Decoding Your Dog

DecodingYorDogDecoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs effectively is first to understand why our dogs do what they do. And no one can address this more authoritatively than the diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behavior, whose work, the culmination of years of rigorous training, takes them deep into the minds of dogs in an effort to decode how they think, how they communicate, and how they learn.

In Decoding Your Dog, these experts analyze problem behaviors, decipher the latest studies, and correct common misconceptions and outmoded theories. The book includes:
- Effective, veterinary-approved positive training methods
- Expert advice on socialization, housetraining, diet, and exercise
- Remedies for behavior problems such as OCD and aggression
With Decoding Your Dog, the experts’ experts deliver a must-have dog behavior guide that ultimately challenge the way we think about our dogs.

 

The Steady Way to Greatness by Melanie Barnum

We are so happy Melanie has written a second book – we want to share it with you!! ”The Steady Way to Greatness: Liberate Your Intuitive Potential & Manifest Your Heartfelt Desires” follows  her popular and inspiring “The Book of Psychic Symbols”.

About the book:    Steady

Use intuition and psychic development to master the law of attraction and manifest the life you truly desire. The Steady Way to Greatness is filled with new and groundbreaking techniques for achieving success in love, work, finances, relationships, and spirituality. Organized into a progression of fifty-two weekly practices, intuitive counselor Melanie Barnum guides you with affirmations and simple exercises designed to help you:

- Build confidence

- Explore positive and negative attitudes?

- Open yourself to the intuitive senses?

- Work with your strengths and weaknesses?

- Discover the power of goal setting

- Uncover the magnificence that lives within

- Create and live your dream life

Providing the perfect blend of encouragement, wisdom, instructions, and stories, The Steady Way to Greatness is an ideal companion as you journey toward your true potential.

Praise: “Melanie Barnum has put into words what we all know to be true–that we have the power to manifest brilliance, achieve greatness, and fulfill our every heart’s desire.”–Elizabeth Harper, author of Wishing: How to Fulfill Your Heart’s Desires

“This book makes greatness accessible to anyone and everyone.”–Tammy Nelson, PhD, author of What’s Eating You?

About the author:

Melanie Barnum (Bethel, CT) is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, life coach, and hypnotist who has been practicing professionally for more than fifteen years. She was a VIP Reader at Psych Out, a gathering of the nation’s foremost psychics, organized by Court TV. Barnum is also an Angelspeake Facilitator, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

St. Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again by Thomas Craughwell

In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world’s first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. ST Peter's bones
In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church–one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom–and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter.
Then in 1939, while reconstructing the grottoes below St. Peter’s Basilica, a workman’s shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air. After inspecting what could be seen through the hole they’d made in the mausoleum’s roof, Pope Pius XII secretly authorized a full-scale excavation. What lay beneath? The answer and the adventure await. In this riveting history, facts, traditions, and faith collide to reveal the investigation, betrayals, and mystery behind St. Peter’s burial place.

Pre-order a copy by calling the store: 203-730-2973……or order from the online store on the webpage- 20% off and $.99 delivery

 

 

Janet Ettele has a new book to share with us June 7th at 4:00p.m.

Byrd’s Books welcomes back Bethel author Janet Ettele (on June 7th at 4p.m.) with the third book in her “How Life Works” series. Janet will discuss her newest title, “How Patience Works” and give us some insight to her writing process.

About the book:

Things are looking up for Troy. Summer’s around the corner, he’s wrapping up his spring semester at the community college, and the dynamics with his stepmother Maureen are at least more polite than they were a few months ago. He knows he’s lucky to have met Grace and Abe who, through their kindness and shared wisdom, have helped him begin to turn his life around. He’s in love with Maggie and knows he’s lucky she loves him in return even after he’s told her some of the darker things from his past. He’s determined to clean up his act and grow into the man he wants to be. With the things he’s learned from Grace and Abe that means developing his wisdom and offering across-the-board compassion, including to Maureen.

About the author:

Life is filled with chance meetings, and there are some that change your life in the most unexpected ways. I’ll start by telling you about the chance meeting I had with John Cerullo, a publisher and fellow student at a Tibetan Buddhist Center.  JKEttelePortrait-300x200

It was 2010 when John and I had a conversation about a shared vision to present the Buddhist teachings in such a way that non-Buddhists could benefit, and without implying a need to become Buddhist. Several months later I received an email from John describing his concept for a series of books based on The Six Perfections taught in Buddhism. He didn’t seem concerned that I am not an authority on the subject. Nor did he seem concerned that I had never written fiction, created characters, plot, or dialog. Accustomed to life’s unexpected turns, I took a giant leap of faith, a lot of deep breaths, and began the journey of writing the series.

