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    Mixed Blessings Indigenous Encounters with Christianity in Canada Tolly Bradford Canada, Chelsea Horton Canada
    9780774829403 Paperback RELIGION / Christianity Publication Date:January 17, 2017
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 360 gr | 236 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y UBC Press
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      Mixed Blessings transforms our understanding of the relationship between Indigenous people and Christianity in Canada from the early 1600s to the present day. While acknowledging the harm of colonialism, including the trauma inflicted by church-run residential schools, this interdisciplinary collection challenges the portrayal of Indigenous people as passive victims of malevolent missionaries who experienced a uniformly dark history. Instead, this book illuminates the diverse and multifaceted ways that Indigenous communities and individuals – including prominent leaders such as Louis Riel and Edward Ahenakew – have interacted, and continue to interact, meaningfully with Christianity.
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      Tolly Bradford is an assistant professor of history at Concordia University of Edmonton, where he teaches Canadian and world history. Chelsea Horton is a research consultant working with Indigenous communities in Canada. She completed her PhD in history at the University of British Columbia.

      Contributors: Tasha Beeds, Jean-François Bélisle, Siphiwe Dube, Elizabeth Elbourne, Amanda Fehr, Carmen Lansdowne, Cecilia Morgan, Denise Nadeau, Timothy Pearson, and Nicole St-Onge

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      [Mixed Blessings] is, of course, especially timely given the 2015 release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report… Taken together, the diverse and engaging essays in the collection suggest that the role of Christianity in Indigenous life is both intricate and extremely variable.


      Indigenous studies needs more strong volumes like this one to further conversations about evolving societies and goals. Too many new works rely on old questions: did Indigenous peoples truly become Christians? Was Christianity better or worse for Indigenous societies? Volumes like this one remind us that by letting the subjects guide our questions instead of imposing our questions on our subject, better answers emerge.


      Mixed Blessing is a highly readable update on what is happening in the field of missionary interactions. It exposes the silences – the factual voids in our understanding of the complex Indigenous encounters with Christianity in Canada – and for that reason, I recommend the book to those interested in achieving reconciliation.
      Bradford and Horton present an interdisciplinary study that spans multiple centuries, allowing space for both historical and theological considerations of First Nations interactions with Christianity… Divided into three sections that focus on “community, individual, and contemporary sites of encounter” respectively (6), Mixed Blessings progresses from detached to increasingly personal analyses and also moves forward in chronology from investigations of the 18th century all the way through the present day.

      This book offers something truly unique that Canadian historiography very much needs at the moment: a nuanced approach to Indigenous history which returns agency to First Nations sources and actors … I would very much like to see a second volume.

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    White Settler Reserve New Iceland and the Colonization of the Canadian West Ryan Eyford Canada
    9780774831598 Paperback HISTORY / Canada Publication Date:March 01, 2017
    $32.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.7 in | 400 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y UBC Press
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      In 1875, Icelandic immigrants established a colony on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipeg. The timing and location of New Iceland was not accidental. Across the Prairies, the Canadian government was creating land reserves for Europeans in the hope that the agricultural development of Indigenous lands would support the state’s economic and political ambitions. In this innovative history, Ryan Eyford expands our understanding of the creation of western Canada: his nuanced account traces the connections between Icelandic colonists, the Indigenous people they displaced, and other settler groups while exposing the ideas and practices integral to building a colonial society.
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      Ryan Eyford is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. He has published articles and chapters in Histoire sociale/Social History, the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Sport History Review, and the edited collection Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History.

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      [White Settler Reserve] highlights the early and ongoing interactions between the Icelanders and Indigenous peoples, beginning with the pre-existing land claims and including the devastating impact of smallpox, adding greater depth and context to the history of New Iceland and to the history of the settlement of the Canadian Northwest.


      White Settler Reserve contextualizes the emigrant story, and triangulates what is sometimes simplified into a binary relationship between settlers and indigenous peoples, lands and humans.

      White Settler Reserve exposes one of those corners of Canadiana omitted from official records and federal observances of this 150th anniversary of Confederation. It is shocking and intriguing, the best kind of history.


