Loving your child is not necessarily part of human nature and should not be taken for granted. Parental feelings are dependent upon our preconceptions of a child's appearance. Nevertheless, this cultural notion has been powerfully constituted as a "natural" part of the social myth of bonding. It is this myth that the author sets to expose by presenting data on parents' behavior toward 1,450 children in 3 major hospitals in Israel over a period of six years. Meira Weiss shows that 68.4% of the appearance-impaired newborns were abandoned by their parents, whereas 93% of the newborns suffering from internal defects--even severe ones--were "adopted." She also describes patterns of seclusion, neglect, and abuse such appearance-impaired children were subjected to at home. Both the rich ethnography and the lucid analysis contained in this book offer unique theoretical insights and social implications that should not be missed by anyone interested in the pragmatics of parenthood and the social and psychological aspects of the body.
A totally charming, modern love story for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley. What surprises might life have in store for you? A takeaway, TV and tea with two sugars is about as exciting as it gets for thirty-something Sophie Stone. Sophie’s life is safe and predictable, which is just the way she likes it, thank you very much. But when a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance, Sophie has to accept that change is afoot. There is one big catch: in order to inherit, Sophie must agree to meet the father she has never seen. Saying ‘yes’ means the chance to build her own dream home, but she’ll also have to face the past and hear some uncomfortable truths. Will Sophie be able to build a future on her own terms - and maybe even find love along the way? Praise for Cathy Bramley: 'Delightfully warm and with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley 'A witty, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy . . . I highly recommend it!' Miranda Dickinson
Homicide detective William Hael Jr. is stuck-both in life and in his current case. The son of an alcoholic father, Hael still suffers the emotional wounds and can't seem to break free from the family role that helped him survive. As he struggles to solve the confusing murder of a young woman, he's disturbed by the reappearance of the invisible friend who once helped him through his toughest times...Babe Ruth. As the baseball legend advises Hael on the case, he also reveals the untold truth about his own harsh childhood and asks the detective to publicize his real story in an effort to help others like them. But sometimes the freedom that answers bring is more frightening than being trapped by confusion, and Hael must decide whether to live in the pain of the past or risk stepping into the future. Conditional Love is both a fascinating fictional primer on family systems therapy and a thrilling psychological murder mystery that offers an intriguing revision of Babe Ruth's history and challenges a man's ability to change his role in life.
In the book his laughing and loving readers have been waiting for, our generation's master of full-hearted humor lays open the soul of his life story. Roy Blount Jr.--Georgia boy turned New York wit, lover of baseball and interesting women, bumbling adventurer, literary lion, salty-limerick virtuoso and impassioned father--journeys into the past and his psyche (also all the way to China, sixty feet underwater and to various Manhattan hot spots) in search of the answers to three riddles that have haunted him intimately: One: the riddle of "the family curse." Two: the riddle of what drives him (or anyone) to be funny. Three: the riddle of what so cruelly tangled his unseverable bond with the beguiling, beaten orphan girl who became the impossible mother who raised him to Be Sweet. Roy Blount's memoir is sardonic and sentimental, hilarious and grieving, brazen and bashful, tough and tender--sometimes by turns and sometimes all at once. Almost harshly honest, yet sportively wayward, Be Sweet resonates with the complex but bouncy chords of a whole man singing, clinkers and all.
The Truth about Finding Unconditional Love and Fulfilling Relationships
Author: Greg Baer
Category: Family & Relationships
Furnishes a practical blueprint for successful relationships by detailing the various steps to finding and maintaining love, dicussing such topics as the difference between conditional and unconditional love, how to eliminate conflicts, how to differentiate between imitation love and real love, and the destructive impact of dishonesty and criticism. Reprint.
Love No Matter What! It's time for some gutsy change within families to bridge the gap from conditional to unconditional love. This book gives you the opportunity to learn: - Why people do what they do and ostracise negative family and friends - The difference between conditional and unconditional love - How to love negative family and friends unconditionally - How to maintain your personal power and values without ostracising negative people from your life.
