How would you be affected if your mother died giving your life? And how would such a loss affect your children? These questions are the foundation of many issues raised by the author in her search for the missing pieces of a grandmother who in 1905 died giving the author´s mother life. It was a tragedy that seemed to affect multiple generations, the voids in identity and ill-spent guilt flowing from the stream of blood that kept mother from daughter, and then from granddaughter. But it was a search well-spent. The Reverend Roger Mohr, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, may have said it best. ´´Often the tapestry of family history does not seem to offer us the sort of clarity about who we have become, and why. And sometimes the narrative tells us a story about ourselves that we do not wish to accept.´´ Nancy Owen Nelson´s search resulted in raising more questions about herself, even as it answered questions about her mysterious grandmother. Nonetheless, in the end her journey toward discovery was one of startling self-awareness and connection. No matter whether you feel connected or lost in family, you will be unable to avoid the heartfelt pleasure and pain that comes from the author´s brave attempt to connect three generations of Southern women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056343/bk_acx0_056343_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When a small town on the edge of the continent is ready to break under the weight of its greed, mistrust, and prejudice, three untested strangers are brought together to combat the coming darkness. One is only searching for clarity beyond her forest home, another wants nothing more than solitude to study the truth behind her painful past, and the third is simply doing his best to appear human. But if the town of Dragon´s Nest is to survive, all three will need to set aside their doubts and uncover the dark secrets beneath the stony streets, as well as those above. The path to a world´s future begins here. 1. Language: English. Narrator: McKenzie Jamison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120006/bk_acx0_120006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Caroline Kraus leaves behind her sheltered, upper-middle-class home in St. Louis for San Francisco following the death of her mother, she is searching for clarity and a fresh perspective to help her escape her mother´s ghost. Instead, in a dreamlike city of beatnik bookstores and coffeehouses, she meets Jane. Bewitching and free-spirited, Jane offers Caroline the warmth, intuitive understanding, and female companionship she craves, and soon the two women are inseparable. But gradually, Caroline discovers that behind the intensity that makes the friendship so intoxicating lies a dangerous, symbiotic stranglehold. As their lives and psyches become evermore intertwined, Jane begins to reveal some disturbing qualities and pulls Caroline further into her troubled depths. And as her subtle manipulations blossom into emotional blackmail, financial ruin, alarming promiscuity, and ultimately, physical aggression, Caroline must fight to regain her sense of self, and her understanding of where Jane ends and she begins. Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Borderlines is an extraordinary literary debut that offers an unflinching look at the potent dynamics beneath the surface of any intimate relationship, and at the darker side of friendships between women. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luci Christian Bell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000850/bk_acx0_000850_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Look deeply into your own heart. Are you happy? Is there something you think needs to happen before you can be happy? Are you sure that if that something occurred, you would truly be happy then? Would it be enough? Real Moments is about the moments that make life matter, and how to have more of them. It is about experiencing fulfillment and meaning in your life now, not when you have more money, or find the right partner, or achieve your perfect weight, but in this and every moment. In Real Moments, best-selling author and renowned relationships expert Barbara De Angelis examines the spiritual and emotional crisis in America, and shows how decades of substituting quantity for quality, and stimulation for substance have created a nation of men and women who often do not know how to experience real moments of happiness. We spend our lives preparing for the future, rather than enjoying the present; we become experts at doing, not being. The result is that we have lost out ability to appreciate and experience joy in the moment, and we are left searching desperately, and often unsuccessfully, for meaning.Filled with profound wisdom, compassion and clarity, Real Moments is more than an uplifting work - it is a powerful invitation to transform your life and a practical manual for nourishing your spirit. Listening to it will guide you, challenge you and comfort you as you travel on your own path towards peace and wholeness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barbara De Angelis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bant/000175/bk_bant_000175_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Following the fractured origins and destinies of two brothers named after demigods from the ancient epic the Mahabharata, we meet a family struggling with the reverberations of the past in their lives. These ten interlinked stories redraw the map of our world in surprising ways: following an act of violence, a baby girl is renamed after a Hindu goddess but raised as