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Small children have big questions about life, death, spirituality, and the world. When given the chance to have their questions answered by Pope Francis, children from twenty-six countries quickly responded with letters and drawings. "These questions are tough!" the Pope said with a smile when he first held them. His heartfelt answers to thirty of these letters, ranging from fun to serious, curious to profound, make this a book to treasure with the children in your life.

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Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780829444339
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Published: Loyola Press - February 1st, 2016

The author studied microbiology at the University of Guelph and spent fifteen years researching microbiology at the University of Ottawa, so he's a germ expert. Being a germ-phobic, I opened this book with some trepidation after reading in bold red type on the back cover: "SOME GERMS ARE OUT TO GET US."

But I plunged bravely onward, opening the book randomly to a page about honey. With its proteins, antioxidants, minerals, fructose, glucose, sucrose and fermented antimicrobials, raw honey can attack bacteria known to cause cavities. Once swallowed, it prevents heartburn and damage to the stomach wall from acid production. How cool is that! And just how does honey manage these miracles? Because in it's raw form (that's unpasteurized), it's fermented, containing several good bacteria and their byproducts.

Flipping to another page, I discovered that Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, two species of probiotics, not only help you digest food, they release a plethora of vitamins and minerals in the gut, help prevent the onset of the runs, and…check this out…keep us calm. And oh, they seek out and destroy bacteria "known to cause rotting and human infection."

Where do the people who produce probiotics for consumption find their bacteria? Well, you'll have to get the book to find out. It's filled with fascinating tidbits. From hygiene, to beauty products, to health, food, diet, and childcare, the author does a bang-up job of explaining how germs impact us for good or ill, where they come from, how they live (and die), how they protect us, and how you can help them do so. And he does so in a highly readable, entertaining yet informative fashion.

If you want to learn how to live in harmony with those 137 trillion freeloaders that you harbor, read this book.

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The Germ Files: The Surprising Ways Microbes Can Improve Your Health and Life (and How to Protect Yourself from the Bad Ones) Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780385685771
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Published: Doubleday Canada - February 2nd, 2016

We each live in our own personal dream, and all of our dreams come together to make the Dream of the Planet. Problems arise when we forget that the dream is just a dream and fall victim to believing that we have no control over it. The Mastery of Self takes the Toltec philosophy of the Dream of the Planet and the personal dream and explains how a person can wake up, liberate themselves from illusory beliefs and stories, and live with authenticity on a daily basis.

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The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781938289538
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Published: Hierophant Publishing - May 23rd, 2016

Everyone has experienced losses that profoundly shape them—from the death of a beloved family member to losing a job, home, friendship or physical or mental abilities. This soulful companion for grief offers wisdom and creative spiritual practices from across faith traditions for walking with sorrow and honoring loss. Whether you need to grieve in words or silence, in solitude or in company with others, this compassionate guide will help you find wholeness and a renewed vision of yourself and the world.

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Grieving with Your Whole Heart: Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for Finding Comfort, Hope and Healing After Loss Cover Image
By The Editors of Skylight Paths (Created by), Thomas Moore (Introduction by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781594735998
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Published: Skylight Paths Publishing - September 15th, 2015

No one needs to wait to have a near death experience before visiting a level of heaven; everyone can go now, meet with spirit allies, animal helpers, guides, divine teachers and loved ones, and transform their lives. The author, a shamanic practitioner and energy healer, is all about teaching people to find their way into the heavenly realms to find their own wisdom. This book will appeal to anyone who is curious about the afterlife, rebirth, and the wisdom of the ages.

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You Don't Have to Die to Go to Heaven: How to Find Guidance and Healing in the Spirit Realms Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781578635887
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Published: Weiser Books - December 1st, 2015

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