Gwynne, S. C. - Books
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Tue Mar 27 00:00:00 MDT 2007Rating:4.0
We read this book for book club. It was better having many varied comments on the characters. Not my favorite C S Lewis, but as always, he is very insightful.
Fri Dec 03 00:00:00 MST 2010gaylet Rating:5.0
If you enjoy the writings of C.S. Lewis, this is a great buy. As always, service by Overstock was excellent.
Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 MST 2011marshaburgess Rating:5.0
I would certainly recommend Joel Osteen's book, Your Best Life Now. It is cheaper priced and of good quality.
Thu Apr 08 00:00:00 MDT 2010greyfox1 Rating:5.0
Our granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed this book and asked if we could send her more. A very basic book about everyday life that is sometimes overlooked today.
Wed Sep 06 00:00:00 MDT 2006amos3 Rating:5.0
Although fiction this book shows very real people and how things can go wrong in a family. Things are not always the way we think they are and this book shows that. Sometimes we close our eyes to the truth and that is what happens to this family. A must read.
Tue Mar 17 00:00:00 MDT 2009seeker65 Rating:5.0
Written by the former president of the American Psychological Association, and author of over a dozen books including the popular "Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life", this title is one of the better selling happiness books out there.First off, this book was a little harder read for me than most happiness books- I have the paperback book which has small print, perhaps that was a factor. I'm also partial to shorter, just-give-me-the-facts happiness books, such as "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World"- so that might also explain why I plodded my way through pages at times. But having said that, there's IS lot of gems in here for happiness searchers like myself.While this is the kind of book I could write a really long review about, I think I'll just discuss what I consider to be the best bits for those looking for ways to become happier- which I think is why most people would buy this book. Soooo.....1) the book provides the reader with a "happiness formula", which is H = S + C + V. This works out to happiness = your genetic Set point + intervening Circumstances + factors under you Voluntary control. So, since your can't do much about changing your genetics, when it comes to becoming happier, that leaves room for improvement in the areas of circumstances and voluntary activities.2) the book suggests that if you want to lastingly raise your level of happiness by changing the external circumstances of your life, you should: live in a wealthy democracy, get married, avoid negative events and negative emotion, acquire a rich social network, and get religion. Conversely, you needn't bother to do the following: make more money, stay healthy, get as much education as possible, or try to change your race or move to a sunnier climate. However even if you could alter all of these things, it would not do much for you as this stuff accounts for only a small part of your happiness. On to Voluntary efforts...3) This is where most of the book spends a substantial part of its efforts showing you how to be happier, and there's a lot of "meat" to sink your teeth into, with sections on how to obtain more satisfaction with your past, what consitutes happiness about the future, and happiness in the present. Also, the book spend much time talking about how happiness can be cultivated by identifying and nurturing our traits, such as humor, optimism, generosity or kindness.Readers who have read other happiness books, such as those by Jim Johnson or Sonja Lyubomirsky, will already be well familiar with the idea that the best way to increase your happiness is through intentional or voluntary activities. It makes a lot of sense, as you can't change your genetics, and circumstances are either out of your control, or make very little contributions to your happiness. Like this book, I agree that using intentional activities is the route to go when it comes to raising lasting happiness levels- and this book will help you out with that a lot. Happy trails!
Fri Mar 21 00:00:00 MDT 2008amos3 Rating:5.0
Not for young people due to language, but an excellent book regarding Seal training, dedication and commitment, not only to training but also to this country. If you want your pride stirred regarding being an American, please read.
Mon Jan 02 00:00:00 MST 2012ericsause Rating:5.0
Ordered this for my sister for Christmas and got it very quickly! Thanks!
Mon Apr 28 00:00:00 MDT 2008freedom5303 Rating:5.0
Insspirational! Encouraging! Enlightening! I coulndn't put it down!
