'Honest, witty and poignant observations on life that are both heart breaking and heartwarming' Amy Huberman As a child, being in new places made Stefanie Preissner ill, which is why her family holidayed in the same apartment on the same island off the Spanish coast for nine years in a row. And why, at Christmas, she wrote lengthy letters to Santa (note: letters, plural) begging him not to bring any surprises. Change was the enemy. But, as it turns out, one Stefanie hasn't been able to avoid. And, in spite of herself, one she has sometimes invited into her life. Here, in her first book, Stefanie looks at the ways in which her life has changed. From birthdays, friendships and how she celebrates the festive season, to social media (no FOMO here), the importance of asking WWNSD? (What Would Nicole Scherzinger Do?) when faced with big decisions, and her career as a writer, Why Can't Everything Just Stay the Same? is the hilarious and honest account of one woman's journey to and through adulthood, coping (sort of) with the terror, inevitability and beauty of change. 'It's Stefanie's life, but her struggles are universal. Insecurity? Check. Anger? Check. Weight issues? Big fat check. Stefanie shines a light on human frailty and human strength, proving they are not opposites, but often walk hand-in-hand ... an inspiring, thoroughly enjoyable book.' Nell Scovell, creator of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and author of Just the Funny Parts
For most of her life, Stefanie Preissner was a people-pleaser. From hair-raising sleepovers and endless offers of cake to unwanted second dates and unrealistic work demands, she said yes to everything - even if it scared her or made her uncomfortable. Until, one day, she realised that her life had become more about agreeing to other people's decisions than making any of her own. What did she want? And how would she figure this out? So Stefanie made a decision: she would start saying no. To everything. Hilarious and honest, Can I Say No? follows Stefanie through managing her fear of disappointing people, the thrill of setting boundaries, and finally coming to understand that she was worth more than the sum of her yeses. But is 'no' always the right answer? And what's the secret to finding the right balance so you can say YES to who you really are? 'What Stefanie captures so beautifully is that our value and worth are not tied to saying yes to everything that's asked of us' Arianna Huffington
A Story Based on the Life of Salvation Army Pioneer Eliza Shirley
Author: Wendy G Lawton
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The fifth book in the Daughters of the Faith Series, The Hallelujah Lass tells the story of Eliza Shirley, a 16-year-old girl who traveled from England to pioneer the work of the Salvation Army in the United States. The Daughters of the Faith Series gives teens fascinating character-building stories of real girls from history who did extraordinary things for God.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible. It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t. First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic. Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . . Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?
The landmark guide to play therapy—completely updated and revised Edited by Charles E. Schaefer—the "father of play therapy"—Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a complete, state-of-the-art guide to the many diverse approaches to, and methods used in, play therapy practice with children and adolescents. Featuring an expert panel of contributors, this comprehensive reference provides up-to-date and insightful coverage of all of the major theoretical models of play therapy and offers practical examples for the application of each model, including: Narrative play therapy Solution-focused play therapy Experiential play therapy Release play therapy Integrative play therapy Psychoanalytic approaches to play therapy Child-centered play therapy Gestalt play therapy Family play therapy Cognitive behavioral play therapy Prescriptive play therapy Written for therapists looking for guidance on how to incorporate play therapy into their practice, as well as students or those in need of a refresher on the latest methods and techniques, Foundations of Play Therapy, Second Edition is a standard-setting resource presenting pragmatic and useful information for therapists at all levels of training.
Throughout the centuries there have been many wonderful stories told. Stories of gods, heroes, monsters and the individuals who have changed their own fates, and the story that is about to be told is no different. This is the story of an average boy who will learn what it means to be a hero and how to change fate, not only his own but that of others as well. While the main character may seem like an unlikely hero, he has all of the qualities that many great heroes have had in the past. Within this young man beats the heart of a champion, but like many champions he will be tested. This young mans name is Michael Richardson and he is about to go on the journey of a lifetime.
