Book Review: Prayers for an Anxious Heart

I often use investigation to combat fear. In case you're equating me with the idiot in a horror movie who approaches danger, allow me to clarify. I'm not referring to poking my head inside the growling closet, but into a book. I research the facts to arm myself against fear. When…

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The Worry Curse

Laina jolted awake. Sirens tore through the morning air. She blinked at red flashes breaking into her room. They penetrated a finger-wide gap in her lined taupe drapes and splayed crimson across her dingy walls. Pounding on a nearby door rattled through the apartment's thin walls. Voices echoed from the hallway. "Police! Open up!" She sprang up…

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Book Review: The Key to Everything

  From blaring pitches to mesmerizing jingles, ads crowd the media around us with promises of the secret to success. Cultivate your image. Worm your way into powerful company so your contacts will promote you. Develop innovative concepts. Build a tribe. Create million-dollar product launches, dynamic videos . . . Each boasts a blueprint for prosperity. Pitch men display spreadsheets of…

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Increase your Friend-ability Factor

  As mentioned in my post a few weeks ago, connections with life-giving people serve an important role in maintaining healthy personal energy. While some develop relationships with ease, others struggle to develop or maintain them. The difference might seem inborn, but the factors of a friend-attracting personality can actually be cultivated. If you'd…

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Misunderstood? Learn to Speak their Language

You might be tempted to tune me out. I challenge you to stay tuned after hearing this week's book title, even if you doubt its relevance. Understanding others' heartfelt needs applies not only to romance, but also to a vast spectrum of other relationship categories. Consider your daily interactions with others.…

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Need More Rest?

Know any early birds? Research has yet to explain why certain people spring from bed to greet each morning with energetic zeal. For their safety, I avoid rooming with these anomalies at conferences. Meditation, attitude-adjusting prayer, and ten ounces of dark roast must pass my lips before conversation with chipper risers.…

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En-List a Vital Tool

I wish I could say I've never walked into a room and forgotten why. Sadly, this has occurred more times than I'd like to count. Before you suggest aging is prompting these moments, let me suggest another culprit. Not just because I'm reluctant to categorize myself as old--at least not until…

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