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Finding Order in Chaos: Maintaining Clarity of Thought--How Great Leaders Remain Focused Under Pressure

by Justin Menkes

As the world becomes more confusing, it seems like it's getting harder to think clearly. In this chapter, psychologist and executive evaluator Justin Menkes examines what clarity of thought looks like in practice, showing how stress can negatively affect your intelligence. To become a great leader, you need to harness stress as a motivator for intensifying your focus. Menkes shows you how, with a diagnostic exercise for evaluating your ability to find order in chaos and vivid case studies featuring master CEOs Joe Swedish (Trinity Health Systems), Dave O'Reilly (Chevron), and Dick Keyser (W.W. Grainger, Inc.). This chapter was originally published as Chapter 6 of "Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others."

Finding Organic Church

by Frank Viola

From the bestselling author of Reimagining Church comes an essential guide that provides practical, effective tools for finding vibrant Christian communities.Driven by a passion for the body of Christ, Frank Viola has written some of today's most authoritative and celebrated works on the growing home, organic, and missional church movements. Now Viola shares practical keys to a healthy and successful church plant.Viola contends that many congregations today are struggling to survive, not because of bad planning, but poor planting. He presents an essential guide for starting and nourishing organic churches in any culture. Drawing from both Scripture and a wealth of experience, Viola offers real-world tools, insights, and practical suggestions so churches won't just grow, but thrive.

Finding Our Families

by Naomi Cahn Wendy Kramer

The first comprehensive book that offers invaluable step-by-step advice for families with donor-conceived children. Wendy Kramer, founder and director of the Donor Sibling Registry, and Naomi Cahn, family and reproductive law professor, have compiled a comprehensive and thorough guide for the growing community of families with donor-conceived children. Kramer and Cahn believe that all donor-conceived children's desire to know their genetic family must be honored, and in Finding Our Families, they offer advice on how to foster healthy relationships within immediate families and their larger donor family networks based on openness and acceptance. With honesty and compassion, the authors offer thoughtful strategies and inspirational stories to help parents answer their own, and their children's, questions and concerns that will surely arise, including: How to support your children's curiosity and desire to know about their ancestry and genetic and medical background. How to help children integrate their birth story into a healthy self-image. How to help your children search for their donor or half siblings if and when they express interest in doing so. Finding Our Families opens up the lives of donor-conceived people who may be coping with uncertainty, thriving despite it, and finding novel ways to connect in this uncharted territory as they navigate the challenges and rewards of the world of donor conception.

Finding Our Forever

by Brenda Novak

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner! The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner-Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager-that decision becomes even more difficult. Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

Finding Our True Home: Living in the Pure Land Here and Now

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Finding Our True Home presents a new definitive translation of the Amitabha Sutra along with Thich Nhat Hanh's first commentary on one of the most practiced forms of Buddhism in the world, the Pure Land school.Introduced in the Buddha's own lifetime, Pure Land practice puts us in touch with the beauty in our own world and brings us the security, solidity, and freedom we need in order to truly enjoy it. Realizing that Buddha is within us, we see that the Pure Land (paradise) is here and now, rather than in the future. Finding Our True Home will open a new Dharma door to many students of meditation.

Finding Our Way Again

by Brian Mclaren

Shines a practical light on the spiritual disciplines that have been in use since the time of Abraham. In a sense, every day of our lives is labor. It is questionable if you can ever be exactly the same person waking up on two consecutive days. How are spiritual sojourners to cope with the constant change? Many are beginning to explore the ancient Christian spiritual practices that have been in use for centuries, everything from fixed-hour prayer to fasting to sincere observance of the Sabbath. What is causing this hunger for deeper spirituality?Brian McLaren guides us on this quest for an explanation of these spiritual practices, many of which go all the way back to Abraham and the establishment of Israel. In the midst of contemporary Christianity, we discover the beauty of these ancient disciplines and the transformation through Christ that each can provide. Why have certain spiritual disciplines been in use for centuries and why is it important? It is questionable if one can ever be exactly the same person waking up on two consecutive days. How are spiritual sojourners to cope with the constant change? Many are beginning to explore the ancient Christian spiritual practices, such as fixed-hour prayer, fasting and sincere observance of the Sabbath. What is causing this hunger for deeper spirituality?Brian McLaren guides us on this quest for an explanation of these spiritual practices, many of which go all the way back to Abraham and the establishment of Israel. In the midst of contemporary Christianity, we discover the beauty of these disciplines and the transformation through Christ that each can provide.

