Published Books

All books, unless otherwise indicated, are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online retailers. Many are carried by local stores; if not, stores can order by title & author or ISBN. MSI Press (see contact us) will accept purchase orders from libraries, bookstores, and pre-approved oranizations.

57 Steps to Paradise: Finding Love in Midlife and Beyond

ISBN: 978-1-942891-18-5
$12.95

Looking for love in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and yes, even your 80’s or 90’s? 57 Steps to Paradise will help you navigate dating in midlife and beyond. Lorenz unzips her soul and exposes her foibles during 50 years of men weaving their way in and out of her life, providing a heap of wit and wisdom to help you make life-changing decisions about love and, perhaps, a life partner.

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365 Teacher Secrets for Parents: Fun Ways to Help Your Child in Elementary School

ISBN: 978933455273
$29.95

This reference book, written by two experienced and successful (and, frankly, brilliant and talented) elementary school teachers, provides a day-by-day set of practical ideas and activities that parents can do at home with their elementary school-age children to help them become better students while also having fun. In all, there are 365 activities, representing all subject matter areas typically taught in school, one for each day of the year.

Recognition & Awards:

“Recommended” by US Review of Books

Listed on USA Book News/USA Best Book Awards

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A Believer-in-Waiting’s First Encounters with God

ISBN: 978933455280
$12.95

A Believer in Waiting’s First Encounters with God allows readers an entrée into the world of what might be called a modern-day mystic, a world where spirituality, contemplation, hierophany, and miracles unite. Good, evil, suffering, darkness, unknowing, and the unconditional love of God are the leitmotifs that bind the author’s experiences from the physical world to the spiritual realm.

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A Guide To Bliss

ISBN: 978-1933455945
$19.95

This practical guide and the method presented in it are based on a very simple principle: all our negative emotional and mental states are the result of our currently limited and contracted mind; when we expand our mind, these states dissolve. A Guide to Bliss is a rich introduction to the ‘Expansion Method’ that has already gained popularity in German-speaking countries and Israel. The book leads the reader carefully through the practice, illuminating the way by the direct experience of practitioners of the method and the extensive philosophy behind it. Whether determining your next step in business, clearing away some sad memory, or just improving general well-being, all you need is to systematically tap into the tremendous potential of your own mind, as shown in this guide.

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A Woman’s Guide to Self-Nurturing: How to Build Self-Esteem by Being Nice to Yourself

Joanna Romer

ISBN: 978-1-942891-02-4
$12.95

A Woman’s Guide to Self-Nurturing offers a new perspective on how to comfort yourself while bolstering self-esteem. Using Bible stories as well as creative techniques for self-nurturing, the book will help you determine exactly what pleases you and nourishes your self-esteem, expand your repertoire of self-nurturing techniques by adding love and gratitude, and show you how self-nurturing can work toward building a new identity. Combining specific guidelines with inspiring examples of self-nurturing, this book will help you recover lost self-esteem and embrace a new mission for a more fulfilling life.

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Anxiety Anonymous: The Big Book of Anxiety Addiction

ISBN: 978-1-942891-00-0
$19.95

When you are in the grip of anxiety, fear, or worry:

  • Do you feel powerless to stop your reacting?
  • Does your life feel unmanageable?
  • Does your craving for control interfere with your life?
  • Do you feel hopeless for a cure?

If you answer “yes” to these questions, you anxiety has become an addiction. It acts like a drug that excites, numbs, and possesses you, causing you to avoid a full life.

 

Viewing anxiety as an addiction, Dennis Ortman, Ph.D. guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find relief from your anxiety. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom on how to transform your anxious habits of thinking into constructive action. The Steps invite you to stop, look, listen, and then consciously act to create a new life, awakening your true self.

Recognition & Awards:

#1 in Hot New Releases on Amazon

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Awesome Couple Communication: Expressing What You Mean and Understanding What the Other Meant

Patt Hollinger Pickett, Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-1-942891-21-5
$12.95

Awesome Couple Communication is a spin-off of “Dr. Patt’s” award-winning book, The Marriage Whisperer. In simple, jargon-free language and with clear examples, Dr. Pickett presents 14 couples with communication challenges. She describes the source of the miscommunication and presents suggestions for other couples in similar circumstances to follow in moving from the miscommunication to the awesome communication level.

 

Calling upon Emotional Intelligence Theory and her own “Pickett’s Pyramid of Possibilities” that is based upon thousands of hours of assistance to couples in therapy, the author provides tips, principles, Q&A, and healthy alternatives to help build communication that strengthens relationships.

