(NAPSI)—Renting is the new normal. Increasingly, consumers are
turning to renting over buying for everything from homes to cars, to designer
handbags, jewelry, bridal gowns and now—even textbooks.
This smart alternative lets consumers save money by paying for just what
they need without the long-term burden of ownership.
In the case of college textbooks, renting can help parents and students
stretch their budgets for college-related expenses. Given that the average
student at a four-year public college can expect to pay $1,100 a year on
textbooks and materials, this is welcome news.
How the Process Works
Saving money on textbook rentals does not have to be a long and painful
process thanks to a website designed to be simple, straightforward and
efficient to use. It provides students with access to textbooks at savings of
nearly 85 percent compared to the price of new books. It even offers a
discount when more than three books are rented.
By visiting the site called collegebookrenter.com (CBR), students are able
to rent or buy their entire course load of books online. They also have the
option of applying rental costs toward the purchase of a book if they are
inspired to do so once courses have gotten under way-a flexible option
designed to benefit students still searching for their major or career path.
Their Buyback Policy
To make things even easier, collegebookrenter.com will buy back textbooks
365 days a year. Students can sell college textbooks-even if they were
purchased from another source—for cash or receive a credit toward
future textbook rentals or purchases. Plus, it offers fast, secure payments
and free shipping on your textbook buyback, so students can spend their cash
on other important things.
A Deep Inventory
CBR is designed to serve the full spectrum of higher education students.
Students of all kinds-college, graduate, part-time and professional-can
choose the textbook solution that works best for their personal needs with a
wide array of options for rent or purchase, flexible time frames and bundled
discounts. The website also offers in-house customer service, including a
quick "click to chat" option, as well as live phone support.
"I'm always looking for ways to save money," said Taylor
senior. "After comparing prices, using collegebookrenter.com has always
been the cheaper option and renting books online is easier than waiting in
long lines at the bookstore."
(NAPSI)—Good news about children's health: Most youngsters
with cancer—nearly 80 percent—beat the disease, according to Michael
P. Link, M.D., president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
"One major reason," he explained, "is that the
overwhelming majority of childhood cancer patients—about 80
percent—have enrolled in clinical trials. These are the vehicles through
which cancer treatments are developed and refined. They remain the most
powerful tool for advancing the care of both childhood and adult
You can find this prestigious spokesman for the highest levels of cancer
research and treatment listed among the more than 2,600 outstanding
physicians in the new seventh edition of "
's Top Doctors for
The book is published by Castle Connolly. It's sold for $34.95 at
(800) 399-3627, major bookstores and www.castleconnolly.com.
(NAPSI)—The most important lesson learned during Christmas can
illuminate our lives all year long. That lesson is that God cares so much
about us that He showed up among us.
Jesus was born into the same world that you and I live in today. Jesus was
born to a broke teenage mother. He was born into an occupied nation ruled by
outsiders. He was born in a world that was not so merry—the diseased
were outcasts, women were stoned at even the suspicion of impropriety, and
children were senselessly slaughtered.
Some time in the past two thousand years, we've forgotten the
reality of Jesus' birth—its stark juxtaposition of joy and pain.
We witness the glittering side of the holiday in all the bright displays,
in the commercials on every channel and the songs that permeate public
But the pain is there just below the surface.
Just beneath the glitter and the ever-cheerful tunes, we hurt again with
the news of another police officer killed in the line of duty; news of
another trusted coach accused of assaulting another innocent child.
Stories of women on the other side of the world whose repeated rapes are
perpetrated as another senseless act of another senseless war.
So much of the pain is more personal and hits much closer to home.
A friend is rejected for that much-needed, much-prayed-for organ
A neighbor is losing his house to foreclosure.
Jesus wasn't born into a utopian society to well-to-do parents. He
was born right here among us.
So He gets it when you hurt. He feels it when anger wells up in you
because of life's injustices. He grieves right along with you through
your losses and discouragements. He lived it, so He gets it.
That's the Jesus of the Bible.
There's much more to Jesus than just a perfect baby born in a
perfect manger on a perfectly silent night. I challenge everyone to get to
know the real Jesus who came into the real world for the sake of real people.
Why not read what happened after the manger? His
story is as close as the nearest Bible.
Dr. Lamar Vest is the President and
CEO of the American Bible Society (ABS) and author of five books. Under Dr.
