This book will help anyone who is interested in learning more about death, coping with a loss, approaching death, or explaining death to a child. It is an exploratory journey that includes multiple viewpoints, including Steve Jobs´ embrace of his death, Ray Kurzweil´s striving for immortality, and Joseph Campbell´s view of death as the ´´ornament of life´´. The book looks at death from the perspectives of atheists, Christians, and Tibetan Buddhists, among many others. Interestingly, it considers the often unexplored aspects such as the curious relationship between death and ayahuasca. It is a guidebook, offering insights and comfort on a topic that many find frightening or macabre. The author grew up with a skeleton in his living room, and surrounded by other symbols of death. His unusual upbringing makes him uniquely qualified to serve as guide. As you join him in discovering more about death, you will find yourself enjoying a fuller life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Zarcone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073778/bk_acx0_073778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the 25 most influential people in America according to Time magazine, and ´´the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism´´ ( The New York Times), Robert Thurman illuminates the Tibetan Book of the Dead with up-to-date insights for modern audiences. For centuries, this text has been read aloud to the dying, who Buddhist masters say are capable of hearing up to three days after clinical death, as a guide through the tumultuous and often terrifying process of dissolution. Now, in Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between, Professor Robert Thurman demystifies this esoteric teaching and reveals the Tibetan view of dying: it is not an ending to be feared, but a wondrous and liberating culmination of our life´s journey, potentially opening into glorious new beginnings. Entering the bardo, the in-between state in which one reality dissolves and the next has not yet formed, we need not become prey to our fears and hopes. Instead, we can relax into our natural clarity and stabilize the journey. And this treasured teaching is for much more than just changing our understanding of death. Whether we have lost a dear relationship, awoken from a dream, or face the loss of our bodied life, simply hearing these teachings steadies our minds and hearts so that the journey from one state to the next changes from a tragic voyage into a clear adventure through the brilliant sky of great liberation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Thurman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/000196/sp_true_000196_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After thousands of years of pondering it, we still find death one of life´s most perplexing mysteries. Many cultures view death as a window into the true meaning of life. These 24 lectures looking at this often feared subject are an uplifting, meaningful, and multidisciplinary exploration of life´s only certainty. Bringing together theology, philosophy, biology, anthropology, literature, psychology, sociology, and other fields, they are a brilliant compendium of how human beings have struggled to come to terms with mortality. You´ll encounter everything from ancient burial practices, traditional views of the afterlife, and the five stages of grief to the question of killing during wartime, the phenomenon of near-death experiences, and even 21st-century theories about transcending death itself. With personal and cultural enlightenment as the overarching goal, Professor Berkson provides you with eye-opening answers to several major questions surrounding death, including: How do we think about death? How do religions approach death? When (if ever) is it justified to take a life? You´ll also hear a chorus of voices from multiple disciplines, cultures, and ages as they offer sometimes shocking and sometimes refreshing perspectives on death. These voices include the Buddha, St. Paul, Albert Camus, Dylan Thomas, and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. ´´Many religious traditions teach that a form of regular death reflection can deepen one´s appreciation for life,´´ Professor Berkson notes. ´´And in some traditions, it can actually lead to spiritual transformation or awakening. As the poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, ´Whoever rightly understands and celebrates death at the same time magnifies life.´´´ PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Berkson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000430/bk_tcco_000430_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A family vacation is brought to an immediate halt when Noble´s father disappears without a trace. In a frantic search, Noble carelessly enters a door that leads him into a dark world where good is losing the fight against evil. No one is there to help him fight against the evil inhabitants of this world until he meets a mysterious girl named Rue. Noble and Rue´s journey of danger and betrayal culminates into a showdown with the brooding Dark Lord. Their only hope to survive is the presence of a powerful shadow that covers Noble and rains devastation upon those that oppose them. Noble must discover what it means to equip the full armor of God and become a feared Shadow Walker if he is to survive and find his father. Marion Russell´s fantastic take on what it means to truly rely upon God to survive life´s many battles will leave you with the question: are you walking under God´s shadow? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shawna Windom. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tate/000342/bk_tate_000342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On its 150th anniversary, four acclaimed authors offer personal reflections on their lifelong engagement with Louisa May Alcott´s classic novel of girlhood and growing up. For the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott´s Little Women, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jane Smiley explore their strong lifelong personal engagement with Alcott´s novel--what it has meant to them and why it still matters. Each takes as her subject one of the four March sisters, reflecting on their stories and what they have to teach us about life. Kate Bolick finds parallels in oldest sister Meg´s brush with glamour at the Moffats´ ball and her own complicated relationship with clothes. Jenny Zhang confesses to liking Jo least among the sisters when she first read the novel as a girl, uncomfortable in finding so much of herself in a character she feared was too unfeminine. Carmen Maria Machado writes about the real-life tragedy of Lizzie Alcott, the inspiration for third sister Beth, and the horror story that can result from not being the author of your own life´s narrative. And Jane Smiley rehabilitates the reputation of youngest sister Amy, whom she sees as a modern feminist role model for those of us who are, well, not like the fiery Jo. These four voices come together to form a deep, funny, far-ranging meditation on the power of great literature to shape our lives.