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Biseh: A Cat Who Was a Tribble

Forthcoming in San Juan Books’ Pet Memorial Series

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blest atheist

ISBN: 9781933455112
$19.95

As a young child, outraged by the hypocrisy she finds in a church that does nothing to alleviate the physical and sexual abuse she experiences on a regular basis, Beth delivers an accusatory youth sermon and gets her family expelled from the church. Having locked the door on God, Beth goes on to raise a family of seven children, learn 17 languages, and enjoy a career that takes her to NASA, Washington, and 24 countries. All the time, however, God keeps knocking at the door, protecting and blessing her, which she realizes only decades later. Ultimately, Beth finds God in a very simple yet most unusual way.

Recognition & Awards:

Christian Studies Shelf. Small Press Bookwatch. 2009

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Creative Aging: A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Successful Living

ISBN: 9781933455501
$14.95

This book encourages those who are at or nearing retirement to actively plan for the years ahead. Individual stories of Boomers who have learned to flourish after age 50 are showcased, along with productive influences gained from spirituality, health, and “the Woodstock Generation,” including how to take inspiration from childhood and young adulthood to reignite; develop a passion for the troisieme age; use creativity to stay happy, healthy and enlightened; and formulate lifestyle plans that match expectations. Activities are provided at the end of each section to help the reader define and make life choices (and changes).

Recognition & Awards:

USA Best Books Award Finalist

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5 Hearts review by Foreword Reviews

“Recommended” rating by US Review of Books

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Depression Anonymous: The Big Book on Depression Addiction

Dr. Dennis Ortman

ISBN: 978-1-942-891-26-0
$29.95

When you feel depressed, suffering from a deep sadness, do you feel powerless over your mood? Does your life feel unmanageable because of it? Does your preoccupation with past hurts and regrets interfere with your life? Do you feel hopeless about finding a cure for your depression? If you answer “yes” to these questions, you may be addicted to your mood. It acts like a drug that sedates, numbs, and possesses you, causing you to sleepwalk through life.

Viewing your depressed mood as an addiction, Dr. Ortman guides you through the time-tested Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to find healing and growth. He shows how the Steps offer practical wisdom to awaken your spirit deadened by your depression. The Steps provide guidance for your personal journey into the darkness of your mood so that you can discover your true self and release the Power within you.

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Divorced: Survival Techniques for Singles over Forty

ISBN: 978-1-933455-00-6
$12.95

Divorced! Survival Techniques for Singles over 40 shares the stories of men and women just like you who have gone through the trauma of divorce, and now feel comfortable talking about it. Turning to God, to friends, family and even therapy, these adults were able to pull their lives back together again. Whether your divorce was recent or years ago, the guidelines in this book will help you put heartache aside and begin a new and fulfilling life.

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El Poder de lo Transpersonal

Nelson Fernando Ustman

ISBN: 9781933455297
$14.95

En “Lo Transpersonal” todas las cosas se conectan y nada está suelto ni es independiente, igual las palabras de este libro están unidas las unas a las otras como los hechos de nuestra vida para poder lograr una alianza entre la razón y la emoción, entre lo humano y lo divino, entre oriente y occidente, entre el pasado y el futuro, entre arriba y abajo. Todo para lograr entender que somos uno y que estamos conectados con un propósito divino. Solo que pocos lo recuerdan.

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Everybody’s Little Book of Everyday Prayers

Cynthia MacGregor

ISBN: 9781933455785
$12.95

People are often at a loss to find the right words to say in prayer. Whether you’re a believer but unchurched or are a devout member of a religion, if you wish to expand your home worship, finding the right words to say to God can be a problematic issue.  The prayers in Everybody’s Little Book of Everyday Prayers are nonsectarian—suited for Protestants, Jews, and Catholics, as well as unaffiliated deists who believe in God but not in organized religion. They cover a raft of occasions on which individuals or families may wish to say a prayer. If prayer is an integral part of your life, or you would like it to be, you’ll find the help you want in Everybody’s Little Book of Everyday Prayers.

Recognition & Awards:

5 stars. Netgalley.

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Forget the Goal, The Journey Counts… 71 Jobs Later

Alfred Stites

ISBN: 9781933455266
$19.95

Al Stites has lived a rich 88 years. His orientation toward thinking positively has led him to an incredible 71 jobs, each of them providing him with rich experiences. Many of the people that the author has worked with would be recognized by anyone, ranging from Hal Holbrook to Ethel Kennedy to Prince Borghese of Italy. He has never taken a job because he had to or a job he has not liked. Throughout his life, he has worked not for money but for happiness — and he has had a happy life. How many of us can say the same?

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Good Blood: A Journey of Healing

Irit Schaffer

 

ISBN: 978-1-942891-22-2
$24.95

When she was a child, her father said that he had “good blood” and it was why he and his wife survived and healed from the Holocaust. The author searched for the meaning and significance of her father’s words over two continents and through four generations. Her journey uncovered a unique voice of wisdom revealing mysteries of the healing powers within us and the existence of light in every situation that helps us overcome and transcend any obstacle.

