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“Eat: A Guide to Discovering Your Natural Relationship with Food” by Dr. Linda R. Harper, Ph.D.
For over one hundred years, our culture has promoted dieting—with the goal of losing weight—as the acceptable way to eat. With this aim of weight loss, a diet determines your eating choices and in turn creates a thought system that prevents you from trusting your natural ability to make the right choices about eating. Our inner wisdom, or best self, quietly speaks to us through intuition, gut feelings, physical cravings and thoughts about the present moment, whereas beliefs focused on specific outcomes, such as weight loss-focused dieting, push their way to the forefront of our minds and block our ability to enjoy the present. The purpose of this book is to remove the barriers preventing you from accessing and trusting your own best self in choosing and creating each eating experience. Eat provides the tools you need to remove the thoughts that are obstructing your inner wisdom and replace those thoughts with ones that will guide you back to everyday eating choices that stem from your best self. Linda R. Harper’s simple five-step guide will help you access your best self and discover your natural and healthy relationship with food, leaving the rules of dieting behind.
“Knight’s Desire” by Elizabeth Taylor George
All that stands between Sir Judson Langley and his chance to inherit Cresswell Castle is the truth, and a beautiful young serving woman with a secret. Arian Goodfife, rightful heiress of Cresswell, lives in the shadows, dirty and wretched. After her mother’s suicide, her cruel stepfather claimed to all that Arian died in a fire. Her identity stripped away, she trusts no one. Driven by the desire to regain Cresswell, she vows to depose her stepfather. Then a dark, handsome knight named Judson arrives, making another claim on her lands. Though he touches a place in her heart she thought had turned to stone, Arian realizes the peril she would face were Judson to discover her true identity. Is Judson an angel or a devil? Only a miracle of love will answer her question.
“Man’s Greatest Fear: The Final Phase of Human Evolution” by Dr. Thomas M. Lister
Award-Winner of the Best New eBook Non-Fiction category of the 2012 International Book Awards and finalist in the psychology category of Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards, Dr. Thomas M. Lister’s Man’s Greatest Fear: The Final Phase of Human Evolution is a must read for anyone who cares about the survival of humankind on our planet. Lister’s work examines man’s endless quest for power and destruction. In explaining the primordial motivation of man that continually stirs the cauldron of conflict throughout the world, he uses the war in the Middle East as a case study to exemplify man’s addiction to war, his relentless destruction of the environment, and his universal domination of woman. Albert Einstein warned, ‘It will take a whole new manner of thinking for mankind to survive.’ Given man’s lust for war, he is not capable of changing the way in which he thinks. This new manner of thinking, to which Einstein refers, is unattainable; however, for woman it is natural, if not instinctive. For humankind to avoid extinction, woman must break the bonds of man’s religious and societal dogma and harness his destructive nature. Woman can bring about the salvation of man and our species. As Canadian physician Augusta Stowe-Gullen (1857-1943) predicted, ‘When women have a voice in national and international affairs, war will cease forever.’ Man, no longer able to wage war, is controlled by woman and herein lies his greatest fear: man’s domination by woman. Through careful historical research, Lister examines humanity’s history of violence in relation to current events to explain subconscious motives beneath man’s endless quest for domination. By turning Freudian psychoanalysis inside out, Dr. Lister argues achievable solutions through the inclusion of women and male environmentalists in leadership roles. He hopes to educate and stir the public into action with his powerful explanation as to what, exactly, man’s greatest fear is and why it must be made a reality in order for humankind to escape extinction.
“Days Like Floating Water” by Susan McKee
Gold Winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Adult Nonfiction, Days Like Floating Water follows a retired American couple as they volunteer to teach English to college students of a rural village in communist China. In the emerging, but still somewhat primitive city, readers are given an insider’s glimpse into the heart of modern China, traversing the culture and soul while embarking on a heartfelt journey.
“Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey” by David Joy
I know that most families have stories of fishing trips, but with mine it’s a little diferent. These aren’t tales told and born anew each time everyone’s back together. These aren’t stories marking the one or two outings when a father took a son fishing. These stories are our lives, the cornerstones of our existence, the reason that we contine to wake up and give the world another go. The tales are the points along our linear journey through this world and the only thing to assure us that we ever lived. In the quilt work of our lives these are the patches stitched together by our breathing, the only thing that holds it all together. Fishing is not a hobby; it is who we are.
David Joy’s Southern memoir details a North Carolina fly fisherman’s youthful experiences in the Outer Banks and Piedmont to his pursuit of native brook trout in the Appalachian Mountains. This work of literary nonfiction encapsulates the philosophical underpinnings of a man defined by fish, family, water, solitude, environment, and wilderness.
“Atheism: Genetics to Geology and Much More Science” by Maurice de Bona Jr.
Maurice de Bona, Jr.’s ‘Atheism: Genetics to Geology and Much More Science’ provides a thorough summary of Atheistic thought and its relation to scientific knowledge. De Bona’s extensive scientific research in areas including the origin of gods, Bible contradictions, geology, genetics, and even plants support his theories on Atheism and the science behind it. Rather than be concerned with what happens after death, De Bona supports that ‘the purpose of life is to achieve happiness through accomplishment here on Earth.’
“Family Secrets” by Candice Kohl
Esther Brown’s family is falling apart around her. Widowed and re-married with two daughters, Esther is unable to control her eldest daughter Geneva’s wayward ways and sends her to live with her sister Prudence and her husband, Brock Langtry, in Ivy Glen, a small town outside Chicago. Esther’s attempt to find salvation for her child sets in motion a series of dramatic events that tests the bonds of one family as they discover Family Secrets.
Based-in-fact, Family Secrets is set in a 1920’s Chicago suburb and told from the perspectives of multiple family members. This dramatic tale has it all: passion, betrayal, deception, forgiveness and a glimpse into the unconditional ties that bind a family together.
“Fat Girl Fairy Boy” by Carol McConkie
Frieda Kunkelheimer knew she wasn’t welcome in the world from her earliest stirrings. She also knew she was big and ugly, as proclaimed by her grandmother on the day of her birth. Though Frieda Kunkelheimer later blossoms into a beautiful and successful Hollywood film star, it had been determined, even before birth, that she was unwanted and unloved.
En route to a film shoot, the embittered, aging actress known as Frie, and Robin, her phobic, gay makeup artist, survive a plane crash in the jungles of Central America only to be held hostage by El Salvadoran guerrillas. Their self-absorbed lives take a backseat to the events of their capture as a bizarre set of circumstances unfold and kindle courage, compassion, and forgiveness they never thought possible.
Fat Girl Fairy Boy is a darkly humorous tale of family, friendship, and personal discovery. Written in masterful prose, and filled with rich characters, McConkie mixes irony, humor, and pathos while weaving multifaceted storylines into a wildly entertaining adventure. Few experienced novelists fare as well as McConkie in this debut literary event.
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ISBN-13: EBK: 9781938568237
Publication Date: February 1, 2013
Shelving Category: Self-Help / Diet & Nutrition
For over one hundred years, our culture has promoted dieting—with the goal of losing weight—as the acceptable way to eat. With this aim of weight loss, a diet determines your eating choices and in turn creates a thought system that prevents you from trusting your natural ability to make the right choices about eating. Our inner wisdom, or best self, quietly speaks to us through intuition, gut feelings, physical cravings and thoughts about the present moment, whereas beliefs focused on specific outcomes, such as weight loss-focused dieting, push their way to the forefront of our minds and block our ability to enjoy the present. The purpose of this book is to remove the barriers preventing you from accessing and trusting your own best self in choosing and creating each eating experience.
Eat provides the tools you need to remove the thoughts that are obstructing your inner wisdom and replace those thoughts with ones that will guide you back to everyday eating choices that stem from your best self. Linda R. Harper’s simple five-step guide will help you access your best self and discover your natural and healthy relationship with food, leaving the rules of dieting behind.
