Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most
by: Sarah Crichton Books
Product rating: 4.6 with 59 reviews
At a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, we look for the very best teachers and mentors to guide us. In Fully Alive
, an unusual and gripping memoir, Timothy Shriver shows how his teachers have been the world’s most forgotten minority: people with intellectual disabilities.
Shriver’s journey begins close to home, where the quiet legacy of his aunt Rosemary, a Kennedy whose intellectual disability kept her far from the limelight, inspired his family to devote their careers to helping the most vulnerable. He plays alongside the children of Camp Shriver, his mother’s revolutionary project, which provided a space for children with intellectual disabilities to play. Years later, he gains invaluable wisdom from the incredible athletes he befriends as chairman of the organization that Camp Shriver inspired: Special Olympics.
Fully Alive is both a moving personal journey and a meditation on some of the greatest wisdom and the greatest contradictions of our society. Is disability to be feared or welcomed, pitied or purged? Shriver argues that we all have different abilities and challenges we should embrace. We see how those who appear powerless have turned this seeming shortcoming into a power of their own, and we learn that we are all totally vulnerable and valuable at the same time.
Posted in Spiritual Growth Tagged with: Alive, Discovering, Fully, Matters, Most, Sarah Crichton Books, What
365 Devotions to Embrace What Matters Most
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Life is a precious gift, yet daily demands can cloud your vision, making it look like a never-ending cycle of obligations and appointments. Through this insightful devotional, reclaim your passions, your relationships, and your joy through the daily reminders of what really matters.
It’s never too late to live the wide-awake, passionate life you once envisioned.
Embrace what really matters most, and start living a life rich with purpose, delight, and eternal meaning.
Posted in Devotionals Tagged with: Devotions, Embrace, Matters, Most, What, Zondervan
The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy
Product rating: 4.6 with 7 reviews
An award-winning veteran sportswriter who personally covered the Pine Tar Game looks back and explores one of the wackiest events in baseball history.
On July 24, 1983, during the finale of a heated four-game series between the dynastic New York Yankees and small-town Kansas City Royals, umpires nullified a go-ahead home run based on an obscure rule, when Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed out an illegal amount of pine tar—the sticky substance used for a better grip—on Royals third baseman George Brett’s bat. Brett wildly charged out of the dugout and chaos ensued. The call temporarily cost the Royals the game, but the decision was eventually overturned, resulting in a resumption of the game several weeks later that created its own hysteria. The Pine Tar Game
chronicles this watershed moment, marking a pivot in the sport, when benign cheating tactics, like spitballs, Superball bats, and a couple extra inches of tar on an ash bat, gave way to era of soaring salaries, labor struggles, and rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs. Filip Bondy paints a portrait of the Yankees and Royals of that era, featuring two diametrically opposed owners, in George Steinbrenner and Ewing Kauffman; a host of bad actors and phenomenal athletes; and lots of yelling. Players and club officials like Brett, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, Sparky Lyle, David Cone, and John Schuerholz offer fresh commentary on the events along with their take on a rivalry that culminated in one of the most iconic baseball tantrums of all time. Rush Limbaugh, employed by the Royals at the time as a promotions director, offers his own insider’s perspective. Through this one fateful game, the ensuing protest, and ultimate fallout, The Pine Tar Game
examines a more innocent time in professional sports, as well as the shifting tide that gave us today’s modern iteration of baseball.
Posted in Baseball Tagged with: Absurd, Baseball's, City, Controversy, Entertaining, Game, Kansas, Most, Pine, Royals, Scribner, Yankees, York
Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace (2nd Edition)
by: Peachpit Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 6 reviews
Described as the most “advanced, inspiring, insightful, maddening, demanding, and illuminating educational effort ever created for Photoshop,” the first edition of Photoshop LAB Color become the ultimate source of information on Photoshop LAB color correction for nonexperts to advanced users. The Photoshop LAB colorspace is extremely powerful and intimidating, but author Dan Margulis shows reader how to derive enormous benefits from just a few simple tools and techniques. Dan also demonstrates how to take these techniques as far as the reader wants, employing the power-user features he describes in later chapters. Starting with canyons and progressing to faces, readers will see how quickly they can begin improving images by following the recipes included in the book. A companion website includes exercise files that allows the reader to practice the techniques of the book.
