Facing the Music And Living To Talk About It

Facing the Music And Living To Talk About It

This book is Nick Carter’s autobiography and self-help hybrid in which he chronicles his struggles with a dysfunctional family and the unimaginable rigors of becoming an internationally successful pop-star at the age of 12. From his battle with addiction to serious health complications and the pain of his younger sister’s tragic death, Nick leaves nothing to the imagination and offers true and heartfelt advice to help readers overcome obstacles in their own lives.

Facing Death And Finding Hope

A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying

Facing Death And Finding Hope

Many books have been written on the subject of death and dying over the last twenty-five years, yet none provides a comprehensive spiritual paradigm combined with practical guidance for resounding effectively and compassionately to be most common difficulties and challenges of the dying. Christine's Longaker's uncompromising and uplifting book does it all, and is based on her own personal experiences, her study and work with Sogyal Rinpoche and on the workshops she now holds all over Europe and the USA.

The Perseids and Other Stories

The Perseids and Other Stories

In his first story collection, Robert Charles Wilson, one of the most distinguished SF authors of his generation, weaves a tapestry of tales set in and around the city of Toronto - a haunted, numinous Toronto of past, present and future, buzzing with strangeness. In "The Fields of Abraham", one of three stories written especially for this collection, an impoverished immigrant boy is trained in strange disciplines by a bookseller who is more than he seems. In "The Perseids", winner of Canada's national SF award, love and amateur astronomy weave in and out of a terrifying tale of forced human evolution. In "The Observers", an awkward young Canadian girl who sees extra-human presences has an extraordinary encounter in 1950s California with Edwin Hubble. In "Plato's Mirror", a professional New Age charlatan has a genuine and terrible encounter with the extraordinary. And in the Hugo-nominated "Divide by Infinity", an aging Toronto book-lover finds himself becoming, literally, increasingly unlikely. Throughout are showcased Wilson's suppleness and storytelling strength: bravura ideas, scientific rigor and living, breathing human beings facing choices that matter in a universe stranger than we can imagine.

Sweet, Sour and Sad

Sweet, Sour and Sad

Norman Keifetz, who has published three novels, had plays performed, entertained readers with many short stories, is a surprising writer. A treat for readers who know his work and for those who come upon his writing for the first time. Hes not a household name and it is puzzling why he doesnt have that kind of celebrity. If a good book is a cure for insomnia, he will keep you awake and thinking and wanting more. Mr. Keifetz has lectured on writing and the creative spirit over the years at book festivals and seminars around the country -- in little cities and big -- Glens Falls, NY, Las Cruces, NM, Cincinnati, OH, Chicago, IL --to name a few. Hes published literary criticism, poetry, and has had plays produced. Sweet, Sour, and Sad is his first collection of unpublished works. His new bi-lingual novella, The Smoking Contest (in English and French), is on press. Mr. Keifetz was married to the late Joyce Engelson, a legendary editor in book publishing.And their daughter, Mandy Keifetz, was the fiction winner of the 2010 AWP Award Series with her novel, Flea Circus.

Anxious to Talk about It

Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism

Anxious to Talk about It

"Wait... We're talking about what? I'm not so sure I want to do that." When it comes to discussing racism, many white people are overwhelmed with anxiety, leading to a fight-or-flight response. In Anxious to Talk About It, pastor and professor Carolyn B. Helsel draws on her successful experiences with white congregations to offer us tools to embrace and explore these anxious feelings. Through the sharing of our stories, new insights on racial identity, and spiritual practices to help you engage racial justice concerns prayerfully, you'll begin to overcome your anxiety and learn to join conversations with less fear, more compassion, and more knowledge of self, others, and the important issues at stake. Helsel's words and guidance will inspire you to receive the gifts that come through these difficult conversations and point to how you can get further involved in the important work around race relations. While Anxious to Talk About It can be read alone, reading it with a group is strongly recommended to help deepen and broaden the discussion, integrate the material and practice with others. Free Study Guide available at www.chalicepress.com.