Everyone wants to be their best at all times. You do. I do. We all do. But most of us don't always know how. If only there was a roadmap to help point the way. Well now there is one! Be Your Best-A Roadmap to Living a Healthy, Balanced and Fulfilling Life provides discussion, inspiration and practical guidance to help you become the best that you can be in every daily life experience, with particular attention given to the major issues that most people grapple with. It is the first book of its kind to offer 12 books within a book- chapters that can stand on their own but together comprise a truly comprehensive and comprehensible, practical and spiritual guide to being your best in life's most universally challenging situations. Be Your Best is useful as a quick reference when time is short and the need is specific and also as a more comprehensive guidebook for life. Be Your Best - A Roadmap to Living a Healthy, Balanced and Fulfilling Life, is based on the Author's study, experience, introspection and teaching related to spirituality, nature, creativity and healing. His passionate interest and experience in these disciplines led him to create Helios Cape Cod, LLC, a center for personal and planetary healing, which has two branches. Helios Natural Therapeutics offers services and classes in natural therapeutics, hands on healing therapies, and lifestyle counseling/coaching. Helios Land Design provides landscape design and planning services including sacred space design. Jeff earned a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and Certification as a Natural Therapeutic Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Cranial-Sacral/Core Synchronism Therapist from the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. He also earned a Black Belt and Instructor Certification in Kung Fu from the U.S.A. Kung Fu Academy, and is an accomplished singer-songwriter. He lives and works on Cape Cod. Please visit his website at www.jeffthibodeau.com for more information or to contact him about speaking engagements and consultations.
In a world full of negativity, a psychologist reveals how to send your kids healthy, positive messages—both verbally and nonverbally. As a parent, you constantly send your children messages with your words, attitudes, and actions, creating their earliest ideas about themselves, others, and the world around them. This guide describes the vital opportunity you have to shape your children—even when they may not appear to be listening—and shows how you can instill healthy beliefs that will strengthen them against peer pressure, manipulative media, and other negative influences. Your Children Are Listening offers: Nine essential messages all children need to hear—on love, competence, security, compassion, gratitude, nature, respect, responsibility, and emotion Why these messages are so important The different “conduits” through which children receive your messages “Message blockers” that can prevent them from getting through Fun catchphrases and activities you can use to send these messages every day
Millions of books have been written on how to become rich and the secrets on the Law of Attraction. This book gives away the secrets on how to outlive all the possible money in the world in a healthy, beautiful, and enlightened body. With a little chance and a good breath, you might be on your way to be physically alive forever. The tool is nothing else but your own inexpensive breath you always have at hand. If you do at least twenty sessions of conscious, connected breath work, or rebirthing, the art of creative living in harmony with all there is, and this with a professional rebirther, you will learn the ultimate purification technique to live a long, healthy life. In Breath: The Ultimate Secret to Life, you read M. Rose Windelss stories about her clients and rebirthing, conscious connected breathing, different purification techniques, and her vision on being physically alive forever! You meet her clients as they come in and read their interesting stories about their experiences with the process of conscious connected breathing or rebirthing. She goes in depth when she talks about earth, air, water, and fire as tools to keep you healthy. You get the story of a rebirthing session, with her philosophy about death, the philosophy of life, and the eventual ultimate goal of staying physically alive forever. What stops you from also being ALIVE FOREVER? Actively practicing the purification techniques can prolong your life.
This book is my humble contribution to the world, a naive attempt to transpire my own experiences of what it took of me to stand for aspirations so big, that it took me awhile just to understand that I need to" give up nothing" in order to achieve them. This book is for everyone who loves to live life to its fullest. It is about embracing your fears of exploring life, love, breakthroughs, breakdowns and choices. It's about knowing what it takes to stand for your own dreams. This book has made an attempt to touch, move and inspire all those, particularly young leaders who stand for their aspirations in the face of no possibility. In process of writing this book in past 8 years I got that: I'm here for the results and the opportunity of living in pure & honest intentions. I'm the possibility of being a river of dreams and miracles through commitment. I am here to have my life be on the hot seat..., to be willing to go through breakdowns or whatever else happens to get to the breakthroughs that give me my life. I'm here to invent new ways of being-based on nothing to show up in my life and in the world. I am here because in my intuitive heart I know that my life on earth revolves around bringing the new modes of conversations into the world, especially with researchers and for world peace. I'm here to give my love to others, because I can and because it is the same love that they have for me." The book " My Dreams Are Not For Sale" is a literary masterpiece, an humble contribution to the world. The author tries to share her profound experiences in order to achieve her goals in life! An eye-opening, non-fiction, motivational genre book, allows one to understand the virtues behing living the life to its fullest. The book discusses different facets of life vis-a-vis authors insights on breakthroughs, breakdowns, love, making the right choices, and commitment! The book empowers and inspires you, as it takes you through the journey of life's miracles that are awaiting for you to own them! A profoundly honest, and captivating work, this book is a literary beacon of hope!
