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Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite 10 (OLD VERSION)
Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite 10 (OLD VERSION)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best suite for amateur to serious hobbyist group, November 15, 2007
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My original review follows but since so many people are having problems with this product I thought I would share some helpful advice based on my experience. My original review was based on working with an XP machine and nothing attached but my video source, MP3 player and portable video device (one at a time). It worked flawless. Now that I have worked with it more I have had some of the same frustrations others have expressed but have located the source of the problem.

The software hangs, can't be stopped using process manager or with any other tools, etc. However, this only occurs when I have my SanDisk usb thumb drive attached. As soon as I pull it out everything works fine. Plug it in and things hang almost immediately. Same thing with an external usb hard drive (Maxtor). As soon as it is unplugged everything is fine. Working without any usb hard drives it works perfectly. For me this is not a problem as I just work and save things locally and then transfer them to the usb drive later after closing the program if I really want it onto the drive. I'm guessing that is the difference between those who have glowing reviews and those who think it is trash with nightmarish problems. I have experienced both and at least now have control of the experience so I always have a positive one. Hope this helps others experiencing some of these problems.

*** Original review ***
Installation of Easy Media Creator 10 was straightforward and I had no problems. After a quick reboot I was glad to find there are significant improvements over previous versions. Somehow they have added more options while increasing the ease of use. This is no easy task as added options just increase choices and the complexity of the program.

Of course it has all the basic features you would expect from a consumer grade product but it also has several more advanced items that you might not expect. While it does not reach the point of being an appropriate product for professionals, it never claims to be either. Instead it is simply one of the best high-end consumer grade media suites available. This being said it does not alienate the true novice but has many wizards and a clean interface so people with very little experience in media creation, enhancement, conversion, or other tasks can easily get the results they want.

The software did exactly what I had expected with just a few of exceptions. The HD and Blu-ray support is not as extensive as some other competitors. If this is a major factor for you then you may be disappointed. The AutoFix in the photo enhancement section did fix exposure and sharpness but the color correction could get severely off if there was also an exposure adjustment. I tried AutoFix on a picture of a Moon Jellyfish stranded on the sand. The clear jellyfish had some light tinges of color due to refraction of the sunlight. The sand was a dark gray color. By the time the AutoFix had adjusted the photo the jellyfish was appropriate but the sand was changed to a surreal bright purple. Finally, the propaganda for the product indicates that you can create ringtones from your favorite sound files. Despite the instructions in the help file I was unable to do so and found that one of the choices that, according to the help file, was supposed to be there after a right click was not one of the choices available.

On the other hand parts of the program worked better than expected. The panorama creation tool was one of the easiest I have used and did an excellent job. Of course, I did start with good photographs to begin with. For the video editor in you the package includes both CineMagic, a video editor directed more toward the novice, and VideoWave which is a more complete editor for more demanding projects. Finally, the audio conversion tools were excellent.

The bottom line here is this software is highly recommended to everyone from the novice user to the serious hobbyist. For this group of users it is the best suite of products I have worked with.
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The Unwanted Gift of Grief: A Ministry Approach (Haworth Pastoral Press Religion and Mental Health)
The Unwanted Gift of Grief: A Ministry Approach (Haworth Pastoral Press Religion and Mental Health)
by Tim P. VanDuivendyk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $125.00
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on this subject, October 14, 2007
No one escapes the need to deal with grief at some point in their life. The question is how do we move from grief to transformation? That is the focus of this book. Whether it is our personal grief or the grief of a friend or loved one we all need to move through it. While everyone grieves different people may grieve very differently. By understanding the losses, suffering and eventual healing that others have gone through we come to understand grief as a normal process and a gift from God to help us heal.

One part of the book is dedicated to examining the effect of grief on marriage and family. This part includes looking at the different ways that men and women often grieve and how that can affect a relationship. In this section the author also includes a discussion on how grief can affect sexual closeness.

The author's comments reveal a deep understanding of grief and loss. He examines common ways that people use to deal with sickness and injury including prayers for miracles and making contracts with God. For those looking to help others in their grief part three is an excellent guide. It is titled Sojourners in the Wilderness: How to Help. It provides detailed guidelines and helps for those who are helping others through the grief process. It includes separate chapters on helping people in unbelievable darkness, asking why, praying for a miracle, and wrestling with sadness and depression. This is easily one of the best books I have ever read on the subject of grief and grief counseling. It is very highly recommended to anyone going through a loss or supporting those who are.


