I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It)

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Wisdom for the Living with Insights from the Dead

Guidance from the other side: Life on Earth can be crazy hard. Each lifetime gives us new opportunities to learn and grow spiritually, but it’s not easy to know which way to go. Renowned medium Concetta Bertoldi knows your loved ones are there to send a hello from heaven and guide you from the other side. In I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It), the New York Times bestselling author shares lessons that she and her clients have learned through contact with the “dead folks” who have our backs.

The loved ones you’ve lost are always in reach: Many people visit a medium to be reassured that their loved ones are nearby. Your grief is only as deep as your love, and those who have died are in the AIR you breathe—they are always in reach. With her trademark warmth and humor, Concetta shows you how to see evidence of ghosts and spirits in this world, and how to accept their help.

Understand your soul’s divine purpose: If each of us is living our own reality show, our loved ones are the producers, guiding us through the drama and good grief. The inner voice steering you to truth may just be a ghost.

In I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It), you’ll learn how to:

  • Protect yourself from stuck energy
  • Forgive yourself for mistakes and regrets
  • Embrace your authentic self in this life

Readers who know that heaven is for real and liked Between Two WorldsBridging Two RealmsProof of Heaven, and Good Grief will love I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It): A Jersey Girl’s Reality Show…with Dead People.

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Fierce Joy

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! — Reclaim Your Life and Choose Joy Over Fear

Learn to find joy in every day: Susie Rinehart seemed to have it all—two beautiful kids and a loving husband, a job where she was respected as a leader, and medals as an ultramarathon champion. Then she found out that a tumor on her brainstem threatened to take away her voice…and her life. With so much at stake, Susie had to rethink how she wanted to live. Fierce Joy is the incredible story of one woman who learned to shed perfection and find joy in every day.

Brave is better than perfect: So many of us grew up believing that achievements would lead to love and acceptance. Just ace that test, win that race, get that job, and happiness will follow. But it’s hard to arrive at happiness when we’re motivated by fear. When she faced losing everything, Susie learned to choose joy over fear, and brave over perfect.

Find strength in your voice: This incredible story is about healing, rediscovering yourself, and becoming a warrior in a new way. For anyone who has lost their voice in the never-ending struggle to please others, Susie offers hope. In each section of the book she offers a series of takeaways—lessons she learned when life forced her to slow down and step back.

Readers of Fierce Joy will:

  • Learn how to overcome fear and choose joy
  • Stop trying to be perfect and choose to be brave
  • Learn to slow down and enjoy life
  • Become a warrior for healing and happiness

Fierce Joy is a memoir perfect for readers who loved The Unwinding of the MiracleLove Warrior, and Risking the Rapids.

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Say It Now

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#1 Amazon New Release! — Creative Ways to Show Your Love Every Day

Inspiration when the words are hard: Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right way to say “I love you” to the people you appreciate the most in life. The emotions are there, but the words don’t come. Say It Now shows you how to put your feelings into words—and actions, too. From activities that take just a minute, to love letters, joy jars, tribute videos, surprise parties, and more, this book helps you celebrate the most important people in your life.

Appreciate the time you have together: We never know how much time we have left with our loved ones. If there’s someone you care about deeply—a parent, grandparent, child, friend, colleague, teacher, or neighbor—don’t wait to express how you feel. Say It Now offers inspiring stories and ways to write those first love notes and share couples gifts that you’ll treasure for years.

Ideas for every love language: Whether it’s words of affection, thoughtful actions, handmade love gifts, or just your time and attention, Say It Now has ways for you to express your love in your own way. Start with these thirty-three ideas and make them your own. If you are a daughter looking for the right way to say “what I love about Dad,” or a husband looking for creative anniversary gifts, Say It Now has the inspiration you need.

Say It Now: 33 Ways to Say I LOVE YOU to the Most Important People In Your Life is an activity book to spark creativity, perfect for anyone who enjoys books like What I Love About You: Fill In the Love JournalThe Big Activity Book for Couples, or I Love You: The Activity Book Meant To Be Shared.