T'AI-CHI CHUAN is a Chinese martial art based on consciously aligning with the unforced balance of Yin and Yang energies that underlies all things. Whether or not you are interested in martial arts, T'ai-Chi principles of balance can be applied to any life activity to increase performance, efficiency, health and enjoyment. T'AI-CHI FOR GENIUSES is a practice companion, not an instructional training manual. Rather than presuming that the reader is a "dummy" or "complete idiot," author Gene Burnett asserts that there is an inner "genius" within everyone. This genius is a wellspring of intuitive knowledge vastly more intelligent than our conscious minds. Burnett encourages the reader to listen to this inner genius while he breaks down the often confusing and mysterious T'ai-Chi training into four levels of work: Bone, Muscle, Energy and Spirit. Applying these levels of work to solo form training, partner work, weapons training, and daily life, Burnett shows how you can improve the quality and clarity of your practice, eventually becoming your own teacher and student.
Heaven is here, with us, all the time and we can access it at any moment. The only problem is that we are not aware of that possibility. Everybody would like to get in Paradise and spend the rest of the existence over there but, we dont have to go anywhere because Paradise is right here and we can start entering here and right now. We dont have to pass any test or evaluation process, but we do have to work hard to overcome the main obstacle in our way: matter. The problems of being and the existence, in general, are usually very complicated issues to handle, but they are so mainly because of those, trying to rule over the search of the truth, with no real understanding of it and, even more, with very fundamental problems to communicate anything, have and are distorting and complicating things around, to the point we have to become professional philosophers, for instance, to try to understand the complications of philosophers that they, themselves, arent able to understand. Not to talk about politics and religion. But, the truth is much simpler than that, and everyone can access his own truth, with the only inconvenience that it touches his relationship with his material life. Harmony and Matter is a new perspective that might help see a little clearer the panorama of life all human beings are confronted with and all the ocean of confusion and chaos of ideas, mostly interested in preserving a material status of a very little spiritual existence that, in any case, is also very little important in the context of Universal life. Everyone would like to know, also, some tips to live the best possible life and, Harmony, as the essence of the Universe, is the only answer we can find. Here youll find the reasons why. Life is, certainly, not easy but is perfectly possible to find a recipe for a happy, healthier and creative life. There have been many attempts, in the past, to get to a comprehensive formula for happiness, from very different perspectives, and we can use as many as we want because most of them could be very useful. Harmony and Matter is just another one, from a very contemporary perspective, trying to dissect the relationship between matter and spirit, so basic in our daily life, in the most simple and clear possible way. Reality is present with us, all the time, and we have no choice than trying to understand it the best we can, in order to live a better life. For comments and suggestions, you may contact the author at: www.federicoreyk.com [email protected]
'Get the cameras rolling - Indiana Jones meets Alien. What a combination of mystery, suspense, and unspeakable horror. I loved it!' R.L. Stine While carrying out an autopsy on a body recently brought into a morgue in Santa Fe, county coroner Alexis Cruz makes a surprising discovery. Lodged in the dead man's femur is a musket ball which, carbon-dating reveals, was fired some 200 years earlier in the American Civil War. But before she can notify the authorities, Alexis disappears. The DIA call in Ethan Warner and his partner, Nicola Lopez, to find the missing coroner. But the closer they come to unlocking the terrifying truth, the nearer they unknowingly bring a warped and dangerous individual to achieving a catastrophic goal. 'Earth-shattering intrigue, hyperdrive action and a desperate race to save humanity, cranked up to the max with scarily realistic science and apocalyptic religion thrown in for good measure . . . a major new talent has hit the mystery thriller scene' Scott Mariani, bestselling author of The Lost Relic 'The fossilised remains of a 7,000-year-old creature dug from the sands of the Negev Desert in Israel become the bones of contention in Dean Crawford's fast-paced debut thriller... The book neatly threads together a wild variety of plotlines' Wall Street Journal `Partly mythical read, part thriller this pacy tale is a page turner guaranteed to keep you up late' Sun
When Harlee met Jake, she knew life would be different. She had someone who loved her even with the crazy schedule and the tour stops. She'd been left with one of the biggest decisions she'd ever have to make. When she finally made it, it meant she might just lose him altogether. Schedules were always going to conflict, but she thought it would've been easier. Jake knew being with someone who was constantly on the road meant a lot of time alone, and he expected it. What he never expected was missing her so much the minute she had left. Would he be able to stand being alone for months while she toured the country? He thought diving into a new job would help but he only missed her more. Grace thought she had it all. She married the perfect guy and ended up having to make the hardest decision she'd ever made. Watching Jake and Harlee was enough to make her see what she wanted, but would the choice she made ruin any chance at being happy? Mistakes are made, lessons learned and heartache suffered, but would the choice they made get them through it all? A story of love on the road to happiness.
