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In The Digital Mystique, Sarah Granger-a nationally recognized expert on online culture and social technology-shows us how digital media is shaping our lives in real time. Whether it's how we raise our children, communicate in love and partnerships, support causes, or establish friendships and trust, Granger pinpoints the best ways to seize digital opportunities to make our lives richer and fuller.While the Internet era is one that is frequently criticized as undermining our health, privacy, concentration, and ability to sustain real-world relationships, Granger takes a more optimistic and empowering view. She shares real-life stories and surprising facts about our lives-both online and off-to shed new and fascinating light on the positive effects of the digital media revolution, showing us how we can personally learn, grow, and thrive by engaging in our digitized world.The Digital Mystique includes the following chapters:Connecting Is Just the Beginning.YOUFriending Is TrendingLove in the Time of MessagingThe Kids Are OnlineThe Senior MomentThe Passion of the WebThere's No Business Like E-BusinessCommunity Is the KeyThe Difference a Tweet MakesWhat We Leave BehindA Stitch in Digital Time
There is an ongoing debate among photographers whether digital photography processes will ever be able to reach the pinnacle of image quality and tonality achieved by Ansel Adams decades ago. The Digital Zone System (DZS) is an innovative methodology for editing digital images that mimics the Zone System created by Adams. With this book, author Robert Fisher presents a practical guide for editing digital images with a level of control previously unattainable without significant manual work. He walks the reader through the background of Adam's original Zone System and points out similarities to current digital processes including Expose to the Right (ETTR) and high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Learn to use luminance masks to separate an image into "one-stop" zones of brightness, similar to the zones in Adams's Zone System, that can be worked on individually or in groups. This makes the DZS a powerful tool for converting color images to black and white. You will also gain tremendous control over how color is adjusted in your images by learning to isolate and adjust color in specific targeted areas. These DZS processes are quicker and simpler than the tedious work of using global adjustments and painting in layer masks to isolate the effects of an adjustment layer. In this book, you will learn how to use the Digital Zone System for editing color images, converting images to black and white, and tone mapping HDR images. Also included are brief discussions of color management, setting up Photoshop, printing, and exposure for digital images. The book is richly illustrated with step-by-step screenshots and stunning example images that show the benefits of the Digital Zone System over commonly used digital editing methods. Once mastered, the DZS will allow you to produce a higher level of quality in your images, at a faster pace and with greater ease than ever before.
In Dignity for All, Fuller and change consultant Pamela Gerlof offer a concise, action-oriented guide to the concrete steps we can take to eradicate rankism.
"This is the first in a projected series of collected symposia presentations on research into the scientific foundations of effective living--how positive mindsets and virtues enhance the lives of individuals and, ultimately, the well-being of society. ... This series of investigations begins with an exploration of the profound value of the multiple dimensions of forgiveness in our lives. In October, 1997, the John Templeton Foundation invited more than forty scholars to participate in a conference on the scientific study of forgiveness, entitled"AJourney to Hope: A ResearchWorkshop to Launch the John Templeton Foundation's Program to Encourage the Scientific Study of Forgiveness," held at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. ... I commend this volume to those investigating forgiveness, not only to provide scholars with a sound research foundation, but also to provide the general knowledge and tools that can touch the lives and spirits of us all. ... As Dryden said in the epigraph that begins this book, to forgive is our"prerogative." Indeed, it is one of the most life-affirming choices we can make."
Chew on these one-of-a-kind conversation starters! Pass the salt? Eat your peas? You can do better than that! This book provides you with 365 ways to spark conversation and engage your youngsters while you gather around the table. Make dinnertime a lively experience the whole family looks forward to, as kids share their ideas, explore their creativity, and let you in on their wildest dreams with fun (and thought-provoking) questions like: If you could adopt a single trait from a wild animal, such as horns or a poisonous bite, what would it be? If you could invite any character from a book or movie to do something with you, who would you invite and what would you do? What would your life be like if you could be invisible? Studies show that kids who participate in regular family meals get better grades, have larger vocabularies, and are healthier than kids who don't. So grab your fork--and your imagination--because it's never too early to start a dynamic dinner routine!
