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Tuesdays with Morrie

coverAn old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson
By Mitch Albom

ISBN 0-385-48451-8

Description: 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 ever 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.

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"I love this book. I've been telling all my friends 'You have to read this.' Mitch Albom was given a wonderful gift from his teacher Morrie Schwartz and now we have the great pleasure of auditing the same class. This is a true story that shines and leaves you forever warmed by its afterglow."

Amy Tan, Author of The Joy Luck Club

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff

coverSimple Ways To Keep The Little Things From Taking Over Your Life
By Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

ISBN 0-7868-8185-2

Description: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and it's all small stuff is a book that shows you how to keep from letting the little things in life drive you crazy. In thoughtful and insightful language, author Richard Carlson reveals ways to calm down in the midst of your incredibly hurried, stress-filled life. You can learn to put things in a perspective by making the small daily changes he suggests, including advice such as "Think of your problems as potential teachers"; "Remember that when you die, your 'in' box won't be empty"; and "Do one thing at a time." You should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if you can soften them, learn to trust your intuitions, and live each day as if it might be your last. With gentle, supportive suggestions, Dr. Carlson reveals ways to make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life more calm and stress-free.

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You Can Feel Good Again

coverCommonsense Strategies For Releasing Unhappiness And Changing Your Life
By Richard Carlson

ISBN 0-452-27242-4

Description: MANY PROBLEMS, ONE SOLUTION . . . .

Richard Carlson, best-selling author and world-renowned thinker in the field of happiness and stress reduction, has one simple message: changing your thinking changes your life. With You Can Feel Good Again, he offers a commonsense method that allows anyone to release unhappiness and negativity related to present circumstances or past events, and return to a natural state of well being in the present. You Can Feel Good Again is full of Richard Carlson's humor, wisdom, and thoughtful guidance - a genuine tool to foster the realization that happiness and contentment are truly "one thought away."

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First Things First

coverBy Sephen R. Cove, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill
ISBN 0-671-86441-6

Description:Traditional time management suggest that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfillment. The authors of First Things First disagree. In the first real breakthrough in time management in years, Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill apply the insights of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to the daily problems of people who must struggle with the ever-increasing demands of work and home life. Rather than focusing on time and things, First Things First emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness.

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"The great successes I've had in my life can be attributed to the life-changing principles Covey teaches in First Things First."

Steve Young, Quarterback, San Francisco Forty-Niners, and
1992 NFL Most Valuable Player

"If you liked reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you'll love reading First Things First. Steve Covey's principle-centered approach to time management does indeed provide the reader a 'compass' for what is truly important in life."

Nolan D. Archibald,
Chairman, President and CEO
The Black & Decker Corporation


coverBy Charles Bridges
ISBN 0-85151-322-0

Description: This commentary on Ecclesiastes is an excellent addition to the Geneva Series of commentaries on the Bible. Charles Bridges was a reformed and evangelical scholar of the 19th century who was concerned with the preaching and teaching of the Bible within the English church. This commentary on EEcclesiastes is designed to draw the theological truths out of this book. It is designed for the preacher or for the lay person.

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Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon

coverBy Robert Davidson
ISBN 0-664-24589-7

Description: Fascinating, surprising, challenging - are among the words used by Robert Davidson to describe the two books covered in this commentary. He writes that these two books, linked in tradition to Solomon, share "a refreshing honesty and a healthy exploration of the most powerful of human emotions, presented to us in the conviction that all of life, its unanswered questions and its passions, its joys and its frustrations, come to us from God." The Book of Ecclesiastes concerns the ultimate meaning of life itself and reminds us that we can be happy even amid uncertainty. The Song of Solomon invites us to an exploration of love that reminds us of God's unending care for the world.

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Book of Ecclesiastes, The

coverBy Tremper Longman III
ISBN 0-8028-2366-1

Description: Ecclesiastes is one of the most fascinating - and hauntingly familiar - books of the Old Testament. The sentiments of themain speaker of the book, a person given the name Qohelet, sound incredibly modern. Expressing the uncertainty and anxieties fo our own age, he is driven by the question, "Where can we find meaning in the world?"

