For the Celtic people of ancient Ireland, the natural world was a continuous prayer. Each mountain held a soul, each river a heart. This ´´Eucharist of nature´´ was living evidence of a divine worldview to which each Celt, as part of the ´´Great Circle´´, belonged. Like the fierce and loving people who beheld it, this sacred vision vanished with the coming of Christianity in the fifth century. Or did it? In The Invisible World, scholar and poet John O´Donohue recovers Celtic spirituality´s original mysteries, sharing practices and beliefs that enrich Ireland and its people to this day. For the Celts all life was sacred, yet they reserved their greatest reverence not for what they could see but for what they could not. Around them they sensed an ´´invisible world´´, the great unknown from which they came and the source of eternal wonder in their lives. Through prayer, O´Donohue teaches, we may enter directly into this secret immensity and escape the psychological prisons we create for ourselves. Alive with loving scholarship and interwoven with prayers and poetry in the Celtic tradition, The Invisible World is an invitation to find freedom from your negativity and return your soul to the grace that is waiting unseen around you at this very moment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John O´Donohue. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/000715/sp_true_000715_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A warm, witty, important story about being a young woman today and what it´s like to find a real connection amid all the noise. Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne and Laura Steven´s The Exact Opposite of Okay. Vetty´s family is moving back to London, and all she can think about is seeing Pez again. They were inseparable when they were small - roaming the city in the long summers, sharing everything. But everyone´s telling her it´ll be different now. After all, a boy and a girl can´t really be friends without feelings getting in the way, can they? Vetty thinks differently...until Pez tells her she´s ´not like other girls´. But what does that even mean? Is it a good thing or not? Suddenly she´s wondering whether she wants him to see her like the others - like the ultra-glamorous March, who´s worked some sort of spell on Pez, or the girls in the videos that Pez has hidden on his laptop. How can she measure up to them? And who says that´s what a girl is supposed to be like anyway? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tamsin Kennard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051228/bk_adbl_051228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Farhana Qazi draws on her background as a pioneering counterterrorism professional and a devout Muslim to offer an insider’s view of what drives girls and women to join radical Islamic movements and how we can keep them from making this terrible choice. The first Muslim woman to work for the US government’s Counterterrorism Center, Qazi found herself fascinated, even obsessed, by the phenomena of female extremists. Why, she wondered, would a girl from Denver join ISIS, a radical movement known for its mistreatment of women? Why would a teenage Iraqi girl strap on a suicide bomb and detonate it? From Kashmir to Iraq to Afghanistan, to Colorado to London, she discovered women of different backgrounds who all had their own reason for joining these movements. Some were confused, others taken advantage of, and some were just as radical and dedicated as their male counterparts. But in each case, Qazi found their choices were driven by a complex interaction of culture, context, and capability that was unique to each woman. This audiobook reframes their stories so listeners can see these girls and women as they truly are: females exploited by men. Through hearing their voices and sharing their journeys, Qazi gained powerful insights not only into what motivated these women but also into the most effective ways to combat terrorism - and about herself as well. ´´Through them,” Qazi writes, ´´I discovered intervention strategies that are slowly helping women hold on to faith as they struggle with versions of orthodox Islam polluted by extremist interpretations. And in the process, I discovered a gentle Islam and more about myself as a woman of faith.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Farhana Qazi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125534/bk_acx0_125534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the number-one New York Times and international best-selling authors of An Invisible Thread comes a heartwarming and inspiring book about the incredible impact that acts of kindness from strangers can have on the world around us. One day in 1986, Laura Schroff, a busy ad sales executive, passed an 11-year-old boy panhandling on the street. She stopped and offered to take him to McDonald´s for lunch. Twenty years later, at Laura´s 50th birthday party, Maurice Mayzck gave a toast, thanking Laura for her act of kindness, which ended up changing the course of his life. In that toast, Maurice said that when Laura stopped on that busy street corner all those years ago, God had sent him an angel. Laura´s invisible thread journey has deepened her belief that angels - divine and otherwise - are all around us. After An Invisible Thread was published in 2011, audiences from around the country and world began sharing with Laura their own stories about how chance encounters with strangers have changed their lives. From a woman who saved a life simply by buying someone a book, to a financier who gave a stranger the greatest gift of all, to a teacher who chose a hug over discipline and changed a lost boy´s future - Angels on Earth will introduce a series of remarkable people whose invisible thread stories will move, surprise, and inspire. Angels on Earth sheds light on how each of us can live happier, more purposeful lives through sharing acts of kindness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gabra Zackman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007656/bk_sans_007656_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Instead of looking at what we think autism is, we are going to jump into a whole new arena! Change the way you view and handle autism forever! We will examine the many common misconceptions of autism. I´ll be discussing some of the techniques that I´ve used on my four-year-old autistic son, Justin. He was three years old, about a month before his fourth birthday. I had searched everything I knew how to search, and I found lots of information on defining autism as well as the symptoms of autism. What I couldn´t find was much on how to handle or treat it, other than, ´´Take him to a professional.