  • Get inspired to say “I love you” to the important people in your life
  • Make a big impact in someone’s day
  • Save money with gift ideas that don’t cost much to create
  • Build a stronger bond with friends
  • Make someone’s day
  • Feel positive, optimistic, and connected
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Want

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Rediscover Love and Desire after Sexual Assault

Readers of The Body Keeps the ScoreThe Deepest Well and Trauma Stewardship should read Want: Recovering Desire after Sexual Assault.

Have the courage to heal. We know, increasingly, how common and devastating sexual violence is for women, but we don’t always talk about how survivors can recover from the trauma and return to desire, sexuality, trust, and pleasure. Want is the story of how Julie Peters did just that—and how you can, too.

Move past the fog of trauma.  In the years after the assault, Julie was in what she calls the fog of trauma: the colorless, tasteless experience of barely getting through the day. No one—not counsellors, support groups, or other survivors—could give her any advice about how to find the desire that could bring her back to joy, intimacy, and connection. She had to make it up on her own. In Want, Julie tells the story of getting from the devastation of trauma to living a full life in eight sometimes challenging, often bumbling, and occasionally delightful steps.

Experience hope, healing and recovery. We have plenty of stories about the helplessness, frustration, and vengeful feelings that can follow trauma. Culturally, we have started a conversation about these experiences, and we’re all confused about what this all means for our relationships with each other. We need stories of hope, healing, and recovery. Survivors of assault, if you've been thinking to yourself, "I thought it was just me," Julie is here to show you that you are not alone. Your loved ones may not know how to support you, but they can learn more about your experiences and how to walk alongside you through this book, just as you can learn how to recover from the trauma you've experienced. Want offers a window into one person’s experience of recovery—plus the happy ending we all need to know is possible after trauma.

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Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times

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Rarely before in history has the United States and the world at large been so divided. With each new Tweet, falsehood, or upsetting news headline, the things we once took for granted, and believed in, have become upended and, in the process, have crushed our spirit. The inspired ideas and power thoughts in Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with hope, a renewed spirit and a new perspective at viewing our worrisome times.

Author Allen Klein, the world’s only Jollytologist, knows how the right thought at the right time can change your day for the better and, in this book, offers a lifetime of positive change. 
Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times provides you with succinct ideas to help  rise above present-day frustrations, hurts and worries.  Some of the categories covered are: Change, Choices, Fear, Hope, Love, Never Give Up, Positivity, and Staying Strong.

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The Changemaker Mindset

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Personality is the Key to Professional Success

Personal relationships are key to success: In a time when workplaces are becoming more digital and more automated every day, our mindsets and our personal relationships will determine whether we succeed in tomorrow’s markets. We all have one shot to make a lasting impact. Innovators with the changemaker mindset know how to see that opportunity when it comes and make it matter.

The human success factor: In the coming years, the human success factor will determine who is among the winners and who is among the losers. All business adventures start with a focus on the self. When you know who you are and develop a deep sense of confidence in yourself, you’ll have the flexibility to roll with the punches.

Change comes from within: Whether your goal is to lead a self-determined life, position your company for the future, or be a successful part of a team, external change starts with internal transformation.

With The Changemaker Mindset, you’ll master the three Ps of personal development:

  • Purpose. Reconsider what motivates you and find your non-negotiable core principles.
  • People. Build a strong inner circle of peers, because nobody wins alone.
  • Persistence. Develop the confidence to take action, navigate setbacks, and implement change.

Readers who liked The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Leading Change by John Kotter, and The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen will love this new approach to effective business management from personal development.

 

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Your Life is Your Prayer

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Inspirational and Spiritual Prayer Guide

If you liked Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott or Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado, you’ll love Your Life is Your Prayer.

Prayer can point your life in the right direction—or the wrong one: Whatever you’ve got going on in your life is what you’ve been praying for—sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. Your Life is Your Prayer by BJ Gallagher and Sam Beasley will show you how to do just that.

Everything you do is prayer: You may not realize it—many people don’t—but the decisions you make throughout the day, the attitudes you adopt, the conversations you have, the way you respond to other people, and the thoughts you think are all prayers. The food you choose to eat is a prayer, the way you spend your money is a prayer—even the way you drive is a prayer! We are constantly communing with the Divine, even in our most mundane activities. And our prayers are always answered in the affirmative: “Yes.”

