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The evidence is overwhelming: sports help girls grow into strong women. Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence confirm that athletic girls not only grow up to be healthier; they learn teamwork, gain inner confidence, and grow into society's leaders. Sports help preteen and teenage girls make the right choices in a society that is sending them incredibly mixed messages about who they are supposed to be. Yet no one is speaking directly to these girls. Jennie fills the role of girlfriend, big sister, team captain, and mentor. A smart, credible, and accomplished voice from an athlete who is strong and feminine, fiercely competitive, and fashionably cool, Jennie is someone young women will listen to and take to heart. Jennie's message: Believe in yourself. Go for it, girls.
Kathy and Dan are just like any other couple . . . until a tiny gravestone with one name and one date brings to light a 9-year-old secret. A deeply moving story of forgiveness and one woman's struggle to reconcile herself with the haunting memory of abortion.
In seven sections representing essential domains of life -- Time, Home, Style, Enthusiasm, Caring, Purpose, and Spirit -- Alexandra Stoddard shows us how to celebrate every moment of life. This treasury of brief essays is chock-full of the wise ideas, personal anecdotes, and practical strategies that have inspired millions of her readers and audiences to live more beautifully and meaningfully every day. She helps readers form their own personal philosophy for living as well as discover specific, small actions that build tranquil time into the most hectic day, add lightness and energy when needed most, elevate a passing moment into a vivid memory. She encourages readers to "take stock, and rethink everything. We need to make the connection between how we spend our time and how well we live our lives." With each essay offering a memorable mindset for living, Alexandra's observations are searching ("What is your deepest desire?"), surprising ("Lower your standards"), encouraging ("You have 8,766 hours a year to act wisely"), and whimsical ("You've gotta have a look") and are certain to spur readers to new levels of insight and joy.
Who Is Stealing Your Time? Each day, there are things you know you have to do. Then there are things you really ought to do, plus things you desperately want to do. But how do we find time for it all? Stuart Briscoe, former senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, presents an outstanding commentary on evaluating our priorities so that the concerns of this world do not rob us of our valuable time. Prioritizing our lives isn't easy, particularly when we consider the conflict that can arise between doing what is good and being comfortable, popular, and profitable. But Briscoe calls Christians to boldly address any areas of selfishness and to begin to see life through kingdom eyes. When we do, our priorities will change to focus on goodness, righteousness, and truth."But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness." --Jesus (Matthew 6:33 ) It sounds great in theory to seek God's kingdom first, but is it really feasible? So many things rob your precious time that you wonder if you can afford to bump everything else in your life to secondary status. But this is not about prioritizing. This is a matter of heart. While you long for harmony in your harried schedule and significance amidst the busyness, God yearns to give them to you. Stuart Briscoe's insights will guide you to the focused, fulfilling life you long for. Because once you begin seeking the Lord before all else, all else simply falls into place. What are you waiting for? You have no time to waste. Story Behind the BookStu Briscoe travels more than he is home, so time is a premium for him and his wife, Jill. He has found that the only way to stay focused on his life and ministry is to put first things first and not allow those things that attempt to steal his time to succeed. Upon further study, he has discovered that the right approach to managing his time and priorities is really to put the right things first. By putting God's kingdom first and seeking His will, everything else falls naturally into place.From the Hardcover edition.
The national bestseller that put "work/family balance" in the headlines and on the White House agenda. Hailed as the decade's most influential study of our work/family crisis.
Zimbardo shows how those living with PTSD can shift their perspectives to change the way they think about past traumatic experiences, get away from a fatalistic mindset, and focus more on a positive future.
I am writing this book in hopes that it will help men who have lost their way to find it again in friendship and love. Everywhere I go, I see lonely people who, even though they cannot put their longing into words, are still hoping for some experience of love and understanding that will give them the strength to face life with a little more courage. People really are not looking for somebody with all the answers for life's riddles; they are quite prepared to live with mystery when the sustaining power of love is present. They can accept the seeming unfairness of life, with all its pains and disappointments, when they have been touched by love, and when they have learned that sharing love and friendship is what holds life together.
