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The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age

The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age

Elkhonon Goldberg

Fernandez and Merzenich are the two foremost spokespersons for the Brain Fitness movement, in my experience. This guide goes into excellent detail to help the reader make expeditious choices in the subject area.

David Irving

Modern life places extraordinary demands on our brains. Not only do we live longer than ever before, but we must constantly adapt to complex and rapidly evolving personal and professional realities. Yet, we often ignore our most precious resource to do so: our brain.

The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness cuts through the clutter of misconceptions, superficial and conflicting media coverage, and aggressive marketing claims, to help readers discover what really works, and what doesn’t, to improve brain health and performance at any age, to delay or prevent cognitive decline, and become smarter consumers of both media coverage and scientific research in the process.

With useful, pragmatic and personalized tips and suggestions that are easy to implement, the SharpBrains Guide offers a groundbreaking new approach for self-assessing current brain fitness needs and identifying the most relevant and evidence-based methods to preserve and enhance brain function throughout life. Whether your goal is to become more resilient, enhance memory, ward off Alzheimer’s disease, or simply improve mental focus to perform better at work, this how-to guide shows you exactly how to “use it or lose it.”

This new and much-expanded edition of the guide AARP named a Best Book on Brain Fitness combines a user-friendly tutorial on how the brain works with advice on how to choose and integrate lifestyle changes and research-based brain training. Featuring an independent analysis of hundreds of scientific studies published in the last 10 years, the book also includes in-depth interviews with 20 leading scientists who often challenge conventional wisdom and prevailing brain health thinking and care.

A thought-provoking, practical and captivating read, the SharpBrains Guide makes the fascinating and complex subject of brain function and neuroplasticity easy to digest with its common sense approach. It’s time to rethink, and to truly apply, “use it or lose it.”

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

“One of those books you cannot ignore. Insightful, to the point, actionable. A book for leaders, innovators, thought provokers and everyone who wants to act and live smarter and healthier, based on latest neuroscience.” —Dr. Tobias Kiefer, Director Global Learning & Development, Booz & Company

“A great start for making sense new brain science and for taking active steps towards smart health, at the individual level, and Smart Health, at the societal level.” —Misha Pavel, PhD, Program Director for the National Science Foundation’s Smart Health and Wellbeing Program

“This is the book you need to begin to think differently about your brain and actively embrace the exciting and promising reality that your brain’s health is the cause of the century.” —Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Chief Director, UT-Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth

“An essential reference on the field of brain fitness, neuroplasticity and cognitive health” —Walter Jessen, PhD, founder and editor, Highlight Health

“Recognized by AARP as one of the best and most comprehensive source of information, this book manages to remain open minded yet adequately critical at the same–a good model for all sharp minds to follow and benefit from.” —Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University

“A much-needed resource to help us better understand our brains and minds and how to nourish them through life.“ —Susan E. Hoffman, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley

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Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Book #1): A Novel

Paper Roses (Texas Dreams Book #1): A Novel

Amanda Cabot

The story line is fast-paced from the moment Sarah waits for her fiancé to arrive while Clay dreads the mission of telling her he won’t and never slows down even with the inspirational message of keeping the faith interwoven from start to finish. Fans will enjoy this fine pre-Civil War Hills Country historical.

Harriet Klausner

The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem–he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.

As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin’s brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother’s death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it.

Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more.

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Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage

Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage

Allison Vesterfelt

Allison went from living errands to living an adventure and becoming a whole new person – who God really made her to be – because she decided to take a leap into the unknown and trust God. I admire her so much for it and I am so thankful she shared her journey with us.

Amy

What do you need to leave behind?

When I was in college, I figured my life would come together around graduation. I’d meet a guy; we’d plan a beautiful wedding and buy a nice house-not necessarily with a picket fence, but with whatever kind of fence we wanted. I might work, or I might not, but whatever we decided, I would be happy.

When I got out of college and my life didn’t look like that, I floundered around, trying to figure out how to
get the life I had always dreamed of. I went down so many different paths for it.
Career. Travel. Friends. Relationships. But none of them were as satisfying as I hoped they would be.

Like many twenty-somethings, I tried desperately to discover the life of my dreams after college, but instead of finding it, I just kept accumulating baggage. I had school loans, car payments, electronics I couldn’t afford, a house full of mismatched furniture I didn’t love but that had become my own, hurt from broken relationships, and unmet expectations for what life was “supposed to be” like.