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The Risks of Knowing

Developmental Impediments to School Learning

The Risks of Knowing

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this important and fascinating book on the internal dilemmas youngsters face in school, which often cause them to stop learning. We are all too ready to ascribe learning problems to an inability to learn and leave it at that. This book should go a long way toward convincing us that using such simpleminded explanations and remedial efforts based on them do not work. Unlike other books that identify the causes of learning disabilities in children or that detail society's impact on the so-called helpless child, The Risks of Knowing is an in-depth study of young people who for reasons of intrapsychic conflicts and of intellectual development make a nega tive decision about the learning process. This book is unique in its thorough analysis of the conflicts young people have with learning and in its treatment prescriptions. In case after case, Karen Zelan demonstrates that if young people declare themselves unable to learn it is because for some valid reasons they believe learning is dangerous. The reasons that cause a decision to fail often remain unconscious until they are brought to the child's awareness. When the child is helped to understand the source of any inner dilemmas, both child and parents are able to find better solutions to immediate learning difficulties. Karen Zelan brings a rare expertise to the problems young people find in academic learning.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism

Operating instructions for being a Catholic. The Catechism is an amazing collection of Church teachings and rules that cover everything from the basics, like honoring God, to more unusual subjects, such as paying just wages and respecting animals. Perfect for students, lay teachers, Catholics, and readers of other faiths, this guide is the key to understanding the daily life of Catholics and gives readers an appreciation for what Catholics believe. ? Provides information and explanations without a conservative or liberal slant ? Co-author is a clergyperson expert on the teachings of the Catechism ? Companion volume to The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Understanding Catholicism, Third Edition

Diplomatic Retirement

Diplomatic Retirement

Even in retirement former foreign service officer John Pauley is called to consult on South American .nuclear affairs affecting Colonia, his former country of assignment. He is also writing a book on his other specialty, international science cooperation, and has just finished Volume One, covering the years since 1945. He breaks away to take a canoe trip with his two sons and old foreign service friend Henry Nielsen. Despite Henrys awkwardness, the trip is a success. John returns from the North Woods to find his wife Barbara has suffered a mild stroke. A more serious attack follows. Barbara is hospitalized while John seeks a retirement home with hospital and therapeutic services. The least undesirable choice: Grandview, characterized by an imperious director, overworked staff and cowed residents, where the daily enrichment activities include Bingo, crossword puzzles, balloon badminton and old movies. After a time John and his family find the long drive to Grandview wearing, so John decides to take an apartment there where he can live too. With all the talk about health he decides he is not completely well. He finds the atmosphere at Grandview oppressive. Residents main occupations are eating and talking about other residents. Many spend much of the day when not in the dining room seated in the lobby watching intently the comings and goings of the mailman, visitors, repairmen and the occasional departure of a fellow-resident with the 911 squad. John is bewildered by the lack of interest in the world. With Barbara ill, he has no one to talk to. He resumes his correspondence with Henry, who volunteers to help him with Volume Two of his book, on cooperation before 1945, but Johns heart is no longer in the work. Henry promises to visit early in the new year. Life at Grandview looks up for John when resident Septimus Simmons returns from a trip. Septimus has been the spark plug of life at the retirement home, promoting dinner music in the dining room, leading excursions to the nearby Indian casino, jamming worthy issues through the moribund residents council, criticizing the ineffectual administration, arranging excursions to plays and concerts, setting up a residents newsletter and running the residence library. Septimuss field is philosophy and his first love is Lucretius, whose work he introduces to John. He and John spend much time together, finding they share many opinions of Grandview and life in general. John learns Septimus is working on some unknown project. Johns visits to Grandview to see Barbara and Septimus take time from his writing so he decides to move to Grandview, fearful now that he, too, is ill. When her doctor is prepared to release Barbara to go home, John decides to stay on at the residence with his questionable new illness. Septimus disapproves. John doesnt go home even for Christmas. Septimus leads the festivities at Grandview. Johns family surprise him with presents and food on Christmas night. Septimus presents him a copy of Lucretiuss On the Nature of Things, which he discusses with John as it pertains to retirement, the end of life and preparations for death. Septimus considers Johns philosophical thinking fuzzy; John finds Septimuss thoughts too abstract, too ethereal. Septimus completely takes over Henrys visit and arranges an indoor picnic where he prepares the barbecue. John tells Henry he is unable to write Volume Two. Johns family attend. Septimus tells them they must help get John away from Grandview. Henry makes his own contribution to the discussion of retirement and death, quoting a recent speech on the subject. At the end of the picnic Septimus bids John farewell, surprising him and the others. But John says, Im not leaving. Johns Volume One receives a prize and his publisher presses him to finish Volume Two. John shrugs off Sept

Even Trolls Love Pasties

A Goode Ann Arbor Tale

Even Trolls Love Pasties

Even Trolls Love Pasties looks back to life in Ann Arbor during the 1970s and two freshmen at the University of Michigan as they move through at world of young loves, new friendships, drugs, music, politics, Wolverine football and the occasional ghost. After encountering the slings and arrows that life throws their way, the two embark on a road trip to Daytona Beachvia Seattle.