Every new project (or career or relationship) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point - really hard, really not fun. At this point you might be in a Dip, which will get better if you keep pushing, or a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better no matter how hard you try. The hard part is knowing the difference and acting on it. According to marketing guru and best-selling author Seth Godin, what sets successful entrepreneurs (and pop stars and weight lifters and car salesmen) apart from everyone else is their ability to give up on Cul-de-Sacs while staying motivated in Dips. Winners quit fast, quit often and quit without guilt - until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. You'll never be number one at anything without picking your shots very carefully. The Dip is a short, entertaining book that helps you do just that. It will forever alter the way you think about success.
The old saying is wrong--winners do quit, and quitters do win. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point--really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip--a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try. According to bestselling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts. Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt--until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. In fact, winners seek out the Dip. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it. If you can become number one in your niche, you'll get more than your fair share of profits, glory, and long-term security. Losers, on the other hand, fall into two basic traps. Either they fail to stick out the Dip--they get to the moment of truth and then give up--or they never even find the right Dip to conquer. Whether you're a graphic designer, a sales rep, an athlete, or an aspiring CEO, this fun little book will help you figure out if you're in a Dip that's worthy of your time, effort, and talents. If you are, The Dip will inspire you to hang tough. If not, it will help you find the courage to quit--so you can be number one at something else. Seth Godin doesn't claim to have all the answers. But he will teach you how to ask the right questions.
She's a well-known author. He's a handsome, educated medical professional. How does a storybook romance turn into a Facebook nightmare of shattered trust, defamation, and even identity theft?Direct Hit! How Facebook Destroyed My Marriage and How I Healed is a harrowing account of what can and does happen on Facebook and other social media sites with alarming regularity. When Caroline Sutherland made the shocking discovery that her husband was romancing other women on Facebook-using her online profile-she didn't know that that was just the tip of the iceberg. In this riveting exposé, she charts the steps she took to uncover his criminal activities online and the legal channels she followed to seek justice.As inspiring as it is page-turning, this book is a wake-up call for readers who wonder what their spouses are really doing on the Internet. Sutherland offers straight talk about the uses and misuses of social media, practical ways for families to stay safe on Facebook, and the spiritual wisdom that can lead to healing after a betrayal of epic proportions.
Venturing into uncharted territory, mother and award-winning journalist Meredith Maran takes us inside teenagers' hearts, minds, and central nervous systems to explore the causes and consequences of our nation's drug crisis. In these pages we get to know the kids, the parents, the therapists, and the drug treatment programs at their best and worst. We're face-to-face with seventeen-year-old Mike, whose life revolves around selling, smoking, and snorting speed; fifteen-year-old Tristan -- the boy next door -- who can't get enough pot, pills, or vodka; and sixteen-year-old Zalika, a runaway, crack dealer, and prostitute since the age of twelve. Combining powerful on-the-street reporting and groundbreaking research, Dirty is essential reading for every parent and professional who works with or cares about children or teenagers.
Say goodbye to conventional wisdom and say hello to "The Dirty Half Dozen." Here is a fresh, iconoclastic set of rules for improving your relationship dramatically.<P>Based on thirty years of psychiatric literature, including over 1,000 studies on relationships, as well as the author's own personal relationship experience, this book shows how satisfying, long-term relationships are not about abstract concepts like romance, honesty, or intimacy. They are about something far more simple. <P>Learn the value of the little white lie, the destructive potential of the "petty" differences, the myth of the perfect relationship, the care and feeding of the happy, lasting relationship within tension-free surroundings, and other secrets that every couple needs to know.