Writing on a topic as profound as The Six Perfections isn’t something I take lightly, and my comfort level has undeniably been stretched by the work involved. I have benefited tremendously by the challenging and deeper study required, and I am extremely fortunate to have the help and guidance from excellent teachers where I study at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL) in Redding, Connecticut.  To begin, I took the adage “write what you know” to heart. For my first attempt at creating a character I used my own life to form the outlines that are colored in by the distinct and unique character you will meet in Grace. Like Grace, I was divorced when my sons were very young, and with a degree in music I was able to earn money by teaching piano from home. And like Troy, the character whose journey we follow through the series, it was only through some stroke of luck that the right people were there to help me find my way when I was young and my life was at loose ends.

Dreaming of George Harrison

As a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, I studied music composition. For me, music is all about painting pictures with sound.  I feel writing is about the same thing, only with words. I have found that elements of music composition such as theme, phrasing, rhythm, and dynamics are common elements in writing words. It is an awareness of these shared elements that helps guide my writing.

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited DNKL in October 2012, I had the ultimate good fortune to present him with copies of my first two books, How Generosity Works and How the Root of Kindness Works. While I don’t presume he has read the books, just knowing the Dalai Lama has held them in his hands is more thrilling to me now than was the possibility of my fantasy as an eight-year-old that, if only I could meet him, George Harrison would hold my hand and fall in love with me.

A Soldier’s Sketchbook

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An illustrated memoir from a World War II soldier is drawn from the letters, sketches, snapshots, and mementos of Pvt. Farris, who left his home of Danbury, Connecticut, and set off to war aboard the U.S.S. “General Gordon” in October 1944, bound for France as part of Company M, 398th Infantry.

 

 

This watercolor shows one of the most dangerous moments in our battle for the Maginot Line. The Germans had bracketed our position, and we anxiously feared the next shell would zero in on us. p. 120

This is an illustration by Joseph Farris from his powerful memoir A Soldier’s Sketchbook.

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REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: All image uses must bear the copyright notice and be properly credited to the relevant photographer, as shown in this metadata, and must be accompanied by a caption which makes reference to the “A SOLDIER’S SKETCHBOOK.” Any uses in which the image appears without proper copyright notice, photographer credit and a caption referencing the “A SOLDIER’S SKETCHBOOK” are subject to paid licensing.

 

The Good Thief by Barry Connolly

“The Good Thief”     by Barry Connolly

Jerusalem, 33 A.D. It is the tumultuous final weeks before Passover. Excited pilgrims pour into the Holy City. Many hail a young rabbi preaching in the countryside as the promised Messiah.

Good Thief

In the wilderness south of Jerusalem, two wealthy and influential brothers have been robbed and killed. Their murders spark an aggressive search by Roman authorities to find and punish those responsible. Returning home to announce his engagement, a young Jewish man discovers his brother and sister dead, innocent victims of the Roman officer leading the investigation. The surviving brother’s obsession with revenge will take him from the back alleys of Jerusalem, to a thieves’ den in the mountains of Judea, to a fateful encounter with the man he has sworn to kill. The journey will end with his crucifixion alongside Christ on Good Friday.

Every Christian has heard of the Good Thief. This is his story.

Review:

Barry Connolly’s “The Good Thief” is everything first-rate Biblical fiction should be: it’s rich in period detail, sharp and telling in its character delineation, strong but not bossy in its faith, and immediately engaging, as the Gospels themselves always are.

He takes as the backdrop of his novel the story of the two criminals who were crucified with Christ – one taunted Christ, the other reproved his fellow and asked Jesus to remember him in the afterlife. Connolly imagines the life-story of both those criminals: Gestas, a hardened bandit, and his cousin Dismas, a headstrong but good-hearted young man who makes just about every dumb decision such men are prone to make in their lives (except for his love of the beautiful and spirited Rebekah, one of the strongest characters in the book). Chapters alternate between Connolly’s telling of familiar scenes of Jesus’ life and Dismas’ ongoing descent into crime and plots of revenge against the Roman official responsible for the deaths of his brother and sister – and of course those two stories not only intertwine but eventually meet head-on, when Dismas, strung up to a cross at Golgotha, becomes the last person on Earth to be saved by Jesus before his death and resurrection.

 

In imagining such a vivid and touching back-story for such a minor New Testament figure, Connolly has tapped narrative gold and made it shine. I hope he sifts through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and finds many more stories to tell. Highly recommended.

– Steve Donoghue, Editor, Historical Novel Review Online.

About the author:

Barry Connolly worked as a writer, editor and news bureau/media relations manager for the IBM Corporation before starting his own marketing communications business. A succession of bible study classes inspired him to write his first Christian historical novel, “The Good Thief.” His second novel, “On the Road to Damascus,” continues the story. He and his wife, Muriel, reside in Bethel, Connecticut. You can visit their website at www.connollyco.com.

