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A barn is a magical place for a wedding. Steeped in history and evoking the simplicity of a place that time has forgotten, the classic American barn has been an irresistible subject for artists, poets, and city folk alike. In Barn Weddings, Maggie Lord offers ideas and advice on how to create a barn wedding, including information on the different styles and decor as well as tips from the pros for making the day a special one to remember. Part indoor, part outdoor, but all beauty, history and romance, barn weddings are as practical as they are rife with opportunity for charm and creativity.
Maggie Lord, a self-confessed wedding junkie since the age of thirteen, loves the romance and beauty of weddings. Passionate about rustic style and eager to share her discoveries and ideas while planning her own wedding, she started RusticWeddingChic.com, which serves as a daily muse for brides, couples and wedding enthusiasts, offering an online venue for idea gathering and inspiration. Lord lives in Connecticut with her husband, Jon, and their young son, Jack.
One out of every four women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence or abuse in her lifetime. Through Dr. Ramona Probasco's own powerful personal story of coming out of an abusive relationship, along with her twenty years of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she takes readers through a proven, step-by-step process for moving from victim to survivor to overcomer. With genuine empathy, she encourages the reader to call it what it is, understand the mindset of the abuser, break the cycle of violence, recognize what forgiveness is and is not, find a healthy support system, and more. Each chapter ends with a simple, heartfelt prayer, Scriptural promises readers can apply to their situation, and questions for further reflection. Readers are encouraged to go through the book individually, with a counselor, or as part of a support group. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of race, education, socioeconomic status, or culture. But it does not have to be the end of the story. Healing well and living free are within reach.
It is December 1964. Jane's mother is preparing for Christmas while Jane is refusing to take a do-it-yourself abortion pill from her school chum Rita. Persuading the father of the child, Nick, to be with her on Christmas Eve, Jane announces to her parents she is pregnant. Her mother wishes she'd dug the baby out with knitting needles. Jane's father threatens Nick, throwing him out of the house. Nick leaves without saying `Good-bye'. Jane's summer of love has presented her with an appalling dilemma: to marry a man she now knows is a coward or to face the future as an outcast with a child to care for. It is vital for her respectable mother to keep her daughter's shame secret. Any love is smothered as she berates Jane for bringing disgrace into the family. Imprisoned in the house, Jane waits in vain for Nick to give her some kind of support, but he cannot even keep a job. While her mother turns to an old friend from the war, Fiona, for comfort, Jane is consigned to the care of a moral welfare officer. Fiona has the answer to Jane's mother's predicament. The following spring, Jane is banished to a mother-and-baby home. Perhaps the first of its kind, The Baby Box is a frank memoir, set in the 1960s, of a pregnant schoolgirl, written in a compelling first person account. The book highlights the prejudices of the day with some distressing, sometimes disturbing, truths. But this is not a misery memoir. Moving into the mother-and-baby home brings tales of the other girls, maintaining an upbeat story. Those who enjoy memoirs, especially those reminiscent of an era, as well as readers who are looking for a true story with depth, will be engrossed in this tale of lies, deceptions and hidden shame, but ending in redemption.
In the winter of 2009, Rachel Cusk's marriage of ten years came to an end. Candid and revelatory, Aftermath chronicles the perilous journey as the author redefines herself and creates a new version of family life for her daughters.
Are you being bullied in your relationship?. .
Maybe it's your husband, wife, partner, boyfriend, or girlfriend. . .
Maybe you feel you're being belittled or berated, manipulated, or controlled. . .
Maybe you try to shrug it off, telling yourself it's not so bad. . .
The truth is: You are a victim of emotional abuse--but you "don't" have to take it anymore.. .
You have the power to make it stop.. .
In this inspiring and life-changing book, acclaimed psychologist and relationship expert Anne-Rene Testa, Ph.D., shows you how to find your inner strength, learn to stand up for yourself, and finally get the love and respect you deserve. . . .
