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61. How to Know God : The Soul's Journey Into the Mystery of Mysteries
by DEEPAK CHOPRA
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Asin: 0609805231
Catlog: Book (2001-02-20)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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You don't have to believe in God in order to experience God.
--- Deepak Chopra

The celebrated author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success has written his most ambitious and important work yet, a runaway international bestseller that has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to rethink their concept of God.

According to Chopra, the brain is hardwired to know God. The human nervous system has seven biological responses that correspond to seven levels of divine experience. These are shaped not by any one religion (they are shared by all faiths), but by the brain's need to take an infinite, chaotic universe and find meaning in it. How to Know God describes the quest each of us is on, whether we realize it or not. For, as Chopra puts it, "God is our highest instinct to know ourselves." This book makes a dramatic and enduring contribution to that knowledge.




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5-0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at a profound subject
This is a very thought-provoking book, and for anyone with an open mind it will at least give them a new way of looking at the nature of reality and how it might be possible to "know" God. Because Chopra takes a fresh approach and does not follow any particular dogma, some may have a bit of a knee-jerk response and write him off as "New Age." The search for a deeper understanding of God, however, is as old as humankind itself, and hardly started with the "New Age" movement in the modern world. Hinduism and Christianity are two of the world's great religions, and each has contributed great insights to that ancient search. Anyone with a true spiritual motivation will be able to recognize certain universal religious truths revealed in other religions besides their own, even though there may be many differences in terms of methods, traditions, and so on. I'm a bit sorry to see the reviews for this thoughtful book become a forum for aggressive assertions of the superiority of one religion over another. There's no problem whatsoever with the basic teachings of either Hinduism or Christianity, but the problem is the growing tendency toward fundamentalism in both of those religions. With a fundamentalist viewpoint, one sees only the outer form of one's own and other religions, and completely loses the insight into the deeper underlying truths. That seems to be the source of some of the attacks on this book, whereas, ironically, this book itself is a very helpful antidote to that type of closed-minded thinking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scientific Treatment
It is clear that this book draws its ideas from great Eastern books in addition to including examples from Western Culture. It does make a lot of sense to draw interpretations and ideas from the great Eastern sources since they are complete and scientific. Western religions are more shallow and superficial and dwell more in the material world. How else can one explain the Western books talking more about Commandments for living? I think that most critics of this book have a problem because they are non-accepting of different or more complete universal interpretations of God. Most of these people are so immersed with their lives in their world, this planet and following the commandments that they cannot see the rest of the Universe.

2-0 out of 5 stars There are better books
Deepak is looking at God through India glasses, tinted differently than rose-colored perhaps, but definitely different than the God I know and love. There are better books on the market which explore and take God "out of the box," such as Tiffany Snow's "Psychic Gifts in the Christian Life - Tools to Connect." Through Tiffany's glasses (and I know we all wear some version of them) I saw many more facets, rainbow colors and true gems of the nature of God than I did through Chopra, whether you are a Christian or not. I did like Chopra's "7 Laws" though, and some of his other works.

3-0 out of 5 stars Journey to know God
If you indeed want to take this journey, a good starting point is "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda.

I don't need to say anymore, you will figure it out for yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Infinite Wisdom, Can You Define That?
I enjoyed Deepak Chopra's book, and plan to use it as a reference during my lifetime to review other people's different "constructions" of "their GOD". For me it's hard to believe that this world's "work-a-job" people (most people) have time to read, research, and (most important) practice spirituality to an extent to give credit to another's (humans-Deepak's) ability to grasp an ineffable infinite intelligence or Being. Read a modern (LIFE Application Bible) Bible and after sorting through numerous conflicting footnotes after 6 months, you too will wonder why this Bible seems so "contradictory" (Yes even inspired with the Holy Spirit). I say this after seeing others "doubt" Chopra's reasonings. Let me end with this: Create a Universe, heck Galaxy of Billions of Suns and Planets full of infinite wonders and life...and then perhaps you can talk to us, and our egos will be able to comprehend why "negative reviewers" understand so well how 'dumb and boring' extensive works (like Deepaks) are elementary. Give me a break critics, perhaps once in "Heaven" you'll be arguing (to God himself) your right of entry in your unbelief in anything but your own falible EGO. May God bless us all, and slow us down enough to notice that He may have already done so...daily, daily daily, GOD BLESS YOU. /////// + B. Morgan ... Read more


62. You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles Your Therapist Never Told You
by Richard Carlson
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: New World Library
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Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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By understanding five key principles - Thought, Moods, Separate Realities, Feelings, and the Present Moment - we can discover a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions nor allow us to become overwhelmed by feelings and thoughts. We are raised to believe our happiness depends on outside circumstances. Yet Carlson shows that happiness has nothing to do with forces beyond our control. In fact, our natural state is contentment. He teaches us how to recognize that state and do everything we can to foster it. From the author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, You Can Be Happy No Matter What is a navigational tool that guides listeners through life's trials and restores the joy of living along the way. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is Self Help at Its BEST!
Ever felt like depression and negativitity were swamping all the happiness out of your life? Then read this book before you turn to Prozac. When I first found this book, back in 1997, I instantly recognized myself in Dr. Carlson's descriptions of the way thoughts can play through one's head and cause you to act in reactionary, emotional ways when one is experiencing what he calls a "low mood." He teaches readers, though, through a step by step process, how to return once again, to a state of "healthy psychological functioning." This book is NOT another "positive thinking" book. No, it is one of the most profound little books you'll ever pick up. It teaches you how to recognize "low moods" and to avoid action during low moods. It shows how to return to "normal functioning." After reading the book version several times a year for the last couple of years, I recently bought a two-tape audio version of this book, which is read by the author, and allows me to review the book's key principles whenever I feel a low mood setting in for too long. Not just a book. A great mental health tool.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Mood Change Upon Reading
It's amazing, after each turn of a page, you feel better and better. This book literally saved my mind! My mood is so much improved and after dealing with depression and medication for it, this is a gift from God. I especially liked the chapter on improving relationships. Just wish I had this book before my last serious love relationship which ended in a bitter break up. I can see where I went wrong and how I contributed to it's failure. But, like the book teaches, I choose not to dwell in past hurts or disappointments and instead choose to live in the present moment! I believe Dr. Carlson has a gift from God and knows just how to articulate it to be so simple and understandable. Although I've never met the author, I consider him a good friend. Thank you so much Richard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Natural State of Mind verses Habitual Thought Patterns
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What a wonderful book!! Ultimately, it is the ability to leave the habitual thought patterns, that of analytical thinking and contemplative efforts to the state of thoughtless non-activity, which Carlson calls the "Natural State of Mind." This is truly the place where peace and happiness always exists, always in the present moment regardless of external circumstances.

Carlson calls this a new teaching and labels the area outside of the habitual thought patterns an area called the Natural State of Mind. While this may be true, it has been known for thousands of years, such as in the Gita and the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, which Osho so profoundly expounds upon. The only difference is the two opposing forces are those of the mind and the consciousness/the no-mind, as the mind itself is the disease. Regardless of how you wish to interpret it teaching is basically the same. One place is of thoughts and computer analytical deductions and interpretations, the other is the area of peace and thoughtless, relaxed wisdom. If you can come to the awareness that your mind is not you, but habitual patterns of thought that can both benefit you greatly and detrimentally disturb you - depending on how you use it - then you can obtain the ability to leave the mind and rest in the consciousness or natural state and find happiness despite ALL external circumstances. It is an amazingly profound concept.

Carlson's comments on moods, feelings and separate realities are equally profound in that our thinking derives from our self accumulated perceptions, our perceptions derive from our thinking patterns and our feelings from our thinking. Our moods, once recognized with our awareness of our mind separate from our natural state can then be tolerated and taken far less seriously, enabling us to both endure and patiently wait until such moods pass over. This is the power we obtain when we can be objective, an objectivity that comes with the ability to enter our natural state of mind (no-mind) and understand our thoughts that are clouding our decisions are from the lower areas of habitual thought patterns.

I can't write like Carlson, or like Osho, but am so grateful to both men and many other authors, psychologists, writers, masters and so forth. I've read this book a dozen times and it's never old, always valuable. Far more valuable than relying on a perceived religious book of absolutes, when in effect, it is the mind and the consciousness (the natural state of mind or the no-mind) that one must discover to find peace, not the other way around.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellant information, Dry presentation
I must admit the information in this program is exceptional. It brings to light common mistakes we all make in recognizing the differance between what is real and what is thought. Sadly the down side of this program is that the delivery of the information is dry and boring. Its actually hard to listen to more than one or two chapters at a time. I think you would be better served if you got the paperback book or if you really want to study this line of thinking on CD. try the CD's from Dr. Wayne Dyer. He keeps you up and motivated with a very well done presentation.

5-0 out of 5 stars All the info you need to be happy.
All the info you need to be happy is contained in this book. Individual thought patterns are explained through out the book,how are emotions control are thoughts and how we make decisions based on the emotions we are experiencing controled by thought patterns. The decision to be happy or upset or angry are the results of thoughts. If we learn to control are thoughts or rather do not make decisions until are thought patterns are in the right frame of mind we could live a happier life. It seems difficult to change thought patterns when you are highly upset or angry,but with patience and persistence,thoughts can be controled to a happier way of thinking. ... Read more


63. Archetype Cards
by Caroline Myss
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Asin: 1401901840
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Hay House
Sales Rank: 15268
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Archetypes are ancient, universal patterns of behavior that are embedded in what Carl Jung called the "collective unconscious." Caroline Myss has created a unique set of 80 Archetype Cards, each individually designed to provide the basic Light and Shadow Attributes of a different Archetype.

The deck also contains six blank cards on which you can create your own Archetypes. The deck comes with an instruction booklet explaining how to use the cards to help determine which Archetypes are most active in your psyche, and how they can lead you to achieve greater insights into your life. The deck is suitable to be used by itself, in conjunction with Caroline’s book Sacred Contracts, or with any of her workshops and seminars. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Archetype Card Collection
"..archetypes are not passive entities floating around in the psyche like old family portraits hanging in a dusty ancestral castle. They take an active role as guardians and inner allies, awakening you when you're in danger of falling into destructive behavior." ~Caroline Myss

Caroline Myss has created an 80-card deck with an instruction booklet. The informative booklet is essential for understanding the Archetype Cards, however choosing the cards was quite an easy process. Within a few minutes you find all the cards you need to understand which Archetypes are most active in your psyche. This can encourage a greater understanding of who you are and your purpose in life.

