Finding the Strength to Persevere [GUEST POST]

Lark

Some people, like birds, can be small but mighty. (Photo by David Mitchell, Flickr)

In the past seven years living and working abroad with a faith based organization, I have been struck over and over by the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. So many people in the world are suffering from grinding poverty, institutional oppression, and personal pain and loss. The history of Central Europe, where I’ve been living in Budapest for the past 5 years, is a long series of wars, subjugations, even genocide. Read more of this post

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Restore Marital Bliss with ‘It Takes One to Tango’ [REVIEW]

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Sometimes the first steps you’ll take to improving your marriage are yours alone. (Photo by slgckgc, Flickr)

Marriage is hard. It takes lots of hard work to make it last. But sometimes, only one partner is interested in putting in the time and effort it takes to turn things around. Is it still possible to make a difference in your relationship if all the effort put in is one sided? Marriage and family therapist Winifred M. Reilly thinks no union is beyond redemption. Find out why in her new book, It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help From My Spouse—and How You Can, Too.  Read more of this post

A Young Journalist Chronicles His Odyssey Toward Enlightenment in ‘All Our Waves Are Water’ [REVIEW]

Jaimal Yogis with surfboard

In his new memoir, All Our Waves Are Water, Jaimal Yogis takes us on his journey to understand the divine.
(Photo courtesy Jaimal Yogis, Facebook)

At 16, Jaimal Yogis sought enlightenment through surfing, longing to connect to the universe on a spiritual level. In All Our Waves Are Water, he’s in his 20s, still trying to fill the void in his life. His quest takes us on a globetrotting journey to India and beyond, where he learns about friendship, understanding, and how to heal his heart Read more of this post

♦ ‘My Glory Was I Had Such Friends’ Is A Love Letter to the Power of Friendship [REVIEW]

Amy Silverstein and friends

Amy Silverstein and friends at her book launch party for My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.
(Photo via CBS Sunday Morning, YouTube)

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Amy Silverstein knows a thing or two about hearts. She is on her third one! But her second heart transplant almost didn’t happen. She’d almost given up on life when she got sick again, some 26 years after her first transplant. What she hadn’t counted on, however, was the immense power of friendship.  Read more of this post

Game Changer: Learn to Shift Your Perspective [GUEST POST]

Ice trays

Sometimes the stories we live by don’t make sense until we change our perspective. (Photo by Andrew Gustar, Flickr)

When I was in college, I once walked in on my roommate filling ice trays at the sink, a cloud of steam billowing around her face. I stopped and put my books down.

“Uh, Jenny, what are you doing?”

She turned, still holding the tray under the hot water, her expression what I would have expected if I’d just asked her what planet we lived on.

“Filling the ice trays.”

“With hot water?”

She made a face as if this question was, if possible, even dumber than the first. “Duh. It freezes faster.” Read more of this post