The Universe will give you what you're praying for: Whatever you’re thinking about (and therefore praying about) will manifest in your life. If you are worrying, "I don’t have enough money," the Universe will say ‘Yes, you don’t have enough money.’ If you’re constantly lamenting, "I don’t have a man in my life," the Universe will respond, ‘Yes, you don’t have a man.’ If you frequently complain, "I’m fat," the Universe will answer, ‘Yes, you’re fat.’ Your thoughts and words are prayers, and the Universe always gives you what you’re praying for.

Your Life is Your Prayer will show you how to change your life by changing your prayer:

  • Learn how to stop complaining
  • Discover how to focus on what you do want, not what you don’t want
  • Learn how to make your prayers positive and affirming—to get more of what you want in your life
  • Discover how, by constantly choosing new thoughts and new conversations, you will literally create a new life for yourself
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Zen Llamas (And Alpacas)

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Inspirational Llamas and Alpacas

Readers of Start with WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Llamas (and Alpacas)

Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly llamas for encouragement from Buddhist teachers like Thich Nhat Hahn and the Buddha himself in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas). Don’t let the adorable alpacas fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily. Learn from the lovely llama to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas).

Let your inner Zen Llama guide you to enlightenment.

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Embracing Life After Loss

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Learn to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying

Readers of When Breath Becomes AirPresent Over Perfect and Feeling Good will be inspired and encouraged by Embracing Life after Loss.

Work through the depression of grief and loss with resilience: Losing a loved one is never easy. Allen Klein knows how it feels—just like you, he's lost many loved ones in his life. Inspired by Klein's experience with the loss of his wife, Embracing Life after Loss will help you to recover from grief and loss—just like Klein did.

Learn how to laugh again: You never forget the people you lose. But you can grow stronger, wiser, and more appreciative of life as you move forward. And, believe it or not, you can even laugh again. Embracing Life after Loss will show you how to smile through the difficult times—how to take a break from the pain of your loss and find joy in life again.

Rediscover joy with the world’s only Jollytologist®: Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, Allen Klein is the perfect person to teach you how to find joy and happiness. Discover why Comedian Jerry Lewis has said that Allen Klein is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.”

Embracing Life after Loss is a steadfast compass that offers hope and resilience to anyone trying to navigate through dark times. Allen Klein illustrates five practical steps for recovering from depression caused by grief and loss:

  • Losing
  • Learning
  • Letting Go
  • Living
  • Laughing

Laughter and humor are some of God’s gifts to overcome your trials and tribulations. Learn to laugh again with Embracing Life after Loss.

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Own It All

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Own It All is intended for… - A woman who currently feels stressed out, depleted, overwhelmed, and unsatisfied—like she’s the underpaid intern of her life rather than the CEO. - A woman who wants to change one—or several—areas of her life, and who wants powerful stories, motivation, and guidance from someone who’s been there and done it. - A woman who wants to build a world with equal pay, equal opportunities, equal rights, and more women in positions of leadership. She’s definitely a feminist, even if she doesn’t necessarily use that word to describe herself. - A woman who’s interested in yoga, barre, pilates, and other types of fitness—although she probably doesn’t make it to class as often as she’d like. - A woman who’s inspired by powerful women like Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, Misty Copeland, and Beyoncé. She loves their confidence and the purposeful way they lead their lives. She doesn’t necessarily want to be a “politician” or a “famous artist,” but she wants to build her own kind of legacy. - Her desk is stacked with copies of O: The Oprah Magazine and books like You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. She loves reading true stories about overcoming adversity. - She’s busy with work, kids, and many other responsibilities, and doesn’t have time for long-winded stories and airy-fairy guidance. She gravitates towards blunt, honest, straightforward writers who get right to the point. - She’s tired of postponing goals, dreams, and changes until “someday later,” and she’s tired of feeling pulled in too many directions. She wants to get clear on her goals, prioritize like a mofo, and make things happen.
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u&i

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ A Poetry Book of True Love

If you liked Her by Pierre Alex Jeanty and TreManda Pewett, 2Fish by Jhené Aiko, and Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, you'll love Michael Hall's u & i

Playful Illustrations: u & i is a series of frank, funny and surprising typographic illustrations paired with brief text tells the story of attraction, marriage, family, frustration, antagonism, and ultimately, the deep appreciation for a lifelong partner.

