Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive. Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn’t give up. The Comfort Book is a collection of little islands of hope. It gathers consolations and stories that give new ways of seeing ourselves and the world. Matt Haig’s mix of philosophy, memoir and self-reflection builds on the wisdom of philosophers and survivors through the ages, from Marcus Aurelius to Nellie Bly, Emily Dickinson to James Baldwin. This is the book to pick up when you need the wisdom of a friend, the comfort of a hug or a reminder that hope comes from unexpected places.
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Simple, generous and practical self-care suggestions, compiled from people of all ages and all walks of life by a professional therapist and social worker. Each thought-provoking section ends with space for readers to list their own comforts.
Offers women advice on comforting themselves, including specific suggestions--from the comfort journal and personal sanctuary to body delights and aroma therapy--on how to relax
Sold with their own gift envelopes, these books are full of quips and quotes to brighten anyone's day. An ideal way to encourage a special someone, say thanks, or commemorate a happy event.
Are rooms of your house uncomfortable or unusable at different times of the year? Is your home drafty in winter? Do you get hit with a wave of heat walking upstairs in summer? Are mold or pests frequent problems in your home? Do you get big icicles in winter? Do you suspect your home is making you sick? Do you sleep better out of your house? Do you have a damp, dank basement? How about air quality problems like dust or odors? Are you ready to solve those problems? Then this book is for you. Before you can solve a problem, you need to understand what is causing the problem. This book explains how your home actually works so you can address root causes, not symptoms. We've seen far too many folks waste thousands of dollars addressing the wrong problem. Armed with this book, you can find the right pros to solve problems, understand if the work was done right, and even DIY many things yourself. This is the book I wish I had when I entered the Home Performance eld. It connects theory to action and shows real world examples of work being done and the results achieved. It assumes you're a building science novice as well as smart and willing to learn. You'll learn about how your home works, what to look for in a new heating and cooling (HVAC) system, what kinds of insulation work best and why, how to choose and install the right bath fan, and more. Everything in this book is backed up by field experience, data, and an overwhelming passion to do things right the first time.
What do we know about ordinary people in our towns and cities, about what really matters to them and how they organize their lives today? This book visits an ordinary street and looks into thirty households. It reveals the aspirations and frustrations, the tragedies and accomplishments that are played out behind the doors. It focuses on the things that matter to these people, which quite often turn out to be material things – their house, the dog, their music, the Christmas decorations. These are the means by which they express who they have become, and relationships to objects turn out to be central to their relationships with other people – children, lovers, brothers and friends. If this is a typical street in a modern city like London, then what kind of society is this? It’s not a community, nor a neighbourhood, nor is it a collection of isolated individuals. It isn’t dominated by the family. We assume that social life is corrupted by materialism, made superficial and individualistic by a surfeit of consumer goods, but this is misleading. If the street isn’t any of these things, then what is it? This brilliant and revealing portrayal of a street in modern London, written by one the most prominent anthropologists, shows how much is to be gained when we stop lamenting what we think we used to be and focus instead on what we are now becoming. It reveals the forms by which ordinary people make sense of their lives, and the ways in which objects become our companions in the daily struggle to make life meaningful.
Romance at Your Fingertips In the tradition of the phenomenally successful The Woman's Comfort Book, Jennifer Louden brings her masterful sustenance skills to this creative guide filled with ways for couples to stay connected in a busy world. With playful rituals and reliable recipes for making the most of your time together, this is the comprehensive compendium of coupledom.
