My Dog, My Buddha

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#1 New Release in Animal Behavior & Communication ─ 100 Ways to Be a Better Dog Parent

What your dog wants you to know: Our furry friends reflect the love and affection we pour into them. But any pet parent who is struggling with puppy training or ongoing behavioral issues knows that it’s easy to get frustrated. My Dog, My Buddha offers one hundred life lessons that will help you build a better relationship with your pet and get the behavior you want.

We get what we project: Kimberly Artley, an expert in canine psychology will teach you how to truly understand dog behavior. She knows that our dogs look to us for cues, guidance, directives, and how to feel about each and every situation they enter into. Dog care is a dialogue. My Dog, My Buddha will show you how to manage that conversation with your pet from a calm and centered place.

Unlike other dog training books: My Dog, My Buddha is meant to educate, empower, and equip the human end of the leash. In this book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Bridge the disconnect between human and canine
  • Find personal growth through the years with your dog
  • Build a relationship on trust, love, and respect

If you liked Training the Best Dog EverFor the Love of a DogDog Training for Dummies, or Rescued, you’ll love the empathetic approach to pet care and dog training in My Dog, My Buddha.

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Unique Hustle

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#1 New Release in Classic Cars and Automotive Customizing ─ Learn From a Giant in the Business of Customizing Cars

A “Unique” car book: Will Castro, star of Velocity Channel’s Unique Rides and one of the most popular car customizers in America, has achieved the American Dream, finding great success doing something he loves. He has worked with marquee names in entertainment and Unique Hustle is packed with anecdotes of some of the biggest names in sports, music, film and television; including P. Diddy, LeBron James, Nicki Minaj, Carmelo Anthony, Jason DeRulo, IceT and DJ Khaled, just to name a few.

The hustle of customizing and restoring cars: Discover Will’s inspiring journey to success from growing up poor in the housing projects in New York’s Lower East Side to customizing the rides of the rich and famous. Unique Hustle tells his personal stories of trial and triumph. With only a high school education, audacity, and passion, he ground out a place for himself in the world and hustled his way to the top.

How to customize your car: Alongside Will’s story, Unique Hustle provides a “how to” from a professional to readers who love to learn about cars and customization techniques. Readers will learn:

  • Which cars are best suited for specific customizations
  • The do’s and don’ts of car exteriors including paint jobs, rims, and wraps
  • The do’s and don’ts of car interiors
  • How to add “unique” flair with stereo and video systems, cigar boxes and more

An inspiring true story of struggle, cars and the American Dream

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Anxious Art

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Decompress Your Stress

Anxious Art is for readers and doodlers seeking relief from anxiety and stress through meditative, creative processes.

What if we took our stress and used it to create art that brings us peace?

A 2016 study at Drexel university that examined the effects of creative activity on reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol discovered that “45 minutes of art making…resulted in statistically significant lowering of cortisol levels.” We all know cortisol is the stress hormone, so grab a pen or pencil and let the meditations and writing prompts in this mindfulness journal take you on a calming journey to a healthier, happier mind.

T.S. Eliot once said, “Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity,” but if he had this creative journal during times of worry, he surely would have said creativity was the handmaiden to peace. With this friendly, calming companion, you will find that you are much more present in the here and now.

A unique guided journal that will calm and inspire: When used as self-expression, creativity can allow us to take part in what psychologists call “sublimation,” or the transformation of negative or socially unacceptable impulses into socially acceptable or even beautiful creations. Anxious Art offers inventive prompts, art projects, and affirmations to inspire artistic activities that distract from feelings of distress and anxiety. As you experience this transformative guided journal, you will work with:

  • Lyrical affirmations that build self-confidence and reduce fear
  • Therapeutic writing exercises that root you in the present and spark joy
  • Doodling that calms your emotions
  • Guided breathing exercises that bring you into the present moment

Fans of Wreck This JournalTiny Buddha’s Worry Journal, or I Am Her Now, will love the calming benefits of Anxious Art.

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I Kissed a Ghost (and I Liked It)

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#1 New Release in Angels, Reincarnation, Astral Projection, and Ghosts & Hauntings ─ 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 Best Seller in Diseases & Physical Ailments — 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, Untamed or Risking the Rapids.

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Say It Now

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Creative Ways to Say I Love You Every Day

"You never know when someone around you needs a boost." ―Denise & Brendon Burchard, The Burchard Group/HPX Life

Winner 2021 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Relationships
#1 New Release in Family, Quotations, and Reference

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 romantic 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 the thirty-three ideas in this book 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:

  • Get inspired to say “I love you” to the important people in your life
  • Make someone’s day
  • Build a stronger bond with friends

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.

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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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Life Can Be Better

If you like Brave EnoughEat Pray Love or Brené Brown, you’ll love Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times.

Better For Your Spirit: 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.

Breathe Deeply Again: Author Allen Klein, the world’s only Jollytologist, knows how the right thought at the right time can change your day for the better. In Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times, he offers a lifetime of positive change. Go back to living one day at a time with this inspirational guide.

