Mind and Body eNewsletter for July

Have you met Libby? Libby is the new reading app for Overdrive’s eBooks and eAudio books. Also check out this month’s recent picks for fancy and healthy recipes, religion books with a feminine focus, self-help books for reducing stress, and the science behind taste!

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Cooking

Making and enjoying healthy meals doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming, boring or expensive. Make life easy with this collection of healthy recipes cookbooks.

Syndetics book cover Good to Glow : feel good food / Tali Shine, Steph Adams.
“This book is your guide to the world’s hippest and most delicious, healthy and organic cafes! It features unique and exclusive recipes and signature dishes from destination spots handpicked by the author, Tali Shine. You will find mouth-watering recipes for juices and smoothies, brunches, dinners, as well as sweets and treats. Good to Glow is your go-to travel and health guide that will get you on the road to a glowing lifestyle. With numerous useful health advice and tips from the real experts and a glossary for global locations in one separate chapter.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Superfoods Super Fast / by Michael van Straten & Barbara Griggs.
“This book is for anyone who wants fuel their body with superfoods and needs to do it super fast! It’s packed with 100 amazingly nutritious recipes to make in 210 minutes or less… Julie Montatagu’s vegetarian recipes are fast, simple and specially designed for busy people who love to eat deliciously healthy food.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Oh She Glows Every Day : quick and simply satisfying plant-based recipes / Angela Liddon.
“Angela Liddon’s eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Oh She Glows Cookbook, featuring more than one hundred quick-and-easy whole-foods, plant-based recipes to keep you glowing every day of the year.” (Book jacket)
Syndetics book cover Healing Bone Broth Recipes : incredibly flavorful dishes that nourish your body the old-fashioned way / Sharon Brown, with Reb Brown.
“Transform your health with simple Paleo and gluten-free recipes utilizing the concentrated nutrients of bone broth, a buzzword ingredient for healthy food celebrated by Paleo dieters. Healing Bone Broth Recipes teaches readers how to incorporate bone broth into their diets with 100 family-friendly and delicious Paleo and gluten-free recipes….the simple recipes in Healing Bone Broth Recipes are sure to bring everyone together over a delicious, healthy meal.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

A strong feminine focus is featured in this month’s selections, but from widely different viewpoints. Read about Dominican sisters in NZ, the life of Buddhist nun Freda Bedi, or the latest title by best-selling author Ann Voskamp.

Syndetics book cover Windows on a women’s world : the Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand, by Susannah Grant.
10 Dominican sisters arrived in Dunedin in 1871, and for the first 100 years here the sisters were teaching nuns, living in large enclosed convents cut off from the outside world. But when the Second Vatican Council ushered in a period of radical change, they moved into small homes in local neighbourhoods, with new roles in education, social justice, pastoral care and spirituality. Grant completed a large number of oral histories with the sisters, and describes this transformation. (based on publisher’s summary)
Syndetics book cover The religion of tomorrow : a vision for the future of the great traditions : more inclusive, more comprehensive, more complete, by Ken Wilber.
To be relevant to contemporary society, spiritual traditions need to take account of recent scientific discoveries about the mind, brain and emotions. Using Buddhism as an example, Wilber discusses his comprehensive Integral Approach — and shows how we can apply this to our own spiritual practice. “This is a call for wholeness, inclusiveness, and unity in the religions of tomorrow.” (Drawn from publisher’s summary)
Syndetics book cover Love hurts : Buddhist advice for the heartbroken, by Lodro Rinzler.
Lodro Rinzler has good news for those suffering heartbreak: the 2,500-year-old teachings of the Buddha have much to say about emotional pain. “In this short and compact first-aid kit for a broken heart, he walks you through the cause and cure of suffering, with much practical advice for self-care as you work to survive a breakup.” (publisher)
Syndetics book cover Women who knew Jesus, by Bonnie Ring.
Women were seen as low status citizens whose testimony couldn’t be trusted in court. The author paints a picture of Jesus interacting with women – becoming friends, and healing or teaching them. This mixes anecdotes, biblical commentary and short meditations to help readers engage with the stories.

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Health

This month, explore areas of medical science that are often overlooked, such as sense of taste and the science of flavour, and research into compulsive behaviour. Take a look at the groundbreaking research of a Nobel Prize Winner, and at the history of antibiotics and how it changed humanity’s relationship with nature. Books on menopause, anxiety and postpartum depression are also showcased this month, so make sure you have a browse!

Syndetics book cover Flavor : the science of our most neglected sense / Bob Holmes.
“Can you describe how the flavor of halibut differs from that of red snapper? How the taste of a Fuji apple differs from a Spartan? For most of us, this is a difficult task: flavor remains a vague concept that we don’t know enough about to describe, or appreciate fully. Journey into the surprising science of the sense of flavor with veteran New Scientist correspondent Bob Holmes as he outlines narrative principles in neurobiology and modern food production to reveal the broad range of factors that can affect one’s appreciation of what we consume.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover The telomere effect : a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer / Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD ; Elissa Epel, PhD.
“The New York Times bestselling book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn who discovered telomerase and telomeres’ role in the aging process and health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel, who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life. The Telomere Effect explains this groundbreaking research and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover Sod sitting, get moving! : getting active in your 60s, 70s and beyond / Diana Moran and Muir Gray.
Sod Sitting, Get Moving! is the must-have guide to keeping fit and healthy in your sixties, seventies and beyond. As we get older too many of us spend our time sitting and not exercising. This is a call to arms, a bonfire of the slippers! With easy exercise ideas created by Green Goddess and health and fitness expert Diana Moran, with text from Sir Muir Gray, author of the bestselling Sod Seventy!, this is the perfect present for yourself, or for anybody turning sixty, seventy or eighty!” (Adapted Syndetics Review)
Syndetics book cover Things that helped : essays / Jessica Friedmann.
“In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confronting, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts Jessica’s return into the world: a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured, and sometimes broke.” (Adapted Syndetics Review)

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Personal Development

This month, take a look at different ways of thinking and managing your life, explore the importance of habits and find simple exercises for building new routines. Find ways to manage stress and anxiety with a focus on positive thinking, kindness, generosity and fun! Then perhaps consider this advice for self-improvement from an entirely different angle, rejecting the urge for self improvement by urging self acceptance.

Syndetics book cover 365 ways to live generously : simple habits for a life that’s good for you and for others / Sharon Lipinski.
365 Ways to Live Generously features lessons each day that focus on one of the seven generosity habits: Physical health, Mindfulness, Relationships, Connecting with yourself, Gratitude, Simplicity and Philanthropy. Each habit appears once a week, giving you a year to practice and make them all a part of your daily life. Learn why the habits are important, discover tips based on the latest research about making positive change, and explore simple exercises for building new routines.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Stand firm : resisting the self-improvement craze / Svend Brinkman ; translated by Tam McTurk.
“How can we resist today’s obsession with introspection and self-improvement?In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and “stand firm”. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner-self but in coming to terms with yourself. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this insightful anti-self-help guide offers a sobering and realistic alternative to life-coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say yes!” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover Notes from the sick room / Steve Finbow.
“Incapacity provides time for contemplation and creativity yet pain and discomfort detract from inspiration. Serious illness confronts the individual with the reality of death, the complacency of being is jolted by the shock of non-being. Notes from the Sick Room is an investigation into the connections between physical illness and creativity, concentrating on physical illness – cancer, HIV, tuberculosis and disabilities caused by accidents. ” (adapted from Amazon)
Syndetics book cover Life after loss : a practical guide to renewing your life after experiencing major loss / Bob Deits.
“One of the classics in the field of crisis intervention” (Dr. Earl Grollman), Life after Loss is the go-to resource for anyone who has suffered a significant life change. Loss can be overwhelming, and recovery often seems daunting, if not impossible. With great compassion and insight, Deits provides practical exercises for navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and grief, helping readers find positive ways to put together a life that is necessarily different, but equally meaningful. (adapted from Amazon)

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Mind and Body eNewsletter for March

This month’s Mind and Body newsletter features urban cycling, the big question about science, faith, and god, a festival survival guide, and the serious business of enjoying ourselves. You can also now borrow the brand new library tablets! See below for details.

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

This month’s selection includes books on cycling, boat racing, running, cricket soccer and fishing. Perhaps you’ll find inspiration for a hobby to take up in the new year!

Syndetics book cover Urban Cycling : from the BMX to the fixie / Laurent Belando.
“City cycling is on the up all over the world, and this stylish book is the perfect celebration of its growing popularity. With beautiful photography and street-style profiles of cyclists of all walks of life, Urban Cycling is a fascinating study of the cyclists that roam our city streets – from BMX gangs to cycle couriers and everything in between.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Winning Isn’t Luck : how to succeed in racing dinghies and yachts / Fred Imhoff ; translated by Chris Schram.
“Whether racing dinghies or yachts, every sailor wants to drive through the fleet and cross the line first. In this ground-breaking book, international racer Fred Imhoff shows how to do just that. By means of on-the-water action shots and detailed commentary about a sailor’s tactics, sail trim, helming, crew positioning and psychological attitude, Fred shares the secrets of competitive racing success….this book is full of never-before-discussed gold dust that will be absolutely indispensable to all racers, whatever their age or level.” (Sydetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Running Man : A Memoir / Charlie Engle.
“After a decade-long addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, Charlie Engle hit bottom with a near-fatal six-day binge that ended in a hail of bullets. As Engle got sober, he turned to running, which became his lifeline, his pastime, and his salvation. He began with marathons, and when marathons weren’t far enough, he began to take on ultra-marathons, races that went for 35, 50, and sometimes hundreds of miles, traveling to some of the most unforgiving places on earth to race…. In Running Man, Charlie Engle tells the gripping, surprising, funny, emotional, and inspiring story of his life, detailing his setbacks and struggles–from coping with addiction to serving time in prison–and how he blazed a path to freedom by putting one foot in front of the other.” (Book jacket)
Syndetics book cover Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die : camping experts share the world’s greatest destinations / Chris Santella ; foreword by Mike Harrelson.
In Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die, Chris Santella illuminates the best destinations for exploring the great outdoors. The book features the world’s top spots for sleeping under the stars and enjoying a host of outdoor recreational activities that make camping such a time-honored tradition. Featuring favorite US National Parks destinations—as well as more exotic locales in Italy, Chile, France, Botswana, Germany, and more—Santella provides helpful information and tips that will appeal to novice campers and seasoned outdoorsmen alike.” (Amazon.com)

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Religion and beliefs

Syndetics book cover The world, the flesh & the Devil : the life and opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838, by Andrew Sharp.
“By diving deeply into key moments – the voyage out, the disputes with Macquarie, the founding of missions – Sharp gets us to reimagine the world as Marsden saw it: always under threat from the Prince of Darkness, in need of ‘a bold reprover of vice’, a world written in the words of the King James Bible. Andrew Sharp takes us back into the nineteenth-century world, and an evangelical mind, to reveal the past as truly a foreign country”–Publisher information.
Syndetics book cover Awakening from the daydream : reimagining the Buddha’s wheel of life, by David Nichtern.
“Although traditionally thought of as modes of reincarnation, Nichtern describes the realms as mental states that we move between, sometimes quite rapidly. He clearly and briefly describes how each blocks our path towards enlightenment but also contain unique possibilities. He also provides concise and easily implemented meditation practices for coping with the negative effects of each and includes a basic guide to karma and advice for finding a spiritual guide. …this is a clear, and current introduction to Buddhist thought and practice.” (drawn from Publisher Weekly, courtesy of Syndetics).
Syndetics book cover Angels on Earth : inspiring stories of fate, friendship, and the power of connections, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.
An inspiring book about the incredible impact that acts of kindness from strangers can have – impacting not only the receiver but also the giver. Schroff’s own journey has deepened her belief that angels (those sent by God) are all around us.
Syndetics book cover The big question : why we can’t stop talking about science, faith, and God, by Alister McGrath.
“McGrath develops a perspective in which science and religion enrich rather than threaten one another. That perspective highlights the formative influence of Christian faith during the scientific revolution and exposes the urgent need to move beyond the limits of contemporary science to find transcendent sources of morality and meaning. … McGrath calls for a full-bodied humanism invigorated by both scientific reasoning and religious devotion.” (Drawn from Booklist, courtesy of Syndetics) Also by the same author: Inventing the universe : why we can’t stop talking about science, faith and God.

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Health

This month, develop both strength and flexibility for a healthier you and understand the underestimated link between body, brain and wellbeing. Find strategies during the day for a better night sleep (for adults and babies). Finally, we explore the world of psychology & psychiatry through the ages.

Syndetics book cover The no-cry sleep solution : gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night
“There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out,” or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The autoimmune wellness handbook : a DIY guide to living well with chronic illness
“Autoimmune diseases sufferers Trescott (The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook) and Alt (The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook) searched online for answers and became guinea pigs for paleo diet pioneer Loren Cordain’s autoimmune protocol, a prescriptive eating plan that sets out foods to avoid and include, and provides detailed shopping lists for four weeks of menus using the recipes provided. Recipes are paleo-level protein-rich; merely reading a suggested Tuesday breakfast-lunch-dinner lineup of double-pork pesto patties, hidden liver chili, and curried chicken salad will be enough to make some swoon.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover A vegan ethic : embracing a life of compassion toward all
“If veganism is about doing your best to not harm any sentient life, we must logically extend that circle of compassion to human animals as well, writes Mark Hawthorne in this practical, engaging guide to veganism and animal rights. Along with proven advice for going and staying vegan, an overview of animal exploitation, and answers to common questions about ethical eating (such as “Isn’t ‘humane meat’ a good option?” and “Don’t plants feel pain?”), A Vegan Ethic draws on the work and experiences of intersectional activists to examine how all forms of oppression – including racism, sexism, ableism, and speciesism – are connected by privilege, control, and economic power.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Festivals : a survival guide : cope with everything – tents, toilets, torrential rain, too much booze, and more
“Every year when summer rolls around, millions of us sacrifice the joys of a comfortable bed and warm running water in favour of a weekend of debauchery in a field in the middle of nowhere. Whether you’re planning a weekend hobnobbing with the A-listers at Coachella, trading goods in the desert at Burning Man, raving through the night at one of Croatia’s beachside parties or seeing the biggest bands in the world at Glastonbury, the pull of a music festival is undeniable, but it can all be a bit daunting.” (Syndetics)

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Personal Development

These could be New Year resolutions with far reaching implications, subverting the current consensus on tidiness and connectivity. Food for thought during the festive season!

Syndetics book cover The 2 AM principle : discover the science of adventure
“Adventures don’t happen by accident – just ask Jon Levy. Once a high school geek, he is now a world-traveling behavior scientist and the creator of the EPIC Model of Adventure, a breakthrough four-stage process for creating unforgettable experiences – from assembling the right team and the finer points of party crashing, to the science of being funny and ending the evening with style. The 2 AM principle combines outrageous triumphs, embarrassing failures, and life-changing lessons from Levy’s adventures with concrete science to show anyone how to life life more fully and adventurously.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Emotional agility : get unstuck, embrace change, and thrive in work and life
“The path to personal and professional fulfillment is rarely straight. Ask anyone who has achieved his or her biggest goals or whose relationships thrive and you’ll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who master these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is emotional agility. Emotionally agile people are not immune to stresses and setbacks. The key difference is that they know how to adapt, aligning their actions with their values and making small but powerful changes that lead to a lifetime of growth. Emotional agility is not about ignoring difficult emotions and thoughts; it’s about holding them loosely, facing them courageously and compassionately, and then moving past them to bring the best of yourself forward. Emotional Agility serves as a road map for a new way of acting that will help you reach your full potential.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Lecretia’s choice : a story of love, death and the law
“A successful young lawyer in Wellington, Lecretia Seales met and fell in love with Matt Vickers in 2003. In Lecretia’s Choice, Matt tells the story of their life together, and how it changed when his proud, fiercely independent wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour and forced to confront her own mortality. Lecretia wanted to die with dignity, to be able to say goodbye well, and not to suffer unnecessarily—but the law denied her that choice. With her characteristic spirit, she decided to mount a challenge in New Zealand’s High Court, but as the battle raged, Lecretia’s strength faded. She died on 5 June 2015, at the age of forty-two, the day after her family learned that the court had ruled against her. Lecretia’s Choice is not only a moving love story but compulsory reading for everyone who cares about the dignity we afford terminally ill people who want to die on their own terms.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover Isn’t this fun? : investigating the serious business of enjoying ourselves
“Michael Foley wants to understand why he doesn’t appear to be experiencing as much ‘fun’ as everyone else. So, with characteristic wit and humour, he sets out to understand what fun really means, examining its heritage, its cultural significance and the various activities we associate with fun. In fact, fun is a profoundly serious business often motivated as much by spirituality as hedonism. Also, while fun is a modern phenomenon it turns out to have recreated many of the elements of early ritual. His findings will invigorate you with insights, make you laugh at life.” (Syndetics)

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Mind and Body newsletter

Experiment with spices and flavours using eBook recipes from around the world, exercise using scientifically approved tips, and explore healthy living with the books we have selected for this month’s newsletter.

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Cooking

With delectable recipes and dishes for every meal and occasion, this is a collection of cookbooks from around the globe.

Syndetics book cover Malaysia : recipes from a family kitchen / Ping Coombes.
“Drawing inspiration from her mother and from the late-night stalls and street markets in her hometown of Ipoh, Ping has put together over 100 delicious recipes that serve as a perfect introduction to the tastes and textures of Malaysian cooking. Chilli crab and caramel pork, spicy laksas and rendangs, satays and tangy sambals: these classic dishes are intensely satisfying to make, share and devour! Welcome to Ping’s family table – and as Ping’s mother would say, ‘sek fan la!’: come and eat!” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover L.A. Son : My Life, My City, My Food / Roy Choi ; with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan ; photographs by Bobby Fisher.
“A gritty, charming, and flavourful love letter to Los Angeles, L.A. Son is the story of Choi’s love of food and his evolution as a chef. Choi returns to his childhood afternoons at his parents’ Korean restaurant, his nights in L.A.’s illegal gambling halls and his pizza-fueled studying at the Culinary Institute of America before making his way into some of the best restaurants in America. Fully illustrated with full-color photography throughout, it includes 60 inspired recipes for everything from kalbi and kimchi to chorizo and carne asada.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Flavours of Urban Melbourne : 120 favourite restaurants, bars & cafes with their signature recipes / edited by Penny Cordner.
Flavours of Urban Melbourne takes you on an adventure through the diverse range of restaurants, cafes and bars that call this city home.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Danish Cooking and Baking Traditions / Arthur L. Meyer ; illustrations by John A. Wilson.
“Meyer introduces readers to the best offerings of the Danish table – from soups, main courses, vegetables, and sauces to breads and sweets – in 170 recipes with step-by-step instructions.” (Syndetics summary)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Reach beyond yourself. This selection covers a smorgasbord of interests; from sports involving working with animals, teamwork, and those that call upon personal interests.

Syndetics book cover After the Final Whistle : the first Rugby World Cup and the First World War / Stephen Cooper ; foreword by Jason Leonard, OBE.
“As Britain’s Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were the first to volunteer. They led from the front and paid a disproportionate price. In 1919, a grateful Mother Country hosted a rugby tournament: sevens teams at eight venues, playing 17 matches to declare a first “world champion.” There had never been an international team tournament like it. For the first time teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Britain, and France were assembled in one place. Rugby held the first ever “World Cup.” This is the story of rugby’s journey through World War I to its first World Cup, and how those values endure today.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Fight Like a Physicist : the incredible science behind martial arts / Jason Thalken, PHD.
Fight Like a Physicist provides an in-depth, sometimes whimsical look into the physics behind martial arts for sport and self-defense. Whether you are an experienced martial artist or a curious enthusiast, this book can give you an “unfair advantage” by unraveling the complex science of effective fighting techniques and examining the core principles that make them work.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Mountain Biking : The Manual / [Chris Ball and Huw Williams].
“This is an essential reference book for anyone wanting to learn more and improve their skills in mountain biking. Each chapter features step-by-step guidance and is supported by unique insights from today’s best riders.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Fast into the Night : a woman, her dogs, and their journey north on the Iditarod Trail / Debbie Clarke Moderow.
“A captivating memoir of one woman’s attempt to finish the Iditarod, led by her team of spunky huskies with whom she shares a fascinating and inextricable bond…. Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubt — and soldiers on.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover 101 Magic Tricks : any time, any place / Bryan Miles.
“Learn 101 simple magic tricks to astonish and amaze!….amaze everyone you know with easy-to-master tricks and illusions…. Bryan Miles will guide you through astonishing feats such as: the foundations of magic including: The Hand, The Deck of Cards, Mechanic’s Grip and Biddle Grip, Classic Two-Handed Spread, Cutting the Cards and magic at school or college, birthday magic, restaurant magi, and more.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

August’s listed books are quite a mixed bunch, across a range of religions. However, they invite the reader to challenge their misconceptions, and look below the surface to think more deeply about our beliefs and moral decisions.