But while the question that Qohelet raises resonates with readers today, his answer is shocking, "Meaningless," says Qohelet, "everything is meaningless." How does this pessimistic perspective fit into the rest of biblical revelation? In this new commentary Tremper Longman III addresses this question by taking a canonical-Christocentric approach to the meaning of Ecclesiastes.

Longman first provides an extensive introduction to Ecclesiastes, exploring such background matters as authorship, language, genre, structure, literary style, and the book's theological message. He argues that the author of Ecclesiastes is not Solomon, as has been traditionally thought, but a writer who adopts a Solomonic persona. In the verse-by-verse commentary that follows, Longman helps clarify the confusing, sometimes contradictory message of Ecclesiastes by shoing that the book should be divided intor three sections - a prologue (1:1-11), Qohelet's autobiographical speech (1:12-12:7), and an epilogue (12:8-14) - and that the frame narrative provided by prologue and epilogue is the key to understanding the message of the book as a whole.

"This commentary goes a long way in solving the riddle that is the book of Ecclesiastes. . . It will be highly treasured by those who have opportunity to teach and preach the message of Ecclesiastes." - Daniel I. Block, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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I was quite pleased by Tremper Longman's treatment of this often missunderstood text. He spends a good deal of time introducing the genere of the book so we can better understand the type of lit. that is falls in, and from there he takes you on a verse through verse journey of what "qohelet" (the author of the book) has to say to the everyman. Also as a side note his footnotes on this volume can lead you into some exciting research of your own. I recomend this volume to anyone that is serious about understanding the wisdom lit. of the Bible better

Adam Couturier
Boston, Mass

Maximize the Moment

coverGod's Action Plan for Your Life
By T. D. Jakes

ISBN 0-399-14565-6

Description: Bishop T. D. Jakes imparts a profound message for all who desire to be spiritually fortified and remain goal-oriented. In this guide to an abundant work, home, and spiritual life, he instructs that the sum of our lives lies in the choices we make. Choose wisely, and life will be rich and rewarding. Choose with a plan in your head and God in your heart, and you can never lose.

Bishop Jakes doesn't want us to settle for less than we are capable of, less than God wants for us. He teaches ageless biblical principles that reveal the keys to personal success available to each and every one of us, if we know where to look. Every moment of every day, God provides all we need to achieve that success. In Maximize the Moment, Bishop Jakes shows us how to:

  • Release ourselves from damaging relationships and debilitating fears, and move beyond our painful pasts.
  • Courageously face and conquer obstacles that may stand in our path to success.
  • Recognize and utilize our God given potential to its fullest.
  • Set goals and develop strategies so that we may be all God wants us to be and fulfill the plan He has for us.

This is a handbook for excellence and effectives in the twenty-first century. It is written for those who refuse to waste a single day and who fervently desire to build momentum, minimize obstacles, and maximize each and every moment.

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3 Philosophies of Life

coverEcclesiastes: Life as Vanity
Job: Life as Suffering
Song of Songs: Life as Love
By Peter Kreeft

ISBN 0-89870-262-3

Description:"I've been a philosopher for all of my adult life and the three most profound books of philosophy that I have ever read are Ecclesiastes, Job, and Song of Songs." These are the opening lines of Kreeft's Three Philosophies of Life. He reflects that there are ultimately only three philosophies of life and each one is represented by one of these books of the Bible - life is vanity; life is suffering; life is love.

In these three books Kreeft shows how we have Dante's great epic The Divine Comedy played out, from Hell to Purgatory to Heaven. But it is an epic played out in our hearts and lives, here and now. Just as there is movement in Dante's epic, so there is movement in these books, from Ecclesiastes to Job, from Job to Song of Songs. Love is the final answer to Ecclesiastes' quest, the alternative to vanity, and the true meaning of life. Finally, Kreeft sees in these books the epitome of the theological virtues of faith, hope and love and "an essential summary of the spiritual history of the world."