Pastoral Care of Depression: Helping Clients Heal Their Relationship With God (Haworth Series in Chaplaincy)
Pastoral Care of Depression: Helping Clients Heal Their Relationship With God (Haworth Series in Chaplaincy)
by Glendon Moriarty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $135.00
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Christian therapists, October 14, 2007
This book is primarily concerned with how a person's image of God develops and then using that information to examine how current theories of depression interact with this God image. It is the examination of this relationship between depression and a person's image of God that makes this book unique.

Often people are raised to believe in a God who is loving and accepting but their experiences point to a God who rejects them. Or at least that is how they interpret their experiences. This difference between an all loving God in concept and a very different God in the internalized concept of God is a major part of this book. To resolve depression it is essential to change the God image based on subjective, emotional experiences. People who struggle with depression often have a critical and rejecting God image as a result of critical and rejecting parents.

After discussing the above material the author provides an overview of both the psychodynamic theory of depression, and the cognitive theory. He also examines the relationship between depression, guilt, and religious belief. Throughout the book you will find case examples, exercises, suggested forms, questionnaires, and similar tools. There are several exercises on discovering and understanding your God image. That's followed by an excellent section of how the God image develops.

Chapter 5 covers the God image assessment, and the importance of a good assessment in order to understand the client's image of God. To assist with this he includes a 40 question questionnaire and a 28 question true and false questionnaire as well as instructions on how to score them.

Chapters 6 and 7 cover techniques specific to the psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive schools of thought. With all this preliminary information in hand Chapter 8 delves into how to develop a workable treatment plan. The author follows sound, well proven therapeutic techniques couched in the religious belief system of Christian theology. Pastoral Care of Depression: Helping Clients Heal Their Relationship with God is highly recommend to all Christian counselors.


Christian Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Christian Counseling
Christian Therapist's Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Christian Counseling
by Philip J. Henry
Edition: Paperback
Price: $50.57
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource, October 14, 2007
This workbook is divided into three sections, one for individuals, one for couples and families and one for children and adolescents. Each one of the sections include homework assignments, handouts and suggested activities. The focus of the book is to answer the question of what do you do when the door closes and you have to deal with the practical issue of effective therapy. In the Christian Therapist paradigm you also have to deal with you can connect this person back to God. The purpose statement of the book is very clear - to provide Christian therapists a way to be passionately Christian and still remain clinically professional.

The information provided is very comprehensive. For each exercise there is a guiding scripture, objective, rational for use, instructions, vignette, suggestions for follow-up, contraindications, resources for professionals, resources for clients, and related scriptures. All of the activities are strongly Christian and Bible based. This fact alone makes it an excellent resource for any church pastor or other leader who is counseling in a church setting. It is also excellent for any therapist working with a client with a background in the Christian church. The exercises are honest and point out in the contraindications when it would not be appropriate. When an exercise makes presumptions as to the client's spiritual level or orientation the contraindications spell it out in the contraindications section.

The Christian Therapist's Notebook is an excellent resource for the Christian Therapist working with Christian clients and highly recommended for that purpose. The exercises are on target and integrate standard therapeutic principles into a Christian environment.
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Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
by Kerry Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the subject, October 14, 2007
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I'll start by saying that this is a really good book if you want to understand how people influence each other and how to use that information to your benefit. That being said, the beginning of the book can be an exercise in frustration. The authors mention several individuals and how they have influenced others to change whether as an individual or a whole community but they give no details of how it was done. It can leave you wondering if there is anything of practical value in the book. However, if you persevere and read through the book you will find that these questions are answered and you will come away with a much greater understanding of how influence works. By the time you're finished you will understand how to use the principles of influence to change your life and help others make positive changes in theirs. With clear examples of why common myths about influence don't work and why successes do work it is a very interesting read. This is one of the better books on influence that I have read it is highly recommended for business, civic, and community leaders as well as anyone else who needs to know how to get people to take action or think in a new direction.


Therapist's Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy VOL. 2 (Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health) (v. 1&2)
Therapist's Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy VOL. 2 (Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health) (v. 1&2)
by Catherine E. Ford Sori
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for therapists working with spiritually oriented clients, April 30, 2007
This is the second book in a two book set on this subject. Inside you will find not only solid advice but very practical homework, handouts and activities that can be integrated into a psychotherapeutic practice. The subjects Using Religion or Spirituality in Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy, The Internal Family Systems Model, Exploration of Adolescent and Adult Spirituality, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Religious Features, Enhancing Reliance on God as a Supportive Attachment Figure, Integrating Spirituality with Children and Families Experiencing Loss of a Parent, Exploring Spirituality with Children in Counseling, Online with Adolescent Spirituality,

Conducting a Spiritual Life Review with the Elderly, Assessing African-American Spiritual and Religious Orientation, Counseling with Jewish Clients and Families, Saints and Family Systems, Coping with Chronic Illness, Recovering from Fetal Loss, and Spirituality with Caregivers in Group Counseling.

