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  1. 6.7 hrs • 6/23/2015 • Unabridged

    Through reflections, exercises, and clear explanations, psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori helps adult sons and daughters heal the wounds left by mothers who failed to provide the essential ingredients that every child needs. Was your mother too busy, too tired, or too checked-out to provide you with the nurturing you needed as a child? Men and women who were “undermothered” as children often struggle with intimate relationships, in part because of their unmet need for maternal care. The Emotionally Absent Mother will help you understand what was missing from your childhood, how this relates to your mother’s own history, and how you can fill the “mother gap” byexamining the past with compassion for yourself and your mother;finding the child inside of you and learning to mother yourself;opening to the archetype of the good mother; andallowing friends and loved ones to provide support, guidance, and other elements of good mothering that you missed. Psychotherapist Jasmin Lee Cori traces perceived personal “defects” back to mothering deficits, relieving self-blame. And, by teaching today’s undermothered adults to cultivate the mothering they missed, she helps them secure a happier future—for themselves and their children.

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    The Emotionally Absent Mother

    6.7 hrs • 6/23/15 • Unabridged
  2. 10.3 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    In this groundbreaking book, parenting expert and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne, MEd, flips the script on children’s challenging or defiant behavior and lays out an elegantly simple plan to support parents in establishing loving, age-sensitive boundaries that help children feel safe and settled. In short: what looks like misbehavior is actually your children’s signal that they’re feeling lost, that they are trying to find direction and looking to you to guide them back on course. Payne gives parents heartwarming help and encouragement by combining astute observations with sensitive and often funny stories from his long career as a parent educator and a school and family counselor. In accessible language, he explains the relevance of current brain- and child-development studies to day-to-day parenting. Breaking the continuum of childhood into three stages, Payne says that parents need to play three different roles, each corresponding to one of those stages, to help steer children through their emotional growth and inevitable challenging times: The Governor, who is comfortably and firmly in charge—setting limits and making decisions for the early years up to around the age of eight The Gardener, who watches for emotional growth and makes decisions based on careful listening, assisting tweens in making plans that take the whole family’s needs into account The Guide, who is both a sounding board and moral compass for emerging adults, helping teens build a sense of their life’s direction as a way to influence healthy decision making Practical and rooted in common sense, The Soul of Discipline gives parents permission to be warm and nurturing but also calm and firm (not overreactive). It gives clear, doable strategies to get things back on track for parents who sense that their children’s behavior has fallen into a troubling pattern. And best of all, it provides healthy direction to the entire family so parents can spend less time and energy on outmoded, punitive discipline and more on connecting with and enjoying their kids.

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    The Soul of Discipline

    10.3 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
  3. 7.3 hrs • 1/27/2015 • Unabridged

    You’ve broken up, done the work, and you’re ready to move on to a new relationship. In Getting Back Out There, Susan J. Elliott—creator of the wildly popular blog Getting Past Your Breakup—guides you through the process of deciding when to date again, first date jitters, the selection (and rejection) of potential partners, and the rewarding experience of making a commitment to the right partner and being equipped for a happy, healthy relationship. With chapters such as “The Steps from the Big Breakup to Happy and Healthy Dating, Mating, and Relating,” “Five Questions to Ask before You Take the Plunge,” and “The Five R’s of Dating Failure: Readiness, Rejection, Recycling, Rebounding, Retreating,” Getting Back Out There is the go-to guide to help you transition from former failed relationships to a successful new one.

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    Getting Back Out There

    7.3 hrs • 1/27/15 • Unabridged
  4. 8.9 hrs • 6/3/2014 • Unabridged

    Special Heart is a deeply touching personal story told through the eyes of a journalist as he faces the most daunting challenge in life—far more frightening than reporting from battlefields, infinitely more momentous than interviewing newsmakers of the day: caring for his critically ill newborn son. Baier reflects on past challenges as he looks forward with hope, chronicling the steps on his path to national prominence as a television anchor, as well as his unexpected journey into the world of pediatric cardiac disease. With the finely honed insight of a seasoned reporter and the deep love of a husband and father, Baier shares the behind-the-scenes stories and emotional narrative of young Paul’s life thus far, including the heart-wrenching fears and decisions he and his wife, Amy, have faced together. Surviving every parent’s worst nightmare, Bret and Amy emerge—just like their brave young son—scarred but infinitely stronger, and clearly understanding what matters most in life. Reliving three open-heart surgeries and seven angioplasties, the story continues today as the Baier family faces a long road toward a normal healthy life for Paul. Told by a loving father and master storyteller, this hope-filled account offers an inspirational glimpse into the family of a man who just happens to be someone millions turn to for the day’s news. One hundred percent of what the author receives from the sale of this book is donated to various nonprofit pediatric heart causes.