On its 150th anniversary, four acclaimed authors offer personal reflections on their lifelong engagement with Louisa May Alcott´s classic novel of girlhood and growing up. For the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott´s Little Women , Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jane Smiley explore their strong lifelong personal engagement with Alcott´s novel--what it has meant to them and why it still matters. Each takes as her subject one of the four March sisters, reflecting on their stories and what they have to teach us about life. Kate Bolick finds parallels in oldest sister Meg´s brush with glamour at the Moffats´ ball and her own complicated relationship with clothes. Jenny Zhang confesses to liking Jo least among the sisters when she first read the novel as a girl, uncomfortable in finding so much of herself in a character she feared was too unfeminine. Carmen Maria Machado writes about the real-life tragedy of Lizzie Alcott, the inspiration for third sister Beth, and the horror story that can result from not being the author of your own life´s narrative. And Jane Smiley rehabilitates the reputation of youngest sister Amy, whom she sees as a modern feminist role model for those of us who are, well, not like the fiery Jo. These four voices come together to form a deep, funny, far-ranging meditation on the power of great literature to shape our lives.
´If you are struggling with exams, vivers, job interviews, work presentations, with performing in a team or individual sport - or find it difficult to interact in social situations - then this is for you´ - Amazon review The book on how to handle pressure from the performance coach to Francesco Molinari and Jonny Wilkinson Whether it´s the stress of hitting a deadline at work, passing an exam or an upcoming job interview, pressure is everywhere. So how can we turn this into our advantage? Dr Dave Alred MBE is widely acknowledged as one of the best coaches on the planet. A pioneer in performance psychology, he nurtured Jonny Wilkinson into rugby´s most feared kicker, and has helped Premiership footballers, number one golfers and England cricketers deliver on the biggest stage. He believes that dealing with pressure is a skill like any other and in this book he shares his eight ground-breaking principles, distilling his life´s work into an accessible and practical book with examples from the world of business, sport and the classroom. From writing down personal affirmations to understanding how to use language more effectively, The Pressure Principle will help you become your best self and stay calm when the heat is on. ´Dave Alred is a genius. There is simply no-one around to match him in his field´ Jonny Wilkinson CBE ´Dave Alred is the coach who helped Jonny Wilkinson keep his cool. We can all learn from him´ Matthew Syed, author of bestselling Black Box Thinking
Emperor Wray Vasteri was the ruler of the Tornian Empire. His house had ruled the empire ever since the great infection, which struck over 500 years ago, and he feared he would be the last. The number of compatible females was dwindling faster than anyone knew. If they could not find compatible females soon, their entire civilization would cease to exist. It was the reason he agreed to meet with Liron, the emperor of the Kaliszian Empire in Kaliszian space. It was the only reason they had crossed paths with a Ganglian ship leaving Tornian space, and it was the only reason that the small female was discovered. Could she be what they had been searching for? Wray found himself drawn to the small female he´d found beaten and abused on the Ganglian ship. She resembled a Tornian female but was much smaller. Could she be what he had been searching for? Kim Teel has had a hard life - at least she thought she had until her parents were suddenly killed, and then her sister and brother-in-law disappeared. At 19 she realized she´d been protected from all of life´s hardships. She had been cared for and loved her entire life and had come to expect it. She was terribly spoiled. Determined to change her ways, Kim went looking for her sister, only to be captured by the Ganglians, and it was then she learned what happened to the unprotected females of the universe. Wray and Kim are both doing the same thing - trying to survive. But what they find is that there are more important things than just survival. And once they learn that, the universe changes forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Weight, Bennett Cousins, Laura Jennings, Commodore James, Rachel Bieber, Robert Coltrane, Jordan Byrne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040264/bk_acx0_040264_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.