Everyone has the "Child, Victim, Saboteur and Prostitute (not for sale)." There are few different "child" elements to choose from.

The booklet explores the meaning of each card, but I really think the cards will jump out at you when you see your inner world unfolding in pictures. When I went through the entire pack for the first time, I ended up with two extra cards. Once I thought about it a bit more, I took out the two extra cards and finally had the correct cards.

My cards turned out this way:

1. Child - Magical/Innocent Child - Sees the potential for sacred beauty in all things. The belief that everything is possible.

2. Victim - This Archetype reveals areas where you might allow yourself to be victimized. Also deals with forming personal boundaries.

3. The Saboteur - Fears related to self-esteem that might cause you to block your own empowerment and success.

4. Prostitute - Not what you think, but rather it means that you are "not for sale." This shows your need to birth your self-esteem.

5. Teacher - Love to communicate richness of experience.

6. Poet - Finds beauty in life and tries to express soul insights in symbolic language.

7. Lover - Passion and devotion to someone or something. (Um, Amazon? lol)

8. Goddess - Nature, life force, etc. This can also manifest itself in extreme self-indulgence. Caroline also shows the "shadow" versions of each Archetype.

9. Healer - Transforming pain into healing.

10. Damsel - Explores the possibility of succeeding without a knight and looking at romance in a healthy way.

11. Angel - A desire to help those in need.

12. Artist - Seeing life symbolically. Expressing a dimension of life that is beyond the five senses.

After using this card deck to understand my light/dark qualities I can now try to avoid the negative aspects by emphasizing the positive traits. This all makes sense even if you didn't make a sacred contract before arriving on the planet.

If you study these cards, you will find yourself analyzing people. Yep, Virgo, that is what we do. I recently told someone not to be such an energy vampire. Although, maybe that is my own inner Vampire making me aware that someone is draining my life force. That was one of the cards I took out of the pack at the start.

If you are looking for a companion to the cards: Caroline Myss' Journal of Inner Dialogue will impress you.

Caroline has been a part of my "birthing of the self" in a big way and I think she has some interesting items that are healing and entertaining.

Once you find your Archetypes, you can make notes in your journal and really start to understand who you are and why you are walking this earth.

~The Rebecca Review

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Information Included - New Issue Coming Out
The editorial description, and the box containing these cards, seem to indicate that they may be used indpendently of Ms. Myss' other works... that there are instructions for using "...the cards to help determine which Archetypes are most active in your psyche, and how they can lead you to achieve greater insights into your life."

I did not find that to be the case.

The tiny booklet included with the cards contains detailed descriptions of the archetypes that are written on the cards themselves. The book advised the user to review IT (and not the cards) to determine the 12 archetypes most active in one's psyche. But neither the book, nor the cards, provide any information on how this knowledge will lead the user to any additional insights.

For instance, in Ms. Myss' book "Sacred Contracts" there are references to using one's 12 personal archetypes to create a natal wheel or chart, to see which archetype most influences one of 12 specific areas of one's life - thus leading to increased knowledge of how one should address issues in that area of life.

Apparently there are also instructions in Ms. Myss' book(s) about using the cards to do "spreads" on the "12 Houses" chart to observe how one's archetypes influence a specific current situation.

NO INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUCH "READINGS" OR FOR FURTHER INTERPRETATION/INSIGHT ARE PROVIDED WITH THIS SET OF CARDS.

The publishers have a NEW set of cards coming out, which seems to includes the "12 Houses" chart and instructions - it is called "Sacred Contracts: The Journey" and if you are looking for a set of cards to guide you in personal introspection, or with which to do "readings", I believe you would be better advised to purchase that.

If you already own Ms. Myss' books and are comfortable with the information presented on archetypes, and are looking for a set of cards with which do do the "spreads" she describes, then these cards are EXCELLENT. They are beautifully illustrated, and the concise light/dark attribute information presented on each will surely be enough information for that use. They are a bit large to be shuffled comfortably, but they seem very durable.

But as a stand-alone product, I was very disappointed. ... I wrote to the publisher asking about the use of this set of cards, since the little booklet included gives NO mention of using them at all, and was told, "The way the cards work is you're basically supposed to read through them and see which one applies to you."

As there is hardly ANY information on the cards themselves, and more in the tiny booklet (which should cost less than five dollars), I'd advise you not to waste your money on this set for stand-alone use, and look to one of Ms. Myss' books, or the newer set of cards, or a combination of a book AND this set of cards, as better tools.

I do not feel that this deck can be used alone for any "insight" or practical application. I do not own Ms. Myss' other books, but was able to glean enough information from her own website ( http://www.myss.com/Chart.asp ) and from "seeing inside" the books here at Amazon to note that there would seem to be something missing, application-wise, from this deck.

You will note that other reviewers made up their own ways of doing readings or interpreting the cards, and if that suits your purpose, fine; but these cards do not seem to fulfill Ms. Myss' purpose of helping users to determine their personal archetypes to increase their knowledge of themselves - UNLESS you own her other works, in which case they are neat, which is why I gave them three stars. As a stand-alone product I would have rated them with one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Deck
My interest in archetypes and how they are presented in tarot decks is what drew me to this particular deck. I wanted to work with something that dealt with pure archetypal energies and so was quit drawn to give Myss's cards a try.

At first I was a little put off by the abundance of red coloring and also the cover picture is not the best the deck has to offer. I read a review here though and the reviewer mentioned the very items I was concerned with but also had many wonderful things to say about this deck.

The cards are sturdy and durable, the colors vibrant and alive. The artwork and symbolism reflects beautifully the energy of each of the cards titles. The Light (positive and helpful) and Shadow (negative, problematic, challenging) notations on the cards give a rich spectrum of meaning to the archetypical energy they describe.

This deck is a wonderful tool for self-awareness and development. Spending some time and reflection on each card, is a great way to let those parts of you that wish to be acknowledged and heard come to the forefront. If there are particular aspects of yourself you'd like to develop, or make stronger, working with this deck can aide in that endeavor.

A simple reading you might like in using these cards follows:

The Problem or Challenge Solver: When you have a particular small "now" problem that you'd like insight into, here is a very simple three-card spread.

Draw three cards at random and lay them out in a row left to right.

Card 1 represents the problem or the energy that is fueling the problem.
Card 2 represents the way through the problem and the energy that
can guide and support you.
Card 3 represents the probable outcome or where this can possibly go if the energies are fully supported and encouraged

There are several situations when this reading is appropriate.
Some of them are:
1.When you feel like "something" is amiss in a situation, but you can't put your finger on it.

2.You think you know what the problem is but it is something else entirely.
3.It can confirm for you what the problem area is when you already had some idea to begin with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable ... profound!
Whether you are a counselor, therapist, psychic, or are exploring your own interior landscape, these cards will help you move past superficial analyses and solutions to the core!

Inspired by Carl Jung's psychologically rich concept of archetypes and the collective unconscious, this deck describes the positive and negative characteristics of 80 elements of the psyche which transcend culture and time, which are, in a word, universal.

Just thumbing through the cards filled me with goosebumps as Ms. Myss showed me positive or negative characteristics of elements of my own nature that I hadn't recognized till now ... elements that I have been struggling with as negative, or depending on as positive, without seeing the opposite side and allowing them to operate three dimensionally in my life.

These cards can easily be used for formal readings, as with the Tarot, or by simply pulling a card to see what archetype is working in a particular situation ... they are as surprising and inspiring and downright useful as the Creative Whack Pack, and as easy to use, because all the information you need is right there on the card!

If you want to hone your abilities to reach profound psychological depths, go straight to the shopping cart button ... do not pass go ... do not collect $200!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Use for These Cards
I use them for creative writing. They're perfect for short stories or screenwriting. Shuffle the deck and then pick 2, 3, or 4 archetypes and you have the basis for your characters! For example, the "Vampire" archetype could be a lawyer, a lover, or even a literal vampire.

You can put them into a setting, scene or conflict, or just freewrite and see where they take you. This is exactly the kind of writing tool I've been looking for. I tried using tarot cards but with 74 "characters" (versus the 22 Major Arcana of the tarot), there's a lot of possibilities. ... Read more


64. Living the 7 Habits : The Courage to Change
by Stephen R. Covey
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"To live with change, to optimize change, you need principles that don't change." -- Dr. Stephen R. Covey

Success that endures -- sustainable and balanced success -- can seem difficult to achieve in today's turbulent, complex world of change. But those who achieve this kind of success live by seven universal, timeless, self-evident principles that apply in any situation, in any culture.

In Living the 7 Habits: The Courage to Change, Dr. Covey shows how successful people have used these principles to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and change their lives. By showing how real people have used the principles to thrive in a changing world, he provides practical guidance and powerful inspiration to readers searching for a proven framework for living a meaningful life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's not enough to know, you must also do...
I like this book. It is very inspiritional. It's sort of like Chicken Soup for the Soul or like an Millionaire Next Door for inspirition and attitude. It tells stories of people who have done it---used the 7 Habits and gotten incredible results.1 star reviewers don't like it because it takes all of the wind out of their claims against Covey and his philosophy.I particularly enjoyed the story on page 57, "I can choose my life." Very, very powerful.7 Habits should be your first book to read. You can then add this one either as a companion to while reading 7 Habits or after you get through the 7 Habits.I also recommend Principle Centered Leadership.

5-0 out of 5 stars 7 Habits in action!
I hesitated to buy this book. After reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I thought that Dr. Covey had said all that he needed or could say. Boy was I wrong?

In living the 7 habits, Dr. Covey brings the 7 Habits to life. This book touched my heart and my soul. It made me dust of my old copy of 7 Habits and read it again along with this volume. It made the 7 Habits work like never before and created more balance and happiness inmy life.

If you are not touched agter reading this book, then you had better check your vitamin dosage. It is powerful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not enought to learn, you must LIVE the 7 Habits
What I liked about this book is that it includes many inspiring stories, but even better, goes even deeper into the 7 habits than the original book did and in a different way.

This book should be read in addition to, not in place of The 7 Habits. It is not the "same book on a different cover." It is an expanded version of The 7 Habits.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gives Real Meaning to the Original Book
You can compare this book to the laboratory portion of a class, that brings the textbook to life. As a follow up to his original 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (the textbook), Covey uses Living the 7 Habits (the lab) to let people tell how they applied the 7 habits at work and in their personal lives, and describe the results.

The result? Far more interesting than the original book. You will enjoy reading these intensely personal and often dramatic stories, and you will reinforce what you learned with the first book.

