"There is a form of lightness and grace in the simple fact of existence, regardless of occupation, of strong feelings, or of political commitments of any sort - and that is the only thing I have wanted to write about. About that little extra thing that is granted to all of us, a lust for life." So begins Francoise Heritier, in her exploration of the things in life worth living for, the moments and events that give life flavour. An eminent anthropologist, now in her eighties, she draws on her own memories and the wisdom gained in a lifetime of exploration, to show how life is richer and more interesting than we often remember.
Wrongfully misdiagnosed with a mental disability as a child, Jamie Zunick finds her only solace in endlessly wandering though a remarkable world. While searching for a home, a place to belong, Jamie, a self-determined seeker and explorer, suddenly finds herself on a path of forgiveness, understanding, and endless self-discovery. Traveling opens Jamie up to surprising encounters with nature, people, God, angels, and her own true spirit. After traveling throughout the world, in 2002 Jamie comes up with a plan to drive through every state in America. She won't be traveling alone this time, though. After forty years of domestic abuse, Jamie's mother, Leslee, decides to abandon her own life of tragedies and regrets to search for places of love and happiness. Mother and daughter soon embark on a journey that offers never-ending lessons in relationships, compromise, empathy, insight, and compassion as they travel through America, enjoying the many pleasures and frustrations of being lost on the road to salvation. After searching and exploring for several years, Jamie and Leslee soon find the true meaning of home when death becomes an inevitable part of the journey. Join Jamie and Leslee on their exploration of love, death, and The Sweetness of Life. Discover that the most beautiful places worth exploring are within our own hearts.
It is Christmas in the alpine town of Furth am See and a six-year-old girl is playing ludo with her grandfather. The doorbell rings, and the old man goes to answer. The next time the girl sees him, he is lying with his skull broken, his face a red pulp against the white snow. From that time on, she does not speak a single word. Raffael Horn, the psychiatrist engaged to treat the silent child, reluctantly becomes involved in solving the murder along with Detective Superintendent Ludwig Kovacs. Their parallel researches sweep through the town: a young mother who believes her new-born child is the devil; a Benedictine monk who uses his iPod to drown the voices in his head; a high-spending teenager who tortures cats. The psychological profile of this claustrophobic, winter-held town is not reassuring - which, if any, of its inhabitants was the brutal night-time slayer of the suffering girl's grandfather?
Seeking new definitions of ecology in the tar sands of northern Alberta and searching for the sweetness of life in the face of planetary crises. Confounded by global warming and in search of an affirmative politics that links ecology with social change, Matt Hern and Am Johal set off on a series of road trips to the tar sands of northern Alberta—perhaps the world's largest industrial site, dedicated to the dirty work of extracting oil from Alberta's vast reserves. Traveling from culturally liberal, self-consciously “green” Vancouver, and aware that our well-meaning performances of recycling and climate-justice marching are accompanied by constant driving, flying, heating, and fossil-fuel consumption, Hern and Johal want to talk to people whose lives and fortunes depend on or are imperiled by extraction. They are seeking new definitions of ecology built on a renovated politics of land. Traveling with them is their friend Joe Sacco—infamous journalist and cartoonist, teller of complex stories from Gaza to Paris—who contributes illustrations and insights and a chapter-length comic about the contradictions of life in an oil town. The epic scale of the ecological horror is captured through an series of stunning color photos by award-winning aerial photographer Louis Helbig. Seamlessly combining travelogue, sophisticated political analysis, and ecological theory, speaking both to local residents and to leading scholars, the authors propose a new understanding of ecology that links the domination of the other-than-human world to the domination of humans by humans. They argue that any definition of ecology has to start with decolonization and that confronting global warming requires a politics that speaks to a different way of being in the world—a reconstituted understanding of the sweetness of life. Published with the help of funding from Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan fund
The Sweetness of Bitter Water New Book features a fantastic series of adventures and discovery of many cultures through the viewpoint of a passionate woman Hamble, United Kingdom (Release Date TBD) Exploring the world has its challenges and rewards, and most importantly it can lead people to new boundaries of knowledge waiting to be discovered. In the new book The Sweetness of Bitter Water, author Antonia Riley invites readers to join her on a special adventure of the world like no other. The Sweetness of Bitter Water tells the story of a woman's passionate affair with light, a farm in Andalucia and a man. Alexia has read many novels and seen the television programs about moving to the Mediterranean. Her life has been a quest for adventure and this has caused her to live in the wilds of Alaska, sail in the Atlantic, fly planes, ride horses, and learn the art of painting. Now Alexia wants to obtain her own piece of barren, sun-drenched Spanish desert next to the sea and build a whitewashed Finca for herself and the love of her life. Could this be her destiny? Only time can tell. Filled with countless travels, beautiful locations, and interesting characters, The Sweetness of Bitter Water is the kind of book that will entertain