Learning to Love and Value Yourself, and Know that You Matter!
Author: Kathryn Tull, M.A., MFT
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The Next Bold Step: Learning to Love & Value Yourself, and Know that You Matter! answers the timeless secret heartache of “ I feel like I don’t matter.” It is a “must read for everyone who has ever given more than they have received.” The reader will be transformed through a powerful journey that honors lessons of the past to create a balanced and empowered future, with compelling tools and strategies for a happier, healthier, more fulfilled life.
Named by the International Bulletin of Missionary Studies as an Outstanding Book of 2014 for Mission Studies Over the last four decades, evangelical scholars have shown growing interest in Christian debates over other religions, seeking answers to essential questions: How are we to think about and relate to other religions, be open to the Spirit, and at the same time remain evangelical and orthodox? Gerald R. McDermott and Harold A. Netland offer critiques of a variety of theologians and religious studies scholars, including evangelicals, but also challenge evangelicals to move beyond parochial positions. This volume is both a manifesto and a research program, critically evaluating the last forty years of Christian treatments of religious others and proposing a comprehensive direction for the future. It addresses issues relating to the religions in both systematic theology and missiology, taking up long-debated questions such as contextualization, salvation, revelation, the relationship between culture and religion, conversion, social action, and ecumenism. It concludes with responses from four leading thinkers of African, Asian, and European backgrounds: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Vinoth Ramachandra, Lamin Sanneh, and Christine Schirrmacher.
Growing up in Singapore in the 80s has been challenging. I didn't know much about life or economy. I didn't know what I want to do apart from playing. I know I had to study and get a job. In school we had to write composition about our profession when we grow up. I had never wanted to be a philosopher, let alone writing about social philosophy. It is just that growing up with a single parent is tough. It is tougher when she is uneducated and I had to learn most things by myself. After my National Service, I decided to further studies. That was when I was exposed to philosophy and psychology in the UK. After graduation in 1999 with a degree in Electronics, I came back home to resume my National Service (I disrupt it and had about 2 months left). The life in UK exposed me to something that I did not notice when growing up in Singapore. I find local social scene unsatisfactory. They are Confucians, Muslims, Christians, freethinkers and humanists. Most time, they are preoccupied with how to earn more money. Religion does not give me the fulfillment that it promised. In addition, most were based on Singaporeans' interpretation of the Bible and Buddhism's dharma. Most times, I feel that everything that Singaporeans do has got to do with wealth creation or at least with the expenditure of it. It end up like what Pope Francis referred to as "the cult of money." Organised religion involves more fear-mongering than cultivating an inner grace and peace. Hence this book is about how I relate an ancient thinker's ethics (Aristotle) to the present day. I find Aristotle's ethics to most suit my needs as a man and lover. It does not pretend to be more than what it seek, the golden mean. It does require us to think and explore the values to find balance and achieve wisdom with intellectual and moral virtues. I also find other philosophers (French or not) particularly insightful and thought-provoking. They offer me explanation and exploration on subjects like love, sex, and death. Freudian psychoanalysis are also very penetrating in their findings and insights. Moreover, I needed some contemporary psychological theory, not in-depth psychoanalysis, to back Aristotle's model of ethics (intellectual and moral virtues). Hence the psychological background of my book. I got acquainted with these psychological theories when I was preparing myself to be a financial consultant. I later found out more about them and they became useful in my work and life. Hence I would like to share it with people in Asia so that they can ask the right kind of questions in life in order to learn more about themselves and the social milieu they are living in. Because everyone of us are affected by the social sciences (politics, economics and sociology). This book will, I hope, allow us to understand why we are irrational and how we can make rational changes through reasonings in their life and achieving eudaimonia. My wish is simply to share what I enjoy doing, apart from creating useful ideas to improve the world. Through my book, I hope to make others understand religion, science and philosophy and how they play an increasingly integral part in the Asian century.
