By Hugh Prather
Begin Each Day in the Right State of Mind
These morning meditations by author Hugh Prather are just what you need to start your day right. His words will put you on the path to living a more loving and fulfilling life.
Daily reflections to kickstart your day. Start each morning this year with the words of bestselling author, counselor, and minister Hugh Prather. Prather asks readers to consider the holistic nature of our lives—noting that how we start our day affects everything, from our mind and spirit to our family and work. If we start in an agitated mood, we face the day with a combative spirit. But when we begin in a peaceful mood, we open the door to welcome in more opportunities and graces.
Renew your determination to become a better person. With each page of this spiritual book, you are invited to live as if you think our world and the people in it are worth caring about and worth making time for. Because when we realize that they are, and that we are all united in a unique relationship (ourselves, others, and God), we wake up to our own responsibility for what happens to us. These daily meditations ask us to reflect on the spiritual task ahead of us.
Learn more about:
- The benefits of beginning each day with a peaceful mindset and a spiritual goal in mind
- Mindfulness meditations that awaken the mind and replenish the spirit
- How to start over and become a better person
If you enjoyed books like Power Thoughts Devotional, Good Days Start with Gratitude, Sacred Rhythms, or Little Book of Mindfulness, then you’ll love Morning Notes.
By Joann Davis
With a light heart and in the nicest, most insightful way, Joann Davis invites us to stop running around in circles. If we stop working for the cheese at the end of the maze, for the biggest toys at the end of the day, who knows what we could accomplish or how we might feel? This little book is nothing less than a game plan for creating a life that counts.
In the tradition of Robert Fulghum, "The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life"* is a collection of short inspirational essays designed to help readers discover the path to a more meaningful life, one that is less about running the modern rat race of workaholism, consumerism, debt, and frustration. The book suggests that a more rewarding way of living comes when we realize that beneath the surface of life is a spiritual economy made up of virtues and values. Money and material things matter, but they aren't everything. We must be careful not to gain the world and lose our souls.
"Our inner world is ours to make of what we choose. Magnificent changes can radiate out of every human heart if we so desire. So then, if you are open, brave, and willing to take the challenge, read on. See if you don't agree that there's much more to life than winning the rat race."
If every person who reads this book chooses one way to leave the rat race and passes the idea to just one other person, in no time at all our national priorities could change. Children could become more important than money. Virtue could become its own reward. Corporate greed could become passe.
There are rules for rats -- Bite off more than you can chew. Act as if enough isn't -- ever. View life as part of work, instead of work as a part of life. Follow them all, win the race, and you'll still be -- a rat
There are rules for mice -- No fighting, no biting. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. If you can't fight 'em, lick 'em.
The kitchen really is the heart of the home. It's the first place family and friends gather, not only to prepare and eat food, but to chat, sip tea, snack on home-baked cookies, unwind after a tough day, and reconnect with loved ones.
The latest in the Simple Pleasures series of books, Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen captures the essence of the kitchen. It offers a cornucopia of recipes, food-based crafts, and family activities, as well as stories from kitchens around the world. Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen is a book—and a gift—sure to warm anyone's heart, no matter what the weather.
Organized by season, the book offers:
- Spring Flings
- The Savor of Summer
- Autumn's Abundance
- Cozying Up in Winter
Susannah Seton's Simple Pleasures books continually delight readers with their down-home, heart-warming recipes, crafts, and activities that bring the whole family together.
By Lisa Hammond
Forget the myth of the sweet Irish Colleen. Real Irish women were no creampuff debs. From the ancient warrior queens Marrigan, Macha, and Badbh to the labormovement maven Mother Jones, Irish women have backbones of steel. Wild Irish Roses is a fascinating look at wild Irish women throughout history/ serious information imparted in Trina Robbins' trademark style, with verve and humor.
The women in Wild Irish Roses are not always nice girls or even good girls, but they are women who know how to get things done, whether on the battlefield or in the bedroom. These are women who preserved and handed down the old stories. They are women who fought in revolutions with either gun or pen, wrote books, starred in books others wrote, and stormed heaven itself.
Author Trina Robbins is an impeccable researcher whose knack for telling stories and embellishing them with engaging illustrations and photos, brings each of these Wild Irish Roses to life, including:
- Maeve and six other warrior queens
- Grania and Deirdre, who ran away from kings for the love of younger men
- Five women who turned themselves into birds to get the job done right
- Saint Brigit and the saintly Kathleen O'Shea
- Cultural revivalist Maude Gonne and friends
- IrishAmerican beauty roses, including Scarlett O'Hara
- And warriors in their own right, such as Mother Jones and company
Wild Irish Roses is a celebration of tough, independent, beautiful Irish women from myth to modernity. It's a book that is sure to entertain, inform, and inspire readers of every background to find the Irish rose in themselvesto discover what they want and have the courage to go out and get it.
Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth is the modern version of the treatise The Way of Wealth by Richard Saunders, one of Ben Franklin's many pseudonyms. Franklin practiced what he preached in the treatise, and it made him rich enough to have a full life, travel extensively, and follow his intellectual musings, which in turn led him to become an accomplished scientist, inventor, political activist, diplomat, and writer. Franklin wasn't born rich. He built his legacy using his intelligence, curiosity, natural good sense, and proclivity for thrift and hard work. When he died, he left a fortune. Barrett and Mingo bring practicing what Franklin preached up to date for today's busy lifestyles. It's time to get back to financial basics. It's time to think about what "rich" really means. It might mean not hiring someone to do lawn work, saving some money, and sharing time spent together as a family. It's time to look for guidance from America's original financial guru, Ben Franklin.
Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth shows readers how to apply Franklin's financial wisdom to their own lives. Quotes from the original treatise such as "If you have something to do tomorrow, do it today" and "Leisure is time for doing something useful," are followed by the authors' downtoearth commentary. Barrett and Mingo--history and trivia buffs--offer their own sage advice on a range of financial basics, including debt, thrift, the value of work and business, developing financial responsibility, money and time, and preparing for the future. As the authors attest in the Introduction, we should listen to the way of Ben Franklin because "it works." A clever, wise, and fun book, the financial advice in Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth works as well today as it did 250 years ago.
By Hugh Prather
Start Your Day with a Dose of Happiness
This 30-day course composed of insightful thoughts and reflections will give you the encouragement you need to find happiness and inner peace.
A guide to happiness. On our journey to a happy life, sometimes we need a little help. Author Hugh Prather steps in to take the role of our compassionate and thoughtful guide in this course for finding happiness. He spent his life not only as an author but as a minister and counselor, and so lends the wisdom and comfort that he provided in those roles to readers of this inspirational book.
Quiet power in unsettled times. Prather’s signature way of writing makes this book a potent and refreshing source of truth amidst the troubles we face in our daily lives. His reflections on how to be happy are rooted in human experience, and call on us to consider our connection with others. His words call on the spiritual and yet remain relatable to all people seeking personal growth, particularly as it relates to our happiness.
Open up Hugh Prather’s Shining Through. Switch on your life, ground yourself in happiness and learn more about:
- Reflections on Prather’s own pain, observations, and ways of coping with modern life
- The art of happiness and how we can find it
- Life-changing practices that can shift how we face tragedies and fears
If you enjoyed books like A Short Guide to a Happy Life, How Happiness Happens, Getting to Good, or Lovingkindness then you’ll love Shining Through.
The Meaning of Life as Told by Wild and Brave Women
Wild Women Talk Back is for any women out there looking for inspiration, empowerment, or even just a laugh. The iconic women quoted in this book are sassy, full of wisdom, wickedly funny, and just what you need to remind you that girls run the world.
Motivational words from the greats. These women—movie stars, politicians, musicians, and writers—remind us to be unapologetically ourselves. Their power-packed words cut to the truth of femininity and reveal what being a woman in this world looks like, not shying away from the harsh realities as well as the joys and pleasures. The inspirational women quoted here offer their own brash brand of counsel and commentary on themes common to women's lives and act as a guide, comic relief, and a source of empowerment for all women.
Rejoice in your wild side. This book is more than a compilation of inspirational quotes for women—it’s an invitation to embrace and live out your wild and beautiful feminine self. Not only will these empowering quotes lift your spirits, but they will make you stop and think about the meaning of life and women’s invaluable role in the world. Wild Women author Autumn Stephens introduces each section, shedding contemporary light on the collection of quotes from awe-inspiring and unforgettable women such as Madonna, Lucille Ball, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Open up this book packed with quotes about being a woman and learn more about:
- Insight into everything from sex to motherhood, physical appearance to self-esteem, and coping with a career to finding wisdom
- The hilariously and shockingly relatable experiences of women throughout the ages
- The timeless wit and wisdom that women have to offer
Readers of books such as Badass Affirmations, In the Company of Women, That’s What She Said, and Great Quotes from Great Women will love Wild Women Talk Back by Autumn Stephens.
Mama Says is a delightful, funny, and very wise book of over 400 sayings from mothers from around the world that represent a lineage of mothers' wisdom. The sayings are not always kind, not always useful, but always true to the intention of teaching young ones how to survive in the world. Many times, it's clear that these sayings are inherited wisdom, received from their mothers who learned it from theirs back into the untraceable past:
- "Nobody said life was fair.""You don't have anything to lose by asking."
- "From your mouth to God's ears."
- "Men only want one thing."
Many times, what mama had to say was simply outrageous:
- "When faced with a room full of horse shit, look for the horse."
- "There's always something to come along to shorten the tail of the rabbit."
- "Whatever situation you find yourself in, think of what the Virgin Mary would do and do the same."
Mama Says will make anybody laugh out loud remembering what Mom used to say, or smile recognizing how often we end up with the exact same words coming out of our own mouths. After all, "sooner or later, we all quote our mothers."
Everybody loves food. Everybody loves music. Put the two together and you have a sumptuous, one-of-a kind cookbook guaranteed to stir the senses and tickle the taste buds. 'Kitchen Goddess' Margie Lapanja and rocker Cindy Coverdale have cooked up sheer delight where everybody gets a front row seat, a backstage pass, and dinner (actual interviews) with the band.
