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Dialogues with the Divine

by Sondra Sula

Follow an ordinary woman's quest for answers to life's most universally pondered questions. . . If you could chat with the creator of the universe, what would you say? Exciting, right? On second thought, sounds a bit intimidating! But what if you could experience--risk free--someone else's conversation with God? It may just stimulate your own. Dialogues with the Divine follows Sondra Sula's quest to find answers to age-old questions, straight from the source: God. At the beginning of her journey, she interacted with flora, fauna, and objects as the intermediary between her and God. She'd "talk" with a particular subject (praying mantis, flower, tree or whatever she gravitated to at that particular time) recording her side of the conversation and the subject's side. After several years, she discovered she no longer needed a mediator and she felt comfortable addressing God directly. At first, Sula came to God only when she had a problem to solve, but when she quickly ran out of "problems," she simply spent time conversing. They talk about generosity, compassion, illness, fear, serenity, gratitude, and so much more. Throughout their conversations, God plays a variety of roles from best friend to therapist to parental figure, but above all--Divine Being. As their intimacy evolves, layers of Sula's previously unknown dishonesty peel away, replaced by a transparency that lays bare her soul. Dialogues with the Divine will help readers reignite their desire for personal enlightenment by simply eavesdropping on conversations with the potential to change their lives. The unwavering message throughout the book is that we are each loved for our unique selves with the potential to access God at any time. "Please take what moves you from this book to draw closer to God, and what does not resonate, let it pass by you like the wind on its journey toward another soul. " -Sondra Sula

The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A. H. Almaas

by John Davis A. H. Almaas

The Diamond Approach has been developed and taught over the last twenty-five years by Hameed Ali (known chiefly by his pen name, A. H. Almaas), who is widely recognized as a leader in the integration of spirituality and psychology. This is the first book to introduce the complete spectrum of his teachings to a general audience.

Diamonds in the Dust: 366 Sparkling Devotions

by Joni Eareckson Tada

A sample devotion: January 13-- A Dozen ways to Be Miserable. "Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." Job 7: 11. There are some people who need no help at all when it comes to being miserable. For them, it comes naturally. But in case you're looking for a few suggestions on how to be more miserable, take this advice: Worry every single day about something. It won't add a cubit to your stature, but it will give you plenty to think about. Count your troubles. Do it at the breakfast table, preferably, so that you can make everyone else miserable, too. Pity yourself. Do this especially if no one else is pitying you. Don't be compassionate. Don't dare get involved in the lives of people who spill their troubles all over you. If you do, you may end up neglecting your own troubles, and that would be a waste. Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant. After all, focusing your sights on things unseen is too eternal; rather, be relevant and get caught up in the here and now. Finally, devise skillful ways to serve both God and the world. Show everyone that Christians can be in the world and of the world. There are people around you for whom misery is a way of life. The world has enough misery of its own without Christians adding to it. We are to be in this world, not of it. Do you know someone for whom misery comes naturally? Lift his sights, jar his thinking, give him hope beyond his misery by showing him at least a dozen ways to trust in the Lord of JOY. Lord, I want to reverse the plea of job. I give You any anguish in my spirit, and I confess any bitterness in my soul. I will not complain. And if I'm to speak out, I will sing and shout Your praises.

Diane Stein's Guide to Goddess Craft

by Diane Stein

Originally published as The Women's Spirituality Book, this guide describes the beliefs and practices of the Goddess craft as it relates to the daily lives of women. It emphasizes achieving power and control through healing, visualization, Tarot, and the women's I Ching.Diane Stein teaches the specific techniques-the craft-of this worship, encouraging women to become leaders in the transformation of the world into a safer, gentler place for all.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife

by Brenda Wilhelmson

Brenda Wilhelmson was like a lot of women in her neighborhood. She had a husband and two children. She was educated and made a good living as a writer. She had a vibrant social life with a tight circle of friends. She could party until dawn and take her children to school the next day. From the outside, she appeared to have it all together. But, in truth, alcohol was slowly taking over, turning her world on its side. Waking up to another hangover, growing tired of embarrassing herself in front of friends and family, and feeling important moments slip away, Brenda made the most critical decision of her life: to get sober. She kept a diary of her first year (and beyond) in recovery, chronicling the struggles of finding a meeting she could look forward to, relating to her fellow alcoholics, and finding a sponsor with whom she connected. Along the way, she discovered the challenges and pleasures of living each day without alcohol, navigating a social circle where booze is a centerpiece, and dealing with her alcoholic father's terminal illness and denial. Brenda Wilhelmson's Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife offers insight, wisdom, and relevance for readers in recovery, as well as their loved ones, no matter how long they've been sober.