This book is a quest into the depth of the human spirit. It is a rich family memoir, being deeply personal, sharing pain and joy and fear and forgiveness. It encompasses the themes of life and a topic in common with every reader: complicated family relationships.

Endorsed by Pam Huston and Dr. Norm Shealy.

 

GOOD BLOOD, VOLUME 1, IS OUT OF PRINT ALTHOUGH SOME COPIES MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH VARIOUS ONLINE AND USED BOOK SOURCES. VOLUME 1 HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE FULL BOOK, GOOD BLOOD.

 

Recognition & Awards:

#11 in Amazon’s hot new releases/Holocaust

#68 in Amazon’s hot new releases/counseling

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Healing From Incest: Intimate Conversations with My Therapist

ISBN: 978-1933455532; LCCN 2014948862
$14.95

Healing from Incest tells the journey of a victim-turned-survivor, working with her therapist to find healing. Readers are pulled into the therapeutic process as Henderson relates her conversations and feelings as a victim of child abuse and Emerton interprets those feelings and describes interventions. For those who recognize this as their own story, this frank and genuine narrative will be reassuring in its descriptions of one woman’s journey toward hope and healing.

Recognition & Awards:

 

Finalist, Book of the Year Award (IndieFab) 2016

Listed among “Hot New Releases” on Amazon

“Recommended” rating, US Review of Books

Featured in the July 2015 issue “Reviewer’s Bookwatch” (MidWest Book Review)

 

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How My Cat Made Me a Better Man

ISBN: 978-1933455457
$9.95

Jeremy Feig was at rock bottom – broke, alone, and living in a shoebox-sized apartment. At the same time, his cat was perfectly content. What was her secret? She couldn’t say it out loud, but it was clear she had all the answers to living a good life. How My Cat Made Me a Better Man is a hilarious self-help book for guys, based on the lessons of an edgy cat named Shelly. It’s packed with useful advice on topics like relationships, dealing with stress, and even grooming habits. If you feel like your life is spinning out of control, this book will help you set things right – and keep you laughing along the way.

Recognition & Awards:

Self-Help Shelf, Small Press Bookwatch, MidWest Book Review (“highly recommended”)

Readers’ Favorite. 5 stars

Finalist, 2016 Book of the Year Award

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How To Be A Good Mommy When You’re Sick: A Guide to Motherhood with Chronic Illness

Emily Graves

ISBN: 978-1-933455-89-1
$14.95

Soon after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Emily Graves was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and given a prognosis that she would be confined to a wheelchair within ten years. Shortly thereafter, pregnant with her first and only child, Emily’s kidneys shut down. Thus, began a new chapter in Emily’s life: balancing chronic illness, motherhood, and the professional ambitions that had caused her to excel as an academic and meet her husband. Today she is still fighting chronic illness, but she has found some answers as to how to manage that fight while being a good mother and spouse and continuing to pursue her professional ambitions. In this book, Emily chronicles the challenges and successes and shares her experience-and tips-with other mothers suffering from chronic illness. A formula for surviving and thriving, this book is meant as a source of inspiration and support for any mother who has to do the impossible every single day.

Recognition & Awards:

Library Journal review: recommended.
5 Heart review by Foreword Reviews.
Highly recommended by MidWest Book Review.

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How to Get Happy & Stay That Way: Practical Techniques for Putting Joy into Your Life

Joanna Romer

ISBN: 978-1-942891-14-7
$12.95

A winningly simple yet comprehensive look at the source of happiness, based on interviews with some of the happiest people that the author knows, most of whom have had what others might consider difficult lives. Each “happy person” vignette includes an introspective mini-bio and advice for how readers can attain the same level of happiness. At the end of each chapter (interview), the author provides guidelines for achieving happiness in small steps that any reader can take with confidence. An excellent book for developing self-awareness and an attitude of gratitude, leading to peace and joy.

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How to Live from Your Heart: Deepen Relationships, Develop Creativity & Discover Inner Wisdom

ISBN: 978-1942891246
$19.95

Heart energy. It comes from an always loving and wise Higher Source. Nurturing, warm, quiet, refined, and all encompassing, heart energy brings spiritual growth that fosters creativity, attracts loving relationships, and engenders peace and happiness. This practical book not only teaches you how to live from your heart but also provides scads of activities to practice doing so.