A Picture of Real Love: The story begins with physical attraction that blossoms into a full-blown love affair. i imagines a marriage with u that includes world travel, children, and the joy of watching the children grow. But things don’t go as planned. The marriage faces financial problems, overwhelming responsibilities, and bitter arguments. Eventually, the couple overcomes their troubles and finds themselves in a much richer relationship than they had known before.

A Great Gift For Her or Him: u & i offers a comforting perspective on marriage. As a gift to your spouse on your anniversary or to newlyweds on their wedding day, u & i is a reassuring glimpse of the enduring spark of love.

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Living FULL

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Winning My Battle With Eating Disorders

Finding My FULL: This is my journey from starving to letting myself be FULL–physically & emotionally. What is living a FULL life? Having anorexia, bulimia, or vacillating between the two, you are trying to achieve an empty feeling through starvation or purging. Living a FULL life is a life where you aren’t starving anymore―starving for acceptance and love from others and yourself. It’s a life where you are feeding your mind and soul with good thoughts and foods. A life without your eating disorder.

Victim of the eating disorder monster: Imagine waking in a hospital bed to find your frail, pale arm punctured by an IV transferring fluids and nutrients into your weak, stiff body. What happened? You’re an adult, age twenty-six, and you just had a seizure precipitated by your chronic, secretive, decades-long struggle with unacknowledged eating disorders. You have no friends and no normal young-adult experiences. Living FULL is written by Danielle Sherman-Lazar, a woman who passed through the eating disorder crucible to recovery, sharing the most intimate and shameful details of her mental illness. Living FULL is Danielle's story.

Hidden out of shame: Eating disorders in young adults are hardly talked about, but are pervasive. Eating disorders are kept hidden out of shame. A groundbreaking 2012 study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that about 13 percent of women over age 50 exhibit eating disorder symptoms.

Journey to recovery: Living FULL chronicles the author's step-by-step descent into the full-blown eating disorder nightmare and her path to recovery. Recovery comes from the Maudsley Approach, a regimen of supervised controlled eating or refeeding by out-patient helpers that eventually can result in recovery.

Benefits of reading Living FULL:

  • See how to confront your eating disorder demon
  • Learn from someone who won her eating disorder battle
  • Discover a new and beautiful life

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Moon Spell Magic For Love

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A spell book for love and romance

Enthusiasts of Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft  by Raymond Buckland, 1001 Spells by Cassandra Eason, and The Modern Guide to Witchcraft by Skye Alexander will love Moon Spell Magic for Love.

A Wicca spell book of love magic: Witchcraft is based on the knowledge that our destinies lie in our own hands, even in matters of the heart. Why suffer love gone wrong when you can do something about it? Why doubt your own power to attract love when a little herbal chemistry (to go along with the other kind!) can make you irresistible.

Moon spells for romance: Magic influences desired outcomes, empowers, and fosters growth. Begin this process with spells for love: spells that create the potential for love, draw the attention and devotion of a lover, strengthen the union between an existing couple, invoke sexual magic, heal a broken heart, and fill your own heart with love and compassion for yourself.

Inside this book are:

  • Secret recipes for aphrodisiacs
  • Ritual celebrations for the high holidays of love
  • Insight into the mysterious realm of the moon and the stars.
  • Directions for using moon phases, crystals, potions, flowers, herbs, and astrological signs for maximum power and accuracy

A great addition to your Wicca supplies: The moon magic in this book brings light and love into peoples’ lives. With desire, a loving attitude, a few natural ingredients, and a dash of magic, these custom-crafted recipes will cook up exciting flirtation, enchanted courtships, and real lasting love.

A perfect spell book for true romantics.

