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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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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This Is Not the Life I Ordered

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Become Your Own Life Coach

An inspirational book of self-care. For over a decade, four women came together for weekly “kitchen table coaching” sessions that they designed to enable them to support each other through life’s ups and downs. The power and strength of their collective friendship has enabled them to not only survive but to thrive, and the remarkable results can be found in this collection of lessons, stories, and wisdom. With this book, you can learn how to turn any unfortunate event into a joy-filled opportunity.

Overcome adversity, embrace change, and discover your power—together. In addition to stories and advice, This Is Not the Life I Ordered will teach you how to put together your own gathering of kitchen-table friends. At the end of each section, you will find tools that you can work with as a group to help each other grow, learn, and thrive. Don't get stuck telling your friends that "everything happens for a reason" over and over again—learn how to encourage them effectively and love them well.

Show yourself and others compassion, kindness, and forgiveness. Part autobiography, part self-help book, and all useful and actionable content, the authors and friends pulled from their experiences supporting one another to help you do the same. If you are struggling with work, family, love, or just life in general, This Is Not the Life I Ordered is for you. In this book, you'll find advice and stories that will help you grow to be better than before. Topics include:

  • Managing misfortune
  • Finding courage
  • Understanding money
  • Reinventing yourself
  • Learning to love your mistakes
  • Facing naysayers
  • And much more!

Readers of motivational books and personal growth books like Tell Me MoreOn Being Human, and Carry On, Warrior will be inspired by This Is Not the Life I Ordered.

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Innovating Innovation

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#1 New Release in Industrial Management & Leadership ─ Breakthrough Innovation Tools for Successful Leadership

Innovation needs innovation: Innovation is broken. Business leadership is struggling to find ways to crack through corporate politics or bureaucratic silos, to move from defense to offense, to nurture real breakthrough, to drive visionary creativity in ways that add new value to everything they do. In Innovating Innovation, David Morey, one of America’s leading strategic consultants, teaches, coaches, and guides you across eleven concrete and pragmatic steps that unlock and drive day-to-day innovation in your business and help you gain a long-term competitive advantage.

Make change and innovation happen: Innovating Innovation synergizes what is best in classic innovation theories with an insurgent strategic model inspired by one of Morey’s first corporate clients, Apple founder Steve Jobs. It shows how to lead innovation that creates the products of visionary genius without the necessity for actual genius. It provides practical tools and guidance on building and leading the teams, working conditions, organizational structures, and cultures of market-made and market-making innovation. It illustrates a roadmap to the disruptive periphery, the organizational margins at which real innovation actually takes place.

Innovation can be taught: Innovating Innovation is a framework to counter failure. It directs you, the reader, to the consumer, the very person who will actually tell you how to innovate the benefits to create a future you can own. This book invites you to “think different,” to become a change leader, to go the “wrong” way to get to the right places.

After reading this new battlefield manual for innovation, you will:

  • Learn the Disruptive Periphery Concept and how it can give you the tools to help your business
  • Discover a practical marketing-centric focus applied to innovation
  • Reap the benefits of lessons developed from thirty years of real-world global consulting and training experience
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Upcycled Technology

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#1 New Release in Electronics and Microelectronics ─ Transform Old Tech Into Amazing Modern Inventions

Fans of Popular Science, Smithsonian’s Maker Lab, and The Big Book of Makerspace Projects will love Upcycled Technology.

DIY science projects using your discarded stuff: We all have a drawer or closet full of old discarded tech just sitting around gathering dust. Memories of a bygone technological era that have been replaced by newer, shiner, smarter devices. What can you do with them? Most of us don't even know how to properly dispose of them. If only there was a way to save them from their untimely fate.

DIY electronics: Well empty out that drawer and grab a screwdriver, because the time has come to bring these old devices back from the grave! Old technology may no longer be useful, but it isn’t useless. Hidden inside often discarded devices is a treasure trove of motors, magnets, screens, and other parts just waiting for a chance to be upcycled!

Hardcore electronics and computer projects: And this type of "upcycling" doesn't mean turning an old CD into a coaster, it means something a little more hardcore.

Readers will learn:

  • How to make a great Wi-Fi security camera with an old cell phone
  • How to make a basic 3D printer out of old computer disk drives
  • What can be made with the rare-earth magnets inside old hard drives or the reusable LCD screens in old phones
  • And much more

Creating new zombie tech from old tech is eco-friendly and it’s also a fantastic way to learn about the technology we use (or used to use) every day. The only limit is your curiosity and willingness to tinker!

A tech book for tinkerers and makers

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We Don't Know Either

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#1 New Release in History, Reference, and Trivial & Fun Facts ─ Entertaining Trivia Nights in a Book

Fans of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader and the Guinness Book of World Records will achieve trivia mastery and dominance with We Don't Know Either: Trivia Night Done Right.

