Take on 80 of the World's Most Grueling and Spectacular Events
Author: Dominic Bliss
Publisher: Dog & Bone
Category: Sports & Recreation
Push yourself and your limits with over 60 of the toughest, most brutal physical challenges out there. Picture the scene: you're at the end of an epic race, your chest burns as your lungs fight to suck in enough oxygen to keep you moving. Your thighs ache as lactic acid courses through your muscles and you let out a chilling scream of "Shut up legs" in one final push to get to the finish line. If this sounds like your idea of hell, this ain't the book for you, but if you've experienced similar feelings and subsequent endorphin rush once you cross the line, UP FOR THE CHALLENGE should be right up your street. Sports writer Dominic Bliss has scoured the planet to bring you a selection of some of the most intense, hardcore sporting events around and dares you to have a go yourself. With 60 challenges covering all four corners of the globe and a range of different disciplines, discover events like the North Pole Marathon where competitors run the 26.4 miles in sub-zero conditions or the Atlantic Challenge, a race that sees you and a rowing boat attempt to cross the world's second largest ocean. Then there's the Simpson Desert Challenge, a five-day bike race across the Australian Outback, or the Tevis Cup, a 100-mile, 24-hour horse ride across California's Sierra Nevada mountains--an event where on average only around half the competitors make it to the finish line. Alongside the event profiles, which are illustrated with spectacular photography are interviews with some of the competitors and organisers, explaining what it's actually like putting yourself through some of the most extreme physical test known to man.
Don't Let Your Faith Go Flat
Author: Karen Guthrie,Matthew Moore
Publisher: TEACH Services, Inc.
Have you ever thought, “Wow, I want to be a Christian like that, but I just don’t know how”? Or maybe you’ve wondered how God can love you and forgive all of the mistakes you’ve made. Just remember that no one is perfect, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, NKJV). This book is here to help. Not only do Karen and Matthew share their struggles with faith and purpose, but they show the reader how to change their thinking and how to challenge themselves, one challenge at a time, to become a more authentic Christian, on fire for God. From “The Mirror Challenge” (NOT Karen’s favorite…) to “The Prayer Challenge,” and all of the inspirational stories in-between, you will read about how God can and will change a person’s heart. Discover how He will always be there no matter the situation and how He can surprise His children with goodness in even the smallest of daily situations. All it takes is a desire to let Him into your heart with faith and a willingness to let Him change you from the inside, out. Are you up for the challenge?
Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship
Author: Shaunti Feldhahn
One month to a great relationship…with anyone! Think of your toughest relationship. Think of a relationship that is good but could be great. Think of a group of people that drives you nuts. You want to show more kindness and generosity, but sometimes you’re just tired, stretched, and frustrated. Besides, would small actions make that big a difference? Yes! After years of extensive research, Shaunti Feldhahn has concluded that kindness is a superpower. It can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. But how does it work? And how can you show kindness when you don’t feel like it? In The Kindness Challenge, Shaunti explores…. * Three simple acts that make all the difference in any relationship (with a spouse, child, co-worker, brother-in-law…) * Whether kindness is ever the wrong approach * The seven ways you may be unkind and never realize it * Eight types of kindness—and which might be the best fit for you * Ten sneaky obstacles that get in the way of giving praise * Practical ways to persevere when kindness is tough * How kindness in marriage leads to benefits in the bedroom (yes, really!) * Why your acts of kindness today can help transform the world With self-assessments, day-to-day tips, a 30-day challenge, and specific kindness ideas, The Kindness Challenge can make your toughest relationships better and your good relationships great—starting today. Try the 30 Day Kindness Challenge and be a part of a kindness revolution in your home, your world, and yourself. Have We Ever Needed Kindness More? In The Kindness Challenge, innovative researcher Shaunti Feldhahn reveals three simple steps proven to make any interaction better and any relationship thrive—whether with a romantic partner, coworkers, a child, siblings, your hard-to-please stepmother, or rude people at the grocery store. You’ll learn which ways of acting, speaking, and thinking will make the greatest difference for your life. Doing these simple acts for thirty days not only has power to change the other person—it has the power to change you! In these pages, Shaunti introduces you to a host of people from all walks of life who have tested the 30-Day Kindness Challenge in real-life situations and have seen the difference it makes. She shows you the inspiring results of her before-and-after surveys. And she challenges you not only to try the 30-Day Kindness Challenge for yourself but to be a part of the movement to transform our culture. From the Hardcover edition.
