Are you a COW? Are you a DOG? Are you a DUCK? Are you a FROG? This charming and hilarious story is perfect for Boynton fans new and old. Her clever text and playful illustrations always keep readers coming back for more! Teaching animal recognition to little ones, this quirky board book also gets across the important message that it is great to just be ourselves.
Road rage. Domestic violence. Professionally angry TV and radio commentators. We’re a society that is swimming in anger, always about to snap. Leonard Scheff, a trial attorney, once used anger to fuel his court persona, until he came to realize just how poisonous anger is. That and his intense study of Buddhism and meditation changed him. His transformation can be summarized in a simple parable: Imagine you are circling a crowded parking lot when, just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. Easy to imagine the rage. But now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. The anger dissolves into bemusement. What really changed? You—your perspective. Using simple Buddhist principles and applying them in a way that is easy for non-Buddhists to understand and put into practice, Scheff and Edmiston have created an interactive book that helps readers change perspective, step by step, so that they can replace the anger in their lives with a newfound happiness. Based on the successful anger management program Scheff created, The Cow in the Parking Lot shows how anger is based on unmet demands, and introduces the four most common types—Important and Reasonable (you want love from your partner); Reasonable but Unimportant (you didn’t get that seat in the restaurant window); Irrational (you want respect from a stranger); and the Impossible (you want someone to fix everything wrong in your life). Scheff and Edmiston show how, once we identify our real unmet demands we can dissolve the anger; how, once we understand our "buttons," we can change what happens when they’re pushed. He shows how to laugh at ourselves—a powerful early step in changing angry behavior. By the end, as the reader continues to observe and fill in the exercises honestly, it won’t matter who takes that parking space—only you can make yourself angry.
Peter and Mary are old and forgotten ― that is, until Lazy Bear arrives with gentle magic, poetry, and delightful repartee. Tender and understanding, charming and humorous, children and adults alike are transported to a make believe land where anything can happen.
When a boat carrying asylum seekers is wrecked south of Adelaide, local teenager Josh hides one of the escapees in his shed. The struggle to keep Habib hidden leads Josh to face formerly unknown challenges to his cosy, comfortable world. The tension builds as Josh combats different threats to Habib's safety, culminating in an exciting climax on the day of his sister's wedding. '...an interesting slant on the story of the Good Samaritan...a worthwhile read...' - Evangelicals Now
Islam is widely perceived as a stern and unbending religion, but its roots and very raison d’être lie in a diametrically antithetical outlook: that of flexibility, indulgence and relaxation. Islam saw itself as a divinely bestowed relief from the undue rigors of older systems of faith – chief among them Judaism, portrayed as the most taxing doctrine known to man. This study delves into the complicated perceptions characterising the relationship between history’s strictest and history’s easiest religion.