The best news on the planet is that your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be happy. In fact, author Karen C.L. Anderson will take it a step further and say, your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be free, peaceful, contented, and joyful.
Inspired by her own journey, Anderson’s Difficult Mothers, Adult Daughters: A Guide For Inspiration & Liberation shows women how to emotionally separate from their mothers without guilt and anxiety so they can finally create a life based on their own values, desires, needs, and preferences. Not to mention being able to like and respect themselves during the process. This is what Anderson calls “Alpha Mare” status.
Through personal stories and experiences, practical tools that can used right away to feel better, and journal prompts, Anderson compassionately leads women who struggle in their relationships with their mothers through a process of self-awareness and understanding. Anderson's work with hundreds of women and her own personal work have resulted in profound growth and transformation. Anderson knows the results are nothing short of miraculous.
This book is about Anderson discovering and accepting the whole of who she is (separate from her mother), and making her discoveries accessible to women struggling to redefine their challenging relationships with their mothers. Her writing is relatable, real, funny, and compassionate.
What You'll Learn Inside This Book:
Why mothers and daughters tend to have difficult relationships.
How to heal and transform your mother "wounds" from sources of pain into sources of creativity and wisdom
How to tell your stories in a way that empowers you, rather than making you powerless.
How to handle the uncomfortable emotions that seem inevitable when it comes to your relationship with your mother
The art of creating, articulating, and maintaining impeccable boundaries.
How to stop "shoulding" when it comes to yourself and your mother.
How to "re-mother" yourself and acknowledge, honor, and meet your own preferences and needs.
And much, much more.
The best news on the planet is that your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be happy. In fact, author Karen C.L. Anderson will take it a step further and say, your mother doesn’t have to change in order for you to be free, peaceful, contented, and joyful.
Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the ladies profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time. Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb- convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”
Healthy woman: You don’t have to run a marathon to be fit and healthy or suffer through a triathlon that includes a half-mile swim in the ocean. But you do need an exercise habit. Especially as we age, exercise is not optional. Yet unless we had been athletes as kids or young adults, and few of us were, we do not know how to find our edge. Learning how to carve out time to meet our fitness needs or to push ourselves physically and mentally is one of the greatest challenges to aging well.
Confident woman: Inspired by her highly popular blog “Be the Dog”, Carolee Belkin Walker's This Is My Brain on Endorphins is a relatable story of what it’s like to be a successful professional woman encountering all things fitness for the first time. Even if readers have never put on a pair of running shoes or tried again and again to get a fitness habit they’ll relate to the highs and lows of Walker’s journey to the back of the pack ultimately stumbling on a path to resilience and well-being.
Happy woman: You could fit two of Walker inside what her body looked like in February 2014. But it is the powerful sense of confidence and resilience that’s had the greatest impact on Walker and inspires others. This book is about Walker digging in, discovering who she is, and seeing how far she can push herself to be strong, fit, healthy, and most important, resilient. Her writing is full of humorous situations as Walker decides to be an active participant in life and not take the setbacks, or herself, too seriously.
- Exploring nutrition
- Musical motivation
- Body image
- Sexual health
By Remmi Smith
Easy Healthy Recipes Cookbook
A Chopped kid chef and entrepreneur is on a mission to bring healthy food options and easy-to-cook scrumptious recipes to a busy and heavily scheduled generation of teens.
Healthy cooking for kids: Remmi Smith is a 16-year-old chef, who hosts two cooking shows and serves as a national Student Ambassador for a leading food services company, has written a cookbook encouraging children to take up healthy cooking as a new pastime. She also has appeared on Chopped, The Harry Connick Show, and the Food Network.
Easy healthy recipes: Chef Remmi Smith's creation is not your typical children’s cookbook: It’s written “for kids by a kid,” explains the author, and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Remmi is the national Student Ambassador for Sodexo, a global leader in food services and facilities management which provides education solutions to nearly 500 school districts.
Healthy eating habits and teen health: Through the colorful, easy-to-read, 220-page book, Remmi sets out to inspire children to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. The book takes the reader on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, brain teasers, personal tips and a place to record notes about the recipe – making it a geography lesson, a cooking journal and a social studies class all in one.
