By M.J. Ryan
Gratitude and generosity go hand in handthe more we appreciate our lives, the more we want to give to others. In A Grateful Heart, M. J. Ryan provided tools for expressing thanks. In the bestselling Attitudes of Gratitude, she taught us the inner work of realizing the many blessings we take for granted. Now, in The Giving Heart, she presents her latest examination of the virtues we need to cultivate for the twentyfirst century and takes a look at generosity: what creates it, what blocks it, and what the practice of generosity can bring to our lives.
In a series of short, heartfelt essays, Ryan encourages us all to stop living from what she calls "the ledger sheet mentality" of obligatory gifting, and to begin giving from the overflow of a loving heart. She asks readers to consider where and how they are stingy as well as where they are meant to give, and to contemplate all the types of possible generosity, because the giving of time, energy, kind words, loving gestures, and forgiveness may ultimately matter more than any amount of money.
In her downtoearth, accessible style, Ryan takes us to the heart of what it means to truly give, and what that giving can do not only for the recipient, but for ourselves, as well.
As the current economic boom brings attention to altruism and "giving back" The Giving Heart shows us how to experience joy, peace, and fulfillment when we live from a place of generosity.
According to the Trends Research Institute, simplicity will be the social movement of the next ten years. Sure to benefit from this is the holiday season, which is more stressful than satisfying for many people. In her fourth Simple Pleasures book, author Susannah Seton shows how to find true satisfaction in the holidays by making them less expensive, less frantic, and more meaningful. Simple Pleasures for the Holidays takes an expansive approach, covering Halloween, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, Hanukkah, the Mexican Day of the Dead, and Irish and Islamic holidays. The premise is that shared experience is what people value most, and the book itself a collage of inspirational stories from people around the world along with recipes, crafts, and suggestions for communal fun embodies this.
Inspirational Stories of Everyday Kindness
A simple message with profound meaning. Small kindnesses can make a great impact. The stories in this book, collected by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, emphasize just how meaningful and powerful kind acts can be. They can be seemingly small gestures, but often their influence on those who are the recipients of the kindness go deeper than we ever see.
Heartwarming stories. This Christian book contains numerous, beautiful stories of Christ-like, selfless love. They are examples of ways that each and every one of us can take the challenge to spread kindness intentionally and apply it to our everyday lives. Even an act as simple as shoveling a driveway can go a long way in making a difference in someone’s life.
Living out Christ’s teachings. Love and kindness are at the heart of Christianity. We are called to live a life devoted to compassion, one that fulfills the Christian credo to love your neighbour as yourself. This means looking outside ourselves each day to see how we can demonstrate that love for others, just as the people in this inspirational book have done.
Read Christian Acts of Kindness and discover…
- A lesson in love from people living out kindness
- Stories sure to motivate and inspire you to find ways to spread kindness in your daily life
- Proof of the power that a small act of compassion can bring
Readers of books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul; Radical Kindness; and Everybody, Always will love Christian Acts of Kindness.
Female Connection and Empowerment as a Force for Change
A how-to guide for women’s circles. The minds and spirits of women are powerful forces, particularly when harnessed in communion with other women. Women’s circles have been around for quite some time, and their presence is a healing and strengthening source for many. Furthermore, author and psychiatrist Jean Shinoda Bolen believes that women’s circles act as catalysts for change around the world. In this inspiring and spiritual book for women, Dr. Bolen provides both a guide and vision for women seeking purpose and change.
Find empowerment and enlightenment. Through her poetic language, Dr. Bolen emphasizes to her readers the importance of using their intuition and drawing upon their own insights. In bringing feminine values such as relationship, nurturing, and equality together, Dr. Bolen shares how women create a space for compassionate and radical growth.
Women as changemakers. By focusing on both the psychological and spiritual, women open the doorway for great change and empower one another to be leaders of positive change in their own lives and beyond. In this way, women empowerment itself acts as a tool for societal and psychospiritual change. After all, when strong women join together, who can stop them?
Read The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and the World and find…
- A tool for creating positive change
- Words of insightful and powerful feminine wisdom
- A book for women everywhere
Readers of Wild Mercy, If Women Rose Rooted, Women Rowing North, or Warrior Goddess Training will love the inspiring message and call to action in Jean Shinoda Bolen’s The Millionth Circle.
By Conari Press
Create a Natural Learning Environment for Your Child
From the team that forever changed our view of how children learn, in their book How Your Child is Smart, comes a fundamental and intuitive prescription for natural learning right at home.
Natural learning starts at home. Anyone who spends time with young children recognizes their natural intelligence and resilient passion to learn. But as they try to meet the pressures and expectations of school, natural learning diminishes. Does it have to be that way? According to teachers Dawna Markova and Anne R. Powell, absolutely not. Whether a parent or educator, Learning Unlimited helps transform the homework hassle from a nightly struggle to an engaged learning initiative that uncovers the unique gifts of your child’s mind.
Learning from your child’s natural motivation. Filled with practical advice and compassionate support, this book is designed to honor your child’s innate intelligence with family engaged learning strategies. In Learning Unlimited, veteran teachers unveil how learning from homework can also function as a joint inquiry into your child’s special gifts. Designed for optimal parental involvement in education, this guide helps parents give children a competitive advantage by cultivating a life-long love of learning.
If you’re ready to take a step towards family engaged learning and have read The Gift of Failure, The Well-Trained Mind, or The Self-Driven Child, then you’ll love Learning Unlimited.
An examination of the talents that people have and what makes them do what they do. The author suggests that everyone has the power to change the way they perceive themselves and others, and revolutionize the way they work, communicate and love, by investigating the learning triggers derived from six basic learning patterns. These patterns are all based on how we assimilate auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic information.
By Conari Press
Not all children learn in the same way. Written by two educators, How Your Child is Smart identifies six patterns of learning and teaches parents how to help their children learn and communicate most effectively. Through simple questions, activities, and charts, parents can identify their child's pattern and learn how he or she can best be taught in school.