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Hurry Less, Worry Less is intended for all those busy women and men who want to slow their lives down but don't quite know where to start. It offers strategies for change, and an invitation to a Christian life. The author writes: "This book shares the path that I took and is written with the certainty that there is a better way to live, even in these hectic times...especially in these hectic times. An unexpected part of the journey was how God began to speak to me and help me grow. I discovered that part of the yearning inside me was for this underdeveloped part of my life." Chapters include: 1. What do you long for?2. Create a new roadmap for your life3. Begin to believe that you have enough time4. Learn to make this work at work5. Lighten the load on your mind6. Listen for guidance in a noisy world7. Fight fear8. Enjoy the journey9. Seek God's will10. Keep at it Includes Resources for the Road (recommended reading and reflection questions).
Judy Christie meets us where we are, in a frenzied, out-of-control frame of mind, and helps us begin to have a deeper understanding of the joy of the Christmas season and its deep meaning for our lives overall--and how that can be a starting point for a more abundant life in the new year. In Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas, Christie guides us to a more helpful, Christian understanding of this time of year. Aspects of the liturgical calendar are introduced as part of this process, including the Christian understandings of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. She gives us practical tools for coping with holiday pressures but above all stresses the need for transformation from a secular perspective to a Christian one. Hurry Less Worry Less at Christmas will assist in identifying what people love about the holiday season and what they want to change. The book can also be used as a study book for church small groups or Sunday school classes, leading up to the holidays. This updated edition contains new content to help make the Christmas season even more joyful, peaceful, and meaningful. "In her delightful, contemporary, and practical book, Judy Christie takes the 'Grinch' out of holiday preparations. She enabled me to see Christmas as a sacred, joyful journey rather than a difficult, demanding marathon." --Nell W. Mohney, Author of Slay Your Giants "Judy Christie must have been reading my mind! I've already started planning a simpler, calmer holiday season this year." --Cynthia Bond Hopson, Author of Bad Hair Days, Rainy Days, and Mondays "Judy Christie provides a welcome reminder to wait upon the Lord, and some practical, real-life steps toward comfort, joy, and simplicity." --Rob Weber, Co-author of Beginnings: The Spiritual Life
Popular author Judy Christie contends that, while the perfect mom doesn't exist, there are successes in the lives of many mothers who have learned to rely upon God and to get back up when they stumble. Within this book readers will recognize many of those kinds of achievements within their own families and find new inspiration and encouragement for moving forward with greater faith, joy, and love. The Hurry Less, Worry Less series is for all those busy women and men who want to slow their lives down but don't quite know where to start. It offers quick tips, strategies for change, and an invitation to a Christian life.
"Hurry up, Franklin!" everyone says. Today is Bear's special day and Franklin is determined not to be late! Franklin who is always late, and who is distracted by his friends while on the way to the home of his friend Bear.
Harry is an expert dawdler. Walking backwards upstairs in slow-motion rewind, inventing new ways to tie shoes and zigzagging his way to school are just a few of the pleasures of being a "procrastinator." The only problem is that everyone is always telling him to "Hurry Up, Harry!" ... until one day his parents promise to stop telling him to hurry. Harry is free at last to take all the time he wants! And what a wonderful time he has dawdling... until he discovers too many not-so-wonderful results. Maybe there are times when he'd better hurry up, after all. And, maybe he could learn when slo-o-w-motion dawdling is j-u-st right...
Hurt feelings are universal and are present in human beings as well as in animals. These feelings are usually avoided by human beings and overlooked by the scientific and professional mental health communities. Yet, if unresolved and not shared with loved ones and professionals, they tend to fester in our bodies and effect our functioning. If not expressed and shared with caring others, anger, sadness and fear are at the bottom of mental illness. Developmentally, each of these feelings respectively gives rise to antisocial acts, depression and severe mental illness. This book suggests that instead of traditional one-on-one, face-to-face, conversation-based interventions, distance writing will allow mental health professionals to assign interactive practice exercises specifically focused on hurt feelings.
At a pre-wedding party for his daughter Sarah, Moe Prager is approached by his ex-wife and former PI partner Carmella Melendez. It seems Carmella's estranged sister Alta has been murdered, but no one in New York City seems to care. Why? Alta, a FDNY EMT, and her partner had months earlier refused to give assistance to a dying man at a fancy downtown eatery. Moe decides to help Carmella as a means to distract himself from his own life-and-death struggle. Making headway on the case is no mean feat as no one, including Alta's partner Maya Watson, wants to cooperate. Moe chips away until he discovers a cancer roiling just below the surface, a cancer whose symptoms include bureaucratic greed, sexual harassment, and blackmail. But is any of it connected to Alta's brutal murder?
