Spirituality/Self-Help – Beauty as a State of Being

Beauty as a state of BeingBeauty as a State of Being
Mastering Mind and the Spiritual Path
Author: Dr. Solomon Katz
Publisher:  Deeper Currents
ISBN: 978-0989111270
ASIN: B00K5Q7XMC
Published: December 2013
Pages: 302
Genre: Spiritual, Self-Help

2014 Nautilus Book Awards: Silver Winner, Religion/Spirituality – Eastern
2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Winner, Self Help
2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards: Winner, Self Help – Spiritual

This book is required reading for everyone who has a mind. The mind is a powerful tool capable of great creativity and invention. But, when used improperly, the mind can also become an instrument of suffering. Beauty as a State of Being shows the reader how to use the mind well, so that peace can reign in the individual life and, by extension, the life of the world.

When the mind finds its proper place the heart is revealed and, with the heart, joy. Beauty as a State of Being guides the reader to realms of joy and spiritual illumination, where answers to the great questions of life are also to be found. As the path presented in this book progresses toward the spiritual, the ideas ascend in conceptual and literary beauty, in essays and prose poems that are themselves revelations of the heart.

About the Author:
A child of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Solomon Katz’s father fought in the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Katz was reared in classical Judaism and was fluent in biblical Hebrew at an early age.  He majored in philosophy, especially Indian philosophy,  at SUNY Stony Brook.  After graduating, he joined the Lindisfarne spiritual community then at Southampton, Long Island.  At Lindisfarne he was introduced to Zen, Yoga, and Vipassana (Insight) meditation.  His interest in meditation eventually led him to Asia, where he lived as a Buddhist monk and meditation teacher in Burma and Sri Lanka.  In Sri Lanka, he lived for a while in the hermitage at Salgala, on top of a mountain jutting out of the rainforest, where a group of gray langurs, a cobra, and iguana were his closest neighbors; and he taught meditation at Kanduboda.  By the time he returned West and began a doctoral program at Harvard University, he had spent three full years in periods of silent meditation.  At Harvard, he earned concurrent graduate degrees in Religions of the World (M.T.S.), and in Counseling and Consulting Psychology (M.Ed., Ed.D.).  He trained in, practiced, and taught psychology at Mt. Auburn Hospital, a Harvard affiliated teaching hospital, and held a faculty position as Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

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Education, Health, Family – Make Social Learning Stick!

Make Social Learning StickMake Social Learning Stick!
How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence Through Everyday Routines and Activities
Author: Elizabeth A. Sautter, MA CCC-SLP
Publisher: AAPC Publishing
ISBN: 978-1937473839
Published: March 2014
Pages: 96
Genre: Education ,Health, Family

This book offers a “social learning diet” of concepts and actions that can be used in everyday life to increase verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking,executive functioning, and more. The activities are recipes for social and emotional learning for which parents, teachers, and therapists typically already have the ingredients. With close to 200 fun and easy activities, including contributions from leading experts, this book offers numerous ways to embrace teachable moments throughout daily routines without having to do extra work! Events like getting ready for school, preparing dinner,going to the doctor, and celebrating Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social behavior. Geared toward children in preschool through elementary school, the ideas are meant to inspire creativity that suits each specific child. Activities can be easily tailored to meet a child’s developmental level, needs, or challenges. Author, Elizabeth A. Sautter also included contributions from such experts as Michelle Garcia Winner, Kari Dunn Buron, Leah Kuypers, Pamela Wolfberg, and others, making this a must-have addition to any personal resource library.

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About the Author:
Make Social Learning StickElizabeth A. Sautter M.A., CCC-SLP,  is a certified speech-language pathologist and is an executive director at Communication Works in Oakland, CA. Although she specializes in social cognition and self-regulation intervention, Elizabeth is also experienced in other areas of autism, developmental disabilities, social cognitive deficits, and challenging behaviors seen in both children, and adults. In addition, her relationships with her sister and extended family members with special needs have made her work a lifelong endeavor. She has completed a mentorship and internship with Michelle Garcia Winner, Stephanie Madrigal, and Pamela Crooke, and has co-authored two popular children’s books about whole body listening, Whole Body Listening Larry at Home and Whole Body Listening Larry at School.

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Contemporary Fiction – Pride of Love

Pride of LovePride of Love
By Kevin Dwyer
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1499033199
ASIN: B00KWV682G
Published: June 2014
Pages: 143
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Twenty-five-year-old Jesse Coleman endures a heinous act on him. After the case is dropped, his mother, Claire, accedes to his request to move. Leaving behind his old life, he is left with a disturbing scar on his back. Hopelessness comes in on him and he takes off the bracelet that he has worn his whole life, which means something to him. Looking for a new beginning, Jesse who dresses differently meets Jaden who dresses like a outcast and the two fall in love with each other. With love from their mothers and good friend Liz, they try to bury their pasts behind.

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About the AuthorPride of Love Author
Kevin Dwyer was born in Midlothian IL, south suburb of Chicago. He graduated from Bremen high school. Time passed and he brought his music taste to paper. While listening to music, he brings the sound of tune into a scene of his first novel “Pride of Love.” Kevin never gave up on the story because he believes it means something to society.

