The Browsery : Books

Welcome to The Browsery book library, currently home to over 1200 specialised books. They are a collection of donated, found and purchased titles; new and second hand; fiction and non-fiction; medical and autobiographical; all with something different to offer

All of these books are available on loan from Hopeworks, with free reply paid envelope included for returns. We have also included a link to sites where you can purchase these books should you wish to.

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Abuse/Sexual Abuse (45 titles)
Acoustic Neuroma (1 titles)
ADHD (21 titles)
Alzheimers/Dementia (21 titles)
Animal Rights (32 titles)
Anxiety/Distress (22 titles)
Aphasia (4 titles)
Asperger's Syndrome (13 titles)
Autism (22 titles)
Biography & Autobiography (127 titles)
Bipolar Disorder (10 titles)
Body, Mind & Spirit (103 titles)
Borderline Personality Disorder (2 titles)
Brain Tumours (4 titles)
Bullying (15 titles)
Carers (18 titles)
Cerebral Palsy (1 titles)
Chemical Toxicity (6 titles)
Children/Teenagers (47 titles)
Chronic Fatigue, chronic illness and chronic pain (38 titles)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and meditation (37 titles)
Depression (40 titles)
Dyslexia (6 titles)
Dyspraxia (4 titles)
Dystonia (3 titles)
Energetic Medicine (30 titles)
Environmental Issues (14 titles)
Epilepsy (3 titles)
Essential Tremor (1 titles)
Fiction (19 titles)
Grief and loss (35 titles)
Headaches and Migraines (11 titles)
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Spinal Cord Injury (1 titles)
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Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (51 titles)
Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion (39 titles)
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Abuse/Sexual Abuse


A Mother's Story: The Civic Creche Child Sex Trial - Joy Bander (1997)

When a little boy needed his Mum to "believe me", it began a series of events that ended with the jailing of Christchurch Creche worker Peter Ellis for child sex crimes. Now for the first time, that little boy's mother is breaking her silence, so you can judge the evidence. This is her story. 'Joy Bander' is a pseudonym. The judge in the Civic creche trial suppressed the identities of the children involved, so, where necessary, names have been changed. It became one of New Zealand's most controversial criminal cases: the alleged sexual abuse of a group of children at a city council operated creche. Childcare worker Peter Ellis was convicted and jailed, but some people claimed he was innocent - a victim of a Salem-style witch hunt. The challenge is: read this book and decide for yourself whether the evidence was sufficient to convict - were the children really abused? Claims were heard of those who believed Ellis innocent. This is the testimony of the prosecution's chief witness

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After Silence - Nancy Venable Raine (1999)

The subject of rape has long been 'unspeakable' and remains one of the most controversial and emotionally charged issues for society. For Nancy Venable Raine, second only to the soul-breaking burden of her rape at 39 was the silence that shrouded it, a silence born of her own feelings of shame and the incomprehension of others. She uses the redemptive power of language to lift the silence that is rape's legacy and to promote an understanding of the stigma that haunts rape's survivors. Using wide-ranging sources from literature, mythology, psychology and feminist theory, she exposes the complicated damage and response caused by rape. Like William Styron's book on depression, this should become the definitive work on the effects and recovery of rape, so intelligently and beautifully is it written.

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Allies in healing - Laura Davis (1991)

Focusing on people who were sexually abused as children, and based on interviews and her workshops for partners across the country, Laura Davies offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners - girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses and lovers - trying to support the survivors in their lives while tending to their own needs along the way. She shows couples how to deepen compassion, improve communication, and develop an understanding of healing as a shared activity. Addressing partners' most important questions, this book answers common questions about sexual abuse, introduces key concepts of working and growing together, includes strategies for handling suicidal feelings, regression and hopelessness, offers practical advice on healing with distancing, control, trust and fighting, provides guidelines for coping with flashbacks, lack of desire, differences in sexual needs and frustration, and explores the struggles, triumphs and courage of eight partners. Laura Davis is a co-author of "The Courage to Heal" and author of "The Courage to Heal Workbook".

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Am I a good girl yet? - Carolyn Bramhall (2006)

(Foreword by Neil T. Anderson) This is the true story of a young woman's battle with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as she journeys through her painful past, the road to healing, and the discovery of true spiritual and emotional freedom in Christ.

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Ana's story - Jenna Bush (2007`)

Ana's story begins the day she is born with HIV, transmitted from her mother, who dies just a few years later. From then on, Ana's childhood becomes a blur of secrets--about her illness, her family, and the abuse she endures. Shuffled from home to home, Ana rarely finds safety or acceptance. But after she falls in love and becomes pregnant at seventeen, she embarks on a journey that leads her to new beginnings, new sorrows, and new hope.Based on her work with UNICEF and inspired by the framework of one girl's life, Jenna Bush tells the story of many children around the world who are excluded from basic care, support, and education. Resources at the back of this book share how you can help children like Ana and protect yourself and others.

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Another chance - Sharon Wegscheider Cruse (1990)

The second edition of this classic work on recovery for alcohol families updates and expands the original, which won a Marty Mann Award as an outstanding contribution on alcohol communications. The first ten chapters of Another Chance pull the curtain back on the alcoholic family. We meet its cast of characters: the Dependent, the Enabler, the Hero, the Scapegoat, the Lost Child, the Mascot. The author then spells out a treatment plan for halting the downward spital of alcoholism -- a powerful blend of the Twelve Steps pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous, the Family Reconstruction process developed by Virginia Satir, Wegscheider-Cruse's innovative and eclectic approach to therapy, and her own recovery from co-dependency. The second edition also addresses adult children of alcoholics, sprituality, and co-dependent therapists.

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Breaking Down the Wall of Silence - To Join the Waiting Child - Alice Miller (1991)

Alice Miller has achieved recognition for her revolutionary work on the causes and effects of child abuse - here she works towards demolishing the wall of silence which surrounds the sufferings of early childhood as they affect everyday life, politics, the media, psychiatry and psychotherapy. An infant's trust and dependency on its parents, its longing to be loved and be able to love in return, are boundless. To exploit this dependency, to confuse a child's longings and abuse its trust by pretending that this is somehow "good for" it, Alice Miller condemns as a criminal act, committed time and again out of ignorance and the refusal to change. The essential first stage in this healing process is feeling the truth of our experience. Only this, Alice Miller writes, can enable us "to recognise childhood events and resolve their consequences so that we can lead a conscious, responsible life. If we know and feel what happened to us then, we will never wish to harm ourselves or others now".

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Clenched fists, burning crosses - Cris South (1984)

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Dead women walking - Jennifer Su (2007)

Mei Chen had spent her life running, from sexual abuse, violence and the spirits. The drugs no longer dulled their voices, and she couldn't escape. She was suicidal. Ling and Yufen are two other women ruled by the spirits they worship, equally overtaken by misfortune and disaster. To escape the mess of broken relationships and painful memories seems impossible. Taiwan's churches have reached the middle classes, but for these working-class women old superstitions held sway, compounded by brutality and drug use. These three stories, skilfully intertwined, show that no situation is beyond the reach of God's grace.

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Disfigured - A Saudi Woman's Story of Triumph Over Violence - Rania Al-Baz (2009)

Every morning for the past six years, Rania al-Baz has been the smiling face of a family programme on Saudi television. She was a young, beautiful Saudi TV news presenter — the first woman to have such a job — when her abusive husband beat her into a coma and left her for dead. She remained in a coma for four days and later underwent thirteen operations to reconstruct her face. When she agreed to let horrifying pictures of her ravaged face be made public, her story sparked general criticism of Saudi culture. A month after the tragedy, the first Saudi research into domestic violence began at King Saud University in Riyadh. Rania’s story subsequently appeared in the press all over the world. But Rania’s memoir is not simply the story of the violence she suffered; nor is it a tale of revenge. She denounces neither Islam nor the traditions of her country, nor even her former husband — only his violence. It is this generosity of spirit that carries her story — about her Saudi Arabian girlhood and adolescence, about her disastrous first marriage, about her public life as a TV journalist, about her life as a mother, about her evolution into an activist on behalf of women. Rania al-Baz had become one of the best known and best loved faces in her home country of Saudi Arabia. She was the presenter of a programme called The Kingdom this Morning on state-owned television. She lives in Saudi Arabia.

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Emotional Blackmail - Susan Forward (1997)

Emotional blackmail is a powerful form of manipulation in which people close to us threaten to punish us for not doing what they want. Emotional blackmailers know how much we value our relationship with them. They know our vulnerabilities and our deepest secrets. They are our mothers, partners, our bosses and colleagues, our friends and our lovers. And no matter how much they care about us, they use this intimate knowledge to give themselves the pay-off they want - our compliance. Susan Forward presents an anatomy of a relationship damaged by manipulation, and gives the reader an arsenal of tools to fight back, with strategies for blackmail targets, including checklists, practical scenarios and communication techniques that seek to strengthen relationships and break the blackmail cycle for good.

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Exposed : How a Lost Boy Bucked the System and Found His Voice - John Wareham (2015)

John Wareham reflects on his life leading up to and including his time as a boarder at Palmerston North Boys High School. Wareham says at the beginning of this book that this is a memoir, not an autobiography. He tries to revisit and make sense of the boy he used to be, the events that marked and life and stoked his imagination. Some names are changed but how much truth, if any should he tell? 1950’s schools were a different breed than today’s schools with discipline often being meted out with the cane. It was after his parent’s marriage broke up that John Wareham was sent to a boarding school. With parents and schoolmasters’ help, he discovers a passion for photography. Many friendships are made while ganging up on Masters that the boys thought would do better elsewhere pursuing another careers.

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Fighting for My Life : The Confession of a Violent Offender - J. J. Joseph , Foreword by Celia Lashlie (2015)

In 2006 Joseph was convicted of a violent assault on his wife. His subsequent detention meant there was a very real possibility that he might never be reunited with her and might not see his children again. Full of remorse, Joseph accepted his punishment, worked through the counselling and anger management courses he was required to complete, and fought to see his family again. During this period he took a good hard look at his life: at his violent upbringing dominated by a father whose fists were his first resort, at his hostile relationship with his mother (also a victim of violence), at the heartbreaking suicide of his younger brother, at his father's shocking murder, at his drug abuse and womanising. He was forced to see what other people saw: a frightening and violent man whose actions were unpredictable. It was then that he understood, for the first time, what his wife had to put up with and why she was sometimes reticent and withdrawn. Finally it was his love for her and his devotion to his children that pulled him through. Drug- and alcohol-free for over a year now, and determined to change his life, Joseph has now been accepted back into the heart of his family. In Fighting for my Life, Joseph talks openly about his family background and life experiences, and is unusually honest in describing his feelings. This book played a major part in bringing his wife and his mother back to him again, after they read and grasped the truth about Joseph. It is a heartbreaking and heart-warming story and Fighting for my Life will restore people's faith that there can be a favourable resolution to situations of domestic violence.

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Fresh Start: A practical guide for women wanting to be free from abuse - National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges Inc (2006)

This book is for New Zealand women experiencing domestic violence. It draws on the understandings and experiences of Women's Refuge advocates, and the stories shared by women who have used our services. Support people, community workers, and practitioners working in the area of family violence will also find this an informative resource. The book has two parts: Information on surviving abuse: how to identify abuse, why people are violent, working out whether to stay or leave, planning for safety, rebuilding your life after abuse, and supporting children. Legal and practical information: what to do in a crisis; support services available; getting a protection order; dealing with lawyers, police and going to court; caring for children; separation; relationship property; and applying for a benefit, housing or a job.

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From Rage to Courage - Alice Miller (2009)

Alice Miller has received countless letters from readers all over the world. "From Rage to Courage", assembles the most recent, illuminating the issues and consequences of childhood abuse. Whether exploring the connection between repressed anger and physical illnesses, or the reasons why many survivors of abuse turn to drugs or crime, Miller's answers are sensitive, honest and supported by decades of experience. Unafraid of controversy, she discusses much-debated theories such as the impact of religious belief on the cultural traditions of child abuse. A practical guide to Miller's therapeutic concept, this work affirms the healing and liberating power of retrieved emotions.

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From Recognition to recovery - Carol Shand and Robynanne Milford (1993)

A General Practice Guide To The Medical Management Of Sexual Abuse

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From Victim to Victory : Prescriptions from a Child Abuse Survivor - Phil G. Quinn (1994)


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Honest - My Story So Far. The Official Autobiography - Tulisa Contostavlos (2012)

Tulisa Contostavlos is one of the most talented and high-profile recording artists working in the UK today. She has three platinum N-Dubz albums, four MOBO awards, a groundbreaking drama series, two documentaries, a MIND award and an X Factor judge's win under her belt. Not bad for a girl who's not yet twenty-five. But this is not just a tale of glittering success. Tulisa grew up on a tough London estate and left school with no qualifications as she struggled to cope with deep-seated emotional problems while caring for her mother alone. She has seen first hand what drugs, alcohol, gang culture and violent relationships can do to young people, but she has come through it all to become the confident, inspiring artist she is today. After taking her little muffins Little Mix to the winning spot of the X Factor at the end of 2011, and with her long-awaited solo album being released later this year, the future is bright for Tulisa. Told in her own words, this is her story.

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Insult to Injury - Rethinking Our Responses to Intimate Abuse - Linda G Mills (2003)

Locking up men who beat their partners sounds like a tremendous improvement over the days when men could hit women with impunity and women fearing for their lives could expect no help from authorities. But does our system of requiring the arrest, prosecution, and incarceration of abusers lessen domestic violence or help battered women? In this already controversial but vitally important book, we learn that the criminal justice system may actually be making the problem of domestic violence worse. Looking honestly at uncomfortable facts, Linda Mills makes the case for a complete overhaul and presents a promising alternative. The evidence turns up some surprising facts about the complexities of intimate abuse, facts that run against mainstream assumptions: The current system robs battered women of what power they do hold. Perhaps as many as half of women in abusive relationships stay in them for strong cultural, economic, religious, or emotional reasons. Jailing their partners often makes their situations worse. Women are at least as physically violent and emotionally aggressive as are men toward women, and women's aggression is often central to the dynamic of intimate abuse. Informed by compelling evidence, personal experience, and what abused women themselves say about their needs, Mills proposes no less than a fundamentally new system. Addressing the real dynamics of intimate abuse and incorporating proven methods of restorative justice, Mills's approach focuses on healing and transformation rather than shame or punishment. Already the subject of heated controversy, "Insult to Injury" offers a desperately needed and powerful means for using what we know to reduce violence in our homes.

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Invisible Wounds: A Self-help Guide for New Zealand Women in destructive relationships - Kay Douglas (1998)

This compassionate and practical self-help guide has helped thousands of New Zealand women to identify verbal and emotional abuse in destructive relationships, and to make changes. This is one of the first books written for women suffering from emotional abuse rather than physical abuse at the hands of their male partners. This book contains dozens of case studies and many exercises designed to help women recognise, conquer and recover from the effects of emotional abuse. It provides insights into how relationships become destructive, and offers encouragement and practical help in enabling women to make positive changes in their lives

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Lani's Story - Lani Brennan;Hazel Flynn (2013)

LANI'S STORY is a moving, confronting and compelling account of a young woman's journey from victim to survivor. Escaping from a violent and unhappy relationship was just the first step for Lani-after that, she had to brave the courts, the police, and her community-but in the process she found love, hope and ultimately justice. This is a powerful and inspirational story of courage, determination and the importance of not accepting one's destiny. 'How one person can endure so much and then rise and be the incredible woman that she is today is a testament to how change comes from within. Lani reminds us how the spirit can fight, no matter how broken and bruised, to make a difference in this world.' Deborah Mailman A confronting and compelling account of a young woman's journey from victim to survivor. Raised in an urban Aboriginal community in Sydney, Lani had a childhood filled with love but alcoholism in her family left its scars. By thirteen, she was in a cycle of drug and alco

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Life in Pieces: A Harrowing True Story of a Woman with Multiple Personality Disorder - R. K. Baer (2008)

In 1989 a woman named Karen showed up at author and psychiatrist Richard Baer's practice, terribly frightened and at breaking point. She explained that her husband beat her, her mother stole from her; she was in tremendous physical pain and wanted to die. Within a few sessions she also revealed that her father and grandfather had raped and tortured her repeatedly over the course of her childhood, frequently in the company of other neighbourhood men. She was now married with two children, but often could not account for stretches of minutes, hours, sometimes even days. As Karen's story unfolded over the following months, Baer realised that he was dealing with a severe case of Multiple Personality Disorder. Although it would take time and deep, hard-won trust before any of Karen's alternated personalities presented themselves in her psychiatrist's office, over the next five years Baer would encounter seventeen distinct personalities, all of whom had been living inside Karen since she was a young child, shielding her from an otherwise unbearable life. In the tradition of Oliver Saks and Irvin Yalom, Baer chronicles his nine years of work with Karen and all her distinct personalities, his often futile efforts to use the tools of his trade, and his patient's ultimate invention of her own cure. An unforgettable story of unimaginable suffering and ultimate recovery, A Life In Pieces: How One Woman's Personality was Shattered by Years of Abuse is the first account of life with Multiple Personality Disorder written by the treating psychiatrist.

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Lost & Found - Jude Simpson (2007)

A courageous woman has turned her experience of abuse into a life mission to prevent others from walking the path she did. If you know anything about Jude Simpson’s life, you’d have to say she’s got courage in spades. It’s a history that has given her unique credibility in campaigning against family violence. Whether answering individual letters sent to the It’s Not OK website, or working with community groups or police officers who are learning how to support victims, Jude’s words hold weight with her audiences. That’s because she has been there, and now she’s determined to raise awareness of family violence, what it does to young lives and how every person can help. Jude, now in her 50s, needed all the gumption she could muster just to survive her childhood. At 10, Jude’s parents split. Jude and her sister went to live in Napier with their stepmother and father. But behind their white, middle-class façade was dysfunction and violence. In her book, Lost and Found: A Woman’s Living Proof, Jude describes her stepmother’s cruelty and violence. Jude tells of being forced to eat food her stepmother had spat into and of being humiliated in front of school mates. The stepmother also intercepted letters to Jude’s birth mother, leaving Jude isolated. “She would get so angry that she would scream and swear and rant and rave. When she was in this state she was absolutely terrifying and out of control. “We were two little girls being confronted by a monster. We couldn’t defend ourselves. We were not even allowed to speak. We just had to stand there and take her assault.” No one called the police – not neighbours, family, healthcare workers or teachers.

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Mother's ruin - Nicola Barry (2007)

Nicola Barry grew up in well-to-do Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Her father was a hopsital consultant, her mother was medically trained, her brothers boarders at public school. But behind the closed doors of their imposing family home, her mother was drinking herself to death. A beautiful, quirky woman, this is the story of how Monica Barry became a prisoner to alcohol and a prisoner in her own home, her addiction slowly sucking the life out of her. And how - with her father at work, and her brothers away at school - Nicola spent a lot of her childhood as her mother's unofficial carer: hauling her from the bath when she was too drunk to function and running errands to buy her booze. Full of harrowing incidents, and warmed by a touching, bleak humour, this is the powerful story of how a mother drank herself to death and how alcohol destroyed a family. And of how Nicola battled with her own alcoholism but, determined to throw off her mother's legacy, came through - a survivor.

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My Gentle barn - Ellie Laks (2014)

This is the incredible true story of a place where animals heal and children learn to hope. 'When I started The Gentle Barn, some viewed it as a hobby or an obsession, some as an act of selfless devotion. To all of those people, I want to say, You don't understand. I'm not saving the animals; they're saving me.' Ellie Laks was just seven years old when she was abused by her childminder. Through the troubled years that followed, animals were her salvation. Through near bankruptcy and a devastating fire, Ellie's dedication has not diminished. But it wasn't until she opened up the Barn to at-risk children and children with special needs that she realised how her animals could teach lessons in forgiveness and healing to others. This is a truly inspirational memoir, full of heartbreaking stories of hope and healing.
Highly recommended -

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No More Silence : He Thought He'd Got Away with it. But One Day Little David Would Find the Strength to Speak Out. - David Whelan (2011)

David had everything. No-one knew the London businessman was born into a world beyond poverty, the son of a rapist father and disturbed mother. Abandoned as a baby, he spent most of his childhood in care and suffered appalling sexual abuse. But no-one knew. But a call from the abuser's wife, 30 years on, proved he was living in a house of cards. The youngest of five children, David was the son of a drunkard rapist father and a mentally unhinged mother. His father was jailed and his mother deserted the family, leaving five urchins to battle to survive in an inner city Glaswegian slum. Rescued, but separated, David grows up with vague memories of Ma, but no memory of his siblings. For the next years of his young life David was shipped from pillar to post, until the authorities decided the best place for him and his youngest sister was Quarriers Children's village, where he was delivered into the hands of a paedophile. Helpless, powerless and alone, it was beaten into David that no-one cared for him and no-one loved him. Finally David escapes and goes on to build a life of success, determined to bury his secret and never tell anyone what happened to him. Then he receives a phone call from his abuser's wife, and all that he has built comes tumbling down. She asks David to be a character witness on behalf of the man who stole his childhood. Instead David chooses to tell the truth, turning the tide for detectives involved in a massive investigation and changing his own life forever. This is his remarkable story.

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Proud of me - Charlene Smith (2002)

Customer review: I was in South Africa when the article that forms the basis of this book came out. I walked into a friend's kitchen and her husband had the newspaper open on the table and was sobbing. It dominated talk shows from Johannesburg to New York - the author appeared on shows like CBS 60 Minutes and ABC Nightline. It is a book not just about one person, but the many men, women and children who experience harm and stay silent - and the few brave enough to speak out, who change the world. This is a book that will change your life if you read it. It will make you angry in parts but leave you feeling positive and inspired by its end. A remarkable tale.

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Sickened - Julie Gregory (2003)

A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor's examining table, missing yet another day of school. Just twelve, she's tall, skinny, and weak. It's four o'clock, and she hasn't been allowed to eat anything all day. Her mother, on the other hand, seems curiously excited. She's about to suggest open-heart surgery on her child to 'get to the bottom of this.' She checks her teeth for lipstick and, as the doctor enters, shoots the girl a warning glance. This child will not ruin her plans. From early childhood, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated, and operated on in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother's mind. Munchausen by Proxy (MBP) is the world's most hidden and dangerous form of child abuse, but Julie Gregory not only survived, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman: not solely a victim of child abuse.

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Sophie's Legacy - Lesley Elliott (2011)

Sophie Elliott had everything to live for, until her ex boyfriend decided otherwise. The gripping mother's tale of a murder that shocked New Zealand.

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Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice - Deborah Prothrow-Stith and HOward R Spivak (2005)

Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice is a groundbreaking book that offers parents and teachers a primer for understanding and preventing the increasing incidents of physical violence--hazing, brutality, fighting, weapons, murder--by young girls. Written by Drs. Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Howard R. Spivak-the renowned Harvard- and Tufts-based experts on preventing youth violence-this important book offers a plan to help our daughters become strong, confident, powerful, and independent young women without being violent.

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Surviving and Moving on: Self help for survivors of childhood sexual abuse - Kim McGregor (2010)

This book is essential reading for any survivor of child sexual abuse, female or male. Many survivors of sexual abuse have not always been believed or supported through their developmental years. They have had to cope on their own, dealing with the aftermath of the abuse in whatever ways they could. This book offers ideas and techniques for understanding and healing which adult survivors in particular may find useful. It tends to be written with women in mind, but much of the information and many of the exercises may be useful for male survivors as well. This book will also be useful for the partners, families and friends giving support and encouragement to survivors who are healing themselves from the effects of abuse. Many survivors want those around them to understand what they've survived and its effects on their life. Part 1 provides information about child sexual abuse - what it is, why children remain silent about it, some of the effects abuse can have on a survivor's life and how these can be minimised, and who the offenders are. Part 2 is for survivors, helping them to understand and to cope with their unique experience of child sexual abuse. Part 3 is specifically for supporters and caregivers of survivors.

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Surviving Centrepoint - Ella James (2013)

Shortly before I turned 13, my life changed forever when my family moved to the Centrepoint Community on Auckland's North Shore. Centrepoint was founded by Bert Potter and was at peak capacity at the time. He was its 'spiritual leader'. During my four years there I was pressured into inappropriate and at times frightening situations by many of its adult members including its counsellors; free sexuality was strongly encouraged, including between different age groups, and to resist was actively discouraged. Sometimes I was given drugs. I was told at the time they were a treat. As an adult I now see only darkness behind the intention in giving them to me, a child. Due to the sensitive nature of this book, I have chosen to use a pseudonym to protect my privacy and that of others. This is my story.

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The Courage to Heal - Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (1988)

Come to terms with your past while moving powerfully into the futureThe Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child--and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors' extensive work with survivors, both nationally and internationally.This completely revised and updated 20th anniversary edition continues to provide the compassionate wisdom the book has been famous for, as well as many new features: Contemporary research on trauma and the brainAn overview of powerful new healing tools such as imagery, meditation, and body-centered practicesAdditional stories that reflect an even greater diversity of survivor experiencesThe reassuring accounts of survivors who have been healing for more than twenty yearsThe most comprehensive, up-to-date resource guide in the fieldInsights from the authors' decades of experienceCherished by survivors, and recommended by therapists and institutions everywhere, The Courage to Heal has often been called the bible of healing from child sexual abuse. This new edition will continue to serve as the healing beacon it has always been.

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The Courage to Heal - A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse - Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (1991)

Drawing on the authors' personal experience and professional knowledge, this book is aimed at women who have been victims of sexual abuse as children. It offers advice on coming to terms with the past while moving positively into the future, and provides an explanation of the healing process, first-person accounts of recovery, and practical suggestions derived from the authors' work with hundreds of survivors. The book also contains insights and strategies for partners and counsellors of survivors, and a resource section which includes useful addresses and further reading.

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The Girl in the Locker - Sonia St Claire (2014)

Sonia St Claire and her twin sister,Sarah,suffered horrific abuse of all kinds in five different orphanages over the first fourteen years of their lives.The twins were subject to sexual abuse,sexual slavery and physical violence,as well as emotional and mental abuse and neglect that would leave both of them traumatized and scarred well into their adult lives.After mental breakdown and attempted suicide,incredibly Sonia then fought against the odds to reclaim the life meant for her,a life that had been stolen by her mother and caregivers for so many years.

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The Road of Lost Innocence - Somaly Mam (2007)

Somaly Mam was abandoned as a baby and looked after by her grandmother until she disappeared. She was then taken into the care of a man she called 'grandfather', but was treated no better than an unpaid servant. sold. Raped at twelve, Somaly was forced to marry at fifteen and then sold to a brothel. She endured years of abuse before managing to escape. The Road of Lost Innocence is a moving account of a traumatic childhood and also the inspirational story of a determined and courageous woman devoted to helping other girls caught up in the illegal sex trade and violent underworld in Cambodia. In 1997 Somaly Mam co-founded AFESIP to combat trafficking in women and children for sexual slavery.

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The Silent Crisis: Simple ways to protect children from sexual abuse - Amanda Alexandria Robinson (2007)

The Silent Crisis answers many of the questions concerned parents may have about the nature of child sexual abuse and what they themselves can do in a practical sense to protect their children from one of the most devastating of childhood traumas. It explains how some of our traditional childrearing practices have inadvertently contributed to putting children at risk and how important it is to maintain open communication lines with your children. It emphasises the importance of being vigilant but not paranoid and highlights everyday ways that parents can teach their children to develop instincts and strategies which will help protect them if they are ever threatened in this way.

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To Be Alive: An Attack and afterwards - Charlotte Leefman (2005)

This short book records the effects on a woman's life of a violent attack by an intruder. The necessary facts of the crime are told, including the trial and a conviction. But the fuller story is of the days and years that follow. Healing and despair, living and courage, are the implicit subjects of this straightforward narrative, written under a pseudonym. The book is published by the HELP Foundation (in association with Craig Potton Publishing) to raise funds for their work in this area. Kathryn McPhillips, Clinical Manager for Sexual Abuse HELP writes: The book offers hope for survivors to hold onto in the darkest hours and assurance that it is possible to grow beyond such an event.

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Trouble in Paradise: Uncovering the Dark Secrets of Britains Most Remote Island - Kathy Marks (2008)

Trouble in Paradise A shocking expose of the terrible secrets at the heart of the Pitcairn Island community a tale of systematic child abuse and rape which stretches back over 40 years.

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Violence in New Zealand - James Ritchie (2000)

Contents: What is violence? Violence in New Zealand. Origins of New Zealand violence. Contributing factors. Remedies

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Violent No More: Helping men end domestic abuse - Michael Paymar (1993)

The author guides readers through the process of recognizing abusive behaviors, taking responsibility for them, and learning to express anger without violence. This new edition includes updated resources, additional exercises, and guidelines for men of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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Warriors of Truth: Adult survivors healing from childhood sexual abuse - Kim McGregor (1994)

Warriors of Truth is a new Zealand book for any survivor of childhood sexual abuse. It is also written for supporters, friends and family who wan to know more about the effects of child sexual abuse on a survivor's life and how they can provide support.

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When Katie wakes - Connie May Fowler (2002)

In this piercing memoir, award-winning novelist Connie May Fowler tells the remarkable story of the abusive relationships she has endured, and the unexpected gifts of love that helped her survive. Connie May Fowler's passage to adulthood was marked by emotional suffering and physical abuse. Her mother was manipulative and needy, unable to give her daughter the love and comfort every child has a right to expect. Then, as a young woman, Fowler found herself involved with a man whose behaviour disturbingly echoed her mother's. But the unconditional love she longed for finally came - in the shape of an adoring cross-breed puppy. With Katie at her side, Fowler managed to create a small refuge amid the horrors that surrounded her, and to open her life to a new, gentle man, whose love and understanding helped to transform her.
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Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men - Lundy Bancroft (2003)

This volume offers women guidelines on how to improve and survive an abusive relationship, discussing various types of abusive men, analysing societal myths surrounding abuse, and answering questions about the warning signs of abuse.

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It's time we started telling these stories - Jane Tollerton (2008)

Interviews on family vioence in New Zealand

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Acoustic Neuroma


A whole new normal - Marla Bronstein (2013)

When Marla Bronstein was first diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma, she, like many others, went straight to the internet. She found out what it was, treatment options, and read personal stories of resulting complications from long, frightening surgery. Marla wanted a map to help guide her through the months ahead of surgery that might show her a story with a happy ending. Marla wrote the book she wanted and needed so desperately to read. Marla's story is written with the hope that others might also find their path in dealing with any life-threatening and life-changing situation.The Energy that Heals: The complete acupressure guide - Jacques Staehle

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ADHD


100 Questions & Answers About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Women and Girls - Patricia O Quinn (2010)

If you are a woman who has been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or the parent of a girl with the condition, this book offers help. 100 Questions & Answers About Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Women and Girls provides authoritative, practical answers to common questions about this disorder. Written by a renowned ADHD specialist, this book presents important information about common symptoms, the diagnosis process, management, and sources of support for women and girls with ADHD. An invaluable resource, this book provides the necessary tools for anyone coping with the emotional turmoil caused by ADHD.

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ADHD How to deal with very difficult children - Alan Train (2009)

Why do some children find it impossible to sit still, concentrate, complete a task or control their emotions? The causes of the increasingly recognised condition ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are a matter of debate, but the problems that it creates can have a disastrous effect on a child's ability to learn, socialise and lead a normal life. Alan Train draws on many years' experience of working with emotionally fragile children to offer solutions based on acceptance that ADHD is part of the child's make-up. Writing for parents and teachers, he explains what the condition is, how it is diagnosed and what they can do to help the child in a positive and lasting way. He also looks at the needs of the adults, recognising that they must first learn to deal with their own reactions and emotions. The treatment he advocates is aimed at enabling the child with ADHD to acquire techniques of self-control that will give him or her the strength to cope and which can be developed and refined through the years to adulthood. Drug therapy, he stresses, should be considered as an effective complement to the measures which can be adopted by both home and school.

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ADHD: Who's failing who? - Dr Brenton Prosser (2006)

The recent phenomenal rise in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Australia, New Zealand and the US has created significant challenges for families, schools and communities - and, most of all, for the young people diagnosed with the condition. Author Dr Brenton Prosser's view is that if we ask only medical questions about ADHD we will get only medical answers - and a continuing focus on drug treatment. He encourages us to ask educational, social and political questions in order to understand and address the barriers to other treatments. Have we failed young people by allowing drug-based solutions to dominate? Including real-life stories of teenagers with ADHD as well as advice and ideas for parents and teachers, ADHD: Who's failing who? explains ADHD in a compassionate and challenging way and explodes many of the myths surrounding the condition. The impact of ADHD on learning is significant, so Brenton Prosser offers 100 helpful hints for classroom teachers. ADHD includes real-life stories of teenagers with ADHD as well as advice and ideas to help parents make informed decisions about ways to best support their child.

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Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities - Realities, Myths, and Controversial Treatments - Barbara D Ingersoll and Sam Goldstein (1993)

Two experts on these much-misunderstood, debilitating problems explain how parents can spot telltale symptoms and select the best treatment for their children -- a practical handbook for parents, teachers, and medical professionals alike.

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Does My Child Have ADHD? - Glen Stenhouse (2008)

ADHD has been a controversial issue over the last few decades but in child psychologist Glen Stenhouse's opinion, based on his 15 years of clinical experience, this should not be so. It is estimated that about five per cent of children have a personality type known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. These children are active, impulsive, impatient, enthusiastic, demanding and exhausting to parent - and extremely likeable. Does My Child Have ADHD is for parents wondering whether their child (usually their son) has this particular personality type. Glen Stenhouse describes the characteristic traits and behaviours of the ADHD personality, both in children and adults; explains the challenges that ADHD children face at school; then explains how their behaviour can be managed at home and at school to bring out their very best. The great news is that ADHD children who are well managed by parents and teachers can - and do - grow up to become responsible, high-achieving, happy and fulfilled adults.

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Educating Children with AD/HD - A Teacher's Manual - Paul Cooper and Finton O'Regan (2001)

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is the most common behavioural disorder affecting up to five per cent of children in the UK. This book provides a concise and comprehensive guide to educating children with AD/HD, offering a theoretical introduction to the disorder, and practical guidance for the classroom teacher on how to support children with this condition. This practical guide is divided into three clear sections which focus on: * the nature of AD/HD and its impact on the individual in school, as well as the ways in which it can be most accurately diagnosed * the principles and practices of intervention, including specific educational interventions and behaviour management techniques * a series of case studies illustrating the nature of AD/HD and its relationship with other difficulties making suggestions for school-based interventions. Rooted in the experiences of practitioners who work with children with AD/HD every day, this book draws on up-to-date research evidence to challenge crude assumptions about AD/HD and argue that the best way to understand it is as a condition in which biological and environmental factors interact.

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How to reach and teach ADD/ADHD children - Sandra Rief (2005)

Sandra Rief offers myriad real-life case studies, interviews, and student intervention plans for children with ADD/ADHD. In addition, the book contains best teaching practices and countless strategies for enhancing classroom performance for all types of students. This invaluable resource offers proven suggestions for: Engaging students' attention and active participation Keeping students on-task and productive Preventing and managing behavioral problems in the classroom Differentiating instruction and addressing students' diverse learning styles Building a partnership with parents and much more.

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Hyper Active: What's the alternative? - Maggie Jones (2000)

Approximately one in eight children suffer from ADHD in the US and there are indications that these numbers are increasing rapidly. If the current trend continues, over 8 million children in the US alone will be taking drugs for ADHD by the turn of the century. As the numbers affected escalate, so do the fears concerning the prescribed drugs, particularly Ritalin and Dexedrine. For the parents of a child suffering from ADHD, these worries land on top of the exhaustion and confusion caused by the actual illness.Maggie Jones presents an invaluable book for parents. Hyperactivity: What's the Alternative? provides an authoritative overview of the situation. It explains essential information on the conventional treatments offered and all the effective alternative treatments available. It gives parents practical steps they can take to understand, support and care for themselves and their child, enabling them to move forward in a positive way.

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Learning outside the lines - Jonathan Mooney and David Cole (2000)

Written by two Ivy League graduates who struggled with learning disabilities and ADHD, "Learning Outside the Lines" teaches students how to take control of their education and find true success with brilliant and easy study suggestions and tips. Every day, your school, your teachers, and even your peers draw lines to measure and standardize intelligence. They decide what criteria make one person smart and another person stupid. They decide who will succeed and who will just get by. Perhaps you find yourself outside the norm, because you learn differently--but, unlike your classmates, you have no system in place that consistently supports your ability and desire to learn. Simply put, you are considered lazy and stupid. You are expected to fail. "Learning Outside the Lines" is written by two such "academic failures"--that is, two academic failures who graduated from Brown University at the top of their class. Jonathan Mooney and David Cole teach you how to take control of your education and find true success--and they offer all the reasons "why" you should persevere. Witty, bold, and disarmingly honest, "Learning Outside the Lines" takes you on a journey toward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken.

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Natural Treatments for ADD and Hyperactivity - Skye Weintraub, N.D. (1997)

Dr. Weintraub's latest natural health guide focuses on how to overcome the related behavioral problems of ADD and hyperactivity. Her expertise points to the many causes of these disorders, including nutritional, environmental and physiological factors, and outlines how and why these problems are often misdiagnosed. Dr. Weintraub gives specific technical information pertinent to the causes, symptoms and natural treatments of ADD and hyperactivity, as well as a guideline for parents and teachers to follow when dealing with children. This authoritative handbook is a powerful tool perfect for fighting the ever-increasing occurrence of ADD.

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Only a mother could love him: My story - Benjamin Polis (2003)

For all parents who have ever cried in despair over their hyperactive, impulsive, and seemingly uncontrollable child; for every teacher who’s ever vented frustration at a student who just won’t pay attention; for every kid who has ever asked himself, Why does everyone hate me?–help is here. Only a Mother Could Love Him is a remarkable look inside the mind of a person with ADD/ADHD. Ben Polis attended six different schools, served over three thousand hours of detention, and drove his family into counseling. But through great determination and the use of self-taught concentration techniques, Ben not only graduated high school but also attended a competitive university. Ben describes what it’s really like to feel those constant impulses, to get all that medication, to desperately want to be “normal.” In addition, he offers lots of valuable advice to parents.

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Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD - Patricia O. Quinn (2009)

All you need to know about attention deficit disorder is included in this updated edition of the bestselling classic Putting on the Brakes. This resource for young people their parents and professionals is now revised and expanded covering the newest techniques in diagnosing and treating ADHD including updated information about medication; organization and time management strategies; the most current techniques in relaxation including yoga progressive relaxation and meditation; and tips on how to ask for help guidance and support in managing ADHD and its symptoms.

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Rethinking ADHD - Integrated Approaches to Helping Children at Home and at School - Tim Godber (2003)

An integrated understanding of the causes of ADHD and a total approach to helping children

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Scattered - Gabor mate, M.D. (2000)

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) has quickly become a controversial topic in recent years. Whereas other books on the subject describe the condition as inherited, Dr. Gabor Mate believes that our social and emotional environments play a key role in both the cause of and cure for this condition. In Scattered, he describes the painful realities of ADD and its effect on children as well as on career and social paths in adults. While acknowledging that genetics may indeed play a part in predisposing a person toward ADD, Dr. Mate moves beyond that to focus on the things we can control: changes in environment, family dynamics, and parenting choices. He draws heavily on his own experience with the disorder, as both an ADD sufferer and the parent of three diagnosed children. Providing a thorough overview of ADD and its treatments, Scattered is essential and life-changing reading for the millions of ADD sufferers in North America today.

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Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD - A Self-Help Manual for Parents - Margaret Thompson, Cathy Laver-Bradbury, Anne Weeks, Edmund J Sonuga-Barke and David Daley (2010)

Raising a child with ADHD can be distressing and exhausting for the whole family. But given the appropriate knowledge, and the right tools, parents can intervene to manage their child's behaviour, leading to improved relationships at home and, it is hoped, a more successful time at school. This simple, flexible six-step programme is full of tried-and-tested ideas for parents and professionals supporting families of young children with ADHD. By practicing the techniques and strategies, parents will gain confidence in their parenting and, over time, will improve the child's management of the condition. The programme includes games that will help improve the child's attention, exercises to develop patience and tips for supporting the child in successful self-organization. There are also plenty of useful ideas for developing communication between parents and schools. Based on research and extensive clinical experience, Step by Step Help for Children with ADHD will help families to adapt their parenting to the child, improving relationships and behaviours in the home and at play group.

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The ADDed Dimension; Celebrating the opportunities, rewards, and challenges of the ADD experience - Kate Kelly;Peggy Ramundo;Steven D. Ledingham;Neil Gordon (1998)

In the ADDED DIMENSION, Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo and D. Steven Ledingham offer insight, with clarity and humour, into every facet of the ADD experience, from issues of work, parenting, and relationships to those of organisational skill and stress. ADDers know about the 'disadvantages' of ADD, and this is much more than just a guide to solving problems. At its heart, its aim is self-realisation and confidence, celebrating the opportunites, rewards and challenges of the ADD experience. This book of day-to-day advice shows how the traits and behaviour of an ADD adult can become assets rather than liabilities, especially when energy, creativity and humour are concerned. Infused with warmth, wit and wisdom, this book will help ADD adults rise to their everyday challenges and realise that this condition isn't really a disorder, its just an ADDed dimension.

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The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity handbook: ASerger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and related conditions - Sarah Hendrickx (2010)

Increasing numbers of adults are realising that they have been living with an undiagnosed developmental condition, yet most information and support focuses on children. This leaves many adults confused and in the dark. The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook is a handy first-reference point guide to the full range of developmental conditions as they affect adolescents and adults. Each chapter focuses on a different condition, describing its history, causes and characteristics, its implications for the individual, diagnosis and assessment, treatments and approaches, and strategies for providing support and self-support. A wide range of conditions are covered, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, OCD, Tourette's and Anxiety Disorders. The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook is an invaluable resource for health and social care practitioners, as well as for individuals who feel that they may be living with an undiagnosed developmental condition.

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The Gift of ADHD - Lara Honos-Webb (2005)

More than just another plan for dealing with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, this book shifts readers' focus from what's wrong to what can be right: creativity, intrapersonal intuition, and emotional expressiveness of children with ADHD. By reframing the situation, you can help your child focus and pay attention, channel your child's energy into co-operation, and foster intuition, imagination, and new interests.

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Understanding ADD - Dr Christopher Green (2011)

The definitive guide to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - fully revised and updated for a new generation of parents. The bestselling author of Toddler Taming and Beyond Toddlerdom, Dr Christopher Green, with Dr Kit Chee, demystifies ADHD, the elusive and distressing condition that affects learning and behaviour. Understanding ADHD gives a clear overview of ADHD - the causes, the behaviours and the treatments - and dispels the myths. It is full of well-tried, practical and proven strategies to help with common ADHD problems such as inattention, impulsiveness and underachievement. Drawing on the latest research, the new edition includes: Understanding ADHD shows parents how to work with teachers and health professionals to give their child the best possible chance of entering adulthood with self-confidence, life skills and strong family relationships. - See more here

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Understanding and Supporting Children with ADHD - Lesley A Hughes (2007)

This book provides a succinct overview of issues relevant to understanding and supporting pupils with ADHD. It is well written and includes authentic case studies... The real strength of the book is in its careful consideration of how collaborative working can enable youngsters with an ADHD diagnosis to get the best out of their education. Ideas outlined are practical but are also based on careful thinking about effective models and approaches to intervention... an excellent starting point for anyone embarking on research related to educational provision for pupils with ADHD' - SENCO Update'In many ways this publication reads like a toolkit, and as such offers a range of practices that may be considered in order to improve outcomes for all. A readable and supportive book' - SNIPChildren with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be hard to include in a mainstream classroom, and managing their behaviour is often a challenge. Drawing directly from real classroom experience, this book shows how to use effective management strategies to improve behaviour in the classroom and at home. This interdisciplinary approach will provide teachers with: strategies to deal with disruptive behaviours ways to channel children's positive characteristics advice on how teachers can support and guide parents behaviour management techniques to promote positive behaviour advice on collaborative working, and how teachers can build partnerships with other professionals.

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What Does it Mean to Have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Louise Spilsbury (2001)

This superb new series is designed to present the facts and promote awareness and understanding of conditions that many children learn to live with. Each book: - introduces a condition, examining its causes and effects - looks at control, medication and treatment - covers the help and support available - includes numerous real-life case studies - is written with the help and advice of key experts

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Alzheimers/Dementia


Alzheimer's Disease and other Confusional States - Dr Gerry Bennett (1989)

Alzheimer's Disease and dementia are often used as blanket terms to describe any state of confusion in the elderly. They are often wrongly regarded as the inevitable results of growing old. In fact, problems such as memory loss, disorientation and difficulties in communication are frequently the symptoms of illnesses that can be treated effectively after prompt diagnosis. This book explains the terminology, describes the symptoms, explains the causes and effects of memory loss and the differences between chronic and acute confusion, Alzheimer's Disease, and other forms of dementia. This new, revised edition includes updated chapter explaining: how to make the most of health and social services; the role of memory clinics; where to find professional and informal support; care for the carer and the sensitive issue of abuse of the elderly.

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Anti-Alzheimers Prescription - The Science Proven Plan to Start at Any Age - Vincent Fortanasce (2008)

From a world-renowned neurologist: the first book to feature a scientifically substantiated program for the only treatment for Alzheimer?s: prevention. Alzheimer's is pandemic among older adults worldwide, and as baby boomers age it promises to be the Great American Epidemic of the twenty-first century. Unlike other books in the category, which focus primarily on caring for an Alzheimer's patient after diagnosis, "The Anti-Alzheimer's Prescription" presents a program to lower your risk by 70%: ? Assess your risk factors and determine your ?Real Brain Age? ? Step One: the Anti-Alzheimer's Diet, including recipes and a twenty-eight-day menu ? Step Two: daily physical exercises for the body and mind ? Step Three: daily ?neurobics? to build a big brain reserve ? Step Four: the importance of stress reduction and quality sleep ? Making a diagnosis and the latest medical therapies being developed For the millions of men and women at risk for developing this debilitating illness, "The Anti-Alzheimer's Prescription" is a lifesaving breakthrough.

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Caring for Maria - Bernard Heywood (1994)

Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, is a physical illness that destroys the mind and memory. It can affect anyone, male or female, and is not restricted to the elderly. Along with the other, rarer forms of dementia, Alzheimer's affects about three quarters of a million people in the United Kingdom alone, and it is estimated that there will be 42 new cases of dementia every day as the average age of the population increases.

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Contented Dementia - Oliver James (2010)

Dementia is a little understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. "Contented Dementia" - by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness. A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events.Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. The SPECAL method (Specialized Early Care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present. Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods, "Contented Dementia" provides essential information and guidance for carers, relatives and professionals.Do I like the taste of that? - Kate MorrishKate's husband Peter has Alzheimer's disease. This book is Kate's story of her experience as a carer for Peter over the past six years. Kate shares both her emotional and practical experiences of living with a loved one with Alzheimer's.

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Dancing with Rose - Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's - Lauren Kessler (2007)

Like many loved ones of Alzheimer's sufferers, Lauren Kessler was devastated by the ravaging disease that seemed to turn her mother into another person before claiming her life. To better understand the confounding aspects of living with a condition that afflicts four and a half million people a year, Kessler, an accomplished journalist, enlists as a bottom-rung caregiver at a residential Alzheimer's facility she calls Maplewood.Life inside Maplewood is exhausting and humbling, a microenvironment built upon the intense relationships between two groups of marginalized people: the victims of Alzheimer's and the underpaid, overworked employees who care for them. It is the aides' charge to feed, clothe, bathe, and tend to the needs of dozens of residents, many of whom have only the most tenuous connection to the world around them. But what surprises Kessler more than the disability and the backbreaking work is the grace, humor, and unexpected humanity that are alive and well at Maplewood.The residents in Kessler's care give a human face to what has always been considered a dehumanizing condition, and transform her notions about the disease and "end of life" in general. Among those in her care are Hayes, a dapper ninety-one-year-old, a formerly stoic man who has become, under the influence of Alzheimer's, talkative and witty with the timing of a Borscht Belt comedian; Marianne, a sophisticated, educated career woman who lives in a well-developed, completely logical, entirely fictional world of her own creation; Rose, deeply demented, seemingly unreachable; and Eloise, gentle and self-effacing during the day, contentious and needy at night, who becomes Kessler's adopted mother.

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Dealing Daily with Dementia - Angela Caughey (2013)

Many books have been written about dementia, usually dealing with the symptoms and the medical side of the condition. But here is a thoroughly practical book for carers and families, written by someone with first-hand experience of caring for a person with dementia over many years. Drawing on real-life situations, this book brings together a wealth of information not easily found elsewhere. It provides solutions to a vast range of situations the carer is likely to encounter – from organising legal and financial affairs, to ways of coping with the symptoms of dementia, such as aggression, hallucinations, incontinence and decreasing mental powers. It also contains thousands of hints for dealing with dementia on a daily basis, including adapting the home environment; showering, dressing, eating and drinking; keeping the mind stimulated; and communicating well with family, friends and professionals, as well as with each other. The personal stories throughout the book are inspiring, sobering, and at times amusing. This book is full of the wisdom and insights of experienced carers, and has much to offer anyone new to this role.

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Dementia a New Zealand guide - Dr Chris Perkins (2004)

Dementia is here to stay. In New Zealand today there are approximately 38,000 people with dementia. By 2051 it is likely that this number will have risen to 50,000. In some way, inevitably, it will affect us all ...as sufferers, or as carers, or as part of the wide circle of family, friends, professional and voluntary workers needed to support the main caregiver. The effects of dementia spread far into the community. This comprehensive book has been written for New Zealanders, to give them the information needed to understand and come to terms with this illness, and cope with the changes that occur as the disease takes its course. The New Zealand Dementia Guide explains what dementia is, the different forms it takes, how and where to get help, diagnostic tests, treatment and medication, and the services available. It examines the issues involved in both caring for a sufferer at home, and when the time comes to choose residential care. It is difficult for carers to achieve the right balance of reality and hope. Dementia is a grim condition, which progressively deprives people of the attributes they value. But in this book, Chris Perkins aims to help caregivers at all levels deal with it with acceptance and compassion, offering humane and respectful care to people with dementia.

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Dementia Care - Trevor Adams and Jill Manthorpe (2003)

Dementia presents challenges to all those working in health and social care. It is a progressive disease that affects the person with dementia, their families and friends, and the wider community. Dementia affects each person in a unique way. The challenge to professionals is to respond to this uniqueness by providing support that is effective, meaningful and individualized, often in a context of service uncertainty and resource shortages. Dementia Care explores the key issues relevant to dementia care practice. Written by leading authorities on dementia, this new textbook is designed for both students and practitioners. It emphasizes the importance of evidence-based care and practice that are founded on understanding the lived experience of people with dementia and their supporters.

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Do I like the taste of that? - Kate Morrish (1999)

Kate's husband Peter has Alzheimer's disease. This book is Kate's story of her experience as a carer for Peter over the past six years. Kate shares both her emotional and practical experiences of living with a loved one with Alzheimer's.

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Forever Today - Deborah Wearing (2005)

Clive Wearing has one of the most extreme cases of amnesia ever known. In 1985, a virus completely destroyed a part of his brain essential for memory, leaving him trapped in a limbo of the constant present. Every conscious moment is for him as if he has just come round from a long coma, an endlessly repeating loop of awakening. A brilliant conductor and BBC music producer, Clive was at the height of his success when the illness struck. As damaged as Clive was, the musical part of his brain seemed unaffected, as was his passionate love for Deborah, his wife. For seven years he was kept in the London hospital where the ambulance first dropped him off, because there was nowhere else for him to go. Deborah desperately searched for treatments and campaigned for better care. After Clive was finally established in a new special hospital, she fled to America to start her life over again. But she found she could never love another the way she loved Clive. Then Clive's memory unaccountably began to improve, ten years after the illness first struck. She returned to England. Today, although Clive still lives in care, and still has the worst case of amnesia in the world, he continues to improve. They renewed their marriage vows in 2002. This is the story of a life lived outside time, a story that questions and redefines the essence of what it means to be human. It is also the story of a marriage, of a bond that runs deeper than conscious thought.

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Hazel's Journey - Sue Pieters-Hawke (2004)

In November 2003 Hazel Hawke went public with the news that she had Alzheimer's Disease. Now Hazel's daughter Sue tells the full story of her mother's life in the past 10 years: stepping out as her own woman after her split from Bob, the early signs of what would prove to be Alzheimer's, and the gentle happiness in her life now.

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In Search of My Father - Helena Popovic (2011)

Following her mother's death, Dr Helena Popovic puts her medical training and beliefs to the test when she becomes the carer for her elderly father who has encroaching dementia. This moving story is part personal diary, part scientific treatise and part practical guide, woven together with humorous anecdotes. Above all, it's an inspiring account of a daughter in search of her father: the man beyond the grief, despair, depression and dementia.

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Iris: A memoir of Iris Murdoch - John Bayley (2012)

In 1998 John Bayley wrote a best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir of his wife, the great philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 1996. At times unbearably moving, at times poignantly comical, this memoir provides a fitting memorial to Dame Iris. It is an enchanting portrait of a remarkable marriage and an inspiration for anyone whose life is affected by Alzheimer's.

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Keeper: a book about memory, identity, isolation, Wordsworth and cake - Andrea Gilles (2010)

Can our personalities be taken away from us? Are memory and identity mutually dependent? What exactly is the soul? Three years ago, Andrea Gillies, a writer and mother of three, took on the care of her mother-in-law Nancy, who was in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease. This newly extended family moved to a big Victorian house on a headland in the far, far north of Scotland, where the author failed to write a novel and Nancy, her disease accelerated by change, began to move out of the rational world and into dementia's alternative reality. This book is a journal of life in this wild location, in which Gillies tracks Nancy's unravelling grasp on everything that we think of as ordinary, and interleaves her own brilliantly cogent investigations into the way Alzheimer's works. For the family at the centre of this drama, the learning curve was steeper and more interesting than anyone could have imagined.

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Living in the labyrinth: A personal journey through the maze of Alzheimers - Diana Friel McGowin (1993)

Living In The Labyrinth is the story of how one woman found the strength and the courage to cope with a devastating disease that has afflicted five million Americans. Far from being an exercise in self-pity or a standard autobiography, this is an unflinching and ultimately uplifting look at a debilitating illness from the inside out."A brave record...searingly honest."-- "People" "A stunner of a book...It takes the reader on a terrifying by enlightening journey."-- "San Antonio News Express"

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Living with Alzheimer's and other dementias - Dr Kylie Ladd and Elizabeth Rand (2007)

This book aims to answer all the questions one has: What will happen to me? Does this mean my husband will have to go into a nursing home? Can I still drive? Is it ok for my mother to continue babysitting my children? Are there any pills that can help? And most of all what should I do next? It is a guide in the weeks and months following diagnosis to aid you and your family in understanding dementia, coming to terms with the situation and planning for the future.

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More than body, brain and breath: A guide to spiritual care of people with Alzheimer's Disease - Eileen Shamy (1997)

A guide to the spiritual dimension of care for people with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementia.

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Still Alice - Lisa Genova (2010)

When Alice finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer's Disease she is just fifty years old. A university professor, wife, and mother of three, she still has so much more to do - books to write, places to see, grandchildren to meet. But when she can't remember how to make her famous Christmas pudding, when she gets lost in her own back yard, when she fails to recognise her actress daughter after a superb performance, she comes up with a desperate plan. But can she see it through? Should she see it through? Losing her yesterdays, living for each day, her short-term memory is hanging on by a couple of frayed threads. But she is still Alice.

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Talking to Alzheimer's - Claudia J Strauss (2002)

Alzheimer's can have a devastating impact on a patient's close relationships and all too often, family members and friends feel so uncomfortable that they end up dreading visits, or simply give up trying to stay in contact with the patient. This book offers a wealth of practical things you can do to stay connected with the Alzheimer's patient in your life. It offers straightforward suggestions and invaluable do's and don'ts, with advice on everything from dealing effectively with the inevitable repetition that occurs in conversations with an Alzheimer's patient to helpful strategies for saying no to unrealistic demands. It also includes thoughtful tips to remind you to take care of your own feelings and suggestions for helping children become comfortable with visiting an Alzheimer's sufferer.

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The Caregiver - A Life With Alzheimer's - Aaron Alterra (2008)

Aaron and Stella Alterra had been married for more than sixty years when Aaron began to notice puzzling lapses in his wife's memory. Innocuous at first, they became more severe and more alarming. After a series of appointments and tests, the Alterras were informed that Stella was one of the more than 4.5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease. Combining medical research on the disease and often-painful anecdotes of memory loss, deteriorating motor functions, personality shifts, support-group and daycare experiences, and drug trials, Alterra chronicles his transformation from husband to caregiver after his wife's diagnosis. More than a chronology of one family's experience of Alzheimer's disease, The Caregiver is an intelligent, beautifully reflective testimony to how family members turned caregivers become the ultimate advocates for their loved ones in the face of a disease with no cure.

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What's Happening to Grandpa? - M Shriver (2004)

Kate has always adored her grandpa's storytelling - but lately he's been repeating the same stories again and again. One day, he even forgets Kate's name. Her mother's patient explanations open Kate's eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss. Determined to support her grandfather, Kate explores ways to help him - and herself - cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever.

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Babylon's Ark - The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo - Lawrence Anthony (2008)

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, located in the city centre and caught in the war's crossfire. Once Anthony entered Baghdad he discovered that full-scale combat and uncontrolled looting had killed nearly all the animals of the zoo. But not all of them. U.S. soldiers had taken the time to help care for the remaining animals, and the zoo's staff had returned to work in spite of the constant fire fights. Together the Americans and Iraqis managed to keep alive the animals that had survived the invasion."Babylon's Ark" chronicles the zoo's transformation from bombed-out rubble to peaceful park. Along the way, Anthony recounts hair-raising efforts to save a pride of the dictator's lions, close a deplorable black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses. His unique ground-level experience makes "Babylon's Ark" an uplifting story of both sides working together for the sake of innocent animals caught in the war's crossfire

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Beasts - What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2014)

In his previous bestsellers, Masson has showed us that animals can teach us much about our own emotions love (dogs), contentment (cats), and grief (elephants), among others. In "Beasts," he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is a matter of projection.Animals predators kill to survive, but animal aggression is not even remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Humans are the most violent animals to our own kind in existence. We lack what all other animals have: a check on the aggression that would destroy the species rather than serve it. In "Beasts," Masson brings to life the richness of the animal world and strips away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear, offering a powerful and compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression."

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Behind the Dolphin Smile - Richard O'Barry (2012)

As Flipper's trainer for the TV series, the author did very well in terms of material success. His ideas changed when a dolphin died in his arms and from that moment on he set about liberating dolphins. This book records his successes so far.

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Cleo - How a Small Black Cat Helped Heal a Family - Helen Brown (2010)

For all those people who say they aren't cat people, but deep down know they are. Helen Brown wasn't a cat person, but her nine-year-old son Sam was. So when Sam heard someone mention that her cat had just had a litter, he pleaded to go and see them. Helen was powerless to resist and the deal was done - to be delivered when the kitten was big enough to leave her mother. Just a week later, Sam was killed in a road accident. Not long after this, a little black kitten was delivered to the family's doorstep. Totally numbed by Sam's death, Helen had completely forgotten about the new arrival, which belonged in another universe when Sam was still alive. Helen was ready to send her back, but Sam's younger brother, Rob, identified with the kitten who'd also lost her brothers. Stroking her, it was the first time Helen had seen him smile since Sam's death. There was no choice, the kitten - dubbed Cleo - had to stay Cleo's immense character slowly taught the family to laugh again, giving them hope of getting back to normal. She went on to become the high priestess of Helen's household - vetoing her new men, terrifying visiting dogs and playing an integral role in their lives to become both a guardian and friend.

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Death at Seaworld - Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity - David Kirby (2013)

Death at SeaWorld centres on the battle with the multimillion-dollar marine park industry over the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. Following the story of Naomi Rose, a marine biologist and animal advocate at the Humane Society of the U.S., Kirby tells the gripping story of the two-decade fight against PR-savvy SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. Kirby puts that horrific animal-on-human attack in context. Brancheau's death was the most publicised among several brutal attacks that have occurred at Sea World and other marine mammal theme parks.

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Dogs Never Lie About Love - Why Your Dog Will Always Love You More Than Anyone Else - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2007)

How well do you know your dog? Did you know that dogs have dreams and fears? That they do see colour, that they smell electric storms, and feel scent as an emotion? Jeffrey Masson takes us into the world of the dog, a world created by a sense of smell one hundred million times more acute than ours, and reintroduces us to man's best friend - loyal, honest, straightforward, spontaneous and almost unbelievably forgiving. Drawing on observations of his own three dogs, as well as true stories of dogs' friendship, heroism and loyalty, Masson makes us laugh, cry and think again about our canine companions, who, unlike humans, will never lie about love.

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Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home - And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals - Rupert Sheldrake (2011)

Many people who have ever owned a pet will swear that their dog or cat or other animal has exhibited some kind of behaviour they just can't explain. How does a dog know when its owner is returning home at an unexpected time? Filled with captivating stories and thought-provoking analysis, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home is a groundbreaking exploration of animal behaviour that will profoundly change the way we think about animals, and ourselves. After five years of extensive research involving thousands of people who own and work with animals, Rupert Sheldrake conclusively proves what many pet owners already know - that there is a strong connection between humans and animals that lies beyond present-day scientific understanding.

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Gorillas in the mist - Dian Fossey (2001)

Dian Fossey's classic account of four gorilla families; the basis for the major movie starring Sigourney Weaver For thirteen years Dian Fossey lived and worked with Uncle Bert, Flossie, Beethoven, Pantsy and Digit in the remote rain forests of the volcanic Virunga Mountains in Africa, establishing an unprecedented relationship with these shy and affectionate beasts. In her base camp, 10,000 feet above sea-level, she struggled daily with rain, loneliness and the ever-constant threat of poachers who slaughtered her beloved gorillas with horrifying ferocity. African adventure, personal quest and scientific study, Gorillas in the Mist is a unique and intimate glimpse into a vanishing world and a vanishing species.

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My Gorilla Journey - Helen Attwater (2000)

Helen Attwater met her future husband Mark when they worked together at London's Royal Festival Hall; both knew that they shared a deep sense of adventure, but neither could have ever imagined that they would spend their lives living in the heart of Africa caring for orphaned baby gorillas. This remarkable story of a life spent with 50 or more of the world's most endearing and vulnerable animals is far more than just a book about gorillas. It is a stunning, heartrending story of compassion in the face of harsh brutality, of utter determination in the face of adversity and ultimately of love, not just between an exceptional man and woman, but between two species. Helen Attwater writes with an all-consuming passion for her subject and not only allows the reader to eavesdrop on a life that most of us can barely even imagine, but encourages a deeper understanding of the politics and culture which provide the backdrop for her work. My Gorilla Journey is a vital, well-written autobiography which avoids any kind of self-indulgence, but is instead an inspiring, heartwarming and thought-provoking story of a woman whose life is filled with true love and enviable devotion to an important cause. --Susan Harrison

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Nine Lives - John Varty (2011)

Hunter, poet, musician, cameraman and game ranger, John Varty is South Africa’s best-known – and most controversial – wildlife conservationist. He has been living and working in the wild since early childhood, when his passion for nature was ignited. Nine Lives is the fascinating tale of this magnetic figure’s progression from hunter to filmmaker to conservationist. It is also the remarkable story of a lifelong affair with nature. In Nine Lives, Varty narrates the adventures, trials, mishaps and triumphs of his extraordinary life, from hunting lions at the age of twelve and teaching the orphaned lion cub Shingalana how to hunt for food, to spending last moments with the badly mauled Mother Leopard – whom he had been following and filming for years – before she crawled into a termite mound to die. He reveals the secrets behind his close relationships with certain big cats and invokes the terror of his own narrow escapes from death, including a dangerous encounter with crocodiles and a near-fatal helicopter crash. Captivating, often humorous and deeply moving, Nine Lives is a passionate account of a life lived to the full by a man driven by an intense love of the wild.

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Pleasurable Kingdom - Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good - Jonathan Balcombe (2007)

"Pleasurable Kingdom" presents new evidence that animals--like humans--enjoy themselves. From birds to baboons, insects to iguanas, animals feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe shows that the possibility of positive feelings in creatures other than humans has important ethical ramifications for both science and society.

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Smarter Than Jack - Royal NZ SPCA and Jenny Campbell (2002)

Have you ever underestimated the intelligence of an animal only for it to get the better of you? Has an animal ever saved you from danger? Surprised you by its actions" Or maybe copied your behavior, getting you into trouble" In this book you’ll find 87 true stories of encounters with smart animals, submitted by people throughout New Zealand. The stories are real, raw and gutsy. Some will make you laugh; others may have you in tears. You’ll be entertained… and it will make a great gift. You’ll read stories about: · A dog who gave her pup mouth-to-mouth resuscitation · A budgie who ‘manned’ the reception desk at a pub · Telecom’s Spot, the feisty little jack Russell terrier · An oil-freak cat who eased a woman’s pain · Cows who knew just what to do for a bereaved male. "Animals play such an important part in the lives of most New Zealanders, and every day I have someone telling me a humorous, endearing or inspirational story of a dog, cat, horse or sheep that has provided a memorable moment. Smarter than Jack is a wonderful record of many similar yarns to illustrate the tremendous bond between New Zealanders and their animals." – Mark Leishman "Compassion is born our of understanding. This wonderful collection of true New Zealand stories will open your eyes to the intelligence and intuition of our fellow creatures. It will not only change the way you think aobut animals, but also how you view peoples’ treatment of them." – Peter Mason, SPCA National President

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Some of My Best Friends are Animals - Michael Willis (1982)

Author's experiences with animals from childhood to his present life as director of his Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

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Thanking the Monkey - Rethinking the way we treat animals - Karen Dawn (2008)

Exactly as the title describes: a new manifesto of-sorts, covering the entire, broad-ranging spectrum of the animal rights movement, from wearing leather and eating meat to animal testing and the use of animals in the entertainment industry. Smart and well-argued, it's animal rights for a new generation - easy to read, accessible, and packed with cartoons, celebrity-endorsements, and practical tips along with the serious facts and figures. Endorsed by renowned writers such as J. M. Coetzee and Gloria Steinem as well as pop culture icons and hot young musicians, this is the 'ultimate primer' for the whip-smart, socially committed, and sound-bite-soaked generation.

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The Elephant Whisperer - Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants - Lawrence Anthony (2010)

When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of 'rogue' elephants on his reserve at Thula Thula, his commonsense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival - notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn't take them. He agreed, but before arrangements for the move could be completed the animals broke out again and the matriarch and her baby were shot. The remaining elephants were traumatised and very angry. As soon as they arrived at Thula Thula they started planning their escape...As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution, he came to realise that they had a lot to teach him about love, loyalty and freedom. Set against the background of life on the reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, this is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.

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The Emperor's Embrace - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2000)

With fascinating insight, impeccable research, and captivating writing, controversial psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson, a new father himself, showcases the extraordinary behaviour of outstanding fathers in the animal kingdom. From the emperor penguin, who incubates the eggs of his young by carrying them around on his feet for two months, to the sea-horse, the only male animal that gives birth to its young. Mason also examines nature's worst fathers; lions, bears, and humans. It is a book that will forever change our perceptions of parenthood and love.

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The Face on Your Plate - The Truth About Food - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2010)

In this revelatory work, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson shows how food affects our moral selves, our health, and our planet. Masson investigates how denial keeps us from recognizing the animal at the end of our fork and urges readers to consciously make decisions about food.

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The Ghost Horse - Joe Layden (2013)

Once in a while, a story comes along that reminds readers why the most dramatic tales are often the true ones. The Ghost Horse is the story of a one-eyed, club-footed thoroughbred racehorse and a journeyman trainer, Tim Snyder, who scraped together every penny he had to purchase the broken and unwanted filly. Snyder helped the horse overcome its deficiencies, eventually naming her in part after his deceased wife, Lisa, the great and only love of his life - a bright and sweet-tempered woman whose gentle demeanour seemed eerily reflected in the horse. The trainer (and now owner) was by nature a crusty and combative sort, the yin to his wife's yang, a racetrack lifer not easily moved by new-age mysticism or sentiment. And yet in those final days back in 2003, when Lisa Snyder lay in bed, her body ravaged by cancer, and held her husband's hand, she reassured him with a weak smile. It's okay, she'd say. I'll see you again. I'm coming back as a horse. Tim Snyder did not then believe in reincarnation. But he acknowledged the strangeness of this journey, the series of coincidences that brought them together.

