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These days we are constantly bombarded by the newest die plan or product. The latest one is called 3 day fruit flush diet by Jay Robb. According to Jay, your body can be cleansed of toxins by special combinations of natural food and fruits. If you follow the 3 day fruit flush diet, the toxins in your body can be removed along with excess pounds. Does 3 day fruit flush diet really work, or it’s just a gimmick?
Firstly let’s examine the diet plan. The plan lasts for 3 days and is rather simple: first day is pre flush day, followed by two days of fruit flushing day. Your meals consist mainly of fresh fruits and vegetables. Besides, you are also required to take small amount of protein shake, lean protein (chicken, beef or turkey), olive oil or flaxseed oil. Jay Robb claims that you can lose up to 9 pounds within the 3 days!
However, I suspect that you may only lose water weight at best. This 3 day fruit flush is not a balanced and healthy diet as it is extremely low in calories. It is not feasible in the long run. In fact, you may even gain back all the weight once you resume normal meals. You may also notice that Jay Robb does not mention the importance of regular exercise.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do highly recommend that you increase intake of fresh fruits and vegetables as they help to improve your overall health. According to WebMD, you do not need detox diet or product to remove the ‘toxins’ from your body. It’s because your body does a wonderful job in natural cleansing. However, you are encouraged to increase fiber intake to improve bowel movement.
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Keys to Living a Fulfilled Life
Myles Munroe, Internationally known speaker, pastor, teacher, and author, has created an important new study guide and devotional tool. “Applying the Kingdom 40-Day Devotional Journal” designed to help the reader rediscover the priority God has for mankind.
Each of the forty devotionals contains a theme, a scripture, and an inspirational or motivational thought. The devotional thoughts are excerpts from Munroe’s highly acclaimed earlier book “Applying the Kingdom. Each of the daily devotions is based on a Biblical principle.
Dr. Munroe follows up the devotional with skillfully crafted questions focusing on the elements of the day’s theme. I found these questions to be stimulating as they provide a focus for self examination and encourage thought provoking journal material for further reflection and mediation.
Munroe introduces four keys to life in the first chapter: Finding God’s purpose for our life, knowing what to do to accomplish His purpose, how to live effectively, succeeding in the right purpose.
The study questions, are user friendly, thought provoking, sometimes profound, but always practical? They sometimes call for reflection, sometimes action steps are suggested. They always prepare your heart for the meditation that follows. They are excellent for personal journalling.
“Applying the Kingdom: 40-Day Devotional Journal” is a refreshing source to help you establish Kingdom priorities and new power to your Christian experience. These devotions are ideal for individual use, for family time inspiration, or for use in a small study group.
9780768426717, Destiny Image Publishers, Inc.
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Richard R. Blake, Christian Education Consultant, Book Store Owner
Guy Gets Girl is one of the popular seduction guides out there. Unlike the other guides, this guide seems to be unique. It’s been written by a woman for men. Tiffany Taylor is an award winning author who wrote this book in 2003. Since then, it’s been updated regularly.
It is known to have the best pickup techniques and the most updated too. Gone are the days when ignoring could work. There are lots more to learn. Women have learnt to protect themselves. The guide is different from the other guides. This guide deals on emotionally connecting with a woman instead of connecting logically or physically.
This technique might be known to you if you have had lots of experience in dating and read more on female and male psychology. You find this with a few guides. Double your Dating is another guide that teaches you to connect emotionally. The difference lies here: Guy Gets Girl has been written by a woman for men whereas Double your Dating is written by a man for men.
The old saying that says only a woman could understand a woman’s art is very much true. It is because of the success of these techniques. Guy Gets Girl has been found to be more successful than Double your dating.
In Double Your Dating, Eben Pagan just makes guesses on female behavior and thinking whereas in Guy Gets Girl, Tiffany Taylor confirms on female behavior and what thought must be going on in their mind.
Taylor’s book is not about being a pick up artist or some jerk. You can be a nice man and yet get the chicks. That’s the secret in Guy Gets Girl. You get to become a modern day Casanova without being a jerk.