So many people have their lives torn apart over emotional abuse.
Dr. Testa's book is a must-read for anyone who finds themselves in
a destructive relationship.
She tells it like it is and gives an honest and direct approach
to get yourself out of an unhealthy relationship.
A neurotically funny collection that looks under the hood of adult life As in life, she was a pain in the arse in death. He could hear her roaring all the way from the fifth circle, 'Why the hell do you get to be in a better circle than me, I'm wrathful because of your lust -' Deploying a chorus of voices both ancient and modern to explore a world of sexual politics and singles cruises, dysfunctional families and psychoanalysis, awkward cohabitations and self-help guides for the would-be Dream Girl, this is the third collection from a unique poetic talent: observant, obsessive and wickedly witty. 'The funniest book I've read in years. Maris flexes her wit and wisdom to create a litany of nervous characters in a style that's mordant, sarcastic, satiric yet often compassionate . . . a poet of risk, she is dark, deep and often laugh out loud' DALJIT NAGRA 'Her dry, droll, clinically deadpan manner is all her own; but her themes - obscure hurts, implacable dissatisfactions, hardwired propensity for victimhood and suffering - reflect the experience of humanity at large' CHRISTOPHER REID
Renowned psychologist and bestselling author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language, "I'm sorry," and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken relationships and restoring trust. Dr. Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies for more than two decades, namely, why some people won't give them. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that demonstrates the transformative power of making amends and what is required for healing when the damage we've inflicted (or received) is far from simple. Readers will learn how to craft a meaningful apology and avoid signals of insincerity that only deepen suffering. In Why Won't You Apologize? Lerner challenges the popular notion that forgiveness is the only path to peace of mind and helps those who have been injured to resist pressure to forgive too easily. She explains what drives both the non-apologizer and the over-apologizer, and why the people who do the worst things are the least able to own their misdeeds. With her trademark humour and wit, Lerner offers a joyful and sanity-saving guide to setting things right.
These gentle and uplifting words from a mother to her son as he leaves his childhood behind, juxtaposed with poignant black and white photography, will go straight to your heart -- and won't let go. Sometimes we try to make life more complicated than it is, only to find that it is the simple, yet thought provoking, truths of life that add up to a full and happy life, meaningful and purposeful by one's own measure. This is an elegant and beautiful gift book that ordinary people from all walks of life are connecting to.
'In the first few months after Charlie died, I began hearing from her much more frequently' Helen Clapp is a physics professor. She doesn't believe in pseudo-science, or time travel and especially not in ghosts. So when she gets a missed call from Charlie, her closest friend from university with whom she hasn't spoken in over a year, Helen thinks there must be some mistake. Because Charlie died two days ago. Then when her young son, Jack, claims to have seen Charlie in their house just the other day, Helen begins to have doubts. Through the grief of the husband and daughter she left behind, Helen is drawn into the orbit of Charlie's world, slotting in the missing pieces of her friend's past. And, as she delves into the web of their shared history, Helen finds herself entangled in the forgotten threads of her own life. Lost and Wanted is a searing novel from one of America's most exciting writers about the sacred knottiness of female friendship, the forces which fuse us together and those which drive us apart. 'Are we connected? Are we alone? Freudenberger's brilliant and compassionate novel takes on the big questions of the universe and proves, again, that she is one of America's greatest writers.' Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less 'This tender, engaging story takes a physicist for its heroine, and boldly bends the forces of the universe to the binding love between friends, between partners, between parents and their children.' Dava Sobel 'Before the full scope of the accomplishment has sunk in-the lucid, compassionate portraits of a wide array of characters, the meticulous hand with which Freudenberger paints their world-you'll be beguiled, as I was, by Helen's narration, so full of humble longing and deep, sweet ruefulness.' Jonathan Lethem
"Attraction" It's biological. It's physical. It's chemical. It's
mental. But it doesn't end there. It's also: Detectable.