      White Settler Reserve is a sophisticated and persuasive consideration of the interplay of liberalism, colonization, and emigration, and of that “dialectic process between the centre and the periphery” (p.191) that was an integral part of the iconic story of the settlement of the Canadian West."


      Western Canada’s bloc settlements are an understudied aspect of Canadian land policies in the nineteenth century, making Ryan Eyford’s study of New Iceland in Manitoba a welcome addition to the field.


      A particularly powerful aspect of White Settler Reserve is the richly detailed portrait it paints of the "First New Icelanders" who formed communities in this colonization reserve. By bringing their names, experiences, and struggles to this new audience, Eyford has helped to ensure their stories will not be forgotten.
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    Zombie Army The Canadian Army and Conscription in the Second World War Daniel Byers Canada
    9780774830522 Paperback HISTORY / Military Publication Date:January 17, 2017
    $34.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.78 in | 510 gr | 344 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y UBC Press
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      Zombie Army tells the story of Canada’s Second World War military conscripts – reluctant soldiers pejoratively referred to as “zombies” for their perceived similarity to the mindless movie monsters of the 1930s. In the first full-length book on the subject in almost forty years, Byers combines underused and newly discovered records to argue that although conscripts were only liable for home defence, they soon became a steady source of recruits from which the army found volunteers to serve overseas. He also challenges the traditional nationalist-dominated impression that Quebec participated only grudgingly in the war.

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      Daniel Byers is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Laurentian University. He has published in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Canadian Military History, the Canadian Army Journal, the Bulletin d’histoire politique, and Ontario History.
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      …by far the most complete account to date of conscription in Canada during the Second World War.


      Somewhat ironically given the book’s title, Zombie Army is a very human story about the Canadian World War II experience. It deserves a prominent place in both libraries and university classrooms.


      Since it illustrates a topic that could not have been written in earlier decades, there is much for the Second World War historian to learn from Zombie Army.


      Zombie Army adds yet another important study to the large codex of Canadian Second World War literature, adding new life to a topic that has not been investigated in detail for many years.


      Byers provides us with an impeccably researched look at the daily grind of these soldiers, the way they were perceived by the local populations, their ethnic composition, or where and how they served.


      Zombie Army tells the whole arresting story with an even hand and smart commentary. The work is as compelling as the subject.
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    More Indian Ernie Insights from the Streets Ernie Louttit Canada
    9781895830828 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Publication Date:April 01, 2015
    $25.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.62 in | 370 gr | 234 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Purich Publishing
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      When Ernie Louttit joined the Saskatoon Police Service, he was only the third Native officer in a city with a significant Aboriginal population. In his much-lauded first book, Indian Ernie, Louttit shared stories of his years as a beat cop on the streets of Saskatoon. More Indian Ernie brings readers back to the street, where Louttit discusses post-traumatic stress, missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and the difficulties he has faced both as a Native man and a police officer. Demonstrating passion and support for his community as well as society’s less fortunate, he candidly offers insight into topics of substance abuse, prostitution, murder, Indigenous peoples, and police leadership with empathy and intellect.
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      Ernie Louttit was born in Northern Ontario and is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation. He began his career with the Canadian Armed Forces at 17 years of age, and in 1987 became only the third Native person hired by the Saskatoon Police Service. He spent his entire police career on the west side of Saskatoon, where he became known as Indian Ernie. His first book, Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership, is based on those years on the streets.

      \After retiring from the Saskatoon Police Service in October, 2013, Ernie’s first book led him to a new career in motivational and public speaking, as well as writing. While not as dangerous as being a police officer, he finds it very exciting and rewarding and is thankful for these opportunities. He continues to live in Saskatoon with his wife, Christine, and their 4 grown children.