Cleverly organized like a concert, Lapanja and Coverdale start with 'Opening Acts.' Taste Patti LaBelle's 'Potato Salad' and David Coverdale's 'Soulful Shrimp Soup' before trying the 'Amped-up Appetizers.' 'Electrifying Entrees' zing the page with Ted Nugent's 'Bubble Bean Piranha' la Colorado Moose.' Desserts worthy of a standing ovation -- such as Sarah McLachlan's 'Current Cake' -- also belt out from these pages.
Guaranteed to satisfy every taste, Food That Rocks also spotlights musician-owned restaurants, musical cookbooks, and songs about food, writers who rock, and chefs who jam. Meet the real Rolling Stone's Ben Fong Torres of Almost Famous, and Rock Bottom Remainders literary band of Amy Tan and Stephen King, led by Kathy Goldmark. Food That Rocks heats up the kitchen with red-hot rock, outstanding food, and recipes you will not find anywhere else.
Foodie-author Margie Lapanja and Cindy Coverdale, wife of David Coverdale, bring backstage access right up to the kitchen table with a smorgasbord of music stars and their favorite recipes: Patti LaBelle, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan, Ted Nugent, Bob Weir, Joe Satriani, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, and more. More than just a cookbook, these stories about the stars and their recipes pepper the pages and keep reading red hot.
By David Kundtz
Too many guys of all ages have only about half the information they need to live successful professional and personal lives. Most men are terrific with their thinking halfthe part that deals with facts, figures, and information. Nothing's Wrong helps men find the half that's missingthe emotional half.
Men have long been conditioned to conceal a full range of emotions, including sadness, anxiety, and worry. Author David Kundtz shows men how to identify and express whatever they're feeling in a healthy way and to learn to be comfortable with the feelings of others. He provides the tools and language with which men can access and express deep, vibrant, emotional lives. Written for males, from teenagers to grandfathers, Nothing's Wrong liberates men so that their jobs and relationships can flourish and they can find new, lasting success in life, in the ways that really count.
Kundtz helps men become skilled and confident with the emotional part of life with a variety of stories, simpletodo exercises, and a threestep, daily practice for emotional fitness:
- 1. Notice the feeling and stay with it.
- 2. Name the feeling.
- 3. Express the feeling to the outside world.
Written in a matteroffact, nontouchyfeely style, Nothing's Wrong helps men manage their feelings to build rich, emotional lives and find more satisfying relationships, improved health, and successful careers. Try itthe results can be amazing
Here's a book that truly acknowledges the bewildering effects strong emotions have on men and how men can learn to deal with them. Its plain language and examples are far from the touchyfeely tone of so many other titles in this category.
By Hugh Prather
Tidbits of Truth Guaranteed to Make You Think
Best-selling author and counselor Hugh Prather demonstrates how a subtle shift in perspective can change your line of thinking—for the better.
Intensely personal and universal. Lessons learned in life most often come from experience, our own or that of others. In this little volume by Hugh Prather, we dive into life lessons that stem from Prather’s personal experiences and encounters that can be applied universally. From mundane recollections to aphorisms and mantras, Prather examines things from a point of view that is both enlightening and refreshing. No matter where you are in your life journey, this book is packed with motivational thoughts that can lead to growth and change.
Perceive something different—about yourself and others. A simple shift in perspective can go a long way toward adapting our thinking and bringing about personal transformation. Prather introduces various phrases throughout his book that carry a great truth in a simple way—such as, “"I have to act the way I am before I can become something else." By calling on us to examine these little truths in a different light, we can more easily see how they apply to our own lives and the lives of those around us.
Learn more about:
- Yourself—this book promises an ongoing journey of self-discovery
- How a shift in thinking can change your life
- Universal life-lesson quotes that you can turn to again and again
If you enjoyed books like Heart Talk, The Mindful Life Journal, or The Gifts of Imperfection then you’ll love < em>Standing on My Head by Hugh Prather.
By Gale Pryor
A Bouquet of Ways to Treat Yourself Every Single Day
Whether its remembering to exercise regularly, throwing yourself a party or writing a poem, Little Indulgences is your perfect self-care guide.
Learn to treat yourself often. Being indulgent is not all about being extravagant. Being indulgent can be something as small as buying yourself flowers or cooking a recipe you have been meaning to try. Anything can be considered self-care, and with this book, filled with holistic and emotional care, you can find plenty of luxurious indulgences to help you include self-care in your day.
Find new ways to be good to yourself. Life can be stressful and take a toll on any woman. You can learn new ways to unwind and re-energize with Cynthia MacGregor’s sound advice. Between instant indulgences that reap immediate rewards, or “Rewards Over Time,” that take longer to complete, this book gives you every option you could ever dream of. With Little Indulgences, learn more about:
- Ways to be kind to yourself
- Practicing self-care
- And so much more!
If you enjoyed books like The Little Book of Lykke, Wellness Witch or The Little Book of Life Skills, then you’ll love Little Indulgences!