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The Man Who Listens to Horses - Monty Roberts (1997)

Monty Roberts is a real-life horse whisperer--an American original whose gentle training methods reveal the depth of communication possible between man and animal. He can take a wild, high-strung horse who has never before been handled and persuade that horse to accept a bridle, saddle, and rider in thirty minutes. His powers may seem like magic, but his amazing "horse sense" is based on a lifetime of experience. Roberts started riding at the age of two, and at the age of thirteen he went alone into the high deserts of Nevada to study mustangs in the wild. What he learned there changed his life forever. Monty Roberts has spent his whole life working with horses--schooling them, listening to them, and learning their ancient equine language. In The Man Who Listens to Horses, he tells about his early days as a rodeo rider in California, his problems with his violent horse-trainer father, who was unwilling to accept Monty's unconventional training methods, his friendship with James Dean, his struggle to be accepted in the professional horse-training community, and the invitation that changed his life--to demonstrate his method of "join-up" to the Queen of England. From his groundbreaking work with horses, Roberts has acquired an unprecedented understanding of nonverbal communication, an understanding that applies to human relationships as well. He has shown that between parent and child, employee and employer (he's worked with over 250 corporations, including General Motors, IBM, Disney, and Merrill Lynch), and abuser and abused, there are forms of communication far stronger than the spoken word and that they are accessible to all who will learn to listen. This inspirational and gentle man, first introduced to the American public on Dateline NBC, is part James Herriot, part Bill Gates, and part John Wayne. And his story is one you will never forget.

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The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2003)

Many people believe that cats do not have an emotional life, that they are cold and indifferent. Jeffrey Masson, author of several bestselling books about animal emotions, including "When Elephants Weep" and "Dogs Never Lie About Love", is convinced that, on the contrary cats are almost pure emotion. Masson lives by the sea in New Zealand with five cats, and in this fascinating, immensely readable book, he reports on his close observations of their emotional lives. These he divides into nine categories - Narcissism, Love, Contentment, Attachment, Jealousy, Fear, Anger, Curiosity and Playfulness - and to each of which he devotes a chapter. Masson's bond with cats is extraordinary. They accompany him every night on his evening walk along the shore - and he believes that with no other animal is it easier and more enchanting to cross the species barrier.

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The No-nonsense Guide to Animal Rights - Catharine Grant (2006)

You might think that the protection of animals' rights is a modern, Western concern. In fact, people all over the world and down the ages have cared what happens to animals, and not just the cute mammals. Today animals need protecting more than ever: their lives are used and abused in laboratories, zoos and hunts, and they are reared intensively on farms. And out in the wild, animals are losing their habitats to logging and oil exploration. This "No-Nonsense Guide" explains the key issues, charts the growth of the animal rights movement and looks at welfare and protection laws. And it includes a practical day to day guide to what you can do to minimise exploitation.

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The Pig Who Sang to the Moon - The Emotional World of Farm Animals - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2003)

Weaving history, literature, anecdotes, scientific studies, and Masson's own vivid experiences observing pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens over the course of five years, this book at last gives voice, meaning, and dignity to these gentle beasts that are bred to be milked, shorn, butchered, and eaten. Can we ever know what makes an animal happy? Many animal behaviorists say no. But Jeffrey Masson has a different view: Animals are happy if they can live according to their own nature. Farm animals suffer greatly in this regard. Chickens, for instance, like to perch in trees at night, to avoid predators and to nestle with friends. The obvious conclusion: They cannot be happy when confined six to a cage.From field and barn to pen and coop, Masson bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable farm animals, each one with distinct qualities. Curious, intelligent, self-reliant - many will find it hard to believe that these attributes describe a pig. In fact, there is much that humans share with pigs. Pigs dream, know their names, and can see colors. Mother cows mourn the loss of their calves when their babies are taken away to slaughter. Given a choice between food that is nutritious or food lacking in minerals, sheep will select the former, balancing their diet and correcting any deficiency. Goats display quite a sense of humor, dignity, and fearlessness (Indian goats have been known to kill leopards). Chickens are naturally sociable - they will gather around a human companion and stand there serenely preening themselves or sit quietly on the ground beside someone they trust.For far too long farm animals have been denigrated and treated merely as creatures of instinct rather than as sentient beings. Shattering the abhorrent myth of the "dumb animal without feelings," Jeffrey Masson has written a book that is sure to stir human emotions far and wide.

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The Rescue of Belle and Sundance - One Town's Incredible Race to Save Two Abandoned Horses - Birgit Stutz and Lawrence Scanlan (2012)

In December 2008, two abandoned pack horses, a young mare named Belle and an older gelding called Sundance, are spotted by snowmobilers in the remote mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Starving and exhausted, they've trampled the snow into a deep white closet, with walls towering over them. Others manage to reach the horses, bringing hay but also a gun, in case the horses are too far gone. A slight sign of life in the horses' eyes gets them the hay. The 8-day story of their near impossible rescue, involving a trench dug by dozens of volunteers six feet deep and a kilometre long, and then a 30-kilometre descent for the frostbitten humans and wretchedly weak and emaciated horses in minus 40 degrees temperatures, and a Christmas Eve transfer to a foster farm, is sure to be read in one breathless sitting. The austerely beautiful setting and the riveting details (the horses' bond to one another led to their abandonment, they ate one another's tails for protein, and their first meal could be only 'flakes' of hay, and Gatorade) add to this tale of animal resilience and trust, and human stamina and compassion.

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The Whale Warriors - On Board a Pirate Ship in the Battle to Save the World's Largest Mammals - Peter Heller (2008)

On board a pirate ship in the battle to save the world's largest mammals Any day saving a whale is a good day to die...December 2005: journalist Peter Heller arrives in Melbourne to join the Farley Mowat, a pirate ship hellbent on saving whales from hunters in Antarctica. On board Heller finds an uncompromising crew of eco-crusaders who fly the Jolly Roger, operate a steel blade they call the 'can opener' to ram whaling fleets, and dismiss Greenpeace as 'Avon ladies'. their leader, the irascible Paul Watson, patrols the seas, in search of his nemesis, the Nisshin Maru. Over the next two months this motley crew will plough through gale-force winds, monster swells and a monotonously vegan diet, as they chase the Japanese ship, and find themselves at the centre of an international whaling war, where the stakes are dangerously high and there is no turning back. Fast-paced, expertly written and often hilariously funny, the Whale Warriors is a gripping adventure story set on the high seas.

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Vegetarianism - Bodhipaksa (2006)

How does what we eat affect us? How does it affect our world? What are the benefits of giving up meat? Is there a connection between vegetarianism and living a spiritual life? In this volume Bodhipaksa seeks to answer these questions. As a trained vet he can reveal the suffering of animals in the farming industry. As a practising Buddhist he can identify the ethical consequences of inflicting such suffering. Through the Buddhist teaching of interconnectedness he lays bare the effects that our eating habits have upon us, upon animals, and upon the environment. He concludes that by becoming vegetarian we can affirm life in a clear and immediate way, and experience a greater sense of contentment, harmony and happiness.

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Whale Warrior - Pete Bethune (2010)

Environmentalist and anti-whaling campaigner Pete Bethune is now the world's most recognised eco-warrior. His boarding of the Shonan Maru #2 Japanese whaling vessel in the Southern Ocean to perform a citizen's arrest on the captain, drew worldwide attention earlier this year. For his 'crime', Bethune - one of the stars of Animal Planet's 'Whale Wars' - was imprisoned in Japan for four months before finally receiving a two-year, suspended sentence. Around the world Bethune's actions in trying to arrest the captain of the whaling ship for what he believes was the deliberate sinking of his boat, the 'Ady Gil', sparked a media frenzy. In Japan he was labelled a terrorist and there were daily protests against his actions. On the day of his release from the Tokyo Detention Centre a local television reporter summed up the view of much the country when she asked Bethune how it felt to be the 'most hated man in Japan'. Controversial, attention-seeking, forthright and driven ...all these words have been used to describe Pete Bethune. What can't be denied, though, is that he is a man who is prepared to fight - quite literally - for his principles; principles which relate not just to the saving of the great whales of the Southern Ocean, but to the planet as a whole. In Whale Wars the invective is not reserved solely for the Japanese. Bethune lashes his own government for their lack of action over Japan's annual whale hunt. For this, Bethune has received much criticism. This, though, he believes is a small price to pay for spotlighting the plight of the whales. Bethune's book will not only tell the story of 'Ady Gil' and the whale wars, but also of Bethune's other legendary campaigns - amongst them the 'Earthrace' adventure. Readers will be astounded by Bethune's incredible feat of circumnavigating the world in record time in a futuristic, biodiesel-powered speedboat. It took him two action-packed attempts. Most skippers would have been broken after just one. People might not agree with Pete Bethune's way of going about things. Indeed, his radical, single-minded environmental crusades have cost him both financially and in the personal stakes where his long-time marriage to wife Sharyn has finally ended. Whale Wars is rare, modern-day adventure tale with a high-principled back story that makes it a most compelling read.

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Why Animals are Smarter Than Us - Jenny Campbell (2005)

Pets are prized for their companionship and charm, but less remarked on is their often extraordinary intelligence. This heartwarming, humorous anthology spotlights this quality and how it manifests itself in many different creatures. These anecdotal stories offer convincing evidence that animals can read minds, sense the paranormal, foretell the future, navigate without maps, solve their own medical problems, and communicate in mysterious ways — things far beyond human ken. Animals Are Smarter Than Us, which features unusual animal facts, includes stories of how two cats prevented their owner from committing suicide, how a dog predicted her owner's pregnancy five times, how an unruly horse made a choice and helped a paraplegic, how a cat used a cabbage tree to signal rain, and how chimps indulged in some nasty but effective medicine. Based on readers’ contributions, these stories have immediacy and power, making for an entertaining read.

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Wild Minds - What Animals Really Think - Marc D Hauser (2000)

Do animals think? Can they count? Do they have emotions? Do they feel anger, frustration, hurt or sorrow? Are they bound by any moral code? Professor Hauser offers answers to these questions, using insights from evolutionary theory and cognitive science to examine animal thought. Treating animals as neither machines devoid of feeling nor as extensions of humans, but as independant beings driven by their own complex impulses, Hauser examines animal "thought".

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Wildlife Wars - My Battle to Save Kenya's Elephants - Richard Leakey (2001)

Anyone who has ever been to Kenya's extraordinary game parks to see the elephants, or dreamed of doing so, will be fascinated by this story of how these parks came to be the refuges they are and not the corrals for government-sanctioned poaching that they were. When paleontologist Richard Leakey took over the Department of Wildlife and Conservation in 1989, rampant corruption, theft, absenteeism, and a don't-care attitude were hallmarks within the department. As Leakey tells us here, the Kenyan government lacked a real commitment to conservation, and the burgeoning population exerted pressure on national park borders, clearing land for farming and threatening wildlife, unimpeded. Poaching, patronage, a general ripoff mentality, and collusion between park rangers, politicians, blackmarketeers, and smugglers, were so interconnected and seemingly so ineradicable that the department resembled a many-headed hydra. Tribal rivalries within Kenya, a porous border through which Somalian thieves made forays, and a lack of agreement between Kenya and neighboring African countries about the best way to conserve animals made this one of the most daunting management challenges imaginable. In prose that is as direct and to the point (and sometimes as self-congratulatory) as he is, Leakey tells how he set up and managed a multimilliondollar corporation in a country in which everyone wants a piece of the pie, usually under the table. As Leakey tells of cleaning up the department and conserving the elephants, the reader also learns about the economics of the ivory trade, the tug-of-war between immediate political realities and long-term goals, the role of the World Bank in African development, and the politicking involved in deciding what is an endangered species under the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It's a fascinating tale, equally intriguing to the lover of wildlife, the student of management, and the East African history buff.

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Zamba - The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived - Ralph Helfer (2006)

When Ralph Helfer, now one of Hollywood's top animal behaviorists, first began working, he was shocked by the cruelty that was accepted practice in the field. He firmly believed in "affection training" -- that love, not fear, should be the basis of any animal's development, even when dealing with the most dangerous of creatures. Then Zamba came into his life -- an adorable four-month-old lion cub that went on to prove Helfer's theories resoundingly correct.Over the next eighteen years, Zamba would thrive and grow, and go on to star in numerous motion pictures and television shows -- all the while developing a deep and powerful bond of love and affection with the man who raised him. By turns astonishing, hilarious, and poignant, Zamba is not only the unforgettable story of the relationship that Helfer would come to consider one of the most important in his life but also that of the amazing career and adventures of the greatest lion in the world.

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Zen and Horses - Lessons from a Year of Riding - Ingrid Soren (2002)

"To become a good horseman, one needs to be bold, agile, and relaxed," wrote Udo Burger, the renowned equine veterinarian. Horse lovers will tell you that this is because these keen and magnificent animals respond powerfully to the subtlest body language. How you approach the horse is a reflection of how you approach the world. Think bold, agile, and relaxed. In Zen and Horses, author Ingrid Soren shares the wealth of true-life lessons she learned as a beginning student of both horseback riding and Zen Buddhism. Looking to make a fresh start following the demise of a long-term relationship, she discovers a well of inner strength by overcoming her terror of horses, progressing slowly from inexperience in the saddle through frustration and humility to, eventually, exhilaration. "One great thing about riding," she writes, "is that it is a potent ego reducer." Weaving her own vivid images of the English countryside with lines from Henry Miller, T. S. Eliot, Dogen, Buddha, and other writers and thinkers, Soren captures the essence of what captivates people so about horses-- physically, mentally, and spiritually. At the same time, she draws meaningful parallels between such concepts as being versus doing, the self versus the other, and endings and beginnings. Readers also come to know the personalities of Soren's many mounts-- Dulcie, PG, Rocky, Jade, Leo, and the others-- as each in turn becomes her Zen master. Like Zen in the Art of Archery, published nearly 50 years earlier, Zen and Horses shows that the challenges we face are finally met when we trust in the moment and, with grace, let go.

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Zoo Story - Life in the Garden of Captives - Thomas French (2011)

"This story, told by a master teller of such things, does more than take you inside the cages, fences, and walls of a zoo. It takes you inside the human heart, and an elephant's, and a primate's, and on and on. Tom French did in this book what he always does. He took real life and wrote it down for us, with eloquence and feeling and aching detail." -Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author "An insightful and detailed look at the complex life of a zoo and its denizens, both animal and human." -Yann Martel, author of "Life of Pi" and "Beatrice and Virgil" Welcome to the savage and surprising world of "Zoo Story," an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco. The sweeping narrative takes the reader from the African savannah to the forests of Panama and deep into the inner workings of a place some describe as a sanctuary and others condemn as a prison. "Zoo Story" shows us how these remarkable individuals live, how some die, and what their experiences reveal about the human desire to both exalt and control nature.

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Anxiety/Distress


Anxiety and neurosis - Charles Rycroft (1990)

Anxiety may be debilitating or stimulating; it can result in neurotic symptoms or in improved, heightened performance in an actor or athlete. It is something every human being has experienced.As Professor G. M. Carstairs points out in his Foreword: 'During the course of the twentieth century we have found it progressively easier to concede that we are all to often swayed by emotion rather than reasonWe have come to recognize the symptoms of neurotically ill patients are only an exaggeration of experiences common to us all, and hence that the unraveling of the psychodynamics of neurosis can teach us more about ourselves'.Although Charles Rycroft is also a psychoanalyst, it is as a biologist that he has made this study of anxiety, the three basic responses to it - attack, flight or submission - and the obsessional, phobic and schizoid and hysterical defenses. Written in precise but everyday language, Anxiety and Neurosis is based on adult experiences rather than the speculative theories of infantile instinctual development. Its clarity and authority can only add to Dr Rycroft's established international reputation.

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Anxiety Phobias and Panic - Reneau Z Peurifoy (2007)

Are you struggling with anxiety, phobias, or panic attacks? Anxiety is an unpleasant, though mostly unavoidable, aspect of modern life - but for many people, normal anxiety can become something far more serious and debilitating. In ANXIETY, PHOBIAS AND PANIC, Dr Reneau Peurifoy explains six different reasons why your condition may have developed and offers you step-by-step programmes to help you overcome your anxiety-related problems. Chapters include: uncovering the causes of anxiety; building stress tolerance; identifying and correcting harmful modes of thinking; relaxation techniques; tools for managing anxiety, and much more. There are also sections on new discoveries about the brain, new information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and social phobias, and a chapter on relapse prevention.

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Anxiety Toolbox - Gloria Thomas (2004)

Gloria Thomas, whose methods are highly recommended by The Sunday Times, Red and Zest, brings you an extremely practical book to overcome your fears, phobias and anxieties. Using her skills as a master NLP practitioner, hypnotherapist and Reiki master she shows you how to take control of your fears even in the most demanding trigger situations. / 70-80 per cent of the population suffer from an anxiety-related condition in the form of fear, phobia or panic attack. These can have a devastating effect on people's lives, holding them back and making them feel isolated and depressed. / Using her unique combination of skills as a master NLP practitioner, Thought Field Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master, former sufferer Gloria Thomas gives readers the tools they need to take control of their fears in even the most knee-trembling situations and banish them forever. / Covers specific trigger situations, such as crowds, air travel, conference speaking, visiting the dentist, agoraphobia, being on your own, the dark, etc, as well as first aid 'what to do during an anxiety or panic attack'. / Gloria's techniques include thought field therapy, cognitive/behavioural techniques, visualization, affirmation, self-hypnosis scripts, breathing, anchoring, Reiki methods, etc. / Free 60-minute CD as part of Gloria's toolbox to guide readers through the visualizations and self-hypnosis exercises. / Morale-boosting real-life stories

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Autogenic Training - Kai Kermani (1996)

A guide to a long-established alternative therapy for stress-related disorders.

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Breathe, Stretch and Move - Dinah Bradley and Tania Clifton-Smith (2005)

Workers today are becoming more sedentary. We are thinking more and using our bodies less - we communicate all day with a computer screen, becoming so absorbed that our shoulders tense, our breathing changes, we hold our breath too much and, by the end of the day, we're exhausted. There has been extensive research linking dysfunctional breathing patterns to problems such as occupational overuse and RSI. The main risks are: * asymmetry in body activity, eg use of mouse in one hand * use of upper shoulder muscles in typing and turning at the same time * breath holding or very shallow breathing during movements * lack of awareness of breath holding * lack of awareness of body bracing It includes a number of crucial exercises specifically for high computer users, and more general exercises for all sedentary workers. Then there are exercises to energise you and to reduce anxiety before presentations, meetings and job interviews.When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection - Gabor Mate

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Complete self-help for your nerves - Dr Claire Weekes (1997)

Follow up to her book, Self-help for your nerves. Essential guide for everything you need to know to keep relaxed through every day life Repackage of the phenomenally successful guide to dealing with nervous illness - Self Help for Your Nerves. This guide offers the most comprehensive insight and advice into coping with nervous stress. Sufferers of nervous illness regard Self Help for Your Nerves as their bible - many believe that if they had found it earlier they would have been saved years of unnecessary suffering. Dr Claire Weekes looks at: How the Nervous System Works What is Nervous Illness Common factors in the development of nervous illness Recurring Nervous Attacks Plus important chapters on depression, sorrow, guilt and disgrace, obsessions, sleeplessness, confidence, loneliness and agoraphobia. The book also shows the Dr Claire Weekes method, a practical programme on learning to take your place among people without fear.

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Falling apart: Avoiding Coping with and Recovering from Stress Breakdown - Michael Epstein (1992)

Despite so many books being available on the general subject of "stress", there are few on its serious consequences, and no other comprehensive book on stress breakdown, a new and better term for and age-old condition: "nervous breakdown." Only those who have been through it can know what a stress breakdown is like, and yet it happens to ordinary people who have seemed to cope well with the usual demands of life. This book tells the stories and shares the private joys and agonies of those who have suffered from this debilitating experience. Falling Apart shows you how to avoid stress breakdown, or how to cope with life if you or someone you are close to has experienced a breakdown. This breakthrough book includes simple strategies for dealing with the many problems we encounter in today's stressful world and for handling the dilemmas that confront those recovering from a breakdown.

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Fifteen Steps to Overcome Anxiety and Depression - Iris Barrow (1986)

Provides techniques for relaxation, building self esteem, coping with fear, taking constructive action in teh face of negative feelings, goal setting and motivation, achieving realistic expectations of oneself and many other useful tools.

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How to live without fear and worry - K Sri Dhammananda (1989)

After publishing his first book in 1967, "Why Worry," Ven. Dhammananda Thero has decided to write "How to Live Without Fear and Worry" due to the popular feedback from people of every walk of life. The author has focused on many aspects of "fear and worry," trying to find solutions in Buddhist teachings. He has also included anecdotes, poetry, witty stories, sayings of many famous people and religious leaders to make the book more interesting. The author amply discusses root causes of fear and worry, and how one would succumb to fear and worry in everyday life in a number of chapters that include beauty, dealing with enemies and criticism, love, wealth, human dignity, mental abuse, mental health and fear of death. Giving solutions to overcome such feelings in a broader Buddhist perspective, the author states, "According to Buddha, the characteristic of every component is that it appears, decays and disappears in a never-ending process. All component things are subject to ceaseless change and conflict (dukkha). It is endured by all suffering beings who believe in permanent entity or soul. This gives rise to selfish desire which can never be satisfied thus leading to fear and worry."

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Hyperventilation Syndrome: Breathing Pattern Disorders - Dinah Bradley (1992)

Describes the symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome, tells how to improve one's breathing habits, and describes drug-free methods of overcoming hyperventilationHeadlightsFinding My Voice with Aphasia: Walking Through Aphasia - By Carol M Maloney

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Natural Relief for Anxiety: Complimentary Strategies for Easing Fear, Panic and Worry - Edmund J. Bourne, Arlen Brownstein and Lorna Garano (2004)

Twenty-five million Americans suffer from diagnosable anxiety disorder, and our cultural climate seems to breed more apprehension and fear with each passing day. It is no surprise that international pharmaceutical companies spend billions each year to research and develop psychoactive drugs that counter psychological symptoms. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any magic pill for people who are chronically anxious. Successful treatments that rely on drugs have an extremely high incidence of relapse, and the side effects of most prescription anti-anxiety drugs are as debilitating as the disorder itself.From the best-selling author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and a naturopathic physician, this book helps you develop a treatment strategy for anxiety that is totally drug-free. The authors begin with an introduction to healthy lifestyle choices. Then they discuss a variety of conditions that can aggravate anxiety-related problems. They provide an overview of complimentary approaches to anxiety treatment using herbs and supplements, massage, chiropractic, and homeopathy. In later chapters, learn about controlling body toxicity.

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Retraining the Brain - Frank Lawlis (2009)

BESTSELLING AUTHOR DR. FRANK LAWLIS, the chief content advisor for The Dr. Phil Show, has brought psychological relief to millions. In his latest book, he addresses one of the most common challenges of everyday life - dealing with stress. Dr. Lawlis explains the neurological factors that make stress so traumatizing and lays out a powerful plan for changing our brains to improve the way we cope. The secret is to take advantage of our brain plasticity - our ability to essentially reprogram the way we think simply by following this forty-five-day plan to change our behaviour. Featuring helpful, easy-to-perform exercises, Retraining the Brain will show you how to: * Use restorative breathing and exercise to calm the brain * Visualise your way to better stress responses * Choose specific foods to enhance brain function * Use self-rewards to make your new behavior permanent Dr. Lawlis shows how we can hardwire new, healthier response patterns into the brain to reduce stress and remove the barriers that keep us from being our best selves.

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Screwed Up: A self help guide for silent sufferers of anxiety, phobic and compulsive disorders - Marcia Read (1997)

Marcia Read was a co-founder of the Phobic Trust of New Zealand in 1983. Following the sudden death of co-founder David Ludbrook, a prominent surgeon, in 1984, Marcia carried on with the onerous task of establishing a specialist registered charitable trust. Having worked for 15 years in a hands-on position with sufferers of severe anxiety disorders, and their families, Marcia is now offering a practical self help guide. All those suffering with anxiety disorders, as well as those caring for such sufferers, will find this book invaluable.

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Staying sane - Raj Persaud (2001)

How often do we hear ourselves say "I can't cope", "I'm going mad", "I'm losing my mind"? Despite all the advice on offer to us, how often do we struggle to maintain a healthy mental attitude in the face of seemingly endless pressure? Now, in "Staying Sane" psychiatrist and broadcaster, Dr Raj Persaud, cuts through the myths and taboos surrounding the subject of mental health to offer proven strategies and advice for achieving and maintaining a balanced, positive attitude, regardless of the stresses and strains of daily life. As he confronts crucial issues - such as the meaning of happiness and the importance of emotional intelligence - he aims to strengthen both your mind and your relationships, and reduce your vulnerability to debilitating conditions such as depression. Passionately argued, and supported by a wide range of case histories, questionnaires and scientific research, this is a useful, 21st century survival handbook.

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Stress Pandemic : 9 Natural Steps to Break the Cycle of Stress - Paul Huljich (2014)

Written for the growing number of people wishing to free themselves of mild, moderate, or severe stress, "STRESS PANDEMIC" outlines a practical, effective and proven approach to achieving complete wellness and longevity. Paul Huljich offers a comprehensive lifestyle solution designed to break the cycle of stress and heal ongoing pain, while fortifying and empowering the body and the mind. By adopting the unique" LifeReStyle" process," " readers can take back control of their lives and find freedom in today s increasingly demanding world. One of America s top stress experts reveals the cure for all stress conditions by sharing his personal survival story and the journey of how he conquered stress."

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Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia - Michael T Murray (2012)

Covers relaxation techniques, the body's physiological response to stress, food- and plant-based remedies, and treating insomnia with natural medications

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The Anxiety Toolkit - Dr Alice Boyes (2015)

Do you overthink before taking action? Are you prone to making negative predictions? Do you worry about the worst that could happen? Do you take negative feedback very hard? Are you self-critical? Does anything less than perfect performance feel like failure? If any of these issues resonate with you, you're probably suffering from some degree of anxiety, and you're not alone. The good news: while reducing your anxiety level to zero isn't possible or useful (anxiety can actually be helpful!), you can learn to successfully manage symptoms - such as excessive rumination, hesitation, fear of criticism and paralysing perfection. In The Anxiety Toolkit, Dr Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life. Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxiety-prone by nature, you'll discover how anxiety works, strategies to help you cope with common anxiety 'stuck' points and a confidence that - anxious or not - you have all the tools you need to succeed in life and work.

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The cow jumped over the moon - Rachael Malai Ali (2007)

Saggy, baggy, depressed, rushing to hospital every five minutes with suspected heart attacks - it doesn't sound like a recipe for hilarity. But Rachael Malai Ali sparkles with wit throughout her story, whether she is freaking out at Christmas, being cured of 'possession' by a Bornean medicine man or running away from a waiting plane. "The Cow Jumped Over the Moon" is a compelling tale of overcoming mental illness, suitable for sufferers, carers or anyone wanting an extraordinary insight into a mind in the grip of a nervous breakdown. Above all, it shows us how we can rediscover the light at the end of the tunnel, and perhaps laugh along the way.

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The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook : Third Edition - Martha Davis, PhD, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelamn, and Matthew McKay, PhD (2004)

Since its first publication in 1980, "The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook" has become the most indispensable resource for effective and up-to-date techniques for relaxing the body, calming the mind, and refreshing the spirit. Therapists recommend the book to their clients; readers pass it on to their friends. More than half a million copies have helped millions of people take the edge off their stressful lives and find the peace they need to foster happiness and success. The overwhelming popularity of this book is the result of its comprehensive yet simple and straightforward adaptation of all the most effective relaxation techniques.No other book offers easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions for using progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, mindfulness, acceptance, and more. This revision will significantly update and simplify this timeless classic. The authors provide the most proven-effective worry and anger models based on the latest research. They have simplified many of the chapters so that readers only get the best treatment methods in the most accessible manner. Two new chapters include "Facing Feelings", which focuses on mindfulness and acceptance, and "Coping with Anger". The chapter on time management will be revised to include information on how to unplug from our wealth of electronic communication conveniences when necessary. The book also includes an updated resources section and subject index.

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Triumph over fear - Jerilyn Ross (1995)

"The National Institute of Mental Health calls anxiety disorders the most common mental health problem in America. They are also among the most treatable. Yet tens of millions of people struggle with hidden fears and restricted lives because they have not received proper diagnosis and treatment. "Triumph Over Fear" combines Jerilyn Ross's firsthand account of overcoming her own disabling phobia with inspiring case histories of recovery from other forms of anxiety, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder; an post-traumatic stress disorder. State-of-the-art information is combined with powerful self-help techniques, together with clear indications of when to seek additional professional help and/or medication. Also included is the latest research on anxiety disorders in children, plus advice for dealing with family members and employers."Filled with hope and wisdom, this unique book combines a compassionate understanding of the inner experience of panic with the latest in modern brain biology."--Robert L. DuPont, M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine Georgetown University School of Medicine

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When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection - Gabor Mate (2013)

Now in paperback, the bestselling exploration of the effects of the mind-body connection on stress and diseaseCan a person literally die of loneliness? Is there such a thing as a ""cancer personality""? Drawing on scientific research and the author's decades of experience as a practicing physician, this book provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one's individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases.Explores the role of the mind-body link in conditions and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBS, and multiple sclerosisDraws on medical research and the author's clinical experience as a family physicianIncludes The Seven A's of Healing-principles of healing and the prevention of illness from hidden stress Shares dozens of enlightening case studies and stories, including those of people such as Lou Gehrig (ALS), Betty Ford (breast cancer), Ronald Reagan (Alzheimer's), Gilda Radner (ovarian cancer), and Lance Armstrong (testicular cancer)An international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, "When the Body Says No" promotes learning and healing, providing transformative insights into how disease can be the body's way of saying no to what the mind cannot or will not acknowledge.
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Why Zebra's Don't Get Ulcers - Robert M. Sapolsky (2004)

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear - and the ones that plague us now - are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way - through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick. Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humour and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses. This new edition promises to be the most comprehensive and engaging one yet.The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook (Third Edition) - Martha Davis, PhD, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelamn, and Matthew McKay, PhDThis bestselling book details effective stress reduction methods such as breathing exercises, meditation, visualization, and time management. Widely recommended by therapists, nurses, and physicians throughout the U.S.

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Aphasia


Finding My Voice with Aphasia: Walking Through Aphasia - Carol M Maloney (2013)

On June 9, 2009, Carol M. Maloney, a veteran teacher, experienced a transient ischemic attack in the left hemisphere of her brain. She helplessly observed her mind deteriorate to the point where she could not speak, walk, read, identify household objects, or recall her family. Maloney traveled between the worlds of the surreal and the logical. The stroke resulted in aphasia, the loss of communication and other functions of her left hemisphere. After eighteen months of rehabilitation, she was finally able to communicate with others by using her hand as a metronome. The frustration of having the words and sentences formed in her mind but being unable to share them caused frustration and depression. Her verbal abilities suffered, along with her reading and comprehension skills. Even so, hard work, strong will, and persistence has allowed her to reach out to other teachers to offer new insight into the minds of her beloved special-education and reading-disabled students. In this, her story, Maloney turns her experience into a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of her students difficulties and to share that knowledge with other teachers. Ms. Carol Maloney has written a compelling story that chronicles her amazing life before, during, and after her devastating stroke. She writes with frankness that touches one s heart. Her story will lend encouragement to those who have suffered a stroke as well as offer strategies to those who have a loved one recovering from one. Carol Maloney developed aphasia after her stroke. I am happy to say that she has survived and conquered both the devastation of her stroke and her aphasia. I know this first hand: she conducts amazing PowerPoint presentations to my graduate class at Rivier University each semester. She is an inspiration to all who want to improve themselves. In this book, Carol clearly describes the strategies that she used to help her become the functioning writer and speaker that she is today. J. Diane Connell, Ed.D."

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Freeing the natural voice - Kristin Linklater (2006)

Imagery and art in the practice of voice and language. A classic text for theatre and film it has sold 100,000 copies in its first edition.

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Headlights - John S Green (2011)

This uplifting book of the author's healing journey from Stroke and Aphasia helps victims' families and friends reach compassion and understanding for what Aphasia victims may experience. This book also guides Aphasia victims to understand their own experiences as part of their healing journey. Includes a great list of resources designed to assist the healing process, and great encouragement to go the distance to truly heal.

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The Stroke and aphasia Handbook - Aphasia New Zealand Charitable Trust (2015)

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Asperger's Syndrome


22 Things a Woman Must Know If She Loves a Man with Asperger's Syndrome - Rudy Simone (2009)

Although having Asperger Syndrome (AS) can make romantic relations difficult, having a fulfilling relationship with an Asperger man is certainly not impossible. A woman in love with a man with AS may interpret his difficulties with communication and socialization as a lack of interest in the relationship. He may vacillate between being gentle and caring to seeming cold and distant. She may find his behaviour hard to understand, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion. This book shows how to overcome these difficulties and maintain a loving relationship with an AS partner. From an unwillingness to show affection in public or even sleep in the same bed to problems holding down a job, this book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when they are dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone explores the complications of Asperger's relationships with honesty and understanding, drawing on research and personal experience to inform and advise women with AS partners. She offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfillment both individually and as a couple. This book will help women to understand the male Asperger's mind and, equally, it can help men with AS to see things from their partner's perspective. It will also be of interest to counsellors working with couples where the male partner has Asperger's Syndrome.

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Asperger Syndrome & your child: A parent's guide - Michael D Powers and Janet Poland (2003)

Asperger's Syndrome and Your Child, an informative, empathetic, and comprehensive guide to this elusive condition, answers the most common questions and offers an encouraging outlook for your child's future. Dr. Michael Powers weaves together a compassionate account of everything related to AS, offering such practical advice from getting the right diagnosis to helping your child develop social skills. Infused with voices of real children who offer insights about their own conditions, the book gives perspective on how children live with the disorder. Asperger Syndrome and Your Child is an indispensable book for parents as well as teachers and other professionals who have someone with Asperger Syndrome in their lives.

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Be Different - John Elder Robison (2011)

The author of the New York Times bestselling Look Me In the Eye returns with endearing stories and actionable advice that will help Aspergians, and even ordinary geeks, embrace being different and work on the things that hold them back in life. With his usual honesty, dry wit, and unapologetic eccentricity, John Robison argues that Asperger's is about difference, not just disability. He offers stories from his own life and the lives of other Aspergians to give the reader a window into the Aspergian mind. Equally important, he offers practical advice - to Aspergians, their parents, and educators - on how Aspergians can improve the weak communication and social skills that keep them from taking full advantage of, or even recognising, their often remarkable gifts.

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Congratulation! It's Asperger's Syndrome - Jen Birch (2003)

This autobiographical account of a New Zealand woman's life with Asperger Syndrome a milder form of autism reflects on the puzzling symptoms that escaped diagnosis until age 43. Birch discusses how the developmental disorder affected her cognition, identity and boundary issues, and friendships.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer (2006)

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is Jonathan Safran Foer's heartrending New York novel. In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key...The key belonged to his father, he's sure of that. But which of New York's 162 million locks does it open? So begins a quest that takes Oskar - inventor, letter-writer and amateur detective - across New York's five boroughs and into the jumbled lives of friends, relatives and complete strangers. He gets heavy boots, he gives himself little bruises and he inches ever nearer to the heart of a family mystery that stretches back fifty years. But will it take him any closer to, or even further from, his lost father? Moving, literary and innovative, perfect for fans of Lorrie Moore and Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" was made into a major film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, released in 2012. Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the author of "Everything is Illuminated", which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book award, and "Eating Animals", and the editor of "A Convergence of Birds".
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Look Me in the Eye - John Elder Robison (2007)

Look Me in the Eye tells of a child's heartbreaking desperation to connect with others, and his struggle to pass as 'normal' - a struggle that would continue into adulthood. By the time he was a teenager, John Elder Robison's odd habits - such as a tendency to obsessively dismantle radios and dig five-foot holes (and stick his little brother in them) - had earned him the label 'social deviant'. No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent the evenings drinking. Small wonder Robison gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on. It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told Robison he had the form of autism called Asperger's syndrome, transforming the way Robison saw himself - and the world. Look Me in the Eye is Robison's moving and blackly funny story of growing up with Asperger's syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn't even exist. A born storyteller, Robison takes us inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as defective and who still has a peculiar aversion to using people's given names (he calls his wife Unit Two). He also provides a fascinating angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents - the boy who would grow up to write Running with Scissors. Above all, you'll marvel at the way Robison overcame the restrictions of Asperger's to gain the connection he always craved: as a husband and father.

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Making sense of the unfeasible: my life journey with Asperger Syndrome - Marc Fleisher (2003)

Before he received his diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the 1970s, Marc Fleisher was considered mentally retarded - yet he went on against the odds to gain two maths degrees and the undertake postgraduate studies in maths. In this work, Marc relates how, supported by his family and by services for people with autism, and despite family tragedy and personal difficulties, he learnt how to get the most out of life. He shares, with humour and candour, practical tips for people with AS, and those around them, rounding off his story with appendices on astronomy, parallel universes, and the mathematics of unfeasibly large numbers.

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The Aspergers Syndrome Survival Guide - Craig Kendall (2008)

The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide by Craig Kendall was the first in his series that I read which made me feel like I was not alone in feeling the way that I was as a parent. Kendall's experiences with his own son brought to life what I was feeling and made me accept my own faults which then brought me to accept my son for who he was, an Aspie. Kendall explains what Asperger's Syndrome is, the symptoms of Asperger's, treatment options, and the behavior that Aspies may endeavor. He also delves into the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome as well, the criteria that needs to be met for a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, as well as other conditions that may occur with the disorder. Kendall's knowledge and understanding of the subject is astounding and put into a great format that is understandable for anyone to read and take in; whether you are a parent, a teacher, a doctor, or an Aspie yourself. He makes Asperger's Syndrome unbelievably easy to understand and comprehend so much so that I was thankful that I found his book! Without this book, I wouldn't have been able to fully adjust to my son's diagnosis or my own feelings about it. Kendall goes further into Asperger's Syndrome to include medication, Autism verses Asperger's, support systems, and how we can help these individuals lead a successful life. He gives support group information, nonprofit organization links like GRASP and ASAN, as well as online support groups on yahoo and wrongplanet.net. All of these are great resources which I have used and have benefited from. I have used these links in order to get help and to get information from. I, personally, created my own support group as well just to have another form of support out there on Facebook and Yahoo. I created The Asperger Child Inc. to help individuals and the community come together to better understand the syndrome so that Aspie's can lead productive lives in society. I felt wonderful after reading this book! The explanation Kendall gives as children get older, the child's perspective, and the importance of gaining social skills was such great material. He helped me understand my child's world and what he was going through, which I had no idea until I read this book. Kendall breaks it down, step by step, so the reader can follow and actually read within two days (I read it in one day because I just couldn't put it down!) Kendall includes bonus reports within this book: How to be your child's best advocate, Making the transition to adulthood, Helping your child cope with the holiday season, and The Asperger Survey of Parents and Professionals. All of these reports are beneficial and quite useful. I have caught myself going back to these reports for a fresh read when needed. Knowing they are there helps me to make sure that my child is getting what he deserves in life.

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The best kind of different : Our family's journey with Asperger's Syndrome - Shonda Schilling (2011)

Shonda and Curt Schilling loved their son Grant with all their hearts, but raising him had always been something of a challenge. By the time Grant was seven, his misbehavior and refusal to listen had become nearly unmanageable - a situation exacerbated by Curt 's constant travel as a major league pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Seemingly everyone Shonda encountered at home and on the road had an opinion - 'he's too spoiled', 'he needs a good spanking', 'he needs more discipline' - and they were more than willing to offer unsolicited parenting advice. Still no matter what Shonda and Curt tried, nothing seemed to alter Grant's behaviour. All that changed after a disastrous first attempt at summer camp in 2007; it was then that Shonda knew something was definitely wrong. Worried and desperate, she turned to a doctor, who tested Grant for a battery of childhood behavioral conditions. But instead of receiving a diagnosis of ADHD, Shonda was shocked to learn her son had Asperger's syndrome - a form of high functioning autism that is increasingly being diagnosed in children who at first glance appear disruptive and difficult. In "The Best Kind of Different", Shonda details every step in her family's journey through Asperger's, offering an intimate and candid portrait of this condition from a parent's point of view. In emotionally compelling prose, Shonda chronicles Grant's early years, confronts the guilt and pain that engulfed her after learning of her son's condition, and celebrates Grant's success in the two years since his diagnosis. With insight and helpful advice for parents, she provides an honest and moving glimpse inside her family - as two parents struggle to understand the complex beauty of their son and learn to live with Asperger's.
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The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome - Tony Attwood (2008)

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults. Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible. Chapters examine: * causes and indications of the syndrome * the diagnosis and its effect on the individual * theory of mind * the perception of emotions in self and others * social interaction, including friendships * long-term relationships * teasing, bullying and mental health issues * the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills * career development. There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools. Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition. 'I usually say to the child, "Congratulations, you have Asperger's syndrome", and explain that this means he or she is not mad, bad or defective, but has a different way of thinking.' - from The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

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The curious incident of the dog in the night time - Mark Haddon (2004)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
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The Essential Guide to Asperger's Syndrome - Eileen Bailey and Robert Walker Montgomery (2012)

Asperger's Syndrome is a complicated condition that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Parents and caregivers can often find themselves bewildered by the circumstances and accompanying behaviors that are associated with raising a child with Asperger's. "The Essential Guide to Asperger's Syndrome" is a goldmine of practical advice for dealing with many of the common situations that often confront Aspies and their parents. Through the practical and immensely helpful tips in this book parents will learn how to turn potentially stressful situations into calm, manageable moments. Authoritative and complete, this book provides must-have information on seeking a proper diagnosis, different treatment options, developing social skills, dealing with bullying, finding the right school, and helping the young adult with AS transition to college or more independent living. Helping everyone in the family thrive and survive the challenges of Asperger's, this book will be a guiding light to any parent with an Aspie child

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The Social Success Workbook for Teens - Barbara Cooper;Nancy Widdows (2008)

This professional edition includes both the Instant Help book and a companion CD that offers the complete book and printable worksheets for your clients. Activities to Help Kids Grow Up Happy and Healthy Despite Difficult Family Changes Divorce hurts. That doesn't mean it has to have a lifelong effect. The Divorce Workbook for Children gives kids the skills they need to express the grief and anger that go along with divorce, stay on the sidelines of parental fights, and deal with the many practical changes that divorce brings. It also helps them explore their feelings about parents dating again or remarrying and, most importantly, helps them to realize that the divorce is not their fault. The Divorce Workbook for Children is a tool kit that helps any child come through their parents' divorce unscathed. It is appropriate for kids between the ages of six and twelve.

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A Friend Like Henry - Nuala Gardner (2008)

This is the inspiring account of a family's struggle to break into their son's autistic world - and how a beautiful retreiver dog made the real difference. Dale was still a baby when his parents realised that something wasn't right. Worried, his mother Nuala took him to see several doctors, before finally hearing the word 'autism' for the first time. Scared but determined that Dale should live a fulfilling life, Nuala describes her despair at her son's condition, her struggle to prevent Dale being excluded from a 'normal' education and her sense of hopeless isolation. Dale's autism was severe and violent and family life was a daily battleground. But the Gardner's lives were transformed when they welcomed a gorgeous Golden Retriever into the family. The special bond between Dale and his dog Henry helped them to produce the breakthrough in Dale they had long sought. From taking a bath to saying 'I love you', Henry helped introduce Dale to all the normal activities most parents take for granted, and set him on the road to being the charming and well-adjusted young man he is today. This is a heartrending and fascinating account of how one devoted and talented dog helped a little boy conquer his autism.
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A Perfect World - David Cohen (2007)

When David Cohen's 3-year-old son, Eliot, is diagnosed as autistic, he has no idea what the condition is or what it means. He sets out on a global quest, taking in Europe, the Far East, North America and New Zealand, in order to learn more about the incurable neurological malady, which in Britain and the United States is estimated to afflict as many as one in every 150 children. (In New Zealand Autism New Zealand estimates that up to 20,000 New Zealanders are directly affected by autism). He meets some of the world's leading autism researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and educators along with other parents grappling with the same bewildering condition, including a mother who was driven to kill her autistic daughter. He pieces together the life of Leo Kanner, the scholar who first described autism in 1943. He meditates on what makes a good life, the nature of communication and the meaning of fatherhood and sonship. A Perfect World is a unique international survey, drawing on scores of lengthy interviews conducted over four years, as well as being a moving family memoir. It offers new insights on the diagnosis of autism, intervention therapy, research and special-needs learning. It is a story that will appeal to parents, teachers, community workers, health specialists and fans of travel writing alike. "With remarkable erudition and literary elegance, David Cohen, the father of an autistic boy named Eliot, has crafted an extraordinary account of autism in his own family, and in the world. In this engaging and honest book, Cohen shows autism in all its vicissitudes - in England, New Zealand, Korea, the US and Israel. A gifted writer, Cohen moves so gracefully across narratives, scientific discourses, artistic genres, historical periods and continents that you hardly notice the full force of his prose until the conclusion when, suddenly, it hits you: Cohen has made us see autism as an essential part of the human condition." Professor Roy Richard Grinker, author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, USA

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Autism Breakthrough: The groundbreaking method that has helped families all over the world - Raun K. Kaufman (2014)

If your child has been diagnosed with autism this book is for you. When Raun Kaufmans parents were told that their son was autistic and would probably spend his life in an institution they decided to look for their own solution. They joined Raun in his unique isolated world and connected with him there. They then gradually lead Raun out of his disorder and his life changed dramatically. Raun now teaches his parents SonRise method all over the world and has written this book to help families everywhere connect with their children and improve their lives. Autism Breakthrough explains autism and its associated behaviours from the childs viewpoint and shows parents how to apply the practical strategies of the SonRise programme. Wherever your child may be on the autistic spectrum this book will provide hope support and new ways to break free from autism.

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Born on a blue day - Daniel Tammet (2007)

A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today--guided by the owner himself. Bestselling author Daniel Tammet ("Thinking in Numbers") is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head. He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film "Rain Man." Fascinating and inspiring, "Born on a Blue Day" explores what it's like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human--our minds.

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Changing the Course of Autism - Bryan Jepson;Jane Johnson (2007)

Changing the Course of Autism' has the potential to revolutionise the way autism is perceived and managed. Most books on this subject describe educational and behavioural therapies, but autism is a medical disease, not a psychological disorder. This groundbreaking books shows that the disease can be treated by reducing the neurological inflammation that is part of the disease process, rather than simply masking the symptoms with drugs like Ritalin and Prozac. The authors have seen autistic behaviours improve dramatically or disappear completely with appropriate medical treatment. The book reviews the medical literature regarding the biological nature of the disease, including the potential connection between vaccines and autism. This book builds a bridge between the medical profession and parents who are angry at the rise in this disease and the way it is treated. It is the only book on this subject written by an MD who is also the parent of an autistic child. In 2001, the second son of Jepson was diagnosed with autism. Over the course of that year, he and his wife Laurie began exploring treatment options and found that the medical community knew very little about the cause, the treatment, or the prognosis of this disease. After a year of research, the couple established the non-profit Children's Biomedical Center of Utah. There autistic children could receive the most up-to-date care available. From 2002-2005, Dr Jepson treated hundreds of children on the autism spectrum and the clinic raised awareness throughout the intermountain West concerning issues related to autism and other childhood developmental disorders. Because he was a leading specialist in the field, Dr Jepson was recruited to join the team at Thoughtful House Center for Children, a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to caring for children with autism and related conditions. The Thoughtful House is designed to integrate biomedical, gastrointestinal, and educational intervention into a coordinated effort, and to use this model to perform clinical research. It officially opened January 1st, 2006, and Dr Jepson is now its Medical Director.

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Could it be Autism - Nancy Wiseman (2007)

If you have questions or concerns about your child's social, emotional, or behavioral development, you're not alone. The number of children affected by autism--an umbrella term for a wide spectrum of disorders that includes "classic" autism, Asperger's syndrome, and Rett syndrome--is growing every year. Most children are not diagnosed until they start school. But developmental problems can be recognized in infants as young as four months old. Early intervention can vastly improve a child's chances for a successful outcome and recovery. "Could It Be Autism? "provides vital information so you can recognize the red flags of developmental delays and begin treatment based on those first signs. Nancy Wiseman is the founder and president of First Signs, the organization dedicated to educating parents, clinicians, and physicians on the early identification of and intervention for developmental delays. She is also the mother of a child who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, and she draws on her own experiences as well as the latest research to present real strategies. Emphasizing warning signs, she describes the most important milestones at each stage of a child's growth, including things parents and pediatricians often overlook. She also empowers parents to act on their instincts and initial concern, rather than to "wait and see," which is often encouraged. The book explains the steps parents can take to confirm or rule out a developmental delay or disorder. It details various diagnoses and show how sometimes multiple diagnoses may apply. But even more valuable is the information on how to design and implement the best intervention plan based on a child's unique developmental profile. Different treatments and therapies are outlined so parents can explore and understand what may work best for their child, based on his or her particular strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, "Could It Be Autism?" is about giving parents hope--hope that they can know one way or the other where their child is developmentally and hope that they can give their child what he or she needs to have the best life possible.

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Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum - What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years - Shana Nichols (2009)

Growing up isn't easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and "fitting in". Taking a good look at these adolescent issues, and many more, within the context of specific areas of difficulty for girls with ASDs, the authors provide families with the knowledge and advice they need to help their daughters - and the whole family - through the teenage years. This book addresses core issues such as cognition, communication, behavior, sensory sensitivities, and social difficulties; it gives candid and realistic advice on a wide range of important teenage topics. Providing professional perspectives alongside personal experiences from mothers, daughters and educators, this is a unique and indispensible guide for families and their daughters with ASDs, as well as the teachers and professionals who work with them.

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Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders - Practical Challenges for Addressing Everyday Problems - Lori Ernsperger and Danielle Wendel (2007)

Co-authored by an experienced professional and a mother of a young girl on the autism spectrum, this much-needed book combines the best of both worlds: it gives a voice to girls on the autism spectrum by providing insightful, first-hand accounts while also detailing research-based strategies and practical techniques for addressing the specific needs of girls on the spectrum. The extensive coverage of girls from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood gives parents and educators access to a wealth of information that is typically hard to find. Personal vignettes by families and girls living with ASD make this both a heartfelt book and a practical resource.

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Louder than words - Jenny McCarthy (2008)

The "New York Times" bestseller that is an inspiring story of hope for parents of autistic children One morning Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan's room and found him having a seizure. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes?one good doctor discovered that Evan is autistic. With a foreword from Dr. David Feinberg, medical director of the Resnick Neuro-psychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and an introduction by Jerry J. Kartzinel, a top pediatric autism specialist, "Louder Than Words" follows Jenny as she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism. Her story sheds much-needed light on autism through her own heartbreak, struggle, and ultimately hopeful example of how a parent can shape a child's life and happiness.

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Mother Warriors - A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds - Jenny McCarthy (2008)

The best-selling author of Louder Than Words shares stories of support and healing as submitted by parents of autistic children from all over the country, in a volume that also touches on the author's own experiences as an advocate for her son. 200,000 first printing.

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Not My Boy! - A Dad's Journey With Autism - Rodney Peete (2010)

In Not My Boy!, Rodney Peete offers not only a heartrending, candid look inside his personal journey with his son's autism but a first-of-its-kind, inspirational road map that will help families facing similar challenges to move forward. Effectively woven throughout Peete's moving account of his life with his son R.J. are the powerful voices, insights, and dreams of other fathers, high-profile figures as well as unsung heroes, who've traveled this difficult path.Autism affects four times as many boys as it does girls. For their fathers, expectations and hopes are drastically changed--as NFL star Rodney Peete's were when his son R.J. was diagnosed at the age of three. After a period of anger and denial, an all-too-common reaction among fathers, Rodney joined his wife, Holly, in her efforts to help their son. With determination, love, and understanding, the family worked with R.J. to help him once again engage with the world.Eight challenging years later, R.J. has gone from the son one doctor warned would never say "I love you" to a thriving, vibrant boy who scored his first soccer goal while his dad cheered from the sidelines.Praise for Not My Boy!"I wish I had something fancy to say, but this story is simply beyond words--just read it! I vote to make Rodney's book, Not My Boy!, required reading for every first-time, second-time, or any-other-time father." --Will Smith / actor, producer"Rodney Peete writes a compelling book that will help fathers emotionally deal with the challenge of raising a child with autism. The mental toughness of a man all but disappears when faced with this reality, but Rodney's candid message will encourage anyone who is chosen to be on this journey." --Alonzo Mourning, former NBA player"Not My Boy is a must-read for parents--especially dads--who have a child on the autism spectrum. It's inspiring, enlightening, and most importantly, truthful. Rodney gives the reader the real story on how autism can cause total dysfunction in the family, and in even the strongest of marriages, if husband and wife don't work as a team. He opens up his heart, and speaks candidly about his mistakes, all the while learning how to best help R.J. in his battle to overcome the challenges of autism. Their fight is by no means over, but the experiences that he shares will help every family, and every couple, to be better advocates, teachers, and parents." --Artie Kempner, lead director for NASCAR/NFL on Fox"A book every father needs to read! Not My Boy is about unconditional love. I read it in one weekend. . . . It was and is amazing." --Cyd Wilson, InStyle magazine

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People with Autism behaving badly - John Clements (2005)

People with autism spectrum conditions may often behave in ways that cause difficulties for themselves and those who care for them. People with Autism Behaving Badly offers effective, long-term strategies to help resolve common problem behaviors such as physical aggression, self-injury, verbal abuse, rudeness and property damage. The book is organized around the common messages conveyed by behaviors and some of the underlying issues that drive these messages. Practical ideas for intervention are provided and illustrated by case examples. A range of exercises help to build understanding of the issues and detail appropriate plans. A log book helps to track what has been tried and what has been learned. In addition the author explores the role of relationship 'styles' that can help reduce challenging behaviors and encourage positive ones. Realistic information about working together with individuals, families and outside agencies, and about the pros and cons of medication, is also included. This hands-on, practical manual is indispensable for families, carers and anyone involved with autistic people who need help with behavioral or emotional challenges.

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Rex - Cathleen Lewis (2008)

The inspiring story of Rex, a boy who is not only blind and autistic, but who also happens to be a musical savant.How can an 11-year old boy hear a Mozart fantasy for the first time and play it back note-for-note perfectly-but struggle to navigate the familiar surroundings of his own home? Cathleen Lewis says her son Rex's laugh of total abandon is the single most joyous sound anyone could hear, but his tortured aversion to touch and sound breaks her heart and makes her wonder what God could have had in mind. In this book she shares the mystery of Rex and the highs, lows, hopes, dreams, joy, sorrows, and faith she has journeyed through with him.

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Self-help Skills for People with Autism - Stephen R. Anderson;Amy L. Jablonski;Marcus L. Thomeer (2007)

Learning self-help skills -- eating, dressing, toileting, and personal hygiene -- can be challenging for people with autism, but is essential for independence. This book thoroughly describes a systematic approach that parents (and educators) can use to teach basic self-care to children, ages 24 months to early teens, and even older individuals. With an encouraging tone, the authors -- behaviour analysts and psycholo-gists -- emphasise that it's worthwhile to devote the extra time and effort now to teach skills rather than have your child be forever dependent on others. The many case studies throughout the book depict individuals with deficits in specific self-care tasks, and demonstrate how a coordinated and system-atic approach is effective in teaching more complex skills. For example, a 12-year-old with the self-feeding skills of a toddler, who was excluded from the school cafeteria, is taught to stay at the table to eat a full meal using utensils. A chapter is devoted to each of the four skill areas (eating, dressing, toileting, personal hygiene) offering detailed insight and specific instruction strategies. Ap-pendices contain forms to complete for task analyses, instructional plans, and data collection. With the information in this book, parents can immediately start teaching their child, or refer back to the book to fine-tune skills as their child develops.

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Send in the idiots - Kamran Nazeer (2006)

When he was four years old Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York alongside other children diagnosed with autism. Here they received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Kamran is now a policy adviser in Whitehall - but what of the others? With rare perception, he tells of their lives: the speechwriter unable to make eye contact, the courier who gets upset if anyone touches his bicycle, the suicidal depressive, and the computer engineer who communicates difficult emotions through the use of hand puppets.

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Smiling at Shadows : A Mother's Journey Raising an Autistic Child - Junee Waites and Helen Swinbourne (2002)

Smiling at Shadows is the story of Junee and Rod Waites and their son, Dane. Junee and Rod have journeyed with their son for 26 years: from the first anxious hours of Dane's birth, through childhood, adolescence and as he has blossomed into a talented and caring adult, with a valued place in his community. theirs is a remarkable story, because Dane is different. As a baby, Dane didn't smile at his parents, or meet their gaze - Dane smiled at the shadows of moving trees. the movement of the leaves distracted and comforted him in a way that neither toys nor physical contact could. Dane was 5 years old when Junee, reading a book about Autism, recognised that Dane had the classic symptoms of this pervasive developmental disorder. From this point on, the joys and the heartaches of meeting Dane in his world, and drawing him into theirs, frame Junee and Rod's daily life. they have never wavered in their belief that Dane's abilities can be nurtured or in their commitment to offer him every experience possible. Junee and Rod's family life has been enriched by their experience. And they have learnt to smile at the shadows too.

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Strange Son - Portia Iversen (2006)

Part memoir, part detective story, this is the powerful story of how two mothers from opposite sides of the world united in an effort to communicate with their severely autistic sons, discovering breakthroughs that challenged prevailing theories about autism. Tito Mukhopadhyay, an autistic boy from India who spends most of his time flapping his fingers in front of his eyes, has an IQ of 185. He favors the writings of Wordsworth and Ibsen. He loves philosophy, reads People, and worries about conflict in the Middle East. He also writes beautiful poetry. That Tito can communicate at all is due to his mother, Soma, who single-handedly developed a revolutionary method of teaching him in their one-room apartment in Bangalore, a classroom that lacked even running water. Portia Iversen, an Emmy-winning art director whose life was turned upside down when her own son Dov was diagnosed with autism, heard of Soma's miraculous story in the course of her own desperate search for a cure. Under the auspices of Cure Autism Now, the foundation she started with her husband that is now one of the largest funds for autism research in the world, Portia brought Soma and Tito to America to help researchers understand how Soma accomplished this amazing feat and to determine what can be learned from their success. Together, Soma and Portia have made remarkable progress in teaching their sons how to break through the walls of autism. And, in the process, they have assisted scientists in making astonishing discoveries about the nature of autism itself. Strange Son is the extraordinary account of two families who redefined how autism-and autistic people-should be treated, all the while helping to answer some of autism's most baffling questions and prompting new research. Iversen weaves the twin stories of Soma and Tito (and how Soma's methods mystified experts) together with her own story of how she and her family came to understand Dov. The result is a book suffused with uplifting human drama.

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Success Strategies for teaching kids with autism - Wendy AShcroft, Ed D, Sue Argiro, Joyce Keohane (2010)

Success Strategies for Teaching Kids with Autism - Wendy Ashcroft, PhD, Sue Argiro, Joyce Keohane The perfect handbook for any teacher looking for proven solutions for helping children with autism succeed Although an abundance of research exists on working with students with autism, teachers need the practical strategies in Success Strategies for Teaching Kids With Autism to build successful programs and services for kids with autism. The authors, seasoned classroom teachers and consultants for a large public school autism support program, look at ways teachers can apply best practices for teaching special needs students on smaller budgets, tight schedules, and minimal materials. They offer more than 25 field-tested ideas for teachers to implement, covering topics such as managing difficult behaviors, teaching social skills, addressing language and communication difficulties, creating schedules, and organizing the classroom. Including teacher-friendly overviews of the educational needs of students with autism and ideal teaching methods, the book also provides reproducible materials that teachers can copy and use immediately in their classrooms, along with photographs and detailed graphics that show their strategies in action. Features proven advice and strategies from experienced special educators Addresses the three main areas of need for students with autism: language, social skills, and behavior management Offers practical solutions to creating an autism-friendly classroom Provides a concise introduction to the educational needs of students with autism Includes guidance for both inclusion and self-contained classrooms Prufrock Press offers award-winning products focused on gifted, advanced, and special needs learners. For more than 20 years, Prufrock has supported parents and teachers with a wide range of resources based on sound research. The average day of a parent or teacher of a gifted or special needs learner is filled with a thousand celebrations and challenges. Prufrock's goal is to provide practical solutions to those challenges--to provide readers with timesaving, research-based tools that allow them to spend less time on the challenges and more time on the celebrations. Prufrock Press' line of products features: Resources on parenting the special needs learner Sage advice on teaching in the inclusive classroom Advanced learning tools for gifted children and inquisitive learners Cutting-edge information on innovative teaching approaches Resources for college planning for gifted and special needs learners Prufrock Press is committed to resources based on sound research. It has a senior advisory group composed of the top scholars in the field of education and psychology. All of the company's editors have graduate degrees in education or children's literature, and they all have classroom experience. In essence, when a reader holds a book by Prufrock Press, he or she knows that the information found in that book will be research-based and reflect agreed upon best practices in the field of education and child psychology.

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The Horse Boy - Rupert Isaacson (2010)

Rupert Isaacson's "The Horse Boy" is one family's epic journey to rescue their son. Rupert and Kirstin Isaacson were heartbroken when they learned that their two-year-old son Rowan was autistic. And with each passing day, Rowan's growing isolation, his uncontrollable fits, each failed treatment, filled them with despair. Then one day Rowan escaped and ran into a field of horses. Rupert watched in horror - but saw a miracle occur. The horses responded lovingly to Rowan - and he to them. Could Rowan's affinity with these animals save their son from his condition? The Isaacsons left their home in Texas and travelled to the plains and mountains of Mongolia - the spiritual home of the horse - risking everything - their happiness, future and sanity - on an arduous epic horseback journey in search of a cure for Rowan..."An elegant, affecting narrative ...a triumph of the human spirit". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Captivating, incredible, a magical journey, an impossible dream". ("Telegraph Weekend"). "It is probably only once in a critical lifetime that one will be moved almost to tears by [such] an account ...the excellence of his writing [creates an] elegant, affecting narrative ...a triumph of the human spirit". ("Telegraph"). "Magical, miraculous, uplifting". ("Daily Mail"). Rupert Isaacson is British but lives with his family in Texas, USA. He is an ex-professional horse trainer and founding director of the Indigenous Land Rights Fund. He is the author of "The Healing Land: A Kalahari Journey" and his journalism and travel writing has appeared in the "Daily Telegraph", "Esquire", "National Geographic", "Independent on Sunday", "Conde Nast Traveller", "Daily Mail" and "The Field".

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The Spark - Kristine Barnett (2013)

The Spark describes in glowing terms the profound intensity with which a mother can love her child. (Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree). "Extraordinary. A story of triumph against the odds and it's one that [Kristine] Barnett insists other parents can learn from". (Sunday Times). Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein and a photographic memory. At nine he developed an original theory in astrophysics that may earn a Nobel Prize. But Jake's story is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. When the experts wanted to restrict his behaviour - staring at shadows on the wall, stars, patterns - Jake withdrew into his own world. But against all the advice, Kristine decided to follow Jacob's passions - his 'spark'. The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic and inspiring, The Spark is about the power of love and what can happen when we tap the true potential that lies within every child. "If you have a child who's 'different' - and who doesn't? - you won't be able to put it down". (Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind). "Every parent and teacher should read this fabulous book!" (Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and co-author of The Autistic Brain). "Astonishing, remarkable". (Mail on Sunday). "Amazing, compulsive reading. Barnett not only fights heroically on Jake's behalf, she also beats down every other obstacle that life hurls at her and her family". (Washington Post).

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Thinking in pictures: and other reports from my life with autism - Temple Grandin (2006)

The captivating subject of Oliver Sack's "Anthropologist on Mars," here is Temple Grandin's personal account of living with autism extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours.Temple Grandin is renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. Her unique empathy for animals has her to create systems which are humane and cruel free, setting the highest standards for the industry the treatment and handling of animals. She also happens to be autistic. Here, in Temple Grandin's own words, is the story what it is like to live with autism. Temple is among the few people who have broken through many the neurological impairments associated with autism. Throughout her life, she has developed unique coping strategies, including her famous "squeeze machine, " modeled after seeing the calming effect squeeze chutes on cattle. She describes her pain isolation growing up "different" and her discovery visual symbols to interpret the "ways of the natives" "Thinking In Pictures" also gives information from the frontlines of autism, including treatme medication, and diagnosis, as well as Temple's insight into genius, savants, sensory phenomena, etc. Ultimately, it is Temple's unique ability describe the way her visual mind works and how she first made the connection between her impairment and animal temperament that is the basis of extraordinary gift and phenomenal success.

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Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism - Stephen C Luce, Gina Green and Catherine Maurice (1996)

Chapters on choosing an effective treatment discuss how to evaluate claims about treatments for autism, and what the research says about early behavioral intervention and other treatments. Subsequent sections address what to teach, teaching programs, how to teach, and who should teach.

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Biography & Autobiography


By Accident - a quadraplegic faces life - Christopher Lethbridge (1974)


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Castaway Kid - One Man's Search for Hope and Home - R B Mitchell (2009)

Rob Mitchell is one of the last “lifers” raised in an American orphanage. Left by a dysfunctional family in an Illinois children's home, he grew up with kids who were not friends but rather “co-survivors.” After becoming a Christian as a teenager, Rob found what he was looking for, home and family, in a relationship with God. Rob was able to overcome his past, forgiving his relatives and forging healthy family relationships of his own.

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In the name of justice - Anthony Hayward (2001)

Justice and human struggle around the globe have been the recurring themes throughout John Pilger's 30 years of making television documentaries. This work examines the journalist and his long career on the small screen, one unparalleled by others outside regular current affairs programmes

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The Sky Isn't Visible from Here - Felicia C Sullivan (2008)

A breathtakingly honest portrait of a woman who survived the childhood from hell, with a violent and abusive addict mother, only to face her own deadly battle - with herself ...Felicia Sullivan survived the childhood from hell with a violent and abusive addict mother, only to face her own deadly battle - with herself ...Swaggering down mean streets, Rosie was once beautiful, impetuous and wild, afraid of no one. Cocaine turned her into a monster her child could not recognise. As a little girl Felicia Sullivan was forced to become her mother's keeper, rushing her to hospital when she overdosed, withstanding her terrifying rages and abusive boyfriends, and wondering why she wouldn't tell the truth about her real father. In the Sky Isn't Visible From Here, Sullivan looks back on her life among drug dealers and substitute 'fathers', the highs and terrifying lows of her mother's cocaine addiction, and her battle to escape the same fate. Ashamed of her past, she invented a fake new identity to show the world. Yet despite putting herself through an Ivy League university and forging an outwardly successful high-powered career, like her mother she eventually succumbed to the same terrifying alcohol and drug abuse. Sullivan wrote this breathtakingly honest and moving memoir when she realised that it was time to kill her own creation, and save her life. 'that Felicia Sullivan survived her early life would be miracle enough ...Read this book at your own peril. It will keep you awake at night and haunt your dreams.' Dani Shapiro, author of Family History 'A poignant memoir palpates the wounds of growing up with an unstable, cocaine-abusing mother ...' Publishers Weekly ' this book will break your heart, and make it stronger.' Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb

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Without Warning - A Soldier's Extraordinary Journey - Damien Thomlinson and Michael Cowley (2014)

Private Damien Thomlinson is a former member of the elite 2nd Commando Regiment of the Australian Army who was terribly injured in after a bomb explosion in Afghanistan. His inspiring journey back from the dead stands as proof that no challenge is too great and that the ANZAC spirit is truly alive and well. After losing both his legs in an accident in Afghanistan, Special Forces soldier Damien thomlinson was determined not only to survive, but to meet life head on. this is an uplifting story of guts, drive and exceptional resilience. Without warning, Private Damien thomlinson's life changed forever. On a night patrol in Afghanistan in 2009, his vehicle drove over a taliban explosive device. His right leg turned instantly to red mist and his left leg was severed below the knee. His arms and hands were shattered and his nose smashed. Blood poured into his lungs. He was as close to death as you can get. Damien's story could have been a tragedy, but because of his enormously optimistic spirit it is instead one of triumph and inspiration. Once a commando, always a commando. Damien was determined not to be defined or limited by his injuries. With dogged focus and commitment, he set about reclaiming his life - on his own terms. His extraordinary drive and willpower saw him walking again on prosthetic legs just eight weeks from the time of his accident, ready to stand and welcome his unit home from Afghanistan. He set himself extraordinary challenges including walking the demanding 96km Kokoda track in honour of a fallen comrade and becoming the public face of the Commando Welfare trust. Damien is now an aspiring Paralympian, determined to represent Australia in snowboarding. His life has irrevocably changed, but he believes it has changed for the better. Damien's positive attitude and larrikin, never-say-die spirit are an inspiration to all of us, and the story of his journey is humbling, heartbreaking and truly awe-inspiring.