Being an ignorant loser is something we don’t like. We might have been at some point of our lives but not now. When we act like a gentleman, one thing happens. All the chicks tend to ignore us. That’s the problem.
Guy Gets Girl answers that problem. You learn the emotional triggers that are driving the female brain when it comes to attraction and love. Even if you are not rich or good looking, you can still get the chicks by using Guy Gets Girl.
Guy Gets Girl puts you in a better position in the game by just finding the emotional triggers that attract the woman. It works for all situations and almost anybody.
Some of the best sections include:
- Read the girl’s body language and take control of the situation
- How to start a conversation? Something that makes many men wonders. The best conversation starters revealed.
- Ten Commandments to Win Over a Woman.
This guide explains it all and tells you everything you need to know about picking up women.
The Guy Gets Girl is available for $49.95 but as a package includes a few more guides on conversation and sex which can be very useful.
Whoever you are, if you want women then Guy Gets Girl is a must for you. I’m frank about that.
There is an 8 week refund policy. Something that you would not ask for as you would like the guide and buy more of Tiffany’s recommendations after you buy it.
Guy Gets Girl is a pickup guide written by a woman for men to get women. You will learn:
1) The Best Conversation Starters
2) Read her Body Language and take control
3) Ten Commandments to Win Over A Woman And more. . .
Harry Ramsay is a pickup artist who transformed his life from having no girlfriend to having girls begging to have a date.
Subroto Bagchi is gradually raising the standards with each book he comes up with. The first book titled High performance Entrepreneur explained how he built a company, and how everybody can. The respect commanded by him among the readers comes not only from what he has achieved so far, but also because the way he has achieved those things. The book intends to serve as a tool kit for the young working professionals, in fact it may go on to serve as the bible for them.
Flimsy Loyalties and Falling Moralities
The modern world is full of flimsy loyalties and falling moralities with the stories such as Lehman Brothers being the norm these days. The manner in which the professionals should behave is also an area which is not that clear. Subroto Bagchi tells us the professional needs to be correct not only in terms of legalities but also in spirit. The examples given by the author are practical and inspiring, thus creating a clear roadmap how one can follow ethics and still become successful.
How Do We Evaluate Integrity?
The picture presented by Subroto Bagchi, however, does not make it clear how the HR departments of the companies are going to make sure the person concerned is not just mouthing correct statements but is also adhering to its true spirit. There are many areas which thrive on corruption where applying these principles would be extremely difficult.
Integrity Is Vital
The author further says, the main difference between someone who is competent and a professional is integrity. If you don’t have integrity, you would just be a smart cookie, nothing more. You will definitely not leave a legacy after you, and you will not be remembered.
Level Playing Field for Everyone
In an interview, the author said the journey of India from G20 to G8 will have to be led by the professionals. He believes we won economic freedom in 1980s because anybody who wanted to work, could get work after that period. The world has opened up and economically there is a level playing field for almost anyone. At the time when people are trying to get intellectual freedom for themselves, doing things right, and with integrity becomes vital.
The Author Manages To Surprise You
The author Subroto Bagchi manages to surprise you with the help of examples which make use of an uneducated individual who is extremely professional though he picks up unclaimed dead bodies. On the other hand, in another chapter there is a doctor who is corrupt to the core. The author uses these extreme examples so you can see the situation in true light.
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For sometime I have been wanting to work on and learn more about how I can improve relationships I have with others whom I work with whether it is at a job, a business, family or friends. I have come to learn that at sometime I will work with everyone I am surrounded by and come in contact with often. I have also learned that I will not always get along with others. However, I have wanted to learn how to handle these type of situations without getting too emotional and learning to let go when necessary.
As a college student of Liberal Studies, I took the Leadership Skills class last semester. One of my requirements was to review a book related to working with others. I chose People Styles at Work: Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better By: Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton.
Of course, the first chapter discusses why we have people problems. We think, decide, use time and handle emotions differently. Not everyone is exactly the same. With this book though you learn how to change your attitude and learn to work with others in a more positive way. This is the only way that you can achieve success and happiness. You learn how to predict things whether the are turning out to be positive or negative. This is so you are able to handle the situation and continue on with your work.
