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Care Of The Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life By Thomas Moore. HarperPerennial: New York. c1992. 323p. ISBN: 0-06-092224-9. 

This book expounds on how to make your life meaningful and purposeful by taking care of your soul. It also explores key themes like narcissism, jealousy, power and depression. Embrace your perceived faults and weaknesses rather than rejecting them as these are unique aspects of yourself. Recommended. 

 

 

Creating Love: the Next Great Stage of GrowthBy John Bradshaw. Judy Piatkus: London, England. c1972. 393 p. ISBN: 0-7499-1225-1.

What is the mysterious power of love that can be so overwhelming? Why do some relationships ultimately fail and other love relationships thrive and are filled with joy and wonder? This easy-to-read book shows you how to create and enjoy loving, healthy relationships in every part of your life. Read on and find out that to be fully human is to be fully spiritual. Highly recommended.

 

 

The Crucible, A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller with an Introduction by Christopher Bigsby. Penguin Group: New York, New York. c1952. 168 p. ISBN: 978-0-14-243733-9.

This classic play about the witch hunts and trials in Salem, Massachusetts in the 17th century was written during McCarthyism and shows how easily people can be swayed and manipulated with the barest of evidence. It is well written, eloquent, and informative. There are many tense moments and agonizing situations. The plot has many layers and themes and subplots running throughout. Highly recommended.

 

 

Game of Thrones, Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire By George R.R. Martin. Bantam Books: New York. c1996. 837 p. ISBN: 978-0-553-57340-4.  

This character-driven novel is broken into chapters dedicated to 8 different characters, each character a flawed protagonist in his own way. The main characters are very young, ranging from 7 to 15 years old so that they can age over the course of the series. The tone of innocence and brutality often clashes uncomfortably. Recommended.

 

 

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name By Sally Lloyd-Jones & Illustrations by Jago. Zonderkidz: Grand Rapids, Michigan. c2007. 350 p. ISBN: 978-0-310-70825-4.

This book contains 21 illustrated stories from the Old Testament and 23 illustrated stories from the New Testament. It invites children to discover that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story on salvation and at the center of their lives, too. It emphasizes that “the Bible is about God and what he has done”, p.14. The colorful illustrations compliment the stories although a few are out of proportion and maybe misleading. Recommended.   

 

 

Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps To Success By Stedman Graham. Fireside Book: New York, New York. c2000. 250 p. ISBN: 0-684-87082-7.

This is a guide book teaching teens the process for success by showing them how to find meaning in their lives and empowering them to believe in themselves. Each of the nine success steps is a chapter filled with questions that help the teen figure out what he wants to do. This powerful and practical book emphasizes that we are all flawed but we also have gifts to develop and to share. Highly recommended.

 

 

What Women Want: The Science of Female Shopping By Paco Underhill. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks: New York, New York. c2010.  220 p. ISBN: 978-1-4165-6996-1.  

This book focuses on America’s most important consumer group who already transformed the everyday world: women. It provides a lot of interesting observations and thoughts about the shopping techniques of women, broken down into categories such as beauty, food, sports and exercise, clothing, and travel. Read on and find out how to sell anything to women. Highly recommended.

 

September-October 2014
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