After Rachel and Matthew had their first child, they had a couple of fights. Well, okay, more than a couple—they fought for over three years. They fought about schedules. They fought about bad habits. They even fought about the lawn mower.
And besides actually having their child, it was the best thing that could’ve happened.
Chronicling their greatest hits, from the Great Birth Control Debate to the Divorce Joke Showdown, Fights You’ll Have After Having a Baby is a post-partem story with hope. It offers true stories from the field, nitty-gritty advice and, most importantly, a nuanced understanding of what it takes to be married with children.
Meet a high-paying corporate worker who quit a high-stress lifestyle to become a professional house sitter, a woman who got out from under a debt burden by selling her belongings, a designer who uses negative space to create meaningful features, a man who rents out his apartment to fund his world travels, a woman whose grief led her to start fresh … and more.
Featuring interviews with ten people who turned their lives upside down–and shook them out–to live out their own versions minimalism, The Naked House is an inspiring but not-too-serious primer on cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter—and on changing the way you view the purpose and soul of your home.
Room by room, The Naked House illustrates a five-prong home management philosophy–sparseness, top-notch organization, design unity, cleanliness and quality–in concrete detail, helping the reader envision their peaceful new space.
Eckhart Tolle and other spiritual teachers insist that continuous meditation is possible for us all. Which brings up a simple yet profound question in many of their readers: Is it, really? Can a normal person like me experience an ongoing sense of oneness with the Divine?
In The Power of Acceptance, one woman attempts to answer this question. Following her year-long attempt to meditate daily, then to remain in the state of meditation as much as possible throughout the day, it chronicles both her significant successes as well as her … well, learning opportunities. Featuring six honest, in-depth interviews with experienced meditators, it is less an advice book than a refreshingly honest look at this widely-practiced prescription for happiness.
Spiritual teacher and author Byron Katie is a strong voice for self-awareness, honesty and personal responsibility. She brings tried-and-true cognitive therapy, with a unique spin, to a spiritual readership. Her unhelpful thought-purging work has much in common with CBT, DBT and other counseling therapies, and the way she presents the information is electric. During my year of purging my unhelpful thoughts using her method, my growth was significant. Here is that story.
Twelve years of elementary and high school plus extracurricular studies leaves us with a lot of information. Too much information, sometimes. Since we can’t retain everything, our brains have to pick and choose. And sometimes they make pretty bad decisions. We might live with our in-depth understanding of the oboe forever, say, but can’t recall whether Alexander the Great lived before or after the Roman Empire. If we don’t want our most important knowledge areas to fade out, then, we do well to periodically review the basics.
That’s where School in a Book comes in.
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