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    Special Heart

    Read by Bret Baier
    8.9 hrs • 6/3/14 • Unabridged
  5. 4.7 hrs • 6/3/2014 • Unabridged

    Having a pulse is all it really takes to fall in love. Staying in love is another matter; staying in love requires a plan and some learned skills. “My primary audience for this book is guys (sorry, sneaky ladies),” says author Doug Fields. “I am writing in a way that most men seem to talk and learn.” In 7 Ways to Be Her Hero, Fields offers seven very doable actions to transform any marital relationship, guaranteed. It also includes a bonus chapter for guys to read with their wives. So if you want to understand some simple ways to invest in your marriage and be your wife’s hero (again), this is the plan!

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    7 Ways to Be Her Hero

    4.7 hrs • 6/3/14 • Unabridged
    Also: Digital Rental
  6. 8.0 hrs • 5/1/2014 • Unabridged

    How to thrive in a relationship when you’re the richer half For the top-earning woman, the rules are different. She faces a much higher risk for burnout, infidelity, and divorce. In this highly practical book, financial guru and media star Farnoosh Torabi—a breadwinner herself—presents a bold strategy that not only addresses how income imbalances affect relationships and family dynamics but also how a woman can best manage (and take advantage of) this unique circumstance—emotionally, socially, and financially. Among the rules: Rewrite the Fairy Tale: Come to grips with the new landscape for dating, marriage, and ever after. Find Your Favorite Position: Stay on top of the finances while allowing your partner to lead. Don’t Settle for a Mr. Mom: The math may conclude it’s best for him to quit his job to become the primary caregiver, but there’s far more to consider. Don’t Make His Life Too Easy: How outsourcing and paying for help can backfire. With eye-opening stories and a survey of one thousand people, this book will appeal to fans of The End of Men and The Richer Sex. Torabi helps us embrace this new reality and make it work.

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    When She Makes More

    8.0 hrs • 5/1/14 • Unabridged
  7. 8.0 hrs • 4/8/2014 • Unabridged

    The delightful letters home from a London nanny living in the midst of an unconventional family In 1982 twenty-year-old Nina Stibbe moved from a small English town to London, where she took a job as nanny to two opinionated and lively boys, aged nine and ten. Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister describing her trials and triumphs as the family’s nanny: there’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes, and dinnertime visits from a famous local playwright … not to mention the two boys (and their favorite football teams and rude words), a very broad-minded mother (editor of the London Review of Books), and repeated misadventures parking the family car. From the mystery of the unpaid milk bill and the avoidance of nuclear war to mealtime discussions on sexually transmitted diseases and the greats of English literature, Love, Nina is a wonderful celebration of bad food, good company, and the relative merits of Hardy and Shakespeare. In observant, warm, and funny letters to her sister, Stibbe makes a young woman’s adventures in a new world come alive.

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    Love, Nina

    8.0 hrs • 4/8/14 • Unabridged
  8. 6.7 hrs • 3/4/2014 • Unabridged

    In a rare look inside America’s favorite mega-sized family, the four eldest girls talk about their faith, their dreams for the future, and what it’s like growing up a Duggar. Airing weekly throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, 19 Kids and Counting has made the huge Duggar family into a media phenomenon. The Duggar children are frequently asked, “Tell the truth; do you really agree with the lifestyle your parents have created for you?” Now, the four eldest Duggar girls—Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger—open up about the blessings and advantages of living the Duggar lifestyle. With a backdrop of the key relationships in their lives—relationship with self, parents, siblings, friends, boys, and God—the four Duggar girls open up about their own personal faith and convictions, boys, dating, manners, living in a large family, politics, and much more. You’ll learn how the family navigates the difficult years between twelve and sixteen and what the girls look for in a man, all in a frank and fun book that will inspire teens and adults alike. Including lighthearted stories about the younger kids’ antics, Growing Up Duggar is a wise and entertaining trip into a family like no other.

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    Growing Up Duggar

    Read by the authors
    6.7 hrs • 3/4/14 • Unabridged
  9. 6.5 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Bringing attachment theory essentials to everyday life. A revolution is under way in how we understand the nature of relationships, how we develop in those relationships, and how our brains function synergistically in connection with others. This field is known as attachment theory, and until now most of the cutting-edge insights have been written in “researcher-speak” and reserved for neurologists, psychologists, and others in the healing professions. Here veteran therapist and specialist in attachment disorders Daniel A. Hughes demystifies the research for lay people. By summarizing in short “keys” the theory and brain science that underpin our ability to form relationships, he skillfully reveals how we can become better friends, spouses, siblings, and children. For anyone interested in how to develop meaningful new relationships or how to deepen and enrich their current ones, this audiobook makes sense of it all.