Finding Our Way Home

by Charlene Baumbich

When the road home becomes daunting--sometimes a very capable girl on a bicycle can help find the way. "Charming, surprising, familiar, and just downright wonderful."--Allie Pleiter, author of Yukon Wedding and Bluegrass Blessings When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha's injuries limit her as much as her mother's recent death haunts her. Concluding she can't recover alone, Sasha reluctantly hires a temporary live-in aide. Enter the übercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is delicate, Evelyn is her employer's opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha's urban chic, outgoing to Sasha's iciness, and undaunted where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity. Evelyn soon discovers Sasha needs to heal more than bones. Slowly, as the wounds begin to mend and the tables tilt, the two women form an unlikely alliance and discover the astounding power of even the smallest act done in the name of love. Finding Our Way Home is a story of second chances and lavish grace.

Finding Oz

by Evan I. Schwartz

A groundbreaking new look at an American icon, The Wizard of Oz. Finding Oz tells the remarkable tale behind one of the world's most enduring and best loved stories. Offering profound new insights into the true origins and meaning of L. Frank Baum's 1900 masterwork, it delves into the personal turmoil and spiritual transformation that fueled Baum's fantastical parable of the American Dream. Prior to becoming an impresario of children's adventure tales--the J. K. Rowling of his age--Baum failed at a series of careers and nearly lost his soul before setting out on a journey of discovery that would lead to the Land of Oz. Drawing on original research, Evan Schwartz debunks popular misconceptions and shows how the people, places, and events in Baum's life gave birth to his unforgettable images and characters. The Yellow Brick Road was real, the Emerald City evoked the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, and Baum's mother-in-law, the radical women's rights leader Matilda Joslyn Gage, inspired his dual view of witches--as good and wicked. A narrative that sweeps across late nineteenth-century America, Finding Oz ultimately reveals how failure and heartbreak can sometimes lead to redemption and bliss, and how one individual can ignite the imagination of the entire world.

Finding Paris

by Joy Preble

An evocative and compelling story of two sisters who would do anything for each other--perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Speak. Joy Preble's stirring new novel explores the lengths to which sisters go to protect each other, and the winding road that brings two strangers into each other's lives.Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. It's just the two of them: Paris, who's always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind--going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn't going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris--a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max's offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.

Finding Pathways

by Nicholas Weller Jeb Barnes

Social scientists have identified a need to move beyond the analysis of correlation among variables to the study of causal mechanisms that link them. Nicholas Weller and Jeb Barnes propose that a solution lies in 'pathway analysis': the use of case studies to explore the causal links between related variables. This book focuses on how the small-N component of multi-method research can meaningfully contribute and add value to the study of causal mechanisms. The authors present both an extended rationale for the unique role that case studies can play in causal mechanism research, and a detailed view of the types of knowledge that case studies should try to generate and how to leverage existing large-N data to guide the case selection process. The authors explain how to use their approach both to select cases and to provide context on previously studied cases.

Finding Peace

by Charles Stanley

In times of crisis and confusion, Dr. Charles Stanley has learned the one phrase that can carry him through: "God, You are in control." The peace he has experienced in life stems from that foundational belief. In Finding Peace, Dr. Stanley shares with readers how they, too, can experience an unshakeable peace which "passes all understanding." Filled with encouragement to lift the soul, Finding Peace offers insight on what causes us to live without God's peace in our lives, and how we can reverse course and open our hearts to receive it. Also, Stanley gives his perspective on the things that hinder peace-including the "Four Great Hallmarks of God's Peace" and "Five Essential Beliefs for a Peaceful Heart"-to put the important message of this book into concrete terms. Addressing regret, anxiety, and fear, Dr. Stanley extends hope for overcoming the obstacles that block peace with the Lord. Finally, he gives direction on learning to live a life of contentment.

Finding Peace in Life's Storms

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon unwraps God's gift of hope as he presents us with strong encouragement and a powerful tool for surviving daily struggles and temptations. This book will renew and strengthen your walk with Christ as you discover how to weather difficult personal storms, experience God's secure protection, receive daily strength and encouragement, turn painful memories into blessings, and build a solid foundation of faith and trust. No case is too desperate for God. There is no problem He cannot overcome. Hope in God can see you through your greatest difficulties.

Finding Perfect

by Elly Swartz

To twelve-year-old Molly Nathans, perfect is:--The number four--The tip of a newly sharpened No. 2 pencil--A crisp white pad of paper --Her neatly aligned glass animal figurinesWhat's not perfect is Molly's mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Poetry Slam Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with white tablecloths. Molly is sure her mother would never miss that. Right...? But as time passes, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly's world from spinning out of control. In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.

