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  • BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    MACKAY HUGH
    ISBN: 9781743534854
    Title: BEYOND BELIEF : HOW WE FIND MEANING WITH OR WITHOUT RELIGION
    Author: MACKAY HUGH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What do people actually mean when they say 'God'?

    Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some 'higher power', but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

    Mackay interviews dozens of Australians representing many different points on the spectrum of faith, including some who are part of the emerging 'spiritual but not religious' movement. He exposes the deep vein of ambivalence about religion that runs through our society: we may not actively worship, but we still like to see local churches operating in our midst, and we use 'our' church to marry, christen our babies, educate our children and commemorate our dead. He points out some uncomfortable truths, such as our tendency to call on God only in a crisis, and unpacks our human need for 'answers', even when science can't find them. He endorses the Christian ideal of the good
    life - a life lived for others - but acknowledges that there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

    Written with all the insight and compassion we have come to expect of our leading chronicler of Australian life, Beyond Belief is an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BIG 5
    BIG 5
    CHOPRA SANJIV
    ISBN: 9781743548042
    Title: BIG 5
    Author: CHOPRA SANJIV
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The fundamental promise of every exciting medical discovery, diet, and exercise program is the same: do this, buy this, or eat this and you will look better, live longer, and feel healthier. But few books can make the promise of this one: if you adopt the following five simple habits you will live a longer and healthier life, guaranteed.

    - Drink coffee
    - Exercise regularly
    - Add nuts to your diet
    - Get plenty of vitamin D
    - Meditate regularly

    No gimmicks, no catches, on ifs, ands or buts.

    Presented by a trusted expert, The Big 5 includes easily digestible data from studies conducted by reputable universities, involving thousands of subjects. As there's no profit-driven industry promoting these ideas, many people aren't aware of the incredible benefits of incorporating them into their lives. Now readers can see how these five things offer many more proven benefits than the latest expensive supplements, fad diets, jazzy exercise programs, or state-of-the-art gym equipment.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BLINK : THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
    BLINK : THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
    GLADWELL MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780141014593
    Title: BLINK : THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
    Author: GLADWELL MALCOLM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's international bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a revolution in the understanding of the mind. An art expert sees a ten-million-dollar sculpture and instantly spots it's a fake. A marriage analyst knows within minutes whether a couple will stay together. A fire-fighter suddenly senses he has to get out of a blazing building. A speed dater clicks with the right person...

    This book is all about those moments when we 'know' something without knowing why. Here Malcolm Gladwell explores the phenomenon of 'blink', showing how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision. By trusting your instincts, he reveals, you'll never think about thinking in the same way again. "Trust my snap judgement, buy this book: you'll be delighted". (The New York Times).

    "Compelling, fiendishly clever". (Evening Standard).

    "Brilliant ...the implications for business, let alone love, are vast". (Observer).

    "Should you buy this book? You already know the answer to that". (Independent on Sunday).


    Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects. His other international bestselling books are Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLUE DAY BOOK   -   Illustrated Edition
    BLUE DAY BOOK - Illustrated Edition
    GREIVE BRADLEY TREVOR
    ISBN: 9780733339837
    Title: BLUE DAY BOOK - Illustrated Edition
    Author: GREIVE BRADLEY TREVOR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A completely fresh and utterly charming reimagining of the modern classic Blue Day Book.

    Twenty years after its first printing, Bradley Trevor Greive's New York Times bestseller The Blue Day Book has become a modern classic that brings smiles to readers around the world. And because we all still have bad days now and then, the time is right for a commemorative twentieth anniversary edition, featuring revised text, a new foreword, and exquisite illustrations by celebrated French-American artist, Claire Keane.

    With an adorable new hero, Elephant, whom we join on a deeply emotional life-journey that is familiar to us all, Keane's wonderful images and BTG's witty and inspirational text are designed to lift the spirits of anyone who's got the blues. No one can read this this book without smiling: it's guaranteed.

    We all have our bad days - they are an intrinsic part of being human. The solution is to see each incident in perspective, recognize that our feelings of failure and loss are neither unique nor enduring, acknowledge the absurdities of our existence, and glory in the potential we all have. In fewer than one hundred sentences The Blue Day Book conveys this message with great compassion and humour, taking us through the complete evolution of a blue day - what it feels like, what causes it, how to get over it.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    VAN DER KOLK BESSEL
    ISBN: 9780141978611
    Title: BODY KEEPS THE SCORE : MIND BRAIN AND BODY IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF TRAUMA
    Author: VAN DER KOLK BESSEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Here one of the world's experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.

