Muhammad Ali

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Born in January of 1942, Cassius Clay Jr. would go on to win the world heavyweight championship, join the Nation of Islam, change his name and captivate the world with his political stance on Vietnam, social justice and race. His decorated career is only matched by his controversial and polarizing personality. Presented through the notepads and cameras of Associated Press journalist and photographers, this is Muhammad Ali, Athlete of the Century.
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Christians Under Attack

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Around the globe, churches have been torched, bombed and defaced by those who oppose Christianity and its followers. From Lebanon to China, religious persecution remains a daily fact for people of all faiths. In the last two years, a startling number of Christians have suffered at the hands of those who oppose their beliefs. The journalists and photographers of the Associated Press have captured these terrible acts and their impact on Christian communities. Recorded in the close aftermath of when they occurred, they shed light on the challenges Christians face in the modern world.
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Pope Francis

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Pope Francis has started a revolution in the Roman Catholic church that has charmed millions. But, the enthusiasm isn’t shared across the board. Traditionalist Catholics greeted Francis’ election with concern, and their fears are being realized. Associated Press journalists and photographers chronicle the pontiff’s journey as he goes about reforming Vatican bureaucracy.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell after nearly three decades as a barrier dividing the city. AP was there. Reporters witnessed the construction of the wall in August 1961 and reported its collapse to the world in 1989. Relive the immediate reactions of those who lived to see the fall of a former behemoth: the Soviet Union. With on-the-ground reporting and stunning photography, AP was there to provide a unique look at the story.
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Ebola

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The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history as the virus continues to spread through West Africa and the rest of the world. Along with doctors, nurses, and volunteers, journalists from The Associated Press have traveled to the center of the Ebola crisis to report on the situation. Within this constantly-evolving story, discover firsthand accounts of individuals at the Ebola ‘ground zero’ and understand how this pandemic affects our lives.
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Marijuana Nation

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A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana is in the news and public support seems to be on the side of legalization. A generational shift in permissive attitudes on pot has resulted in legalization in a series of states. Follow developments on this ground-breaking shift in social mores through the reporting of The Associated Press.
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The Collapse of the Soviet Union

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On December 25, 1991, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, resigned as president of the Communist empire, turning power over to the new commonwealth that replaced it. This event marked the official end of the Cold War which had imperiled the world for over four decades. AP was there to provide a unique look at the story through the eyes of Associated Press reporters and photographers.
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The Hubble Space Telescope

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On April 24, 1990, after years of planning and delays, the Space Shuttle Discovery lifted the Hubble Space Telescope into an orbit 350 miles above Earth. During the next 25 years, Hubble opened a new and unimaginably beautiful universe for mankind. Here, The Associated Press provides a unique look at the 25-year story of Hubble, through the eyes of its reporting and its stunning photography.
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Zen Cats

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Join some cuddly kittens for a collection of sayings from the Buddha. The verses, taken from the Dhammapada, were written centuries ago, but today they offer insight for all of life's basic struggles. Meditate along with the verses to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Find the meaning of truth in these verses and how to find it in the world around you. Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.
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Dogma

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Join some pups for a dose of truth straight from the Good Book. These iconic Bible verses were written centuries ago, yet we still turn to them for guidance in times of need. The selection of inspiring, holy words will help you gain a greater understanding of life, compassion and faith. Find the truth and hope you need guided by the Lord and everyone's best friend.
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Shakespeare's Cats

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Join a band of curious cats for an adorable reading of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. Whether it's friendship, beauty, love or something more saucy, the Bard of Avon has a sonnet for every occasion. Learn what the sonnets mean and read fun facts about the poet, witches, Elizabethan life, and the unfortunate hygiene habits of the 16th century. Despite being written 400 years ago, the sonnets speak to the eternal ups-and-downs of anyone in love and the struggle to fight our mortality with art. And, many centuries later, we have something else in common with Elizabethans: we find kittens to be utterly adorable.* *Well, they also thought they might be tiny, adorable witches in animal form.

 

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SOS Venezuela

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Hay miedo en las calles y la paranoia crece, porque la inseguridad y el crimen organizado controlan las regiones. Es una problemática que le afecta al cono sur de América y al resto del mundo; por esto SOS Venezuela está en inglés y español. Todos deben enterarse que en Venezuela se está gestando un cambio, para volver a ser la Tierra de Gracia libre que tanto añoramos. There is fear in the streets as paranoia grows, as insecurity and organized crime grow. This is a problem that ripples across the Americas and towards the rest of the world. That is why this story needs to be told in both English and Spanish. For a bigger reach, a bigger impact. Everyone should know that Venezuela is fighting to return to peace, to safety and to grace.
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How to Survive Change . . . You Didn't Ask for

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Be Empowered in the Face of Change

Change your mindset to change for the better. These are challenging times. Chances are, at this moment, you’re confronting some change you never asked for—perhaps a life crisis, like a loss of job or the failure of a dream. Maybe you have to learn to work in new ways or find a new place to live. Bestselling author, thought leader, and change expert M.J. Ryan is here to help. Within the pages of her book How to Survive Change . . . You Didn't Ask For, you’ll find the support and practices you need to successfully ride the wave of this change, whatever it may be.

Discover tools for coping with the changes of life. Change is always hard, and it's even harder when it's thrust upon us, unbidden. But with every change, there is also opportunity. In this book, Ryan provides strategies to retain your brain and optimize your response to life change, step by step. Best of all, as your adaptability increases, so does your confidence—with her guidance, you will be able to survive and thrive no matter what life throws your way.

