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The Grace of Dogs

By Andrew Root
  • ISBN Code: : 0451497600
  • Publisher : Convergent Books
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Pets
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  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : the-grace-of-dogs.pdf

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In the bestselling tradition of Inside of a Dog and Marley & Me, a smart, illuminating, and entertaining read on why the dog-human relationship is unique--and possibly even "spiritual." Dr. Andrew Root's search for the canine soul began the day his eight-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the burial service for Kirby, their beloved black lab. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering: What was this thing we'd experienced with this animal? Why did the loss hurt so poignantly? Why did his son's act seem so right in its sacramental feel? In The Grace of Dogs, Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and paleontology to trace how in our mutual evolution, humans and dogs have so often helped each other to become more fully ourselves. Root explores questions like: Do dogs have souls? Is it accurate to say that dogs "love" us? What do psychology and physiology say about why we react to dogs in the way that we do? The Grace of Dogs paints a vivid picture of how, beyond sentimentality, the dog-human connection can legitimately be described as "spiritual"--as existing not for the sake of gain, but for the unselfish desire to be with and for the other, and to remind us that we are persons worthy of love and able to share love. In this book for any parent whose kids have asked if they'll see Fido in Heaven, or who has looked their beloved dog in the face and wondered what's going on in there, Dr. Root delivers an illuminating and heartfelt read that will change how we understand man's best friend.

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  • Pdf File: the-other-end-of-the-leash.pdf

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Learn to communicate with your dog—using their language “Good reading for dog lovers and an immensely useful manual for dog owners.”—The Washington Post An Applied Animal Behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years’ experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell reveals a revolutionary new perspective on our relationship with dogs—sharing insights on how “man’s best friend” might interpret our behavior, as well as essential advice on how to interact with our four-legged friends in ways that bring out the best in them. After all, humans and dogs are two entirely different species, each shaped by its individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (as are wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation. This marvelous guide demonstrates how even the slightest changes in our voices and in the ways we stand can help dogs understand what we want. Inside you will discover: • How you can get your dog to come when called by acting less like a primate and more like a dog • Why the advice to “get dominance” over your dog can cause problems • Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble—and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of mischief • How dogs and humans share personality types—and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alpha wanna-bes!” Fascinating, insightful, and compelling, The Other End of the Leash is a book that strives to help you connect with your dog in a completely new way—so as to enrich that most rewarding of relationships.

A World Within

By Craig Spielman
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1532016174
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 326
  • Pdf File: a-world-within.pdf

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provides a thorough and intelligent overview of alternative spirituality articulate, encouraging guidelines for readers attempting the same transformationKirkus Reviews (from the first edition) What would you do if overwhelming mystical experiences, both blissful and bewildering, abruptly appeared? What if culture, religion, or science could not explain them, and family and friends were unable or unwilling to understand? This happened to Craig Spielman right in the middle of his contemporary American life and successful professional career. Sudden, profound inner shifts led to years of inquiry to explain and assimilate them. A World Within begins with the story of Spielmans extraordinary struggle to live with a transformed inner world amid a continuing, conventional external existence. With insights from his journey, he provides an invaluable guide to spiritual discovery for those who wish to directly explore their divine potential comfortably for themselves. Spielman shows others how to: invite direct spiritual experience, apply practical ways to abandon fear, adopt a strategy for spiritual growth, and integrate spiritual discovery into everyday life. Increasingly, more people long to reconnect to the sacred, and feel a call to look inward for their essential identity. Purposeful exploration of ones true self can launch a great adventure that holds the promise of continually unfolding illumination, fulfillment, and growth. This compelling, down-to-earth guidebook offers support and direction so that anyone can navigate the terrain of spiritual awakening in modern times. Empowering yourself to discover who you truly are is your highest pursuit in life.From the Preface

The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God

By Jep and Jessica Robertson
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  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Book Code : 0718035593
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 266
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A Moving Story of Redemption and Second Chances Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, his downward spiral into drug and alcohol abuse, and the eventual intervention of his family. Jessica shares about the difficult failure of her first marriage while still a teenager and the hurt that came along with it, much of it from the church. Her insecurities spun out of control as she wondered whether she would ever be good enough or pretty enough. This book is their love story but, more importantly, their love story for God. “We are desperate to let people know that no matter what you’ve done; no matter what you’ve lived through, you can come out of it. You can be washed clean. You are redeemed."

小沙弥 Little Novice

By TenZin
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  • Publisher : BEIJING BOOK CO. INC.
  • Book Code : 7500151586
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 974
  • Pdf File: 小沙弥-little-novice.pdf

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《小沙弥》是藏族作家丹增的作品集。书中不乏哲理散文,如《生命的意义》、《谈死亡》、《也谈人生》。作者在《谈死亡》中对“生”与“死”以及生死之间的“活”有一段总结:生是科学现象,活是文化现象,死是自然现象。对于读者而言,颇具有启示意义。

Dreaming of Lions

By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
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  • Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Book Code : 1603586857
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 643
  • Pdf File: dreaming-of-lions.pdf

