8 to Your IdealWeight

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Why do most diets fail? Because mental preparation is the most important first step and the majority of diets simply call for calorie restriction and food changes without the essential mind-body connection that ensures success. Author MK Mueller’s journey to her ideal weight was 40 years in the making with a trail of unsuccessful diets in her wake. Her tried and true methodology is based on an 8 step program that will help every reader get to their goals and, most importantly, stay there. With her encouragement and gentle guidance, readers can let go of the idea of living life as a number in terms of weight and reclaim their self-esteem and personal power.

MK Mueller’s program is not about losing weight but "releasing” pounds that no longer serve you and hold you back by dragging you down and making you feel bad about yourself and vulnerable to health risks. Adjust your attitude first, then adjust the way you eat; MK Mueller’s 8 steps will help anyone get to your goals and motivate you to keep going. The 8 to Your IdealWeight diet-free program outlined in MK Mueller’s breakthrough book will reshape your body, restore your energy and reboot your life by healing the root cause of overeating. Mueller’s hard-won wisdom will help you to get, real, get healthy and get empowered. 8 to Your IdealWeight offers readers nothing less than transformation and a powerful new mindset that will inform every aspect of your life with the positive.

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FIDEL CASTRO

He towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world. Few fired the hearts of the world’s restless youth as Castro did when he was young, and few seemed so irrelevant as Castro when he was old — the last Communist, railing on the empty, decrepit street corner that Cuba became under his rule. Fidel Castro: Life and Death of a Dictator follows key events that impacted the Caribbean island, its people, and the world during the tumultuous reign of this controversial dictator.

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Planking for Pizza

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Planking for Pizza started with an epiphany: Jessica Pack decided to “start where she was,” and share her true self as the first step in a journey to self-acceptance. To her great surprise, her Instagram selfie posts and blog made her a social media star with followers praising her revelatory approach to becoming whole by accepting every part of herself. She has inspired a throng of fans and readers to follow her example of self-love and self-expression and her writing, photos, and honest posts are an inspiration sensation. As result, Planking for Pizza went on to become series of life lessons every reader can identify with – avoiding the trap of perfectionism, how exercise is 10% physical and 90% mental, overcoming trepidation and embarrassment at the gym by embracing the fear and using it, along with reminders that eating a slice of pizza along the way won’t make you unhealthy. With Jess’s encouraging voice cheering you along (and convincing you to become your own cheerleader, too) you’ll discover what ignites your inner being, what creates mental strength and emotional balance as you reclaim self-worth and confidence.

Author Jessica Pack’s audience expands far beyond her fellow millennials; she is inspiring people from all walks of life, age groups, shapes and sizes. Planking for Pizza is an exploration on how to live life with meaning and mindfulness. What is so winning about Jessica Pack is her regular girl relatability; the book reads like she is your new best friend and, as she says, “If I can do it, you can do it!” She also goes deep with discussion of how to deal with wobbly self-esteem and offers tools to ditch negative self-talk and replace it with tools for empowerment. Author Jess share tips, influences, motivation, advice, and ruminations she developed on her fitness journey. Jess approaches serous topics with a sense of fun and the intention that what worked for her can help readers in their pursuit towards mental and physical health, happiness, and awareness.

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The Responsive Chord

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The essential guide to how media shape our lives. By the creator of the most talked about political ad in television history.

Tony Schwartz, the man the New York Times called the "king of sound," drew on his unrivaled wealth of experience in the communications industry, to give us The Responsive Chord, an engaging read and one of the seminal books on media. Through his decades of work, Schwartz came to understand that most advertisers, politicians, and educators—in fact, most all of us—use a model of communication long outmoded by the coming of electronic media. In The Responsive Chord, he shows us how this model has made us blind to many of the inner workings of modern communication. He explains how audio and visual material can be used to create “resonance” with an audience. His “resonance principle” explains that the meaning of an ad (or any other stimulus) is not present in the ad itself but rather in how the ad relates to the vast array knowledge and associations—both factual and emotional—already held in the mind of the viewer. Thus, audience members do not merely digest a message; they are an essential force in creating it.

The implications for anyone looking to impart a message or influence decisions are enormous.

And with so many people these days getting their information through social media and "fake news" sites, it is crucial that we understand the strong forces by which these outlets act upon us and, yes, manipulate our ideas and actions. The Responsive Chord reveals these forces in a captivating and eye-opening read.

 

“I read The Responsive Chord as a freshman in college and it affected everything I’ve ever made since. Its message is practical and deep. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

— Ira Glass, Creator & Host of NPR’s This American Life

“Tony Schwartz was a genius in his understanding of the communications revolution of the 20th century. My interview with him was one of my favorites and one of the most important of my own long career in broadcast journalism.”

— Bill Moyers, Journalist, Political Commentator and White House Press Secretary

“Tony Schwartz was not only an original theorist but a master persuader whose must-read book is brimming with indispensable insight about how humans construct meaning through media.”