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A Gift of Stories: Discovering How to Deal With Mental Illness - Otago University Press (1999)

A Gift of Stories The life stories in this book are by people who at some point in their lives have been diagnosed with a mental illness which they have learned to deal with. They have found the courage to speak publicly about their experience in a world which is still prejudiced against people with mental illness.

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A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmal Beah (2007)

This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. In "A Long Way Gone", Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

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A man named Dave - Dave Pelzer (2009)

The concluding volume of Dave Pelzer's million-copy bestselling memoir. 'I don't blame others for my problems. I stand on my own. And one day, you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself.' These words were eighteen-year-old Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, a woman who had abused him with shocking brutality. But even years after he was rescued, his life remained a continual struggle. Dave felt rootless and awkward, an outcast haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering 'It' locked in his mother's basement. Dave's dramatic reunion with his dying father and the shocking confrontation with his mother led to his ultimate calling: mentor to others struggling with personal hardships. From a difficult marriage to the birth of his son, from an unfulfilling career to an enduring friendship, Dave was finally able to break the chains of his past, learning to trust, to love, and to live.

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A second wind - Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (2012)

He is unbearable, vain, proud, brutal, inconsistent, human. Without him, I would have rotted to death. Abdel looked after me without fail, like I was an infant. Attentive to the smallest detail, present during all my absences, he delivered me when I was a prisoner, protected me when I was weak. He made me laugh when I cried. He is my guardian devil.' As the descendent of two prominent, wealthy French families and Director of Pommery Champagnes, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not in the habit of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his beloved wife's diagnosis of a terminal illness, a paragliding accident left him a quadriplegic. He was 42 years old and unable to do anything - even feed himself - without help. Hidden behind the high walls of his Paris townhouse, Philippe found himself the modern equivalent of an 'untouchable' -- his total paralysis rendered him unable to reach out to others, and seemed to make others afraid to touch or acknowledge him. For the first time, he learned what it felt like to be marginalised. The only person who wasn't bothered by Philippe's condition was someone who had been an outsider his entire life - Abdel, the unemployed Algerian immigrant from the outskirts of society who would become Philippe's unlikely caretaker. In between dramas and jokes, he sustained Philippe's life for the next ten years.

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After Cleo, Came Jonah : They Don't Always Come When Called - Helen Brown (2013)

Some say your previous cat chooses your new feline. If so, what in cat heaven's name was our beloved Cleo thinking when she sent us a crazy cat like Jonah?' Jonah entered Helen Brown's life not long after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had begun recovery from a mastectomy. His arrival coincided with the finalisation of her previous book, Cleo, as well as preparations for the wedding of her son and struggles with her daughter's determination to embark on a spiritual journey. Jonah, as it happened, was just as headstrong as Helen's daughter. So while Helen attempted to deal with her own mortality and help arrange a wedding, her daughter took off to war-torn Sri Lanka and Jonah fled down the street. In Cats and Daughters, Helen Brown writes with honesty and humour about family life, its serious setbacks and life-changing events. She also learns that sometimes the best thing a strong mother and cat slave can do is step back, have faith in those she loves and be grateful nothing's perfect. As Helen writes in her dedication, this book is 'to cats and daughters who don't always come when called'.

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After They Killed Our Father - A Refugee from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind - Loung Ung (2015)

In 1980, at the age of ten, Loung Ung escaped a devastated Cambodia and flew to the US as a refugee. She and her eldest brother, with whom she escaped, left behind their three surviving siblings, and her book is alternately heart-wrenching and heart-warming, as it follows the parallel lives of Loung and her closest sister, Chou, during the 15 years it took for them to be reunited. Their two worlds were very different, and Loung's depiction of the contrast between her life in the affluent West and that of her sister, who navigated her way through landmine-strewn fields and survived raids by the Khmer Rouge, is laced with the guilt she feels about being the lucky one. This powerful story helps us to understand what happens when a family is torn apart by politics, adversity and war. It is also the compelling and inspirational tale of a remarkable woman

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An angel in the court - Anne Henderson (2005)

From humble beginnings in a small-town Salvation Army family to a career as a court chaplain - giving comfort to some of Australia's most notorious criminals, including accused child killer Kathleen Folbigg - Major Joyce Harmer's life has been one of enormous contrasts. Along with her true love, husband and fellow 'Salvo' Hilton, Joyce battled the demons of an abusive childhood and postnatal depression, raised her own family in what were often trying circumstances and turned obscure ministries into refuges for the needy.Armed with an unshakable faith in humanity, Joyce has helped some of society's least wanted: drug addicts, alcoholics, criminals of all descriptions - and their victims. This is the inspiring story of a quiet achiever whose 'spiritual fragrance' has affected and changed the lives of thousands of Australians.A percentage of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Salvation Army.

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Anne Frank - from schoolgirl to voice of the holocaust - Emma Johnson (2002)

20TH CENTURY HISTORY MAKERS is an important new series of biographies aimed at introducing older children to the most important historical figures of the 20th century. Through lively, straightforward text and both black and white and colour photographs, young readers can find out about the events of the subjects' lives and how they impacted - for both good and evil - on the world at large. Throughout the books, boxes, panels and maps help out the running text, highlighting important events, concepts and key facts. This combination of narrative and feature provides information essential to the understanding of the subject, and really gives a sense of time and place.

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Anne Frank Remembered - Miep Gies (1988)

The reminiscences of Miep Gies, the woman who hid the Frank family in Amsterdam during the Second World War, presents a vivid story of life under Nazi occupation.

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As for Tomorrow, I Cannot Say: Thirty-Three Years With Multiple Sclerosis - Diana Neutze (2002)

“I have written this, more than 40,000 words, with one finger in just over a month. It has flowed out of me so fast, I can only conclude that I needed to tell my story.” New Zealander Diana Neutze was in her late 20s, living in London with her husband and young son, when she discovered that she had multiple sclerosis. More than three decades later, wheelchair-bound and largely confined to her Christchurch home, she has told her remarkable story. Fiercely independent and passionately determined, she has fought the illness with every psychological and spiritual weapon in her armory. Unflinchingly honest, deeply moving, often humorous, As For Tomorrow, I Cannot Say is a tribute to the power of the human spirit.

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Aung San of Burma - A Biographical Portrait by His Daughter - Aung San Suu Kyi (1995)

Review: It is very enjoyable and vivid portray of our national hero Bogyoke Aung San. As a daughter of Bogyoke, Aung San Suu Kyi was able to accumulate informations from numerious scources including her mother and portrayed well. It's a worth reading especially to know Aung San portrayed by his own father-like daughter.

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Before we say goodbye - Sean Davison (2013)

Eighty-four years old and terminally ill with cancer, psychiatrist Pat Ferguson wants nothing more than for her life, which no longer brings her joy, to be over. But when her ailing body refuses to let go, she asks her son Sean to do the unthinkable: to help her to die. Before we say goodbye is Sean Davison's personal account of the months he spent with his mother before her death. Written as a diary, it candidly recounts Davison's emotional struggle during that time, the tension between members of their family and his ultimate decision to grant his mother's last request and end her suffering. This touching, honest and thought-provoking memoir will resonate not only with countless families who have found themselves in a similar position, but with all of us who may one day have to face that choice: a choice that, for Sean Davison, would come to have life-changing consequences.

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Being Mortal - Atul Gawande (2014)

In Being Mortal, Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. And he emerges with story that crosses the globe and history, exploring questions that range from the curious to the profound: What happens to people's teeth as they get old? Did human beings really commit senecide, the sacrifice of the elderly? Why do the aged so dread nursing homes and hospitals? How should someone give another person the dreadful news that they will die? This is a story told only as Atul Gawande can - penetrating people's lives and also the systems that have evolved to govern our mortality. Those systems, he observes, routinely fail to serve - or even acknowledge - people's needs and priorities beyond mere survival. And the consequences are devastating lives, families, and even whole economies. But, as he reveals, it doesn't have to be this way. Atul Gawande has delivered an engrossing tale of science, history and remarkable characters in the vein of Oliver Sacks.

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Bite of the mango - Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland (2008)

"The astounding story of one girl's journey from war victim to UNICEF Special Representative." As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry. But when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers, many no older than children themselves, attacked and tortured Mariatu. During this brutal act of senseless violence they cut off both her hands. Stumbling through the countryside, Mariatu miraculously survived. The sweet taste of a mango, her first food after the attack, reaffirmed her desire to live, but the challenge of clutching the fruit in her bloodied arms reinforced the grim new reality that stood before her. With no parents or living adult to support her and living in a refugee camp, she turned to begging in the streets of Freetown. In this gripping and heartbreaking true story, Mariatu shares with readers the details of the brutal attack, its aftermath and her eventual arrival in Toronto. There she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope.

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BJ, the cripple with a difference - Helen Prideaux (2008)

Brenda Jane (BJ) due to a head injury in a car accident is left in a wheelchair, no voice and only one functional arm. After years of recovery BJ moves up to New Plymouth, New Zealand. Where she gets mixed up in the bikie scene, pubs and picking up guys, the drugs soon spiral out of control. BJ goes up to Auckland to visit her cousin and gets involved with his band. Meeting her dream rock singer she goes on tour with him and ends up living with him in L. A. While there she encounters a supernatural situation that changes her life forever.

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Bridge Across My Sorrows - Christina Noble (1995)

On the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the destitute children swarm and the rich turn a blind eye. To these needy children "Mama Tina" has become an irrepressible, unorthodox and staunch champion. Within two years of arriving she has opened a Medical and Social Centre and achieved worldwide fame. Bu she berates all those who call her a "Mother Teresa". In her own words she is "one street child using her wiles to help other street children". Christina's story is punctuated by flashes of humour and exurberance that are both her trademark and her means of survival.

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Bridge Across My Sorrows - Christina Noble and Robert Coram (1995)

On the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the destitute children swarm and the rich turn a blind eye. To these needy children "Mama Tina" has become an irrepressible, unorthodox and staunch champion. Within two years of arriving she has opened a Medical and Social Centre and achieved worldwide fame. Bu she berates all those who call her a "Mother Teresa". In her own words she is "one street child using her wiles to help other street children". Christina's story is punctuated by flashes of humour and exurberance that are both her trademark and her means of survival.

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Catch me before I fall - Rosie Childs (2012)

Because she was black, Clare Malone was the talk of her Liverpool council estate. Her mother and her mother's husband were both white and from birth she was stigmatised for this proof of her mother's infidelity. Clare was left in a bare, filthy council house to fend for herself and her siblings until, aged nine, she was placed in the care of an order of strict and often cruel nuns. She finally embarked on a settled life as a nanny and pre-school teacher, but she couldn't escape from herself and the black cloud of her childhood. After suffering a breakdown, Clare was placed in a series of dehumanising psychiatric hospitals for many years until she was helped to remember the horrifying secret of the childhood she thought she had buried forever. Now, with support, she has rebuilt her life as Rosie Childs and has moved on. She is truly happy at last.

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Dare to Fly - Janine Shepherd (1998)

United States author tour April/May 2008! On a warm Autumn day in 1986, Janine Shepherds life was changed forever. Her dreams of representing Australia in the Winter Olympics were shattered when she was hit by a truck during a cycling training session in the Blue Mountains. Her neck and back were broken in four places, as were her right arm, collarbone and five ribs. Her right leg had been ripped open, she had sustained massive internal injuries, severe lacerations to her abdominal area, and had lost five litres of blood. The bleeding alone was enough to kill her. Doctors warned her parents that she was not expected to survive her ordeal; if by some miracle she did, she would certainly never walk again. But never was a word Janine Shepherd refused to hear, let alone believe, and her remarkable recovery, recounted in her bestselling book NEVER TELL ME NEVER, was a testament to Janines indomitable spirit and extraordinary courage. Now Janines story continues in Dare to Fly, a heartwarming and inspirational account of her journey of recovery - not only physical, but also emotional and spiritual - and of the people she has met along the way who were inspired by Janine and who, in turn, continue to encourage and inspire her. As she writes in DARE TO FLY, We all need to know that no matter what happens to us in this life, we are never alone. Janine Shepherds story will truly move us all to dare to fly.

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Disfigured - A Saudi Woman's Story of Triumph Over Violence - Rania Al-Baz (2009)

Every morning for the past six years, Rania al-Baz has been the smiling face of a family programme on Saudi television. She was a young, beautiful Saudi TV news presenter — the first woman to have such a job — when her abusive husband beat her into a coma and left her for dead. She remained in a coma for four days and later underwent thirteen operations to reconstruct her face. When she agreed to let horrifying pictures of her ravaged face be made public, her story sparked general criticism of Saudi culture. A month after the tragedy, the first Saudi research into domestic violence began at King Saud University in Riyadh. Rania’s story subsequently appeared in the press all over the world. But Rania’s memoir is not simply the story of the violence she suffered; nor is it a tale of revenge. She denounces neither Islam nor the traditions of her country, nor even her former husband — only his violence. It is this generosity of spirit that carries her story — about her Saudi Arabian girlhood and adolescence, about her disastrous first marriage, about her public life as a TV journalist, about her life as a mother, about her evolution into an activist on behalf of women. Rania al-Baz had become one of the best known and best loved faces in her home country of Saudi Arabia. She was the presenter of a programme called The Kingdom this Morning on state-owned television. She lives in Saudi Arabia.

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Don't Look Back - The David Bussau Story - How an Abandoned Child Became a Champion of the Poor - Philippa Tyndale (2005)

David Bussau has lived and worked among the world's poor, had his life threatened by corrupt profiteers and born witness to natural and man-made disasters. For the first time this orphan turned millionaire, entrepreneur, humanitarian and ultimately co-founder of Opportunity International, one of the world's largest aid organizations, allows his full story to be told.

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Down but not out - Elizabeth Berns (2004)

Down But Not Out is a true account of the life of a girl who has Down syndrome. It is a story that offers a fascinating and revealing insight into Lee’s joys and trials as she moves through her childhood years and develops into a young adult. Through conversations and interviews with Lee’s parents, teachers, siblings, friends, and with Lee herself, the author sensitively explores the everyday realities and boundaries of a girl with Down syndrome. What happens when the limitations imposed by Down syndrome are combined with the usual fluctuations of teenage hormones? How much real understanding does Lee have of herself, her needs, and of her surroundings? How does she respond to praise or criticism? What does she think about growing up, interacting with other people, getting a job and having a boyfriend? These are just some of the questions that are asked in Down But Not Out. The answers are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often surprising and always insightful. This is a story from the heart that will both entertain and educate anyone with an interest in Down syndrome.

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Dreams Lost, Never Walked - Raumoa Ormsby (2003)

Brought up by his grandparents, Pop and Nanny Mei, and a range of uncles and cousins, seventeen-year-old Poi Paki is very much a part of the marae. It's the world of rural Maori: 'a bit naive, a bit cunning, a bit in your face and often more than a little crazy'. It's a place of humour, love but also violence and poverty. Poi dreams of leaving it to join the Army, like many of his other relatives have done in the past. He doesn't want to escape the love, respect and loyalty of the marae, but he wants to escape the inter-family tensions and the way you can easily be sucked under by circumstance. He also wants to find his own place in the world, knowing that he started out as a product of rape, abandoned by his mother. Poi has ambition, intelligence and plenty of cheek. He also has a strong foundation of love, but will it help him on his way? Raumoa Ormsby was raised at his ancestral marae at Kohupatiki Paa, midway between Napier and Hastings (where he now lives). One of ten, he attended Karamu High before going on to Wellington Teachers Training College and then Victoria University. Although he dropped out of university, he remained in Wellington and began work for the Post Office at its headquarters. He later transferred to the Post Office Association, representing postal workers, becoming a senior official and serving on the Board of the Trade Union Education Authority until it was disbanded in 1992. He subsequently moved to the Engineers Union in Hamilton, but in 1996 he returned to his family home at Kohupatiki Paa to look after his widowed mother. He worked for a while with his local marae committee and for the Hastings Taiwhenua, before starting writing

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Dying for a Cure - Rebekah Beddoe (2007)

A powerful memoir of antidepressants, misdiagnosis and madness. There was that term again, depression, being tossed around. When had I received an official diagnosis, anyway? It had just been mentioned by my GP and now staff were picking it up and running with it. Things seemed to be getting blown out of proportion. I wanted to know why I couldn't be tested for this so-called imbalance in my brain before being put on medication, but I didn't want him to think I was questioning his expertise. He was the second doctor now to recommend the treatmen. And these are the newer sort - the ones that aren't addictive or anything?" "Not addictive. They're very safe." Shortly after the birth of her daughter Rebekah Beddoe was diagnosed with post-natal depression. Two years later she was taking six different drugs

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Embraced by the Light - Betty J. Eadie (1992)

Relates the near-death experience of Betty Eadie, and recounts the events that followed

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Emma and I - Sheila Hocken (2011)

As a girl, Sheila never let her gradual descent into blindness prevent her from trying to do everything a sighted person could do. Then at 17, unable to see to find her way around the house she grew up in, she found herself dreading her future in an 'ever darkening vacuum'. But then the remarkable Emma enters her life, and Sheila begins a journey that brings her the independence, love and happiness she never dreamed possible. Emma and I is the moving and inspirational story of the unique bond between Sheila and her dog, and shows that, sometimes, miracles do happen.

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Escape - Carolyn Jessop (2008)

Born into the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), the author describes her life before, during and after her marriage at 18 to a 50-year-old man with three other wives. This painful memoir certainly doesn't bear much resemblance to the polygamous fantasies of the HBO series Big Love. The author's large family lived in grinding poverty, and Jessop was constantly subjected to humiliations at the hands of her husband, Merril. But she had inner resources. In a decidedly patriarchal culture, she often spoke her mind, and she talked Merril into letting her go to college. Her occasional questioning of his views, however, earned his suspicion and the condescension and mistrust of her fellow wives. So what kept Jessop in the community? Fear. From her earliest childhood, when she played a game called "apocalypse," she had been taught that God punished those who disobeyed his rules. Furthermore, she knew that no woman had ever managed to get herself and her children safely away from the community. Still, one night in 2003, Jessop snuck her eight children out of the house and fled to Salt Lake City. There, she found little in the way of support networks for women escaping polygamy. She was told that "there would be more legal and financial help for me if I were a refugee arriving from a foreign country." The chapters about her struggles to adjust to this new life are more riveting than the occasionally tedious descriptions of her earlier hardships. Especially wrenching are scenes featuring the two of Jessop's children who felt torn between their parents and resented their mother for taking them away from the FLDS church. The book's final pages recount triumphs large and small, from getting her first stylish haircut to standing up to her husband in court.Though Jessop's circumstances were unusual - and particularly harrowing - her memoir will appeal to many women who have left abusive relationships.

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Experiencing Heaven Trilogy: 90 minutes in heaven - Don Piper (2012)

Now available in a special edition for readers age 9-12, "90 Minutes in Heaven" is the runaway bestseller about one man's experience with death and life. When Don Piper's car collided with a semi-truck he was pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, he experienced the glories of heaven. Back on earth, a passing minister felt led to pray for the accident victim even though he was told Piper was dead. Miraculously, Piper came back to life, and the pleasure of heaven was replaced by a long and painful recovery. An inspiring account for people of all ages, "90 Minutes in Heaven" is now poised to touch and comfort children in the same way it has offered encouragement and hope to millions of adults.

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Experiencing Heaven Trilogy: Flight to heaven - Capt Dale Black (2010)

Imagine getting a glimpse of heaven, a preview of life in God's presence. Could life here ever be the same? Capt. Dale Black has flown as a commercial pilot all over the world, but one flight changed his life forever--an amazing journey to heaven and back. The only survivor of a horrific plane crash, Dale was hovering between life and death when he had a wondrous experience of heaven. What he saw, what he heard, and what he learned there continues to ripple through his life and touch others. Against all odds, Dale miraculously recovered from his injuries and learned to fly again. Now, with his life as a testament, he shares his inspiring story--offering hope and encouragement for those dealing with serious injuries or the loss of a loved one, and those looking for assurance about this life and the next. Experience a Life-Changing Vision of Heaven

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Experiencing Heaven Trilogy: My journey to heaven - Marvin J Besteman (2012)

On April 28, 2006, as he lay in his hospital bed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, visions of celestial beauty were the last thing on Marv Besteman's mind. He had just had surgery to remove a rare pancreatic tumor. It was after visiting hours and his family had left for the day. Alone and racked with pain, Marv tossed and turned, wanting more than anything else to simply sleep and escape the misery and discomfort for a while. The retired banker, father, and grandfather had no idea he was about to get a short reprieve in the form of an experience he never could have imagined. In "My Journey to Heaven," Marv Bestman shares the story of his experience of heaven with astounding detail. Readers will hear of his encounters with angels who accompanied him to the gate, his conversation (argument, really) with St. Peter, and his recognition of friends and family members who touched his life. His story offers peace, comfort, and encouragement to those who have lost loved ones and gives security and solace to those who are grieving, dying, or wonder about the afterlife. Marv believed God sent him back to earth to fulfill this mission of comfort and reminds readers that God has work for each of us to do before he calls us to be with him in heaven. Secure in his belief that his book was the fulfillment of his own mission, Marv returned to heaven in January 2012.

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Fighters against Fascism - Max Arthur (2010)

Personal stories from the soldiers who volunteered to fight for a cause they passionately believed in The Spanish Civil War, which raged from 1936-9, was brutal and intense, claiming well over 500,000 lives. Rightly predicting that the rise of Fascism in Spain could develop into a more global conflict, almost 2,500 British volunteers travelled to Spain under the banner of the International Brigade to fight for the Spanish Republic in an attempt to stem the tide. Acclaimed oral historian Max Arthur tracked down the eight survivors of this conflict and interviewed them for their unique perspective, their memories of their time fighting and the motives that compelled them to fight. From Union leader to nurse, Egyptologist to IRA activist, theirs is a unique story, of men and women volunteering to lay down their lives for a cause, believing passionately that the Spanish Republic's fight was their fight too. And, in 2009, they were finally granted Spanish nationality as a mark of the importance of that decision. Since the book was first published, two of the people featured have died, but their stories survive. These incredible, compelling and sometimes harrowing tales of their experiences reveal their ideologies, pride, regrets and feelings about the legacy of the actions they took. 'For most young people there was a feeling of frustration, but some were determined to do anything that seemed possible, even if it meant death, to try to stop the spread of Fascism. It was real, and it had to be stopped.' Jack Jones (1913-2009) - Volunteer

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Flory - One Woman's Account of Surviving the Holocaust - Flory Van Beek (2010)

Flory was just a young girl when the Germans occupied her homeland of the Netherlands during World War II. As Jews, she and her family soon began to experience the effect of laws restricting movement and work opportunities. An early attempt to escape the Netherlands on the SS Simon Bolivar failed when the ship hit two German mines and sank. Flory and her fiance Felix were two of the lucky survivors but were severely injured and spent several months in England before being returned to the Netherlands. Together they watched as the situation worsened and relatives and friends began to 'disappear'. Flory's mother was taken off to Sobibor concentration camp, where she died in the gas chambers, but Flory and Felix were fortunate enough to survive the war by being hidden in the homes of patriotic Dutch families working for the resistance. This incredible story of survival poignantly illustrates how even in the darkest times good people are willing to risk their own safety to save the lives of others.

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Fred Hollows: An Autobiography - Fred Hollows (1992)

Famous eye surgeon from NZ and later Sydney who worked on eye operations for 3rd world countries Eritrea, Nepal and Vietnam and Australian aborigines.

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Freedom from Fear and Other Writings - Aung San Suu Kyi (1991)

Aung San Suu Kyi's collected writings - edited by her late husband, whom the ruling military junta prevented from visiting Burma as he was dying of cancer - reflects her greatest hopes and fears for her fellow Burmese people, and her concern about the need for international co-operation in the continuing fight for Burma's freedom. Bringing together her most powerful speeches, letters and interviews, this remarkable collection gives a voice to Burma's 'woman of destiny', whose fate remains in the hands of her enemies. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and leader of Burma's National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the world's greatest living defenders of freedom and democracy, and an inspiration to millions worldwide. This book sits alongside Nelson Mandela's memoir Long Walk to Freedom. 'This book is bound to become a classic for a new generation of Asians who value democracy even more highly than Westerners do, simply because they are deprived of the basic freedoms that Westerners take for granted'The New York Times 'Aung San Suu Kyi's extraordinary achievement has been to confront the regime peacefully, reasonably and persuasively... [in] one of the most laudable continuing acts of political courage' Financial Times 'Such is the depth of passion and learning that she brings to her writings about national identity and its links with culture and language that she has attracted the admiration of intellectuals around the world' Sunday Times Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy. She was placed under house arrest in Rangoon in 1989, where she remained for almost 15 of the 21 years until her release in 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners. She is also the author of Letters from Burma. Review: This book is bound to become a classic for a new generation of Asians who value democracy even more highly than Westerners do, simply because they are deprived of the basic freedoms that Westerners take for granted ( The New York Times) Aung San Suu Kyi's extraordinary achievement has been to confront the regime peacefully, reasonably and persuasively... [in] one of the most laudable continuing acts of political courage ( Financial Times) Such is the depth of passion and learning that she brings to her writings about national identity and its links with culture and language that she has attracted the admiration of intellectuals around the world ( Sunday Times)

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From the Ground Up - John P Coutis (2001)

John Coutis was born with a disability so severe he was not expected to live. From the Ground Up tells John's unique story of courage and endurance.

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Full Circle - One Life, Many Lessons - John Maclean (2009)

John Maclean is an extraordinary man whose life has come full circle. After winning silver in rowing at the Beijing Paralympics, the last of many incredible sporting quests that have seen him swim the English Channel and finish the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon, he realised he needed to confront his past and the road accident that had left him paraplegic at the age of 22 - if he was to move beyond the physical challenges that had defined his life since. In this remarkable second book, which follows his bestselling sports biography Sucking the Marrow Out of Life, there are lessons for us all: persistence, balance, humility, the value of community and friends, and, ultimately, self-belief.

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Gas Smells Awful : The Mechanics of Being a Nutcase - Helen Razer (2001)

It's sad and boring to be sick in the head, and until Prozac Nation was published, it wasn't even faintly hip. Depression, anxiety disorder, dysthymia or whatever one chooses to call whatever the amorphous thing, or things, that so many of us seem to wrestle with, is unglamorous crap. In 1998, Helen Razer, JJJ icon and self-confessed fruit-bat, was forced to reassess her high-profile life when she found herself temporarily blind and suffering incapacitating dizzy spells, hyper-vigilance, headaches and a whole gamut of other symptoms associated with being hurled about in the anxiety and depression spin cycle. At her lowest Helen wrestled with suicide, but with the help of psychoanalysis and judicious drug therapy, she dragged herself into recovery. In her usual irreverent urbane style Helen chronicles her own painful but ultimately transformative experience and draws on that to discuss everything from finding a good shrink to dealing with suicidal thoughts, from tips on what to do when you hate yourself to how to cope with a panic attack. At a time when youth depression and suicide is on the national agenda, Gas Smells Awful speaks bravely, honestly and optimistically to anyone

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Going Uphill Backwards - Sir Paul Reeves (2002)

Nelson resident Foote tells of childhood and cricket, racism and religion, schools and spybases, war and peace in this anecdotal autobiography

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Halfway home - Ronan Tynon (2003)

In Halfway Home, Ronan Tynan, a member of the enormously popular Irish Tenors, shares his moving life story - a story Barbara Walters calls 'so amazing you may find it hard to believe' - of overcoming adversity and attaining worldwide success in several different fields. Diagnosed with a lower-limb disability at birth, Tynan had his legs amputated below the knee when he was twenty years old. Eight weeks later, he was climbing the stairs of his college dormitory, and within a year, he was winning races in the Paralympic Games, amassing eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records. After becoming the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education, he served a short stint in the prosthetics industry and began a new career in medicine. He continued his studies at Trinity College, where he specialized in orthopaedic sports injuries. After earning his medical degree, Tynan chose music for the next act in his life. Less than one year after he began studying voice, he won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It. He went on to win the prestigious International Operatic Singing Competition in France, and in 1998 his debut Sony album, My Life Belongs to You, became a top-five hit in England within just two weeks and eventually went platinum. Later that year, he was invited to join The Irish Tenors, furthering a journey that started in a small Irish village and has brought him to the world's grandest stages.

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Heart sounds - David Hay (2005)

Sir David Hay's career parallels the most significant developments of twentieth-century medicine. Heart Sounds is an inside account of the developing field of cardiology, and a personal memoir from a leader in the field. Sir David was influential in bringing international advances in cardiology to the attention of New Zealanders, and had a key role in the creation of the National Heart Foundation. His passionate advocacy of a smoke-free society has spanned decades. This distinguished story, modestly told, is that of a life worth celebrating. It is one that Cantabrians, health professionals and indeed all New Zealanders will find engrossing - and be proud of.

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Hiding Edith - Kathy Kacer (2011)

In 1938, Edith and her family joined the many Jewish people forced to leave their homes to escape the Nazis. In a desperate bid for survival, Edith was entrusted to the care of a children's home in Moissac, France, where other Jewish children were hiding. All the people of the town promised to keep the children's identity a secret. Could they possibly succeed? Would Edith ever see her family again? A dramatic and moving account of one girl's experience during World War II. This is the true story of Edith Schwalb.

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Hope in a ballet shoe - Michaela Deprince (2015)

Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple and Michaela begins to take dance lessons. But life in the States isn't without difficulties. Unfortunately, tragedy can find its way to Michaela in America, too, and her past can feel like it's haunting her. The world of ballet is a racist one, and Michaela has to fight for a place amongst the ballet elite, hearing the words 'America's not ready for a black girl ballerina.' And yet...Today, Michaela DePrince is an international ballet star, dancing for The Dutch National Ballet at the age of nineteen. This is a heart-breaking, inspiring autobiography by a teenager who shows us that, beyond everything, there is always hope for a better future.

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Hurting Hope - Charles and Joanne Hewlett (2013)

Sometimes being a father isn't what it was meant to be... It's hard to describe the very moment when you first comprehend that something significant is wrong with your child-that they have a major illness or disability, or that they are going to die. In that moment, you realize there hasnot been a mistake, it is your child, and nothing can be done about it. It is only a second in time, but it needs so much longer to explain..."In this book Charles and Joanne Hewlett share honestly about parenthood dominated by sickness, disability, suffering, death and grief. Their strong Christian faith gives them hope, but the pain and the misunderstanding and the struggle still has to be lived, one day at a time. This gritty book is essential reading for all carers, nurses, counsellors and others who support suchfamilies with disabled children.Charles and Joanne Hewlett live in Auckland, New Zealand. Charles is the Principal of Carey Baptist College, a tertiary institution training people for pastoral leadership within the church and community. Joanne is a school teacher with qualifications in music and education. They regularly lead seminars in NZ on suffering and disability.

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I am not Esther - Fleur Beale (2003)

Imagine that your mother tells you she's going away. She is going to leave you with relatives you've never heard of - and they are members of a strict religious cult. Your name is changed, and you are forced to follow the severe set of social standards set by the cult. There is no television, no radio, no newspaper. No mirrors. You must wear long, modest clothes. You don't know where your mother is, and you are beginning to question your own identity. I am not Esther is a gripping psychological thriller written by popular children's writer Fleur Beale. In Esther she creates an enthralling and utterly compelling portrait of a teenager going through her worst nightmare.

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I am not sick, I don't need help - Xavier Amador, PhD (2010)

This book fills a tremendous void... wrote E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., about the first edition of I AM NOT SICK, I Don t Need Help! Ten years later, it still does. Dr. Amador s research on poor insight was inspired by his attempts to help his brother Henry, who developed schizophrenia, accept treatment. Like tens of millions of others diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Henry did not believe he was ill. I AM NOT SICK, I Don t Need Help! is not just a reference for professionals. It is a must-read guide for family members whose loved ones are battling mental illness. Read and learn as have hundreds of thousands of others...to LEAP Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner and help your patients and loved ones accept the treatment they need.

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I think there's something wrong with me - Nigel Smith (2008)

Here's something I only learned later. When the radiologist was handed the scan, he asked, 'Righto, where's the body?' Shame I missed that. I could have done with a laugh. When Nigel Smith got rushed to hospital with a brain lesion so big that the radiologist assumed he'd died, he was understandably hacked off. After all, he was one of those blokes who had it all: a loving family, a wife his friends all fancied and a thriving TV comedy career. "I Think There's Something Wrong With Me" is his amazing, hilarious account of his fight for survival. Battling a brutal illness, impossible bureaucracy and nurses that could only serve as fantasies to the writers of "Doctor Who", Nigel Smith has produced a brilliant black comedy for our time. It is a book for everyone who's ever thought, 'there must be more to life than this'. Because sometime things have to go seriously wrong to make us realize just how much is right.

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I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors - Bernice Eisenstein (2007)

In this innovative memoir, Bernice Eisenstein combines her skills as a writer and illustrator to distill her memories of growing up in the 1950s in the shadow of the Holocaust. Drawing on the harrowing experiences of her parents-both of them Holocaust survivors-and the fragmented stories of other family members lost in the war, she explores the impact of their legacy on her own life. A groundbreaking exploration of personal history in the tradition of Art piegelman's Maus, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors is a searingly honest and deeply moving work that speaks to the universality of memory and loss.

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If I am Missing or Dead - A Sister's Story of Love, Loss and Liberation - Janine Latus (2007)

In April 2002, Janine Latus's youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer. Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved, it read, but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on his criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead this obviously has not protected me... That same spring Janine Latus was struggling to leave her marriage -- a marriage to a handsome and successful man. A marriage others emulated. A marriage in which she felt she could do nothing right and everything wrong. A marriage in which she felt afraid, controlled, inadequate, and trapped.

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In my dreams I walk with you - Dennis Walters (2002)

The author describes his life before and after a golf cart accident that left him a paraplegic and ended his dreams of playing on the PGA Tour.

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In search of my father - Helena Popovic (2011)

Following her mother's death, Dr Helena Popovic puts her medical training and beliefs to the test when she becomes the carer for her elderly father who has encroaching dementia. This moving story is part personal diary, part scientific treatise and part practical guide, woven together with humorous anecdotes. Above all, it's an inspiring account of a daughter in search of her father: the man beyond the grief, despair, depression and dementia.

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Inga : My Story - Myan Subrayan (2009)

Inga the Winger' - Va'aiga Tuigamala, one of the most imposing and explosive wingers New Zealand rugby ever produced - has decided to tell his full story for the first time. This is the fascinating, inspirational story of overcoming hardship, reaching the heights of All Black hero status and the debacle of the amateur/professional era, the excesses of UK rugby league, and finally of returning to a vocation among the people rooted at the very centre of his real life. Inga discusses all aspects of his journey, much of it previously untold: from family life to his many sporting achievements to his role today as a mentor, inspirational community leader and successful businessman. Much more than a sports biography, this is the real story behind the 'gentle giant' of New Zealand rugby.

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January First : A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her - Michael Schofield (2012)

A harrowing memoir from the father of a seven-year-old girl, January First is the desperate story of Michael's mission to find out what is wrong with his highly intelligent daughter. Right from when she was a newborn, January has kept her parents on their toes: as a baby she slept for only 20 minutes at a time, as a one year old she spoke in complete sentences, at two she asked about negative numbers, and by three had literally hundreds of imaginary friends. But when her brother Bodhi arrives her behaviour becomes increasingly violent, her never-ending delusions and hallucinations interspersed with paroxysms of rage that eventually force her parents to live in separate one-bedroom apartments - communicating with walkie-talkies to keep her brother safe. As her father does the rounds of child psychologists, doctors and locked hospital wards, he provides an unflinchingly honest account of parenting, as well as an indictment of the lack of care for children with severe mental illness. January First shows the passionate dedication of a father who refuses to give up on his little girl even as her behaviour becomes ever more alien. An eventual diagnosis is reached of one of the most severe cases of child-onset schizophrenia that doctors have ever seen: January is hallucinating 95 percent of the time that she is awake and potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her.

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Jonah - my story - Jonah Lomu (2013)

It's 10 years since he played his final match for the All Blacks, but still Jonah Lomu remains the most recognisable rugby face on the planet. In this much awaited update to his 2004 best-selling biography, Jonah talks about the highs and lows of that last decade with candour and honesty. Packed with astonishing revelations, including the split with his long-time manager, the breakdown of his marriage and the deeply moving reconciliation with his father, Jonah is also open about his on-going health problems. He details his brave battle with nephrotic syndrome, which eventually led to a kidney transplant and talks about his current health situation, which sees him again in complete renal failure and requiring a second transplant. Despite the cruel hand Jonah Lomu has been dealt, he remains cheery and optimistic, sharing the good times along with the bad - including his joy at becoming a father and how his two young sons have helped save him from the 'dark times'.

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Journey into Light - Gayle Rose Martinez (1993)

An inspiring and powerful story of a young woman's struggle for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing after he leg is almost severed in a motorcycle accident. Compellingly told and immensely readable, this book offers intimate glimpses of the author's personal weaknesses and shows he almost superhuman efforts to find an inner source of direction and purpose. Throughout the tender, painful moments of her failing marriage, her drug abuse, and difficult relationships, you will sense the author's depth of determination and faith-and you will rejoice in her victory of physical healing and transformation. A life which demonstrates proof that the human spirit, when fused with inner resolve, an be a powerful tool to: * Overcome almost any adversity * Activate the healing power of prayer * Open the mind to greater inner discovery * Find an individual source of renewal * Stretch the capacity to love more fully Journey into Light clearly exemplifies how spiritual courage and perseverance can overcome the darkness of physical and emotional pain to lift one up into the healing light of God. For all those who have ever felt like giving up, this book is the flame of inspiration that beckons one to push onward to the end of the tunnel and into the light. ~ Mary Summer Rain

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Let Me Go - Helga Schneider (2004)

In 1998, Helga Schneider, in her sixties, was summoned from Italy to the nursing home in Vienna in which her 90-year-old mother lived. The last time she had seen her mother was 27 years earlier, when her mother asked her daughter to try on the SS uniform which she treasures, and tried to give her several items of jewellery, the loot of holocaust victims, which Schneider rejected. Prior to that, the last time they had seen each other was in 1941 (when Schneider was 4 and her brother 19 months old), when Fr Schnider abandoned her family in order to pursue her career as an SS officer. As their conversation continues, Schneider establishes that from the Nazi women's camp at Ravensbruck, her mother moved to Auschwitz-Birkenau where she was in charge of a 'correction' unit where brutal torture was administered. Her mother not only remains uncontrite, but continues to regard her former prisoners as the sub-human inferiors of Nazi ideology. Helga Schneider's extraordinary, frank account is desperately sad and extremely powerful.

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Life on the edge - Dr James C Dobson (2010)

As a young adult, you will face crucial questions about identity, education, marriage, career, God's will, and much more. Some of the most dramatic and permanent changes in life will occur during the “critical decade”—those ten years between 16 and 26. Are you prepared to make the right choices? You can be. Like a trusted friend who understands, Dr. James Dobson candidly addresses the issues that today's young adults face. In his warm, conversational style, he reveals principles to help you make right choices and get the direction you need in order to look forward to a bright and successful future.

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Living Life out Loud: 22 Inspiring New Zealand Women Share Their Wisdom - Kay Douglas (2002)

What do Lucy Lawless, Merepeka Raukawa Tait, Leilani Joyce, Sue Bradford and Kapka Kassabova have in common? How did Sukhi Turner and Theresa Gattung rise to national prominence? How did Melissa Clark Reynolds make the transition from an 18-year-old solo parent with no assets to a highly successive businesswoman owning her own company, a millionaire by the time she was 35? This is an exploration of the lives of 22 successful and inspirational New Zealand women who have achieved their success over a wide range of areas - on the sporting field, in the political arena, in business and in the arts. On a personal level, many have also fought to overcome prejudice, disadvantage, and emotional and physical abuse before finally achieving their dreams. In a series of 22 interviews, the author has helped each woman explore her own inward and outward journey, drawing out their individual messages.

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Lucky for me - Frank Robson (2007)

How hard-living journalist Frank Robson fell under the spell of a small dog called Lucky. At eighteen months of age, Lucky, a cream-coloured terrier, was dropped off at a vet's clinic in Queensland, abandoned by his owners and suffering from ticks and other terrors. A week from being put down he was adopted by Frank Robson and his partner, Leisa. From the start, the fluffy new member of the household proved an enigma, displaying a twelve-snort vocabulary, an ability to climb trees (the better to chase parrots) and a disdain for suburbia. In this full-blooded account of a friendship between man and dog, Robson puzzles on the sentient being who trotted into his life and taught him about survival, mateship and the joys of an independent spirit.

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Mahboba's Promise - Mahboba Rawi (2005)

In a recent Sydney Morning Herald cover story, Mahboba Rawi was featured as one of the 50 leading Australians who matter to the rest of the world. When you read MAHBOBA'S PROMISE you'll understand why. An Afghani refugee who found a new life in Australia only to lose her beloved son in a tragic drowning accident, today she is the driving force behind 'Mahboba's Promise', a groundbreaking aid organisation that delivers desperately needed food, shelter, medical attention, education - and hope - to hundreds of children and women whose lives have been destroyed by war in her native Afghanistan. This is the ultimate feel-good story of how one woman can make a difference, but it is also the story of an extraordinary woman's life. Forced to flee Kabul after leading student protests against the Russian invasion, Mahboba learned first-hand what it's like to be a refugee in Pakistan. How despite the best of intentions aid organisations are rarely able to deliver aid directly to the people who need it most - and by the time everyone has taken their cut there is little or nothing left to give

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Making a Difference : How One New Zealand Created a Global Business, and His Thoughts on the Country's Direction - Owen Glenn (2012)

The story behind Sir Owen Glenn's global business success and major philanthropic contributions. From humble beginnings in New Zealand, Owen Glenn built up a highly successful global business empire and now he is focusing his wealth to deliver significant philanthropic benefits here and overseas. This fascinating memoir gives insight into Owen's business philosophies and commercial strategies, especially regarding international business expansion and success. It also describes how Owen is now using his considerable energies to contribute to the world in a philanthropic sense through the Glenn Family Foundation. In addition, it covers some of his ideas about the best way forward for New Zealand. He is keen to see the country he loves succeed. This is a great read, inspiring and aspirational for every New Zealander.

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Mama Tina - Christina Noble (1998)

In 1989, driven by a dream and by the haunting memories of her own past as a street kid, Irish woman Christina Noble travelled to Vietnam. Against extraordinary odds she opened the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, a haven of food, beds, medical aid and schooling where the street children of Saigon can find safety and new beginnings under the protection of "Mama Tina". This documentary details Christina's courageous and dedicated tale of achievement, following the staunch campaigner for children's rights, as she makes a difference providing love and hope for Vietnamese street kids.

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Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl;Ilse Lasch;Harold S. Kushner (2006)

This author's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, he argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. This book has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.
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Mistaken Identity - Don Van Ryn (2008)

One tragic traffic accident. Five university students killed. One survivor. A shocking case of mistaken identity that thrust two families into a bond of grief and joy beyond imagining. This is the story of two students from Indiana's Taylor University, Lauren Vand Ryn and Whitney Cerak: one buried under the wrong name, one critically injured and in a coma being cared for by the wrong family, and the heart-wrenching discovery five weeks later that they had been mistaken for one another. The Van Ryns and Ceraks now come together, two years later, to recount the amazing drama as it unfolded. Even more, not only do they reveal the inspiring healing journey of survivor Whitney Cerak as she comes to terms with her own identity - now altered by the injuries she suffered - but also the recovery of two traumatized families as they describe the bond of faith that sustains and unites them, as they each came to terms with their bizarre reversal of life lost and life found.

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Mother Teresa - Her People and Her Work - Desmond Doig (1978)


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My Lobotomy - Howard Dully;Charles Fleming (2007)

At twelve, Howard Dully was guilty of the same crimes as other boys his age: he was moody, messy, rambunctious, and perpetually at odds with his parents. Yet somehow, this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman performed h

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Nefertiti Street - Pamela Bradley-Hizain (2008)

A woman's spiritual and physical journey from Australia to Egypt and back.

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Never say die - Chris O'Brien (2008)

In November 2006, Chris O'Brien was diagnosed with glioblastoma multi-forme, a malignant and extremely aggressive form of cancer. As one of the country's most eminent cancer specialists, O'Brien knows that the chances of beating the brain tumour are tiny; even with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation few sufferers survive past 12 months. Nevertheless, he is determined to beat the odds. With the support of his close family and an international network of surgeons, friends and well-wishers, O'Brien took the option of radical brain surgery under the supervision of his friend Dr Charlie Teo. His level of fitness, optimistic outlook and relative youth (he was 55 when diagnosed) give him a shot at survival. Currently he is in remission. Funny, charming and fearless, O'Brien has said he is not afraid to die - but he doesn't plan to just yet. Here, in his inspiring memoir, he takes a look back over his life and the forces which shaped him - from his modest beginnings as part of a typical Australian-Irish family, to his early years as a doctor and football player, to life, "living on the smell of an oily rag" as a young doctor with a family in London and the US, through to the shocking news which literally changed his life.

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Nevertheless: The Incredible Story Of One Man's Mission To Change Thousands Of Peoples Lives - John Kirkby (1997)

The incredible story of one man's mission to change thousands of people's lives.

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No drinking, no dancing, no doctors - Martina Evans (2000)

In her late 60s, Beulah Kingston is still tall, black-haired and headstrong. Born a Poleite (no drinking, dancing or doctors) and married a Poleite, her life has tested a simple faith and the King James Bible to the limit. Now she faces the prospect of hospital and an X-ray for the first time.

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No Heroes - Chris Offutt (2003)

In his fortieth year, Chris Offutt returns to his alma mater, Morehead State University, the only four-year school in the Kentucky hills. He envisions leading the modest life of a teacher and father. Yet present-day reality collides painfully with memory, leaving Offutt in the midst of an adventure he never imagined: the search for a home that no longer exists. Interwoven with this bittersweet homecoming tale are the wartime stories of Offutt's parents-in-law, Arthur and Irene. An unlikely friendship develops between the eighty-year-old Polish Jew and the forty-year-old Kentucky hillbilly as Arthur and Offutt share comfort in exile, reliving the past at a distance. With masterful prose, Offutt combines these disparate accounts to create No Heroes, a profound meditation on family, home, the Holocaust, and history.

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Nomad: A personal journey through the clash of civilizations - Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2010)

In this highly personal follow-up to Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali examines the high cost of freedom - estrangement from her family and country, the loud criticism of her by many Muslims (some of them women), the 24-hour security which came as a result of death threats, and her struggle to come to terms with an often lonely independence. She records the painful reconciliation with her beloved father, who had disowned her when she began criticising Islam, and the sorts of conflicts inherent in feeling torn between heart and mind. And as she delves into Islam's obsessions with virginity and the code of honour, she asks the question on everyone's mind: why do so many women embrace a religion which shuns them? Weaving together memoir and reportage, Ayaan confronts the complacency and ignorance that often colour intellectual debate on Islam. With disarming honesty, she shares her experiences, doubts and insights.

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On the Edge - Richard Hammond;Mindy Hammond (2007)

From the first ridiculous stunts on his tricycle to his increasing and near obsessive attraction to speed and the smell of gas, this is the high-octane life of TV personality Richard Hammond. A lively and intelligent communicator, TV soon beckoned for Hammond. He became one of the daredevil trio—along with Jeremy Clarkson and James May—who have made an enormous, world-wide success of the revamped BBC TV program Top Gear. Hammond describes the personalities, the camaraderie, and the stunts with which the trio entertains their weekly audiences, including the day of his 300 MPH crash that took his show off the air, put him into a coma, and plunged a nation into mourning. The stages of recovery as his shattered mind reformed are covered, as are the milestones in his slow recovery to full health and his return to Top Gear.

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Out of Darkness: A Memoir - Zoltan Torey (2003)

In June 1951, Hungarian-born Zoltan Torey met with an industrial accident in Sydney that was to forever change his life. Zoltan survived and responded to the tragedy in an unusual way - he decided to devote himself to helping solve the riddle of human consciousness.

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Parvana's journey - Deborah Ellis (2004)

This sequel by award-winning author, Deborah Ellis, tells the story of Parvana, travelling alone across a war-ridden Afghanistan in an attempt to find her family. *Deborah Ellis is the winner of the Governor General's Award in Canada, their equivalent to the Carnegie Medal

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Race You to the Top: The Tony Christiansen Story - Tony Christiansen; Liz Dobson (2000)

This is an extraordinary story of an ordinary boy, who at the age of nine lost both his legs in a railway accident. Refusing to wallow in self-pity Tony went on to become school swimming champion, a surf lifesaver, a Tae Kwon Do black belt and the first disabled pilot to fly solo.

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Rebel with a Cause - Ray Avery (2010)

Bestselling memoir of a true Kiwi hero whose can-do attitude is changing lives in the third world. Sir Ray Avery's story from childhood neglect to scientist, leader and philapthropist is riveting. He was the inaugural Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in 2010 and the recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Medal for Leadership 2010, and was knighted in 2011. As a scientist and businessman, he has invented inexpensive lenses for cataract sufferers, low-cost and effective incubators for babies, and a number of other creative scientific and medicinal solutions for the third world. Sir Ray encourages other talented people to get on board and tackle some of the really big problems confronting the poor in developing countries. Rebel With a Cause is fascinating, deeply moving and, at times, very funny. Above all, it's an engaging read about how one man truly can change the world. 'The remarkable story of one of the most extraordinary lives ever lived - and one gets the sense that he's only just getting started. Mr Ray is one of the reasons it's so cool to live in New Zealand.' - Oscar Kightley 'Ray Avery is a remarkable individual who overcame the odds

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Rescue - Pursuit of the Ultimate Dream - Sue Van Schreven (2011)

Sue van Schreven, founder and CEO of Orphans Aid International, a New Zealand charity aimed at helping orphans and others in extreme need. [She] mortgaged her home to pay for the expenses and running costs of establishing an orphanage in Romania that has seen hundreds of lived impacted, and many more children waiting for homes. ..."

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Riding the Bus with My Sister - Rachel Simon (2013)

In the ten years since Rachel Simon first invitedthe world to board the bus with her and her sister, Cool Beth, readers across the globe have been moved by their story. Now, in an updated edition with fifty pages of new content, Rachel Simon reflects on changes in her life, Beth's life, and the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The highlight is Beth's update, which is in her own words. A new Reader's Guide is also included. Join these two unforgettable sisters on their journey, this time in an even deeper and richer way. Rachel Simon's sister Beth is a spirited woman who lives intensely and often joyfully. Beth, who has an intellectual disability, spends her days riding the buses in her unnamed Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. One day, Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for an entire year. This wise, funny, deeply affecting true story is the chronicle of that remarkable time. Rachel, a writer and college teacher whose hyperbusy life camouflaged her emotional isolation, had much to learn in her sister's extraordinary world. Full of life lessons from which any reader will profit, "Riding the Bus with My Sister" is "a heartwarming, life-affirming journey through both the present and the past...[that] might just change your life" (Boston Herald). Elegantly woven throughout the odyssey are riveting memories of terrifying maternal abandonment, fierce sisterly loyalty, and astonishing forgiveness. Rachel Simon brings to light the almost invisible world of adults with developmental disabilities, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life, and, without sentimentality, portrays Beth as the endearing, feisty, independent person she is. This heartwarming memoir about the unbreakable bond between two very different sisters takes the reader on an inspirational journey at once unique and universal. "Riding the Bus with My Sister" was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Rosie O'Donnell and Andie McDowell, and directed by Anjelica Huston.
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Running Blind : The Inspiring Story of One Man's Journey into the Night - Rob Matthews (2009)

Rob Matthews always knew that one day he would be completely blind. He had inherited a congenital eye condition from his father and after a childhood of painful visits to eye clinics, where he was used as a textbook example for multitudes of medical students, he eventually became completely blind. After qualifying as a not very good Braille typist and with the aid of guide dogs and supportive parents, he began to lead an independent life. When the loneliness of his life began to get to him, he started looking for a sport he could try, and after a series of misadventures, found his true calling as a long-distance runner. His rise in the sport was meteoric, and before long Rob was winning gold medals and breaking world and Paralympic running records like there was no tomorrow. With a new wife and job and a satisfying and rewarding life as an international sportsman, he thought he had it all. But tragedy hadn't finished playing with his life, and he was devastated when his vibrant and healthy young wife was suddenly struck down by a brain aneurysm, leaving him bereft and alone again. His spirited fight back from the depression that resulted to find love once more with a Kiwi designer on her OE saw him regain his interest in life and in life after running. They have since moved to New Zealand, where Rob has established a new career as an inspirational speaker.

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Running with Scissors - A Memoir - Augusten Burroughs (2003)

In this memoir, Augusten Burroughs recounts the bizarre events of his childhood. After his parents' divorce, his mother, a delusional poet, left him in the care of her psychiatrist, a man who might have benefited from a little therapy himself. Suddenly, at age 12, Augusten found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian mansion with the doctor's bizarre family and a few patients. In the psychiatrist's house, there are no rules, only chaos. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, Valium was eaten like Pez and, if things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock-therapy machine under the stairs. "Running with Scissors" is a true story, compelling and funny. Above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances

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Scarred - Sophie Andrews (2008)

Growing up, Sophie carried a terrible secret. She was her father's slave, in the most horrific ways imaginable. At just a few months old she was adopted by a couple that seemed comfortably off and perfectly respectable to the outside world. But behind closed doors, Sophie's childhood was a living hell. Her father spent the next decade grooming her for abuse and when Sophie's mother left for good, that very night, he told Sophie that from now on she would sleep in his bed. Unable to cope, Sophie spiralled into suicidal misery. She began to self-harm to try and escape the agony. But one day she went too far and at 16, ended up in a psychiatric unit. It was here that she finally confronted the horrors of home and began the painful journey of rebuilding her life. A phenomenally courageous woman, Sophie now works for the Samaritans and helps other young people in need. Harrowing yet compelling, this is a searing and truly inspirational account of overcoming the worst abuse and self-harm.

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Search for a Mother - Tina Bareham (1999)

Tina Bareham was a tiny baby when she was abandoned at the outset of the war, and, tragically, her chances of being happily brought up among a family disappeared when her pre-arranged adoption fell through. This volume tells her story.

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Searching for Enda - Paul G Denny (2017)

Everyone has a story to tell. Some are of heartbreak, some of loss, some of passion. In Searching for Enda, a brave man asking questions about his adoption in Britain leads him to discover buried secrets swept under a conservative carpet of shame. We all deserve to know where we come from. When life takes you all over the world, you can lose sense of where you truly belong. For some, your place of true belonging is never known and if you've spent most of your life running from questions, the journey back for answers can be long and emotional.

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Sophie's Journey - Sally Collings (2007)

It could have been anybodys child. Ten days before Christmas. A room of children napping on mattresses in their childcare centre waiting for Santa to arrive. It's a peaceful scene. Until a car crashes through the doors at head height smashing into the midst of the sleeping children. The engine revs faster and faster; flames lick the ceiling. Incredibly no child was killed at the Roundhouse Childcare Centre on 15 December 2003. But Sophie Delezio bears the legacy of that day written on her body. Sophie suffered third-degree burns to 85 per cent of her body in the fi re. She lost both feet some fingers and her right ear. Her survival was a miracle to many. Two years later the unthinkable happens: Sophie is hit by a car and once again left with near-fatal injuries. Yet again she defies the odds and survives. Sophie's Journey traces the path of this remarkable young girl. It is told through the words of friends and family hospital staff emergency workers and high-profile supporters. The voices of Sophie's parents Ron and Carolyn run through the story describing the twists and turns of their journey so far. This book tells of a child's resilience of the choice between life and death and of a strength that prevails through suffering. Sophie Delezio has a message of hope for us all. This is her story.

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Sophie's World: Journeys Of The Lost Soul - Sophie Mubvumbi Jayawardene (2012)

Sophie's World; journeys of the lost soul is about the life I lived. I had been confronted with an issue of a new disease that no one in the world knew what to do. The disease is not the only problem I was to address, but I was also pregnant at the time with twins. Unfortunately, I had moved to this country the previous year with my husband and two young children This matter was left to the authority to decide what they were to do with me and my unborn babies. It is about how the problem was solved that send me into a very dark place. I had been given five years to live; fortunately, I out lived this period. The story is about if I had only known what I know now. It is about what I did to survive. It also about what I discovered about living in general. Above all, the miracles that exist in this world I live in. In the end, my story had to be told to the world because the story has a message for everyone.

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St Jude's - Gemma Sisia (2007)

St Jude's' is the remarkable story of an Australian girl from the bush who's busy transforming the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of African children. Her name is Gemma Sisia, and she runs a school in Tanzania called The School of St Jude. Gemma started St Jude's (named after the patron saint of hopeless causes) in 2002 with an 18-year-old volunteer teacher from Sydney, three kids and her own boundless energy. From those humble beginnings, the school now has over 700 students, and one of the best academic records in the country. St Jude's is an astonishing success for kids who would otherwise have no hope and no future. 'St Jude's' is a truly amazing story about how the determination of one person can help change the world.

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Staring at lakes - Michael Harding (2013)

When Michael Harding was 58, he became physically ill. In the face of his own mortality, the sense of emptiness which had shadowed him throughout his life now manifested itself with brute force. He found himself in the grip of a deep, paralysing depression. Here, in his candid memoir, he talks openly about his journey through illness, middle-age and marriage.

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Still Walking - The Story of a Banker with Muscular Dystrophy - Bill Moss (2011)

As a senior Macquarie Bank executive, Bill Moss AM built a global business in real estate finance, development and funds management that stretched across five continents, creating thousands of jobs and making billions of dollars for the Bank's investors, shareholders and staff. But up until a few years before deciding to retire from the 'Millionaire Factory', Moss fought every step of the way to conceal a grim personal secret from his colleagues, business associates and friends - and most of all from himself. When he was 27, Moss was told by doctors he had a degenerative and incurable muscle-wasting disease, a form of muscular dystrophy called FSHD, which the ambitious young businessman was assured would leave him crippled and in a wheelchair by the age of 50. This memoir is the inspirational, moving, blunt and at times very funny account of how a senior and seemingly all-powerful Macquarie banker struggled for years through physical discomfort, pain and the many barriers thrown in the path of people with physical disabilities, not just to rise to the international heights of a notoriously difficult profession but also gradually to face and come courageously to terms with his disability.

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Stolen Lives - A Foster Child's Story from the Forties and Fifties - Netta England (2014)

Netta and her older brother Ray hardly knew their mother. She was a strange woman who made occasional visits, and they did not even know they had a Father. Instead from a very early age they lived with foster parents and at school were treated as different. Growing up, Netta became increasingly aware that her foster mother disliked her. Though never starved, Netta suffered neglect, as well as mental, physical and sexual abuse. After her brother's death in 1976, Netta, by then married with a grown up family, began her long journey to learn about and understand what had happened in the past. She wanted to find out if somewhere out there was a family, her own family that she could belong to. How would she find them, and would they want to know her? She needed to find her roots. Stolen Lives is the record of Netta's journey from a neglected and abused state ward, to a woman who discovers her heritage and creates a positive life regardless of her upbringing.

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Stumbling on happiness - Daniel Gilbert (2007)

In this fascinating and often hilarious work - winner of the Royal Society of Science Prize 2007 - pre-eminent psychologist Daniel Gilbert shows how - and why - the majority of us have no idea how to make ourselves happy. We all want to be happy, but do we know how? When it comes to improving tomorrow at the expense of today, we're terrible at predicting how to please our future selves. In 'Stumbling on Happiness' Professor Daniel Gilbert combines psychology, neuroscience, economics and philosophy with irrepressible wit to describe how the human brain imagines its future - and how well (or badly) it predicts what it will enjoy. Revealing some of the amazing secrets of human motivation, he also answers thought-provoking questions - why do dining companions order different meals instead of getting what they want? Why are shoppers happier when they can't get refunds? And why are couples less satisfied after having children while insisting that their kids are a source of joy?

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Sucking the marrow out of life - John MacLean (2005)

After a near-fatal accident in 1988 left him paraplegic, John Maclean refused to sit back and let the world go by. He established a set of goals during his 4-month recuperation period, and this is the story of how he achieved them - and what he discovered about himself along the way. John went on to conquer some of the sporting world's most gruelling challenges, including the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon, the English Channel swim and the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. He also represented Australia in the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics. In 1998, John established a charity foundation with the aim of helping junior 'wheelies' chase their dreams. John considers this to be his greatest achievement. "Sucking the Marrow Out of Life" takes the reader on an extraordinary journey through John's life, discovering the underlying message that life is not about obstacles, or how they came about, but instead about looking inside yourself to find the strength within.

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Surviving Normal - Sonja Brewer (2009)

How do you cope with an Alzheimer's diagnosis at the age of 52? Everything is otherwise perfect for this mid-life couple. They both love their jobs. Kids are grown and gone. There's time to garden and go to the beach. They live on beautiful Cape Cod. Life really couldn't be any better except that they now have to learn to live in a warped world and morph into their new roles as patient and caretaker. A seven-year journal. An unedited and unforgettable journey through anger, commitment and love.

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Ten Thousand Sorrows - Elizabeth Kim (2000)

I don't know how old I was when I watched my mother's murder, nor do I know how old I am today.' The illegitimate daughter of a peasant and an American GI, Elizabeth Kim spent her early years as a social outcast in her village in the Korean countryside. Ostracized by their family and neighbours, she and her mother were regularly pelted with stones on their way home from the rice fields. Yet there was a tranquil happiness in the intense bond between mother and daughter. Until the day that Elizabeth's grandfather and uncle came to punish her mother from the dishonour she had brought on the family, and executed her in front of her daughter. Elizabeth was dumped in an orphanage in Seoul. After some time, she was lucky enough to be adopted by an American couple. But when she arrived in America she found herself once again surrounded by fanaticism and prejudice. Elizabeth's mother had always told her that life was made up of ten thousand joys as well as ten thousand sorrows, and, supported by her loving daughter, and by a return to her Buddhist faith, she finally found a way to savour those joys, as well as the courage to exorcise the demons of her past.

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Ten thousand sorrows - Elizabeth Kim (2002)

I don't know how old I was when I watched my mother's murder, nor do I know how old I am today.' The illegitimate daughter of a peasant and an American GI, Elizabeth Kim spent her early years as a social outcast in her village in the Korean countryside. Ostracized by their family and neighbours, she and her mother were regularly pelted with stones on their way home from the rice fields. Yet there was a tranquil happiness in the intense bond between mother and daughter. Until the day that Elizabeth's grandfather and uncle came to punish her mother from the dishonour she had brought on the family, and executed her in front of her daughter. Elizabeth was dumped in an orphanage in Seoul. After some time, she was lucky enough to be adopted by an American couple. But when she arrived in America she found herself once again surrounded by fanaticism and prejudice. Elizabeth's mother had always told her that life was made up of ten thousand joys as well as ten thousand sorrows, and, supported by her loving daughter, and by a return to her Buddhist faith, she finally found a way to savour those joys, as well as the courage to exorcise the demons of her past.

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The Alchemy of Loss - A Young Widow's Transformation - Abigail Carter (2009)

This powerful and touching book is both an inspirational read and a comfort to those who are looking for help in overcoming loss. "The phone rang. It was my husband, Arron, telling me that he was at Windows of the World in the World Trade Center. 'There's been a bomb!' he said. It was 8:49 a.m. on September 11, 2001. He never came home." Abigail Carter is smart, funny, perceptive, and bereft. In the eyes of most, herself included, she had it all - a full life with a loving, successful husband and two beautiful children. But in a horrifying instant watched by the world, it was gone, and her life and her children's were changed irreparably. How does one learn to live again after tragedy? The Alchemy of Loss is Abby's moving story of answering that unimaginable question

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The bang-bang club - Snapshots from a Hidden War - Greg Marinovich (2001)

The Bang-Bang Club was a group of four young war photographers, friends and colleagues: Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, war correspondants during the last years of apartheid, who took many of the photographs that encapsulate the final violent years of racist white South Africa. Two of them won Pulitzer Prizes for individual photos. Ken, the oldest and a mentor to the others, died, accidentally shot while working; Kevin, the most troubled of the four, committed suicide weeks after winning his Pulitzer for a photograph of a starving baby in the Sudanese famine. Written by Greg and Joao, The Bang-Bang Club tells their uniquely powerful war stories. It tells the story of four remarkable young men, the stresses, tensions and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme violence, pain and suffering, the relationships between the four and the story of the end of apartheid. An immensely powerful, riveting and harrowing book, and an invakuable contribution to the literary genre of war photography. An eye-opening book for readers of Susan Sontag.

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The beginners guide to living - Lia Hills (2009)

Seven days after his mother dies in a sudden, senseless accident, seventeen-year-old Will embarks on a search for meaning that leads him to the great philosophers--Plato, Seneca, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche--and to Taryn, the beautiful girl he meets at his mother's wake. Will is desperate to find, however he can, something authentic, something ultimate, something so true he would live or die for it. But is he willing to risk losing Taryn--losing "everything"--to seek the answers he craves?

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The Dolphin's Boy - Pascal Noa Bercovitch (2000)

Abdullah, a Bedouin boy, was accidentally deafened aged five. Growing up, he was a loner who spent much of his time swimming in the Red Sea. One day a dolphin joined him - and from then on never left his side. This is an amazing true story.

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The End of Your Life Book Club : A Mother, a Son and a World of Books - Will Schwalbe (2012)

Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she's reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. Their choices range from classic (Howards End) to popular (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), from fantastic (The Hobbit) to spiritual (Jon Kabat-Zinn), with many in between. We hear their passion for reading and their love for each other in their intimate and searching discussions. A profoundly moving testament to the power of love between a child and parent, and the power of reading in our lives. 'A wonderful book about wonderful books and mothers and sons and the enduring braid between them.' - Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays With Morrie 'a true meditation on what books can do.' - Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes

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The examined life - Steven Grosz (2014)

A Sunday Times bestseller Longlisted for the Guardian first book award A Radio 4 Book of the Week. This book is about learning to live. In simple stories of encounter between a psychoanalyst and his patients, The Examined Life reveals how the art of insight can illuminate the most complicated, confounding and human of experiences. These are stories about our everyday lives: they are about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too.

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The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun - Gretchen Rubin (2011)

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany. One rainy afternoon on a city bus, she realised that she wasn't as happy as she could be. In danger of wasting her days - always yearning for something more, waiting for problems to miraculously solve themselves - she realized her life wasn't going to change unless she did something about it. On January 1, she embarked on her Happiness Project, and each month she pursued a different set of resolutions: to get more sleep, quit nagging her husband, sing in the morning to her two young daughters, start a blog, imitate a spiritual master, keep a one-sentence journal. She immersed herself in everything from classical philosophy to contemporary psychology to see what worked for her-and what didn't. Illuminating yet entertaining, profound yet compulsively readable, "The Happiness Project" is one of the most thoughtful and prescriptive works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor, her story will inspire readers to navigate their own paths to happiness.

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The Light in the Window - June Goulding (2000)

"No-one wanted to know, not clergy, politicians, families. It was the times-there was no crime worse than having an illegitimate child."In Ireland in 1951 June Goulding, newly qualified as a midwife, went to work in a home for unmarried mothers. There, she was shocked by the horrific treatment the women received. After the birth, the women were forced to work in the convent while they looked after their babies for the first three years, and then to hand over the toddlers to adoptive parents-a heartbreaking experience.At the same time, June's own courtship-of dressmaking, dinner dances, and afternoon drives-is played out against the hidden Ireland of the 1950s.

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The Little Hero - One Boy's Fight for Freedom - Iqbal Masih's Story - Andrew Crofts (2006)

This detailed account of the life and work of Iqbal Masih is an illustration of the plight of children who are enslaved throughout the developing world as well as a compelling biography of a singularly charismatic and intrepid child who used his small voice to tell the stories of those too frightened to speak out. Iqbal Masih was murdered at the age of thirteen, but not before becoming an internationally renowned opponent of child and slave labor. Forced into servitude at a carpet factory in order to pay a family debt, Iqbal, a Pakistani, experienced firsthand the cruelty of an economic system which decimates local communities on one end and spits out consumer products on the other. Mustering the courage to escape the factory, Iqbal found the Bonded Labor Liberation Front and worked to instigate a children's rebellion against companies using child slavery. Rewarding Iqbal for his work, Reebok presented him with the Youth in Action Award in 1995 and offered him a full scholarship to study law at Brandeis Universitya scholarship he did not live to accept.

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The Miracle of Love: A Mothers Story of Grief Hope and Acceptance - Ondine Sherman (2013)

A heart-wrenching memoir about a mother's desperate quest for a miracle medical cure for her twin sons.