 

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How to Ikigai

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Why isn’t every day meaningful for every person? Is it even possible to live each day in meaningful ways? Sure it is. Let me tell you about a tiny, tiny, tiny little island south of Japan where people live their life’s purpose every day. They are happy. They are fulfilled. They are some of the oldest living people in the world. Their secret is ikigai. Ikigai is a concept that comes from Okinawa, Japan. Ikigai is a simple but abstract map for living a meaningful life. It has four directions: 1. Do what you love 2. Do what you’re good at 3. Do what the world needs 4. Do what you can be rewarded for Although these directions seem simple they are deceivingly difficult to do. This book will transform ikigai from its abstract form into a simple practice that is within reach for anyone. The key is to start with part-time ikigai. Examples of ikigai in action are often magical. As a young boy and into his adulthood David Michaels stuttered severely. In clinical terms his stutter was considered the most difficult to treat. But David started to work in a liquor store. Before long his focus turned to one specific section of the sales floor; the scotch section. He learned that each scotch whiskey ever made has unique tasting notes that make it special. David became obsessed with scotch. As he spent more of his days learning about scotch he began to share his knowledge with customers. Like singer Mel Tillis' stutter disappeared when he sang, David noticed that his stutter vanished when he talked to anyone about scotch. David credits his triumph over his stutter to his passion for scotch whiskey. Today he is a renowned whiskey expert and travels the world tasting and purchasing whiskey on behalf of his employer. He feels his life is meaningful because of ikigai. In the 1990's Kevin Kent worked as a sous chef at the famed St. John restaurant under celebrated chef Fergus Henderson. One day in the kitchen Kevin saw another worker using a Japanese carbon steel knife. It was the most beautiful tool / piece of art he had ever seen. Of course he wanted one. But Japanese knives are handmade and expensive. Kevin decided to save up to purchase one for himself. He was hooked by the romance of forged steel honed razor sharp into a blade that made his job a delight. Kevin moved back to Calgary. His passion for Japanese knives followed him. He continued his trade in the kitchen but he brought a few knives back from London to sell to other chefs. Kevin's flare for knife sales was immediate. So he went to work to open a shop that specialized in Japanese knives. He made friendships and connections with important knife makers in Japan. He opened his first store called Knifewear. His ikigai is the usefulness and art of sharpness. Today Kevin owns four Knifewear stores. He is considered the leading expert and supplier of Japanese knives in Canada. Mandy Stobo has a knack for connecting to people through her art. When she was a young single mother she struggled to understand how her art could matter during the social media explosion. She started to grab profile photos of remarkable people online and paint “bad portraits” of them. She’d snap a photo and send them a copy of her painting with the heading “Bad Portrait time!” The recipients started to use their bad portraits as their profile photos. Her popularity and connection to people grew. Today, Mandy will happily paint a bad portrait of anyone who asks. She has a special double ikigai: “To create” and “To delight”
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Risking the Rapids

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Memoir and Portrait of a Family at Its Worst and Best

Some memoirs shock. Some entertain. Some take us places we’re afraid to go. A rare few move us. Once in a blue moon, a book does it all. This is Risking the Rapids.

Dysfunctional family. Risking the Rapids opens with the shocking death of O’Garden’s older brother, which prompts her and other relatives to seek closure on a journey through the remotest spot in Montana. Described genially as a river “float”, a harrowing journey unfolds. This wilderness trip is contrasted with O’Garden’s account of growing up with her six siblings in a clashing Catholic family.

Alcoholic father, mean mother, Catholic guilt. WCCO-TV personality Don O’Brien was well-known in the Twin Cities and in Minnesota. Whether forecasting weather and trading wisecracks with the anchor on the nightly news, pitching for sponsors, or hosting a Saturday night movie, he was a man people trusted. In private, Don O’Brien’s family life was a far cry from what his fans saw on TV. Little by little we see the corrosion: nightly martinis shared with his wife Betty, an undemonstrative and icy-hearted mother. The neglect. The poisoning of self-esteem. The rigidity demanded by the Catholic church. Competition. Cruelty. All packed into ordinary days and nights as a sensitive girl comes of age.

Anxiety and danger. The children vary in their response to the profound anxiety sown in the offspring of alcoholics. One brother bites his fingers to gangrene. One relentlessly bullies the author, who begins overeating compulsively. One severs all ties with the family. Danger mounts as well on the Montana raft trip, when unusual river conditions swell and speed the waters. Both stories build with escalating intensity to excruciating climaxes.

If you read and liked books such as The Liars’ ClubThe Wounded HeartComing CleanChange Me into Zeus's Daughter, or Remember Me As Loving You, you will want to read Risking the Rapids.

