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Self-help: To millions of Americans it seems like a godsend. To many others it seems like a joke. But as investigative reporter Steve Salerno reveals in this groundbreaking book, it's neither- in fact it's much worse than a joke. Going deep inside the Self-Help and Actualization Movement (fittingly, the words form the acronym SHAM), Salerno offers the first serious exposé of this multibillion-dollar industry and the real damage it is doing- not just to its paying customers, but to all of American society. Based on the author's extensive reporting- and the inside look at the industry he got while working at a leading "lifestyle" publisher- SHAM shows how thinly credentialed "experts" now dispense advice on everything from mental health to relationships to diet to personal finance to business strategy. Americans spend upward of $8 billion every year on self-help programs and products. And those staggering financial costs are actually the least of our worries. Sham demonstrates how the self-help movement's core philosophies have infected virtually every aspect of American life- the home, the workplace, the schools, and more. And Salerno exposes the downside of being uplifted, showing how the "empowering" message that dominates self-help today proves just as damaging as the blame-shifting rhetoric of self-help's "Recovery" movement. Sham also reveals: * How self-help gurus conduct extensive market research to reach the same customers over and over- without ever helping them * The inside story on the most notorious gurus- from Dr. Phil to Dr. Laura, from Tony Robbins to John Gray * How your company might be wasting money on motivational speakers, "executive coaches," and other quick fixes that often hurt quality, productivity, and morale * How the Recovery movement has eradicated notions of personal responsibility by labeling just about anything- from drug abuse to "sex addiction" to shoplifting- a dysfunction or disease * How Americans blindly accept that twelve-step programs offer the only hope of treating addiction, when in fact these programs can do more harm than good * How the self-help movement inspired the disastrous emphasis on self-esteem in our schools * How self-help rhetoric has pushed people away from proven medical treatments by persuading them that they can cure themselves through sheer application of will. As Salerno shows, to describe self-help as a waste of time and money vastly understates its collateral damage. And with Sham, the self-help industry has finally been called to account for the damage it has done.
Combining elements of Andrew Weil's SPONTANEOUS HEALING and Carolyn Myss's ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT with a concept all its own, Alberto Villoldo's remarkable book, Shaman, Healer, Sage demonstrates the healing power of energy medicine - a tradition practised in the Americas for more than 5,000 years - which is finally being recognized today by the medical establishment. As he explores such subjects as the Luminous Energy Field that surrounds our bodies, Villoldo shows us how, by learning to see and influence the imprints of disease on this aura of energy, we can discover not only how to heal ourselves and others, but prevent illness as well. Here too, he explores the subject of life beyond death, navigating this unseen world with the knowledge of a scientist and the wisdom of a shamanic healer. Classically trained as a medical anthropologist and a foremost teacher of the shamanic techniques of the Inkas, among whose descendants he has studied for more than twenty-five years, Villoldo weaves together a host of illuminating stories and exercises to provide an accessible, practical, and revolutionary programme of healing.
DeMasco joins monks at the Shaolin Temple and learns their fighting techniques. In the process, he uncovers an ancient philosophy that helps him to learn, grow, and over come his past. In this book, he shares his philosophy and gives ten secrets for survival that will help others to live a more fulfilled life.
Jayne Williams brings irreverent wit and a passion for movement to people who want a roadmap to real-life, functional fitness. Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete is the antidote to fitness books that promise killer abs and deliver disappointment. A mediocre athlete with a lifelong weight problem, Williams struggles with her own fitness demons, including self-consciousness, injuries, and yo-yo dieting. Now, she puts fun back into working out with realistic advice, zany anecdotes, and essential observations. With stories from other "imperfect athletes," Williams's fifty audacious tips help aspiring athletes of all flavors to kick butt on the trail, in the pool, or at the gym.
