Pure & Simple: A Natural Food Way Of Life By Pascale Naessens

Renowned Belgian bestselling culinary author who has sold 1.5 million books, former international model, and accomplished ceramic artist Pascale Naessens brings her passion for health and cooking with romantic flair to her first U.S. book, with more than 60 recipes that showcase beautiful, nutritious, and delicious natural foods.

In Pure & Simple, Pascale Naessens celebrates delicious meals, pleasure, and health with passion. Her method for staying happy, healthy and slim will help readers acquire new, conscious eating habits and freedom from carbohydrate addiction. With more than 60 recipes and a new up-to-date approach to eating, Pure & Simple creates a culinary movement. Naessens’ approach is building a lifestyle that embraces only natural, unprocessed foods that will leave you satisfied and with more energy.

With gorgeous images of healthy cuisine that inspire, Naessens’ latest book also exhibits her knack for design and her talent as an acclaimed ceramist. Her aesthetics are evident in the styling of her book, which she is solely responsible for, while her tableware designs adorn the pages of Pure & Simple. Naessens’ ceramic tableware line, Pure, is sought after by home cooks and top restaurants alike.

Pure & Simple shares delicious, simple recipes with a romantic flair that are designed to be shared with friends and family. More than a cookbook, it is chock-full of the latest nutritional insights, helpful tips, and inspiration for healthy eating. Mouthwatering recipes for appetizers, mains, and desserts make adopting this eating style entirely uncomplicated. Naessens emphasizes that what you eat is just as important as how you eat; creating a pleasurable eating experience is not only simple to achieve but something to savor as well. Naessens came to this realization after experiencing an eating disorder as a model, then delving into the world of health and nutrition and soon becoming a qualified health consultant specializing in traditional Chinese medicine. She is well versed in a wide array of health practices, including tai chi and shiatsu massage. Naessens also is a qualified restaurateur.

At its core Pure & Simple focuses on food combinations, demystifying this nutritional philosophy by providing a simple food combining chart with a simple philosophy: replace bread and potatoes with vegetables and fruit at every meal. This is her only rule —concentrated carbohydrates should not be eaten with concentrated protein. The basic series of food combinations in her meals include meat or fish + vegetables, carbohydrates + vegetables, or dairy + vegetables. And she doesn’t fear fat. Pascale’s very easy and simple recipes to prepare are more satiating than the classic high carb meals.

To Naessens, the terms “cooking” and “eating” are synonyms for “enjoying;” food should not be about a calorie war, but rather the pleasure of balanced, conscious eating should be celebrated. Her two conditions for acquiring new healthy eating habits? The food you eat must be good and you must be satisfied after every meal. You won’t need to count calories or restrict portion sizes. Simply choose healthy food consciously and enjoy what you eat. You will cook delicious food simply and easily. You can drink wine. You will be satisfied. And you will enjoy your food with pleasure.

A few of her recipes include:

• Salmon with Olive-Pistachio Tapenade and Tomatoes
• Fish Wraps with Soy-Sesame Dipping Sauce
• Seared Scallops with Sea Beans
• Cajun Chicken Salad with Guacamole
• Roasted Rosemary Lamb, Tomatoes, and Carrots
• Meatballs in Ginger-Soy Broth
• Goat Cheese Bites with Marinated Sesame Seeds
• Savory Lentil and Rice Crepes with Fresh Herbs
• Baked Peaches with Mascarpone

About the Author:

Pascale Naessens is a bestselling culinary author in Belgium. She has since become a leading voice for pure and healthy eating. A number of her books have already been translated into French, English, German, and Chinese. It’s said that Naessens has “taught her nation to eat healthily.” Her cooking and her lifestyle appeal to a broad public as demonstrated by the many Facebook communities where fans of Pascale’s Pure Kitchen share experiences and recipes. After completing her studies in economic sciences at the age of eighteen, Naessens traveled the globe as a fashion model. After five years of assignments in Paris, Milan, Madrid, Hong Kong, China and Tokyo, she returned to Belgium where she began a television career with the Belgian broadcasting corporation VTM, first as a presenter then hosting a series of home and lifestyle shows.

For more information, please visit: www.purepascale.com

Pure & Simple: A Natural Food Way of Life
By Pascale Naessens,
Abrams / April 4, 2017
U.S. $24.95 / CAN $29.95
Hardcover / 208 pages
73⁄8 x 93⁄8″ / 150 color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-4197-2617-0

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War, Spies, and Bobby Sox by Libby Fischer Hellmann

War, Spies and Bobby Sox:
When The Anguish Of War Reaches
Beyond The Front Lines And Brings
Terror To The Home Front

While World War II rages across Europe and the Pacific, its impact ripples through communities in the heartland of America. War, Spies And Bobby Sox is a trio of tales: A farm girl is locked in a dangerous love triangle with two German soldiers held in an Illinois POW camp … Another German, a war refugee, is forced to risk her life spying on the developing Manhattan Project in Chicago … And espionage surrounds the disappearance of an actress from the thriving Jewish community of Chicago’s Lawndale.  Acclaimed thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann beautifully depicts the tumultuous effect of war on the home front and illustrates how the action, terror, and tragedy of World War II was not confined to the front lines.