    'Van der Kolk draws on thirty years of experience to argue powerfully that trauma is one of the West's most urgent public health issues . . . Packed with science and human stories.' New Scientist

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    FORD CLEMENTINE
    ISBN: 9781760632335
    Title: BOYS WILL BE BOYS
    Author: FORD CLEMENTINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a question that many parents with sons are haunted by. Now that Clem is mother to a baby boy of her own, it is a question that haunts her too.

    How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood.

    In Boys Will Be Boys, bestselling and ground-breaking author of Fight Like a Girl, Clementine Ford, dismantles the age-old idea that entitlement, aggression and toxicity are natural realms for boys, and reveals how the patriarchy we live in is as harmful to boys and men as it is to women and girls.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    BROWN BRENE
    ISBN: 9781785041754
    Title: BRAVING THE WILDERNESS : The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    Author: BROWN BRENE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection.

    ‘True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.’ Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy.
    In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.

    Brown argues that what we're experiencing today is a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, ‘True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.’ Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness.
    Brown writes, ‘The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.’

    Imprint: VERMILION
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    MICHIE DAVID
    ISBN: 9781741752137
    Title: BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE
    Author: MICHIE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of how a corporate communications consultant discovered Buddhism is woven through this bestselling, simply written, inspiring introduction to meditation practice and Buddhist philosophy.

    What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment.

    David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals - the high level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays - but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist centre. There, he began the most important journey of his life.

    In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

    Every once in a while you come across an extraordinary book with the power to change your life. Buddhism for Busy People is one such book.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BUDDHISM FOR COUPLES
    BUDDHISM FOR COUPLES
    NAPTHALI SARAH
    ISBN: 9781743318102
    Title: BUDDHISM FOR COUPLES
    Author: NAPTHALI SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A practical self-help guide for couples from the author of the bestselling, internationally acclaimed Buddhism for Mothers series.

    Every now and then - not very often - we meet a woman who has mastered the art of being in a couple, who has managed to keep the flame alive long after the honeymoon period and well into the trials of parenting. Sarah Napthali is not one of these women but is happy for readers to learn from her mistakes. With her trademark emphasis on self-compassion, she explains how she has applied Buddhist teachings to patch things up, hold things together and even, on good days, scale the heights of relationship happiness. Written for both men and women, Buddhism for Couples tackles the loaded subjects of housework, anger, sex, conflict and infidelity, before introducing Buddhist strategies that can enrich a relationship.

    Applying Buddhist teachings can improve our relationship by guiding us to delve more deeply into our psyches. Through mindfulness and ever-growing self-awareness, the teachings help us to become more familiar with the workings of our minds and bodies, more aware of our thoughts and beliefs, so that we can see our behaviours with more clarity. Alongside Buddhist teachings, Sarah explores the latest psychological research on relationships and discovers numerous overlaps.

    Humorous and informative, Buddhism for Couples provides a fresh approach to living as a couple, persuading us to leave behind stale, habitual ways of relating that don't seem to work.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BUDDHISM FOR MOTHERS
    BUDDHISM FOR MOTHERS
    NAPTHALI SARAH
    ISBN: 9781742373775
    Title: BUDDHISM FOR MOTHERS
    Author: NAPTHALI SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Become a calmer and happier mother with Buddhism for Mothers.

    Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman yet parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who struggle to raise them. This book is different. It is a book for mothers.

    Buddhism for Mothers explores the potential to be with your children in the all-important present moment; to gain the most joy out of being with them. How can this be done calmly and with a minimum of anger, worry and negative thinking? How can mothers negotiate the changed conditions of their relationships with partners, family and even with friends?

    Using Buddhist practices, Sarah Napthali offers ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood. Ways that also allow space for the deeper reflections about who we are and what makes us happy. By acknowledging the sorrows as well as the joys of mothering Buddhism for Mothers can help you shift your perspective so that your mind actually helps you through your day rather than dragging you down.

    This is Buddhism at its most accessible, applied to the daily realities of ordinary parents. Even if exploring Buddhism at this busy stage of your life is not where you thought you'd be, it's well worthwhile reading this book. It can make a difference.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • C G JUNG : The Basics
    C G JUNG : The Basics
    WILLIAMS RUTH
    ISBN: 9781138195448
    Title: C G JUNG : The Basics
    Author: WILLIAMS RUTH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    C. G. Jung: The Basics is an accessible, concise introduction to the life and ideas of C. G. Jung for readers of all backgrounds, from those new to Jung’s work to those looking for a convenient reference.

    Ruth Williams eloquently and succinctly introduces the key concepts of Jungian theory and paints his biographical picture with clarity. The book begins with an overview of Jung’s family life, childhood, and relationship with (and subsequent split from) Sigmund Freud. Williams then progresses thematically through the key concepts in his work, clearly explaining ideas including the unconscious, the structure of the psyche, archetypes, individuation, psychological types and alchemy. C. G. Jung: The Basics also presents Jung’s theories on dreams and the self, and explains how his ideas developed and how they can be applied to everyday life. The book also discusses some of the negative claims made about Jung, especially his ideas on politics, race, and gender, and includes detailed explanations and examples throughout, including a chronology of Jung’s life and suggested further reading.