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    Insider’s Guide to K–12 Education in BC David Mushens Canada, Faizel Rawji Canada, David Starr Canada
    9781926966786 Paperback EDUCATION / Elementary Publication Date:August 01, 2015
    $24.95 CAD 7 x 10 x 0.25 in | 310 gr | 133 pages Carton Quantity:50 Canadian Rights: Y Pacific Educational Press
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      Provides parents with the information they need to

      • Navigate the school system
      • Make informed decisions
      • Access available resources and support
      • Advocate for their child

      Equips educators with the information they need to help parents make the right decisions for their child’s education

      Key Questions Answered

      • How does the school system work?
      • What makes a good school good?
      • How do I choose the right school for my child?
      • What program options are available? Which one best suits my child?
      • What if my child needs additional support or interventions?
      • How is my child’s learning assessed and evaluated?
      • What are the requirements for graduation?
      • How can I support my child through school transitions?
      • How can I become involved in my child’s school?
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      David Mushens is a vice-principal at École Cariboo Hill Secondary School in School District No. 41 (Burnaby). He has presented workshops to educators and parents on topics such as teaching standards, assessment and evaluation, educational leadership, labour relations, and poverty’s impact on learners. With co-author Faizel Rawji, he has presented workshops on school leadership to Aga Khan Education Services’ headmasters in Kenya. David has published two novels, written commentary for numerous media outlets, and presented a paper to the national conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education.

      Faizel Rawji is the principal at Sunnyside Elementary School in School District No. 36 (Surrey). He has served as an advisor for the Premier’s Technology Council and contributed to the BC Education Plan in areas ranging from technology education to healthy living standards. A recipient of Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award and the Surrey Now Community Leader Award, he serves as the president of the Surrey Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association. In addition to his work with co-author David Mushens in Kenya, Faizel has been appointed to the Aga Khan’s national education board, providing strategy and advice for the Ismaili community.

      David Starr is the principal of Byrne Creek Community School in School District No. 41 (Burnaby). David has authored a book, From Bombs to Books, that shares the deeply moving stories of refugee students, their parents, and the staff at Edmonds and Byrne Creek Community Schools. He has also written a novel for young adults that will be published in 2016. David has spoken nationally and internationally on issues around community and refugee education. His schools have been featured by numerous media outlets. He is a Vancouver Canuck Community MVP Award winner and a member of the board of directors of Canada Scores Vancouver, a charity dedicated to providing literacy, soccer, and leadership opportunities to inner city youth.

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      This resource is a comprehensive hands-on guide for both parents and educators to help them navigate and understand the education system in British Columbia. It is very informative about schooling options as well as support for all learners and assessment practices in a user friendly format. It would be a valuable resource for all schools to have.
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    Freefall into Fiction Finding Form Barbara Turner-Vesselago
    9781785921728 Paperback LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing Publication Date:November 21, 2016
    $25.95 CAD 159 x 234 x 12 mm | 180 gr | 152 pages Carton Quantity:38 Canadian Rights: Y Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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      Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s first book, Writing Without a Parachute, showed writers how to fall in love with writing. This new book builds on this experience and encourages writers to pursue their work with intention and without inhibition. Freefall into Fiction: Finding Form is designed to help writers, step-by-step, to create publishable short stories, novels, and memoirs by finding their own unique balance between the exploration offered by Freefall Writing and the requirements of each particular genre. This book penetrates deep inside the writing process where that balancing act takes place.
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      Barbara Turner-Vesselago is the author of No News But Kindness, was a finalist for the Chapters/ Robertson Davies Book Prize and Skelton at Sixty. She was also the winner of Britian’s Short Story Radio First Chapter Competition. She has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge and has taught at universities in the UK, US, Canada, and Nigeria. She now lives in Hamilton, Ontario and teaches Freefall Writing workshops worldwide. www.freefallwriting.com.
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    Writing without a Parachute The Art of Freefall Barbara Turner-Vesselago
    9781785921711 Paperback LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing Publication Date:January 19, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 174 x 235 x 10 mm | 280 gr | 192 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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      Writing Without a Parachute: The Art of Freefall shows both beginning and experienced writers how to get the thinking mind to step aside so that writing becomes truly creative - a vulnerable and open-hearted engagement with the moment. Here, for the first time, writing teacher Barbara Turner-Vesselago shares in print the method by which, for almost thirty years, she has helped hundreds of writers to publish fiction, memoir, non-fiction, and poetry worldwide. By means of five simple precepts, she leads the writer step by step into real trust in writing through the art of Freefall: invoking the courage to fall without a parachute into the words as they come. This book can be used for inspiration, as a reference, or as a sustained, twelve-month course in writing. It will help all writers to connect with their deepest intention in writing and to write with greater authority and grace.

