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Wishing Well: Making Your Every Wish Come True
Wishing Well: Making Your Every Wish Come True
von Paul Pearsall
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Preis: EUR 29,50

1.0 von 5 Sternen Wishy-washy wish book is not worth your while, 4. Juli 2000
If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride. Or so the old saying goes. This dull, pedestrian treatise begs a little more horsepower in its chapters.
Can't sleep? Then do pick up "Wishing Well." It takes a rather childish subject and tries make it into a medical research project.
Author Paul Pearsall, who appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show with this book, can't decide what sort of book he wants to write. One minute, he's telling you about his strange near death experience in the hospital, the next, about parents talking to their kids when watching a meteor shower. He may then jump to the psychology of wishing or tell you about a witch doctor's wish or draw confusing diagrams about wising on stars. Oh yes, there's also a lot of pop quizzes to further muddle up the reader.
Wasn't it Washington Irving who said great minds have purposes, others have wishes? Pearsall has a lot of wishes, but doesn't seem to have a clear purpose in writing this book. Even at Amazon.com's great prices, you may end up wishing you hadn't bought it!


Mary Poppins in the Park (Harcourt Brace Young Classics)
Mary Poppins in the Park (Harcourt Brace Young Classics)
von P. L. Travers
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mary Poppins Pops In For Parties in the Park, 4. Juli 2000
When adults forget their childhood pals, daydreamers make foolish wishes and the wind blows unusually strong, it always leads to something quite out of the ordinary -- that is, whenever Mary Poppins is around.
In this, the final Mary Poppins book that P.L. Travers gave us before her death at age 90, we share the five Banks' childrens' adventures. Besides Jane and Michael, who were in the classic Disney movie, there are also toddler twins John and Barbara and infant Annabel.
A big departure from the Disney flick is Mary Poppins herself. Here, she is not the smiling, syrupy sweet nanny that young Julie Andrews portrayed; rather, the book's title character is strict, stern, often sarcastic and very taken with herself. Her strong personality makes her a unique storybook character and readers will find this Mary Poppins more of an enigma. Which, frankly, makes for better stories.
Everything in this book is G-rated but not preachy. Travers gives her young readers many fascinating, but never frightening, fantasy situations. Or are they real? Jane and Michael can never quite tell. The lines between what's real and what's not always blur around Mary Poppins.
This book is a series of unrelated chapters, self-contained stories, all dealing with the same main characters. Nothing is ever as it seems in the nursery of No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane -- or in the nearby park.
On a hot summer's day, Mary Poppins tells the children a tale of a hobo who was an angel in disguise, shedding his rags and growing wings as he flies away.
In another chapter, Michael, upset that he's caught a cold, finds that some days when everything seems to be going all right, it's actually going all wrong. He's taught a valuable lesson on a planet full of cats.
Later in the book, the children find messages on falling leaves. And witness a delightful, but not frightening, Halloween shadow dance in the park.
The nanny's magical cousin, Mr. Mo, is introduced. Jane finds the little toy figures she's created and destroyed do have lives of their own.
Around Mary Poppins, adults -- including favorites such as Admiral Boom, Miss Lark and her two dogs Andrew and Willoughby, the Bird Woman and Bert -- are caught off balance. Zookeepers, policemen and taxi drivers react to a flurry of frenzied events. Characters pop out of storybooks, out of Jane's mind, and off ceramic bookends. Lions and unicorns and even Indian chiefs prance through the park.
We are taken to worlds that exist between the blades of grass in the lawn, and up in the sky, to where felines and children disappear. There are traffic snarls, wedding breakfasts and birthday parties. And through it all, stalks Mary Poppins, with not a hair out of place. In very short order, characters get what they deserve, if not what they expect, and things are set right.
How does she do it? No one knows. Mary Poppins, you see, never, ever explains. But, she always entertains. Have some fun in the park with this magical nanny.


Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof Living
Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof Living
von Mary Hunt
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Mary Hunt is right on the money!, 27. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof Living (Taschenbuch)
This is one of the most helpful book on saving and managing money that has ever come out -- and I read almost all of them.
Money is not for spending, Hunt tells us. It is for managing first. And she shows you how to manage your money, and your life, so that everything works out for the best.
A Christian writer, Mary Hunt includes the concept of tithing, giving one's first 10 percent to the church, as part of one's overall financial strategy. I appreciate the fact she does this. By following Mary's other strategies, tithers won't even miss that 10 percent.
Mary's no-nonsense straight talk debunks the hype that many advertisers give out. You'll learn the truth about student loans, leasing cars, buying new cars, credit cards, insurance and much, much more.
Need to pay a mountain of debts? Hunt has the formula. She shows you how to whittle away those loan payments and credit card bills. Once you do that, she explains how to invest and save your money.
Her best ideas concern setting up bank account for those financial "emergencies" that really aren't. We know -- but don't plan for -- our twice-yearly insurance payments, property tax, and occasional car and home repairs. And what's going to happen if you have a sudden illness or lose your job? Instead of putting such expenses on charge cards, Mary shows us how to set up special bank accounts, with special bookeeping methods, that will enable us to pay our way in cash. By having a purpose toward which we spend our money, we won't fritter away our raises.
She's blunt when she needs to be. For example, she says your car should be a means of transportation, not a status symbol. Your common sense, not your ego, should drive your vehicle purchases.
And as for students who want to go to expensive colleges just so they can socialize there, Mary gets the stars out of your -- and your parents' -- eyes. She relates some student loan horror stories that every family should know long before high school graduation. Don't take out a loan just to live off campus or buy a computer; and if you can get educated without taking out a loan, so much the better. Students who work to pay part of their college are less likely to slack off their studies.
Every time I pick up "Debt-Proof Living," I find something else I can use. This book is worth its weight in gold. Everyone should read and heed its advice.


The Complete Book of Dental Remedies: A Practical Guide to Nutritional and Conventional Dental Care
The Complete Book of Dental Remedies: A Practical Guide to Nutritional and Conventional Dental Care
von Flora Parsa Stay
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Don't grin and bear a toothache -- here's help, 26. Juni 2000
If the word "dentist" brings to mind a certain song from "Little Shop of Horrors," you may have avoided your twice-a-year visits to such a professional. Sometimes, it catches up with you. What do you do if your filling falls out or you break a tooth? Don't panic. But don't avoid taking action.
Grab this book. California dentist Flora Parson Stay says she wrote this helpful volume after finding few references on dentistry for her patients.
And she's right. Hey, the only remedy for toothache I can ever remember reading is in Mark Twain's fictional Tom Sawyer -- out-of-date information from the same kid who took dead cats to the cemetary to get rid of warts. Not to worry. Dr. Stay, who has more than two decades' experience as a DDS, gives modern advice for toothache sufferers.
This is stuff we need to know. Too often, we have our family first aid kit equipped for every kind of emergency -- except dental ones. This book needs to be kept right next to your regular First Aid manual.
If your Little Leaguer gets popped by a bat, or fields a fastball that knocks his tooth out, did you know you can re-attach it? For real. Stay's on son suffered such an accident. His tooth reattached itself -- yours can, too. Surprise!
Knocked out teeth may be successfully replaced if done within a half-hour's time, Stay advises. Never hold the tooth by the root. Simply rinse off any blood or dirt and replace it in the socket. Then, get to the dentist immediately.
If you can't get to the dentist within that golden 30 minute time period,she says, keep the knocked-out tooth wrapped in a moist cloth or gauze, or placed in a container in milk. Dr. Stay says adults can simply leave the tooth under their tounge until they're seen by the dentist; this is a potential choking hazard for children, however.
Dr. Stay tells you how to put together a dental first aid kit, and what to do if you have an abcess, a cracked tooth, a lost filling or problems with your wisdom teeth. If your temporary crown falls out, stop by a drugstore for a temporary fix-it kit. There's information for denture wearers and people who may have suffered a broken jaw. Advice when to -- and when not to -- use over-the-counter painkillers for the hurt in your mouth.
Don't call the Tooth Fairy, consult The Complete Book of Dental Remedies instead. You'll feel better fast and have reason to smile.


