Crossing Farmers Boulevard

Crossing Farmers Boulevard Author Ronald Peters, Jr.
ISBN-10 0692669930
Year 2017-02-09
Pages 230
Language en
Publisher
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Defining moments refine our potential and give birth to our purpose. These unexpected twists of events, unforeseen challenges, and courageous leaps of faith outline the blueprint of the lives we build. Crossing Farmers Boulevard: A Journey to Oneness in a Polarizing World is a collection of the pivotal moments that shaped the character, tenacity, and empathy of Dr. Ronald J. Peters, Jr. Born during the infancy of hip-hop culture in Queens, New York, an inquisitive young man discovers a world of wonder and limitless possibilities when he crosses Farmers Boulevard, sometimes with almost deadly consequences, but always with valuable lessons learned. As a child, he was challenged by dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and an environment that perpetuated fight-or-flight reactive behaviors, including drug use, violence, and devaluation. He utilized hip-hop as a form of self-therapy. Tagging and drawing provided him with an escape from the confines of his learning disabilities and the outlet he needed to self-nurture and exercise his God-given creative thoughts. These expressive activities cultivated his understanding of the polarity of his perceived academic weaknesses and the innovative gifts that they could afford. As an adult, he became a university professor and defied end-stage kidney disease. His engaging memoir plays out as the reverse engineering of an improbable life’s journey full of adventure, discovery, and the transformative power of love.

Hiking Through

Hiking Through Author Paul V. Stutzman
ISBN-10 9780984076055
Year 2010-04-01
Pages 309
Language en
Publisher BookPros, LLC
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The author discusses his decision to quit his job following the death of his wife and embark on thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and describes his experiences and the revelations that came to him while on the nearly five-month-long trek.

The Unspoken Journey of Life

The Unspoken Journey of Life Author Lerato Nthati Dorah Tsamai
ISBN-10 9781469180328
Year 2012-03-19
Pages 108
Language en
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
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This autobiography reveals the life of Lerato Nthati Dorah Tsamai, achieving success against the odds: An honest and graphic true story: Her life, Her Soul – Surviving, Healing and thriving after an Abusive Marriage. In the first part of her story, she lay bare the lifelong difficulties she survived in her life, and how she met her violent husband. The mistake she made for choosing to be with the wrong person. The lessons that you learn from this book are broad, deep, profound, and practical, as they had been developed from her true life story of real experience of diverse gained from within her abusive life. How she wanted so much to become a butterfly and give up being a caterpillar. Indeed there were no justification resentments she wished to walk along the extra mile and enjoy inner peace and success on every step of the path. By becoming more loving towards herself, to attract more of the higher, faster energies and begin to change what’s inner her. In her thought to cultivate an inner voice and altitude that’s hundred percent of the time for herself. She was not afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, her God was with her. He did not fail her or forsake her. No matter how serious her problems were, God’s love was greater. She put her trust in him, for nothing is surer than the power of God’s love. She always remembers that God is her refuge from all harms, and underneath this refuge are the everlasting arms – so she cast her burden to him. She seeks his counsel when distressed and went to him for comfort when she was lonely and oppressed – for God is her encouragement in trouble, trials, suffering, and in sorrow. He turned her tears to smiles. For there’s absolutely nothing too much for God to do.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist Author Paulo Coelho
ISBN-10 0606355103
Year 2014-04-15
Pages 182
Language en
Publisher
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For use in schools and libraries only. A special 25th anniversary edition of Paulo Coehlo's extraordinary international bestselling phenomenon--the inspiring spiritual tale of self-discovery that has touched millions of lives around the world. Combing magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different--and far more satisfying--than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Old Man and the Sea

Old Man and the Sea Author Ernest Hemingway
ISBN-10 9781476770185
Year 2014-05-22
Pages 100
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

Six Lessons for Six Sons

Six Lessons for Six Sons Author Joe Massengale
ISBN-10 9780307341877
Year 2006-03-21
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Harmony
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“Confidence, fortitude, pride, persistence, fearlessness and focus are some of the true treasures of the spirit that can get you past defeat, help you build a business, raise a family and leave a valuable legacy. The lessons Joe Massengale learned back in the piney woods around Marshall, Texas, and gave to his sons to take into the world are some of the same ones I hope my children, my congregation, the kids in my youth center and my customers get from me.” —From the Foreword by George Foreman Joe Massengale rose above his hardscrabble roots to become a successful Beverly Hills businessman, creating a tree service from scratch and building it into an enduring and profitable enterprise. Through years of hard work, Joe achieved the prosperous life he sought but never forgot the life lessons he learned along the way, especially those his father Hugh taught him. He made sure to impart those lessons to his six sons, each of whom became a success in his own right. What his sons learned from Joe—what it means to be a man, a father, a son, a productive member of society, a person of integrity—is brought to life in Six Lessons for Six Sons. Joe tells his story in vignettes interwoven with observations from his sons, who talk about how they’ve put these simple yet resonant values into practice. Notable contributors—including Guy Bluford, the first African-American in space; Academy Award–winning actress Anjelica Huston; and Olympic Gold Medal–winning decathlete Rafer Johnson—offer perspectives on how the messages at the core of Joe’s story have enriched their own lives and, most important, how they can enrich yours. Six Lessons for Six Sons is a proven blueprint for personal accomplishment and fulfillment, a stirring story of one family’s journey through a century of American change, and an inspiration for anyone who wants to become a positive role model for others. What if success was as simple as six lessons? Lesson One: Confidence Believe in yourself, and other people will, too. Lesson Two: Fortitude Find the strength to keep trying, no matter how hard you’ve tried before. Lesson Three: Pride Pride is a commitment: to your family and—most of all—to yourself. Lesson Four: Persistence Learn from your triumphs but also pay attention to what the hard knocks have to teach you. Lesson Five: Fearlessness Fear is always looking for a crack in your foundation. Keep yours solid. Lesson Six: Focus You are free to be the person you want to be—but you have to work for it. Visit sixlessons.com From the Hardcover edition.