 

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Dystopian Graphic Novel – I and You

I and YouI and You
By Beverly Garside
Illustrator: Lucas Duimstra
ISBN: 978-1492187424
ASIN: B00EXVPX5Y
Pages: 205
Genre: Dystopian Future, Romance, New Adult, Graphic Novel

It is the year 2098. Sara Storm has just come of age in a republic founded upon the objectivist principles of Ayn Rand – selfishness, minimal government, and laissez faire capitalism. It is a society in which the collectivist pronoun “we” has been replaced with the ideologically correct “I and You.” A true believer in the ideals of her nation, Sara launches her military career with zeal and great dreams for her future. But the world outside the classroom fails to live up to the one she has been taught to expect. Real people fail to behave like the heroes in Rand’s books or in the science fiction stories she loves. She notices cracks deepening in the nation that bills itself as the beacon of light for all mankind. Winds of change start to howl through the “skyscraper society” of her republic and strange sounds begin to emanate from the Earth itself. Suddenly her world, her career, and her own dreams no longer fit within the narrow confines of Rand’s ideology. Neither does love.

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Recent Praise for I and You:
“An impressive storyline that captures the reader’s attention and holds it firmly from beginning to end, “I and You” is a graphic novel that is as entertaining, original, and thought-provoking, making it highly recommended reading.” – Midwest Book Review

“A brave and massive tale from a solid pairing of talent – I can only hope another book is in conception.” – Cate Baum, Self Publishing Review.

“I AND YOU is a sharp and vigorous political satire, well-drawn and reasonably deftly if unsubtly handled. As with most political satires, though, it will probably appeal primarily to those who agree with its perspective already.” – Catherine Langehr, Indie Reader

About the Author
I and You AuthorBeverly Garside is a graduate of James Madison University and an author and screenwriter. Among her credits is the screenplay for the independent film “Sister Sonya’s Prayer Group.” A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she served in Berlin during the 1980’s. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, Keith. Lucas Duimstra is a self-taught illustrator from Grand Rapids, MI. Being the son of an artist, he was encouraged by his parents to explore creatively at an early age. When he was 4 years old he began teaching himself to draw by copying art from comic books and trading cards. For the past 3 years he has done freelance illustration and coloring work in comic book series and anthology collections. This is his first graphic novel.

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Paranormal Romance – The Vampire’s Curse

The Vampire's CurseThe Vampire’s Curse
Things in the Night Series, Book 1
By Mandy Rosko
ISBN: 978-1489521125
ASIN: B00CIDBDYO
Pages: 353
Genre: Paranormal Romance

With this kiss…

In a city that cannot be found on any map that is inhabited entirely by witches, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, Kyle McKane is seeking a cure for a curse that turns him into a blood hungry vampire during the night, and leaves him an exhausted, sleep deprived human during the day.

…She will cure him…

Jackie Moore is probably the worst witch in the city apart from her ability to heal wounds and illnesses with a touch of her lips. She rarely sees outsiders and is stunned to come face to teeth with Kyle when he finally succumbs to his hunger and attempts to bite her.

…Whether she wants to or not…

Instead she grabs him by the ears and kisses away his curse before he can sink his fangs into her. The problem is that the cure is only temporary until Kyle turns again the next night, and then goes out in search of Jackie so that she can cure him again, whether she wants to or not.

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The Vampires Curse - 2The Legend of the Werewolf
Book 2
ISBN: 978-1500319687
ASIN: B00F1QPX0A

Mike Carter is a psychic detective in a city that’s not supposed to exist, but he needs a break. When the woman he loves gets married to someone else, he decides to go back home to try and connect with his estranged family.

That’s put on hold when he has a terrifying vision and is attacked by a powerful sorcerer, who also happens to be a psychotic killer. When he thinks his number is up, a beautiful woman comes to his aid. She’s a werewolf, and she has every intention of kidnapping Mike and taking him back to her pack.

Anne believes she’s found the missing link in werewolf history in Mike, and she is such a believer in the legends that she’s not willing to let him leave. Mike wants to find out why he’s wanted for dead, and what the werewolf legend really means, and with Anne’s help, she’ll pull him into a world even he didn’t know existed.

The Vampires Curse - 3The Shepard’s Agony
Book 3
ISBN: 978-1500552855
ASIN: B00IICEXY6

David Shepard thought he’d found the love of his life, the reason to leave behind his career of hunting down paranormal creatures. Gwen is exactly what he needs. Smart and beautiful, and more importantly, in love with him despite his inability to tell her what he does for a living. Until he spots the birthmark on her body that marks her as a born werewolf, forcing him to leave without a word. It’s her pack that he and his family are targeting, and now he must choose between the loyalty he has to his family, or the love of a woman who might very well literally rip his heart out in his sleep. But he can’t believe that Gwen is a wild and dangerous werewolf. Not his Gwen, so when his choice is made, David will prepare for a fight that could cost him the lives of everyone he loves, for the sake of sparing the love of his life.

About the Author
The Vampires Curse AuthorMandy Rosko loves writing paranormal romances with werewolves and dragons. She also does straight, M/M, and a touch of medieval romance under her other pen name, Rizzo Rosko. She enjoys reading and writing about dangerous heroes. Rosko currently lives in Ontario, Canada.

 

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