Did I kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred

by Carolyn Mcculley

through personal anecdotes and careful examination of Scripture, Carolyn McCulley challenges single women to regard their singleness not as a burden, but as a gift from God that allows them to perform a unique role in the body of Christ.

Die Empty

by Todd Henry

Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow. But sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out. Each day that you postpone the hard work and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation will result in a net deficit to the world, to your company, and to yourself. Die Empty is a tool for individuals and companies that aren't willing to put off their best work. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep people in stagnation and introduces a three-part process for tapping into your passion: Excavate: Find the bedrock of your work to discover what drives you. Cultivate: Learn how to develop the curiosity, humility, and persistence that save you from getting stuck in ruts. Resonate: Learn how your unique brilliance can inspire others. Henry shows how to find and sustain your passion and curiosity, even in tough times.d, our organizations, and ourselves. Die Empty is a tool for people who aren't willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep us in stagnation and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course. It's not about slaving over a project or living on a whim--it's about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make. Henry shows how to cultivate the mind-set and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day. His guiding principles and checkpoints include: DEFINE YOUR BATTLES: Counter aimlessness by defining your goals wisely and build your life around achieving them. BE FIERCELY CURIOUS: Prevent boredom from dulling your senses by approaching your work with curiosity. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE: Make a valuable contribution to the world by getting uncomfortable and embracing lifelong growth and skill development. Sure to bring clarity and a sense of urgency to how you approach your work every day, Die Empty will help you reach for and achieve your goals.

Die Empty

by Todd Henry

Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left asking ourselves "did the work I do today really matter?" We feel the ticking of the clock, but we're stuck in first gear, unsure of the path forward and without a road map to guide us. Her'e the hard truth: sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out, so how we choose to spend today is significant. Each day that we postpone difficult tasks and succumb to the clutter that chokes creativity, discipline, and innovation results in a net deficit to the world, our organizations, and ourselves. Die Empty is a tool for people who aren't willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep us in stagnation, and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course. It's not about slaving over a project or living on a whim it's about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make. Henry shows how to cultivate the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day. Sure to bring a newfound clarity and a sense of urgency to how you approach your work every day, Die Empty will help you reach for and achieve your goals.

Die Wise

by Stephen Jenkinson

Die Wise does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever. Dying well, Jenkinson writes, is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is not a lifestyle option. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. Die Wise dreams such a dream, and plots such an uprising. How we die, how we care for dying people, and how we carry our dead: this work makes our capacity for a village-mindedness, or breaks it.Table of ContentsThe Ordeal of a Managed DeathStealing Meaning from DyingThe Tyrant HopeThe Quality of LifeYes, But Not Like ThisThe WorkSo Who Are the Dying to You? Dying Facing HomeWhat Dying Asks of Us AllKidsAh, My Friend the EnemyFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

The Diet Alternative

by Diane Hampton

"While this book is specifically oriented to overeating, these same principles can be used to overcome smoking, drinking, and other areas of compulsive behavior. God wants us to walk in victory in every area of our life!" The author is no stranger to dieting. After many failed attempts to maintain healthy eating habits, she turned to the Scriptures and found principles to help her. This is both her personal story as well as a how-to primer.