Blue Collar Buddha

Blue Collar Buddha Author Paul A. Streitz
ISBN-10 9781624880605
Year 2011-12-20
Pages 298
Language en
Publisher BookBaby
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Paul Streitz's Story is your Story. His book will convince you that the most dramatic and adventurous stories don’t always come from Hollywood. Rather, it’s the story of someone like you and me, facing the kind of dramas we all face. A story you can feel in your gut, because it’s YOUR story. Granted, Paul Streitz has experienced some things you probably haven’t—like two bouts with cancer, shocking betrayals at home and work, and building a business worth millions. But the emotions he describes and the lessons he has learned are universal: they really hit home. Blue-Collar Buddha is a book that will leave you wiser and stronger, no matter where you are in life. This book will make you think . . . about your own life. Following each episode in Paul’s life story are self-reflection questions that challenge you to consider similar experiences in your own life, the effect they’ve had on you, and how you can learn from them as Paul did. Take the time to answer these self-reflection questions and you’ll come away motivated to make healthy changes in your life. This book is an amazing LEARNING OPPORTUNITY as well as an addictive read! Blue-Collar Buddha provides a powerful reminder that life will present you only with obstacles you can overcome, and that adversity is the gateway to greatness. It’s a book that will equip you to meet any challenge that comes your way. "This wonderful, warm, inspiring book will motivate you to set bigger goals and then persevere over all obstacles until you succeed.” Brian Tracy, Author of No Excuses! This witty and charming book delivers age-old wisdom through entertaining and enlightening stories of Paul's life adventures on his journey to becoming a self-made millionaire. You're sure to enjoy the ride as you absorb valuable life and business skills to further your personal and professional success!” Bree Maresca-Kramer M.A. Relationship Expert, Life Coach & Author The stories that Paul shares in this book are filled with uncommon wisdom and valuable pointers that can help anyone be happier and more successful while leading a balanced life.” Tom Gegax, Author of The Big Book of Small Business The perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter night . . . Put the kids to bed, light the fire, and curl up on your sofa with Blue-Collar Buddha. This is one of those books you won’t be able to put down. You’ll still be thinking about it a long time later, and benefiting from the wisdom you’ve gleaned.

Potpourri for and about Women

Potpourri for and about Women Author JoAnn Oppenheimer
ISBN-10 9781449064549
Year 2010-05-11
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher AuthorHouse
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“Potpourri For and About Women” is a compilation of forty-one (41) chapters, written by women over fifty (50) years of age who have experienced marriage, death, divorce, long-term relationships, and even second and third marriages. Many of these ladies have sustained disappointments in relationships, crisis within the family, health, careers, financial loss, or perhaps in more than one area. They have journeyed so far and felt so much, and now it is time to share some of their rich and varied experiences and encourage the sense of being there for each other. These experiences have helped to empower them to become the women that they are today. It is my hope that this very special book will help these ladies to give themselves and others permission to feel good and acknowledge all that they have accomplished. The purpose of this book is to build strength and self exteem, and provide insight for women, who are currently experiencing life challenges. In a nutshell, it is a Self-Help book, for distressed women to have hope. All of the ladies, who have written these honest and sincere stories, have learned to cope and are living productive lives today.