Syndetics book cover Islam evolving : radicalism, reformation, and the uneasy relationship with the secular West, by Taner Edis.
“How is Islam adapting to the rapid changes of the 21st century? Despite political unrest and terrorism, the author argues that many Muslim societies are successfully developing their own versions of modern life. In contrast to the secular liberal model that prevails in the West, Islam is demonstrating alternative ways to be modern while maintaining a distinctly Muslim worldview. Professor Edis, an American physicist with a secular viewpoint who was raised in Turkey, is uniquely qualified to evaluate the interplay of modern trends and Islamic values. He devotes separate chapters to prominent examples of what he calls Islam’s “pious modernity.” … This balanced overview of Islam’s relationship with the modern world will be of interest to open-minded readers in both the West and the East.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover When awareness becomes natural : a guide to cultivating mindfulness in daily life, by Sayadaw U Tejaniya ; edited by Robert French ; foreword by Steven Armstrong.
“Meditation is great – but it’s not what Buddhist practice is all about. That’s the message of this engaging and funny Burmese Buddhist monk, and it’s a message that is finding a significant following among Westerners in the Insight Meditation tradition. Sayadaw U Tejaniya teaches how to bring awareness to any sort of activity in order to discover deep insight and liberation from suffering. It works in sitting meditation, but it works just as well when sorting the laundry or doing data entry. “My teachings are nothing new,” he says. “They are, as always, based on the four foundations of mindfulness: awareness of the body, awareness of feelings and sensations, awareness of mind, and understanding of dhamma or nature, i.e., mind and matter.” (drawn from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Tears to triumph : the spiritual journey from suffering to enlightenment, by Marianne Williamson.
“The internationally recognized teacher, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love argues that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence. Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we – as a culture and as individuals – have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing” (drawn from the publisher’s description)
Syndetics book cover 30-second religion : the 50 most thought-provoking religious beliefs, each explained in half a minute, editor, Russell Re Manning ; contributors, Richard Bartholomew…[et al.]
As the title explains, this is not an in-depth study. It is designed to be a quick intro to the main beliefs and history of the major religions from around the world, allowing easy comparison across their main tenets, beliefs and practices, which can be an aid to further research.

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Health

Most of us can describe ourselves as out of sync in one way or another, at some point in our lives, be it through chronic illness, allergies, depression, anxiety, alzheimer’s or autism (the list is not exhaustive). There may not be a miracle cure but we can all learn how to become “ordinarily well”. Here are some guides:

Syndetics book cover Eat complete : the 21 nutrients that fuel brainpower, boost weight loss, and transform your health
“From psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy. Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain properly fueled.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover When someone you know has depression : words to say and things to do
“In When Someone You Know Has Depression, Dr. Susan Noonan draws on first-hand experience of the illness and evidence-based medical information. As a physician she has treated, supported, and educated those living with-and those caring for-a person who has a mood disorder. She also has lived through the depths of her own mood disorder. This compassionate book offers specific suggestions for what to say, how to encourage, and how to act around a loved one-as well as when to back off.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The out-of-sync child grows up : coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up will be the new bible for the vast audience of parents whose children, already diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, are entering the adolescent, tween, and teen years, as well as those who do not yet have a diagnosis and are struggling to meet the challenges of daily life. This book offers practical advice on living with SPD, covering everyday challenges as well as the social and emotional issues that many young people with SPD face. Carol Kranowitz’s insights are supplemented by first-person accounts of adolescents and teens with SPD, sharing their experiences and hard-won lessons with readers.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover When Fraser met Billy
“Fraser was a two-year-old autistic child with a multitude of problems when he first met Billy at the cat protection shelter. Billy purred, laid his paws across Fraser and they have been inseparable ever since. Slowly but surely Billy has transformed Fraser’s life. Fraser’s mother Louise has watched her son move from being a child prone to anxiety, tantrums and sudden emotional meltdowns to now a much calmer, less moody four-year-old whose future looks a lot brighter. Their profound bond has immeasurably improved their lives and the family’s. Like A Street Cat Named Bob, this story will touch the hearts of all.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Eat to cheat dementia : what you eat helps you avoid it or live better with it
“As we live longer it’s essential we understand how best to maintain both body and brain so they can help us achieve all we wish for in life. This book is a companion to Ngaire’s ground-breaking book “Eat To Cheat Ageing”. It addresses the complexities of neuroscience and how what we eat can help or hinder our brains, whether you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s and looking ahead to your later years, currently in your 60s or beyond, wishing to make the most of life; whether you live with a dementia diagnosis or not, or care about someone who does.” (Syndetics)

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Personal Development

Live one week at your best and discover what you are capable of for the rest of your life. This is one of the principles you will explore with this month’s selection.

Syndetics book cover Hell week : seven days to be your best self
“Veteran paratrooper, successful entrepreneur and critically acclaimed performance consultant Erik Bertrand Larssen has helped catapult the success of countless high-achievers, including Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, and Statoil ASA executives and Olympic medalist Martin Johnsrud Sundby and top golfer Suzann Pettersen. His life-altering and revered method improves performance by getting people to push themselves past the brink of self-imposed limitations. Central to his technique is the commitment to live and experience just one week as your best self. It’s this week that will be the catalyst to making the most of the rest of your life.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover The persuaders : the hidden industry that wants to change your mind
“The way human beings persuade one another is changing. Every day people will try to change your mind but they won’t reason with you. Instead you’ll be nudged, anchored, incentivised and manipulated in barely noticeable ways. It’s a profound shift in the way we interact with each other. Philosopher James Garvey explores the hidden story of persuasion and the men and women in the business of changing our minds. From the covert PR used to start the first Gulf War to the neuromarketing of products to appeal to our unconscious minds, he reveals the dark arts practiced by professional persuaders. The Persuaders is a call to think about how we think now.” (Syndetics)
wellbeing The philosophy of well-being : an introduction
“Recent studies into the science and psychology of well-being have propelled the topic to centre stage, and governments spend millions on promoting it. We are encouraged to adopt modes of thinking and behaviour that support individual well-being or ‘wellness’. What is well-being? Which theories of well-being are most plausible? In this rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the topic, Guy Fletcher unpacks and assesses these questions and many more.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The inner fix : be stronger, happier and braver
“With our lives being overrun by social media and celebrity culture, being twenty-something has become pretty complicated. Wanting things we can’t afford, finding ourselves stuck in a job we don’t enjoy, or still living at home with mum and dad, we reach for things to try to perk us up (sex, booze and drugs) – but eventually, they turn out to be the very things that bring us down. Having been caught in a cycle of self-destructive behaviour and come out the other side, Persia and Joey colourfully chart their lives from childhood insecurities to adolescent obsessions. This book teaches you how to stop worrying and start living. ” (Syndetics)

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Mind & Body Newsletter for May

This month’s newsletter features books on holistic health, delicious and healthy meals, Dan Carter’s story, religion, healthy thinking, and much more. We also have a new oral history with local identity Ruth Gotlieb, whom our Kilbirnie library is named after, that you can listen to online.

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Cooking

If you think nutritional meals mean boring and tasteless, this selection will give you food for thought.

Syndetics book cover The Food Lover’s Cleanse : 140 delicious, nourishing recipes that will tempt you back into healthful eating / Sara Dickerman ; nutritional advisor, Marissa Lippert, MA, RD ; foreword by Adam Rapoport ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott.
“Savor the seasons! The Food Lover’s Cleanse will help you reboot your eating habits with wholesome food that family and friends will enjoy, too. These 140 recipes show you how to coax maximum flavor from fresh produce, fiber-rich grains, and healthy proteins….You won’t even miss pasta.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The healthy Mind Cookbook : big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity / Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson ; photography by Maren Caruso.
“Between digital overload, sleep deprivation, and the stress of modern life, most people’s brains are constantly in flight-or-fight mode, with levels of cortisol and other hormones and neurotransmitters out of whack … [In her book], Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on brain functioning to identify how the foods we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function–all of which dictate memory, mood, and motion.” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover The Paleo Chef : quick, flavorful paleo meals for eating well / Pete Evans ; photography by Mark Roper.
“In The Paleo Chef, Pete Evans, one of Australia’s leading chefs and food personalities, shows readers how to prepare gorgeous food that is satisfying, flavor-forward, and good for you….The Paleo Chef is his breakout book, a visually rich collection of more than 100 of his most inspired, no-sacrifice recipes for every meal of the day.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Superfoods : the flexible approach to eating more superfoods / Julie Montagu ; photography by Yuki Sugiura.
“We rarely wake up feeling energised or refreshed, so we pop some vitamins, slug a coffee and get going. Julie Montagu has the answer. She is The Flexi Foodie and her book of 90 delicious recipes and friendly facts will show you how to introduce plant-based superfoods into your daily diet. Through meat-free, dairy-free and sugar-free recipes made with unrefined, wholesome ingredients, you can raise your energy levels, lose weight, lower your cholesterol, keep blood sugar levels under control, and look and feel more youthful than you have in years.” (Syndetics summary)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

This selection includes books on indoor and outdoor sports, including tramping, rugby, mountain climbing and party games.

Syndetics book cover My Story / Dan Carter with Duncan Greive.
A personal account of a New Zealand sporting icon who became a world superstar – the greatest fly-half in international rugby.
“In this memoir he opens up for the first time about his stellar 12-year career, looking back on the highs, and, with an equal measure of honesty, the lows of his career.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Tramping in New Zealand : 40 great tramping trips / Shaun Barnett ; maps by Geographx.
“In print for nearly 10 years, Tramping in New Zealand has become a best-selling tramping guide to 40 of the most popular tramps in New Zealand. In order to keep the title current and accurate, Tramping in New Zealand has been fully revised and updated. Each tramp is illustrated with at least one accurate panoramic Geographx map, and is supported by relevant, up-to-date route information, as well as photographs…If you were to have one guide book on New Zealand tramping, this is the one to have.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Going Up is Easy : the first woman to ascend Everest without oxygen / Lydia Bradey, with Laurence Fearnley.
“In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. She made the ascent alone and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a truly remarkable achievement but also a controversial one. In the spirit of John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air or Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void, Going Up is Easy celebrates a life lived on the edge.” (Back cover)
Syndetics book cover Vintage Party Games / Marion Paull.
“A fascinating exploration of old-fashioned children’s games and toys, including parlor games, board games, ball games, and more.” (Cover)

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Religion and beliefs

A fascinating and detailed work on the influence of language and linguistics on the development of religions across the ages is featured in this month’s latest arrivals together with a thoughtful treatment on globalisation by Miroslav Volf.

Syndetics book cover Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World, by Miroslav Volf.
In this perceptive and thoughtful book, a leading theologian discusses how world religions and globalization have interacted across the centuries, but what ought their relationship to be? How do we judge globalization – how well it enables us to live out our authentic humanity? Despite their flaws, religions remain one of our most powerful sources of moral motivation and renewal. The ongoing process of reform in religions needs to shape globalization to encourage people to flourish at every level.
Syndetics book cover Passwords to paradise : how languages have re-invented world religions, by Nicholas Oster.
“Ostler (The Last Lingua Franca) roams across several millennia of world history and delves into precise linguistic shifts looking for clues to how the “missionary religions” of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam have been affected by the new language communities they entered. [He demonstrates how] they may have been altered not only by the imperfect art of translation but by their social, political, and military contexts. … For those fascinated by linguistic transitions, this impressive study is a feast. (drawn from Publisher’s Weekly, courtesy of Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The surrender experiment : my journey into life’s perfection, Michael A. Singer.
Shares stories from the author’s pursuit of enlightenment, from his years as a hippie introvert and successes as a computer engineer through his work in humanitarian efforts, counseling readers on how to navigate confusing aspects in the spiritual journey, with lessons on how to put aside conflicting beliefs, let go of worries, and transform misdirected desires. Singer provides a road map to a new way of living not in the moment, but to exist in a state of perpetual happiness.

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Health

Health and happiness cannot be separated and influence one another deeply. A holistic approach to wellbeing is now widely accepted and this month’s health titles are a testament to this. Find out how increasing your flexibility and strength can impact on mental health and how eating powerful nutrients can improve your guts and as a result your happiness.

Syndetics book cover The micronutrient miracle : the 28-day plan to lose weight, increase your energy, and reverse disease
“The Caltons fell in love, got married and embarked on a six-year tour of over 135 countries to learn more about micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids). They returned to the U.S. with a conclusion: one’s specific diet or country of residence is less important to one’s health than the amount of micronutrients in one’s food. According to the authors, there is a “silent global pandemic” of deficiency in these elements, the lack of which can contribute to such diseases as cancer and osteoporosis.The authors offer a 28-day strategy for restoring the body with a comprehensive plan for choosing locally grown, “rich” foods that provide a healthful “micronutrient bang for every delicious bite”.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Bio-young : get younger at a cellular and hormonal level
“Common plants and foods contain compounds that are now scientifically proven to stimulate cellular and hormonal function, and actually reverse aging! Using ingredients that you can find at home, you can stimulate your hormone-producing glands into youthful activity again. Discover the bio-actives–foods, herbs, supplements, edibles, and essential oils–that you should be eating, or applying externally, and learn how their key compounds will plump your skin, reduce high blood pressure, and even fight cancer cells. From restoring thinning hair with rosemary and smoothing wrinkles with honey, to preventing grey hair with onion juice, there’s a natural solution for every problem. Get ready to look and feel years younger!” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Mindful walking : walk your way to mental and physical well-being
“Bringing together the concept of mindfulness in movement along with the three paths of change for a better life – talking, meditation and walking – Mindful Walking shows us how we can better manage the internal and external distractions that clog our path to mental happiness while also improving our physical health.” (Back cover)
Syndetics book cover The Sirt Food Diet
“Dark chocolate, coffee, kale – these are all foods that activate sirtuins and switch on the so-called ‘skinny gene’ pathways in the body. These are the same pathways more commonly activated by fasting and exercise – meaning they help the body to burn fat, increase muscle and improve health. The Sirtfood Diet gives you: – a simple, healthy way of eating for weight loss – inspirational case studies – delicious, easy-to-make recipes – a maintenance plan for prolonged success.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Mind over mood : change how you feel by changing the way you think
“This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,000,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems. Revised and expanded to reflect significant scientific developments of the past 20 years, the second edition contains numerous new features: expanded content on anxiety; chapters on setting personal goals and maintaining progress; gratitude journals; and much more.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

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Personal Development

According to the psychology of colour, some of the traits that the colour yellow encourages are optimism, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, confidence, originality, creativity, academic and analytical capacity, wisdom and logic. But should we judge a book by its cover? Here are some reviews to help you decide.

Syndetics book cover The wisest one in the room : how you can benefit from social psychology’s most powerful insights
“When people get together, there is often one stand-out individual who others turn to for answers. This person has the best advice on everything from raising children to running a business, and offers the most penetrating insights into world events. Their understanding of people, and why we act as we do, makes them the wisest one in the room. From conflict resolution to overcoming social shyness, and from winning a tennis match to encouraging people to recycle, the authors demonstrate how even small changes in social context, feedback or presentation can achieve dramatic results.” (Back cover)
Syndetics book cover The now habit : a strategic program for overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt-free play
“Originally published by Tarcher in 1988, The Now Habit has sold more than 58,000 copies, and is as relevant as ever! Author Neil Fiore offers the first comprehensive strategy to overcome the causes of procrastination and to eliminate its deleterious effects. His techniques will help any busy person get more things done more quickly, without the anxiety and stress brought on by failure to meet the workplace’s pressing deadlines. This revised, redesigned edition includes a new introduction and a section that provides strategies to understand and deal with the complex role technology plays in procrastination today.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The worry trick : how your brain tricks you into expecting the worst and what you can do about it
“Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this book is designed to help you break the cycle of worry. Worry convinces us there’s danger, and then tricks us into getting into fight, flight, or freeze mode, even when there is no danger. The techniques in this book, rather than encouraging you to avoid or try to resist anxiety, shows you how to see the trick that underlies your anxious thoughts, and how avoidance can backfire and make anxiety worse.” (amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover The art of living
The Art of Living presents transcripts from legendary business speaker and mentor Bob Proctor’s most popular workshop—Matrixx—and brings this wisdom to a wider audience. Readers will marvel at Proctor’s miraculous way of disseminating his decades of business wisdom into easy-to-understand parables and learn lessons on what our creative faculties are and how to use them, why we need to unlearn most of the false beliefs we’ve been indoctrinated with our whole lives, and how our intellects have the ability not only to put us ahead in life, but also to be our biggest detriment.” (Back cover)

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Mind & Body Newsletter for December

Our book sale is on this month, find a bargain for Christmas! Our selection of new books this month features festive cooking and some ideas for classic Kiwi activities you could do over the summer break.

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Cooking

The party season is coming up – included here are ideas to inspire you. Let your cake be the centrepiece at the next party or dress it up as a gift for family and friends.

Syndetics book cover Practically Raw Desserts : flexible recipes for all-natural sweets and treats / Amber Shea Crawley.
“Chef Amber Shea’s innovative “flexible” approach to raw vegan desserts that allows some cooking. Practically Raw Desserts is a trove of scrumptious raw cakes, cookies, brownies, pies, puddings, candies, pastries, and frozen treats. All of chef Amber Shea Crawley’s sweet creations allow substitution and adaptation for a non-raw kitchen. The recipes are free of dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, soy, corn, refined grains, refined sugars, yeast, starch, and other nutrient-poor ingredients. Many recipes are also free of grains, oils, nuts, and added sugars…. If you’re looking for delicious and vibrant dessert recipes with maximum flavor and nutrition, then you’ll love Practically Raw Desserts .” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Planet Cake : love and friendship : celebration cakes for special occasions / Paris Cutler ; photography by Chris Chen.
“Cake decoration for occasions that mark the milestones of love and celebrate friendship.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Naturally Sassy / Saskia Gregson-Williams.
“Saskia’s delicious, easy-to-make recipes will prove to sugar addicts, hardened carnivores and dairy lovers that plant-based eating is delicious, fun and satisfying–as well as really good for you. Recipes are either quick and simple or can be made ahead, ingredients are affordable and easy to find, and you don’t need lots of expensive equipment to make this food. As a ballet dancer, this diet gives Saskia all the energy and nutrition she needs to train, recover and perform–but you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from this book.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Salads in a Jar / Courtney Roulston.
“In our busy lives, we are always looking for nutritious, delicious, satisfying meals that are fast and simple to prepare. Salads in a Jar will show you how you can take it to another level, layering jars with salads to create lunches or breakfasts on the go….the salads are portable, the packaging is environmentally friendly and the recipes are delicious. Because the salads can last for several days in the fridge, you can always have yummy breakfasts and lunches ready to go.” (Syndetics summary)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

A fun selection of new sports materials, with subjects as varied as ballet, boxing, and Bullrush, a popular game among NZ children.

Syndetics book cover Bullrush! : A Celebration of the Great New Zealand Game / David Slack.
“Bullrush! A Celebration of the Great New Zealand Game
is David Slack’s tribute to the game. It’s a fun, fact-filled history, from the origins and its various bannings to its modern revival in the post-PC playground. It also features the memories of a wide range of people, from All Blacks to actors, a few politicians and a few Joe Bloggs’ as well.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover No Middle Ground : Eubank, Benn, Watson and the last golden era of British boxing / Sanjeev Shetty.
“2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of Nigel Benn and Michael Watson stepping into a purpose built tent in Finsbury Park to contest the WBO Middleweight Championship, marking the start of an epic saga in British Boxing….Between 1989 and 1993, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn and Michael Watson fought each other repeatedly for the World Middle-weight championship belt. No Middle Ground is the story of the greatest, and last, rivalry between three of the most talented fighters Britain has ever produced. Sanjeev Shetty takes us back to when these three boxers graced the heavy bags and tells their story as well as that of Britain’s love affair with the sport.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2014-2015 / compiled by John Anderson.
“1056 fact-filled pages with everything you need to know about domestic and international football. This 45th edition of the football bible brings you all the Premier League, Football League, Champions League and Europa League stats. It never fails to deliver with unrivalled stats and information including a comprehensive season-by-season players’ directory with an invaluable A-Z of all entries; the most informed stats for English and Scottish league and cup matches and English and Scottish important dates at home and abroad for the 2014-2015 season. As ever, this is the ‘first reference book you should turn to’.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Kiwi Surfcasting Guide / Andy Macleod.
“All you need to know to master the art of surfcasting in New Zealand. Getting a fish on your line is a thrilling experience so give yourself more than a fighting chance with this accessible guide to surfcasting in New Zealand. Even if you already have surfcasting skills and experience under your belt, you will find this book useful for taking your fishing to new levels. No matter where you live in New Zealand, if you are interested in surfcasting then this book is for you.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A Complete History of World Cup Cricket / Mark Browning and James Grapsas.
A Complete History of Cricket’s World Cup is a timely addition to the great body of cricket publications. The book holds information on every World Cup competition since 1975 and traces the history and development of the World Cup. Every game is covered; but it is a story that goes beyond the mere statistics of matches.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

There are more than two sides to every story, and this month we present several contrasting views of science, faith, sin and the church.

