Clearly explains how Christian employers can stay within the bounds of the law while also meeting the requirements of their...

SOME TIPS TO PREVENT EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS

A FAITH-BASED LEGAL GUIDE FOR MANAGERS

Robinson’s concise guide to preventing employment discrimination lawsuits suggests developing business practices that accord with the Christian faith.

Robinson’s compact guide has two big goals: provide employers with practical steps to reduce their exposure to discrimination lawsuits and explain how those steps naturally follow Christian tenets. Robinson—who draws on his experiences as a practitioner-in-residence at the University of New Haven and his work as a labor lawyer—also examines the most common types of discrimination lawsuits, as well as how to increase the likelihood that the employer will win such cases in court. The book focuses on several major categories of discrimination: race, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability and religion; it also covers sexual harassment suits. Robinson briefly explains the laws that govern each type of discrimination case, and he provides practical advice employers can use to ensure they’re hiring, promoting, demoting and firing within the limits of the law. He describes how many of these actions—such as promoting workers according to their skills or providing reasonable accommodations for disabled employees—are actually mentioned in the Bible. As a “faith-based” guide for employers, the link between U.S. employment law and Christian teachings are key to the book’s premise: An employer that follows his or her Christian principles first will be well-served when it comes to meeting the requirements of secular employment discrimination law. Less helpful is the advice given to members of protected groups to avoid becoming victims of discrimination, which is not only not Bible-based, but also tends to boil down to counseling that they “be less” a member of the group in question. Although the sections addressing employees are well-intentioned, the guide provides much more thorough advice to employers, especially those who are Christian.

Clearly explains how Christian employers can stay within the bounds of the law while also meeting the requirements of their faith.

Pub Date: Oct. 26, 2012

ISBN: 978-1449770631

Page Count: 122

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 16, 2013

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A very welcome instance of philosophy that can help readers live a good life.

THE ART OF SOLITUDE

A teacher and scholar of Buddhism offers a formally varied account of the available rewards of solitude.

“As Mother Ayahuasca takes me in her arms, I realize that last night I vomited up my attachment to Buddhism. In passing out, I died. In coming to, I was, so to speak, reborn. I no longer have to fight these battles, I repeat to myself. I am no longer a combatant in the dharma wars. It feels as if the course of my life has shifted onto another vector, like a train shunted off its familiar track onto a new trajectory.” Readers of Batchelor’s previous books (Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World, 2017, etc.) will recognize in this passage the culmination of his decadeslong shift away from the religious commitments of Buddhism toward an ecumenical and homegrown philosophy of life. Writing in a variety of modes—memoir, history, collage, essay, biography, and meditation instruction—the author doesn’t argue for his approach to solitude as much as offer it for contemplation. Essentially, Batchelor implies that if you read what Buddha said here and what Montaigne said there, and if you consider something the author has noticed, and if you reflect on your own experience, you have the possibility to improve the quality of your life. For introspective readers, it’s easy to hear in this approach a direct response to Pascal’s claim that “all of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Batchelor wants to relieve us of this inability by offering his example of how to do just that. “Solitude is an art. Mental training is needed to refine and stabilize it,” he writes. “When you practice solitude, you dedicate yourself to the care of the soul.” Whatever a soul is, the author goes a long way toward soothing it.

A very welcome instance of philosophy that can help readers live a good life.

Pub Date: Feb. 18, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-300-25093-0

Page Count: 200

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: Nov. 25, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2019

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Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

A compilation of advice from the Queen of All Media.

After writing a column for 14 years titled “What I Know For Sure” for O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Winfrey brings together the highlights into one gift-ready collection. Grouped into themes like Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity and Power, each short essay is the distilled thought of a woman who has taken the time to contemplate her life’s journey thus far. Whether she is discussing traveling across the country with her good friend, Gayle, the life she shares with her dogs or building a fire in the fireplace, Winfrey takes each moment and finds the good in it, takes pride in having lived it and embraces the message she’s received from that particular time. Through her actions and her words, she shows readers how she's turned potentially negative moments into life-enhancing experiences, how she's found bliss in simple pleasures like a perfectly ripe peach, and how she's overcome social anxiety to become part of a bigger community. She discusses the yo-yo dieting, exercise and calorie counting she endured for almost two decades as she tried to modify her physical body into something it was not meant to be, and how one day she decided she needed to be grateful for each and every body part: "This is the body you've been given—love what you've got." Since all of the sections are brief and many of the essays are only a couple paragraphs long—and many members of the target audience will have already read them in the magazine—they are best digested in short segments in order to absorb Winfrey's positive and joyful but repetitive message. The book also features a new introduction by the author.

Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

Pub Date: Sept. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-1250054050

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Flatiron View Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2014

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