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Okay Fine Whatever

By Courtenay Hameister
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Courtenay Hameister
The story of one chronically anxious woman's hilarious year-long quest to change her own timid nature by seeking out the kinds of experiences she's spent her life avoiding.During the nine years Courtenay Hameister hosted NPR's Live Wire, she lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety, and she didn't just fret about and fear her next radio show; she fretted about and feared everything. Until about a year ago, when she decided to take arms against a sea of anxieties and by opposing... maybe not end them, but at least become a little more adventurous, spontaneous, and comfortable in her own skin. OKAY FINE WHATEVER tells the story of Courtenay's year-long fight against her own nature, which took the form of pushing herself to try new things, things that scared her or made her uncomfortable, things that the average person might consider doing for a half-a-second before deciding: "nope." Things like: attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a flotation tank, visited a sex club, went on 28 first dates, and got hypnotized. She had a session with a professional cuddler. She got high (legally) in the middle of a workday. And she came away with a lot of amusing and occasionally poignant stories about her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman v. Fear. Refreshing, relatable, and very funny, OKAY FINE WHATEVER reminds us that "the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery," and that it's possible to fight complacency and grow bolder a little at a time.

Okayest Mom

By Natalie Gwyn
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Natalie Gwyn
NATALIE GWYN uses humor to brilliantly capture how God led and helped this mother of two to adopt four children from Ethiopia and successfully bond her blended family.The wife of a technology entrepreneur, already birth mother of two healthy young children-a boy and a girl-was living comfortably in the suburbs. Then she doubled the size of her family by adopting four Ethiopian children. Why?Her answer: "God."Popular blogger NATALIE GWYN has been cited widely for her candid, insightful, often humorous writing on cross-cultural adoptive Christian families (which number more than 4 million). HuffPo has linked to her controversial posts and celebrities like Kathie Lee Gifford have quoted and pictured her on social media. Here Natalie tells her whole mom story, including the only-God-could-do-this backstory.Her lighthearted narrative begins with the nudge of God toward the uncomfortable. She and her husband are almost certain they have misunderstood what the Almighty is asking of them, and with self-deprecating humor Natalie allows readers a glimpse into the process by which this already imperfect mom agreed to transnational, transracial adoption of more children than she already has.Natalie then takes the reader on her family's adventure to Ethiopia to legally adopt the three siblings God has chosen to add to their family. With the skill of a detective novelist, she reveals their discovery of a fourth sibling, their critical decision not to leave this child behind, and their harrowing quest to find, woo and legally adopt her, too.Similar to the laugh-out-loud humor of books on blended step-families, Natalie shares the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen scenes of this adoptive family's huge adjustments. She brilliantly captures each child's and each parent's perspective and, in doing so, reveals God in their midst.

Our Best Life Together

By Joel Osteen, Victoria Osteen
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Joel Osteen, Victoria Osteen
Whether you've been married a few months or a few years, the deepest longing for all couples is to discover a richer intimacy with God and each other. In OUR BEST LIFE TOGETHER, Joel and Victoria Osteen will help you do just that. Through these proven principles you and your mate will find the help you need to meet each other's relational needs, learn to communicate effectively, practice love and respect, handle adversity, honor each other, show compassion and patience, encourage one another, and grow together spiritually. There's no better way to experience the fulfilling marriage God intends for you than to set aside a devotional time together each day.
  • The Observing Eye

    By Muriel Spark
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    Muriel Spark
    The Observing Eye is a collection of Muriel Spark's brilliant asides, sayings, and aphorisms. No other writer can hold a candle to her wry, puckish observations:'Neurotics are awfully quick to notice other people's mentalities.''It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.''The sacrifice of pleasure is of course itself a pleasure.''Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time in your life it may occur.''Ridicule is the only honourable weapon we have left.'Spark's striking insights are precise and unforgettable - they will make you laugh and nod in agreement, with a wicked smile on your face. Her wise words never fail to hit exactly the right note.
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    Only That

    By Kalyani Lawry
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    Kalyani Lawry
    Through John Wheeler and other influential teachers, and through his two books of dialogues, Sailor Bob Adamson has become a familiar name to those interested in non-dual spirituality. With assistance from friends and family, and from Bob himself, Kalyani Lawry has compiled an absorbing account of his life illustrated with photographs from Bob's personal collection.The second part of Only That consists of dialogues which have an immediacy that is "closer than your breathing, nearer than your hands and feet" and a depth that reflects Bob's life experience while pointing clearly to the ultimate reality "Thou art That".

