Personal Growth From Reading About Others

Libraries and bookstores list quite a different set of books in the inspirational category. On a stroll through the aisles of any such purveyor of literature, one may find theology textbooks, Bibles, studies, and devotionals. I treasure the spiritual value these publications provide. For me, such books exceed the term inspirational.…

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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

My employee twisted the phone receiver away from her ear. From three feet away, I heard the machine-gun sounds of our area supervisor's voice. After the call ended, I patted the case worker's shoulder. "I'll talk to her." For the past three months, I had started each work day by convincing…

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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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Gospel in Nature

"The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Day and night they keep on telling about God" (Psalm 19:1-2). Tender grass bursts from the earth. Glimmering beetles scurry up to lily pinnacles and raise their antennae. My favorite gnarled oak ascends from a¬†velvety…

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Fine Chocolate

The uplifting impact chocolate delivers to the mind and body cannot be measured against other culinary experiences. Though reputed as a craving for women, cocoa attracts both genders in like numbers. We pursue its complex flavor, energy boost, and enhanced focus. The endorphin lift simulates the joy we so desperately need.Widespread…

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Star Shaped

Leaning against his favorite tree, Abraham swept the hair back from his son's eyes. He pointed to the inky sky. "See those stars, Isaac?""Mama says other nations worship them.""Yes. Some even think they predict the future."The lights twinkled in Isaac's deep brown irises. "But, we don't believe that."Abraham smiled. "We worship…

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