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The Beliefnet Guide to Gnosticism and Other Vanished Christianities

by Richard Valantasis

This authoritative, fully accessible guide to early Christian movements sheds light on the hidden histories and intriguing mysteries that fueled the extraordinary success of books ranging from Dan Brown's blockbuster The Da Vinci Code to Elaine Pagels's critically acclaimed Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas. From its earliest days, Christianity has been marked by a rich diversity of beliefs and practices. Different interpretations of Jesus' life and mission, as well as conflicting views about worship and rituals, gave rise to numerous sects in the first centuries C. E. Condemned as heretical by the official Church, these early movements were lost to history until the twentieth century, when the discovery of ancient documents opened a new perspective on the evolution of Christianity. The Beliefnet® Guide to Gnosticism and Other Vanished Christianities is a fascinating look at the diverse strands of the early Christian church. It examines the alternative Christian ideas propagated by the Gnostics, Sethians, Valentinians, Marcionites, Encratites, and Montanists, illuminating the philosophical sources and religious traditions that fostered them. Special attention is given to sects that presented the greatest challenges to the developing orthodoxy: the Hermeticists, the Manicheans, and the Neoplatonists. There are also thought-provoking discussions about the secret Gospel of Mark and the Gospels of Mary and Thomas, and the newly discovered Gospel of the Savior. From the premier source of information on religion and spirituality, the Beliefnet Guides introduce you to the major traditions, leaders, and issues of faith in the world today.

The Beliefnet Guide to Islam

by Hesham A. Hassaballa Kabir Helminski

This concise introduction to Islam offers a sophisticated and informative exploration of the history, beliefs, tenets, and practices of the second-largest religion in the world. There are 1. 3 billion Muslims in the world today, yet Islam remains a misunderstood faith. In this day and age, when issues related to Islam are dominating current affairs,The Beliefnet® Guide to Islamtakes readers into the heart of this global religion, describing its origins, its links to Judaism and Christianity, and its place and practices in the modern world. In clear, unbiased language, the authors outline the core beliefs that shape the daily lives of practicing Muslims: faith, prayer, charity, fasting and self-purification (during the period of Ramadan), and the Hajj (the annual pilgrimage to Mecca). They clarify the differences between the Sunni and the Shia, the two main branches of Islam, shedding light on a topic that has garnered attention during the current crises in Iraq and other parts of the Muslim world. Hassaballa and Helminski also look at the many misinterpretations of basic terms and beliefs that have had a serious impact on the relationship between Muslims and those who practice other religions, explaining such essentials as the meaning ofjihad,Islamic teachings on the role of women in society, and much more. From the premier source of information on religion and spirituality, the Beliefnet® Guides introduce you to the major traditions, leaders, and issues of faith in the world today.

Belli Beautiful

by Annette Rubin Melissa Schweiger

Pregnant women are used to hearing the warnings from their ob-gyns about which foods and medications to avoid, but surprisingly no one informs them about which skin care ingredients could be potentially harmful to their unborn child through topical absorption. Many of the ingredients used in beauty products are normally safe, but when applied during pregnancy are actually linked to birth defects and miscarriage. Exposing the hidden pitfalls of the products we use every day, expert Annette Rubin-- founder of Belli Skincare, the #1 beauty brand recommended by ob-gyns--and beauty writer Melissa Schweiger show moms how to detoxify their skincare regimens. They explain the ingredients to watch for on labels and identify the safest products across major brands. But pregnancy and motherhood doesn't have to mean a ban on beauty! Packed with essential guidance,Belli Beautifulhelps moms take the best care of their babies while still looking as fabulous as ever.