Vest's leadership, the 195-year-old Society is working to deliver
Scripture where it is most needed including anytime, anywhere access through
MP3, web, e-mail and mobile technologies.
Manhattan, ABS exists to make the Bible
available to every person in a language and format that each can understand
and afford, so all people may experience its
life-changing message. One of the nation's oldest nonprofit
organizations, today's ABS provides interactive, high- and low-tech
resources enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to
engage with the best-selling book of all time.
(NAPSI)—Here's a surprising fact: Not only do drugs and
alcohol alter your brain chemistry in ways willpower can't control, but
so does the wrong food. However, most people don't see food addiction
as akin to substance abuse.
Fortunately, help may be at hand. Based on a scientific study by Scripps
Research Institute, renowned addictive behavior expert Dr. Mike Dow wrote "Diet
Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat,"
published by Avery-a specifically designed diet plan that slowly replaces bad
foods and behaviors with good foods and behaviors.
When you eat fatty or sugary foods, Dr. Dow explains, your brain releases
a surge of feel-good chemicals. Eventually, it takes more and more just to
feel normal. Instead, he says, you can use gradual detox to harness the power
of your brain chemistry as you restore your proper weight, balance, energy
There's no calorie counting and you won't feel deprived. You
can continue eating your favorite snacks but after 28 days on this plan, you
won't want to as much.
(NAPSI)—A glamorous spa provides a deceptively idyllic setting in "The
Look of Love," a delicious new mystery by New York Times bestselling
author Mary Jane Clark.
When the owner of Elysium, an exclusive spa and plastic surgery center,
offers Piper Donovan an all-expenses-paid trip to
Los Angeles, she accepts. All she has to do
is create a dazzling and unique wedding cake.
The job also appeals to Piper because it will give her the time to sort
out her feelings for handsome FBI agent Jack Lombardi.
The ultraluxurious spa caters to the rich and famous in need of a little "refreshing"—a
nip here, a tuck there, a little Botox, a little detox. Nestled in the
Hollywood Hills, Elysium seems picture perfect. But no sooner does Piper
arrive than a guest is brutally murdered in one of the private bungalows. She
soon discovers that beneath the glamorous surface of this idyllic oasis lies
an ugly truth—and a cold-blooded plan for murder.
The Associated Press has called
of the most talented storytellers around." Like Piper Donovan,
Clark has a mother who made customized cakes for the
neighborhood kids when she was growing up. After a career at CBS News and
writing 12 media thrillers, the author envisioned the Piper Donovan/Wedding
Cake mystery series.
Part of the appeal may be the great recipes the books include, such as
this one for Icing on the Cupcake Cream-Cheese Frosting.
½ cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
1½ cups cream cheese, also at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectioners' sugar
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the butter, cream cheese and
vanilla until smooth. Turn the mixer down to lowest speed and add the
confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, until it's completely
combined and smooth.
The series has also garnered positive reviews.
Library Journal said that "Touches of humor keep the mystery light,
the baking subplot keeps it cozy, and there is enough going on with family
and Piper's newly developing relationship to keep it real," and
Romantic Times gave it four stars.
The book is available wherever books are sold. For more information, you
can find Mary Jane Clark or Piper Donovan on Facebook or visit www.maryjaneclark.com.
(NAPSI)—A joyful and at times heartbreaking new book offers insights
into marriage, family and the lessons that parents pass on to their daughters
The story takes place in Becker's Bridal in Fowler,
Michigan, a place that 100,000 brides-to-be from across
Midwest have made pilgrimages to. A
mirrored room in this bridal shop, once a bank vault, is now called the "Magic
In "The Magic Room: A Story About The Love We Wish For Our Daughters"
Gotham), Jeffrey Zaslow takes readers to
this remarkable small-town bridal shop to explore the hopes and dreams that
parents have for their daughters.
Zaslow came to Fowler not just to write about wedding gowns and what they
represent. He came to understand the women wearing them, their fears and
yearnings, and through them, he tells a larger story about the love between
parents and daughters today.
In "The Magic Room," Zaslow examines women on the brink of commitment,
whose stories, secrets and memories will pull you in from the moment they
first see their reflection in this iconic room.
"The Magic Room" is available wherever books are sold.
(NAPSI)—A great mystery, one that has baffled religious scholars for
centuries, is tackled in a new thriller novel, "The Breath of God,"
in which readers are taken on a breathless, page-turning adventure.