Your every significant choice -- every important decision you make -- is determined by a force operating deep inside your mind: your perspective on time -- your internal, personal time zone. This is the most influential force in your life, yet you are virtually unaware of it. Once you become aware of your personal time zone, you can begin to see and manage your life in exciting new ways. In The Time Paradox, Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd draw on thirty years of pioneering research to reveal, for the first time, how your individual time perspective shapes your life and is shaped by the world around you. Further, they demonstrate that your and every other individual's time zones interact to create national cultures, economics, and personal destinies. You will discover what time zone you live in through Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd's revolutionary tests. Ask yourself: Does the smell of fresh-baked cookies bring you back to your childhood? Do you believe that nothing will ever change in your world? Do you believe that the present encompasses all and the future and past are mere abstractions? Do you wear a watch, balance your checkbook, and make to-do lists -- every day? Do you believe that life on earth is merely preparation for life after death? Do you ruminate over failed relationships? Are you the life of every party -- always late, always laughing, and always broke? These statements are representative of the seven most common ways people relate to time, each of which, in its extreme, creates benefits and pitfalls. The Time Paradox is a practical plan for optimizing your blend of time perspectives so you get the utmost out of every minute in your personal and professional life as well as a fascinating commentary about the power and paradoxes of time in the modern world. No matter your time perspective, you experience these paradoxes. Only by understanding this new psychological science of time zones will you be able to overcome the mental biases that keep you too attached to the past, too focused on immediate gratification, or unhealthily obsessed with future goals. Time passes no matter what you do -- it's up to you to spend it wisely and enjoy it well. Here's how.
Tom Watson, a few months short of his sixtieth birthday, led the 2009 British Open with one hole to play and came within an unlucky bounce of winning it for the sixth time. His stunning performance electrified the golf world and showcased a swing that has endured as a model of good mechanics, rhythm, and repeatability. In The Timeless Swing, Watson draws on all the knowledge and expertise he has accumulated over the course of his extraordinary career, imparting lessons that will help golfers of any age play to the best of their abilities and enjoy the game more. From fundamentals like learning the proper grip to advanced shotmaking techniques such as swinging in wind, he breaks down the full swing into all its parts and explains with his trademark easy voice the most effective ways for mastering each. Watson complements these lessons with time-tested drills and also offers a variety of tips and exercises to help golfers continue to swing well as they get older. And for the first time ever, he reveals the two key concepts he considers the most important of all--concepts that can enable players of all levels to attain a timeless swing. The Timeless Swing is illustrated with stunning photographs by award-winning Golf Digest photographer Dom Furore, and Watson carefully draws the reader's eye to what is essential in each photo, providing the kind of easy-to-understand guidance usually found only in private lessons. With a foreword by Jack Nicklaus and archival highlights of Tom Watson's most memorable shots and tournaments, this is an indispensable guide from a consummate teacher and one of the most respected and admired players in the game.
Exploring the underlying causes of common sleep problems, this guide offers solutions for how they can be easily overcome, revealing the potential for reclaiming a healthy balance in life. Acknowledging the breakneck speed of daily existence and how most people retire for the evening so exhausted they are unable to fall asleep, this handbook discusses the author's "Sleep Toolkit," a set of tried-and-true methods that has been developed with thousands of former patients, from burnt-out executives to mothers struggling with the demands of children and a full-time job. Overturning the myth that the average person requires eight hours of sleep every night, this examination argues that fewer hours of quality, restorative sleep are more valuable, presenting practical and accessible steps towards gaining an inner equilibrium that is physically and emotionally revitalizing. Unveiling the key to discovering natural rhythms, this reference is guaranteed to fit any lifestyle or personality, providing all the essential habits and routines necessary for optimal sleep.
Psychologist and sex expert Dr. Laurie B. Mintz shows women how to bring their libido back to life - and put the passion back into their lives - with a five-step plan designed to excite and energize even the weariest of stressed-out women.
If I asked you to tell me your story, what would you say? Would you mention the pressures you're facing at work? Would you talk about where you went to college? Would you tell me it's none of my business? Everyone has a story. Put another way, everyone's life is a story. But most people don't know how to read their life in a way that reveals their story. They miss the deeper meaning in their life, and they have little sense of how God has written their story to reveal himself and his own story. Let's engage the Author of our story so we can enter into the joy he holds before us if we live out our story for the sake of others. If we come to know our story and then give it away, we will discover the deepest meaning in our lives. We will discover the Author who is embedded in our story, and we will know the glory he has designed for each one of us to reveal. It is toward this good end that we now set out.
