Anna and Beth have been close friends for virtually all their lives. Together they have weathered the pains of childhood and adolescents and celebrated the joys of success and marriage. But, tragically, Beth is diagnosed with breast cancer and after a brief struggle with the disease dies. Anna is left to go on alone. Distraught over the loss of her friend, Anna retreats to Martha’s Vineyard for the weekend in the hopes of having some time alone to grieve. It is there that she meets John Duffy, a stranger who will help her through her anguish and guide her toward a better understanding of life and death. Through a series of uncanny, spiritual events Anna is able to learn that true friendship is never lost forever — even in death.
In this heartwarming book, the miraculous power of friendship is proven through amazing experiences in the lives of ordinary men and women. Karen Kingsbury has gathered together real-life examples of friends who are there for each other because they want to be, not because they have to be. These uplifting stories illustrate that true friendship is made of love and laughter, compassion and understanding. And when life sends a challenge that cannot be met alone, God provides a friend when one is needed most.
In Joan Ryan’s groundbreaking new book we discover that the answer to all of the above is a resounding yes. As Ryan puts it, team chemistry, or the combination of biological and social forces that boosts selfless effort among more players over more days of a season, is what drives sports teams toward a common goal, encouraging the players to be the best versions of themselves. These are the elements of teams that make them “click,” the ones that foster trust and respect, and push players to exceed their own potential when they work well together.
Team chemistry alone won’t win a World Series, but talent alone won’t win it, either. And with over 100 interviews with more than 100 players, coaches, managers, and statisticians, as well as over five years of extensive research in neuroscience, biology, physiology, and psychology, Ryan proves that the social and emotional state of a team does affect performance. Grit, passion, selflessness and effort matter– but never underestimate the power of chemistry.
The cop Daphne Matthews secretly loves is being destroyed by the extortion. Boldt sees his department cracking. As the high-tech manhunt builds to a furious crescendo, Boldt and Matthews are jolted again: the madman they’re hunting may not be working alone . . .
Cass finds herself alone and disoriented, a stranger in a dream-like, medieval world. Where is she? Who is she? With the help of a long-lost relative, she begins to uncover clues and secrets–piecing together her family’s history as she fights her way back to the present world.
Meanwhile, back home, Cass is at the hospital in a deep coma. Max-Ernest knows she ate Time Travel Chocolate–and he’s determined to find a cure. Can our expert hypochondriac diagnose Cass’s condition before it’s too late? And will he have what it takes to save the survivalist?