More than a fact book: Building on the increasing popularity of pub trivia and mobile trivia apps We Don’t Know Either: Trivia Night Done Right brings you the entertaining format of City Trivia anywhere you want. City Trivia’s format is packed with trivia entertainment in five rounds of questions and four bonus rounds, including puzzles, pictures, fill-in-the-blank challenges, and even music rounds. Divide into teams, pick your most (or least) entertaining friend to host and prepare for two hours of fun per chapter. You just might learn something interesting to say when you’re out and about next weekend. Packed with exciting, fun, head-scratching trivia to play and laugh with, We Don’t Know Either: Trivia Night Done Right is your how-to guide for a lively and humorous night of trivia at home or at your favorite bar or restaurant.

A perfect book for trivia nights and special occasions: Create your own fun and entertaining event with this unique trivia book that guides you through rounds of trivia fun and humor. This book will help you liven up a family night or make a special event, such as a birthday or wedding, even more memorable by bringing people together with trivia. The book’s host commentary will introduce you to the trivia while guiding you through the games with humor and wit. As the folks at City Trivia say, “We’ve Got Questions, You’ve Got Answers!” Get ready to have fun and learn something new with We Don’t Know Either: Trivia Night Done Right.

We Don’t Know Either will:

  • Provide a fun game that will unleash your competitive streaks
  • Enhance your knowledge on a wide range of topics, both mundane and truly bizarre
  • Entertain you with witty comments and interesting facts
  • Improve your pub trivia night

Pub trivia has never been more fun!

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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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La Vitesse De La Confiance

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Ce livre peut changer des vies

Pour les lecteurs qui ont aimé Essaye encore d’Estelle Boutan, Imparfaits, libres, et heureux de Christophe André, et Les 7 habitudes de ceux qui réalisent tout ce qu’ils entreprennent de Stephen Covey : La Vitesse de la confiance est une trouvaille extraordinaire !

Un livre pour trouver l’ingrédient essentiel de l’épanouissement et de la performance. Que vous soyez manager, chef d’entreprise, parent ou passionné par la psychologie, La Vitesse de la confiance vous aidera à sortir de situations parfois compliquées en rétablissant confiance et optimisme. Inspirez confiance aux autres – dans l’entreprise, en famille ou dans le couple.

Une lecture indispensable. Comme le démontre ce livre de pertinence universelle, dans les affaires comme dans la vie, la confiance est un élément clé, tangible, pratique, et crédible. Qu’elle soit pour vous synonyme d’assurance mutuelle, de loyauté ou de comportement éthique, ou que vous la définissiez comme le fruit de la responsabilisation, du travail et de la synergie, la confiance demeure la racine et la source suprême de notre influence.

Un modèle profond, pratique et complet. Expert en motivation, Stephen M. R. Covey a contribué à la réussite exceptionnelle de milliers d’entreprises et d’individus. Les principes de La Vitesse de la confiance s’appliquent toujours et partout, qu’il s’agisse du rapport à soi, d’une relation avec quelqu’un, du cadre d’une famille, d’une entreprise, d’une école, d’une administration, d’une unité militaire ou d’une ONG.

Grâce à des exemples frappants et à une approche originale, La Vitesse de la confiance :

  • montre comment, avec la confiance, la réussite vient plus vite, mieux, et à meilleur prix
  • discute avec clarté et perspicacité de la façon d’instaurer la confiance
  • combine de façon très efficace une approche de bon sens et de conseils francs pour l’amélioration de toutes les relations de la vie.
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Lettering for Planners

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#1 Best Seller in Calligraphy ─ An Easy Guide to Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering

Fans of Creative Lettering and Beyond and The Complete Book of Lettering will love Lettering for Planners

Calligraphy for your journal aesthetic: Beautiful "bullet journals" are popping up all over Instagram and Pinterest. The joys of decorating the pages with drawings and lettering are many. If you want to start your own bullet journal or if you want to improve your journal aesthetic, this book is for you. This book is an informational workbook that teaches lettering styles to help people organize and beautify everyday life.

Easily learn lettering: Learn from a step-by-step guide to creating a basic hand-lettered alphabet for beginners. Then learn five additional alphabet examples in various styles, explore letter variations and choose your favorites that best fit your style.

Hand lettering workbook: You’ll learn how to build words using common word examples like days of the week, months of the year, and other words commonly found in planners. After learning the script styles, you’ll learn concepts of composition by teaching how to mix and match styles of lettering in creative ways.

Learn all the components of lettering: You’ll also learn some key “don’ts” of lettering to avoid. Then there will be step-by-step instructions on how to draw decorations to embellish lettering including shadows, borders, banners, and flourishes.

