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Setting Up and Managing Your Own Coffee Bar: How to open a coffee bar that actually lasts and makes money . . . (Coffee Boys Step By Step Guide)
Setting Up and Managing Your Own Coffee Bar: How to open a coffee bar that actually lasts and makes money . . . (Coffee Boys Step By Step Guide)
by John Richardson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Coffe boys', 19 Mar 2010
"An exceptional book and amazing value considering you also get two hours of online video and the ability to ask the authors specific questions included in the price. The big difference between this book and almost every other "How to set up a coffee shop/sandwich bar" book out there is that their experience is gathered from literally dozens of examples of businesses they have owned or advised. Most of the other books are from people who have owned one (or maybe two) sites and suddenly feel they are qualified to instruct the rest of us on a general basis. This book is littered with lots of personal "true stories" from different businesses in the catering sector and that's the best part of it in my eyes. I love the analogy about how running a coffee shop is a vastly harder job than being a heart surgeon. So true.

My only criticism is that the "step by step" section at the end is a little limited. For a complete novice that may be a problem but then, as the boys say themselves, if you expect to get all the answers from one book then you're somewhat misguided. Their advice is to read all the books that are out there and I think that makes a lot of sense."


Waking From Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make them Permanent
Waking From Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make them Permanent
by Steve Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.84

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hugely insightful as always, 15 Mar 2010
great stuff once again - engaging and easy to read - taylor describes the mechanics of enlightenment through his journey along the hereos' path (in the Joseph Cabellian mono-mythical tense) and his ability to superimpose upon the subject a logical and intuitive taxonomy, leading us finally to be able use various approaches and understandings to begin or perhaps to continue to begin on one's own epiphanic odyssey


The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focused Therapy)
The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focused Therapy)
by Paul Gilbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful, 13 Jan 2010
Nicely written and easy to understand - don't be put off by the length. part of a new-wave of books around the area of enlightenement, acceptance, mindfulness, compasion that goes beyond the mytical and grounds itself upon solid scientific frame - evolutionary biology of the brain and behaviour in this case. and then going on to provide practical how-to exercises to help us actualise according the theory already laid out. very practical but also with the justification that a large number of western minds will demand before they act - very canny!
my other favourties in this newer wave are the solid The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD) and the iconoclastic How to Live in the Here and Now: A Guide to Accelerated Enlightenment, Unlocking the Power of Mindful Awarenessone more book i like that also Waking from Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make Them Permanent


Guardians of Being
Guardians of Being
by Eckhart Tolle
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tolle at his best again, 12 Nov 2009
This review is from: Guardians of Being (Hardcover)
fantasic, inspiring as always - great for those times when we are dragged into our stories and the world's stories - for those times we need a quick "reset", but haven't got time to get into too much text....
of similar interest is

How to Live in the Here and Now: A Guide to Accelerated Enlightenment, Unlocking the Power of Mindful Awareness


The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era
The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era
by Steve Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.69

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradigm shifting stuff - great, 10 Mar 2009
YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY: How to Live in the Here and Now: A Guide to Accelerated Enlightenment, Unlocking the Power of Mindful Awareness

THE FALL: a lot of mainstream history would have us believe that only the last 2000 years mattered - and that despite the odd glitch it's been a journey from primitive to progress. But pretty much we are all operating in a 21st century world with a 'caveman' brain/body. How illuminating, for example, to think that pre agricultural people worked less than half the hours we do, were healthier than their agrarian successors and lived almost entirely peaceably and in harmony. a much nicer idea than the idea that life is `nasty hard and brutish' (Hobbes). not least I like this as it sets a precedent for the future. if our ancestors were able to live a more sane life than us by valuing only what was valuable and finding themselves a lot less afflicted by the ego. they've proved there is technically nothing innate in each of us to prevent the going forward into a new Eden. I recommend any readers interested in transcending (overcoming / decommissioning) the all too common twin maladies of time-bound perception and ego identification should have a look at: How to Live in the Here and Now - i've put in a link for you at the top!


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies
by Rob Willson
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CBT for Dummies, 9 Mar 2009
A great book - very straight forward - and not only that practical too - some very uselful techniques and ideas. I'm also getting into mindfulness based cognitive therapy - anyone who liked this or has an interest in mindfulness would do well to have a look at :
How to Live in the Here and Now: A Guide to Accelerated Enlightenment, Unlocking the Power of Mindful Awareness which i found very useful


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