Healthy cooking cookbook designed for kids: What’s most evident is Remmi’s passion for cooking and what’s most appealing is her genuine writing style and ability to relate to other children. In the section about Lebanon, Remmi includes a recipe for Rice Pilaf and comments: “This dish is heavenly. It has both rice and pasta in it – two of my favorites.” Remmi’s recipes include a lot of vegetables and she uses fruits to add natural sweetness while going light on spices to make the dishes more appealing to children.
Cooking healthy recipes and having fun too: “I want to inspire teens to get in the kitchen and have some fun, cook healthy and enjoy life and the love of food,” Remmi said. “You can explore the world through food. Writing this book was a really big adventure for me and I hope it will be an adventure for everyone else.”
You never know when it can happen, love might be right around the corner, down the block or across the aisle from you on your next flight. Stories of how people met are endlessly fascinating and also serve as reminders that we all need to be ready for anything, including meeting the love of your life when least expert it, or, are schlepping the garbage bins to the curb in your old flannel jammies.
Composer and beloved songwriter David Friedman has written many a love song but this is his first book on the world’s favorite subject. He embarked on collecting couple’s stories of “How they Met” stories a decade ago when recovering from a breakup as a kind of “heart healing” and therapeutic project. Plus, it can’t hurt to discover how people meet their true loves in real life, right?
What Friedman learned was utterly surprising- there was always an element of serendipity and planning had nothing to do with it. Along the way, what started out as a path to moving forward became a mission on matters of the heart.
David Friedman has gone all over North America in this study of true romance and talked to people from every walk of life – from devout church goers to same sex couples to celebrities. This inspiring read is wonderfully romantic and also offers much comfort that, even if you are looking for love in all the wrong places, love will find YOU. (When you least expect it!)
How They Met shares moving stories of how Lucie Arnaz met her famous mate, Lawrence Luckinbill and the unexpected story of Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford to name a few.
By Cyrus Webb
Drawing on his relationships with industry insiders and those in front of and behind the camera in the entertainment industry, author Cyrus Webb has compiled a compendium of encouragement. Power Your Life With the Positive is filled with stories of amazing life turnarounds from real people proves the importance of optimism in an often negative world. As one of the world’s most positive people, Cyrus Webb is perfectly suited to remind readers that it is possible to find the silver lining in every cloud through the advice and insights in this book.
Power Your Life With the Positive is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds, and create a movement of pass-it-on positivity and happiness. In these times of economic uncertainty, civic strife and political turmoil, it more important than ever to offer people hope and ideas on how to believe that the best is yet to come.
The notables featured in Webb’s book faced their own fears, believed enough in their goals and dreams to pursue them and reaped rewards by sticking to their guns and not allowing their own doubts and those of others to stop them, including: Supermodel Tess Holliday, E! News Correspondent Ken Baker and Grammy award-winning singer/actress Stephanie Mills, Paul T. Scheuring (creator of Fox’s Prison Break), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow/Roots/Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead/Birth of a Nation), Peter Engel (Executive Producer of Saved By the Bell), Antonique Smith (Notorious/Fox’s Shots Fired), Actor Darrin Dewitt Henson (Soul Food the TV show/author)/movie Stomp the Yard), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard/Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots), and more.
The true confessions of an eating disorders survivor
This confessional self-help guide explores the complex emotional truth of what it’s like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. Activist author Marissa LaRocca's revelatory tale includes her struggle with her secrets, including sexuality, and how she emerged as an outspoken advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues.
Anorexia and bulimia health crisis: Many young women and girls struggle with the body image issues that engender eating disorders with elaborate rituals around food, binging, purging, and hiding it all while trying to maintain a face of normalcy to the world. Anorexia and bulimia have become major national health crises with skyrocketing statistics indicating that between 3 and 5% of the population suffer anorexia nervosa alone. Sadly, many never attain the sense of being “normal” and deal with a lifetime of body image and self esteem issues.
