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Cry of Our Hearts: A Christian Weight-Loss Devotional by Deborah Jackson and Nancy Urban.
The authors say that “the cry of our hearts has been that God will meet people in their need, that God will meet the cry of your heart, helping you do what you can’t do on your own strength as you seek to attain a healthy body weight. We have discovered that we must rely on God to help us overcome our human failings, even when it comes to something as basic to life as food.”
In this Christian devotional, there is one page to read each day of the year, each with a scripture, a reading, and a prayer. These toughts are organized along twelve spiritual principles, one for each month: 1. Honesty, 2. Hope, 3. Surrender, 4. Courage, 5. Integrity, 6. Willingness, 7. Humility, 8. Love, 9. Responsibility, 10. Discipline, 11. Awareness, and 12. Service/Support.
“The cry of our hearts is that these messages, scriptures, and prayers will bring you joy, wisdom, and success in your own weight-loss journey and, ultimately, bring you into a closer relationship with Christ.”
About the Authors
Since 2001, a circle of Christian women, all seeking weight-loss support, has met online, first by e-mail and then on social media. The fourteen members are from across the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. Over the course of twenty years, they have been one another’s support system and prayer partners. Two of them, Deborah Jackson and Nancy Urban, wrote the bulk of this book.
Deborah Jackson learned a BA in English from the University of Washington and a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in organizational management and consulting from Phillips Graduate University in Chatsworth, California. She has been a freelance editor and writer for many years and also currently teaches Industrial/Organizational psychology courses at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nancy Urban was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, but has been a small-town girl for most of her life. She attended Southwestern Technical College, studying to become a medical secretary and currently works as the office manager of her church. She is married and the mother of four children, all adults, and loves being a grandmother.
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Wisdom to Serve: Servant Leadership in a Volatile World by Dr. Shari D. Scott
“The great leader is seen as a servant first, and that simple fact is the key to his greatness.” – Robert K. Greenleaf
Why Servant Leadership?
This book about servant leadership is about empowerment-not of the leader-but of employees and the customers or constituents an organization serves. Servant leaders create vision and values and set up an environment for successful teamwork. Best of all, research shows that this leadership style works. It’s effective. It gets the organization where it wants to go.
The core value of servant leaders is LOVE. These leaders believe in and practice empathy. They’re willing to listen, focus on the needs of others, and actively encourage the people who work for them. Servant leaders can be strong, and power doesn’t shift to employees, but this style of leadership does motivate employees to accomplish a common goal and increases productivity.
Today, leadership is democratic. It’s built on the idea of encouraging teamwork. Modern leadership styles create a healthier world in which team members and leaders are mindful of each other and inspire one another to become better employees and better people. Above all, servant leadership works.
About the Author:
Dr. Shari D. Scott is a native of Los Angeles, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavior Science, a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Nonprofit Management, and a Doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Management and Consulting from Phillips Graduate University, located in Chatsworth, California. Currently, she serves as the Director of Community Outreach Programs for Greater New Light Community Development Center, where she provides strategic object-tives and goals.
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PEOPLE PRACTICS: 17 Practical Tactics for Business & Nonprofit Success
About People Practics: What are “practics”? It’s a new term coined by the book’s editor as a combination of the words “practical” and “tactics.”
What are “people practics”? Simply put, they are practical tactics to be used for effectively working with people in your business or nonprofit.
People Practics covers everything from employee motivation to teamwork to conflict resolution to best practices in leadership to improving organizational culture to strategic planning and process improvement to organizational research and data collection to marketing, and more.
These practical tips come from 13 members of a graduate cohort who were often required to work as a team as they earned doctorates in organizational psychology. The aim is to pass on useful knowledge about how to make organizations work better. But this information doesn’t only come from what the cohort learned in grad school. It’s also based on what they know from years of experience as business and nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and consultants.
The content is primarily based on business experience, business sense, and common sense, and it’s meant to be readable to the average businessperson, business owner, and business or nonprofit leader.
It’s intended to be user-friendly—the kind of business book that you pick up looking for great advice for how to make your business or nonprofit more effective, easier to run, and, ultimately, successful. It’s a plus that these ideas are fully backed by really great research.
About the Authors
The 13 contributing authors are Bennett Annan, PsyD, EdD, MBA, MS, MA, LMFT; Margaret Easter, PsyD; Melanie Gharapetian, PsyD; Greg Hilsenrath, PsyD; Raffi Islikaplan, PsyD; Deborah A. Jackson, PsyD; Sherman L. Mitchell, II, PsyD, MAIOP, MPA; Jamie Menendez-Adamski, PsyD, MA; Ramila Naziri, PsyD; Alice Nkore, PsyD, MBA; Brandy Reid, PsyD, LMFT; Shari Scott, PsyD, MA; and Kristyl J. L. Smith, PsyD.