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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson "Those who develop increasing inner power and freedom to choose can also become what I call a transition person - one who stops unworthy tendencies from being passed on from prior generations to those that follow." Concept of moving between management and leadership, and understand the differences and appropriate times.
Very much enjoyed this offering by Maybury. It was a near perfect blend of suspense and romance, and provided a good deal of interesting information relating to the jewelry trade (especially with regards to jade). The heroine was a stong, successful professional woman and wasn't a doormat like you'll sometimes find in this genre. Loved the evocative and vivid descriptions of Hong Kong and the surrounding enviroment. Good twist at the end (at least it was for me, although I admit I'm not very good at spotting them). Maybury's best to date.
This book had a very interesting subject but as the book wore on, I got the distinct feeling that perhaps this elusive Sir John Mandeville wasn't quite as important as the author was making him out to be. I also wondered at the relevance of the author's traveling to exotic locales in search of Sir John. The book was extremely interesting (and even amusing at points) with respects to the author's various travel escapades but the whole Sir John angle almost seemed unncessary. It was a nice little flair, but he really seemed superfluous. Of course, I wouldn't have found the book without it's reference to Sir John (I was in the medieval history section, what can I say?) so I supose it's all for the best that Mandeville is the subject. Anyway, it was an excellently written book with wonderful stories on every page. The author, rather than Sir John, came out as the hero in my opinion and I loved every moment of it. Unfortunately, there was very little closure at the end so I was still left in some degree of confusion regarding who this Sir John Mandeville bloke was and why I had just read an entire book supposedly about him, but it was a good read nonetheless.
*** OCTOBER 5, 2015 *** FIRST AUDIOBOOK LISTEN *** upgrading this to four stars. rowling painstakingly and satisfyingly ties up the many, many threads of the HP series beautifully and meaningfully. and, what's more, her philosophy about love feels true and worthy and not preachy and shrill. good stuff. i still think it would have been more satisfying had she dropped well-placed hints or otherwise cultivated the ground for the Deathly Hallows more -- and surreptitiously -- throughout the first six books. it would have prevented the information/plot dump that marred elements of this book for me. *** APRIL 26, 2007 *** FIRST READ *** At long last, the final installment of the Harry Potter series quelled all speculation. That so many of us guessed the essential resolutions to book seven well in advance without ever being certain that we were right is an enormous tribute to the painstaking plot construction and internal coherence Rowling labored to achieve in the series. While this book wrapped up most of the loose ends that I needed to have wrapped up, my book club members put it best who asserted that the entire Deathly Hallows mini-arc was unnecessary, distracting, and ultimately cost Rowling a tighter novel. As with the tardy introduction of the horcruxes in book six, couldn't Rowling have referenced the epic Deathly Hallows lore elsewhere in the series? And as with Dumbledore in book six, Remus Lupin and Molly Weasley suffered moments of inexplicably incoherent character development (it's not that they couldn't have encountered the trials they did; it's that I feel their characters would have acted differently, based on the information we have from the previous six books). Because of such distracting flaws (problematic pacing throughout the first third of the series, sketchy editing throughout the first two-thirds of the series, and somewhat abrupt introduction of major themes in the last third of the series), I wonder how long Rowling's stories will endure beyond this initial period of rabid fan loyalty. That said, Harry has become a literary cultural icon, and I for one say Viva Jo! BONUS: IN WHICH I RANK THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS FROM MY FAVORITE TO LEAST-FAVORITE-BUT-AMAZING-NONETHELESS (subject to change at whim): 1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
** spoiler alert ** this is a gud book but it really disapiontted me alot because he played her to be in a group and at the she takes him back nd i was like uuuuummmmmmmmm :| how yhu do that nd he let that other girl read the letter she wrote to him out loud i was like that oodee
If you're already interested in food issues/policy/etc. than this book doesn't cover anything new and admits as much in the first chapter. I liked it more for the recipes section in the back and the calendar showing proposed menus and things.
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