are and where they came seems to take away their power.” With her book, LaDonna Gatlin does just that. The author is ...
  • The Stress Less Workbook
    I received The Stress Less Workbook by Jonathan S. Abramowitz when I was recovering from a case of shingles -- brought on, of course, by stress. I'm clearly not alone in suffering the negative effects of ...

 

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