Covey does a fine job of elaborating, as good teachers do, on the points made by the contributors.

5-0 out of 5 stars A multitude of examples of successful applications
When I first read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" I recognized its value but was not highly enough motivated to incorporate it into my daily life. Then with the passage of time and particularly after reading Covey's "Principle-Centered Leadership" I came back to it. Yet there was still something holding me back. The missing something was "Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration" with its multitude of examples of successful application in real world situations. I needed the encouragement of others to tell me "Hey this is how I applied it; it worked for me; you can do it, too." You need to read all three books because there is a multiplier effect - the three together are greater than their simple sum.

"Living the 7 Habits: The Courage to Change" is a collection of personal statements in four broad contexts: individual, family, community and education, and workplace. This synopsis is about the person who was appointed change agent of a major company that, with an annual growth rate of 40%, was one of the fastest growing companies in the world. " My goal was to create an organization of fifteen thousand exceptional businesspeople. We assumed that everyone wanted to be an entrepreneur within the company, and we gave them credit for having the brains and initiative to do it. My mission was to change the culture within what is essentially a virtual company. Our corporation had more territorial rivalries than the Middle East. Information was hoarded. Communication was disjointed. Trust and synergy were virtually nonexistent. Suddenly, the competition was all over us, undercutting our prices and courting our customers. One of my directives was to make the company more competitive and to learn faster than our competition. My job was to help create among the company's widely scattered population a sense of shared purpose (Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind). After recruiting the best, brightest, and most highly motivated people, we gently immersed them in the realities of our business, presenting them with information on profit margins, the marketplace, and the influences impacting the decisions of their customers (Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood). They were also introduced to a specially designed 7 Habits course to provide them with foundational principles and context for the other materials. There were only three rules: Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place. It wasn't long before mission statements began appearing on cubicle walls, and the conversations among employees were marked by references to making deposits into Emotional Bank Accounts. It was an experience of self-discovery for many people. They realized that the company valued them. I had spouses come to me after their husbands or wives had been to a session and say, 'This changed my life because it changed our family.'"

Not all the stories relate specific actions against a specific habit. This is a synopsis of a story by a person from Indian stock whose grandfather was cheated out of 160 acres of oil-rich land. "It was only after he died, when we were going through his papers and correspondence, that I realized what a phenomenal man my simple, unassuming grandfather actually was. The Washington my grandmother referred to was actually Washington, D.C. In his papers, we found letters from governors, senators, U.S. representatives. Some congratulated him on his fiftieth wedding anniversary; others thanked him for his help with legislation issues and for his community service. I sat there thinking, "Did they know the same man I did?" He had no eloquence, no wealth, not even his own home. Yet here were famous, powerful people corresponding with him. I realized that his life had been lived not to acquire things for himself, but to help other people. He had lived a life of integrity, honesty, and dedication to family and community all the while toiling in relative obscurity and humility. Once, before he died, he told me that there are two reward systems: people who will be rewarded here and people who will be rewarded later. 'These are not the same people,' he said. He continued, 'For all that you don't see in a reward system now, you will see some other time.' We debated long and hard what to do about the situation. Should we sue him to take back the land? Should we let it alone? Shouldn't he have to pay for his wrong doings? In the end, we knew. We knew what he would do. He would let it alone and allow the taxpayer to reap whatever rewards his behavior would cause him to reap, whether here or later. My grandfather might not have been able to leave us 160 acres of oil-rich land in Oklahoma but he left us something far more important. His insistence on humility, on compassion, on spending his life trying to help those around him with no thought of reward or praise is now our family legacy. He has changed generations of people with the help he gave. Can you put a dollar-and-cents value on that? I say absolutely not. We now have a value I try to instill in my own family to continue the legacy started by the Choctaw preacher who never owned his own home."

I think there is a maturity continuum. It is as though most other books address the nuts and bolts of doing business well - and of course that is important - and then we discover that there is something more to business than just that. Then we are ready for Stephen Covey. ... Read more


65. Get with the Program Daily Journal
by Bob Greene
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STAY WITH THE PROGRAM!

In Get with the Program!, Bob Greene gave you the keys to losing weight and staying fit for a lifetime. In The Get with the Program! Daily Journal, the essential companion to his national bestseller, Greene gives you a powerful tool to motivate you and organize your program goals for twelve weeks.

This beautifully designed book can be adapted to your personal plan for health and emotional well-being, no matter which phase of the program you are in. Each day has space for you to record your fitness and exercise goals, and space for you to write about your feelings and eating patterns. A weekly summary gives you an easy-to-evaluate snapshot of your progress, and quotes from Bob will keep you inspired and on track as you move forward. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great concept, great franchise
Bob, I love your programs and your energy. I think just about everything you do is awesome! This book however isn't much more than a lab journal. It has us write down food/exercise like we are a science experiement. It is a lot like a lined paper notebook.

I got a lot more out of LifeChanger. Your exercise program, coupled with this self discovery tool enabled me to lose 185 pounds! I recommend every buys ALL of Bob Greene's other books, but pass on this one and get yourself LifeChanger instead! I found mine on eDiets.com's store.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bob Greene is the BEST!
From Make the Connection to Get with the Program to Get with the Program's Guide to Healthy Eating to this Daily Journal, Bob Greene is down to earth, easy to understand, and is highly motivating and encouraging. I would recommend his books to anyone desiring to take better control of their health and fitness, and do it with a common sense approach. I see why Oprah likes him so much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Companion
If one is to spend money and time on reading the book, then they should use the daily journal to put "words into action." Set up into twelve week increments, this is enough time to record your progress and also see the results. With this notebook one can organize and record their fitness goals, exercise, and eating patterns. You can keep track of fat, sugar, carbo and alcohol intake. You can tell if your staying on track with your goals, progressing or slipping. Use it or lose it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Track your progress
I like the format of this journal. You can track exercise, food intake, alcohol, fat and sugar along with writing your thoughts and specific food if you so desire. The only thing that I do not like is his use of the term "Bad Carbohydrates." I hate the whole good food vs. bad food terminology and think that it promotes some unhealthy food issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful Tool for the Discipline of Fitness
As a device for accountability, users will find "The Get with the Program! Daily Journal" valuable. Twelve weeks might not seem long in calendar time; it is less than four months. However, when trying to apply fitness principles, accountability is the key. Any discipline benefits from tracking progress.

While a simple notebook might suffice, and would save you a few bucks, this journal might help you realize you are serious.

I fully recommend "The Get with the Program! Daily Journal" by Bob Greene. Take this effort seriously, and enjoy the lifestyle that follows when fitness is achieved. You will be glad you did.

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66. Don't Sweat The Small Stuff For Teens
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Richard Carlson has written numerous books encouraging folks not to"sweat the small stuff", and his title for teens is as warm, wise, and witty ashis previous works. His tone is one of an older family friend who manages toadvise while still maintaining the minimum level of coolness that teens requirefrom those who intend to guide them into adulthood.

With 100 different chapters, each just a few pages in length, this littlebook works especially well as a bedside companion or tucked in a backpack forthe morning commute to school. Each chapter is devoted to a single, simple ideasuch as "trust your inner signals" and "root for the underdog," and plenty ofreal-life examples from teens are used to illustrate principles. In the secondchapter, a teen volunteering at an animal shelter is used to show how just oneperson can make a difference, as she takes the time for one more phone call thatresults in saving a dog's life. The concepts are appropriate for both early highschool students and new graduates--who doesn't need an occasional reminder to"be ok with your bad hair day"? Incorporating sports, theater, literature, videogames, teachers, and parents into stories make these examples accessible to kidsof all interests, and a sprinkling of tales from the author's own teenage yearsadds an effective personal note. With plenty of suggestions for addingactivities into a teen's life--volunteer opportunities in particular--your childmay even feel encouraged to seek out new forms of positive expression simply forthe joy of the activity, rather than the old standbys of "my friends are doingit" or "I need it to get into college." --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Any Teen
When I first got this book I looked at it as another book with an adult telling you useless ways to keep your cool in weird situations. Then one day I picked it up and I was amazed. The write of this seems to understand our life and doesn't lecture us about how we blow things out of proportion. All the chapters pertained to me and really helped me not to stress out so much. I think I am now a better friend and person from it. He (Richard Carlson, author) really shows us good examples and you remember things from the book as you go. I suggest this for every teen.

4-0 out of 5 stars STRESS REDUCTION FOR TEENS
If you're "stressed out" and would like to look at ways to be a happier more contented person, you may find something in these pages that ring true for you. The book title indicates "for teens", but anyone could benefit from some of the author's suggestions. For example, when someone is talking, avoid the words, "I know."; or "dare to show enthusiam. Be a volunteer in your community-- find something that you really enjoy doing and do it! - Don't infect your friends with negative thoughts if you're in a low mood.-- Instead of making unkind, caustic comments, stay away from those close to you until you feel better; that way, you don't have to feel guilty, make apologies or re-ignite your stress worrying about any inappropriate hurtful words you might have used --Try some meditation or contemplation or yoga exercises to be more relaxed." Richard Carlson's hypothesis is- if you don't get stressed out about the small things, then dealing with more complex issues becomes easier. The book offers advice without lecturing and the topics are brief. One could read a few pages daily. Highly recommended reading. Quite inspirational, and not just for teens. Contains practical information for anyone

5-0 out of 5 stars The best advice I've ever been given!
I admit, this was lying on my shelf for two years before I picked it up (almost). Being somewhat hard-headed, I never accepted that someone could tell me how to make life easier. But Mr. Carlson's methods and exmaples put his 100 tips into perspective... and reality. Although not all his examples are good, the principles have certainly helped me through a lot of stressful times, including keeping my cool in arguments with my boyfriend & family. It's a definite must-read for any teenager, and even parents.