Coming of age story of a woman battling for self esteem: This intimate account of courage and the search for truth and meaning will have you rooting for Marissa LaRocca as she unravels the emotional layers of her own battle with food, body image, and sexuality. Readers of this riveting memoir, Starving in Search of Me, will relate to the coming-of-age story of a young woman confronting some of life’s major issues while living, for a time, in two closets: one to hide her eating disorder and one to hide her sexuality and very identity. Echoes of Portia de Rossi’s Unbearable Lightness resound in LaRocca’s portrait of a life seemingly lived out in the open but, in truth, very much concealed. Through her inspiring triumphs and revelations, activist and author Marissa LaRocca invites readers to confront themselves. She asks, “What if, at the root of all ‘disorders’, is the refusal to acknowledge or permit certain feelings―feelings that, if witnessed, have the power to free their sufferers? To what extent are ‘disorders’ actually doorways to helping us understand the truth about our lives?”
Transformation of body image, sexuality and eating disorders to high self esteem and peace of mind: In addition to her personal story, LaRocca takes a close look at society’s role in the development of eating disorders and other mental health challenges, establishing that the prevalence of such “illnesses” represent a collective yearning for connection, acceptance, and emotional nourishment amongst generations that are starving for so many things. Starving in Search of Me resolves with hope and an abundance of insights, tools, and resources to support eating disorder sufferers and members of the LGBTQ community alike. It’s a head-on journey toward total self-acceptance that will nourish the spirit and inspire readers to embrace their differences and nurture their authentic selves.
What You'll Learn Inside This Book:
- Identify the root causes, symptoms, and triggers associated with an eating disorder
- Acknowledge the "life issues" that are being masked by "food issues" or another addiction
- Disempower compulsive behaviors like binging, purging, and obsessing about calories and exercise
- Heal your relationship with food through healing your relationship with yourself
- Escape the victim role, become empowered, and take responsibility for your own happiness
- Connect with your life’s purpose and authentic self, transforming your weaknesses into strengths
- Free your mind through tuning in to the body and witnessing emotions
- Improve your body image and self-esteem by aligning your lifestyle with your true values, desires, and what is realistic
- Effectively communicate your needs with confidence
- Establish guilt-free lifestyle boundaries to reduce anxiety and maximize vitality
- Enhance peace of mind by developing a reliable support system
- Eliminate the need to be perfect by practicing forgiveness and compassion toward yourself
Happiness is around every corner but everyone once in a while, we need a map or a pointers on how to find it. This book is just such a guide with 50 chapters filled with ideas and inspiration. Joy unites all people and words are often how we best express our joy. Think Happy to Be Happyis the perfect collection of power thoughts and insightful quotes and affirmation that express some of the best ways to "get happy."
The secret to being happy may well be a "gratitude adjustment." One thing the world's wisdom traditions all agree is that all states of "higher being" are not attained by stumbling around an unmarked road to "blisstown" but as result of doing inner work and self development. Bliss means connecting with your true self more deeply and arriving at a place of ease and awareness. ‘If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
By Fred Bollaci
The ultimate guide for people who want to dine out guilt-free!
Fred Bollaci, who lost 150 pounds (from 330), offers a diet plan takes the pressure off of dieters dining out. He teaches readers how to read a menu, ask important questions of the staff, and have food customized to their dietary needs. He provides insights into converting this into healthy eating at home.
As Fred teaches readers how to eat out and lose weight, he reveals the real secret: It’s not about preparing “clean” food at home, or going “whole” and excluding wheat, sugar, and dairy; nor is it about counting calories or grams: It’s about WHY one overeats in the first place. Fred reveals his story of growing up in an Italian family, and how his parents’ divorce led to his eating compulsions. He tried every fad diet, but Fred was searching for a lasting solution. With the help of his doctor, a nutritionist, a trainer, and a psychologist, Fred was able to devise a four-phase diet and exercise plan. Fred proves that if he can do it, anyone can. He has kept the weight off for six years, running four marathons―he looks great, feels great, and can enjoy great food and drink wherever he is.