Syndetics book cover Post-traumatic church syndrome : a memoir of humor and healing, by Reba Riley.
Reba Riley’s twenty-ninth year was a terrible time. An untreatable chronic illness forced her to take stock of things and she decided if she couldn’t fix her body, she might heal her injured spirit. This began a circuit of visiting thirty religions before her thirtieth birthday. She visited an Amish community, a Buddhist temple, a virtual reality church, movie theater, a drive-in bar, sweat lodge, and fasted for thirty days without food. She realised she didn’t have to choose a religion to choose God. This is a book for questioners, doubters, misfits, and seekers of all faiths. (drawn from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Breaking the Mother Goose code : how a fairy-tale character fooled the world for 300 years, by Jeri Studebaker.
“Who was Mother Goose? Where did she come from, and when? … Several have tried to pin her down, claiming she was the mother of Charlemagne, the wife of Clovis (King of the Franks), the Queen of Sheba, or even Elizabeth Goose of Boston, Massachusetts. Others think she’s related to mysterious goose-footed statues in old French churches called “Queen Pedauque.” This book delves deeply into the surviving evidence for Mother Goose’s origins – from her nursery rhymes and fairy tales as well as from relevant historical, mythological, and anthropological data.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Not in God’s name : confronting religious violence, by Jonathan Sacks.
This author tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts, and offers a new interpretation of early myths. “Abraham himself,” writes Rabbi Sacks, “sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith.” Our task is to be a blessing to the world, not destroy it in God’s name.
Syndetics book cover Saving the original sinner : how Christians have used the Bible’s first man to oppress, inspire, and make sense of the world, by Karl Giberson.
“When global exploration, anthropology, geology, paleontology, biblical studies, and even linguistics cast doubt on the historicity of Adam and his literal fall into sin, Christians responded by creatively reimagining the creation story, letting Adam “evolve” to accommodate his changing context. Even conservative evangelical institutions until recently encouraged serious engagement with evolutionary science, unhindered by the straitjacket of young-earth creationism, intelligent design, or other views demanding that Adam be a historical figure. Giberson calls for a renewed conversation between science and Christianity, and for more open engagement with new scientific discoveries, even when they threaten central doctrines. ” (drawn from Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

This month we read books that challenge many preconceived ideas about the benefits of meditation, listening to our feelings and the trappings of the pursuit of happiness. Intrigued? Read on.

Syndetics book cover Headlines, headaches and the human condition : when normal doesn’t work and how to deal with it
“Headlines and headaches often happen without malice and regardless of knowledge or skills. The processes we use have helped us evolve and survive for thousands of years but the less we understand them, the more they seem to let us down in modern day situations. Using everyday language and real world examples, Steve Whiddett takes us behind some very public headlines and some very real everyday headaches. Headlines, Headaches and the Human Condition provides insights into situations and the human condition, which will help you change your own situations. It is a book that we can all use to make situations more manageable and more productive for ourselves, for organisations and for society.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The Buddha pill : can meditation actually change you?
“In this new book, psychologists Dr. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm explore the human ambition for personal change and its possible illusions, with a focus on yoga and meditation. They examine the psychological and biological evidence, from early research on Transcendental Meditation to recent brain-imaging studies on mindfulness. Controversially, The Buddha Pill argues that personal change effected by these spiritual practices can vary widely from one individual to another, and that peace and compassion may not always be the end result. Combining insights from decades of scientific research with fascinating accounts from gurus and prisoners, The Buddha Pill weaves together a unique story about the science and the delusions of personal change.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover F*ck feelings : one shrink’s practical advice for managing all life’s impossible problems
“The only self-help book you’ll ever need, from a psychiatrist and his comedy writer daughter, who will help you put aside your unrealistic wishes, stop trying to change things you can’t change, and do the best with what you can control – the first steps to managing all of life’s impossible problems. Here is the cut-to-the-chase therapy session you’ve been looking for! In this brilliantly sensible and funny book, a Harvard-educated shrink and his comedy-writing daughter reveal that the real f-words in life are “feelings” and “fairness.” F*ck Feelings is the last self-help book you will ever need!” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Raising happiness : 10 simple steps for more joyful kids and happier parents
“Drawing on what hard science says about the factors that breed happiness in childhood and beyond, here are 10 simple principles for fostering the skills and habits that will set the stage for optimism, emotional health, and confidence for kids. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action, Carter covers the day-to-day pressure points of parenting—how best to discipline, get kids to school and activities on time, and get dinner on the table—as well as the more elusive issues of helping children build healthy friendships and develop emotional intelligence.” (adapted from amazon.com)

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Mind & Body Newsletter for October

In this month’s selection you can find the latest books on cooking, health and developing your physical and spiritual wellbeing. There’s something for everyone!

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Cooking

This selection includes something for everyone.

Syndetics book cover Solo : Inspirational Cooking for One / Linda Tubby ; photography by Ali Allen.
“Linda’s imaginative and inspiring recipes are divided into 5 chapters, Almost Instant, A Little Ahead, Give It Time, Make It An Event and Those Little Extras, making it simple to find the perfect meal for any occasion.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Dumpling Sisters Cookbook : over 100 favourite recipes from a Chinese family kitchen / Amy and Julie Zhang.
“Dedicated to and destined to be adored by every Chinese food lover, this book is full of Chinese-food favourites, impressive sharing dishes and even sweet treats that have been little acknowledged in a western understanding of Chinese food – until now. This is Chinese home cooking at its best.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee / Tristan Stephenson ; with photography by Addie Chinn.
“The definitive guide to the extraordinary world of coffee from growing and roasting to brewing and serving the perfect cup. The ultimate guide to the history, science and community behind coffee…..Coffee offers 25 recipes for coffee-based drinks and baked treats to serve them with. From iced to Irish, espresso martinis to coffee beer, this is an essential anthology for the coffee enthusiast.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Magic Soup : food for health and happiness / Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams.
“There is something about soup that has both the ability to revitalise and to soothe. They are packed with nutrition and offer variety, deliciousness and comfort as well as being a fantastic aid for weight-loss. Soup’s versatility and health benefits are captured in MAGIC SOUP.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Nut Butters : 30 nut butter recipes and creative ways to use them / Mary Loudermilk.
“Sure, they’re great on toast, but there’s no limit to what nut butters can do! Not only will this book give you the basics for several easy-to-make varieties, but it also introduces fresh and unusual flavor combinations–like chocolate bourbon hazelnut, bacon pistachio, and spicy macadamia. Each butter comes with delicious recipes, from chicken and shrimp to cookies, pancakes, and truffles. Nut Butters will spark your imagination and inspire you to create your own variations!” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

This month’s beliefs selections explore journeys that we may encounter – why we make life decisions to leave or join groups, how we transition through stages in our lives, or how certain events can transform our whole perspective.

Syndetics book cover The saffron road : a journey with Buddha’s daughters, by Christine Toomey.
“Part travelogue, part history, part spiritual enquiry, this records stories of Buddhist nuns from both the East and West including why they decided to become nuns, often leaving professional careers or marriages. Their answers varied but one common thread is a search for spiritual satisfaction. Toomey offers some explanations of Buddhist principles in context, but this is suitable for readers who know nothing about Buddhism.
Syndetics book cover All the places to go… how will you know? : God has placed before you an open door. What will you do? by John Ortberg.
God opens doors through circumstances and invites us to walk through. There are no guarantees what is on the other side, but how we respond shapes the person we will become. Author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the many opportunities which are placed before us each day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace what follows.
Syndetics book cover After this : when life is over, where do we go? by Claire Bidwell Smith.
Smith wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now? Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process. Smith undergoes sessions with mediums and psychics plus ceremonies of organized religion to try and find the answers.
Image from amazon.com Walking the Bible : a journey by land through the five books of Moses, by Bruce Feiler.
Feiler has joined archaeologist Avner Goren in a trek through the Middle East, visiting the sites mentioned in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. This weaves together archaeological evidence, history, theology, myth, and travelogue, to explore many stories in the Pentateuch as he visited the places. His account also includes encounters with other pilgrims and interviews with local residents. One senses that Feiler’s own spiritual journey was strengthened by his first hand experience of this significant stories on location.

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Health

This month, we learn new ways to manage illness and take a new approaches towards conditions such as autism and explore the world of neuroscience. We also find advice and support to deal with the sometimes difficult path towards fertility.

Syndetics book cover Mayo Clinic guide to fertility and conception
“A comprehensive resource for couples wanting to conceive includes advice on diet and exercise to promote fertility, answers to questions about age and stress, and information on when to see a fertility specialist.”(Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The essential guide to women’s herbal medicine
“Botanical medicine is one of the main therapies employed by naturopathic doctors, and many women are now turning to natural remedies for treating and preventing health problems, either as an alternative or as a complement to conventional health care. This pursuit of optimum health care can often be confusing and overwhelming because of the wide range of information that is available. Gilbert provides clear information on herbal medicine treatments that meet the distinctive needs of women. There are 25 topics covered, from anemia and Dysmenorrhea to pregnancy, menopause and endometriosis. A complete profile for 49 herbs is featured with the corresponding condition or ailment it treats along with an easy-to-follow protocol.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Uniquely human : a different way of seeing autism
“In Uniquely Human, Dr. Prizant suggests a major shift in understanding autism: Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. Rather than curb these behaviors, it’s better to enhance abilities, build on strengths, and offer supports that will naturally lead to more desirable behavior and a better quality of life. Filled with humanity and wisdom, Uniquely Human offers a compassionate and insightful perspective that parents, professionals, and family members will find uplifting and hopeful.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Brainstorm : a memoir of love, devotion, and a cerebral aneurysm
“Brainstorm is the candid and powerful memoir of the author’s harrowing experience of an aneurysm and his road to recovery. It is a journey of love, devotion, and a clash of medical beliefs and countercultures. The fierce resolve of the author and his wife is extraordinary, inspiring, and matched only by the tremendous competence and care of the medical system–one to which the author initially stands in opposition, but that he later learns to admire and respect. This book is for anyone who has experienced the fear and difficulties of a major illness. Filled with raw emotion, Brainstorm affords quiet but powerful support to those suffering similar circumstances and strives to tell them that they are not alone.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Yoga for life : a journey to inner peace and freedom
“From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to ‘First Lady of Yoga’ (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga–and then inspired others to do the same.” (Library catalogue)

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Personal Development

This month we read books that challenge many preconceived ideas about the benefits of meditation, listening to our feelings and the trappings of the pursuit of happiness. Intrigued? Read on.

Syndetics book cover The Buddha pill : can meditation actually change you?
“In this new book, psychologists Dr. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm explore the human ambition for personal change and its possible illusions, with a focus on yoga and meditation. They examine the psychological and biological evidence, from early research on Transcendental Meditation to recent brain-imaging studies on mindfulness. Controversially, The Buddha Pill argues that personal change effected by these spiritual practices can vary widely from one individual to another, and that peace and compassion may not always be the end result. Combining insights from decades of scientific research with fascinating accounts from gurus and prisoners, The Buddha Pill weaves together a unique story about the science and the delusions of personal change.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The happiness trap : how to stop struggling and start living
“Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The story of psychology
“Following the successful pattern of The Story of Maths, The Story of Physics , and The Story of Philosophy, The Story of Psychology traces the development of psychology from its origins as a branch of philosophy to the present day, when it is a discipline in its own right, closely allied with neurology and physiology. Topics include the study of the soul; how the mind was perceived in the ancient world; the ghost in the machine; consciousness, semiconsciousness, and altered consciousness; models of madness; ways of dealing with mental illness; how we learn and know.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Raising happiness : 10 simple steps for more joyful kids and happier parents
“Drawing on what hard science says about the factors that breed happiness in childhood and beyond, here are 10 simple principles for fostering the skills and habits that will set the stage for optimism, emotional health, and confidence for kids. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and don’ts in action, Carter covers the day-to-day pressure points of parenting—how best to discipline, get kids to school and activities on time, and get dinner on the table—as well as the more elusive issues of helping children build healthy friendships and develop emotional intelligence.” (adapted from amazon.com)

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Mind & Body Newsletter for August

Library News

Cooking

This month’s selection of cookbooks feature seasonal foods with emphasis on local produce and growing your own food. Other books include ‘how to’ books like Dudefood, The First Foods Book and Cooking for Geeks.

Syndetics book cover DudeFood. Volume # 1 / [by Daniel Churchill].
“Are you a guy who has wanted to cook but doesn’t know where to start? The Dude Food book is here to educate, motivate and inspire men of all ages. With its colloquial dude language and easy to read recipes, dudes no longer have an excuse to avoid the kitchen bench. Dude Food incorporates the many scenarios guys find themselves in each day – what to have around the gym, how to impress a girl, what to feed your mates. This book will turn a standard TV dinner guy into an appealing kitchen master.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Cooking for Geeks : Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food / Jeff Potter.
“More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and piques your curiosity about food. Presents recipes ranging in difficulty with the science and technology-minded cook in mind, providing the science behind cooking, the physiology of taste, and the techniques of molecular gastronomy.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Kew on a Plate with Raymond Blanc : recipes, horticulture and heritage / text by Sheila Keating.
“The best dish on Raymond’s menu, according to Raymond, is the ‘one that’s in season’. In this unique collaboration, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Raymond Blanc OBE have come together to explore the provenance of our heritage fruit and vegetables and grow them once again in Kew’s historic gardens.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Eat Local for Less : the ultimate guide to opting out of our broken industrial food system / Julie Castillo.
“Featuring down-to-earth advice on finding, buying, growing, and preparing great food from local sources, this important resource shows readers how to bring what’s on their plates in line with what’s in their hearts. For anyone concerned about animal welfare, economic fair play, family cohesion, community wellbeing, or the impact of human activity on the environment, the book is a compendium of practical know-how, showcasing another whole food system that has been quietly producing delicious foods in ways that don’t wreck any ecosystems but actually improve some of them.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

This month’s selections include three windows into Pope Francis’ life and contribution, and two very different rites of passage away from fundamentalist family communities.

Syndetics book cover Where the dead pause, and the Japanese say goodbye : a journey, by Marie Mutsuki Mockett.
Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather’s bones. As Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster, Mockett also grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly. Her journey towards consolation leads her into the radiation zone in a white hazmat suit; to Eiheiji, a school for Zen Buddhist monks; to a Crab Lady and Fuzzy-Headed Priest’s temple on Mount Doom; and into the “thick dark” of the subterranean labyrinth under Kiyomizu temple, among other twists and turns. … (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The great reformer : Francis and the making of a radical pope, by Austen Ivereigh.
At its heart, this book is as much about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God’s will transformed him into Pope Francis, as it is about the intersection of faith and politics. This investigates Francis’ teenage years growing up in Buenos Aires and events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflict and disillusionment with an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s and priestly training gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a “Church of the Poor”; through to present days. The library has also received The future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, by Garry Wills, and Pope Francis : conversations with Jorge Bergoglio, by Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti.
Syndetics book cover Three journeys to Heaven : the true stories of my near death experiences, by Marilou Trask-Curtin.
Having died and returned to life several times, the author shares how her experiences have shaped her behaviour, goals, attitude, and life mission. Guardian angels, and healing miracles have also been part of her journey.

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Health

Could this month’s multiple titles on eating disorders, addictions and depression be an indicator of our modern struggles as human being? Can mediation, yoga and walking be part of a holistic, gentle and sustainable solution? Delve into our new health collection and find out what you think.

Syndetics book cover Modern yoga
“Modern Yoga is a complete program of personal transformation. The book shows a path through the traditions of yoga, meditation, personal development and physical yoga practice. It is the work of one of Australia’s leading yogis, Duncan Peak, founder of Power Living Yoga Australia.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover If you work it, it works! : the science behind 12 step recovery
“Since the publication of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, the Twelve Steps have been central to staying sober for millions of people around the world. Countless recovery and treatment organizations have adopted the Steps as their program for abstaining from addictive behaviors. But recently a growing chorus of critics has questioned the science behind this model. In this book, Nowinski calls upon the latest research, as well as his own seminal Project MATCH study, to show why systematically working a Twelve Step program yields predictable and successful outcomes.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Blue Zones solution : eating and living like the world’s healthiest people
“Dan Buettner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones, lays out a proven plan to maximize your health based on the practices of the world’s healthiest people. For the first time, Buettner reveals how to transform your health using smart eating and lifestyle habits gleaned from new research on the diets, eating habits, and lifestyle practices of the communities he’s identified as “Blue Zones”—those places with the world’s longest-lived, and thus healthiest, people. Filled with moving personal stories, delicious recipes, checklists, and useful tips that will transform any home into a miniature blue zone, The Blue Zones Solution is the ultimate blueprint for a healthy, happy life.” (Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover Walking the weight off for dummies
“Walking is the number one form of exercise in America, and studies show that it is highly effective in achieving multiple health goals from losing weight and decreasing body fat to improving overall health and mental well being. Best of all, walking is very inexpensive and can be done anywhere. With this complete and easy-to-use guide, you′ll find that creating and sticking to a walking program to lose weight and feel great has never been easier. If you′ve always wanted to incorporate walking into your routine to boost your health and effectively lose weight, Walking the Weight Off For Dummies will show you how.” (Syndetics)

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Personal Development

This month’s selection delves into the workings of co-dependent relationships and offers tools to free yourself from them, cultivating intimacy, yet separateness, creativity and inner peace.
We also examine the role of death in life and the devastating effect of twin bereavement and loss and how to deal with it.

Syndetics book cover Calm : calm the mind, change the world
“Join the Calm revolution. Modern life is hectic and relentless. There has never been a more important time to rediscover your pause button. Calm is the book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm. It is a practical and pleasurable guide to twenty-first century mindfulness. Regular meditation is medically proven to be good for you. Calm is about simple, achievable habits that work with the demands of your busy life instead of pretending those demands don’t exist. Calm does not require specialist training: it uses abilities that every single one of us is born with, like creativity, spontaneity and simply noticing the world around you. Calm demystifies mindfulness and shows you the many simple ways to be mindful while carrying on with your life.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Invisible chains : overcoming coercive control in your intimate relationship
“When a man showers all of his attention on a woman, it can feel incredibly romantic, and can blind her to hints of a darker side. But what happens when that attentiveness starts to feel like domination? For certain men, the desire to control leads to jealousy, possessiveness, micromanaging–even physical violence. Understanding what this destructive pattern looks like and why it occurs is the first step toward repairing or ending a relationship that has become toxic. Readers get vital tools for determining if they are in danger and if their partner can change and for getting their freedom back.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Rejection proof : how I beat fear and became invincible through 100 days of rejection
“Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. He realized he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him. Thus was born his “100 days of rejection” experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis. Jia learned that even the most preposterous wish may be granted if you ask in the right way, and shares the secret of successful asking, how to pick targets, and how to tell when an initial no can be converted into something positive. Filled with great stories and valuable insight, Rejection Proof is a fun and thoughtful examination of how to overcome fear and dare to live more boldly.” (Syndetics summary)

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Mind & Body Newsletter for May

Draw inspiration from this eclectic selection of new library arrivals and search for books that you can connect with. Enjoy tasty and healthy food recipes and read about recent research on vitamin supplements. Find out about the influence of the Celtic history and myths and the religious perspectives and practices of Islam. Take a journey of self-discovery and explore the energy of your thoughts turning the negative into positive. Happy reading!

Library News

Cooking

Enjoy our eclectic selection for this month.