4-0 out of 5 stars *~ Some helpful Tips in this Book*~
I liked this book~ It was easy to read in 101 sections divided up. The only thing I think this book lacked was a teenager's point of view. Unlike Chicken Soup, Teen Love, and Teen Ink, a grown man is writing these tips. He had some good advice but I think some of the tips couldve been made fresher by having some kind of teenager input. Other than that theres many valuable lessons in this book and Richard Carlson did a good job (even if he is grown and not a teenager himself.) I suggest you read it! I'm sure you'll get some kind of help or advice outta it~

5-0 out of 5 stars much needed
Being the uncle of an out-of-control teen with siblings I felt obligated to provide them with whatever I could without appearing overly concerned. This book fit the bill perfectly. All four kids have read it, each one commenting on it differently. I wish the school system was conscious enough to have "living life" classes in addition to the 3 Rs, you know something that helps kids with real-world issues they face. ... Read more


67. Prisoners of Our Thoughts : Viktor Frankl's Principles at Work
by ALEX PATTAKOS, Stephen R. Covey
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This timely book expands on Viktor Frankl's seminal Man's Search for Meaning, examining the book's concepts in depth and widening the market for them by introducing an entirely new way to look at work and the workplace. Alex Pattakos, a former colleague of Frankl's, brings the search for meaning at work within the grasp of every reader using simple, straightforward language. The author distills Frankl's ideas into seven core principles: Exercise the freedom to choose your attitude; Realize your will to meaning; Detect the meaning of life's moments; Don't work against yourself; Look at yourself from a distance; Shift your focus of attention; and Extend beyond yourself. By demonstrating how Dr. Frankl's key principles can be applied to all kinds of work situations, Prisoners of Our Thoughts opens up new opportunities for finding personal meaning and living an authentic work life. ... Read more


68. Strong Women, Strong Bones: Everything You Need to Know to Prevent, Treat, and Beat Osteoporosis
by Miriam E. Nelson, Sarah Wernick
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Based on the latest scientific information, and including practical advice on the best nutrition, exercise, and medication, Strong Women, Strong Bones is an essential guide for any woman who wants to know more about the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Includes: ¥ A one-hour-per-year plan for healthy bones ¥ A self-test to assess risk factors ¥ Facts on the most accurate bone-density tests ¥ Tips on supplements beyond calcium, plus new ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Strong Women Strong Bones
This book was recomended to me by a naturopath. It was easy enough to read in just one evening. The sections about how bones grow and what your risk factors are for getting osteoporosis were quite good. There is also good advice about what vitamins and minerals in addition to calcium to include in your diet, as well as the importance of vitamin D and sunshine, for calcium absorbtion. However, the food section is confusing. Nelson does not mention sea vegetables as the best food source of calcium and minerals to include in a healthy diet. And since she has the opinion that a person can get all the calcium they need from food sources, she should have included a more accurate calcium food chart in her book. For example, spinach, which tops the vegetable calcium secton, contains a lot of oxalic acid which interfers with calcium absorbtion. Nelson mentions the oxalic acid problem with some foods, but never mentions exactly which foods contain the highest amounts. Instead she says we should eat these foods for other reasons. So, why is spinach at the top of the calcium chart? Let's have a more accurate chart before telling people they can just add up what they are taking in with the chart she provides. Also, in her section on exercises she encourages women over 50 to jump vertically to retain calcium. A woman should gradually build up to 2 full minutes of jumping. What if a persons knees are not in alignment? Jumping is one of the most jarring and hardest things a person can do to their knee joints, especially if they are heavy on their feet. A woman who is over 50 and not used to exercising could easily get injured with this jumping program. I am over 50, and I already exercise 5 or 6 days a week, doing aerobics, running and weight training. I tried jumping vertically at a fitness center in front of a mirror to make sure I did it correctly. Then I went on to do a leg press, which I do on a regular basis, and my left knee hurt. My personal trainer said running would be much better for me than jumping. I do not have joint problems, yet, but I could after Neilson's exercise program. Also, the medication section encourages every woman to consider hormone replacement therapy. Does we all really need this therapy? I am discouraged that this book was rated so highly and recomended. It was mostly a waste of money. Only the first couple sections in the book were really worth reading. Check it out at the library or buy it used if you must.

4-0 out of 5 stars ALMOST Everything you need to know to deal with osteoporosis
Great book -- but it left out ESSENTIAL bone building exercises from "Strong Women Stay Young", by the same author, in particular those related to the hip. I'd recommend picking up a paperback copy of it also. "Strong Women, Strong Bones", covers much new info on supplements, medications, oxalates and nutrition as well as new exercises and a few relevant pages for men. It is quite comprehensive.

5-0 out of 5 stars must have reference book for home library
I took out a number of books from the library including recent releases. Admittedly, I reviewed them from a different perspective than older folks as I'm just over 40. This was the most informative book with relevant information to my age group. Even though I work out regularly and thought I had a pretty good routine, there were plenty of enlightening strength exercises that have never been in my repertoire. That reason alone rates this book superior than others.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good additional info
Dr. Nelson offers more bone-building exercises and more info about osteoporosis and how to prevent it. Used with Strong Women Stay Young, one can't go wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Excellent information on how to keep your bones healthy, with all the latest research, and easy-to-do exercises. Or if you have already developed osteoporosis, the book has authoritative and complete information on what you and your doctor can do to prevent more problems. Should be required reading for every woman! ... Read more


69. The Fat Flush Journal and Shopping Guide
by Ann LouiseGittleman
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THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER AND PHENOMENAL WEIGHT-LOSS PLAN THAT'S CHANGING THE WAY AMERICA DIETS JUST GOT BETTER!

The Fat Flush Journal and Shopping Guide is an inspiring companion to help readers along the path to weight loss and healthy eating. This six-week journal:

Tracks meals, supplements, and exercise Helps people through stressful and celebratory times of the program by writing Includes daily motivational messages Has weekly reflection pages for recording progress, weight, and future goals

Following the journal is a shopping list section to help readers shop effectively for fat-flushing foods. With all-in-one checklists with foods for all three phases of the program, this companion to The Fat Flush Plan makes losing weight and keeping healthy easier than ever before.

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70. Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter
by Robert C. Atkins
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Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter has a slightly misleading name. While grams of carbohydrate are listed for various foods, there are also protein and fat grams listed for each entry. With more than 1,200 listings, including hundreds of brand-name products, this makes a handy, portable reference. It should be noted, however, that that the Gram Counter is really meant as a companion to Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution; the brief dietary information included in the introduction to the Gram Counter isn't of much use by itself. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A more comprehensive guide is needed.
The Atkins diet is a regime that works for many or most people. For me, I have gotten back to the weight I was in high school by following the Atkins program. I am a true believer.

As followers of Atkins know, the one thing you have to be pretty conscientious about is counting how many grams of carbohydrate are in your diet. While this book is helpful for that, it is far from complete. For example, I like to drink wine. This book only lists a view varieties of alcoholic beverages as regards their carbohydrate gram count. What I was hoping for when I bought this book was something that might have contained say, 3 or 4 dozen varieties of white wine and their gram counts. But no. Same with salad dressings--it would be great to have listings by brand, with dozens of brands. Once again, this book only contains several brands.

This book is somewhat better than the gram count section contained at the back of Dr. Atkins book, (Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution) but not a lot better. While this book may be the best available, someone out there would do well to publish a much more comprehensive guide. Adherents of the Atkins program would probably snap it up.

The Atkins diet program is a program that works as Dr. Atkins describes it in his book. A comprehensive guide to carbohydrate counts in brand-name foods would be helpful, but this guide falls short.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quick pocket reference for the diet-conscious.
If you've started the Atkins diet, or at least read the diet book, then you already realize the importance of counting the carbohydrate grams you consume. Please allow me to clear up some FAQ's:

1. This book will not teach you how to do the Atkins diet - for that, read Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution.

2. This book will show you total carbohydrate, fat, and protein gram counts for standard portion sizes of general or common foods. For instance, there is a general listing for "fig" but not "Kadota fig" or "Mission". If you are into more exotic fare than the standard American foods listed - say for instance that you like obscure asian fruits like or you're a oeniphile who is interested in the carb count of 60 different varieties of French wine- then you will have to do research for the carbs in your special interest on your own.

3. This book will not make specific recommendations as to which ones to avoid, eat more of, etc. - that's not its job. Instead, you are allowed to make those decisions for yourself based on the information presented and your individual allowance of daily carbs.

4. This book does not list calories because the Atkins diet is qualitative, not quantitative.

5. This book will, however, be a quick on-the-spot reference guide for Atkins dieters. It is designed to be portable and easy to understand at a glance when you need information in a hurry.

Are there any flaws? Yes. For one thing, IMHO, the price could come down a bit considering that this book is a very small, almost the size of those supermarket pocket books at the checkout counter that cost only 99 cents or so. Also, it would have been helpful if Dr. Atkins had included the fiber content along with the fats, carbs and protein so that one could calculate total impact carb grams and make more educated decisions. Still, I believe this is the best carb gram counter out there for low-carb dieting purposes. I find myself consulting it quite often.

4-0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH about Dr. Atkins death
It is astonishing to read the slam pieces here about Dr. Atkins so-called obesity and overweight condition at the time of his death. Here are the facts:
* He previously had a heart condition called cardiomyopathy -- a serious disease of the heart muscle which is unrelated to diet.
* He died of a head injury because of an accident falling on slippery ice and not of being overweight.
* His actual weight was 200 pounds when he was admitted to the hospital at the time of his accident. The erroneous reports of him weight 258 lbs was based on his weight at the time of his death. The extra weight was not fat, but an accumulation of body fluids linked to organ failure during his coma.
* His previous reported heart attack was due to a viral infection and not diet related. He spoke openly of his condition on various national news programs.
* The report that was released about him being overweight was leaked to the press by a group named "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine", which is an ardent opponent of the Atkins diet. In short, they distorted his weight by reporting the weight at the time of death - 258 lbs, and not at the time of his admittance - 200 lbs...an obvious attempt to discredit and distort the facts surrounding Dr. Atkins death.
* A formal complaint has been filed by the Medical Examiner of New York regarding the suspicious leak of this information to the public by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine."
* The disinformation surrounding Dr.Atkins untimely death is politically driven by the AMA and other detractors of the diet.

Dr. Atkins book, New Diet Revolution has turned the AMA and other nutritional views upside down and has created a furor over the standard edicts of the medical profession. What is not said among the detractors of the Diet is that it is safe and it works. The information contained in this book will not only help you lose weight, it could save your life. The food industry, especially the bread and pasta industry have lost hundreds of millions of dollars because of the low carb revolution. Is it any wonder that this diet is under so much fire? Keep an open mind and read the book.

As a side note, ignor the mumbo-jumbo rantings and ravings of the "Elixir Diet" system (see below). The hatred and mis-information spread by the reviewer is evidence enough that the Elixir system is phony as a three cent penny. Nuff said. The guy hasn't even read the Atkins book!

1-0 out of 5 stars Why Follow Dr. Fatkins? The Dead & Obese Weight Loss Guru
Why model yourself after failure? Dr. Atkins is dead. At only 72. And he suffered clinical death from cardiac arrest a year before he died. Autopsy showed he had suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension. As if this wasn't bad enough, Dr. Atkins was morbidly obese at his death! 258 pounds!!