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      Barbara Turner-Vesselago is the author of No News But Kindness, was a finalist for the Chapters/ Robertson Davies Book Prize and Skelton at Sixty. She was also the winner of Britian’s Short Story Radio First Chapter Competition. She has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge and has taught at universities in the UK, US, Canada, and Nigeria. She now lives in Hamilton, Ontario and teaches Freefall Writing workshops worldwide. www.freefallwriting.com.
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    God-Curious Exploring Eternal Questions Stephen Cherry
    9781785921995 Paperback RELIGION / Christian Theology Age (years) from 16 Publication Date:March 21, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 172 x 222 x 11 mm | 160 gr | 104 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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      Why are we here? What is the impact of religion on the development of culture across the world? Can we say anything meaningful about God? In this book, Stephen Cherry puts theology in the spotlight and reveals how it can be a fulfilling, fun, and important area of study. For religious believer and atheist alike, engagement with the deep and seemingly unanswerable questions that occur to us, often at significant or difficult times in life, is fascinating. Theology offers the opportunity to explore how people today and through the ages have tried to answer these questions. This book introduces some of the biggest puzzles unravelled by theology, highlights the importance of agnosticism, and discusses how philosophy and theology relate and differ. For anybody curious about history, literature, philosophy, fundamentalism and the mysteries of human faith, read on.
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      The Revd. Dr. Stephen Cherry is the Dean of King’s College Cambridge and an active writer and speaker on Christian spirituality and practical theology. He was previously a Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support for the diocese of Durham in the UK.

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    Crafting Secular Ritual A Practical Guide Jeltje Gordon-Lenox, Russo Isabel
    9781785920882 Paperback BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / General Publication Date:November 21, 2016
    $26.95 CAD 156 x 229 x 14 mm | 240 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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      Answering the call for new rituals in our secular age, this book recognises the essential importance of rituals to the psychological, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, families, organizations, and society as a whole. The book examines and explains the history, function, and place of emerging rituals in different cultures, as well as providing practical guidance for creating your own secular rituals. The author includes examples, risk factors, and checklists for the stages of planning new rituals for life events such as birth, marriage, and death, as well as for public occasions such as graduation and protest marches.

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      Jeltje Gordon-Lennox is an author and psychotherapist with expertise in the field of world religions, writing about ritual studies theory, and the role of the senses in the contemporary practice of secular ritual. She is the founder of the Ashoka Association (Ashoka.ch), where she trains secular celebrants in the craft of secular ritualization. Jeltje lives in Switzerland.

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      Outside of religious institutions there has not been much published guidance on how to create rituals. Beginning in the mid-20th century though, wedding planners, along with celebrant, humanist, and funeral societies, began to fill the void. Half a century later, DIY rituals can still be awkward, embarrassing, or meaningless. This book takes a decisive step in the right direction. It gives practical advice to readers for crafting rites of passage thoughtfully and creatively.
      Crafting Secular Ritual draws on Jeltje Gordon-Lennox's wealth of experience and her gentle, compassionate nature. This practical handbook will be enormously helpful to all those interested in carving out unique, meaningful, relevant, and profound secular rituals for life events of all kinds.

      This book addresses all aspects of contemporary ritualmaking.
      The author speaks to her reader's heart and mind. The language is clear and concrete. This book is interesting for scholars, celebrants and everyone looking for ways to meaningfully ritualize life-transitions.