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The Woman's Book of Prayer

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Increase Your Happiness Through Faith and Spirituality

Prayer takes many forms: Sitting in silence, walking mediation, using prayer beads or folding your hands every night and talking to God are all forms of prayer. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. We are constantly communing with the Divine throughout our daily lives—even in the most ordinary activities. The Woman’s Book of Prayer will show you all the ways you can pray, so that you can find the methods that work for you.

Draw inspiration from a variety of sources: Comprised of both mindfulness meditations, prayer practices and selections of sacred texts, poems and blessings, The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, author of Prayers for Hard Times and Every Day Thankful, gathers words of encouragement, comfort and sustenance for women. From Peace Pilgrim to Psalms to Dolly Parton, this collection of power thoughts and purposeful prayers will help you get inspired, and more importantly, stay inspired.

Change your life by changing your prayer: Author Becca Anderson credits her recovery from a serious illness to the power of daily prayer. But she had to change the way she prayed and set off on an exploration of the myriad methods people use and uncovering the world’s best prayers. The Woman’s Book of Prayer shows how to change your life by changing your prayer. By carefully and consciously choosing affirming thoughts and deliberately looking for blessings at every opportunity, you will literally create a new life for yourself.

The Woman’s Book of Prayer will help you:

  • discover how to focus on what you DO want, not what you don’t want
  • learn how to make your prayers positive and affirming
  • find out how to get more of what you want in your life
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Wishwork

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Make Your Greatest Wish Come True

Readers of The Miracle MorningThe Untethered Soul and The Universe Has Your Back will love Wishwork.

What is your greatest wish? Do you want a new job? An influx of new clients? Zero credit card debt? A strong, healthy body? A passionate, exciting marriage? More free-time to relax in your backyard with a glass of Rosé? You don't need a miracle to make your wish a reality. With Wishwork, you will visualize your #1 wish, write it down, focus on it, and take action for 21 days in a row to make your wish come true.

Work for your wish: Alexa Fischer (TV and film actor, entrepreneur, and founder of Wishbeads, a fast-growing jewelry company) is your guide on this 21-day journey. You’ll complete simple daily action steps and record your experiences, feeling your positivity and optimism grow with each passing day. Wishwork gently reminds readers that wishes don’t just magically come true without any effort whatsoever—you’ve got to put in some work!

Wishwork will motivate you to get off the couch, turn off Netflix, get moving, cultivate a positive mindset, and make your #1 wish come true—while keeping the process fun and uplifting, not daunting. Life's too short to wait on the universe to grant your wishes. Alexa will walk you through three simple but lifechanging steps to grant them yourself:

  • Make a wish
  • Do the work
  • Watch it come true
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Twin to Twin

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Twin-to-Twin is one twenty-nine-year-old mother’s harrowing and heartwarming adventure through a high-risk twin pregnancy. But this isn’t only a book about pregnancy. It’s also an inspirational story to which all women can relate, especially when moving forward through any type of adversity. Here’s what happened… One minute Crystal was sitting at a candlelight dinner in Paris with her husband. The next she was back home in Houston, sitting in her Ob-Gyn’s office concerned that she was having a second miscarriage. That wasn’t the news he delivered. Instead, she found out she was pregnant with twins! Since Crystal and her husband Ed already had a two-year-old daughter, Abigail, she couldn’t imagine why mothering twins would be all that different. But, after a family vacation at the beach, she finds out that her twins have a life threatening condition called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. That means that Baby B is transfusing blood (disproportionately) to Baby A. Houston, we have a problem! Her OB says that Crystal is too high risk to let out of his sight, so he sends her to the 5th floor of the Houston Medical Center for the duration of her pregnancy. Sitting alone in her hospital bed, Crystal wonders how she is going to pass the next few weeks, away from her husband and precious daughter. She soon finds out as she embarks on an emotional rollercoaster—from late night emergency ultrasounds to hospital baby blessings, sprinkled with comic relief from nurses and hospital staff. Twin-to-Twin is a raw and inspirational story filled with tenderness, vulnerability and humor. It chronicles the wildest, most terrifying and challenging year of Crystal’s life, which is also the most beautiful and eye opening. Her hope is that it will bring strength to other women dealing with their own personal trials and tragedies, so they can also triumph.
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