Belli Beautiful

by Annette Rubin Melissa Schweiger

Pregnant women are used to hearing the warnings from their ob-gyns about which foods and medications to avoid, but surprisingly no one informs them about which skin care ingredients could be potentially harmful to their unborn child through topical absorption. Many of the ingredients used in beauty products are normally safe, but when applied during pregnancy are actually linked to birth defects and miscarriage.Exposing the hidden pitfalls of the products we use every day, expert Annette Rubin-- founder of Belli Skincare, the #1 beauty brand recommended by ob-gyns--and beauty writer Melissa Schweiger show moms how to detoxify their skincare regimens. They explain the ingredients to watch for on labels and identify the safest products across major brands. But pregnancy and motherhood doesn't have to mean a ban on beauty! Packed with essential guidance, Belli Beautiful helps moms take the best care of their babies while still looking as fabulous as ever.

The Benefit and The Burden: Tax Reform-Why We Need It and What It Will Take

by Bruce Bartlett

A thoughtful and surprising argument for American tax reform, arguably the most overdue political debate facing the nation, from one of the most respected political and economic thinkers, advisers, and writers of our time.THE UNITED STATES TAX CODE HAS UNDERGONE NO SERIOUS REFORM SINCE 1986. Since then, loopholes, exemptions, credits, and deductions have distorted its clarity, increased its inequity, and frustrated our ability to govern ourselves. By tracing the history of our own tax system and assessing the way other countries have solved similar problems, Bruce Bartlett explores the surprising answers to all these issues, giving a sense of the tax code's many benefits--and its inevitable burdens. From one of the most respected political and economic thinkers, advisers, and writers of our time, The Benefit and the Burden is a thoughtful and surprising argument for American tax reform.

The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform--why We Need It and What It Will Take

by Bruce Bartlett

A thoughtful and surprising argument for American tax reform, arguably the most overdue political debate facing the nation, from one of the most respected political and economic thinkers, advisers, and writers of our time. The United States Tax Code has undergone no serious reform since 1986. Since then, loopholes, exemptions, credits, and deductions have distorted its clarity, increased its inequity, and frustrated our ability to govern ourselves. At its core, any tax system is in place to raise the revenue needed to pay the government's bills. But where that revenue should come from raises crucial questions: Should our tax code be progressive, with the wealthier paying more than the poor, and if so, to what extent? Should we tax income or consumption or both? Of the various ideas proposed by economists and politicians--from tax increases to tax cuts, from a VAT to a Fair Tax--what will work and won't? By tracing the history of our own tax system and by assessing the way other countries have solved similar problems, Bartlett explores the surprising answers to all of these questions, giving a sense of the tax code's many benefits--and its inevitable burdens. Tax reform will be a major issue debated in the years ahead. Growing budget deficits and the expiration of various tax cuts loom. Reform, once a philosophical dilemma, is turning into a practical crisis. By framing the various tax philosophies that dominate the debate, Bartlett explores the distributional, technical, and political advantages and costs of the various proposals and ideas that will come to dominate America's political conversation in the years to come.

Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management

by Carin A. Hagberg

Enhance your airway management skills and overcome clinical challenges with Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, 3rd Edition. Trusted by anesthesiologists, residents, and nurse anesthetists, this one-of-a-kind anesthesiology reference offers expert guidance on pre- and post-intubation techniques and protocols, from equipment selection through management of complications. Practice with confidence by consulting the only reference exclusively dedicated to airway management, and trusted by anesthesiologists, residents, and nurse anesthetists for up-to-date information on every aspect of the field. Focus on the most essential and practical information with a concise, how-to approach and case examples and analysis throughout. Apply the latest know-how with new chapters on video laryngoscopes and airway management during CPR, plus comprehensive updates throughout from Dr. Carin Hagberg and many new contributing experts on airway management. Select the most appropriate techniques for difficult cases using the latest ASA guidelines.

Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits

by Jack Murnighan

From Homer and Proust to "Beloved" and the Bible, "Beowulf on the Beach" is a user-friendly guide through the imposing world of literature.