Syndetics book cover A Bird in the Hand : chicken recipes for every day and every mood / Diana Henry.
“In A Bird in the Hand , Diana Henry o­ffers a host of new, easy and not-so-very-well-known dishes, starring the bird we all love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Kenkō Kitchen / Kate Bradley ; photography by Elisa Watson.
“In Kenko Kitchen, Kate Bradley shares a range of healthy and delicious foods that are easy to prepare, with ingredients available from the local store. Featuring a host of vegan recipes that are also gluten- and sugar-free for those with fructose and gluten intolerances, and delicious raw food, detoxifying, and macrobiotic recipes, Kenko Kitchen is perfect for everyone from whole foods newcomers to long time whole-foods devotees, health-conscious food lovers, vegans, and those with dietary intolerances.”(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Note-by-Note Cooking : The Future of Food / Hervé This ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise.
Note-by-Note Cooking is a landmark in the annals of gastronomy, liberating cooks from the constraints of traditional ingredients and methods through the use of pure molecular compounds. 1-Octen-3-ol, which has a scent of wild mushrooms; limonene, a colorless liquid hydrocarbon that has the smell of citrus; sotolon, whose fragrance at high concentrations resembles curry and at low concentrations, maple syrup or sugar; tyrosine, an odorless but flavorful amino acid present in cheese–these and many other substances, some occurring in nature, some synthesized in the laboratory, make it possible to create novel tastes and flavors in the same way that elementary sound waves can be combined to create new sounds. Note-by-note cooking promises to add unadulterated nutritional value to dishes of all kinds, actually improving upon the health benefits of so-called natural foods….” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The 52 new foods challenge : a family cooking adventure for each week of the year / Jennifer Tyler Lee.
“In this book, and the Crunch a Color game that complements it, we meet a mom, advocate, and inspiration who helps families move from bland to bountiful plates from the freezer section to the farmers market. Through an ingenious and simple game, The 52 New Foods Challenge inspires kids, their parents, friends, and families to get into the kitchen to cook, taste, and eat healthy, unprocessed foods together.This book may actually help families save the health of our children, our nation, and perhaps our planet as well!” (Books in Print)

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Religion and beliefs

There’s something for everyone here – Celtic and North American traditional stories, two very different reflections on faith journeys to NZ, an introduction to Islamic beliefs, and a Buddhist call to remain relevant to social concerns.

Syndetics book cover Te Rongopai 1814 ‘Takoto te pai!’ : bicentenary reflections on Christian beginnings and developments in Aotearoa New Zealand, edited by Allan Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham, Adrienne Puckey.
2014 was the bicentenary year for Rev Samuel Marsden’s arrival in the Bay of Islands. Ruatara, Hongi Hika, Korokoro and five others accompanied them from Australia. Marsden’s church service Christmas Day is taken as the beginning of the mission in New Zealand made possible by the important friendship that had developed between Marsden and Ruatara, a Rangatira in the Bay of Islands. The several essays here explore different aspects of the Anglican missionaries, including dialogue between Maori and missionaries.
Syndetics book cover The Celtic myths : a guide to the ancient gods and legends, by Miranda Aldhouse-Green.
This includes both vivid retelling of Irish and Welsh myths as well as social history, evidence from archaeology (such as the Gundestrup Cauldron) and a guide to themes such as animals or the environment. the book begins with a discussion on how myths are handed down and ends with a discussion on the influence of monastic writers and translators. This is a great guide for anyone interested in Celtic history. The library has also received Pagan Britain, by Ronald Hutton, which takes a different approach to a similar topic.
Syndetics book cover Waking the Buddha : how the most dynamic and empowering Buddhist movement in history is changing our concept of religion, by Clark Strand.
This tells the story of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest, most dynamic Buddhist movement today. This movement invites Buddhism to “wake up” so it can truly work in ordinary people’s lives, rather than foster a style of meditation which detaches from reality. The author draws on his experiences as a Buddhist teacher and journalist to offer insight into how and why the Soka Gakkai’s commitment and approach to social justice has become a role model.
Syndetics book cover A brief guide to Native American myths and legends, by Lewis Spence.
“In this reworking of Lewis Spence’s seminal ‘Myths and Legends of the North American Indians’, Jon E. Lewis puts the work in context with an extensive new introductory essay and additional commentary throughout the book on the history of Native Americans, their language and lifestyle, culture and religion/mythology.” (Syndetics summary)

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Health

Are our genes killing us? Is there anything we can do about it? Are vitamins supplements really essential to our health or just another commercial ploy? Can we heal through yoga? These questions are some of the many that are the subject of this month’s titles.

Syndetics book cover Vitamania : our obsessive quest for nutritional perfection
“Health-conscious Australians seek out vitamins any way they can, whether in a morning glass of orange juice, a piece of vitamin-enriched bread, or a daily multivitamin. We believe that vitamins are always beneficial and that the more we can get, the better –and yet despite this familiarity, few of us could explain what vitamins actually are. Instead, we outsource our questions to experts and interpret ‘vitamin’ as shorthand for ‘health. The one thing that experts do agree upon is that the best way to get our nutrients is in the foods that naturally contain them. Vitamania reveals the surprising story of how our embrace of vitamins led to today’s Wild West of dietary supplements and investigates the complicated psychological relationship we’ve developed with these thirteen mysterious chemicals.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The digestive health solution : your personalized five-step plan for inside – out digestive wellness
“This interactive book enables you to have better digestive health for life! When your insides are working properly, all of you is so much healthier. Under the guidance of expert naturopath and communicator Ben Brown, you will explore the mind-body connection, food intolerances and the keys to a healthy digestive system before learning how to address your health issues and quality-of-life needs with a five-step plan that is uniquely yours. The author is a passionate communicator and knows that it doesn’t take a lot to help people dramatically reduce digestive discomfort. ” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Healing yoga : proven postures to treat twenty common ailments- from backache to bone loss, shoulder pain to bunions, and more
“Healing Yoga unites medical knowledge with the practice of yoga to help treat twenty common conditions, including headache, weight gain, the common cold, scoliosis, PMS, stress, depression, and eight different types of back pain. Dr. Fishman shares techniques he has invented, refined, and validated with thousands of patients, including detailed pose instructions and accompanying photographs. He walks readers through not only healing but also diagnosis of specific medical conditions, especially back pain, when there is more than one source of trouble. Suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis, this book is an at-home guide to a renowned doctor’s expertise.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover So it’s cancer : now what?
So It’s Cancer: Now What? is a guide to what to do when you receive a diagnosis of cancer, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava. ‘You have cancer.’ These three small words have the power to dramatically change the rest of your life. The words can set in motion a chain of events that render you – the patient – passenger, feeling out of control of your own body and circumstance. And while cancer connotes mystery, its reputation should not discourage you from understanding the illness. With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Ranjana Srivastava demystifies the labyrinthine world of the illness. She equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the perennial issues, such as finding the right oncologist, and to ask the bigger questions, such as how to break it to the kids.” (Syndetics)

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Personal Development

Lessons from this month’s selection include: How to find your true self behind the performance of relationships; How to integrate mindfulness in your life, at work and at home; How to be more tolerant and accepting of yourself; How to deal with grief when your parents pass away.

Syndetics book cover Scary close : dropping the act and finding true intimacy
“In a conversational tone, Miller discloses thoughts about intimacy and how to find it: taking off the masks worn to hide the true self. The personality we show to the world often is that of a performer, created to hide who we are while trying to win approval and get attention, he says. Miller’s contemplations come as the result of courting his wife, Betsy, who changed his thinking when it came to relationships with women. Short chapters tackle topics that range from personal memories and experiences to practical advice about factors that affect people as they develop relationships.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Mindful work : how meditation is changing business from the inside out
“Big business often seems the reserve of ruthless money-grubbers desperately looking for a way to make their next buck. But a quiet revolution is reshaping the corporate world, as the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs and businesspeople are starting to change how a successful business is run. A new breed of mindful managers are using meditation, yoga and other Zen techniques to focus on feeling good while making money – and using the money to do good too. Materialism is out and mindfulness is in. Featuring insights from high-level managers at Fortune 500 companies through to Google employees and the Dalai Lama himself, Mindful Work is an inspirational guide to mindfulness based in the realities of running a successful business.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Tame your inner critic : find peace & contentment to live your life on purpose
“This book takes you on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the energy of your thoughts and turning the negative into positive. Discover how to use your innate intuitive abilities to heal these energies and discard judgments and criticisms that have built up over the years. Find your true north – your own internal wisdom that is connected to the divine and gives you guidance. With specialised exercises and meditations, this book shows you how to banish negativity, improve your relationships and realise new ways to share your gifts with the world around you.” (Book cover)
Syndetics book cover Healing the adult child’s grieving heart : 100 practical ideas after your parent dies
“Offering heartfelt and simple advice, this book provides realistic suggestions and relief for an adult child whose parent has died. Practical advice is presented in a one-topic-per-page format that does not overwhelm with psychological language, but provides small, immediate ways to understand and reconcile grief. The common challenges that face grieving adult children, such as helping the surviving parent, resolving sibling conflicts, and legal and financial issues, are addressed clearly and concisely.” (Syndetics)

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Mind & Body Newsletter for March

Welcome to your library’s Newsletter for March featuring an inspiring selection of health, spirituality and personal development books to motivate you as a reader and help you develop a better understanding about immunity and allergies, how to prevent depression and more. Take a look at the delightful cookbooks packed full of recipes that are easy to make and delicious to taste. Happy reading!

Library News

Cooking

Here are some cookbooks which may help keep you on track with your new year’s resolution to stay healthy.

Syndetics book cover 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks : Easy recipes for natural energy and weight control the healthy way / Emily von Euw.
“Juices and smoothies are packed with the vitamins and nutrients you need to nourish your body. And Emily von Euw, creator of thisrawsomeveganlife.com has recipes that are so delicious you’ll be drinking to your health every day.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Gluten-free & Easy : Over 80 Simple Recipes for the Gluten Intolerant / Sara Lewis.
Gluten-free & Easy can make adapting to a gluten-free diet easy. There are 100 recipes and step-by-step guides to making gluten-free pastries, breads, cakes and more, and a glossary of gluten-free ingredients such as flour mixes and xanthan gum, it is the only book you need to change your diet for ever. A wide range of dishes is included. There are bakes, such as cakes, breads, tarts and pies, as well as other treats that are conventionally gluten-based, such as dumplings, pancakes, pasta and Chinese sauces.” (Books in Print)
Syndetics book cover The Wild Wisdom of Weeds : 13 essential plants for human survival / Katrina Blair ; foreword by Sandor Ellix Katz.
“When you encounter a weed, do you pull it, spray it-or consume it? Blair, a holistic health and sustainable living educator, recommends the latter. In the first few chapters of this title, she emphasizes the importance of wild plants as food and medicine. The remaining chapters profile 13 edible weeds commonly found worldwide near human habitations: amaranth, chickweed, clover, dandelion, dock, grass, knotweed, lambsquarter, mallow, mustard, plantain, purslane, and thistle. Many are frequently classified as noxious or invasive, but Blair encourages us to see them not as enemies to be eradicated but as allies to nourish body and spirit.” (Library Journal)
Syndetics book cover The Healthy Cook / Dan Churchill ; art director, Jay Beaumont ; photography, Michael Marchment ; styling, Madi Coppock.
The Healthy Cook is set to revolutionise the way you look at healthy cooking, being one of the first cookbooks to provide the macronutrient (Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates ) information for each meal, all in a simple table. Readers will learn about what they are actually digesting just from a quick glance. An efficient and easy way to understand how balanced your days really are. Wanting to know what to cook for dinner but are sick of reading whole recipes? Using the innovative Slider Bar The Healthy Cook will help you find the perfect dish for the occasion as it assesses time, skill set and how healthy the meal is.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Grain-free Family Table : 125 delicious recipes for fresh, healthy eating every day / Carrie Vitt.
“Offers organic, family-friendly, and grain-free recipes that satisfy a paleo lifestyle, including blackberry apple crisp, zucchini fritters, creamy chicken, vegetable, and tomato soup, and pecan pie.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Natural Food that Makes You Happy / Pascale Naessens.
“Pascale Naessens is a bestselling culinary author. With her books, she created a new vibe where people can enjoy food and lose weight at the same time. Her recipes are recommended by doctors and osteopaths and are the proof that tasty food can also be healthy. This book presents delightful dishes that are easy to make and packed full of flavour; food that makes you happy, beautiful and energetic. This book is not a diet book, it is a way of living and thinking.” (Books in Print)
Syndetics book cover Through the Seasons : The Free Range Cook / Annabel Langbein.
“Annabel Langbein is back with her most exciting book yet, inspired by a year of fresh seasonal harvests, many of which just happen to be gluten-free or vegetarian, with menus for every occasion, plus hundreds of Annabel’s trademark clever tips and tricks, this is more than just a cookbook – it’s a toolkit for a good life.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Plenty More / Yotam Ottolenghi.
“Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate….It’s a revolution that is bold, inspiring and ever-expanding. Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. It’s focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world over. Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 150 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas is stunning…. this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

Several explorations in spirituality, either within the context of traditional beliefs or subjective experiences, are included in this month’s list, together with a recent book by popular author Deepak Chopra.

Syndetics book cover Spirituality : a guide for the perplexed, by Philip Sheldrake.
What exactly is spirituality? Is it different from religion? This book is a guide to different spiritualities as areas of study, religiously, historically, philosophically and in the social sciences. It explores the tools used to study spirituality or interpret spiritual classics from different times and cultures. Mostly, themes associated with five major world religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism – are represented, but especially Christian Spirituality from its early days. A useful overview.
Syndetics book cover The future of God : a practical approach to spirituality for our times, by Deepak Chopra.
Describes the development from unbelief to faith to knowledge. Although covering Richard Dawkins’ arguments for atheism, this is not really an apologetic for theism, and science is no enemy. He offers possible ways forward in spirituality in a readable and balanced way as he explores spiritual living without eschewing secular knowledge.
Syndetics book cover Why can’t they get along? : a conversation between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian, by Dawoud El-Alami, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, George D. Chryssides.
The 21st century is no stranger to conflicts over religious conflict. Islam, Christianity and Judaism all can trace roots back to Abraham so what are the differences? Three men discuss what their faiths teach on the big issues of life, and what can be done to form closer partnerships? How can they get along?
Syndetics book cover We make the road by walking : a year-long quest for spiritual formation, reorientation, and activation, by Brian D. McLaren.
Meditations organized around the traditional church year include Why we worry, why we judge ; The choice is yours ; Peace march (Palm Sunday) ; A table. A basin. Some food. Some friends. (Holy Thursday) ; Everything must change (Good Friday) ; Doubt. Darkness. Despair. (Holy Saturday) ; The uprising begins (Easter Sunday) ; The uprising of discipleship.

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Health

Understanding an illness gives sufferers a sense of better control over it. Understanding how vaccines work and what they actually prevent may convince the reader in favour of immunisation. Knowing about the benefits of certain plants and foods can help make better decision regarding our daily dietary decisions. Here are many informative and fascinating books on cancer, depression, vaccines, gender differences and more!

Syndetics book cover So it’s cancer : now what?
So It’s Cancer: Now What? is a guide to what to do when you receive a diagnosis of cancer, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava. ‘You have cancer.’ These three small words have the power to dramatically change the rest of your life. The words can set in motion a chain of events that render you – the patient – passenger, feeling out of control of your own body and circumstance. And while cancer connotes mystery, its reputation should not discourage you from understanding the illness. With her trademark wisdom and warmth, Ranjana Srivastava demystifies the labyrinthine world of the illness. She equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions on the perennial issues, such as finding the right oncologist, and to ask the bigger questions, such as how to break it to the kids.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The mood repair toolkit : proven strategies to prevent the blues from turning into depression
“While many books deliver remedies for depression, Clark (psychology, Univ. of New Brunswick) offers preventative steps that people can take to reverse a slide from periods of sadness into full-blown depression. He presents more than 80 cognitive strategies to cut the depressed mood “off at the pass,” such as silencing the inner critic, making connections with others, and facing one’s demons. The author speaks with understanding of the depressive personality type and presents tangible exercises and concrete examples of actions to correct faulty thinking and actions.” (Library Journal)
Syndetics book cover On immunity : an inoculation
“Eula Biss advocates eloquently for childhood immunization, making her case as an anxious new mother intent on protecting her son-and understanding the consequences. Her son’s birth coincided with an outbreak of the H1N1 flu (popularly known as “swine flu”), triggering an inquiry that involved her doctor father, other mothers, researchers, and her own copious research. Biss’s study ranges from the beginnings of vaccination-a “precursor to modern medicine”-in the 1700s, through Andrew Wakefield’s disastrous, and later retracted, 1998 study that proposed the MMR vaccine might be linked to autism. Biss frankly and optimistically looks at our “unkempt” world and our shared mission to protect one another.” (Publisher Weekly)
Syndetics book cover Why can’t a man be more like a woman? : the evolution of sex and gender
Why Can’t a Man Be More Like a Woman? is an exercise in critical and unbiased thinking. From fertilization and evolution to aggressive men and emotional women, Wolpert explores the whole gamut of sexual development and gender differentiation. With some surprising discoveries along the way, he explains how men are fundamentally “modified females,” as well as takes a close look at evolution’s effect on our differing brain chemistry—giving women an advantage in verbal tasks and episodic memory, men the advantage in spatial perception and orientation, and couples virtually no chance at understanding one another.” (From amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover p53 : the gene that cracked the cancer code / Sue Armstrong.
“This book tells the story of medical science’s mission to unravel the mysteries of this crucial gene, and to get to the heart of what happens in our cells when they turn cancerous. Through the personal accounts of key researchers, p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code reveals the fascination of the quest for scientific understanding, as well as the huge excitement of the chase for new cures — the hype, the enthusiasm, the lost opportunities, the blind alleys, and the thrilling breakthroughs. And as the long-anticipated revolution in cancer treatment tailored to each individual patient’s symptoms begins to take off at last, p53 remains at the cutting edge.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The allergy-fighting garden : stop asthma and allergies with smart landscaping / Thomas Leo Ogren.
“In the past ten years, allergy and asthma rates have continued to increase dramatically around the world. An estimated 50 million Americans (1 in 5) suffer from asthma and allergies–more than diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Thomas Ogren’s innovative system is based on the fact that only male plants, which are over-planted in gardens and civic landscapes, produce pollen. By raising public awareness and by removing or replacing troublesome plants in your yard with pollen-blocking females and other pollen screens, allergy-sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms. More than 3,000 plant listings are included and graded 1 to 10 according to OPALS, the plant-allergy ranking system created by Ogren and now used by the United States Department of Agriculture.” (Syndetics)

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Personal Development

Success is a very subjective concept and can take many forms. What is success for one person might not be for the next. Is financial wealth a real success if your heart is not content? Can you reach fulfillment without money? What are your goals in life? Professional success, academic or sporting achievement, a happy romantic relationship, having a lot of friends or having only a few very close ones, fighting for a worthy cause? Does change make you anxious or do your thrive for novelty and adventures? Everyone will have a different answer to these questions. Whatever your life’s quest, this month’s selection should give you some useful insight on the way to a content life.