Recognition & Awards:

Recommended by US Review of Books

Finalist, 2016 Book of the Year Awards

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It Only Hurts When I Can’t Run: One Girl’s Story

ISBN: 978-1-933455-80-8
$14.95

Abandoned, neglected and beaten by a mother who really did care about her but suffered from her own demons and addictions, left with friends and relatives, as well as placed in foster homes, molested and raped on more than one occasion, including by men considered upright, the little girl who grew up to become an educator, minister, and entrepreneur learned to survive by running away again and again. This heartbreaking and heartwarming story, told with courageous frankness, reveals a deep trust in God that, in the long run, promoted an unbelievable resilience, allowing a young girl, turned young woman, to forgive those who hurt her and to reach out to all those who hurt with a message of healing and hope.

Recognition & Awards:

Amazon lists:

  • #4 Hot New Releases in the child abuse category
  • #8 Hot New Releases in the family relationship/abuse category
  • #47 Hot New Releases in the family relationship category

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Joshuanism: A Path beyond Christianity

Michael Vito Tosto

ISBN: 9781933455709
$19.95

In this conversational, theological book, Tosto details a new spiritual approach for knowing God in the 21st century. This new approach is called Joshuanism, an evolved expression of Christianity (though it draws from other sources as well, such as Buddhism, existentialism, psychology, and science), rooted in the same son of God Christianity worships: Jesus. Yet in this case, we are approaching him with a fresh, unencumbered perspective, preferring to call on him by his Hebrew name: Joshua. Thus, Joshuanism.

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Las Historias de Mi Vida

Nelson Fernando Ustman

ISBN: 9781933455723
$12.95

Las historias que se han seleccionado para este texto, de alguna manera se asemejan en ciertos aspectos a nuestras propias vivencias. Vivencias en el amar, en el perdonar, en el arte de reír, en la nostalgia del llorar, en el correr – a veces – sin sentido, en el trabajar desenfrenadamente, en el no saber para que estamos y para que andamos de tanta prisa.

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Lessons of Labor: One Woman’s Self-Discovery through Labor and Motherhood

ISBN: 978-1-933455-92-1
$14.95

What if instead of trying to avoid the pain and uncertainty of labor, we asked what we could learn from it? In telling the intimate birth stories of her three children and miscarriage, Julia shows us how giving birth can be one of motherhood’s (and life’s) greatest teachers. Rather than giving advice on how to labor or how to parent, this book consistently offers the message that a woman can grow through the challenges that life presents her and learn to trust herself. For women who share a tendency for “getting it right,” this honest and unguarded memoir is a reminder that the pretense of control is no match for the freedom of letting go.

Recognition & Awards:

Featured Review in the Spring 2015 issue of Foreword Reviews

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Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life

Richard Gentei Diedrichs

ISBN: 9781942891161
$12.95

We live with minds as open and spacious as the deep blue sky. Living in Blue Sky Mind presents basic Buddhist teachings that keep us on the wholesome path of self-realization toward a happy life.  Zen priest and teacher Richard Diedrichs offers simple lessons, anecdotes of personal transformation, and reflective questions to guide us along Buddha’s enlightened way, such as– “Buddha advised that we not speak with malice if we want to create connection and happiness around us;”– “We learn that to be happy, we need to end our suffering and the suffering of those around us;” and– “We are fortunate to have a way to be happy with what we have and with who we are.”

Recognition & Awards:

Selected for the Buddhist Studies Shelf for Wisconsin Bookwatch (MidWest Book Review), July 2016

 

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Living Well with Chronic Illness

ISBN: 978-1-933455-15-0; LCCN 2014955563
$12.95

Living Well with Chronic Illness is a self-help guide for anyone who has a chronic illness or who knows and cares about someone else who does. The 20 chapters concisely address a comprehensive range of issues including daily routines, relationships, medical and legal services, a joyful life, and much more. In our hectic, information-laden world where the Internet places billions of contradictory facts at our fingertips, the straightforward content of this book is an alternative resource for people who want to feel better and don’t want to spend hours searching for answers. The tools inside, presented with compassion, humor, and a wealth of knowledge, are for those who want to apply and enjoy new health-promoting ideas immediately.

Living Well with Chronic Illness evolved from the author’s personal experience with chronic illness and 26 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Recognition & Awards:

Hot New Release on Amazon

Multiple 5 star reviews

 

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Losing My Voice and Finding Another

ISBN: 9781933455235
$14.95

A language learner narrative, based on the author’s experiences from 2003 to 2010 when he emigrated from the United States to Germany at the age of 53 and began to learn German, this book is written for adults, especially immigrants, who find it difficult to learn a second language; language teachers who want to learn about emotional and social aspects of second language learning; and citizens and policy makers who want to understand why some adult immigrants are not successful at learning a new language. Foreword by Dr. Rebecca Oxford.

