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1 November, 2019

IF EINSTEIN RAN THE SCHOOLS: Revitalizing US Education, Thomas Armstrong, PhD

What a terrific book! Armstrong describes the kind of school that almost everyone wishes they had attended, the school that Einstein would have run, where creativity, imagination, and joy were the goals of education, not scores on a lifeless standardized test.” (‘Diane Ravitch, Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education, Author of Reign of Error, and Historian of Education at New York University)

I love this book! It goes to the core of what is wrong with our test-obsessed standards-crazed system of education. More importantly, it provides living examples of classrooms and schools where imagination, curiosity, creativity, passion, and wonder are celebrated and viewed as an essential part of our students’ learning experience… Our schools need to radically change their direction from worshiping grades and test scores to creating individuals who can think for themselves, generate unique ideas, and use their gifts to make the world a better place.” (Deborah Meier, MacArthur Fellow and author of The Power of Their Ideas and Beyond Testing)

Thomas Armstrong, PhD, is executive director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development and an award-winning author and speaker. He has been an educator for more than 45 years.

In his new book, If Einstein Ran the Schools:  Revitalizing US Education (Praeger, November 2019), Dr. Armstrong reveals that world-class thinkers and creators have been concerned about the state of education in the United States. Imagine if the greatest thinkers, inventors and artists designed our education system to encourage innovation, curiosity, and wonder.  Discover their thoughts on how children really learn and what teachers must do to optimally tap children’s latent abilities.

  • Reveals what world-class thinkers and creators have said about how children really learn and what teachers must do to optimally tap their latent abilities
  • Explains the twelve capacities emphasized by these thinkers and creators, including love of learning, creativity, curiosity, playfulness, imagination, wonder, tolerance, reverence for life, appreciation of beauty, honoring diversity, celebrating individuality, and developing compassion, and how these capabilities must serve as the foundation for any future educational reform efforts
  • Provides examples of teachers and classrooms where the educational ideas of these thinkers and creators are currently being practiced, demonstrating that their prescriptions are not merely fanciful ”pie in the sky” dreams
  • Includes resources including organizations, books, magazines, websites, and videos that enable readers to take action

1 October, 2019

Riders of the Realm #2: Through the Untamed Sky, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Now out in paperback!

The second book in a thrilling fantasy adventure trilogy that SLJ called “perfect for fans of Erin Hunter’s Warriors series,” from Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, the author of the Guardian Herd series.

After winning the wild Pegasus mare named Echofrost in a contest, Rahkki Stormrunner is officially a rider in the Sky Guard army. Rahkki is terrified of heights though, and Echofrost doesn’t want to be tamed. But with Echofrost’s herd captured by the giants and a fierce battle on the horizon, the duo will have to conquer their fears if they want to fly with the army and free the herd.

Meanwhile, back in his village, Rahkki learns of a growing rebellion to overthrow Queen Lilliam. Unfortunately, she suspects Rahkki’s behind it, and she places him under intense watch.

As Rahkki and Echofrost escape to Mount Crim to save Storm Herd, Rahkki worries that the greatest danger may not come from the impending battle against the giants, but from within his own clan.


24 September, 2019

Kuyken

Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His research work is focused on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, he examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. He is working on several books that introduce mindfulness as a mainstream approach to living with integrity, well-being and effectiveness. 

Willem has published more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications. These include studies demonstrating that Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is an effective approach to prevention of depression, an alternative to maintenance antidepressants (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2008; Lancet, 2015; JAMA Psychiatry, 2016), as well as a universal approach to preventing depression in adolescence (British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013). 

Willem is interested in the interface of ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary science. This led to the book, co-authored with Christina Feldman, Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, published by Guilford Press. It was described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “a tour de force … that elaborates in exquisite detail yet with utter accessibility and clarity what mindfulness is, where it comes from, its profound ethical foundation, its clinical applications, its growing evidence base, and its potential for healing.”

Another research focus is cognitive-behavioural therapy. He co-authored Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively with Clients in Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, with Christine Padesky and Rob Dudley (2009). This book was described by Aaron T. Beck as “setting a gold standard for how to develop individualized case conceptualizations with our clients.” His research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS, Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, Medical Research Council and British Academy.

Willem regularly gives keynotes and workshops around the world. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets including CBSMaccleansNew StatesmanLe Mondeder Zeit,  the Telegraphthe Guardian, the BBC and many others. I have authored blogs for the Oxford Mindfulness CentreNIHR Dissemination Centre and the Huffington Post. He work with a range of groups who are skilled in public engagement, including the National Mental ElfPresent Moment podcasts,  Voices from OxfordCatalyst  It Gets Brighter and science programmes such as Trust Me I’m a Doctor. 

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20 September, 2019

FLAT, FLUID & FAST, Brynne Kennedy

“Workers today are more mobile than ever ― whether they’re telecommuting from a kitchen table or relocating to another continent. How can you support these folks while ensuring you have the talent you need, where you need it, when you need it? Flat, Fluid, and Fast has the answers.”
– Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

Capitalize on the radical new realities of artificial intelligence, changing demographics, and the explosion of the freelance economy

In just a few short years, employee mobility will be an imperative for every business, as millions of jobs disappear practically overnight―victims of artificial intelligence and automation – and new jobs are created. The competition for talent will be fierce, and you’re going to have to make major changes in the ways you hire, manage, and retain top performers.