I am most excited and impressed with the scope and focus of this work. As I began to read it, I had trouble putting it down. It is highly readable, engaging, all-inclusive, and most informative. Jean Watson, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN I am honored and delighted to recommend this text for all nurses who cared for and care about patients. from the Foreword by May Wykle, RN, PhD, FAAN This book places comfort at the forefront of nursing care, by presenting a carefully researched theory of comfort that nurses can use as a framework for practice. Engagingly written, the book combines a first-person account of the development of the theory with supporting research, and practical information for its application. Kolcaba analyzes the concept of comfort; describes its physical, psychospiritual, environmental and sociocultural components; evaluates its meaning in the many different contexts in which health care occurs; and describes how it can be measured. The appendix includes comfort care questionnaires that can be used with patients in many settings, and a comfort scale that can be used with patients for a quick assessment of comfort. Clinicians, researchers, educators, and students will find this holistic approach helpful in setting priorities and parameters for patient care.
When life throws us curve balls, prayer is often our greatest consolation. In A Cup of Comfort Book of Prayer, ordinary people just like you share the prayers that have brought them closest to God. From Psalm 23 and the Sermon on the Mount to the inspiring words of Anne Bradstreet and St. Francis of Assisi, these are the prayers that people turn to when they most need God's help, people such as: Paula, who finds confidence in the Breton's Fisherman Prayer when she feels overwhelmed by her role as single mom Susan, whose chance encounter in a customer service line allows her to share the grace of An Old Irish Blessing with a heartbroken stranger Clement, who during Operation Desert Storm shared the hope of John Cosin's Lord, Be Thou a Light to My Eyes with a war-torn Kuwaiti family In this blessed little volume, bestselling authors James Stuart Bell and Susan B. Townsend have collected fifty heartwarming stories of the power of prayer in our lives—a power upon which you can draw to strengthen your resolve, lift your spirits, and sustain your faith, through good times and bad.
An uplifting anthology of fifty inspirational stories shares meesages of compassion, determination, comfort, and joy designed to transform and enrich the lives of readers. Original. 250,000 first printing.
'I loved this book . . . I’m so desperate for you all to share in its wonder' - Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail. Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another. For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help. From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love. 'A love letter to stories and reading . . . a book to cherish' - Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina
A spiritual guide to recreating life from the inside out shares daily advice to women on how to discovering the "Comfort Queen's" life-affirming voice within. By the author of The Woman's Comfort Book. 50,000 first printing.
Do you ever lie in bed that extra half hour when there are things you have to get done? Put off applying for that ideal job, and then find the deadline's passed? You have been in the comfort trap. Although you save effort in the short term, you know that the big rewards call for more initiative. If you wish you were more dynamic and creative you need to break out of the trap. Windy Dryden and Jack Gordon have inspired thousands with their no-nonsense motivation. Read this book and start now!
"Comfort, comfort My people. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her time of servitude is over, her iniquity has been pardoned, and she has received from the Lords hand double for all her sins." Isaiah 40: 2 There is need always for tender words. Always there is sorrow. Everywhere hearts are breaking. There is no one who is not made happier by gentle speech. Yet there is in the world, a dearth of tender words. Some people scarcely ever speak them. Their tones are harsh. There seems no kindness in their hearts. They are gruff, severe, faultfinding. Even in the presence of suffering and sorrow, they evince no tenderness. "Speak tenderly" is a divine exhortation. That is the way God wants us to speak to each other. That is the way God himself ever speaks to his children. The Bible is full of tender words. We would say that in view of the wickedness of men, their ingratitude, the base return they make for God's goodness, the way they stain the earth with sinGod would be angry with them every day. But instead of anger, only love is shown. He is ever speaking in words of loving kindness. He makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends the rain on the just and the unjust. Every message he sends is love. All his thoughts toward his children are peace. The most wonderful expression of his heart toward the world, was in the giving of Christ. He was the Word, the revealer of the heart of God. He never spoke so tenderly to women when he sent his Son. Who can measure the comfort that was given to the world in Jesus Christ? This book will bring words of comfort and peace to the hearts of those who seek rest for their hearts in a reading inspired by the Word of God
This book describes a simple, common sense method of how to include professional skills training in any curricula without compromising academic rigor. Examples include how to respond to a demand for innovation and teamwork, a lay-off, a reorganization, or switching jobs and projects.