Meaningful Mantras for Meditation: Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with succinct ideas to help you rise above present-day frustrations, hurts and worries. Meditate on these positive thoughts to improve all aspects of your life in these difficult times. Some of the categories covered include:

  • Change
  • Choices
  • Fear
  • Hope
  • Love
  • Positivity
  • Never Give Up
  • Stay 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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Strength

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The Power of Feminine Strength

Discover your inner power. Sue Patton Thoele, licensed psychotherapist and author of The Woman's Book of Courage, is back again to cheer you on as you grow in tenacity, compassion, and courage. Her book Strength will become your ally in growing stronger and more empowered.

Meditate on words of encouragement and strength. This is a fresh and powerful book of daily meditations that encourages you to discover your inner power and manifest it in every area of your life. These pages contain over 125 meditations, stories, and musings on becoming stronger, happier, healthier, and more bodacious.

Take advantage of your personal strengths. This book provides spiritual and motivational encouragement for the big and small bumps on the road of life. In Strength, you will find encouragement for:

  • Making deeper connections and practicing self-compassion
  • Accepting what you cannot change so that you can focus on what you can
  • Finding your voice, growing in self-confidence, and thriving

Readers of meditation books and inspirational books for women like Journey to the HeartI've Been Thinking..., or Each Day a New Beginning will love Strength: Meditations for Wisdom, Balance & Power.

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Embracing Life After Loss

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#1 New Release in Grief & Loss ─ 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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#1 New Release in Feminist Theory ─ Change Your Future. Claim Your Potential. Own It All.

  • If you feel the potential buzzing in your veins, but you’re not living up to it...
  • If you support your friends’ dreams, and yours are withering…
  • If you worry that you can’t be a present mom AND have a thriving career…

You can change your future: You’ve just found the how-to-guide for women who are ready to ditch procrastination and paralyzing self-doubt, live in true self-confidence, claim heartfelt goals and dreams and make that ish happen! Yes, just ONE mindset shift can take you from “maybe one day...” wishful thinking, to a BOSS living her truth?

Change your mindset: How could a teen single mom, recovering from domestic violence and poverty, go on to create a multi-million-dollar, national barre and yoga studio chain? She made ONE mindset shift that created a massive snowball effect, propelling her to a dream life.

A future Best-Selling Book for Women: Own It All is an authentic self-help book: one-part manifesto + one-part workbook that cuts through the fluff and gives you a straightforward path to change your life. If you loved In The Company of WomenYou Are A Badass books, Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office, or Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk, you’re going to love Own It All.

Think #GIRLBOSS + motherhood + a badass in yoga pants: Own It All is authored by Andrea Isabelle Lucas, founder and CEO of Barre & Soul® (winner of the Best of Boston Award 2018), and a keynote speaker who’s shared the stage with Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King. Andrea is an inspirational modern-day feminist who wants you to be unapologetic in your goal-setting, blunt about owning your awesomeness, and be the radical creator of your joy.

* PLUS! Own It All includes interviews with powerhouse business leaders like Ash Ambirge, Esther Fairfax, Susan Hyatt, Alexia Vernon, Sara Mora, Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, Katherine North, Nick North, Katherine Clark, Phee Manuel, Linda Sivertsen, and Kimmie Smith.

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u&i

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#1 New Release in Writing and Erotica ─ 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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#1 New Release in Eating Disorders ─ 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

Cerridwen Greenleaf will help you get your heart’s true desire.” ―Z Budapest, author of Goddess in the Bedroom and Grandmother Moon

A perfect spell book for true romantics.

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 cook up exciting flirtation, enchanted courtships, and real lasting love.

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

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How to Ikigai

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Live Your Best Life

"The practice of ikigai leads to a longer and more joy-filled life'" ―Elise Marie Collins, author of Super Ager

#1 New Release in Eastern Philosophy and Customs & Traditions

Ancient, time-tested wisdom. Okinawa, Japan is a tiny, tiny island south of the Japanese mainland where people live their life’s purpose every day. How is it possible for so many to live each day in such meaningful ways? It is Ikigai. How to Ikigai describes the lifestyle choices that have led to an island full of fulfilled, long-living people.

Magical reality come to life. Examples of ikigai in action are often magical. Take David Michiels. David stuttered well into his adulthood. In clinical terms, his stutter was difficult to treat. When David started to work in a liquor store, his focus turned to one specific section of the sales floor, the scotch section. As he spent more of his days learning about scotch, he began to share his knowledge with customers. Eventually, David noticed that his stutter vanished when he talked  about scotch. His life began to change. Today, he is a renowned whiskey expert, traveling the world tasting and purchasing whiskey.

A humble look at happiness. How to Ikigai describes the concept of Ikigai with clarity and meaning. It brings together an exploration of joy not unlike that found in The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a look inward reminiscent of The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, and deep truths like those also explored by Singer in The Surrender Experiment

How to Ikigai explains a simple four-directions map for living a meaningful life:

  • Do what you love
  • Do what you’re good at
  • Do what the world needs
  • Do what you can be rewarded for

You liked Awakening Your Ikigai, My Little Ikigai Journal, or Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life? Then you’ll love How to Ikigai!

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Risking the Rapids

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#1 New Release in Alcoholism and Christian Self-Help ─ 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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