Give me your nerds, your freaks, your huddled outcasts yearning to breathe free. Stick them in Boy Scout uniforms and you'll have the Hurt Patrol--a sorry bunch of teen rejects who will never make Eagle. Welcome to the clubBeau has been scouting since first grade. Not because he loves it, but because his dad does. It's the only thing they've ever bonded over, what with Beau's dad being into sports, beer, and brawling. So when they move to yet another Midwest town, Beau expects the usual Boy Scout experience, filled with horribleness and insults. Instead he finds something else entirely. Kicked out of every other patrol, their little band of brothers is equal parts nuts and awesome. For the first time, people are watching Beau's back instead of throwing things at it. Nice. Novel. And also necessary, when you're dealing with parents splitting up, crushes, first love, and coming out.The first--and only--rule of Hurt Patrol: We are never going to win--but if you're outcast elsewhere, you'll do just fine here.
Craving the endorphin rush that only a well-placed slap can bring? Aching for the pleasurable restraint of your wrists in leather cuffs? In Hurts So Good, editor Alison Tyler presents tantalizing, triple-X tales that are rich in saucy details of lovers paying the price with their bodies. Whether you dream of shedding your inhibitions with the right master, finally feeling the strong hands of a hot female tattoo artist, or switching from top to bottom and back, then this heart-pounding, rush-seeking collection will give you all the joys consensual pain can bring.
Craving a little painful love? The sting of a hand or paddle upon flesh? In Hurts So Good, Alison Tyler concocts a cornucopia of kink with tantalizing, taboo tales of lovers and partners paying the price with their bodies. For readers who dream about turning on, turning over, and taking their punishment or about exploring the dark fantasies of S/M, this heart-pounding, welt-inducing collection delivers all the pleasure pain can bring.
Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes--since they are also nice--and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility's friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment?
With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes--and the pulse rate--higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself--and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill? We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his cell phone rang. Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare.Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch's wife and he's named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn't care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way. If he loves his wife enough. . . Mitch does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He's got seventy-two hours to prove it. He has to find the two million by then. But he'll pay a lot more. He'll pay anything.From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every shock, every revelation...until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there's no other experience quite like it.From the Hardcover edition.
In this new novel by the celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me, a young mother discovers that her husband's novel about infidelity might be drawn from real life. Sarah Price is thirty-five years old. She doesn't feel as though she's getting older, but there are some noticeable changes: a hangover after two beers, the stray gray hair, and, most of all, she's called "Mom" by two small children. Always responsible, Sarah traded her MFA for a steady job, which allows her husband, Nathan, to write fiction. But Sarah is happy and she believes Nathan is too, until a truth is revealed: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based in fact. Suddenly Sarah's world is turned upside down. Adding to her confusion, Nathan abdicates responsibility for the fate of their relationship and of his novel's publication-a financial lifesaver they have been depending upon-leaving both in Sarah's hands. Reeling from his betrayal, she is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know Nathan? And, more important, how well does she know herself? For answers, Sarah looks back to her artistic twenty-something self to try to understand what happened to her dreams. When did it all seem to change? Pushed from her complacent plateau, Sarah begins to act-for the first time not so responsibly-on all the things she has let go of for so long: her blank computer screen; her best friend, Helen; the volumes of Proust on her bookshelf. And then there is that e-mail in her inbox: a note from Rajiv, a beautiful man from her past who once tempted her to stray. The struggle to find which version of herself is the essential one-artist, wife, or mother-takes Sarah hundreds of miles away from her marriage on a surprising journey. Wise, funny, and sharply drawn, Leah Stewart's Husband and Wife probes our deepest relationships, the promises we make and break, and the consequences they hold for our lives, revealing that it's never too late to step back and start over.
When Stephanie accepted an assignment to publicize a major film, she found herself having to negotiate with Raoul lanier, the powerful heir to a billionaire empire-- and a ruthlessly sexy man... Stephanie simply had to stop fantasizing about Raoul. It was his business expertise she must concentrate on, not his bedroom technique! After all, they had a financial deal to settle. But then it became clear that the only merger Raoul had in mind was marriage!
Marriages of convenience are featured in these two full-length novels by two fan favorites. In Gray's "The Bride Price, " a man used to getting what he desires decides he wants a sexy small-town mechanic. But she's not for sale--or is she? And in Paige's "Husband: Bought and Paid For, " a would-be heiress stalked by greedy relatives proposes to the man she's hired to keep her safe. Reissue.
The jealous husband!For Donato Vittoria, marriage was a lifetime commitment. He'd chosed Grace as his bride, and he would cherish her forever. Or so Grace had believed....Until she'd discovered Donato's betrayal-with Maria, a beautiful family friend. Had he forgotten his vows so soon? Did he expect Grace to play the dutiful wife, while he continued to enjoy a bachelor life-style? The hurt had been unbearable, and Grace had fled. But Donato insisted he was still her husband-by contract-and he wanted Grace back in his life, and his bed!HUSBANDS & WIVESSometimes the perfect marraige is worth waiting for!
Hannah Pace needed a pretend husband-fast! She lied to her long-lost mother about being married, and now she had to produce the groom. So she hired hometown bad boy Nick Archer. Though he wasn't every mother's dream, he sure was Hannah's hottest fantasy....Trouble was, Nick relished the part a bit too much. Dizzying kisses, heated glances, tender touches. Minute by minute, Nick's paid performance was feeling all too real. And soon Hannah wanted him to be a husband for life...