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fourteen novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.

Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 4-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and three stand-alone historical thrillers that Libby calls her “Revolution Trilogy.” Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection.  In 2005 Libby was the national president of Sisters In Crime, a 3500 member organization dedicated to the advancement of female crime authors. She also hosts a monthly radio show called “Second Sunday Crime” on the Authors on the Air internet network and just began hosting a monthly web streaming interview show, “Solved!” (Please visit: http://authorsvoice.net/ for more).

War, Spies, & Bobby Sox: Stories About World War Two At Home is award-winning author Hellmann’s fourteenth work and fourth volume of historical fiction. For more information, please visit her website: http://libbyhellmann.com.

War, Spies, and Bobby Sox: Stories About World War Two At Home
The Red Herrings Press
Available in print, ebook and audiobook online and wherever fine books are sold
ISBN:   978-1-938733-97-0
E-book: 978-1-938733-98-7
Audiobook: 978-1-938733-99-4

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The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers by Scott Edelstein

New Book Explores the Virtues—and Dangers—of Spiritual Teachers

USER’S GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL TEACHERS

A spiritual teacher isn’t an ordinary member of the clergy. They are a perceptive, caring, trustworthy human being who provides one-to-one, in-depth spiritual direction.

Celebrities such as Madonna and Russell Brand, and writers such as Elizabeth Gilbert and Deepak Chopra, have all worked with spiritual teachers. So have millions of people from almost every major religious tradition—as well as millions of others who are spiritual but not religious.

A new book, The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers, provides invaluable guidance for anyone who is curious about spiritual teachers—or who wants to work with one but doesn’t know how or where to begin.

This user-friendly book also offers practical wisdom for anyone who already has a spiritual teacher, and wants to make the most of that relationship.

Still more important, The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers helps readers spot and avoid the predators, narcissists, charlatans, and cult leaders who call themselves spiritual teachers—and who have ruined many people’s lives.

The book’s author, Scott Edelstein, has studied happily and productively with spiritual teachers for the past four decades. He has also served as editor and literary agent for several spiritual teachers. A longtime practitioner of both Judaism and Buddhism, he is a committed proponent of serious spirituality in all forms and traditions.

The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers was published on March 21 by Wisdom Publications. Wisdom also published Edelstein’s previous book, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, which examines the all-too-common problem of sexual misconduct among spiritual teachers.

Edelstein’s website on spiritual teachers, www.thespiritualteachersite.com, provides more information on the subject, as well as book excerpts, related articles, and links to media interviews with Edelstein.

The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers
By Scott Edelstein
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Somerville, MA
Release date: March 21, 2017
Trade paperback, $15.95; e-book, $9.99; 182 pages
ISBN-10: 0861716108
ISBN-13: 978-0861716104
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Publishers Weekly: “In this short handbook, Edelstein guides readers through choosing and working with spiritual teachers. Drawing on his four decades of experience working with spiritual teachers as an editor and agent as well as a student, Edelstein addresses a surprisingly wide range of topics to help readers make the most of their relationships with spiritual teachers.”

Kathleen Dowling Singh, author of The Grace in Living: “A small book with a big message.”

David Rynick, author of The Truth Never Fails: “A wonderful resource. This guide is down-to-earth and offers a broader perspective about what to expect and not expect from spiritual teachers.”

Tim Burkett, author of Nothing Holy About It: “Finally, a well thought-out, easy-to-read guide to help folks assess whether a given teacher may be prone to abuse his power over them or is genuinely interested in empowering them.”

James Ishmael Ford, author of If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: “Scott Edelstein’s guide is simple, practical, and useful. It cuts through most of the confusion in seeking a spiritual guide with the clarity of someone who has been through it all. I recommend it to anyone embarking on the spiritual path, or thinking maybe they should be looking for a spiritual guide.”

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From SOS to WOW by Margaret A. Johnson, P.E.

Take The Leap And Soar Higher Than Ever:
From SOS to WOW!
Your Personal Coaching Adventure

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Finding professional and personal happiness is a lifelong journey; Margaret A. Johnson, P.E., credentialed executive/corporate coach and author, has a unique and fun approach to getting out of a rut and moving ahead. From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure is a helpful guidebook for anyone ready to bust their assumptions, unleash their creative ideas, and take courageous risks to get to where they want to be personally and professionally.