Finding Perfect (Fool's Gold #3)

by Susan Mallery

When Pia O'Brian's best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn't think she's meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, sexy hunk the very same day.A former foster-care kid now rich beyond his wildest dreams, Raoul Moreno runs a camp for needy children in Fool's Gold, California. After his last relationship, Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment. Still, he can't get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind--and proposes a crazy plan. But can such an unconventional beginning really result in the perfect ending?

Finding Pete

by Jill Hunting

Two days after Jill Hunting turned fifteen, she lost her only brother, a volunteer with International Voluntary Services and one of the first civilian casualties of the Vietnam War. News broadcasts and headlines announced to the world that Pete had been led into an ambush by friends. When Jill's mother told her that Pete's letters home had all been destroyed in a basement flood, the connection between Jill and her brother was lost forever--or so she thought. Decades later, 175 letters surfaced. Through them, and the sweethearts and many friends who had never forgotten Pete, Jill came to know him again.Finding Pete is one of the great, untold true stories of an escalating war and a young man caught in its sights. This personalized account of a critical moment in U.S. history is the moving story of an altruistic youth who personifies what America lost in Vietnam. It is also a portrait of a family's struggle with loss, a mother's damaging grief, and, most of all, a sister's quest to solve a mystery and recover the connection with her brother. Includes a reader's guide.

Finding Peter

by William Peter Blatty

A New York Times Bestseller! For those who have lost a loved one to that liar and fraud named Death. So reads the dedication of William Peter Blatty's Finding Peter, a deeply moving memoir that tests the bounds of grief, love, and the soul. Blatty, the bestselling author and Oscar Award-winning screenwriter of The Exorcist, lived a charmed life among the elite stars of Hollywood. His son Peter, born over a decade after The Exorcist, grew from an apple-cheeked boy into an "imposing young man with a quick, warm smile. " But when Peter died very suddenly from a rare disorder, Blatty's world turned upside down. As he and his wife struggled through their unrelenting grief, a series of strange and supernatural events began occurring--and Blatty became convinced that Peter was sending messages from the afterlife. A true and unabashedly personal story, Finding Peter will shake the most cynical of readers--and it will remind those in grief that our loved ones do truly live on.

Finding Promise

by Scarlett Dunn

A trail of danger and dreams... She may be an heiress, but Parker Promise Sinclair cares more about living an adventurous life than snaring a suitable husband. So it's no surprise when she joins a Wyoming wagon trail--only to survive a massacre that leaves her with no memory, a target on her back--and her abiding faith tested by the only man who can possibly protect her. His gunfighting skills and trail savvy have saved U.S. Marshal Jake McBride more times than he can count. And his instincts tell him the only way to keep Promise alive is to take her along on his high-stakes cattle drive. But she soon proves she can ride and shoot with the best of them--and Jake finds it increasingly difficult to keep himself from falling for her. Soon, with danger closing in, they'll have only one chance to face their doubts, their fears--and their growing love...

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

by Paul Meier

A revolutionary approach to dealing with life's challenges that guides readers in how to face them and to recognize them as gifts from God.At one time or another everyone finds themselves questioning, "Does God still love me? Is there a purpose for all this pain?" Drs. Meier and Henderson teach readers how to face painful struggles head-on in a way that allows them to grow and mature emotionally and spiritually. In this timely book they explore the seven most common life challenges:InjusticeRejectionLonelinessLossDisciplineFailureDeathIn addition they offer the three reasons we often miss the gifts these challenges can be. This unique approach to an age-old problem will encourage and challenge readers to grow through their struggles instead of wasting energy trying to avoid them altogether.

Finding Ruby Starling

by Karen Rivers

THE PARENT TRAP comes to the digital age! When Ruth Quayle used a special app to search for pictures of herself online, she found dozens of images of "Ruth Quayle" -- and one of "Ruby Starling." When Ruby Starling gets a message from a Ruth Quayle proclaiming them to be long-lost twin sisters, she doesn't know what to do with it -- until another message arrives the day after, and another one. It could be a crazy stalker ... but she and this Ruth do share a birthday, and a very distinctive ear.... Ruth is an extroverted American girl. Ruby is a shy English one. As they investigate the truth of their birth and the circumstances of their separation, they also share lives full of friends, family, and possible romances -- and they realize they each may be the sister the other never knew she needed. Written entirely in e-mails, letters, Tumblr entries, and movie scripts, FINDING RUBY STARLING is the funny and poignant companion to Karen Rivers's THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME.