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The Parliament of Man - The United Nations and the Quest for World Government - Paul Kennedy (2006)

In the course of the twentieth century, there occurred a development unique in the story of humankind. States, which had defined themselves from Thucydides to Bismarck by their claims to sovereign independence, gradually came together to create international organizations to promote peace, curb aggression, regulate diplomatic affairs, devise an international code of law, encourage social development, and foster prosperity. The emergence of this network of forms of global governance was not straightforward, and the debate about its role is just as heated today as it was generations ago. In this long-awaited new book, Paul Kennedy, probably the best-selling historian now living, examines this key development in the history of our century. Beginning with the earliest forms of international organisation, he goes on to trace the creation and changing role of the UN in the post-war era, and finally suggests how, in the face of new threats to security and the continued vigour of at least some nation states, the institution will need to change over the course of the 21st century, arguing that we all share the responsibility to make the only world organisation we possess work, as well as possible.

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The prison angel - Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail - Mary Jordon and Kevin Sullivan (2006)

The winners of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting tell the astonishing story of Mary Clarke. At the age of fifty, Clarke left her comfortable life in suburban Los Angeles to follow a spiritual calling to care for the prisoners in one of Mexico's most notorious jails. She actually moved into a cell to live among drug king pins and petty thieves. She has led many of them through profound spiritual transformations in which they turned away from their lives of crime, and has deeply touched the lives of all who have witnessed the depth of her compassion. Donning a nun's habit, she became Mother Antonia, renowned as "the prison angel," and has now organized a new community of sisters-the Servants of the Eleventh Hour widows and divorced women seeking new meaning in their lives. "We had never heard a story like hers," Jordan and Sullivan write, "a story of such powerful goodness."Born in Beverly Hills, Clarke was raised around the glamour of Hollywood and looked like a star herself, a beautiful blonde reminiscent of Grace Kelly. The choreographer Busby Berkeley spotted her at a restaurant and offered her a job, but Mary's dream was to be a happy wife and mother. She raised seven children, but her two unfulfilling marriages ended in divorce. Then in the late 1960s, in midlife, she began devoting herself to charity work, realizing she had an extraordinary talent for drumming up donations for the sick and poor.On one charity mission across the Mexican border to the drug-trafficking capitol of Tijuana, she visited La Mesa prison and experienced an intense feeling that she had found her true life's work. As she recalls, "I felt like I had come home." Receiving the blessings of the Catholic Church for her mission, on March 19, 1977, at the age of fifty, she moved into a cell in La Mesa, sleeping on a bunk with female prisoners above and below her. Nearly twenty-eight years later she is still living in that cell, and the remarkable power of her spiritual counseling to the prisoners has become legendary.The story of both one woman's profound journey of discovery and growth and of the deep spiritual awakenings she has called forth in so many lost souls, The Prison Angel is an astonishing testament to the powers of personal transformation."

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The Pursuit of Happyness - Chris Gardner (2009)

The astounding yet true ragstoriches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall StreetAt the age of twenty Milwaukee native Chris Gardner just out of the Navy arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. Considered a prodigy in scientific research he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entrylevel position at a prestigious firm than Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him as part of the citys working homeless and with a toddler son. Motivated by the promise he made to himself as a fatherless child to never abandon his own children the two spent almost a year moving among shelters HOtels soup lines and even sleeping in the public restroom of a subway station. Never

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The Silverado Story: A Memory-Care Culture Where Love is Greater than Fear - Loren Shook; Stephen Winner (2010)

When Love Replaces Fear Life doesn't have to end when Alzheimer's dementia or other memory-eroding diseases take hold. At least that's what Alzheimer's futurists Loren Shook and Steve Winner believed. But it wasn't until these two men, from widely divergent backgrounds and living three thousand miles apart, came together that their ideas were put into action and their theories were put to the test - with stunning results. They brought living back to people stricken with memory impairing ailments, and loving back to families who thought they had lost a precious part of themselves. The "Silverado Story" is about uniquely vibrant and active care for those with memory impairment. It is about two men who had the courage to follow their own hearts. Even more, it is about hope and happiness - and how to achieve it - for those who have all but given up. It is the eye-opening and inspirational story of what can happen when love replaces fear.

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The Sky Isn't Visible from Here - Felicia C Sullivan (2008)

A breathtakingly honest portrait of a woman who survived the childhood from hell, with a violent and abusive addict mother, only to face her own deadly battle - with herself ...Felicia Sullivan survived the childhood from hell with a violent and abusive addict mother, only to face her own deadly battle - with herself ...Swaggering down mean streets, Rosie was once beautiful, impetuous and wild, afraid of no one. Cocaine turned her into a monster her child could not recognise. As a little girl Felicia Sullivan was forced to become her mother's keeper, rushing her to hospital when she overdosed, withstanding her terrifying rages and abusive boyfriends, and wondering why she wouldn't tell the truth about her real father. In the Sky Isn't Visible From Here, Sullivan looks back on her life among drug dealers and substitute 'fathers', the highs and terrifying lows of her mother's cocaine addiction, and her battle to escape the same fate. Ashamed of her past, she invented a fake new identity to show the world. Yet despite putting herself through an Ivy League university and forging an outwardly successful high-powered career, like her mother she eventually succumbed to the same terrifying alcohol and drug abuse. Sullivan wrote this breathtakingly honest and moving memoir when she realised that it was time to kill her own creation, and save her life. 'that Felicia Sullivan survived her early life would be miracle enough ...Read this book at your own peril. It will keep you awake at night and haunt your dreams.' Dani Shapiro, author of Family History 'A poignant memoir palpates the wounds of growing up with an unstable, cocaine-abusing mother ...' Publishers Weekly ' this book will break your heart, and make it stronger.' Janice Erlbaum, author of Girlbomb

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The Time of My Life: What Would You Do If You Were Told You Had Three Months to Live? - Joel J Nathan (1992)

What would you do if you were told you had three months to live? In 1983 this happened to Joel Nathan. Now, eight years later, he has written a powerful and moving account of how he confronted and came to terms with a rare form of leukemia. ‘Until my leukemia was diagnosed, cancer was something that affected other people. Then it became my fear, my nightmare, my challenge.’ Rejecting palliative surgery, he read widely on every available treatment and theory. He sought help from meditation and massage, psychic surgery and faith healing, diets and fasting, and Eastern mysticism. Then he became one of the first people to be trialled with the drug interferon, and this was the turning point. If someone in your family, or someone you know is faced with a life-threatening disease, this book will give you hope lt is a story of courage, told without self-pity and with rare honesty. - See more at: http://www.rareaussiebooks.com.au/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=2717#sthash.nkFIfVGw.dpuf

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The Voice of Hope - Conversations with Alan Clements - Aung San Suu Kyi (2008)

Aung San Suu Kyi is known for her courageous stand for democracy and human rights inside Burma (now Myanmar). Forced to endure many years of house arrest by the military junta, she continues to act as a focus for change inside the country now that she is free. Such is her determined action for the best interests of Burma that she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. One of the very few people she has trusted enough to take her message to the wider world is Alan Clements. The Voice of Hope offers unquestionably the most wide-ranging collection of her views on the political situation inside Burma, her non-violent approach to democracy and human rights, her Buddhist beliefs, her family, and how she keeps a sense of meaning and purpose under the most difficult conditions.

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The Women Who Raised Me - Victoria Rowell (2007)

The story of a remarkable woman's rise out of the foster-care system to attain the American dream—and of the unlikely series of women who lifted her up in marvelous and distinctive ways Born as a ward of the state of Maine—the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father—Victoria Rowell beat the odds. Unlike so many other children who fall through the cracks of our overburdened foster-care system, her experience was nothing short of miraculous, thanks to several extraordinary women who stepped forward to love, nurture, guide, teach, and challenge her to become the accomplished actress, philanthropist, and mother that she is today. Rowell spent her first weeks of life as a boarder infant before being placed with a Caucasian foster family. Although her stay lasted for only two years, at this critical stage Rowell was given a foundation of love by the first of what would be an amazing array of women, each of whom presented herself for different purposes at every dramatic turn of Rowell's life. In this deeply touching memoir, Rowell pays tribute to her personal champions: the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, mentors, teachers, and sisters who each have fascinating stories to tell. Among them are Agatha Armstead, Rowell's longest-term foster mother, a black Bostonian on whose rural Maine farm Rowell's fire to reach for greatness was lit; Esther Brooks, a Paris-trained prima ballerina, Rowell's first mentor at the Cambridge School of Ballet; Rosa Turner, a Boston inner-city fosterer who taught Rowell lessons of independence; Sylvia Silverman, a mother and teacher whose home in a well-kept middle-class suburban neighborhood prepared Rowell for her transition out of foster care and into New York City's wild worlds of ballet and acting and adulthood. In spite of support from individuals and agencies, Rowell nonetheless carried the burden of loneliness and anxiety, common to most foster children, particularly those orphans of the living" who are never adopted. Heroically overcoming those obstacles

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There is No Me without You - One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children - Melissa Fay Greene (2006)

When her daughter died while giving birth, Haregewoin sank into a deep, reclusive depression, reatreating from the world and involving herself only in the church. But when the priests brought her two children, AIDS orphans, she took them in, and found a new reason to live as she watched them grow strong, happy and healthy. This was only the beginning. As the AIDS crisis grew, more orphans arrived at the doors of Haregewoin's compound: dying parents brought emaciated children to her, begging for her help. Against common sense, against the limits of her bank account and bedrooms, she did not refuse. In the face of the brutal statistics of the deepening AIDS crisis, Haregewoin expanded her compound, started a scholld and daycare system and a shelter for sick mothers

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Tilting At Windmills: How I Tried To Stop Worrying And Love Sport - Andy Miller (2002)

"I hate sport. I've always hated it. I don't just mean one or two types of sport; I don't get any of them". If sport is the new religion, Andy Miller is an atheist. He is proud to say he was the last one to be picked for the school football team. The beautiful game, the roar of the crowd, winning, losing and even taking part - all these mean nothing to him. Well, almost nothing. He loves crazy golf. In this book Andy Miller sets out to discover what it is about sport that sends the British barmy. From the Open to the Boat Race, from football in the Nationwide to tennis at Wimbledon, from the World Wrestling Federation to Steve Redgrave's homecoming parade, he turns a quizzical eye on the participants, the spectators and the sponsors to try to understand our greatest national obsession. And to experience what others feel so passionately, Andy pursues his own dream of crazy-golf glory. It takes him from the windswept Skegness seafront to the giant adventure golf courses of Myrtle Beach, USA, and to the European Championships in Latvia, where he is the sole member of a struggling British team. "Tilting at Windmills" is the hilarious yet slightly unsettling story of the passions that are unleashed when a sports atheist tries to stop worrying and love sport - and almost succeeds.

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Transparent - Don Lemon (2011)

In this unique memoir, Primetime CNN anchor Don Lemon takes readers behind the scenes of journalism, detailing his own struggle to become one of the most prominent African American men in television news and inside some of the biggest stories of our times. Never one to stop at the surface of the story, Lemon digs deep, exposing his own history with wealth and lack, with family secrets and painful revelations--and explains how those painful early experiences shaped his ambitions and gave him the tools of empathy and fearlessness that he brings to his work. Then Lemon turns the same searing honesty on the news industry itself, taking the reader behind the scenes of September 11, 2001, the DC Snipers, the epidemic of AIDS in Africa, Hurricane Katrina, the election of Barack Obama, and the death of Michael Jackson among other events. With his clear and compelling storytelling and the rich detail of an Emmy-winning journalist, Lemon reveals his own painful journey from a little boy who dreamed of broadcasting in segregated Baton Rouge in the early 70s, to his current perch at CNN in a fascinating and compelling look at the world of television news and his own experiences reporting in it."

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Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything - Jane Hawking (2014)

In this compelling memoir his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family will be inspirational to anyone dealing with family illness. The inner-strength of the author, and the self-evident character and achievements of her husband, make for an incredible tale that is always presented with unflinching honesty; the author's candour is no less evident when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses, while Jane goes on to marry an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the faultlines exposed in a relationship by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth. The result is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with readers everywhere.

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Truth Heals - What You Hide Can Hurt You - Deborah King (2009)

What past traumas or painful emotions are lurking deep within you? And what kind of damage can they do to your health? Between the covers of Truth Heals, you'll learn the secret of how to transform your health, your finances, your relationships, your weight, and your overall satisfaction with life. Truth Heals is a fascinating read - a combination of juicy personal memoir, fun celebrity examples, and solid information that connects the dots between your emotions and your health and happiness.

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Upington - Andrea Durbach (2000)

It is the twenty-second year of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment and a country is gripped with civil unrest. A black policeman is set alight. Twenty-five people are convicted of his murder. Fourteen are sentenced to death. A small town is besieged by a legal trial and one of the lawyers is butally assassinated. This is the story of Upington.

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Victor Chang - Vanessa Chang (2001)

Ten years after the tragic murder of this brilliant heart surgeon, his daughter Vanessa has written an outstanding memoir in celebration of his life. She candidly describes his life and work, from his upbringing in China and Australia to the beginnings of his career and his passion for the advancement of heart surgery.

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We are one village - The Inspiring True Story of an African Community's Impact on a Young Australian Girl - Nikki Lovell (2012)

Aged eighteen, Nikki Lovell was a typical Adelaide schoolgirl, finishing her exams and planning to study journalism at university. She had a boyfriend whom she loved; she had done well at school; her future looked bright. But first she planned to take a gap year and volunteer at a school in the small Ugandan village of Namwendwa. Little did Nikki know that decision would change her. Forever. We are One Village is the story of how Nikki became a part of the Namwendwa community, of how their needs and her capacity to empower them changed the direction of her life. But it's also the story of how one teenage girl dealt with the loneliness of living in a foreign land, the heartache of a relationship ending, the torment of being torn between your parental home and your spiritual home, and ultimately learning to follow your heart and your dreams. For someone so young, Nikki has a wealth of passion and experience to share with us all. We are One Village is by turns captivating and inspirational.

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We need to talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver (2011)

Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails. Adapted and directed by Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher), the film of We Need to Talk About Kevin stars Tila Swinton (I Am Love) and John C. Reilly (The Aviator), with Ezra Miller (Californication) as the eponymous teenage murderer.

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What Happened to Johnnie Jordan?: The Story of a Child Turning Violent - Jennifer Toth (2002)

Jennifer Toth tells the ghastly story of a boy from Toledos ghetto in What Happened to Johnnie Jordan? The Story of a Child Turning Violent. He worked his way through 19 foster homes before finding himself placed with Charles and Jeannette Johnson an elderly couple who agreed to take him in. For reasons that remain obscure Johnnie murdered Mrs Johnson. Toth presents him as an example of an apparently new phenomenon of young ragefilled killers taking lives with motiveless passion or no remorse. Theyve struck all over the USAJonesboro Arkansas Springfield Oregon and Littleton Colorado. This book is exhaustively researched and includes detailed interviews with people who touched Jordans lifefamily psychologists lawyersplus Jordan himself from behind bars. Jordan himself is a monster yet Toth identifies plenty of other villains such as the socialservice agencies responsible for him that still refuse to accept any blame for what happened. When society fails

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Bipolar Disorder


Childhood bipolar disorder answer book - Tracy Anglada and Sheryl M Hakala, MD (2008)

How does bipolar disorder affect learning? Is there a cure? Is this a fad diagnosis? How do I handle manipulation? How can I prevent relapses? Should I use alternative treatments? How can I parent effectively? ""We are certain that all parents whose children struggle with bipolar disorder will find this book indispensable."" - Demitri F. Papolos, MD, and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child Co-written by a doctor and a mother whose children live with bipolar disorder, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to all your pressing questions about treatment, parenting strategies, and everything else. How is childhood bipolar disorder different from an adult onset? What are the earliest symptoms? Why is my child so irritable? How young can these symptoms manifest? Should all family members be evaluated for bipolar disorder? Will my child lead a normal life? Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book helps you understand and accept your child and develop a plan for success.

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Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs - Inspiring Stories of Restoring Mental Health Through Natural Therapies - Gracelyn Guyol (2006)

When Gracelyn Guyol was diagnosed in 1993 with a mild form of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, she was prescribed a commonly used antidepressant. Soon she developed breast cysts and benign tumors, a possible side effect of the antidepressant. She went off the drug and within two months, her tumors disappeared. Under the care of a naturopath, Guyol embarked on a quest to educate herself about the underlying genetic, hormonal, and other causes of depression and bipolar disorder. She investigated many natural therapies-including diet, vitamins, herbal treatments, and energy healing-before finding the solutions that have kept her free of depression and bipolar symptoms since 2002. "Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs" features Gracelyn Guyol's own story and those of thirteen other people around the country who have cured their depression and bipolar disorder using only natural therapies. In-depth research and the expertise of alternative health-care professionals are included in this landmark guide for patients and caregivers seeking responsible, safe alternatives to psychiatric drugs.

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Living with bipolar - Lesley Berk, Michael Berk, David Castle and Sue Lauder (2008)

Living with Bipolar provides essential and practical information for people with bipolar disorder, their families and friends. Two leading research psychiatrists and two psychologists, all with many years of experience in mood disorders, explain that this challenging illness can be managed. While there is no cure, it's possible for people with bipolar disorder to live well. Many people seeking help with depression are diagnosed with a form of bipolar disorder, usually Bipolar I or Bipolar II. The authors explain the causes and triggers, both medical and psychological treatment options, and ways of preventing relapses. Drawing on the experience of their patients, they also show how to develop successful personal strategies for identifying and coping with symptoms, and emphasise the importance of a healthy lifestyle. 'A clinically rich, informative and practical synthesis of what is known about how individuals may best bring their bipolar disorder under control.' Professor Gordon Parker, Executive Director, Black Dog Institute 'A must have companion for those with bipolar disorder and their family members. It contains an excellent description of symptoms, early warning signs, and much more to understand and cope with the disorder effectively.' Lakshmi N. Yatham MBBS, FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia 'Written with passion, warmth and insight, this is a great reference for people living with bipolar disorder and their families.' Tania Lewis, educator and consultant who has lived with bipolar disorder for over 20 years

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Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the horses who saved me - Sylvia Harris (2011)

An inspiring and searingly honest memoir of how one woman had the strength and courage to change her life. Sylvia Harris was homeless, her children had been taken from her, and she was using crack cocaine. She is also a manic depressive. Now she's a prize-winning jockey with the world at her feet. Alcohol. Lithium. Buddhist chanting. To quiet the voices in her mind, Sylvia Harris tried all of the above. At times, her manic behavior led her to dress up as a cowgirl and show off her imaginary rope skills in the middle of a quaint Northern California village, or spend the night in a torpor of fear awaiting the alien invasion she knew was on the horizon. At its worst, it led her to look for love in all the wrong places and create a family she had difficulty caring for. Although she sometimes found temporary relief and brief moments of calm, darkness always followed. At the nadir of her twenty-year battle with bipolar depression, Harris found salvation in the most unlikely of places: Cardinal Farm, an equine ranch outside of Orlando, Florida. Harris had always been drawn to animals, but she had no idea of the healing power she would discover while working with horses. And though she still experienced raging highs and destabilizing lows, eventually--through grooming, caring for, and, against all odds, racing horses--she was able to find stability and, ultimately, joy. With an unflinching eye toward her weaknesses and the pain that her life decisions have inflicted on others, Harris examines the ravaging power of her bipolar behaviour and the magical power of horses, showing us how the mythic interspecies connection between humans and these magnificent animals continues to astonish and inspire.

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Out of my mind - Ben Benjamin and Ian Docherty (2004)

This is the story of one man's journey through the hell of mental illness and out the other side.

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The Bipolar Child - Demitri F. Papolos, M.D.;Janice Papolos (2002)

A revised edition of this important study discusses the diagnosis and treatment of early onset bipolar disorder in children, arguing that many youngsters who are currently being treated for ADHD and depression may actually be suffering from the early stages of manic depression.

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The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide - David J Miklowitz, PhD (2002)

In this comprehensive guide, Dr. David J. Miklowitz offers straight talk that can help you tackle these and related questions, take charge of your illness, and reclaim your life. A leading researcher and clinical specialist who knows what works, Dr. Miklowitz supplies proven tools to help you achieve balance--and free yourself from the emotional and financial havoc that result when symptoms rule your life--without sacrificing your right to rich and varied emotional experiences.This essential resource will help you and your family members come to terms with the diagnosis, recognize early warning signs of manic or depressive episodes, cope with triggers of mood swings, resolve medication problems, and learn to collaborate effectively with doctors and therapists. You'll learn specific ways to ask for support and help from your family and friends--and what to do when their caring feels like controlling. For times when the going gets tough, a wealth of examples of how others have dealt with similar challenges offer new perspectives and new solutions.

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The Bipolar Handbook - Real Life Questions with Up to Date Answers - Wes Burgess (2006)

For Dr. Wes Burgess, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder means hope-hope for the estimated ten million people who will develop the disorder during their lifetimes, and hope for the families and friends of people who suffer from it. Drawing upon the real questions asked by patients and families during his nearly twenty years as a bipolar specialist, The Bipolar Handbook comprehensively tackles every area of the disorder, from its causes to medical treatment and psychotherapy, to strategies for creating a healthy lifestyle, to the prevention of, coping with, and treatment of bipolar episodes. From the more than five hundred questions and answers, you'll learn: - what to expect when pursuing a diagnosis - how to choose the right doctor or specialist - how to get the disorder under control - what treatments and medication protocols are best for you - how to reduce stress to prevent manic and depressive episodes - what family members and friends can do to support you, and more Dr. Burgess also addresses unique lifestyle concerns facing bipolar individuals. Special chapters on practical strategies for career success, building healthy relationships, issues that specifically affect bipolar women, and coping techniques for families and friends further explore the impact of the disorder on daily life. The Bipolar Handbook's easy-to-access format and full chapter of resources, as well as diagnostic criteria from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute for Mental Health, make this a versatile guide-perfect for quick reference and in-depth discovery.

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The Bipolar Teen - David J Miklowitz, PhD (2008)

Bipolar disorder is difficult at any age, but it can be particularly daunting for teenagers and their families. David Miklowitz, author of the bestselling "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide", provides invaluable information parents can use to help teens cope - and thrive. His adolescent bipolar treatment program has been tested and refined for a decade. Now for the first time, this book makes it available directly to parents. "The Bipolar Teen" helps parents distinguish between the typical ups and downs of teen life and the symptoms of mania or depression.With coauthor Elizabeth George, Dr. Miklowitz shows parents how to recognize the early warning signs of an episode so they can intervene before it's too late. They show how to strike a healthy balance of medications and psychotherapy, and offer practical tips for getting the most from doctors and from school programs. Crucially, they also demonstrate practical strategies for managing the chaos at home so every family member - including siblings without the illness - can find the stability and support they need. A dozen helpful reproducibles are included.

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When somone you love is bipolar - Cynthia G Last (2009)

When bipolar disorder afflicts the person you love, you suffer too. How have other couples learned to manage the relationship strains caused by this illness? What can you do to provide your partner with truly helpful nurturance and support? No one cares more deeply about these questions than Dr. Cynthia Last, a highly regarded therapist/researcher who also has bipolar disorder. Sharing stories and solutions from her own experience and the couples she has treated, Dr. Last offers heartfelt, practical guidance for getting through the out-of-control highs and the devastating lows--together. Learn how you can help your spouse come to terms with a bipolar diagnosis, get the most out of treatment, and reduce or prevent future mood episodes, while also taking care of yourself.

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Body, Mind & Spirit


Ageless body, timeless mind - Deepak Chopra (2008)

Scientific studies show that the mind/body connection has an extraordinary power to heal. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind goes beyond ancient mind/body wisdom and current anti-aging research to show you do not have to grow old. With the passage of time, you can retain your physical vitality, creativity, memory and self-esteem. Dr Deepak Chopra bases his theories on the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda, according to which, optimum health is about achieving balance physically, emotionally and psychologically, and demonstrates that, contrary to our traditional beliefs about aging, we can use out innate capacity for balance to direct the way our bodies metabolize time and achieve our unbounded potential.

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An angel healed me - Theresa Cheung (2010)

Theresa Cheung is an expert in the field of angels and divine healing. This, her latest collection of amazing true stories, focuses on the physical and emotional help people have experienced from unexplained or ethereal sources at times when they have been at their most vulnerable. With chapters such as 'Manifest a Miracle' and 'An Angel at My Bedside', the book tells of remarkable incidents where angels have appeared in hospital wards, at difficult births, during near-death experiences, and when someone actually dies, easing their journey from the corporeal to the spirit world. The common thread running through all these miraculous stories of healing from the inside out is that every angelic encounter provided the recipient with a strength, courage and a power they never knew they had.

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An angel saved my life And Other True Stories of the Afterlife - Jacky Newcomb (2006)

Powerful stories of communication with angels and guidance from loved ones in the Afterlife. Includes real-life amazing rescues, dream visitations, and near death experiences, from the UK's leading angel expert as seen on This Morning TV. In this unique book, Jacky leads you through fascinating stories of the significance of afterlife communications and how they prove the existence of life after death. It includes incredible details on: * Amazing angel rescues - mysterious strangers who proved to be angels in disguise. * Miraculous survival stories which defy explanation - True life dramas and what happens when those from the afterlife intervene. * Near death experiences - what is it really like to die? * Remarkable medical recoveries - spirit intervention to change a person's 'time to go'. * Dream visitations - angels and spirit friends entering or creating dreams; astral travel to communicate in dreams. * Spirit visitations - rules for visiting earth; psychic medium communication and how it works; stories of 'proof of the Afterlife'. * Children's experiences of interaction with angels.

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Angel Healing - Claire Nahmad (2013)

Today, more and more people are in search of safe, alternative, holistic methods of healing body and soul—including communicating with the angels. This inspirational handbook can help them establish the connection. Author Claire Nahmad has seen instances of spontaneous healing in many of her angel workshops, and the conditions, implements, and rituals she presents here are those specifically requested by angelic intelligences to aid the therapeutic process. She describes how to direct angelic color rays through your hands and thought to receive their restorative energy; discusses the procedure for laying out a Crystal Healing Web; and shows how to create an angel altar and summon a specific angel. In addition, there’s a full range of prayers, invocations, and powerful guided meditations.

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Be kind to yourself - Gary Null, PhD (1995)

Are you kind to yourself? Or do you let negative influence dictate your life and emotions? In this inspiring new book, Gary Null shows that how you treat yourself day to day directly affects your happiness, health, outlook on life, sense of fulfillment, self-respect, and even financial security. This book will help you: direct your emotional energy toward achieving your life goalscreate your own roadmap to excellence, success, security, and happinessbanish the ghosts of the past and focus on the present with an eye toward the futurebecome more satisfied with who you are and what you have nowBy mapping your personal search for well-being, Gary Null puts self-empowerment within reach, and clearly lays out how to stop negativity in your life and start being kind to yourself.

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Better Living - In pursuit of happiness from Plato to Prozac - Mark Kingwell (1999)

Mark Kingwell gives new meaning to "the pursuit of happiness." He enrolled in a course on how to be happy, reminiscent of the Ab Fab episode in which Eddie drags Patsy on a retreat, or of David Foster Wallace's brilliant account of going on a cruise in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. Ever a game little guinea pig, Kingwell put himself on Prozac and St. John's wort. He hired himself out as an expert to "help" marketers suss out material sources of happiness for the 18 to 29 cohort. He notices little things such as the fact that Pepperidge Farm has added smiley faces to their Goldfish crackers. (And for what? The fish are happy that you are happy when you eat them?) He ranges widely, writing about Roman Stoic Epictetus, Nick Hornby, The Honeymooners, Freud, Sir Thomas More, PMS, Plato, and much more.Kingwell, a philosophy professor at the University of Toronto, exceeds at making the personal philosophical--a skill that has earned him mild derision from academic contemporaries, but that lay readers will appreciate. His writing is clear, engaging, and thought-provoking, and, like fellow pop philosopher Alain de Botton (How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy), Kingwell doffs his mortarboard at Montaigne, surely the most loose-limbed and least po-faced of philosophers--human, confused, and curious--who seems to be enjoying something of a revival.Your happiness does not depend on reading this book. But it's nice to know that for those of us who abjure books with titles like Become Happy in Eight Minutes, there are wry, funny, smart, and even uplifting reads such as In Pursuit of Happiness. --J.R.

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Bone to Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation, and Revenge - Ellis Cose (2005)

In a world riven by conflict, reconciliation is not always possible -- but it offers one of the few paths to peace for a troubled nation or a troubled soul. In Bone to Pick, bestselling author and Newsweek editor Ellis Cose offers a provocative and wide-ranging discussion of the power of reconciliation, the efficacy of revenge, and the possibility of forgiveness. People increasingly are searching for ways to put the demons of the past to rest. That search has led parents to seek out the murderers of their children and torture victims to confront their former tormentors. In a narrative drawing on the personal and dramatic stories of people from Texas to East Timor, Cose explores the limits and the promise of those encounters. Bone to Pick is not only the story of victims who have found peace through confronting the source of their pain; it is also a profound meditation on how the past shapes the present, and how history's wounds, left unattended, can fester for generations. Time does not heal all, Cose points out. Memories and anger can linger long beyond a human lifespan. The descendants of Holocaust survivors and African slaves alike feel the effects of their forebears' pain -- and in some cases are still demanding restitution. What is behind the movement for reparations? Why are truth-and-reconciliation commissions sprouting all over the world? Why are old wars being refought and old wounds being reopened? In Bone to Pick, Ellis Cose provides a moving and nuanced guide to such questions as he points the way toward a more harmonious world.

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Breathe to Succeed: in All Aspects of Your Life - Tania Clifton-Smith (2003)

We can literally breathe our way to a successful life and boost our health by learning simple breathing techniques. Awareness of our breathing patterns and muscular tension are the most powerful tools we have as individuals to control our thought patterns, our physiological state, our whole well-being. With this book, the result of ten years' work treating patients with breathing-related disorders, learn effective techniques for wellness and optimum performance.

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Care of the soul - Thomas Moore (2012)

Care of the soul, Thomas Moore's worldwide bestseller which has sold over a millions copies, is a powerful and uplifting book which offers a new way of thinking about daily life - its problems and its creative opportunities. CARE OF THE SOUL helps you to look more deeply into emotional problems and to appreciate sacredness in ordinary things - real friends, satisfying conversation, fulfilling work and experiences that stay in the memory and touch the heart. Thomas Moore draws on his own life as a therapist practising 'care of the soul', his studies of the world's religions, his teaching of Jungian psychology and art therapy and his work in music and art to create this inspirational guide that examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.

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Channelling - Use Your Psychic Powers to Contact Your Spirit Guide - Shirley Humphries Battie (2006)

Channelling is a psychic power anyone can learn but which few take advantage of. This practical book demystifies the process and instructs you how to communicate with beings from other planes of existence for your benefit. You will increase your self-knowledge and discover how to channel healing energy for yourself and others. As you practice you will discover how to receive messages from angels, master souls, sages and extra-terrestrial beings and to channel messages for friends, family, and the world at large.

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Chaos, creativity and cosmic consciousness - Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham (2001)

A wide-ranging investigation of the ecology of inner and outer space the role of chaos theory in the dynamics of human creation and the rediscovery of traditional wisdom. In this book of trialogues the late psychedelic visionary and shamanologist Terence McKenna, acclaimed biologist and originator of the morphogenetic fields theory Rupert Sheldrake and mathematician and chaos theory scientist Ralph Abraham explore the relationships between chaos and creativity and their connection to cosmic consciousness. Their observations call into question our current views of reality morality and the nature of life in the universe. The authors challenge the reader to the deepest levels of thought with wide-ranging investigations of the ecology of inner and outer space the role of chaos in the dynamics of human creation and the resacralization of the world. Among the provocative questions the authors raise are: Is Armageddon a self-fulfilling prophecy? Are we humans the imaginers or the imagined? Are the eternal laws of nature still evolving? What is the connection between physical light and the light of consciousness? Part ceremony part old-fashioned intellectual discussion these trialogues are an invitation to a new understanding of what Jean Houston calls the dreamscapes of our everyday waking life.

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Clean Sweep - Banishing Everything You Don't Need to Make Room for What You Want - Denny Sargent (2007)

As a culture we are driven--driven to acquire, amass, get, use, devour, taste, and try. And of course it is never enough. Until we figure out that enough is enough, we will never lead a fulfilling life. Unless we let go of possessions, attitudes, emotions, old lovers, or old ideas, we'll never be able to make true changes in our lives. We are very good at taking, consuming, hoarding, devouring, overworking, and inputting more and more and more . . . but we have forgotten how to let go, how to eliminate. We need to remember the basic concept of releasing and renewing that is imprinted in every cell of our bodies. We need to relearn what our ancestors knew: how to banish. "Banishing," Denny Sargent writes, "is the identification and naming of people, things, forces, feelings, thoughts, or ideas that are negative or harmful in one's life and, through the strength of will and positive power, i.e. love, taking command over these negatives and tossing them OUT!" Sargent, an eclectic ritualist, interweaves his personal testimonial with the theory of banishing harmful factors from our physical environment and from our bodies, our hearts and emotional lives, our minds, and our spirits--through the elements of air, fire, water, earth, and spirit. In the second part of the book he provides more than 100 banishing exercises and rituals based on traditional practices performed throughout time and around the world. * Everyone wants to get rid of something--bad luck, emotional pain, illness, weight, guilt, clutter, dependency, bad habits, an ex-lover, or just the blues. * More than 100 simple exercises and rituals to get rid of anything.

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Coming Home - The Experience of Enlightenment in Sacred Traditions - Lex Hixon (1995)

Explores the experience of enlightenmentin sacred traditions and how it affects those who experience it.

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Consciousness Beyond Life - Pim van Lommel (2011)

As a cardiologist, Pim van Lommel was struck by the number of his patients who claimed to have near-death experiences as a result of their heart attacks. As a scientist, this was difficult for him to accept: Wouldn't it be scientifically irresponsible of him to ignore the evidence of these stories? Faced with this dilemma, van Lommel decided to design a research study to investigate the phenomenon under the controlled environment of a cluster of hospitals with a medically trained staff. For more than twenty years van Lommel systematically studied such near-death experiences in a wide variety of hospital patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers published his study on near-death experiences in the renowned medical journal The Lancet. The article caused an international sensation as it was the first scientifically rigorous study of this phenomenon. Now available for the first time in English, van Lommel offers an in-depth presentation of his results and theories in this book that has already sold over 125,000 copies in Europe. Van Lommel provides scientific evidence that the near-death phenomenon is an authentic experience that cannot be attributed to imagination, psychosis, or oxygen deprivation. He further reveals that after such a profound experience, most patients' personalities undergo a permanent change. In van Lommel's opinion, the current views on the relationship between the brain and consciousness held by most physicians, philosophers, and psychologists are too narrow for a proper understanding of the phenomenon. In Consciousness Beyond Life, van Lommel shows that our consciousness does not always coincide with brain functions and that, remarkably and significantly, consciousness can even be experienced separate from the body.

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Creative Visualisation - Shakti Gawain (1995)

A new edition of this practical guide to exercising your innate ability to influence events to your advantage, thus creating what you want in and out of life. The audio demonstrates methods from the book. Deep relaxation techniques, asking for guidance, visualising goals, creating an inner sanctuary, and more.

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Crossing the Unknown Sea - Dr David Whyte (2002)

Crossing the Unknown Sea is about reuniting the imagination with our day to day lives. It shows how poetry and practicality, far from being mutually exclusive, reinforce each other to give every aspect of our lives meaning and direction. For anyone who wants to deepen their connection to their life's work--or find out what their life's work is--this book can help navigate the way.Whyte encourages readers to take risks at work that will enhance their personal growth, and shows how burnout can actually be beneficial and used to renew professional interest. He asserts that too many people blindly trudge through a mediocre work life because so many "busy" tasks prevent significant reflection and analysis of job satisfaction. People often turn to spiritual practice or religion to nurture their souls, but overlook how work can actually be our greatest opportunity for discovery and growth. Crossing the Unknown Sea combines poetry, gifted storytelling and Whyte's personal experience to reveal work's potential to fulfill us and bring us closer to ultimate freedom and happiness.

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Dancing the Dream - The Seven Sacred Paths to Human Transformation - Jamie Sams (1998)

Widely recognized as one of the foremost teachers of Native American wisdom, Jamie Sams gathers readers, students, and ardent fans from every walk of life with her vibrant spirit, mesmerizing storytelling skills, and profound insights into the nature of spiritual transformation. With "Dancing the Dream, " she offers her first book of practical, advice for living on a spiritual path.The result of nearly twenty-five years of intensive study with two Native American dreaming societies, this instructive and empowering guidebook outlines-in Sams's inimitably forthright, let's-get-to-it style-the seven paths of human spiritual development and how to follow them. Beginning with the four directions of the Medicine Wheel (East, South, West, and North), Sams reveals the secrets of the final paths-Above, Below, and Within-to explain how the human spiritual journey is mirrored by the seven sacred directions: East: readiness for change, illumination of spiritual synchronicity South: the healing of relationships, return of trust West: introspection, the building of self-esteem and personal balance North: the proper use of wisdom, unconditional love, and compassion Above: moving in the spiritual realms and viewing infinity Below: reconnecting with the earth and the spirit contained in all things Within: full awareness of the present moment and universal oneness"Imagine a person sitting at a desk, trying to balance a checkbook, answering the phone with three lines blinking, writing down notes from those calls, and find a file needed by a co-worker who is hovering over the desk: you have the picture of how human beings operate on many levels at once, " writes Sams. "Yes, we ca learn how to do many things at once when we embrace life's initiations."A powerful call to integrate the seen and unseen forces in our lives-our physical reality and the web of energy made up of all our feelings, thoughts, opinions, judgments, intentions, and desires- "Dancing the Dream" offers instruction and guidance for creating an enormous shift in our personal relationships with the earth, our loved ones, friends and communities, and, most important, our own spiritual selves. With a thorough chapter devoted to each of the seven paths, as well as a glossary of terms and phrases for quick reference, this is a guide to be consulted again and again as the spiritual journey unfolds."Sams draws upon sources of indigenous wisdom, the metaphoric world, and a depth of her own experience to become a guide for all who wish to grow wise themselves. "Dancing the Dream" illuminates paths of initiation through the difficulties and opportunities that life provides."- Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of "Crossing to Avalon" and "Close to the Bone" "A magnificient blueprint for transformation."- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of "Be Careful What You Pray for . . . You Just Might Get It"

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Don't Kiss Them Goodbye - Allison DuBois (2005)

While interning in the homicide bureau of the district attorney's office, Allison DuBois found that she could do something remarkable. As she laid out crime scene photos and gathered information, she relized that she could see the crime through the eyes of the perpetrator and the victims. In this fascinating book Allison chronicles her visions through the thin veil between life and death.

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Dreamwalker - Path of Sacred Power - Mary Summer Rain (2003)

What is a Dreamwalker? They are the rare few who, as Mary Summer Rain describes them, are "led by the spirit, ' have "shed the yoke of desire and self-want," and have discarded the need for material gain and all evidence of negative thought. Without any personal goals, they travel the path of knowledge and go where the spirit of truth leads them. Brian Many Heart, also a student of No-Eyes, returns to No-Eyes' cabin in the Colorado mountains to teach Mary Summer Rain the "magic" and power of the Dreamwalker. Together, under No-Eyes' close scrutiny, they explore the realms of the spirit, and deal with Summer Rain's many unanswered questions about her identity and her resistance to what is referred to as her "spiritual obligation" to deal with wayward spirits (which she would explore later in Phantoms Afoot).

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Embracing Uncertainty - Susan Jeffers PhD (2002)

We all have fear of the unknown - so life's uncertainty can be a constant source of worry to us. But, as Susan Jeffers explains, life doesn't have to be one worry after the next. Embracing Uncertainty emphasizes that an unknown future doesn't prevent a rich and abundant life, and that by enjoying life's unpredictability we expel ourselves from fear into excitement and potential. Through case-studies, exercises and wise insight, this text explains that life is exhilarating because of, not in spite of, the uncertainty.

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End the Struggle and Dance with Life - Susan J. Jeffers (1996)

This is the sequel to "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway". It urges the reader to master the technique of "dancing with life", of approaching difficulties and struggles with serenity. The aim is to teach the reader how to truly enjoy, appreciate and feel at peace in the process of "fear-lessly" moving forward with our lives.

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Enjoy Every Sandwich - Lee Lipsenthal (2012)

Lee Lipsenthal had a charmed life: married to the love of his life, the proud father of two remarkable children, working as medical director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. In his personal relationships and with his patients, Lee was committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.The power of those beliefs were tested in July 2009 when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, leaving him with a 90 percent chance of dying within five years. As Lee and his wife Kathy navigated his diagnosis, illness and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and even as he faced his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and The Last Lecture, Enjoy Every Sandwich distils everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose and peace in our lives. Told with humour and heart, this deeply inspiring book will help readers embrace their humanity, accept uncertainty and live a life of gratitude - whether they are facing the end now or not.

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Entering the Stream: An Introduction to the Buddha and His Teachings - Samuel Bercholz (1993)

The grandeur, simplicity, and freshness of the 2,500-year-old tradition of Buddhism are reflected in this collection of writings intended as a primer for newcomers to the subject as well as a reference for those familiar with Buddhism. The selections include: The story of the Buddha's life. A concise historical background. Key writings of Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. Meditation instructions. A Buddhist explanation of reincarnation. Simple explanations of terms. A pictorial survey of Buddhist art and architecture.

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Evolutionary Enlightenment - A New Path to Spiritual Awakening - William J. Murray and Andrew Cohen (2011)

In Evolutionary Enlightenment, Andrew Cohen redefines spiritual awakening for our contemporary world--a world characterized by exponential change and an ever-expanding appreciation for the processes of evolution. Cohen's message is simple, yet profound: Life is evolution, and enlightenment is about waking up to this fundamentally creative impulse as your own deepest, most authentic self. Through five tenets for living an enlightened life, Cohen will empower you to wholeheartedly participate in the process of change as your own spiritual practice. Evolutionary Enlightenment not only makes deep sense of life today; it will show you how to play an active role in shaping the world of tomorrow.

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Finding the path - Awaken Your Connection to Spirit - Kelvin Cruickshank (2011)

I love my work as a medium. I love to be connected with spirit, doing spirit work with people who are grieving over losing their loved ones, or hurting from past experiences. I am truly blessed. However, there is something I want people to realise: you can do this too. Every one of us can find the peacefulness and pure love of spirit in our own life.' Join Kelvin Cruickshank, celebrity psychic medium and author of Bestsellers Walking in Light and Bridging the Gap, as he shows you how to become closer to the spirit. Along the way, Kelvin will also share some incredible stories of spirit healing lives with loves, tears and laughter.

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Forgiving the unforgivable - Beverly Flanigan (1994)

A clearheaded study of what life can do to us and possible ways to begin again. --Carl A. Whitaker, M.D., author of Midnight Musings of a Family Therapist and coauthor of The Family Crucible Women and men who have been deeply hurt by someone they love often experience a pain that spirals out to undermine their work, relationships, self-esteem, and even their sense of reality. In Forgiving the Unforgivable, author Beverly Flanigan, a leading authority on forgiveness, defines such unforgivable injuries, explains their poisonous effects, and then guides readers out of the paralyzing anger and resentment. As a Fellow of the Kellogg Foundation, Flanigan conducted a pioneering study of forgiveness, and from that study, from her clinical practice, and from her many years of teaching, researching, and conducting professional workshops and seminars, she devised a unique six-stage program, presented here. Filled with inspiring real-life examples, Forgiving the Unforgivable is both a practical and a comforting guide to recovery and healing.

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Get your groove back - Jasbindar Singh (2006)

This is a revolutionary take on a pressing topic - how can we continue to spend more and more of our lives at work if we're not sure what that work really means. Jasbindar Singh is at the forefront of the global movement to achieve work-life through SQ, spiritual intelligence. Get Your Groove Back is a life - and career-development book providing a fresh perspective on how to: Identify what gives you a sense of meaning and purpose; Analyse your skills, values, interests and career motivators; Re-claim skills and interests that may have been neglected; Look at your life and career in a holistic and integrated manner; Identify and deal to blocks and barriers getting in the way; Live a balanced and quality life; Appreciate your life journey right now.

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Gifts of Spirit: the Journey of a Healer - Gina Allan (1995)

Gina was born with a highly developed psychic insight and Gifts of Spirit is her personal story. It is an extraordinary and mystical adventure, traversing a broad range of spiritual paths with Gina always guided by her mentors. More importantly, it is her true and unselfconscious expose compiled from a lifetime of diaries and journals.

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God on your own - Finding a Spiritual Path Outside Religion - Joseph Dispenza (2006)

After spending eight years in a monastery, Joseph Dispenza walked away from his life as a monk and the religion of his youth in search of a different kind of spiritual path. Outside the confines of organized religion, Dispenza was able to create a spiritual life that gives direction and meaning to all he does and all he is. God on Your Own is written for anyone who has left (or is thinking of leaving) organized religion but wants to continue on a spiritual path. Written by noted author and retreat leader Joseph Dispenza, this book provides a spiritual road map for those who want to make the transition from conventional religion toward a richer and more satisfying direct relationship with the Source, without rules, dogmas, or doctrines. Throughout the book, Dispenza offers wise, compassionate guidance, speaking as one seeker to another. He has made this journey himself, gleaning spiritual truth from across traditions and practices.

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Healing mantras - Thomas Ashley-Farrand (2000)

"Sound is more than simply a medium of artistic expression. Sound has practical and powerful applications in the real world." Mantras, or simple chants, are short phrases packed with energy and intention--specifically designed to generate powerful sound waves that promote healing, insight, creativity, and spiritual growth. Healing Mantras is the practical, how-to guide that makes the strengths and benefits of mantras available to everyone. The transformative power of sound has been passed down to the present from the sages of India, the classical scientists of ancient Greece, and the medieval monks of Europe. Mantras, sounds, and chants have inspired, comforted, and mended the lives of individuals, religious orders, and even entire cultures. Even though the science and discipline of chanting and formal prayer are practiced in every religion around the world, this is the first time that ancient Sanskrit mantras have been explained and adapted to Western needs. One of the few Western experts in Hindu and Buddhist mantras, Thomas Ashley-Farrand has practiced mantra-based spiritual disciplines for twenty-five years. In this illuminating book, he explains how and why mantras work and shows how to use them for everything from controlling habits to overcoming fear, from curing specific ailments to finding inner peace. In each of the more than fifty mantras, all translated from the original Sanskrit, Ashley-Farrand unlocks the power of every word, explains its appropriate application, and tells you how to pronounce it in easy-to-follow phonetic symbols. Inside, you'll find mantras for - Health - Worldly Success - Habit Control - Protection - Grief - Anger - Controlling Fear - Personal Attraction - Wisdom - Concentration and Mental Clarity - Healing Life Issues - and more! These mantras can be repeated aloud or in silence and can be used by people of any religion or spiritual practice, "as you wash dishes, as you drive on the freeway, as you meditate, or as you cook." Sound can help and sound can heal, and Healing Mantras now makes this sound medicine available to everyone

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Heaven and the Angels - H.A. Baker (2008)

Harold Armstrong Baker (1881-1971) was an American author and missionary to Tibet from 1911 to 1919; then to China from 1919 to 1950 when he and his wife, Josephine, were forced to leave the mainland for Taiwan, from 1955 until his death in 1971. The Bakers started Adullam Rescue Mission for street children in Yunnan Province, China. The children in the home, mostly boys aged from six to eighteen, had a revival during which they had visions of heaven, Paradise, angels, and even hell. These visions were recounted in Baker's book Visions Beyond the Veil. This book, Heaven and the Angels, includes information from the orphan boys' visions, but also includes accounts from many people from around the world during the past two centuries who had dreams, visions, and angelic visits right here on Earth.

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Identifying Planetary Triggers - Celeste Teal (2000)

Filled with stories and charts to clarify what is being explained, Identifying Planetary Triggers" is an important book about understanding how to use astrology to make predictions."

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If not now, when? - Primo Levi (1994)

In the final days of World War II, a courageous band of Jewish partisans makes its way from Russia to Italy, moving toward the ultimate goal of Palestine. Based on a true story, If Not Now, When? chronicles their adventures as they wage a personal war of revenge against the Nazis: blowing up trains, rescuing the last victims of concentration camps, scoring victories in the face of unspeakable devastation. Primo Levi captures the landscape and the people of Eastern Europe in vivid detail, depicting as well the terrible bleakness of war-ridden Europe. But finally, what he gives us is a tribute to the strength and ingenuity of the human spirit. "One of the most important and gifted writers of our time" —Italo Calvino

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In Search of Stones - Peck M. Scott (1999)

The author chronicles his journey into spirituality, mysticism and self-discovery. As he travels through the British countryside exploring legendary stone monoliths, each day of his journey is devoted to another realm - holiness, mystery, reason, peace, pilgrimage, parenthood and death.

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Inspiration meditation and personal wellbeing - Ken Mellor (2011)

The book stirs and awakens us to reach both deeply within and beyond ourselves to the Infinite. Ken suggests that we can do so in ways that bring everyday satisfaction, personal balance and spiritual fulfilment. Each chapter contains simple, practical, well tested advice for doing this. We are encouraged and supported to use Ken's suggestions by his inspiring optimism about the full extent of what we can realise through day-to-day activities. Our lives can have personal meaning, abiding confidence and the wonderful aliveness that arises from awakening to our inner selves. This book is also both a learning and teaching manual with wonderfully helpful exercises, meditations, principles and guidelines.

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Interpreting Solar and Lunar Returns - Babs Kirby;Janey Stubbs (1990)

Offers a psychological and growth orientation to forecasting using Solar and Lunar Returns. For the beginner and advanced astrologer alike.

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Intuition: Knowing beyond logic - Osho (2002)

INTUITION: All people have a natural capacity for intuition, but many times social conditioning and formal education works against it. People are taught to ignore their instincts rather than to understand and use them as a foundation for individual growth and development - and in the process they undermine the very roots of the innate wisdom that is meant to flower into intuition. This book provides many specific exercises and meditations designed to nourish and support each individual's natural intuitive gifts.

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Last Words - Approaches to Death in New Zealand's Cultures and Faiths - Margot Schwass (2006)

A short book about different practices for acknowledging death in the different cultures and religions currently in New Zealand. While it is designed for use by nurses and doctors, chaplains, funeral directors, police, hospice workers and community workers, the book is also intended for general readers.

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Life - Xingyun (2011)

In Life, Master Hsing Yun articulates the Buddhist view of the meaning, grandeur, and mystery of life, while applying those views in different arenas of contemporary society. Embracing a style that is both well-informed and down-to-earth, Life flows effortlessly between Buddhist theory and practice, and between history and personal expose, while entering a deep exploration of topics that few Buddhist leaders dare to investigate: human rights, education, politics, and freedom. Delving into these weighty topics, Life is both beautifully reverent and hopeful for humanity and all life in the world.

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Life Lessons - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler (2001)

A Message From Elisabeth We all have lessons to learn during this time called life; this is especially apparent when working with the dying. The dying learn a great deal at the end of life, usually when it is too late to apply. After moving to the Arizona desert in 1995, I had a stroke on Mother's Day that left me paralyzed. I spent the next few years at death's door. Sometimes I thought death would come within a few weeks. Many times, I was disappointed that it did not come, for I was ready. But I have not died because I am still learning the lessons of life, my final lessons. These lessons are the ultimate truths about our lives; they are the secrets to life itself. I wanted to write one more book, not on death and dying but on life and living. Is this really how I want to live my life? Each one of us at some point asks this question. The tragedy is not that life is short but that we often see only in hindsight what really matters. In Life Lessons, her first book on life and living, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross joins with David Kessler to guide readers through the practical and spiritual lessons we need to learn so that we can live life to its fullest in every moment. Many years of working with the dying have shown the authors that certain lessons come up over and over again. Some of these lessons can be difficult to master, but even the attempts to understand them are deeply rewarding. Here, in fourteen accessible chapters, from the Lesson of Love to the Lesson of Happiness, the authors reveal the truth about our fears, our hopes, our relationships, and, above all, the grandness of who we really are.

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Little Altars for Spirituality - Creating Personal Spaces in Your Home for Positive and Peaceful Energy - Josephine de Winter (2006)

This book helps you to create a home altar - a place of beauty, peace and sanctity, where the spiritual world can reach into and touch the world of the everyday. It includes altars for healing, for remembrance, for abundance, for creativity, for motivation, for harmony, and many more. It improves the energy around you and creates spiritual focus using simple items that have symbolic, magical or spiritual properties. It channels your innermost thoughts and desires, and add another dimension to your spiritual life. This book looks back through history to examine the development of the altar as a focus of worship in many different religious traditions, and offers some starting points for the creation of a personal altar in your home, garden or office. It also explores some of the many issues that might lead you into a search for spiritual guidance and suggests ways in which you can develop the altar to help in particular circumstances. Regardless of your religious or philosophical belief, creating your own altar is a way of bringing a sacred tradition into your home and your life.

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Long journey home - Os Guinness (2003)

Have you woken up to the journey of life? Have you reached a point where you long for something more? Have the things you have striven to achieve turned out to be far less than enough? Do you desire to unriddle life's mystery and pursue a life rich with significance?Long Journey Home is a seeker's road map to the quest for meaning. Rich in stories and profoundly personal as well as practical, it explores the great philosophies of life and charts the road toward meaning taken by countless thoughtful seekers over the centuries. Written for those who care and those who are open, it assumes no faith in the reader, only the recognition that the humanness of life as a journey is something we should all care about enough to seek to make sense of it and to make up our minds for ourselves. From the Hardcover edition.

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Made for Goodness - And Why This Makes All the Difference - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu (2010)

We know all too well the cruelties, hurts, and hatreds that poison life on our planet. But my daughter and I have come together to write this book because we know that the catalogue of injuries that we can and do inflict on one another is not the whole story of humanity, not by a long measure. We are indeed made for something more. We are made for goodness.--from Made for GoodnessOver the years the same questions get asked of Desmond Tutu, the archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and veteran of the moral movement that ended apartheid in South Africa: "How can you be so hopeful after witnessing so much evil?" "Why are you so sure goodness will triumph in the end?" This book is his answer.Now, more than any other time in history, our world needs this message: that we are made for goodness and it is up to us to live up to our destiny.We recognize Archbishop Tutu from the headlines as an inspirational figure who has witnessed some of the world's most sinister moments and chosen to be an ambassador of reconciliation amid political, diplomatic, and natural disasters. Now, we get a glimpse into his personal spirituality--and a better understanding of the man behind a lifetime of good works. In this intimate and personal sharing of his heart, written with his daughter, Episcopal priest Mpho Tutu, Tutu engages his reader with touching stories from his own life, as well as grisly memories from his work in the darkest corners of the world. There, amid the darkness, he calls us to hope, to joy, and to claim the goodness that we were made for. Tutu invites us to take on the disciplines of goodness, the practices that are key to finding fulfillment, meaning, and happiness for our lives.

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Night - Elie Wiesel (2006)

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel"Night" is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man."Night" offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
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On Forgiveness - Richard Holloway (2002)

In this inspiring work, Richard Holloway tackles the great theme of forgiveness. It is a subject that he explores in the widest context but underpinning this examination is his belief that religion has given us many of the best stories and metaphors for the act. He proceeds to relate forgiveness to such events as September 11th, the Truth Commission in South Africa, and the ongoing conflicts in Palestine/Israel, Northern Ireland and Serbia. On Forgiveness is a discourse on how forgiveness works, where it came from and how the need to embrace it is greater than ever if we are to free ourselves from the binds of the past. Drawing on philosophers and writers of the calibre of George Steiner, Frederick Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Hannah Arendt and Nelson Mandela, Holloway has written another fascinating and timely book.

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Our appointment with life - Thich Nhat Hanh (1991)

This easily accessible translation and commentary by Thich Nhat Hanh on the Sutra on Knowing the Better Way To Live Alone, the earliest teaching of the Buddha on living fully in the present moment. "To live alone" doesn't mean to isolate oneself from society. It means to live in mindfulness: to let go of the past and the future, and to look deeply and discover the true nature of all that is taking place in the present moment. To fully realize this is to meet our appointment with life and to experience peace, joy, and happiness this realization brings. A wonderful addition to the library of anyone interested in Buddhist studies. "Our appointment with life is in the present moment. The place of our appointment is right here, in this very place."

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Planets and Possibilities - Susan Miller (2002)

Astrology is almost as old as mankind and has helped countless people throughout the ages but, although knowing astrological basics can tell you a lot, a more in-depth look into this ancient art can reveal so much more. In PLANETS AND POSSIBILITIES Susan Miller, creator of the popular website Astrology Zone ®, takes an in-depth look into the ancient art of astrology. She explains how understanding your star sign can help you envision new possibilities for your future, ones you may never have considered. Learning about the myths the Greeks and Romans attached to the twelve zodiac signs can give you deeper understanding of your sign and Susan also explains how every Sun sign has a guardian planet that strongly influences individual personalities. What will your ruling planet say about you?* Learn which careers may be luckiest, more profitable and fun for you* Discover the best ways to handle your cash flow and the ideal way for you to get rich* Be more fit by following the natural tendencies of both your personality and body* Find out more about your romantic side and how to attract the right person for you

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Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife - Eben Alexander, M.D. (2012)

A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human--shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. Alexander's story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.

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Reiki: The essential guide to the ancient art of healing - Chris and Penny Parkes (2009)

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Force Energy. Drawing on ancient practices, which are said to have dated back to Buddha, Reiki balances the energy in the body, renewing vitality and bringing about a powerful feeling of serenity and relaxation through the laying on of hands. Reiki can be used to relieve the problems associated with stress, tension, chronic illness and post-operative pain. In this revised and updated edition Chris and Penny Parkes explain what to expect from a treatment, how it works and how it can be of benefit - and even show how you too can train (very easily) to practice Reiki. Written by one of the few Reiki masters in the UK and featuring the original Usui method, this practical and accessible book reveals the fascinating story behind the discovery of Reiki.

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Rude Awakenings - Two Englishmen on Foot in Buddhism's Holy Land - Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott (2006)

Half raucous adventure and half inspirational memoir, "Rude Awakenings" documents an unusual pilgrimage. Two very different men--life-loving naturalist Nick Scott and austere Buddhist monk Ajahn Sucitto--together spend six months retracing the Buddha's footsteps through India. Told alternately by Sucitto and Scott in their distinctive voices, this story blends self-effacing humor, philosophical explorations, drama, travel observations, and the occasional giant fruit bat. "Rude Awakenings" is a heady record of survival and spirituality set against the dramatic backdrop of one of India's most lawless regions.

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Sacred Causes - Michael Burleigh (2007)

An award-winning historian offers a brilliant account of the battles over religion in Europe, from the catastrophe of the First World War through the War on Terror.

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Secrets of the monarch - Allison Dubois (2008)

Known as the inspiration for the hit television show "Medium," Allison DuBois regularly encounters spirits who have passed. As part of her life's work, she comforts families who have tragically lost children, helps authorities find dangerous criminals, and locates missing persons. In "Secrets of the Monarch," Allison shares important life lessons she's learned through communicating with the dead. She explores the legacies we leave and shows how her experiences with the other side have helped her to learn the secret to living a happy life while ensuring her children and grandchildren will too. Like the monarch butterfly, whose survival as a species depends on its predecessors' actions, we can live good lives to ensure the happiness of future generations. With insightful teachings on both family relationships and friendships, as well as how she herself is inspired to live better tomorrow than she has today, Allison DuBois shows how each of us can make our lives a true masterpiece.

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She who dreams - (2003)

Wanda Burch dreamt that she would die at a certain age; her dreams foretold her diagnosis of cancer, and then guided her toward treatment and wellness. She took advantage of all the healing resources available to her, but Wanda believes she is alive because of her intimate engagement with the dreamworld. Through powerful prose and practical exercises, this book demonstrates that wisdom lives within each of us, and we can tap into that wisdom through dreamwork.

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Simply tarot - Leanna Greenaway (2006)

Before you begin this introduction to Tarot, you may ask yourself, "Am I psychic?" The surprising answer: the Tarot deck is the best possible way to find out! Follow this guide and uncover your gifts, while you explore the mysteries of the Tarot through the clear directions and explanations. Start from how to choose the right Tarot deck, and care for it to enhance its power. In addition to both traditional and modern explanations for all 78 cards, you'll find exercises to develop your reading ability, six different spreads, advice on doing a reading for someone who's in a different location, and--for times when you have no Tarot deck--instructions for doing a reading with regular playing cards.

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Solemate - Master the Art of Aloneness & Transform Your Life - Lauren Mackler (2009)

Many people spend years waiting for an ideal partner--a"soul mate" to make them feel happy and complete. Others settle for unfulfilling relationships out of a deep-seated fear of being alone. In Solemate, Lauren Mackler provides a groundbreaking road map for achieving mastery of your own life so you can experience a sense of wholeness and well-being whether you're on your own or in a relationship. It's about becoming the person you were meant to be, treating yourself well, and shedding the old beliefs and behaviors that limit your ability to realize your greatest potential. It's about becoming your own cherished solemate.Drawing from her own experiences; those of her clients; and the fields of psychology, physiology, sociology, holistic healing, and strategic business practices, Mackler has developed a unique program for reclaiming your innate wholeness. This gradual, step-by-step process involves understanding where your self-defeating patterns come from and how to move beyond them. She helps you uncover and retrieve your authentic self- who you really are beneath the layers of life conditioning. This program will help you live in a more conscious and deliberate way and align your actions with the results you want in your life. A renowned coach, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker, Mackler guides you through a process that, until now, has only been available through her coaching programs and Mastering the Art of Aloneness workshops. Through quizzes, exercises, and guided journaling, she helps you: - Identify the limiting beliefs, fears, and behaviors that keep you from feeling whole and happy- Learn to override these habitual patterns and manage your fears- Uncover your authentic self - Create a life vision and action plan to help you achieve any goal you set for yourself, and- Build inner and outer support systems that help you bring your vision to lifeSolemate is about mastering the art of aloneness. But it's not about being alone."" It's a book for people who want to enhance the quality of their lives by improving their relationships with themselves and with others. Solemate gives you the tools you need to develop the self-awareness, life skills, and emotional intelligence to live a full, happy, successful, and financially secure life-with or without a partner.

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Spirit in Action - Sven Hanson (2006)

Resilience is the ability to overcome obstacles, steer through everyday adversity, bounce back from trauma and reach out to others. Life is all about change, and when we ride the waves of change with skill and wisdom, growth and resilience follow. Dr Sven Hansen has identified the resources we need to thrive in a changing environment, and the heights we can reach when body, emotion, mind and spirit are actualised. These books outline each step in the programme towards reaching a state of creative, decisive and focused action. The ideas discussed and the practical tools provided will change your life.

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SQ21 - The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence - Cindy Wigglesworth (2012)

According to author Cindy Wigglesworth, Spiritual Intelligence is the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of the situation.A In her new book, SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, Cindy helps us understand how spiritual intelligence is analogous to such concepts as IQ and emotional intelligence (EQ). Using clear, practical language she defines the 21 skills that comprise spiritual intelligence and in doing so, teaches you the steps to begin developing your own spiritual intelligence.A Cindy refers to her method as spiritual weightlifting-a process whereby we work to develop our muscles to shift away from thinking with our self-focused ego to behaving from our more loving and peaceful Higher Self.A Her model is both faith-friendly and faith-neutral, and SQ21 offers a way for atheists, people of faith, and those who are spiritual but not religious to understand each other and discuss our universal concerns.A These skills are especially crucial for those in positions of leadership, since they help us to make decisions on a higher level while in the midst of stress, complexity, and high rates of change. If you want more peace, wisdom and compassion in your life - SQ21 is the book for you.

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Talking to Heaven - James Van Praagh (2003)

James Van Praagh enjoys an extraordinary gift--he can communicate with the spirits of men, women, children, and animals who have died. Possessed of the rare ability to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds, he provides comfort to those who have lost loved ones and brings back powerful messages from the other side. Now, in this remarkable, inspiring book, this nationally acclaimed medium shows us what lies beyond our visible world and answers our most profound questions about life after death.

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The art of happiness - Dalai Lama XIV (1998)

The world's greatest spiritual leader teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity and how we can find the same inner peace. Through meditations, stories, and the meeting of Buddhism and psychology, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, or just an ordinary bad mood. He discusses relationships, health, family and work to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist mediations and a healthy dose of common sense, THE ART OF HAPPINESS is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with a difficulties common to all human beings.

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The Biology of Belief : Unleasing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles - Bruce H. Lipton (2008)

Through the research of Dr. Lipton and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new discoveries have been made about the interaction between your mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology, that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts. Using simple language, illustrations, humour, and everyday examples, he demonstrates how the new science of Epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of the link between mind and matter and the profound effects it has on our personal lives and the collective life of our species. "The long sought after missing link between life and consciousness; "The Biology of Belief" will become a cornerstone for the science of the new millennium." (Gregg Braden).

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The Book of Atheist Spirituality - Andre Comte-Sponville (2008)

Can we do without religion? Can we have ethics without God? Is there such a thing as 'atheist spirituality'? In this powerful book, the internationally bestselling author Andre Comte-Sponville answers questions like these through a philosophical exploration of atheism - and he comes to some startling conclusions. According to Comte-Spoonville, we have allowed the concept of spirituality to become intertwined with religion and thus have lost touch with the nature of a true spiritual existence.In order to change this, however, we need not reject the ancient traditions and values that are part of our heritage; rather, we must rethink our relationship to these values and ask ourselves whether their significance comes from the existence of a higher power or simply from the human need to connect to one another and the universe. Comte-Sponville offers rigorous, reasoned arguments that take both the Eastern and Western philosophical traditions into account. Through his clear, concise, and often humorous prose, he offers a convincing treatise on a new form of spiritual life.

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The chocolate cake sutra - Geri Larkin (2014)

Chock full of moving and enlightening stories, The Chocolate Cake Sutra will help you let go of perfectionism and celebrate the sacred nature of the life you already have.

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The complete buddhism for mothers - Sarah Napthali (2011)

Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. Sarah Napthali takes us on a journey through the challenges (and the pleasures!) of raising children, using Buddhist teachings and principles to help her answer the eternal questions of mothers everywhere: Who am I now? Where am I going? And how can I do my best by my children and myself? This wisdom also allows space for the deeper reflections about who we are and what makes us happy. Writing from personal experience, and weaving in stories from other mothers throughout her narrative, Sarah shows us how spiritual and mindful parenting can help all mothers to be more open and content. Even if exploring Buddhism at this busy stage of your life is not where you thought you'd be, it's well worth reading this book. It can make a difference.

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The Complete Yoga Book - James Hewitt (1991)

An encyclopedia of yoga practice and practical yoga as well as of the philosophy and background of yoga.

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The Courage to Give - Jackie Waldman and Janis Leibs Dworkis (2000)

A collection of heartrending and heartwarming stories of people, both famous and unknown, who have suffered great emotional or physical hardship and went beyond their pain to help others.

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The Dance - Moving to the Rhythms - Oriah Mountain Dreamer (2001)

Welcome to The Dance, the wise and practical book that expands on Oriah Mountain Dreamer′s new moving prose poem. In this compelling book the acclaimed author of The Invitation challenges readers to live with passion, energy, and honesty. The key, says Oriah, is to savour the everyday world of family, friends, love, and work with clear minds and open hearts. When we are physically and emotionally stressed and our spirits are depleted, we must realise that happiness has not vanished but is buried beneath the clutter of our harried lives. With rare courage and honesty, Oriah unveils the challenge of her inspiring poem through compelling stories from her own experience, offering us tools to become fully the person we already are -- not ways to change."To dance -- to live in a way that is consistent with our longing" -- is to discover a gift that we can give ourselves again and again over a lifetime. To dance, alone or with others, is to be who we truly are as we fulfill our soul′s desires. To do this, we must learn how to let go and slow down, returning to the sacred emptiness where we encounter our true self. Practical, inspiring, and profoundly illuminating, The Dance is an invitation to discover a place of connection, serenity, and joy that is uniquely our own."

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The elements of moral philosophy - James and Stuart Rachels (2012)

Firmly established as the standard text for undergraduate courses in ethics, James Rachels and Stuart Rachels' The Elements of Moral Philosophy introduces readers to major moral concepts and theories through eloquent explanations and compelling, thought-provoking discussions.

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The Encyclopedia of Crystal Gem Metal Magic - Scott Cunningham (2002)

Scott Cunningham. Practice an ancient magic that is both natural and powerful-the elemental Earth magic of rock, stone, and metal. This comprehensive and clear guidebook by Scott Cunningham has introduced over 200,000 readers to the secrets of over 100 gems and metals. Learn how to find and cleanse stones and use them in divinations, spells, and tarot readings. Discover how to determine the energies and stories contained within each stone, and the symbolic meanings of a stone's color and shape.