Featuring recipes from America’s most noted restaurant chefs, as well as original recipes from Fred’s own kitchen, The Restaurant Diet is for the 19 million Americans who love to dine out on a regular basis―and the 38% who are overweight.
By MK Mueller
8 to Great, revised!
This groundbreaking and positively practical text offers a simple, yet powerful, 8-step process for taking charge of our lives and achieving our dreams. It revolves around author MK Mueller's unique formula for Positive Attitude.
Everyone says that positive attitude is everything for achieving greater happiness, health and success, yet no one, until now, has given the world a formula that is simple enough to remember and therefore use on a daily basis.
One of Mueller's gifts in this text is such a formula: FGH - Forgiveness of the past, Gratitude for the present and Hope for the future. The remaining five High-Ways address the most common stumbling blocks to using FGH:
High-Way 1: Get the Picture. It reminds us how to clearly see our dreams happening and "think it till we feel it."
High-Way 2: Risk. Once the picture is clear, we must "run to, not from" and face our fears in order to move forward.
High-Way 3: Full Responsibility. Rather than a burden, this is the key to freedom as we discover that we are the only problem we have and therefore, we are the solution.
High-Way 4: Feel All Your Feelings. For those suffering with depression or rage, this chapter unfolds amazing insights into how Mad and Sad balance each other.
High-Way 5:Honest Communication. When you're ready to stop getting defensive in arguments and be done with triangulation in the workplace, Mueller shows the way with down-to-earth examples of her clients' success stories.
The result of these High-Ways is a step-by-step process that helps young and old find greater happiness and success. The fact that Mueller has also created a widely- used curriculum for high schools based on her material is testimony to the fact that her methods are simple without being sugar-coated and powerful without being pompous.
8 to Great takes the reader from wherever they are in life and springboards them into a new level of well-being and joy. Whether for yourself or someone you love, it is an investment that is sure to bless and bliss your world.
When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, their positive actions can make a real difference. Making a Difference starts kids on the courtesy path by helping them understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking and acting kindly, being positive, respecting the feelings of others. Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations accompany Cheri's purposeful storytelling as she shows us once again how children can help to make the world a better place. Back pages Include discussion questions, scenarios, games and and role-play activities that help adults reinforce the book’s positive message.
How to combine environmentalism and spirituality to attain a state of eco-mindfulness
Do you find yourself wondering what on Earth you can do about the very serious environmental challenges we face on our planet today? Do you worry there’s nothing any one person can do that will make a difference? Most people say that they would like to do something to make the world a better place, but they just don’t believe they have the time; energy, money or power to do anything that will make a real difference. Are you willing to devote 20 minutes a week to find out? Environmental activist Cheryl Leutjen has the planet’s back and is betting you do, too. Her powerful book of inspired ideas and eco-mindfulness calls upon us all to Love Earth Now.
Love Earth Now invites us to explore our own thoughts, feelings and to check in with internal guidance about the daily waste and negative environment impacts we see on a daily basis. While most of us can’t stop the Arctic icepack from melting, we can decide to make better choices from less packaging on our purchases, walking more and driving less, planting organic veggies in the front yard instead of a water-wasting lawn and even to going as green as possible at work and at home. Does your office lack a recycling and composting program? Do the research and start one yourself! Each chapter concludes with a “Diving In” section, a simple and immediate exercise, much like a guided meditation, to prompt us toward out own sustainable solutions.
These eco-mindfulness moments provide the opportunity to reflect and discover that one thing we can do to make a difference today and for all our tomorrows. Author Cheryl Leutjen’s book of planetary self-help and eco-mindfulness is a deeply thoughtful and lucid look at the state of our “big blue marble,” our beautiful earth. It is also a sourcebook of direct actions, both large and small, we can all take to ensure our children and their children’s children have a healthy future on this planet. Drawing from her experiences as an engineering geologist, environmental law attorney, small shop owner, and mindfulness practitioner, Cheryl Leutjen also reminds us about the importance of simplicity. She points out how all these possessions and the constant shopping are no better for us than the planet itself, contributing to the landfill and creating a tech-tethered society that is increasingly isolated. Both helpful and hopeful,Love Earth Now is brimming with creative suggestions we can all try that will get us closer to a sustainable lifestyle, one day at a time.