A little more into the book you learn about what kind of person you are. Not only that you also learn to look in the mirror and see how others view you. This may sound scary at first, but learning from my own experience it is actually very informative. It teaches you on a deep level by placing yourself in another persons shoes.
Further on into the book and one of my favorite sections is The Key to Productive Relationships. I have been taught for the last two years extensively to learn to look at the good in everyone. That has been one of the most difficult things to do until the last six months. Especially in the workplace to have to look at the good in everyone who surrounds you can be very challenging. But I also learned that by learning to look for the good you can build a better and stronger relationship with others which makes the workplace more productive.
I have personally had to do some serious work on learning how to withhold my opinions and personal views of things. This has been hard, but I have learned a very valuable lesson. I have learned that it is better to listen more than it is to talk because I can learn more.
Then there is the four steps to better relationships: Identify, Plan, Implement and Evaluate. You learn how to relate to the other person and help them out. You learn to self discipline yourself with this process.
One chapter I have had to do some serious work on is Chapter 11. I am currently molding myself into being a better listener and helper. I do have to work on being patient with others and being forgiving to a certain extent when it comes to commitments. I am a stickler about being on time and communicating when I am going to be late or cannot make it to an event or appointment. One very important thing I have learned about myself is I have to become more spontaneous. I have often heard from people I work with or have worked with that they like spontaneity. They like for others to be able to start on things and get them done on their own without someone having to supervise them constantly. I know this to be very true and so I have been working on this myself.
Besides working on my own personal flaws I have learned too that I have to be flexible with others. I cannot expect others around me to be perfect or understanding. But it all comes back to me. I have to work on myself and change my ways. I cannot change others. I do have to become much more tolerant and understanding. I have to be willing to be open especially to learning and experiencing new ideas.
Chapter 13 reinforces how you can maintain good relationships. Do Unto Others as you would yourself is the Golden Rule. This has been instilled in me as well as my own children. Respect, Fairness and Honesty are what everyone wants and how they want to be treated.
These are also my biggest sticklers that I do sometimes allow to bother me although I shouldn’t.
I am a huge person on respect. I can be hard on others when I feel they are being disrespectful. I feel respect goes to the absolute core of all relationships. Anytime there is a lack of respect the relationship begins to crumble. It is twice as hard to rebuild respect when it has been broken.
Fairness is a challenging one for me. I prefer to place everyone on the table of equality but that seems to be nearly impossible. Anytime something negative happens we are all guilty of focusing on just that, the negative aspects. In fact, we are supposed to look at the good, the positives in order to be fair. For example, I am a single mom with my business team there is only one other single person involved. There have been times a few of the teammates have attempted to schedule things that involve couples working together. Our team is to be based on teamwork. I feel that this is not teamwork that this is a team working within the team excluding a part of the team so in essence it is not team work.
Honesty I know is something we all have issues with. Even a white lie is really just a lie. We tend to do things and try to cover them up just so we don’t cause problems or want to be reprimanded. I have had to deal with friends who I work with whom have decided to rather than speak the truth cover their own rumps rather than face getting jumped all over. This is frustrating to me although I can in some respects, understand why they would do things. I am working on where is the boundary line when it comes to honesty? What am I willing to walk away from and what am I willing to stand up for?
This book has been a great tool for me helping to improve my social skills on a personal and professional level. I am always looking to improve myself especially my attitude. I know that what I say and do affects everyone around me such as my family, friends and co workers.
One of my primary goals has been to be a positive, optimistic and motivational person. I want to attract people towards me instead of them running away. You learn how to positively work with others which is a very important issue when it comes to working. But this book has also caused me to stop and look at myself first and foremost before focusing on other people whom I have no control over in order to change. It does cause you to pause your thinking, look at yourself in the mirror to be able to clearly see what has to be worked on for improvement.
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Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel is a novel set in Samoa, a novel that won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. At one level it is a simple story of one girl’s journey through childhood and adolescence. Alofa tells us about her school life, her church, her favourite television programmes, and her family. She tells us of local practices, customs and mores. She describes what she eats and how it is cooked. She details her relationships with her friends, parents and teachers. And in this way she builds for us a picture and sensation of growing up in Samoa.