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The Hero Within - Carol S Pearson, PhD (1998)

A popular guide to understanding ourselves and our collective heroic journeys--explores female and male journey patterns together to discern ways they are the same and ways they differ.

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The Human Aerial - Dr Robin Kelly (2008)

Who else wants to be healthier? Wouldn't it be great to have a combined approach that is a compelling blueprint for deep healing in the 21-st century? What lies at the beating heart of this book is the belief that we need a healing system that accepts that our bodies are truly human aerials bound together and infiltrated by a fascinating network of connecting tissue, perfectly designed to receive and transmit information beyond our individual earthbound experiences. In this book Dr Kelly explains how - for direction, guidance, and healing we can tune into realms beyond our concepts of time and space and how understanding of ourselves as human aerials can bring wonder and hope to a worldly existence transforming our lives here and now. This is a book for all who are interested in the health of body, mind and spirit, but also for the medical fraternity, challenging tightly held ideas and opening up new frames of reference for clinicians everywhere.

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The invitation - Oriah (2006)

Shared by word of mouth, e-mailed from reader to reader, recited over the radio, and read aloud at thousands of retreats and conferences, "The Invitation" has changed the lives of people everywhere. In this bestselling book, Oriah expands on the wisdom found within her beloved prose poem, which presents a powerful challenge to all who long to live an authentic life. In a world of endless small talk, constant traffic jams, and overburdened schedules, "The Invitation" opens the door to a new way of life - a way of intimacy, honesty, and peace with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Oriah invites us to embrace the varieties of human experience, from desire and commitment to sorrow and betrayal, and to open ourselves to all that is possible. "The Invitation" is an invaluable guide to overcoming the obstacles that stand in our way and to discovering the true beauty that life has to offer. Accept the invitation and open yourself to a more meaningful life.

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The journey of self discovery - His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1990)

Amid the parched desert of materialism, The Journey Of Self-Discovery offers a sure pathway to the oasis of higher, spiritual awareness. In these thirty-one fascinating essays, talks, and informal conversations, he reveals how the Vedic literature and the techniques of mantra meditation it teaches can us resolve all personal and social conflicts, come to a state of permanent peace and happiness, and satisfy the soul's timeless thirst for perfection.

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The Lunar Nodes - Crisis and Redemption - Komilla Sutton (2001)

A sensitive and spiritual look at the way the energy of the nodal axis, Rahu and Ketu affects your life and how you can use it for better self- understanding.

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The Metamorphic Technique: Principles and Practice - Gaston Saint-Pierre; Debbie Shapiro (2003)

The founder of this whole-body approach to healing, Robert St. John (who author Gaston Saint-Pierre trained with) gave it the curious name 'Metamorphosis'. Yet the analogy with a caterpillar is apt - for, just as it metamorphoses into a butterfly, so, as this books explains, we as human beings have the capacity to transform and heal ourselves. The technique's two leading exponents present its principles - the central one being the belief that during the nine months between conception and birth our physical, mental, emotional and behavioural structures are all established. By working on the spinal reflexes of the feet, hands and head, this formative period can be brought back into focus, so allowing healing to take place. This positive, life-affirming book is a fascinating and uplifting work, and conveys a powerful message - that we can leave behind patterns of psychological or physical 'dis-ease' and move forward, re-energised.

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The Mozart Effect : Using the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind and Unlock the Creative Spirit - Don Campbell (1997)

Don Campbell is a pioneer in the field of therapeutic sound and the uses of music on learning and health. This is the author's story of how he cured himself of brain cancer with the music of Mozart.What is this magical medium that moves, enchants, infuriates, and heals us?Music almost defies description. It is a flexible power that brings different memories and images and invokes different feelings and emotions. Music brings us to a place of fear or anticipation within minutes of watching a movie; it takes our mind off traffic noise in seconds; it sets a quiet, spacious mood in an evening of romance.Music can dance and sing our blues away. It brings back the memory of a lost lover or a deceased friend. It allows the child in us to play, the monk in us to pray, the cowgirl in us to line-dance, the hero in us to surmount all difficulties. We have seen it help the stroke patient to find language and expression. We have witnessed the person with a fear of public speaking dissolve anxiety and tension.

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The Power of Gems and Crystals: How They Can Transform Your Life - Soozi Holbeche (1995)

In this bestselling book, Soozi Holbeche reveals the intriguing power of gems and crystals and explains how they can be used to heal and enrich our daily lives.

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The power of now - Eckhart Tolle (2000)

Eckhart Tolle is emerging as one of today s most inspiring teachers. In The Power of Now, which has already sold over 150,000 copies in the US, the author describes his transition from despair to self-realisation soon after his twenty-ninth birthday. Tolle took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques and meditation theory but is also eminently practical. In The Power of Now he shows readers how to recognise themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully and intensely, in the Now .ENDORSEMENTS The author writes with compassion, not criticising, blaming or ridiculing the reader. He makes enlightenment seem attainable and necessary for both individual peace and the health of the planet. Foreword Magazine Pointing to the portals of the eternal Present, this practical mystic s modern gospel offers transcendent truths that set us free. Dan Millman, author of Everyday Enlightenment If you are considering getting back in touch with your soul this book is a great companion ...fresh, revealing, current, new inspiration. Common Ground Magazine

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The power of now - A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment - Eckhart Tolle (2004)

To make the journey into The Power of Now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Although the journey is challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and answer format to guide us. Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of The Power of Now. It's a book to be revisited again and again. Already a word-of-mouth bestseller in Canada, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change readers' lives for the better.

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The Power of the Mind to Heal - Joan Z. Borysenko (1995)

"Rather than seeking praise from our colleagues for the wisdom and healing we hope you will find in these pages, we would like to offer praise instead to the source of our being, which is the mind's true power to heal. We give thanks for this opportunity to unite the most ancient spiritual wisdom with modern medicine." -- Drs. Joan and Miroslav Borysenko The authors of The Power of the Mind to Heal have intergrated their considerable knowledge of medicine, metaphysics, spirituality, and alternative forms of healing into a beautiful book that reveals how we can use the amazing power of the mind to heal the physical and emotional ailments that afflict us. This is truly a transformational work!

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The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child - Nancy Newton Verrier (2003)

"The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child", by Nancy Verrier, is a challenging and courageous work. A book which adoptees call their "bible," it is a must read for anyone connected with adoption: adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, therapists, educators, and attorneys. In its application of information about perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding, and loss, "The Primal Wound" clarifies the effects of separation from the birthmother on adopted children. In addition, it gives adoptees, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation for their feelings, as well as explanations for their behavior. As one adoptee said, "Only one thing has caused me more pain and damage than the existence of the primal wound: the world's insistence that it does not exist." The existence of the primal wound and suggestions for healing that wound are intelligently and compassionately set forth in this book, which is fast becoming the quintessential work about the complex and life-long process of adoption. The insight the author brings to the experience of abandonment and loss will contribute not only to the healing of those connected with adoption, but will bring understanding and encouragement to anyone who has ever felt abandoned.
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The Quiet - Paul Wilson (2009)

A powerful book to help you move from chaos into tranquillity, from hecticness into peace, and from stress into joy-written by the man known as "the guru of calm." The Quiet" is a place where you can't be touched by the noise and tensions of the modern world. A place where, no matter what's happening around you, you have time and space to breathe. Some people spend a lifetime of meditation practice and spiritual studies searching for it. The practices in "Finding the Quiet" are based on four simple steps that transform the way you feel and what you get out of life. Following these techniques can lead to: * peace of mind * clarity of thought * emotional stability * physical well-being We are also including "A Piece of the Quiet," which provides fast and easy highlights for when you need a quick moment of calm. Whether you are a novice at meditation or a lifetime practitioner, the strategies presented in "Finding the Quiet" are powerful tools to take you where you want to be.

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The road less travelled and beyond - M Scott Peck (1997)

The Road Less Traveled and Beyond is the culmination of a lifetime of Dr. M. Scott Peck's counseling, lecturing, and writing, and the conclusion of the "Road" trilogy. In it, we are led to a deeper awareness of how to live rich, fulfilling lives in a world fraught with stress and anxiety. With the rare combination of profound psychological insight and deep spirituality that has already spoken to millions of readers, Dr. Peck talks about decision making and the choices we make every day in business and at home, and the ethical choices that may affect the very survival of humankind. We learn the difference between good and evil, to overcome narcissism, to love and be loved, to live with paradox, to accept the consequences of our actions all through life, and to come to terms with dying and death. Dr. Peck is a guide on the adventure that is life, learning, and spiritual growth-- life's greatest adventure. Building in depth and power from the very first chapter to its lyrical and poetic conclusion, "The Road Less Traveled and Beyond" is an adventure in itself.

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The Seasons of change - Carol L McClelland, PhD (1998)

A wise, helpful book that provides practical tools for one of modern life's greatest challenges -- Change.True help for everyone -- no matter what difficult or exciting transition you are in! Provides a model based on the four seasons to help align you with natural forces.Using a simple questionnaire, you can discover where you are in your transition process, how to move forward, and how to not get off track. Includes advice for building a strong support network for times of change.

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The Seat of the Soul - Gary Zukav (1991)

This book examines cases of multi-sensory individuals, looks at conventional marriages and spiritual partnerships and at traditional and spiritual psychology.

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The soul of medicine - Peter Adams (1999)

An anthology of writings chosen from a range of sources: from the "Epic of Gilgamesh" through Robert Louis Stevenson to Auden, Laurie Lee and Thomas Largwhiskers, Navaho medicine man. Illness is an experience that everyone shares at some time, and the compiler intends his selection to be a source of comfort and inspiration for both patients and healers. It includes writings on specific illnesses, on mental and emotional troubles, on pain, on the role of the doctor/carer, and on the insights that the experience of illness can bring.

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The sword of wisdom - Ch'an Master Sheng-yen (1991)

THE SWORD OF WISDOM is a penetrating commentary on the Song of Enlightenment, a famous Ch'an text that speaks of proper methods and attitudes for practice.

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The tao of peace - Diane Dreher (1990)

The "Tao Te Ching" has been treasured for thousands of years because of its timeless wisdom and philosophy of life. Yet the very simplicity of Taoist philosophy leads to problems for the Western mind. This book casts new light on this philosophy and the elusive truths contained in this book, offering an inspiring vision of how age-old Taoist principles can be applied to ourselves and to the conteporary world around us.

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The Tibetan book of living and dying - Sogyal Rinpoche (1998)

Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Soygal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring and complete introduction to the practice of meditation but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind. But there is much more besides in this classic work, which was written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become 'servants of peace.'

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - A Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism to the West - Sogyal Rinpoche (2008)

Written by the Buddhist meditation master and popular international speaker Soygal Rinpoche, this highly acclaimed book clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It includes not only a lucid, inspiring and complete introduction to the practice of meditation but also advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion, and how to bring them help of a spiritual kind. But there is much more besides in this classic work, which was written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become 'servants of peace.'

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The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying - Bronnie Ware (2012)

Part memoir, part inspirational guide, in The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, Bronnie shares her own life story, and interweaves it with the lessons she learned from her experiences with the patients she tended as a palliative care nurse. The top five regrets are: I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself; I wish I hadn't worked so hard; I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings; I wish I'd stayed in touch with my friends; and, I wish I'd let myself be happier.

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The ultimate power - Ken Vegotsky (1995)

Customer review: The author uses emotional intelligence in the first part of his book to draw you in and keep you wanting to read more. It was very inspiring and motivational in nature. I felt myself changing as I read part one, his story. The second half is a simple yet powerful transformational path. As suggested I've used different sections at different times to help me help myself or a friend or family nmember deal with a problem. This is a must read fore anyone suffering from major health or lifestyle problems - it will change your life. What facinated me about this book is that it is written on many levels. It really put's life in perspective. I'm amazed that it is not a bestseller. I wish I could get to meet the author - his journey and story are fascinating!

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The Will to Meaning: Foundations & Applications of Logotherapy - Viktor E Frankl (1991)

From the author of "Man's Search for Meaning," one of the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. "Perhaps the most significant thinker since Freud and Adler," said "The American Journal of Psychiatry" about Europe's leading existential psychologist, the founder of logotherapy.
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To heaven and back - Mary C Neal, MD (2012)

A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven -- where she experienced God's peace, joy, and angels -- and back to life again. In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. "To Heaven and Back" is Mary's remarkable story of her life's spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again. Detailing her feelings and surroundings in heaven, her communication with angels, and her deep sense of sadness when she realized it wasn't her time, Mary shares the captivating experience of her modern-day miracle. Mary's life has been forever changed by her newfound understanding of her purpose on earth, her awareness of God, her closer relationship with Jesus, and her personal spiritual journey suddenly enhanced by a first-hand experience in heaven. "To Heaven and Back" will reacquaint you with the hope, wonder, and promise of heaven, while enriching you own faith and walk with God.

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Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life - Karen Armstrong (2011)

One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world author of such acclaimed books as "A History of God, Islam, "and "Buddha" now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place. Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life. The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with Learn About Compassion and close with Love Your Enemies. In between, she takes up compassion for yourself, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and concern for everybody. She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to hear one another s narratives. Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two."

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Waiting for the Mountain to Move - And Other Reflections on Life - Charles B Handy (1995)

Thoughts about life and business as heard on Radio 4's Thought for the Day.

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Watching over us - James Van Pragh (2012)

Bestselling author James Van Praagh is the celebrity medium whose work is a major inspiration behind the hit TV show "Ghost Whisperer". During his international career as a messenger of the spirit world, he has been astounded by the incredible proof of life after death. And he has been amazed by how involved the spirits are in our daily lives. Our loved ones may have passed over, yet they still care. This dazzling book is brimming with stories that show how keen the spirits are to help us learn from their mistakes, so we can avoid the traps that caught them out on earth. "Watching Over Us" is a life manual with a difference, full of wisdom from the other side - empowering us to have our time again here and now.

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Why Buddhism? Westerners in search of wisdom - Vicki MacKenzie (2002)

This title takes a look at why Buddhism is the fastest-growing religion in the West. Vicki Mackenzie, author of "A Cave in the Snow", has been a Buddhist for 25 years. An interviewer, journalist and author, she explores this question in the UK, the US and Australia, with people who have turned to Buddhism, taking its philosophy and spirit into their lives and work. Among the stories are those of composer Philip Glass and Professor Bob Thurman and Buddhist luminaries Sharon Salzberg and Stephen Batchelor. The book explores Buddhism in relation to: ideas about other religions; about work and worldly success; thoughts on mind, consciousness and enlightenment; views on nature, the family, relationships; and death. The picture that emerges is a reflection on what Buddhism means to the contemporary West. This picture shows that Buddhism appears to attract intelligent and creative thinkers who seek a wiser way to live, inspiring them with joyful spirituality, tolerant and practical ethics, and fellowship within the unity of all life.

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Why Kindness is Good for You - David R. Hamilton (2010)

Scientific evidence has proven that kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, and may even be an antidote to depression. We're actually genetically wired to be kind. In this book, inspirational ex-scientist David Hamilton shows that kindness has evolved in us and thus its effects are felt daily throughout our nervous systems. When we're kind, our bodies are healthiest. This groundbreaking book is filled with fascinating new discoveries, including: . how kindness developed in our genes . that love and kindness can make a damaged heart regenerate faster . how kindness and compassion alter the neural structures of our brains . that gratitude can make you at least 25% happier. This unique book fuses scientific research around being kind with inspirational real life examples of kindness from ordinary people. Reading these stories will nourish your soul and leave you with renewed optimism for the future, and this book will help you see the many levels on which taking the time to make a difference could transform your health - and your whole world.

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Wisdom of the heart - Karen Signell (1990)

Destined to become a classic work on women's psychology, consciousness, and dream interpretation, Wisdom of the Heart presents new insights into the special language of women's dreams and leads the reader to discover her own feminine nature and attain a true inner wisdom of the heart.

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Working with Psychic Protection - How to Create Positive, Protective and Healing Energies - Teresa Moorey (2007)

Everyone has felt uncomfortable and intimidated by people, places and situations. "Working with Psychic Protection" will help you overcome negative vibrations and feel confident and happy in every area of your life. The book includes a comprehensive introduction to psychic protection and how you can use it in your life and features practical strategies to strengthen your physical body and cleanse the spaces around you. There are also instructions on how to create positive, protective and healing energies throughout your life.

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Working with the dreaming body - Arnold Mindell (1993)

Drawing on a large number of case studies, practical applications of the Dreambody theory are described, instructing how to unfold symptoms and other somatic phenomena to reveal the dreamlike and mythical experiences that we usually discount in everyday life. These symptoms may not be merely sickness in need of treatment, but guides to meaning and fulfillment.

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Yesterday, I cried: Celebrating the lessons of living and loving - Iyanda Vanzant (2001)

Bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant has had an amazing and difficult life -- one full of great challenges that have unmasked her wonderful gifts and led to the wisdom she has gained. In this simple book, she uses her own experiences to show how life's hardships can be relanguaged and re-visioned to become lessons that teach us as we grow, heal, and learn to love. Iyanla Vanzant is an example of how yesterday's tears become the seeds of today's hope, renewal, and strength.

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Your soul Purpose - Brendan Nichols (2000)

Based on the five elements that comprise the human makeup - the visionary leader, the achiever, the poet, the sage, and the spirit. Aims to assist with self-discovery, exceptional relationships, financial success, identifying your life's purpose, and spiritual peace.

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Borderline Personality Disorder


Angry Heart: Overcoming Borderline and Addictive Disorders - Joseph Santoro (2002)

The Angry Heart Directed at people with problems of borderline personality disorder and people struggling with addiction this selfhelp guide aims to help them come to terms with their destructive lifestyle and to break out of its dysfunctional cycle of thinking and behaviour.

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Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder : Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders - Marsha M. Linehan (2005)

Marsha Linehan - Recipient of the 2012 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology! This session-by-session treatment manual demonstrates how clinicians can teach patients four essential psychosocial skills: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance. Published in a large (8 1/2" x 11") comb-bound format for easy reference, the book includes useful, clear-cut handouts that may be readily photocopied (permission included with purchase). This manual will be of great value to psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, primary care physicians, and nurses, as well as patients.

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Brain Tumours


Brain Tumors: Leaving the Garden of Eden - Paul M. Zeltzer (2004)

A Survival Guide to Diagnosis Learning the Basics Getting Organized and Finding Your Medical Team

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Life in his hands - Susan Wyndham (2008)

The story of Charlie Teo,one of Australia`s most celebrated and controversial neurosurgeons

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Love has no limits - Tania Hayes (2009)

The book is a true-life love story, following the journey of Tania and Warren as they overcome all obstacles and share their life together. Tania is an engaging and insightful writer, and displays the uncanny ability to find the silver lining of any tragedy. Moving, funny, and at times devastatingly sad, Love Has No Limits explores what it means to be young and desperately in love with someone who may not be here tomorrow.

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Navigating Through a Strange Land : A Book for Brain Tumour Patients and Their Families - Tricia Ann Roloff (2001)

An indispensable resource for anyone suffering from a brain tumour, and for those who care for them. Roloff, herself a brain tumour survivor, has collected together a wealth of professional guidance information along with the moving stories of brain tumour patients, their families and professional caregivers. This revised and updated second edition contains new stories of hope and healing for everyone involved.

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Bullying


Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Children's Friendships, Popularity and Social Cruelty - Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill Grace (2002)

Questions about children's friendships and social development consume parents. Is my child popular? What if she isn't? What if she is being excluded from that group? What if he is a bully or a victim? When should I intervene, and how? "Best friends, worst enemies" balances anecdotes and theory to examine the social world of children, addressing such issues as: the developmental stages of children's friendships, cliques, bullying, popularity, best friends, social cruelty, pecking order, dating, and the role of parents and schools. It also examines the difference between friendship and popularity, and the different ways that boys and girls deal with intimacy and commitment.

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Bully - An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis - Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen (2012)

A companion book to the acclaimed documentary film that inspired a national conversation, BULLY is packed with information and resources for teachers, parents, and anyone who cares about the more than 13 million children who will be bullied in the United States this year. From commentary about life after BULLY by the filmmakers and the families in the film, to the story of how Katy Butler's petition campaign helped defeat the MPAA's "R" rating, BULLY takes the story of the film beyond the closing credits. Celebrity contributions combine with essays from experts, authors, government officials, and educators to offer powerful insights and concrete steps to take, making the book an essential part of an action plan to combat the bullying epidemic in America.

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Bully Busting - Evelyn M Field (1999)

Designed for parents to use with their children to overcome the effects of teasing and bullying and to develop understanding and skills that can be used for life, this guide is based on a six-step model. Covered are activities that assist children to develop new understandings, express feelings, build self-esteem, communicate effectively, and create a support network. Addressed are issues such as protecting oneself from bullies as a life survival skill, recognizing the character traits of children who are bullied, and breaking the downhill slide toward becoming a victim. Evelyn M. Field is a school psychologist who has worked extensively with children who are shy or have been teased or bullied.

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Bullying: How to spot it, how to stop it - Karen Sullivan (2006)

A complete guide to identifying and dealing with all forms of school-age bullying More than half of all schoolchildren have been bullied. Although lip-service is often paid to anti-bullying policies, the torment of bullying continues to be real and widespread and the damage done is lasting. This practical and thoughtful book is for everyone caught up in bullying of any kind. It explains what causes children to bully, why bullying is on the increase, what makes a child a victim and how children can develop coping skills to deal with problems at school and on the streets. A complete guide for all parents (and teachers), it shows you how to stay alert to problems, how to tackle them when they happen, and how you may be able, with care and vigilance, to nip them in the bud. There are lots of books on bullying for teachers and other professionals, books for children themselves and books on workplace bullying but nothing quite like this wide-ranging, up-to-date, proactive guide to every aspect of school-age bullying.

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Help I'm being bullied - Dr Emily Lovegrove (2006)

Dr Emily Lovegrove, an expert on the psychology of bullying, has written this book to help both the children who are being bullied, and their parents. It is based on her research and work with many hundreds of young people and their families. Whilst there are books aimed at teachers on this topic, this is the first book on the subject written especially for the parents of bullied children. It features a new approach to bullies and bullying that has been enormously successful largely due to the fact that it was developed in collaboration with teenagers. Written with alternate chapters for adults and children, the book provides a valuable self-help guide for families to understand the reasons why their children are being subjected to bullying - and the resources to help them stop it. A unique set of symbols represent each strategy and are printed on a 'cut out and keep' card.

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It happened to me: Bullied - Angela Neustatter;Anastasia Gonis (2006)

This is one title in a series that features interviews with six children/young adults who have had the experience specified in the title. 'Bullied' follows the stories of several children who have been bullied and one who became a bully herself. Parents also describe the effects bullying had on their children.

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No, it's not OK: How to stop the cycle of bullying - Tania Roxburgh and Kim Stephenson (2007)

No, It's Not OK deals with the bully/victim problems in New Zealand and outlines effective ways of counteracting and preventing such problems. Bullying is one of the biggest challenges for a child to deal with and extends past the boundaries of school into their home lives. With the advances in technology, bullying has taken on a new face through abusive emails and texts. It is a growing issue in NZ. The authors have had extensive professional involvement with the issues and consequences of bullying. In preparing this book they have conducted focus groups and interviewed children, parents and teachers, and reviewed all of the available local and international research on the subject.
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Odd Girl Out - Rachel Simmons (2011)

When Odd Girl Out was first published, it ignited a long-overdue conversation about the hidden culture of female bullying. Today the dirty looks, taunting notes and social exclusion that plague girls' friendships have gained new momentum in cyberspace. In this revised and updated edition, educator and bullying expert Rachel Simmons gives girls, parents and educators proven and innovative strategies for navigating social dynamics online, as well as brand new classroom initiatives and step-by-step parental suggestions for dealing with conventional bullying. Including the latest research and real-life stories, Odd Girl Out continues to be the definitive resource on the most pressing social issues facing girls today.

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Queen Bees and wannabes - Rosalind Wiseman (2003)

When Rosalind Wiseman first published QUEEN BEES & WANNABEES, she fundamentally changed the way adults look at girls' friendships and conflicts - from how they choose their best friends, how they express their anger, their boundaries with boys, and their relationships with parents. Wiseman showed how girls of every background are profoundly influence by their interactions with one another. Now, Wiseman has revised and updated her groundbreaking book for a new generation of girls living in the age of Facebook, IM and text message. Packed with insights about technology's impact on Girl World and enlivened with the experiences of girls, boys, and parents, the book that inspired the hit movie Mean Girls offers concrete strategies to help you empower your daughter to be socially competent and treat herself with dignity.

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Safe & Peaceful Schools - John Winslade and Michael Williams (2012)

This practical resource for counselors, psychologists, and social workers, as well as teachers and administrators, will help them handle, manage, and address conflict and violence. The book ties together a comprehensive list of approaches to conflict rather than relying on any single method, with an emphasis on providing an alternative to the common 'zero tolerance' approach that usually translates into addressing violence by means of excluding students. The book concentrates on methods for addressing conflict with an aim of turning a situation around and teaching young people to negotiate their way through conflicts and to learn nonviolent ways of handling themselves in difficult situations. The chapters address a mode of practice that can be used in constructing peaceful interactions within a school. Each different practice has in common the aim of constructing a way forward in problem situations. The chapters begin with a description of some useable practices, then illustrate the practices by telling the story (or several stories) of the practice in action. Finally, the chapter will add some commentary on what happened in the illustrative examples and suggest how this example can be followed up on.
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Sexual Harassment & Bullying - Susan L Strauss (2012)

Bullying in schools is often discussed, but sexual harassment in schools, and how it differs from bullying is often overlooked. In fact, though, sexual harassment (committed both by fellow students and school personnel) is more common and yet more easily and quickly dismissed by those involved, though its consequences for the victim can be profound. This book provides parents, teachers, school officials, and others with a framework comparing and contrasting sexual harassment and bullying as they relate to the behavior, laws, and impact on children. The author describes the responsibility of the school district and how parents and other adults can navigate the schools' policies, barriers, and responsibilities. She argues that children should not be subjected to bullying OR sexual harassment, that it is the school's responsibility to make the harassment or bullying stop, and that parents and other caring adults often need to be involved and advocate for the child, even against resistance from those in the school system. Throughout the book the author uses examples of actual cases that have made it to the courts and have been precedent setting and cases in which she has been involved as an expert witness or as a consultant. Resources for readers are also provided at the end of the book.

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Teen Ink, Bullying Under Attack : Stories Written by Teenage Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders - Stephanie H. Meyer;John Meyer;Emily Sperber;Heather Alexander (2013)

A collection of stories and poems by teenage writers that looks at the subtleties of harassment, the myriad reasons victims may be chosen, and how one day, as adults, they will be able to help.
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The Anti-Bullying Handbook - Keith Sullivan (2000)

The Anti Bullying Handbook is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, administrators, counsellors, therapists, and teacher trainers and trainees. Practicable and accessible, it helps us understand what bullying is and how to arrest it or prevent it from happening. The first part of the book provides a clear overview of what we understand about bullying. It is based on up-to-date information from the world's leading experts. The second part tells us how to go about solving the problem of bullying. This includes how to set up a preventative whole school anti-bullying programme, how to deal with bullying as it occurs, and how to monitor it so that it doesn't recur. The book also identifies and describes the best anti-bullying sites from the worldwide web.

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The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander - Barbara Coloroso (2008)

It's the deadliest combination going: bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, and adults who see the incidents as a normal part of childhood. All it takes to understand that this is a recipe for tragedy is a glance at headlines across the country. In this updated edition of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, which includes a new section on cyberbullying, one of the world's most trusted parenting educators gives parents, caregivers, educators--and most of all, kids--the tools to break the cycle of violence. Drawing on her decades of work with troubled youth, and her wide experience in the areas of conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice, Barbara Coloroso explains: The three kinds of bullying, and the differences between boy and girl bullies Four abilities that protect your child from succumbing to bullying Seven steps to take if your child is a bully How to help the bullied child heal and how to effectively discipline the bully How to evaluate a school's antibullying policy And much more This compassionate and practical guide has become the groundbreaking reference on the subject of bullying.

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The privilege of youth - Dave Pelzer (2009)

Dave Pelzer's bestselling autobiographical trilogy are an international phenomenon. Distressing, heartbreaking and yet inspirational, the fourth in the series guarantees the same level of success. His next book centres on his experience of bullying at school and the friends he made in his neighbourhood who helped him fight back. He tells the story of his high school years when he met two friends who helped him get through the perils and promises of adolescence. It is a story of hope and heartache, and reveals the many positive influences in Dave's teenage years as well as the agonizing choices he had to make to reclaim his life from the childhood he lost to abuse.

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Carers


A Carer's Guide - Helping You Care for Someone with Alzheimer's or Other Dementias - Rosette Teitel and Sharon Wall (2003)

Every day in Australia, tens of thousands of people care for loved ones at home. This is often a difficult road for volunteer carers, particularly when the illness is a debilitating and progressive one such as dementia. Most carers find themselves thrust into the role ill-prepared and intimidated by a multitude of troubling questions. A Carers Guide combines useful information for all carers with a touching personal odyssey by Rosette Teitel, who nursed her husband through vascular dementia until his death. Specific information on requirements in Australia and New Zealand have been added by Sharon Wall, an Australian health professional, author and aged care consultant who draws on twenty-five years' experience in the aged care sector. Experiences of carers who describe their daily challenges in an honest and direct way are included throughout the book. A Carers Guide is a practical guide for carers that combines information on: the diagnosis and progression of dementias as well as treatments and alternatives, the effects of the disease and how to cope as a homecarer, giving and receiving help, sources of strength and courage, residential care, the last chapter in your loved one's life, scenes from a marriage with dementia, reflections on new beginnings after the stress of being a carer, the experiences of children of dementia sufferers, and frequently asked questions about dementia. Useful appendices include medication charts, a care facility checklist, explanations and samples of relevant legal documents - an Advance Directive (a 'Living Will')and a Power of Attorney form

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Nursing Home - A Different Handbook for Carers of Dementia - Jim Connor (1998)

Aims to help people come to grips with what happens and how to deal with the changes that come with any form of dementia. It is not however, a book of doom and gloom - quite the opposite. It is full of humour, bringing a spark of relief to what is so often a dark and frightful subject.

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A Weekend to Change Your Life - Find Your Authentic Self After a Lifetime of Being All Things to All People - Joan Anderson (2006)

In her popular A Year by the Sea , Anderson wrote about a time she chose to live apart from her husband on Cape Cod in order to better understand herself. Anderson has turned her private retreat into a program, Weekend by the Sea Retreats, to help women learn how to have a full life apart from the needs and demands of spouses, children, aging parents and careers. Here, Anderson shares the exercises and activities she has developed to encourage change and growth. She draws on Erik Erikson's eight stages of life from infancy to old age and suggests listing the gains and losses from each phase in order to identify one's personal strengths. Another technique is the beach walk, which allows women to get in touch with their bodies and emotions as they trek alone on the shore, collecting shells, rocks and driftwood, swimming, or drawing pictures in the sand. Anderson's warm, inviting tone will appeal to women who feel, as she did, that they need time and space to reinvent themselves.

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British Medical Association Carer's Manual - (2013)

This title offers a practical, visual guide for the home carer. If you're one of the millions of people who are caring for a friend or family member then the "BMA Carer's Manual" will be an essential reference. Endorsed by the British Medical Association, this is the definitive guide to caring for the elderly or sick, offering practical advice and solutions for everyday concerns such as adapting living space and safe movement and handling. Step-by-step sequences explain essential activities such as helping someone in and out of a chair and special features focus on topics relating to common conditions. "The BMA Carer's Manual" provides accessible, reliable information and is a life-saver for anyone providing short or long-term care for a sick or elderly person at home.

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Caring for someone with dementia - Bupa (none)

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Compassionate Caregiving - Practical Help and Spiritual Encouragement - Lois D Knutson (2007)

Most caregivers today have no training for the role into which they are thrust. Having been the primary caregiver for her mother, Lois Knutson draws on not only her years of experience, but also her professional training to offer encouragement and assistance to caregivers. Because she knows the situations that weigh down care-givers, Knutson gently builds them up as they continue to care for their elderly loved ones. In addition to practical tips, readers will find ways to care for themselves. Subjects addressed in Compassionate Caregiving include: how to balance work and caregiving; when and how to find home healthcare or care facilities; long-distance caregiving; how to provide care for the dying; and much more.

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Death and dignity: Making choices and taking charge - Timothy E. Quill (1995)

This book looks squarely at how patients can make crucial decisions and take charge of the end of their lives. This book is a resource for anyone who fears unnecessary suffering and excessive medical intervention at that point. It helps readers think through and then complete advance directives, and also to take a more active role when they or a family member becomes terminally ill. Through real-life stories and his own experience, Dr. Quill explores what measures a patient can choose to prolong life and how to forgo such measures if they begin to extend a painful death, choosing instead approaches such as comfort care which emphasize quality more than quantity of life. Finally, Dr. Quill speaks out on physician-assisted suicide and why he helped a long-term patient of his, stricken with leukemia, to take her life when her suffering became intolerable. He asks for regulation, rather than denial, knowing that many patients and doctors ofen face this question at times of crisis.

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Help Me To Heal: Essential tools, strategies and resources for healthy hospitalisations and home convalescence - Bernie Siegel, M.D & Yosaif August (2004)

This is a practical guidebook for patients, visitors, and caregivers. When patients, caregivers, and family members are provided with the strategies in this book, they become participants in the healing process - and are then able to communicate their needs to doctors and staff simply and effectively, thereby creating a healing team where everyone is moving in the same direction.

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How to Say It When You Don't Know What to Say : The Right Words for Difficult Times - Robbie M. Kaplan (2004)

Furnishes helpful insights and practical suggestions on how to deal with the process of grief, drawing on the wisdom and expertise of professionals on what to say to individuals coping with the loss of a loved one, serious illness, job loss, divorce, financial setbacks, family problems, disasters, and other difficult situations.

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Nurse's Toolbox for Promoting Wellness - Carol A Miller (2008)

While many books have covered the theoretical aspects of wellness, only one resource gives you a real sense of what wellness looks like at the bedside: the Nurse's Toolbook for Promoting Wellness. Compact and easy to use, this unique how-to guide is filled with wellness-oriented clinical tools and practical suggestions, from teaching nutritional wellness to promoting specific aspects of patients' wellness such as moving and breathing well.Features:Wellness Assessment Tools that give specific instructions on how to identify areas for potential wellness interventionsWellness Teaching Tools specifically designed to be used as handouts educate patients about how they can participate in their own careInsightful stories from nurses and patients demonstrating the role of wellness in patient careClear three-part organization that begins with a helpful overview of wellness nursing, then covers how to promote patients' wellness in their daily lives and facilitate specific aspects of patients' wellnessDetailed, step-by-step guidelines that provide specific techniques to use at the bedsideHands-on self-assessment tools that enable you to utilize wellness techniques in your own life

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Options: A handbook for the elderly and those that care for them - Glenda Banks (1984)

The first edition of this book appeared in 1984. Described as a handbook, it was - and remains - exceedingly practical, presenting advice and offering alternatives with understanding and empathy.The current edition is not described as a handbook, but still lists and describes the options available to the aged and their carers. Importantly, it retains the sensitivity and understanding of the earlier edition, but at the same time recognises the steps taken by government and the private sector which have provided the basis of an 'appropriate, affordable network of home-based and respite care' (p.10). While the general layout is unchanged, subtle modifications reflect changing social awareness concerning the care and support of the elderly, and enhance the value of the book as a reference, particularly for those encountering for the first time, directly or indirectly, the problems and infirmities of age.

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Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing: Elective and Emergency Management - Julia Kneale BSc(Hons) RN RNT WNB219 (2005)

Building on the success of the first edition, this edition brings together pertinent issues related to orthopaedic and trauma nursing, exploring the implications for practice and the evidence basis for clinical decisions. This text, compiled by a team of lecturers and experienced practitioners within the field, reflects the variety of adult and paediatric clinical settings where orthopaedic and trauma nurses work, including acute wards, clinics, community hospitals, nursing homes and patients' homes. This book provides a comprehensive reference text aimed at orthopaedic and trauma practitioners those in or developing specialist roles in orthopaedics and trauma undergraduate students on orthopaedic related courses.

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Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb - Dr Charles Garfield (1997)

A collection of personal stories reveals the experiences of AIDS caregivers

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Take Care - Ann Rhodes (1996)

Taking care of an aging loved one involves making some of life's most difficult decisions. There are many practical issues to consider and it's sometimes hard to know the best course of action. Now, in Take Care, Ann Rhodes provides clear and practical information to help you make the right decisions. Caregivers will find detailed information on health and hygiene, exercise and stress management, lifts and other assistive devices, and on how to obtain many kinds of professional assistance. Take Care serves as a guide to making the right care-giving decisions and as a source of information for caregivers through the various stages of eldercare.

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The Hard Questions for Adult Children and Aging Parents - Susan Piver (2004)

New York Times bestselling author Susan Piver brings her wisdom and insight to the millions of readers who must confront the process of caring for elderly parents. Witnessing the declining health of a parent, and the inevitable thoughts of mortality that accompany the process, can take a heavy emotional and physical toll—particularly if parents and children find it awkward to communicate their fears and needs to one another. To remove the boundaries and enhance these necessary dialogues, Susan Piver applies her thought-provoking question-and-answer format to The Hard Questions for Adult Children and Their Aging Parents. With 100 questions on topics ranging from the practical to the emotional, Susan makes it possible to have candid, comforting conversations that will have lasting benefits. The book is divided into categories, including questions for siblings only and for parents only, followed by specific questions regarding finances, health care, legalities and paperwork, housing, relationships, personal history, and spirituality. All designed to facilitate this delicate process and give all members of the family time for contemplation.No image

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Treat Me, Not My Age - A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or a Lovedone Gets Older - Mark Lachs (2010)

A must-have manual for anyone 40+ to take control of their health in a broken health-care system. Too often our culture defines the aging process negatively, instead of embracing it as a natural part of life. Nowhere is this problem more pronounced than in our health-care system, where "ageist" medicine often serves to worsen our medical issues instead of helping us figure out how to address or avoid them. Whether we're forty or eighty, what we need is an insider's guide to staying healthy despite the system. Renowned geriatrician Mark Lachs takes readers on a grand tour of adult medicine, showing how we can navigate a complex and confusing system to make the best choices for ourselves and our loved ones. With gentle humor and great wisdom, Lachs explains how being proactive and making smart decisions can lay the groundwork for a satisfying, active lifestyle that lasts well into later life. You'll find out: *How to identify the right primary care doctor, specialist, or care facility *Why the hospital is no place for sick people *How to make home improvements that will keep the nursing home at bay *Why small life changes in your forties can lead to an extra decade of good health later on *What to think about when planning financially for your future health

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When the man you love is ill - Dr Dorree Lynn and Florence Isaacs (2007)

When the Man You Love is Ill is a woman's guide to living with a partner facing a medical crisis or chronic illness. How do you understand the male psyche? How do you manage your own feelings of fear and guilt? How do you deal with the loss and keep the family stable? This book helps to heal the relationship with their partners or spouses.

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Where will they live? A guide to help you hep your parents with their housing decisions - Barbara H Carter (2001)

Everything you need to know is here, from detailed comparisons of the different options - long term care, home care, retirement residences - to advice on how to work with lawyers, doctors, financial planners, and occupational theraoists, to lists of resources.

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Cerebral Palsy


Coping when your child has cerebral palsy - Jill Eckersley (2009)

This book gives information about Cerebral Palsy and its effects, covering all stages of childhood from early years to adolescence. It offers practical help as well as input from parents, and examines a range of practical problems. Different kinds of therapy are also covered.

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Chemical Toxicity


How to survive on a toxic planet - Dr Steve Nugent (2004)

Includes Color Maps, Charts and OVER 50% More Information than the first Edition. Dr. Steve Nugent is an internationally known expert in the therapeutic use of dietary supplements and a leading researcher in the connections between environmental toxins and diseases. He had one of the most successful complementary medicine practices in North America where patients came to see him from around the world. His patient waiting list was rarely less than a year long. During those years he tested more than 6,000 dietary supplements. Thousands of doctors have relied on his advice in this area. Since 1977, he has educated health care professionals and the public in many countries. He is the author of "Nugent's Physicians Desk Reference for Applied Clinical Nutrition" used by thousands of doctors worldwide. In 1989 his teachings turned exclusively toward the environment and human health. In 1998, he retired from practice to dedicate all his energies to delivering the vitally important message in this book. Through radio, television, tapes, his writings and his lectures, he has reached millions with this message. His exceptional communication skills have made him enormously popular with audiences around the world. This book is Dr. Nugent's culmination of years of experience and research. You will learn scientific facts, worldwide statistics, and the latest information on breakthrough dietary supplements. You will also find basic tips that will teach you How to Survive on a Toxic Planet.

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Its all in your head: the link between mercury amalgams and illness - Dr Hal A Huggins (1993)

Mercury is one of the world's most poisonous substances, and yet dentists routinely use it in amalgams to fill our teeth. Forty years ago, Dr. Hal Huggins questioned this practice, and now legions of dentists, researchers, and citizens are adding their voices of concern. "It's All in Your Head "looks at past research on mercury toxicity and dental amalgams as well as current scientific findings that can no longer be ignored. It describes the possible effects of mercury toxicity, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Hodgkin's disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and virtually all autoimmune disorders. Written in easy-to-understand language, "It's All in Your Head "explodes the claim that mercury amalgams are safe. If you think your worries are all in your head, you may be right.

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The canary and chronic fatigue - Majid Ali (1995)

Chronic fatigue sufferers are human canaries - unique people who tolerate poorly the biological oxidative stressors of the late 20th century. Here is guidance to both physician and patient on how to restore normal energy patterns without drugs. Includes a description of the disorder, nutritional protocols and limbic exercises.

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The Toxic Consumer - Living Healthy in a Hazardous World - Karen Ashton and Elizabeth Salter Green (2008)

"Be scared, be very scared" toxic chemicals are in thousands of everyday products...and then they become part of our blood, our fat, our bodies. The chemicals that make things non-stick, flexible, flame-retardant, or stain-resistant are implicated in a staggering range of health issues, from birth defects to the rising rates of certain cancers. More than ever, we want to know how to make informed, responsible choices about what we buy, for our own good and for the good of our planet. "The Toxic Consumer "provides the answers, precisely and accessibly. And you don't need to be a scientist to understand the information. One by one, the guide breaks down such noxious substances as PFCs, phthalates, perchloroethylene, and formaldehyde and explains what each one is and what threats it poses, what items contain these poisons, and how they interact with our bodies and well-being. Then it outlines healthier options for bedding, flooring, cosmetics, clothing, food and drink, and everything else we need, making positive recommendations that will help us to reduce our exposure to proven harmful toxic chemicals in our daily lives.

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Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste - The Chemistry of Household Ingredients - Simon Quellen Field (2007)

Explaining why antifreeze is a component of toothpaste and how salt works in shampoo, this fascinating handbook delves into the chemistry of everyday household products. Decoding more than 150 cryptic ingredients, the guideexplains each component's structural formula, offers synonymous names, and describes its common uses. This informativeresource canserve curious readers as a basic primer to commercial chemistry or as an indexed reference for specific compounds found on a product label. Grouped according to type, these chemical descriptions will dissolve common misunderstandings and help make consumers more product savvy."

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The poisoning of New Zealand - Meriel Watts (1996)

How pesticides are contaminating our food and water, what you can do to detoxify your body, how to stop the poisoning through legal challenge

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Children/Teenagers


I'm Not Stupid, Lazy or Dumb - Aspects of Specific Learning Disabilities - Lois Wells (2004)

I'm Not Stupid, Lazy or Dumb has been written to make a positive difference for people with learning disabilities - young and old - and those working with them. It is essential that much more is known about this subject by teachers, parents and the general public - and this book fills many of the gaps in understanding.

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My baby rides the short bus - Yantra Bertelli (2010)

The stories in this collection provide parents of special needs kids with a dose of both laughter and reality. Featuring works by so-called alternative parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought, this anthology carefully considers the implications of raising children with disabilities. From professional writers to novice storytellers, including original essays by Robert Rummel-Hudson, Ayun Halliday, and Kerry Cohen, this assortment of authentic, shared experiences from parents in the know is a partial antidote to the stories that misrepresent, ridicule, and objectify disabled children and their parents.

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Being Normal is the Only Way to be - Adolescent Perspectives on Gender and School - Wayne Martino (2005)

A book for teachers and parents of adolescents. It is colourful, absorbing, illuminating, and - critically - practical. Each chapter draws on the perceptions and writings of teenage boys and girls, and uses these to build a specific knowledge about what it means to be an adolescent at school, what it means to be 'cool' and 'normal', and the effects of these social constructions on learning and relationships

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Bonafide : 53 True Kiwi Stories about Life as a Teen - Denise Gallanagh-Wood (2003)

"Being a teen can be exciting, tough, lonely and just plain strange. Most teens have secrets and would die if someone else knew about them. In 'Bona Fide' teens share these intimate secrets. You'll get a rare look inside their heads."

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Boundaries with teens - Dr John Townsend (2006)

Teenagers! You love them to pieces ...but sometimes you feel like the pieces are falling apart Relax! Your sanity will survive these rocky teenage years, and so will your teens-provided you set healthy boundaries that work to their benefit and yours. Boundaries with Teens shows you how. From bestselling author and counselor Dr. John Townsend, here is the expert insight and guidance you need to help your teens take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions and gain a deeper appreciation and respect both for you and for themselves. With wisdom and empathy, Dr. Townsend, a father of two teens himself, applies biblically based principles for the challenging task of guiding your children through the teen years. He shows you how to: * deal with disrespectful attitudes and impossible behavior in your teen * set healthy limits and realistic consequences * be loving and caring while establishing rules * determine specific strategies to deal with problems both big and small Discover how your teenager thinks. Learn how to apply biblical principles to specific problems. Boundaries with Teens can help you establish wise and loving limits that make a positive difference in your adolescent, in the rest of your family, and in you.

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Disconnected - Nick Barham (2006)

I wanted to discover what young people are really up to. To see how far they've come - and where they think they're going. Today's young generation don't want reality. They want disconnection - a world of novelty, velocity and volume. A world without implications or responsibilities, where your personality is defined by how you dress, who you listen to, and which kind of celebrity you want to be. Their values and behaviour are changing at an unprecedented rate. They are not inheriting our culture - they're moving into a new improved version, with a permanent soundtrack (that you don't like), a new language (that you don't understand) and a radical morality (that you don't accept).' Nick Barham Confronting crime, underage sex, fame obsession, violence, ambition, learning and friendship, Nick Barham's compelling investigation finds that this disconnection from what adults understand to be substantial or real is creating a radical new youth culture.

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Disconnected Kids - Robert Melillo (2010)

A proven drug-free program addressing the cause—not just the symptoms—of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children are diagnosed with autism, AspergerÂ's syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But even as rates rise, diagnosis and treatment have not changed in 50 years. Since psychiatric drugs, given to more than 20% of elementary school children today, donÂ't cure them, doctors tell parents these dysfunctions will never disappear. Enter Dr. Robert Melillo and his new understanding of the causes of these disorders: a disconnection between the left and right sides of the developing brain. His revolutionary Brain Balance™ program has achieved documented results, dramatically improving childrenÂ's and familiesÂ' quality of life. Since 1998, nearly 1,000 children have completed the Brain Balance™ program with remarkable success—behavioral, emotional, academic, and social. Written in an accessible style, Disconnected Kids shows parents how to use this drug- free approach at home, with customizable exercises for physical, sensory, and academic performance, advice for behavior modification, information on foods to avoid, and a follow-up program for lasting results.

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Emotionally healthy teenagers - Jay Kessler (1998)

Respected parenting counselor Jay Kesler offers ten proven principles to help parents teach the concept of cause and effect, learn how to listen more than lecture, and model a life-changing love for God-resulting in emotionally healthy teenagers.

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Everyday Blessings - Myla Kabat-Zinn;Jon Kabat-Zinn (1998)

Shows parents how they can enrich their own and their childrens' lives through raising their awareness of life's gifts

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Extraordinary Kids - Nurturing and Championing Your Child with Special Needs - Cheri Fuller and Louise Tucker Jones (1997)

Provides parents with vital information to help celebrate, nurture, and prayerfully champion their special-needs children.

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Fighting Invisible Tigers - Earl Hipp;Pamela Espeland (1995)

Proven, practical advice for teens on coping with stress, being assertive, taking risks, making decisions, staying healthy, dealing with fears, building relationships, and more.

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Follow your heart - Susanna Tamaro (1998)

Driven by the fear of encroaching death, an elderly woman describes to a write a long letter to her granddaughter, in the shape of a diary. Part love letter and part confession, it is most importantly a bequest from an old woman at last brave enough to acknowledge that she has too long repressed her feelings and submitted to convention. Reliving everything that has happened to her she seeks to remind her granddaughter that the one worthwhile journey in life to the centre of oneself, in search of that original voice we all guard deep inside.

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He'll be Ok: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men - Celia Lashlie (2005)

At last, a straight-talking book that takes parents into the mysterious world of boys. How do you raise boys to men in a world where trouble beckons at every turn? How do you make sure they learn the right lessons, stay out of danger, find a path to follow? How do you ensure they'll be OK? Author Celia Lashlie has some of the answers. After years working in the prison service, she knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. She also knows what it's like to be a parent - she raised a son on her own and feared for his survival. As a crucial part of the NZ Good Man Project, she talked to 180 classes of boys throughout the country. Her insights into what boys need - and what parents can do to help them - are ground-breaking. In this honest, no-nonsense and best-selling book, Celia Lashlie reveals what goes on inside the world of boys, and that it is an entirely different world from that of girls. With clarity and insight, she offers parents - especially mothers - practical and reassuring advice on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men. 'At last, a mother's guide on the best way to raise sons.' - Courier Mail 'Lashlie writes with a refreshing candour and honesty.' - Courier Mail '...anyone who is involved in boys' education or has male children will benefit from reading this.'
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How to bring up your parents - Stanley Gold (1994)

This book approaches some of the more testing aspects of parenthood and childhood from the perspective of the child, to illuminate that even slight modifications in parents' actions and responses can affect a child's behaviour and improve family life. The authors have revised their guide from the 1960s to reflect life in the 1990s, covering issues such as AIDS and drugs.

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Hurt - Chap Clark (2004)

What do teenagers really think about adults? If you think you know the answer, you may be in for a surprise. According to Chap Clark, today's adolescents have largely been abandoned by adults and left to fend for themselves in an uncertain world. As a result, teens have created their own world to serve as a shield against uncaring adults. Based on six months of participant-observer research at a California public school, this book offers a somewhat troubling but insightful snapshot of adolescent life. It will surprise and enlighten parents, youth workers, counselors, pastors, and all who want to better understand the hearts and minds of America's adolescents.

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If your child stutters - Stanley Humphreys (1988)

This booklet is written for parents who are concerned about the speech of their young child. The goal of the booklet is to enable parents to begin working with their child, and a speech clinician if necessary, with a better understanding of the problem. The booklet contains answers to common parental questions such as: (1) Does my child stutter? (2) Why do some children stutter? and (3) How does the child who stutters compare with those who do not? Warning signs of children who may have a stuttering problem are discussed. The majority of the booklet contains suggestions for working with a stuttering child, including helping the child to speak more smoothly, effective speech interactions, nonverbal communication, ways to express positive feelings, ways in which day-to-day living may affect or be affected by stuttering. To help the child who stutters, suggestions for encouraging better fluency include accepting the disfluencies, avoiding the stuttering label, taking various measures to reduce parental anxiety, reducing time pressure for the child's speech, reacting appropriately to stuttering, giving the child direct advice on reducing stuttering, and taking various measures to reduce the child's fears, anxieties, and frustrations with speech.

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It Takes Two to Talk - A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays - Jan Pepper and Elaine Weitzman (2004)

The Hanen Centre's classic guidebook is a must-have for parents, speech-language pathologists and others who work with or care for young children with language delays. It Takes Two to Talk is written in simple language and is full of beautiful, color illustrations. It shows parents how to help their child communicate and learn language during everyday activities like mealtime, bath time, playtime and book reading. This book is invaluable for parents of children ranging from those who are still at the very earliest stages of communication to those who have begun to talk in short sentences. This edition of It Takes Two to Talk is supported by the most current research. It includes easy-to-use checklists, practical guidelines for choosing communication goals, and a new section on building the foundations for literacy. This book shows parents how to have fun with their children, while turning every interaction into an opportunity for language learning. "Parents and professionals will find the new It Takes Two to Talk to be a unique and invaluable resource to promote the communicative development of children with language delays. Rarely do we see a guide that provides information so thoroughly grounded in current research yet so well organized and accessible. Supported by creative illustrations, readers easily find their way from principles to applications in everyday family activities. The Hanen Centre's deep knowledge of the field and of families is apparent in every chapter."--Michael J. Guralnick, PhD, Director, Center on Human Development and Disability, Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics University of Washington

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Last Child in the Woods - Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder - Richard Louv (2010)

Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves...These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression. This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Last Child in the Woods is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.

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Living with a Seriously Ill Child - Jan Aldridge (2007)

Since the 1970s, there has been an approximate doubling of the numbers of children reported to have longstanding illnesses. Around 100,000 children in the UK suffer chronic illness, while some 20,000 families in the UK have to cope with the prospect of a child who will not survive to adulthood. Broken dreams and hearts are all-consuming facts of life for parents of a seriously ill child or teenager, whose own lives may be put on hold for years. Broken hearts and dreams are facts of life for these families, who have to manage a combination of ongoing grief and exhaustion. This book looks at how living in the shadow of loss can bring its own precious moments, and how our children teach us to live in the present. The topics covered include: your child's fears and concerns; having time for yourself; sustaining your relationship with your partner; relationships with other siblings; your own health; difficult decisions and transitions; and, accepting the present.

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My Tummy Hurts : A Complete Guide to Understanding and Treating Your Child's Stomachaches - Joseph Levy (2004)

A road map for understanding and managing children's stomach problems -- from symptoms to treatment, and everything in between From baby's colic to an older child's complaint of "my tummy hurts," abdominal distress is painful for kids and worrisome to parents, ranking second only to upper respiratory tract infections as the most common reason for non-routine visits to the pediatrician. In many cases, the discomfort is easily remedied and even prevented -- but some kinds of pain indicate a more serious affliction. How can parents make the distinction? Drawing from more than two decades of experience as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Joseph Levy offers a prescriptive guide to children's digestive complaints. "My Tummy Hurts" equips parents with the information they need to help alleviate their children's pain and prevent many disorders from occurring. They'll discover how to ask the right questions, identify problems, recognize the symptoms requiring urgent medical attention, and much more, including: How the digestive system works and why it sometimes malfunctions The major causes of stomachaches Identifying disease triggers, including those related to stress and diet What to do if your child is lactose- or wheat-intolerant "My Tummy Hurts," organized for easy reference, is an indispensable handbook for parents and caregivers.

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Navigating Teenage Depression - A Guide for Parents and Professionals - Gordon Parker and Kerrie Eyers (2009)

First symptoms of depression often occur during teenage years, and it can be a disturbing and confusing time for families as well as the teenager. How can you tell whether it's just typical teenage ups and downs that will pass, or something more serious? How can we reliably identify and support teenagers with depression? Experienced clinician and researcher Gordon Parker explains how to systematically identify different mood disorders and contributing factors. He and co-author Kerrie Eyers explain when clinical treatment is required and outline treatment options. They also discuss the particular challenges faced by adolescents, and approaches to effective management. Drawing on insightful personal accounts from teenagers and young adults about their experiences, this is an essential handbook for every parent, carer or professional looking after a young person with depression.

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NurtureShock - New Thinking about Children - Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (2011)

One of the most influential books about children ever published, NurtureShock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library's worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live. Released in hardcover in September 2009, NurtureShock remained on the New York Times best seller list for three months, and was one of Amazon's best selling books for 2009. The book has become a worldwide phenomenon with editions published around the world - in fifteen languages, to date. In addition to Bronson and Merryman's writings on praise -- first made famous in "New York "magazine -- there are nine more equally groundbreaking chapters. Among the topics covered: Why the most brutal person in a child's life is often a sibling, and how a single aspect of their preschool-aged play can determine their relationship as adults. When is it too soon - or too late - to teach a child about race? Children in diverse schools are less likely to have a cross-racial friendship, not more - so is school diversity backfiring? Millions of families are fighting to get their kids into private schools and advanced programs as early as possible. But schools are missing the best kids, 73% of the time - the new neuroscience explains why. Why are kids - even those from the best of homes - still aggressive and cruel? The answer is found in a rethinking of parental conflict, discipline, television's unexpected influence, and social dominance. Parents are desperate to jump-start infants' language skills. Recently, scientists have discovered a series of natural techniques that are astonishing in their efficacy - it's not baby videos, sign language, or even the richness of language exposure. It's nothing you've heard before.

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Ophelia Speaks - Sara Shandler (2000)

Shandler, an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, envisioned this book as a response to Mary Pipher's national best seller Reviving Ophelia (LJ 4/1/94), and it certainly lives up to her expectations. Shandler collected writings from adolescent girls all over the country on topics that include sexuality, eating disorders, feminism, family dynamics, and friendship

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Organizing the Disorganized Child : Simple Strategies to Succeed in School - Martin L. Kutscher (2009)

Renowned ADHD expert Dr. Martin Kutscher and coach Marcella Moran explain the roots of our children's organizational problems, and the parents' role in fixing them. They outline different organizational styles used by different students. (Not all kids organize the same way!) Kutscher and Moran outline exactly what school materials to buy, and how to set up the study area. They provide a step-by-step plan for an organizational system including: refining morning and nighttime routines, getting the correct work home, planning the work, and getting it back to where it belongs, tips for reading and note taking, study and test taking skills, and learning how to ask the right questions. "Organizing the Disorganized Child" is an essential toolkit that belongs on every parent's shelf.

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Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to Understanding and Supporting Your Sensory-sensitive Child - Christopher R. Auer and Susan L. Blumberg (2006)

The difficult, picky and apparently overly sensitive child in your life may be struggling with a little-known condition called sensory processing disorder (SPD). Kids with SPD may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light and sound, and they may react strongly to sensory events that adults and other children take in stride or totally ignore. SPD can make it hard for kids to do well in school, participate in social events and live peaceably with other family members. Until now there have been only limited resources for parents of kids with this condition, but now a child advocate and child psychologist offer this comprehensive guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the whole family. The book introduces SPD and offers an overview of what it means to advocate for a child with the condition. It describes a range of activities that help strengthen family relationships, improve communication about the disorder and deal with problem situations and conditions a child with SPD may encounter. Throughout, the book stresses the importance of whole-family involvement in the care of a child with SPD, especially the roles fathers play in care-giving. Many of the book's ideas are illustrated with case stories that demonstrate how the book's ideas can play out in daily life.

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Parenting for a Peaceful World - Robin Grille (2008)

Imagine a world where war, tyranny, human rights abuses and ecological destruction are relics of the past. What if the means to create such a reality were in the hands of mothers and fathers, and all those involved in the care and education of children? Parenting for a Peaceful World is a fascinating look at how parenting customs have shaped societies and major world events. It reveals how children adapt to different parenting styles and how these early experiences underpin the adults they become. In this expansive book, Robin Grille draws on revolutionary new research to argue that the safeguarding of children's emotional development is the key to creating a more peaceful and harmonious world. Parenting for a Peaceful World is a book for parents, child health professionals, and adults learning to be whole again. It is a manifesto for policy-makers and a resource for teachers. If the findings outlined in these pages are put into practice, the result may be a revolution of peace, humanity, and a world beyond our imagining.

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Parenting from the Inside Out - Daniel J. Siegel;Mary Hartzell (2004)

Explores the extent to which childhood experiences shape the way people parent, and offers parents guidelines on how to raise compassionate and resilient children.

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Parenting teenagers - Kate Birch and Sue Mafi (1996)

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Parenting Your Stressed Child: 10 MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction Practices to Help Your Child Manage Stress and Build Essential Life Skills - Michelle L. Bailey MD FAAP (2011)

Kids may have fewer responsibilities than mom and dad but childhood can still be one of the most stressful periods in life. The stresses of school extracurricular activities and even daytoday family living can make kids feel overwhelmed and distracted. To make matters worse children have very little control over the events in their lives and havent had as much practice managing stress as adults. In Parenting Your Stressed Child youll learn a variety of simple and effective mindfulnessbased stress reduction MBSR skills that you can teach your child to help him or her stay resilient and calm in the face of stress. This guide includes breathing exercises progressive muscle relaxation practices and visualization and lovingkindness meditations you and your child can do together to handle the ups and downs of everyday life. By modeling these skills and incorporating them into your own life you can help your child learn the art of resilience

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Raising a Handicapped Child - A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled - Charlotte E Thompson (1999)

Around twelve per cent of school children are disabled from birth defects, accidents, illnesses, or other causes. This means that seven hundred children who need special care are born each day, and the number appears to be growing. Raising a Handicapped Child offers a complete, practical, and reassuring guide for parents who care for these children. The book includes advice on how to find the best professional help, how to keep up with the latest medical treatments, how to cope with the costs of medical treatment, how to select educational programs that are geared to specific disabilities and are designed to fulfill a handicapped child's greatest potential, and how parents and family can help themselves and each other

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Raising Girls - Steve Biddulph (2013)

Steve Biddulph's Raising Boys was a global phenomenon. The first book in a generation to look at boys' specific needs, parents loved its clarity and warm insights into their sons' inner world. But today, things have changed. It's girls that are in trouble.

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Raising Your Spirited Child - A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Persistent, Energetic - Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (1992)

The spirited child — often called "difficult" or "strong-willed" — can easily overwhelm parents, leaving them feeling frustrated and inadequate. Spirited kids are, in fact, simply "more" — by temperament, they are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and uncomfortable with change than the average child. Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka offers parents emotional support and proven strategies for handling their spirited child.

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Real Boys - William Pollack (1999)

Why are so many boys sad, lonely and confused although they appear tough, cheerful and confident? Based on the results of more than two decades of groundbreaking research at Harvard Medical School, Dr Pollack argues that boys are not little men, and that parents and teachers should stop raising them through a toughening process that drives their true emotions underground. Only when we understand what boys are really experiencing, says Pollack, can we help them develop more self-confidence and the emotional savvy they need to deal with issues such as depression and violence, drugs and alcohol, sexuality and love. This edition of Real Boys carries a specially commissioned Australian preface by the author, and a front-cover testimonial from Steve Biddulph.

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Reclaiming Childhood - Letting Children be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society - William Crain (2004)

"A thoughtful and valuable resource for parents and teachers looking for alternative approaches to education." Booklist As our children are pushed harder than ever to perform so that they will one day "make the grade" in the adult world, parents are beginning to question the wisdom of scheduling childhood's basic pleasures. In "Reclaiming Childhood," William Crain argues that rather than trying to control a young child, the best a parent can offer is "a patient and unobtrusive presence that gives the child the security and the freedom to explore the world on her own." He examines how children find their way to natural development through experiences with nature, art, and language, and makes a strong case for child-centered education a movement that may be under fire, but that is very much alive."

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So you're thinking about home schooling - Lisa Whelchel (2005)

Confused and intimidated by the complexities of homeschooling, many parents assume it could never work for them. Now an updated edition of So You're Thinking About Home Schooling by Lisa Whelchel-herself a homeschooling mother of three-introduces to readers fifteen composite portraits of homeschooling families who show how every family can successfully face the unique challenges of its situation. The story-based approach deals with common questions of time management, teaching weaknesses, and outside responsibilities, as well as children's age variations, social and sports involvement, learning disabilities, and boredom. Seeing a wide variety of homeschooling families in action gives parents the information and confidence they need to make their own decisions about home-based education. Includes a new chapter from Lisa and an all-new resource guide with recommendations from real-life homeschooling families!

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Taking Charge - Sarah Edelman and Louise Remond (2002)

A practical guide to managing some of the challenges that invariably arise during adolescence. It spells out step by step strategies that can make a big difference to the way teenagers feel about themselves. Adolescence can be a difficult period. It is a time of increasing demands from parent, teachers and society, of growing interest and reliance on friends and of mounting pressures from school. It is also a time when young people want to gain greater independence and establish their own identity as adults. With all of those changes happening, sometimes it may feel like you are not in control. Taking Charge is a practical guide to managing some of the challenges that invariably arise during adolescence. It spells out step-by-step strategies that can make a big difference to the way you feel about yourself, the people that you deal with and the things that are happening in your life. Using the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Taking Charge is grounded in evidence-based techniques that have been shown to work. Taking Charge! is full of useful information, exercises and activities that can help you to pick yourself up at times when you are feeling down. It can also help you to avoid getting stressed, anxious or down in the first place. Parents will find it a particularly useful resource for learning how they can help their teenage children at times when they are feeling distressed. This book will be of interest to young people, parents, grandparents and people working with teenagers in educational institutions and health centres. It will also help anyone wanting to understand and relate to young people more effectively.

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Teenage Boys Talk - Stephanie Weaver (2001)

Stephanie Weaver has compiled a highly readable survey of the thoughts and views of 50 New Zealand teenage boys aged from 13 to 18 years old. The views, ideas and beliefs of the boys are discussed with quotes from the interviews, in six main chapters: 1. Home Life and Families (parents, stepparents, siblings, family life); 2. School (teachers, discipline, sex education, bullying); 3. Social Lives (friends, parties, drugs, smoking, sex); 4. Communication (coping with problems, suicide, homosexuality); 5. Employment (jobs, career choices, typical NZ male?); 6. Society and Belief Systems (racism, death, police, anger, religious beliefs). There are 'questions for parents to reflect on' at the end of each chapter but the book is not a self-help guide for problem teenagers. It is a well-written local guide to what boys think about. The boys' comments are interesting and thought provoking. The book provides an insight into the minds of young men in New Zealand and will appeal to all those wanting to better understand teenage boys.

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Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs - Paul Dillon (2011)

This book shows parents how to talk to their children in a way that is respectful and reasonable

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The "Everything" Parent's Guide to Raising Your Adopted Child - A Complete Handbook to Welcoming Your Adopted Child into Your Heart and Home - Corrie Lynne Player, David M Brodzinsky and Michael Devlin (2008)

"The Everything Parent's Guide to Raising the Adopted Child" offers all the essential information any potential and new adoptive parent might need.This essential guidebook is packed with reassuring advice on how to handle the most common issues facing adoptive parents, including: questions to ask before adopting; bonding techniques for each age group - from newborn to teenager; adopting children with physiological or psychological special needs; adopting outside your ethnic group; fielding difficult questions about an adopted child's birth parents; helping the adopted child understand and cope with feelings of loss and abandonment; and, navigating blended families, single parenting, or same sex partnerships. With this book by their side, adoptive parents will be bonded with their child for a lifetime.

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The Optimistic Child - Martin E. P. Seligman;Karen Reivich;Lisa Jaycox;Jane Gillham (2007)

In the face of increasing levels of depression affecting American children, a new edition of the best-selling guide to preventing childhood depression shows parents and educators how to instill optimism, resilience, and confidence in children, enabling them to feel self-reliant, boost self-esteem, and perform better in school. Reprint.

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The Winter of Our Disconnect - Susan Maushart (2010)

For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition. But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids - and parents - to thrive. When Susan Maushart first decided to pull the plug on all electronic media at home, she realised her children would have sooner volunteered to go without food, water or hair products. At ages 14, 15 and 18, her daughters and son didn't use media. They inhabited media. Susan's experiment with her family was a major success and she found that having less to communicate with, her family is communicating more. At the simplest level, The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of how one family survived six months of wandering through the desert, digitally speaking, and the lessons learned about themselves and technology along the way. At the same time, their story is a channel to a wider view - into the impact of new media on the lives of families, into the very heart of the meaning of home.

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The wonder of boys - Michael Gurian (2006)

In this insightful and practical book, Michael Gurian describes what boys need to become strong, responsible, sensitive men. Instead of encouraging us to stifle boys' natural propensities for competition and aggression, Gurian offers effective and practical guidelines for channeling them. He shows how the evils boys are susceptible to, including gang activity, sexual misconduct, and crime, become necessary outlets when positive role models and adult support are not available. Most important, Gurian explains what a boy really needs--a primary and an extended family, relationships with mentors, and intense support form his school and community--and details how we can provide these things for the boys we love.