What You’ll Learn Inside:
• Discover your own path to living more earth-conscientiously
• How to practice mindfulness exercises to help you discover your own eco-mindfulness
• Discover what you have the time, talents and resources to do to care for Earth
• Practice ways to process the news of extinctions, changing climate and environmental devastations in the world
• Discover how to demonstrate your commitment to a more verdant, healthy, peaceful planet without making yourself crazy
Get out of your own way guide
Strengths and weaknesses: We all have strengths and weaknesses. So, do you want to learn how to get out of your own way and build your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses? Do it now with Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now!
Dream big: Do you want to be known as a tremendous talent...or a lazy, unfocused slacker? Whether you’re a Millennial yearning to join corporate America, a Boomer ready for reinvention, a closeted LGBTQ+ testing the gender pool or even a nerd nauseated with perfection, the Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now! by Justin Loeber, is an in-your-face, funny, no-nonsense, socio-business, coming-of-ageless handbook for anyone who is yearning for true, inner-personal success.
You’ll learn 10 easy steps, such as Work on Your Work Ethic • Own the Power of Thoughtfulness • Find Perfection in Imperfection • Rule Your Planet…and more.
This shebang of a book is based on Loeber’s quirky personal life experiences that all started in the NYC 70s disco era: Justin worked as a waiter, a Wang Word Processing Operator, (remember Wang?), a substitute go-go dancer, was discovered by pop icon Gary Numan in London and was one step from stardom in his own right as a solo pop-recording artist―only to lose it all. Then, in a 180-degree turn―and without a college degree―went from a temp at Random House to an EVP at HarperCollins in a little more than a decade. In 2006 Loeber created mouth: digital + public relations, a boutique agency in NYC―repping over 550 clients to date.
Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life will give you the courage to:
• Shake down your fear, which is squelching your dream;
• Find the “it” that makes you “tick”;
• Take a Risk, which in the end, isn’t risky after all; and
• Put down the electronics, look up; and transfer from the passenger to the pilot of your life…NOW!
So, Get out of your own way! Dream big! Do it now!
One Kindness at a Time
Be kind: The world is changing at lightening speed, and meaningful connections are increasingly elusive. David Friedman, creator of the hit song "We Can Be Kind" offers a powerful reminder of how we need to treat each other, from children to family to coworkers as well as strangers, neighbors and those across the political aisle. Through story, meditation and suggestions of kindness, Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. Through the practice of kindness, we become most fully connected, alive, and integrated.
Practicing The Golden Rule: The past few years have shown us what it is like to live in a less caring world. David Friedman’s advocacy for treating each other better and applying the Golden Rule is an idea whose time has come. His deeply thoughtful handbook for the heart brings it all home with simple suggestions of how to be kinder and why it is more important than ever now.
Compassion and empathy: We Can Be Kind is a course in compassion from a beloved composer for Disney Films and Broadway, Daily Show regular, and Unity Church spiritual leader. The book provides:
- Lessons on the value of kindness
- Inspiring meditations
- Daily affirmations
- Essential truths
True stories about terrible bosses, hysterical clients, awful Yelp reviews, disappointing sales, and other painful, discouraging messes―and how to get through it.
No matter what type of career path you’ve chosen, sooner or later, you’re going to experience a moment when you feel defeated and discouraged.
It might be a project that totally flops. It might involve getting fired. Or not getting the job you wanted. It might be a nasty comment from a family member who thinks your career ambitions are completely unrealistic. Or a brutal 1-star review from a complete stranger on the Internet.
When that discouraging moment arrives… open this book.
Inside, you’ll find true stories about people who have experienced every type of professional criticism and disappointment that you can imagine―stories that will make you cringe, laugh, and maybe cry.
Turn to this book whenever you need comfort, encouragement, and practical advice on how to stay motivated and keep marching forward―even when things feel incredibly tough. This isn’t the end of your story. You’re going to survive.