      A fascinating and erudite work on a rich subject that manages to bridge the practical and the theoretical, the broad brush stroke and the minutest detail, in a way that is enjoyable to read and easy to understand. As an independent celebrant, I found it both informative and inspiring, filled with ideas that cover a breadth of rituals that our secular society so clearly needs. Whether you are a professional maker of ritual, wishing to deepen the understanding of how and why human beings ritualise their experiences, or an individual driven by an interest in creating secular ritual to help cross a life threshold, this book will provide the reader with a rich foundation for the creation of meaningful experiences.
      We have forgotten how to make rituals; the lack of ritual in our lives today leads to alienation and loneliness. By neglecting ritual we lose out on an aspect of life that human beings once gave their utmost attention. This book appeals to all, secular and religious. It allows us to reconsider one of the greatest human needs: our ritual life."
      The time has certainly come for a book like this, which carefully, thoroughly, and skilfully describes why ritual is important, how ritual can be created and realized in secular society with people who are either distanced from their root religious traditions, or who have a secular mind set, or little meaningful relationship with any traditional religion. This book contains helpful graphs, lists, and directions for creating ritual, and describes the role and duties of presiders or celebrants of secular ritual. This is a handbook and reference book which can be used in many ways in a huge variety of circumstances, and I personally want very much to have it in my library. It is rich with scholarship, careful thought, clear explanations, and inspired wisdom.
      Crafting Secular Ritual is perfectly written to meet the need of contemporary people for meaningful ritual in their lives without necessarily turning to religious traditions that may not resonate with them or their loved ones. Jeltje Gordon-Lennox provides a blending of historical context with modern tools and checklists that provides the scaffolding needed for those who will create rituals for themselves or on behalf of others. As a Unitarian Universalist minister, I often create personalized rituals for a wide range of people who are religious, spiritual and/or completely secular. This new addition to the body of work supporting the need for ritual to mark major life passages and events combined with a detailed methodology for crafting these rituals is most welcome.
      Human beings show an enduring need for ritual. We need ritual, Jeltje Gordon-Lennox suggests, to pause in the frantic whirl of modern life, reflect on our past and approach our future with creativity. In this itself beautifully crafted book, the author lays the theoretical building blocks for understanding what ritual is and why and when we need it, before offering a practical guide to creating and 'crafting' rituals which are deeply personalised but connected to the universal rhythms of life. Taking God out of the equation, may, she acknowledges, leave some people feeling lost, until they discover within themselves the capacity through ritual to connect with their deepest needs and wishes. Built on a lifetime of exploring and creating ritual, Jeltje Gordon-Lennox shares her wisdom and experience in a book which is both deeply reflective and intensely practical. It has something to say for everyone.
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    We’re All Mad Here The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety Claire Eastham, Natasha Devon
    9781785920820 Paperback SELF-HELP / Anxieties & Phobias Publication Date:November 21, 2016
    $26.95 CAD 164 x 196 x 15 mm | 160 gr | 200 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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      Anxiety is a crafty shapeshifter that can take on many forms: the tiger that sinks its claws in with physical symptoms and distressing thoughts, the cruel and belittling bully creating insecurity and self-doubt, and, worst of all, the frenemy rewarding avoidance of social situations with no physical symptoms, no cruel thoughts ... and no life beyond your sofa! This no-nonsense guide to beating social anxiety covers everything from surviving university and the workplace through to social media and making it through parties and dates (while actually enjoying them!). With honest insights about her own social anxiety and a healthy dose of humour, award-winning blogger Claire Eastham describes what social anxiety is, why it happens, and how you can lessen its effects with lifestyle choices, talking therapies, or even a hug from your favourite canine friend.
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      Claire Eastham writes about coping with social anxiety on her award-winning blog, We’re All Mad Here (www.weallmadhere.com), and recently started her own YouTube channel where she discusses anxiety and demonstrates self-help techniques. She works in publishing and is based in London, UK.
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      Claire's openness about her anxiety is perfectly counter-balanced with practical tips and ideas to try. The result is that the reader feels like a friend, who really 'gets them', is holding their hand whilst gently urging them to spread their wings and fly.
      Claire Eastham's personality leaps from the pages of We're All Mad Here and gives you an enthusiastic cuddle. If you haven't fallen in love with her by the time you're finished then we probably wouldn't get on.
      Claire provides a very personal insight into her own experience of living with anxiety and the challenges she has faced through school, university and working life in a no holds barred, warts and all account. Her easy writing style and sharp humour will not only keep you engaged and entertained - with frequent laugh out loud moments - but she shares some really useful tips and encouragement that many people living with anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression will find extremely helpful.

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