With this book, readers will learn a reliable way to get much better-looking pictures much less time. Readers will learn:
* Why LAB is the first choice for serious image merging and advanced retouching.
* Simple techniques in the A and B channels to create fast, believable color variation and unbelievably good-looking images.
* How to use the A and B channels to create quicker and better masks and selections.
* A simple recipe for creating remarkably lifelike faces, offering major improvements even in professionally shot studio portraits.
Posted in Digital Photography Tagged with: Adventures, Canyon, Color, Colorspace, Conundrum, Edition, Most, Other, Peachpit Press, Photoshop, Powerful
The Twinkies Cookbook, Twinkies 85th Anniversary Edition: A New Sweet and Savory Recipe Collection from America’s Most Iconic Snack Cake
by: Ten Speed Press
Product rating: 3.9 with 13 reviews
A comeback cookbook for the perennially popular snack cake, with unique sweet and savory recipes that highlight the whimsical nostalgia of America’s favorite dessert.
In celebration of the 85th anniversary of Twinkies®, Hostess® has updated and expanded their beloved and quirky classic The Twinkies Cookbook. This new edition includes the very best recipes from the original, combined with twenty-five new and wonderfully wacky recipes submitted by Twinkies aficionados across the country. From a Twinkie-filled take on chicken and waffles to Twinkie pumpkin pie and beyond, these colorful concoctions will surprise and enchant the Twinkie fan in all of us.
Posted in Cakes Tagged with: 85th, America’s, Anniversary, Cake, Collection, Cookbook, Edition, from, Iconic, Most, Recipe, Savory, Snack, Sweet, Ten Speed Press, Twinkies
The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession
Product rating: 4.6 with 106 reviews
A New York Times Bestseller
In her groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague our public schools today.
In The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been embattled for nearly two centuries. She uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. The Teacher Wars upends the conversation about American education by bringing the lessons of history to bear on the dilemmas we confront today. By asking “How did we get here?” Dana Goldstein brilliantly illuminates the path forward.
Posted in History Tagged with: America’s, Anchor, Embattled, History, Most, Profession, Teacher, Wars
Llewellyn’s 2016 Astrological Calendar: 83rd Edition of the World’s Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar
by: Llewellyn Publications
Product rating: 4.7 with 3 reviews
Llewellyn’s Astrological Calendar–The Most Trusted Astrological Calendar in the World
Let the stars and planets guide you to a prosperous year. Featuring monthly horoscopes, an astrology primer, and beautiful original artwork by Kim Kincaid.
- Monthly horoscopes by Lesley Francis
- An introduction to astrology
- Best days for planting and fishing
- Travel and vacation forecasts
- Gorgeous and inspiring artwork
- Major daily aspects, monthly ephemerides, and 2016 eclipses
- Retrograde notations for Mercury, Venus, and Mars
Posted in Astrology Tagged with: 83rd, Astrological, Astrology, Best, Calendar, Edition, Known, Llewellyn Publications, Llewellyn's, Most, Trusted, World's
Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters
by: William Morrow
Product rating: 4.9 with 7 reviews
A rare inside look at the thrilling world of smokejumpers, the airborne firefighters who parachute into the most remote and rugged areas of the United States, confronting the growing threat of nature’s blazes.