Turn life transitions into opportunities for success. With both detailed chapters explaining how to embrace change and twenty quick tips for adapting to change you didn't ask for, Ryan's advice can be used in any evolving situation. This book will teach you how to:

  • Accept change
  • Expand your options
  • Take action, and
  • Strengthen your adaptability

If you liked Switch or books by Gretchen Rubin like Better than Before and The Four Tendencies, you'll love How to Survive Change . . . You Didn't Ask For.

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Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family

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Is there a silver lining to growing up in a dysfunctional family?

Bestselling recovery author Karen Casey looks at stories of people who grew up in dysfunctional families and "the good stuff" that can come from the experience. "Throughout my many decades in recovery rooms I have interacted with thousands of women and men whose journeys reveal, in detail, the harrowing history of dysfunction that has troubled their lives," says Casey. "But what is also apparent in their stories is their eventual and quite triumphant survival, often against extreme odds."

Casey interviewed more than 24 survivors of families rife with dysfunction; survivors who willingly shared their stories and came to realize they had, surprisingly, thrived as the result of their often harrowing experiences. In The Good Stuff from Growing Up in a Dysfunctional Family, Casey shares the stories and the skills these survivors developed to live more creative and fulfilling lives.

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Getting Unstuck

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True health and serenity come from learning to set boundaries and take care of one's own needs first.

In Getting Unstuck, bestselling recovery writer Karen Casey invites readers to work through the 12 principles in Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow and to dig deep into their own patterns of behavior, to determine where they've gotten stuck in their lives. Presented in a workbook format, readers write down and explore their answers to specific questions both to discern what's causing them unhappiness or stress and to develop strategies for getting unstuck.

Getting Unstuck helps readers to:

    Learn where the boundaries should be drawn between themselves and others
  • Stop holding others emotional hostage
  • Avoid turning caring into control
  • Let loved ones find their own Higher Power
  • Find their own free and peaceful life.

Getting Unstuck deepens and broadens readers' understanding of the peace that comes from being responsible for themselves and letting others do the same.

Casey's characteristic gentle prodding and profound insight help readers discover their own wisdom and strength.

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Peace a Day at a Time

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A Meditation-A-Day to Aid the Addiction 12-Step Recovery Process

Help in staying centered and finding inner peace. Karen Casey’s daily meditation book Peace a Day at a Time offers 365 reminders to help strengthen those traveling the path to recovery from addiction. In this powerful set of daily reminders, Karen draws from her bestselling Each Day a New Beginning, which has helped millions recovering from addiction.

Grow stronger every day with this classic meditation-a-day book. Karen Casey's daily meditation books have guided millions through their recovery and their daily lives, providing serenity and a happier more peaceful life. She has written eloquently about almost every facet of recovery and how to live a sober, balanced life by trying to live in the present, one day at a time. Peace a Day at a Time offers a meditation for every day of the year, opening with a quote and following with a brief essay and a takeaway message. This beautiful book is your powerful set of daily reminders on how to stay centered and find inner peace. Karen also provides a companion index with key theme words to reference any issue you may be struggling with.

In Peace a Day at a Time learn to:

  • Pay attention and listening to your inner voice
  • Avoid drama and to let go of blame
  • Stop living from crisis to crisis
  • Cope with fear, sorrow, anger, and pain
  • Embrace change
  • Practice kindness, joy, hope, and acceptance

If you have been aided by books such as The Language of Letting GoThe Road Back to You, or Let Go Now; then Peace a Day At a Time can help you heal.

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Writing Down Your Soul

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#1 Best Seller in Graphology ─ Write to Explore Your Deep Soul

“I am a writer. Today I write.” Those are the opening lines in the Writing Blessing that author Janet Conner has spoken daily since 2007.

Devine dialogue. Janet Conner is a writer, poet, and spiritual field guide─but first and always a deep soul explorer. Since she discovered how to activate a divine Voice by slipping into the theta brain wave state (the intriguing border between the conscious and the subconscious) while writing, Janet has dedicated herself to exploring and sharing what it means to live at the vibrant intersection of the visible and the invisible. In Writing Down Your Soul, Janet transforms journal-writing from self-reflection in the alpha brainwave state into divine dialogue in theta.

Life-changing power of writing. Of all the ways to get in touch with God, as you understand God, why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just below your conscious awareness, write. Write every day, at approximately the same time, with passion, honesty, and the intention of speaking with and listening to the voice within.

Your healing inner voice. After hitting rock bottom while escaping a terrible situation of domestic abuse, Janet’s inner voice told her to start writing. As she wrote, her inner voice gained clarity and strength, and she felt an incredible connection to the divine. Miracles began to happen. Today, research scientists are providing peeks into what consciousness is and how it works. Their findings give us intriguing clues as to what is actually happening in and through our bodies, minds, and spirits as we roll pen across paper. Writing Down Your Soul explores some of this research and instructs how to access the power and beauty of our own deepest selves.

If you liked books such as Expressive WritingOpening Up by Writing It Down, or Writing as a Path to Awakening; you’ll love Writing Down Your Soul.

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Codependence and the Power of Detachment

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Codependency--living as if what others think matters more than what we think, and trying to please or change othersis an insidious and pervasive addiction. And there is a simple way out of it: detachment.

In Codependence and the Power of Detachment, bestselling author Karen Casey shares her story and the story of others who have suffered from codependency. Based on the insights and tools she's discovered during her many years of sobriety to address codependency, Casey takes readers through the steps of detaching from a bad situation: admitting the attachment, surrendering the outcome, forgiving, and focusing attention on what works. She describes how to pay attention, be aware, and take care of ourselves, and let others--husbands, family, and coworkers--become accountable for themselves.

Codependence and the Power of Detachment shows that detachment is a power anyone can claim. It is the power of sanity, of peace, of finding one's own inner strength.

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