Just when I had given up all hope of finding the “life I’d always dreamed about,” I decided to take a trip to all fifty states…because when you go on a trip, you can’t take your baggage. What I found was that “packing light” wasn’t as easy as I thought it was.

This is the story of that trip and learning to live life with less baggage

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Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty

Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty

Mimi Kirk

Just received the book and loving it. The recipes are delicious and easy.

Margaret Mitchell

Everyone knows that eating well makes you feel good, but Mimi Kirk is living proof that eating well—ideally raw vegan food—can make you look amazing. She’s routinely taken to be at least twenty years younger than her age. Live Raw offers 120 recipes sprinkled with must-have advice, including such topics as:

• Detoxifying—So Gravity Won’t Get You Down: A detoxifying program to rid your body of dangerous toxins—drop weight in the process and experience an abundance of energy.
• What You Need to Eat Every Day, and Why: An easy-to-read chart of the foods your body needs daily, what vitamins they contain, and what part of the body they compliment and nourish.
• Delicious Raw Food Recipes That Won’t Scare Off Non- Vegetarians: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Basil Pesto, Pomodoro Lasagna, Lemony Cheesecake, and more.

Learn how to feel better and look better with Mimi Kirk in this engaging, one-of-a-kind guide.

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4 Bloggers Dish: Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors

4 Bloggers Dish: Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors

Whitney Fisch, Amy Kritzer, Sarah Lasry, Liz Rueven

WOW! This is incredible. I can’t wait to start cooking for Pesach this year (which I can’t say I love)! Thank you all for sharing your creative recipes and gorgeous photos with us. This is a treasure! Liz, KosherLikeMe has been a joy. Looking forward to visiting Whitney’s, Amy’s and Sarah’s blogs. Thanks again.

Susan Cantor

Kosher for Passover has never been made more appealing and easy thanks to 4 Bloggers Dish; Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors.

More than just a cookbook, 4 Bloggers Dish; Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors, is a one-of-a-kind Passover ‘how-to’. Aside from incredible recipes, this e-cookbook also includes step-by-step instructions and beautiful visuals as well as helpful tips such as Freezer Instructions, Prep Ahead Rules, and a To-Go Guide that make this a must-have cookbook for every at-home chef for not only the Passover season, but all year long.

These recipes will become the new traditional meals this Passover and for years to come. With money-saving ideas, traditional and new recipes, this book has it all.

The new e-cookbook, “4 Bloggers Dish: Passover; Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors” brings mouth-watering, kosher recipes from four passionate award-winning food writers.

The bloggers behind the book: Whitney Fisch of Jewhungry, Liz Rueven of Kosher Like Me, Sarah Lasry of The Patchke Princess, and Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat, share several accolades among them including features in WSJ, Babble.com, The Today Show, The Nosher, The Jewish Press and more.

Entitled, 4 Bloggers Dish; Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors, brings together the four distinct personalities and talents of these accomplished foodies in this one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

With recipes resulting in food so delicious, you’ll want to cook them all year long; this e-cookbook provides at-home cooks with a modern take on traditional Passover cooking.
Rueven explains . . . “In reading one another’s food blogs, we discovered a shared passion for re-inventing traditional. My grandmother’s simply potted meats inspired the Balsamic Braised Short Ribs recipe while Amy Kritzer’s Matzah Brie Caprese is savory Italian spin on the classic matzo dish with fresh basil, tomatoes and gooey mozzarella.”

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Afternoon Tea (Breakfast Casseroles, Quiche, Muffins and Scone Recipes)

Afternoon Tea (Breakfast Casseroles, Quiche, Muffins and Scone Recipes)

Sara Winlet

Highly recommend this book if you are looking for quick, easy and especially yummy breakfast foods.

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Afternoon Tea is a combination of three wonderful

cookbooks, Muffins, Scones and Breakfast Casseroles. All Three Books have Sweet and Savory Recipes along with Toppings, Butter Spreads and Syrups. This book is a must for your cookbook collection.

Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Casserole
Cheesy Bacon Hash Brown Casserole
Sausage and Cheese Casserole
Country Breakfast Casserole
Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Mini Breakfast Casserole
Maple Sausage Casserole
Sweet and Savory Breakfast Casserole
Cheesy Breakfast Casserole
QUICHE:
Simple Quiche
Cheesy Chicken Quiche
Bacon Cheddar Quiche
Bacon Asparagus Quiche
Mushroom and Spinach Quiche
SWEET:
Bacon Apple and Raisin French Toast
Baked French Toast
Baked Blueberry French Toast
Baked Strawberry Banana French Toast
Baked Cherry French Toast
Peach French Toast Casserole
Luscious Lemon Raspberry Muffins
Almond Cherry Muffins
Wild Blackberry Muffins
Harvest Cinnamon Apple Muffins
Ripe Banana Muffins
Very Berry Cranberry Muffins
Peaches and Cream Muffins
Sour Cherry Lemon Muffins
Cowboy Southwestern Dinner Muffins
Cheddar Cheese Bacon Muffins
Cheddar Cheese Dill Muffins
Sausage Cheddar Muffins
Very Simple Scones
Rich Chocolate Chip Scones
Strawberry Patch Scones
Harvest Apple Scones
Berry Berry Cranberry Scones
October Pumpkin Scones
Very Cherry Scones
Gingerbread Scones
Cranberry Oat Scones
Island Coconut Scones
Fresh Fig Scones

AND MUCH MORE!

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Circle of Friends - 25 Pie, Crisp & Cobbler Recipes

Circle of Friends – 25 Pie, Crisp & Cobbler Recipes

Gooseberry Patch

Gooseberry Patch always comes through, and I’ve been totally satisfied in my collection of their cookbooks thus far. I never had a cookbook, specifically for pies and cobblers, but happy I chose this one. There are 25 mouth-watering recipes with helpful tips, and number of servings per recipe. In addition, there are easy to make toppings that are an added bonus.

Geraldine Ahearn

Treat your family & friends to a helping of fresh-baked goodness. This collection features 25 down-home desserts like Apple Blush Pie, Cherry Brownie Cobbler and Pumpkin Custard Crunch…all guaranteed to be scrumptious and easy as pie to make!

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The Working Chicken

The Working Chicken

Anna Hess

This is a quick little book packed with lots of good realistic advice. The advice is working on the assumption that the reader is interested in chickens to be self-sufficient and sustainable, not to raise life-long pets with the bonus of eggs for the first couple years.

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Get ready for your new flock in thirty minutes or less!

A short, sweet, and self-sufficient guide to keeping chickens as part of a rural or urban homestead. Learn everything you need to know to get started on your poultry adventure, with quick answers to frequently asked questions like:

What kind of chickens should I get?
Which color eggs are best?
How many chickens should I get?
Should I add a rooster to my flock?
Where should I get my chickens?
She’s so cute! Can I name her?
When should I kill my chickens?
What infrastructure do I need to make my chickens happy?
What should I feed my chickens?
Should my chickens have a tractor, a coop, or be free range?
How much space do my chickens need?
How do I manage my working flock?
What is the chicken’s place in the farm ecosystem?

Now including a bonus picture book to inspire the next generation of chicken lovers!

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The Fast-Food Kitchen

The Fast-Food Kitchen

Sheri Torelli

Sheri has given us tons of tips and along with several delicious recipes in this book. In fact, the recipes are so easy to make that my teenage kids have already cooked several of them and with great success. I think this book is a must have for every busy family and would also make a terrific gift for kids going off to college.

Tracy Klehn

Sheri Torelli, coauthor with Emilie Barnes of the popular More Hours in My Day (over 240,000 copies sold), presents a wonderful mealtime solution for families on the go, on a budget, and ready to switch from drive-through answers to fast, healthy, home-cooked meals.

Sheri provides realistic, fine-tuned ways to bring sanity and the family back to the table:

double-duty cooking—how to maximize a minimal amount of time in the kitchen
menus by design—foolproof ways to plan meals and a month’s worth of menus
creating little helpers—skill-appropriate tasks for kids of all ages
tips for an efficient kitchen—tweaks and tools to organize a fast-food kitchen
fast food with friends—hosting simple meals at home without feeling intimidated

This unique and practical resource provides the recipe for better eating and better living: meal plans, organization helps, and lots of encouragement.

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God, I Need Your Comfort

God, I Need Your Comfort

Kay Arthur

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” Kay Arthur invites those who hurt and long for peace to be filled by the comfort of Psalm 23. As she leads readers through the reassuring promises of this beloved Psalm, they will discover:

God is present in the darkest times
No problem is bigger than God’s sufficiency
The Lord sees and tends to every need
Each member of His flock is precious to Him
God leads His children to places of safety and peace

Soothing hymns and favorite scriptures complement the short, thematic portions of text. This gift of comfort will wrap every heart in the provision of the Great Shepherd.