Shape Up Your Business: The founders of notonthehighstreet.com share their story in a 30-day success planby Holly Tucker Sophie Cornish
Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker, authors of the no.1 Sunday Times bestseller Build a Business from Your Kitchen Table, are back with Shape Up Your Business, a book of insight and tried-and-tested lessons to help you and your business fly.<P> Sophie and Holly are the founders of notonthehighstreet.com, an award-winning, multimillion-pound online marketplace selling a multitude of innovative, stylish products. In this book they draw on years of experience growing their company and bringing success to thousands of small businesses to help you take stock, look at what's working for you and your business, and what could be better. Whether you need to improve your confidence, learn the tricks of negotiation or manage your team more effectively, Sophie and Holly have produced a 30-day plan that will give your business the overhaul it needs to grow. If you haven't got your own business yet, their entrepreneurial approach will help with the day job until you get there. <P> With searing honesty, Shape Up Your Business reveals the secrets to keeping that crucial work-life balance while achieving your goals, as Sophie and Holly share their own stories of overcoming all the challenges on their journey.
Rolheiser gently guides us into spiritual contemplation, and awakening.
With his characteristic warmth and humor, Dr. Kevin Leman offers a practical guide to sex according to God's plan. This frank and practical book is a perfect resource for married and engaged couples. Dr. Leman addresses a wide spectrum of people, from those with no sexual experiences to those with past sexual problems or even abuse. Using frank descriptions, this book has a warm and friendly tone that will help couples overcome awkwardness in discussing an issue important to all married couples.
Inscription from the author: The Users of Bookshare.org-- May you find ways to fulfill your dreams and to help create a better world---Kumea Shorter-Gooden Shifting A RESOURCE FOR WOMEN THAT Finally gives a name to the behavioral changes and emotional ups and downs that Black women undergo in the face of bias Shows how age-old myths and stereotypes continue to affect Black women today Breaks down the coping mechanisms Black women utilize to deal with discrimination, such as "walling it off" and fighting back Candidly talks about the "home codes" Black women must follow within their own community, such as speaking a certain way or behaving submissively in church or with their partners Pointedly discusses how undervalued and overlooked many Black women feel in the workplace Shows the connection between dealing with bias and the disproportionately high rates of hypertension, obesity, and depressive symptoms among Black women Sheds light on the "Sisterella complex," a distinct manifestation of depression common among Black women Explores the "lily complex," the pressure Black women feel to reflect a White beauty ideal Provides answers and offers examples of how women can reconnect with their true selves by seeking professional counseling, starting their own businesses, joining support groups, or taking other proactive steps WHAT SETS THIS BOOK APART Based on the African American Women's Voices Project, this is one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of Black women's experiences with bias Engages all people, regardless of gender or ethnicity, with its poignant stories and common themes Unlike most books in the marketplace, Shifting explores the impact of both racial and gender bias on Black women Written in an accessible style; the dozens of women interviewed tell their personal stories in their own voices. Their honesty reminds readers that they are not the only ones dealing with certain challenges Weaves together the existing research on the impact of bias on Black women while also building upon it with original findings Gives a window into the experiences of 19 million Americans Shines a light on the persistence of bias and discrimination in the twenty-first century and provides insights for all Americans on how we might build a fairer and more just society
"Life is made of moments, small pieces of silver amidst long stretches of tedium. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won't happen. We have to teach ourselves now to live, really live...to love the journey, not the destination."In this treasure of a book, Anna Quindlen, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to "get a life"--to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. "Knowledge of our own mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us," Quindlen writes, "because unless you know the clock is ticking, it is so easy to waste our days, our lives." Her mother died when Quindlen was nineteen: "It was the dividing line between seeing the world in black and white, and in Technicolor. The lights came on for the darkest possible reason....I learned something enduring, in a very short period of time, about life. And that was that it was glorious, and that you had no business taking it for granted." But how to live from that perspective, to fully engage in our days? In A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen guides us with an understanding that comes from knowing how to see the view, the richness in living.
Ideal for anyone interested in writing short stories or for introductory courses in fiction writing, A Short Story Writer's Companion is a highly accessible guide to the craft of creating short fiction. Written in an engaging style, this book enables beginning writers to recognize what works in writing short stories, what doesn't, and why. Part One of A Short Story Writer's Companion discusses fictional truth and significant detail, helping students of the form to make good sense of the often taught creative writing maxim, "Show, don't tell!" Part Two delves into the elements of fiction: character, point of view, plot, setting and time, metaphor, and voice. The author uses specific examples from a variety of widely anthologized short stories to demonstrate how each component functions as a part of the whole and offers advice on the techniques of using each of the elements successfully. Part Three closely examines the fiction-writing process and helps guide writers who may never have written a short story before through drafting, revising, and polishing short stories of their own.