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What's Happening to Our Girls? - Maggie Hamilton (2008)

Why are girls as young as five years old concerned about their looks and addicted to shopping?Why are they having sex and binge-drinking so young, responding to chat-room predators, and bullying their peers via email and text messages?Why are depression, cutting and eating disorders on the rise, and why, with so much choice, do so many just want to marry young and have babies?In a few short years our girls have become vulnerable - not just teen girls, but also young girls and baby girls. They are being forced to grow up faster than ever before. What a twelve-year-old girl experienced at seven is not what a seven-year-old girl is now struggling with. Many of the guidelines we offer girls no longer apply, or are contradicted by messages from media and advertising telling girls how to look, think, behave and feel. Over two years Maggie Hamilton interviewed girls, teachers, school counsellors, psychologists, and law enforcement and medical personnel to get an insider's view on what girls are experiencing at present, from birth to the teenage years.Informed, revealing, compassionate and at times shocking, What's Happening to Our Girls? is a book for parents and all those who want to better understand and support girls.

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When Friendship Hurts - How to Deal with Friends Who Betray, Abandon or Wound You - Dr. Jan Yager (2008)

For everyone who has ever wondered about friends who hurt or reject them, this authoritative book provides invaluable insights and on-target advice on taking actions to understand and effectively deal with problematical friendships. Based on extensive original research, When Friendship Hurts: How to Deal With Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You by sociologist and friendship expert Jan Yager demonstrates how, why, and when to let go of bad friends and how to develop the positive friendships (or put more time and energy into existing good friendships) that enrich our lives on every level.

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Who you are is what you do - Heather McAllister (2010)

Author Heather McAllister has drawn on her experience as a career coach to create an essential resource for schools, students and parents alike. Attractive and fun-to-use, Who You Are Is What You Do gets its readers asking the right questions about themselves.

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Working with Young Children: Guidelines for Good Practice - Joan Faragher and G. MacNaughton (1990)

Poses questions about values, practices and skills which students should consider from the outset, and which workers in child care centres need to confront. Topics covered include program structure, the playroom, maintaining a healthy environment, learning activities, listening and talking, relating to the children, meals and snacks, undressing and sleep, staff needs, information for parents.

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You're still Mum and Dad - Helping Children Cope with Separation - Trish Allen (2007)

More New Zealand children than ever before are having to cope with the effects of their parents' separation. Parents are the principal parties but children are often the unnoticed victims. Here Trish Allen translates her wide knowledge of human development and her immense experience as a custodial specialist into easily followed advice where children's needs are the central focus. You're Still Mum and Dad is a compassionate, comprehensive guide for families after separation. It deals with the practical day-to-day problems as well as emotional, psychological, physical and financial issues. It provides straightforward information about what is likely to occur and offers clear strategies for effective parenting in the context of changing family dynamics. You're Still Mum and Dad is essential reading for all separated parents. Trish Allen is a counsellor and family therapist in private practice in Christchurch. She has been extensively involved in helping families cope with separation. Her work encompasses counselling, mediation and preparing specialist reports in access and custody disputes for the Family Court. She is also involved in training family lawyers and other professionals who work with families.

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Chronic Fatigue, chronic illness and chronic pain


A Headache in the Pelvis Popular Medicine Health - David Wise (2015)

This groundbreaking book describes the Wise-Anderson Protocol for muscle-related pelvic pain in men and women, a new and revolutionary treatment developed at Stanford University. The Wise-Anderson Protocol involves the treatment of muscle-related pelvic pain and dysfunction, variously diagnosed as prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor myalgia, interstitial cystitis, urethral syndrome, levator ani syndrome, among other related diagnoses affecting some twenty million men and women in the United States. Specifically, The 6th edition of A Headache in the Pelvis adds new research recently published in the Journal of Urology done by the Wise-Anderson team describing the relationship of painful trigger points that refer and re-create specific symptoms of pelvic pain, new research done at Stanford on the relationship between early morning anxiety and those with pelvic pain, and firsthand stories from women who have undergone the Wise-Anderson Protocol, along with other new sections.

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Beating Chronic Fatigue - Your Step-by-step Guide to Complete Recovery - Kristina Downing-Orr (2011)

Chronic Fatigue is a common condition that can last for many years. It is a debilitating chronic illness which ruins lives. Every waking moment becomes a physical, emotional and cognitive struggle just to function on the most basic of levels. Dr Kristina Downing-Orr, a clinical psychologist, suffered severe chronic fatigue symptoms and was compelled to research the cause of CFS and cure herself because she was offered so little help by the medical profession. Her recovery was quick and lasting. In her book Kristina reveals the causes of chronic fatigue and offers an accessible, scientifically valid, easy-to-achieve programme that will inspire people with CFS to regain their health and restore their energy and vitality. Chapters cover Kristina's own story, what chronic fatigue really is, what causes it, diagnosis, a step-by-step self-treatment programme, how to strengthen the body, coping with stress, and resources.

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Building a new dream - a family guide to coping with chronic illness and disability - Maurer Strasberg (1989)

Directed to families confronted with a long-term health crisis, this book offers practical advice and encouragement effectively illustrated by realistic vignettes of personality changes, depression, and financial difficulties. Recognizing that illness is a family affair, the authors describe the feelings of isolation and helplessness that envelop the entire family unit. And they outline excellent coping strategies for adjusting to the changes wrought by devastating illness. Included are clear, succinct suggestions for establishing positive relationships with physicians and becoming a knowledgeable consumer of health care. There are no startling revelations, but the writing style and simplified explanations will have particular appeal to readers with limited educational backgrounds. - Carol R. Glatt, Northeastern Hosp. of Philadelphia

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) - Frankie Campling;Michael Sharpe (2008)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) remains one of the most controversial illnesses, both in terms of its causes, and the best ways to treat the illness. For years, sufferers have had to deal with scepticism from their families, employers, and even health care professionals. The vast amount of conflicting advice that has been published up to now has served only to confuse sufferers, and professionals, even more. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Facts presents a compassionate guide to this illness, providing sufferers and their families, with practical advice, based solely on scientific evidence. It is unique in being written by both a sufferer and a physician, both of whom have had extensive experience of talking to, and helping, patients. Included in the book is a detailed guide to self-help, written from a patient's perspective, but evidence-based. The book also deals with a number of special issues, advising on how to choose therapies and therapists, and how to deal with CFS in children. The book additionally includes an overview of the history of the illness, looking at the nature and causes of CFS, and the opportunities for the future. The book will be invaluable for sufferers from CFS, their friends and families, and the numerous health professionals who come into contact with sufferers from this illness.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment - Ros Vallings (2012)

Often known as ‘ME’, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, yet its effects are profound, and often prolonged and debilitating. Dr Rosamund Vallings has been helping those with this condition for more than 40 years. Drawing on the latest international diagnostic guidelines, she describes the process for accurate diagnosis, and the difficulties entailed. She clearly explains all aspects of the illness, and how it affects the body’s many systems and functions. In separate sections she provides useful strategies for dealing with specific symptoms, as well as positive suggestions on how to cope with the disorder on a daily basis and make the necessary lifestyle changes. This easy-to-follow resource provides a unique and timely overview of an elusive disease, written with the practical understanding of a highly experienced and internationally respected expert. It is essential reading for anyone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, and for friends and family members who might struggle to understand the condition. It is also a useful guide for health professionals diagnosing and treating the illness.

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Chronic Fatigue, ME and fibromyalgia: The natural recovery plan - Alison Adams (2010)

There are thought to be over 250,000 sufferers of CFS and ME and over 1.2 million people with fibromyalgia in the UK alone. There is little practical advice available and many despair of recovery. Alison Adams helps her readers to understand their disorders and offers them a revolutionary new plan. This book is a clear, insightful, informative and sympathetic guide for sufferers and practitioners alike, from someone who discovered the information the hard way. First, it clearly identifies the primary causes of these disorders, many of which stem from medical and dental practices which are endured by the average person from infancy. Second, it states that when these factors are addressed, recovery is possible. Third, it gives clear step-by-step instructions as to what needs to be done to enable the level of healing required to recover from these conditions through diet, natural supplements and, where necessary, removal of amalgam fillings. Finally, she gives sufferers the encouragement they need most - it's not your fault, and through dedication and determination you will be able to feel normal again. The author has exceptional insight into both conventional and holistic medicine, having trained and worked in the medical profession and as a naturopath. As a former sufferer who has now fully recovered, she is in a unique position to help readers to identify the specific causes of their illnesses and to enable them to help themselves back to a life free from FRS.

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Doctor's Guide to Chronic Pain - Readers Digest (2004)

This comprehensive, authoritative guide provides clear step-by-step pain management programs including treatments for the 20 top causes of pain. With the latest medical breakthroughs and expert advice from America's top doctors and alternative practitioners, learn how to use conventional and alternative medicines, folk remedies, mind-body imagery, diet, and exercise to break the pain cycle.Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps): Self-Help and Treatment - Elena Juris Learning to Cope with CRPS / RSD: Putting Life First and Pain Second - Karen RodhamThe Concise Book of Trigger Points, Third Edition - Simeon Niel-Asher

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Fast Facts: Chronic Pain - M Soledad Cepeda, Michael J Cousins and Daniel B Carr (2006)

Chronic pain has a broad range of physical and psychological pathologies, and it is through persistent pain that many of the greatest health burdens worldwide - cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, arthritis, alcoholism and trauma - exact their long-term human, social and economic toll. Patients expect the best possible quality of life, and a multidisciplinary team approach may be required, combining the skills of a variety of healthcare professionals who can contribute to diagnosis or treatment. "Fast Facts: Chronic Pain" summarizes the key facts about chronic pain for busy front-line practitioners, starting with chapters on the mechanisms and assessment of pain. Subsequent chapters detail the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of specific chronic pain syndromes, including cancer pain, chronic low back pain and visceral pain. A chapter on neuropathic pain includes discussion of trigeminal and postherpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, central pain, phantom pain and post-incisional pain, while a chapter on pain of musculoskeletal origin explores pain arising from fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and arthritis.

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Freedom from Pain: Discover Your Body's Power to Overcome Physical Pain - Peter Levine, Maggie Phillips (2012)

If you are suffering chronic pain even after years of surgery, rehabilitation, and medication only one question matters: How do I find lasting relief? With "Freedom from Pain, " two pioneers in the field of pain and trauma recovery address a crucial missing factor essential to long-term healing: addressing the unresolved emotional trauma held within the body. Informed by their founding work in the Somatic Experiencing(r) process and unique insights gleaned from decades of clinical success, Drs. Levine and Phillips will show you how to: Calm the body s overreactive fight response to pain Release the fear, frustration, and depression intensified by prior traumas, and build inner resilience and self-regulation Relieve pain caused by the aftermath of injuries, surgical procedures, joint and muscle conditions, migraines, and other challenges Whether you re seeking to begin a self-care strategy or amplify your current treatment program, "Freedom from Pain" will provide you with proven tools to help you experience long-term relief. Brilliant, practical, and wise, this is an enormously helpful book. I cannot recommend this work highly enough. Jack Kornfield, author of "A Path with Heart" This book is for everyone who wants freedom from pain. I have read dozens of books on pain relief and the power of the mind for healing, and this is clearly the best to date. Steven Gurgevich, PHD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine"

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From fatigued to fantastic - Jacob Teitelbaum, MD (2008)

The original, bestselling guide to treating chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia-now completely revised and updated. For the more than twenty-five million Americans who suffer from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other fatigue-related illnesses, there is only one bestselling guide-"From Fatigued to Fantastic." This new, completely updated third edition incorporates the latest advances in science and technology to help alleviate the baffling, often dismissed symptoms associated with severe, almost unrelenting fatigue. Dr. Teitelbaum's integrated treatment program is based on the clinically proven results of his landmark study and on his more than thirty years of experience in working with patients to overcome their illnesses. Using the most current information, Dr. Teitelbaum helps his readers evaluate their symptoms and develop an individualized program to eliminate them. Specific guidelines for diagnosis and care are clearly and concisely presented, along with supporting scientific studies and treatment recommendations that include the latest and best strategies for using prescription and over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, alternative therapies, and/or dietary and lifestyle modifications. In addition to providing cutting-edge research, up-to-date scientific information, and practical advice, Dr. Teitelbaum offers the compassionate understanding of one who has himself battled and overcome these disorders.

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Healing Ways - Robin Kelly (2000)

While there have been major breakthroughs in the treatment of illness, many people continue to suffer from constant pain and undiagnosed sickness. Combining the philosophies of the ancient world with contemporary science, Robin Kelly shows how to treat people regarded as "untreatable".

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How Does it Hurt? - Stephanie De Montalk (2014)

In "How Does It Hurt?," acclaimed poet and biographer Stephanie de Montalk tells the story of the chronic pain that has invaded her life for more than 10 years. She considers how her early experiences have been cast into fresh relief by what she has endured, then goes back in time to investigate the lives and works of three writers who also lived with and wrote about pain: the consolator, English social theorist Harriet Martineau (1802 1876), the vendor of happiness, French novelist Alphonse Daudet (1840 1897), and the imago, Polish poet Aleksander Wat (1900 1967). Through these explorations de Montalk confronts the paradox of writing about suffering: where we can turn when the pain is beyond words? A unique blend of memoir, imaginative biography, and poetry, "How Does It Hurt?" is a groundbreaking contribution to the understanding of chronic pain and a spellbinding literary achievement. "

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I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell - Leigh Hatcher (2005)

One day in January 1998, Leigh Hatcher lay down for a ten minute afternoon nap and woke two hours later feeling as if he'd been run over by a truck. Without warning, he'd plunged into a health crisis that was as devastating as it was mysterious. One of Australia's best-known television journalists vanished overnight from people's TV screens. He fell into a wilderness of pain, exhaustion and confustion that defied medical diagnosis. Finally, after a year, the verdict came in: chronc fatigue syndrome, or CFS. An illness that many said didn't really exist at all. In this passionate account, Leigh Hatcher describes the acute physical suffering and huge personal losses of his battle with chronic fatigue. He speaks frankly about the hurt and betrayal he felt when people questioned whether the illness was 'all in his mind'. He reveals the reserves of personal strength and faith that guided his way through the wilderness and taught him invaluable new lessons about life. And he details the thrilling discovery that unlocked his health once again. Leigh's story will bring comfort to all those suffering with CFS, and will show others how to accept, love, and support anyone who is wrestling with this 'multi-headed beast'.

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Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain - Celeste Cooper R.N and Jeffrey Miller PhD (2010)

A guide to coping with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome - Reveals how to deal with each disorder and how treatments can interact or aggravate if more than one disorder is present - Offers techniques to dispel the side effects created by these illnesses Fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome are often seen as interchangeable conditions, a belief held even by many health care providers. Nothing could be further from the truth--however, they do often coexist. Knowing if more than one of these disorders is present is extremely important because the treatment for one of them can often exacerbate the problems caused by the others. Written by a registered nurse and a psychologist who has been treating these conditions since 1994, this book presents an integrative medical approach to these three disorders with a strong emphasis on utilizing and strengthening the mind-body connection to restore well-being. The authors provide a thorough guide to numerous treatment options--from diet, exercise, and herbs to mindfulness meditation, chi kung, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They also offer techniques to dispel the "brain fog" that these disorders often create and show how to overcome the resultant obstacles to effectively communicating with your doctor. The additional information included on the psychological issues that accompany these chronic pain disorders allows this integrative treatment guide to open the door not only to physical recovery but also emotional and mental well-being.

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Invisible Illness - Dr Megan A Arroll and Professor Christine P Dancey (2014)

Few books on invisible illness are written by psychologists. Based on work by the Chronic Illness Research Team (CIRT) at the University of East London, this expert, accessible book encourages people actively to manage their illness using the techniques shown. Chronic invisible illness affects hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom feel misunderstood and even stigmatised. This book aims to give visibility to misunderstood illnesses, to legitimize them, and to enable people to understand and manage an unpleasant and demoralising illness. Topics include: Body-brain-mind interactions in illness Psychosocial factors Misunderstood conditions, such as ME/CFS, IBS, fibromyalgia, migraine, Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) Effects on work, social life, relationships, etc. Depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance Types of fatigue - physical, emotional, mental Treatments - medical, psychological and alternative). Lifestyle measures that may help, eg diet, pacing, graded exercise How to boost confidence Explaining your condition to others Asserting yourself with health professionals

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Learning to Cope with CRPS / RSD: Putting Life First and Pain Second - Karen Rodham (2014)

With the help of this compact guide, anyone suffering from CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) (also known as RSD - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) will better understand their condition and cope with the reality of living with it. Prof Karen Rodham draws on a wealth of clinical experience to give tried-and-tested practical advice for managing this very complex and debilitating syndrome, about which very little is understood by the medical community at large. Ten first-hand patient accounts of living with CRPS illustrate just how wide-ranging the impact can be physically, socially and emotionally, and what has helped on an individual basis. This book's hands-on guidance will be of great help to people diagnosed with CRPS and show family and friends how they can best provide support. It is also an essential resource for health psychologists working with CRPS patients.

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Living with Chronic Illness: The experience of patients and their families - Edited by Robert Anderson and Michael Bury (1988)

This book presents a vivid account of the reality of life with chronic illness - from the perspective of patients and their families. The authors look at the expectations, priorities and problems of those most affected by chronic illness and examine the strategies they have developed to cope with their considerable disadvantages. The experiences of carers, and the ways in which their problems change over time, are also major themes in the book.

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Living with M.E. - Dr Charles Shepherd (1999)

Although not a new disease, M.E. (also known as 'yuppie flu') is at last being recognised and taken seriously. M.E. is short for Myalgic Encephalomyselitis, a term which relates to the parts of the body affected: Myalgic, the muscles; Encephalo, the brain; and Myselitis, the nerves. Until recently, many people suffering from M.E. had great difficulty in finding a diagnosis and a way of dealing effectively with the disease. Now fully updated, this comprehensive guide provides much-needed information about M.E. It describes the symptoms, what triggers it and who can get it and also discusses additional problems such as disordered sleep, depression, pain in the joints and difficulties with the eyes, ears and balance.

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Lupus - My Search for a Diagnosis - Eileen Radziunas (2000)

The author recounts the years she spent searching for the correct diagnosis of her disease, argues that more lupus research is needed, and offers adviceor those suffering from diseases that are difficult to diagnose.

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M.E. Post-viral fatigue syndrome - Dr Anne Macintyre (1989)

Dr Anne Macintyre has suffered from M.E. for over 10 years. But she has used her medical expertise to understand the causes of M.E., to communicate the reality of the disease to her sceptical colleagues and, most importantly, has learned how to recover from it.

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Making Sense of Fibromyalgia - Daniel Jeffrey Wallace;Janice Brock Wallace (1999)

Six million people in the United States meet the criteria for fibromyalgia. On average, they see about four doctors before they were correctly diagnosed, and many were convinced they had a life-threatening illness such as a body-wide cancer. Fibromyalgia is a combination of pain, fatigue, and systemic symptoms. Ten million patient visits to doctors every year in the United States are for pain; $600 billion is spent annually to diagnose or manage chronic pain, including litigation fees. One group has estimated that patients with fibromyalgia run up $20 billion in medical expenses annually. 10% of US adults have moderate pain and 1% have severe pain. 12% have functional disability due to chronic pain. Additionally, at any visit, 15 percent of all patients tell their doctor they are tired. There is a paucity of reliable, detailed information about the fibromyalgia syndrome that patients can use to help themselves or others. A comprehensive guide to fibromyalgia that offers information on the disease's causes, diagnosis, treatment, and alternative therapies.

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Managing Chronic Illness: Reclaim Health and Well-being : an Authoritative New Zealand Guide - Veronica Latham (2008)

When faced with a long-term or permanent illness it is difficult to know how to cope. Showing that it is possible to have a chronic condition and to be well, Veronica Latham's sympathetic and practical advice outlines steps that can be taken to reclaim health and regain control of life.

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ME Post-viral fatigue syndrome: How to live with it - Dr Anne Macintyre (1989)

Dr Anne Macintyre has suffered from M.E. for over 10 years. But she has used her medical expertise to understand the causes of M.E., to communicate the reality of the disease to her sceptical colleagues and, most importantly, has learned how to recover from it.

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Osler's Web: Inside the labyrinth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic - Hillary Johnson (1996)

For more than a decade a devastating disease has been allowed to spread through our country - unchecked, insufficiently researched, and all but ignored, if not denied, by the medical establishment. In many circles this disease, still known as Yuppi Flu, is dismissed as a psychological aberration. For the nearly two million people who have endured its traumatic and very real debilitating physical effects, however, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is no joke.

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Overload - Beating M.E. - Jacqueline Steinkamp (1989)

One of the best books I have read on the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Has some stories on people with the syndrome that can be identified with. Covers the various aspects of the disease and includes a plan to start taking control of your life again. Also includes a diet plan for people with CFS. A highly recommended read.

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Pain Free: A revolutionary method for stopping chronic pain - Pete Egoscue (2000)

Starting today, you don't have to live in pain. That is the revolutionary message of this breakthrough system for eliminating chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy. Developed by Pete Egoscue, a nationally renowned physiologist and sports injury consultant to some of today's top athletes, the Egoscue Method has an astounding 95 percent success rate. The key is a series of gentle exercises and carefully constructed stretches called E-cises. Inside you'll find detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions for dozens of e-cizes specifically designed to provide quick and lasting relief of: Lower back pain, hip problems, sciatica, and bad knees Carpal tunnel syndrome and even some forms of arthritis Migraines and other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, and TMJ Shin splints, varicose veins, sprained or weak ankles, and many foot ailments Bursitis, tendinitis, and rotator cuff problems Plus special preventive programs for maintaining health through the entire body. With this book in hand, you're on your way to regaining the greatest gift of all: a pain-free body! the help of Pete Egoscue's revolutionary program of quick stretches and strength-building exercises, you can cure chronic pain, and do it naturally. Pete Egoscue has shown thousands of individuals, corporations, schools, and championship sports teams how to eliminate pain without investing in expensive ergonomic devices or resorting to surgery or drug therapies. His groundbreaking book, with nearly 50,000 hardcover copies sold, shows readers how to: Relieve lower back pain Improve hip problems, sciatica, and bad knees Relieve migraines and other headaches, stiff neck, fatigue, sinus problems, vertigo, and TMJ Relieve painful problems, like carpal tunnel syndrome, often misdiagnosed as arthritis Prevent injuries and maintain health through stretching programs for the entire body Filled with easy instructions, photos, and line illustrations throughout, this book will provide quick, effective pain relief.

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Pain Relief Without Drugs - Jan Sadler (2007)

In 1989, following surgery for a back injury, Jan Sadler was left in constant pain, with no hope of any further conventional treatment and no adequate prescription drug therapy. Rather than settle for a life of chronic suffering, she gave up her career teaching English and began an investigation into the self-treatment of her pain. Building on her skills as a teacher, she incorporated the pain management techniques she discovered into programs that would help other sufferers learn how to cope with pain and find truly effective relief from its debilitating effects. Sadler shows how we can reduce pain's grip by changing our personal reactions to the pain we are feeling. Chronic pain keeps our attention fixed firmly on our anguish, which then feeds the painful reaction back into our perception of being in pain, creating a vicious cycle. By allowing our reaction to become one of relaxation and acceptance, the pain is dramatically lessened, both by the absence of a negative perception and by the infusion of relaxation into the point of pain. In Pain Relief without Drugs, Sadler provides easy-to-use self-help techniques that offer support and understanding in breaking pain's cycle--from relaxation, visualization, and breathing techniques to setting goals, building self-esteem, and coping with pain flare-ups. The author's 25 years of coping with her own pain and 16 years of teaching pain management techniques result in a book that is filled with practical activities and possibilities for a better life. The book is accompanied by a 55-minute CD narrated by the author of key techniques for controlling pain.

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Positive Options for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome :CRPS: Self-Help and Treatment - Elena Juris (2014)

Imagine if the mere breeze of an air conditioner were to send you into excruciating pain. For those suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), historically called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), this crippling neuropathic pain is an unrelenting reality. With symptoms such as swelling, hypersensitivity, stiffness, burning pain, and temperature abnormalities, CRPS can develop at any time and quickly leaves its victims disabled and isolated. This book explains CRPS in an accessible style for all readers, and provides the latest medical treatments, self-help techniques, complementary therapies, and holistic strategies for maximizing the potential for healing. Readers will find a wealth of tips on life modifications to help better manage their condition. They ll find two interviews with practitioners who offer insights every patient should know, with the help of pain specialist Edward Carden, MD, and occupational therapist and neurological acupuncturist Sheri Barnes. They ll find a discussion of complementary therapies to tailor to their needs. They ll find a list of "dynamite distractions" that can refresh the pain-wracked mind and help readers rediscover their imagination and humor, when they just need to take their mind off the illness. They ll draw hope from real patient testimonies on techniques for transforming the pain and discomfort of CRPS. They ll find a chapter addressed to loved ones, providing advice and support in their difficult roles as encouragers and caregivers. Finally, readers will find information on how everyone can help to increase CRPS awareness, and an extensive list of resources to help patients and caregivers begin to connect with the support available. CRPS remains a mysterious, poorly understood condition and few books about it exist, as knowledge of the syndrome continues to evolve. Previously, the condition was called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). This second, retitled edition to the original "Positive Options for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD): Self-help and Treatment" (2004) is chock-full of new information, reflecting a decade s worth of advancements following the popular debut of the book s first edition. "

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Shattered: Life with ME - Lynn Michell (2003)

It is March 1987. There is a flu bug doing the rounds in Edinburgh, which floors Lynn Michell and her two sons. Instead of pulling out of their ill and exhausted state, none of them gets better. It takes three years for Lynn's elder son to recover. She and her younger son are still ill 16 years later. This account of life with M.E., an unpredictable and devastating chronic fatigue illness that is still widely misunderstood and undiagnosed, is an emotionally intelligent, compassionate and often angry tour de force. Offering a personal insight into life as an M.E. sufferer, "Shattered" should be of help to sufferers in their fight for recognition and a comfort in their hour of need. While the first person snapshots of sufferers of all ages, describing the many different forms this illness can take and the effects it can have, can paint a bleak picture of a "life interrupted" and the lack of support and stigma from the public and the medical professions, readers should be able to draw hope and support from the shared stories. In addition to the stories of living with M.E., "Shattered" includes: advice on how to deal with social workers, teachers and other professionals; advice on how to deal with relationships; an exploration of life with M.E. from a young person's perspective; an exploration on the effect of M.E. on family life; advice on how to cope if you're a parent of an M.E. sufferer; and recommended complementary therapies and therapists' views on treating M.E

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Sick and Tired - Dr Nick Read (2005)

Dr Read reveals the extent to which your mind can affect your body, and presents a study into the impact of our lifestyles on our health. If you don't have such symptoms yourself, you will have family or friends who do: he explains that the way to better health is to tackle the stress, not just the symptoms.

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Silent Pain - Helen Germanos (2015)

It is estimated that some 28 million people worldwide are suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), more commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), with many more remaining undiagnosed. In Canada alone, recent records indicate an astounding increase of 24% in just five years. Drawing on existing neuroscientific research, not previously linked to CFS, author Helen Germanos answers the burning questions: "How did I get this?" and "Why?" Silent Pain: How Stress and Trauma may lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome reveals a novel theory as to how and why CFS develops, in order to provide readers with a deeper understanding of what is happening to them, as well as giving them the tools and insight to embark on their own personal journey of discovery, recovery and transformation. Sharing her own experiences of CFS, Helen explains how she went from being paralysed in bed for nine months - unable to bear noise, light and contact with anyone, including her young son - to living a full life again. Using the same techniques she describes in this book, she left no stone unturned, changing every aspect of her life in order to achieve the balance and harmony that had been previously absent. Aimed at sufferers of CFS, as well as those who are worried that they may be suffering from it, this book can provide readers with the understanding that they need to be able to overcome it. Silent Pain will also help therapists, carers and loved ones of CFS sufferers offer support and understand the importance of their empathy. Never give up - change is the only constant.

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Striking Back - George Weigel and Kenneth F Casey, M.D. (2000)

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) and related facial pain patients, including 15,000 to 50,000 individuals newly diagnosed each year, find themselves dealing with a condition often called the world's most painful human disease. Immediately they face the challenges of finding reliable information and figuring out which of many medications (mostly anticonvulsants), surgical procedures and alternative therapies are likely to eradicate or relieve their pain.Striking Back! The Trigeminal Neuralgia and Face Pain Handbook is the world's most comprehensive, plain-English book on TN and related facial pain conditions. It provides practical guidance for patients and their families, including illustrated descriptions of the disease and cues to obtaining an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The bulk of literature about facial pain has been written by doctors for doctors, in language that isn't always easy for laymen to understand. Most of the remaining information has been either brief overview articles or short pieces about specific issues, such as medicines or particular surgical treatments. This 528-page paperback covers everything from the earliest symptoms of neuropathic face pain to the many treatments to research that is under way - all in easy-to- understand language. The book also looks at the human side of the condition through real-life experiences of patients who provide firsthand accounts of the difficult journeys many go through to obtain pain relief. It offers advice on coping with the pain day-to-day; tells what families can do to help; provides a helpful chapter on "tips from facial pain veterans" and includes a lengthy list of resources for further help.

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Teach us to sit still - Tim Parks (2011)

Bedevilled by a crippling condition which nobody could explain or relieve, he confronts hard truths about the relationship between the mind and the body, the hectic modern world and his life as a writer. Teach Us To Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking and improbably entertaining story of Tim Parks' quest to overcome ill health.

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The Pain Chronicles - Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering - Melanie Thernstrom (2010)

In "The Pain Chronicles", a singular and deeply humane work, Melanie Thernstrom traces conceptions of pain throughout the ages - from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to modern brain imaging - to reveal the elusive, mysterious nature of pain itself. Interweaving first-person reflections on her own battle with chronic pain, incisive reportage from leading-edge pain clinics and medical research, and insights from a wide range of disciplines - science, history, religion, philosophy, anthropology, literature, and art - Thernstrom shows that when dealing with pain we are neither as advanced as we imagine nor as helpless as we may fear. Both a personal meditation and an intellectual exploration, "The Pain Chronicles" illuminates and makes sense of the all-too-human experience of pain - and confronts with extraordinary grace and empathy its peculiar traits, its harrowing effects, and its various antidotes.

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The war on pain - Scott Fishman (2000)

The former director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Center outlines a wide array of new treatments for pain--both traditional and alternative--covering everything from new drugs and surgical techniques to acupuncture and behavioral therapy.

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Unbroken Trust - Jill Anderson (2013)

In 2005, Jill Anderson went on trial at Leeds Crown Court for the manslaughter of her husband of eight years. Paul, a 43-year-old linguist, had been suffering for several years from the debilitating effects of ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with complications, and had previously attempted suicide. But one day, while Jill was out of the house, he took enough pills to ensure his own death. When she returned home Paul told Jill he had 'taken enough this time' and begged her not to get assistance. She honoured her beloved partner's wishes and, although consumed by grief, allowed him to slip slowly away. Then the full weight of the law came down upon her. She was interrogated by Harrogate Police, had her passport taken away, and faced up to 15 years in jail. Her story was followed by the nation's media and, although too unwell to take the stand at her trial, she was acquitted by a unanimous not guilty verdict. This is Jill's powerfully and elegantly written full story of the most intense emotional journey. Stark police interview transcripts sit alongside the love story of Jill and Paul's early, happy years before they faced the desperation of living with a medical issue with no known cure. This astonishingly honest book leaves the reader asking: 'What would I have done in her situation?' It is an unforgettable and deeply moving account of love in extremis.

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Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Dr Alistair Jackson (2000)

Written from firsthand experience about the hardships, frustrations, and uncertainties facing sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), this book is a useful and optimistic guide to a little-understood and frequently trivialized disease. Often labeled as being “all in the mind” or “the yuppie flu,” CFS is a devastating condition that afflicts increasing numbers of people throughout the world. The current thoughts on the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of CFS are discussed, as are strategies for coping with the illness and treating its symptoms. Also provided are case histories that give insight into others’ experiences, as well as suggestions for diet, exercise, meditation, and alternative medicine.

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What your doctor may not tell you about Fibromyalgia - R. Paul St. Amand (1999)

This book offers a revolutionary treatment featuring little-known over-the-counter medications.

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Yoga Nidra - A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing - Richard Miller (2010)

You've experienced it before: it's early morning, and you're just waking. The night before you were confused-but now you know what to do. According to renowned teacher Richard Miller, you've just taken your first step in the world of Yoga Nidra. For centuries, yoga masters have evolved a systematic method for harnessing our natural wisdom that many of us only chance upon in deep rest. Now with Yoga Nidra, Miller shares a practical seven-step program that draws on these ancient teachings to help us all learn how to experience spiritual awakening and profound well-being through deep relaxation. Author - Wheeler Professor of Performance and Director of the Otto B Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center Richard Miller PH.D.

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A Clinician's guide to think good feel good - Paul Stallard (2005)

This is a companion guide to Think Good Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Children and Young People. Designed for clinicians using the original workbook in their work with children, the book builds upon the workbook materials by offering guidance on all aspects of the therapeutic process and a range of case studies highlighting therapy in action. Topics covered include parent involvement, key cognitive distortions in children, formulations, challenging thoughts, guided discovery and the use of imagery. Also included is a chapter focusing on possible problems in therapy and strategies for overcoming them. To supplement the workbook, the clinician's guide offers further materials and handouts for use in therapy, including psycho-educational materials for children and parents on common problems, such as depression, OCD, PTSD/Trauma and Anxiety

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A guide to meditation - Lorraine Turner (2002)

Provides illustrated instructions and information for Meditation practice. Begins with the basics, examines the different aspects of meditation and the benefits. With glossary

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Compassionate Coaching: How to Heal Your Life & Make Miracles Happen - Arielle Essex (2004)

This surprisingly generous book maps out an incredibly effective, easy-to-follow framework for guiding you through the process of turning your dreams into reality. It also adds valuable learning tools and provides essential back-up material for coaching clients. The carefully designed format leads you gently from creating a compelling outcome, increasing your motivation to achieve it, appreciating your gifts, becoming more aligned with your heart, and then clearing whatever holds you back. Using lots of real life stories to illustrate each topic, this book can help you manifest miracles happening in your life.

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Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert (2007)

It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

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Everyday Kindness - Short Cuts to a Happier and More Confident Life - Stephanie Dowrick (2011)

Virtually every moment of our greatest wellbeing reflects the giving and receiving of kindness. At home, work and in the wider world, there are countless opportunities when a moment of consideration or kindness - given or received - will transform your day. Whether it is a hard time to be endured, or a wonderful time to be shared and celebrated, it's our willingness to think well of ourselves and act kindly towards others that makes all the difference. In this intimate, deeply reassuring book, Choosing Happiness author Dr Stephanie Dowrick takes kindness as her inspiration and theme. And she does so in ways that are powerfully encouraging. Whether she is writing about food or moods, about growing in self-confidence and appreciation, teaching resilience to our children or ourselves, making the best choices to support our physical and emotional wellbeing, the pleasures and dilemmas of contemporary work, parenting, friendship and love, or even how to improve or save our closest relationships - Stephanie Dowrick is making a calmer, happier and more rewarding life immediately possible

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Everyday sacred - Sue Bender (2003)

With simple shifts of perception, each of us can find the sacred in every day. Like the vibrant yet simple quilts that led her to live within the Amish community and to write about the experience in her bestselling book "Plain and Simple," the empty begging bowl is the powerful, inspirational symbol in Sue Bender's "Everyday Sacred." In the tradition of the begging bowl, she discovers a simple, profound wisdom we can all live by. Just as a Zen monk goes out each morning with an empty bowl in his hands and accepts whatever is placed in the bowl that day as his nourishment, so can we start each day afresh and find, at the end of the day that extraordinary things have come our way. Filled with the people, stories, and experiences that found their way into Bender's own bowl, "Everyday Sacred" teaches us that each step along life's journey is a miraculous opportunity to learn. Whatever we are doing-whether meditating, weeding a garden, serving coffee in a busy coffee bar, or listening to a friend can be done with our full attention and love. It is these small acts that make every day sacred. "Reading "Everyday Sacred," I felt as if I had spent an evening in lively conversation with Sue, searching for meaning through a variety of experiences, with myriad friends, and finding it at every turn" --Whitney Otto, author of "How to Make an American Quilt" "It moved my whole being, seeped into my skin. Yes, I said, Yes. And the illustrations! ...They're wonderful." --Natalie Goldberg, author of "Banana Rose" Sue Bender is an accomplished artist, author, and much sought-after lecturer worldwide.

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Finding refuge and strength: Daily guidelines for finding shelter from life's storms - Harold J Sala (2014)

Meditations on the words of the bible and inspirational thoughts from Harold Sala

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From stress to strength - Marisa Garau (2009)

A demanding family life, a domineering boss, a cold relationship or a grim financial situation: when we are convinced that others or external circumstances cause us stress and struggle, we condemn ourselves to naming and blaming and moaning and groaning. What we don't realise is that it is our own inner judgements and expectations that make life difficult and grey. Life is not to blame, our thinking is. And that, actually, is the good news! Now, by paying attention to the present moment, we can step out of our tired thinking process and create fresh, sensible responses to pain from the past and fear of the future. Mindfulness offers a helping hand in tough times and transforms our worries into exciting and meaningful life experiences. What this book doesn't offer: Peace, happiness and prosperity in just three days; Trivial tests like what-kind-of-personality-do-you-have?; Instant analyses: you-must-have-this-kind-of personality!; Sympathy for cheap excuses and weak behaviour. What this book does provide: An insight into the system of automatic reactions; The distinction between who you are and what you think; A new view on old behaviour; Practical exercises. Whether you're a hard-working professional, a creative soul, a multi-tasking mum or an ambitious entrepreneur, if you're done with stress and you'd rather evolve than erode, this practical book is the power tool you've been looking for!

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Loving what is - Katie Byron (2003)

Out of nowhere, like a breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice, comes Byron Katie and The Work. In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work. The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, It s not the problem that causes our suffering; it s our thinking about the problem. Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is. Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You ll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work s power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible. If you continue to do The Work, you may discover, as many people have, that the questioning flows into every aspect of your life, effortlessly undoing the stressful thoughts that keep you from experiencing peace. Loving What Is offers everything you need to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what Katie calls a lover of reality. "

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Meditation in a New York minute - Mark Thornton (2006)

Executive meditation coach Mark Thornton writes about a revolution―finding your deepest heart in everyday moments. In Meditation in a New York Minute, Thornton demystifies meditation and makes it accessible to all. He presents his complete program for enjoying the many benefits of meditation―stress reduction, energy, intense mental clarity―in a New York minute. "If your life is moving at warp speed," begins Thornton, "more than ever you need to create calm quickly and profoundly."

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Mind Over Mood - Dennis Greenberger (1995)

Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book's large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit

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Mind switch - Brian Head (1999)

A guide to self-hypnosis. Brian Head aims to give the reader the ability to switch from a negative consciousness to a positive subconscious state of mind. He explains how to use this techniques to transform your life and become the person you want to be.

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Mindful learning: reduce stress and improve brain performance for effective learning - Dr Craig Hassed & Dr Richard Chambers (2014)

Mindfulness is increasingly being used in educational environments as a proven way to help students: learn more effectively; develop personally; enhance their physical and emotional health; and, deal with study and exam-related demands. Written by two leading experts with many years of personal and clinical experience, 'Mindful Learning' provides practical insights and exercises on how to apply mindfulness in any educational setting. The result is a book that clearly sets out how you can: manage stress; improve performance; create better communication; develop more meaningful relationships; unlock creativity; improve mental flexibility and problem-solving ability; and, use technology wisely. Whatever your age, whatever your learning environment, mindfulness can make a positive difference, and 'Mindful Learning' shows you how.

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Moonbeam: A Book of Meditations for Children - Maureen Garth (1993)

Maureen Garth's popular meditations for children were born out of the author's desire to help her three-year-old daughter sleep soundly. Developing 'the gentle art of going within', her delightful stories helped her child - and many others around the world - to feel secure and to sleep peacefully. In Moonbeam, Garth invites her readers to accompany her on journeys into an imaginative world of animals, people and places. She shows parents how to use these imaginings with their children, helping them deal with their anxieties, develop their concentration and enhance their creativity.

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NLP - A Practical Guide to Achieving the Results You Want - Joseph O'Connor and Ian McDermott (2001)

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is the psychology of excellence. It is based on the practical skills that are used by all good communicators to obtain excellent results. These skills are invaluable for personal and professional development. This introductory guide includes: what NLP is; the four pillars of wisdom; how to use NLP in your life personally, spiritually and professionally; how to understand body language; how to achieve excellence in everything you do.

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No ordinary moments - Dan Millman (1992)

Every day, we face challenges in relationships, sexuality, money, work, and health. While there is a wealth of information and advice available on all of these subjects, we still have trouble turning knowing into doing. Here, Dan Millman presents a peaceful warrior's way to turn our intentions into action, our challenges into strength, and our life experiences into wisdom. Based on the premise that by changing ourselves we can change the world, No Ordinary Moments presents simple yet powerful ways to balance our body, liberate our mind, accept our emotions, and open our heart.

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Patanjali's Meditation Yoga - Vyn Bailey (1997)

A description of a mental and physical yoga program.

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Peace a Day at a Time - 365 Meditations for Wisdom and Serenity - Karen Casey (2011)

Karen Casey's daily meditation books have guided millions through their recovery and daily lives. 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. In this new collection Casey offers meditations for the next step in recovery: developing serenity in order to live a happier, more peaceful life. Drawn from her most popular meditation books, "Peace a Day at a Time" offers a classic meditation-a-day: an opening quote, a brief essay, and a takeaway message--for every day of the year. This powerful set of daily reminders on how to stay centered and find inner peace features a companion index with key theme words to reference any issue you are struggling with. Meditations include: * paying attention and listening to your inner voice * avoiding drama and letting go of blame * how to stop living from crisis to crisis * coping with fear, sorrow, anger, and pain * embracing change * practicing kindness, joy, hope, and acceptance Karen Casey is a popular workshop leader and speaker, whose groundbreaking "Each Day a New Beginning," a 365-day meditation book, has sold more than 2 million copies.

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Peace of mind - Dr Ian Gawler (1987)

Meditation’s ultimate goal is to generate Peace of Mind. In the process it produces many other tangible benefits. Meditation can transform your life. This best-selling classic clearly and completely sets out the many benefits and techniques of meditation. This information is presented in a style that combines the clear logic of the Western intellect with the intuitive insight of the Eastern mystic.This book is an excellent starting point for those seeking a clear, step-by-step introduction to meditation.

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Practising Happiness : How Mindfulness Can Free You From Psychological Traps and Help You Build the Life You Want - Ruth A. Baer (2014)

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention that originates in Eastern meditation traditions but is increasingly discussed and practised in Western culture. It is usually defined as focusing one's complete attention on present-moment experiences in a non-judgemental and accepting way. Buddhist traditions suggest that the cultivation of mindfulness through the practice of meditation reduces suffering and cultivates positive qualities, such as insight, wisdom, compassion and equanimity. In recent years, the Western mental health community has adapted mindfulness meditation practices for use in medical and mental health settings, and several interventions based on mindfulness training are now widely available. Those with the best scientific support include mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These treatments can be applied to a wide range of problems, disorders and populations and the evidence increasingly supports their efficacy. Practising Happiness is the first self-help book to integrate the wisdom, skills and practices available from the four leading evidence-based mindfulness treatments (MBSR, MBCT, DBT and ACT). FREE audio content and guided meditations are available at www.practising-happiness.co.uk

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Present Moment Awareness - Shannon Duncan (2003)

Filled with easy, accessible anecdotes and exercises, "Present Moment Awareness" shows readers how they can drop their emotional baggage, calm their worries about the future, and start enjoying the peace and happiness that can only be found in the present moment. Through a series of simple but enlightening concepts, Duncan, who retired a multimillionaire before the age of 30 and has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon, shows how we can discover the true causes of our stress and discontent, transform our emotions from rulers into advisors, and start enjoying our lives, right here and now.

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Relaxation for concentration, stress management and pain control - Edited by Carol Horrigan (1997)

Health care professionals who teach relaxation to patients in hospital, hospice or home will welcome this handbook. It teaches an effective method of self-help which is easy to learn, even for patients who have physical or mental health problems, or learning disabilities. It is useful for any patient in pain, or patients who may be preparing for changes in their pain or other symptoms. Based on the innovative work of Ursula Fleming, the book draws on her original clinical material. Appropriate updating and the addition of much new material ensures that it reflects the changed environment of health care. The approach is a positive one, enabling the user to remain in complete control of their levels of comfort in all situations, without the intervention of anyone else. Experiencing the power of the mind-body relaxation response allows them to apply the technique to any activity which may normally be interrupted by the constant flow of everyday thoughts. The method additionally conveys the ability to overcome many of the effects, and side-effects, of diseases and their orthodox treatments, e.g. chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Audio tapes which can be used for teaching, or by patients on their own, have been specially prepared by Carol Horrigan. They can be used in conjunction with the book or separately from it. Original tapes by Ursula Fleming are also available.

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Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman (2004)

The famed Peaceful Warrior confronts new challenges and emerges triumphant. Dan sets out on a worldwide quest to rediscover his sense of purpose and source of inspiration. In worlds of shadow and light, Dan encounters inner tests, mortal challenges, shocking revelations, and unforgettable characters as he ascends the warriors path to wisdom and peace. This is the sacred journey we all share, the journey to the Light that shines at the heart of all our lives.

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Seeking Silence in a Noisy World - Adam Ford (2011)

Seeking Silence in a Noisy World explores our existential search for mindful solitude, what it can mean, and how we can all benefit from peaceful solace.
Highly recommended -

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Senses - our forgotten identity - Cilla Sturt (2014)

Technology and an urban lifestyle has disconnected us from our senses, and our sensory identity. This has had a profoundly negative effect on our confidence, resilience and well being. To have true self-worth, we have to understand who we are from a sensory perspective. Sturt explores through her own personal journey, and cutting edge research, how we can get back to who we were designed to be.

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Speak Peace in a world of conflict - Marshall B Rosenberg, PhD (2005)

In every interaction, every conversation and in every thought, you have a choice - to promote peace or perpetuate violence. International peacemaker, mediator and healer, Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg shows you how the language you use is the key to enriching life. Take the first step to reduce violence, heal pain, resolve conflicts and spread peace on our planet - by developing an internal consciousness of peace rooted in the language you use each day. Speak Peace is filled with inspiring stories, lessons and ideas drawn from over 40 years of mediating conflicts and healing relationships in some of the most war torn, impoverished, and violent corners of the world. Speak Peace offers insight, practical skills, and powerful tools that will profoundly change your relationships and the course of your life for the better. Bestselling author of the internationally acclaimed, "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life." Discover how you can create an internal consciousness of peace as the first step toward effective personal, professional, and social change. Find complete chapters on the mechanics of Nonviolent Communication, effective conflict resolution, transforming business culture, transforming enemy images, addressing terrorism, transforming authoritarian structures, expressing and receiving gratitude, and social change.

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Sun Over Mountain - A Course in Creative Imagery - Jessica Williams Macbeth (2002)

Sun Over Mountain' is a course in the use of imagery to help us to choose and to create the lives that we want. In this book three strands are interwoven. As a 'how to' book, it explains in detail the creation and use of imagery journeys for a wide variety of purposes - relaxation, stress reduction, healing, insight, and inner growth. As a personal journey, it offers us a carefully planned guide to the exploration and transformation of our inner worlds and to changing the ways that we function in the outer world. As an inner re-education process, it helps us to develop a dynamic balance between left and right brain, leading us naturally to a more holistic way of thinking. We may then realise more of our creative potential in problem-solving, self-healing, personal development and joyous living. Muz Murray says, ' 'Sun Over Mountain' is the most fulfilling book of creative visualisation I have encountered. It is inspiring to read and even more to practise. You will journey with a very sensitive and sympathetic guide who well knows the way.' 'Sun Over Mountain' is suitable both for beginners and for therapists and teachers who wish to expand and enhance their use of imagery in groups or individual work. It is a companion of 'Moon Over Water', which covers another important aspect of inner work. Other books by Jessica MacBeth Moon Over Water

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The beginner's guide to self hypnosis - Ursula Markham (2003)

Self-hypnosis is widely recognised as a valuable tool for overcoming many of the problems associated with our modern lifestyle. This reassuring, informative and easy-to-understand introduction offers a range of easily mastered self-help techniques from which everyone can benefit. The author shows how to initiate self-hypnosis, and gives full information on how, when and where to practise it, with a range of induction exercises. This new book on the subject, by noted hypnotherapist Ursula Markham, explains how to induce hypnosis and improve your life. Problems such as smoking and bad eating habits, stress and phobias can all benefit by this simple process. It also tackles other areas of your life, like enhancing your sex life, easing conditions such as pre-menstrual tension, allergies, asthma and high blood pressure. Hypnosis can also teach you how to control pain and build confidence and self esteem.

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The calm technique - Paul Wilson (1985)

Beat stress through meditation, diet, exercise and other lifestyle adjustments. The book gives practical advice on all these areas, concentrating in particular on meditation.

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The Concise Book of Trigger Points, Third Edition - Simeon Niel-Asher (2014)

Since publication almost ten years ago, "The Concise Book of Trigger Points" has been translated into over twenty languages and become a best seller worldwide. This new edition has been completely updated with current research, evidence, and advanced techniques for manual therapy practitioners, and includes simple self-help protocols that the layperson can do at home. Containing full-color illustrations, this compact reference guide explains how to treat chronic pain through trigger point -- tender, painful nodules that form in muscle fibers and connective tissues. The easy reference format presents useful information about the trigger points relating to the main skeletal muscles, which are central to massage, bodywork, and physical therapy. The first six chapters provide a sound background to the physiology of trigger points, and the general methods of treatment. Chapters 7 through 12 are organized by muscle group, with the information about each muscle presented in a uniform accessible style. Each two-page spread gives detailed anatomical information, referred pain patterns, plus key trigger point information, practitioner protocols, and self-help information and drawings. "This book wonderfully describes the syndromes of myofascial pain that affect the skeletal muscles. The text is clear, with detailed information about the presentation of syndromes in each body region, and the illustrations show the referred pain patterns clearly. Individuals suffering from myofascial pain will find it useful in understanding and managing their symptoms." --"Dr. Bob Gerwin," MD, FAAN
Medical Director and President, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland "Simeon Niel-Asher has improved on an already wonderfully descriptive book on myofacial pain, trigger points, and syndromes. The text is clear, the diagrams excellent and the overall result is an excellent resource." --"Dr. Simon Vulfsons," MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pain Management Director, the Institute for Pain Medicine, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel "This book is a must-have for manual therapists serious about their craft, as well as for serious self-treaters who want to take their level of understanding and treatment independence to a higher level. The book is extremely well organized, well written, and concise. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate." --"Jonathan Reynolds," PhD, PT, co-owner and founder of Reynolds Rehabilitation Enterprises

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The Dynamic Way of Meditation - Dhiravamsa (1982)

Release and Cure of Pain and Suffering through Vipassana meditative Techniques

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The presence process - A Healing Journey into Present Moment Awareness - Michael Brown (2005)


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The relaxation response - Herbert Benson MD (1975)

When Dr. Herbert Benson introduced this simple, effective, mind/body approach to relieving stress twenty-five years ago, his book became an instant national bestseller. Since that time, millions of people have learned the secret--without high-priced lectures or prescription medicines. The Relaxation Response has become the classic reference recommended by most health care professionals and authorities to treat the harmful effects of stress.Discovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, this revitalizing, therapeutic approach is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical ailments. It requires only minutes to learn, and just ten to twenty minutes of practice twice a day.

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Think good Feel Good - Paul Stallard (2002)

Think Good -- Feel Good is an exciting and pioneering new practical resource in print and on the internet for undertaking CBT with children and young people. The materials have been developed by the author and trialled extensively in clinical work with children and young people presenting with a range of psychological problems. Paul Stallard introduces his resource by covering the basic theory and rationale behind CBT and how the workbook should be used. An attractive and lively workbook follows which covers the core elements used in CBT programmes but conveys these ideas to children and young people in an understandable way and uses real life examples familiar to them. The concepts introduced to the children can be applied to their own unique set of problems through the series of practical exercises and worksheets.*10 modules can be used as a complete programme, or adapted for individual use* Little else available for this age range* Can be used as homework or self--help material Available in print and as a downloadable resource on the internet.

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Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman (2000)

During his junior year at the University of California, while training to become a world-champion gymnast, Dan Millman stumbled on a 94-year-old mentor nicknamed Socrates, a powerful, unpredictable, and elusive character. He taught a way to maximize performance using a unique blend of Eastern philosophy and Western fitness to cultivate the true essence of a champion - the "way of the peaceful warrior." Millman's first-person account of his odyssey into realms of light, darkness, mind, body, and spirit has since become an international bestseller about the universal quest for happiness.Relaxation for concentration, stress management and pain control - Edited by Carol HorriganHealth care professionals who teach relaxation to patients in hospital, hospice or home will welcome this handbook. It teaches an effective method of self-help which is easy to learn, even for patients who have physical or mental health problems, or learning disabilities. It is useful for any patient in pain, or patients who may be preparing for changes in their pain or other symptoms. Based on the innovative work of Ursula Fleming, the book draws on her original clinical material. Appropriate updating and the addition of much new material ensures that it reflects the changed environment of health care. The approach is a positive one, enabling the user to remain in complete control of their levels of comfort in all situations, without the intervention of anyone else. Experiencing the power of the mind-body relaxation response allows them to apply the technique to any activity which may normally be interrupted by the constant flow of everyday thoughts. The method additionally conveys the ability to overcome many of the effects, and side-effects, of diseases and their orthodox treatments, e.g. chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Audio tapes which can be used for teaching, or by patients on their own, have been specially prepared by Carol Horrigan. They can be used in conjunction with the book or separately from it. Original tapes by Ursula Fleming are also available.

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Wellbeing and mindfulness - Jane Alexander (2015)

Wellbeing and Mindfulness guides you through the maze of holistic living and explains clearly and concisely how to incorporate natural health, emotional healing and spirituality into everyday life with simple, effective information and techniques that work. Encyclopaedic in scope, this is a guide to enjoying a healthier, happier life in the twenty-first century. Ultimately practical, the book offers a concise blueprint to the whole field of holistic health and is packed with exercises and tips for the reader to try. The book helps demystify often complex topics, presenting them in clear terms, and allows the reader to choose their own approach, they can either work through the book as a mental, spiritual and physical primer, or simply adopt a pick-and-mix approach, experimenting with whatever therapies or techniques appeal most.

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Depression


A day called hope - Gareth O'Callaghan (2004)

For years Gareth O'Callaghan, one of Ireland's most popular broadcasters, suffered severe depression. No one guessed that as soon as he was off air, he would retreat to his bed, sometimes suicidal thoughts, and barely able to function as a husband and father of three small children. In this candid and courageous account, he describes the nightmare he and his family lived through for so long. He looks back to his childhood where he believes his low self-esteem took root, and traces a pattern common to many. As soon as he was diagnosed, Gareth began a determined fight back to health. Now fully recovered and no longer on anti-depressants, he has emerged with a deep understanding of how depression takes hold - and how to loosen its grasp. Here he shares his insight, practical knowledge, and convictions in a mission to spread hope to all those affected by it.

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A secret sadness - Valerie E Whiffen, PhD (2006)

Can Your Relationships Make You Depressed? Past and current patterns, unrealistic expectations, and assumptions about your role in the lives of the people close to you may cause or worsen depression. A Secret Sadness offers a groundbreaking perspective on this phenomenon, as well as powerful tools you can use to explore this issue in your own life.Women experience depression at a higher rate than men, and researchers have recently uncovered evidence that suggests this may be due to the higher importance they place on their interpersonal relationships. Some of these researchers believe that women who struggle with relationships may be at higher risk for depression because their relationships are intertwined with their self-esteem and perceptions of personal success. This breakthrough book examines the often hidden relationship factors that make women depressed, the secret sadness that can last a lifetime.Using three detailed case studies from her own practice, author and psychologist Valerie Whiffen explains how interpersonal problems can contribute to feelings of depression. Her insightful narrative sheds light on these problems, and will help you begin your journey toward healing. You'll learn how to explore your own relationships with intimate partners, children, and parents -with an eye for how these relationships may contribute to feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and anxiety. You'll ultimately be able to use this information to help overcome depression. And if depression has touched the life of someone you love, this book will help you to understand her better. Revealing the secret sadness is the first step to moving beyond depression and into a life of balance and joy.

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All Blacks Don't Cry - John Kirwan (2014)

I've been to hell and I'm back. If you're in that same place, then I understand what you're going through.' John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers New Zealand, and world, rugby had ever seen. A prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby, he seemed to live a charmed life. But nobody knew, though, that behind closed doors 'JK' was living a life of torment. Afflicted with depression for many years - including those as a high-profile sportsman - Kirwan was able to survive by reaching out, seeking help from those closest to him. All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life. It is a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression. At my worst moments, I lost all sense of hope for the future. As I began to slowly get better, I began to be able to say to myself, 'This will pass, you'll get through this. Hang on to hope.' Also available as an eBook and an enhanced eBook with audio from John Kirwan.

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An Unquiet Mind - a memoir of moods and madness - Kay Redfield Jamison (2011)

Dr Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it first-hand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, she was affected by the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients. An "Unquiet Mind" is a memoir of enormous candour, courage, wit and wisdom, which examines manic depression from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and its cruel allure. First published fifteen years ago, it remains the definitive book on manic depression. "It stands alone in the literature of manic depression for its bravery, brilliance and beauty" (Oliver Sacks). "Affecting, honest, touching". (Will Self).

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Back from the Brink Too : Supporting Your Loved Ones Overcoming Depression - Graeme Cowan (2008)

This book details discussions with well-known and everyday Australians about their personal journey of enduring and overcoming clinical depression. Graeme asks the tough and poignant questions of each interviewee, offering insights into their often dark and tumultuous experience. The stories are honest, first-hand accounts from people like Petria Thomas, John Konrads, Geoff Gallop, Les Murray and Margaret Olley and offers inspiration and hope for sufferers and their friends and family that there can truly be a day when loved ones come a back from the brink. The interviews are written in a Q and A format and are supplemented by the results of a 3000-person survey, resources from multiple organisations and research from the Black Dog Institute.

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Back to life - Denie Hiestand (1997)

Self improvement and the meaning of life.

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Beyond the Baby Blues - Catherine Knox;Benison O''Reilly;Seana Smith (2011)

Beyond the Baby Blues' is the first comprehensive Australian resource guide to perinatal anxiety and depression (PND). Readers will receive solid scientific advice combined with the experiences of individuals and families affected and the professionals who treat them.The book includes the scientific explanation for PND that will come as a relief to many and an exploration of perinatal screening, the ideals and the realities, which also addresses how Australia compares with rest of world in this area.Caring professionals, family members and friends explain how they helped PND sufferers, as well as how their involvement affected their own lives, while self-care strategies will help parents take care of themselves and their families throughout life. This book is supportive and encouraging. It is deeply personal yet steeped in science.

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Darkness Visible : A Memoir of Madness - WILLIAM STYRON (1991)

A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.

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Dealing with depression - Gordon Parker (2005)

A brief, user-friendly guide to depression and mood disorders for sufferers, their families, and health professionals that care for them. Outlines the advantages and disadvantages of drug and non-drug treatments and offers advice on matching the different types of depression with their most appropriate treatment.

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Depression - Lifting the Cloud - Dr Christine Read (2003)

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Depression - the mood disease - Francis Mark Mondimore (1995)

Discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of depression, offers advice on living with the condition, and looks at mood disorders in children and the elderly, drug and alcohol abuse, and panic attacks

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Depression: Recognition and Treatment in General Practice - Berry Beaumont and David Haslam (2004)

Use of illegal drugs is a growing problem and the harmful effects of such drug use on health are considerable. GPs now have increased responsibility for the health care of drug misusers but many feel inadequately trained to take on this work and some consider that managing these patients in general practice is too challenging. The first edition of this book proved immensely popular and now fully revised and updated the second edition includes new sections on stimulants drug users with special needs families and continuing professional development and appraisal. It provides practical first-hand knowledge from contributors working the field and is essential reading for general practitioners practice nurses health visitors as well as self-help groups and organisations.

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Depression: Social and economic timebomb - Ann Dawson and Andre Tylee (2000)

Depression is one of the commonest disorders worldwide yet it continues to be underdiagnosed especially in men who tend not to present with classical symptoms. For the most part it is diagnosed and treated in primary care. However all too often the treatment is inappropriate or given for too short a time or is abandoned totally. More awareness of the condition, use of the Wellbeing index to identify potential depressives and appropriate management should be the norm. Depressive patients should not be stigmatised by their condition. This book offers pragmatic solutions to all these problems. This book is based on a major conference organised by the World Health Organisation in collaboration with the International Federation of Health Funds, Harvard Medical School and the Sir Robert Mond Memorial Trust.

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Deserving of Death: my journey to life - Fiona Denham (1996)

Deserving of Death' chronicles a personal battle to overcome anorexia, binging, purging and depression"

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Down Times: Teenage Depression : A Guide for Young People and Their Families - Leah Andrews and Sally Merry (1998)

New Zealand has the highest teen suicide rate in the Western world, and this book covers this complex and important topic in a sensitive, readable and informative way. The subjects covered include what is depression, how it is treated, what causes it and why it sometimes isn't recognized.

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Finding Hope - Louise Frame (2007)

Each of us is on a journey with our own struggles to overcome. For some, our struggles are visible to the outside world, for others, our struggles are hidden inside. Finding Hope is about Louise's journey through postnatal depression. It's about facing life and death, and it's about finding reasons for living. Finding Hope is about making choices: the choice to love and, most importantly, the choice to live. Through sharing her story, Louise hopes the journey of others will be made a little easier. May you learn that no matter what your struggle is, there is always hope.

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Hand-ME-down Blues - How to Stop Depression from Spreading in Families - Michael D Yapko (2000)

A powerful, family-based approach to understanding and treating depression that goes way beyond ProzacMany people have been led to believe that depression is caused simply by a chemical imbalance in the brain, and as a result they look to science for convenient answers, hoping that "a capsule a day will keep depression away." Unfortunately, this narrow focus on biology and the use of medications has often led people to overlook other important influences, such as how our families can affect emotional health in powerful ways."In Hand-Me-Down Blues, " Dr. Michael Yapko carefully describes how the family can play a crucial role in the development of and recovery from depression. Parents introduce their children to various life experiences and inevitably reveal their own values, perspectives, and biases. Children typically learn to interpret life events in the same way their parents do, and their interpretations can be a basis for depression. Once depression strikes, it distorts family relationships, splintering families as it spreads from one person to another like a virus. Thus, children can "inherit" depression less from their parents' genes and more from their parents' attitudes and behaviors.

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Hand-ME-down Blues : How to Stop Depression from Spreading in Families - Michael D. Yapko (1999)

A powerful, family-based approach to understanding and treating depression that goes way beyond Prozac. Many people have been led to believe that depression is caused simply by a chemical imbalance in the brain, and as a result they look to science for convenient answers, hoping that "a capsule a day will keep depression away." Unfortunately, this narrow focus on biology and the use of medications has often led people to overlook other important influences, such as how our family can affect emotional health in powerful ways. In "Hand-Me-Down Blues," Dr. Michael Yapko carefully describes how the family can play a crucial role in the development of and recovery from depression. Parents introduce their children to various life experiences and inevitably reveal their own values, perspectives, and biases. Children typically learn to interpret life events in the same way their parents do, and their interpretations can be a basis for depression. Once depression strikes, it distorts family relationships, splintering families as it spreads from one person to another like a virus. Thus, children can "inherit" depression less from their parents' genes and more from their parents' attitudes and behaviors. Consider, for example, how the behavior of an emotionally inexpressive parent can affect a child who is hungry for eye contact, a smile, a hug and a kiss. "The family that does not know its own power to hurt or heal its members is a family at risk for becoming overwhelmed and, yes, depressed." "Hand-Me-Down Blues "describes the family as a powerful agent not only in the development of depression but also in its resolution. Without blame, the book shows how families can deal effectively with depression, armed with much more than a prescription. Part I describes the nature of depression, including both its biological and social origins, and introduces you to a family systems perspective-- how depression can be a reflection of what's going on in a family. Part II covers how you can acquire depression from your family, bring this negative influence unintentionally into your marriage, and unconsciously pass it along to your children. Part III offers specific methods to help diminish depression's influence on your family, including being responsible to others, building family rituals, and developing realistic expectations. Dr. Yapko's solutions show you that you are not a victim and have more power than you may realize to change unhealthy situations and other people's responses to them. Did you learn depression from your family? Maybe. But this is one family legacy you don't have to carry on. "Hand-Me-Down Blues" shows how learning effective problem-solving and relationship skills can reduce and even "prevent "depression-- something no medication can ever do.

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I Had A Black Dog - Matthew Johnstone (2007)

There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.The Self Alone - Angela RossmanithExplores the meaning of loneliness and provides insights into experience. Raises several issues pertaining to loneliness and provides a suggestion for each, aimed at improving the reader's mental and physical well-being. Encourages a shift in the way we view loneliness and how to use it to transform our lives. The author is a writer and editor in the areas of health and personal development.

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Let them eat Prozac: The unhealthy relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and depression - David Healy (2010)

Prozac. Paxil. Zoloft. Turn on your television and you are likely to see a commercial for one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. We hear a lot about them, but do we really understand how these drugs work and what risks are involved for anyone who uses them?Let Them Eat Prozac explores the history of SSRIs - from their early development to their latest marketing campaigns - and the controversies that surround them. Initially, they seemed like wonder drugs for those with mild to moderate depression. When Prozac was released in the late 1980s, David Healy was among the psychiatrists who prescribed it. But he soon observed that some of these patients became agitated and even attempted suicide. Could the new wonder drug actually be making patients worse? Healy draws on his own research and expertise to demonstrate the potential hazards associated with these drugs. He intersperses case histories with insider accounts of the research leading to the development and approval of SSRIs as a treatment for depression. Let Them Eat Prozac clearly demonstrates that the problems go much deeper than a side-effect of a particular drug. The pharmaceutical industry would like us to believe that SSRIs can safely treat depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental problems. But, as Let Them Eat Prozac reveals, this "cure" may be worse than the disease.

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Liberation - The Perfect Holistic Antidote to Stress, Depression and Other Unhealthy States of Mind - The Barefoot Doctor (2004)

In massmarket for the first time, bestselling author Barefoot Doctor helps us overcome life-draining negativities such as fear, greed and frustration, which prevent us from living our lives to the full, using a series of self-help techniques culled from Taoism, Buddhism, Shamanism and humanism. In Liberation, bestselling author and media guru Barefoot Doctor shows us how to overcome emotions such as fear, greed and frustration that prevent us from fully living the unlimited life we all want- and can all have if we are willing to take the chance. The book uses a series if self-help techniques culled from Taoism, Buddhism, Shamanism and Humanism, as well as methods tried and proven in over 20 years' clinical practice by the author such as acupressure, affirmation, visualisation, energy manipulation and astral healing. Organised in sections such as 'Liberation from guilt' and 'Liberation from feeling like you're always in a rush', he offers and explanation of the blocking factor according to a Taoist/Buddhist/Shamanist/Humanist outlook, also likening the blocking factor to its corresponding vital organ and recommending self-treatment.

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Listening to Prozac - Peter D Kramer (1993)

Kramer (psychiatry, Brown U.) writes on "the capacity of modern medication to allow a person to experience, on a stable and continuing basis, the feelings of someone with a different temperament and history," as "one born with a different genome and exposed to a more benign world in childhood"

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Living with Prozac - Debra Elfenbein (1998)

Firsthand accounts of people who have taken the controversial, life-changing drug reveal the positive and profound benefits and transformations experienced and identify some of the problems that may be helped by Prozac

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My life as a side effect - Milissa Deitz (2004)

Depression is not a passive activity, it's exhausting. It's a pervasive and relentless despair, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2020 depression will be the second largest illness after heart disease. It is estimated that 10% of the Australian population will suffer a mental illness at some time in their lives. My Life As A Side Effect aims to define depression, overthrow stereotypes, and demistify and destigmatise it. Depression is an ongoing illness that requires understanding and treatment in the same way that diabetes does. Mental illness shouldn't be a valid excuse for anything and everything, but it can be unpredictable and debilitating and therefore knowledge and awareness will make the world a happier and easier place for all involved. Many people and their friends, family and colleagues don't know where or how to get help. This book will point them in the right direction and bring them understanding.

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No ordinary bloke: he rescued a village and saved himself - Donny Paterson (2006)

The former army engineer, with a history of chronic injuries, depression and addiction, was floating somewhere above rock bottom - aimless, traumatised, anchored only by his family - in particular, wife Tracey and the promising rugby league career of his son, future Newcastle Knights player, Corey. But something in the shocking devastation of the tsunami moved him. Within days, Donny was on a plane to Sri Lanka. Landing in Colombo he met three fellow travellers and together they took a chance and drove south. Arriving in the shattered village of Peraliya, they found a community without, food, water, medicine, homes or livelihood. The events that followed were remarkable ... a rescue effort, a village saved, an award-winning documentary, red-carpet treatment at film festivals, and, for Donny, a Cannes penthouse stay as guest of actor Sean Penn. How could this have happened to an ordinary Aussie bloke? Rough diamond Donny is proof of what can occur when the extraordinary deep within is tapped.