The Beretta M9 Pistol

by Leroy Thompson Johnny Shumate

In 1990 the Beretta M9 replaced the venerable Colt 1911 as the main pistol of choice for the US Army. At the time the decision was controversial particularly because it was perceived that a smaller caliber weapon such as the Beretta would lack the necessary stopping power and range in comparison to the .45 caliber Colt. The situation was not helped by the rumour that the adoption of this Italian designed pistol was in exchange for the creation of US missile bases within Italy. Nonetheless, the Beretta, although not a perfect pistol, has since proved many of its distractors wrong with widespread use in Iraq and Afghanistan. Written by a leading pistol expert who currently trains US Special Forces in the use of this weapon, this book is an honest appraisal of the successes and failings of the Beretta design. The volume traces the Beretta designs, which preceded the M9 as well as its use on the battlefield, including the impact it has had on close combat training due to the larger magazine capacity. It also details the adoption of the Beretta by US law enforcement agencies and the impact this has had. This is a fascinating history of a classic pistol and its future use.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bertrand Russell's Dictionary of Mind, Matter and Morals

by Bertrand Russell

This dictionary contains more than 1000 selections from over 100 of Russell's books and articles. It serves as an introduction to Russell's brilliance in analysis, argument, and exposition which develops a clear notion of his method of approach, his fundamental principles and many of his leading ideas. Found here are definitions and terms reflected in the topics of mind, matter and morals.

The Best American Science Writing 2008

by Sylvia Nasar

Edited by Sylvia Nasar, bestselling author of A Beautiful Mind and former economics correspondent for the New York Times, The Best American Science Writing 2008 brings together the premiere science writing of the year. Distinguished by the foremost voices and publications--among them Pulitzer Prize-winner Amy Harmon, Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore, and award-winning and bestselling author Oliver Sacks--this anthology is a comprehensive overview of our most advanced and most relevant scientific inquiries.

The Best American Sports Writing 2000

by Dick Schaap Glenn Stout

As its tenth birthday approaches, THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING is at the top of its game. In the past decade, it has been hailed as "a must for any sports fan" and "a venerable institution" and has showcased promising new talents along with Pulitzer Prize winners such as David Halberstam, Richard Ford, and John McPhee. With the 2000 edition, best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning sports journalist Dick Schaap continues this tradition of excellence by bringing together the finest sports writing to appear in the past year. These pieces will delight fans of all athletic endeavors, from football to fishing, from basketball to birdwatching. From more than 350 publications, Schaap has chosen essays that reach beyond the scores to the people and emotions behind the game.

The Best American Sports Writing of the Century

by David Halberstam Glenn Stout

This collection captures not only the century's greatest moments in baseball, boxing, horse-racing, golf, and tennis, but also showcases the best sports journalists of the twentieth century.

Best Android Apps

by Brian Sawyer Mike Hendrickson

You can choose from thousands of apps to make your Android device do just about anything you can think of -- and probably a few things you'd never imagine. There are so many Android apps available, in fact, that it's been difficult to find the best of the bunch -- until now. Best Android Apps leads you beyond the titles in Android Market's "Top Paid" and "Top Free" bins to showcase apps that will truly delight, empower, and entertain you. The authors have tested and handpicked more than 200 apps and games, each listed with a description and details highlighting the app's valuable tips and special features. Flip through the book to browse their suggestions, or head directly to the category of your choice to find the best apps to use at work, on the town, at play, at home, or on the road. Discover great Android apps to help you: Juggle tasks Connect with friends Play games Organize documents Explore what's nearby Get in shape Travel the world Find new music Dine out Manage your money ...and much more!

The Best Bar Trivia Book Ever

by Michael O'Neill

The ultimate guide to becoming a bar trivia champion! Which NBA coach coined and trademarked the term "threepeat"? Which animal has four knees? Which famous candy bar is named for a U.S. president's daughter? Brimming with answers to popular questions like these, The Best Bar Trivia Book Ever arms you with the knowledge your team needs to annihilate your bar trivia competition. This must-have guide features hundreds of facts, covering everything from sports and pop culture to history and science, so that you're always ready to deliver the ultimate trivia smackdown. You'll also get all the ins and outs of your favorite event with information on important bar trivia rules, assembling a team, and claiming victories week after week. Whether you're new to the scene or want to dominate at your local bar, this book will help your team outsmart the competition every single week!