    One Nation, Under Gods

    By Peter Manseau
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    Peter Manseau
    At the heart of the nation's spiritual history are audacious and often violent scenes. But the Puritans and the shining city on the hill give us just one way to understand the United States. Rather than recite American history from a Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that what really happened is worth a close, fresh look. Thomas Jefferson himself collected books on all religions and required that the brand new Library of Congress take his books, since Americans needed to consider the "twenty gods or no god" he famously noted were revered by his neighbors. Looking at the Americans who believed in these gods, Manseau fills in America's story of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they really were, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults in the '60s to the recent presidential election where both candidates were for the first time non-traditional Christians.One Nation, Under Gods shows how much more there is to the history we tell ourselves, right back to the country's earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it is an American history unlike any you've read.

    Our Presidents and Their Prayers

    By Rand Paul, James Randall
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    Rand Paul, James Randall
    From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, and every president in between, prayer and religion made its way into their public speeches, private journals and official proclamations. With excerpts taken from speeches, journals, and other public records, this book will feature prayers from every president the U.S. has ever had. Illustrated with photos and paintings, the book will also give background histories of each president and reveal their personal feelings on religion, prayer, and our Creator.
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    The Onion Magazine

    By The Onion
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    The Onion
    Finally, the book that your coffee table has been waiting for: the once-in-a-lifetime (so far) collection of the greatest covers from the Onion's Sunday Magazine.Carefully selected by a team of high-ranking Onion editors, these full-colour replicas of more than 200 covers represent the pinnacle of insight from the most respected newspaper in the world. Highlighting such pressing issues as why Tommy Lee Jones has kept a little boy's name, whether bugs are mad at us, and how to get your baby into the best incubator, these covers remind us why nothing is more important to the survival of America than investigative journalism - and which Eastern religions are best for your abs.
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    Olivia Finger Puppet Theatre

    By Running Press
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    Running Press
    Make every day extraordinary with Olivia Finger Puppet Theatre . This interactive kit includes finger puppets of Olivia and her friend Francine, a two-sided diorama featuring Olivia's bedroom and a mini theatre, and 16 electrostatic stickers to decorate the scenes. Create fun and inspiring adventures that are only limited by your imagination!

    The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

    By The Onion
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    The Onion
    Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published and the only one you will ever need: The Onion's compendium of all things known.Replete with an astonishing assemblage of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood, and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE is packed with valuable information - such as the life stages of an Aunt; places to kill one's self in Utica, New York; and the dimensions of a female bucket, or "pail." With hundreds of entries for all 27 letters of the alphabet, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE must be purchased immediately to avoid the sting of eternal ignorance.
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    Olivia Dress Me Up

    By Running Press
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    Running Press
    Olivia believes in making every day an adventure, and you can help her with this fun, interactive mini kit featuring a cute magnet of Olivia, along with a full range of magnetic outfits and accessories to mix and match - now she's ready for anything! Also included is a 16-page full-colour sticker book.

    Office Shark Tank

    By Running Press
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    Running Press
    From annoying brownnosers to two-faced coworkers to micromanaging bosses, the office can sure feel like a shark tank sometimes. This fun and unique game and book poke fun at office politics and will keep you from getting eaten alive." Kit includes Office Shark Tank game board, mechanical shark, 2-player game pieces, and a 32-page illustrated rule book and guide for surviving the office shark tank!
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    Obama's Blackberry

    By Kasper Hauser
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    Kasper Hauser
    This is a pocket-sized glimpse into the world of the US president's beloved communications system, without which he is rarely seen and about which the world's press has already devoted numerous column inches. From ex-president GW Bush ('43') asking about lost property, to playing hide and seek with his secret service protection ('Dammit. U guys r good'), to hilarious correspondence with the likes of Tony Blair, the Kasper Hauser comedy group has filtered out the very best of the commander in chief's correspondence for your amusement. OBAMA'S BLACKBERRY will be the perfect gift for fans of clever satire, very silly humour, and anyone who wonders what's really going on inside the Oval Office these days...

    One Last Time

    By John Edward
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    John Edward
    ONE LAST TIME is the remarkable true story of internationally acclaimed psychic medium John Edwards. John Edward began having psychic experiences when he was no more thn a toddler and in ONE LAST TIME he reveals how he discovered, and gradually developed his amazing power to foretell the future and communicate with the dead.John's fresh and honest approach has earned him an international following amont those who seek genuine and accurate after-death communication with departed family and loved one. His extraordinary gift has opened a window to the spirit world through which comes messages of love and healing from those who have passed over to the other side. He shows us that our loved ones never cease to leave us, and never really die.