a Muslim; a lonely butcher from Angola finds solace in a family of refugees in New Jersey; a gentle entomologist, in Sri Lanka, discovers unexpected reserves of courage while searching for his missing son. By turns heartbreaking and fiercely inventive, Half Gods reveals with sharp clarity the ways that parents, children, and friends act as unknowing mirrors to each other, revealing in their all-too-human weaknesses, hopes, and sorrows a connection to the divine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/003503/bk_aren_003503_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Direct sequel to the New York Times and USA Today best-selling A Dog´s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He´s overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl? A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog´s Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog´s Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George K. Wilson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001417/bk_aren_001417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Working hard to become spiritually elite? Have you ever wondered why you can´t find the path to enlightenment? Have you struggled with expensive meditation techniques and special diets, elite teachers, and all sorts of other crazy notions just trying to one day, finally, awaken to complete freedom and total peace (perhaps with a hefty dose of bliss as well)? Stop! In You´re Trying Too Hard, Joey Lott explains exactly that - you are trying too hard, and you will never achieve your goals precisely because you already have freedom. Stop trying everything under the sun to bring yourself to true enlightenment. Stop searching for wiser, more special teachers. Stop worrying about lineage and ego and diet and the self. Stop everything. Remain only with direct experience, and let true clarity at least reveal itself. Clarity is the simplicity of being. Clarity is simply seeing what is, as it is. Are you ready? Listen to this book now, and set foot on the only path to so-called ´´enlightenment´´ you will ever need. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joey Lott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046714/bk_acx0_046714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Colleges and universities constitute a special type of organization; and their complex mission, dynamics, personnel structures, and values require a distinct set of understandings and skills to lead and manage them well. In Reframing Academic Leadership, Lee G. Bolman and Joan V. Gallos offer higher education leaders a provocative and pragmatic guide for: Crafting dynamic institutions where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Creating campus environments that facilitate creativity and commitment Forging alliances and partnerships in service of the mission Building shared vision and campus cultures that unite and inspire Serving the larger goals of the academy and society Throughout the book, the authors integrate powerful conceptual frameworks with rich and compelling real-world cases to support academic leaders searching for the best in themselves and in their institutions. The book tackles thorny issues such as building institutional clarity and capacity, managing conflict, coping with difficult people, partnering with the boss, and developing leadership resilience. Following in the tradition of Bolman and Deals classic Reframing Organizations, Bolman and Gallos emphasize a pragmatic approach. They tease out the unique challenges and opportunities in academic leadership and provide ideas, tools, and encouragement to help higher education leaders see more clearly, feel more confident, and become more skilled and versatile in handling the vicissitudes of daily life. Reframing Academic Leadership is the resource for those seeking to understand, develop, and manage colleges and universities. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kris Koscheski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001969/bk_acx0_001969_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is a famous Zen story about a disciple, Riko, who once asked his master, Nansen, to explain to him the old Zen koan of the goose in the bottle. Namely, if a man puts a gosling into a bottle and feeds the gosling through the bottle´s neck until it grows and becomes a goose - and then there is simply no more room inside the bottle - how can the man get it out without killing the goose or breaking the bottle? In response, Nansen shouts, ´´Riko!´´ and gives a great clap with his hands. Startled, Riko replies, ´´Yes master!´´ And Nansen says, ´´See! The goose is out!´´ In this Zen-flavored series of responses to questions, the contemporary mystic, Osho, cuts through the mad complexity of the contemporary human mind and its self-created ´´problems´´ with humor, compassion, and even an occasional shout and clap of his hands. The goose in the questioner´s bottle may be a philosophical problem or an existential dilemma, a relationship drama or an emotional crisis - in each case, Osho´s unique and transformational response sets the goose free, allowing us to rediscover the simple and innocent clarity each of us brings with us when we come into the world. From this space, problems are not solved but rather are dissolved: ´´The goose is out.´´ This is a beautiful audio series giving an experience of a mystic working with people who are searching for themselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: OSHO. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/osho/000005/sp_osho_000005_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.