Why kill yourself learning to count carbohydrate grams? And end up like Dr. Fatkins? Er, Atkins. The funny thing is it's harder to count carbohydrate grams than calories!

But more importantly, Why model yourself after a diet guru who was fat, fat, fat??

258 pounds at the time of his death! And why risk the same "side effects" as Dr. Atkins got -- heart attack and hypertension?

Not to mention the other side effect. Which can destroy your social life. Horrible bad breath!

Why not model yourself after a guru who has really stayed slim? The secret of success is to model yourself after success.

After the Atkins diet failed me miserably, a very successful friend introduced me to The Elixxir Program. The Elixxir Program is based on the only scientific way to achieve dramatic weight loss. And keep it off for life.

And the guru Elixxir is his own best testimonial and proof that The Elixxir Program works.

Ever wondered why all the Orthodox Jews, Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists can stay on such "impossible" religious diets? Is it because they're stronger than you and me?

No, it's because they have a philosophy/worldview and lifestyle which SUPPORTS their diets.

And this is why The Elixxir Program works. And why Atkins diet and all the other diets do not. The Elixxir Program comes with an exciting philosophy and lifestyle which will empower you to lose weight and keep them off. It is in this book The ImmorTalist Manifesto on Amazon.

Read The ImmorTalist Manifesto to get the worldview to support your weightloss efforts and make it stick!

And then run to the elixxir.com website and find out about the Executive Memo telling you all about The Elixxir Program.

If anything can make you slim for life, The Elixxir Program can.

I should know. I had a "love handle" or "beer belly" around my waist that I couldn't get rid of no matter what. Until I got on The Elixxir Program. It's a miracle. Actually, totally scientific. The only diet program that is documented with an overhwhelming body of scientific research and articles.

Why follow a weight loss guru who was fat? Why not follow a weight loss guru who is as fabulously slim and healthy as you want to be? Elixxir is your man! Not Dr. Fatkins.;)

Bonus: Unlike Atkins regimen which speeds up your aging, The Elixxir Program is also the only scientific anti-aging eating program!

So "kill two birds with one stone," lose weight and stay young!

1-0 out of 5 stars Pointless
This whole Atkins craze is getting pretty ridiculous right now. Carbohydrates are not the problem people, do you still not get it? You gain weight from excessive eating of ANYTHING (if you eat 40 pounds of oranges you're going to gain weight from that too). Exercise and moderation is the key. Good grief, even Aristotle knew this, yet 2300 years later people still don't believe it. ... Read more


71. Mars and Venus Together Forever: Relationship Skills for Lasting Love
by John Gray
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The national bestseller that sold more than 450,000 copies and is the perfect companion to the author's nearly 3-million-copy, #1 New York Times bestseller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Information Age can Help even You
I picked up this book, after running into my ex-fiancée five years after the fact. I have been struggling with gender role issues longer than I care to admit-I turned 50 this year. To my amazement, I learned some things that I can't apply to a male/female relationship at this time (i'm not in one), but is helping with the most difficult relationship I have-with my adopted mother who is my complete opposite. I learned that although she is a career woman, she still has a more traditional mindset than I. If you are a busy person, and you don't get the whole book read, the first three chapters may change your life significantly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gain the skill by reading this book
if you are married , this book will enrich your skills in understanding your mate. It is a book of a very good standard . it added a lot to me in how doing less but supporting more, to duck and dodge, to listen without interrupting and how to get the win/win solution. I recommend this book for all whome are married or about to be married.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wordy, but accurate
Having authored my own book on meeting and succeeding with women, "From the First Date to the Bedroom, the Single Man's Official Guide to Success with Women," I can fully appreciate John Gray's work.

Whereas my book is a light-hearted approach to dating and mating from the male perspective, I will tell you that John does a womderful job in this more serious work. It is definitely worth the time to read.

Butch Mazzuca,
Author, From the First Date to the Bedroom, the Single Man's Official Guide to Success with Women,"

1-0 out of 5 stars Close but not quite..
Interesting book. Unfortunately it really plays on stereotypes. It does have a few valuable things to say though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mars And Venus Together Forever. A MUST READ book.
This information is excellent in helping couples understand that things we say can be taken one way by our partner when we really mean something else. I think it will help a lot of people out there who unintentionally may be hurting a relationship while trying to communicate. ... Read more


72. Focus : Achieving Your Highest Priorities
by Stephen R. Covey
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Focus workshop presents an engaging and inspirational learning experience and will change your life in ways you never thought possible.

With this audiobook, you will begin a process and journey to a new way of thinking about personal and professional focus and accomplishment. You'll learn how to identify -- and focus -- on the tasks and priorities that matter most so that you can deliver maximum results every day.

You'll learn to turn the things you have to do into the things you want to do. Dr. Covey and master facilitator Steve Jones introduce you to the FranklinCovey workshop that has already helped 10 million people become more productive.

With this audiobook, you'll also receive these valuable tools from FranklinCovey:

  • A handy job-aid on Keeping Your Focus, designed to carry with you to remind you how to stay focused and achieve results
  • A Resource CD-ROM packed with great tools such as teaching wizards to help you identify your values and mission and how to set goals
  • A free 30-day trial of FranklinCovey's PlanPlus™ for Microsoft® Outlook®
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Overview of Franklin Covey Principles
During my initial first few minutes of listening I realized that Stephen Covey wasn't the main speaker on this tape (he narrates some sections). Suddenly I thought maybe the quality would be mediocre. That this would be some cranked out product just to make a buck. I was wrong. I listened to all 3 CD's (the 4th is a computer demo) and enjoyed the presentation highly.

Steve Jones is the person who gives presentation. I believe it is a recorded live process. What I liked about this alot is it covered all of the Franklin Covey time management principles in a very focussed manner (hence the title...??).

This CD series serves as an excellent refresher or introduction to the principles of managing your time. They introduce the time quadrants and explain in pretty good detail how to use paper, PDA or computer planners to manage your time. The sessions never bog down in any one area and they move from topic to topic at just about the right pace.

Obviously this CD set has some ties to the services and courses offered by Franklin Covey. They'd love it if you registered for the full course or bought a $200 planner/binder. However the course on tape/CD will standalone quite well. The speaker is clear and has a good delivery. I enjoyed this and found the time passed quickly (which doesn't always happen) as I was listening. Buy this - you won't be sorry!

5-0 out of 5 stars Who Said This AUDIO CD is No Good?
I think this set of CD with CD-Rom is a good deal. Covey is also in the audio program, with both other Frankin Covey's associates inside as well.

This program updated Frankin Covey's previous What Matters Most program, and has added a lot of additional perspectives on integrating PDA, Window Outlook, and Paper-based planning tools.

This program has its value. The previous 2 comments in this customer review have not provided a fair, in-depth look at this new program. I almost missed buying/owning this new, interesting CD set, if I had totally bought into the last two comments, which could be quite one-sided--biased!

3-0 out of 5 stars Some new, Some old
While initiallly rehashing Covey's four quadrants theory, the book lays the groundwork for setting priorities. People who do not have time to take the Focus On Priorites course will gain insight into Covey's methodology of setting goals and priorities. While not as inspiring as other works, it still was a good help (but not great)...

1-0 out of 5 stars Reputation Damaged
This is basically a rehash, in some cases, word for word of a Hyrum Smith audio "Managing Personal Change" The audio is not done by Dr. Covey, it's done by another individual who's not very entertaining, it seems memorized.

I've long admired and respected everything else from Dr. Covey and this "rendition" shocks me. A repackaging of old stuff, uninspiring. I feel cheated. ... Read more


73. Fear and Other Uninvited Guests : Tackling the Anxiety, Fear, and Shame That Keep Us from Optimal Living and Loving
by Harriet Lerner
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 7137
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Unhappiness, says bestselling author Harriet Lerner, is fueled by three key emotions: anxiety, fear, and shame. They are the uninvited guests in our lives. When tragedy or hardship hits, they may become our constant companions.

Anxiety can wash over us like a tidal wave or operate as a silent thrum under the surface of our daily lives. With stories that are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking, Lerner takes us from "fear lite" to the most difficult lessons the universe sends us. We learn-

  • How a man was "cured in a day" of the fear of rejection -- and what we can learn from his story

  • How the author overcame her dread of public speaking when her worst fears were realized

  • How to deal with the fear of not being good enough, and with the shame of feeling essentially flawed and inadequate

  • How to stay calm and clear in an anxious, crazy workplace

  • How to manage fear and despair when life sends a crash course in illness, vulnerability, and loss

  • How "positive thinking" helps -- and harms

  • How to be our best and bravest selves, even when we are terrified and have internalized the shaming messages of others

No one signs up for anxiety, fear, and shame, but we can’t avoid them either. As we learn to respond to these three key emotions in new ways, we can live more fully in the present and move into the future with courage, clarity, humor, and hope. Fear and Other Uninvited Guests shows us how.

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5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant and helpful
Once again Harriet Lerner brings intelligence and perspective to the tough places in life.....In this book she tackles fear and shame, two of the biggest sources of disconnection and misunderstanding that people struggle with. The mix of useful ideas and inspiring stories contribute to a sense of hope..and it is hope that we desperately need in these dark times...Thank you, Harriet !!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Welcome Relief for Our National Angst
For the last few years, I've been doing research for a book addressed to otherwise healthy people who feel traumatized by the news--that is, people suffering political depression. So I was elated to find not only confirmation of this phenomenon in Harriet Lerner's wonderful book, but also genuinely helpful advice on dealing with it. When a whole culture is distressed, she writes, "it will develop an anxiety disorder all its own." Certainly, newspapers today offer plentiful evidence of national angst. Every sentence in Fear and Other Uninvited Guests resonated...and relieved. Individually and collectively, life is a process, pain is a teacher. I guess it's not merely coincidence that Harriet's last name is Lerner. Reading her, I felt like one too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well written and interesting
Perhaps the easiest way to describe what this book is is to describe what it's not. It's not a step-by-step process that will change your life overnight (something I'm always looking for and failing to find--wonder why?). It's not full of tests for discovering whether fear is crippling you; there are no worksheets, no exercises, no quick fixes of any kind.

Instead, what this book offers is some insightful analysis into what causes anxiety, fear and shame, howthese uncomfortable "guests" manifest in our lives, and some suggestions for how we might use these sometimes painful emotions for self-discovery and, ultimately, become higher-functioning by learning to reduce or in some cases eliminate fear, anxiety and shame, or co-exist with them.

