Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident, and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children as well as in the heart of the broken, abused, and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants listeners to know something: We can all be free.
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A rewrite of Brené Brown's work replacing the science with bible verses. I would rather have the science.
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This book by Michael Olpin, a top-notch stress expert, and Sam Bracken, a no-longer-stressed-out writer, stands out from other books on stress management in one significant way: its "whole-person" approach. Unwind! is about optimizing your body, heart, mind, and soul, recognizing that any and all of these dimensions of your life affect your anxiety level. It helps you get clear about who you are as well as your priorities and goals. The authors show you how to take charge of your life and how to make better choices that will prevent stress in the first place.
Most of the advice is well known common ideas. This is a good overview.
If you like quizzes, this book is for you, but if you are not sure, just answer these 10 simple questions and we will tell you all about it...
Many of us have long been told that fat makes us fat, contributes to heart disease, and generally erodes our health. Now a growing body of research is debunking our fatphobia, revealing the immense health and weight loss benefits of a high-fat diet rich in eggs, nuts, oils, avocados, and other delicious superfoods. In his new book, best-selling author Dr. Mark Hyman introduces a new weight loss and healthy living program based on the latest science and explains how to Eat Fat, Get Thin.
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Lots of science when refuting the other dietary camps, but many unsupported statements, especially when telling what you should eat.
The diet is a combination of a vegan and paleo type. The two do not mesh terribly well; more or less adding a lot of coconut oil, eggs, butter, and some meat to a vegan diet and removing grains, legumes, limits to very small amounts of high starch vegetables, very small amounts of low carb fruits, and supplementing with potato starch. It is all termed as a detoxification diet, but no mention is made of what the toxins are. He also recommends many supplements like Valerian root for sleeping.
The diet adds some non-gluten grains, legumes, and low glycemic fruits back after the first 21 days.
It is presented as a high-fat reduced carb diet, but the fat increase seems modest; there seems to be little concern for protein intake; he states meats should be 'lean' and recommends small portions.
Examples of missing science: The author recommends using a "grounding sheet" to sleep on and keeping all electronics away from your bed to sleep better; recommends a "detox" bath with epsom salt and lavender oil; he is speaking of relaxation which is OK, but does not mention said toxins. The author claims that pigs accumulate "toxins" more than any other animal so pork should be avoided. He also claims fructose is the worst sugar without any definition of "worst" nor any source. It is a common idea to avoid fruit to reduce fructose but I have never seen any study that shows harmful effects outside of one that shows rodents can be fed so much fructose that their livers cannot keep up. None of these statements were given any basis and there are many where the author says what something does without any reference as to why.
The other issue I have is the blatant commercialism. Many brands particularly called for and a full fledged commercial for Thrive Market at the end. Unfortunately I have had dealings with Thrive Market. They sent emails about twice daily and only stopped after my fifth email begging them to stop (unsubscribe did not work-- each time they were nice, but it took a lot of contacts). I also had to set up an account with them (my one order was as a visitor) to cancel their membership before being charged only to have them charge me anyway; after contacting them two more times they refunded as soon as I contested the change with my credit card provider. Avoid unless you have reason to believe I had bad luck dealing with them. I took a star off for the commercialism.
In The Conservative Heart, Arthur C. Brooks contends that after years of focusing on economic growth and traditional social values, it is time for a new kind of conservatism - one that helps the vulnerable without mortgaging our children's future. In Brooks' daring vision, this conservative movement fights poverty, promotes equal opportunity, celebrates earned success, and values spiritual enlightenment. It is an inclusive movement with a positive agenda to help people lead happier, more hopeful, and more satisfied lives.
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Citing many studies, the author gives us good reason to believe more income does not always bring more happiness.
The book then looks at a private charity program that selects released prison inmates and trains them in vocations and gets them jobs. The program sounds good, according to the book recidivism is 60% less in those selected for the program. It then claims government should do the same for the poor. To my knowledge conservatives have always opposed spending this kind of money on programs to help the poor.
The next part of the book is dedicated to the idea that the US should embrace an Indian method of labor and distance ourselves from "grandmother Europe" . This segment is teaming with anecdotes and the few studies cited seldom seem apropos.
Then there are some claims that the minimum wage is harmful eluding to, but not citing studies. The main claim is that a raising minimum wage will make the worst workers' unemployment rate go up. No consideration is given for effects on other groups of people, and an anecdote is given that a fast food worker can go from minimum wage entry to a living wage in 5 years; there was no discussion about how eliminating the minimum wage might impact this job nor any explanation of what constitutes that living wage.
The book ends with an entreaty to conservatives to claim compassion in their stances and engage with everyone and not to restrict themselves to conservative talking points.
The book claims to be amenable to non-conservatives, but I have some issues with that idea. Throughout the book it caricatures liberals including the claim that liberals only care about outcomes being equal no matter the effort. It also blames the rise in income inequality on Obama based only on the rise happening during his tenure without any acknowledgment that most of the levers of power were controlled by Republicans during that time nor any acknowledgement that the trend started before he took office. It also claims that Obama constantly belittled conservatives and blamed opposition on racism, this simply does not fit my experience.
I liked the general positive tone of this book, but take exception to the tactics of defining what your opponents believe and claiming that the current state is exactly what opponents wanted. It makes your arguments easier to make but that straw man is not a liberal.
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In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.
Well researched and explained. Current nutritional thinking and the studies it comes from, not a typical one dimensional diet type book.
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How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you're like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain. There is another way.
Instructions on being human, very well put. Buddhism based but approachable for all.
Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.
Interesting that a rabbit down a hole with his sister stuck in the entrance can see what is going on outside, or that a bird can be kicked in the air and die from the fall but the rabbit that kicked it lands unharmed. If these types of things bother you, move on; I suppose we should not expect this kind of realism from a book where rabbits talk and do battle with swords.
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The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies, and cities. Yet there's a black hole at the heart of biology. We do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. In The Vital Question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists.
Easily on of the top 5 books I have listened to, and I have listened to hundreds.
The book does a great job of defining and proposing solutions for one of the largest mysteries left in evolution.
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In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable - to domestic and international decline and unregulated greed.
Very US centered. Facts are presented unvarnished but also unsourced. Argues that the world is better off with the US in leadership. I am not convinced. If the US can act as prescribed in this book, maybe, but we often do not act in our own best interest much less that of the world's.
What makes one novel a bestseller, while a similar work languishes unnoticed? Why are the same few baby names suddenly everywhere? Why is everyone talking about that viral video? Welcome to the science of social epidemics: the cutting-edge study of why some ideas, products, and concepts spread wildly, while others quickly flame out. Anyone who has something to sell, a cause to promote, or a message to spread knows that there are obstacles in creating a message that resonates, spreads, and sticks to make their product or idea the word on the street. Enormous sums of time and money have been spent trying to answer the question of why some ideas catch on. And not only is it an ever-present challenge for businesses, governments, and organizations, but it has long been a source of inquiry for psychologists, economists, and sociologists as well.
Good coverage of what motivates a typical person and what techniques are used in promoting ideas and products.
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