readers who enjoy traveling, researching and even day dreaming. Told through a lady's view point, it will generate a lot of interest among women and encourage others to go out adventuring or exploring many fascinating places around the world. It is also a useful guide for character study and can even be used as a reflection reference. To purchase a copy of Antonia Riley's The Sweetness of Bitter Water, be sure to visit Xlibris.com, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or simply visit the nearest bookstore today! About the Author Antonia Riley was born in the Netherlands, but a zest for travel caused her to immigrate first to the USA, then the UK. After a career in academe she needed a total change and started flying. She has published academic work, short stories, poetry, newspaper columns and sailing yarns. The Sweetness of Bitter Water is her first novel, soon to be followed by its sequel, The Road to Fernan Perez. When not sailing the yacht Sparrowsong, Antonia lives in the South of England and in Andalucia with her husband, Henry. The Sweetness of Bitter Water * by Antonia Riley Publication Date: July 7, 2006
Savour The Sweetness of Forgetting: a tale of baking, love, hope and faith across generations. The North Star Bakery has been in Hope's family for generations, the secret recipes passed down from mother to daughter. But at thirty-six and recently divorced, with rebellious daughter Annie and elderly grandmother Rose to care for, Hope is less than enthusiastic about carrying on the family legacy. When the bakery runs into financial trouble and Rose takes a turn for the worse, Hope's delicate balancing act is in danger of crumbling entirely. Then Rose reveals a shocking truth about her past and everything Hope thought she knew about her family and the bakery is turned upside down. At her grandmother's request, Hope travels to Paris, armed only with a mysterious list of names. What she uncovers there could be the key to saving the bakery and the fulfilment of a star-crossed romance, seventy years in the making. Now with added book club discussion topics and inspirational food ideas created by the author.
Tips for Healthier, Happier and Kinder Living Gleaned from the Wisdom and Science of Nature
Author: Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Publisher: Random House Canada
The author of The Global Forest--an international bestseller and a classic upon publication, beloved by readers around the world--gives us her tips and advice for achieving better health and peace of mind, with frugality, simplicity and pleasure not far behind. In The Sweetness of a Simple Life, Diana Beresford-Kroeger mixes science with storytelling, wonderment, magic, myth and plenty of common sense. Orphaned at an early age, Beresford-Kroeger was raised by elderly relatives in Ireland in the Druidic tradition, taught the overlap between the arts and sciences, and the triad of body, mind and spirit. After pursuing a PhD in medical biochemistry, Beresford-Kroeger set out on a quest to preserve the world's forests. In this warm and wise collection of essays, she gives us a guide for living simply and well: which foods to eat and which to avoid; how to clean our homes and look after pets; how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from illness; and why we need to appreciate nature. She provides an easy dose of healing, practical wisdom, blending modern medicine with aboriginal traditions. This inspiring, accessible book emphasizes back to basics, with the touchstone not an exotic religion or meditation practice, but the natural world around us.
This important book is needed today. The challenges that Christian churches face have changed immensely in the last quarter-century. One of the central issues facing the churches everywhere in the world is their missionary presence in their nations and societies. The authors of this volume are among the world's leading missiological thinkers and represent major Christian traditions in Europe, Africa, and North America.In this new century, the Christian church faces new situations that include, for example, the fall of communism; the globalization of culture; cultural and religious minorities and multiple religious majorities in nearly every country; ethnic and interreligious tensions; relativism and individualism in Western culture; the rise of a global impact of a postmodern world view; poverty in poor countries and in urban areas in wealthy countries; and the decline of Western cultural authority and, with notable exceptions, of religious authority generally. This book speaks of ways in which Christian churches are seeking to respond to these challenges. The purpose of this book is to describe some of the main challenges facing the churches in mission today, particularly with reference to inter-religious conversations all over the world. The title of this volume has been derived from the theme of the 24th General Assembly of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) at Accra in August, 2004 whose theme is, “That All May Have Life in Fullness.”
After graduating from high school, class valedictorian Julia travels to Poultney, Vermont, to visit her older sister, and while she is there she learns about long-held family secrets that have shaped her into the person she has grown up to be.
Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious—but respectful—clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship. In War of the Worldviews these two great thinkers battle over the cosmos, evolution and life, the human brain, and God, probing the fundamental questions that define the human experience. How did the universe emerge? What is the nature of time? What is life? Did Darwin go wrong? What makes us human? What is the connection between mind and brain? Is God an illusion? This extraordinary book will fascinate millions of readers of science and spirituality alike, as well as anyone who has ever asked themselves, What does it mean that I am alive? From the Hardcover edition.