The Work

The Work Author Wes Moore
ISBN-10 9780679646013
Year 2015-01-13
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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The acclaimed author of The Other Wes Moore continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life and shares the powerful lessons—about self-discovery, service, and risk-taking—that led him to a new definition of success for our times. The Work is the story of how one young man traced a path through the world to find his life’s purpose. Wes Moore graduated from a difficult childhood in the Bronx and Baltimore to an adult life that would find him at some of the most critical moments in our recent history: as a combat officer in Afghanistan; a White House fellow in a time of wars abroad and disasters at home; and a Wall Street banker during the financial crisis. In this insightful book, Moore shares the lessons he learned from people he met along the way—from the brave Afghan translator who taught him to find his fight, to the resilient young students in Katrina-ravaged Mississippi who showed him the true meaning of grit, to his late grandfather, who taught him to find grace in service. Moore also tells the stories of other twenty-first-century change-makers who’ve inspired him in his search, from Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of KIND, to Esther Benjamin, a Sri Lankan immigrant who rose to help lead the Peace Corps. What their lives—and his own misadventures and moments of illumination—reveal is that our truest work happens when we serve others, at the intersection between our gifts and our broken world. That’s where we find the work that lasts. An intimate narrative about finding meaning in a volatile age, The Work will inspire readers to see how we can each find our own path to purpose and help create a better world. Praise for The Work “Powerful and moving . . . Wes Moore’s story and the stories of those who have inspired him, from family members to entrepreneurs, provide a model for how we can each weave together valuable lessons from all different types of people to forge an individual path to triumph. I’ve known and deeply admired Wes for a long time. Reading The Work, I better understand why.”—Chelsea Clinton “Wes Moore proves once again that he is one of the most effective storytellers and leaders of his generation. His gripping personal story, set against the dramatic events of the past decade, goes straight to the heart of an ancient question that is as relevant as ever: not just how to live a good life, but how to make that life matter. Above all, this book teaches us how to make our journey about more than mere surviving or even succeeding; it teaches us how to truly come alive.”—Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive “How we define success for ourselves is one of life’s essential questions. Wes Moore shows us the way—by sharing his incredible journey and the inspiring stories of others who make the world a better place through the choices they’ve made about how they want to live. We come away from this important book with a new understanding of what it truly means to succeed in life.”—Suze Orman “An intriguing follow-up to his bestselling The Other Wes Moore . . . Moore makes a convincing case that work has the most value if it’s built on a foundation of service, selflessness, courage, and risk-taking.”—Publishers Weekly “A beautifully philosophical look at the expectation that work should bring meaning to our lives.”—Booklist “The Work will resonate with people seeking their own purpose.”—BookPage From the Hardcover edition.

Stand for the Best

Stand for the Best Author Thomas M. Bloch
ISBN-10 0470639598
Year 2010-02-02
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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Thirteen years ago, Tom Bloch was CEO of H&R Block, the groundbreaking tax organization. The son of the company’s founder, he was a happily married 41-year-old executive, but something was missing from his life. After a nineteen-year career at the company, Bloch resigned his position to become a math teacher in an impoverished inner-city section of Kansas City. Stand for the Best reveals Bloch’s struggles to make a difference for his marginalized students and how he eventually co-founded a successful charter school, University Academy.

Life Is So Good

Life Is So Good Author George Dawson
ISBN-10 037550530X
Year 2000-05-09
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Random House
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One man’s extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98 “Things will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn’t anything I would change about my life.”—George Dawson In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103, reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living, as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the entire sweep of the twentieth century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s irresistible voice and view of the world, offering insights into humanity, history, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in history, George Dawson’s description and assessment of the last century inspires readers with the message that has sustained him through it all: “Life is so good. I do believe it’s getting better.” WINNER OF THE CHRISTOPHER AWARD “A remarkable autobiography . . . . the feel-good story of the year.”—The Christian Science Monitor “A testament to the power of perseverance.”—USA Today “Life Is So Good is about character, soul and spirit. . . . The pride in standing his ground is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post “Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an astonishing and unforgettable memoir.”—Publishers Weekly Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.

Double Happiness

Double Happiness Author Tony Brasunas
ISBN-10 9780991166213
Year 2013-12-12
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Torchpost
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Tony Brasunas's award-winning debut memoir is a portrait of life in China and a groundbreaking story of coming of age in today's era of globalization. In a classroom in sultry Guangzhou, having never before left the United States nor taught a class on anything, armed only with a beginner's grasp of the language, Brasunas confronts thirty-seven expectant ninth graders in white uniforms. When he fails repeatedly -- often humorously -- in the tense classroom, an intrinsic curiosity about Chinese culture and about himself springs from within and drives him not only to keep trying with his ninth graders, but to trust his instincts in the dishonest streets as well, and ultimately to make new friends from all walks of life. When the school year ends, Brasunas sets off with just a backpack across the vast hinterlands of China, along the Silk Road in the north, and to the edge of ancient Tibet in the west. His intrepid odyssey not only brings him face to face with a rich tapestry of people -- from Muslim political dissidents in Linxia to monks in mountainous Tibetan monasteries -- but also plunges him into unexpected peril, torturous romance, and wild twists of fate that transform his basic understanding of right and wrong, beauty and truth, suffering and happiness. Bold and inspiring, Double Happiness is a vivid journey across China and through the soul of a young American. EDITORIAL REVIEWS "A very talented writer... a journey filled with rich insight." (Writer's Digest Book Awards) "A life-altering experience... teaching, traveling, and transformation." (San Jose Mercury News) "Inspirational and striking... travel writing at its best." (Midwest Book Review) "This book will sweep you across the ocean to another land, and you will take a journey that will leave you forever changed." (The Book Wheel) "A brilliant new writer... an unforgettable journey." (Anodea Judith, author of Waking the Global Heart)