Alofa is quite a late developer. Long after her friends have succumbed to the moon sickness, she has not begun to menstruate. It troubles her. She worries that she is not like other people, that she might be destined for a life that is different from theirs.
But she discovers what all adolescents discover, and delights in telling the minute detail of every encounter. There are older men, younger men, and girls, mothers and boys. She has her share of experiences and learns that sometimes people are not what they seem.
Through Where We Once Belonged the reader thus experiences Samoan life, how it once was, and how it is changing. It is not a rich life, for sure, but the poverty, both material and personal, never grinds down either the community or the individual. Like everywhere else in human existence, some can cope with apparent ease, whilst others find the process of life more taxing.
The true beauty of Sia Figiel’s novel, however, is that it provides a foil to external, Western interpretations of Samoan life. Mention of this contrast with ?official? views of the culture come late in the book, because the perspective is consistently that of the young girl narrator. In some ways this is unfortunate, since the book has real direction once this is understood. Until then, a casual reader may not develop this informative and rewarding overview.
An uncommitted reader might also find the book a difficult read. There is extensive use of Samoan words, whole sentences in places. Though there is a glossary, it is far from complete. There is a temptation not to refer to it and thus to gloss over some of the detail, and it is in this detail that the book’s real richness lies. Eventually, it is a rewarding read, in its particularistic, individual way.
Author of Mission, an African novel set in Kenya
Michael, a missionary priest, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer, outside the cathedral in Kitui, Kenya. It was an accident, but Mulonzya, a politician, exploits the tragedy for his own ends.
At last I have read a book written by Paulo Coelho. Most of my novel-addicted friends say that Coelho’s books are very interesting. I really wanna read a book of him but no one lends me one because they just borrow it also. Well, I understand. Since I was in Recto last Wednesday, searching for a Humanities book, I asked the seller if they also had a second hand “The Alchemist” but she said they only had a new one. I bought it for P200. When I was already on my way home, I’ve realized that what I was holding was “Eleven Minutes” and not “The Alchemist”. I was kinda disappointed for my idiocy. The letters of “the Alchemist” were really bigger than the “Eleven Minutes”. That’s why I thought it was “The Alchemist”.
Just to cheer up myself, I thought that this book might be also good because it shares the same author with “The Alchemist” But the disappointment didn’t stop there. I read the back cover of the book, where you can see the summary/abstract of the novel. Crap! It’s about love and sex. I was really never interested with books that have such topics. I thought it was just a waste of time. But then, the P200 came into my mind again and I thought this book could also have something.
So, I read it. the first part of the book was awesome. It started with a part of the bible and a hymn about the sacred prostitute. And then there came the story. Holy smokes! I was about to close the book when I’ve read about the masturbation of Maria, the main character. But then, I still continued reading it. I don’t wanna regret something for not reading it up to the last part. And my decision of continually reading it, was right! This book is really superb. I know many of you will argue that Harry Potter, Twilight, and stuff are better than Eleven Minutes, but come on! Wake up from your imagination. Paulo Coelho’s book discussed the real scenario in our real lives. I know you’re not a prostitute. So am I. But what’s the connection of this novel to our lives? A lot.
Pain and love is the focus of the book and I don’t think there’s no person who experiences or will experience these ones. This is one of my favorite quote from the book:
“Don’t get used to it (pain), because it’s very easy to become habituated; It’s a very powerful drug. It’s in our daily lives, in our hidden suffering, in the sacrifices we make, blaming love for the destruction of our dreams. “
“Pain is frightening when it shows its real face, but it’s seductive when it comes disguised as sacrifice or self-denial. Or cowardice. However much we may reject it, we human beings always find a way of being with pain, of flirting with it and
making it part of our lives. “
And that is so true.
I also thought many girls do sex for pleasure. But after reading the book, that thought has changed. It’s hard to explain. I might end up telling the whole story to you if I try to.
Now, you got curious what on earth I’m talking about? Just try reading the book. For a day or two, free yourself from magical books and open your eyes to the real magic of life.
