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On an Open Fire: Roasting, Barbecuing, Cooking

On an Open Fire

Just in time for Labor Day and last-chance, end-of-summer gatherings, this beautifully designed book will inspire your customers to recreate the magic of cooking and eating around a campfire. Not just steak and shish kebabs, this one has simple and clearly written instructions for Campfire Coffee, Sourdough Pancakes, Cowboy Beans, Bread on a Stick, Hunter’s Stew, Peach Cobbler, and Baked Camembert. Photographs show each step in the process.

Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom: The Essential Teachings

Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom

“This is Christian hope: that the future is in God’s hands.” Pope Francis has breathed true renewal and optimism into battered Roman Catholicism. His step down from the pedestal toward the flock has brought comfort and guidance to many who were feeling abandoned and misled.

This collection of brief quotes from his teachings is a handy reminder of the wisdom that has reached across a widening abyss to touch the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time

Reset Your Child’s Brain

Some parents already suspect it, some don’t want to know, but Dunckley did want to know. Her clinical practice was showing her disturbing symptoms in children which seemed to parallel the proliferation of electronic devices. She did an intensive study of the research, seeking out credible (although not always popular) studies that indicate a relationship between children’s e-device use and a dramatic rise in diagnoses among that population for bipolar disease, ADD, autism spectrum disorders, and even tic disorders.

The Toltec Art of Life and Death

The Toltec Art of Life and Death

It’s the ultimate vision quest: nine weeks in a coma following a heart attack. As he laid in the hospital bed unconscious, Don Miguel travelled through other realms, meeting both the living and the dead. He revisited his life, watching from his new perspective, and understanding why he knew what he knew and how he had learned it.

The Sacred Ego: Making Peace With Ourselves and Our World

The Sacred Ego

Bonheim was born to German Jews who fled the Nazis and then returned to Germany after the war. It was in this context that she began wrestling with the myth of Eve, the women who plunged humans into a dark vortex by socializing with a snake. From that starting point she tackled the larger issues of duality. Soon she was analyzing the human ego and its attributions, concluding that the human ego deserved respect rather than blame. She then began exploring the reintegration of repressed aspects of the human psyche.

What Would Buddha Say? 1501 Right-Speech Teachings for Communicating Mindfully

What Would Buddha Say?

Part of the Following Buddha series, this book makes a powerful contribution to mindfulness practice. Readers don’t need to know anything about Buddha or Buddhism. The book is not religious, and its spiritual aspects are presented so neutrally as to be barely noticeable. What is obvious is commonsense and a generosity of spirit.

“Right Speech asks you to be aware of how you actually use the energy of your words.” It’s something we all understand at our core but something we rarely take the time to practice. What Would Buddha Say? is meant to be a gentle daily reminder.

Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens, Gardening, and Preserving—With Over 100 Recipes!

Getting Laid

Do your customers know that mushrooms may be toxic to chickens? Barb Webb knows and she’s put it into chart form—just one of many helpful graphics distributed through this neuvo-eco guidebook to help readers reclaim their food, their lifestyles, and their health.

Thailand’s Best Street Food: The Complete Guide to Streetside Dining in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Other Areas

Thailand’s Best Street Food

Unlike the fast food franchises taking over Thailand, no two outdoor food vendors make exactly the same food using exactly the same recipe. That’s part of the fun of eating on the street in Thailand.

Chawadee Nualkhair, financial journalist turned foodie, takes readers through the ins and outs of eating at food stalls all over Thailand. She has divided the country into sections and provided a map for each section. She’s included only long-time, popular vendors in the book, indicating each vendor’s specialty.

Buddhism for Couples: A Calm Approach to Relationships

Buddhism for Couples

The Buddhist practice of mindfulness and self-awareness continues to influence therapeutic process in the West. This compassionate approach is proving to be highly successful in everything from stress reduction to severe addiction. Sarah Napthali has turned those practices in the direction of domestic relationships. She uses her own decades-long marriage to illustrate much of what she shares.

Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing

Love in Every Stitch

In a world filled with healing bears, devil’s hats, toasty mittens, Grammie’s dolls, and the smell of wool, sunshine is a color—or so Lee Gant tells us. It’s a world where cancer patients, addicts, foster kids, and other struggling people come together to embrace life and fill their world with color and pattern. It’s the world of knitting and knitters.

Good Dog, Happy Baby: Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child

Good Dog, Happy Baby

Studies show that children who have dogs tend to be healthier and better adjusted than those who don’t. But what if the canine predates the child? What if the family pet doesn’t want or like the new addition? Michael Wombacher tells readers it is possible to prevent that problem, but it is important to begin preparing the dog(s) before the baby’s arrival.

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