The ultimate survivors that have flourished in the most difficult of circumstances, rats have a long history of being the smartest rodent in the room! Rats are growing more and more popular as pets for adults and children alike. Having raised and trained rats for over forty years, Miriam Fields-Babineau, in her book Rat Training, teaches rat owners to harness that intelligence through a reward and clicker system of training. An avid proponent of reward-based positive-training techniques, the author explains how to create a successful learning environment for your rat as you teach him how to come on command, jump through a hoop, walk on a leash, stand on his hind legs, and much more. Illustrated with color photographs by Evan Cohen and Virginia Broitman, Rat Training includes tips on what to look for when buying a rat, how to care for your new pet, and how to acclimate your rat to other household pets. In the chapter called Rat Manner,” the author describes how rats think and their social organizations and behavior. Fields-Babineau has trained rats for various purposes, including working in movies, and her chapter called The Great Rat Race” describes the demands of rat shows and acting careers for rats. The chapter called Scurry and Hurry” is devoted to agility training and trick training (such as shoulder riding). Resources and glossary included.
Devil On A Leash is a thriller. Set during the liberal times of rebellion in the late 1960's. Lucifer 'Louis' Blue, is a lost soul. He has been paid to mercilessly kill for so long, that Louis no longer appreciates any moral codes or principles. Yet all this is about to change, when his paymasters bring him in with details of a new mission. Louis, with his accomplice Sarah Caitlin, undertakes an assignment that sees them travel to many countries, searching for stolen Rembrandts on behalf of a mysterious Dutch war veteran. Things however, aren't all that they seem. Not only is history being re-written, but soon, Louis finds himself having to come to terms with betrayal, revenge and murder, and also, for the first time in his life, the meaning of love. With a historical backdrop, the book highlights that even for lost souls there is sometimes a path to light that is not always obvious from the outset.
Sensitivity training is a therapeutic method that is gaining ground both as a means of personal development and of resolving supposed or real communication problems between individuals within organizations. Its goal, as the name implies, is to make participants more sensitive to one another, to cultivate mutual respect, and, through role-playing games and interaction in which complete honesty is a precondition, to release participants from inhibitions and frustrations embedded in their social wiring as a result of their individual social backgrounds. In the organizational context, the sense of unity that group members develop during training, according to those who advocate the method, increases overall performance. But do these training programs really make participants more sensitive? Do people really benefit? Is it sensible to take part in a program whose slogan is, 'Not I, but the group?' And for the Christian, how does this equate with Paul's confession, 'Not I, but Christ?' Can a Christian remain standing if he refuses to bow to group morality, choosing instead to follow the law of Christ?
Reverend G. Hette Abma is a pastor in the Netherlands. He is also a member of the editorial board of 'Israel and the Church' and editor at 'Prophetic Perspective', a Dutch Christian magazine.
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