Syndetics book cover Rewire your anxious brain : how to use the neuroscience of fear to end anxiety, panic, & worry
“Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the centre of “worry.” The author offers specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain. As you read, you’ll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Managing for change : how to make your future brighter, today
“The world around us is constantly changing – and at a faster and faster rate. These changes have an impact on our lives at many different levels. It’s possible that the things we are doing now will not work in the future. So how do we alter our current trajectory? And to where should we set our new course? And if change is inevitable, why not plan for it? And why not go one step further – and actually manage for it? Letting change happen to us is no guarantee of a happy and successful life. Reaching that goal for now and tomorrow means constantly assessing the future and developing skills in predicting and managing the forces of change. Managing for Change is your guide to doing just that.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover You can be happy : 101 ways to smile
Imagine you have been told that this is the last day of your life and you have twelve hours to live .. ..are you really going to worry about the report you haven’t finished for work, the negative comment you received from a friend a year ago or how you will manage Christmas at your place this year? Probably not! This book will help you to place all life issues into perspective, recognise your strengths, become more assertive and in doing so increase significantly your happiness level for the rest of your life. This book provides useful strategies for you to focus on breaking through the roadblocks to smile and step back onto the happiness path. Smiling is contagious. People around you will be smiling too.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Improving your memory : how to remember what you’re starting to forget
This book provides readers with tools for understanding and improving memory, including sixteen helpful exercises. Simple techniques like writing information down, creating a catch word or phrase, altering something in your environment, and reviewing details in advance can put you actively in charge of retrieving information more easily. As in previous editions, Improving Your Memory reinforces memory techniques through real-life examples. This accessible handbook also discusses how memory works; how it changes with age, stress, illness, and depression; and why people remember what they do. Many readers will see immediate improvement in their memory after reading the book.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Imagine this : creating the work you love
“Life coach and poet Clair (Rattlebone) advocates the New Age mission of self-realization with this succinct, easy-to-follow workbook. A survivor of domestic abuse, Clair earned two advanced degrees; after a long career as a medical technologist, she became an English professor at George Washington University and an award-winning writer. Setting the example for how self-realization improved her life, she outlines the journey to empowerment that worked for her in nine steps: for example, the first step toward “pursuing a greater sense of wakefulness” is simply to keep a journal. For those who may be floundering, she advises looking for inspiration in “places that hold your idea of beauty” or simply chilling by watching “wall paper dry”.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Your year for change : 52 reflections for regret-free living
“Having spent several years listening to, and then writing about the regrets of dying people, Bronnie Ware understands the importance of acknowledging death and finding the courage to live a happy and authentic life in the meantime. In this tender yet influential collection, Bronnie Ware shares 52 inspiring stories, woven among observations from her daily life, strengthening you with the values needed for regret-free living. Bronnie’s ability to open your eyes to new perspectives will also open your heart to new strengths and dreams. “Your Year for Change” is a gentle and powerful book that will leave you determined to embrace your life, forgive your past, honor your heart, and create a regret-free future of happiness and wonder.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Playing big : find your voice, your vision and make things happen
“The groundbreaking book that gives every woman the practical skills they need to begin playing big. Five years ago, Tara Mohr began to see a pattern in her work as an expert in leadership: women with tremendous talent, ideas and ambition were not recognising their own brilliance. They felt that they were “playing small” in their lives and careers and wanted to “play bigger” but didn’t know how. And so, Tara devised a step-by-step programme for playing big from inside out: this book is the result. It provides real, practical tools to help women trust their instincts; identify and pursue their callings; become their own mentor; and take bold actions to make their ideas a reality.” (Book jacket)

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Mind & Body Newsletter – December

This month’s selection of books features a variety of ideas and tips on how to read literature and poetry, as well as, offering some solutions to problems that today’s writers are faced with. It includes true crime stories and some intriguing New Zealand history. Enjoy!

Library News

Literature

It’s time for a little erudition! Add richness to your reading with three of this month’s selections – How to read literature like a professor, Reading poetry and How to be well-read.

Syndetics book cover The ancient Greek hero in 24 hours / Gregory Nagy.
“The ancient Greeks’ concept of the hero was very different from what we understand by the term today, Gregory Nagy argues – and it is only through analyzing their historical contexts that we can truly understand Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and Herakles. In Greek tradition, a hero was a human, male or female, of the remote past, who was endowed with superhuman abilities by virtue of being descended from an immortal god. Despite their mortality, heroes, like the gods, were objects of cult worship. Nagy examines this distinctively religious notion of the hero in its many dimensions.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Help! for writers : 210 solutions to the problems every writer faces / Roy Peter Clark.
“The craft of writing offers countless potential problems. The story is too long. The story’s too short. Revising presents a huge hurdle. Writer’s block is rearing its ugly head. In Help! For Writers, Roy Peter Clark presents an “owner’s manual” for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process and addressing the 21 most urgent problems that writers face. In his trademark engaging and entertaining style, Clark offers ten short solutions to each problem.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Roget’s thesaurus of words for writers : over 2,300 emotive, evocative, descriptive synonyms, antonyms, and related terms every writer should know / David Olsen, Michelle Bevilacqua, Justin Cord Hayes, and Robert Bly.
“The ultimate tool for writers! Whether you’re crafting the next great American novel or pounding away at a last-minute blog entry, there will come a time in the process when you struggle to find just the perfect word or phrase. Under the time-tested banner of Roget’s Thesaurus, this collection will quickly become the most essential tool on your desk when you’re working on your next piece.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover How to be well read : a guide to 500 great novels and a handful of literary curiosities / John Sutherland.
“As the annual flow of novels grows ever greater, it’s a hard job to keep up, let alone sort the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately John Sutherland is on hand to do precisely that for you, and in 500 wittily informative essays he introduces you to the very best of the world’s fiction.” (Wellington City Libraries catalogue note)
Syndetics book cover The digested 21st century / John Crace.
“John Crace’s Digested Read first appeared in in February 2000 and has been running ever since. Each week Crace reduces a new book – anything from a Booker Prize winner to a Nigella cookery book is fair game – to 700 words in a parody of the plot, style, dialogue and themes. Or lack of them. The Digested Read has not just become an institution for readers; it is read and enjoyed by publishers and authors too. So long as it is not their book being digested.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Reading poetry / Peter Barry.
“Witty, direct and articulate, Peter Barry illustrates the key elements of poetry at work, covering many different kinds of verse, from traditional forms to innovative versions of the art, such as ‘concrete’ poetry, minimalism and word-free poems. The emphasis is on meanings rather than words, looking beyond technical devices like alliteration and assonance so that poems are understood as dynamic structures creating specific ends and effects.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines / Thomas C. Foster.
“A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster’s classic guide–a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts–that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts.” (Syndetics summary)

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Popular Non-Fiction

New non-fic books for November.. featuring True Crime.

Syndetics book cover The Valentino affair : the jazz age murder scandal that shocked New York society and gripped the world / Colin Evans.
“Few of silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino’s adoring fans knew that he got his start by trying to escape a dirty secret. The lurid tale began in 1912 when notorious playboy Jack de Saulles made headlines by marrying the beautiful young heiress Blanca Errázuriz. After the birth of their son, though, Jack was chasing every chorus girl on Broadway. By 1916, Blanca wanted a divorce and discovered that one of her husband’s mistresses was the dance partner of Rodolfo Guglielmi, a professional tango dancer. Blanca cultivated the young performer, and the ambitious Italian gave evidence on her behalf in divorce court. Furious, de Saulles had Guglielmi arrested on trumped-up vice charges, tarnishing the dancer’s reputation. Then, one sweltering August night when it looked like de Saulles wasn’t going to share custody of their son, Blanca shot him dead. Her family hired the best defense lawyer, who savaged de Saulles’s reputation and painted Blanca as a saint. During the “most sensational trial of the decade,” millions devoured the details of how the high-society marriage had unraveled. Guglielmi, who had already fled to California to avoid poisonous publicity, changed his name to Rudolph Valentino and became Hollywood history.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The dark net : inside the digital world / Jamie Bartlett.
“The online world we inhabit represents only a small fraction of the internet. Beyond Google and commercial web browsers lies a parallel universe: a ‘deep web’ twenty-five times larger than the surface web we know; a world of private chat rooms, second lives, anonymous markets and hidden sites: places where people stretch freedom to its limits to be anything, and do anything, they want. ‘The Dark Net’ is an examination of the hidden corners of the internet and the strange subcultures and protagonists that inhabit it.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Villains, scoundrels, and rogues : incredible true tales of mischief and mayhem / Paul Martin.
“Everyone loves a good villain! From the back pages of history, vivid, entertaining portraits of little-known scoundrels whose misdeeds range from the simply inept to the truly horrifying. Even if you’re an avid history buff, you’ve probably never heard of this disreputable cast of characters: A drunken, ne’er-do-well cop who abandoned his post at Ford’s Theatre, giving assassin John Wilkes Booth unchallenged access to President Lincoln; a notorious Kansas quack who made millions by implanting billy goat testicles in gullible male patients; and America’s worst female serial killer ever. …author and former National Geographic editor Paul Martin serves up concise, colorful biographies of thirty of America’s most outrageous characters. Whether readers choose to be horrified by the story of Ed Gein, Alfred Hitchcock’s hideous inspiration for Psycho, or marvel at the clever duplicity of the con artist who originated the phony bookie operation portrayed in The Sting, there’s something here for everyone…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The underground girls of Kabul : in search of a hidden resistance in Afghanistan / Jenny Nordberg.
“An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg… constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom. The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents’ attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Religion & Beliefs

Public and private faith emerges as one theme across several of our beliefs arrivals, together with sacred design and architecture.

Syndetics book cover The secret language of sacred spaces : decoding churches, temples, mosques and other places of worship around the world, by Jon Cannon.
How are sacred ideals expressed in architecture? From the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, to the Angkor Wat, Cambodia, to the Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China, the key strength of this book is the fantastic photos which illustrate how various religious traditions used design elements to express differing ideas about worship and beliefs, and how those changed over time (or in different locations) within the same faith tradition. A fascinating contribution and approach to comparative world religions. Another recent arrival focusing more on design than architecture is Gateway to the heavens : how geometric shapes, patterns and symbols form our reality, by Karen L. French.
Syndetics book cover The complete illustrated history of Catholicism & the Catholic saints : a comprehensive account of the history, philosophy and practice of Catholic Christianity and a guide to the most significant saints, by Tessa Paul ; consultant, Ronald Creighton-Jobe.
Despite it’s inclusive title, this book focuses solely on the Roman tradition, with no reference to any other, as one reviewer notes. However, even taking that into account, there is much to recommend if you want a one volume history of its rich history and church traditions, significant rituals, festivals and holy Days. Well illustrated.
Syndetics book cover Public Zen, personal Zen : a Buddhist introduction, by Peter D. Hershock.
As the title suggests, the author presents an overview of Zen from two different viewpoints: its “public” or institutional history and its “personal” or practiced history. The development of Zen as a religious institution in Japan is traced, together with how Zen has been practiced by both laypeople, clergy, and the ruling classes throughout its history. This is also a good study of the connections between a religion and the political, social, and economic institutions with which it lives.
Syndetics book cover Waking up : a guide to spirituality without religion, by Sam Harris.
Neuroscientist Harris argues from a growing body of scientific research that the idea of ‘self’, is both “an illusion and the primary cause of human suffering”. He argues that we need to transcend this, which will lead to a deeper sense of personal well-being, plus increased ethical behaviour towards others.

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History

The past stories and history of New Zealand are not only the domain of the rich and famous. This month in the New Zealand collection we feature some stories of early pioneers whose names are not famous or well known but who played their part in the history of New Zealand.

Syndetics book cover Our stories : the way we used to be : the New Zealand that time forgot… / edited by Ian Wishart.
Every day, thousands of news stories are published in New Zealand, chronicling the big events and the small. Most of these stories are long forgotten by the time historians get around to compiling the ‘official record’ of our country. Discover the heroes and villains of our past through long forgotten news stories, and find out how life really was in pioneer New Zealand. (Adapted from back cover)
Syndetics book cover Rough on women : abortion in 19th-century New Zealand / by Margaret Sparrow.
“Stories of abortion in 19th-century New Zealand, from newspaper accounts, court records and coroner’s reports”–Publisher information. The women in this book are all long dead and little is known of their inner lives. Most of what we know about them comes from coroners’ reports and newspaper accounts, and in many cases we know more about their abortionists than the women themselves. Women obtained abortions by whatever means they could, despite the dangers of poisoning, haemorrhage, and infection. And abortionists did their work despite the threat of long prison sentences or even the death penalty. (Adapted from back cover)
Syndetics book cover Stolen lives : a New Zealand foster child’s story from the ’40s and ’50s / Netta England.
Netta and her older brother Ray hardly knew their mother. She was a strange woman who made occasional visits, and they did not even know they had a Father. Instead from a very early age they lived with foster parents and at school were treated as different. Growing up, Netta became increasingly aware that her foster mother disliked her. Though never starved, Netta suffered neglect, as well as mental, physical and sexual abuse. After her brother’s death in 1976, Netta, by then married with a grown up family, began her long journey to learn about and understand what had happened in the past. She wanted to find out if somewhere out there was a family, her own family that she could belong to. How would she find them, and would they want to know her? She needed to find her roots. Stolen Lives is the record of Netta’s journey from a neglected and abused state ward, to a woman who discovers her heritage and creates a positive life regardless of her upbringing. (Syndetics summary)

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Mind and Body Newsletter – September 2014

Welcome to our September Mind & Body newsletter!

You may notice that this newsletter looks a bit different — we’ve switched our newsletters over to Mailchimp, but other than the engine powering them, nothing else has changed! These newsletters are still put together by our librarians, and we hope you enjoy our picks of the new books! If for any reason you would like to stop receiving these emails, you can find a link to unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.

Have a browse — and we hope you enjoy our picks!

Library News

Cooking

New this month in our cookery collection are a great range of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and low-fat healthy food books for you to explore. There’s bound to be some delicious and nourishing meat-free alternatives to try this winter season!

Syndetics book cover Baby & Toddler on the Go / Kim Laidlaw ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy ; illustrations by Lorena Siminovich.
“Whether you are in a car, on a plane, or heading to daycare or the park, this colorful cookbook will show you how to quickly and easily cook and transport healthy, delicious meals and snacks for your baby or toddler. Bright, vivid, fun photographs and a colorful design bring the food and ideas to life.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Straight From the Earth : irresistible vegan recipes for everyone / Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman ; photographs by Sara Remington.
“From Myra Goodman, the co-founder of Earthbound Farm, and her daughter Marea Goodman, comes Straight from the Earth, more than 90 creative vegan recipes that are so delicious you will change your mind about what it means to eat a plant-based diet.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Honestly Healthy for Life : healthy alternatives for everyday eating / Natasha Corrett, Vicki Edgson ; photography by Lisa Linder.
“Honestly Healthy for Life shows how the alkaline way of eating can fit seamlessly into everyday life, This new collection of over 100 super-tasty and nutritious recipes created by gourmet vegetarian chef Natasha Correti and backed by the nutritional know-how of Vicki Edgson provides and easy route to great health and well-being.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Real Fresh Gluten-free Food : simple healthy meals for everyone / Anna & Roger Wilde ; with photography by Daniel Allen.
“A new and revised edition of Anna and Roger Wilde’s classic cookbook for healthy eating is made relevant for people with special dietary needs. Every recipe is now gluten-free and labelled dairy-free and vegan (where suitable) to provide quick reference for specific requirements. The authors provide recipe notes wherever possible and they give expert advice along with the key guidelines to achieving a healthy diet.”–Publisher information.

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

If the Commonwealth Games has made you want to read more about these sporting events, our selection this month will keep you entertained – along with books on running, cricket and sailing.

Syndetics book cover The Commonwealth Games : extraordinary stories behind the medals / Brian Oliver.
“Sports journalist Brian Oliver brings these often overlooked Games to life with fantastic stories of the athletes who have competed over the years. He delves into past games for the best tales, and interviews the key protagonists to unveil the highs and lows of this eccentric sporting competition.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Cricket Manual : the official guide to playing the game / Andy Tennant ; foreword by Michael Vaughan.
“From health and fitness through to training, bowling, batting, fielding, strategy, coaching and umpiring, every aspect of the game is analysed and explained in detail. Presented in an attractively designed and user-friendly style with numerous photographs and graphics, this manual is an essential reference book for the keen cricketer as well as an informative read for any sports fan.” (Books in Print)
Syndetics book cover Trail Running : from start to finish / Graeme Hilditch.
“The popularity of running has never been greater and with thousands of everyday people taking in conventional 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon road running events, there seems to be a natural desire to seek other arguably more challenging forms of running. Trail Running helps advise runners how to make the transition from road running to off road running, whether your intention is purely for fun or to take part in specialist off road events.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sailing / by Diane Selkirk.
“There’s something magical about casting off on your own sailboat to parts unknown. This guide gives you tons of tips for enjoying your time on the water.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

Recent offerings from Tom Wright and Hans Kung rub shoulders with the Munk debates between Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair in this month’s new religious books.

Syndetics book cover Surprised by scripture : engaging contemporary issues, by N.T. Wright.
Chapter headings from this popular author include Do we need a historical Adam? — Can a scientist believe in the Resurrection? — The biblical case for ordaining women — How the Bible reads the modern world — Our politics are too small — Becoming people of hope. Each question is examined with compassionate and serious biblical interpretation in looking a modern concerns through a fresh looking glass. A welcome addition to the debate on current issues.
Syndetics book cover Can we save the Catholic Church? by Hans Küng.
The German Swiss priest and theologian describes the Roman Catholic Church as gravely ill – suffering from a centralized, hierarchical structure of authority and imperialism, with power entrenched in the pope and bureaucracy. He urges restoration by reviving the faith and priorities of early Christianity.
Syndetics book cover Hitchens vs. Blair : be it resolved religion is a force for good in the world : the Munk debates, edited by Rudyard Griffiths.
Atheist Christopher Hitchens goes head-to-head with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on the highly charged topic of religion. Here they ponder: How does faith influence our actions? What is the role of people of faith in the public sphere? Is religious doctrine rigid, or should we allow for flexible interpretations? Hitchens vs. Blair represents two formidable minds in a great debate.
Syndetics book cover Mandala sourcebook : 150 mandalas to help you find peace, awareness and well-being, by David Fontana & Lisa Tenzin-Dolma.
Each of the 150 mandalas is accompanied by a guided meditation which details the symbolism which underpins the design. No expert knowledge or faith base is required – they are suitable for anyone wishing to meditate for the first time. The book is divided into five distinct sections: Introduction to Mandalas; Toward Awareness; Natural Mandalas; Myth, Symbol and Cosmos; and Healing Mandalas. Some are drawn from traditional designs while others are drawn from architecture, mythology, or natural elements.

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Health

We’ve picked just a few titles out of many this month. Our picks include a book on actively exercising your brain, one on superfoods, and the last one on antibiotic resistance — a really interesting (although worrying!) read.
Syndetics book cover The complete guide to nutrients : an A-Z of superfoods, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and supplements / Dr Michael Sharon.
“An easy-to-use reference provides entries on health aids ranging from food and herbs to vitamins, minerals, and supplements, listing for each the form it takes, its medicinal and health benefits, and recommended daily dose.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover “Sort your brain out : boost your performance, manage stress and achieve more / Jack Lewis and Adrian Webster.
Most people take their brain for granted, some even forget it exists and many feel like there’s nothing they can do to change it. Others spend hours at the gym working away on the bodywork, but few realize that with a basic understanding and a few new habits, you can get so much more out of your mind. Grounded in scientific research yet packed with practical tips, Sort your brain out will help you get a better understanding of how your brain works and explore simple ways of squeezing even more out of it. By training, adapting and exercising your brain on a daily basis you will finally be able to perform at your very best.”(Back cover)
Syndetics book cover Missing microbes : how the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues
“A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field’s leading expert Tracing one scientist’s journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now, this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances–antibiotics–threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences. Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future. ” (Syndetics)

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Mind and Body Newsletter May

Library News

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

New in Sport and Fitness this month includes a celebration of David Beckham’s career.

Syndetics book coverDavid Beckham / David Beckham.
“In David Beckham’s own words, this is a stunningly designed and lavishly illustrated celebration of his amazing 20-year football career.” (book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverWomen Who Dare : North America’s most inspiring women climbers / Chris Noble ; forewords by Steph Davis and Sahs DiGuilian.
“A celebration of feminine beauty, athleticism, wisdom, and skill–Women Who Dare profiles twenty of America’s most inspiring women climbers ranging from legends like Lynn Hill to the rising stars of today. The book is both inspirational and aspirational — as each climber tells her story in her own words, highlighting her personal challenges, accomplishments, and philosophy, as well as providing readers with practical how-to suggestions on maximizing not only their own potential in climbing but in life.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe Joys of Chess : heroes, battles & brilliancies / Christian Hesse.
The Joys of Chess is an unforgettable intellectual expedition to the remotest corners of the Royal Game. En route, intriguing thought experiments, strange insights and hilarious jokes will offer vistas you have never seen before.The beauty, the struggle, the culture, the fun, the art and the heroism of chess – you will find them all in this sparkling book that will give you many hours of intense joy. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBoxing Mastery : advanced technique, tactics and strategies from the sweet science / Mark Hatmaker with Doug Werner.
“This guide to the finer points of boxing provides the wisdom needed to make the transition from enthusiastic beginner to proficient pugilist. The ABCs of ring generalship, offensive and defensive ring movements, feints, and draws and fakes are examined and explained along with clinching techniques, head-hunting, body work, and counter-punching chains. Strategies for boxing against tall and short opponents as well as for a variety of fighting styles such as charger, speed-demon, stick-and-move, and slugger and brawler are discussed in detail.” (Syndetics summary)

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Religion and beliefs

A welcome addition to the catalogue is the  new book on Pope Francis offering different insights, and a clay tablet recently donated to the British Museum sheds new light on Noah and the flood.