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Life Strategies

coverDoing What Works, Doing What Matters
By Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.

ISBN 0-7868-6548-2

Description: Do You Know the Ten Laws of Life?

Life Law #1: You either get it, or you don't.
Strategy: Become on of those who gets it.

Life Law #2: You create your own experience.
Strategy: Acknowledge and accept accountability for your life.

Life Law #3: People do what works.
Strategy: Identify the payoffs that drive your behavior and that of others.

Life Law #4: You cannot change what you do not acknowledge.
Strategy: Get real with yourself about life and everybody in it.

Life Law #5: Life rewards action.
Strategy: Make careful decisions and then pull the trigger.

Life Law #6: There is no reality; only perception.
Strategy: Identify the filters through which you view the world.

Life Law #7: Life is managed; it is not cured.
Strategy: Learn to take charge of your life.

Life Law #8: We teach people how to treat us.
Strategy: Own, rather than complain about, how people treat you.

Life Law #9: There is power in forgiveness.
Strategy: Open your eyes to what anger and resentment are doing to you.

Life Law # 10: You have to name it before you can claim it.
Strategy: Get clear about what you want and take your turn.

Life Strategies is a must read for those seeking a fulfilling life.

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Self Matters

coverCreating Your Life from the Inside Out
By Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.

ISBN 0-7432-2423-X

Description:Your life has a root core that, once understood, unlocks a powerful force to create your life the way it was meant to be, the way you want and need it to be. Key questions and an amazing clear "map" arenow at your fingertips to begin your journey to "Live by Design." These are questions that, with the help of this book you can answer and bring into action-oriented focus:

  • What are the ten seven most critical choices you have made to put you on your current path?
  • What are the ten most defining moments of your life?
  • Who are the five most pivotal people in your world and how have they shaped you?

Identifying and working with these key elements are at the heart of Dr. Phillip C. McGraw's latest work, Self Matters, and soon they will be at the heart of your own new work; you.

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The Inner Voice of Love

coverA Journey Through Anguish to Freedom
By Henri J. M. Nouwen

ISBN 0-385-48348-1

Description: This is Henri Nouwen's "secret journal." It was written during the most difficult period of his life, when he suddenly lost his self-esteem, his energy to live and work, his sense of being loved, even his hope in God. Although he experienced excruciating anguish and despair, he was still able to keep a journal to which he wrote each day a spiritual imperative to himself, which emerged from his conversations with friends and supporters.

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Uncommon Sense

coverGod's Wisdom for our Complex and Changing World
By John Peck & Charles Strohmer

ISBN 0-9646-5434-2

Description:Every so often a book comes along that makes one cry out, "I wish I'd known that years ago." Uncommon Sense opens us to the Book of books in a way that lets us discover how God's original wisdom for this world still has the power of transformation even today in our fast-paced, pluralistic, and changing culture.

Peck and Strohmer write for the increasing number of people who are aware of the contradictions implicit in traditional approaches to issues in art, law, science, business, politics, education, the family, and many other areas. The authors' approach is unique. It is about more than building up ideas and making them work. It aims to assist the personal development of a wisdom that will become instinctive and govern actions in a spontaneous, godly manner.

Uncommon Sense explores the Bible's way of reasoning about everyday life, showing us a God who is involved in all of life equally, not just in our church-related activities.

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The Message of the Sermon on the Mount

coverBy John R. W. Stott
ISBN 0-87784-296-5

Description:"The followers of Jesus are to be different," writes John Stott, "different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture. Here is a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, lifestyle and network of relationships - all of which are totally at variance with those in the non-Christian world. And this Christian counter-culture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under the divine rule."

In this careful exposition of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, John R. W. Stott accurately expounds the biblical text and relates it to life today. Above all, the author says, he wants to let Christ speak this sermon again, this time to the modern world.

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