Forest and wildland fires are growing larger, more numerous, and deadlier every year — record drought conditions, decades of forestry mismanagement, and the increasing encroachment of residential housing into the wilderness have combined to create a powder keg that threatens millions of acres and thousands of lives every year. One select group of men and women are part of America’s front-line defense: smokejumpers. The smokejumper program operates through both the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Though they are tremendously skilled and only highly experienced and able wildland firefighters are accepted into the training program, being a smokejumper remains an art that can only be learned on the job. Forest fires often behave in unpredictable ways: spreading almost instantaneously, shooting downhill behind a stiff tailwind, or even flowing like a liquid. In this extraordinarily rare memoir by an active-duty jumper, Jason Ramos takes readers into his exhilarating and dangerous world, explores smokejumping’s remarkable history, and explains why their services are more essential than ever before.
Posted in Memoirs Tagged with: Airborne, America’s, Firefighters, Memoir, Most, Select, Smokejumper, William Morrow
Lessons from Tara: Life Advice from the World’s Most Brilliant Dog
by: St. Martin’s Press
Product rating: 4.7 with 7 reviews
David Rosenfelt’s loyal readers of the Andy Carpenter series are familiar with Tara, the golden retriever sidekick. Many also got to know Tara from Dogtripping, David’s nonfiction book about becoming a slightly nutty dog rescuer and the dog that started it all. Here, finally, is a book all about the inspirational canine who taught David everything he knows. Well, he did know how to tie his shoes before he met and came to love Tara, but that’s about it.
Through Tara, David learned about dating, about being able to share his emotions, and also about everyday stuff like who gets to use the pillow if several dogs are sleeping in your bed (clue: It’s not the human) and why random barking will never be something that can be eliminated. Lessons From Tara is infused with David’s trademark wry and self-deprecating sense of humor, and will move readers to tears and laughter.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: Advice, Brilliant, from, Lessons, Life, Most, St. Martin's Press, Tara, World's
7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage: Strengthen Your Most Intimate Relationship
Product rating: 4.6 with 8 reviews
All of us want an enduring marriage, a beautiful marriage we can believe in. That kind of marriage happens through intimacy. Intimacy requires hard work and a guide. Dr. Kim Kimberling is that guide and this book and its tools will show you how communication and intimacy in marriage can be yours.
Kimberling offers insights like connecting every day in spite of what’s in the way, learning how to fight in the right ways, stopping the insanity of doing the same thing over and over even when it isn’t working, and finding that the best sex ever is well within the context of Christian marriages.
Once these 7 secrets are a part of your marriage, you can stand together and fight anything that would ever try to tear your marriage apart.
Whether you have just celebrated your first anniversary or your fiftieth, 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling is for you. If you have a good marriage, this book can help you have a great marriage. If you are struggling, Kim Kimberling will help you turn the corner and make your marriage into what you want it to be.
Posted in Marriage Tagged with: Awesome, Intimate, Marriage, Most, Relationship, Secrets, Strengthen, Your, Zondervan
My Final Word: Holding Tight to the Issues that Matter Most
Product rating: 4.9 with 8 reviews
One of the most respected and influential Christian leaders of the last several decades, Chuck Colson engaged millions through his books, public speaking, and radio broadcasts.
In My Final Word, longtime Colson coauthor Anne Morse has selected and arranged pieces Colson wrote mostly during the last decade of his life, spotlighting what he saw as key topics of ongoing importance for Christian cultural engagement. Some of these issues include:
- crime and punishment
- natural law
- same-sex marriage
- the persecution of Christians
- and more
Longtime readers and new readers alike will be struck by the power and immediacy of Colson’s arguments. My Final Word is a fitting end to Colson’s distinguished publishing career, a behind-the-scenes encounter with an influential thinker, and a needed call to an ongoing and relevant Christian public witness.
Posted in Social Issues Tagged with: Final, Holding, Issues, Matter, Most, That, Tight, Word, Zondervan
The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World
by: St. Martin’s Press
Product rating: 4.6 with 31 reviews
Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate.
Anthony M. Amore’s The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history’s most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it’s an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.
Posted in Collections, Catalogs & Exhibitions Tagged with: Fakes, Forgeries, Frauds, Most, Notorious, St. Martin's Press, World