As I flew through this well-written, clear, and interesting text, I found myself recognizing situations from my own life, past and present, and from others' lives, and in some cases reaching a new understanding. I can't say the book changed anything about my particular life in any dramatic fashion, but it is interesting reading for anyone who seeks clarity about the craziness going on in his life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Commonsense meets inspiration and wisdom
If I had to pick one word to describe this book, I'd say "wise." Lerner avoids two traps of therapist-authors: She doesn't rely on theory and jargon and she doesn't jettison her education to serve up easy-to-swallow formulas. She's not afraid to talk tough and to season her wisdom with humor.

I love her opening. Cats live in the moment, she says, and goes on to compare the relative advantages of being a cat versus being a human. But then, she concludes, it doesn't matter: if you're reading this book, it's safe to say you're not a cat.

And unlike many authors, Lerner offers a balance between relationship and work stresses. She describes a powerful but controversial intervention she designed for a young man who feared social rejection. While she reminds us she took into account the young man's non-threatening persona, I'm still amazed he didn't get arrested. The point, however, is well-taken. Action, not insight, creates change.

I especially appreciate Lerner's advice: "Be able to live without your job." She's right: being free to walk allows you to speak up for your values. And although she doesn't make this point, I've found that when we're free to leave, we usually end up neither having to leave nor wanting to go.

And, adds Lerner, remember that the workplace is not your family. Organizations exist to ensure their own economic vitality -- i.e, their own survival. "Your work family may treat you in such an insensitive and uncaring manner that it will take your breath away." SO true.

Dealing with emotion, Lerner is more realistic than most authors. Recognizing unhappiness requires courage, yet unhappiness itself can help us become brave enough to make changes. Anger and suffering can become part of who we are, so letting go leads to a feeling of homesickness.

All in all, a superb addition to the self-help shelf. Recommended to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wise Woman Speaks Again
Once again Dr. Harriet Lerner has taken complex psychological dynamics and made them thoroughly comprehensible for the general public. This time Dr. Lerner has tackled fear, anxiety and shame and through numerous examples - both personal and anecdotal of other's experiences - has enabled the reader to feel understood, not pathologized but 'simply human'. Always a pleasure to read, Dr. Lerner brings the wisdom and honesty of a seasoned practitioner translating human emotional life into something at once accessible and instructive. I loved her blend of eastern mindfulness with western psychotherapy techniques.
As a psychotherapist for nearly 30 years I have heard countless stories of people suffering from shame,anxiety and, increasingly over the last few years, of fear/terror. I will recommend this book to many people, including other colleagues who I'm sure will find it comfoting, inspiring and enormously useful. ... Read more


74. Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing (The Self Healing Series)
by Andrew Weil
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
Sales Rank: 21221
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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A complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Andrew Weil uses in his own life, and has prescribed to hundreds of patients over the past two decades. In plain language, Dr. Weil explains the secret of breathwork’s power over our health, and its remarkable ability to influence – and even reprogram – the nervous system. A practical introduction to this crucial aspect of self healing, presented by this bestselling author and influential physician. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Wow... interesting
I never knew that I didn't breathe right. This thing is crap... come on, breathing right? Give me a break

1-0 out of 5 stars Bogus
This cd suffers from it's author reading..and..pronouncing..very ..carefully..each..word..in..the..sentence. It has no flow and sounds forced and artificial, not like someone talking smoothly and naturally to you. I couldn't relax, nor get over the stilted sound of the narrative.
Plus, Andy Weil is such a big (literally, he's fat) star, that there's no heart or caring in his materials. I don't think he walks his talk.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's O.K.
I would have preferred this CD to be in a book format instead of a soundtrack. It would have been less expensive to buy and easier to use that way. The first CD, which is one hour long talks about breathing & health but I really didn't find it interesting or informative. I was rather bored. I thought everything he said was common sense and there was no fresh information. Basically this first CD is a one-time listening thing, so not really worth the purchase. My problem with the second CD, which has the 7 breathing exercises, is that it's one hour long and there is no way to "jump" between exercises 1 to 7. It is all one track. In the accompanying 6-page CD booklet all the exercises are very clearly explained and detailed in text... so you don't really need the CD at all! On the up side, I'm glad there are exercises out there on this subject that Dr.Weil made available to me. I have not been doing the exercises long enough to notice any changes yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars So basic, so useful, you wonder why you didn't think of it..
Weil explains breathing. Exciting? Depends on you. Discovering breathing is like having had a PC for years and suddenly discovering "right click." There it is; you've never thought about it; discovering it makes your use of the machine so much more efficient. Weil's breathing exercises are easy and basic. They are like meditation: you have to decide to stick with the program. Results? That will depend on you and your needs. For people with normal breathing capacity, it must be equivalent to developing your quads and pecs after working for years at a desk. For those of us who have asthma and other breathing disorders, it feels like regaining "normal." Weil's gentle, intelligent guidance inspires confidence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow--This is great!
Andy Weil takes you through the steps to us your own breathing as a tool for healing and for life. I enjoyed listening to his opening comments and have used the breathing technique almost dialy ever since. ... Read more


75. Sacred Contracts : Awakening Your Divine Potential
by CAROLINE MYSS
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-28)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 3974
Average Customer Review: 3.51 out of 5 stars
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New York Times bestselling author and medical intuitive Caroline Myss has found that when people don’t understand their purpose in life the result can be depression, anxiety, fatigue, and eventually physical illness—in short, a spiritual malaise of epidemic proportions. Myss’s experience of working with people led her to develop an insightful and ingenious process for deciphering your own Sacred Contract—or higher purpose—using a new theory of archetypes that builds on the works of Jung, Plato, and many other contemporary thinkers.

Myss examines the lives of the spiritual masters and prophets—Abraham, Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad—whose archetypal journeys illustrate the four stages of a Sacred Contract and provide clues for discovering your own. Myss explains how you can identify your particular spiritual energies, or archetypes—the gatekeepers of your higher purpose—and use them to help you find out what you are here on earth to learn and whom you are meant to meet. Exploring your Sacred Contract will shine a light on the purpose and meaning of your life. You are meant to do certain tasks, you are meant to have certain relationships.

In coming to know your archetypal companions, you also begin to see how to live your life in ways that make the best use of your personal power and lead you to fulfill your greatest—in fact, your divine—potential.

Both visionary and practical, Sacred Contracts is a bold, powerful work of spiritual wisdom. Without a doubt, your most intriguing challenge in life is to recognize your spiritual commitments and live them to the fullest.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Multiple Mirrors to See Your Soul and Its Commitments!
Sacred Contracts engages you in an extensive, self-exploring expedition to unearth the core ingredients of your unique, spiritual identity. Because there are so many assignments to do in the book and it is so detailed, I suggest you get the hardcover version rather than one of the audio versions.

Of all the many books I have read about finding and following the dictates of your own true self, Sacred Contracts is by far the most unusual and detailed. The author calls upon major religious traditions, Eastern ideas about energy centers in the body, Jungian psychological archetypes, and astrology among other sources as context for seeing yourself as unique. Although few of these references are ones that I relate to very often, I was impressed by the way that they centered my focus by helping me see what life roles are not important in my life, as the contrast for seeing what is important. In my past experience with increasing self-understanding, the focus was on what was important. Cutting away the unimportant makes those important areas stand out much more clearly.

This is a book that can help you learn for the rest of your life. Unlike many books that are aimed at helping you find "the answer" and then getting you off working with "the answer," Sacred Contracts is designed to help with new challenges and issues in the future . . . as well as the ones you have today.

I found myself particularly enriched by reviewing the very long list of potential archetypes that are developed in the book. These are explained by stories of individuals, references to popular books and movies, and examples of how one archetype differs from other, similar ones. As a result, the archetypes and my own reactions to them came into much clearer focus in my mind. When I had read about these in Joseph Campbell's work, I often found them to be distant. Here, they are immediate.

Sacred Contracts focuses on "what is our mission in life?" This includes both "where am I going?" and "who will go with me?" The answer is unique for each person to each of these questions. A sacred contract is "your overall relationship to your personal . . . and spiritual power." The contract is "a plan to help you develop your divine potential." This is to fulfill "an agreement your soul makes before you are born." As I read these concepts, I found them to be most closely identified in my mind with the beliefs of Buddhism as they relate to the reincarnated soul. The author takes care to show that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam also contain these points of view.

The book contains a lot of material to help you absorb the context of these perspectives. In that sense, I felt a little like I was reading a condensed version of The Golden Bough.

After you understand the archetypes and their manifestations, you are directed how to engage in an extensive mental dialogue with and write about the positive and negative forms of each important archetype for you. These will include the four universal ones (child, victim, compromised person, and saboteur) as well as your selection from dozens of others for the ones that seem most important to you (such as addict, angel, bully, gambler, Midas, poet, and thief). For example, you will ask, "Why did I choose this archetype?" "In what way do I feel the archetype serves my Contracts with other people?"

The focus of all this remains on keeping "your attention on reaching your highest potential." To do this, you must "surrender to self."

Most people will find the list of what to think about and the exercises to do to be a bit intimidating. I certainly did. The work is based on a successful seminar that the author has been developing over many years. So it is intended to take quite a bit of time to do and implement. I suggest that you find blocks of time of at least two hours in length to work on these assignments when you will not be disturbed. If you are single, you might go someplace where you can be alone but see the splendor of nature. If you live with your family, early morning or late at night would probably be the best time . . . while others are at rest. Naturally, if you like what you read here, you could also consider doing a seminar with the author. I'm assuming that that is much more expensive than working with this book on your own. Some people might find it helpful to find someone to do this with, so that you share your results with one another. This could help provide the discipline to keep working on discovering your sacred contracts.

May you fulfill your highest purpose in ways that bring great joy and benefit to you and all whom you meet! God bless you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sacred Contracts is a brilliant!
Sacred Contracts is a brilliant synthesis of spiritual insight and psychology. Presumably based on the author's well known workshops of the same name. Sacred Contracts takes Jung's concept of archetypes beyond anything Jung himself might have imagined and brings the notion squarely into the 21st century.
The author developed an enjoyable and ingenious process for deciphering your own Contract using a new theory of archetypes that builds on the works of Jung, Plato, and contemporary thinkers. This book is genuinely transformative in understanding the why and what of your inner self.