To catch a groom...Kerry has always loved Jake Mitchell, but he's never felt the same way about her. She decides to try to forget about him...until she finds an old family journal containing instructions on how to attract the man you love!Kerry realizes she's accidentally put the first one into practice-and Jake is definitely showing signs of interest! Kerry knows she should resist trying out the rest, but Jake's the only husband she's ever wanted...
The marriage bargain Melanie wasn't interested in marrying for money-but under the terms of her uncle's will, that was exactly what she must do! Concerned about Melanie's wild ways, her uncle had left her his millions-on condition that she'd reformed...and could prove it, by making a suitable marriage! Melanie wasn't interested in becoming rich, but she was determined to prove she'd changed. Only, the man she had to convince was her uncle's lawyer, Clay Logan. A devastatingly attractive man-and ideal husband material?
When it comes to marriage, Tate Price is all business. Sure, he'll play along with the charade for a few days, especially for a friend like Kim Banks. How can he say no to her girl-next-door beauty and those attractive whiskey-colored eyes? After all, it's only for a weekend.But what started out as a lark has taken a turn into uncharted territory for Tate. Suddenly this mock marriage to help single-mom Kim get her own mother off her back is starting to feel very right...for both of them. It might just be that this rugged confirmed bachelor is a real family man after all!
Back-for baby's first ChristmasFour months ago, Sébastian Fourcard had kissed his wife and baby son goodbye and disappeared.... Gellis had been devastated but, as the days had tumbled into weeks, she had been forced to accept the unthinkable-that her perfect husband had left her!Now, at Christmas, Sébastian had returned a different man-amnesia had robbed him of his past. He couldn't remember Gellis, let alone loving her. Only, for his son's sake, he was prepared to stay. But Gellis wanted love, not duty.... And she didn't just want a husband for Christmas, but forever....DADDY BOOMLook who's holding the baby!
Love is right around the snowy bend in two classic Diana Palmer Christmas stories. Two unforgettable heroines might just find passion, redemption and happily-ever-after in their stockings this year.... Snow Kisses-When former model Abby Shane returns home to the Big Sky country she's always loved, she is a pale shadow of her former self. After what happened to her in New York, she can't let any man touch her again. But Cade McLaren isn't just any man, and in his powerful arms Abby slowly begins to heal. If only his attentions stemmed from love instead of pity. Instead, Abby hungers for that other all-consuming blaze she'd sparked in him one summer night a lifetime ago.... Lionhearted-As Christmas approaches in Jacobsville, Texas, starry-eyed debutante Janie Brewster is determined to prove to rancher Leo Hart that she's perfect for him. However, attempting to dazzle the confirmed bachelor with her newly acquired ranching skills only ends up vexing him even further. But wait...is it hot-blooded hunger-and not dark disdain-gleaming in his eyes during those smoldering kisses beneath the mistletoe?
An unexpected love warms a woman's heart in this enchanting Christmas romance from "masterful storyteller"* Jodi Thomas... Holly, a beautiful Texas tomboy, gets more than she bargained for under the mistletoe after her godfathers decide to find her a husband. Praise for Jodi Thomas and her novels: "[Thomas] grabs your attention on the first page [and] captures your heart." --*Catherine Anderson "Exactly the kind of heart-wrenching, emotional story one has come to expect from Jodi Thomas." --Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Thomas sketches a slow, sweet surrender." --Publishers Weekly Includes a preview of Jodi's heartwarming new novel, Just Down the Road, available April 2012! Previously published in A Country Christmas.
Carey Window had exactly ten hours to find herself a groom of good character if she didn't want to lose her father's ranch. She was about to concede defeat when a dangerously handsome foreman named Luke Redstone turned up with his adorable nephew, Tyler, and offered his help--as a husband candidate. But from their first kiss as husband and wife, Carey knew her heart was in trouble. For even though the marriage was in name only, she found herself indulging in dreams of happily ever after. Yet Luke and his nephew had a secret--one that could smash her fantasies to bits. Would their marriage of convenience ever become a match made of love?
From Jillian Hunter, a mesmerizing author who "weaves a spell over her audience" (Romantic Times), comes a sensual, witty new novel about an untamed Scottish beauty and a rakish English lord who set each other's souls on fire. Catriona Grant is desperate. Fleeing a forced marriage in Scotland, she arrives on the doorstep of Rutleigh Hall seeking shelter as a distant relation, only to find that Knight Dennison, the Viscount Rutleigh, may be worse than the man she fled. True to his dangerous reputation, Knight threatens to toss the penniless, flame-haired impostor out -- until she produces the family ring as proof of her identity. Thrust into the role of guardian, the dark, compelling Knight has his doubts about the lovely Scottish lass, who's clearly keeping secrets -- but her wit, beauty, and artless grace are hard to resist. When his sister starts husband-hunting for Catriona, the idea of any other man possessing her is suddenly unthinkable. For Knight realizes that there's only one possible groom for her: himself!
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