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Mommy Poisoned Our House Guest

Shenan (C.B.) Leaver

ISBN: 9780967990705
$12.95

Mommy Poisoned Our House Guest is a collection of anecdotes about a “detail-oblivious” homemaker and traveler, told from the point of view of her mentally challenged son. The simplicity of language has made this book a favorite with ESL students, and the humorous “conclusions” about life from a child’s point of view endears it to anyone with a sense of humor.

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Of God, Rattlesnakes, and Okra

ISBN: 9781933455754
$19.95

A heaping slice of old-fashioned Southern storytelling, this book gives readers a taste of genuine American life that will keep them coming back for more. Join the journey as a preacher’s kid survives his father’s stern discipline, rattlesnakes, and harvesting okra. The deep-fried characters are unforgettable, and the furry and feathered folks will steal the heart of animal lovers. Soaked in faith, people survived the lean, mean times, thanks to the velvet hearts they carried under their calluses, hard work, the good sense to laugh at themselves, and, often, the hand of God. What a delightful legacy they left us! Once you pick up this book, you’ll be pleading, “Don’t stop now and don’t ever grow up!”

Recognition & Awards:

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Listed in USA Book News/Best Book Awards

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Overcoming the Odds

Carl Leaver

ISBN: 978-1933455877
$9.99

Overcoming the Odds contains real-life stories, excerpts from books on self-help, inspiration & religion, and memoirs, where the authors have successfully stepped over any number of obstacles in their lives. Full of wisdom, remarkable stories, and just plain good reading. Each excerpt is a story in itself. Great bedtime reading–or waiting room reading.

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Passing On: How to Prepare Ourselves for the Afterlife

Joanna Romer

 

ISBN: 978-1942891307
$12.95

Existence makes sense only if we include the afterlife as part of our history.

Scientists are exploring the concept that life, including what is called the afterlife, may not be as we perceive it. New discoveries having to do with the simultaneous nature of time and the relativity of space coincide dramatically with the testimony of Near-Death Experience (NDE) survivors. The question is, where does our energy go and how much of our identity goes with it?

Passing On: How to Prepare Ourselves for the Afterlife attempts to shed light on these questions and many others, such as:

  • Do we meet up with loved ones after we pass on?
  • Do we take form as a physical entity or are we pure essence?
  • Do time and space exist in the afterlife, and:
  • What are the characteristics of the afterlife—is it as joyful, loving and forgiving as those who have undergone a Near-Death Experience claim?

This book is for people of all ages who are interested in a future beyond earthly existence, and what can be done to prepare ourselves for it!

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Publishing for Smarties: Finding a Publisher

B. L. Ham

ISBN: 9781933455433
$9.95

Written from the perspective of an acquisitions editor for a publishing house who has also served as a reader and adviser for acquisitions editors at presses ranging from small to large to the leading presses in her field, the author helps new writers navigate the confusing myriad choices in finding a publisher. Typical missteps of new authors are presented, along with criteria for making decisions on choosing a publisher – and advice on how to approach the publisher.

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Puertas a la Eternidad

Nelson Fernando Ustman

ISBN: 9781933455204
$14.95

Este libro es un manual de vida y para la vida, donde desde las experiencias propias vividas por el autor, nos lleva paso a paso a abrir nuevas opciones de crecimiento, trascendencia y evolución para nuestra humanidad que está pasando por pruebas para acceder a maestrías de evolución permanente. Es una oportunidad para poder elevar niveles de conciencia que nos permitan vislumbrar la prosperidad y la abundancia de la vida a la cual tenemos acceso como merecedores de la trascendencia infinita.

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Recovering from Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Stalking

Joanna Romer

ISBN: 978-1-942891-32-1
$14.95

Recovering from Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Stalking shares the true stories of women who overcame traumatic personal situations and began new lives. The author provides meaningful analysis on such topics as regaining self-esteem, dealing with fear, and handling remorse. Also included is advice from therapists on how survivors can heal themselves, and avoid the pitfalls of becoming entrapped in another abusive relationship.

This book is for you if you’ve been the victim of domestic violence, abuse, or stalking, or if your mother, sister or friend has been victimized. The experiences covered range from verbal abuse to murder. Recovering from Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Stalking is an essential guide for those who have escaped a dangerous situation, or are trying to recover from the loss of a loved one due to domestic violence.

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Road Map to Power

ISBN: 978-1-942891-04-8
$12.95

What is the true source of authentic power? Offering a detour from the dead end of this “buy more, be more” culture, the authors demonstrate why the traditional routes to power are accessible only for an elite few. Wrapping warm, profound stories of empowerment around an extensive body of research, Road Map to Power is your guide to a life of dignity, satisfaction, and happiness — and a guide to raising resilient children.