The Diet Code

by Stephen Lanzalotta

Eat bread and cheese, drink wine-and lose weight!The secret lies in an ancient mathematical formula now transformed into ... THE DIET CODE. As a master baker and craftsman, Stephen Lanzalotta had been applying the mathematical principles of the Golden Ratio for more than twenty years. His realization that this ancient, universal formula, used by Da Vinci and other great geniuses of the Renaissance, also held the secret to optimal nutrition and health led him to apply it to his own diet and the menu at his popular cafe. The weight loss and sense of well-being that he and his customers experienced convinced him that he had cracked the diet code, discovering a simple, natural, and nutritious approach to healthy eating that is as easy as 1, 2, 3. His revolutionary Mediterranean-style eating program uses the Golden Ratio to link the proper proportions of everyday foods to boost metabolism and spark weight loss. Combining a three-phase eating program with detailed menu plans, mouthwatering recipes, Renaissance lore, and Italian-inspired lifestyle advice, THE DIET CODE is a unique health and weight loss program from the ages for the ages. In it readers will: * Crack the diet code--discover how the Golden Ratio can work for you to boost metabolism and maximize nutrition and weight loss; * Forget about the math--it's all done for you, and the net result is deliciously simple: 1 part grain carbohydrate, 2 parts protein, 3 parts vegetables at every meal; * Enjoy bread again! It really is the staff of life--as long as you eat it along with the right amount of fat or protein; * Experience natural weight control--choose and properly prepare healthful, readily available foods as they did during the Renaissance. THE DIET CODE is a unique approach to eating well based on a mathematical phenomenon that's been around for centuries but has never before been applied to diet. Now prepare to lose weight and get healthy by asking yourself, "What would Da Vinci eat?"

Diet Drama

by Nancy Redd

Read Nancy Redd's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community. The New York Times bestselling author of Body Drama addresses anxieties young women face about weight, diet, exercise, and body image. At a time when both obesity and eating disorders are on the rise, Harvard graduate and former Miss Virginia Nancy Redd provides a much- needed resource for millions of young women and concerned parents. In her uniquely reassuring "big sister" voice and with a fresh, fun, and frank attitude that has made her the nation's go-to girl for body issues, Nancy addresses the common, painful, and shameful "diet dramas" that most mainstream diet and nutrition books miss, including: "I think I'm healthy, but medical charts say I'm not"; "I can't afford a gym so I can't exercise properly"; and "I just want to have weight loss surgery and be done with it." Nancy's advice is vetted by a leading adolescent medicine expert and the book is packed with informative "fast facts," moving personal anecdotes of Nancy's own diet experiences, and revolutionary real-deal four-color photographs of young women sized 2 to 22. Finally, a food and fitness book that doesn't condescend or blame, Diet Drama begins with body image and shows readers that health comes in all shapes and sizes. Watch a Video

Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat: And the 101 Truths That Will Save Your Waistline-- and Maybe Even Your Life

by Nancy L. Snyderman

Get the real skinny on fat. When it comes to losing weight, the false beliefs most of us cling to could fill a book - this one! As a medical doctor, medical journalist, and veteran of the diet wars, Nancy L. Snyderman knows better than almost anyone what really works and what sabotages your best efforts to shed pounds and keep them off. Do you believe any of these prevalent diet myths? Your weight is your fault. Dieting is a waste of time since most dieters regain their weight before long. Carbs are bad for you. Carbs are good for you. Calories don't count, it's the kind of food you eat that's the problem. Fat is fat, it doesn't matter where on your body you carry it. Diet drugs and surgeries are a magic bullet. In Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat, Dr. Snyderman reveals exactly why these and other bogus ideas get in the way of what should be the simple and even joyful endeavor of reaching and maintaining your ideal weight. In their place, she reveals 101 surprising truths - muscle doesn't weigh more than fat, you can eat after 8 p. m. and not gain weight, you can eat dessert for dinner when on a diet, and 98 more. But here's the best news: Slimming down and getting healthier doesn't have to be about deprivation or superhuman feats of willpower. Instead, you will enjoy a new relationship with food - including those treats you love the most - while feeling fabulous inside and out. So forget the fad diets that work great . . . until they don't, along with the negative emotions associated with everything from bathroom scales to full-length mirrors. Most of all, forget all the myths and remember what's true: You can do this and you'll never regret it for a minute. From the Hardcover edition.