Syndetics book coverBuddha, Jesus and Muhammad : a comparative study, by Paul Gwynne.
Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad together represent three of the largest religions in the world. There are surprisingly few truly comparative studies, making this insightful book ideal for those pondering the place of religion in contemporary society. Gwynne explores the analysis through key themes – political and historical, as well as religious – and this reveals some fascinating similarities and differences.

Syndetics book coverThe ark before Noah : decoding the story of the flood, by Irving Finkel.
Dr Finkel is the curator in charge of clay inscriptions from ancient Mesopotamia at the British Museum. This is the story of one day in 2008 when a single, Babylonian tablet arrived at the museum. It turned out to be a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, together with instructions for building a large boat to survive a flood. The reader accompanies Dr Finkel on his thorough journey of discovery to unravel fascinating insights into the ancient past.

Syndetics book coverThe age of atheists : how we have sought to live since the death of God, by Peter Watson.
“In his 14th book, British journalist and historian Watson (The Great Divide) turns his estimable intellectual skills on the history of non-belief – which he calls “a major plank of modernity” -beginning with Friedrich Nietzsche’s 1882 declaration that “God is dead.” While this ground is well-trodden, Watson takes an intriguing course: he charts it by genre. Particularly fascinating are passages about non-belief’s impact on the arts.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverMy door is always open : a conversation on faith, hope and the church in a time of change, by Pope Francis ; interviewer, Antonio Spadaro.
This is the first book written by the Pope since he was elected, and therefore is a good guide to his vision and faith as he looks forward in his new role. This is the complete collection of interviews with Spadaro, fellow Jesuit and head of Catholic Civilisation periodical based in Rome.
Another recent title is Pope Francis : why he leads the way he leads : lessons from the first Jesuit Pope, by Chris Lowney.
“Here Lowry focuses on Pope Francis’ Jesuit training and its impact on the leadership roles he has held, such as priest, bishop, cardinal, and what this tells us about how he is likely to lead in the future.” (Adapted from the publishers’ descriptions).

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Health

Read these books for healthy eating, healthy exercising and happy pregancy.

Syndetics book coverOvercoming baby blues : a comprehensive guide to perinatal depression / Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyers and Philip Boyce.
“A practical guide to the depression suffered by many women both during pregnancy and after the baby is born, with advice on identifying the symptoms and seeking the right help, for both women and their partners.
Pregnant women are expected to glow, and new mothers are expected to bask in the delight of their baby. But for some women, this is a time of unsettling mood shifts and uncertainty. One in 10 women experience clinical depression either during pregnancy or in the postnatal period, while the majority of new mothers face the “blues,” anxiety, and other emotional changes. This book shares intimate stories of mothers’ experiences with depression and other mood problems during pregnancy and their baby’s first year. The stories shine with wisdom, humor, and fortitude. Also included are research-based guidelines on assessing moods, causes of perinatal depression, and effective management strategies. Safety of medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding is covered, as are suggestions for adapting diet and lifestyle to reduce symptoms, and advice for partners.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe omni diet : the revolutionary 70% plant + 30% protein program to lose weight, reverse disease, fight inflammation, and change your life forever / Tana Amen, B.S.N., R.N.
“Based on a 70/30 plant-to-protein model, this title offers a universal map to better health distilled into a lean six-week program that restores energy, slashes risk of disease, optimizes hormone functioning, produces dramatic weight loss, and promotes health from the inside out. It features over 130 recipes, easy-to-follow exercises, and tips.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNever too late to go vegan : the over-50 guide to adopting and thriving on a plant-based diet / Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, Virginia Messina, MPH, RD.
“Making a major life change can be difficult; having the right resource is essential. Authors Adams, Patti Breitman (coauthors How To Eat Like a Vegetarian Even If You Never Want To Be One), and Virginia Messina (Vegan for Life; The Vegan Sourcebook), possess decades of experience in vegan/vegetarian education, advocacy, and cooking. They cheer readers forward, encouraging dietary change at a comfortable pace and are mindful that a desire to eat healthy foods does not equal a desire to cook. Meal options address experienced, novice, and noncooks. The recipes are not overly complicated and will appeal to a variety of tastes, making the book a good primer for those dipping their toes into a vegan diet. The target audience is addressed with attention to aging and nutrition, diseases, and overall vitality. Inclusive of the intended reader, too, are discussions of how transitioning to a vegan diet affects long-term relationships and caregiving. Testimonials from Messina’s blog (theveganrd.com) reinforce the message that “it’s never too late” to make “positive aging” transformations. VERDICT Readers seeking practical, well-researched information will benefit from the authors’ combined experience and expertise. The book’s -back-to-basics approach, too, comes at a good time, when many current vegan cookbooks focus on specific cuisines.” (Library Journal)

Strength Training Exercises for Women
Syndetics book cover“Packed with more than 200 visual step-by-step exercises designed to burn calories, strengthen the core, and tone the body, Strength Training for Women is a must-have for core-conscious women who want to target key areas of their body and maintain all-round strength and fitness.” (From Amazon.com)

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Mind and Body Newsletter April 2014

Library News

Cooking

This month’s recent picks feature books from the budget-hero blog A Girl Called Jack and the delicious bad-things-free experiment that is The Extra Virgin Kitchen from Sunday Independent food writer Susan Jane White. We’ve hidden some treats among there too ;p

Syndetics book coverThe Extra Virgin Kitchen : recipes for wheat-free, sugar-free and dairy-free eating / by Susan Jane White ; [photography by Joanne Murphy].
“When Sunday Independent food writer Susan Jane White was told to stay away from wheat, dairy and refined sugar due to intolerances, she created seriously tasty recipes that didn’t compromise her health. The result? Susan’s energy levels went through the roof and her friends and family began to look for her ‘free-from’ recipes whether or not they had intolerances.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverA Girl Called Jack : 100 delicious budget recipes / Jack Monroe ; photography by Susan Bell.
“Jack is a woman of our times, facing head-on the realities of recession-hit Britain and responding with a ‘make do and mend’ way of thinking that we should all consider. When she found herself unemployed and with a food budget of just 10 pounds a week, she decided to address the situation by adapting her weekly shop and embracing the value range of her local supermarket. Keeping to her budget, she created recipe after recipe of nutritious food for herself and her son, which she then posted on her blog, A Girl Called Jack. In her first cookbook, Jack shows you how to adapt the way you shop to be less wasteful, and to value the techniques of inexpensive but good cooking. Her recipes are reassuring and just the thing to make confident, budget-conscious cooks of us all, suggesting great alternative ingredients and different approaches to getting a good result – this is real food for real people.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverSweet / Alison Thompson ; photography by Sharyn Cairns.
“This new collection from Alison Thompson, best-selling author of Bake, celebrates desserts in every delicious form: creamy, fudgy, gooey, molten, fruity, refreshing, chocolatey, crunchy, chewy, light-as-air or sinfully rich. From elaborate show-stoppers to comforting family puddings, Alison’s clear, straightforward recipes guarantee sweet success, every time.” (Library catalogue)
Syndetics book coverHidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka / Bree Hutchins.
Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka is far more than a collection of traditional recipes. It is a book as much about the people as their food. Brought to life by her stunning photographs, Bree interweaves recipes with heartfelt stories about the people who opened not only their kitchens but also their homes and hearts to her, and created a moving yet hopeful picture of Sri Lanka.” (Book Jacket)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

This month’s recent pick features legends of the world’s fastest man and the Himalaya trekkers. You can also find practical books for bridge and yoga.

Syndetics book coverTrekking in the Himalaya / edited by Kev Reynolds ; contributors Steve Berryn … [et al.].
“From K2 and Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, to Mount Kailash in Tibet, to Annapurna, Manaslu, Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga and many more, this book is an inspirational and detailed guide to 20 memorable expeditions in the Himalaya. The spectacular surroundings covered by the treks cannot fail to encourage trekkers to take on a journey to the greatest of mountain ranges.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverFaster than lightning : my autobiography / Usain Bolt ; with Matt Allen.
“The autobiography of the fastest man of all time and a superstar whose talent and charisma have made him one of the most famous people on the planet. The fastest man on the planet, not just now but ever, Usain has won the hearts of people everywhere with his mind blowing performances and his infectious charisma – uniting supporters around the world. In this, his full autobiography, Usain tells his story in his own words: from humble beginnings in Jamaica, to international stardom at Beijing and on to the new heights of superstardom he has reached since lighting up London 2012.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverLogical Bridge Play / Hugh Kelsey.
“A master of the game gives readers the opportunity to become a master player through skills of deduction As Hugh Kelsey says in his introduction, the brilliant card player achieves his results with a combination of logic and flair. Although many people may think flair plays a disproportionate part, the expert player, in fact, produces his sometimes unbelievable results almost entirely by the application of logic. This guide teaches readers how to apply logic to card play in making the correct inferences and deductions and in assessing the timing.” (Syndetics summary)

syndetics-lc Health &Wellbeing Yoga
“This accessible book focuses on a series of exercises, body motions and self-disciplines that offer the benefits of yoga to everyone. It features specially commissioned practical photography, step-by-step instruction, and an introduction to the entire scope of the system of yoga.” (Syndetics)

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Religion and beliefs

Is the universe specifically designed to make life possible? Is the Gospel of John history or literature? Do you feel like you’re restless – missing out on something?
Explore the answers to these questions in the latest religion books.

Syndetics book coverA religion of one’s own : a guide to creating a personal spirituality in a secular world, by Thomas Moore.
Another title from the author who penned Care of the Soul – a classic spiritual text. This latest volume continues to bring together religion and psychology, and encourages readers to cultivate their own spirituality. Moore’s own spirituality is Catholic, and he counsels paying attention to your dreams and intuitions to foster creativity. “This book should appeal to many of the unchurched, as well as the faithful across traditions.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThe fourth gospel : tales of a Jewish mystic, by John Shelby Spong.
Spong continues the thesis of his other books and cautions us not to take the Bible literally or as historical literature. The Gospel of John is no exception : Jesus did not speak the sermons; none of the miracles happened; most of the book’s characters are meant as literary characters. But, he argues, it does call on the reader to believe that Jesus achieved “mystical oneness with the God who is the source of life.”

Syndetics book coverPilgrimage : my journey to a deeper faith in the land where Jesus walked, by Lynn Austin.
This is an account of travel through the Holy Land with an organized tour group, visiting biblical sites (Hezekiah’s tunnel, Calvary), and historical ones (e.g. Israel’s Holocaust memorial). “Austin’s story is part travel journal, part biblical recounting and reflection, part history lesson, and part personal insight…. her search for a renewed source of joy after loss is sure to be familiar to many.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverRestless : because you were made for more, by Jennie Allen.
Borrowing from the biblical story of Joseph, Allen leads readers through the process of responding to a call from God. She describes a tool she calls Threads, to help readers organize personal stories, strengths, and passions and tie them together in a way they can use to move forward. Testimonies from Allen’s friends and family illsutrate the tool. “Allen’s experiences reflect her age (mid-thirties), so she may appeal most to her peer group of young women between the ages of 18 and 35.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

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Health

Drugs and addictions? Nothing to do with me? Whether we like to admit it or not, aren’t we all addicted in some way, be it to conventional drugs, caffeine or sugar? Food for thought in this month’s health selection. And among other topics, two new books look at the process of aging from very different perspectives.

Syndetics book coverMarketplace of the marvelous : the strange origins of modern medicine / Erika Janik.
“Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing methods, subjecting patients to bleeding, blistering, and induced vomiting and sweating. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with open arms to burgeoning practices that promised new ways to cure their ills. Hydropaths offered cures using “healing waters” and tight wet-sheet wraps. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby experimented with magnets and tried to replace “bad,” diseased thoughts with “good,” healthy thoughts, while Daniel David Palmer reportedly restored a man’s hearing by knocking on his vertebrae. Lorenzo and Lydia Fowler used their fingers to “read” their clients’ heads, claiming that the topography of one’s skull could reveal the intricacies of one’s character. Lydia Pinkham packaged her Vegetable Compound and made a famous family business from the homemade cure-all. And Samuel Thomson, rejecting traditional medicine, introduced a range of herbal remedies for a vast array of woes, supplemented by the curative powers of poetry.” (Abridged from dust jacket)

Caffeinated : how our daily habit helps, hooks and hurts us
“Caffeine is a powerful stimulant. It wakes us up, boosts our mood, and offers the potential to improve both our athletic performance and our intellectual prowess. But did you know that caffeine can play a role in health problems such as obesity and anxiety, depending on how it is delivered to the body? Many purveyors of caffeine-based products have ducked regulation for decades – how have they been allowed to get away with this? And are you aware of how caffeine is used to reinforce buying patterns, sharpening our craving for it?
From the coffee farms of Guatemala to the world’s largest synthetic caffeine factory in China, Murray Carpenter draws on the latest research to reveal the little-known truths about this addictive, largely unregulated drug that we consume every day in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even painkillers.” (From amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverBeating sugar addiction for dummies / by Michele Chevalley Hedge, Dan deFigio.
“A step-by-step guide to kicking the sugar habit and living a healthier, happier life With many Australians and New Zealanders drawing as much as a third of their total caloric intake from sugar and enriched flour, sugar addiction is a rapidly growing problem.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFrench women don’t get facelifts : the secret of aging with style & attitude / Mireille Guiliano.
“Guiliano (French Women Don’t Get Fat), a former chief executive at LVMH, tackles the topic of aging gracefully in her latest advice book. Quite happy to be in her 60s, the author has “a foot in two countries,” with an American husband, a Manhattan apartment, and a home in Paris. She notes that Frenchwomen (with a life expectancy of 84) have an exceptional attitude toward aging-in France, many believe that old age begins at 80. While the average aging Frenchwoman knows how to be “bien dans sa peau [comfortable in her own skin],” the United States suffers from a “youth-obsessed” and “results-oriented” culture. With her charmingly conversational tone, Guiliano walks readers through the mental and physical steps of aging with attitude, covering everything from cosmetics to spiritual life. Readers will find tips on hairstyles, makeup, healthy recipes, and eating tips, as well as general suggestions for nurturing one’s body as if it were a cherished garden. Guiliano maintains that aging has much more to do with how women think of themselves than with facelifts or outward appearances; nevertheless, dressing stylishly and appropriately, making time for sleep, play, love, laughter, and, of course, the occasional glass of wine are all part of the author’s uplifting attitude fix.” (Publisher Weekly)

Personal Development

Pause for a moment to find your element, your focus, and your killer emotions – all whilst smiling at strangers along the way!

Syndetics book coverFinding your element : how to discover your talents and passions and transform your life / Ken Robinson, PhD ; with Lou Aronica.“Ken Robinson’s groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment and has inspired readers around the world. When people find their Element, they tune in to their most authentic selves, can achieve at their highest levels, and live their best lives. Now, in his new book, Robinson answers the fundamental question: How do I find my Element? With his signature wry wit, Robinson offers a series of practical exercises to help you discover your own talents and passions. Along the way, he tells the stories of many “ordinary” people in all walks of life who have overcome obstacles of every sort to find their Element. And he explores fundamental principles and vital questions to help you find yours. Your answers to these and many others will provide you with invaluable keys to discovering your Element.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFocus : use different ways of seeing the world for success and influence / Heidi Grant Halvorson, E. Tory Higgins.“We all want to experience pleasure and avoid pain. But there are really two kinds of pleasure and pain that motivate everything we do. If you are promotion-focused, you want to advance and avoid missed opportunities. If you are prevention-focused, you want to minimize losses and keep things working. And as Tory Higgins has found in his groundbreaking research, if you understand how people focus, you have the power to motivate yourself and everyone around you. Showing how promotion/prevention focus applies across a wide range of situations from selling product to managing employees to raising children to getting a second date, Halvorson and Higgins show us how to identify focus, how to change focus, and how to use focus exactly the right way to get results. Short, punchy, and prescriptive, Focus will help you see not just whats going on around you – but what’s going on underneath.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverSmile at strangers : and other lessons in the art of living fearlessly / Susan Schorn.“Susan Schorn led an anxious life. For no clear reason, she had become progressively paralyzed by fear. Fed up with feeling powerless, she took up karate. She learned how to say no and how to fight when you have to (even in the dark). Karate taught her how to persuade her husband to wear a helmet, best one bossy Girl Scout troop leader, and set boundaries with an over-sharing boss. Here this double black belt recounts a fighting, biting, laughing woman’s journey on the road to living fearlessly-where enlightenment is as much about embracing absurdity and landing a punch as about finding that perfect method of meditation. Full of hilarious hijinks and tactical wisdom, Schorn’s quest for a more satisfying life features practical – and often counterintuitive – lessons about safety and self defense. Smile at strangers, she says. Question your habits, your fears, your self-criticism: Self-criticism is easy. Self-improvement is hard. And dont forget this essential gem: Everybody wants to have adventures. Whether they know it or not. Join the adventure in these pages, and come through it poised to have more of your own.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverCoping with guilt / Windy Dryden.
“Do you sometimes wish you could turn back the clock and undo mistakes you might have made in the past? Do you feel it’s your responsibility to make others happy? Are you more worried about hurting others than living your own life? Whether you think you’ve failed to do the right thing or caused harm to someone else, Coping with Guilt will help you to move on. Topics include – differentiating between healthy remorse and destructive guilt; how to deal with episodes of guilt; coping with blame and manipulation; how to accept and value yourself; how to practice healthy self-care. You don’t always have to live up to expectations of yourself that are unrealistically high – tackling the unhelpful beliefs that perpetuate guilt will help you to end the guilt trip now.” (Book cover)

Mind and Body Newsletter February 2014

Library News

Cooking

This month’s recent cook books feature a variety of flavours and styles: Greek, French and British heartland cooking.

Syndetics book coverGreek : Heart-warming traditional recipes / [food director, Pamela Clark.]
“Greek food is loved all around the world. From the delicious dips and little morsels they call Mezze and eat with a glass of ouzo before dinner to the super-sweet honey-drenched baklava they eat with their coffee after dinner, Greek food is a culinary delight. Seafood is plentiful in Greece and there are recipes included here for prawns, sardines, squid and octopus. Peasant dishes such as moussaka, slow-roasted lamb, and dishes made from rabbit and goat are an important feature of the cuisine too. And there are celebration dishes – especially for Easter. And along with the beautifully photographed recipes, there are several beautifully photographed landscapes of Greece.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Little Paris Kitchen : classic French recipes with a fresh and simple approach / Rachel Khoo ; with photography by David Loftus and illustrations by Rachel Khoo.
“You may think French cuisine is overlooked these days, stereotyped with the stuffy image of an old-fashioned chef labouring over a terribly complicated dish, finished with a ton of butter. “Mais non!” I say. French flavours and techniques needn’t be out of reach of the everyday home cook….Join me on an exciting edible French adventure.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe Fabulous Baker Brothers : glorious British grub / Henry & Tom Herbert.
“Let down by soggy scones? Fed up of lank salads? Well despair no more, for the Fabulous Baker Brothers are here to rescue us from tired fish’n’chips and burnt burgers forever. Fresh from inspiring a whole new generation of bakers, Tom and Henry Herbert are back with a new mission: to revitalise British heartland cooking. Taking traditional dishes….. the boys show us how their unique, modern twists on old classics can turn our familiar faithfuls into delicious treats to fill the belly and warm the soul.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLittle and Friday : celebrations / Kim Evans ; photography by Tamara West.
“Kim Evans, owner of Auckland’s Little and Friday cafes, presents sweet and savoury recipes for a host of fun-filled occasions and gatherings such as a summer picnic or birthday lunch, a colourful kids’ party, wedding and a chocolate-themed 21st”. (Syndetics summary)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

Let the sky be the limit. Check out these books on mountain climbing, skiing, rugby, and minecraft.