Design, Experiment, Test, Innovate, Build, Create, Inspire, and Unleash Your Genius
Author: Tanner Christensen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
As seen on Inc.com Discover your "Aha" moment--right now! What's the best way to become more creative? Just change how you think! This book challenges you to go against your default ways of thinking in order to write, design, and build something extraordinary. Featuring more than 100 challenges, exercises, and prompts, each page guides you as you push past the way you normally see the world and uncover all-new possibilities and ideas. The Creativity Challenge teaches you that you already have immense creative potential in you--you just need to tap into it. Whether you're feeling stumped or uninspired, these creativity prompts will help you ditch typical thinking patterns and finally unleash the possibilities hidden within your mind.
The Battle to Receive Your Real Man
Author: Nicole Showell
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
You are God’s treasure. God loves you so much that He wants you to know the truth about who you are in Him. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) God desires for you to be treated with respect and experience love in your relationships and all aspects of your life. When you receive less than the respect modeled on God’s love, it breaks His heart. Today, God wants you to know that with His support and guidance you can have a real man, hand-picked by God, to cherish you as He cherishes you. God wants the best for you. As God’s daughter, He wants you to know Him with all your heart and spirit, and to allow Him to guide you into a bright and glorious future. Power Up for the God Challenge: The Battle to Receive Your Real Man will reveal the types of ungodly men women often date and how to steer clear of them. You will also learn what a real man is and how to grow with him. As you affirm the love of God and apply that knowledge and wisdom to your relationship, you’ll be equipped to leave the “boys” alone and embrace the real man that God has for you! With this book, your heart will be opened to God’s truth about love as you recognize and understand the roles that make for a godly and amazing relationship.
A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure
Author: Patricia Ellis Herr
Publisher: Broadway Books
Category: Family & Relationships
When Trish Herr became pregnant with her first daughter, Alex, she and her husband, Hugh, vowed to instill a bond with nature in their children. By the time Alex was five, her over-the-top energy levels led Trish to believe that her very young daughter might be capable of hiking adult-sized mountains. In Up, Trish recounts their always exhilarating--and sometimes harrowing--adventures climbing all forty-eight of New Hampshire's highest mountains. Readers will delight in the expansive views and fresh air that only peakbaggers are afforded, and will laugh out loud as Trish urges herself to "mother up" when she and Alex meet an ornery--and alarmingly bold--spruce grouse on the trail. This is, at heart, a resonant, emotionally honest account of a mother's determination to foster independence and fearlessness in her daughter, to teach her "that small doesn't necessarily mean weak; that girls can be strong; and that big, bold things are possible."
Author: Terri Osburn
"When the Dempsey patriarch suffers a heart attack, Lucas Dempsey steps up to keep the doors of the family restaurant open. The proverbial prodigal son returns home to Anchor Island?putting family first and his quest to make partner at his high-powered law firm on hold. Sporting a bruised ego after losing his fianc?e to his older brother, Lucas would rather walk on glass than spend six weeks within spitting distance of the happy couple. But family duty calls. And that duty includes working side-by-side with a tantalizing spitfire intent on driving him mad. Tough-as-nails boat mechanic Sid Navarro is happy to trade her tools for an apron to help the Dempseys in their time of need. That is, until she realizes she?ll be working alongside Lucas, the man she?s loved from afar since she first laid eyes on him in high school. Lucas could charm the paint off a schooner, but Sid knows she doesn?t fit his girl-next-door type. To show her true feelings would mean certain heartbreak, but the temptation of Lucas in her bed might be more than she can resist. After a rocky start punctuated by verbal barbs and exasperating arguments, things heat up between them?big-time?but their steamy affair turns more than casual in a matter of weeks. Sid?s life has become the dream she?s always wanted, and Lucas has fallen hard for the last woman he ever expected to love." -- from publisher's website.
Getting to More Without Settling for Less
Author: Robert I. Sutton,Huggy Rao
Publisher: Crown Business
Category: Business & Economics
Wall Street Journal Bestseller "The pick of 2014's management books." –Andrew Hill, Financial Times "One of the top business books of the year." –Harvey Schacter, The Globe and Mail Bestselling author, Robert Sutton and Stanford colleague, Huggy Rao tackle a challenge that determines every organization’s success: how to scale up farther, faster, and more effectively as an organization grows. Sutton and Rao have devoted much of the last decade to uncovering what it takes to build and uncover pockets of exemplary performance, to help spread them, and to keep recharging organizations with ever better work practices. Drawing on inside accounts and case studies and academic research from a wealth of industries-- including start-ups, pharmaceuticals, airlines, retail, financial services, high-tech, education, non-profits, government, and healthcare-- Sutton and Rao identify the key scaling challenges that confront every organization. They tackle the difficult trade-offs that organizations must make between whether to encourage individualized approaches tailored to local needs or to replicate the same practices and customs as an organization or program expands. They reveal how the best leaders and teams develop, spread, and instill the right mindsets in their people-- rather than ruining or watering down the very things that have fueled successful growth in the past. They unpack the principles that help to cascade excellence throughout an organization, as well as show how to eliminate destructive beliefs and behaviors that will hold them back. Scaling Up Excellence is the first major business book devoted to this universal and vexing challenge and it is destined to become the standard bearer in the field.