Good news! Shyness is not a disorder; it's the personality style of 40 percent of all children and young adults. Shyness has its good side: Your child is probably imaginative, perceptive, and thoughtful. Yet shyness can hinder a child's development. This authoritative, interactive guide is the first book to focus on the problems of shyness and provide parents and children with pragmatic, step-by-step solutions. It will help you achieve wonderful results -- stronger, warmer relationships with family and friends, and, most of all, a happy, empowered, less fearful child who looks confidently to the future.
Using hundreds of examples, this book is about the causes and consequences of shyness, along with techniques to use to overcome it.
"Whether you have a casual interest in signing, or a sincere desire to communicate with deaf people, Signing Illustrated provides all the basic vocabulary and instructions you need to learn how to sign. Even though it takes considerable time to become a proficient signer, you will soon be signing basic concepts after studying only a chapter or two. Persons who are deaf are pleased when others learn their language, and they are patient and understanding with the beginning signer." Each chapter covers a specific category of signs, making this a useful reference tool.
This book will give young ambitious people the tools they need to succeed in all aspects of life.
Discover personal transformation that changes the world. Just as there are physical signs that determine the overall health and wellness of a patient, so too there are signs of life determining the extent to which a man or woman has been transformed into the image of Jesus. It's a smile, a simple lifestyle, compassion in the face of misfortune, willingness to commit random acts of kindness, benevolence, social justice, tears, words. In Signs of Life bestselling author David Jeremiah leads readers through a forty-day journey to a fuller understanding of what these signs are and how to be a person marked by them. This journey pursues a life characterized by relevancy, surrender, authenticity, generosity, and compassion--and in so doing, transforms individuals, communities, and nations. Whether new to the Christian faith or considered an old-timer, readers will discover what being transformed personally into the image of Jesus means and be equipped with a greater vision for the life they are freed to live.
With its beautifully rich prose, Robert Sardello's newest book invites us to experience silence as a companion presence, a creative heart-felt experience that renews, restores, and deepens the body's response to the internal and external world. Drawing on images and ideas from the Trials of St. Anthony, Anthroposophy, Depth Psychology, and Phenomenology, the book delves deeply into the subtleties of silence, exploring the phenomenon as a source of wholeness and revitalization. Sharing his own insights from years of experience in spiritual psychology, Sardello takes us on an inner journey beyond the chaotic noise of the ego to a place of inner communion and self-healing. Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness opens our eyes to the importance of cultivating the nurturing aspects of silence in our personal relationships and enables us to awaken the inner currents of spirituality that ultimately lead to a path of universal compassion, service, and healing.
A workbook based on the author's popular workshops.
A year of brief daily meditations for women, covering everything from spirituality to fashion to stress-management, to food and home decorating.
We all get "stuck" at times. You may be creatively blocked, spiritually burned out, or in some other way stalled, paralyzed, or simply bored. The good news is, there is always something you can do to move forward. In this thoughtful book, Vinita Hampton Wright offers sixty practical and possible suggestions and meditations to help propel you out of gridlock and into a richer life.
In Simple Spells for Love, Barrie Dolnick helps us harness the power of our wishes and the universe to ensure fulfillment and satisfaction in our relationships. This modern-day guidebook for benevolent charms and easy-to-cast spells offers ways to: - Heighten your allure with glamours- Attract romantic prospects with fresh lavender and water- Increase your personal magnetism by bathing with orange peel- Enhance your lover's devotion by cooking with cumin seeds- Ease heartache with sea salt and amethyst Basic ingredients that are easy to find, like candles and herbs, turn ancient spells into effective modern rituals. With Simple Spells for Love you'll also learn how to invite passion into your life with scent and color. If you're seeking love, connection, or greater understanding with your partner, these spells will help you strengthen commitment and enhance romance.