All chapters follow the same basic format of background information, the rational for use, instructions, vignettes, contraindications, references, and lists of additional professional readings and resources. Throughout the book are illustrations, scales, self-assessment tests, and examples. With twenty-eight contributing professionals this is a collection of the thoughts and techniques of a wide range of practitioners who use practical psychotherapeutic techniques within the paradigm of the spiritually oriented client or therapist.

Practical, sensitive, and ethical The Therapist's Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling II is an essential resource for the Christian Counselor, Psychologist or any other professional wanting to integrate spirituality into counseling.


Therapist's Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling, Vol. 1: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy (Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health) (v. 1)
Therapist's Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling, Vol. 1: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy (Haworth Practical Practice in Mental Health) (v. 1)
by Karen B. Helmeke
Edition: Paperback
Price: $50.07
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resourse and required reading for working with religiously oriented clients, April 30, 2007
This is the first book in a two book set on this subject. Inside you will find not only solid advice but very practical homework, handouts and activities that can be integrated into a psychotherapeutic practice. The subjects covered include such critical topics as Spiritual Self-care of the Therapist, Ethical Use of Spirituality, Spirituality and Professional Disclosure, Mobilizing Spiritual Resources, The Spirituality Focused Genogram, the Impact of Abuse on Internalized God Images, and Developing Forgiveness. The editors also include chapters on Shame and Spirituality, using the Spiritual Journey in Recovery, Religious Humor in Therapy, Spiritual Autobiography, Scriptural Affirmations, Therapeutic Healing, Change through Contemplative Prayer, Overcoming Distress and Trauma in Christian Clients, and Using Spiritual Practices in Conjunction with Therapy,

All chapters follow the same basic format of background information, the rational for use, instructions, vignettes, contraindications, references, and lists of additional professional readings and resources. Throughout the book are illustrations, scales, self-assessment tests, and examples. With thirty-two contributing professionals this is a collection of the thoughts and techniques of a wide range of practitioners who use practical psychotherapeutic techniques within the paradigm of the spiritually oriented client or therapist.

Practical, sensitive, and ethical The Therapist's Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling is an essential resource for the Christian Counselor, Psychologist or any other professional wanting to integrate spirituality into counseling.
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The Trial of Innocence: Adam, Eve, and the Yahwist
The Trial of Innocence: Adam, Eve, and the Yahwist
by André LaCocque
Edition: Paperback
Price: $33.00
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, April 30, 2007
In this title author Andre LaCocque examines the story of Adam and Eve, the serpent, and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. However, he does not limit his discussion to the Old Testament account. Mr. LaCocque takes a vertical approach that includes information from many cultures before the time the story of Genesis was written down all the way through some more recent sources. In addition he takes a horizontal approach that examines the Yahwist's writings in the Hebrew Old Testament and compares it with the writings of other contemporaneous cultures while also examining it's application to the nation of Israel.

A scholarly text, it is not an exegetical study but a study of the source of the text and the common motifs presented. The Trial of Innocence is recommended to those who are interested in a cross-cultural perspective on this subject and an understanding of how the Garden of Eden story was affected by and in turn affected Israel.


Ageless Spine, Lasting Health: The Open Secret to Pain-Free Living and Comfortable Aging
Ageless Spine, Lasting Health: The Open Secret to Pain-Free Living and Comfortable Aging
by Kathleen Porter
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good information, worth the price, April 30, 2007
Are you plagued by aches and pains on a regular basis? Have you come to accept them as a normal part of everyday life? If so then this book may interest you very much. If not then the book may still interest you before you have those problems. Author Kathleen Porter examines how the spine should be aligned for continuing health and to prevent problems. This natural alignment creates a natural balance and comfort that makes the muscles of the body relaxed and comfortable because the spine correctly supports the body instead of the muscles trying to hold it up. She does an excellent job of describing exactly how the body was meant to work and how to return it to normal. The basic premise of this book is that with regular practice and awareness you can return your body structure to how it was meant to work. Ageless Spine, Lasting Health is a recommended read.


I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa (I Wish... / Quisiera...)
I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa (I Wish... / Quisiera...)
by Kathryn Heling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the essence of best friends, April 30, 2007
This is an absolutely delightful story that captures the essence of the common childhood desire to be just like your best friend. In this book the main character, Abby, not only wishes she had glasses like her friend Rosa but tries on glasses, imagines goggles to be glasses, and even tries to make them herself but it never quite works out the way she expects. The book is written in both English and Spanish and is a fun way to introduce children to another language. I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa is highly recommended and wonderfully illustrated. Be sure not to miss the companion book, I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby.


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