The Secret Language of Birthdays: Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year
The Secret Language of Birthdays: Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year
von Gary Goldschneider
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than a birthday card!, 25. Juni 2000
Don't think that a person's personality is influenced by his date of birth? Then check out the profile for Oct. 9, the birthday of John Lennon.
Those born on this day, the authors claim, are multi-talented, have a strong magnetism and the ability to see into the lives events of those around them with an accurate, critical eye. There's lots more, including the fact they can be swept away by their emotions for one person. Hmmmm....
Authors Gary Goldenschneider and Joost Elffers delve into astrological and mystical teachings -- including numerology and Tarot card readings -- to profile the personality characteristics of those born on every single day of the year.
Each birthday has its own two-page spread chock full of fascinating facts. And, there's a list of famous (and infamous) people born on that day. Do you share a birthday with your favorite movie star? A notorious criminal?
You can cross reference to other sections of the book that detail the astrological influences at play on a particular date.
This is a nice, thick coffee table book, amply illustrated, that will provide fun and fascinating reading. And, yes, it would make a great birthday gift!


The General's Daughter (Roman)
The General's Daughter (Roman)
von Nelson DeMille
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,49

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A commanding military murder mystery, 25. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The General's Daughter (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
A murder, a mystery, a military coverup. The orderly world of a tight little Army base is turned on its head when a woman's body is found on a rifle range. This strange case involves the base commander's own daughter, a respected officer in her own right. Beneath the surface lurks scandals and secrets that destroy more than just a military career. With every twist and turn, you'll be captivated by this mystery.


The Street Lawyer
The Street Lawyer
von John Grisham
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,60

4.0 von 5 Sternen Fiction with a heart from a master storyteller, 25. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Street Lawyer (Taschenbuch)
A terrifying incident causes an uptown corporate lawyer to turn his life around, end his empty marriage and take to the mean streets helping the poor and the homeless. But his help comes too late. He follows the tangled trail leading to those responsible for a young black family's tragic deaths -- and it takes him to all-too-familiar territory.
Not only is he a master storyteller, but in this book, Grisham deals with our society's forgotten people in a compassionate manner. We cannot simply dismiss the homeless as not our problem. He makes their humanity show through, so that we do care about their despair. This is fiction with a heart, and it is recommended reading.


The Bible Code (Roman)
The Bible Code (Roman)
von Michael Drosnin
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,12

2.0 von 5 Sternen As troubling as the Book of Revelations, 25. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Bible Code (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
Could the ancient scriptures contain messages for modern man that computers can only now decode?
The author believes its possible -- and finds hidden reference to past historic events and future catastrophies such as earthquakes and nuclear wars. Each one has a year attached to it, and the past events were right on the money. These are not vague, Nostradamous-like puzzles that could have various interpretations, but brief, to-the-point, clearly defined phrases that include actual names.
While Drosnin is not religious, he examines the evidence in a dispassionate, scientific manner and describes his efforts to warn Middle Eastern leaders of upcoming dangers.
Can we ward off these calamities or is our fate already sealed? I was intrigued, and a bit shaken, by this fascinating subject.


Heroes And Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys
Heroes And Villains: The True Story of the Beach Boys
von Gaines
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,99

3.0 von 5 Sternen Not all fun and sun, 25. Juni 2000
This Beach Boy biography gives a disturbing look into the troubled lives of rock'n'roll's quintessential California poster children. Their music was a soundtrack for fun in the sun; yet, their lives were anything but a day at the beach.
Gaines' story ends with the death of kid brother Dennis Wilson, and tells of his wild, rebellious life. Eldest brother Brian's life is a study in contrasts -- he's a talented genius, a sensitive soul with a troubled mind. Middle brother Carl tried to mediate an impossible situation, between his brothers and overbearing father.
Things get rocky as the group split into two factions -- between the members who were into meditation and those who were into drugs. Many of their relationships were rough surfing indeed; not at all like the lovely harmonies on their recordings.
If you want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the life and times of the Beach Boys, this is a compelling read; if, on the other hand, you'd rather only remember the good vibrations, you might want to skip it.


Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships
von John Gray
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Preis: EUR 23,49

4.0 von 5 Sternen John Gray negotiates a truce in the Battle of the Sexes, 25. Juni 2000
John Gray might not end the Battle of the Sexes, but he comes close to negotiating a truce. We ARE on different wavelengths, he says, and he translates each gender's seemingly odd behavior in a way the opposite sex can understand.
Your mantra for every chapter will be "Gee, I didn't know that!"
My church used this book as a basis for a discussion group; each week's chapter resulted in a lively and fascinating exchange. And several "lightbulb moments" when we suddenly got a flash of insight.
For anyone who has ever been baffled by the opposite sex (and haven't we all?), this book is must reading indeed.


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