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Beervangelist's Guide to the Galaxy
Fred Bueltmann, an owner of New Holland Brewing Company is the Beervangelist, an outspoken, fiercely passionate champion of well-made beer and food. His exuberant (and sometimes manic) quest to integrate beer more gracefully than just adding it to bread and soup led to this book. Chock full of mouth-watering recipes and tantalizing photos, you’ll enjoy rants on the culture of cooking, drinking and entertaining. Fred wakes up our tastebuds, educates our palates and remembering that our food and drink are meant to be enjoyed – even relished. The Beervangelist’s Guide invites you on a culinary expedition unlike any other.
Life on the Lakeshore: The Cottage Experience
Nowhere in the world is quite like the Lake Michigan coastline. There’s a texture and rhythm to life on the lakeshore that is utterly unique, and the jewels of the coastline are its cottages. These homes are extraordinary portals to the richness and beauty of the Big Lake. But how do families come to own a Lake Michigan cottage? Every story has its own twists and turns, but everyone who lives on the lakeshore follows the same basic path. This book tells their stories and invites you to begin your own lakeshore story.
God wants the nations to know Christ-so He has brought them to your doorstep. You encounter Muslims in your neighborhood, school, grocery store, and workplace. Muslims are more open to the Good News than we realize, but there are cultural and spiritual issues that can hinder your sharing of the Gospel.
Engage is a dynamic, interactive course of study that will empower your witness to Muslims. Presented by Horizons International and put together by some of the most experienced evangelists and experts working with Muslims in America and around the world today, the Engage Course will coach you to engage in life-transforming conversations with the Muslims living, working, and studying in your community and beyond. Visit www.engagecourse.org for more information and online resources.
Discover the things you love most, and do best, that employers need now. Following a 30-year career as a professional developer of consumer loyalty programming for some of the world’s top brands, and later as an executive coach, James B. Sullivan now shares the secrets of what it takes to create buy-in to you as a job candidate and young leader. In The EPICENTER Life Leadership Course Book: Decode the Design of Your EPIC LIFE, Sullivan guides readers through an engaging, interactive four-week self-study program using 14 integrated “Life Apps” that inform their life’s purpose by examining their Effective Competence, Principled Character, Inspired Causes, and Contribution Value to those they would serve. EPICENTER helps you discover the EPIC story at the CENTER of your true self—what you love most, and do best, that employers need now.
Art in Fermented Form
In this manifesto, Brett guides readers through a discourse on the art and history of craft brewing and distilling as he presents his revolutionary new philosophy. Like the beers and spirits he has spent years perfecting, Brett hopes this book will challenge readers, launch conversations, and present an unprecedented paradigm for tasting a life less ordinary.
Future Proof Investing
Investing for your retirement is a lot like planning a mission to Mars: it seems like it’s impossibly far away, and there are all kinds of potential dangers and unknown threats. There’s an abundance of misinformation about what your destination is like and the best way to get there. And once you arrive you have to figure out how to survive on nothing but the supplies you brought with you. So how are you going to future proof your investments? Mission planners Kelly Gilbert and Steve Kitchens will show you how to dodge the pitfalls and make a plan for an attainable and sustainable future.
For years, Scott Patchin has been giving leaders practical steps to turn leadership principles into measurably improved performance by their teams. But these trUTips only led to bigger questions: Why is it so hard for some leaders to follow through on easy-to-understand principles? While these principles are building collaboration, what might be simultaneously eroding it? And what sort of cultivatable habits create a climate for collaboration and performance? Scott answers these questions in People-Centered Performance, helping leaders to improve team performance through honest conversations and thoughtful actions.
The Alphabetical Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs are a special breed. Could you be one of them? Many dream of owning their own business and being their own boss. There’s nothing stopping you from doing it except for you—but you’re a big hurdle. Whether it happens, much less whether it succeeds, largely depends on you. Starting a successful business is not just a function of wanting it badly enough. The key ingredients for entrepreneurial success are particular character traits. This book is an attempt to describe twenty-six of them. If you’ve already started a business, use it to take inventory and make a plan to grow into what you’ve begun. If you’re still deciding whether to launch into entrepreneurial life, let’s see if you’ve got what it takes.
Some people always get job offers, they never get laid off during lean times and if they are self-employed they always have a full pipeline of clients. What’s their secret? In his new book, In Demand: How to Get Hired, Develop a Career and Always be Successful, Bill Van Steenis offers practical advice about being a valuable player in the business world. He explores the personalities and practices of the workers and contractors that have their pick of jobs and projects. He shows how they understand and respond to the market for their work, and why they are always the most highly sought after people in the labor pool. Follow his sometimes tough, sometimes tender but always useful advice and become In Demand.
The Game of Golf & The Art of Business
As Mark Twain said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Our careers would be great walks if they weren’t spoiled by the same sort of mistakes we make on the course. If we could master our mistakes and develop our discipline, we could find more success in the game of golf and the art of business. Bob is a decent guy and a great businessman–but only an average golfer. He has a dream to play the famous Bethpage Black Course, scene of two recent U.S. Opens, and survive with his dignity intact. To keep from spoiling that famous walk, he brings along his mentor, Scott Seifferlein, who has played the Bethpage Black Course many times before as a coach and competitor. While showing Bob how to think his way around the course, Scott gives him crucial tips for overcoming common mistakes. Together, they realize how the same mistakes that can spoil a scorecard can spoil any business or career. In The Game of Golf & the Art of Business, Scott tells the story of how he kept Bob’s big day on Bethpage Black from becoming a bust. He shares the most important tips and tactics that he has learned from coaching thousands of players over the years. Through Scott, we learn how these are also strategies for success in the marketplace. The Game of Golf & The Art Business sprinkles an entertaining story with keen insights and useful nuggets for succeeding at whatever you do, whether on or off the course.