Linda R. Harper, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice for 29 years with her husband in Evergreen Park, Illinois. She has Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Kent State University and a B.A. degree from Northwestern University. Specializing in eating and dieting-related challenges, her doctoral dissertation explored society’s influence on dieters’ perceptions of their bodies and the resulting impact on their self-esteem. She has presented papers on the psychology of eating-related problems at the Midwest Psychological Association conference and has given talks in schools, health food stores, bookstores, clinics, and hospitals on the problems of dieting. She has led workshops at the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) national symposium, The National Association of Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) conference, and the Annual Women’s Wellness Workshops in Chicago. She has also lectured at academic and medical institutions and public libraries throughout the Chicago area, as well as the American University in Paris. Dr. Harper has conducted numerous radio and television interviews, and feature stories about her first book, The Tao of Eating, have appeared in Fitness, Women’s Sports and Fitness, National Health, Women’s World, and various newspapers across the country. Harper is also the author of The Tao of Eating: Feeding Your Soul through Everyday Experiences with Food, Give to Your Heart’s Content…Without Giving Yourself Away, and Give: A Guide to Discovering the Joy of Everyday Giving.
Comparative Titles (Amazon.com):
Tribole, Evelyn. Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012. #4,771 in Amazon Books. 978-1250004048
Albers, Susan. 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. New Harbinger Publications, 2009. #7,108 in Amazon Books. 978-1572246768
Chozen Bays, Jan. Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. Shambhala, 2009. #9,962 in Amazon Books. 978-1590305317
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A summary of Atheistic thought related to scientific knowledge
—a must read for people of all backgrounds.
This book has a wide collection of evidence supporting atheism and the science behind it. The research, aided by clear writing and illuminating pictures and charts, makes this deeply intellectual topic understandable.
Maurice de Bona Jr. has always been interested in travel and culture. He earned a degree in geography from UCLA and has since had the opportunity to explore the countries he studied. In a two and a half year long trip around the world, Mr. de Bona Jr. visited much of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, where he worked in the Japanese motion picture industry and taught English courses. He also traveled to Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries. In addition, he had the opportunity to observe the penguins, and other wildlife, in Antarctica. During these travels, Mr. de Bona Jr. learned about people and their beliefs all over the world. He now lives in Culver City, California.
Do Botton, Alain. Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believers Guide to the Uses of Religion.Pantheon, March
2012. #34,175 in Amazon Books, 978-03073791-0-8Stenger, Victor J. God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion. Prometheus
Books, April 2012. #23,963 in Amazon Books, 978-16161459-9-6Krauss, Lawrence M. A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing. Free
Press, January 2012. #1,249 in Amazon Books, 978-14516244-5-8
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Reviewed by Megan Stewart
Overall, I feel this was a very insightful and interesting read. There were some points that I hadn’t thought of before that taught me a great deal. I believe this is a great reading choice for both men and women; however, not every man will be able to look at it objectively, as it is definitely geared toward the female persuasion. Each point made was concise, backed up by evidence and research, and very well expressed. I would recommend this book to anyone who is either interested in gender roles, male thought patterns and actions, or the human condition. This is not light reading, and for that, it was a refreshing break from mundane everyday fiction novels and I enjoyed it immensely.
Days Like Floating Water is an autobiographical story about the adventure of Susan and Robert McKee, a retired California couple, who decided they wanted to give something back to the world that had so kindly given to them. The happy couple, who couldn’t speak a word of Mandarin, travels to a rural village in Communist China to voluntarily teach English as a Second Language to college students who could barely read a word of it. As a linguist myself, this book really resonated with me. I chuckled over the comedy of linguistic difficulties that Susan describes as two polar opposite languages and cultures clashed. Susan writes as though she is telling you her story in person. As an English reader I found certain Americanisms took some getting used to, but rather than detracting from the story, the minor differences between our similar cultures only helped to enhance Susan’s story of two very different worlds coming together.