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  10. 6.8 hrs • 10/1/2013 • Unabridged

    The Real Purpose of Parenting is a series of stories and life lessons from the world of a therapist, also known as “the parent coach.” Well-meaning parents are at the point of crisis because, despite their best efforts, their children are not growing into the people they want them to be. And there, according to Dr. Philip Dembo, lies the problem. In The Real Purpose of Parenting, even the best parents are capable of smothering their children and inhibiting growth in their lives. This happens because who the child really is and what the child truly needs are often overlooked or ignored in favor of the parents’ agenda. This often leads to numerous problems within the family. As a solution, Dr. Dembo offers simple family “turn around” strategies that reframe the real purpose of parenting and gives each family and child their own salvation.

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    The Real Purpose of Parenting

    6.8 hrs • 10/1/13 • Unabridged
  11. 3.0 hrs • 9/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Sex Begins in the Kitchen shows couples everywhere how to bring more passion into their marriages. Bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman explains how sexual intimacy is an expression of the care a couple shows each other in all areas of life—in communicating, sharing thoughts and feelings, and even in helping out around the house. With insightful—and often hilarious—examples, Dr. Leman shows couples how to create new joy and excitement in their relationships and make their marriages more satisfying both emotionally and physically.

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    Sex Begins in the Kitchen

    3.0 hrs • 9/1/13 • Unabridged
  12. 7.5 hrs • 6/4/2013 • Unabridged

    At the pinnacle of a soaring career in the US Army, Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber was tapped to serve in a high-profile job within the Afghan Parliament as a military advisor. Weeks later, a routine physical revealed stage IV intestinal cancer in the thirty eight year old father of three. Over the next two years he would fight a desperate battle he wasn’t trained for, with his wife and boys as his reluctant but willing fighting force. When Weber realized he was not going to survive this final tour of combat, he began to write a letter to his boys, so that as they grew up without him, they would know what his life-and-death story had taught him about courage and fear, challenge and comfort, words and actions, pride and humility, seriousness and humor, and viewing life as a never-ending search for new ideas and inspiration. This book is that letter. And it’s not just for his sons. It’s for everyone who can use the best advice a dying hero has to offer. Weber’s stories illustrate that in the end you become what you are through the causes to which you attach yourself, and that you’ve made your own along the way. Through his example, he teaches how to live an ordinary life in an extraordinary way.

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    Tell My Sons…

    By Lt. Col. Mark Weber, with David Murray
    7.5 hrs • 6/4/13 • Unabridged
  13. 4.0 hrs • 4/2/2013 • Unabridged

    The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them. Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

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    Mom & Me & Mom

    4.0 hrs • 4/2/13 • Unabridged
  14. 7.7 hrs • 2/19/2013 • Unabridged

    Bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family “experts,” he sought out the most creative minds—from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country’s top negotiators to the Green Berets—and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. Feiler then tested these ideas with his wife and kids. The result is a fun, original look at how families can draw closer together, complete with two hundred never-before-seen best practices. Feiler’s life-changing discoveries include a radical plan to reshape your family in twenty minutes a week, Warren Buffett’s guide for setting an allowance, and the Harvard handbook for resolving conflict. The Secrets of Happy Families is a timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier? Written in a charming, accessible style, The Secrets of Happy Families is smart, funny, and fresh, and will forever change how your family lives every day. 

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    The Secrets of Happy Families

    7.7 hrs • 2/19/13 • Unabridged
    Also: CD
  15. 5.8 hrs • 12/3/2012 • Unabridged

    If you’ve ever lain awake at night wondering what might be around the corner of your child’s adolescence, this book is for you! Mark Gregston, founder of Heartlight, a Christian residential counseling center, introduces Tough Guys and Drama Queens, a must-read “how-to” book for parents of pre-teens and teens with time-tested, biblical techniques to guide you through these unavoidably challenging years. Mark helps parents realize that some natural parenting approaches are actually counter-productive and therefore totally ineffective. In place of those, he offers tried and true wisdom on the vital importance of relationship, forgiveness, and explains how conflict is actually the precursor to change. Every day your child is bombarded by highly sexualized culture and over-exposed to words and images that can influence them beyond your reach. Your connection to them during these years is critical as is your response to tough issues such as appearance, performance, authority and respect, boundaries, and many more.

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    Tough Guys and Drama Queens

    5.8 hrs • 12/3/12 • Unabridged
  16. 5.5 hrs • 11/13/2012 • Unabridged

    Love and guilt are thick in the Scottoline-Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca’s mother-daughter-turned-best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty nester and Francesca is an independent twenty-something in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother’s love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries? You will laugh out loud as they face off over the proper technique for packing dishes, the importance of bringing a coat in the summertime, and the dos and don’ts of dating at any age. Add feisty octogenarian Mother Mary to the mix, and you have a Molotov cocktail of estrogen, opinions, and fun. These stories will make you laugh, cry, and call your mother, daughter, and all your girlfriends.

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