Change Maker

Author: Rebecca Austill-Clausen
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631521292
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist: Body, Mind & Spirit Nautilus Silver: Death & Dying/Grief and Loss IPPY Silver: New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit Change Maker is Rebecca Austill Clausen’s story of her discovery that she could communicate with her brother after he died. Following this realization, a world she never imagined opened up to her—even as she doubted her sanity and feared she would lose the respect of her colleagues, as well as the love and support of her family. Austill Clausen struggled with how her spiritual awakening and eventual spiritual transformation could mesh with the practical everyday world—the one where she had a rapidly growing rehabilitation business to run, and where she was known as a knowledgeable, science-based expert in the field of occupational therapy. Each chapter of Change Maker explores spiritual beliefs and understanding, includes an original black-and-white illustration by Micki McAllister, and ends with an “Illumination”—guidance, suggestions, encouragement, and inspiration for readers who wish to pursue their own spiritual journey. The end result is a book that blends the best of memoir, self-help, new-age philosophy, and inspiration.

The Skeptic and the Rabbi

Author: Judy Gruen
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 1631523031
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As Judy Gruen walked down the aisle and into her Orthodox Jewish future, her bouquet quivered in her shaky hand. Having grown up in the zeitgeist that proclaimed, “If it feels good, do it,” was she really ready to live the life of “rituals, rules, and restraints” that the Torah prescribed? The Skeptic and the Rabbi is a rare memoir with historical depth, spirituality, and intelligent humor. Gruen speaks with refreshing honesty about what it means to remain authentic to yourself while charting a new yet ancient spiritual path at odds with the surrounding culture, and writes touchingly about her family, including her two sets of grandparents, who influenced her in wildly opposite ways. As she navigates her new life with the man she loves and the faith she also loves—surviving several awkward moments, including when the rabbi calls to tell her that she accidentally served unkosher food to her Shabbat guests—Gruen brings the reader right along for the ride. Reading this wry, bold and compelling memoir, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when you’re finished, you may also have a sudden craving for chicken matzo ball soup—kosher, of course.

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers

Author: Annie Kagan
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
ISBN: 1612833063
Format: PDF, Docs
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Suffering from world-weariness, former singer/songwriter Annie Kagan gave up her life in New York City and moved to a small house by the bay. While trying to figure out what to do with her life, her brother Billy died unexpectedly. A few weeks after his death, Billy woke his sister at dawn. "It’s Billy, darling! I’m drifting weightlessly through gorgeous galaxies and I feel a loving, beneficent presence twinkling all around me.” Was Billy real or just a figment of her imagination? In The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, Kagan shares her unprecedented journey into the mysteries of the afterlife. Billy’s ongoing account of his celestial experiences is filled with transcendent wisdom, irreverent humor, and hope. The Afterlife of Billy Fingers will change the way you think about life, death, and the Universe. Another time, Billy says, “If I could give you a gift it would be to find the glory inside yourself, beyond the roles and the drama, so you can dance the dance of the game with a little more rhythm, a little more abandon, a little more shaking those hips.” In his foreword, Dr. Raymond Moody, author of Life after Life, explains the phenomena of walkers between the worlds, known to us since ancient times, but still surprising to way too many of us.

I m Finally a Man

Author: Rhona Green
Publisher: DeeJak's Publishing Company
ISBN: 0985790318
Format: PDF
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Born in the small town of Orangeburg, SC there was little for the youth to do and limited opportunity for growth. Demetrius turned to drugs, crime and alcoholism as a means for excitement. At the point of no return, and the brink of insanity incarceration became his wake up call. After serving four years in prison, Demetrius returned to society determined to live a positive and more productive life. With a renewed spirit and a better outlook on life, Demetrius had a mission to jump starting his career. Through life lessons, Demetrius was able to rise above the stereotypes of recidivism statistics to be a successful leader and mentor to many whom he comes in contact. As he continues to coach and develop his staff, Demetrius has been blessed with the opportunity to further his career and personal development, as well. Demetrius is currently the District Manager of the North Carolina and South Carolina regions of a popular urban retailer. Demetrius is married and has two beautiful daughters and a nephew whom he has embraced as his own. He and his family resides in the North Carolina area. Demetrius is active in his church, and participates in the local community outreach programs. Demetrius is resilient in his unwavering message of eliminating excuses, and teaching others to focus on what you could do differently to change the outcome.

Eternal Shadows or Shadow Makers

Author: Fr. Steve Peterson OSJ
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1449759807
Format: PDF
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Everything in our solar system casts a shadow. The Earth, the moon, and the planets cast a shadow. The only thing that does not cast a shadow is the sun. The sun shines its light on one half of the planets, while the other half is in the shade of its own shadow. All living and non-living things expose only half of themselves to the light of the sun. Their other half remains in its shadow. Plants and animals are born with a shadow, live with a shadow, and must die with a shadow. Man is born with a shadow; however, he does not have to live and die with a shadow like the rest of the living creatures. He can choose to stay confined within the shadows of earthly things or go beyond the shadows to become something like the sun. But this quest takes a little something extra than most ordinary men seem to look for or even believe is possible to achieve. Early on in childhood, Fr. Peterson wanted to fly. Little did he know that his innocent desire to fly was an extraordinary, shadowless thing called prayer. A real and very extraordinary ear heard his plea. So God's heart, the only one in nature who produces no shadow, was moved to help show him how to go beyond the shadows of worldly things, frightful things, and even deadly things.

The Indian in the Cupboard

Author: Lynne Reid Banks
Publisher: Yearling Books
ISBN: 0375847537
Format: PDF
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A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

The Glass Castle

Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439156964
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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Find Your Inner Strength

Author: Amy Newmark
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1611592429
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We’re all stronger than we think, and we often discover our inner strength and resilience when a problem arises. The 101 empowering stories in this collection will inspire and encourage you to overcome your own challenges. There’s nothing like real stories from real people to inspire you. These empowering and uplifting stories by people who have overcome challenges, solved problems, or changed their lives will help you find your own inner strength, resilience, and remind you to think positive, count your blessings, and use the power that you have within you.

Mowgli s Brothers

Author: Rudyard Kipling
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781978291577
Format: PDF, ePub
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When a naked baby boy wanders into the cave of Father Wolf, Mother Wolf and their four cubs, Mother Wolf decides to keep him. Follow this exciting short story by Rudyard Kipling, from his original collection, The Jungle Book. A human boy raised by a family of wolves proves to be an exciting learning experience. This charming classic is recommended by The Gunston Trust for Nonviolence in Children's Literature. Ages 5-12.