Syndetics book coverMen in Black : The First 500 Tests / Ron Palenski, Rod Chester, Neville McMillan.
“Through seven previous editions, MEN IN BLACK has become New Zealand’s biggest selling rugby book. Last published in 2005, the book is the definitive record of All Black test rugby since 1903, when New Zealand played its first full-scale international against Australia in Sydney.” (Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverMinecraft for Dummies / by Jacob Cordeiro.
“Craft yourself an amazing game of Minecraft! More than just a game, Minecraft consists of players using an avatar to create or destroy various types of blocks, form fantastic structures, create artwork, and do much more, all in a three-dimensional environment and across various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes. With this fun and friendly beginners guide, you will quickly grasp how to play Minecraft in the three modes of game play: survival, creative, and hardcore. Minecraft For Dummies, Portable Edition goes where you go as you create a world you won’t want to leave” (Publisher description)

Syndetics book coverThe world in the curl : an unconventional history of surfing / Peter Westwick, Peter Neushul.
“Historians (and surfers) Westwick and Neushul provide a sweeping, measured overview of surfing, from its origin in the Hawaiian Islands to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry that somehow maintains an outlaw allure. Along the way, the authors examine just about every element that affects the sport-water pollution, board evolution, turf wars, surfwear marketing, racism, and sexism, and of course the enduring mystique. Westwick and Neushul’s focus on the cultural and socio-economic illuminates hidden forces that are rarely discussed by even the most knowledgeable surfers. In a field driven by personalities, their approach is unique. The book grew out of a course at the U.C. Santa Barbara and in places reads like a textbook (there are only so many times you need to hear how technology has been both a blessing and a curse for surfing before stifling a yawn). However, the writers have plenty of big-wave bravado, and they’re not afraid to challenge received wisdom; for instance, they suggest that a (mostly) white guy named George Freeth was as essential to the early-20th-century surfing revival as the legendary Duke Kahanamoku. For every enthusiast killing time before the next big swell, the authors provide a satisfying immersion into the story of how a near-extinct Polynesian pastime came back to conquer the beach. Agent: Andrew Stuart, the Stuart Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverArthur’s Pass : a climbing guide to Arthur’s Pass National Park : also including the Black, Craigieburn and Torlesse Ranges / Graeme Kates.
“This guide covers broadly an outline of the standard routes on the peaks of both the National Park and the adjacent Craigieburn Forest Park. Additional sections on huts, history, alpine rock, ski touring and potential ice climbs create an invaluable resource for any climber visiting the region.” (Book jacket)

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Religion and beliefs

Our first list of 2014 covers a wide spectrum, from angels to Asian religions, include the evangelical Christianity of New Zealand.

Syndetics book coverHow to wake up : a Buddhist-inspired guide to navigating joy and sorrow, by Toni Bernhard.
“The author begins with the core idea that life is a string of experiences engendered by and producing suffering. From here Bernhard walks her readers through the concepts used in Buddhism to accept and engage this state of being and, in doing so, hopefully become more awake to the reality of life. The book is organized around three fundamental tenets of the Buddha’s teachings wisdom, mindfulness, and open-mindedness with each section broken into chapters that examine these ideas and offer practices that help incorporate them into daily life. Bernhard presents all of this in an easy, straightforward manner that will reassure readers who are less familiar with Buddhist tradition.” (from Booklist review, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJesus > religion : why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough, by Jefferson Bethke.
This book is based on material similar to his highly successful youtube video ‘Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus’ which has been viewed over 26 million times. Told through the lens of his own life story, which is far from perfect, his aim is to shine the spotlight on Jesus and separate Him from church culture. His message is accessible : old truth but in modern language e.g. We’ve never said the f- word out loud, but not supported our local homeless community either. A challenge to any wanting to live lives consistent with their beliefs.

Syndetics book coverAwakening the Buddha within : eight steps to enlightenment : Tibetan wisdom for the Western world, by Surya Das.
Drawing on Buddhist spirituality and wisdom, this accessible guide offers Western seekers a realistic view of the world today. It is written with humour and compassion.

Syndetics book coverA rising tide : evangelical Christianity in New Zealand 1930-65, by Stuart M. Lange.
“Explores the fascinating story of the resurgence of evangelical Protestantism in the 1950s and 60s, and its pre-war origins. The story focuses especially on evangelicals in the mainline churches, in the universities, and in evangelical organisations. It is not about fundamentalism or Pentecostalism (movements that overlap with evangelicalism, but are also different). It is about the leading personalities, and the ideas that moved them.” (drawn from OUP description)

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Health

This month’s selection delves into food, exercise and philosophy to help you uncover the latest secrets to your wellbeing. Happy and healthy reading!

syndetics-lcConsumed
“By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. And the challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population is being made greater by climate change, which will increasingly wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. At the same time, we have lost touch with the soil—few of us know where our food comes from, let alone how to grow it—and we are at the mercy of multinational corporations who control the crops and give little thought to the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. Our very future is at risk.
The food system as we know it was assembled in a few decades—and if it can be built that quickly, it can be reassembled and improved in the same amount of time. Elton here lays out the targets we need to meet by the year 2050. The stories she tells give us hope for avoiding a daunting fate and instead help us to believe in a not-too-distant future when we can all sit at the table.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcThe Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong
“Taiji Qigong is an easy-to-learn system of energy-enhancing exercises, which coordinates movement with breathing and inner concentration. If practiced regularly, it will give you more energy, improve health and help prevent illness. Taiji Qigong is widely practiced throughout the Far East and increasingly, the Western world. Research indicates that Qigong relaxes the muscles and nervous system (so improving the function of the body systems) and benefits posture, balance and flexibility joints. This book acts as an in-depth instruction manual for the practice of the 18 stances of Taiji Qigong.” (From book cover)

syndetics-lcThe Last Best Cure
“One day Donna Jackson Nakazawa found herself lying on the floor to recover from climbing the stairs. That’s when it hit her. She was managing the symptoms of the autoimmune disorders that had plagued her for a decade, but she had lost her joy. As a science journalist, she was curious to know what mind-body strategies might help her. As a wife and mother she was determined to get her life back.
Over the course of one year, Nakazawa researches and tests a variety of therapies including meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to find out what works. But the discovery of a little-known branch of research into Adverse Childhood Experiences causes her to have an epiphany about her illness that not only stuns her—it turns her life around.
Perfect for readers of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, Nakazawa shares her unexpected discoveries, amazing improvements, and shows readers how they too can find their own last best cure.” (Amazon.com)

syndetics-lcLove, Laugh and Eat
“PBS host, weight-loss expert, and renowned authority on longevity, Dr. John Tickell shares the secret to a long life: moderation. Moderation in everything except love, laughter, and fish (and a few vegetables!).
Based on common sense, sound science, and good food, Love, Laugh, and Eat is an easy-to-follow guide that will help put the bounce back in your step and add years to your life. With his characteristic wit and medical expertise, Dr. Tickell lays out his proven Activity, Coping, and Eating (ACE) program, which simultaneously works out your body, your brain, and your mouth—the three keys to a healthy life—through physical activity and stress-management techniques and his revolutionary Four Simple Rules of Nutrition. He also serves up a seven-day detoxification plan and a series of delicious, manageable, and satisfying meal plans that actually work, as well as his eight Fall-Safe Snacks to keep you energized morning, noon, and night.” (Amazon.com)

Personal Development

Pause for a moment to find your element, your focus, and your killer emotions – all whilst smiling at strangers along the way!

Syndetics book coverPause button therapy : pause , think, decide, act / Martin and Marion Shirran with Fiona Graham.“How helpful would it be if we could occasionally just pause, freeze time for a few moments and consider the consequences of the actions we are about to take? Pause Button Therapy® is a proven, innovative and interactive new therapy technique that allows you to do exactly this, empowering you to break out of negative habits and unconscious responses. PBT is based on an incredibly simple idea, but can be used for a whole host of issues. It provides additional thinking time, allowing a person to consider the potential consequences of their actions and adjust their behaviour accordingly.It has been hugely successful in the treatment of everything from addictions and weight issues to depression, anxiety and relationship problems, and this book will show you the many ways in which you can use it to transform your experience of life.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe difference you make : changing your world through the impact of your influence / Pat Williams with Jim Denney.
“Every one of us has influence, whether we realize it or not. In everything we say and do, we are influencing those around us. What if we became more aware, more intentional, and more strategic about our own influence? Well, we might just change the world. True influence, says Pat Williams, isn’t about getting what you want–it’s about serving others. Using personal stories from his own life and the lives of others, Williams shows readers the difference between influence and manipulation, how to influence others through both words and deeds, and ultimately how to change the world for the better, one relationship at a time. This book will inspire readers to build a positive legacy in the lives of others and take the role of influencer to heart. Each chapter includes questions and ideas for personal reflection and practical application, and can be used to guide group discussions as well.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverA slap in the face : why insults hurt – and why they shouldn’t / William B. Irvine.
“Insults are part of the fabric of daily life. Other people inflict them on us, sometimes blatantly but more often subtly. On some occasions, we are delighted to be on the receiving end of these insults: when the members of a group we have joined start playfully teasing us, for example, it can be a sign of acceptance into the group. On other occasions, though, an insult can cause us pain so intense that even years later, we will find ourselves experiencing insult flashbacks. We are also the source of insults. Some of them are consciously inflicted, but many more are sufficiently subtle that we will not recognize them for what they are unless we replay conversations in our head and try to fathom our motives for having said the things we said. Do this, and we might be astonished by our tendency, in casual conversation, to put people into what we regard as their proper place — namely, somewhere below us on the social hierarchy. In A Slap in the Face, William B. Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He offers advice, based primarily on the writings of the Stoic philosophers, on how best to curb our own insulting tendencies and how best to respond to the insults that are directed our way.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverBirth order : what your position in the family really tells you about your character / [Linda Blair].
“We’ve all heard the stereotypes – first borns are natural leaders, middle borns are difficult, last borns are spoiled and single children are loners. But how accurate are these snapshots? In this groundbreaking book, clinical psychologist Linda Blair examines what your birth order really tells you about your character, your relationships – even your choice of career. She also considers the factors that skew ‘typical’ birth-order characteristics, such as how you were parented and the sex and spacing of your siblings. Written in a lively, personal style, Birth Order will unlock keys to why you think, feel and behave in the ways that you do.” (Book cover)

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Mind & Body Newsletter for February

This month’s Mind & Body selections offer a range of cooking ideas for health, lean budgets or just to discover a few new recipes. In sports, Jon Bridges’ offers a gentle introduction to the beginning cyclist; and in beliefs, John Stedman does his bit to simmer the flames in the atheism/religion debate with ‘Faithiest’.

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Cooking

Bread, cake-decorating, food for entertaining, and retro sixties cooking — we hope you enjoy our picks of this month’s new cookbooks!

Syndetics book coverGreedy Girl’s Diet : eat yourself slim with gorgeous guilt-free food / Nadia Sawalha; photography Keiko Oikawa.
“Nadia Sawalha has always loved cooking, but until recently rarely ate her own food. Like a lot of women, whilst her family tucked in to delicious dishes, she nibbled on diet food. Later, ravenously hungry, she binged, somehow convincing herself that the calories didn’t count if nobody saw her eating them.” (Library Catalogue)
“Nadia’s approach is simple and sensible – a little less oil, a leaner cut of meat, brown instaed of white rice, more herbs and spices, and a dessert every day. The 100 recipes in her Greedy Girl’s Diet are healthy, satisfying nd full of flavour.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverGluten-Free & Vegan Bread : artisanal recipes to make at home / Jennifer Katzinger ; photographs by Kathryn Barnard.
“Jennifer Katzinger makes baking artisanal gluten-free and vegan breads at home simple. This cookbook contains recipes for yeasted breads, fougasse, flatbreads, sweet breads, sourdough, quick breads, savory breads, sandwich breads. More than 60 recipes, including Country Baguette, Cinnamon Pecan Rolls, Kalamata Olive Bread, Simple Focaccia, Quinoa Crackers, Matzo Flatbread, Walnut Wild Rice Bread, Quick Anadama Bread, Irish Soda Bread, Cranberry Pecan Bread, and fifty others.” — Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverThe Busy Girl’s Guide to Cake Decorating [electronic resource] / Ruth Clemens.
“Find out how even the busiest of busy girls can whip up impressive homemade treats in next to no time! Ruth Clemens, finalist on the original series of The Great British Bake Off, shares her secrets in creating speedy but gorgeous cakes, bakes and biscuits. Choose from 25 beautiful projects to make in under an hour, under 3 hours or less than a day and be amazed at what you can achieve!” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook : the ultimate guide to the gluten-free, milk-free diet / Pamela J. Compart and Dana Laake.
“This special diet has become an essential step of treatment for families struggling with autism and ADHD. And these recipes for gluten- and casein-free foods, meals, and snack are simple to prepare and yummy, – making it easier than ever to please kids who have behavioral or developmental challenges, or are just picky eaters.” (Book jacket – Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern Australian Food / [food director, Pamela Clark].
“Australian food has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. We have become a nation of foodies, knowledgeable and discriminating. Modern Australian Food showcases the best of our recipes from our city café culture, to country cooking to coastal food.” – back cover.

Syndetics book coverNutmeg & Custard / Marcus Wareing ; with Chantelle Nicholson.
“Nutmeg and Custard is Marcus Wareing’s definitive guide to the kind of food you will want to share time and time again with family and friends. With over 100 stunning recipes …..divided into themed chapters … there is something here for everyone who loves great food.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverTake One Pot : super simple recipes cooked in one pot, / Georgina Fuggle, photography by Tara Fisher.
“The beauty of cooking in one pot is that it involves minimal fuss. All the recipes can be created in just one single vessel – the roasting tin, the casserole, the deep frying pan or the baking dish, so no specialist equipment is required. The recipes cater to cooks of all levels of expertise and include tips on how to get ahead, recipe variations and serving ideas. Whether you’re cooking a family meal or a quick supper, Take One Pot delivers satisfying and comforting food.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSpice Trip / Stevie Parle & Emma Grazette.
“Stevie Parle and Emma Grazette are on a mission to spice up Britain’s kitchens and demystify the treasures hidden away in our cupboards. They have been on an incredible spice trip to all corners of the world to discover the secrets of six essential everyday spices and poured the best recipes, therapies and mementoes from their journey onto the pages of this book for us all to take home and use.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook : more than 100 retro recipes for the modern cook / by Rick Rodgers and Heather MacLean.
“Smartly timed to coincide with the new season of AMC’s Mad Men, this compilation of retro recipes from Rodgers (Thanksgiving 101) and Maclean (co-author, Fabulicious!) covers all the requisite dishes for 60s-style entertaining, including Piggies in Blankets, a rumaki that suggests substituting pineapple or dates for those averse to chicken liver, a tomato and shrimp aspic, and Chicken a la King…. Rodgers and Maclean provide plenty of fun food ideas.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverDr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity Cookbook : eat to thrive, live long, and be healthy / Mao Shing Ni ; photography by Philip Dixon.
“This cookbook shares recipes from some of the most famous “longevity capitals” of the world, gathered from Dr. Mao’s extensive centenarian and patient interviews. The recipes make use of the top ten healing and longevity foods, while still tasting delicious!” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverWheat Belly Cookbook : 150 recipes to lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health / William Davis, MD.
“This cookbook companion to the New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly serves up 150 great tasting wheat-free recipes to help readers lose weight and beat disease.”(Library Catalogue)
“Join the wheat-free revolution right from your kitchen with 150 sumptuous dishes for any occasion designed to slim you down and improve your health. The Wheat Belly Cookbook is your guide to living a slim, vibrant, delicious life.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSo Easy : luscious, healthy recipes for every meal of the week / Ellie Krieger ; photography by Alexandra Grablewski.
“As weekly host of the Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite,” Krieger is known for creating light and healthy dishes that are easy to prepare. With 150 delicious fortifying recipes, “So Easy” makes it simple to tackle any mealtime situation. 50 color photos.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRound the World in Eighty Dishes : the world through the kitchen window / Lesley Blanch ; with illustrations by the author.
“Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey, America, Egypt, Romania and Bulgaria are just some of the countries where this adventurous and inquisitive traveller has investigated the cooking pots and enjoyed – or otherwise – the hospitality of the locals. An incurable romantic, Miss Blanch invests the food she describes with the aura of exoticism.” -Elizabeth David – (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverTart It Up! : sweet & savoury tarts & pies / Eric Lanlard ; photography by Kate Whitaker.
“From a ‘proper’ Quiche Lorraine to an indulgent Raspberry Cheesecake Pie, Eric lanlard , best selling author of Home Bake and co-author of Cox Cookies and Cake, shares his secrets for creating delicious pies and tarts every time you bake.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe $120 Food Challenge / Sandra Reynolds ; photography by Rob Palmer.
“Can you feed a family of four on $120 a week? In these days of rising food costs it sounds impossible, but Sandra Reynolds – home cook, household budget supremo and single mum – shows how. Based on Sandra’s enormously successful blog, this book provides tried-and-tested advice on how to budget, plan meals, shop strategically and cook from more than 100 delicious recipes…” (Book Jacket)

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Sports, Fitness & Recreation

This month’s selection of new books include books on cricket, boxing, martial arts, cycling golf, poker, swimming, running, sports coaching, bridge and more.

Syndetics book coverCoaching Excellence / Frank Pyke, editor.
“No single resource can convey everything that a coach should know and do. So Coaching Excellence does the next best thing: it builds on the basics to provide you with a wealth of information so you can become more adept in your role as an excellent coach. Eighteen experts offer the best knowledge, research and insights that you can apply in working with your athletes, players and teams.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverThe World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges / Richard Hoad and Paul Moore.
“The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges is a truly inspiring and beautiful collection of what we can achieve when racing to the limits. With full-colour stunning photography, coverage of every detail of these cruel challenges and including accounts of competitors who have lived to tell the tale, this book is a wonderful testament to those who face Mother Nature and survive.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSilent Mind Golf : How to Empty Your Mind and Play Golf Instinctively / Robin Sieger ; foreword by Tony Jacklin.
“Imagine being able to achieve the perfect mental state to make your best possible swing over every shot. Being fearless at critical putts and stepping up with an inner calm that allows you to play great golf every time you stand over the ball.Now, Silent Mind Golf , the first in a major four-book series from Robin Seiger, removes the mystery behind the mental prowess that lies at the heart of peak performance….free of jargon, with easy-to-follow exercises and inspiring examples drawn from the lives of golf’s greatest players, this unique book will be your guide to developing the single most neglected, least understood and ultimately decisive dimension of the game: mental strength.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverRide : from ultra-cycling rookie to racing across America / Josh Kench.
“At his brother’s wedding in 2002, 30-year-old Josh Kench … announced that he was going to do the Coast to Coast. His pronouncement was met with derision but he’s proved his doubters wrong. Josh won the 2010 Ultra-enduro Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge covering a mind-numb[ing] 8 laps of the 160km course in 55 hours. But that was only the start. In June 2011, the 39-year-old Wellington plumber lined up to compete in the Race Across America – a 16-day race covering 4828km from California to Maryland. This is the story of how an ordinary Kiwi bloke became an ultra-endurance athlete and decided to take on the world”–Publisher’s information.

Syndetics book coverThe Tao of Gung Fu : a study in the way of Chinese martial art / Bruce Lee ; edited by John Little.
“This is the book that Bruce Lee had intended to publish as an in-depth follow up to his Chinese Gung Fu. Prior to his death, he had written the majority of the text, which explores such topics as yin-yang as it applies to martial arts, Eastern and Western fitness methodologies, and studies of martial arts and self-defense techniques. Also included is Bruce Lees Gung Fu scrapbook of anecdotes on the histories and traditions of the various martial arts of China. The manuscript was completed and edited by martial arts expert John Little in cooperation with the Bruce Lee Estate.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuperfly : The Jimmy Snuka Story / Jimmy Snuka with Jon Chattman.
“Focusing on the superstar who single-handedly influenced the development of sports entertainment, this autobiography highlights the legacy of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) icon Jimmy Snuka….This fascinating account relates how a native of the Fiji Islands was at the center of two of wrestling’s most talked-about moments: the night Snuka leapt from the top of the 15-foot cage–only to miss his opponent and consequently lose the match–and the night Rowdy Roddy Piper smashed a coconut over Snuka’s head during a segment of Piper’s Pit in 1984. Exposing the amazing life of this WWE Hall of Fame member in detail, this record presents the ups and downs of a wrestler who grew to be a key figure in the expansion of the company and all professional wrestling”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverBradman’s War : How the 1948 invincibles turned the cricket pitch into a battlefield / Malcolm Knox.
“Hailed as one of the greatest cricket teams of all time, the 1948 ‘Invincibles’ are the only Australians to complete a tour of England undefeated….In his revelatory account of the legendary tour, Malcolm Knox lays bare the shock among the fans, commentators and players’; from both teams at Bradman’s single-minded on- and off-field tactics, as he exacted revenge for pre-war slights he was unable to shake off in his pursuit of history….The Invincibles is more than a record of an extraordinary cricket achievement….it also prompts reflection on what place entertainment and inspiration have in competitive sport.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverEasy Rider : A Kiwi’s Guide to Cycling / Jon Bridges.
“Outlines the many joys of riding a bike in New Zealand, and provides a complete beginners’ guide – from riding for fun, to commuting, riding for fitness, mountain biking and even racing. We learn about the reasons for, the reasons against (there aren’t any), the basics of buying a bike and getting started, riding in New Zealand traffic, training and racing, safety and etiquette, maintenance, gizmos, gadgets, Lycra – and so much more.” – Cover flap.