A top college admissions insider's exposes the never-before revealed secrets to getting into one of America's elite colleges.Your child is smart. Your child is on the honor roll. Your child aced the SAT. But is it enough to get into a top-tier college? In the Dirty Little Secrets of Getting into a Top College, educational consultant Pria Chatterjee simplifies the complicated process of college admissions, providing parents and students with the tools needed to secure a spot at one of America's most competitive colleges. In the spirit of Kitchen Confidential, Chatterjee gives readers an exclusive look inside the college admissions office--and the mind of a college admissions officer--and exposes just what elite schools look for in a potential student. Through a series of real-world case studies and with a store of deep insider knowledge, Chatterjee will help you navigate the thicket of college admissions and show parents and students what skills and attributes to stress (and what to downplay) when applying to your dream school. * 100% SUCCESS RATE: This is the bullet proof guide to getting into a top college from a consultant with a 100 percent success rate getting her clients into one of America's best universities.* INSIDER KNOWLEDGE: Last year 35,000 students applied to Harvard. Only 6 percent were accepted. Chatterjee, a Harvard alum who interviews potential Harvard students as a member of the university's schools committee, explains that you too can be a member of that elite group. But you must stress the right qualifications.<
Say it loud and say it proud! Or say it low and say it slow. Anyone can learn to speak the language of lust. Here to help is Dirty Talk, an ultra-feminine, far-from-prim primer that pulls together everything a lady needs to know to loosen her tongue. With enticing illustrations throughout, this little handbook starts off with loads of techniques to build erotic vocabulary and tips to tackle stage fright, then moves on to mastering the art of talking dirty deux. To wrap it all up, the book shows how a minx-in-the-making can raise dirty talk to the next level, with tips for taking erotic lingo outside the boudoir. Even the most ladylike will find lots of seductive options, proving that dirty talk doesn't have to be cheap, unless, of course, it's meant to be...
This is a hands-on workbook which will help the job hunter who has a disability secure employment. Step by step, this manual guides the job hunter through the vocational process in an honest and positive manner so as to get results. It is designed for individual usage, or in conjunction with a trained professional. The first section, Getting to Know You, addresses self-esteem, personal values and job goal definition and includes motivational strategy. The second section, Facing Workplace Discrimination, reviews application and interviewing functions with a focus on eliminating discrimination in the hiring process. Typical concerns of job hunters are answered in a straightforward and informative manner. The third section, Ready, Set, Go, deals with feelings and concerns regarding returning to work and includes a handy reference guide of available resources for job hunters with disabilities.
"Great biblical truths are meant not only for our intellectual acceptance, but for our spiritual health." -Dr. Al Mohler. More faulty information about God swirls around us today than ever before. No wonder so many followers of Christ are unsure of what they really believe in the face of the new spiritual openness attempting to alter unchanging truth. For centuries the church has taught and guarded the core Christian beliefs that make up the essential foundations of the faith. But in our postmodern age, sloppy teaching and outright lies create rampant confusion, and many Christians are free-falling for "feel-good" theology. We need to know the truth to save ourselves from errors that will derail our faith. As biblical scholar, author, and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Albert Mohler, writes, "The entire structure of Christian truth is now under attack." With wit and wisdom he tackles the most important aspects of these modern issues: Is God changing His mind about sin? Why is hell off limits for many pastors? What's good or bad about the "dangerous" emergent movement? Have Christians stopped seeing God as God? Is the social justice movement misguided? Could the role of beauty be critical to our theology? Is liberal faith any less destructive than atheism? Are churches pandering to their members to survive? In the age-old battle to preserve the foundations of faith, it's up to a new generation to confront and disarm the contemporary shams and fight for the truth. Dr. Mohler provides the scriptural answers to show you how.