We want life to be less arduous and more delightful. We want to be able to think differently about how to organize human activities. Our book springs from these desires. It explores a different way of thinking about life and about how organizing might occur. Our primary question is: How could we organize human endeavor if we developed different understandings of how life organizes itself? We ask this question for all of us, for there is no one who is unaffected by the organizations we humans have created.
Written by a passionately concerned couple--David Seligman is an active duty U.S. serviceman and Melissa is a devoted stay-at-home mom--this is the first book about going green that won't scare you with statistics, overwhelm you with science, or make you feel guilty about your SUV. Instead, this indispensable guide will help families everywhere to take simple, practical steps, to lower their energy consumption and help create a healthier planet--and a more sustainable lifestyle. Simply Green takes a fresh look at every part of your household and every aspect of your life, from what you teach your children to what you put in your laundry machines. Full of energy-saving and money-saving "Green Tips," Simply Green shows how to: * Use recycled water around your house and garden * Heat and cool your home while you lower your energy bill * Throw away less trash * Make your own, environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions * Lower the power usage of your appliances * Choose indoor houseplants that help purify the air * Make green awareness an active part of your family's life--and have more fun in the natural world * And much more! Filled with dozens of useful resources, surprising facts and a long list of options for "going green," Simply Green is for those of us who may not be able to afford to make huge changes--but can't not afford to do what we can.
What is at the root of the problem of humanity? Is it pride or lack of self-esteem?Do we love ourselves too much or too little?The debate about the human condition has often been framed this way in both theological and psychological circles. Convictions about preaching, teaching, marriage and child rearing, as well as politics, social welfare, business management and the helping professions, more often than not, fall on one side or the other of this divide. With theological and psychological insight Terry D. Cooper provides trenchant analysis of this centuries-long debate and leads us beyond the usual impasse. Humanistic psychology has often regarded traditional Christianity as its archrival in assessing the human condition. Cooper demonstrates how the Christian doctrine of a sinful and fallen humanity sheds light on the human condition which exhibits both pride and self-denigration. Bringing theological insights ranging from Augustine and John Calvin to Reinhold Niebuhr together with the psychological theories of Freud, Jung, Carl Rogers, Gerald May and Karen Horney, Cooper guides readers through the maze of competing claims to a resolution which affirms Christian conviction while critically engaging modern psychological theory. A model of the proper integration of Christian theology and the discipline of psychology,Sin, Pride & Self-Acceptance will be of special help to students and practitioners of psychology, pastoral counseling and clinical psychology.
Since Strangling Isn't an Option: Dealing With Difficult People: Common Problems and Uncommon Solutionsby Sandra A. Crowe
Do certain people have you gritting your teeth, biting your tongue, and (metaphorically, at least) banging your head against the wall? Do you feel like you're expending too much energy either engaging in conflict or desperately trying to avoid it? There really are better, easier ways to deal with difficult people. This refreshing, realistic guide, with revealing selfquizzes and engaging exercises included, will provide you with real solutions to the oftentimes "unreal" problems. YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT ... · why dealing with a difficult person doesn't have to ruin your day · the habits that cause continued conflict-and the techniques that can turn things around · how developing an "attitude of gratitude" helps smooth the way · your own power in shaping relationships (it can make a bigger difference than you think!) · snakes and lizards, donkeys and hyenas: specific advice for specific personality types With mindfulness, compassion, and common sense, it is possible to deal successfully with difficult people. And with enough practice of the principles in this book-and a healthy dose of patience-you might even get to like them. "Dealing with difficult people is an unavoidable fact of life in our fast-moving, competitive society. This book shows you how to defuse the negative aspects of another's behavior and be more effective in every situation." -Brian Tracy, author of Maximum Achievement
If you are single and struggling with its attendant "stigma," The Single Truth offers you God's liberating truths about singleness. Lori Smith clears away the fog and lies surrounding singleness and challenges you to live a full life and to see your singleness as a part of God's good plan. She powerfully affirms that: You are deeply loved by God. Marriage isn't better or worse-it's different. You have no need to be ashamed about your singleness. You can be content.
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