Finding your new lifestyle
Healthy habits and finding your new lifestyle: When do we actually stop and notice that our lifestyles are causing us harm? Perhaps the trigger is a diagnosis of diabetes or high blood pressure; or perhaps our relationships are troubled – or non-existent. At some point, either events or other factors give us a firm message to stop and look at ourselves and to find a better way by developing healthy habits.
Spiritual wellness and mental wellness: But if we barely have time for the basics of daily living, how then do we pay attention to our physical, mental and spiritual wellness? In the rush of life, many make poor decisions, turning to alcohol or drugs. Many others experience anxiety or depression. When life continues unchecked we find ourselves in crisis: a physical, mental or spiritual breakdown. Spiritual wellness and mental wellness are critical to recovery.
Spiritual inspiration and designing healthy habits: The Incredible Power of Inspiration looks at the story of our lives first from the outside in, from our circumstances to our feelings, and then from the inside out, from our dreams into the world. This revolutionary holistic approach to body, mind and spirit helps readers deconstruct unhealthy habits and design healthier, more vibrant lives. Zetlan’s book is an enriching journey through one’s own life - our yesterday’s, today’s and into our tomorrows. As adventurers in our own lives, we will re-vision and re-cast our life’s story through finding our deepest inspiration, our most joyful feelings and language our dreams into life. Jenifer Zetlan teaches readers to simply step through life’s challenges and stay deeply centered and excited about their journeys. We can successfully live into our fullest potential; we can re-write the script and find a new lifestyle. With this powerful method, readers can inspire their own character, re-write their story and enable themselves to live into the lives they deserve.
At the dawn of religion, God was a Woman. The Divine Feminine is known by innumerable names and symbol-rich manifestations across the world's cultures. Throughout the ages the Goddess has been honored and worshiped as the Virgin Mary, Isis, Inanna, Asherah, Diana, Kuan Yin, Kali, Oshun, Athena, Pele, Sarasvati, Demeter, and White Buffalo Calf Woman, to mention just a few. Many conceptions of the Goddess are mysterious and seemingly paradoxical. Yet at its source the Divine Feminine is one. Goddess Power takes you on a fascinating and, at times, surprising journey into the enduring essence of the Divine Feminine.
Inside this book you will learn:
- How the Goddess path offers an empowering message and inspiration
- The importance of re-establishing a healthy balance and integration of both the masculine and the feminine archetypes
- That the notion of God as archetypal "Sky-Father" is fairly recent in Western culture
- Why the wisdom of the Goddess/Sacred Feminine has been ignored, distorted, and oppressed for centuries
- How archetypes, mythic narratives, and qualities of Goddesses are alive within you and how they reveal intimate truths about yourself and others
- How Goddesses can serve as empowering guides in your personal and professional life
- Why especially black Goddesses/dark-skinned Mothers (e.g., Kali or Black Madonna) are a powerful symbol and catalyst for change in our times, both individually and collectively
- And much, much more!
As recent scientific research shows, the simple act of praying can be emotionally, spiritually, and even physically healing. With Prayers for Hard Times, author Becca Anderson offers solace in bringing together the wisdom of great thinkers, spiritual leaders and writers who have faced difficulty and learned from it. Organized in daybook form, the book draws from sacred sources such as the Bible, the Torah, Buddhist and Native American texts, as well as the writings of Joan Didion, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, Rumi, Mark Nepo, Harriet Tubman, Dave Eggars, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Morrow Lindberg, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others. Together, these wise words create a tapestry of consolation and renewal for those times when it all seems “too much.” In a world that feels increasingly fragile and, at times, fractured, people need answers and prayers. Becca Anderson’s collection focuses on prayers for a wide range of life challenges, from the personal to the global. Prayers for Hard Times covers issues facing individuals such as loss of loved ones, illness, anxiety, divorce, depression and addiction, as well as those challenges communities face in natural disasters and violence. The writers in Anderson’s devotional address the world at large, as well, with words of hope and help for global poverty, hunger, war and the environmental. Prayers for Hard Times offer readers solace, comfort, and support, drawing from the wisdom of every era, every major faith and tradition, and the important voices of those who have lived through such experiences themselves.