The Best Book of Useless Information Ever

by Noel Botham

From the creators of the #1 New York Timesbestseller The Book of Useless Informationcomes another enlightening, entertaining, and ultimately useless assortment of trivia. If you find yourself transfixed by the most trivial of trivia, or mesmerized by the most minor of minutiae, The Useless Information Society's latest findings can satisfy your every need. This wide-ranging collection will fill every nook and cranny of your brain with information you'll surely never need, but will enjoy learning anyway! Did you know. . . - that penguins can jump six feet out of the water? - that everyone is color-blind at birth? Would you care to know. . . - what the first meal eaten on the moon was? - what country drinks the most Coca-Cola? (Hint: It's not the United States. ) In 1995, a secret society was formed comprising Britain's foremost thinkers, writers, and artists to trade and share in useless information (or, as founding member Keith Waterhouse, playwright and journalist, would have it, "totally bloody useless").

The Best Business Books Ever

by Basic Books

Every manager could benefit from a solid grounding in the history and evolution of business thinking. The Best Business Books Ever is a uniquely organized guide and an illuminating collection of key ideas from the 130 most influential business books of all time. It places both historical and contemporary works in context and draws fascinating parallels and points of connection. Now fully revised and more than 30 percent bigger, this one book highlights the information you need to know and why it's important to know it, and does it all in a succinct, time-saving fashion. Business moves faster than ever these days. For the businessperson who has a growing list of tomes that they can never quite seem to get to, The Best Business Books Ever is a must-have.

The Best Four Years

by Adam Shepard

How do I make the absolute most of college? What are the pitfalls and opportunities? How do I walk away with more than just a piece of paper? Adam Shepard pursued the American dream with only twenty-five dollars in his pocket in Scratch Beginnings. Now he turns his attention to higher education to help you make the most out of your four (or five or six) years in college. Drawing on his visits to campuses across the country, expert advice, and his own rewarding college experience, Adam explores the most pressing concerns of today's university students and examines the many aspects (and surprises) of college living. From transitioning to a life away from home to managing on a tight budget; from the necessity of scheduling to taking your health seriously; from the subtleties of campus social life to the dos and don'ts of networking, Adam offers hope, motivation, and direction to help you sail smoothly through the best four years of your life and beyond.

Best Girlfriends Getaways Worldwide

by Marybeth Bond

Each chapter takes off with stories of women who traveled with girlfriends to celebrate, grow, challenge themselves, or simply enjoy every moment to its fullest. They ran marathons to support favorite causes, cycled through Ireland, volunteered in Montana, overnighted at a French chateau. One woman recounts how she broke through her culinary comfort zone, telling behind-the-scenes stories of a weeklong cooking class in Tuscany. An altruistic adventurer describes her life-affirming volunteer vacation with a close friend, delivering books to schools in rural Nepal. The information-packed chapters suggest once-in-a-lifetime exotic escapes, trips to the world's best cities, cultural hot spots, places to learn and stretch your mind, canal and river trips, and great culinary getaways. Each concludes with a targeted how-to section featuring websites and contact information to help readers set off on their own adventures.