— Prof. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center

“Here's the still-true story about how a media environment can shape our thoughts, our purchases and, yes, our votes. It's not just the content that influences us; if only it were that simple. No, it's the media themselves, the political economy driving them, and the atomizing impact of their targeted messaging. Maybe reading this book will prepare us to think more critically about the way social media is used on, and against us today.”

— Douglas Rushkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“The Responsive Chord had a profound impact on me when I first read it as a teenager, and it sparked a lifelong interest in the impact of media and technology in education. Re-reading it today, Tony Schwartz's observations about education in a media-saturated environment are deeply prescient and more relevant than ever.”

— Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer, Pearson Education

"I keep talking to Tony, learning from Tony, practically every day. Radio and audio are Tony’s World. We just live in it.”

 Christopher Lydon, Radio Host of The Connection and Open Source, former New York Times Journalist

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Zero Down Your Debt

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Getting into debt is a piece of cake, but getting out? That’s the hard part. Fortunately, award-winning authors Holly Porter Johnson and Greg Johnson offer actionable tips and advice on doing exactly that with their new book, Zero Down Your Debt. With just a pen and a piece of paper in your arsenal, you’ll learn how to implement a zero-sum budget and become debt-free – once and for all. All you need is the know-how, some willpower, and a positive attitude to transform your financial situation. Let Holly and Greg Johnson show you how.

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Every Day Thankful

Prayers and blessings for each day of the year on the topic of gratitude and giving thanks. This lovely book can be used as book of graces to share over the evening meal, as a hostess gift or for daily reflection. In today's frenetic world, the common experience of sharing the evening meal can restore a sense of community and humanity to society. More important, the blessing of the meal fosters in us a sense of gratitude for the gifts we have been given. This collection of 365 blessings-ranging from the words of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Abraham Lincoln to Maya Angelou and Oprah will bring joy to the shared experience of breaking bread. Becca Anderson’s curated collection of the world’s wisdom traditions celebrates the connections between grace and gratitude.

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Moon Spell Magic

This book is intended to be a practical and inspirational handbook to making magic - from spells for each day of the week, rituals for romance, seasonal sacred energy altars, to secrets for money magic and everything in between. Moon Spells Magic will contain an abundance of folk wisdom as well as many modern pagan practices that will help readers learn the necessary lore and background information for creating the life of their dreams. Rituals and incantations can lead to great personal growth. Witches are the among the most devoted spiritual seekers and this book can be an important tool for just this with the deep grounding in magical correspondences, astrological associations, as well as the myths behind the magic. Whether you are looking to conjure up a supernatural Saturday for your coven or rid your home of negative energy and blocks to happiness, this numinous guide can help readers turn their homes into personal pagan power centers and have fun in the process. The moon has enormous power and celestial energy; by harnessing that, you can improve your life every day with the spells in this book. What You’ll Learn Inside This Book: • Features over 100 recipes for spells ranging from the everyday to special occasions and high holidays • Something for every reader, from beginner level to advance students of the craft • Contains many ritual resources with lunar lore, astronomical and color correspondences, plant associations, god and goddess invocations, elemental aspects for creating personal spells • New takes on the basics such as spells for love, money and luck as well as many pagan practices for a modern lifestyle • A fun read that is grounded in scholarship for a fresh approach to spellwork as well as invocations and rituals for wealth, health and happiness. • A “personal super moon” section detailing your luckiest days of the year and the best time for magical working, romance, prosperity and when you can access you “Lunar Super Powers”

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Prayers for Hard Times

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.

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The Magic of Crystals and Gems

Did you know that wearing an amulet of green jade on an interview will help get the job? Have you heard that an amethyst ring can help break bad habits and even encourage sobriety? Anyone looking for love can place two pink quartz crystals in the bedroom; you’ll not be alone for long! These are just a few of the hundreds of secrets shared here in this definitive guide to the enchanted world of crystals. Semi-precious stones and gems have long been known for their magic as well as their beauty. In this book of charms, readers learn everything there is to know about the powers of crystals from birthstone magic to gem divination to jewelry spells. This is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening book that will appeal to everyone who's ever worn a birthstone, kissed the ring of a lover for luck, or bought a crystal for good energy. The Magic of Crystals and Gems is a treasure chest filled with the ancient wisdom of crystals. It is also a handy-how-to is filled with little-known lore along with the myth, meanings and specific magical qualities of hundreds of crystals, both common and very rare including many meteorites. Author Cerridwen Greenleaf shares secrets to how and why crystal balls work, scrying with obsidian, crystal astrology, divination, healing, psychism and connections between the stars in the sky and gems of the earth. This one-of-a-kind work on the power of crystals will help readers understand which ones are right for them and how to unlock the mystery of sacred stones. It belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the magical gifts of Mother Nature.

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