Syndetics book coverOn Par : The Everyday Golfer’s Survival Guide / Bill Pennington.
“Called “the voice of the everyday golfer,” Pennington, the New York Times “On Par” columnist, writes a hilarious, informative primer on the essentials of golf, schooling novices or the professional bewitched by mastering the links…… A chapter on golf-speak will tickle readers with a sampling of the colorful jargon of golf pros such as air mail (overshooting), cabbage (deep rough), or Saddam Hussein (going from bunker to bunker). Tongue-in-cheek, he writes the role of being a good golf partner means effective teamwork rather than attracting attention with “mismatched socks or an unzipped fly.” (Syndetics, Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverGlorious Summers and Discontents : selected writings from a dramatic decade / Mike Atherton.
“Former England Cricket captain Mike Atherton was named the Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in March 2010.. This book compiles Atherton’s best writings over the last decade, to provide a revealing and insightful portrait of modern cricket and much else besides..” (Global Books)

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Religion and beliefs

Spiritual healing, church history and mindfulness meditation all feature in this month’s selections. Don’t forget that our Gale database has many religions and beliefs periodicals in full text. Titles include : Interpretation, Islam & Science, Journal of religion and popular culture, Journal of theological studies and many more. Use your library card to login for free.

Syndetics book coverNine lives : the Enneagram in life stories, by Eric Foggitt.
Why do we make the same mistakes over and over? Why do people make crazy choices? Can we change and grow up or are we like the proverbial leopard with his spots? In these nine short stories you’ll meet… a whole cast of [characters] who find out – eventually – that it is possible to change and grow. Each of the main characters is a different Enneagram type.

Syndetics book coverThe complete Buddhism for mothers : Buddhism for mothers, Buddhism for mothers of young children, Buddhism for mothers of schoolchildren, by Sarah Napthali.
Become a calmer and happier mother with The Complete Buddhism For Mothers. Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman, yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. … In her clear and engaging way, Sarah Napthali takes us on a journey through the challenges (and the pleasures!) of raising children, using Buddhist teachings and principles to help her answer the eternal questions of mothers everywhere: Who am I now? Where am I going? And how can I do my best by my children and myself? … Even if exploring Buddhism at this busy stage of your life is not where you thought you’d be, it’s well worth reading this book. (drawn from the publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverThe first Muslim : the story of Muhammad, by Lesley Hazleton.
“It is surprising how little most people know about the life of the prophet Muhammad. Hazleton sets out to rectify that in this eminently readable biography. Relying on two biographies from the eighth and ninth centuries, as well as other sources, she presents Muhammad’s life as both history and story. It begins with a moving scene: Muhammad alone in the barren mountains, at night, praying and waiting. Who he is and how he came to be there are revealed in chapters that show him as an orphan in need of protection, as a young camel driver appreciated for his fairness, as a prophet touched by Allah, and as a political leader driven to bring the message to all those with ears to listen. … A highly readable, insightful biography.” Drawn from Booklist, courtesy of Syndetics.

Syndetics book coverBuddha’s book of sleep : sleep better in seven weeks with mindfulness meditation, by Joseph Emet ; [foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh].
Buddha’s Book of Sleep is the first book to treat sleep disorders from the perspective of mindfulness meditation. Yet this is a natural choice – mindfulness meditation has proven effective for other psychological problems such as stress, depression and anxiety and these very issues are what become sleep problems when our heads hit the pillow. Divided into two sections, this book attacks sleep disorders with a combination of wisdom and practical meditation exercises. … [this] will help the reader calm their hurried thoughts and rest easy. (description from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWhen “spiritual but not religious” is not enough : seeing God in surprising places, even the church, by Lillian Daniel.
“In this wise and witty collection, some of them short musings and others in-depth theological explorations, United Church of Christ pastor Daniels [writes] about people who feel compelled to tell her they find God in nature, as if Christians “never heard all those Old Testament psalms that praise God in the beauty of natural creation,” she dissects shallow, individualistic spirituality, and evokes the rough beauty of church where “we are stuck with one another.” Whether pondering the reality of never-completed jobs (like parenting), sharing lessons learned from teaching in Sing Sing prison, or describing her personal struggles with yoga and meditation through the lens of the Martha and Mary story, Daniels offers an honest, often hilarious perspective on faithful living….” (drawn from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverJesus wars : how four patriarchs, three queens, and two emperors decided what Christians would believe for the next 1,500 years, by Philip Jenkins.
Historian Philip Jenkins tells the fascinating, violent story of the Church’s fifth century battles over ‘right belief’ that had a far greater impact on the future of Christianity and the world than the much-touted Council of Nicea convened by Constantine a century before. Over the last 2000 years, Christians have repeatedly struggled to resolve the tension between two seemingly rival claims: Jesus was fully human and yet fully divine. Never was the debate more central to Christianity than during the Church Councils of the fifth century…. (drawn from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWisdom of compassion: stories of remarkable encounters and timeless insights
“An attendee at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s meetings all over the world and coauthor with him (The Wisdom of Forgiveness), Chan provides an insider’s account of the spiritual master’s teachings at venues large and small. “This is the Dalai Lama in context,” he writes, “live, unscripted, and at his most charismatic.” Encounters are arranged by theme: “Overcoming Adversity,” “Educating the Heart,” and “Compassion in Action.” … These inspiring dialogues communicate His Holiness’s worldwide appeal and essential commitment to compassion. (drawn from Publisher Weekly, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJews and words, by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger.
“These four long essays – really more of a free-flowing conversation between the noted Israeli novelist and his daughter, a historian-focus primarily on the Jews as “a nation only by virtue of its texts,” from the Bible to the work of contemporary Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai – and the interpretations and argumentations that flow from them. The authors, secular Jews who are lovers of the Hebrew Bible, note that “Genesis, Isaiah, and Proverbs are our pyramids… our Gothic cathedrals… undemolished in the flow of time.” They look specifically at the role of “vocal women,” such as Eve and Lilith, in the Bible and biblical legends…. it will appeal to lay readers interested in a nonreligious Judaism based on contemporary readings of traditional and more modern Jewish texts. (drawn from Publisher Weekly, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFool me twice : fighting the assault on science in America, by Shawn Lawrence Otto.
“Otto (founder and CEO, ScienceDebate.org) provides the latest defense of science in the ongoing culture wars. From the space program to the public debates on evolution and global warming, Otto makes the case that postmodern ideologies like the “marketplace of ideas” and the equality of different “ways of knowing” have resulted in a devaluation of scientific knowledge in the media, the general public, and the political spheres. Politicians, journalists, the public, and scientists themselves all share the blame for the shrinking role science plays in public discourse and policy….. Although overly polemic at times, the arguments are eloquent and the sources rigorous and thorough. The information contained in the book is critical to an informed electorate and enlightened policy makers. (drawn from CHOICE review, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEthics, by Julian Baggini ; series editor, Simon Blackburn.
The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts confront the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. In ‘The Big Questions: Ethics’ Julian Baggini, one of Britain’s best-known philosophers, condenses complex, contemporary issues of right and wrong into 20 key questions. He examines how we can start to answer them, what they might mean to us and how they influence the way we choose to live our lives. The ideas debated include : Can it ever be right to kill? Should euthanasia be legal? Do animals have rights? (drawn from goodreads.com)

Syndetics book coverLet it go : forgive so you can be forgiven, by T.D. Jakes.
This book explores forgiveness as an idea and at the same time offers specific and clear actions for readers who seek to apply the idea in their daily lives. Offenses are a part of life, he says. But conflicts can be resolved and relationships do have a future, if we learn how to forgive. No matter how great or small the injustice, Jakes shows how the matter can be put behind you for the sake of a better tomorrow if you can “Let It Go.”

Syndetics book coverUnapologetic : Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense, by Francis Spufford.
“A book written for atheists. I was giggling all of the way through. A very sweary book but I think the language helps make his point. For once we have a defence of faith which is predicated not on nit picking arguments but rather on how it feels to believe, and how it feels right to the author. I identify with him a lot. I love the honesty of his writing. He has no pat answers. I’m sure many traditional Christians will be offended by this book. And that is sad. Couldn’t put it down…” Goodreads customer review.

Syndetics book coverFaitheist : how an atheist found common ground with the religious, by Chris Stedman.
In Faitheist, Stedman draws on his work organizing interfaith and secular communities, his academic study of religion, and his own experiences to argue for the necessity of bridging the growing chasm between atheists and the religious. As someone who has stood on both sides of the divide, Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious to find common ground and work together to make this world – the one world we can all agree on – a better place. (drawn from the publisher’s description)

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Health

Selections include: using food as medicine to create better health; improving metabolism to lose weight; an anatomy manual revealing what happens to the body during exercise; how to help prevent anxiety; using traumatic past events to promote positive change; restoring health with yoga and meditation; the effects of a rare autoimmune condition called anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis; what to eat when diagnosed with cancer; understanding human trauma in relation to wild animals; the history of influenza and the effect of doctors in Victorian England society in the field of mental health.

Syndetics book coverJanella Purcell’s elixir : how to use food as medicine / Janella Purcell.
”Janella Purcell believes that the food we eat affects our physical body, and also our mind and spirit. In this invaluable book she shares her expertise in foods, health, and nutrition, and shows you how to care for yourself, naturally and easily, using food as medicine at home. In this entertaining and practical guide, Janella presents an intriguing variety of subjects and information. These range from suggestions to assist healthy aging, to a discussion on organic produce and why you should use it, to tips for those suffering from headache, fatigue, immunity problems, fertility issues, and Syndrome X – among many, many other topics. Also included are easy-to-prepare recipes using some wonderful ingredients that will quickly become part of your recipe repertoire and make you feel fabulous. Janella Purcell’s Elixir introduces us to what Eastern philosophy has been practicing for thousands of years – the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit and how this affects our state of mind, health, and personality. Janella Purcell’s Elixir is really a volume to use, to keep, and to treasure.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverThe thyroid solution diet : boost your sluggish metabolism to lose weight / Ridha Arem.
“In this follow-up to The Thyroid Solution, endocrinologist Arem, clinical professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Texas Thyroid Institute, presents a detailed diet plan to rebalance the hormone systems and speed up metabolism. Arem says cutting calories doesn’t work; instead, his method ramps up thyroid hormone activity, lowers ghrelin levels (the hormone that stimulates appetite), and boosts leptin sensitivity (the hormone that limits food intake). In Part I Arem explains how hormones and a sluggish metabolism can lead to weight gain. He also reveals how stress can result in overeating, and delves into the importance of sleep and its effect on hormones. Part II zeros in on an adapted combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the PRO Diet (Protein-Rich Oriental Diet), featuring foods that maximize metabolism efficiency with an emphasis on timing and scheduling meals to work with the body’s natural rhythms. The third section presents a step-by-step weight-loss program as well as a “20/10″ exercise program (20 minutes of cardio-focused high intensity interval training plus 10 minutes of strength training). Readers seeking a quick fix won’t find it, but those who are willing to work a little harder and dig into the scientific underpinnings of weight loss may be fascinated by the connections to hormones.” (Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe student’s anatomy of exercise manual / chief consultant, Ken Ashwell.
”The Student’s Anatomy of Exercise Manual is designed to improve the reader’s understanding of how the body works during exercise. It features common exercises (including weight lifting, stretching, and cardiovascular) and uses detailed full-colour anatomical illustrations to show exactly which muscles are used in each exercise – including identifying active and stabilizer muscles. Readers can see what’s happening inside the body during a workout session. Visualizing and understanding exactly which muscles are activated during various exercises will not only increase knowledge of anatomy and understanding of how the body works, but it will help improve the effectiveness of workout and rehabilitation routines. The Student’s Anatomy of Exercise Manual contains a 30-page colouring-in workbook featuring black-and-white line illustrations of parts of the muscular system, to help readers memorize the location of the various muscles. A glossary of anatomical terms is also included…” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverRelax : say goodbye to anxiety and panic / Patrick McCarthy.
“This book, for people who experience anxiety and panic attacks, explains how anxiety occurs and offers a simple three-step process to prevent it. Written in a conversational, easy-to-read style by a doctor specialising in medical hypnosis, the book is accompanied by a CD that provides a self-hypnosis process to prevent anxiety and panic attacks that has been used to treat thousands of people. The CD teaches people how to relax in less than a minute, replace negative thoughts with positive ones in less than a second, and change from a pessimistic to an optimistic style of thinking.” (HUIA Publishers)

Syndetics book coverWhat doesn’t kill us : the new psychology of posttraumatic growth / Stephen Joseph.
” For the past twenty years, pioneering psychologist Stephen Joseph has worked with survivors of trauma. His studies have yielded a startling discovery: that a wide range of traumatic events – from illness, divorce, separation, assault, and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters, and terrorism – can act as catalysts for positive change. Boldly challenging the conventional wisdom about trauma and its aftermath, Joseph demonstrates that rather than ruining one’s life, a traumatic event can actually improve it. Drawing on the wisdom of ancient philosophers, the insights of evolutionary biologists, and the optimism of positive psychologists, “What Doesn’t Kill Us” reveals how all of us can navigate change and adversity – traumatic or otherwise – to find new meaning, purpose, and direction in life.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverYoga and meditation : a holistic approach to perfect homeostasis / Yogini Shubh Veer.
”…Dr Yogini Shubh Veer has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 4 decades and in Yoga and Meditation she shares her rich experience to help you restore your physical and mental balance. You’ll learn the basics of life: Breathing, pranayama and prana, diet, ethics, relaxation, concentration and will discover how each one has an impact on your daily life. In clear simple language, the intricacies of yoga and meditation are explained. 108 yoga postures with some 400 step-by-step illustrations and instructions are included – including the complete ‘Surya Namaskar’, Salutation to the sun, 24 postures in one. Lessons on relaxation will help to ease any tension and depression and the sections on yoga’s relation to holism and homeostasis will let you unlock the secret to optimal health. Yoga and Meditation will help you to discover nature’s amazing way to perfect homeostasis, the key to health, through the millennia old legacy of yoga and meditation.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverOh baby : birth, babies and motherhood uncensored / Kathy Fray.
” Refreshingly honest, openly frank and candidly blunt, this book has been written by a mother for other mothers. It oozes with warm fuzzies, it reeks of mumsy terms, it exudes realism in every paragraph and it is refreshing in its guiltless honesty. Modern first-time mothers are often alone – devoid of once traditional motherhood knowledge and practical support. Often previously self-confident women find themselves inconceivably isolated, hopelessly fumbling over everyday mothering tasks, enduring torturous levels of sleep deprivation, feeling desperately despondent and physiologically aching and leaking everywhere. This book provides supportive, caring advice – one Mum to another – while at the same time serving as an encyclopaedic medical reference regarding the mother and baby. Checked thoroughly by medical professionals, this book is a unique blend, like having access to a kind and gentle GP as well as to all the gems of wisdom of years of mothers’ coffee groups. This new title clearly and compassionately explains the ups as well as the downs which are perfectly normal aspects of giving birth and mothering in today’s society.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverWaking the tiger : healing trauma : the innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences / Peter A. Levine ; with Ann Frederick. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma – The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences
“Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.” (Book Description)

Syndetics book coverBrain on fire : my month of madness / Susannah Cahalan.
“New York Post reporter Cahalan details the madness that briefly robbed her of her independence and ability to write. At first, the author’s erratic behavior seemed symptomatic of overwork. Soon, her lack of physical control and frightening, self-destructive behavior became impossible to ignore. Following a string of misdiagnoses, a top neurologist recognized a then newly discovered autoimmune condition called anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis. With the help of her doctor and supportive family and boyfriend, Cahalan recovered and was back at work within a year…” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHow to eat well when you have cancer / Jane Freeman.
“Diet in cancer is a highly emotive area and one of great confusion. Has my diet caused my cancer? Will I recover if I give up dairy products? Is it worth spending money on supplements? This book is a practical nutritional guide for those diagnosed with cancer, those undergoing treatment, and those whose treatment is over. It tackles the problems associated with nutrition and cancer, such as lack of appetite, nausea and dehydration. It suggests ways to keep up your strength and energy, particularly when you don’t feel like eating. Other topics include how to avoid infection and help the healing process; monitoring your food intake and weight; and planning an eating plan that’s right for you. Includes recipes.” (Book Description)

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Personal Development

New Year’s resolutions to keep and habits you want to change? Have a browse of our picks from the latest new personal development books!

Syndetics book coverMadly in love with me : the daring adventure of becoming your own best friend / Christine Arylo.
“Most of us know that loving ourselves would be a good idea, but we have no clue what that really means. Self-love feels too vast, too esoteric, and frankly like something you should keep under wraps. This breakthrough book on self-love changes all that by taking you beyond the idea of loving, valuing, and caring for yourself into daring acts that will help you experience it. Christine Arylo provides practical, fun ways to explore and embody the ten branches of self-love every day and in every part of your life. Reading this book is like receiving permission to treat yourself as a best friend would.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverChangeology : 5 steps to realizing your goals and resolutions / John C. Norcross, with Kristin Loberg and Jonathon Norcross.
“Change is hard. But not if you know the 5-step formula that works whether you’re trying to stop smoking or start recycling. Dr. John C. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert, has studied how people make transformative, permanent changes in their lives. Over the past thirty years, he and his research team have helped thousands of people overcome dozens of behavioural ailments. Now his cutting-edge, scientific approach to personal improvement is being made available in this indispensable guide. Unlike 95 percent of self-help books, the Changeology plan has a documented track record of success. Whether you want to quit overeating or drinking, or end depression, debt, and relationship distress, Dr. Norcross gives you the tools you need to change what you want within 90 days.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFearless at work : timeless teachings for awakening confidence, resilience, and creativity in the face of life’s demands / Michael Carroll.
“Work is such a crucial part of our life, and yet we often struggle with-and feel overwhelmed by-the numerous challenges it presents us. Whether it’s job insecurity, making peace with or leaving an unfulfilling job, or dealing with office conflicts, we often experience fear and a sense of groundlessness just at a time when we want to be our most creative and resilient. Drawing on Buddhist philosophy, Michael Carroll, a longtime human-resources executive, meditation teacher, and executive coach, explains how the practice of mindfulness-full awareness of our moment-to-moment experience-can help us become more confident and open to possibility in our work life. He offers a system of potent, inspiring principles that we can use as a practice for helping us work with our insecurities and awakening our natural bravery, resourcefulness, and resilience.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe as if principle : the radically new approach to changing your life / Richard Wiseman.
“Change the way you behave and you change the way you feel – that’s the simple and powerful message in this insightful and engaging new book by internationally renowned psychologist Richard Wiseman. Most self-help books encourage you to think differently: to think yourself thin, imagine a richer self or to visualize the perfect you. This is difficult, time consuming, and often doesn’t work. Ripping up the rule book, Professor Richard Wiseman, renowned psychologist with 90,000 Twitter followers and 13 million YouTube viewers, presents a radical new insight into your body and brain: that it’s your actions that have the power to instantly change the way you think and feel. Smile and you’ll become measurably happier. Clench your fist and you will increase your willpower. Put a spring in your step and you will feel instantly younger. Acting, not thinking, is what controls your emotions and allows you to unleash your hidden potential. Drawing on a dazzling array of scientific evidence, Professor Wiseman shows how this simple idea can be used to easily increase motivation, overcome depression, lose weight, stop smoking, and even slow aging. So don’t just think about changing your life. Do it.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe antidote : happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking / Oliver Burkeman.
“Self-help books dont seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth, even if you can get it doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy. We can’t even agree on what happiness means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? Looking both east and west, in bulletins from the past and from far afield, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual group of people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hard-headed business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that in our personal lives, and in society at large, it’s our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. And that there is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty – the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is the intelligent persons guide to understanding the much-misunderstood idea of happiness.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe 5 elements of effective thinking / Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird.
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren’t a special breed – they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in ‘The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking’, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself – revealing previously hidden opportunities. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, ‘The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking’ is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential – including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners. Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way.” (Global Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverHold me tight : your guide to the most successful approach to building loving relationships / Sue Johnson.
“In Hold Me Tight, Dr Sue Johnson shares her highly effective therapy programme: Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Forget learning how to argue better and making grand romantic gestures. Instead, Johnson teaches that the way to enhance – or save – a relationship is to re-establish a secure emotional attachment and preserve the ‘bond’ between you. This model has achieved an astounding 75 per cent success rate. Through illuminating case studies from her practice, advice and practical exercises, couples will learn how to nurture their relationships and ensure a lifetime of love.” (Book cover)

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