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Overcoming depression - Demitri Papalos M.D. and Janice Papalos (1997)

More than 20 million Americans will suffer an episode of depression or mania during their lifetimes, and one in five American families will feel its impact directly. For these families, "Overcoming Depression" is the essential resource. Since its first publication in 1987, it has become the book most often recommended by doctors to their depressed patients because it clearly and sympathetically presents state-of-the-art medical information and the solid, practical advice that patients and their families need to participate actively in diagnosis and treatment. Now featuring all-new data on the latest drugs, research, treatment, and medical insurance, it also includes a frank discussion of psychiatric therapy in the era of managed care."Helpful and practical information for depressed persons and their families." "--Los Angeles Times" "Overcoming Depression" is now "the" book, the first book that should be read by laypersons and all health professionals who are concerned with depressive illness in all its forms." "--National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Newsletter" "Concise, clearly written, and up-to-date. An excellent resource for patients and families afflicted by depression and manic-depressive illness."--E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., author of "Surviving Schizophrenia" "This is the best book on depression for general audiences that I have ever seen....I strongly recommend this book."--Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Texas at Galveston"The most comprehensive book available for the layperson on depression. A storehouse of useful, indeed essential, information."--Donald F. Klein, M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Sane new world - Ruby Wax (2013)

Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the manual to saner living.

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Sharing the load - Gwendoline Smith (1996)

Depression is a common disorder, but it is surrounded by ignorance, fear and prejudice. As a clinical psychologist, Gwendoline Smith has worked with many depressed people, but it wasn't until she suffered depression herself that she fully appreicated how these factors can prevent effective treatment. In Sharing the Load. she faces these issues and combines personal experience, cvlinical information and common-sense advice for all those who have to deal with depression, including post-partum and adolescent depression.

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Taming the black dog - Bev Aisbett (2000)

Don't want to get out of bed in the morning? Feeling as though the light is fading at the end of the tunnel? You may be suffering from depression, a condition Winston Churchill referred to as the Black Dog. Taming the Black Dog is a simple guide to managing depression, which an estimated 1 in 5 people will suffer in one form or another at some time in their lives. Modelled on Bev Aisbett' s successful LIVING WITH IT, TAMING THE BLACK DOG has a unique blend of wit and information and is an invaluable guide for both chronic sufferers of depression as well as anyone with a fit of 'the blues'.

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Taming the Tiger - Michael Morrissey (2011)

This is the story of one man's experience of manic depression. Award-winning author Michael Morrissey gives the reader a frank account of his journey through two serious bipolar episodes. Despite the seriousness of the illness, he tells his story in a riveting and lively manner. Michael's manic delusions include a fantastical get rich diet scheme intended to make him the richest man in the world and enable him to save very endangered species on the planet; levitating from the lawn; and being the Messiah - alas no miracles performed. While in Malaysia, he tries to give an inappropriately irreverent speech at a Chinese Wedding and on arriving back in Auckland succeeds in saving 4000 books from pulping. Later, he spent time in a psychiatric unit where he reports, "Everyone inside seems mad except yourself." Fellow sufferers will find a compassionate understanding of what they are going through, just as Michael found encouragement from other writers. This book should be compulsory reading for psychiatric professionals to help them understand how they should regard and care for their patients. The general reader will find much of the story amusing and revealing. Some will find their attitudes towards mental illness radically challenged. This is a well written and original story which deserves a wide readership. Michael has succeeded in taming his 'Tiger' and he shares his struggle in an honest and moving way. Michael Morrissey has published twenty books of poetry and fiction and has a lifetime's experience as a writer. This book is probably his most important work so far.

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The answer: how nature can help you when life seems too hard - Lindsey Dawson (2007)

Feeling stressed, harassed, lost or stuck on your path in life? Here's the perfect inspirational book for you (or an ideal gift for an extrabusy friend). In a world going mad, where 'natural', 'green' and 'fresh' are the concepts we're all turning to for a sense of ease, The Answer is a lovely book of nature images with a brief story (just a few lines per page) that begs to be browsed by all those whose lives need unfrazzling. What's it like? Think lush, colourful, fresh, real, abundant, affirming. It puts you,the reader, in touch with Mother Nature and what she can tell you about life. Its 100 pages feature great pictures teamed with a progressive, conversational story-line that'll keep readers going right to the end. What's it not like? All those existing little books of pretty pictures paired with random, well-worn quotes.

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The Beast - Tracy Thompson (1995)

A reporter for The Washington Post meticulously describes her life-long struggle with depression, recounting her painful efforts to comprehend and treat her illness. BOMC Main. First serial, Washington Post Magazine & Cosmopolitan.

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The Ghost in the House - Mothers, Children and Depression - Tracy Thompson (2006)

Thousands of women are affected by depression every year, suffering individual episodes at nearly twice the rate that men do. The prime years for depression are also, not coincidentally, the primary childbearing years: between 25 and 44. In The Ghost in the House, award-winning reporter Tracy Thompson explores the science and psychology of maternal depression, integrating her own experiences as a mother and depression sufferer with survey results from 400 mothers who have been diagnosed with major depression. It is an illness at the intersection of genetic vulnerability and environment - in this case, the unprecedented level of stress that mothers live with today. By its very nature, it affects the lives of the children who grow up in its shadow - a fact long known to scientists but rarely discussed. Thompson's top-notch science writing builds on the tradition of blending memoir with journalism to put a human face on a common, and much misunderstood psychological state. A book every woman and mother must readm it is groundbreaking in its research, evocative, hopeful, graceful and tough.

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The Noonday Demon: an anatomy of depression - Andrew Solomon (1995)

Like Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history, as Andrew Solomon narrates, brilliantly and terrifyingly, his own agonising experience of depression.Solomon also portrays the pain of others, in different cultures and societies whose lives have been shattered by depression and uncovers the historical, social, biological, chemical and medical implications of this crippling disease. He takes us through the halls of mental hospitals where some of his subjects have been imprisoned for decades; into the research labs; to the burdened and afflicted poor, rural and urban. He talks to faith healers and voyages around the world in a quest for folk wisdom. He analyses the medications of today as well as reviewing the politics of diagnosis and treatment and, perhaps most significantly, he looks at the vital role of will and love in the process of recovery.

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The Nutter's Club - Mike King (2011)

Mike King's Sunday night radio show on Radio Live - The Nutter's Club - is hugely popular because it's a forum where those with all manner of mental health issues can discuss their stories in a warm and accepting environment. Mike asks the questions and leads the guests through their story and he and psychiatrist David Codyre (aka The Nutcracker) comment and talk about ways of coping. It's always very positive. This has led to a very active Facebook page and now to a TV show on Maori TV, which is essentially a show of the radio show. The book focuses on 12 key people's stories - they each describe a different issue eg depression, alcoholism, bipolar disorder etc. There is running commentary from both Mike and David - and the effect is that we learn a lot about coping mechanisms along the way without being preached at. Includes stories from Mike Chunn and denise L'Estrange Corbet. The book also includes Mike King's own story of battling with drugs, alcohol and depression.

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The Other Side of Blue : What We Learn Through Overcoming Adversity - Michael Colling (2011)

At some point we all face tragedy, misfortune or hardship. That is why stories of people overcoming adversity can be so powerful. They demonstrate triumphs of the human spirit in the face of obstacles. The Other Side of Blue is an anthology of twenty stories, from Australians mainly in their 20s and 30s, that provide hope for those struggling with tough issues in their lives. The contributions span many daunting and complex challenges: from surviving childhood sexual abuse, to family breakdowns, 'coming out', domestic violence, depression, recovery from severe injury and coping with the death of a loved one. While the majority of stories are from everyday people, well-known personalities Jess Hardy from Big Brother, Olympic hurdler Kyle van der Kuyp and Chris Cheney from The Living End also share their struggles. Life spares no-one tough times. But as many of these stories demonstrate, adversity in the midst of vulnerability provides the impetus for courage, personal determination and new insights. For those who are finding life tough, these stories show that you're not alone: others have also faced these things and survived. We hope they inspire you to find your way through ...to the other side of blue.

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The Self Alone - Angela Rossmanith (1995)

Explores the meaning of loneliness and provides insights into experience. Raises several issues pertaining to loneliness and provides a suggestion for each, aimed at improving the reader's mental and physical well-being. Encourages a shift in the way we view loneliness and how to use it to transform our lives. The author is a writer and editor in the areas of health and personal development.

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The UltraMind Solution - Mark Hyman, M.D. (2002)

Broken brains go by many names -- depression, anxiety, memory loss, brain fog, attention deficit disorder, autism, and dementia, to name a few -- and show up in radically different ways from person to person, making each seem like a separate problem. But the truth is that these "diagnoses" are all the result of a few basic problems with our biology. Pinpoint these biological problems, fix them, and let your body's natural healing intelligence take over to repair your brain.

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Well Connected: Journey to Mental Health - Suzanne Tocher (2001)

A personal journey through mental illness, hospital treatment and later rehabilitation in the 1970s and 1980s in New Zealand.

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No One Gives You Chocolates - Ellen Munro (2005)

Personal stories of depression and recovery. Practical steps towards overcoming depression. How family and friends can help. List of support organisations

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Dyslexia


Dyslexia no more: now I can read - Marilyn Liguori (2008)

Sally Prince's amazing story

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Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention - Nancy Mather and Barbara J Wendling (2011)

User-friendly and accessible, this indispensible guide combines research, assessment, and treatment interventions of dyslexia in one concise volume. The authors address the components that need to be considered in the assessment of dyslexia, both cognitive and academic, and include descriptions of the various tests that might be utilized in a comprehensive dyslexia assessment.

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Reading by the colours: Overcoming dyslexia and other reading disabilities through the Irlen Method - Helen Irlen (1991)

As seen on "60 Minutes" -- overcoming dyslexia and other reading disabilities through the Irlen Method.The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity handbook: Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and related conditions - Sarah HendrickxIncreasing numbers of adults are realising that they have been living with an undiagnosed developmental condition, yet most information and support focuses on children. This leaves many adults confused and in the dark. The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook is a handy first-reference point guide to the full range of developmental conditions as they affect adolescents and adults. Each chapter focuses on a different condition, describing its history, causes and characteristics, its implications for the individual, diagnosis and assessment, treatments and approaches, and strategies for providing support and self-support. A wide range of conditions are covered, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, OCD, Tourette's and Anxiety Disorders. The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook is an invaluable resource for health and social care practitioners, as well as for individuals who feel that they may be living with an undiagnosed developmental condition.

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Smart but feeling dumb: New research on dyslexia and how it may help you - Harold N Levinson M.D. (2003)

Millions of Americans know the pain, frustration, and sense of inferiority caused by the learning disability known as dyslexia--characterized by reading, writing, and spelling reversals. Dr. Harold N. Levinson's more than 20 years of research resulted in discoveries that offer new hope to those with dyslexia. Now research clearly demonstrates that dyslexia could be acquired as a result of ear infections and other common syndromes; that dyslexia might be associated with a wide range of serious disorders such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and deafness; that the hidden dyslexic component of these disorders could be effectively treated; and that most phobias and many so-called mental, emotional, and psychosomatic disturbances are caused by the same physical distrubance underlying dyslexia. This new edition is updated to include expanded research that Dr. Levinson has undertaken over the last eight years.Smart But Feeling Dumb was originally published in Warner trade paperback in 1988. There are more than 42,000 copies in print.One out of every five people is affected by dyslexia, including 50 million Americans. The condition is often misdiagnosed and mistreated.Dr. Harold Levinson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center and Director of the Medical Dyslexic Treatment Center in New York. He has two daughters who both struggle with dyslexia

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The Gift of Dyslexia - Ronald D. Davis (2010)

Subtitled, "Why Some Of The Brightest People Can't Read & How They Can Learn". The standard work on dyslexia, revised and updated with additional chapters. Already reprinted 19 times, with sales of over 80,000 copies.

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To read or not to read - Daphne M Hurford (2012)

Winner of the 1999 Margot Marek Book Award, which is given by the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association for "the best book, fiction or nonfiction, written for parents and their children that will further their understanding of learning disabilities." Dyslexia is a disorder that affects over 15 percent of the American population -- almost everyone knows someone who has it. Broadly defined as some kind of difficulty with the written word, whether learning to read or learning to write, dyslexia is still widely misunderstood. Now, with "To Read or Not to Read, " author Daphne M. Hurford gives us the first comprehensive book to address the complexities of dyslexia in an open and thoughtful format. In ten easy-to-follow chapters, Hurford explains what it is like to live with dyslexia through stories of well-known dyslexics (including Winston Churchill and Nelson Rockefeller) as well as her own students, and shows how to tailor educational programs to meet individual needs. She also explores what can be done to help dyslexics by evaluating the different educational programs and teaching methods available, and she provides a detailed list of reliable institutions that work with dyslexics and their families. Written with a deep sense of compassion and understanding, "To Read or Not to Read" is a welcome resource for anyone who knows the experience of living and learning with dyslexia.No image

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Dyspraxia


Coping with Dyspraxia - Jill Eckersley (2010)

Dyspraxia, which involves difficulties with physical co-ordination, is believed to affect up to 10% of the population. Children with dyspraxia may find it hard to learn to write, tie shoelaces or join in PE lessons at school. Adults with dyspraxia may find everyday tasks problematic, such as driving, having a bath, playing sport or, in some cases, even speaking clearly. This updated edition of Coping with Dyspraxia explains how this condition may affect people at any stage of life, and looks at how to cope with it. Topics include; what causes dyspraxia?, getting a diagnosis, help for nursery- and school-age children, life skills for teenagers, support for adults, conventional treatment, complementary therapies, the future, sources of further information. Jill Eckersley provides the latest thinking on this complex condition, and suggests practical ways to make life with dyspraxia easier.Living with Dyspraxia - Mary Colley 2006)This book provides a diverse range of basic information and practical advice for adults with dyspraxia. Colley is able to describe in detail the impact that coordination and motor learning difficulties can have on many everyday activities, including cooking, shopping, sewing, gardening and swallowing medicines. This book provides a very readable, comprehensive and useful resource for adults with dyspraxia and their carers. It might also be useful for clinicians who are new to the field and have limited practical experience.' - British Journal of Occupational Therapy 'This concise and interestingly written handbook is aimed at helping dyspraxic adults to understand their condition and its impact on work, study, social relationships and leisure activities. It contains practical tips on everyday living, including voice control, body language, cooking, study skills, driving and self-care. Especially fascinating are the accounts by four dyspraxic adults of their own experiences. I would recommend the book to teachers and parents, student therapists and clinicians (especially those working in a multidisciplinary setting) who need an insight into developmental dyspraxia as experienced by adolescent and adult clients and an overview of the help available.' - Speech and Language Therapy in Practice For people with Developmental Dyspraxia, everyday life can pose a multitude of problems. Tasks the majority of people would find simple can often be taxing and fraught with difficulty. Living with Dyspraxia was written to help all adults with Dyspraxia tackle the everyday situations that many people take for granted. It is full of practical advice on everything from getting a diagnosis to learning how to manage household chores. Important topics are addressed, such as self-esteem, whether to disclose your condition within the workplace, how to communicate more effectively and also how Dyspraxia often interacts with other conditions, such as Dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. This practical resource will be of use to adults with Dyspraxia, the professionals and families members who come into contact with them as well as those who simply wish to learn more about Dyspraxia.The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-diversity handbook: ASerger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and related conditions - Sarah HendrickxIncreasing numbers of adults are realising that they have been living with an undiagnosed developmental condition, yet most information and support focuses on children. This leaves many adults confused and in the dark. The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook is a handy first-reference point guide to the full range of developmental conditions as they affect adolescents and adults. Each chapter focuses on a different condition, describing its history, causes and characteristics, its implications for the individual, diagnosis and assessment, treatments and approaches, and strategies for providing support and self-support. A wide range of conditions are covered, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, OCD, Tourette's and Anxiety Disorders. The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook is an invaluable resource for health and social care practitioners, as well as for individuals who feel that they may be living with an undiagnosed developmental condition.

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Dyspraxia - Geoff Brookes (2005)

Since the publication of the ground-breaking report All Our Futures: Creativity

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Living with Dyspraxia - Mary Colley (2006)

This book provides a diverse range of basic information and practical advice for adults with dyspraxia. Colley is able to describe in detail the impact that coordination and motor learning difficulties can have on many everyday activities, including cooking, shopping, sewing, gardening and swallowing medicines. This book provides a very readable, comprehensive and useful resource for adults with dyspraxia and their carers. It might also be useful for clinicians who are new to the field and have limited practical experience.' - British Journal of Occupational Therapy 'This concise and interestingly written handbook is aimed at helping dyspraxic adults to understand their condition and its impact on work, study, social relationships and leisure activities. It contains practical tips on everyday living, including voice control, body language, cooking, study skills, driving and self-care. Especially fascinating are the accounts by four dyspraxic adults of their own experiences. I would recommend the book to teachers and parents, student therapists and clinicians (especially those working in a multidisciplinary setting) who need an insight into developmental dyspraxia as experienced by adolescent and adult clients and an overview of the help available.' - Speech and Language Therapy in Practice For people with Developmental Dyspraxia, everyday life can pose a multitude of problems. Tasks the majority of people would find simple can often be taxing and fraught with difficulty. Living with Dyspraxia was written to help all adults with Dyspraxia tackle the everyday situations that many people take for granted. It is full of practical advice on everything from getting a diagnosis to learning how to manage household chores. Important topics are addressed, such as self-esteem, whether to disclose your condition within the workplace, how to communicate more effectively and also how Dyspraxia often interacts with other conditions, such as Dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. This practical resource will be of use to adults with Dyspraxia, the professionals and families members who come into contact with them as well as those who simply wish to learn more about Dyspraxia.

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Understanding Motor Skills in Children with Dyspraxia ADHD Autism and Other Learning Disabilities: A Guide to Improving Coordination - Lisa A. Kurtz (2007)

Understanding Motor Skills in Children with Dyspraxia ADHD Autism and Other Learning Disabilities Children with learning disabilities often have coordination problems. This manual for parents and professionals offers advice on how to recognize normal and abnormal motor development when and how to seek help and specific teaching strategies to help children with coordination difficulties succeed in the classroom playground and home. Full description

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Dystonia


A Classical Guitarist's Story of recovery from Focal Dystonia, or Musician's Focal Dystonia of the hand - Apostolos Paraskevas (2013)

I was struck almost overnight by focal dystonia (FD) to my right hand after a concert. I invested close to 7,000 hours in successful self-rehabilitation over a period of four years and am now symptom free. My rehabilitation was based on reducing tension in my hand and retraining my brain through proper, relaxed hand movements, practiced extensively. In this article I share my path to recovery in hopes of helping other musicians with FD.

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Living in a body with a mind of it's own - Reverend Mike Beck (2013)

For the past 20 years, I have lived with a rare and currently incurable neurological illness known a dystonia. This illness can affect numerous different muscles in the body causing them to spasm in ways we cannot control, forcing us to "live in a body with a mind of its own." This book was written to be of help to individuals who struggle with this frustrating and often painful illness. However, it contains valuable lessons for anyone dealing with adversity. If you are struggling with illness, the death of a loved one, depression, a broken relationship, the loss of a job, or dealing with one of life's many transitions, this book is also for you. People with dystonia and other individuals will find many of the same feelings described in the book resonating within you. Once you have come to grips with the emotions involved in your own adversity, you are ready to roll up your sleeves and deal with "life as it is" in a more positive manner. Join me on a road you never expected to travel and filled with numerous twists and turns along the way. The journey may never end in this life, but my hope is that by reading this book life's road will become a little easier for you to travel. Rev. Mike BeckEpilepsy and Pregnancy: What Every Woman with Epilepsy Should Know - Stacey Chillemi

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Living well with Dystonia: A Patient Guide - Dniel Truong MD, Mayank Pathak MD, Karen Frei MD (2010)

Dystonia is a movement disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily. According to the Dystonia Medical Foundation, estimates suggest that no less than 300,000 people in North America are coping with some form of dystonia. "Living Well with Dystonia: A Patient Guide" provides comprehensive information on cervical dystonia, spasmodic dysphonia, and focal dystonia. This book is for individuals with various forms of dystonia who want to adjust lifestyle activities to accommodate this chronic condition, but do not want the disorder to define them. The book provides an overview of diagnosis and treatment, medical advice, rehabilitation exercises that help alleviate symptoms, patient resources, and personal vignettes that help readers through the initial onset of symptoms, progression of the disorder, and assist them in seeking medical care, diagnosis, and treatment. Its chapters cover: What is Dystonia; Diagnosis; Treatment; Rehabilitation exercises; Personal vignettes; and, Resources.

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Energetic Medicine


Magnetic healing and other realities - Colin Lambert (1987)

A renowned magnetic healer and psychic investigator dares to question the accepted beliefs of medical science and religion. Read his fascinating alternatives

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A guide to polarity therapy - Maruti Seidman (2000)

This book explains the polarity system of healing, which combines diet, exercise, hands-on techniques, and positive attitudes to tap into spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional energies. Twenty-one different healing treatments are described in detail.

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A revolutionary way of thinking: from a near fatal accident to a new science of healing - Dr Charles Krebs (2009)

On the morning of January 22, 1982, Dr. Charles Krebs was a fit 35 year old with a world of possibilities at his feet. By the evening he was a quadriplegic facing death or at least, a life sentence of physical and mental disability. Possessing both the knowledge of human anatomy and an indomitable will, Charles Krebs decided that whatever it took, he would walk again. In seeking the scientific explanation for his own miraculous recovery, Dr. Krebs synthesised the vast bounty of knowledge of the function of the human body and brain - from the 5,000 year old texts of the East to the very frontiers of Western neuroscience.

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An Introduction to the lightning process - Phil Parker (2012)

You may have already heard about the extraordinary results achieved by people using the Phil Parker Lightning Process[registered] to transform and enhance their lives, health and success. This book has been designed both as an essential first step for all those intending to take a Lightning Process[registered] seminar and also as a resource for discovering more about this unique training programme. Thousands worldwide have achieved extraordinary results using the Phil Parker Lightning Process[registered]. The Lightning Process[registered] can bring about incredible results in many areas where nothing else has worked, including: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME; Multiple Sclerosis; Ibs/Digestive Issues; Chronic Pain; Addiction; Depression; Weight Loss; Low Self-Esteem; Anxiety/Stress/Panic Attacks; and Eating Disorders. Transform your health and wellbeing by learning the first steps of one of the most empowering mind-body trainings in the world.

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Aura-soma - Irene Dalichow (1997)

Mike Booth is the principal of the Art and Science International Academy of Colour Technologies and chairman of Aura-Soma Products Ltd., having studied and practiced Aura-Soma for more than twenty years, seven of which were caring for and working with Aura-Soma's founder, Vicky Wall. He lives in England and teaches Aura-Soma throughout the world. Carol McKnight is an Aura-Soma teacher, a licensed psychologist, M.A., and a licensed clinical mental health counselor with a private practice in Vermont.

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Chi Nei Tsang: Chi Massage for the vital organs - Mantak Chia (2007)

The techniques of Chi Nei Tsang evolved in Asia during an era when few physicians were available and people had to know how to heal themselves. Many people today have symptoms that modern medicine is not able to cure because a physical source for the problem is not easily found. The energies of negative emotions, stress, and tension--all common in modern life--and the weight of past illness accumulate in the abdominal center, causing energy blockages and congestion. When this occurs, all vital functions stagnate and myriad problems arise. By practicing the techniques of Chi Nei Tsang, this stagnation is removed and the vital organs surrounding the navel center are detoxified and rejuvenated. Master Chia teaches readers how to avoid absorbing negative energies from others and take full charge of their health through the self-healing techniques of Chi Nei Tsang. He offers fully illustrated exercises that show how to detoxify the internal organs and clear the energy (chi) channels throughout the body. He also presents methods for balancing emotions, managing stress, and observing the body in order to recognize, ameliorate, and prevent maladies before they become a problem.

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Craniosacral therapy - John E Upledger and Jon D Vredevoogd (1983)

With the troubling side effects and surging costs of medications and surgery, Americans are increasingly turning to CranioSacral Therapy as an effective, drug-free, and non-invasive therapy. A gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system -- the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord -- CST boosts the body's natural healing processes and has proven efficacious for a wide range of medical problems from migraines, learning disabilities, and post-traumatic stress disorder to fibromyalgia, chronic neck and back pain, and TMJ.

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Cunningham's Encyclopaedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic - Scott Cunningham (1987)

Practice an ancient magic that is both natural and powerful--the elemental Earth magic of crystals, stones, and metals. This comprehensive and clear guidebook by Scott Cunningham has introduced over 200,000 readers to the secrets of over 100 gems and metals. Learn how to find and cleanse stones and use them in divinations, spells, and tarot card readings. Discover how to determine the energies and stories contained within each stone, and the symbolic meanings of a stone's color and shape. Also included in this classic guide: --A 16-page full-color insert, new with this edition --Birthstone and jewelry magic lore --Tables listing both planetary and elementary rulers of stones, magical intentions, and magical substitutions

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Electromagnetic Colour Healing - The Challenge - Don Brooker (2000)

Text about the alternative healing process of colour therapy. Text discusses such issues as: what colour healing can do; nutrition; use of colour therapy for animals, how to treat infections with colour therapy and how to dowse and diagnose with colour.

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Emotion and healing in the energy body - Robert Henderson (2015)

A comprehensive guide to emotional blockages in the energy body and their physical manifestations - Details how emotional trauma, long-term stress, and environmental influences cause energy blockages in the subtle body that affect the physical body - Explores more than 30 specific physical ailments, detailing the energetic origins of each condition and which meridians, chakras, and points are affected - Explains how to interpret and work with energies released in massage and during yoga practice In this comprehensive guide to subtle energy and its associated physical manifestations, Robert Henderson reveals how the discomfort and pain you carry in your physical body is related to the energies of the life you have experienced. The author explains the eight types of subtle energy: Emotional, which carries anger, fear, love, and other emotions; Mental, which affects patterns of behavior, beliefs, actions, and memories; Spiritual, which influences intuition, inspiration, and transcendent states; Sexual, which affects creativity, spontaneity, and excitement; Environmental, which arises from stress at work, tension at home, and other outside influences; Interpersonal, which comes from interactions with family, lovers, and friends; Ancestral, the energy of the lives of your parents up to the time of your conception; and Karmic, the energy of your past lives. Detailing how these energies are drawn in by the chakras and distributed throughout the body by the meridians, the author explains how suffering acute emotional trauma or long-term stress causes negative energies to accumulate in the energy body much like fat deposits. Our physical body reacts to these energy blockages, leading to physical conditions such as closed hips, tight hamstrings, digestive distress, chronic pain, and persistent tension in areas like the shoulders. The author explores more than 30 specific physical ailments, providing the energetic origins of each condition, the exact location of the corresponding energy blockage, and which meridians, chakras, and points are affected. He covers sexual energy in depth, explaining how to handle repressed energy as it is released during yoga or massage. As the author shows, physical ailments caused by the energies of hurtful life events can be healed through massage and yoga, allowing you to become open to the free and spontaneous circulation of energy through the subtle body.

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Empower Your Life with Reiki - Focus Your Body's Energy for Deep Relaxation and Inner Peace - Richard Ellis (2000)

Reiki can help improve physical and emotional symptoms from minor complaints to more serious conditions. A Reiki practitioner is used as a channel for energy, which is passed through his hands to the recipient, activating the body's natural ability to heal itself. In this way, the patient's natural balance is restored, both physically and mentally. It is important that potential patients and students learn the nature of this therapy, what they can expect from it and how they can learn to do it themselves. This book addresses all of these issues, and with the help of over 200 illustrations, it explains what Reiki is and how it is taught, learned and practised.

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Empowerment through Reiki - Lotus Light (1998)

Reiki is a Japanese term which means "universal life energy" -i.e. the energy that lives in all creation, that is inherent to all living beings and that nourishes them and keeps them alive. This book describes exactly how Reiki energy works, the way it can be used and the effects that can be achieved with its help.

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Energy Medicine - Donna Eden (2008)

In this updated and expanded edition of her alternative-health classic, Eden shows readers how they can understand their body's energy systems to promote healing.

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Homeopathic Science and Modern Medicine - Harris L Coulter, PhD (1980)

Harris Coulter is the outstanding historian of homoeopathic medicine and of the continuing disputes which have divided it from allopathic (orthodox) medicine. In this volume he marshalls theoretical speculations and experimental evidence to build the beginnings of the bridge between the two approaches. At a time when so many people continue to suffer fropm chronic illness and from the side effects of stndard drugs which sometimes do not cure them, Dr. Coulter's pioneering efforts to present and explain ane explain a more holistic therapeutic system must be applauded. - James S, Gordon, M.D. Research Psychiatrist, NIMH

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Homeopathy - the modern prescriber - Henrietta Wells (2002)

Gives practical step by step instructions on prescibing homeopathic remedies in many first aid situations, from wounds and injuries of all kinds, burns, dog bites and wasp stings, to teething babies. Also gives advice on how to treat coughs, colds, fevers, flu, food poisoning and hangovers.

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Homoeopathic Remedies for Children - Phyllis Speight (2005)

This is a simple and clear description of how homoeopathy works with particular reference to children's complaints. A short section addressing itself to parents is followed by the introduction of the correct remedy selection and an idea of what homoeopathic remedies mean, with a list of twenty-five regularly required medicines used in the homeopathic pharmacopoeia.

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Practical Guide to Reiki - an Ancient Healing Art - Klaudia Hochhuth (1996)

Classic book on an ancient art of natural healing rediscovered 100 years ago in Japan, now reprinted and updated. It tells of the gentle art of Reiki and leads readers through all aspects, from the initiation to the Master's Path. A must for all Reiki students and practitioners.

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Practical Reiki - Richard Ellis (1999)

Reiki, the simple laying-on of hands, can channel life-empowering energy and heal physical and emotional ailments! By focusing on the seven chakras--powerful centers throughout the body that interact with an ocean of energy--the ancient art of Reiki activates the body's natural ability to cure itself and restores its natural balance. Rise through the three levels of Reiki, at each stage passing through initiations and encountering sacred symbols. Learn how energy travels through the hands and how to perform a foundation treatment that consists of 16 positions--or treat someone to a shorter, quicker version. Use thought as energy to work on conflicts at home or the office, and develop a deeper sense of empathy. With information on curing specific conditions, guidance on meditation and exercises to raise self-awareness, and ideas for creating a healing space, you'll be well on your way to a life-altering experience.

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Sacred Space - Denise Linn (2005)

Our homes are mirrors of ourselves. Through them we can interface with the universe.' Everything in the universe is composed of constantly changing energy, including our homes and their contents. By clearing and enhancing this energy, we can turn our living spaces not only into sanctuaries for ourselves but also into places which radiate positive energy for the benefit of others. In this fascinating and unusual book, international lecturer and healer Denise Linn shows how we can infuse our homes (and offices) with a sense of cosmic order so they become nurturing centres of strength and health. Drawing upon her Cherokee Indian heritage, as well as the knowledge she has personally collected from the native traditions around the world, Denise offers simple but effective techniques including how to use: --Feng Shui --Spirit Smoke --Purifying Fire --Mystic Sound --The Way of the Shaman to help us create a sacred space wherever we make our home.

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Subtle Aromatherapy - Patricia Davis (2005)

Although the use of essential oils to help physical, mental and emotional problems has been thoroughly investigated and described over the past few decades, this is the first book devoted solely to their use on a subtle or spiritual level. Written by the author of the best-selling aromatherapy book of all time, Aromatherapy An A-Z, it examines the applications of aromatherapy in personal and spiritual growth, meditation and healing. Topics covered include Vibrational Healing, The Role of the Healer, Methods of Use, Chakra Energy, Essential Oils and Crystals, Meditation etc., etc., with detailed notes on the subtle properties of the individual oils.

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Synopsis of chinese acupuncture - W.C.Cheong and C.P.Yang (1974)

"This book provides basic knowledge of Chinese acupuncture in simple language.providing a useful introduction to the laymen who wish a bird's eye view of the subject and to the medical practitioners who wish to learn the method."

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Teach yourself Reiki - Sandi Leir Shuffrey (2003)

Providing an ideal accompaniment to any student's studies, this teach yourself series offers information and advice on a range of traditional and alternative therapies.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and QiGong - Bill Douglas (2005)

A visual guide to T'ai Chi and QiGong discusses the principles and techniques of the ancient martial arts, as well as its benefits in terms of slowing the aging process, enhancing balance and flexibility, lowering stress levels, and enhancing the body's natural healing powers.

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The Energy that Heals: The complete acupressure guide - Jacques Staehle (1995)

Ever since the dawn of time, the Chinese have known how to materialise the body's energy. Their traditions teach them that the human body is woven from threads of energy and that often, with the pressure exerted by just one finger, one can increase or decrease the flow of this vital energy. Jacques Staehle's work here offers a practical, well-illustrated and complete work. A work of sythesis which shows, explains and guides you to the final result. With just one finger, you will soon be able to work miracles.

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The Journey : An Extraordinary Guide for Healing Your Life and Setting Yourself Free - Brandon Bays (1999)

The Journey is a simple, revolutionary set of techniques that has freed thousands from lifelong emotional and physical blocks - from addiction, depression and low self-esteem to chronic pain and illness. The Journey was born of Brandon Bays' extraordinary experience of healing from a football-sized tumour, without drugs or surgery, in 6 weeks. Forced to go beyond the limits of known alternative therapies (she had been working in mind/body healing for two decades) she was catapulted into a remarkable, soul searching and ultimately ground-breaking healing journey. She pioneered a remarkable healing technique that guides us directly to the root cause of a longstanding difficulty- emotional or physical-and then gives us the tools to resolve it. At the most sophisticated nexus of mind-body healing today, the Journey offers a simple imaginative process that is a revolutionary way to actually access memories held in specific parts of the body, bringing the latest findings of energy medicine into a fast, effective technique that anyone from a child to a CEO can use.

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The rainbow journey - Dr Brenda Davies (1998)

A guide to total well-being through healing the body's major energy centres. It explores the body's seven chakras - from the base to the crown. At each stage the author shows techniques for releasing the natural flow of energy and restoring vitality, self-esteem and spiritual growth.

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The Subtle body - Cindi Dale (2009)

Welcome to the first comprehensive encyclopedia of the human energetic anatomy. Here is a reference that no personal or professional health-care library should be without-an in-depth, illustrated guide to the invisible energies of the spirit, psyche, and consciousness that influence every aspect of our well-being. Whether you are looking for the right complementary medicine to enhance your own healing practice, seeking perennial wisdom about your body's energetic nature from world traditions, or exploring the quantum edge of intention-based care, The Subtle Body is an indispensible companion for exploring virtually any facet of holistic healing. Created for healing professionals and patients alike, this volume provides a lexicon of terms, illustrations, and detailed entries about our energetic biology and how it relates to our physical being. This invaluable information will help you enhance any form of health care and give you the knowledge you need to develop an integrated approach for your clients' well-being-or your own. All healers are "energetic" healers, whether they know it or not. Because every health issue has a physical and an energetic component, even a simple physical treatment like bandaging a cut also impacts the body's spiritual, mental, and emotional welfare. The Subtle Body is a comprehensive encyclopedia devoted to the critical world of our invisible anatomy, where so much of healing actually occurs. Compiled by intuitive healer and scholar Cyndi Dale, this 500-page full color illustrated reference book covers: What is the "subtle body"? New scientific understanding of our quantum-state existence and the unseen fields that determine our physical condition True integrative care: how combining Eastern energetic modalities with Western scientific rigor yields optimum results The meridians, fields, and chakras: detailed information and diagrams about the role of these energetic structures in our overall health Energy-based therapy principles from the world's healing traditions--including Ayurveda, Qigong, Reiki, Quabalah, and many more For professionals who want to make the leap from being good healers to great ones, one thing is clear: we need to care for every facet of our well-being. With The Subtle Body, practitioners and patients alike now have an unprecedented resource for understanding the physical, energetic, and spiritual elements of human health--for an informed, complete approach to healing. Contents Part I: Energy and Energy Healing Energy is Unlimited Being an Energy Healer Part II: Human Anatomy The Cells DNA The Skeletal System The Muscular System The Nervous System The Skin The Circulatory System The Respiratory System The Endocrine System The Digestive System The Excretory System The Reproductive System Metabolism The Immune System The Senses Part III: Energy Fields A Primer on Energy Fields Two Unified Field Theories The Natural Fields The Radiant Shine of Molecules: Lost and Found Research L-Fields and T-Fields: The Partners Composing Reality? Field Pollution: Geographic Stress The Power of Magnetism Hands-On and Distant Healing: Proving Subtle Fields and a Nonlocal Reality Sacred Geometry: Fields of Life Human Energy Fields Part IV: Channels of Energy: Channels of Light The History of Meridian-Based Therapy An Overview of the Meridian System Theories of the Existence, Purpose, and Functioning of the Meridian System The History of Meridian Science The Major Meridians The Basic Acupuncture Points Five-Phase and Related Diagnostic Theories The Seven Emotions and the Corresponding Organs Part V: Energy Bodies, Chakras and Other "Light Switches" Energy Bodies Kundalini, the Unifying Force Scientific Principles Meet Chakra Theory Chakra Systems from Around the World The Jewish Mystical Energy System: The Ancient Kabbalah
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The Tapping Solution - Nick Ortner (2013)

Nick Ortner, founder of the Tapping World Summit and bestselling filmmaker of The Tapping Solution, is at the forefront of a new healing movement. In his book, The Tapping Solution, he gives readers everything they need to successfully start using the powerful practice of tapping - or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Tapping is one of the fastest and easiest ways to address both the emotional and physical problems that tend to hamper our lives. Using the energy meridians of the body, practitioners tap on specific points while focusing on particular negative emotions or physical sensations. The tapping helps calm the nervous system to restore the balance of energy in the body, and in turn rewire the brain to respond in healthy ways. This kind of conditioning can help rid practitioners of everything from chronic pain to phobias to addictions. Because of tapping's proven success in healing such a variety of problems, Ortner recommends to try it on any challenging issue. In The Tapping Solution, Ortner describes not only the history and science of tapping but also the practical applications. In a friendly voice, he lays out easy-to-use practices, diagrams and worksheets that will teach readers, step-by-step, how to tap on a variety of issues. With chapters covering everything from the alleviation of pain to the encouragement of weight loss to fostering better relationships, Ortner opens readers' eyes to just how powerful this practice can be. Throughout the book, readers will see real-life stories of healing ranging from easing the pain of fibromyalgia to overcoming a fear of flying.

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The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing - Kenneth S. Cohen (2000)

Qigong, which literally means "working with the energy of life, " is an integrated mind-body healing method that has been practiced with remarkable results in China for thousands of years. The Chinese have long treasured qigong for its effectiveness both in healing and in preventing disease, and more recently they have used it in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening conditions. Now in this fascinating, comprehensive volume, renowned qigong master and China scholar Kennneth S, Cohen brings the ancient healing power of qigong to Western readers.The essence of qigong can be understood by comparing the body to a battery: stress and bad health habits act to dissipate the battery's charge, its "qi, " while self-care and self-awareness help to maintain and improve qi. Qigong is a gentle yet rigorous program for working with our life energy through breathing and relaxation exercises, massage, visualization, meditation, and other natural methods. Using qigong, each one of us can learn to improve health and enhance vitality by cleansing, gathering, releasing, and circulating qi so that it reaches all the body's cells. It's rather like acupuncture without needles--it's pleasurable to do, it costs nothing, and it's wonderfully life-enhancing.This accessible, beautifully written book provides a step-by-step program detailing how we can all integrate qigong into our busy lives. Ken Cohen explores every aspect of this Chinese healing art and science. The benefits of qigong are obvious in those who practice it correctly--these exuberant individuals sleep more soundly, their skin glows with vitality, they feel increased strength andheightened sexuality, and their minds and bodies achieve the harmony of true health. These benefits have been analyzed and calibrated by contemporary medical researchers who confirm resoundingly that qigong really does work. As a result, leading medical schools around the country are now incorporating qigong into "complementary medicine" programs that combine the wisdom of alternative medical modalities with the technological expertise of modern medicine. Now with The Way of Qigong, the power and clarity of qigong is finally available to all of us. This is truly a volume that will enlighten, instruct, enliven, and delight all who use it.

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The Womens Guide to Homeopathy: The Natural Way to a Healthier Life for Women - Andrew Lockie (1992)

Following "The Family Guide to Homoeopathy", this book focuses on women's health and the methods of prevention and cure available by the most popular form of complementary medicine - homoeopathy.

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Environmental Issues


Biopiracy: The Plunder of nature and knowledge - Vandana Shiva (2011)

Vandana Shiva's book shows how Western powers, following in the footsteps of Columbus, are using patenting and genetic engineering to re-colonize the Third World. Denying the value of indigenous knowledge developed over many generations, the West is attempting to colonize life itself. The author argues that we must struggle to protect biological and cultural diversity, and that this will best be brought about by our developing and supporting self-organized communities based on decentralization, local democratic control of resources, social justice and peace. Biopiracy brings a fresh perspective to the current debate on the patenting of life forms and genetic engineeering, from one of the Third World's most respected voices.

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Detoxification - Cleansing the Body of the Poisons We Take in and Those We Create - Sidney M Baker (1997)

How to measure the body's toxic load and promote cleansing of both environmental and self-generated poisons.

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End Game - Tipping Point for Planet Earth - Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly (2015)

overconsumption / population growth / dwindling natural resources / climate change / disease / contamination / storms / thirst / war ...will the struggle to simply stay alive become humanity's future rather than its past? What happens when vast population growth endangers the world's food supplies? Or our water? Our energy needs, climate, or environment? Or the planet's biodiversity? What happens if these all become critical at once? Just what is our future? In 'End Game', world-renowned scientists Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly draw on their work to explain the growing threats to humanity as the planet edges towards a resource war for remaining space, food, oil and water. And as they show, these wars are not the nightmares of a dystopian future but are already happening today. They explore the origins of Ebola in densely populated areas of south-eastern Guinea, witness raging fires in Yellowstone and Colorado and explain how drought-induced food shortages are already causing problems in the Sudan, Gaza Strip and Iraq. Finally, they ask: at what point will inaction become the break-up of the intricate workings of the global society? The planet is in danger now, but the solutions, as Barnosky and Hadly show, are still available. We still have the chance to avoid the tipping point and to make the future better. But this window of opportunity is closing fast and will shut within ten-to-twenty years. 'End Game' is the call we need.

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Forecast - the Consequences of Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, from Darfur to Napa Valley - Stephan Faris (2009)

A vivid and illuminating portrayal of the surprising ways that climate change will affect the world in the near future—politically, economically, and culturallyWhile reporting just outside of Darfur, Stephan Faris discovered that climate change was at the root of that conflict, and began to wonder what current and impending—and largely unanticipated—crises such changes have in store for the world. Forecast provides the answers.Global warming will spur the spread of many diseases. Italy has already experienced its first climate-change epidemic of a tropical disease, and malaria is gaining ground in Africa. The warming world will shift huge populations and potentially redraw political alliances around the globe, driving environmentalists into the hands of anti-immigrant groups. America’s coasts are already more difficult places to live as increasing insurance rates make the Gulf Coast and other gorgeous spots prohibitively expensive. Crops will fail in previously lush places and thrive in some formerly barren zones, altering huge industries and remaking traditions. Water scarcity in India and Pakistan have the potential to inflame the conflict in Kashmir to unprecedented levels and draw the United States into the troubles there, and elsewhere.Told through the narratives of current, past, and future events, the result of astonishingly wide travel and reporting, Forecast is a powerful, gracefully written, eye-opening account of this most urgent issue and how it has altered and will alter our world.

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Greeniology - How to Live Well, be Green and Make a Difference - Tanya Ha (2007)

Being green is easier than you think. Greeniology is a practical, comprehensive and fun guide to local environmental action in your home, at work and on holiday. It's about living in comfort and style, and in harmony with the natural environment. Tanya Ha's green living advice, tips and ideas for the beginner and committed tree-hugger alike will compel you to change your life, and to be part of the solution to our planet's problems. As Gandhi said, 'Be the change you want to see in the world'. Find out how to: reduce the impact of your lifestyle on the health of the planet make your home more comfortable all year round save money on energy and water bills choose greener products cut your petrol costs, and make your home safer and healthier for your family.

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Greenpeace - Rex Weyler (2004)

Greenpeace - the uniting of the 'green' and the 'peace' movements - is a pressure group that has changed the world and changed our perceptions of protest. From small beginnings, through anti-whaling voyages, action on seal hunting, presiticide spraying, supertankers, nuclear weapons and much more Greenpeace has become a cultural icon.

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Keeping our cool - Canada in a warming world - Andrew Weaver (2008)

Monster wildfires in Australia, January golfers in PEI, ruined fruit crops in California, snowless ski runs in Switzerland, starving polar bears in the North, devastated trees in Stanley Park. Climate change is no longer a vague threat. The climate change we are in store for over the next few centuries will be larger and occur faster than at any time in the last 10,000 years. Brilliantly researched,Keeping Our Cool is a comprehensive and engaging examination and explanation of global warming, with a specific emphasis on climate change in Canada. In an engaging and accessible way,Weaver explains the levels of greenhouse gas emissions needed to stabilize the climate and offers solutions and a path toward a sustainable future.

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Let Them Eat Shrimp - The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea - Kennedy Warne (2011)

What's the connection between a plate of king prawns at your local restaurant and murdered fishermen in Honduras, impoverished women in Ecuador, and disastrous hurricanes along America's Gulf coast? Mangroves. Many people have never heard of these salt-water forests, but for those who depend on their riches, mangroves are indispensable. They are natural storm barriers, home to innumerable exotic creatures - from crab-eating vipers to man-eating tigers - and provide food and livelihoods to millions of coastal dwellers. Now they are being destroyed to make way for shellfish farming and other coastal development. For those who stand in the way of these industries, the consequences can be deadly. In "Let Them Eat Shrimp", Kennedy Warne takes readers into the muddy battle zone that is the mangrove forest. A tangle of snaking roots and twisted trunks, mangroves are often dismissed as foul wastelands. In fact, they are supermarkets of the sea, providing shellfish, honey, timber, and charcoal to coastal communities from New Zealand to South America to Florida. Generations have built their lives around mangroves and consider these swamps sacred. To shellfish farmers and land developers, mangroves simply represent a good investment. The tidal land on which they stand often has no title, so with a nod and wink from a compliant official, it can be turned from a public resource to a private possession. The forests are bulldozed; their traditional users dispossessed. The true price of shellfish farming and other coastal development has gone largely unheralded in the media. A longtime journalist, Warne now captures the insatiability of these industries and the magic of the mangroves.

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Our Stolen Future - Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival? - A Scientific Detective Story - Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Meyers (1997)

For years, scientists have noticed disruptions in animal breeding cycles, accompanied by increases in birth defects, sexual abnormalities and reproductive failure. Humans are not immune either, with sperm counts dropping by as much as 50% in recent decades and with women seeing a rise in hormone-related cancers, endometriosis and other disorders. This book traces the cause of these aberrations and diseases to the pervasive presence in the environment of chemicals that mimic hormones and trick the reproductive system. The conclusions are as obvious as they are inescapable - unless we make vital changes in the way we manufacture and employ the artefacts of our "good life", there will be no life at all.

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Poisoned Planet - How Constant Exposure to Man-Made Chemicals is Putting Your Life at Risk - Julian Cribb (2015)

We want things to be cheap, convenient and useful. Our food arrives contaminated with pesticides and wastes, wrapped in plastic made of hormone-disrupting chemicals. We bathe and dress our children in petrochemicals. Even our coffee contains minuscule traces of arsenic, cup by cup adding to the toxins accumulating in our bodies. Man-made chemicals are creating a silent epidemic. Our children are sicker; cancer, obesity, allergies and mental health issues are on the rise in adults; and frighteningly, we may be less intelligent than previous generations. A poisoned planet is the price we pay for our lifestyle, but Julian Cribb shows we have the tools to clean it up and create a healthier, safer future for us all.

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The Converging World - How One Community's Path to Zero Waste is Helping Save Our Planet - John Pontin (2008)

The Converging World tells the incredible story of one community's attempt to change their world for the better. Faced with the challenge of making the English village of Chew Magna a 'zero waste' society, Pontin developed a groundbreaking non-profit scheme that twinned them with Tamil Nadu, a poor rural community in southern India. He helped set up a system of wind turbines for Tamil Nadu that would not only reduce the community's reliance on fossil fuels but also provided a local source of sustainable income. The carbon credits produced through this scheme were then sold in Chew Magna to individuals and businesses to offset emissions they cannot yet reduce - all part of a larger local zero-waste effort. The effects of this scheme have been dramatic and exhilarating - while Chew Magna gets closer to zero waste, Tamil Nadu's carbon emissions and poverty levels are diminishing accordingly. Pontin's story presents a model of action for any individual or community concerned about climate change, environmental damage, social inequality and the plight of the third world. If you want to make a difference, The Converging World is a book you must read.

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The Rough Guide to Ethical Living - Duncan Clark (2006)

Climate change, sweatshops, fair-trade, ethical investment, organic food...life can sometimes seem like a moral minefield. Which products and companies should we support or avoid? And which "ethical" claims can we trust? The "Rough Guide to Ethical Living" cuts through the greenwash to answer these and many other questions. From tea to trainers and pensions to plane-tickets, the guide looks at all the problems and ethical options. With recommended websites, books and magazines plus tips on reducing your carbon footprint at home and on the road, this book is the essential handbook for responsible consumers.

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Under a green sky - Peter Douglas Ward (2008)

More than 200 million years ago, a cataclysmic event known as the Permian extinction destroyed more than 90% of all species and nearly 97% of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle for paleontologists, and during the 1990s and the early part of this century a great battle was fought between those who thought that death had come from above and those who thought something more complicated was at work. Paleontologist Peter D. Ward, fresh from helping prove that an asteroid had killed the dinosaurs, turned to the Permian problem, and he has come to a stunning conclusion. In his investigations of the fates of several groups of mollusks during those extinctions and others, he discovered that the near-total devastation at the end of the Permian was caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide leading to climate change. But it's not the heat (nor the humidity) that's directly responsible for the extinctions, and the story of the discovery of what is responsible makes for an fascinating, globe-spanning adventure.

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We are the Weather Makers - Tim Flannery (2006)

Tim Flannery dedicated the first edition of The Weather Makers to children: 'to all of their generation who will have to live with the consequences of our decisions.' Seventy percent of the people who are alive now will be alive in 2050. This is the date, many scientists agree, by which we have to cut our carbon emissions by 70%. Since its publication in September 2005, The Weather Makers has had a huge impact on our consciousness of climate change. It has changed minds and hearts. This book now demands a younger audience: the school children who will inherit the new climate which their parents and grandparents have helped to create.These new readers will have a chance to act on Tim Flannery's advice about the dangers of profligate use of fossil fuels and to find the solutions to save our planet.Today's teenagers are the vital audience for a book about the most urgent issue of our time and of their future. This revised and updated Young Adult edition is written in a style that is accessible and engaging.

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Epilepsy


Epilepsy and Pregnancy: What Every Woman with Epilepsy Should Know - Stacey Chillemi (2006)

Approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from epilepsy; of these, more than one million are women of child-bearing age. With concerns about everything from medication-related birth defects to falls during seizures, many of these women are fearful of having children. The good news is that, with proper prenatal care, more than 90 per cent will deliver healthy babies. "Epilepsy and Pregnancy" gives readers the basic facts they need to help them make medical decisions throughout preconception, pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the early days after childbirth. Topics include preconception, fertility, pregnancy risks, risks to the fetus, nutrition, keeping fit, what to expect during pregnancy, fetal development, and labor and delivery. In addition, the book includes guidelines for the use of anti epileptic drugs during pregnancy, recommendations and questions to ask their neurologist, recommended daily allowances by age group, glossary, and much more. "Epilepsy and Pregnancy" is an essential guide for any woman who suffers from epilepsy and desires to have a child.

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My Friend Has Epilepsy - Anna Levene (2003)

One of a series aimed at children to promote positive attitudes towards disability through understanding and awareness. Each title provides illustrated information on the causes and treatments of a particular disability and there is a reference section of helpful addresses and organisations.

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What Does it Mean to Have Epilepsy - Louise Spilsbury (2005)

One of a series that presents facts and promotes awareness and understanding of conditions that many children learn to live with. It uses case studies to examine the causes and effects, control, medication and treatment, and the help and support available.

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Essential Tremor


Essential Tremor: The Facts - Mark Plumb and Peter Bain (2007)

Essential Tremor is the most common movement disorder in the world, and affects between 4 and 40 people per 1000 of the population amongst all ethnic groups. Characterised by shaking hands, this disorder can affect the head, voice and legs, and is often made worse by physical and emotional stress. Essential Tremor: The Facts provides a comprehensive guide to understanding this disorder and minimising its impact upon the lives of sufferers, their friends and families. It begins with a close look at what essential tremor is and how it should be diagnosed, as well as details on who gets the disorder, the causes, and how it affects sufferers day-to-day lives. Current treatment options are covered, along with patient advice on how to cope with the stigma of essential tremor, as well as the disability and social handicap it invokes. The book concludes with a chapter on the future and prospects of a potential cure.

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Fiction


A walk to remember - Nicholas Sparks (2000)

There was a time when the world was sweeter....when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats.... Every April, when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High. Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once sworn that he'd been in love. Certainly the last person he thought he'd fall for was Jamie, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town's Baptist minister....Jamie, who was destined to show him the depths of the human heart-and the joy and pain of living. The inspiration for this novel came from Nicholas Sparks's sister: her life and her courage. From the internationally bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, comes his most moving story yet....
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An unfinished life - Mark Spragg (2006)

Jean Gilkyson is living in Iowa with yet another brutal boyfriend when she realises this kind of life has to stop, especially for her nine-year-old daughter, Griff. But the only place they can run to is Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's family are dead and her father-in-law, the only person who could take them in, wishes she was too. Einar Gilkyson blames Jean for the accident that took his son's life, and has chosen to go on living simply because without him his oldest friend, Mitch, wouldn't survive. Bound together like brothers since the Korean War, the intimacy between the two men has deepened after Mitch was crippled in a bear attack while Einar helplessly watched. As Einar and Jean struggle with their memories, it is left to spirited and courageous Griff to turn their loss, wrath and recrimination into reconciliation, love, and, most importantly, a new life.

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Beasts of no nation - Uzodinma Iweala (2006)

Agu is just a boy when war arrives at his village. His mother and sister are rescued by the UN, while he and his father remain to fight the rebels. 'Run!' shouts his father when the rebels arrive. And Agu does run. Straight into the rebels' path. In a vivid, sparkling voice, Agu tells the story of what happens to him next. His story is shocking and painful, and completely unforgettable. Beasts of No Nation gives us an extraordinary portrait of the chaos and violence of war. It is a gripping and remarkable debut.

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Collision - Joanna Orwin (2009)

A fast-paced, exciting YA/Adult historical novel about the disastrous collision of cultures that occurred in the Bay of Islands, when the two ships in French explorer Marion duFresne's expedition came ashore to find a replacement for a mast destroyed in a collision at sea. A source of fascination and fear for local Maori, who at first attempted to placate these godlike creatures, but became increasingly angered by their lack of respect for tribal values and traditions, the expedition blindly become authors of their own demise. Orwin skilfully reveals the ill-fated expedition's bitter end, after months of cohabitation, racheting up the tension with a clever use of a fictitious written Maori account of the events that has survived as a tribal artifact. European history has told one side of the story, and now through the device of a young sailor, who is adopted by one of the Rangatira vying for political and military dominance, Joanna Orwin weaves a fascination Maori counterpoint so that the inexplicable treachery becomes not only explicable but increasingly inevitable. Researched in depth with local sources, for the first time a key event in history is examined in a fresh and revealing way, bringing the tragic events to a breathtaking conclusion and casting a new light on the past through the narrative device of a skilled novelist. thoroughly good read.

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Emil and Karl - Yankey Glatshteyn (2006)

In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when events of the Nazi occupation draw them even closer together as they fight to survive and escape together

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Finding Amelia - Kimberly Mccreight (2013)

Stressed single mother and law partner Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call to say that her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from her exclusive Brooklyn prep school for cheating on an exam. Torn between her head and her heart, she eventually arrives at St Grace's over an hour late, to be greeted by sirens wailing and ambulance lights blazing. Her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame of being caught. A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself: it was just the two of them and Amelia would never leave her alone like this. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl. Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: AMELIA DIDN'T JUMP. Is someone playing with her or has she been right all along?

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I survived the Japanese Tsunami - Lauren Tarshis (2013)

The disaster felt around the world . . . Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean waters rise and Ben and his family are swept away-and pulled apart-by a terrible tsunami. Now Ben is alone, stranded in a strange country a million miles from home. Can he fight hard enough to survive one of the most epic disasters of all time?

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend - Matthew Green (2012)

Goodreads finalist 2012 as voted by over 1 million readers My name is BUDO. I have been alive for 5 years. 5 years is a very long time for someone like me to be alive. MAX gave me my name. Max is 8 years old. He is the only human person who can see me. I know what Max knows, and some things he doesn't. I know that Max is in danger. And I know that I am the only one who can save him.
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My sister lives on the mantelpiece - Annabel Pitcher (2011)

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.
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Never fall down - Patricia McCormick (2013)

Eleven-year-old Arn is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They're walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: "The Killing Fields". Music will save him. Hope, luck and kindness will save him. This is his story. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

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Of sound mind - Jean Ferris (2004)

A poignant novel partially set in a world of silenceHigh school senior Theo is fluent in two languages: spoken English and sign. His parents and brother, Jeremy, are deaf, but Theo can hear, which has over the years cast him in the role of interpreter for his family. Unfortunately, it's not a welcome duty, especially in the case of his mother, Palma. She is a successful sculptor who, being deeply suspicious of "hearies," expects Theo to act as her business manager. And Jeremy relies on Theo for company and homework help. It's become especially frustrating lately because Theo has met a fascinating new girl at school, Ivy, with whom he wants to spend as much time as possible. Theo's father, Thomas, is the only one who has never burdened him, but that changes when Thomas has a stroke. Palma, frightened and self-absorbed, cannot bring herself to nurse her husband, leaving Theo with the full burden to bear. But with the help of Ivy and some of her friends, Theo is finally able to change his family's dynamics and find time to plan his future.

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The Amber Fury - Natalie Haynes (2016)

Shortlisted for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award 2014 *** When you open up, who will you let in? Alex Morris has lost everything:her relationship, her career and her faith in the future. Moving to Edinburgh to escape her demons, Alex takes a job teaching at a Pupil Referral Unit. It's a place for kids whose behaviour is so extreme that they cannot be taught in a normal classroom. Alex is fragile with grief and way out of her depth. Her fourth-year students are troubled and violent. In desperation to reach them, Alex turns to the stories she knows best. Greek tragedy isn't the most obvious way to win over such damaged children, yet these tales of fate, family and vengeance speak directly to them. Enthralled by the bloodthirsty justice of the ancient world, the teenagers begin to weave the threads of their own tragedy - one that Alex watches, helpless to prevent.

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The crucial gene - Michael John Green (2006)

When a major catastrophe engulfs two branches of the Chatfield family one livening in Gulf Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand and the other in Sevenoaks, England- the two communities adopt radically differenmt approaches to the dilemma confronting them, their struggle, together with the conflict that erupts once the two branches of the family reunite, will have you glancing sideways at your own relatives and wondering just how they would act in similar circumstances.

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The Descendants - Kaui Hart Hemmings (2012)

A descendant of one of Hawaii's largest landowners, Matt King finds his luck changed when his fun-loving, flighty wife Joanie falls into a coma, victim of a boating accident. Matt is left in sole charge of his two daughters, teenage ex-model and recovering drug addict Alex, and Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old. And then Matt discovers Joanie has been having an affair. Deciding to seek out Joanie's lover so that he too has a chance to say his goodbyes, Matt takes to the road with his daughters on a memorable journey of painful revelations and unexpected humour...
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The household guide to dying - Debra Adelaide (2008)

When Delia Bennet, author and domestic advice columnist, is diagnosed with cancer, she knows it's time to get her house in order. After all, she's got to secure the future for her husband, their two daughters and their five beloved chickens. But as she writes lists and makes plans, questions both large and small creep in. Should she divulge her best culinary secrets? Read her favourite novels one last time? Plan her daughters' far-off weddings? Complicating her dilemma is the matter of the past, and a remote country town where she fled as a pregnant teenager, only to leave broken-hearted eight years later. Researching and writing her final household guide, Delia is forced to confront the pieces of herself she left behind. She learns that what matters is not the past but the present - that the art of dying is all about truly living. Fresh, witty, deeply moving - and a celebration of love, family and that place we call home - this unforgettable story will surprise and delight the reader until the very last page.

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The memory of running - Ron McLarty (2006)

Smithson Ide's life so far has led him nowhere. He's 43 years old, weighs 279 pounds, and keeps himself numb with food and alcohol. His only emotional ties are to his parents and to the memory of his older sister, Bethany, who has been missing for 20 years. Then his parents die in a car crash and he learns of Bethany's death in LA County. Suddenly there isn't enough beer in the world to keep Smithy from his feelings. Drunk and bereft, he takes his old Raleigh bicycle and starts cycling. Once he starts, he can't stop and then he's riding across America to recover his sister. Along the way he meets all sorts of people who help or hinder him. He hears the confession of a priest, he rescues a boy from a snow storm, he has a gun pointed in his face, he's hit by a truck and helps a man dying of AIDS. Smithy's ride is an extraordinary quest, to rediscover the past and memories of Bethany, but it's also his journey back to life.

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers - Paolo Giordano (2009)

A stunning debut novel about the intertwined destinies of two friends brought together by childhood tragedy. A three-million-copy Italian bestseller and winner of that country's prestigious Premio Strega award. A prime number is inherently a solitary thing: it can only be divided by itself, or by one: it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia, too, move on their own axis, alone with their personal tragedies. As a child, Alice's overbearing father drove her first to a terrible skiing accident, and then to anorexia. When she meets Mattia she recognizes a kindred, tortured spirit, and Mattia reveals to Alice his terrible secret: that as a boy he abandoned his mentally-disabled twin sister in a park to go to a party, and when he returned, she was nowhere to be found.These two irreversible episodes mark Alice and Mattia's lives for ever, and as they grow into adulthood their destinies seem intertwined: they are divisible only by themselves and each other. But the shadow of the lost twin haunts their relationship, until a chance sighting by Alice of a woman who could be Mattia's sister forces a lifetime of secret emotion to the surface. A meditation on loneliness and love, The Solitude of Prime Numbers asks, can we ever truly be whole when we're in love with another? And when Mattia is asked to choose between human love and his professional love -- of mathematics -- which will make him more complete?

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What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty (2012)

From the author of the #1 "New York Times "bestseller, THE HUSBAND S SECRET... SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF "THEDEVIL WEARS PRADA" A cheerfully engaging * novel for anyone who s ever asked herself, How did I get here? Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATESthe gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over she s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she s actually 39 years old.Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it s possible to start over *"Kirkus Reviews""

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When You Were Older - Catherine Ryan Hyde (2012)

I was doing my best to get out the door. And then the phone rang. I almost let it go. New York, September 11th, 2001 Russell Ammiano is rushing to work when he gets a phone call that saves his life. As the city he loves is hit by unimaginable tragedy, Russell must turn his back and hurry home to Kansas. Kansas, September 14th 2001 Ben Ammiano is mentally disabled, and a creature of habit. Any change to his routine sends him into a spin. But now his estranged brother has reappeared, and Ben's simple, ordered world has turned upside down. In a story as heartbreaking as it is uplifting, two brothers must bury their pasts and learn from each other, if they are to survive.
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Grief and loss


A Good Friend for Bad Times: Helping Others Through Grief - Deborah E Bowen and Susan L Strickler (2004)

A Good Friend for Bad Times assists the reader in learning more about the grief process and provides guidelines of what a person might say or do to express their concern to a friend. Chapters cover many timely issues including anticipatory grief and supporting the family immediately after the death, during and after the ceremony, and in the weeks and years beyond. Special considerations are given to cases involving Alzheimer's, cancer, AIDS, suicide, the death of a child, miscarriage, abortion, death by catastrophe, and other situations. The book also suggests ways of providing support during holidays and special events and supporting children through grief.

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Beyond tears: living after losing a child - Ellen Mitchell (2009)

The death of a child is an unimaginable loss that no parent ever expects to face. In "Beyond Tears", nine mothers share their individual stories of how to survive in the darkest hour. They candidly share with other bereaved parents what to expect in the first year and long beyond: harmonious relationships can become strained; there is a new definition of what one considers 'normal'; the question 'how many children do you have?' can be devastating; mothers and fathers mourn and cope differently; surviving siblings grieve and suffer as well; there simply is no answer to the question 'why?' This sharing in itself is a catharsis and because each of these mothers lost her child at least seven years ago, she is in a unique position to provide perspective on what newly bereaved parents can expect to feel. The mothers of "Beyond Tears" offer reassurance that the clouds of grief do lessen with time and that grieving parents will find a way to live, and even laugh again.

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Children's Grief - Pam and Piers Heaney (2004)

Loss, grief and death explained for children.A companion volume to Coming to Grief, this book is a guide to help adults talk to children about loss, grief and death. The author provides practical, helpful information and offers guidelines and strategies when dealing with sensitive situations in relation to children.Children experience grief and loss for many reasons: loss of a loved one, a separation or divorce, change of schools or the death of a pet. The author, Pam Heaney, recognizes the difficulties adults face when talking to children about death; one of our biggest hurdles is not in educating children about loss but rather in equipping ourselves to do so.In this frequently consulted and much praised book she she concludes that we need to understand the distress children face when grieving and offer much-needed support.

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Coming to grief - Pam Heaney (2002)

Grief is the inevitable consequence of loving and will come to us all at some time in our life. It is a normal, natural response to a loss of any kind. – Pam HeaneyComing to Grief has a legitimacy and wisdom based on experience – the author has over 20 years background as a funeral director and grief counselor. She counters each time-honored myth with sound, practical advice and looks at why we grieve, what grief is and how it affects us. Physical, social, psychological, developmental and spiritual aspects are discussed in a positive way, and the whole is imbued with hope, encouragement and compassion.Pam Heaney says "I’ve written this book because I want you to come to know your own grief, what it is about and how to resolve it in a way that is appropriate for you. I want to offer something effective and honest. "Time will heal" is one of the many lies that keeps people trapped in their grief, sometimes for a life-time. I don’t want that to happen to you."

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Coping with grief - Mal McKissock and Dianne McKissock (2012)

This best-selling book offers sensitive and practical advice on how to deal with the grieving process, from coping with the funeral to managing anniversaries and special dates. Suitable for both the bereaved and their support team, it explains what to expect emotionally, psychologically and practically from the first day through the first year, as well as outlining the physical and emotional reactions to grief, why men and women react differently, how children deal with grief and some of the long-term consequences of bereavement. Whether you have been bereaved, or are part of the bereaved's support team, this self-help book will prove invaluable, and show you how to survive or help others survive, the most challenging experience a human being can have; the loss of a loved one.

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East of the mountains - David Guterson (2000)

From the author of THE COUNTRY AHEAD OF US and SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, a tale about Dr Ben Givens, who, after becoming ill, leaves his home in Seattle, never intending to return. Ben embarks on a journey past snow-covered mountains to a place of canyons, sagelands and orchards where he intends to commit suicide, but it doesn't all go to plan.

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Fatherless Sons - Rex McCann (1999)

Rex looks at the consequences of men being raised in a household where the father is absent through death or divorce, or because he si simply unavailable emotionally. Using the men's stories as a starting point, he examines what fathering really means, the nature of the passage from boyhood to manhood and the place of fathers in this passage, and the role of mothers in raising boys.

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For the rest of our lives - Bev Gatenby (1998)

Bev Gatenby draws on the experiences of her daughter's death and the experiences of many other parents she has interviewed to offer information and support to parents who have had a child, of any age, die. She acknowledges and describes the pain and loneliness of grieving, the complexities of the lives of bereaved parents, the changes in relationships, and the ways parents develop of being able to go on with their lives. She includes Maori perspectives on grief, a specific chapter on how children grieve, and offers suggestions for things parents might incorporate into their own grief work.Young people express feelings of pain, anger, and guilt as they come to terms with the death of a parent, sibling, or close friend.