Diet Rehab

by Antonia Blyth Mike Dow

Junk food is as addictive as cocaine. Find out how to kick your bad food habit with in Dr. Mike Dow's diet book. Food is the most socially acceptable "drug" out there. When you eat fatty or sugary foods, your brain releases a surge of the feel-good chemical dopamine or serotonin (dopamine for fatty foods and serotonin for sugars and carbs). If you eat like that consistently, your brain eventually depends on you to provide them instead of regulating its own supply. And as with addictive substances, it starts taking more and more serotonin and dopamine to just feel normal. In Diet Rehab, renowned addictive-behavior expert Dr. Mike Dow explains how to stop this dependence on "bad" food and start eating healthy without quitting cold turkey. The Diet Rehab philosophy is simple: use gradual detox to harness the power of your brain chemistry so that you'll no longer feel like a victim to your fluctuating moods and cravings. After twenty-eight days, you'll find that your brain is getting natural and healthy boosts of the feel-good chemicals you crave, instead of relying on the foods you've become addicted to. Diet Rehab is more than just a book--it's an easy-to-follow lifestyle overhaul that will help you lose weight and feel better overall.

The Difference a Day Makes

by Karen M. Jones

If your compassionate instincts are greater than the time or energy you can spare, The Difference a Day Makes is all you need to turn your good intentions into powerful action. Flip this book open to any page and discover simple yet meaningful things you can do -- in a few minutes or hours -- to become an "everyday altruist" and improve your world.

The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace

by M. Scott Peck

The overall purpose of human communication is - or should be - reconciliation. It should ultimately serve to lower or remove the walls of misunderstanding which unduly separate us human beings, one from another... Although we have developed the technology to make communication more efficient and to bring people closer together, we have failed to use it to build a true global community. Dr M. Scott Peck believes that if we are to prevent civilization destroying itself, we must urgently rebuild on all levels, local, national and international and that is the first step to spiritual survival. In this radical and challenging book, he describes how the communities work, how group action can be developed on the principles of tolerance and love, and how we can start to transform world society into a true community.

A Different Kind of Luxury

by Andy Couturier

Raised in the tumult of Japan's industrial powerhouse, the eleven men and women profiled in this book have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. They are today artists, philosophers, and farmers who reside deep in the mountains of rural Japan. Their lives may be simple, yet they are surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, contemplation, delicious food, and an abundance of time. For example: Atsuko Watanabe is an environmentalist and home-schooler who explores Christian mysticism while raising her two daughters in an old farmhouse Akira Ito is an ex-petroleum engineer who has become a painter and children's book illustrator and explores the role of chi (life energy) in the universe through art and music Kogan Murata grows rice and crafts elegant bamboo flutes that he plays for alms in the surrounding villages Jinko Kaneko is a fine artist and fabric dyer who runs a Himalayan-style curry restaurant in the Japan Alps By presenting the journeys of these ordinary--yet exceptional--people, Andy Couturier shows how we too can travel a meaningful path of living simply, with respect for our communities and our natural resources. When we leave behind the tremendous burdens of wage labor, debt, stress, and daily busyness, we grow rich in a whole new way. These Japanese are pioneers in a sense; drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom, they have forged a new style of modernity, and in their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters.Andy Couturier is an essayist, poet, and writing teacher. He lived in Japan for four years where he taught, was a journalist, and worked on environmental causes. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

by Bruce Patton Sheila Heen Douglas Stone

"What is a difficult conversation? Asking for a raise. Ending a relationship. Saying ""no"" to your boss or spouse. Confronting disrespectful behavior. Apologizing. Conversations we dread, and often handle clumsily as a result, are part of all our lives: in boardrooms and family rooms, across the negotiation table and the dinner table. Now, Difficult Conversations teaches us how to handle these dialogues with more success and less anxiety. How does it work? Based on fifteen years of research and consultations with thousands of people, Difficult Conversations pinpoints what works. The authors discovered that regardless of context, the same small but crucial errors are what trip us up--and a few key adjustments can make all the difference. * The role of emotions--ours and theirs * The impact of what is said and what is not said * Why admitting our mistakes will put us in a stronger position * The truth behind the myth that women are better at expressing their emotions than men * How to respond productively in the face of personal attacks Who is this for? Filled with examples from everyday life, Difficult Conversations is certain to be a

Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power

by Terri Apter

An essential work for readers seeking compassionate, wise guidance about the powerful relationship between mothers and their sons and daughters. Mother love is often seen as sacred, but for many children the relationship is a painful struggle. Using the newest research on human attachment and brain development, Terri Apter, an internationally acclaimed psychologist and writer, unlocks the mysteries of this complicated bond. She showcases the five different types of difficult mother--the angry mother, the controlling mother, the narcissistic mother, the envious mother, and the emotionally neglectful mother--and explains the patterns of behavior seen in each type. Apter also explores the dilemma at the heart of a difficult relationship: why a mother has such a powerful impact on us and why we continue to care about her responses long after we have outgrown our dependence. She then shows how we can conduct an "emotional audit" on ourselves to overcome the power of the complex feelings a difficult mother inflicts. In the end this book celebrates the great resilience of sons and daughters of difficult mothers as well as acknowledging their special challenges.

Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You'll Ever Need

by Harvey Mackay

Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty contains Harvey's gold-chip advice, accumulated over a lifetime of business success, on how to build and maintain the network you need. Harvey guarantees you'll never be more than a phone call away from a person in the position to help you get what you want--whether it's the job opportunity of a lifetime or a lifetime partner, the sales prospect of your dreams or the career advice you've only dreamed of. Harvey shows you how to create a network of trusted, valuable contacts that is worth its weight in platinum.

Digging Deep

by Fran Sorin

By tuning in to the processes of the natural world, millions have discovered that gardening acts as a conduit for experiencing creativitynot just in the garden, but in life. Now, gardening expert Fran Sorin offers this prescriptive and motivational book to teach readers to use gardening as a tool for exploring creativity in all areas of life. With evocative illustrations and a series of eye-opening, inspirational exercises, DIGGING DEEP encourages gardeners of all levels to enjoy their gardens more deeply while setting their creative selves free.

The Digital Diet

by Daniel Sieberg

We all know someone who needs a digital diet. Technology has overwhelmed our daily lives to the point of constant distraction. Many of us can no longer focus on a single task or face-to-face conversation without wanting to reach out--or retreat--to the virtual world every few minutes. Science and technology reporter and recovering digital addict Daniel Sieberg has devised a foolproof 4-step plan to help you regain control, focus, and true connection in your life. Step 1//Re: Think: Consider how technology has overwhelmed our society and the effect it's had on your physical, mental, and emotional health. Step 2//Re: Boot: Take stock of your digital intake using Sieberg's Virtual Weight Index and step back from the device. Step 3//Re: Connect: Focus on restoring the relationships that have been harmed by the technology in your life. Step 4//Re: Vitalize: Learn how to live with technology--the healthy way, by optimizing your time spent e-mailing, texting, on Facebook, and web surfing. This program will enable families to communicate better, employees to be more productive, and friends to stay in touch. Sieberg teaches us how to manage and use the technology in our lives to our advantage, without letting it control us.

The Digital Invasion: How Technology Is Shaping You and Your Relationships

by Archibald D. Hart Sylvia Hart Frejd

In the world of technology, there are just two kinds of people: digital natives and digital immigrants. Digital natives are those born after the advent of the internet. They are comfortable with swift technological change and take the presence of technology in their lives almost completely for granted. They have "digital DNA" flowing through their bodies. On the other hand, digital immigrants are those born before the advent of the internet. Their comfort level with our technology-soaked world is more variable. But they are affected by the digital invasion just as much as their native children. With the latest research supporting them, Dr. Archibald Hart and Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd uncover both the subtle and the dramatic ways digital technology is changing us from within, focusing their exposé on the impact on the spiritual life of individuals. Through insights from neuroscience and psychology, they offer readers therapeutic and biblical strategies for handling the digital invasion in order to become good stewards of their digital lives. Parents, educators, students, counselors, and pastors will especially appreciate this cultural wake-up call. Much of the focus is from a Christianity perspective, but a lot of good information about what use of technology (especially excessive addictive) does to the brain and our ability to function

The Digital Mystique

by Sarah Granger

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

The Digital Zone System: Taking Control from Capture to Print

by Robert Fisher

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.

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