“If you’re stuck in the same old place at work, in your personal life, or still waiting for your dreams to become a reality and you’re ready to make a change, this book is for you,” Johnson explains. “SOS, or ‘Same Old Stuff,’ is the place you find yourself in over and over again. For example, maybe you’re unhappy at work, wondering what else you could be doing. Maybe you’re in a relationship with the same kind of guy or gal you recently separated from, or watching someone else doing what you have always dreamed about, but not making any progress toward making it happen for yourself.

“Where would you like to be instead? WOW – ‘Well On the Way’ – to being where you really want to be,” Johnson continues. “No longer stuck in a ‘no progress’ repetitive cycle, you’re achieving your goals using forward-moving tips and techniques to bust through limiting beliefs, making creativity and courageous risk taking a part of your daily life. Finally, you are SWOW – ‘So Well On the Way’ – staying motivated and making real progress toward your dreams and goals.”

Margaret A. Johnson is from Michigan but moved to Texas as soon as she could where she learned to ride a horse and say “y’all.” Utilizing her BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, her professional engineering license and coaching credentials, she inspires people and organizations to strive for excellence. Her experience ranges from engineering and management in power, to sales and consulting in the oil and gas industry.  As President of Ideal Training, Inc., she trains and coaches professionals and managers with a mission to unleash creativity, ignite ideas and remove barriers to success to assist clients in solving problems and opening doors to possibilities.

For more information on Margaret Johnson, coach, speaker and author, please visit the website: www.ideasandbeyond.com.

From SOS to WOW! Your Personal Coaching Adventure
Available online at Amazon.com and at http://www.ideasandbeyond.com/swow/
ISBN:  978-0998129501

Speaking and Coaching Testimonials:

J.W., Houston, Texas: “I attended one of Margaret’s speaking events…for PMI Houston. It was great as she made it interesting and interactive for the audience, and her entire message, tips and techniques are so important for companies to succeed and allow employees to make positive changes. She provided a great handout as well that I continue to find very useful. I recommend Margaret’s work to affect positive change.”
E.M., Energy Sector, Pearland, Texas: “Margaret Johnson gave me a voice and resources to have impacting conversations in a business not accustomed to hearing women’s voices.”

M.H., IMA, Houston Chapter: “If your organization is in need of an insightful, well-rounded and highly energetic speaker or coach that draws the audience into the presentation and maximizes the take-away from the session, I highly recommend Margaret Johnson.”

K. M. Beasley, President, ABWA (American Business Women’s Association), Greenspoint Chapter: “Margaret spoke to my organization and she was fabulous! Her presentation gave us new insights and inspiration. I highly recommend her to speak to any group that needs motivating. She brings energy, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective.”

J.M., Baton Rouge, Louisiana: “The ‘Glass Is Half Full’ session was so empowering! Margaret helped me to realize that the only thing that can stop me from reaching my goals is myself. I actually felt the movement from SOS to SWOW! She changed my outlook on my situation and helped me to find a new confidence. I am now inspired to be the best that I can be; and to focus on what I want and where I want to be, not on what’s holding me back.”

Tyler B., SWE (Society of Women Engineers), University of Arkansas : “Your talk at the Region C Conference was exactly what I needed. Your systematic approach to address concern was perfect to address some design project communication issues I am facing! Also, your enthusiasm and optimistic attitude gave me energy to start a new week with a positive outlook. Thank you for reaching out to us!”

J.G., Chevron Phillips Chemical, Pasadena, Tx: “I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your class and that you are a great teacher. I looked forward to going to class, to see what new and fun ideas you were going to teach us that day. I know that I will start applying, the skills I have learned in your class in my next training session. You made the class one to remember.”

J.W., Houston Texas: “Margaret Johnson’s coaching, training and direction is very beneficial….She has helped me achieve many breakthroughs as she is excellent at helping you to get to a clearer picture of what you can focus on to overcome challenges and realize opportunities as they unfold. I have put to use many ideas that I have arrived at through Margaret’s coaching.”

B.G., Friendswood, Texas: “Thank you for taking the time to work with me — helping me do a better job staying focused. It was your training style of mixing serious business with laughter that was so effective.”

S.W., Clear Lake City, Texas: “Margaret’s coaching session for our team was energizing and thought-provoking. The exercises and discussions are aimed at getting you to know more about yourself, your likes, your strengths, and what you want out of life. And to think differently! The creative approaches offered provided new insights into ways to be truly successful in getting more out of life, whether it be a new job/career, new skills, or improved relationships. This is a personal investment you cannot afford to overlook.”

M.L., Houston, Texas: “I just wanted to follow up and again say what a great presentation you gave. There were a lot of points that landed with me…the way I perceive things…my default reactions….my self-talk. Your perspectives were refreshing and reaffirming. Because of your talk, I am challenging myself and my views on a more consistent basis and it is helping. Life is a blessing. Our view is a choice.”

