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Wealthy corporate genius Jason Wilding loves his younger brother very much, and it is this love that compels him to agree to David's request to play cupid for him and Amy Tompkins, a widow with an adorable son. However, little does Jason know that whilst trying to get the two hearts together, he was losing his to Amy himself. The question remains now as to will they be able to sort out the difficulties and obstacles that stand before their lives? Read on to find out more in this romantic story that spellsa blessing in disguise for readers!
David Spangler, the "spiritual teacher's teacher", writes the book that everyone has been waiting for. Praise for David Spangler's The Call "His words are full of heart, wisdom, sensitivity, and discernment". Thomas Moore In the world of spirituality, David Spangler is the person you might call "a teacher's teacher". Teachers, writers, and thinkers from all traditions-from Robert Thurman to Carolyn Myss, James Redfield to Marianne Williamson, and Angeles Arrien to Thomas Moore-share a great respect for David Spangler and an affinity for his work. Blessing is the book they have all been waiting for. David Spangler's message is one of hope and empowerment, and Blessing is his most grounded, accessible, and inclusive book yet. His long and varied career as a spiritual teacher, from the Findhorn Community in northern Scotland to the Omega Institute in the Hudson River Valley, from leading workshops and retreats to taking spirituality online, makes him the perfect spokesperson for blessing-an ancient practice needed in our modern world. For on the most basic level we all want life to be on our side, bringing us good things, and shielding us from harm, from fear, from loneliness. We all want to be blessed. And in our better moments, we want to be a blessing for others.
Explains how the biblical gift of "the blessing" is the key to one's self-worth and emotional well-being. Every human needs the gift of "the blessing"--the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with one's parents. In this update to the best-selling classic The Blessing, coauthors John Trent and Gary Smalley offer a fresh perspective on this life-changing gift with solid, practical advice on how to be a blessing as well as how to insure that your parents, spouse, and children all feel the security of family approval. The Blessing powerfully communicates biblical truths on how to instill self-worth and emotional well-being into others based on these five essential elements: Meaningful touch A spoken message Attaching high value Picturing a special future An active commitment No matter the age, the approval of our parents affects how we view ourselves and how we relate to others. So what if we've missed it? The final chapters explain what happens to children who do and how they can learn to live apart from the blessing.
"This is a valuable book for those of us who feel a spiritual bond with the animals in our lives. However, this gentle, thoughtful volume is more than just a spiritual guide. It's also a practical guide to helping an animal to die with peace and dignity. Rita Reynolds gives the reader a lot to think about with her comforting beliefs about the animal afterlife."
Zambia Brown is facing yet another boring summer in Deacons Neck, South Carolina, so she sets her sights on big city fun: money, clothes, cars and parties. In her pursuit of the fast life, will Zambia jeopardize her family, friends, and even her life? Her impulsive actions may bring her a blessing in disguise.
Eileen Goudge challenges our most cherished illusions about which truths are sacred ... and which are not. At its core, Blessing in Disguise is a story of redemption and reconciliation, one that will speak to every woman who has loved and lost . . . and is finding the courage to love again. Meet three remarkable women, each at a crossroads in her life, who must struggle with her conscience and ith the passionate heart ache of second- around love: race Truscott is the daughter who re- her father's shocking secret... only to disjr that she has opened a Pandora's box even ic could not have anticipated. In her biography of her father, a famous civil-rights senator, she raises questions about a disturbing death from the past. Was her father guilty of killing Ned Emory, the husband of his black secretary? Only one other person knows what really happened- and she won't talk. . . . Nola Emory, the secretary's daughter, was a witness to the killing . .. but is guarding a dark secret of her own. An architect on the brink of a brilliant career, she is anonymously designing a memorial to the dead senator, one that Truscott's widow can never know she created.. .. Cordelia Truscott has devoted years to her dream of building the Eugene Truscott Memorial Library. But will her efforts turn to dust when the scandal she's kept under wraps is unleashed? A Southern lady to the core, she must look for answers, not in the hide bound traditions of her childhood, but in the future-and in the rare beauty of her lush Georgia garden, where a man whose passion she never expected is waiting for her. . . . While Grace wrestles with her own past, she is caught up in the romance and heartbreak of a new love and a modern-age struggle to meld his children and hers into a new family. With Blessing in Disguise, Eileen Goudge transcends her previous bestsellers Garden of Lies and Such Devoted Sisters with this refreshingly realistic and moving tale of a family torn by conflict and bound by a love that is put to the ultimate test. EILEEN GOUDGE is the author of the international bestsellers Garden of Lies and Such Devoted Sisters. She lives with her husband, the agent Al Zuckerman, in New York City.