God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future. It Starts with Reading Your Past. In this companion workbook to Dr. Dan Allender's groundbreaking book "To Be Told," you will find practical, easy-to-follow exercises to help you explore and embrace the stories of your life. The exercises inside will equip you to: -recall past experiences and find the meaning God has written there-understand how individual events fit into the bigger themes of your life-write down your stories in a way that reflects God's authorship of your life-identify the passions that drive you, and see how God uses them to guide you into the future -tell your story in a way that brings glory to God and reveals him to others Learn how to read and study your story, and then start telling it to others. God invites you to co-author with him the rest of your life's story-a story that opens up your future and glorifies God.
A guide for finding the work that you love.
Reflecting on the horific year hse and her husband, Marten, spent as hostages in the Thelipene jungle and her experiences since returning home Gracia shares how she is rebuilding her life by god's grace alone. you may be one of the many thousands who know the Burnham's story or perhaps you are seeking direction and hope in the midst of your own pain. This book addresses the confusion, fear, anxiety , and loss of control that all peiple in crisis experience. It also illistrates how God longs to pour his grace in to people with broken dreams and fill there life with new meaning and joy.
This collection of stories from some of the country's top educators- telling of obstacles they've overcome, the strength and skill needed to triumph, and the rewards reaped for beating the odds - both celebrates teachers' work, and provides inspiration for teachers and potential teachers alike to continue their impactful work.
Tonight, by moonlight, I will rake my leaves into my neighbor's yard. Had it up to here with sugary-sweet affirmation books that ignore the pleasures of resentment and mean-spiritedness? Tired of the self-helpaholics who've been sipping too much chicken soup? Then this book is for you. Here are 365 splendidly bitter daily meditations that will appeal to the cynic in you. Nowhere else will you find such odes to self-absorption as: ·Today I will equate material possessions with love. ·Today I will taunt others until they cry, then tell them they are too sensitive. ·Today I will make a new friend based solely on how he or she can further my career. ·Today I will respect my need to sabotage everyone else's success.
Lots of books claim they can change your life. But how many actually teach you how to take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life? Now in Today Matters, motivational teacher and bestselling author John C. Maxwell shows you how to seize the day. In this hands-on and inspiring guide he offers twelve daily practices to help you control your daily agenda, make time for people you love, and find success in your career.
From the book cover: "Looking for just the right words to cut your opponents off at the knees? Ms. Horn will probably convince you there's a better way. She teaches tactics for handling bullies, complainers, rude children, and angry people of every stripe. Her weapons are kindness, empathy, and a bit of detachment. Her anecdotes get to the bottom of conflicts with the same humor she urges on her readers."-The Dallas Morning News "If you use the strategies outlined by Horn, Tongue Fu! will change your attitude and the attitude of others. It will also change the way others treat you. This book is filled with diplomatic ways to deflect conflicts." -Foreign Service Journal "Sam Horn is a verbal black belt who knows how to counter oral attacks . . . her new book Tongue Fu! doesn't explain how to defeat opponents with linguistic karate chops. Instead, it teaches how to kill conflict with kindness."-The Seattle Times "This self-help book focuses on communication-specifically, how to see through your anger, embarrassment, and frustration to deal constructively with other people. Anecdotes and action plans . . . enliven the book."-Honolulu Star Bulletin "By focusing on real-life responses to verbal challenges instead of theories and platitudes, the author has delivered a convenient handbook for the mental martial art of verbal self-protection. Horn's book is a lively, positive guide that can be returned to time and again. A popular title for all public library collections."-Library Journal
Toning is an ancient method of healing, which I hope will be recognized and used with new understanding now that we have more scientific explanations for it. It does not depend upon faith, nor belief in the method, any more than these are necessary to our use of electricity to provide light and energy in our daily living. There appear to be certain natural flows of energy in our bodies and if we recognize them and cooperate with them, they benefit us. Toning is not limited to one's religion, or lack of it. It does not require one's belief. Apparently it is not a "gift" but something available to anyone who goes through the mechanics of letting the voice express itself in a natural way. Anyone who can groan can Tone and experience its benefits. There is no mystery about Toning. It can be understood through material science, physiology and psychology as well as the most ancient concepts of man's relationship to his God. Please try it.