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Girl's Best Friend (Maggie Brooklyn Mystery)

Girl’s Best Friend (Maggie Brooklyn Mystery)

Leslie Margolis

I think any girl from 8 to 12 or 13 will love this book. It’s written in the first person so it stays immediate and the author does a great job of nailing Maggie’s personality. Will pass this on to my 8 y/o granddaughter and look forward to future Maggie Brooklyn books.

Texaswomyn

Dogs are disappearing in her neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair knows all about it. After all, she has a semi-secret after-school gig as a professional (ok, amateur) dog-walker. Maggie hates to see a pup in trouble, so she’s even willing to help her ex-best friend Ivy recover her rescue-dog, Kermit. Kermit’s being held for ransom, and Maggie has noticed some suspicious behavior lately. But she never suspected her crush Milo could be involved . . .Leslie Margolis’s pitch-perfect voice and rich characters have endeared her to tweens, and her fans will flock to this hip new series featuring a clever and lovable new heroine, Maggie Brooklyn.

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The Irish Healer

The Irish Healer

Nancy Herriman

NANCY HERRIMAN has written a fantastic novel. I thought I was in London, back in the 1830’s. The characters were vivid with realistic strengths and weaknesses. As an aspiring writer, I tend to analyze everything I read, any flaws in the writing, the plot or characters. THE IRISH HEALER left no room for improvement. It was beautifully done.

Kym McNabney

Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities—or God’s mercy. When a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Can they face their darkest fears? Or is it too late to learn that trust and love just might heal their hearts?

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Sweet Waters (An Otter Bay Novel)

Sweet Waters (An Otter Bay Novel)

Julie Carobini

I found this to be a fun book to read with a great message: God is there when life seems to be spinning out of control.

Lori Kasbeer

“Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive.”
~ Romantic Times Book Reviews

With her well-planned life in disarray, jilted Tara Sweet leaves Missouri to chase after the fairy tale life her family once knew in Otter Bay. Soon she meets handsome but complicated firefighter Josh Adams and a host of mysterious faces from long ago. But what happens when truth is one secret after another, and the fairy tale turns out to be a soap opera?
Despite the vivid backdrop of their budding romance by the sea, Tara and Josh soon find themselves at odds with their families, their faith, the quirky townspeople of Otter Bay ~ and each other. Can they face the truth together … and be set free?

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Seasons Under Heaven (Seasons Series)

Seasons Under Heaven (Seasons Series)

Beverly LaHaye, Terri Blackstock

I couldn’t put this book down.This is the story of 4 women with very different lives who live in a cul-de-sac. The writing was so honest I felt like I knew these women. They all try to help when one of the children needs a heart transplant.This is not a sad or preachy book. It shows how faith works in peoples lives. I have also read their second book which I also highly recommend. I hope these authors are working on a third book.I’ll be first in line to get it!

Donna M. Grady

Book one. Four families living on a Southern cul-de-sac struggle to arrange for a heart transplant for a terminally ill nine-year-old.

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An Open Heart: A Novel

An Open Heart: A Novel

Harry Kraus

This is a book that I would read in one sitting, but I started it too late last night to finish it, as I had to be in bed earlier than normal, but it was good enough that I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it, and am giving it 5 stars.

Mark B

Their Messages—From Beyond the Grave—Might Destroy Him

They hover between life and death, their hearts stopped on the surgery table. And the messages Dr. Jace Rawlings’ open-heart surgery patients bring back from beyond the grave cannot be ignored. For they predict the deaths of people around him, and point a finger of suspicion straight at him.

It thrusts Jace into a firestorm of controversy and danger. A maelstrom blown by the darker winds of political intrigue and spiritual warfare. And the forces working against him will do anything to stop him from uncovering a truth they will kill to hide. He’d come to Kenya to establish a heart-surgery program for the poor. But what he will find in that place where he grew up will put everything at risk–his marriage, his career . . . his life.

Harry Kraus, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon, medical missionary to East Africa, and accomplished writer of both non-fiction and fiction. Medical realism and gripping plotlines distinguish his writing, as he gets most of his ideas with a scalpel in hand. Harry resides in Kenya with his wife Kris and the youngest of their three sons.

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