There’s plenty of inspiration for good living to be found in this month’s Mind & Body selections: practical suggestions for the paleo-diet; figuring out what to do with quinoa; finding out what makes you tick and discovering how just one thing a day makes all the difference.
Portion Size Me : A Kid-driven Plan to a Healthier Family / Marshall Reid and Alexandra Reid.
“Hi my name is Marshall Reid. When I was ten I asked my mom if we could make a change and try to be healthy for a month. This book is the story of my family’s journey to healthier living. I don’t want to spoil anything other than it was a success! So come on, let’s Portion Size Me!” (Book Jacket)
Love Italian Food : Recipes for Friends and Family from a Home in Asolo / Maddalena Caruso ; [with photography by Stefano Scatà].
“At last, a book that will transport you straight to Italy to enjoy fresh seasonal produce for every occasion and to celebrate the glorious diversity of Italian home cooking.” (Book Jacket)
Pure Vegan : 70 Rcipes for Bautiful Meals and Clean Lving / by Joseph Shuldiner ; photographs by Emily Brooke Sandor and Joseph Shuldiner.
“Forget restrictions and rigidity, and leap into the joy of pure vegetarianism: an exuberant celebration of food, the earth and your life. Your plate will overflow with brilliant colors, rich flavors, and life-enriching nutrients, satisfying your mind, body, and – last not least – taste buds.” (Book Jacket)
Practical Paleo : a customized approach to health and a whole-foods lifestyle / Diane Sanfilippo.
“Practical Paleo is the resource you’ll reach for again and again, whether you’re looking for information on healthy living, delicious recipes, or easy-to-understand answers to your questions about how a Paleo lifestyle can benefit you, your family and your friends.” (Book Jacket)
Quinoa for Families / Rena Patten.
“Rena’s back, with more delicious, simple recipes using everyone’s favourite supergrain – quinoa. Whether or not you’ve read Cooking with Quinoa, this book is the perfect introduction to the seed, quinoa, or the next must-have cookbook for your collection.” (Global Books)
Start Fresh : Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating / Tyler Florence ; photographs by John Lee.
“Chef Florence believes that everybody deserves to eat delicious, flavorful food prepared with care and the freshest ingredients – and that goes for babies, too. In “Start Fresh,” he takes the expertise he has used to create his own line of organic baby food and presents quick, user-friendly recipes for 60 purees packed with simple, easy-to-digest fruits, vegetables, and grains.” (Syndetics summary)
Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook : Real Food for Real Life / Sarah Fragoso ; [recipe photos by Michael J. Lang].
Featured are more than eighty delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes that are free of grains, dairy, sugar, and legumes.
The Accidental Vegan / Devra Gartenstein
“In the last decade, veganism has moved into the mainstream as home cooks seek out healthy, fresh, economical, and environmentally sustainable foods. Omnivorous author Devra Gartenstein’s pioneering classic vegan cookbook, first published in 2000, gets a timely make-over with 20 new recipes, simplified instructions, and a focus on fresh and local ingredients.” (Syndetics summary)
Religion and beliefs
Heretics, church conflicts, how to tame your tongue, and faces of compassion all feature in the recent arrivals to our beliefs shelves.
Brigham Young, pioneer prophet, by John G. Turner.
“*Starred Review* In 1859, Brigham Young declared, I love my religion above all things else. In recounting the life of a man whose devotion made him one of the titans of nineteenth-century America, Turner traces Young’s cautious investigation and then wholehearted acceptance of the radical gospel preached by the Latter-day Saints prophet Joseph Smith. This gospel meant not only a new volume of scripture (the Book of Mormon) but also priesthood ordinances sealing families in the eternities … Turner’s broad historical perspective clarifies why Young’s ecclesiastical successors have still felt the man’s influence even after abandoning polygamy. An impressively detailed portrait of a controversial giant. (drawn from Booklist, courtesy of Syndetics)
Change your words, change your life, by Joyce Meyer.
Words are a big deal. They are containers for power, and we have to decide what kind of power we want our words to carry, says the author. “I believe that our words can increase or decrease our level of joy. They can affect the answers to our prayers and have a positive or negative effect on our future. ….” Topics include: How to Tame Your Tongue ; When to talk and when not to talk ; Speaking Faith and Not Fear ; Do you really have to give your opinion? ; The importance of keeping your word ; The power of speaking God’s word. (drawn from the publisher’s description)
Just one thing : developing a Buddha brain one simple practice at a time, by Rick Hanson.
You’ve heard the expression, “It’s the little things that count.” Research has shown that little daily practices can change the way your brain works, too. This book offers simple brain-training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience. Just One Thing is a treasure chest of over fifty practices created specifically to deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness. Just one practice each day can help you: – Be good to yourself – Enjoy life as it is – Build on your strengths – Be more effective at home and work – Make peace with your emotions.