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Dickens wide array of touching characters emphasizes the virtues of sacrifice, comprise, charity, and loyalty. The feelings for the poor, which he expresses in his stories, made me one of his fans and he became my favorite author.
Brief Account of the author
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and is still a popular English novelist. He was born to John & Elizabeth Dickens in a small terraced house at 1-mile End terrace, Land port, Port Sea on 7th February 1872. The house is now a museum & houses, furniture of the and the couch on which he died.
At the age of 5, his family moved to Chadman in Kent & then 5 years later to Camden
in London. In 1824, when his father was imprisoned for debt, he was sent to work at a Warren’ Blacking factory at Hunger ford market.
This was a very unhappy period in his life and when his father was released he attended day school. Three years after he commended work as a solicitor’s clerk, subsequently becoming a freelance reporter at Doctor’s Commons Courts. On 2nd April 1836, he married Catherine Hogarth the daughter of his friend. He died in 1870. Now I will describe some of his literary work in short.
DESCRIBING SOME STORIES OF CHARLES DICKENS
This is also a story of a contrast and Comedy of social conflicts. The author has tried to bring a strategy of life where there is joy, sorrows and happiness. The actors and the actress have met crisis and they have suffered a lot to a great extent. The lifestyles and monotonous pictures of David Copperfield have been discussed. The commitment met by David Copperfield was not true to his friend. Their friends have not sociably accepted his proposal to make wits and humor. For this he was dispersed and deviated from his friend’s circle and parents, which led his life miserable.
THE TALE OF TWO CITIES
This story has been written in the background of French revolution. In every time, the crisis has been created and the fatal consequences have been vividly reflected. The main characters of the story are : Dr. Mannette, Sydney Cartoon, Luchy and Mr. Darnay. In this story, Ever Mondes’ brother who willingly tormented the happy life of Dr. Mannette and have victimized Dr. Manette to conspiracy. Dr. Mannette was living peacefully in Paris with his practice. Once upon a time one evermond brother informed him that a girl was lying like dead in a certain place. Dr. Mannette recently went there and found that evermond brothers had recently disgraced the girl and in order to save her a boy came forward to rescue her but he was also shoot dead. Dr. Mannette submitted a detail report to the government against the evermond brothers. But the case actually went against Dr. Mannette. On a trial of a judgement Dr. Mannette was sentenced imprisonment for long fifteen years.
The story is based on the family affairs of a businessman and his friends. Here the author has created crisis and has created o reflect their motives of lively-beings expansively. Mr. Bansberry and his friends were the main subject of the story. He married with a girl who did not agree in their affairs. But she agreed to marry to provide her brother in the workshop of Mr. Bansburry. She had revenged at last against her husband by making his workshop burnt by her brother and made his bank robbery. Due to the fact, it was a consequence of her conspiracy of long days against Mr. Bansburry.
It is the story of a young orphan boy whose life sketch has been reflected as the life of poverty and depression under nonchalance, remorse and dilapidated environment in England in the 1830’s. The story envisages the evil of the poor family of the time and the corruption of the people who were usually accustomed to work there. It also shows the depths of London’s crime with an emphasis on petty robbery and pick pocketing. The main evil character of the novel, Fagin, also referred to as “The Jew” is characterized as a money pincher with no true affections. His main goals are to exploit the people around him so he can better his station and strengthen his power. Oliver, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. Oliver represents all that is good in the society. He abhors the thought of stealing, violence, or mistreatment of any sort. The hate that Monks feels for Oliver and the greed he feels towards his inheritance eventually destroys him. The revenge that Sikes inflicts on Nancy drives him almost insane and eventually too accidental suicide.
I like his books
In his every novel, Charles Dickens has created crisis and described the consequences of his actors and actresses. I like this author’s books because he had created history in his novels and in the light of the history, the background of the stories has been highlighted as a process of resurrection of human beings.
Kh. Atiar Rahman is a distinguished author and a poet. He has many publication in national and international media.