Best iPad Apps

by Peter Meyers

What really wows iPad fans is when their touchscreen does what's impossible on other gadgets: the finger-painting app that turns a cross-country flight into a moving art class, the mini music studio (two-dozen instruments strong, each with motion-induced warble effects), and the portable fireworks display that you sculpt by swiping. Problem is, with tens of thousands of apps available for your iPad, who knows what to download? You can try to sort through a gazillion customer reviews with a mix of 5- and 1-star ratings, but that's a head-hurting time-waster. The stakes are getting higher, too: instead of freebies and 99-cent trinkets, the price of iPad apps is steadily creeping up and beyond their iPhone predecessors. Best iPad Apps guides you to the hidden treasures in the App Store's crowded aisles. Author Peter Meyers stress-tested thousands of options to put together this irresistible, page-turner of a catalog. Inside these pages, you'll find apps as magical as the iPad itself. Flip through the book for app suggestions, or head directly to one of several categories we've loaded up with "best of" selections to help you: Get work done Manipulate photos Make movies Create comics Browse the Web better Take notes Outline ideas Track your health Explore the world No matter how you use your iPad, Best iPad Apps will help you find the real gems among the rubble -- so you make the most of your glossy gadget.

Best Jobs for the 21st Century

by Michael Farr Laurence Shatkin

This book features the 500 jobs with the best pay, fastest growth, and most openings and presents almost 70 "best jobs" lists.

Best Little Stories from the White House

by C. Brian Kelly

Behind the White House's impressive facade lies the long history of the men who have lived and governed within it's walls. From births to deaths, weddings to funerals, the White House has seen it all. In Best Little Stories from the White House, author C. Brian Kelly takes us on a tour of the White House's fascinating history, giving us a glimpse of the most memorable presidential moments: Theodore Roosevelt 's children once snuck their pony upstairs in the White House elevator to cheer up their sick brother. Winston Churchill once suffered a minor heart episode while struggling with a stuck window in the White House. John Quincy Adams was known to skinny-dip in the Potomac. Woodrow Wilson liked to chase up and down the White House corridors playing "rooster fighting" with his daughter Nellie.

Best-Loved Chinese Proverbs

by Theodora Lau Laura Lau Kenneth Lau

"By filling one's head instead of one's pocket, one cannot be robbed." The appeal of Chinese proverbs is profound and universal. With brevity, clarity, and simplicity, these carefully chosen words help pass wisdom and insight throughout the ages. This timeless, eloquent collection of proverbs offers fundamental truths about the natural world and the human condition, on subjects such as: Ability Adversity Beauty Character Conflict Cooperation Deception Defeat Fortune Greed Happiness Honor Inspiration Knowledge Leadership Love Moderation Necessity Neighbors Obstinacy Opportunity Perseverance Pride Sincerity Strategy Success Thought Trust Victory Wisdom And More "With our thoughts we must build our world."

Best Newspaper Writing 1981

by Roy P. Clark

Best Newspaper Writing 1981 celebrates the winners of the ASNE's Distinguished Writing Awards, including the Jesse Laventhol Awards, created to honor deadline reporting. It includes interviews with the winners about their craft; the work of 17 other writers who share the lessons they learned; study questions useful to students, teachers, and working journalists; a bibliography; and essays to help readers improve their writing.

The Best of Guerrilla Marketing

by Jay Levinson Jeannie Levinson

Cash in with Guerrilla Marketing's Greatest HitsUpdated, adapted, remastered...The Father of Guerrilla Marketing, Jay Conrad Levinson, and co-author Jeannie Levinson, present you with the only book to deliver The Best of Guerrilla Marketing-a combination of the latest secrets, strategies, tactics, and tools from more than 35 top selling Guerrilla Marketing books.When they write the history of marketing thought, Jay doesn't get a page... he gets his own chapter.Seth Godin, author of Poke the BoxThis book is the culmination of Guerrilla Marketing's huge footprint on the marketing landscape. Keep it on top of your desk-it will become your marketing bible. -Jill Lublin, international speaker and author, Jilllublin.comFor business survival in the 21st century, Guerrilla Marketing ranks right up therewith food, water, shelter - and, of course, Internet access.David Garfinkel, author of Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich21 million entrepreneurs around the world, including me and most of my clients & friends, owe a debt of gratitude to Jay Conrad Levinson for his inspiring Guerrilla Marketing advice and mentoring.Roger C. Parker, www.PublishedandProfitable.com

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