Avoiding the Wasted Time and Effort in Business-to-Business Sales
Author: Tom Batchelder
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
"Barking Up a Dead Horse" aims to: Challenge mental assumptions and build a radically honest, yet common language for engaging new prospects and existing clients. The end result being... -Finding more of the right prospects & making them clients faster. -Creating a fundamental, radical shift in the traditional buyer-seller dynamic. -Increasing retention & maximizing the human potential of your people. Tom Batchelder specializes in coaching progressive business leaders in the areas of sales excellence and life success. He has over 17 years experience in sales, management, entrepreneurship, and coaching. Working with Fortune 500(r) organizations and emerging small businesses, tom helps clients control their sales process, shorten selling cycles and effectively increase profit margins.
Reflections on Multilingual Childhoods
Author: Claire Thomas
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Category: Family & Relationships
Primarily aimed as a practical resource for parents, but also of interest to students and researchers because of its unique content, it includes recollections of and advice on many of the common issues or dilemmas that arise in multilingual families.
The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
Author: Catherine Price
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone. Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution. Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good. You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.
Growing Up with Same-sex Parents
Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
An eleven-year-old boy describes life as part of a family made up of himself, his mother and her lesbian partner.
Author: Wangari Maathai
Category: Business & Economics
The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging. Yet, too often, they are portrayed by the media in extreme terms connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Here Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on these challenges, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves. Illuminating the complex and dynamic nature of the continent, Maathai offers “hardheaded hope” and “realistic options” for change and improvement. She deftly describes what Africans can and need to do for themselves, stressing all the while responsibility and accountability. Impassioned and empathetic, The Challenge for Africa is a book of immense importance.
Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback
Author: Nigel Travis
Category: Business & Economics
The executive chairman and former CEO of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins reflects on the unique, results-oriented discipline he's developed over decades of leadership, which provides a blueprint for any organization to achieve prosperity. We live in an era in which successful organizations can fail in a flash. But they can cope with change and thrive by creating a culture that supports positive pushback: questioning everything without disrespecting anyone. Nigel Travis has forty years of experience as a leader in large and successful organizations, as well as those facing existential crisis-such as Blockbuster as it dawdled in the face of the Netflix challenge. In his ten years as CEO and chairman of Dunkin' Brands, Travis fine-tuned his ideas about the challenge culture and perfected the practices required to build it. He argues that the best way for organizations to succeed in today's environment is to embrace challenge and encourage pushback. Everyone-from the new recruit to the senior leader-must be given the freedom to speak up and question the status quo, must learn how to talk in a civil way about difficult issues, and should be encouraged to debate strategies and tactics-although always in the spirit of shared purpose. How else will new ideas emerge? How else can organizations steadily improve? Through colorful storytelling, with many examples from his own career-including his leadership in turning around the fear-ridden culture of the London-based Leyton Orient Football Club, of which he is part owner-Travis shows how to establish a culture that welcomes challenge, achieves exceptional results, and ensures a prosperous future.
Using Love and Logic to Help Children Develop Attention and Behavior Skills
Author: Jim Fay,Foster W. Cline,Robert Sornson
Publisher: Love & Logic Press
The wisdom, wit, and experience of Jim Fay, Foster W. Cline, M.D., and Bob Sornson have been coupled together in Meeting the Challenge. This book is dedicated to the belief that challenging kids can grow up to be wonderful adults. It will help put enjoyment back into teaching and make parenting challenging kids a breeze. You will learn techniques that will help you raise joyful, productive, and responsible children.
How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self
Author: Manoush Zomorodi
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"Bored and Brilliant shows the fascinating side of boredom. Manoush Zomorodi investigates cutting-edge research as well as compelling (and often funny) real-life examples to demonstrate that boredom is actually a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative. What’s more, the book is crammed with practical exercises for anyone who wants to reclaim the power of spacing out – deleting the Two Dots app, for instance, or having a photo-free day, or taking a 'fakecation'." —Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller The Happiness Project "Bored and Brilliant is full of easy steps to make each day more effective and every life more intentional. Manoush’s mix of personal stories, neuroscience, and data will convince you that boredom is actually a gift." —Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better It’s time to move “doing nothing” to the top of your to-do list. In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, creator of WNYC’s popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. Bored and Brilliant builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem. Manoush explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, exploring how we can harness boredom’s hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process. Grounding the book in the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of “mind wandering” what our brains do when we're doing nothing at all—Manoush includes practical steps you can take to ease the nonstop busyness and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life. The outcome is mind-blowing. Unplug and read on.