    C. G. Jung: The Basics will be key reading for students at all levels coming to Jung’s ideas for the first time and general readers with an interest in his work. For those already familiar with Jungian concepts, it will provide a helpful guide to applying these ideas to the real world.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CALM THE F**K DOWN
    CALM THE F**K DOWN
    KNIGHT SARAH
    ISBN: 9781787476202
    Title: CALM THE F**K DOWN
    Author: KNIGHT SARAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The latest no-f**ks-given guide from New York Times bestselling author of the international sensation The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Get Your Sh*t Together, and You Do You.

    Do you waste time overthinking things you can't do anything about?
    Do you freak out when things don't go to plan?
    Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life?

    When life hands you a big fat f**king lemon, CALM THE F**K DOWN gives you practical ways to manage the situation, not to mention your anxiety about the situation. One hundred per cent practical and zero percent Pollyanna-ish, this is a book that acknowledges all the bad shit that can and probably will happen to you - from break ups and breakdowns to floods, family feuds and France running out of butter - and shows you what you can realistically do about it so you can get on with your life, stop worrying and wallowing, and start bouncing back.

    Think of CALM THE F**K DOWN as the friend who, instead of reassuring you that 'everything's going to be okay,' actually shows you how to make it so.

    Imprint: QUERCUS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CARE OF THE SOUL  -  25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    CARE OF THE SOUL - 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    MOORE THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780062415677
    Title: CARE OF THE SOUL - 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
    Author: MOORE THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a new introduction by the author and additional material, this 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller by Thomas Moore provides a powerful spiritual message for our troubled times.

    In this special 25th anniversary edition of Thomas Moore’s bestselling book Care of the Soul readers are presented with a revolutionary approach to thinking about daily life—everyday activities, events, problems and creative opportunities—and a therapeutic lifestyle is proposed that focuses on looking more deeply into emotional problems and learning how to sense sacredness in even ordinary things.

    Basing his writing on the ancient model of "care of the soul"—which provided a religious context for viewing the everyday events of life—Moore brings "care of the soul" into the 21st century. Promising to deepen and broaden the reader's perspective on his or her own life experiences, Moore draws on his own life as a therapist practicing "care of the soul," as well as his studies of the world's religions and his work in music and art, to create this inspirational guide that examines the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CHANGE : Women Ageing and the Menopause
    CHANGE : Women Ageing and the Menopause
    GREER GERMAINE
    ISBN: 9781408886380
    Title: CHANGE : Women Ageing and the Menopause
    Author: GREER GERMAINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The seminal, ground-breaking and controversial feminist text on the menopause, revised and updated

    When The Change was published in 1991, menopause ' was a word of fear. Then, as now, expensive magazines advertised even more expensive anti-ageing preparations, none of which worked. Big pharma was pushing replacement hormones, but doctors were dragging their feet. Some women told horror stories of their experiences with replacement hormones; others called them lifesavers.

    Nobody knew why some women went through this change of life without difficulty. What was working for them, when other women were tormented almost to madness'

    It seemed that we were close to an answer to that question, but that was before large-scale studies revealed that the protective effects of hormone replacement had been vastly exaggerated; given the perceived increase in the risk of life-threatening disease, the studies had to be called off.

    Now more than ever, amid the clamour of online chatrooms and promotions for a vast array of alternative therapies, the individual woman has to manage her passage through menopause for herself. In The Change, Germaine Greer provides a commonsense guide to a very interesting and important stage of women 's lives.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CHASING THE SCREAM
    CHASING THE SCREAM
    HARI JOHANN
    ISBN: 9781526608369
    Title: CHASING THE SCREAM
    Author: HARI JOHANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE SOURCE OF THE VIRAL TED TALK

    'Screamingly addictive' STEPHEN FRY
    'Superb ... Thrilling story-telling' NAOMI KLEIN
    'A powerful contribution to an urgent debate' GUARDIAN

    What if everything we 've been told about addiction is wrong' One of Johann Hari 's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realised there was addiction in his family. Confused, he set out on a three-year, thirty-thousand mile journey to discover what really causes addiction and how to solve it.
    Told through a series of gripping human stories, this book was the basis of a TED talk and animation that have been viewed more than twenty million times. It has transformed the global debate about addiction.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    GAWANDE ATUL
    ISBN: 9781846683145
    Title: CHECKLIST MANIFESTO
    Author: GAWANDE ATUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.
    In this groundbreaking book, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates.
    Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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