The Book of Psychic Symbols

By Melanie Barnum

A strong feeling, a remarkable coincidence, a strange dream…What may seem ordinary could actually be an important message: a helpful hint or a warning from a deceased love one or spirit guide. Open yourself to a wealth of guidance and opportunities by learning how to recognize and interpret the signs and synchronicities all around us. The Book of Psychic Symbols can help you decode dreams, intuitive flashes, and all psychic impressions. Intuitive counselor Melanie Barnum explains what psychic symbols are, how we receive them, and where they come from. She also shares amazing stories from her life that clarify how the wondrous intuitive process works. In addition to a comprehensive dictionary of 500 symbols, there are many practical exercises for exploring symbols in your life, fortifying your natural intuition, and using psychic symbols to manifest your desires.

The Hourglass by Sharon Struth

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Can forgiveness survive lies and unspoken truths?

Until Brenda McAllister’s husband committed suicide, she appeared to have the ideal life: a thriving psychology practice, success as a self-help author, and a model family. But her guilt over her affair with Jack’s best friend prevents her from moving on. Did Jack learn of her infidelity? Was she the cause of his death?

The release of Brenda’s second book forces her into an unexpected assignment with arrogant celebrity author CJ Morrison, whose irritating and edgy exterior hides the torment of his own mistakes. But as she grows closer to CJ, Brenda learns she wasn’t the only one with secrets—Jack had secrets of his own, unsavory ones that may have led to his death. While CJ helps Brenda uncover the truth about her husband, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map.

Reviewers Comments:

“If you’re looking for a book that will keep you intrigued, then I recommend The Hourglass. It’s a book you will read cover to cover and then think about after you’re done.”

……4-STARS ~ Long and Short Reviews – July 2013
“This writer is exceptional, and the way you get to know all her characters so completely is outstanding. She showed how people can overcome life’s obstacles and begin to live again. I really enjoyed this story.”
…..41/2 STARS ~ It’s Raining Books – July 2013
About the author:

Novelist Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, received first place in the Dixie Cane Memorial Contest and second place in the Golden Heart. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit http://www.sharonstruth.com.

For a book trailer and excerpt, please visit: www.thehourglassnovel.com

She blog at Musings From the Middle Ages at www.sharonstruth.wordpress.com

 

Pope Francis: The Pope From the End of the Earth by Thomas Craughwell

About the book:

On March 13, 2013, the world waited in hushed anticipation, eyes fixed on a small chimney atop the Sistine Chapel. Just after 7 p.m. Rome time, a billow of white smoke erupted and Catholics the world over rejoiced. Habemus Papam! We have a pope!

An hour later, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the humble Cardinal from Argentina emerged onto the loggia and chose the name Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis

After taking in the scene of Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis greeted the pilgrims:

“You know that the work of the conclave is to give a bishop to Rome,” the new Pontiff said. “It seems as if my brother cardinals went to find him from the end of the earth, but here we are. Thank you for the welcome.”

These words encapsulate the humility, gentleness, and humor of the Church’s newest pontiff. In Pope Francis: The Pope from the End of the Earth, best-selling author Thomas J. Craughwell gives a first look at the life and journey of the first pope from the New World and offers a glimpse of what his pontificate could mean for the Church.

About The Author

Thomas J. Craughwell is author of more than two dozen published works. Among them are his highly acclaimed Saints Behaving Badly(Doubleday, 2006) and Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics(Image, 2011). His book, Stealing Lincoln’s Body (Harvard University Press, 2007), has been adapted into a History Channel documentary. His articles have been printed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Inside the Vatican, and Our Sunday Visitor. A popular speaker, Professor Craughwell has appeared on EWTN, CNN, and Ave Maria radio to discuss saints, the canonization process, and Catholic history. He writes out of his home in Bethel, Connecticut.

Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée by Thomas Craughwell

Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America

By Bethel author Thomas J. Craughwell!

In 1784, Thomas Jefferson struck a deal with one of his slaves, 19-year-old James Hemings. The founding Father was traveling to Paris and wanted to bring James along “for a particular purpose” – to master the art of French cooking. In exchange for James’s cooperation, Jefferson would grant his freedom.

Thus began one of the strangest partnerships in U.S. history. As James apprenticed under master French chefs, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) so they might be replicated in American agriculture. The two men returned home with such marvels as pasta, French fries, champagne, macaroni and cheese, crème brûlée, and a host of other treats. This narrative nonfiction book tells the fascinating story behind their remarkable adventure – and includes 12 of their original recipes!

Byrd’s Books is holding a special food & author event for this book on Saturday, September 29th. Details can be found here. Please note that registration is required for this event!

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