In the trenches of a typical day, every parent encounters a child afflicted with ingratitude and entitlement. In a world where material abundance abounds, parents want so badly to raise self-disciplined, appreciative, and resourceful children who are not spoiled by the plentitude around them. But how to accomplish this feat? The answer has eluded the best-intentioned mothers and fathers who overprotect, overindulge, and overschedule their children's lives. Dr. Mogel helps parents learn how to turn their children's worst traits into their greatest attributes. Starting with stories of everyday parenting problems and examining them through the lens of the Torah, the Talmud, and important Jewish teachings, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee shows parents how to teach children to honor their parents and to respect others, escape the danger of overvaluing children's need for self-expression so that their kids don't become "little attorneys," accept that their children are both ordinary and unique, and treasure the power and holiness of the present moment. It is Mogel's singular achievement that she makes these teachings relevant for any era and any household of any faith. A unique parenting book, designed for use both in the home and in parenting classes, with an on-line teaching guide to help facilitate its use, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee is both inspiring and effective in the day-to-day challenge of raising self-reliant children.
At most church weddings, the person presiding over the ritual is not a priest or a pastor, but the wedding planner, followed by the photographer, the florist, and the caterer. And in this day and age, more wedding theology is supplied by "Modern Bride" magazine or reality television than by any of the Christian treatises on holy matrimony. Indeed, church weddings have strayed long and far from distinctly Christian aspirations. The costumes and gestures might still be right, but the intentions are hardly religious. Why then, asks noted gay commentator Mark D. Jordan, are so many churches vehemently opposed to blessing same-sex unions? In this incisive work, Jordan shows how carefully selected ideals of Christian marriage have come to dominate recent debates over same-sex unions. Opponents of gay marriage, he reveals, too often confuse simplified ideals of matrimony with historical facts. They suppose, for instance, that there has been a stable Christian tradition of marriage across millennia, when in reality Christians have quarreled among themselves for centuries about even the most basic elements of marital theology, authorizing experiments like polygamy and divorce. Jordan also argues that no matter what the courts do, Christian churches will have to decide for themselves whether to bless same-sex unions. No civil compromise can settle the religious questions surrounding gay marriage. And queer Christians, he contends, will have to discover for themselves what they "really" want out of marriage. If they are not just after legal recognition as a couple or a place at the social table, do they really seek the blessing of God? Or just the garish melodrama of a white wedding? Posing trenchant questions such as these, "Blessing Same-Sex Unions" will be a must-read for both sides of the debate over gay marriage in America today.
This long-awaited collection from one of the most distinguished poets working today includes new poems written during the past four years as well as generous selections from previous collections.<P><P> Winner of the National Book Award
The bestselling coauthor of Your Money or Your Life chronicles her quest to eat food produced within 10 miles of her home Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society's unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment. Like Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you. Robin's journey is also one of community as she befriends all the neighboring farmers who epitomize the sustainable lifestyle. Among them are Tricia, the prolific market gardener who issued Robin's 10-mile challenge; Britt and Eric, two young, enthusiastic farmers living their dream of self-sufficiency; and Vicky, a former corporate executive turned milk producer. Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future. .
Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high lonely place, a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.
Skip Cuddy and Lydia Blessing are drawn together because of an infant left at the estate. The baby will change their lives forever.
Trina Muller has always had a passion for healing abandoned and injured animals. Her parents encourage this tenderness towards God's creatures until Trina confesses her dream of going to veterinary college. Why can't she accept that God's will is for her to be a wife and mother? Graham Ortmann loves Trina, but how can he possibly marry someone who is determined to go against the dictates of the Old Order Mennonite fellowship? Trina can never be happy if she is outside of God's will for her life. But which life will she choose--one with Graham or one in pursuit of her heart's calling?
Rarely does a work of fiction involve the reader so intensely in a woman's life as does this deeply moving story of the beautiful and gutsy lawyer Jennie Rakowsky. On the brink of marrying the man of her dreams, the handsome and successful corporate lawyer Jay Wolfe, and of trying the most important case of her career, she finds that a shattering secret, rooted deep in her past and in her heritage, threatens to destroy her world. Nineteen years earlier, Jennie-a scholarship student at an eastern college and the only child of poor Eastern European Jews who survived the Holocaust-met a wonderful young man. Peter Mendes was like no other boy-certainly no other Jewish boy-she had ever known. Madly in love, Jennie never thought about the differences between her Orthodox immigrant home and Peter's, until he took her to his parents' white-columned Atlanta mansion, where she discovered America's Jewish aristocracy, a cold, disapproving southern family, and a place where she could never belong. Jennie's blind passion for Peter resulted in unbearable heartbreak-and a secret she kept from her parents, her friends, and most of all from open, honest, loving Jay, whom she was now about to marry. As her marriage approaches, one shocking phone call brings Jennie face-to-face with all her deceits and fears. Torn between her past and her future, she discovers that the needs of the heart cannot be hidden forever. Blessings is a story that evokes the rich diversity of America's Jewish experience and creates characters so real, so authentically human, that their tears-and their triumphs ... become our own. Once again Belva Plain weaves her storytelling magic in this spellbinding tale of family and love.
Lonely, embittered physician Joshua Darling is overwhelmed. Struggling to raise his three daughters alone, he finds he must take on a new professional partner, Nicole Brandt. But in addition to providing relief for his medical practice, Nicole adds love and renewed faith to Joshua's life.
