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We know you send your children to LAM to receive a top tier education, but what about you? When are you taking the time to better yourself? Here we would like to share some of our favorite books and tools to help parents be... better parents, moms, dads, spouses, friends, and members of our community.
We do not endorse any specific stores for these books. Whether you find them at the library, or online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ebay etc. We always suggest you shop for the best price in the format that best fits your needs.
If you have a reading suggestion for our LAM Families and staff, please contact the LAM office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who doesn't LOVE FREE BOOKS??? With a tablet, smart phone, or your computer, you have access to free books all the time. You can find huge selections of fiction, literature, cook books, childrens books, educational resources, and more.
Public Library: Once you have a library card you can go online and start borrowing books online. More recent releases may require that you go on a waiting list and may restrict the time you can borrow the book. CDA Library and Kootenai County Libraries have seperate websites, however the online book system is the same.
Project Gutenburg: This project was designed to provide FREE, out of copyright, books to the world. The list is large, however, any books you download are yours to keep and are completely free and legal.
Kindle Free Best Sellers: Amazon has thousands of free-for-a-limited-time books. Simply go to the link below and you will see the current best seller books. You can select TOP 100 PAID or TOP 100 FREE. When you select FREE you can then refine the list by the sub categories to the left. PLEASE NOTE: These book lists are updated every few minutes so books may not be FREE for long.
Kindle Free Classics: Kindle has worked with the Project Gutenburg and other sites to provide a HUGE selection of literary classics. You can download all of these books into your Kindle app and they are yours to own completely free and completely legal. Here you will find books such as Oliver Twist, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, David Copperfield, and so many more.
Nook Free Books: If you are a Nook reader, here is the Barnes and Noble selection of free books. Many selections will be similar to the Kindle selection and all free classic books should be available through the Nook as well.
TEN MINDFUL MINUTES by Goldie Hawn
Teaching Our Children to Help Themselves Be Happy
Practical, timely, relevant, and inspiring, 10 Mindful Minutes is Goldie Hawn’s gift to parents who want to help their children learn better and live happier lives.
Hawn presents simple and practial ways to develop mindfulness in children and parents alike, and shares her own heartfelt experiences with the challenges and joys of parenting.
PRETTY by Tammy Strait
We use this word to describe a person’s appearance, the look of a flower, or even the style of a room. We strive for pretty. But we often fail to look beyond the surface. Whether we assume the
outside is all that matters or expect more based on an attractive package, we have a tendency to miss what resides beneath the pretty exterior. So often we find emptiness, pain, and insecurity
instead of the beauty we seek.
In Pretty, Tammy Strait encourages readers to look beyond the superficialities we use to protect ourselves or to impress others. By Looking Back, Looking In, Looking Out, Looking Forward, and Looking Up, Tammy teaches readers to examine the illusions they are living under that prevent them from authentic connection with those around us. She guides us to a deeper relationship with ourselves, with those around us, and with God. A more abundant life awaits when we rest in the unconditional love of the Creator.
A THOUSAND GIFTS: A DARE TO LIVE FULLY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE by Ann Voskamp
Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. “How,” Ann wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long---and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?”
In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted … a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved---by God.
EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING by Robin Roberts
So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later that she will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friends that saw her through her difficult times.
GIFTED HANDS by Ben Carson, MD
In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The extremely complex and delicate operation, five months in the planning and twenty-two hours in the execution, involved a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate.
Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removed one half of their brain.
But such breakthroughs aren't unusual for Ben Carson. He's been beating the odds since he was a child.
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
JESUS CALLING: 365 DEVOTIONS FOR KIDS by Sarah Young
(This is suggested for parents and kids to enjoy together!)
After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down what she believed He was saying to her through Scripture.Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her devotionals. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling.
It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers, and now young readers, with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave—"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"—wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson, MD
With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change--an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable.
Most people are fearful of change because they don't believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Spencer Johnson shows us that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.