Big Mama blog founder and New York Times bestselling author Melanie Shankle helps us sort through our questions about being true to ourselves in a world gone crazy and what matters the most in the end. These days, so many voices tell us what to do, what to think, and what kind of parent or friend or spouse to be that it's easy to feel overwhelmed and defeated. Somewhere in the midst of online arguments and crazy politics and the ups and downs of life, we've lost sight of the gifts that are all around us: kindness, love, mercy, and joy. In On the Bright Side, Melanie Shankle reminds us of the unchanging principles we can count on in a changing world. These are lessons that Melanie has learned along the way about how to find all the joy that life has to offer - and why encouragement is never something to keep to ourselves. Exploring topics such as dealing with comparisons, when life doesn't turn out like we expected, and how to find your people, Melanie invites us to lead with love in all areas of our lives. This delightful memoir highlights the joys of life told in Melanie's down to earth, relatable, and totally enjoyable style. On the Bright Side is a how-to guide to knowing - and living - what matters most.

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Author by Melanie Shankle
Genre Self-Help
Publisher by Zondervan
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One flicker of hope. That’s all it takes to catapult yourself into the life you’ve always imagined. Success is not born out of skill, school, where we’re from, who we know, or what we scored on the SAT. None of us were born ready. None of us started life knowing how to fly a plane or launch a company or knit a sweater for our dog. But we are born with something more important than skills. We’re born with optimism—the initial seed for success. Optimism fuels the belief that you can be the one to create the good the world needs. But you’ve got to hone it. And practice it. And determine to live from it. In Chasing the Bright Side, Jess Ekstrom shares her own inspirational story of how optimism helped her overcome multiple challenges, and the dynamic ways her mind-set propelled her as a young entrepreneur, international speaker, and philanthropist. Do you have dreams for yourself and the world that are tucked away in your box of somedays? What would happen if today was the day you opened the box? And what if that box was the key to a better tomorrow? Jess’s journey will inspire you embrace the power of optimism in your own life, and help you reimagine your purpose so you create good in the world while fulfilling your own dreams—right where you are.

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Author by Jess Ekstrom
Genre Self-Help
Publisher by Thomas Nelson
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Books in the Just Breathe series provide readers with tools on how to practice mindfulness throughout their day. In Look on the Bright Side: Being Positive, students will discover how to practice gratitude in all situations. Readers are provided with helpful exercises, tips, and activities to better manage their thoughts and feelings. The book is written with a high-interest level to appeal to a more mature audience and with a lower level of complexity and considerate text to help struggling readers. Includes table of contents, glossary, and index.

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Author by Virginia Loh-Hagan
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
Publisher by Cherry Lake
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Author by Green Polonius Hamilton
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A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Bachman's A Man Called Ove: an irresistible, funny, charming, and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart. "FUNNY AND FRANK...A STORY WITH A GREAT DEAL OF HEART."--Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is....elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel--on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow "inmates," too seriously. With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club--"Rule #3: No Whining Allowed"--and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home's humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what's left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences. A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age.

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Author by Hendrik Groen
Genre Fiction
Publisher by Grand Central Publishing
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Struggling to deal with an advanced pregnancy and a fiancé who abandons her hours before she goes into labor, Jenny Harris finds herself coping with the joys and challenges of single motherhood, a handsome and helpful neighbor, and her fiancé's return, as she confronts a choice between the old life she thought she wanted and the new opportunities of the present. A first novel. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

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Author by Katherine Center
Genre Fiction
Publisher by Random House Digital, Inc.
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Discover the secret to happiness, even in the midst of unpredictable chaos. When life spiraled out of control, Suzie Carpenter began looking for a better way than trying to control the uncontrollable. In 2001, when her daughter Kelly was diagnosed with autism, celiac disease, and over twenty-five food intolerances, Suzie embraced parenting and food in a new way. Hand-in-hand, Suzie became her daughter's partner on the journey to healthier eating. Driven by the power of love and the challenge to overcome autism, together they discovered a Zen place, a way of being that brings together body, mind, and spirit to create a feeling of inner peace. On the Bright Side beautifully describes how to navigate the demands of having a child with autism, teaching us that life's greatest wonders are often packaged inside the unexpected.

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Author by Suzie Carpenter
Genre Family & Relationships
Publisher by Rtc Publishing
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python—from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as John Cleese and the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and which has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

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Author by Eric Idle
Genre Biography & Autobiography
Publisher by Crown Archetype
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Author by Dermot J. Maguire
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When the Captain find us stowaways and give us the choice between join the island or join the crew, all of us to a man cry island! island! So he put us ashore with a few provisions and a trypot and sail away. After escaping from the Norfolk Islandpenal colonyon a sealing ship, Bloodworth and his three fellow convicts are left on a remote southern island by a captain who promises to pick them up ina year's time. It will be many years before they see another ship. During that time four men, with nothing in common but a desire to escape and a need to survive, live together in cramped and freezing isolation. Slangam believes hard work will see them through, Toper puts his faith in the Divine, Gargantua leans on his learning and Bloodworth watches - both his fellow felons and the inhospitable environment. Based on the true story of four convicts who spent more than nine years on the Snares Islands in the early nineteenth century, Charlotte Randall's latest novel is a riveting, intelligent and powerful work of fiction. Also available as an eBook 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards Fiction Pizefinalist

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Author by Charlotte Randall
Genre Fiction
Publisher by Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
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