D.S., Pearland, Texas: “The classes Margaret taught were among the best I ever took at the company – and I have been here 34 years. Her approach was innovative and she did an excellent job in gaining active participation from all attendees and had the ability to make practical applications to work situations. My employees who attended her classes provided consistent, positive feedback – and I noticed measurable improvements as a result.”

 

 

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COMING SOON: PURPLE HEARTS by Tess Wakefield

Cassie Salazar and Luke Morrow couldn’t be more different. Beautiful and enigmatic Cassie is a struggling artist, working nights at a bar in Austin, Texas to make ends meet while pursuing her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter. Luke is an Army trainee, about to ship out for duty, who finds comfort in the mental and physical discipline of service after a difficult time in his life. But a chance encounter at Cassie’s bar will throw them together in ways that they’d never expect.

Cassie has been barely getting by financially ever since discovering that she has diabetes. Even with her basic insurance, she is drowning in medical bills. Added to her worries are concerns for her mother, who’s getting older and has no one else to look after her. So when she runs into old friend Frankie, now enlisted in the Army, she proposes a deal: a marriage license in exchange for better insurance for Cassie, and Frankie will keep the increased paycheck he’ll get now that he has a “family” to look after. Frankie says he can’t help her because he has a girlfriend, but to Cassie’s surprise, Frankie’s annoyingly intense friend Luke volunteers to marry her instead. Unbeknownst to Cassie, he desperately needs the money to pay off his old drug dealer from before he got clean.

The two of them make a pact: they’ll get married for a few months, make the money they need, and then get divorced when Luke has returned from duty and the time is right. But when a devastating injury overseas throws Luke back into Cassie’s life, they must make their marriage seem as real as possible to army personnel or risk being sent to jail for fraud. And sometimes, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s just pretend.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When not producing fiction for young readers, Tess Wakefield works in Golden Valley, Minnesota as a copywriter, an amateur comedian, and a caretaker for several thriving plants. PURPLE HEARTS is her first novel for adults.

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Book Review: The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers

New Book Explores the Virtues—and Dangers—of Spiritual Teachers

A spiritual teacher isn’t an ordinary member of the clergy. They are a perceptive, caring, trustworthy human being who provides one-to-one, in-depth spiritual direction.

Celebrities such as Madonna and Russell Brand, and writers such as Elizabeth Gilbert and Deepak Chopra, have all worked with spiritual teachers. So have millions of people from almost every major religious tradition—as well as millions of others who are spiritual but not religious.

A new book, The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers, provides invaluable guidance for anyone who is curious about spiritual teachers—or who wants to work with one but doesn’t know how or where to begin.

This user-friendly book also offers practical wisdom for anyone who already has a spiritual teacher, and wants to make the most of that relationship.

Still more important, The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers helps readers spot and avoid the predators, narcissists, charlatans, and cult leaders who call themselves spiritual teachers—and who have ruined many people’s lives.

The book’s author, Scott Edelstein, has studied happily and productively with spiritual teachers for the past four decades. He has also served as editor and literary agent for several spiritual teachers. A longtime practitioner of both Judaism and Buddhism, he is a committed proponent of serious spirituality in all forms and traditions.

The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers was published on March 21 by Wisdom Publications. Wisdom also published Edelstein’s previous book, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, which examines the all-too-common problem of sexual misconduct among spiritual teachers.

Edelstein’s website on spiritual teachers, http://www.thespiritualteachersite.com, provides more information on the subject, as well as book excerpts, related articles, and links to media interviews with Edelstein.

The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers
By Scott Edelstein
Publisher: Wisdom Publications, Somerville, MA
ISBN-10: 0861716108
ISBN-13: 978-0861716104

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Publishers Weekly: “In this short handbook, Edelstein guides readers through choosing and working with spiritual teachers. Drawing on his four decades of experience working with spiritual teachers as an editor and agent as well as a student, Edelstein addresses a surprisingly wide range of topics to help readers make the most of their relationships with spiritual teachers.”

Kathleen Dowling Singh, author of The Grace in Living: “A small book with a big message.”

David Rynick, author of The Truth Never Fails: “A wonderful resource. This guide is down-to-earth and offers a broader perspective about what to expect and not expect from spiritual teachers.”

Tim Burkett, author of Nothing Holy About It: “Finally, a well thought-out, easy-to-read guide to help folks assess whether a given teacher may be prone to abuse his power over them or is genuinely interested in empowering them.”

James Ishmael Ford, author of If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: “Scott Edelstein’s guide is simple, practical, and useful. It cuts through most of the confusion in seeking a spiritual guide with the clarity of someone who has been through it all. I recommend it to anyone embarking on the spiritual path, or thinking maybe they should be looking for a spiritual guide.”