Heretics : the creation of Christianity, from the Gnostics to the modern church, by Jonathan Wright.
“A lively new examination of Christian heresy, from a historian who argues that heretical dissent helped Christianity become the world’s most powerful religion.” (Syndetics summary)
Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed cross the road? : Christian identity in a multi-faith world, by Brian D. McLaren.
“Using stories from his life and what he has gleaned, sometimes creatively, from theologians, McLaren focuses on ways Christians can reconfigure concepts such as Christology and the Trinity to build a robust emergent Christian faith that repudiates violence, coercion, and domination. Although he claims to reject a sugary Coke commercial version of interfaith “harmony,” McLaren’s utopian vision, however, might strike even his followers as overly sanguine in its downplaying of the problem of evil. Further, some of his personal anecdotes read more like Save the Children infomercials than slices of real life. Ultimately, McLaren remains worth reading, lively and passionate at translating progressive theology into a popular idiom. (drawn from Publisher Weekly, courtesy of Syndetics)
Recent additions to the collection cover a whole range of topics, including: helping children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (a book that was a blog first); surviving childhood cancer; helping families to create better eating habits; a guide to women’s cancers from the Mayo Clinic; recovering from trauma using compassion-focused therapy, and lots more. Have a browse!
Kids first diabetes second : tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes / Leighann Calentine with Robin Porter.
“Raising a child is a difficult job. Raising a child with a chronic illness such as diabetes can be a difficult job with a side order of special challenges. Leighann Calentine’s “D-Mom Blog” is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers of children with diabetes. Leighann shares her family’s experiences with her daughter’s type 1 diabetes in a forum that is intimate, informative, and inspirational. In a style both practical and affirming, “Kids First, Diabetes Second” presents Leighann’s advice to help parents and caregivers enable children with diabetes to thrive. Learn how to automate tasks, navigate challenges, celebrate achievements, establish a support group, relieve stress, and avoid being consumed by management of the condition, while focusing on what’s most important: raising a happy, healthy child.” (Fishpond)
Childhood cancer survivors : a practical guide to your future / Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, and Kathy Ruccione.
“…excellent guide covering life after the last cancer treatment. The first few chapters give advice on dealing with follow-up care after therapy has been completed, schooling concerns, family relationships, and insurance and job issues as children grow up. The later chapters deal with diseases and body systems that are impacted by the adverse effects of cancer treatments, which can occur years later – an increasingly common phenomenon as more and more children survive for years past treatment. The great strength of the book is the stories from survivors and their parents, which offer a voice to the many problems and concerns they have during and after cancer therapy. Verdict: An essential book for childhood cancer survivors, their parents, and the health care providers who treat them.” (adapted from Library Journal)
The spark of life : electricity in the human body / Frances Ashcroft
“Most people learn in school that nerves control our muscles, senses, and brain, but many adults would struggle to explain exactly how this occurs. Physiologist Ashcroft writes an engaging and authoritative guide to how nerves communicate across gaps called synapses, and so make life possible…VERDICT: Ashcroft clearly and patiently introduces complicated science while enlivening her narrative with fascinating tales of electric eels, fugu fish poisoning, and fainting goats. Serious readers will be both challenged and entertained.” (adapted from Library Journal)
The ADD myth : how to cultivate the unique gifts of intense personalities / Martha Burge.
“[Burge] asserts that those branded with ADHD experience stimuli – physical, sensory, emotional – more intensely than others. There is no such thing as ADD, she asserts. Instead, the problem for those who are distracted, disorganized, fidgety, and impulsive is to learn how to turn their intensity into a strength. Burge bashes the forthcoming edition of the psychiatric bible, the DSM-V, with its broader ADHD criteria, as well as a drug industry profiting from the label. She then offers practices many based on meditation techniques to calm, soothe, and sharpen the mind. Hers is a bold stand, and Burge is partly backed by Frances, who was task force chairman for the current DSM-IV. Still, Burge’s guidance is more suited for adults who understand their difficulties than struggling school kids. Still, her assertions should at least spur scrutiny of an epidemic that continues to stymie its sufferers and their families.” (adapted from Publishers Weekly)
The compassionate mind approach to recovering from trauma using compassion focused therapy / Deborah Lee ; with Sophie James.
“Terrible events are very hard to deal with and those who go through a trauma often feel permanently changed by it. Grief, numbness, anger, anxiety and shame are all very common emotional reactions to traumatic incidents such as an accident or death of a loved one, and ongoing traumatic events such as domestic abuse…”Recovering from Trauma” uses the groundbreaking Compassion Focused Therapy to help the reader to not only develop a fuller understanding of how we react to trauma, but also to deal with any feelings of shame and start to overcome any trauma-related difficulties.” (adapted from Fishpond)
The midwife’s here! : the enchanting true story of one of Britain’s longest-serving midwives / Linda Fairley.