Flat, Fluid, and Fast (McGraw-Hill Business, October 2019) delivers the tactics and strategies you need to create a disruption-proof company during the talent mobility revolution. It walks you through the entire process, providing expert advice on new ways to:

• Draw top talent to your company
• Implement new training programs
• Create employee mobility plans
• Design innovative career paths for staff
• Operate an adaptable organization for long-term success
• Understand policies to support this new world of work across America

Flat, Fluid, and Fast takes you beyond merely surviving the coming change. It equips you to seize the opportunities this change affords, to beat out the competition, and to become the dominant player in your industry.  And, it equips everyone in America to understand the government policies that are needed to unleash growth, create new jobs and support all workers amid this radical new world of work.

The talent mobility revolution is around the corner. Use this peerless resource to plan and build now―so when the workplace of tomorrow becomes the workplace of today, your company and career is already flat, fluid, and fast.

Brynne Kennedy is an American entrepreneur and candidate for US Congress in California’s Fourth Congressional District (CA-04). She is the Founder of Topia, a relocation and talent mobility company in California, used by customers worldwide. While CEO she grew the company to global operations, raised $100 million and helped tens of thousands of families transition to new jobs and communities. While leading Topia in California, Brynne also founded Mobility4All, a charitable initiative that supported refugees during the Syrian War. Brynne has also worked with TechNet to advise California State and Federal lawmakers on policies for economic growth and entrepreneurship. Brynne holds a B.A. in History from Yale and an MBA from London Business School.


18 September, 2019

HOW TO TELL A STORY, Aristotle, Translated by Philip Freeman

For over two thousand years, Aristotle’s Poetics has been a fundamental but often little-known text on storytelling. In this short but fascinating work Aristotle reveals the timeless secrets of plot, character, timing, and all the other elements needed to make a story work. In this new translation, entitled How to Tell a Story, Philip Freeman makes this ancient text come alive for a modern readers and writers. Freeman is the Fletcher Jones Chairman of Western Culture at Pepperdine University and author of numerous translations of classic works, including HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION, HOW TO GROW OLD and upcoming, HOW TO THINK ABOUT GOD. (Princeton University Press, World rights, Fall 2021)

25 August, 2019

The Confessions of Adam, David J. Marsh

Adam and Eve. We think we know what happened. Now Adam breaks his silence.  Oren’s arrogance and position have afforded him many acquaintances and no friends. He inherited the renowned scribal school in Susa from his father—an emotionally distant scholar.Adam has sought Oren out. He believes Oren has the skill to help untangle the story from his memory. A skeptical Oren promises his pen, but not his silence.  At his home by the sea Adam speaks once and for all of what happened, unpacking the great burden of guilt and regret he carries. Oren comes to see all he and Adam share – lost love, estranged sons, memories that must be confronted. And a Maker who knows no distance.  As Adam grows ill Oren rushes to capture the final details of the story, a story only he will now hold—the story of the origin of all mankind.

“Whoever thought biblical fiction lacked creativity has not read The Confessions of Adam.”~DiAnn Mills

“The Confessions of Adam is thought-provoking exploration of the possibilities—oh, the possibilities!–of what is left unsaid in the life of Adam.” ~Cynthia Ruchti

David J. Marsh is the author of biblical narratives.  The Confessions of Adam (Bold Vision Books, August 2019) is his first novel.


14 August, 2019

THE DOG WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN, Peter Zheutlin

The New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road and Rescued embarks on a cross-country journey to take the measure of America with a loyal friend.

“Poignant and magnificent. Brilliantly observed and Odyssean in breadth, this book reveals all that is generous about the American heart. A classic story of finding truth and humanity in the mundane―and how a man and his dog learned to live in the moment, on the trip of a lifetime.”
– Elissa Altman, author of Motherland

 On the cusp of turning 65, a man and his beloved rescue dog of similar vintage take a poignant, often bemusing, and keenly observed journey across America and discover a big-hearted, welcoming country filled with memorable characters, a new-found appreciation for the life they temporarily left behind, and a determination to live more fully in the moment as old age looms.

Inspired by John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, Zheutlin, hits the road for a 9,000-mile odyssey with Albie to experience all that American is and means today.  Similar in approach and tone to Bill Bryson’s best-selling travel classics, but with an endearing canine sidekick, The Dog Went Over the Mountain (Pegasus, September 2019) will delight dog lovers, baby boomers and anyone who seeks to experience life on the open road with a four-legged companion.