Every Christian has a Mission. What's Yours? "Is it time to change jobs?" "Should I marry?" "Am I called to religious life?" Sooner or later, every thoughtful Christian asks such questions. For everyone ready to make the shift from "What do I want for my life?" to "what does God want for my life?" Fr. Gallagher offers this new book to help you make sense of your major life decisions. Drawing from the timeless methods of Ignatius Loyola and richly illustrated with examples and stories, this book offers practical wisdom for aligning your will to God's will. Fr. Gallagher takes you through each step of the process, including opening your heart to whatever God wants; making use of silence, the Eucharist, Scripture, and spiritual direction; and finding clarity (and what to do when you lack clarity). While this book focuses on the major decisions such as marriage and career and vocation choices, the insights gained here can be adapted to other significant life decisions as well. Fr. Gallagher's clear style makes this book an important resource for all who want to discover where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors, retreat directors, and counselors
Henri Nouwen, the world-renowned spiritual guide and counselor, understood the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation that is deepened by accountability, community, and relationships. Though Henri counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of discernment were never collected into a single volume. Now, in association with the Nouwen Legacy Trust, Michael Christensen--one of Nouwens longtime students--and Rebecca Laird have taken his coursework, journals, and unpublished writings and created the definitive resource on spiritual discernment. This is the third book of a series. Spiritual Direction explores our core questions about the spiritual life as Nouwen acts as spiritual director, opening the door to personal transformation. In Spiritual Formation, Nouwen offers guidance on spiritual development--as dynamic movements from fear to love. In this final book, Discernment, Nouwen teaches us how to read the "signs of the times" in daily life in order to make decisions that are ultimately guided by God. Nouwen emphasizes listening to the Word of God--in our hearts, in the Bible, in the community of faith, and in the voice of the poor. Nouwens thoughts on discernment begin to answer one of the biggest questions we face: what should I do with my life?
Christians who are serious about their faith want to love God with all that they are -- heart and mind and strength. Books abound on the devotional life, on commitment, on evangelism and practical Christian living, but few take up what it means to love God with our minds. How do we learn to honor God in the ways we think? James Sire blazes a trail for Christians concerned about the discipleship of our minds. After looking at the attitudes toward God and ourselves necessary for the journey, he introduces us to the basics of the Christian world view. Separate chapters discuss the foundations of knowledge and the relationship between knowing and doing. With an eye to the practical, Sire offers specific suggestions on getting to know what is good and getting to know the world. He also provides valuable insights on how Christians might approach various academic disciplines as disciples of Christ. Here is a book for all who desire to love God with their minds.
The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Better-Behaved Child : For Birth to Age Tenby William M. Sears
Parents struggle with what discipline is and how to approach it. Discipline is an integral part of your whole relationship with you child. It can't be pulled out and isolated from the rest of your family's life. At one point we intended the title of this book to be Discipline for Life, because our purpose is to equip children with the tools they will need to succeed in life.
Discipline ... commitment... obedience. What do these words mean to you? if you know they mean more than going to church and prayer meetings and doing God's will whenever possible -- but aren't sure about all that these words represent -- then this book can help you understand their true meaning. In Discipline: The Glad Surrender, Elisabeth Elliot explains what it means to be a disciple of Christ. The disciple "gives himself to a Master, and in so doing leaves self behind." This book shows you the beginning steps of a faithful follower of Christ. You can learn to. Discipline your mind, body, possessions, time, and feelings Overcome anxiety Change poor work habits and attitudes toward your job, co-workers, and employer Trust God in times of trial and hardship Let Christ have control in all areas of your life Elisabeth Elliott reminds you that you serve a loving, merciful God who allows you the freedom to choose to obey His call. She explains, "Discipline is the wholehearted yes to the call of God. When I know myself called, summoned, addressed, taken possession of, known, acted upon, I have heard the Master. I put myself gladly, fully, and forever at His disposal, and to whatever He says my answer is yes." Through personal anecdotes and biblical illustrations, Elisabeth Elliot reveals the fulfillment experienced by those who trust and obey God. Discipline: The Glad Surrender will equip you to do God's will joyfully, whatever it may be.