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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures, from her own backyard to the African savannah. Her books have transported millions of readers into the hidden lives of animals—from dogs and cats to deer and lions. She’s chronicled the daily lives of African tribes, and even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans. She illuminates unknown worlds like no other. Now, she opens the doors to her own. Dreaming of Lions traces Thomas’s life from her earliest days, including when, as a young woman in the 1950s, she and her family packed up and left for the Kalahari Desert to study the Ju/Wa Bushmen. The world’s understanding of African tribal cultures has never been the same since. Nor has Thomas, as the experience taught her not only how to observe, but also how to navigate in male-dominated fields like anthropology and animal science and do what she cared about most: spending time with animals and people in wild places, and relishing the people and animals around her at home. Readers join Thomas as she returns to Africa, after college and marriage, with her two young children, ending up in the turmoil leading to Idi Amin’s bloody coup. She invites us into her family life, her writing, and her fascination with animals—from elephants in Namibia, to dogs in her kitchen, or cougars outside her New England farmhouse. She also recounts her personal struggles, writing about her own life with the same kind of fierce honesty that she applies to the world around her, and delivering a memoir that not only shares tremendous insights, but also provides tremendous inspiration. Dreaming of Lions, originally published in hardcover as A Million Years With You, is slightly updated and includes a powerful new afterword by the author.

Derrida and Other Animals

By Judith Still
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Book Code : 0748680993
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 239
  • Pdf File: derrida-and-other-animals.pdf

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Judith Still analyses Derrida's late writings on animals, especially his seminars The Beast and the Sovereign, to explore ethical questions of how humans treat animals and how we treat outsiders, from slaves to terrorists.

The Divinity of Dogs

By Jennifer Skiff
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1451621604
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Pets
  • Members : 210
  • Pdf File: the-divinity-of-dogs.pdf

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“My dogs have been the reason I have woken up every single day of my life with a smile on my face. I am among the ranks of millions of people who appreciate the souls of dogs and know they are a gift of pure love and an example of all that is good.” —Jennifer Skiff The Divinity of Dogs is about the moments you learn something profound about life from an experience with a dog. Featuring more than seventy stories culled from hundreds of submissions to the author’s website, these inspiring and heartwarming true stories show where love, tolerance, comfort, compassion, loyalty, joyfulness, and even death have provided experiences that have led to spiritual enlightenment. You’ll meet Little Bit, the Chihuahua who detected a small lump in her owner’s breast, a growth even doctors couldn’t find. There’s Emma, the devoted Rottweiler who ferociously grabbed her owner’s arm at the moment he was trying to commit suicide, saving his life. You’ll be inspired by Luna, the Retriever who dragged her owner to safety after she collapsed late at night in a field. And you’ll fall in love with the many dogs who simply provide steady comfort when needed— dogs like Bo, the Boxer who soothed his mistress after the loss of her son. The author also weaves her own experiences with dogs throughout the book, showing how they comforted her through mistreatment as a child, a divorce, and a cancer diagnosis. The stories that make up The Divinity of Dogs provide hope, help, and healing for readers in the complex and difficult times in which we live. Whether you believe dogs are divine or are actually a gift from the divine, The Divinity of Dogs gives you permission to accept what you know: dogs are healers, educators, protectors, and tangible examples of pure love.

Dogs in the Leisure Experience

By Neil Carr
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  • Publisher : CABI
  • Book Code : 1780643187
  • Total of Pages : 185
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 842
  • Pdf File: dogs-in-the-leisure-experience.pdf

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This book explores the social and cultural constructions and debates of what are dogs and what is leisure. It looks at how working dogs play a significant role in leisure experiences such as ensuring the safety of air transport, and considers the differing roles and changing acceptance of dogs’ involvement in sport. Within the setting of the animal welfare and sentience debates, it examines the leisure needs of dogs and their owners. Providing an original contribution to our understanding of dogs as both participants and objects in the leisure experience, this book is a useful resource for researchers in leisure, hospitality and tourism.

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

By Andrea Bennett
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0008108390
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 122
  • Pdf File: galina-petrovna-s-three-legged-dog-story.pdf

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The ‘bonkers’ book that 'it is impossible not to be moved by' DAILY MAIL A joyful and hilarious tale of some very spirited septuagenarians as they overcome innumerable obstacles to save their beloved mutt from a heartless exterminator in a land where bureaucracy reigns above all else.

Three Years in Mississippi

By James Meredith
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  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Book Code : 1496821041
  • Total of Pages : 346
  • Category : History
  • Members : 692
  • Pdf File: three-years-in-mississippi.pdf

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On October 1, 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Preceded by violent rioting resulting in two deaths and a lengthy court battle that made it all the way to the Supreme Court, his admission was a pivotal moment in civil rights history. Citing his “divine responsibility” to end white supremacy, Meredith risked everything to attend Ole Miss. In doing so, he paved the way for integration across the country. Originally published in 1966, more than ten years after the Supreme Court ended segregation in public schools in Brown v. Board of Education, Meredith describes his intense struggle to attend an all-white university and break down long-held race barriers in one of the most conservative states in the country. This first-person account offers a glimpse into a crucial point in civil rights history and the determination and courage of a man facing unfathomable odds. Reprinted for the first time, this volume features a new introduction by historian Aram Goudsouzian.