Thu Mar 25 00:00:00 MDT 2010newman62 Rating:5.0
As a diabetic, the information in this book finally gave me a game plan to reach blood sugar levels that are normal. As a Type II diabetic taking oral medication I have worked very hard to reach blood sugar levels of 100 or less. While I worked hard faithfully following the diet plan designed for me by a registered dietician and exercised as many days of the week as possible, I could never really achieve the goal of a blood sugar of 100 or less.My diet plan called for 12 carb servings a day and really never gave me a guideline to track sugar grams. S/C of 15/6 in this book has done the trick. After reading the book my husband and I tracked how many sugar and carb grams we were eating for a day. We were shocked at how it added up. More shocking was the realization that although we were eating prescibed number of carbs there is way too much sugar in everything we were eating. For example the milk on our morning oatmeal has nearly as many sugar grams as this diet allows in a day. Now we are reading every label for every food we eat. While I have not lost much weight so far, I am feeling so much better and am not hungry all the time from the fluctuation of high and low blood sugars. I have only been on this program for two weeks, have lost 3 pounds and know that this is a program that I can follow for life! Thank you Jorge.
Tue Jul 17 00:00:00 MDT 2007drtn1 Rating:5.0
This is a great Book for any one who suffers back pain or knows someone who has back pain. I am an Orthopedic surgeon and avid athlete. I treat many patients with back pain on a daily basis since 1983. I have had back pain myself on and off since 1981. Sometimes my pain was so bad I couldn't bend down to put on my socks. I have had every treatment from rest , meds, Physical therapy, acupuncture , even chiropractic manipulations, and epidurals injections myself. I have had multiple MRIs through the years. More later: Dr Sarno's book is excellent and readable. I refer to him as the Dr Atkins of back pain when speaking to my patients about him. Some patients will love his theories and click others won't buy into the "Tension Myositis Syndrome" concept. He admist and knows that. In an all too brief summary it is that that "stress "from three areas of our existance, 1. Family upbringing, 2 our personalities( the do gooder and perfectionist are prone to pain) and 3 day to day life work, family, kids etc. Thess stresses in the subconcious can build up and become inner RAGE that cannot be expressed. It would be embarrasing ,rude ,inappriate or you would become a serial killer and be on TV in "Criminal Minds". To avoid this expression of rage the mind gives us back pain ( or another symptom imperitive like neck pain ,tennis elbow carpal tunel syndrome, shoulder pain or in the "old days" ulcers. These pains are almost to distract us from the conflicting inner feelings. If you can figure this out you have a 90% chance of getting rid of your pain. Success means and how would you like to; A-Getting off all meds, B-stopping modality treatments PT DC shots C-resuming normal activity, not leading a back cripple lifestyle I have read all four of Dr. Sarnos books. The first came out in the late 70's. "The Divided Mind" has a unique feature of about 6 guest authors of chapters who use his methods in their practices and some who had pain themselves (like Me). When I read this one it finally clicked for me. I started doing his daily program . My Personal story I examined my past for stressors. I had what I thought was a great "Ozzie and Harriet" childhood( born in 1950's). In retrospect my parents both school teachers put very high acamdemic standards on me. Does anyone remember spelling tests every Friday in grammar school? I "had to" get 100%. I also played concert piano. No mistakes allowed there. My dad was a gym teacher and I played three sports. Pressure to excell was always there. I played tournament tennis.Then the college scene. The competiviness of getting into Medical School. Then residency where my back began to hurt in the 1980's. In my practice I wore a back brace to the OR. I did back exercises daily. The pain interfered with all aspects of my life. I laid off tennis ( a true passion) and Yes even--- I had multiple MRI over the years showing buldging and small disc herniations. In 1997 I had a large herniated disc that "required " surgery a Laminectomy. The pain came back . Reading Dr Sarnos book last September and a personal consult with him taught me how to make the pain go away by knowing its emotional causes. Now I no longer use a back brace , I am playing tennis again even tournaments. I am careful of my back but can lift and take the garbage out etc. Read it and heal you back pain.
Tue Feb 15 00:00:00 MST 2011muriel41 Rating:5.0
These books have been enjoyed by children and adults in our family for three generations. What a wonderful prototype of the biblical "Lion of Judah" in the character Aslan. C. S. Lewis was truly an author gifted by God in intellect as well as creativity. We look forward to giving this set of books to our granddaughter for her birthday.
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