The book is roughly 280 pages long and can easily be devoured in one mesmerizing sitting. A generous helping of personal photographs and artwork from the McKee’s time in China bring the story to life and enable the reader to really picture daily goings on in a rural Chinese village. As I read the book I was reminded of a personal favorite, Linda Leaming’s Married to Bhutan: if you liked that, you’ll love this. Both provide views of hidden cultures that cannot be found in an everyday travel brochure.
From the first line of the book’s foreword, the reader is told to ‘imagine’ and is immediately immersed in a unique historical insight of a country long shrouded in political and cultural secrecy. The McKees share feelings of fear, love and amazement that arise on an enlightening 18-month sabbatical to a place where political and religious oppression have been the norm until little over a decade ago. The cultural shock of this new, grey and strange world brings to light the “antiseptic separation” from reality that we have succumbed to in the west. The McKees experience firsthand the upsetting truth that not all are equal in a communist reality, and learn to appreciate just how fortunate they are to come from ‘the land of the free’. Fear of the unknown on both sides of the great wall is dismissed with the realization of a universal love that needs no translation.
This book has taught me that it’s never too late to get out there, travel and fulfill dreams. There’s always something you can offer the world and you’re never too old to learn something new. After years of traipsing around the world following a military career and bringing up a delightful family along the way, the McKees didn’t settle for the quiet life, but instead went out and grasped what retirement had to offer. An inspiration to the young and ‘old’ alike, this heartfelt book is highly recommended.
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The Secret Child, coming in at 196 pages, should not be dismissed as lacking in content. This was another one of those books where I had never heard of the author or the book beforehand, so it was a little bit of a risk but I am so glad I took a chance on it!
Set in South Carolina in 1855, The Secret Child follows the escapades of Marika, a young girl who is a member of the Irish Travelling Community. The book opens with Marika and her brother’s journey to another clan within the community, as Marika has been promised in marriage to the clan’s leader. However, things soon go awry as her brother falls ill and is taken in by some villagers near to where Marika’s new clan resides. Marika then makes the decision to abandon her arranged marriage, at least temporarily, and takes refuge in a nearby forest. She soon finds herself drawn into a mystical world, which she had previously only heard of in stories.
With regards to the story as a whole, I enjoyed it. Oddly enough, the simplistic story didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. The reason this book still stands up as a whole is a result of the beautiful, lyrical descriptions that are peppered throughout every chapter. Something as simple as winter changing to spring was imagined as a symphony of growth and color that really drew you into the setting of the book and added a feeling of magic to otherwise ordinary happenings.
Despite how much I loved the descriptions in this book, they never took over. I remember when reading Homer’s Odyssey, another book with wonderful descriptions, there would be pages and pages of descriptions of one particular setting or key object before anything would actually happen, which turned it from a thing of beauty to tedium. The Secret Child manages to avoid this pitfall and uses the descriptions to either draw you in at the start of a chapter or enhance the events within the chapter.
An interesting aspect of The Secret Child is, naturally, Marika’s Irish heritage. At times throughout the book, Marika slips into speaking Gaeilge [in Irish], which I felt was a particularly nice touch. However, understanding Irish is not necessary anyway as all her phrases are translated on the page!
Due to the setting of The Secret Child, it is impossible for the story to be told without reference to slavery or the upcoming civil war. Again, these themes do not take over the story, but they are present throughout. Marika struggles to understand the motivations of slave owners, as her clan did not partake in slavery so she had never experienced it before. The book briefly touches on the cruelty of some slave owners, as well as some of the laws regarding slavery. This stood as a good contrast to the magical world Marika inhabited, as it brought a stark view of reality to the forefront.
In general, I really enjoyed reading The Secret Child. It’s a great book for immersing yourself into another world. The Secret Child shows you a world that exists just out of reach, and then drags you right into the middle of it. All in all, a beautiful read.
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