Readers will learn:

  • Five lowercase and capital stylistic alphabets
  • How to find their own lettering style
  • What not to do when lettering
  • Lettering composition, shading, and flourishes

Create fabulous, share worthy calligraphy and lettering

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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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Student Loan Solution

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Eliminate Your Student Loan Debt

Step-by-step approach to financial freedom: David Carlson is the author of the book Hustle Away Debt and founder of the millennial personal finance blog Young Adult Money. In Student Loan Solution David explains what student loan borrowers should be focusing on. He provides a 5-step approach to help you understand your loans, your options, and how to improve your greater financial life, while paying down your student loan debt. Learn how to take advantage of strategies that help you make more money, save more money, and ultimately pay down your student loans faster.

Everything you need to know about student loan debt: Student loans are complicated. College financial aid terms like “federal direct subsidized” and “GRAD Plus” mean little to most of us. Each type of student loan is slightly different, with its own set of rules and repayment options. Student Loan Solution explains everything you need to know about your student loans including how they work, repayment options and opportunities for loan forgiveness, and plans for managing and paying down your loans. David Carlson covers it all.

De-complicate your life: By the time you are done reading this book, you will understand student loans, gain control of your finances, and be armed with strategies to improve your finances.

Don't be a statistic: For millions of Americans, paying for college meant taking out loans. If you are one of the 70% of college graduates burdened with these loans, Student Loan Solution could change your life. Fight the student loans epidemic affecting 40 million borrowers―learn the best way to pay off the college degree you worked so hard to earn.

Student Loan Solution has the tools you need to start your student loans repayment with a bang. Learn how to:

  • Pay off your student loan debt
  • Personalize your student loan repayment plan
  • Live a happier, financially smarter life
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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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Designology

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#1 New Release in Design and Decorating ─ Align With Design

Create spaces at home and work that align with your personality type and support your goals with this comprehensive science-based guide.

Discover a new paradigm: Are you an adventurer or a visionary? A maveric or a maven? Designology makes design personal through author Sally Augustin’s 8 personality “Placetypes” that characterize the different ways we can relate to the space around us.

Personalize everything: What color should you paint your child’s bedroom? How do shapes and patterns influence how you think in a space? How do room dimensions influence you psychologically? Designology answers all these questions and more with practical how-to advice and real-world examples sure to help make your house a happier place to be.

Move forward with your design projects: Bust through the design paralysis that affects so many by applying verified science-based insights. Designology will help you regain control of your design-related efforts with suggestions customized to your personality and space-related needs.

Find out what really matters: Designology teaches you how smells, textures, and other factors in your home influence your happiness. It shows you how your personality and ideal design styles are really related.

Readers will learn about:

  • How to sound-scape a place whether they need to concentrate or think creatively
  • How to use scents in their home to help their family feel healthier
  • What to read into their spouse’s desktop landscape
  • How to use paint to make their living room feel more comfortable
  • And much more!

Take on your intimidating design tasks with confidence using this practical, personalizable how-to guide.

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Life Styling

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#1 New Release in Fashion ─ An Inspirational Fashion Book for the Everyday Woman

Fans of the style lessons of The Curated Closet and Lessons from Madame Chic and the can-do motivation of Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, will love Life Styling.

For women who happen to be mums. Whether you had a sense of style and lost it or never really took the time to think about what you like to wear, this is the book for you.

Style basics and minimalism for beginners: Life Styling: Simple Steps for Mums to Find your Style & Confidence will help you pack your perfectly organized bags and take you on a journey from the very basics to the dream minimalist capsule wardrobe. It will also help you navigate the social media obsessed landscape of personal style along the way.

Style, self-esteem and positive thinking in an Instagram world: Learn about the pros and cons of living in this “Insta” world and how it’s affected not only the way that we dress but our expectations and how we feel about ourselves. Discover the importance of underwear and a good pair of jeans and why you should be super excited that leggings are ‘back’. Life Styling will help you learn your ‘colors’, what styles will flatter your shape and lifestyle and how to save money by shopping smarter and making the clothes you already own work a little harder.

Capture your style and own it: Wherever you are in your style evolution it’s important to recognize who you are. Identifying what makes you happy when you open your closet doors is a step in the right direction. Life Styling will help you do just that.

A personal style self-help book for women and mums

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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

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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#1 New Release in Eastern Philosophy and Customs & Traditions ─ Live Your Best Life

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? The Okinawan concept of 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 severely well into his adulthood. In clinical terms, his stutter was 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. 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 to anyone about scotch. Over time, David’s passion led to a new life. Today, he is a renowned whiskey expert, traveling the world tasting and purchasing whiskey on behalf of his employer. He feels his life is meaningful because of ikigai.

A humble look at happiness: Bringing together an exploration of joy not unlike that of 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 explored by Singer in The Surrender ExperimentHow to Ikigai describes the concept of Ikigai with clarity and meaning.

How to Ikigai explains a simple but abstract map for living a meaningful life. After reading this book, you will understand how to implement Ikigai’s four directions in your own life:

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