If you want to learn how to use Max 6 and/or TouchDesigner, or work in audio-visual real-time processing, this is the book for you. It is intended for intermediate users of both programs and can be helpful for artists, designers, musicians, VJs, and researchers. A basic understanding of audio principles is advantageous.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author…“Remember Getting to Happy, Waiting to Exhale, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back? Well, you won’t likely forget Terry McMillan’s Who Asked You? either” (Raleigh News & Observer). When Who Asked You? begins, Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all the while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can’t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. But who asked her?
Mary Margaret likes to do things her way. The problem is, her way isn’t always perfect, but Ellie’s is. When a community play of Cinderella is announced, Mary Margaret comes up with the best fund-raising idea and even convinces some VIPs to help out. So she figures she’s a "shoe-in" for the part of Cinderella. But the shoe goes on Ellie’s foot instead. Fans of unforgettable girl characters like Junie B. Jones, Amber Brown, and Ramona will enjoy seeing how Mary Margaret gets her fifteen minutes of fame and discovers that it is sometimes better not to be perfect.
This is a fi ctional tale that contains slight spiritual messages and subtle social issues sprinkled into it. It is a love story between a young angry hateful shrimper who lives in the village of Edgewater which is located along the St. Johns River in northern Florida and a young Gullah woman who is from St. Helena Island off the Beaufort coast of South Carolina. A boating accident occurs out in the Atlantic Ocean in which Billie Barrett is washed ashore on Hunting Island, South Carolina. After medical attention is given to Billie he is taken in and cared for by a Gullah family living in St. Helena Island. It is in this household that he meets Bridgette Kamau who tends to him on a day to day basis. A connection is made between the two and Billie has a change of heart in his ignorance as he falls in love with her. You will read into it what you will and get out of it what you perceive.
Nothing is as lethal as an Ivy in the winter. Letting a stranger into her secluded home in the wilderness may be loner Savanna Ivy's biggest mistake. But tall, sexy Korbin Maguire was stranded in a blizzard, and Savanna can't resist his charm despite his shady past and secretive manner. A stunning, independent artist from a famous Hollywood family, Savanna has always fallen for—then been hurt by—bad boys. And Korbin is definitely a bad boy…albeit an innocent one. Framed for two murders, he has a gunman in hot pursuit and a sizzling passion for Savanna. But can she exonerate Korbin before it's too late?
When disaster struck at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Dennis Smith was among the first to arrive on the scene. Report from Ground Zero is his insider's account of the heroic efforts of the firefighters, police and emergency workers who rushed to downtown New York to face the greatest challenge of their lives. In all, 343 firefighters gave their lives. Entire companies were lost. Among the dead were a father and son; the department's beloved chaplain; commanders and rookies. Smith, author of the classic bestseller Report from Engine Company 82 and once described as 'the Poet Laureate of firefighters' by the New York Post, tells their stories and those of their families, the camaraderie in their companies and the massive recovery efforts following the catastrophe. As the world tries to come to terms with the horror of what happened, the firefighters' courage and fortitude in the face of enormous personal danger and bereavement offers a beacon of hope and redemption. Report from Ground Zero is a tribute to those heroes for our troubled times.
Heres your perfect holiday read! When Tricia left the childrens home aged 17, the exceedingly dark and onerous cloud continued to follow her! She was still very much in survival mode when at 21, she bumped into John, a middle-class ex-hippie, with just a tatty suitcase and a fiver to his name. Despite an extremely turbulent courtship, three years later they finally tied the knot. Over the years, and in spite of very limited resources, they still managed to embark on a number of hilarious and ill-fated holidays abroad. These vacations begin with their tragic Greek honeymoon, followed close on the heels by a girls day trip to France that goes horribly wrong. You will be shaking your head in despair when you read about her camping disasters, numerous timeshare travesties, and hopelessly stressful European hotel breaks, as well as the lengths she is willing to go to, just to get an extra Disney ticket! For your own well-being and safety, when you next take a flight, do check the name of the lady sitting next to you. If she answers to the name of Tricia Bennett, it may be wise at that point to quietly leave the plane and reschedule your flight! Oh, and just incase your eyesight is as seriously deficient as hers, the two little figures parachuting out of the plane are the pilot and co pilot, baling out while they still have the chance to do so!