In Snakes and Ladders, bestselling authors and executive coaches, Albert and Comfort Ocran, highlight some of the most notable choices and experiences that bring us down on the game board of life and those that take us up. The retrogressive experiences are the snakes while the progressive ones are the ladders. The title is inspired by the popular ancient Indian board game called Snakes and Ladders.
The authors deploy a variety of sporting, business, scriptural and socio-political illustrations to bring home some priceless life lessons. Within these pages, you will discover life’s most common snake as well the authors’ nomination for the longest snake of all. Readers will also discover 21 simple but compelling secrets of all great people.
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The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.
Praise for Mom & Me & Mom
“Mom & Me & Mom is delivered with Angelou’s trademark good humor and fierce optimism. If any resentments linger between these lines, if lives are partially revealed without all the bitter details exposed, well, that is part of Angelou’s forgiving design. As an account of reconciliation, this little book is just revealing enough, and pretty irresistible.”—The Washington Post
“Moving . . . a remarkable portrait of two courageous souls.”—People
“[The] latest, and most potent, of her serial autobiographies . . . [a] tough-minded, tenderhearted addition to Angelou’s spectacular canon.”—Elle
“Mesmerizing . . . Angelou has a way with words that can still dazzle us, and with her mother as a subject, Angelou has a near-perfect muse and mystery woman.”—Essence
The Most Important 10 Minutes in Your Child’s Day!
Make the most out of bedtime with 365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
Children love Bible stories, especially when they are written in age-appropiate, easy-to-understand language. Written specifically for ages 3-8, this book has a year’s supply of the best-loved Bible stories that will delight your children. All the excitement, adventure, history and spiritual truths of the Bible are skillfully presented.
Features questions to help stimulate discussion and over 100 illustrations to spark the imagination!
Daniel Partner is a freelance writer and editor. He has worked on many Bible projects for both children and adults.
Maya Angelou’s volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In the sequel to her best-selling I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou is a young mother in California, unemployed, embarking on brief affairs and transient jobs in shops and night-clubs, turning to prostitution and the world of narcotics.
As a Man Thinketh is James Allen’s third book, first published in 1903. In it, he details how man is the creator and shaper of his destiny by the thoughts which he thinks. He rises and falls in exact accordance with the character of the thoughts which he entertains. His environment is the result of what he has thought and done in the past, and his circumstances in the future are being shaped and built by his present desires, aspirations, thoughts and actions. He therefore who chooses and pursues a particular line of thought, consciously builds his own destiny.
Part of the New Thought Movement, Allen reveals the secrets to having the most fulfilling existence possible, and it’s easier than any of us could have imagined. The title for the essay comes from the Bible: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7. In more than a century, As A Man Thinketh has become an inspirational classic, selling millions of copies worldwide and bringing faith, inspiration, and self healing to all who have encountered it.
In As A Man Thinketh, readers will be enthralled by James Allen’s thoughts and direction to take charge of their own destiny, as it has for over 100 years.
For the first time, poignant and witty aphorisms from the works of Maya Angelou all in one place, gorgeously presented alongside powerful photographs taken throughout her life, in a beautiful gift hardback. A lovely tribute to one of the most inspirational voices of our time.
From the back cover:
`Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud’ – Maya Angelou
When Maya Angelou died at aged 86, her fans and readers mourned. But they remembered the many gifts this phenomenal woman gave us – her voice, her laughter, her spirit, her courage, her style, her inspiration, her wit – which thrilled and encouraged us.
Her greatest legacy was her extraordinary way with words. Since the publication of her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou has been celebrated as one of the world’s most important writers and her words are indelibly imprinted on the hearts of millions.
Inspired by the woman who inspired us all, Rainbow in the Cloud offers a collection of Dr Angelou’s wonderful quotes – from sage advice and beautiful stanzas to humorous quips and pointed observations – drawn from each of her published works and the special words of wisdom she shared with her family, chosen by her son, Guy Johnson.
`She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace . . . She will always be the rainbow in my clouds’ Oprah Winfrey
It is 1964 and Maya Angelou is on her way back home, leaving behind her beloved – and now seriously teenage – son Guy, to finish university in Ghana. America is pulsing with the challenge of change, the civil rights movement is in full swing and that’s where Maya Angelou wants to be, working alongside her friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.
In this marvellous account, Maya Angelou provides, with her customary wisdom, compassion and wit, a first-hand record of an extraordinarily exciting and tragic political period. She writes of ‘Jimmy’ Baldwin, Eldridge Cleaver, and of friends and family, and finishes with the beginnings of her career as one of America’s most impressive memoir writers.
“A brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” Barack Obama
Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Come on a life-changing journey through the Bible. My First Storybook Bible is tailored for kids age 2-4 but can be read by anyone to discover or rediscover key messages from the Bible.
Sow seeds of faith in your little ones, so that they can grow up with a good knowledge of the Bible and a strong relationship with God.
My First Stortbook Bible contains 27 of the most well-known Bible stories, told in a way that is easy to follow and understand. Each story is illustrated with cute and colorful scenes from the Bible.
Get to know the Bible with these 27 Bible stories. My First Storybook Bible contains stories of different lengths, so there are some for every situation, whether it’s for Sunday school, night time reading, or quality story time with parents.
As the book opens, Maya, in order to support herself and her young son, gets a job in a record shop run by a white woman. Suspicious of almost any kindness shown her, she is particularly confused by the special attentions of a young white customer. Soon the relationship grows into love and then marriage, and Maya believes a permanent relationship is finally possible. But it is not to be, and she is again forced to look for work.
This time she finds a job as a dancer in a sleazy San Francisco bar. Her remarkable talent, however, soon brings her attention of a different kind, and before long she is singing in one of the most popular nightclubs on the coast. From there, she is called to New York to join the cast of Porgy and Bess, which is just about to begin another tour abroad.
The troupe’s joyous and dramatic adventure through Italy, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Egypt becomes the centerpiece of Singin’ and Swingin’. This remarkable portrayal of one of the most exciting and talented casts ever put together, and of the encounters between these larger-than-life personalities and audiences who had rarely seen black people before, makes a hilarious and poignant story. The excitement of the journey — full of camaraderie, love affairs, and memorable personalities — is dampened only by Maya’s nagging guilt that she has once again abandoned the person she loves most in life, her son.
Back home, and driven close to suicide by her guilt and concern, she takes her son with her to Hawaii, where she discovers that devotion and love, in spite of forced absence, have the power to heal and sustain.
As always, Maya Angelou’s writing is charged with that remarkable sense of life and love and unique celebration of the human condition that have won her such a loyal following.