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Grief Recovery Handbook, The (Revised) - John W. James;Russell Friedman (1998)

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on your capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories, as well as from others, the authors illustrate what grief is and how it is possible to recover and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, now extensively revised, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to complete the grieving process and accept loss. For those ready to regain a sense of aliveness, the principles outlined here make this a life-changing handbook.

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Guiding your child through grief - Mary Ann Emswiler nad James p Emswiler (2000)

Give your child the help and support needed to cope with grief and loss. Guiding Your Child Through Grief, by the founders of the New England Center for Loss & Transition and The Cove, a highly praised program for grieving children, takes away the uncertainty and helpless feelings we commonly feel as we reach out to children who mourn. This caring and compassionate guide offers expert advice during difficult days to help a child grieve the death of a parent or sibling. Based on their experience as counselors--and as parents of grieving children--the authors help readers to understand: The many ways children grieve, often in secret Changes in family dynamics after death--and straightforward, effective ways to ease the transition Ways to communicate with children about death and grief How to cope with the intense sorrow triggered by holidays The signs grief has turned to depression--and where to find help And more insights, information, and advice that can help a child heal

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Hannah's Gift - Maria Housden (2003)

Every once in a while a book comes along that can change your life-a book so special, it is destined not just to be read but to be cherished, to be passed from one reader to another as a precious gift. Filled with wisdom and grace, tears and laughter, Hannah's Gift is one such book. Within these pages Maria Housden shares the transformative lessons in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and joy to her struggle with cancer. During the last year of her short life, Hannah was fearless in the way she faced death-and irrepressibly joyful in the way she approached living. The little girl who wore her favorite red Mary Janes into the operating room changed the life of everyone who came in contact with her. Now, in a book that preserves Hannah's indomitable spirit, Maria Housden offers the gift of her daughter's last year to all of us. In a lyrically told narrative, both moving and unforgettable, Housden recounts Hannah's battle with cancer in simple, straightforward language that transcends grief and fear to become a celebration. From Hannah's story emerge five profound lessons-of truth, joy, faith, compassion, and wonder-that have the power to change our lives. During her illness Hannah showed how we can truly live in the moment and break free from lives suffocated by too many unlived joys. Even more memorable is the message Hannah delivered after her death to those she loved-a message of hope for anyone faced with the deepest questions of life and death. Hannah's Gift nourishes the soul with an ageless wisdom all the more invaluable for having come from someone so young. A remarkable story, remarkably told, it will bring comfort to anyone touched by loss, and renewed faith in the power of love. Closing her eyes and extending her arms, Hannah began to dance. Oblivious to everything but the shoes on her feet, she skipped and clicked across the floor, twirling in circles, faster and faster. There was something about her pure joy and the defiant nobility of the red shoes that caught everyone's attention.... The true measure of a life is not its length but the fullness with which it is lived "From the Hardcover edition."

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Hard travel to sacred places - Rudolph Wurlitzer (1995)

Hard Travel to Sacred Places is the record of a personal odyssey through Southeast Asia, an external and internal journey through grief and the painful realities of a decadent age. Wurlitzer - novelist, screenwriter, and Buddhist practitioner - travels with his wife, photographer Lynn Davis, on a photo assignment to the sacred sites of Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. Heavy Westernization, sex clubs, aging hippies and expatriates, and political dissidents provide a vivid contrast to the peace that Wurlitzer and Davis seek, still reeling from the death of their son in a car accident. As Davis with her camera searches for a thread of meaning among the artifacts and relics of a more enlightened age, Wurlitzer grasps at the wisdom of the Buddhist teachings in an effort to assuage his grief. His journal chronicles the survival of age-old truths in a world gone mad.

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I don't have an Uncle Phil anymore - Marjorie White Pellegrino (1999)

In this moving story for children of all ages, a young boy gets the news that his adored Uncle Phil has died unexpectedly. Told through the eyes of the child, the story describes many traditions and social rituals associated with death, and addresses a wide range of feelings and questions. As his mother attempts to explain death to the boy, he finds his own uplifting way to grieve for Uncle Phil.

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I wasn't ready to say goodbye - Brook Noel and Pamela D Blair, PhD (2008)

A workbook of healing and hope Based on the bereavement classic I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One, this workbook offers step-by-step support and encouragement through the grief journey. In the wake of sudden loss, the I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye Companion Workbook, written by two women who have experienced tragedy, acts as a warm touchstone to navigate the unique emotions and challenges of grief. Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, PhD, explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. This edition also includes new material regarding the unique circumstance of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion, faith and grief's unanswerable questions. Called a "support group in your hands" by professionals and mourners alike, this companion workbook will comfort, uplift, and console. Exercises guide readers through the gap created by loss, anger, guilt, loss of purpose, and the unique challenges based on the relationship to the loved one. Using a combination of self exploration questions, visualization activities, and journaling, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye Workbook shows grieving readers how to endure, survive, and grow from the pain and turmoil surrounding sudden loss. Combined with the classic I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye, this workbook truly places a support vehicle in the hands of those who are mourning. In tandem with the updated edition of the book, the second edition of the workbook reflects the fact that the face of grief has changed in the past 10 years. Praise for I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye "As one who deals with unexpected death, I am so pleased to find a truly valuable reference for those souls who are blindsided by such misery. This book is thoughtful, thorough, and intensely meaningful. Up until now Rabbi Kushner's reference When Bad Things Happen to Good People has been my mainstay in such circumstances; I will add this book to my recommended list." -E. Charles Douville, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Providence, Portland "The authors have captured a means of discussing and exploring a very painful life passage in real life, down to earth language and experience. Many thanks to Pam and Brook for their generosity in sharing their discoveries to further our healing." -Charlotte A. Tomaino, PhD, Neuropsychologist "This book, by women who have done their homework on grief, can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief 's wilderness. Outstanding references of where to seek other help." -George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist

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Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of courage, grief and healing - Hope Edelman (2014)

Letters from Motherless Daughters is a compilation of the letters Hope Edelman received in response to her groundbreaking New York Times--bestseller, Motherless Daughters. Reaffirming her precious link with motherless women across the country, Edelman presents these moving, honest, and often hopeful letters alongside her own insight to offer readers the opportunity to further learn from loss. The words of these brave women illustrate the profound pain, astounding strength, and undying perseverance of living through the loss of one's mother without ever outliving the need for her. Edelman has added a new introduction and new letters, tailoring this important book to a new generation.

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Living with loss: a guide for the recently widowed - Liz McNeill Taylor (2009)

A survival handbook for the widowed, showing how, over time, the healing process can be assisted, and how you can get the most from friends, organizations and resources to start living a full life again. Liz McNeil Taylor discusses with a sometimes painful honesty the problems surrounding a suddenly bereaved woman and her strong conflicting reactions to the tragedy. She describes how she experienced a series of exhausting emotions – grief, anger and despair – until she was finally able to take full responsibility for her family and her own life and eventually learned acceptance and achieved an inner peace.

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Monkey dancing - Daniel Glick (2004)

After losing his brother to cancer and a painful divorce that left him the sole charge d'affaires of two decidedly spirited children, environmental reporter Daniel Glick knew he and his little family desperately needed some karmic rejuvenation. He opted for an epic adventure. In the summer of 2001, Dan, Zoe, and Kolya packed up and set off on a six-month tour to see the world's most exotic and endangered habitats. Monkey Dancing takes readers along for this incredible journey. From the python-infested rivers of Borneo to the highest summits of Bali, from Nepal's Gangeatic Plains to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Glick recounts the adventures they met with, the challenges they confronted, and how they learned to cope with grief, loss, and one another. Along the way, he offers intimate reflection on life, fatherhood, change, and the fragile health of our troubled planet. Acclaimed by reviewers, a BookSense Parenting bestseller, Monkey Dancing is a "poignant, affirming, ultimately courageous book"--Audubon Magazine.

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No, I'm not alright - Rowena Hayes-Smart (2002)

For those dealing with death, grief and loss.

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Nobody's Perfect - Jenny Hessell (1990)

Review: A fantastic book for teaching children about grief and the reality of death. I have used it a number of times and still think it is one of the best.

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Rain Hail or Shine - Trisha Irving (2005)

This book talks honestly and openly about the sorts of changes, losses and grief carers can experience. Often not understood by others, these can have a significant effect on carers’ physical health, mental and emotional well-being, social life, financial situation and so much more.” This book also has New Zealand carers sharing their journeys through grief.

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Saying goodbye to a parent - Nicola Edwards (2003)

This series helps support children undergoing the difficult and upsetting stages of bereavement through understanding the natural process of emotions that result from the loss of a loved one. Each volume features a reference section containing helpful lists of addresses and organisations.

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Solace: Finding your way through grief and learning to live again - Robert Temes, PhD (2009)

There is no more stressful and traumatic experience than coping with the death of a loved one. There are various stages of grief and loss, which often take months or even years for many people to overcome. But with the right guidance, readers can learn to lessen the pain and live happy lives. "Solace" provides soothing comfort and hope for those who are suffering. As an award-winning bereavement expert, Roberta Temes believe all of us experience and process grief in our own way. Here she helps readers through the stages of grief, tells them when they should worry, helps them consider the pros and cons of bereavement groups and counselors, and shows them how to use visualization to help the healing process. Featuring anecdotes drawn from her bereavement practice so readers may learn from the experiences of others who have also gone through and struggled with loss, "Solace" is also filled with comforting affirmations, quotations and words of encouragement. Dealing with loss is never easy, but this book provides a calming companion to help readers through their mourning and begin enjoying life again.

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Still no fixed address - Jackie Hartnell (2008)

A year after the death of Ian, I realised that there were things I wanted to do before it was too late. Following on from "No Fixed Address", this book finds Jackie continuing her worldwide adventures. From revelling in the festivals of Spain, to walking the Land of the Long White Cloud, to cruising through rain and fjords in Norway, these are the entertaining stories of a sixty-plus-year-old woman travelling on the cheap - and enjoying every minute of it!

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Still with me - Andrea King Collier (2003)

Andrea King Collier has used her mother's valiant but losing battle with ovarian cancer to write an honest, funny, empowering book that has relevance to anybody, anywhere, who has loved and lost a parent. And with it, she also deliberately breaks new ground in the African-American community by openly discussing cancer and terminal illness. On Andrea's ninth wedding anniversary, her mother called and said simply, "They think I have cancer." A year later, nearly to the day, her mother died. In the intervening twelve months, Andrea took on the enormous role of caregiver and principal support system while juggling the needs of her own children and husband. She became both a clearinghouse for cancer information and her mother's chief advocate regarding her medical care, but she never stopped being the daughter of an outspoken, independent woman who insisted on confronting her illness on her own terms. She soon found out that all the stuff that mothers and daughters carry around for years doesn't just disappear because cancer shows up. Andrea Collier's voice is that of a best friend who shares the frustrations, anger, and setbacks of a family dealing with a terminal illness. And she candidly describes how both she and her mother were sustained and transformed by their mutual love and devotion. Whether navigating the maze of diagnosis, treatment, and quality of care, or finding joy in the everyday dramas of being a mommy to two little children or searching for ways to go back to "normal" after the loss of a loved one, Collier writes with honesty, humor, and hope. "Still with Me" is a love letter to all mothers and daughters.

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Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement - Karen Gravelle & Charles Haskins (1989)

Psychotherapist Gravelle and social worker/Episcopal priest Haskins asked 17 teens, all of whom have lost a relative or a close friend, to tell their stories. These responses are discussed at length from the points of view of teens and counselors, as are difficult situations which may follow a death: overprotective parents who fear another loss; observance of significant anniversaries; whether and how to tell new friends about what happened; fear of risking new relationships; reluctance to leave home to attend college. The young people speak honestly and earnestly, offering coping strategies that worked for them. Both interviewees and compilers offer hope and comfort. The compilers endorse survivor counseling and point to successful outcomes of peer group therapy. Despite its potential use as a tool for information and guidance and its compassionate intentions, this is difficult reading. In fact, the style is disastrous: repetitive statements, chapters that amount to nothing more than elongated paragraphs, and confusing organization. There is great need for a work of this type to supplement LeShan's Learning to Say Good-bye (Macmillan, 1976), which is directed to a younger audience, and Richter's powerful Losing Someone You Love (Putnam, 1986), both of which are more narrowly focused, but this one is not totally successful. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Pub . Lib . , N.Y.

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The Alchemy of Loss - A Young Widow's Transformation - Abigail Carter (2009)

This powerful and touching book is both an inspirational read and a comfort to those who are looking for help in overcoming loss. "The phone rang. It was my husband, Arron, telling me that he was at Windows of the World in the World Trade Center. 'There's been a bomb!' he said. It was 8:49 a.m. on September 11, 2001. He never came home." Abigail Carter is smart, funny, perceptive, and bereft. In the eyes of most, herself included, she had it all - a full life with a loving, successful husband and two beautiful children. But in a horrifying instant watched by the world, it was gone, and her life and her children's were changed irreparably. How does one learn to live again after tragedy? The Alchemy of Loss is Abby's moving story of answering that unimaginable question.

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The Art of Saying Goodbye - Arthur Samuels (2003)

In a remarkable new book that will change the way readers understand grief and loss, a psychiatrist who practices Buddhist psychology as well as more traditional Western modes of therapy shows readers how to transform loss into a rite of passage while embracing impermanence as a way of life. Original.

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The Forgotten Mourners - Margaret Pennells (1999)

This revised and expanded edition raises awareness of the sensitive issues involved for bereaved children, highlighting their needs and their emotional and behavioral responses when bereavement occurs. The cultural aspects of traumatic loss and grief, as well as secondary losses associated with bereavement are dealt with in more depth in this updated version of the book. The Forgotten Mourners" will help teachers

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The loss of a pet - Wallace Sife (2005)

Understanding helps heal the hurt when you lose a pet A cherished pet gives you boundless, unconditional love and occupies a special place in your routine, your home, and your heart. When your pet dies, that warm, special place becomes a sad, empty space. This book helps you understand: * The grieving process, including typical stages of grief and techniques for coping * Grieving for a missing pet, one you had to give up because of a change in life situation, and other difficult circumstances * Children and the death of a pet * Euthanasia, including important considerations * Religion and the death of a pet, with articles by various religious leaders * Aftercare facilities, including an extensive index of pet cemeteries, crematories, and memorial gardens The Loss of a Pet, Third Edition has new expanded information, is filled with practical suggestions, resources, and most importantly, compassion and understanding. This important book helps you cope and reassures you that you are not alone.

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The Loss That is Forever - Maxine Harris (1996)

"The Loss That is Forever" provides a thoughtful framework for understanding the impact that early loss has on every aspect of adult development. Through extensive research, interviews with more than sixty-five men and women, and the compelling writings of such well-know figures as Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis, and Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Maxine Harris illustrates how themes of loss and survival weave through the lives of those who have lost a parent in childhood. Who one becomes, how one parents, and what one believes about the world are all shaped by the experience of a parent's early death.

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The Wheel of Life: A memoir of living and dying - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1998)

The memoirs of one of the world's foremost experts on death, dying and life after death. The book traces the path she followed from her birthplace in Switzerland to her present residence in Arizona. It explains how her work with relief organizations after World War II influenced her research on death and dying. Kubler-Ross shot to fame in 1969 upon the publication of her seminal work, "On Death and Dying". This book spells out her somewhat unconventional position on life after death as well as her more recent criticisms of the quality of care found in hospitals. Her own story, which takes into account her experiences as a wife and mother, is punctuated with behind-the-scenes accounts of her moving case studies.

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To live until we say goodbye - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1997)

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, whose books on death and dying have sold in the millions, now offers an extraordinary visual record of her work. Through the brilliant photographs of Mal Warshaw, "To Live Until We Say Good-Bye" gives a gripping, intimate view of Dr. Kubler-Ross's counseling work with terminally ill patients as she brings them to an acceptance of death.

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Understanding the losses children and young people face, and how to help - Skylight (2005)

A very practical Skylight booklet offers key information for adults wanting to understand and support children and teens they know who are grieving – whatever the cause. It is designed to be helpful for families and professionals providing valuable insights into grief and useful suggestions about ways to offer grieving young people support. Easy to dip into and easy to read.

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Why Did You Die? - Erica Leeuwenburgh;Ellen Goldring (2008)

When a loved one dies, children are faced with a kaleidoscope of feelings, thoughts, and questions. Struggling with these issues can be overwhelming without guidance, support, and creative forms of expression. This bereavement book contains simple, effective activities to help children and parents communicate about death and the grieving process. Through these activities, children will learn how to grow and thrive after the loss of a loved one.

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Hands of Light - Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field - Barbara Ann Brennan (1993)

With the clarity of a physicist and the compassion of a gifted healer with more than twenty years of professional experience observing 5,000 clients and students, Barbara Ann Brennan presents the first in-depth study of the human energy field for people who seek happiness and health, and who wish to achieve their full potential. Our physical bodies exist within a larger 'body' , a human energy field or aura, which is the vehicle through which we create our experience or reality, including health and illness. It is through this energy field that we have the power to heal ourselves.This energy body - only recently verified by scientists, but long known to healers and mystics - is the starting point of an illness. Here, our most powerful and profound human interactions take place, the precursor and healer of all physiological and emotional disturbances. Hands of Light offers: * a new paradigm for the human in health, relationships and disease * an understanding of how the human energy field looks and functions * training in the ability to see and intpret auras * medically verified case studies of healing people from all walks of life with a variety of illnesses * guidelines for healing the self and others

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Headaches and Migraines


15 Natural remedies for migraine headaches - Jay s Cohen (2013)

Over the last few years, several powerful and expensive migraine drugs have become available through prescription. Unfortunately, although many work, most have side effects that can cause individuals to stop treatment. For anyone who has yet to find relief from migraine attacks, best-selling author Dr. Jay Cohen one of the country's leading authorities on the dangers of prescription drugs offers a concise and practical guide to alternative treatments that are just as effective as their conventional counterparts, but are naturally safe.The book begins by explaining what migraines are. It then examines some of today's more popular migraine drugs, exploring both their effectiveness and their side effects. The remainder of the book provides a comprehensive listing of the most valuable natural migraine products available. Each entry includes an easy-to-understand explanation of what the product is, how it works, and what the recommended dosage is. When necessary, the author shares additonal cautions and considerations.The remedy that works for one person may not work for another. This book provides a range of safe treatments so that without suffering harmful reactions you can find the solution that will resolve your migraine pain once and for all."

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A Brain Wider Than the Sky - A Migraine Diary - Andrew Levy (2009)

With more than one in ten Americans affected, the phenomenon of migraine is widely prevalent and often ignored or misdiagnosed. By his mid-forties, Andrew Levy's migraines were occasional reminders of a persistent illness that he'd wrestled with half his life. Then, in 2006, Levy was struck almost daily by a series of debilitating migraines that kept him essentially bedridden for months. When possible, Levy kept careful track of what triggered an onset - the 'thin, taut' pain from drinking a bourbon, the stabbing pulse brought on by a few too many M&M's - and in luminous prose recounts his struggle to live with migraines, his meticulous attempts at calibrating his lifestyle to combat and avoid them, and the personal relationship a migraineur develops with the pain, delirium, and hallucinations. Levy read about personalities and artists throughout history with migraine - Alexander Pope, Nietzsche, Freud, Virginia Woolf, even Elvis - and researched the treatments for migraine sufferers. He candidly describes his rehabilitation with the aid of prescription drugs and his eventual re-emergence into the world, back to work and writing. An enthralling blend of memoir and provocative analysis, A Brain Wider Than the Sky offers rich insights into an illness whose effects are too often discounted and whose sufferers are too often overlooked.

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All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache - Paula Kamen (2006)

At the age of twenty-four, Paula Kamen's life changed in an instant. While she was putting in her contacts, the left lens disturbed a constellation of nerves behind her eye. The pain was more piercing than that of any other headache she had ever experienced. More than a decade later, she still has a headache-the exact same headache. From surgery to a battery of Botox injections to a dousing of Lithuanian holy water, from a mountain of pharmaceutical products to aromatherapy and even a vibrating hat, All in My Head chronicles the sometimes frightening, usually absurd, and always ineffective remedies Kamen-like so many others-tried in order to relieve the pain. Beleaguered and frustrated by doctors who, frustrated themselves, periodically declared her pain psychosomatic, she came to understand the plight of the millions who suffer chronic pain in its many forms. Full of self-deprecating humor and razorsharp reporting, All in My Head is the remarkable story of patience, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of terrifying pain.

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Breaking the headache cycle - Ian Livingstone, MD and Donna Novak, RN (2003)

Two headache specialists present an innovative Headache Reduction Program, which includes breathing exercises and dietary changes designed to treat and prevent recurring headaches.

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Headache Relief for Women - Alan M. Rapoport (1996)

In the only book that exclusively addresses women's headache pain, two noted headache specialists dispel the mysteries of migraine and other headaches and offer a full spectrum of pain-management techniques, ranging from nutritional to pharmacological.

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Healing Headaches : A New Zealand Guide - Jim Bartley (2007)

Easy-to-read advice for the lay person on treating common headache and facial pain conditions, such as migraine and tension headache. Written by eminent surgeon Jim Bartley ,who became interested in facial pain when he realised that many of the patients that he was seeing with sinusitis were actually suffering from tension headache. Healing severe headaches often requires a multi-facted approach - this book includes advice on sleep, relaxation, nutrition and pain management. It includes explanations of the processing of pain, emotions and pain, migraine, tension headache, the breathing connection, the dental department, the neck, post-traumatic headache and sinusitis pain. It also discusses treatments: breathing, sleep, exercise, diet, food triggers (including gluten) and allergies, herbs and supplements, posture, massage, medication, using the mind, complementary therapies and evolving therapies. The World Health Organisation listed migraine as one of the top four disabling medical conditions with levels of pain, distress and disability comparable to heart disease, cancer or low back pain.

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Living well with migraine disease and headaches - Teri Robert, PhD (2005)

Everyone experiences a headache at one time or another. But for an estimated 2/3 of men and women, frequent tension headaches, chronic daily headaches, or debilitating Migraines are a daily problem. Teri Robert, Ph.D., an award winning patient advocate and host of About.com's headache and migraine page, has been there-in fact, she experienced her first migraine at age six. Now in this groundbreaking holistic guide to the diagnosis and treatment of headaches and Migraine disease, she brings a patient-empowering message to all headache sufferers: you don't have to live with daily pain. "Living Well With Migraine Disease and Headaches" features a comprehensive overview of the risks and symptoms of Migraines and various types of chronic headaches, traditional and alternative therapies, information on finding health care practitioners and support, numerous case studies and expert advice, as well as a Migraine diary, a checklists of symptoms and risk factors, and a detailed resource section featuring web sites, books, and articles. While other books on headaches and Migraines advocate one approach to treatment, this invaluable guide gives you unbiased information on all treatments-both conventional and alternative-with a compassionate voice from one of the country's leading patient advocates.

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Migraine - Oliver Sacks (1991)

Investigation and understanding of the patient's own experiences are the central issues in Dr Oliver Sacks' work. This book looks at migraine headaches and how they can be analyzed and treated and is designed to be of interest to general readers as well as to health professionals. The author also wrote "A Leg to Stand on", "The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" and "Seeing Voices".

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Migraine - Ricki Ostrov (1997)

Part of a series covering vital aspects of health for all the family, this book deals with migraine. Using language and terminology accessible to the layperson, it contains up-to-date information on preventative health care. The book offers practical advice on recognizing and treating the symptoms of migraine, and living with chronic conditions. The book contains helpful charts, boxes and key information panels, and is fully cross-referenced and indexed.

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Migraine and other headaches - James W Lance, MD (1986)

The nice thing about this very readable and interesting book is that it immediately launches into a brief discussion of the various types of headaches. Now the reader can fix in his or her mind which is which and can come closer to the answer to the question: What kind of headache do I have? From there, Dr. Lance proceeds with further explanation of migraine, cluster, and tension headaches and other headache-causing conditions, including tic douloureux, brain tumor, and sinusitis. He also covers treatment and diagnostic methods. A glossary rounds out this short course in headaches. Public libraries will want this one. Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Highland Park, Ill.

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The Migraine Brain - Carolyn Bernstein (2010)

You know that your migraine isn't just a headache. But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological disease. Affecting one in five women, one in twenty men, and one in twenty children, it's a debilitating, complex, and chronic condition that manifests in a combination of symptoms that can include excruciating head pain as well as other distinctive physical and emotional effects. Yet it's also a disease that you can get control of, improve, and manage, as Dr. Carolyn Bernstein has discovered in her seventeen years as a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist.Praised for her excellence and compassion, the founder of the Women's Headache Center near Boston, and a migraine sufferer herself, Dr. Bernstein has helped hundreds of her patients get better. Now, with The Migraine Brain, the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book on migraines ever written, you will be able to do the same -- reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines, learn how to prevent and curtail them and how to recover from them more quickly, and mitigate migraine's effects on every aspect of your life: in the workplace and at home and during sex and travel. Every migraine is different because everyone who gets a migraine has a distinctive Migraine Brain with its own sensitivities and triggers. That's why it's so important for you to develop a personalized wellness plan to radically reduce the number and severity of your migraines.Dr. Bernstein also explains why migraines happen, why they are so often misdiagnosed, and why so few people get the right treatment for them. She reveals the latest research that shows that Migraine Brains share a hypersensitivity to stimuli -- the Migraine Brain can actually look different from others on a brain scan -- and is more likely to experience a cascade of neurological reactions that give rise to the common clusters of migraine symptoms. This breakthrough medical knowledge makes treatment and recovery possible with new migraine-specific drugs as well as with complementary treatments such as yoga, biofeedback, and an exercise regimen.With the extraordinarily thorough recommendations of The Migraine Brain in your hands, you will be fully equipped with all the latest information you need to understand migraines and to help your family and co-workers understand that migraine isn't just a headache: it's a serious, yet treatable disease.

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Hearing Voices


Young people hearing voices - Dr Sandra Escher and Professor Marius Romme (2013)

Young People Hearing Voices is a unique, innovative book providing support and practical solutions for the experience of hearing voices. It is in two parts, one part for voice-hearing children, the other part for parents and adult carers. Escher and Romme have over twenty-five years experience of working with voice-hearers, pioneering the theory and practice of accepting and working with the meaning in voices. The children's section: This book has mainly been written for children who hear voices. The information in this book is largely derived from a three-year study amongst 80 children and adolescents who were interviewed about their experiences; children who ranged in age from 8 to 19 years at first contact. Little is known about voice hearing in children. Most people still have this notion that it is a disease for life. In this book, readers will find extensive information about how to look differently at voice hearing; learning to deal with it and discovering what might help to cope with the voices. The parents'/adults' section: It became increasingly clear to us how little information parents of children hearing voices were getting and that if parents found information, it was almost always based on the assumption that voice hearing was a serious disease. We noticed that the children of those parents who dared to search and go their own way were doing better. This book is for these parents.

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Herbs and Herbal medicine


A Modern Herbal - edited by Violet Stevenson (1974)

Anyone can have an interest in herbs, whether he or she is a gardener or cook or one who enjoys merely their fragrance. Most people will probably enjoy all of these aspects, but you do not necessarily need a garden in order to grow herbs and you do not have to cook them in order to obtain pleasure from them. There's more to to herbs than fragrance, herbs are very versitile plants, with a variety of uses. Mint, Sage, Thyme and Parsley, though many people's experience does not go beyond these four. How much more interesting cooking, growing and using herbs become if one makes use of their full variety. Many herbs have a medicinal value, once held in great esteem and still valid in this day of manufactured drugs.

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Aromatherapy and complementary therapies - Geddes and Grosset (2001)

This is another useful reference of herbal oils, their uses and applications as well as warning about misuse. The book also gives basic guides to techniques such as reiki, massage, reflexology and shiatsu.

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Fragrant Pharmacy - Valerie Ann Worwood (1991)

The Fragrant Pharmacy opens the way to a whole world of fresh possibilities. It is a new approach to nature through one of its most powerful forms - those fragrant 'essential oils' drawn from flowers and grasses, trees and roots, leaves and fruit, that remain the great untapped resources of our planet. The Fragrant Pharmacy shows how each essential oil can offer many diverse benefits. One of the most holistic of all systems of medicine, the oils can alleviate symptoms, prevent many illnesses and disorders and help in their healing process. But more than that, they can provide all of us - our families, our homes, even our pets - with the protections and pleasures we need...without the chemical pollution of our bodies or our envirnment. This illuminating and imaginative book of aromatherapy is the household manual of the future. It is a treasury of information about precious life- and health-enhancing liquids that work in complex harmony with people and planet alike. Here is a comprehensive encyclopaedia of 'medicines out of the earth', those miracles of creation which revitalise and rejuvenate, enhance our emotions and help our work and play. It charts out for all of us a fragrant way to family health and home delights.

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Healing Herbs - Leslie Kenton (2000)

In this manual for modern living, the author provides a guide to using herbs to improve your life. Linking modern analysis to traditional practices, she offers practical methods and instructions on making remedies, herbal detox programs, ways to avoid colds and the flu, and herbal first aid.

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Home Herbal - Maureen Little (2014)

This book will give you the knowledge and confidence to use your own herbs to make inexpensive wellbeing and domestic products from your own garden, without the need for costly commercial preparations, and with an eye to the more natural cultivation of useful herbs, in harmony with nature and in tune with our environment. It offers, to the budding herb grower and experienced gardener alike, a wealth of easy-to-follow advice and achievable projects on: *Cultivating and using herbs for your health, first-aid, wellbeing and beauty *Growing and using herbs to enhance your surroundings and living spaces *How to grow, harvest, dry and look after your herbs *The best designs for your herb garden space *Comprehensive A to Z of first-aid, cosmetic and household herbs

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Introducing Aromatherapy - Margrit Bachmann (1999)

Bestselling guide to aromatic essential oils for better health, stamina, relaxation and general well-beingAsperger's SyndromeAsperger syndrome and your childMaking sense of the unfeasibleCongratulations! It's Asperger SyndromeThis autobiographical account of a New Zealand woman's life with Asperger Syndrome a milder form of autism reflects on the puzzling symptoms that escaped diagnosis until age 43. Birch discusses how the developmental disorder affected her cognition, identity and boundary issues, and friendships.

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Jamu: The ancient Indonesian art of herbal healing - Susan-Jane Beers (2001)

Indonesian jamu--part of an integrated system of inner and outer health and beauty, encompassing powders, pills, ointments, lotions, massage and ancient folklore--is unknown to most Westerners. How, when, where and why were these treatments developed? And, what is so special about them? Through the pages of this book you'll learn about the closed world of ancient Javanese palaces where Indonesian jamu was perfected. You meet the healers and jamu makers whose skills have been passed from generation to generation and learn about their cures. Advice is offered on where to find these age-old remedies, including formulae that can be made safely at home. The information here is for people who wish to find out more about Indonesian health and beauty, draw their own conclusions and even try jamu for themselves. An integrated system of inner and outer health and beauty, Indonesian jamu has a 1,200-year-old history, yet little is known about it outside this diverse island nation. The first book to comprehensively explore the background, materials and application of this holistic approach, "Jamu: The Ancient Indonesian Art of Herbal Healing" is the culmination of ten years of research and more than 100 interviews with practitioners and producers--from housewives in kitchen apothecaries to CEOs of multinational corporations. Its publication coincides with the increasing availability in the West of modern preparations of these time-honored herbal remedies. Encompassing medicine, massage, cosmetics and folklore, jamu is as applicable to today's lifestyles as it was in the rarefied world of the ancient Javanese palaces where it was perfected. Complemented by explanatory photographs shot on location, Jamu is the first definitive reference to this exotic yet practical healthcare system.

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Legendary Chinese Healing Herbs - Henry C. Lu (1991)

This is a collection of ancient herbal healing techniques which shows how to use the medicinal properties of over 100 herbs that are widely available at health food stores. It includes the scientific and familiar names for each herb with drawings, the ailments they cure plus symptoms, dosages and treatments. Also included are the tales, handed down by the Chinese for centuries, about the healing properties of herbs and the stories of how they were discovered and of the amazing cures.

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The Complete Book of Herbs - Reader''s Digest (Australia) Pty, Limited (2008)

The history of herbs, their uses and methods of cultivation are fascinating and rewarding topics that have much relevance in today's search for a more 'natural' way of life. This beautiful, comprehensive volume provides everything you need to know about herbs and how to use them in just about every aspect of your life. Hundreds of hints, tips, recipes and projects will show you how to ban harsh cleaning chemicals from your home, relieve the symptoms of illness, add sensational flavours to your cooking and much more. In addition, the detailed gardening section will show you how to grow many herbs - saving you money as you bring some of nature's most soothing and practical ingredients into your life.

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The complete guide to herbs - edited by Josie A holtom and William H Hylton (1979)

Comprehensive reference work covering herbal history & lore, medicinal & culinary uses, dyeing, cultivation & propagation, harvesting & storage, companion planting for pest control, and much more

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The fragrant pharmacy - Valerie Ann Worwood (1992)

"The Fragrant Pharmacy" opens the way to a whole world of fresh possibilities. It is a new approach to nature through one of its most powerful forms - those fragrant 'essential oils' drawn from flowers and grasses, trees and roots, leaves and fruit, that remain the great untapped resources of our planet. "The Fragrant Pharmacy" shows how each essential oil can offer many diverse benefits. One of the most holistic of all systems of medicine, the oils can alleviate symptoms, prevent many illnesses and disorders and help in their healing process. But more than that, they can provide all of us - our families, our homes, even our pets - with the protections and pleasures we need...without the chemical pollution of our bodies or our envirnment. This illuminating and imaginative book of aromatherapy is the household manual of the future. It is a treasury of information about precious life- and health-enhancing liquids that work in complex harmony with people and planet alike. Here is a comprehensive encyclopaedia of 'medicines out of the earth', those miracles of creation which revitalise and rejuvenate, enhance our emotions and help our work and play. It charts out for all of us a fragrant way to family health and home delights.

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The Healing Power of Herbs - Michael T. Murray (1995)

Discover the Natural Healing Wonders of Medicinal PlantsEnlightened consumers of health products want more than just pills that block out symptoms. Some of the most powerful preventatives for ailments are not located in prescription drugs but in common herbs found in your kitchen or your local health food store. In this up-to-date and carefully researched book on botanical medicine, Dr. Michael T. Murray brings you the latest scientific findings about the power and efficacy of medicinal herbs. Dr. Murray addresses such topics as: ·The magic of common food herbs and spices—onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric ·Hebal tonics—Chinese or Korean ginseng, Siberian ginseng, angelica ·Herbal sedatives—valerian, St. John's wort ·Herbs for asthma, hay fever, immune-system enhancement, bladder infections, diabetes, herpes, and menopause

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The Herb Garden Displayed - Gilian Painter and Elaine Power (1979)

A clear and easily understood guide to herb cultivation . Over 150 plants are fully described and presented in their family groups to help the reader detect at a glance the similarities between herbs. Elaine Power has beautifully illustrated the book with over 170 full-colour paintings which serve both as a guide to identification and as delightful compositions in themselves. A comprehensive and authoritative guide to herbs and herb growing, as well as being a work of art.

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The herbal handbook - David Hoffman (1987)

This handbook covers everything you need to know about growing, gathering, preparing, using and taking herbal medicines to improve and maintain health. With simple b/w line drawn herb illustrations throughout, the book is extremely attractive and contains:- a simple introduction to health, well-being and how your body works. * a guide to specific health problems and concerns (you don't need to be sick to take a herbal cure!) and 'which herb' for a range of conditions. * A-Z herbal, covering over 200 different medicinal herbs and plants.This section comprises the main part of the book and is full of detailed information about each herb.

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Miscellaneous


A guide to healing the family tree - Dr Kenneth Mcall (1997)

It was Ken's lifelong passion that this ministry of Generational healing of the family tree would become a normal part of the Church's ministry. this has to a large degree been realized, due also to the hard work of the memebers of the Generational Healing Trust which Ken helped to found.

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Bad Pharma - How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients - Ben Goldacre (2012)

Bad Science' hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. Patients are harmed in huge numbers. Ben Goldacre is Britain's finest writer on the science behind medicine, and 'Bad Pharma' is a clear and witty attack, showing exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and how easy it would be to fix them.

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Brain workout - Arthur Winter, M.D. and Ruth Winter, M.S. (2003)

Until recently, it was believed that as the years pass, the brain inevitably deteriorates in all of its many functions. Now, according to Dr. Arthur Winter, a neurosurgeon and the director of the New Jersey Neurological Institute, studies show that the brain can continue to develop and repair itself, even in old age, and that with simple daily exercises, the proper diet, and the right kind of mental stimulation, you can learn to strengthen and maintain your brain's power to near maximum capacity throughout your lifetime. "Brain Workout" is a complete regimen with dozens of easy-to-follow exercise in each chapter and tips that include: Aiding memory Stimulating and improving sight, hearing, and the sense of smell, touch, and taste How certain foods affect us mentally and emotionally Medicines that improve brain capacity and chemicals that dull brain function The importance of oxygen to the brain, and what exercise will increase its flow

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Chicken Soup for the soul - Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (1983)

As comforting as a can of soup on a cold night. A real "pick-up any time" book with lots of short inspiring stories so if you only have five minutes to spare it doesn't matter. Perfect when you need warming up!

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards (1993)

By applying discoveries in brain research to the teaching of drawing, this book is designed to help anyone improve their drawing. Sections on drawing in colour, new information on using lights and shadows to create 3-D effects, improving handwriting and exercises are also included.

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Fragmented intimacy - Peter J. Adams (2010)

Here is the first major work that examines the benefits of applying social understanding to addiction. The author demonstrates how a social perspective shifts the paradigm from viewing a person in terms of "particles" to viewing a person in terms of relationships. This reorientation creates promising new opportunities for intervention. The book discusses recent advances in theories on community capacity building, resilience, and social ecology alongside their practical applications. Written in an engaging style, the book features numerous vignettes, key points, and illustrations that help you apply the material in your own practice.

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Getting Things Done : The Art of Stress-free Productivity - David Allen (2010)

In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In "Getting Things Done," veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In "Getting Things Done" Allen shows how to: Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to emptyReassess goals and stay focused in changing situationsPlan projects as well as get them unstuckOvercome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmedFeel fine about what you're not doingFrom core principles to proven tricks, "Getting Things Done" can transform the way you work, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

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Neurological physiotherapy - Edited by Susan Edwards (2001)

"Neurological Physiotherapy" aims to provide an improved understanding of problems commonly encountered by the therapist working with people with neurological disability. It describes aspects of posture and movement difficulties which may occur as a result of neurological damage and gives guidance to help the therapist to plan the appropriate treatment programme for each patient. Using a problem-solving approach the emphasis is on the identification of symptoms in relation to impairment and disability rather than on a detailed description of neurological conditions.

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Patient and person - Jane Stein-Parbury (2014)

Patient & Person provides a practical guide to establishing and building relationships in nursing practice. It systematically addresses the theoretical, practical and personal dimensions of relating to patients and provides guidelines for determining when and how to act. It encourages meaningful nursing practice by focusing on patients as individuals.

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Step-by-step Tarot - The Best-selling Introduction - Terry Donaldson (1995)

An excellent introductory course that demystifies the ancient art of tarot reading. With equal appeal for both the beginner and the more experienced student, this complete guide gives you all the training you need to start accessing the ancient wisdom of the tarot. This comprehensive workbook guides you through a practical step-by-step course that is fun and simple to use. It gives all the advice you need to choose the right pack and learn the meanings of each card. Various spreads are described, along with tips to help you achieve accurate readings. Whether you feel that you have psychic qualites you'd like to develop, or have a more down-to-earth interest, this book contains all you need to start working with the tarot. If you have been studying the subject but do not feel confident enough to read for other people, this is the ideal book to help you develop your skills.

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Stopping Restless Leg Syndrome - Bill Habets (2002)

A good health guide.

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The "Everything" Parent's Guide to Raising Your Adopted Child - A Complete Handbook to Welcoming Your Adopted Child into Your Heart and Home - Corrie Lynne Player, David M Brodzinsky and Michael Devlin (2008)

"The Everything Parent's Guide to Raising the Adopted Child" offers all the essential information any potential and new adoptive parent might need.This essential guidebook is packed with reassuring advice on how to handle the most common issues facing adoptive parents, including: questions to ask before adopting; bonding techniques for each age group - from newborn to teenager; adopting children with physiological or psychological special needs; adopting outside your ethnic group; fielding difficult questions about an adopted child's birth parents; helping the adopted child understand and cope with feelings of loss and abandonment; and, navigating blended families, single parenting, or same sex partnerships. With this book by their side, adoptive parents will be bonded with their child for a lifetime.

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The complex infrastructure known as the female mind - Relient K (2004)

In "The Complex Infrastructure Known as the Female Mind," Relient K expounds on their experiences observing the opposite sex. Detailing some of the "girl types" they've encountered--like the Homecoming Queen, The Athlete, and The Overachiever--they share personal stories and biblical advice for girls of any type to become women of God. The band's fun attitude is present throughout the book in quizzes, lists, personal stories, and more!

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The Insomnia Book - Dr Chris Idzikowski (1999)

Dr Chris Idzikowski is currently Director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service.. His previous appointments include Centre Director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre (Heriot Row), Visiting Professor, University of Surrey, Deputy Head of the Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit at the Robens Institute of Health and Safety, University of Surrey and Head of Clinical Pharmacology at the Janssen Research Foundation. He started researching into sleep more than 20 years ago when he worked at Prof Ian Oswald's sleep laboratory at Edinburgh University's Department of Psychiatry before researching into fear and anxiety at the Medical Research (MRC)'s Council APU in Cambridge.An expert on sleep and its disorders, Dr Idzikowski has served as Chairman of the British Sleep Society, and has sat on the boards of the Sleep Medicine Research Foundation, the European Sleep Research Society and the U.S Sleep Research Society. Formerly Chairman of the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on sleep and its disorders (now the Sleep Medicine Section) , he has held many honorary appointments, both health authority (Oxford) and University (e.g Queen's University of Belfast). He has acted or acts as a consultant for a variety of organisations and companies , for example, British Airways, Boots, GlaxoWelcome, vieLife, NICE, UK Sports, Sleep Council.Dr Idzikowski has published numerous papers and books on sleep, including "The Insomnia Kit" (Feb 1999) and "Serotonin, Sleep and Mental Disorder" (Blackwells Scientific Publishing, 1991) and Learn to sleep well and the Learn to sleep well kit (Duncan Baird, 2000,2004). Sleep - need to know (HarperCollins, 2007). He has also been a regular columnist, first for British Airways High Life monthly Magazine, and weekly columnist for the Mail On Sunday ((still available)).

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The Lupus book - Daniel J Wallace (2005)

Lupus, a disease of the immune system, can be quite deadly, claiming the lives of thousands of patients annually. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace is one of the world's leading authorities on this disorder, an eminent clinician who has treated over 2000 lupus patients, the largest such practice in America. His The Lupus Book, originally published in 1995, immediately established itself as the most readable and helpful book on the disease. Now Dr. Wallace has once again completely revised The Lupus Book, incorporating a wealth of new information. This Third Edition discusses the newest breakthroughs in drug treatments and alternative therapies as well as updated information on the immune system--all laid out in user-friendly language that any patient could understand. Readers will discover new blood tests and new drugs introduced since the last edition, an extensive table of herbs that can be used for the disorder, and a large section on cognitive therapy and biofeedback. And as in past editions, the book provides absolutely lucid answers to such questions as: What causes lupus? How and where is the body affected? Can a woman with lupus have a baby? And how can one manage this disease? There is also a glossary of terms and an appendix of lupus resource materials compiled by the Lupus Foundation of America. 50,000 Britons and over 1 million Americans have lupus and thousands of patients die every year from the disease. The Third Edition of The Lupus Book offers these patients and their families a wealth of reliable, up-to-date information that will help them manage the disease and live a happier life.

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Touch Compass - Michele Powles (2007)

Touch Compass is an exceptional dance company and this beautifully illustrated book celebrates and chronicles the first decade of the company's achievements.

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True professionalism - David H Maister (2000)

David Maister, the world's premier consultant to professional service firms, vigorously challenges professionals to examine this essential, yet under-addressed question: What is true professionalism? Professional firms are forever trying to get their people to act like professionals to do the right things. Though their various incentives may create employee compliance, these don't often encourage excellence. His answer is clear: It is believing passionately in what you do, never compromising your standards and values, and caring about your clients, your people and your own career. In clear and compelling terms, Maister shows that this approach is not only ethical but also conducive to commercial success."

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Use your brain to beat memory loss - Rita Carter (2005)

The fourth title in an all-new series exploring how to cope with problems of the mind What we know about the workings of the human brain has increased immeasurably in recent times. We now know exactly which parts of the brain react when we feel panicked, depressed, or overwhelmed emotionally. It is this new science which can help us to understand how our brain generates the feelings we experience and, in turn, how we can control those feelings. Our capacity to remember things can be affected by age, disease, or damage to the brain. This book examines which parts of the brain govern memory and how memory loss can be controlled. A combination of cognitive therapy exercises to retrain the brain and advice on drugs to suit individual needs are provided to improve the problems of both short- and long-term memory loss.

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Why won't my child listen? - Myra Grisdale and Janet Cater (2006)

Why Won't My Child Listen? - there's hardly a parent since time began who hasn't uttered that cry. Well, here's a book that can help you answer that question. Written by experts in early childhood development and psychology, Why Won't My Child Listen? presents an entirely new approach to parenting in the 21st century.

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You're Not Crazy - It's Your Mother - Understanding and Healing for Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers - Danu Morrigan (2012)

Do you find yourself feeling emotionally bruised, upset and confused after being in contact with your mother? Are you left doubting yourself - feeling crazy - as she remembers some incidents totally differently to how you remember them, and denies other events even happened at all? Do you somehow feel like you're not a real person in her company? Does it seem that she gets cross, angry or upset when good things happen in your life? And does she seem happy and energised if you have a trauma or crisis? But maybe that's your imagination, you tell yourself, because of course your own mother isn't going to be glad when you suffer, right? And round and round go your feelings and emotions and half-formed thoughts, till you think you must truly be crazy. And still you end up emotionally bruised and confused and hurt. If this resonates with you, it is possible that your mother has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. You're Not Crazy - It's Your Mother explains what that it is, and what it means to you in your life. It will help you to undertake a journey of recognition and recovery: of moving on, healing, and claiming your own self as the wonderful, vibrant woman you really are.

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The healing code - Alexander Lloyd and Ben Johnson (2013)

Unlocking the cellular sequence of life. "The Healing Codes will revolutionize health", Mark Victor Hansen, author Chicken Soup for the Soul

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Motor Neurone Disease


His Brother's Keeper - Jonathan Weiner (2004)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Beak of the Finch comes a book about the new biology and how it touches a defiant family-in-crisis fighting an incurable disease.

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Losing my voice: living with Motor Neurone Disease - Barbara Frances Williams (2007)

A moving story of a remarkable woman's courage, determination and indomitable spirit. Barry Gustafson (Lecturer, Author & Historian - University of Auckland).One year after moving from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia to start a new career Barbara Williams is diagnosed with motor neurone disease MND, an incurable, degenerative, terminal condition also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS. Once diagnosed with motor neurone disease, there is currently no hope of a cure. The best one can hope for is to slow the progression of the disease. People may react in different ways to the diagnosis of motor neurone disease. They can devote themselves to fighting the disease, they can try to live as fully as they can or they can give up. Barbara, elder daughter of the redoubtable New Zealand Prime Minister, Sir Robert Muldoon - a heritage of courage under fire - chooses to live life as fully as she can while she is able to.Fifty three year old Barbara continues living alone in Sydney, working fulltime as a clinical research associate and travelling for work, often on a weekly basis, to hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. She recounts her day to day life as it happens, the good times, the bad times, numerous medical consultations, taxi rides, plane trips, hotel stays and holidays. She keeps up a hectic work and travel schedule while she slowly loses her ability to speak and swallow. As Barbara becomes physically weaker travelling becomes more difficult and reluctantly she prepares to return to live in Auckland.

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Lou Gehrig Disease, ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis explained - Robert Rymore (2013)

The author, Robert Rymore, had a good friend who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig Disease. He wanted to be able to help her and decided to buy some books about the disease. To his disappointment there was a lack of good informative books available on the subject. He decided to investigate the subject thoroughly and write a book about it to be able to help others. He decided he would start talking to professionals - doctors, physical therapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists - to learn more. He quickly realized the information he was getting would be extremely valuable for other people with ALS and their loved ones. This book has been a labor of love, one born of necessity and certainly one that aims to help those with ALS, their families, and their friends. ALS symptoms, signs, stages, types, diagnosis, treatment, caregiver tips, aids and what to expect is all covered. Including chapters about financial considerations, famous people with Lou Gehrig Disease and resources. The book is written in an easy to read and understandable style and contains tips for caregivers.

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Motor Neuron Disease: a Practical manual - Talbot, Turner, Marsden and Botell (2010)

There are around 5000 patients in the UK living with Motor Neuron Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and many others shouldering the burden of their care. This fatal neurodegenerative disease leads to progressive muscle weakness and wasting, and there is currently no effective treatment. Managing these patients from their initial presentation, through confirmation of diagnosis and throughout their disease journey is challenging for all healthcare professionals. It requires a multi-disciplinary approach involving neurologists, general practitioners, palliative care physicians, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. Each member of the team has different priorities to effectively manage the myriad of symptoms and other practical difficulties, both emotional and financial, that the MND patient may experience. This book is a comprehensive guide to the complexities of care for the patient with Motor Neurone Disease, written by experienced members of a large care centre. It has been specifically written and designed to provide comprehensive, easily accessible advice for all healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with this challenging condition, including diagnostic, prognostic, physical, emotional, and practical challenges. The entire care pathway from presentation to diagnosis to symptom management and end of life issues is addressed in detail, but in a highly structured, easily accessible format, that allows the reader to find practical answers rapidly. This book is an invaluable resource for neurologists (including those in training), neurology wards and specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, respiratory and gastroenterology departments providing NIV or PEG support, palliative care teams and all healthcare professionals with an interest in MND patients.

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Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom (2004)

It's been ten years since Mitch Albom first shared the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world. Now-twelve million copies later-in a new afterword, Mitch Albom reflects again on the meaning of Morrie's life lessons and the gentle, irrevocable impact of their Tuesday sessions all those years ago. Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class" lessons in how to live. "Tuesdays with Morrie" is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
Highly recommended -

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What You Wish For - Paul Blacklow (2009)

When Paul Blacklow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease just after his marriage at the age of 31, he refused to accept the prognosis that he would die within five years. Instead he delved into the world of alternative therapies, exploring physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. By the time of his death, aged 35, he had learned much about healing, about himself and began writing a book to share what he had learned. He also asked his therapists to contribute chapters. After his death, his wife Julianne fulfilled her promise to him that his book would be completed and commissioned journalist Rebecca Hayter to conduct further interviews with his therapists, family and friends, and integrate this material with Paul's story. The result is an inspiring read about love, family, friendship, commitment and alternative therapies.

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Multiple Sclerosis


300 tips for making life with multiple sclerosis easier - Shelley Peterman Schwartz (1999)

Essential for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families, this book is filled tips, techniques and shortcuts learned from personal experience. The author offers guidelines and labor-saving tips that sufferers need to know, including how to conserve energy, how to do more of the things you want, and how to work smarter and achieve independence. Empowering, honest and down-to-earth, this book helps people with MS live life to the fullest.

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By Appointment Only - Jan De Vries (1985)

Multiple Sclerosis is recognised as a growing problem. In some Scandinavian countries, Holland, Britain and North America, the number of sufferers is rising by the day. In the UK alone, it is estimated that between 50,000 and 60,000 people suffer from this debilitating disease; in the USA figures of 350,000 are quoted. What are the causes of the problem? And what can be done about it? Could it be possible to prevent MS? When we look at the countries where there is no occurrence of MS whatsoever; the immediate answer is YES. Jan de Vries has studied and treated Multiple Sclerosis for over 45 years. He has learned that every MS patient is different and that their problems must be treated individually. He emphasises the importance of diet and environment sufferers must build up their immune system. Even the smallest interference with that delicate mechanism, the human body, can trigger off problems out of all proportion to the cause. For example, silver mercury amalgam fillings in teeth can affect your health. This book draws attention to a variety of factors and explains how they can be dealt with to improve the quality of life for all MS sufferers. It is a relevant and important alternative approach to the problem.

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Fall Down Laughing - David L Lander (2000)

The actor shares his sixteen-year struggle to hide his multiple sclerosis from his wife, daughter, and the public from his first signs of vertigo five years after "Laverne & Shirley" until his decision to announce his illness.

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It's Not Because I Want To Die - Debbie Purdy (2010)

Debbie Purdy doesn't want to die. She has far too much to live for. But when the time comes, and the pain is so unbearable that she cannot go on, she wants her husband to be by her side, holding her hand until the end; and she wants to know that he won't be arrested. Debbie Purdy - the face of Britain's right-to-die campaign - suffers from multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed in 1995 - barely a month after she met her now-husband, Omar Puente, in a bar in Singapore. Within weeks she flew back out to meet Omar and, despite her devastating diagnosis, their relationship grew, as together they travelled Asia doing all the things they loved. When Debbie's health left her no choice but to go back to the UK, Omar followed. They married in 1998. But since the death in 2002 of motor neurone disease sufferer Diane Pretty, who lost her legal battle to have her husband help her take her own life, there has been dark cloud on the horizon for Debbie. She is in pain all the time, with poor circulation, headaches, bed sores and muscle cramps. Once or twice a week, she falls in the shower, presses her panic button and waits for complete strangers to come and help. People pity Debbie, saying she must feel undignified. She disagrees. The only thing she thinks is undignified is having no control over her life or death. When the pain becomes unbearable Debbie wants to be able to choose to end her life, surrounded by her loved ones. In England and Wales this is considered assisting suicide - a crime punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment. Debbie fears as a black foreigner Omar is more likely to face prosecution. All she wants is for the law to be clarified. Then she can make sure Omar never crosses the line. At the end of July 2009 Debbie's long fight was finally rewarded with a court ruling that the current lack of clarity is a violation of the right to a private and family life, and the Director of Public Prosecutions being ordered to issue clear guidance on when prosecutions can be brought in assisted suicide cases, bringing hope and reassurance thousands nationwide. Now, with passion and honesty, Debbie shares her unique story. Told with the joie-de-vivre and grace for which she has become known, Debbie describes her life and her battle.

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis - A wellness approach - George H Kraft, MD and Marci Catanzaro, RN, PhD (2011)

The material presented in this book is adapted from the question and answer portion of a teleconference sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on the topic "Taking Care: Options to Maximize Your Health." Over 8,000 people participated in the teleconference, from more than 450 sites across the United States, and the program received a national Health Information Award. The questions addressed in this book reflect the concerns of this widespread group of people with MS, as well as those of family members and friends. No matter what new information is forthcoming about the causes and treatments of multiple sclerosis, successful living with this neurologic disease depends on you. Taking control of your life in order to maximize your health is essential for each of us, whether or not we have MS. This book suggests some avenues for optimizing your health through exercise, nutrition, and emotional health. Use it as a starting point for developing your own individualized wellness program. In this book you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions about living with multiple sclerosis, including: Causes and Course * Why do remissions occur? * What can trigger an exacerbation? * How is the immune system related to MS? * What wellness therapies are most likely to bring about a remission? * Can exercise change the course of MS? Symptom Management * Are there specific exercises to help manage bladder problems? * What strategies can I use to reduce overheating during exercise? * What exercises can be done to decrease leg tremor? * Can specific exercises help control pain? * How can chronic pain be managed without drugs? * What strategies can I use to improve my memory? * Is hearing loss normal with MS? * Is there evidence that smoking has a specific detrimental effect on MS? * Why does an exacerbation often follow a bout of flu? Wellness Management * Is any particular type of exercise best for people with MS? * Are weight-bearing exercises that do not raise core body temperature helpful? * Can too much exercise bring on an exacerbation? * Can someone in a wheelchair participate in aerobic exercise? * Is it best to exercise every day? * Can someone with MS improve strength through exercise? * What type of diet is good for MS? * What is the best way to lose weight? * Have specific foods been implicated in worsening symptoms? * Can vitamins and other nutritional supplements improve the well-being of a person with MS? * Should someone with MS take antioxidants? Emotional Health * Should a person with MS avoid stress? * What are some constructive ways of managing stress? * How can people with MS maintain a positive attitude? * What is the effect of MS on personality and emotions? Disease Treatments * What is being done to overcome the defects in myelin that occur in MS? * What effect does chemotherapy have on MS? * What is the length of time between the introduction of a new drug and its use in MS? * Are there any treatments for MS directed at the immune system? * What should I consider in deciding whether or not to use a newly developed drug? Alternative Therapies * Is acupuncture helpful for MS? * Can chiropractic therapy help symptoms of MS? * Can massage therapy alleviate pain? * Can biofeedback help? * What are the benefits of Tai Chi? Health Care Team * Who should be included on a health care team? * How can I be sure I am receiving quality health care? Social Aspects * What advice do you have for family members dealing with MS? * What resources are available to deal with sexual problems? * What things should I consider in deciding to have a child?

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Me and My Shadow - Carole Mackie (1999)

Carole Tells Her Story With Disarming Honesty And Directness.She Faced Setbacks And Heartbreak And The Struggle To Overcome These Often Demanded All Her Strength And Sometimes Exhausted It. Her Story Will Move You To Tears.

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Multiple stories - Multiple Sclerosis Society of NZ (2002)

A collection of stories and poetry from people with multiple sclerosis, their families and caregivers

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Recipes for health: Multiple Sclerosis - Geraldine Fitzgerald & Fenella Briscoe (1998)

Diet plays an important role in the control of multiple sclerosis and it is recommended that sufferers follow a healthy eating plan. This practical and inspiring cookbook explains which foods to include in the diet and which foods to avoid. It provides recipes that are varied and appetizing -- and versatile enough for the whole family to enjoy!

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Road to the Cure for Ms - How Science is Solving the Mysteries of Mulitple Sclerosis - Howard Weiner (2004)

An exploration of the medical community's past and present efforts to cure multiple sclerosis draws on recent findings to explain how the disease is caused, sharing current information on drug and treatment breakthroughs that the author believes will lead to a cure in the near future.

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Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis - George Jelinek (2000)

George Jelinek is a doctor, based in Western Australia, who has been recognised for his expertise in emergency medicine. He saw his mother succumb to MS over many years and was himself diagnosed with it at the age of 45. Following this, George set out to find a better way to deal with MS than was currently available. He scoured the medical literature, the Internet and the popular press. He re-assessed his life, relationships and spirituality. Quoting from the foreword, written by Ian Gawler, "This is a comprehensive, well-documented book that is full of good science. It is written in plain English in a way that makes that science readily available and understandable to the lay public, yet detailed enough for those with more scientific training...George...has added the solid science and the cool reason of the researcher to the highly focused and passionate need of the patient. That is why this is such and important work." It contains a great deal about natural therapies, as well as conventional medical therapies and somediet and lifestyle recommendations. The chapter on the best ways to find further information through the Internet, books and groups, is full of helpful advice. Highly recommended foranyone who has been touched by MS.

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Why Not Me? My journey with MS - Anna Healey (2002)

Autobiographical account of a young woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Confined to a wheelchair with a new baby to care for, it was a nightmare for an independent and fun-loving person. However, after the early dark days Healey began to rebuild her life, learning to drive and becoming involved in the public speaking circuit to promote the MS cause. She also learned to sail, going on to compete at the highest levels of Australian sailing. Includes a list of MS society contacts.

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Muscular Dystrophy


Still Walking - The Story of a Banker with Muscular Dystrophy - Bill Moss (2011)

This book is an amazing story of will, determination and hard work in the face of a crippling disease, FSHD. It offers a window into the world of finance, politics and community action with humour, insight and pragmatism.

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Natural Medicine


Bottom Line's Prescription Alternatives - Earl L Mindell and Virginia Hopkins (2009)

"For those who need to know what doctors and pharmaceutical companies are doing to people's health ...this belongs in the library of every home." -- Lendon H. Smith, M.D., author of Feed Your Body Right Prescription Alternatives is an easy-to-use, immediate reference for all the information you need about how medications affect your body, what you can do to counteract imbalances, and what alternative treatments work best. "FDA approved" doesn't mean it's safe! * Prescription drugs can deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals * Studies show that H2 blockers for heartburn can cause bone loss * Drugs to treat diabetes can increase risk of heart disease and death Covering the major prescription drugs in use today and their dangerous side effects, natural health expert Dr. Earl Mindell lays the foundation for a sound body with safer alternatives to these medicines. New drugs and natural alternatives for: * Heart disease * Diabetes * Obesity-related ailments * Asthma * ADD

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Alternative therapies for pregnancy and birth - Pat Thomas (2001)

Pregnancy is a journey that should be experienced as fully as possible. Holistic healthcare in pregnancy and birth puts the mother-to-be exactly where she would like to be - at the centre of her own birth experience. This comprehensive and inspiring guide explains the benefits of the wide range of alternative treatments that can be used alongside conventional medicine and will help women make the best possible choices

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Applied Kinesiology - Muscle Response in Diagnosis, Therapy and Preventive Medicine - Tom Valentine and Carole Valentine (1999)

A practical and reliable diagnostic tool that has emerged over the past twenty-five years, kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of bodily motion, especially muscle movements and their relationship to our body systems. Viewing the body as a balanced triad of structure, chemistry, and mentality, applied kinesiology gauges muscle response to pinpoint underlying physical problems. Within 30 minutes, a competent kinesiologist can evaluate bodily functions and provide a readout on the workings of the glands, organs, lymphatic system, circulatory and nervous systems, circulation, and muscle-bone structure. "Applied Kinesiology" demonstrates how this technique can be of practical use for everyone

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Applied Pa-kua and Lo Shu Feng Shui - Lillian Too (1996)

"Amazing Compass School" secret formulas extracted from hand-written old texts that were written down during the Chin dynasty's Chien Lung period. The formulations contained int hisbook are based on the eight sided PA KUA and the legendary nine chamber LO SHU magic square.

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Aromatherapy - Nerys Purchon (1996)

"Aromatherapy" gives you the confidence and knowledge to use essential oils to improve your health, well-being and quality of life. Nerys Purchon has distilled her lifetime of experience to create this book which includes preparations that everyone can use for themselves as well as in and around the home.

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Aromatherapy for your child - Valerie Ann Worwood (2002)

Covering over 100 common childhood ailments, this book looks at which oils are suitable for which age range and covers every aspect of aromatherapy for children, including the importance of bonding through touch. Valerie Ann Worwood also includes useful recipes for your bathroom cabinet, including antiseptic skin spray, antiseptic fungal powder, herbal healing infused oils, chest decongestant ointment, baby oil, baby powder and other natural ointment and salves.

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Balance your hormones, balance your life - Dr Claudia Welch, MSOM (2011)

Tired? Overworked? Stressed? Out of balance? Welcome to the twenty-first century, where women s stress levels have reached unprecedented heights. Between myriad responsibilities, women burn through even the energy gained from sufficient sleep and a healthy diet. The result? Hormonal havoc. In clear, accessible language, internationally renowned doctor Claudia Welch explains hormones from A to Z, specifically how they relate to each other, how and why they become imbalanced, and how women can restore that balance. Welch includes simple diet tips, stress-management techniques, and natural sleep secrets. Using the principles of Ayurveda (popularized in the West by Deepak Chopra) and the holistic sensibility of Dr. Christiane Northrup, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life gives women the essential tools to achieve the perfect balance between their yin (sex hormones) and yang (stress hormones), and between the body and the mind.

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Be well naturally - Lynda Wharton (2004)

Section 1 discusses different aspects of staying healthy. Section 2 is a handy A-Z guide to common female health conditions, with easy to understand information about appropriate holistic therapies. Also includes contact details for further help and support groups.

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Beautiful Skin with Aromatherapy - June Thornton (1999)

Aromatherapy uses the scents of plants to enhance physical and mental well-being and to beautify skin and hair. This text is a comprehensive guide for skin and hair care with charts and diagrams for floral waters, infusions, toners, scrubs, face masks, oils, creams and hair tonics and shampoos which can be easily prepared at home. It includes choosing essential oils, methods of applying, aromatic infusions, aromatic skin care, massage techniques, fragrant baths and showers and aromatic hair care. A wall chart for quick easy reference is included.

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Better Health with Foot Reflexology - Dwight C. Byers (2001)

Excellent training guide to conduct the Ingham Method of Foot Reflexology on yourself and others. This is a newly revised and expanded edition with large color photos, much more educational material and there have been more foot reflexology techniques added. This book is an amazing source for one to learn about the body's functions and how all of the organs and glands can be manipulated through reflexology on the feet. Better Health With Foot Reflexology is a best-seller in the alternative health care industry today.

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Boost your energy - Sandra Cabot (1998)

For the millions of tired people who feel out of balance, this book contains a 14 day energy diet which will help recharge the body's cells. From the bestselling author of "The Liver Cleansing Diet".

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Breathing Matters - A New Zealand Guide - Jim Bartley and Tania Clifton-Smith (2006)

A revolutionary book from top Ear, Nose & Throat surgeon, Dr Jim Bartley, and highly-regarded breathing expert,Tania Clifton-Smith, who believe that good breathing patterns can dramatically improve the lives of people with major diseases such as heart disease, asthma and depression. Breathing well helps us relax, normalises body biochemistry, reduces muscle pain and allows the re-establishment of normal posture and movement. Part I discusses the role of smell and the "nose brain" in our everyday lives. These chapters provide a physiological, scientific basis to the book. Part II discusses basic breathing techniques, posture, self-massage and muscle stretching techniques. These are the self-help techniques that you can adopt to help yourself. Part III discusses common disease conditions that can be improved by attention to breathing techniques. These include asthma, heart disease, migraine, tension headache, jaw-joint pain, anxiety and depression.

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Breathing Matters - A New Zealand Guide - Jim Bartley and Tania Clifton-Smith (2006)

A revolutionary book from top Ear, Nose & Throat surgeon, Dr Jim Bartley, and highly-regarded breathing expert,Tania Clifton-Smith, who believe that good breathing patterns can dramatically improve the lives of people with major diseases such as heart disease, asthma and depression. Breathing well helps us relax, normalises body biochemistry, reduces muscle pain and allows the re-establishment of normal posture and movement. Part I discusses the role of smell and the "nose brain" in our everyday lives. These chapters provide a physiological, scientific basis to the book. Part II discusses basic breathing techniques, posture, self-massage and muscle stretching techniques. These are the self-help techniques that you can adopt to help yourself. Part III discusses common disease conditions that can be improved by attention to breathing techniques. These include asthma, heart disease, migraine, tension headache, jaw-joint pain, anxiety and depression.

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Do-It-Yourself Shiatsu - Wataru Ohashi (2001)

In this book Ohashi, one of the most knowledgeable and well-known U.S.-based bodywork teachers, tells how you can learn to perform shiatsu at home on yourself and your friends. Ohashi, who has taught and practiced in this country for years, has written specifically for a Western audience, focusing on the common discomforts that bother us here in the West. He has provided clear explanations of all technical terms and attractive photographs throughout to illustrate the techniques and the exact locations of the pressure points. He has also included special exercises designed to keep your energy flowing.Disability, Family, Whanau and society - Edited by Keith BollardIn this book, Maori and Pakeha parents, caregivers, and researchers describe their experiences of disability in New Zealand today. The focus in on intellectuial disability. In their own section of the book, people who have an intellectual disability present their accounts of issues that impact on their lives, adn state their wishes for more equitable treatment in today's society. The book also takes a critical look at issues in the area of research design and our ways of knowing and understanding through research. A case is made for attention to the voice of those who have authentic experience of disability, and for using their stories within emancipatory model of research.

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Dosha for life : the ancient ayurvedic science of self healing - Linda Bretherton and Jim Whitham (2007)

The three common Ayurvedic body types - known as doshas comprising of vata, pitta and kapha - are explained in this guide, as are the factors that are prone to damaging each type. Based on the premise that individuals are born with their own doshas and the whole perception of life's experiences is affected by them, the book shows how imbalances created by nutritional factors, environmental changes, stress levels and long-standing habits damage the natural flows of energy that should be experienced. By incorporating the guide's simple daily activities that give nourishment at both the physical and spiritual level, regeneration and enrichment on a daily basis is possible. This is the only book that deals with the practical realities of daily living using Ayurveda as a primary system of health care. It examines the factors within the real lives of key protagonists and establishes principles of physical and emotional health care that apply to everyone.

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Eastern Healing - The Practical Guide to the Healing Traditions of China, India, Tibet and Japan - Jacqueline Young (2001)

Including Yoga, shiatsu, acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, ayurveda, t`ai chi, qi gon