I bought the audio version after reading the written version. Really use both. When I work I use Neurosync behavior modification software to make other improvements. I enjoy self improvement and self enlightenment and I highly recommend both the book and audio versions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Feeling at home with yourself.
I found Caroline Myss' "SACRED CONTRACTS" to be a warm and insightful guide to investigating one's purpose in life. Myss writes with a great generosity of heart. She describes her book as "a product of my wanting to share with people my insights about our individual and collective life purpose over nearly two decades of working with the energies of the human spirit." Myss explores the idea of archetypes, or energies, that are aspects of our personalities intricately involved in the fulfilling of our purposes.

The book functions as a guide to help you identify the key archetypes in your life, so that rather than getting lost in the drama of your life, you can step back and experience yourself as more centered in the big picture. The tone is light and often playful, and Myss sprinkles her discussions with many gems, such as: "real creativity is based on a solid foundation of knowledge and discipline." Her chapter on the "Wizard of Oz" as a symbol of personal transformation is moving and mesmerizing. I had never considered the difference Dorothy made to the lives of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion before I read this chapter. Myss repeatedly underlines the importance of living in the moment: "Fulfilling your highest potential actually means acting on your highest or deepest truth each moment of your life." As an excellent companion book on your road to personal growth, I strongly recommend "WORKING ON YOURSELF DOESN'T WORK" by Ariel and Shya Kane. (Their audio CD's and tapes are brilliant as well.) This simple and practical book is an indispensable guide to living fully in the moment and discovering joy and satisfaction with a consistency beyond your wildest imagination.

1-0 out of 5 stars dizzying
I have been on a spiritual path for 20 years, and agree that a certain amount of self-discovery is necessary. However, this convoluted,complicated book encourages a level of introspection that can not be healthy. I can't imagine anyone taking this book seriously as coming away anything but self-absorbed, with no real interest in other people, as they have found themselves so archetypically interesting.
A great investment for true narcissists!

5-0 out of 5 stars Life Altering
This is the first book I have ever read that even comes close to explaining what I believe the afterlife to be, or rather the beginning of life on earth. Except for a few minor differences this is right on. Have you ever heard things that you know the meaning of the words, but until someone enlightens you the meaning of the words is missed. This book turned on the light in my head about sooooo many things, that it is hard to believe. Enlightenment comes in slow subsets, and this book has connected many subsets for me. ... Read more


76. Atkins Diabetes Revolution : The Groundbreaking Approach to Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes
by Robert C. Atkins, Mary C. Vernon, Jacqueline Eberstein
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Two colleagues of the late Dr. Robert Atkins take on the obesity epidemic's deadly twin: type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mary Vernon and Jacqueline Eberstein, RN, adapt the carb-cutting, fat-allowing Atkins nutritional approach as a preemptive strike against this fast-growing killer. Diabetes--defined here as a condition in which glucose or blood sugar is above the normal range--is viewed as a preventable problem. "What we hope we have created in this book is a realistic and practical guide to wiping out type 2, one person at a time." Since obesity is the major risk factor for diabetes, they begin with the "fat lie" (i.e., the belief that fat causes obesity) to voice the Atkins mantra: low fat means high carbs and high carbs are broken down into sugar. With a convincing mix of essay/picture testimonials, clinical studies, quizzes, checklists, and menu planners and recipes, Vernon and Eberstein make the case for diet and lifestyle changes to alter the metabolism of those at risk for diabetes. They have done a yeoman's job of translating Atkins'smedical nutrition advice into a step-by-stepprogram. One can quibble about their missionary zeal or the omnipresent eggs in the breakfast sample menus. At times, the scientific data are overly detailed or hidden within a quiz. Thankfully, there is a spot-on summary of the book's paradigm-busting ideas in the appendix.-- Barbara Mackoff ... Read more


77. Protein Power: The High-Protein/Low Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health-in Just Weeks!
by MICHAEL R. EADES
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Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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If smoked salmon and cream cheese omelets, sautéed jumbo shrimp,and double-patty burgers suit your palate, belly up to the Protein Powerdiet: "Not a high protein diet" but "an adequate proteindiet." Doctors Michael R. and Mary Dan Eades make a persuasive case infavor of "the diet we were meant to eat."

Similar to Dr. Robert Atkins's New Diet Revolution, theauthors cite insulin as the main culprit in weight gain and expound the benefitsof a diet extremely low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, which are changed intosugar during digestion, stimulate the body to store fat, making weight lossvirtually impossible. The most revolutionary idea put forth in ProteinPower is that the fat you eat has very little bearing on the fat you gain:in other words, we aren't what we eat after all. Researchers have found thateating larger portions of protein in conjunction with severely reduced portionsof carbohydrates causes people to burn the excess fat stored in their bodies.

Protein Power is packed with helpful charts and formulas, so you canestimate your body-fat percentage and your ideal weight for your particular bodycomposition. There are worksheets to calculate your protein need andcarbohydrate and protein equivalency charts, as well as charts that allow you totrack your fat and weight loss. But this book is not all grams and percentages:it also shows you what a day of eating on this diet would look like and includessample menus and 70 pages of recipes. If you've been starving yourself for yearsand just can't seem to lose weight, this may be the diet for you. --JhanaBach ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just perfect
With this great diet and exercise I've lost 60 lbs.
It's got formulas to compute how much protein you should eat. you get plenty of choices for carbs and fat too. Even fruit, also, butter, cheese, cream and olive oil. It is more balanced and healthful than most low carb plans so you don't get bored at all.

Unlike Atkins where you just eat protein till you feel full and have alittle salad and a small selection of veggies for your carbs. I used atkins a while back to lose a few lbs. but started getting dizzy and very crabby. Yes I lost a few pounds and almost lost some friends. That never happened on The Protein Power Plan.

6 month after starting the Protein Power Plan I had a complete blood workup. My Doctor actually called me on the phone and said, "Whatever You're doing, keep on doing it." he said, "I wish my levels looked like this! Everything is just perfect."

Lots of scientific stuff to read in the beginning of the book but I went straight to the diet formulas and read the science behind it in my leisure. It was Very interesting.

I just ordered the Comfort Foods book they wrote. I look forward to that because they use "real" foods and not packaged mixes that you have to buy especially for that recipe. You gotta love that! Most of the other plans have their own private mixes that you have to buy.

With this Diet and a good exercise program and good multi-vitamin I lost 60 lbs. of fat in one year while gaining lean body mass/muscle and strength.
Excellent!

5-0 out of 5 stars TRUTH - Great & Mighty Above All Else - Will Reign
I began this diet almost 3 weeks ago (1 day short of 3 weeks). I read the book in about 2-3 days - it was that good, that informative. About 4 years ago, I gained back 60 lbs that I had lost and kept off for 7 years! Not to mention about 30 lbs more than that. In that Heavenly 7-year period I could fit into a pair of 36 waist jeans, and look pretty good. Now I don't know what size jeans I wear, cuz I don't wear them.

In this SHORT 3 week period I have lost 15 LBS!!!! The 1st week I lost 9 lbs. Very soon I will be adding weight training into that formula. It was hard that first week, and some of the 2nd, but when you see the results - you find it hard to complain about anything. And IF you are serious, you will seek out cookbooks, and do the "research" that is necessary to make this life change - easier!

The Eades' recommend staying off the scale because you will be gaining muscle as well. Well, I can't EVER stay off the scale, so don't feel bad if you can't either. After one week, I took my measurements again, and lost 1 inch off my waist in 1 week. I have also lost 1 inch off my hips. It actually feels like more. I can actually FEEL myself slimming down. It's Wonderful. It also feels like I did when I went to the gym - like my muscles are waking up, and boy are they HUNGRY!

I have bought SEVERAL books. I bought the Eades' followup book to this one, "the protein power lifeplan". I also bought 4 cookbooks (2 of them by Fran McCullough). I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but Fran sure knows how to make your mouth water. I bought the Heller's book, as a comparison. But from what I've read about Atkins (from reader's on amazon) I don't feel the need to read any of his books. And I already own The Zone. I have to agree the Zone was VERY hard to comprehend.

So I have a lot of reading to do, but I LOVE to read - and more than that I LOVE to lose weight. I applaud anyone who is attempting this life-change, as this is not a Fad - nor a temporary solution - but a Life-Change. If you can stick with it for at least 2 weeks and drink 'til you float - you will soon see how easy it is to live with this "diet".

I welcome anyone who would like to share comments or questions to please feel free to email me. Please put "Protein Power" in the subject line, or I might think you are an email virus/worm. And I offer Congradulations and Extreme Support to those of us who are trying to lose a whole extra person. Buy the book, read it, and see for yourself how Great & Mighty Truth is. :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent plan for most
The Protein Power plan is very effective and healthy, however, it is not for the hardcore carb-aholic. It contains a bit too many carbs for those who are addicted and super sensitive to carbs.
While on Protein Power we found that our cravings for carbs never completely dissapeared (only thing that worked for us was Atkins). So, if you are a hardcore carb addict I would recommend the Atkins Diet. But for the average person wishing to live the low carb way Protein Power is an excellent choice.

2-0 out of 5 stars Looks more like a text book!
Not very pratical unless you are harcore into a diet. I would reccomend The South Beach Diet instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I have lost 50 pounds on this diet over a year and I feel simply amazing. My serum cholesterol/lipid levels are incredible. (LDL: 89, triglycerides: 84, down more than a hundred points from the days when I ate high-carb, whole grain and low protein.)

I cannot adequately emphasize how thoroughly it has changed my life and my health for the better.