On May 31, 1889 an earthen dam on the Little Conemaugh River gave way after torrential rains and washed Johnstown, a small community east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania off the face of the earth. McCullough published his work on the disaster in 1968, for which he was able to interview survivors, getting first-hand accounts of the flood. McCullough, who would later win a Pulitzer Prize, researched historical records and publications to piece together a minute-by-minute recreation of the tragedy, much like Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larsen and The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin.
Unlike those later works, McCullough’s work reads more like a history book, stating facts in a school-book manner. Larsen and Laskin put faces on the tragedies, giving the reader a personal connection with the victims. McCullough finally does break away from the aloof prose, but not until after the depiction of the flood.
His style also includes frequent moments of ‘familiarity’ as though he were speaking to the reader rather than writing. His sentences are peppered with vague descriptors like ‘more or less’, ‘something like’, ‘no more than’. McCullough also cannot help inserting his own editorializing in the final chapter when blame for the tragedy was being tossed about. He comments that ‘anyone with a minimum of horse sense’ could have known about or realized that the dam was in no condition to hold indefinitely.
Another drawback to McCullough’s style was a frequent propensity to digress when discussing the people involved with tragedy. He mentioned facts and historical points of interest that may or may not have any bearing on the story. These tangents often subtract from the subject of the book.
McCullough also moved back and forth in time whenever shifting to different points of view. He may describe how one person experienced the wave when it hit Johnstown about an hour after the dam burst; then in another sentence he discussed another person’s witness but starting well before the dam broke. It gives a confusing account of the sequence of events. Larsen and Laskin changed points of view but kept the timeline in tact throughout their works.
Overall, the book is a great account of one of the country’s worst disasters. McCullough’s exhaustive research interviewing eyewitnesses and historical records pays off in the end result. The reader sees and feels the sadness and horror of a town utterly destroyed, followed by the heroism and scandal that followed.
If you’re like many of us, you might have memories of visiting Grandma’s house and sitting next to her while she opened the big old family Bible to show you the keepsakes inside of it. The names of ancestors long deceased written in the family tree, and perhaps a few old photographs as well, from an era long past. Now that Grandma is also gone and the family Bible has been passed down to you, you might wonder if this ancient looking book is truly an antique, and whether or not it has any monetary value. Here are a few facts that can help you determine if your antique Bible is a valuable collector’s item, or simply a family heirloom.
The monetary value of an old Bible depends on any unique qualities it may have, and its scarcity. Many religious books such as Bibles, hymnals, books of religious instruction, and collections of sermons were intended to reach a large audience with massive circulation. Therefore they are quite common, and most have no real monetary value. Since so many were printed it was done as cheaply as possible, so there is seldom anything particularly special about the books that would make them attractive to collectors.
But naturally, there are a few exceptions. For example, early Shaker tracts are actually quite rare, and very much in demand. And the first Roman Catholic Bibles that were printed in the U. S. are also rare, and are considered very important. This kind of scarcity, coupled with a high demand, results in higher prices on the collector’s market.
But most old Bibles that you will find in Grandma’s home aren’t rare at all, because you’re likely to find hundreds more like it in the homes of other Grandmas around the Christian world. As with any antique, an item’s value is mainly determined by supply and demand. And in almost all cases, the supply of old Bibles is much greater than the demand for them.
It’s highly unlikely that your Grandma would have a Bible from the fifteenth or sixteenth centuries, but as you’d expect, Bibles from this era are very valuable indeed. The first authorized English translation of the Bible was in 1611, and is known as the King James Bible. These Bibles are now extremely scarce, and the few remaining are mainly found in museum collections. Others from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are also very valuable, but for different reasons. There are some Bibles that are considered oddities because of peculiar wording or because they contain misprints, such as the ‘Vinegar’ Bible, the ‘Breeches’ Bible, and the ‘Wicked’ Bible.
Another thing that detracts from the monetary value of a family Bible is the handwritten genealogical information that they usually contain. Unless you’re from a very famous family, or there is an individual in your family who is famous, this handwritten information reduces a Bible’s value to a collector.
But there are far more important kinds of value than the merely monetary. Your antique Bible may not be valuable to a collector, but there are many who would consider that the value of your family Bible, lovingly passed down to you, is priceless.
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