In the first total-body weight training book for teens, fitness guru Joyce Vedral teaches girls how to use weights to build strong, fit bodies. Targeting specific problems faced by teens-from what to eat in the cafeteria to how to stay healthy at summer camp--Vedral coaches girls through her diet and highly effective weight training workouts with her signature frankness. She discusses the body image issues which often begin in these formative years and teaches girls how to break self-sabotaging habits and establish a healthy mindset. Using her comprehensive diet, with menus included, and an exercise regimen illustrated in black and white photographs, Vedral shows adolescent girls how to use total-body weight training as the key to better health.
Most of us have trouble finding time to pray. There's church and school and neighborhood and job and friends and recreation. And then the crises hit! Time for prayer seems an impossible luxury. As a pastor, Bill Hybels knows hundreds of people with schedules like this. Yet in his own life he has made the hard discovery that prayer doesn't happen on the run. He decided he was too busy not to pray. Hybels's accessible introduction to prayer has already helped over 400,000 readers develop a rich and regular prayer life in the midst of life's busyness. Now, in this revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition, he includes new insights from his years of ministry and his own spiritual journey. He shows how to slow down to pray, listen to God, respond to what we hear, practice the presence of God and overcome prayer barriers. His fun and practical book offers the resources we need for growing, ongoing experiences in prayer. About the Author Bill Hybels is pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago suburbs, where over 15,000 attend each weekend. Willow Creek's "seeker sensitive" approach to worship has influenced many churches across the U.S. and throughout the world. Hybels has written a number of books, including Honest to God, Becoming a Contagious Christian, Making Life Work and Too Busy Not to Pray.
"Our world is aflame with sex," warns counselor and author Dr. Gregg Jantz. We live in a society where sex is practiced openly, talked about freely, engaged in creatively, and flaunted shamelessly. Cultural stigmas that once kept sex within definable boundaries have all but disappeared. Anyone can fall prey to sexual temptation or become the target of a sexual aggressor. Any man or woman who has contact with the opposite sex -- whether at church, in the workplace, or at play -- needs the vital information contained in these pages. Would you recognize a sexually charged relationship soon enough to avoid falling into an affair? Would you be able to help a friend, loved one, or someone you're counseling avoid such a relationship? Basing each section on gripping case studies, this must-read book for the new millennium will help you recognize the danger signs of a sexualized relationship and show you how to keep your future with your family, your friends, your coworkers, and your God secure. In this informative volume, Dr. Jantz offers expert guidance in: identifying sexual manipulators and climbers; spotting danger signals in friendships about to turn sexual; protecting family members from relatives or acquaintances who are sexual predators; knowing how to avoid sexual traps when advising church members; avoiding sexual pitfalls in professional and pastoral counseling.
In the bestselling tradition of The Dance of Anger, a compassionate and insightful guide that shows women how they can learn to feel good about who they are and what they do.
If you're like most folks, you were raised to be "nice." Yet now you find yourself asking: "If I'm so nice, why isn't my life better?" Renowned minister and lecturer Duke Robinson has the answer. Robinson says that well-intended behavior is essential to a humane society, but carries a down side. Being nice often means we take on too much, tell little lies, strive endlessly for perfection, and fall prey to other self-defeating behaviors. Now Robinson outlines the nine unconscious mistakes nice people make daily, and he shows how to correct them and avoid unnecessary stress with life-affirming actions. Learn how to: <P>Say "no" and save yourself from burnout<P>Tell others what you want, and actually receive it<P>Express anger in healing ways that maintain valued relationships<P>Respond effectively when irrationally criticized or attacked<P>Liberate your true self.<P>Are you, like many of us, too nice for your own good? This remarkable book will empower you to get what you need and deserve out oflife... and still be a nice person!<P>"I hope many people will find and read this book, and benefit from Duke Robinson's honesty, eloquence, and
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