Dr. Jampolsky believes there is another way of looking at life that makes it possible for us to walk through this world in love, at peace and without fear. This other way requires no external battles, but only that we heal ourselves. It is a process he calls “attitudinal healing,” because it is an internal and primarily mental process. Jampolsky believes that attitudinal healing, when properly practiced, will allow anyone, regardless of her circumstances, to begin experiencing the joy and harmony that each moment holds, and to start her journey on a path of love and hope. The mind can be retrained. Within this fact lies our freedom. Our attitudes determine whether we experience peace or fear, whether we are well or sick, free or imprisoned. Love, in its true meaning, is the attitude that this book is about. Love is total acceptance and total giving—with no boundaries and no exceptions. Love, being the only reality, cannot be transformed. It can only extend and expand. It unfolds endlessly and beautifully upon itself. Love sees everyone as blameless, for it recognizes the light within each one of us is. Love is the total absence of fear and the basis for all attitudinal healing. The principles of attitudinal healing have been expanded since Teach Only Love was first published in 1983. There are now twelve principles, which are used in the 150 Centers for Attitudinal Healing around the world. Dr. Jampolsky believes that these principles have a universal appeal that crosses cultural and religious barriers. He has repeatedly seen how people’s lives have transformed when these principles became their heartbeat and their way of communicating with others.
The Prayer of Love is about a little-known prayer that has the power to bring forth life transformation. Written in the pages of this book is an astounding little prayer that can dramatically change your life. Its words do not merely offer knowledge but, more important, are expressions of truths that have the ability to bring complete and lasting spiritual transformation. Many people today will never reach their full potential or become the person they sense is hidden inside, good people who desire to grow in love beyond their frustrations and weaknesses. They long for purpose, meaning, and fulfillment—to live a life of love—but have difficulty in finding it. I know how they feel. Through much adversity and with the help of God, this is what I’ve found. For all my struggle and disappointment, the answers to life’s most difficult situations are usually simple. In fact, God is a God of simplicity. We are often the ones who make life difficult for ourselves. In fact, the answers to life’s most difficult problems are usually simple. Jesus summed up the secret to life in a very uncomplicated, profound statement: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said that doing this fulfills all of God’s requirements of us. That’s where “The Prayer of Love” comes in. Whether you know how to love or you feel that love has eluded you, this prayer will change your life. This is because love is not meant to be an occasional feeling but a daily experience that continually brings peace and joy. “The Prayer of Love” is a little-known yet powerful prayer that the Apostle Paul prayed over the church he founded in Philippi in what is now Greece. The Prayer of Love follows the outline of this fifty-nine-word prayer and is broken down into seven parts that form benchmarks for understanding and maturing in love. The Prayer of Love is a small book with a simple prayer and a memorable, easy-to-follow method for developing the capacity to allow peace and love to rule in our lives every day.
A Recommitment to Live When Giving Up Seemed so Much Easier
Author: Cheryl Ott
Publisher: WestBow Press
SUICIDE In America Every fifteen minutes, someone dies by his or her own hand. More than 2,000 people attempt suicide every day. Sadly, these numbers include Christians who do not have the skills needed to navigate a crisis or temporary hardship. Swallowed by depression, despair, and hopelessness, they die by their own hand. Stubborn Love is a true story about a Christian college student in her twenties and her fight to stay alive after a suicide attempt landed her in a hospital psych ward. Those struggling with depression/suicide will learn: Depression does not have to be a LIFE sentence. To find courage to choose life and LIVE again. How to break free of despair and discover HOPE. How to realign your heart with TRUTH. About the author’s dramatic rescue by LOVE. Those who love someone struggling with suicidal thoughts will learn: Why suicide happens. The desperation that happens inside the mind and heart of a suicide survivor. How to comfort those bereaved by suicide. "Cheryl Ott’s story is a vivid narrative of the pain of loss and the journey that follows. Readers who have experienced similar griefs will find comfort that they are not alone. Discover here a hope greater than despair and a love more powerful than death." Albert Y. Hsu, author, Grieving a Suicide “Stubborn Love is a must read for every discouraged, depressed, despairing, or even suicidal person, whether they are a believer in Christ, or not. Cheryl Ott has dared to take on a taboo topic, and has given us a clear message of hope; telling the story of her journey through the dark night of the soul, and into the light of revelation of her Father’ s unconditional love.” Robyn Green, author, A Marriage Of Destiny You can view the Stubborn Love book trailer here: http://vimeo.com/34671123#