Through her writings and workshops, Julia Cameron has inspired millions to pursue their dreams. In the tradition of Heart Steps, Blessings reveals the keys she uses to reconnect herself with the source of her creative spirit. Focusing on gratitude and recognizing the power to change one's surrounding world by changing one's thinking, Cameron explains how she surrenders to the deeper flow of life rather than willfully forcing artificial solutions. By acknowledging the beauty, harmony, and synergy of life, readers learn through Cameron's inspiring prose how to cherish the gifts they have been given and use them to their fullest. Those who read and follow Cameron's advice and prayers and listen to Tim Wheater's healing music in the audiobook will realize how to achieve harmony in their lives and embrace the notion that they are part of a larger whole that holds them in a benevolent and protective view. With Blessings, readers will understand the secrets of a life that is rich, beautiful, intricate, and valuable.
This Mother's Day honor the women of your congregation with a warm and encouraging book for mother's of all ages. It is the perfect gift to honor them for their Godly work, as well as inspire them to cherish each season in the lives of their children. Blessings for a Mother's Day reminds every mother of the special joy God gives to her through her children. Ruth Bell Graham's personal reflections over the years reveal that although life is not always easy for a mother, it is always meaningful.
Mariah Green has a successful career as an advocate for battered women, but she still feels incomplete. She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Rosemary, in a Chicago housing project. Her mother, Cassandra, is addicted to drugs and has only been a fleeting presence in her life. Even more painful to Mariah is the fact that she has never known the love of a father. She's never even set eyes on him. To Mariah's surprise, she receives a call from a law firm in Hammond, Indiana. A lawyer informs her that her biological father has died, and she is the sole heir to his sizeable estate. Mariah is ready to leave Chicago behind and embark on a new lifestyle in Indiana, but she's devastated when her beloved Granny declines to join her. Things aren't always what they seem to be. Rosemary knows a little bit more about Mariah's paternal side of the family than she has let on. Join Mariah as she embarks on a spiritual journey to learn about her father and begins the healing process of understanding and forgiving her mother.
This bundle contains The Faith of Ashish, The Hope of Shridula, and The Love of Divena. The Faith of Ashish Virat and Latha named their son Ashish, for he is the light and glory of their world. Yet a simple drink of water from the wrong cup changes them forever. Virat, Latha, and Ashish are Untouchables in 1905 India, members of a caste who must never contaminate the world of the other, higher, castes. When Ashish is in desperate need of a doctor, Virat risks everything to save his son and ventures into the dangerous realm of the high caste. There, the strength of a father's love, the power of a young British nurse, and the faith of a child change the lives around them. The Hope of Shridula India: 1946. For forty-eight years, Ashish and his family toiled as slaves in the fields of the high-caste Lal family, and all because of one small debt. At fifty-four, Ashish was old and worn out. Every day was a struggle to survive for his family including his only daughter. His wife had named the girl Shridula (Blessings). "Perhaps the name will bring you more fortune than it brought me," Ashish told his daughter. His words proved to be prophetic in ways he could never have imagined. And when the flames of revolt brought independence to India, they seared change into the family of Ashish. The Love of Divena India 1990. Shridula, old and stooped at fifty-nine, makes her painful way to pay homage to the elephant god Ganesh, lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. "Why are we Hindus instead of Christians?" her seventeen-year-old granddaughter Divena asked. "Because we are Indian," said Shridula. So begins a spiritual journey for Divena as she struggles against an entire culture to proclaim a faith close to her heart while rocking the world of two families.
Uplifting collection of quotes reflecting the diverse forms and explanations of happiness. Though brief, they are excellent to use as affirmations, or as the basis of meditations or discussions. They express the ideas of a wide range of individuals from biblical times to the present including: Thackeray, Bertrand Russell, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Marcus Aurelius, Anne Frank, Henry Ward Beecher, John Milton, Helen Keller, Charles Dickens, Ben Franklin, Martin Luther, Richard Wagner, George Sand, Lincoln and the not to be forgotten, Anonymous.
From Katrina Kittle, critically acclaimed author of The Kindness of Strangers, comes a wry and moving story of forgiveness, flexibility, happiness, and the art of moving on. Veterinarian Cami Anderson has hit a rough patch. Stymied by her recent divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete. Couples all around her are approaching important milestones. Her parents are preparing to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Her brother and his partner find their marriage dreams legally blocked. Her former sister-in-law-still her best friend-is newly engaged. The youthfully exuberant romance of her teenage daughter is developing complications. And three separate men-including her ex-husband-are becoming entangled in Cami's messy post-marital love life. But as she struggles to come to terms with her own doubts amid this chaotic circus of relationships, Cami finds strange comfort in an unexpected confidant: an angry, unpredictable horse in her care. With the help of her equine soul mate, she begins to make sense of marriage's great mysteries-and its disconnects.
Lore and rituals designed to empower women, and to give them knowledge of the true meaning of menstruation.
Writer Brianna Walker sought solace in the Arkansas hills, but when a storm rolls in, it brings with it handsome Mitch Fowler and his two sons in need of shelter. Mitch and his boys turn Bree's life upside down, but they quickly find love and happiness together as a family. Original.
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