When Sarah Moore and her husband Gary learned that they were expecting a baby, they thought their wait was over. After a long and challenging path to become parents, they felt certain their deepest prayers had been answered and they would soon be parents. When they learned just weeks later that that was not to be, the couple knew that some other good must be to come from their experience. And it was from there that For the Love of Lentil was born. Based substantially on entries in Sarah's personal journals, the book is a candid, no-holds-barred account of the experiences of just one of the many thousands of couple's who face challenges on the path to parenthood each year. It aims to help break through the taboo that leads to miscarriage being a little-talked-about subject and seeks to highlight the positive, as well as negative, experiences the couple had along the road of seeking and mourning a child.
The story that captivated a nation?how a horribly neglected little girl was rescued by her loving adoptive parents
In July 2005, a six-year-old girl named Danielle was removed from her Florida home after authorities found her living in bug-ridden squalor, subjected to horrific neglect and so damaged by her own mother that recovery seemed hopeless. But hope was waiting for Dani?and help. In October 2007, Bernie and Diane Lierow, a hard-working couple with five boys of their own, adopted her and utterly transformed her life. This book tells the moving story of how the Lierows rescued Dani and helped her recover to the point where she can not only communicate, something once thought impossible, but can say of herself, ""I pretty.""Dani's story was featured on Oprah and the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning article published by the St. Petersburg TimesThe Lierows describe their struggle to adopt Dani, how they bonded with her and made a home for her, how they satisfied her craving for contact and stimuli, how Dani began to overcome her severe learning disabilities, how she learned she no longer had to steal food, and how their son Willie may be the greatest brother everFor readers who enjoyed Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope; Hope's Boy; and Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood
Charting a perilous journey from hardship to hope, a new family, and a second chance at life, Dani's Story is a book you cannot put down and will never forget.
In Getting the Love You Want, Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen Hunt offer the relationship skills that have helped millions of couples replace confrontation and criticism with a process of mutual support that facilitates healing and growth at any stage of a relationship. This extraordinary practical guide describes the revolutionary technique that combines a number of disciplines - including the behavioural sciences, depth psychology, social learning theory, Gestalt therapy, and interpersonal neurosciences, among others - to create a program that transforms conflict into creative tension that deepens connection and renews passion. In a new forward and chapter, Hendrix and Hunt offer a new perspective of what a relationship is and where we should focus our attention and energy. Reversing the assumption that prioritises the individual, the authors show how tending to the needs of the relationship first will ensure that the needs of the individual are met. By shifting our conversational methods away from negativity and towards affirmation, a safe and encouraging environment is built that reduces anxiety and allows couples to thrive. The chapter also includes practical exercises - proven invaluable in couple's therapy - to achieve the goal of intimate partnership full of life, joy, and wonder.
Grandad - You're the Best! is a glorious collection of more than 300 quotes celebrating grandfathers everywhere. Grandads have deservedly attracted thousands of amazing quotes, thoughts and observations and this unique anthology features contributions from the deeply philosophical to the wonderfully humorous, and is the perfect present to say thank you for all your grandad's love, kindness and compassion. With witty and wonderful quotes from the stars of stage, screen and literature, the worlds of music, comedy and politics, Grandad - You're the Best! makes for a delightful book and gift.
Reasons for being single: The only person you have to please is yourself You have so much more spare time for adventuring and discovering new hobbies You don't have to have serious `life' conversations with anyone but yourself You can make your home look exactly how you want it to look You can do whatever, whenever you want So why isn't everyone single?! Celebrating the freedom and fun of solo living, this book is brimming with inspiration, ideas and practical advice. From going on date nights with yourself and making the most of living the way you choose, to keeping on top of finances and learning to leave loneliness at the front door, The Art of Being Single is your one-stop guide to living a life you love.
The longings of our hearts are reflected in our friendships. Study this book and learn to have relationships that reflect the deep love, joy, unity and delight God designed for us to know in friendships.
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