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Recognition & Awards:

5 stars, Readers’ Favorites Reviews
Recommended by US Review of Books

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Road to Damascus

Elaine Rippey Imady

ISBN: 9781933455136
$19.95

Road to Damascus describes the Middle Eastern journey of an American who meets and falls in love with a Syrian when they are both attending school in New York. Giving up her country and her religion to follow her husband back to Syria, Elaine Imady has made a life that has successfully bridged two cultures and two continents. Raising three bi-cultural, bilingual children, Elaine has important insights to offer to readers from either the West or the Middle East about how we can all not only get along with each other but learn to love each other. Her life is symbolic of the best of what can be when two cultures come together.

Recognition & Awards:

Recommended by US Review of Books

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Survival of the Caregiver: A Treasury of ABC Self-Help Words That Give Encouragement and Support to the Caregiver

ISBN: 978-1-942891-06-2
$14.95

“Survival of the Caregiver” is the result of all the author’s ins and outs, ups and downs of caring for her husband for 20 years when he had Parkinson’s Disease, followed by Dementia. This book is written from the heart. It is as personal as it is informative. The author chose to use an alphabetical list of topics so that a busy caregiver can refer to a special need quickly. It is the author’s hope that this book will aid other caregivers in their sad, but meaningful journey with their loved one.

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Surviving Cancer, Healing People: One Cat’s Story

Sula, Parish Cat at Old Mission

ISBN: 978-1942891086
$24.95

A cat with a divine mission, Sula has an uncanny ability to sense which parishioners at Old Mission San Juan Bautista (California) need her attention at any given Mass. But…is it really uncanny, or does St. Francis give Sula tasks during her daily conversations with him? Or is she led by God? Sula has developed a special bond with cancer survivors like herself. The bond between her and the Old Mission parishioners saw her through two bouts of cancer, flooding her with gifts: money for surgery, a home for recovery, prayers, and love. In these pages, you will find charming, endearing, and inspiring stories, shared by parishioners and told from the point of view of a lovable and amazingly insightful cat. Once you open this book, you will not close it!

Recognition & Awards:

Reviewer’s Choice, Small Press Bookwatch, MidWest Book Review (“highly recommended)

“Recommended”. US Review of Books

 

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Syrian Folktales

Muna Imady

ISBN: 9781933455099
$12.95

This delightful book relates folktales from various regions of Syria. Each folktale is located on a regional map and is accompanied by a local, related recipe.

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Tale of a Mission Cat

Sula, Parish Cat at Old Mission

ISBN: 978-1-942891-34-5
$12.5

Meant for children but enjoyable discovery reading for adults as well, Tale of a Mission Cat tells the story of where mission cats came from, the customs and history of the Californian Spanish missions that, for the most part, are still operating today, and the personal story of one very special cat, Sula, the “author” of the book.

Companion to Surviving Cancer, Healing People: One Cat’s Story.

 

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The Gospel of Damascus

ISBN: 9781933455105
$14.95

In this eschatological novel that weaves Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, eight angels prepare Yune Bukhari to be one of the successors to the Disciples of Christ. Guiding the process are golden scrolls that can only be opened at specific dates. The story appears to culminate on Christmas Eve 1999 when Yune, along with his co-disciples, believe Christ will return. Yune is shattered when Christ fails to descend on the White Tower east of Damascus. But 33 years later, he is finally permitted to witness the event he had anticipated for so long.

THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT. A FEW COPIES MAY REMAIN AT RETAILERS OR ONLINE BOOK STORES. A SECOND EDITION, ALONG WITH EDITIONS IN ARABIC, FRENCH, AND SPANISH, ARE AVAILABLE FROM VIRGINIA INSTITUTE PRESS.

 

 

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The Marriage Whisperer: Tips to Improve Your Relationship Overnight

Dr. Patt Pickett

ISBN: 9781933455655
$22.95

This jargon-free, self-help title is written by an experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and inspired by over 10,000 conversations. It delivers 70 couple stories with humor and includes practical tips and tools for lasting relationship improvement. Popular themes are explored in easy-read tales.

Recognition & Awards:

IPPYEric Hoffer

 

Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Awards, Home category 2015
Gold Medal, IPPY “Living Now” Awards, Relationship category 2013
“Recommended” by US Review of Books
Small Press Bookwatch “Readers’ Choice” Marriage Shelf (MWBR)

 

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Tips to Increase Intimacy

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The Musings of a Carolina Yankee

ISBN: 978-1933455969
$12.95

Take a slow ride down a country road and let your mind and spirit find the peace of a wooded wonderland. Stop along the way and listen to the quiet. Read some pretty funny stories about things that happen in nature, with animals, and during hunting season. Encounter some eccentric folks, including Bingo Drake, Rattler & Tiny, and the Hunkering Heckler. Find out how a skunk ends up in a living room and why a deer wears a red dress. Chuckle at the rambunctious pranks of growing-up boys, and be awed at what happens between soldiers on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall at Christmastime. Learn what a “hoss bite” is and what goes on at the “Bobblehead Babtist Church.” At the end of it all, discover what a redneck really is. Author Wally Amidon grew up living wherever his father was stationed during his Air Force career. When he was overseas, he stayed with his grandmother, who was a great story teller. Now you have a chance to hear his storytelling feats.

