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Reflections: Finding Love, Hope, and Joy in Everyday Life [Hardcover]

By Ardath H. Rodale (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.84" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 3, 2002
Publisher   Rodale Books
ISBN  1579545351  
EAN  9781579545352  
UPC  039697012959  

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50 inspirational essays from the heart and soul of "Prevention" magazine
Finding Love, Hope, and Joy in Everyday Life
In times of uncertainty and unease, we all yearn for a touchstone of comfort and calm that reminds us of what is real. Ardie Rodale provides such reassurance to millions of "Prevention" readers in her monthly column, "Reflections." Collected here for the first time are 50 of Ardie's most beloved essays, chronicling her insights on the harmony of nature and the healing power of the human spirit. Ardie's simple wisdom and grace show us a world in which it is still possible to honor those treasured moments that bind us together, make us stronger, give us hope, and inspire us to thrive in the face of adversity.
We draw courage from Ardie's peaceful wisdom as we discover how she has transformed many tragic experiences-- bouts with cancer and other serious illnesses, the loss of her son to AIDS, the shock of her husband's premature death-- into a tender strength that floods her heart with gratitude and allows her to weather the worst of storms. Through it all, Ardie has remained in awe of the wonders of life, and her lessons about transforming pain into healing are an especially welcome comfort in today's uncertain world.

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Ardath ("Ardie") Harter Rodale, chairman of the board of Rodale, Inc., is the author of "Climbing Toward the Light" (Rodale, 1989) and "Gifts of the Spirit" (Rodale,1997). Ardie also writes "Reflections," a monthly column for Rodale's "Prevention" magazine, the world's largest-circulation health magazine. Chosen as one of the top 50 women business owners in the United States by "Working Woman" magazine and one of the 50 leading women entrepreneurs in the world by The Star Group, Ardie is the mother of five children and the grandmother of ten. She lives in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, on her family's organic farm.

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Get this BOOK Back in Print PLEASE!!!!  Apr 1, 2004
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time on the subject of environmental wellness. I recommend it to every person I know that has a child! It frustrates me that this book is hard to find. It's simple enough for the average consumer. It teaches alot-- Important stuff. When my friend told me his daughter has cancer, I urged him to read this book in order to protect her environment while she heals and make her future environment SAFE. PLEASE get this book back on this site with unlimited availability!
Highly recommended, very useful  Jan 2, 2003
I will have to admit that on my first glance at this book, written by two doctors and a public health expert, I felt overwhelmed by its checklists and inspection suggestions to use in our home. Did I really want to know if our home was toxic? Did I want to know if my son's school was a safe place for him to be? I wasn't sure at first, but as is typical for me and other moms I know, my parental guilt got the best of me and I sat down to read this amazingly interesting book.

The environmental checklist at the back of the book proved to be more than just another thing to do; it helped me to focus in on areas of our home where we are at risk of being exposed to toxins.

Did you know, for example, that magic markers that contain xylene can cause your child to experience headaches, dizziness, confusion, and balance and breathing problems? Scented markers can be dangerous in addition because they encourage children to taste them.

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Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World has now joined the other reference books that sit on my kitchen counter for a quick thumb through when needed. I recommend other parents add it to their bookshelves as well.

--Reviewed by Carol LaLiberte


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