It starts in 1887, when a Russian journalist, Nicholas Notovitch,
claimed he had made an explosive discovery in the
Himalayas. Notovitch published his findings in 1894 but was
quickly condemned and silenced for what was perceived to be heresy. Evidence
of his discovery then mysteriously disappeared and the story faded into
Starting with this historical fact, Jeffrey Small, a respected commentator
on religion and spirituality, has written a novel setting contemporary
religious conflicts and his protagonist's personal journey against
ancient history and accepted religious dogma.
The story centers on a young doctoral candidate who hopes to prove that a
series of legends indigenous to South Asia refer to spiritual pilgrimages of
Jesus during his "missing years" between the ages of 13 and 30.
Set amidst the dramatic Himalayan landscapes of
and exotic, mystical
this debut novel weaves a tale of hidden teachings, religious secrets,
ancient and current-day cover-ups, and fanatics who distort the truth for
their own agendas.
"The Breath of God" (West Hills Press) addresses Notovitch's claims and tackles whether there is
fact behind his alleged discovery of a fifth Gospel. Through Small's
protagonist, it explores what Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism have in
common and similarities in the spiritual paths of the Buddha, Jesus and
Library Journal says the "tale is for fans of Dan Brown's
thrillers as well as readers who enjoy visionary fiction," while RT
Book Reviews says it's "a thought-provoking masterpiece."
The Progressive Christian Review calls it a "breathless quest."
The novel relies on Small's impressive scholarship and extensive
research, which took him to the Himalayas, monasteries in
, and Yoga ashrams in
. When not writing, Small
often speaks on the topic of how to think about religion in a scientific and
For Further Information
"The Breath of God" (print and digital) is available where
books are sold. Learn more at www.JeffreySmall.com
(NAPSI)—Schools are closed. It's a snow day. It's the
winter break or the summer vacation. You've watched TV, played video
games, baked cookies. Now what? Schools are closed for several more days.
But a break from school doesn't have to be the equivalent of a
learning-free time for kids.
For children who have been struggling in school, a school recess can be
their opportunity to catch up on key skills and feel more confident when they
head back to class. For students who do well, it's an opportunity to
keep their enthusiasm high for learning.
Parents can play a key role in reinforcing learning on an ongoing basis.
Here are some tips, suggested to make sure that every holiday is a good
balance of free discovery, play, leisure and learning for kids.
Read. Everyone has his or her
favorite book, so read them to each other. It's fun for the older kids
to read their favorite childhood books to their younger siblings. Act out
your favorite scenes for the enjoyment of everyone.
Play games as a family and, for
some quiet time, as individuals. Some mind-engaging activities include
board games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, coloring, finger
painting, watercolors, scrapbooking.
Keep up the lessons. Check
those spelling words—If there aren't any from school, assign your
own. Practice math facts. Read the next chapter in the social studies book.
Practice. Practice. Practice. Workbooks and learning kits can help fill in the gaps and provide the
practice needed to excel in school. For example, supplemental education
companies like Sylvan Learning provide a wide variety of exercise books that
include fun, teacher-reviewed, age-appropriate games and activities. These
resources offer chapter books with grade-appropriate vocabulary, flash cards,
CDs and games that can equip families with fun, effective and
grade-appropriate learning tools during the holidays.
Keep writing. As a family, keep
a holiday journal. Have everyone write a few lines each day about important
and not-so-important events. The weather, the rainfall, the consecutive sunny
days, the growth rate of the tomato plants. Favorite movies, TV shows,
sporting events. People you've visited or who have visited you.
Neighborhood news and events. New friends. School plans for next year.
Try to keep up normal routines. Yes, the snow throws everything off, and that's okay. It's good
to take a break (or have one thrust upon you) from time to time. But try to
keep bedtimes, mealtimes, study times and other important personal routines
(medications, for example) as close to normal as possible. When you know
schools will reopen again, start to get back into the swing of things right
Organize. Take this found time
to organize notebooks, planners, backpacks and study areas at home. Make sure
everyone's up-to-date on assignments that will be due when school
Keep it informal. You don't
have to re-create a classroom experience at home. You shouldn't, as a
matter of fact. Kids will soon "get it" that they can be learning
new things, remembering old ones and using their knowledge as a simple matter
of course. Keep up the holiday fun. Just keep up the learning, too.
A recess or day off from school is no excuse to put kids' brains on
hiatus. It's for a different kind of learning.