“… Under the strict supervision of community midwife Mrs Tattershall, Linda’s gruellingly long days were spent on overcrowded wards pinning Terry nappies, making up bottles and sterilizing bedpans – and above all helping women in need. Her life was a succession of emergencies, successes and tragedies: a never-ending chain of actions which made all the difference between life and death…Forty years later Linda’s passion for midwifery burns as bright as ever as she is now celebrated as one of Britain’s longest-serving midwives, still holding the lives of mothers and children in her own two hands. Rich in period detail and told with a good dose of Manchester humour, The Midwife’s Here! is the extraordinary, heartwarming tale of a truly inspiring woman.” (adpated from Fishpond).
Whether it’s what makes us tick or what makes love last, take a look at some of some of the things driving us in our lives and how you can gain more control to be in the driver’s seat in yours.
Take the lead : motivate, inspire, and bring out the best in yourself and everyone around you / Betsy Myers with John David Mann.
“From the Oval Office to the playground, cabinet meetings to kitchen tables, in public life and private, Betsy Myers has seen firsthand the emergence of a new leadership model where having all the answers up front is less important than asking the right questions, where strength is derived less from the power you wield than from how you make the people around you feel. With personal stories from her time in government, in academia, and on the campaign trail, as well as her experiences as a wife, daughter, and mother, Myers helps all of us learn to set the right priorities for ourselves; to connect on a deeper level with the people around us; to uncover problems early when they are still easy to fix; to collaborate with those whose points of view are different from our own; and to push through our fears and live our most authentic lives. Myers demonstrates that more than simply making people feel good, this kind of leadership can have a profound effect on the results achieved: it is how initiatives are launched, profits are made, and work gets done. Provocative, practical, and profoundly inspiring, ‘Take the Lead’ is a book for anyone who wonders where all the great leaders have gone. Betsy Myers helps us see that true leadership is all around us and within us.” (Global Books in Print)
What makes love last? : how to build trust and avoid betrayal / John Gottman and Nan Silver.
“Doubts are common in relationships. Partners often worry. Can I trust my partner? Am I being betrayed? How do I know for sure? Based on laboratory findings, this book shows readers how to identify signs, behaviours, and attitudes that indicate betrayal – whether sexual or not – and provides strategies for repairing what may seem lost or broken. With a gift for translating complex scientific ideas into insightful and practical advice, Gottman explains how a couple can protect or recover their greatest gift – their love for one another.” (Book cover)
Add more ~ing to your life : a hip guide to happiness / Gabrielle Bernstein.
“Lots of people are selling ‘happiness’ these days as if it were a marketable commodity. But in her hip self-transformation book, Add More ~ing to Your Life, motivational speaker and life coach Gabrielle Bernstein truly shows you how to make happiness a way of life. Ms Bernstein is bringing happy back. Designed to bulldoze negative thought patterns and create personal change through positive affirmations, physical activity and visualisation meditations, Gabrielle guides the reader to happiness in 30 days through her dynamic ~ing, a proven method of sharpening one’s intuitive senses and activating untapped inspirations. Gabrielle will prepare you to change your life by accessing a state of flow, helping you connect with your ~ing, your inner guide, and readying you to release your limiting beliefs and to choose happiness.” (Global Books in Print)
Self-therapy made easy / Marian Van Eyk McCain.
“This book is written for ordinary, well-adjusted people who like to solve their own problems and deal with their own issues and who are fully capable of doing so. Written by a highly qualified psychotherapist and based on many years of clinical experience and personal practice, it is an informative, inspirational and easy-to-read guide to understanding how the normal, human mind works and how we can all take charge of our own psychological, emotional and spiritual health. By trying out the various practices and techniques in this book you will soon find the ones that suit them best. Most people, once they have been introduced to these methods of ‘inner work’, go on using some or all of them for the rest of their lives to keep themselves inwardly healthy and to further their personal and spiritual growth.” (Book cover)
What makes us tick? : the ten desires that drive us / Hugh Mackay.
“Why do we talk as if we’re rational, but act as if we’re not? Why do some people always want to take control? What is the true role of religion? Why do we seek change, yet resist it? Why do we want more of the things that have failed to satisfy us? Why are we so passionate about sport? Why do we fall out of love? As Australia’s leading social researcher, Hugh Mackay has spent a lifetime of listening to people talk about their dreams, their fears, their hopes, their disappointments and their passions. In a series of bestselling books, he has documented the impact of the changes that have been radically reshaping our society. Now, he reflects on some of the things that don’t change and identitifies ten desires that drive us all. Insightful and engaging, WHAT MAKES US TICK? reveals Mackay’s formidable skills as a chronicler and interpreter of our motivations. In his exploration of why we do the things we do, he goes to the heart of some of life’s big questions.” (Book cover)