Finding Satan

by Andrew Neiderman

ONLY THE GIFTED CAN SEE IT. In upstate New York, Christopher Drew is leading a remarkable team of psychics in a groundbreaking union of science and psychokinesis. It's the ability to track manifestations of pure evil -- black clouds of doom that they have chased across an ever-darkening American landscape. As the storm clouds grow, so does Drew's fear that this gathering evil is powered by something far darker than human nature. And it knows it's being watched. ONLY THEY KNOW THE END IS NEAR. In the Arizona desert a theologian searches for proof of the divine. A mass of cultists prepares for the coming of the Antichrist. A spy is dispatched from the Vatican to unravel the truth of the psychics' visions. And as a startling Biblical revelation comes to light, as an apocalyptic battle between good and evil unfolds, Christopher Drew and his team must brave the fires of a hell on earth to carry out their manifest goal to the terrifying end. . . . FINDING SATAN

Finding Satan

by Andrew Neiderman

ONLY THE GIFTED CAN SEE IT. In upstate New York, Christopher Drew is leading a remarkable team of psychics in a groundbreaking union of science and psychokinesis. It's the ability to track manifestations of pure evil -- black clouds of doom that they have chased across an ever-darkening American landscape. As the storm clouds grow, so does Drew's fear that this gathering evil is powered by something far darker than human nature. And it knows it's being watched. ONLY THEY KNOW THE END IS NEAR. In the Arizona desert a theologian searches for proof of the divine. A mass of cultists prepares for the coming of the Antichrist. A spy is dispatched from the Vatican to unravel the truth of the psychics' visions. And as a startling Biblical revelation comes to light, as an apocalyptic battle between good and evil unfolds, Christopher Drew and his team must brave the fires of a hell on earth to carry out their manifest goal to the terrifying end. . . . FINDING SATAN

Finding Shelter

by M. J. O'Shea

Rock Bay: Book ThreeJustin Foster has nineteen years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal. Logan O'Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn't take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: it can also be home. And for the first time in his life, he finds himself captivated by a man--by Justin. Justin is attracted to Logan too, but he's also wary. Physically, Logan reminds him a bit too much of the closeted jerks who used to beat him up after school. But after one awkwardly amazing kiss, he's smitten, despite how his past and insecurities continue to haunt him. Logan's love, faith, and stubbornness are just what Justin needs to believe their love is worth fighting for.

Finding Somewhere

by Joseph Monninger

Two girls: Best friends Hattie and Delores feel that life in their small New Hampshire town is a dead end.One horse: Old and about to be put down, Speed gets a reprieve when Hattie and Delores decide to save him.A road trip: Determined to set Speed free, Hattie and Delores drive him west in search of rangeland. But the road takes some unexpected turns as the girls get their own taste of freedom--and as they confront the reasons they left home.From the Hardcover edition.

Finding the Doorbell

by Edie T Morgan Cindy Pierce

Open the door to better sex and a stronger relationshipWith this hands-on approach to arousal, couples will learn how to communicate with each other about their sexual desires, making sex a positive and vital part of every relationship. Showing how trust, open communication, a sense of humor, and basic anatomical knowledge can deepen pleasure, this stimulating manual shows couples simple skills to excite bedroom satisfaction. Humorous stories and anecdotes take the covers off other people's intimate encounters and offer perspective on what is normal for the average healthy adult. While preserving decency, this manual also gently guides partners to make changes that lead to a comfortable, gratifying sex life while dispelling common false assumptions-such as that size alone matters, having sex guarantees an orgasm, and great sex has to be wild-and demystifies ordinary anxieties-including how to engage the elusive clitoris, why the average male watches porn, why women fake orgasms, and if a man's sex drive is really higher than a woman's.

Finding the Doorbell

by Edie T Morgan Cindy Pierce

Open the door to better sex and a stronger relationshipWith this hands-on approach to arousal, couples will learn how to communicate with each other about their sexual desires, making sex a positive and vital part of every relationship. Showing how trust, open communication, a sense of humor, and basic anatomical knowledge can deepen pleasure, this stimulating manual shows couples simple skills to excite bedroom satisfaction. Humorous stories and anecdotes take the covers off other people's intimate encounters and offer perspective on what is normal for the average healthy adult. While preserving decency, this manual also gently guides partners to make changes that lead to a comfortable, gratifying sex life while dispelling common false assumptions-such as that size alone matters, having sex guarantees an orgasm, and great sex has to be wild-and demystifies ordinary anxieties-including how to engage the elusive clitoris, why the average male watches porn, why women fake orgasms, and if a man's sex drive is really higher than a woman's.

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