Major myths about this plan and low carb eating in general:
-It is not true that you will overload your kidneys and liver and get stinky breath.
-It is not true that it is "just like Atkins" (it departs from Atkins on many significant points--the most obvious of which is that there is no induction of ketosis. Ketosis, although not considered a danger to someone with healthy kidneys, is totally irrelevant. Carb intake is not quite as restrictive as on Atkins.)
-This is not a "diet" so much as a sustainable and healthy nutritional approach.
-It is not a "fad diet." People have been eating low carb for CENTURIES. (How odd that these cultures which eat low carb tend to be healthier and have less CVD than those who do not, hmm?)
-Eating low carb does not mean you sit around noshing on bacon, meat, cheese and pork rinds all day. (The only difference between the way I eat and the way the standard American eats: my plate does not have french fries soaked in trans fats and a piece of bread around my burger. If I should choose to eat a burger, I will have a whopping side of healthy vegetables and nuts and I will *not* chase it with carbonated sugar-water.)
-People who eat low carb are not necessarily constipated all the time (on this plan fiber is theoretically unlimited. With all the veggies, fruits and nuts, etc. I venture that low carb people eat MORE fiber than most.)
-Eating low carb does not mean you automatically eat more fat.
-Even if your fat intake goes up, as long as it is healthy fat, it is not that big a deal because dietary fat is not the boogeyman they wanted us to believe in the 80s and 90s--sugar is! Eating fat does not make you fat.
-Eating low carb will not make you feel weak and dizzy all the time. (If you feel weak and ill during the early phases, be sure to re-read the chapter on potassium. Many people get discouraged because as the body begins to flush, potassium is flushed along with a lot of "water weight" and they complain of weakness or dizziness that may or may not go away after they settle into the plan. Adding a supplement or potassium-based salt substitute will often cure the problem!)
-The weight one loses on this plan over time is *NOT* all water weight. I am now 50 lbs lighter than I was when I started. I guarantee that was not 50 lbs of water.
-This plan does not work solely because it is calorie restrictive and for no other reason. (I tried calorie restriction for years--it never worked. All calories are not created equal--calories from various sources will make your body respond differently physiologically as they are burned. If I try a calorie restrictive approach, I have to eat fewer than 1000 calories in order to lose. On this way of eating, I can eat up to 3000 and still lose.)
-This way of eating will not necessarily raise your serum cholesterol-more often than not, it LOWERS LDL and raises HDL.
-This is not a "High Protein Diet." The figures in this book for minimal protein intake are not that far from standard RDA recommendations! However, this book does emphasize ADEQUATE protein as necessary for maintaining physical health and for losing weight.

People (especially doctors) who crusade against low carb eating have a reality check in the mail. For what its worth, my doctor is now on the Protein power plan herself. She was nervous at first, but is now one of its most outspoken defenders.

I am so grateful for this book. ... Read more


78. The Attachment Parenting Book : A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby
by Martha Sears, William Sears
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Asin: 0316778095
Catlog: Book (2001-08-07)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 11490
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Is it OK to sleep with your newborn baby? How old is too old for breastfeeding? These questions and more are answered in this latest addition to the Sears Parenting Library. Attachment Parenting encourages early, strong, and sustained attention to the new baby's needs and this book outlines the steps that will create the most lasting bonds between parents and their children. Practical and inspirational, this book, the heart of the Sears' parenting creed, is a necessity for every new parents' bookshelf. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great general guide to attachment parenting
This book is perfect for those interested in learning more about the wonderful philosophy of attachment parenting. While other books by Dr. Sears are more comprehensive, this is a great way to become familiar with his ideals. I recommend all of his books to new parents above any other author on the subjects of babies and parenting, and believe me, I have read them all!

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay book -- repeats everything else he's written
Dr. Sears' first couple of books were interesting to me, but he has now churned out something like twenty-five parenting books in the past five years, and frankly, it's all a rehash now.

"The Baby Book" is really the only Sears book you will need. All the rest of his single-issue titles ("Nighttime Parenting," "The Family Nutrition Book") are basically expanded chapters from The Baby Book. And he is billed as a "parent of eight" and a practicing physician, but I don't see how any one man (even with his wife's assistance) could turn out book after book after book --several new ones per year -- and still have time to work a job *AND* parent in the way he claims we should all parent our kids.

I don't like corporate parenting franchises and thats what "The Sears Parenting Library" is. I prefer a more personal, thoughtful approach to the topic of attachment parenting. I much prefered the book "Attachment Parenting" by Katie Granju. Although Sears may have come up with the phrase attachment parenting, Granju wrote a better book on the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Attachement Parenting = Parenting with love - unselfishly!
I have not read this book but by reviewing it see that there is a description of my parenting method - about to have my second child, I am registering for this and many other books. I have had to battle with other parents against my methods - dropping my child off at Sunday School, I would not leave him to cry - I sat off in the corner of the class for a few weeks so he knew I was there, I would show up the next week and other parents again would say just leave him to cry, "Baby Wise" parents, I would not and had some parents mad at me for my insistance to stay with my child - now, he can't wait to get out of my arms to play and go to Sunday School or anywhere I leave him - he is very confident and happy and when I pick him up I now get remarks that he is the happiest, friendliest, most loving child... he is very emotionally stable, secure, confident, outgoing and extremely independent at 20 months old - I am an absolute advocate for Attachment Parenting!

5-0 out of 5 stars Attachment Parenting - its only natural
Found this book just before my baby was due and I already had ideas about how I wanted to be with my baby and could never understand how people could put their babies in cots in another room from them it never seemed natural and this was further confirmed when my baby was born. This book gave a name to something I think should be natural for most parents and the book helped reinforce that what I was doing was the best for my baby as I had suspected. It also helped me realise that peoples unhelpful comments should be ignored. The book covers various aspects of attachment parenting from co-sleeping to baby wearing. It recognises the needs of a new born baby to be with its parents but the book never preaches and contains sections which help with problem solving. Best of all the book recognises that at the end of the day, parents should do what feels right for them and that they should never make themselves unhappy if certain aspects arent right for them and recommends other solutions.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good overview for those about to become parents
I am the attachment parent of two children, ages 2 and 5 weeks old! I actually learned most about attachment pareting from the book "How Breastfeeding spaces babies" by sheila Kippley, and from the Le Leche Leage breastfeeding handbook. I have given copies of The Attachment parenting book to many friends who are about to have children because it is an excellent explanation of AP and gives some good guidelines without being pushy. I would recommend it to anyone who is unfamiliar with AP or who is about to have a new baby! Some reviewers have complained that it is too repetitive. I would contend that it is repetitive because it is trying to debunk the myths about child rearing that are so pervasive in our self-centered society. ... Read more


79. Kid Cooperation: How to Stop Yelling, Nagging and Pleading and Get Kids to Cooperate
by Elizabeth Pantley
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Asin: 1572240407
Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Sales Rank: 16137
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars ATTN Parents: This book is a MUST HAVE!!
Thank God for Elizabeth and her wonderful book Kid Cooperation!!
This is a great book with lots of excellent advice on how to achieve cooperation from your children in a way that makes everyone a winner! Elizabeth is clear, straightforward and down to earth, making her book a joy to read.

This book is packed with real-life examples, and also takes into consideration that every family is different, and every child is different. Her advice is simple, and I have found it easy to apply. I loved this book so much not just for it's common sense, but also because the author is, again, down to earth! Her advice is geared to situations that all parents can relate to. I felt as though I was reading about myself!

I recommend this book to anyone who has, or works around children. The fact that it's easy to read makes it so I could get it finished even with an extremely tight schedule. Like I said before, it was an absolute joy to read. I found it enlightening, and I want every parent to know how wonderful this book is in helping with the day-to-day adventures of raising children. My only regret is that I didn't get it even sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only parenting book you'll need!
The minute I saw this book on the shelf I had to have it. I wanted to stop yelling, nagging, pleading and get my kids to cooperate. Who wouldn't? I have three children and have been using the many ideas in this book since I purchased it a year and a half ago. Each time I read it - either cover to cover or just glancing over the great reminder pages - I gain more useful ideas to help me be a successful parent. As my children enter new stages in their life and new parenting challenges are faced, I have the confidence to tackle them head-on by using the techniques that I have learned in this book. I have recommended Kid Cooperation to all my friends and I highly recommend it to you as well. I can't imagine what my family life would be like if it wasn't for this first rate parenting book. It is a must have for every parent.

5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best parenting book that I have read
By far the best parenting book that I have read

When I read a book I usualy write comments, underlines important stuff and put reminders. Well this book is full of underlines & comments that I've made.

You need to read this book every year.

I have made the mistake of lending this book to my sister in law last year... I have to remind her to give it to me back, I think that she want to old on it until I forget that I lend it to her.

I may have to buy her the book as a present, so I can get my annoted version.

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Jean Boucher is an international comedy magician

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5-0 out of 5 stars this book is great!
I loved this book! Lots of helpful hints and best of all lots of great ideas of what to do in specific situations. It really got me back on track with my kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom : When What You're Doing Isn't Working
Parenting is the hardest job you'll ever have. But, it is the most fulfilling. Children don't come with Operating Manuals. So, often we find ourselves "winging it" when instructing and guiding our children. We are then reminded by outcomes that this is NOT the best approach.
Elizabeth Pantley's book KID COOPERATION... is the best OPERATING Manual we have read. And the ideas are real experiences of Elizabeth and others. If one approach to a child rearing event doesn't work well there are usually others you can employ that will.
Our journey with our two boys was at a point where we were so frustrated! What we were doing was NOT working. Now, with the advice and experience of Elizabeth we feel alot more confident in our decisions of discipline and guidance.
We liked the book so much we plan to look into other books she has written. ... Read more


80. Sculpt Your Body with Balls and Bands : Shed Pounds and Get Firm in 12 Minutes a Day (With Your 3-Week Plan for Fast, Easy Weight Loss)
by Denise Austin
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Asin: 1579549926
Catlog: Book (2004-07-28)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 10590
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Denise Austin-star of Lifetime Television's The Daily Workout as well as Fit & Lite, television's #1 exercise program-has always been in the vanguard of the exercise revolution. Now she has come out with another sensational breakthrough: the first book that combines two powerful, proven tools-the exercise ball and resistance band-to give you the safest, most effective method of body shaping, muscle toning, and weight loss.

Denise shares compelling new research that shows performing exercise routines on a fitness ball will help you strengthen and tone muscles while enhancing your flexibility, balance, and coordination. Best of all, the effort to hold a position on a wobbly ball is great for a lean and strong core, the key to healthier posture, improved energy and better-fitting clothes!

Denise also uses elastic workout bands of increasing levels of resistance to provide the simplest, safest, most efficient way to sculpt and reshape your body. Long a favorite of fitness professionals, these bands eliminate the problem of momentum and make it easier to get the most out of the return part of the movement than either free weights or machines.

Now you can get the benefits of both tools at the same time. Denise Austin shows the most effective best band/ball exercises that target the abs, thighs, waist, butt, and upper arms, as well as sharing rejuvenating, body-shaping, 12-minute workouts in several key disciplines: Pilates, yoga, cardio, and balance/stretching. Each day during her three-week plan, Denise will motivate readers with an inspiring before-and-after story, with photos, of a fan's success; an at-a-glance, 12-minute workout guide; a full-menu plan of delicious, less-than-12-minute meals (with 20 pages of new recipes from Denise's kitchen); and "Denise's Wisdom," an inspiring tip or thought for the day.
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