Friday, July 5, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Friday July 5)

Here is today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

THE LIAR, by Niramisa Weiss. (Still free?)

A different perspective on life's assumptions is offered in this self-help guide.

"Inspirational! So true on so many levels. Felt like cheering at times. Thought provoking and sometimes just provocative, but wide-ranging and always optimistic." -- Amazon reviewer

There is nothing to fear. Have you heard that said before?

We may hear it in spiritual circles or read it in religious texts. It is a very comforting thought and somehow rings true deep within. But usually we must take it on faith if we are to believe it.

Why is the world as it is? Why have we not been able to eradicate suffering? Why does genocide continue unabated after countless horrific events obliging us, each time, to promise we will never do it again? A promise never kept. Why is the future always like the past? Why are my relationships full of pain? These are the questions that all of us need answering and have not yet been adequately addressed.

The good news is that the answer is the same for all these questions, and millions more like them. There is a single cause behind all the pain and suffering of humankind. All we need do is understand what it is, stop believing its lies and watch it drift away into nothingness. Then, and only then, will we have a chance at being what we truly are.

There is nothing to fear. Nothing bad ever happened. Evil doesn't exist. The world is illusion. These statements happen to be true but up until now there has only been stark proof to the contrary. 'The Liar' examines these hopeful ideas and provides a clear and definitive argument as to why they must be true.

There really is nothing to fear, quite literally. We fear nothing because we fear lies alone. And lies are not true and therefore do not, and cannot, exist in reality.

280 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 4 reviews.

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LOVE IS PATIENT, by D.P. Memory. (Still 0.99?)

This tale of "hope amidst horror" depicts a family affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks.

"This well-written book weaves together a tightly-drawn family tale with the horrors of September 10th 2001 in New York. Fran and Ken Kadylak, awaiting the birth of twins to a surrogate mother, and in the midst of a joyful and prosperous marriage, have a meeting at the World Trade Center on that fateful day. The author expertly follows the ups and downs of the couple and their respective families, set within the perspective and background of the appalling events of that day, which are themselves brilliantly described in graphic and shocking detail. Check this story out. You won't be disappointed. The message is that so-called 'ordinary' people will overcome even the most heinous and traumatic of events." -- Amazon reviewer

Fran Kadylak is recovering from surgery that has stripped her of any hope she had of ever bearing the children she and her husband Ken have been praying for. She is going to leave her darling husband because she loves him too much to deprive him of the children he longs for.

Fran’s mother and Ken’s aunt are scheming together to get the young couple back together again. Aunt Alicia came up with the perfect solution to their broken hearts. She volunteers to be a surrogate mother for Fran and Ken. Alicia’s family is dumbfounded that she would be willing to go through a risky pregnancy when her own two sons are already teens. Her husband, Jonathan, is demanding guarantees that his own wife’s health won’t be sacrificed in the bargain.

Fran and Ken can’t believe their good fortune when Aunt Alicia’s invitro fertilization goes so well she is pregnant with not one, but twin infants. Now Fran and Ken have gotten their lives back on track. Aunt Alicia’s pregnancy is well underway at home in Mars, PA. Fran and Ken are taking off to New York City for a job interview that could mean a big promotion for Ken. They will be meeting with a financial advisor at the famous World Trade Center to discuss how to invest some money Fran inherited from her grandmother. Fran and Ken are rejoicing; life is perfect.

The date is September 10, 2001.

242 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 15 reviews.

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Smart Cooking for Busy People: How to Make Healthy and Tasty Full Meals in 30 Minutes, by Alexandra Beck. (Still 2.99?)

Does your summer schedule make dinner preparation a challenge? Here are some smart ideas!

"As the author says, there's no `big secret' to her cooking method, but I did wonder while I was reading why I didn't think of this myself... This book is not a classical recipe book or a diet book. It's a bit of both, but above all, it's a very well documented and clear step-by-step guide on how to optimize your cooking if you are in a hurry but still want to eat well. What is more, I enjoyed the writing style and sense of humor of the author." -- Amazon reviewer

Do you resent weeknight cooking because it depletes too much of your scarce down time? Do you think of it as a drudgery that must be endured for health’s and wallet’s sake?

Now imagine there was a way to cook dinner in 30 minutes - and still make healthy meals that your family will love. Imagine what it would be like to never worry about what to make for dinner, because you'll know you can generate a great idea for a meal at any time and execute it on the go!

"Smart Cooking for Busy People" will turn that imagined world into your reality by helping you cook better and faster, in only 3 clever tricks and 11 easy steps. (And when you cook smarter, you’ll be able to dedicate a much bigger part of your weeknights to other more important - or fun – pursuits).

"Smart Cooking for Busy People" will arm you with crucial knowledge and an assortment of detailed recipes and directions for healthy fast meals. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, meat lover, low-carber or a paleo adept, you’ll find in this book varied 30-minute multi-course meals including:

• appetizers such as bruschetta, tomato soup and Greek salad,
• main dishes such as baked salmon, roasted tofu with green beans and chicken stir fry,
• healthy sides dishes, such as buckwheat, quinoa and steamed potatoes, and
• a few yummy low-calorie desserts.

All health and nutrition information in this book is grounded in recent studies on the effects of different foods on health, referenced and annotated for your convenience at the end of the book.

To sum up, if you enjoy good food (think Mediterranean diet meets healthy Asian cuisines), and if you like the idea of preparing it super fast, then check out this cookbook for busy people!

123 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 14 reviews.

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The Life and Prayers of Saint Luke, by Wyatt North. (Still free?)

This book about the life of the patron saint of physicians and artists is free today.

"We credit Saint Luke with writing both the 3rd gospel in the Bible and also the Acts of The Apostles but what do we know of his actual life? We don't really know the exact details of his early upbringing and family life. The Life and Prayers of Saint Luke gives us several different possible scenarios." -- Amazon reviewer

Nearly every detail about Luke the Evangelist's life has been the subject of heated debate. The scholars of one era have provided explanations that entirely contradict the scholars of an earlier era.

It is not as simple as a matter of religious tradition versus modern scholarship; tradition contradicts tradition, scholarship contradicts scholarship, scholarship contradicts tradition, and sometimes tradition and scholarship go hand in hand.

Despite the debate, no singular conclusion seems to be available. It does not help that more of Saint Luke's life is shrouded in darkness than is available to us, even when taking into account the most controversial suppositions about him.

That makes the quest for Saint Luke very difficult, but it is important that we try to find and to understand him nonetheless. He is, after all, a man whose work has influenced millions of people, and it is through him alone that we know several of the most popular parables of Jesus.

62 pages, with a 4-star rating from 6 reviews.

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