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The Optimistic Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder

Christina Fisanick Greer

ISBN: 978-1942891284
$14.95

The Optimistic Food Addict explores the author’s journey through recovery from binge eating disorder. Inspirational, honest, and motivating, this book is guaranteed to contribute significantly to the recovery of readers who also suffer from food addiction as they feel the gritty, raw truth behind the author’s words.

Recognition & Awards:

#4. Amazon Hot New Releases for eating disorders

Recommended by US Review of Books

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The Rise and Fall of Muslim Civil Society

Omar Imady

ISBN: 9781933037
$19.95

This comprehensive study sheds light on the institutional roots of organizations that sanction the use of indiscriminate violence to advance political objectives.

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The Rose and the Sword: How to Balance Your Feminine and Masculine Energies

ISBN: 9781933365
$19.95

A unique combination of fiction and self-development, this book invites the reader to enter a realm of modern and fantasy tales that stimulate both mind and feelings. Each tale addresses different aspects of the feminine and masculine energies that exist beyond gender and sexual identity in each one of us. At the end of each story is a psychological commentary that provides a deeper understanding of the chapter’s subject and an exercise to begin the process of integrating the energies highlighted in the chapter.

Recognition & Awards:

Recommended by US Review of Books

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The Seven Wisdoms of Life: a journey into the chakras

ISBN: 9781933686
$19.95

One of the most comprehensive books ever written about the chakras and their role in human life, The Seven Wisdoms of Life is grounded not in esoteric theory but rather in the down-to-earth way we can consciously use the teachings of the chakras in order to become fully balanced and fulfilled human beings. Shai Tubali leads the reader through each chakra’s teaching. Included questionnaires enable readers to determine their chakra personality type and their current imbalances and understanding.

Recognition & Awards:

 

Best_Book_WINNER_SmallBOTYA

USA Best Books Award Finalist 2015

Book of the Year Award Finalist 2013

Recommended by US Review of Books

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The Subversive Utopia: Louis Kahn and the Question of the National Jewish Style in Jerusalem

ISBN: 978-1933455143
$19.95

This book examines the critical role of modern architects in shaping and transforming national Israeli memory with special regard to Jerusalem. Using as a background the attempts of various architects since the 19th century to construct a national Jewish style, the author focuses his analysis on Louis Kahn’s design of the Hurva synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. This study scrutinizes and pieces together discrepant archival documents, drawings, and accounts of intentions, interpretations, events, policies, and projects in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The book reveals an unrecognized crucial interplay of Kahn’s Hurvah design with the competing traditional and national symbols of Jerusalem.

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The Widower’s Guide to a New Life

ISBN: 9781933455488
$14.95

A Book of the Year Finalist in 2014, The Widower’s Guide to a New Life shares the experiences of ten bereaved men as they cope with the trauma of losing a spouse. The book will help new widowers meet such challenges as: how to find consolation through friends, work and prayer; how to start over in terms of new activities, dating and a social life; and how to know when and if a new love relationship is right for you. Guidelines are provided from each widower’s personal experiences, making this book a compendium of useful suggestions for getting through this difficult period with knowledge and grace.

Recognition & Awards:

 

BOTYA

Library Journal starred review
5 Heart rating by Foreword Reviews
Indiefab Book of the Year Award Finalist 2014

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Thoughts without a Title

Geri Henderson, editor

ISBN: 9781933455068
$15.95

This book is a collection of short stories, poetry, and dramatic essays, written by students and faculty of the New York Institute of Technology in Amman, Jordan, a rich mix of Arab and American authors, reflecting on experiences in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Understanding the Critic: Socionics in Everyday Life

ISBN: 978-1942891123
$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI INTP personality type, the Critic in Jung-based Socionics reminds one of Socrates, Sir Isaac Newton, and Carl Jung himself. This little book helps the Critic personality type and those around him/her understand the Critic as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers students, colleagues, and friends.

Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores the sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Critics come into contact with non-Critics and provides both Critics and non-Critics suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships.