´´ I totally agree that autistic children need professional therapy and services. For me, what was missing was a way I could work with him one-on-one. A way I could break through the invisible barrier that surrounded him, and draw him out. I learned exactly how to do that with Justin. Through sharing my struggles, failures, and successes, I hope to offer hope to those who are parents or caregivers who have children with autism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donna Havern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055299/bk_acx0_055299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dying for a Drink is a true story of the chaos and hurt caused by an alcoholic. The author, telling her own story, writes of time spent in multiple rehabs, both in the United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia. She writes in the hope that her story will encourage other alcoholics and addicts (which can be anybody addicted to anything) - that they will see in their own stories the similarities rather than the differences. The memoir depicts her rapid decline after she crossed the ‘invisible line’ and shows how her loved ones were devastated by her behaviour - and how they lived in fear that this disease would lead to her death. It chronicles, too, her sense of freedom and surrender and hope amid the sobriety from which she is sharing her journey and the beginnings of relationships repaired, with both loved ones and self. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mandy Kaplan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/148594/bk_acx0_148594_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sharp and entertaining essay collection about the importance of multiple forms of love and friendship in a world designed for couples, from a laser-precise new voice.Sometimes it seems like there are two American creeds, self-reliance and marriage, and neither of them is mine. I experience myself as someone formed and sustained by others´ love and patience, by student loans and stipends, by the kindness of strangers.Briallen Hopper´s Hard to Love honours the categories of loves and relationships beyond marriage, the ones that are often treated as invisible or seen as secondary - friendships, kinship with adult siblings, care teams that form in times of illness, or various alternative family formations. She also values difficult and amorphous loves like loving a challenging job or inanimate objects that can´t love you back. She draws from personal experience, sharing stories about her loving but combative family, the fiercely independent Emerson scholar who pushed her away and the friends who have become her invented or found family; pop culture touchstones like the Women´s March, John Green´s The Fault in Our Stars and the timeless series Cheers; and the work of writers like Joan Didion, Gwendolyn Brooks, Flannery O´Connor and Herman Melville (Moby-Dick like you´ve never seen it!).Hard to Love pays homage and attention to unlikely friends and lovers both real and fictional. It is a series of love letters to the meaningful, if underappreciated, forms of intimacy and community that are tricky, tangled and tough but ultimately sustaining. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Holly Linneman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051992/bk_adbl_051992_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When a new breed of social media goes viral, schoolteacher Henry Hubert warns his students to steer clear of the website. Backspaced is unlike anything the world has ever known. The site allows users to rate their peers, anonymously, using review commentary and a star rating system. Rate whomever you like, or dislike, as often as you like, the choice is up to you. Meanwhile, in a bizarre twist of fate, two long-feuding families find themselves sharing a Saint Paul hospital waiting room. With no place to run, they are forced to put their differences aside. Back in their hometown, with two of his students in critical condition, Henry drives to the hospital to show his support. Suddenly, without warning, the city is placed under quarantine. The group in the waiting room soon learns the shocking truth: the quarantine spans the entire planet. ´´Bio-terrorists´´ have poisoned the atmosphere. An invisible, highly-toxic substance is now slowly falling to the earth. The Sixth Great Extinction has begun. The only good news is there is a vaccine to protect some of the population. The bad news is that supplies are woefully inadequate and the government is using technology to decide who will survive. A story as current as tomorrow´s headlines: Backspaced will make you rethink everything you know about social media. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Williams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028592/bk_acx0_028592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ugly truth about diversity is that some people worry they must give up their power for others to have a chance. La’Wana Harris’s Inclusion Coaching method helps people realize that sharing power isn’t the same as losing it. The elephant in the room with diversity work is that people with privilege must use it to allow others equal access to power. This is often why diversity efforts falter - people believe in diversity until they feel that they have to give something up.How do we talk them through this shift? La’Wana Harris introduces Inclusion Coaching, a new tool based on cutting-edge research that identifies the stages of preparation, implementation, and ´´self-work” necessary to help individuals, teams, and organizations build a sustainable culture of inclusion.Harris’s six-stage C.O.M.M.I.T. model - Commit to courageous action, Open your eyes and ears, Move beyond lip service, Make room for controversy and conflict, Invite new perspectives, and Tell the truth even when it hurts - provides a proven process for making people aware of their own conscious and unconscious biases and concrete steps to make inclusion an embedded reality. Harris offers managers and diversity coaches new models to empower everyone from employees to CEOs to ´´do” inclusion and address deep-rooted biases that are often invisible. She addresses the growing need to challenge bias and build authentic cultures where everyone can feel a sense of belonging. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Crowe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/147899/bk_acx0_147899_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An inspiring audiobook from best selling Pulling Together author, John J. Murphy! Effective, passionate leadership requires many things. In this audiobook, we cover ten essentials. Every manager, CEO, school administrator and principal should listen to this audio. Leaders are like magnets. Their magnetic field is invisible but is responsible for the most notable property of a magnet: a force that pulls and attracts or repels. Which type of magnet are you? Light a match in a dark room and watch as the light instantly overcomes the darkness. Observe the power and grace of that single, solitary flame dancing with life. Now light several candles or kindle a fire and experience the added warmth and comfort extending from that first, vulnerable flame through others. This is the heart and soul of leadership - the essence of inspiring others. John J. Murphy, author of the best-selling book on teamwork, Pulling Together, follows up this best-seller with a leadership audiobook like no other. Learn the 10 essentials to inspiring others and you will find that not only are you performing better has a leader, but your team is sharing your vision and following your lead to ultimate success. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001081/bk_gdan_001081_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.