24 pages of color photographs

Praise for Peter Zheutlin and his new book:

Peter Zheutlin has written a lovely, moving, important book about a subject that is both heartbreaking and joyful. Greg Mahle, the central figure of this story, is now a hero of mine. Dogs are not just property. They are one way God tests our compassion.”
– Dean Koontz (Praise for RESCUE ROAD)

“A thought-provoking read very much in the spirit of Travels with Charley. Every generation rediscovers America anew; Peter and Albie capture the magic and essence Steinbeck discovered with Charley.”
– Michele Speich, Executive Director, National Steinbeck Center

“Entertaining and thoughtful. Packed with history, fascinating characters, and of course, fabulous dogs. A great book for anyone who loves dogs, road trips, or America. As someone who loves all three, I was captivated right from the beginning.””
– Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Dog Lived (And So Will I)

“Zheutlin and Albie got to share the kind of cross-country journey that most Americans only dream about in the autumn of their lives. This story should inspire countless to get out there and go while man and mutt both still have the energy and enthusiasm to explore.””
– Kim Kavin, award-winning author of The Dog Merchants

“Zheutlin takes readers on a road to enlightenment that delights in the ordinary and spins gold from the day-to-day observations of our divided nation in flux. It’s a tale as timely as it is timeless, with the bond between man and dog as its beating heart. Peter and Albie’s journey gives us hope that the America we dreamed of isn’t as far away or as nostalgic as we thought.”
– Rory Kress, journalist and author of The Doggie in the Window

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8 August, 2019

REBEL NUN, Marj Charlier

Former WSJ reporter Marj Charlier‘s REBEL NUN, pitched in the vein of Pope Joan, Hild and The Birth of Venus, historical fiction about the daughter of a king and a slave, who led a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the Medieval Church (Blackstone Publishing, World Rights, Spring 2021)

1 August, 2019

Barefoot on Holy Ground, Gloria Karpinski

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I’m always amazed at the staying power of certain books. Even with the millions of books out there and the vast number of new titles that come out each year, there are titles that just go on and on.  One such title is Gloria Karpinski’s inspiring book from 2001, WHERE TWO WORLDS TOUCH (Ballantine Books, 2001).  This trailblazing spiritual teacher’s message is just as vital now–indeed, perhaps more so–than when her book was first published.

“The dreams in our hearts have to be matched
by our craftsmanship in the world.”

Spiritual seekers in the 21st century take many forms, from the visionary and futurist to the social activist and rebel. Yet whatever your inner calling, writes internationally renowned teacher Gloria Karpinski, you can benefit from the practical guidance of other seekers on how best to manifest your spiritual intentions in the nitty-gritty reality of everyday life.

A new companion for traveling purposefully on the path, Barefoot on Holy Ground helps you learn how to call forth the good in every circumstance and use it to further your mission and consciousness. Through numerous enjoyable, effective exercises and meditations, you will learn how to integrate your inner and outer resources of mind, body, emotions, finances, and careers into your personal practice. This will free you to become a disciple–in the modern sense–to your own higher calling and service to the world.

Drawing on the wisdom of ancient scriptures and contemporary thinkers from many world traditions, tapping into her own and other disciples’ real-life stories and insights, Karpinski shares the Twelve Lessons of Spiritual Craftsmanship that are essential to the disciple’s path.

These easy-to-follow lessons are divided into three parts: Knowing the Way explores the ways we recognize and understand our mission through Knowledge, Revelation, Body Wisdom, and Discernment; Becoming the Way illuminates the fundamental building principles of strong discipleship: Love, Will, Faith, and Power; and Fulfilling the Way reveals the practical process through which we bring our journey to fruition by Creating, Transforming, Enduring, and Serving. Integration, balance, and wisdom are the benefits of the twelve lessons, the treasured syntheses of yin and yang, light and shadow, heaven and earth. Full of exciting, effective spiritual exercises, Barefoot on Holy Ground leads readers purposefully along the path to Conscious Evolution so that they can embrace their higher calling.


27 July, 2019

MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM, Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

In today’s schools, students and teachers feel unprecedented—even alarming—levels of stress. How can we create calmer classrooms in which students concentrate better and feel more positive about themselves and others? Author Thomas Armstrong offers a compelling answer in the form of mindfulness, a secular practice he defines as the intentional focus of one’s attention on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way.

In Mindfulness in the Classroom: Strategies for Promoting Concentration, Compassion and Calm (ASCD), Dr. Armstrong

– Explains how mindfulness affects the structure and function of the brain.
– Provides an overview of mindfulness as both a personal practice and a classroom methodology that aligns with such educational models as Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
– Shares and explains the extensive research that shows the positive effects of mindfulness practices in the classroom.
– Describes how to adapt mindfulness for different grade levels, integrate it into regular school subjects, and implement it schoolwide.
– Offers guidelines for teaching mindfulness responsibly, without religious overtones.

Dozens of observations from teachers, students, researchers, and practitioners provide striking evidence of the power of mindfulness and offer hope to anyone who wants to make classrooms more productive places of learning.

Thomas Armstrong, PhD, is an educator, psychologist, and writer. He is the author of 18 books, including the ASCD books Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, Neurodiversity in the Classroom, The Power of the Adolescent Brain, The Best Schools, The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom. He is also the author of 7 Kinds of Smart, In Their Own Way, The Power of Neurodiversity, and The Myth of the ADHD Child. His books have been translated into 28 languages, including Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish. Armstrong has delivered more than a thousand workshops, seminars, and keynote addresses in 29 countries on 6 continents. He has written for numerous magazines and journals.