A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

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Understanding the Enthusiast: Socionics in Everyday Life

Kacee Quinelle

$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI ESFJ personality type, Enthhusiasts in Jung-based socionics are are motivated be emotions and prefer positive ones. This little book helps the Enthusiast personality type understand himself or herself as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers, students, colleagues, friends. Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores he sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Enthusiasts come into contact with non-Enthusiasts and provides both Enthusiasts and non-Enthusiasts suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships. A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

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Understanding the Leader: Socionics in Everyday Life

Kacee Quinelle

$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI ESFJ personality type, Leaders in Jung-based socionics look to expand their sphere of influence, motivated by fame and glory. This little book helps the Leader personality type understand himself or herself as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers, students, colleagues, friends. Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores he sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Leaders come into contact with non-Leaders and provides both Leaders and non-Leaders suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships. A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

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Understanding the Organizer: Socionics in Everyday Life

Kacee Quinelle

$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI ESTJ personality type, Organizers in Jung-based socionics like rules, regulations, and order. This little book helps the Organizer personality type understand himself or herself as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers, students, colleagues, friends. Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores he sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Organizers come into contact with non-Organizers and provides both Organizers and non-Organizers suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships. A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

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Understanding the People around You: An Introduction to Socionics

Ekaterina Filatova

ISBN: 9780967990767
$19.95

This book is a translation and update by the author of her popular Russian-language book about people types. The field of socionics (personality type along the lines of Jung’s theories) is fully covered in this book for American readers; the author is one of the leading socionists in Russia/Europe. The examples and discussions are written at a lay level and are meant for the every day reader.

This popular book now has a spin-off series, Socionics in Everyday Life, with a small book dedicated to further delineating each personality type in the original book. The spin-off series is being written (two books published, two books in production, 12 more planned) by Kacee Quinelle, friend of Ekaterina Filatova, in memory of “Katya” who died in 2015.

Published:

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Understanding the Seeker: Socionics in Everyday Life

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Understanding the Performer: Socionics in Everyday Life

Kacee Quinelle

$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI ENFJ personality type, Performers in Jung-based socionics live lives filled with emotional strain and dramatic experience. This little book helps the Performer personality type understand himself or herself as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers, students, colleagues, friends. Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores he sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Performers come into contact with non-Performers and provides both Performers and non-Performers suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships. A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

Forthcoming in 2017

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Understanding the Professional: Socionics in Everyday LIfe

Kacee Quinelle

$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI ESTJ personality type, Professionals in Jung-based socionics insist on factual reality and feel a strong need to understand the material world. This little book helps the Professional personality type understand himself or herself as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers, students, colleagues, friends. Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores he sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Professionals  come into contact with non-Professionals and provides both Professionals and non-Professionals suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships. A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

Forthcoming in 2017

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Understanding the Seeker: Socionics in Everyday Life

ISBN: 978-1942891109
$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI ENTP personality type, the Seeker in Jung-based socionics reminds one of Don Quixote. This little book helps the Seeker personality type understand himself or herself as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers, students, colleagues, friends. Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores he sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Seekers come into contact with non-Seekers and provides both Seekers and non-Seekers suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships. A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

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Understanding the Structurist: Socionics in Everyday Life

Kacee Quinelle

$9.95

Somewhat akin to the MBTI ISJ personality type, the Structurist in Jung-based socionics expects the world to be based on verifiable and identifiable systems. This little book helps the Structurist personality type understand himself or herself as a personality and in relationships with others: parents, children, teachers, students, colleagues, friends. Through examples of home, school, work, and leisure situations, this book explores he sources of moments of deep attachment and deep pain when Structurists come into contact with non-Structurists and provides both Structurists and non-Structurists suggestions for developing comfortable, happy, and successful relationships. A companion to Ekaterina Filatova’s book, Understanding the People around You.

 

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When You’re Shoved from the Right, Look to Your Left: Metaphors of Islamic Humanism

Omar Imady

ISBN: 9781933455051
$12.95

This book contains 29 stories originally articulated in Arabic by Bashir Al-Bani, Orator of the Grand Mosque of Damascus and one of the masters of the Sufi Naqishbandi Order. They have been compiled, rendered in English, and introduced by Dr. Omar Imady, professor of humanities and political science. The stories are often comic but deep in implication. One story may address the motives underlying human interaction; another may address how hidden principles guide the way in which our lives unfold. A delicate concern for the value, indeed the sacredness, of human value permeates all the stories. This concern is explicated through metaphors, the purest vocabulary of Islamic humanism.

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Widow: A Survival Guide for the First Year

Joanna Romer

ISBN: 9781933455242
$14.95

This book takes new widows on a journey from the first difficult days of widowhood through 12 months of self-discovery. Along the way, you will learn how to handle emotional challenges such as suddenly being alone; how to tackle painful tasks including cleaning out hubby’s closet; and how to re-enter the world again in terms of work, personal development and socializing. Guidelines are provided for each new phase, making this book a practical self-help book you can use for re-creating your life. Available in print, e-book, and audio book.

Recognition & Awards:

Small Press Bookwatch Reader’s Choice

 

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