What do the best leaders have in common? As president of MAP, John Manning should know. MAP has helped tens of thousands of top executives accelerate their leadership and management performance. Manning says the answer is one word: discipline. But for Manning, discipline has a very specific meaning. All leaders have scores of things they could do. But a disciplined leader is one who identifies and focuses on the Vital Few: the 20 percent of activities that will drive 80 percent of the results. And the results that are most important are those tied to the organization's most precious asset: its people.The Disciplined Leader offers fifty-two succinct lessons to help you home in on your own Vital Few in three critical areas: leading yourself, leading your team, and leading your organization. Each lesson comes with recommended tactics and practical "Take Action!" tips for implementing it, so there are literally hundreds of pieces of must-know, time-tested advice here. The chapters are self-contained, so you can read them in any order and come back to the ones that resonate with you--your own Vital Few! This is a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to leadership practice that's built to inspire action, drive change, and achieve results.
An easy-to-read and easy-to-grasp volume that shows the path to health, wealth, and a life of great meaning. Is something missing in your life? The quality of our life's experience, from health and success to prosperity and happiness, stems directly from our relationship with the Universe and the patterns of thought that it inspires. In this beloved inspirational guidebook, Holmes provides the tools and blueprint for the foundation of a new and more successful life, grounded by and centered on the nature and meaning of reality. The world is ripe for discovery, and Discover a Richer Life is the map that will guide readers on a great adventure to a vibrant, fully realized life. .
In a comprehensive and compelling manner, this guide to the one of the world's most mysterious civilizations enables readers to tap into and harness the spiritual wisdom and power of Atlantis. With guidance on how to understand the profound truths of the Atlantean culture, the fascinating and inspiring lives of these ancients are fully divulged-from their social structures, beliefs, and practices to their extraordinary technological knowledge. Special chapters devoted to crystals-from their essences and remedies to the crucial role they played in Atlantis-are also included.
Complete with tests and self-directed exercises, this book addresses the fundamentals central to developing an effective job search. This is the ideal job finding guide for anyone first entering or re-entering the job market or changing jobs and careers. Don't start your job search without first reading this practical guide to career success. Includes information on the 30 fastest growing occupations, 29 online assessment sites, 21 principles of success in job searching, 16 employment trends, and 11 career planning services. Includes self-tests and exercises.
Take the first steps toward your destiny and begin living the life you were meant to live today. From brother and sister team Demian Lichtenstein and Shajen Joy Aziz comes an inspiring book that explores the basic but vital reality that we are each given a unique Gift, a purpose in our life that is always seeking to express itself. Find that Gift and you can experience joy, power, fulfillment, freedom and unconditional love in ways beyond your imagination. Discover the Gift presents a simple roadmap to a journey of self-discovery that will, undoubtedly, change your life forever. Sharing their own heartfelt, personal stories of tragedy and redemption, Demian and Shajen introduce us to eight fundamental steps that will help you discover the gift within you--and prepare you to share that gift with others. Along the way you will receive both direction and support from a wide range of the world's most influential transformational leaders, people from all walks of life who not only live their Gift every day, but who have made it their purpose to help you do the same. Among them: His Holiness the Dalai Lama; His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar; Mark Victor Hansen; Dr. Sonia Powers; Mary Manin Morrissey; Dr. Barbara De Angelis, Jack Canfield, and Michael Bernard Beckwith, to name just a few. Inspiring as well as practical, Discover the Gift illuminates that place inside each of us where an extraordinary Gift awaits to come alive. Your Destiny Awaits. Discover the Gift. It's Why You're Here.From the Hardcover edition.
Renowned speaker Michael Youssef demonstrates how every individual can become a dynamic force for good in the world, setting the trend and gaining allies for a righteous cause. Sometimes the negative news, the bombardment of distorted media messages, and the pressures of the day can feel crushing. So much of what advertising promotes, what television reveals, and what so-called experts tell us to do is actually wrong, in direct opposition to the Word of God. How can one person stand up and make a positive difference in a world inundated with negativity? Michael Youssef shows how an individual can take a strong stand for what is godly behavior, biblical truth, and right attitudes. Even one person has the power to influence the world for good. This book will show you how to: maintain your identity; challenge the status quo; experience God's rewards; know the truth that sets you free; overcome life's tests; stand on a sure foundation of absolutes. Readers will find themselves inspired to become transforming powers for good in this often-chaotic world.