    Opening Your Heart

    By Anne Jones
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    Anne Jones
    Do you have difficulty finding the right partner? Have you ever worried about being alone? Do you feel that there must be more to life? In Opening Your Heart, healer Anne Jones demonstrates that by opening our hearts to love, we can change our relationships and our lives profoundly. She believes that we all deserve to share in an infinite amount of love, and that each one of us can achieve this if we are willing to examine and heal our emotional hearts. Here is a unique chance to open yourself up to love, address your true emotions, forgive those who have hurt you in the past and reinforce and strengthen your current loving relationships.In this book, you will discover:-How to attract love and loving people into your life -How to make your relationships more loving -How to increase your capacity for love -How to break down the barriers you have created against love -How to heal your heartbreaks.
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    Out of My Mind

    By Andy Rooney
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    Andy Rooney
    Every Sunday evening, millions of viewers tune in to 60 Minutes to hear Andy Rooney riff on everything from coffee percolators to the state of the union. Millions more read his weekly newspaper column. Why? Because Rooney tells it like it is. But Rooney fans have never seen him quite like this. Andy Rooney is plain frustrated by what's going on in America and the world. Why can't Americans,let alone our president,speak English anymore? How do we expect to fight a terrorist enemy that we can't even locate? And when did capitalism go so terribly wrong? This book isn't all heady stuff, though. Readers will also get the familiar,and hysterical,Rooney gripes about everyday foibles, such as the impossibility of physically locating your driver's registration, of purchasing a genuinely healthy breakfast cereal, or of enjoying a college reunion,unless everyone ends up in their nighties, that is. PublicAffairs is pleased to present its fifth collaboration with Andy Rooney. Loyal Rooney fans and anyone who enjoys a good laugh at life's absurdities will be thrilled to add it to the bookshelf during the holidays.

    Overcoming Pms The Natural Way

    By Marilyn Glenville
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    Marilyn Glenville
    In Natural Solutions to PMS Marilyn Glenville shows you simple nutritional and lifestyle changes you can make that will balance your hormones and relieve your PMS symptoms. From breast pain to fluctuating moods, and from weight gain to fatigue, Marilyn Glenville details a thoroughly researched and tested programme to get your symptoms under control. Discover: How to get rid of your symptoms permanently; Which tests, supplements, herbs and nutrition will make a difference; Why premenstrual symptoms occur and why conventional treatments are rarely effective; How to get your hormones back in balance; How to relieve specific symptoms.

    One Heart

    By Sylvia Boorstein, Andrew Harvey, Bonnie Louise Kuchler
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    Sylvia Boorstein, Andrew Harvey, Bonnie Louise Kuchler
    The purpose of One Heart is to illuminate the common sacred ground at the heart of seven faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. Its method is to identify 65 essential principles, among them: Feel what other people feel Don't harm others Lead with virtue and concern for others Be honest Practice what you preach Be content Don't let anger take over Choose your companions wisely Accept the existence of spiritual beings Seek and you will find. Illustrating each principle are one, two, or three quotations (adding up to more than 600) from a wide variety of texts sacred to each of the seven faiths,including the Old and New Testaments, the Talmud, the Mahabarata, the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, the Analects of Confucius, and many other sacred sources. In addition, each chapter also provides guidance on a spiritual theme or practice,prayer beads, a home altar, labyrinth walking,to enhance our understanding of these wise words and universal principles.

    The Other Side And Back

    By Sylvia Browne, Lindsay Harrison
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    Sylvia Browne, Lindsay Harrison
    The Other Side and Back offers an unprecedented and comprehensive look at how the afterlife affects us in this life. Discover: astonishing insights into our everyday contact with guides and angels; the truth about hauntings, and why we should not be afraid; how psychics can solve missing persons cases and even murders; how psychic energy can keep us healthy and improve our relationships; why we should not fear death or ageing; the afterlife, and how we can all maintain contact with our loved ones; reincarnation, and how we can all discover our past lives; Easy exercises to promote healing, discover past lives, improve relationships, contact loved ones, create joy and much more; must-read predictions for the 21st century
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    On The Other Side Of Life

    By Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino
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    Evelyn Elsaesser Valarino
    With testimonials from people who have lived through Near-Death Experiences as well as research and opinions from a multidisciplinary panel of prestigious scholars, On the Other Side of Life offers a balanced look at these most mysterious experiences and the science and theology behind them.