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Believing that something better exists than the mundane life, this is a memoir of two free spirits who set off on an adventure-filled road trip in search of deeper meaning, beauty, and an explanation for life. Many young men dream of such a trip, but few are brave enough to actually attempt it. Miller records the trip with wide-eyed honesty in achingly beautiful prose also discussing everything from the nature of friendship, the reason for pain, and the origins of beauty.
Starting just a few days after Jesus Christ snatched the faithful to heaven in The Vanishings (the first book in the Left Behind: The Kids series), Through the Flames opens with our four teen heroes shacked up in Judd's abandoned house. Judd, Vicki, and Lionel are still trying to convince Ryan that he should accept Christ if he knows what's good for him--Judd even makes Ryan go to church and Bible study as a condition of living with them. ("As long as you live under my roof, you follow my rules....") But even bigger problems are brewing. The four must stay on the lookout for the Antichrist, whom their Bible mentor Bruce says will trigger seven years of tribulation once he signs a pact with Israel. And Lionel has to investigate the mysterious circumstances of his drug-addled uncle's supposed death.
As the year comes to an ending, in the hour 'tween old and new, part the veil and let pass the spirits who would travel through. As Annie, Kate, and Cooper prepare for Samhain, or Halloween, they are filled with anticipation. It is a time when the veil between the worlds is thin, and those who have passed into the spirit world may be more easily contacted. Those Annie holds dear dwell behind this veil already -- will she find them on this eve of Wiccan celebration?
From the Book Jacket: Becky's life is coming undone. Evacuated from the Congo, missionary Becky Merrill returns to the only home she's ever known: Bay Island. Her heart longs for Africa; but plans for a new camp are made and she's chosen as director. Larry Newkirk has his hands full with the reality of police work, not to mention the job of island handyman. When he meets the faith-filled Becky, his soul and heart are tugged in an unexpected way. Larry begins to question his relationship with the Lord...and with Becky. When the camp's site is sabotaged and Becky's past resurfaces, can the Lord use a realist and a dreamer to accomplish His plans for future of ministry and romance? A Christian romance.
The second book in the Zion Legacy series. Jews struggle to preserve the newly-created nation of Israel.
It was during the summer of 1938 that Michael Cronin decided that his elder son, Paul, was to become president of the United States and that his younger son, Sean, was to become a priest and "probably a cardinal." The decision was made spontaneously, without reflection. Nonetheless, it was permanent and irrevocable.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, having sold more than a million copies since it was first published in English in 1927. Carl Jung wrote a commentary on it, Timothy Leary redesigned it as a guidebook for an acid trip, and the Beatles quoted Leary's version in their song "Tomorrow Never Knows." More recently, the book has been adopted by the hospice movement, enshrined by Penguin Classics, and made into an audiobook read by Richard Gere. Yet, as acclaimed writer and scholar of Buddhism Donald Lopez writes, "The Tibetan Book of the Dead is not really Tibetan, it is not really a book, and it is not really about death." In this compelling introduction and short history, Lopez tells the strange story of how a relatively obscure and malleable collection of Buddhist texts of uncertain origin came to be so revered--and so misunderstood--in the West.The central character in this story is Walter Evans-Wentz (1878-1965), an eccentric scholar and spiritual seeker from Trenton, New Jersey, who, despite not knowing the Tibetan language and never visiting the country, crafted and named The Tibetan Book of the Dead. In fact, Lopez argues, Evans-Wentz's book is much more American than Tibetan, owing a greater debt to Theosophy and Madame Blavatsky than to the lamas of the Land of Snows. Indeed, Lopez suggests that the book's perennial appeal stems not only from its origins in magical and mysterious Tibet, but also from the way Evans-Wentz translated the text into the language of a very American spirituality.
The expert on Tibetan Buddhism in the West offers a translation of this book of Tibetan philosophy that captures the true spirit and poetry of the original book that reveals the nature of the mind and its manifestations and offers pure enlightenment.
How did a society on the edge of collapse and dominated by wandering bands of armed men give way to a vibrant Buddhist culture, led by yogins and scholars? Ronald M. Davidson explores how the translation and spread of esoteric Buddhist texts dramatically shaped Tibetan society and led to its rise as the center of Buddhist culture throughout Asia, replacing India as the perceived source of religious ideology and tradition.
In this novel of Christmas past and present, 14 year old Marissa, too ill to rise from her bed, feels helpless rage because she must stay with Gran while her family goes to Hawaii for the holidays. Gran, mourning the recent death of her husband, confides an unhappy Christmas she experienced over a half century ago in a hospital in England where she suffered from pneumonia and abandonment by her fiancé. Marissa matures and grows close to her grandmother as she hears Gran's story of how she learned to forgive and embrace the unexpected opportunities God places in her path. Along with a kindly landlady, an overworked pastor, stranded American soldiers and an entire village, she draws upon newfound inner resources of ingenuity, determination and compassion as she joins the struggle to rescue over 300 war orphans. A vivid description of post World War II Britain, and triumph over personal loss, this story will warm your heart and. enhance your spiritual celebration of Christmas.
Finals week is approaching and Mac is still undecided on where to spend the holidays. Normally she'd go home to Scotland, but spending two weeks alone in the castle with her dad isn't as appealing as it used to be. So she invites Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani to join her for the holidays! Mac is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She even decides to organize the traditional Hogmany dance for New Year's Eve. If she can get her mother involved in the dance, maybe her parents will finally get back together. But when Mac and the girls arrive in Scotland, they are faced with bad news: the castle is falling apart and Mac's parents are struggling financially. Not only that, but Shani is in big trouble with Prince Rashid's royal family. Can the girls find a way to celebrate the holidays, get Mac's parents back together, save the castle, and rescue Shani from her relentless pursuers? There's only one way to find out ...
Coming Home David receives a hero's welcome from the family of a friend lost at Pearl Harbor. Hope and truth abound in their home and in the eyes of a young woman who sees only a hero in need of grace. Remember Me Stationed in the dangerous South Pacific, Erik Anderson fears the fiancee he left behind may have found someone new. Can a childhood dth--and a long-sought love-be renewed when his very survival is at stake? Shadow of His Wings While her husband, Collin, battles in the air over Europe, Melody Thompson must welcome their child into the world on her own. Scorned by her family, Melody longs to find forgiveness and face the future before her.... Parachutes and Lace Clara Campbell is thrilled to be working with the Red Cross in England until she discovers that her beloved Michael is to be shipped out within hours. With images of a "proper wedding" dancing through her head, will Clara's dreams disguise what matters most?
The familiar story of patriarch Jacob and his twelve sons comes to new life and power in this masterful retelling by Gilbert Morris. Joseph seems to be the one who will be chosen to carry on the family name and birthright, but Jacob makes a startling announcement: "The scepter will not depart from Judah until Shiloh comes..."
Kathy and Dan are just like any other couple . . . until a tiny gravestone with one name and one date brings to light a 9-year-old secret. A deeply moving story of forgiveness and one woman's struggle to reconcile herself with the haunting memory of abortion.
Omar and Sally are getting married. Nancy and Dannie decide to move to Timber Lane Cove to help the Taylor family. While cooking and caring for the seven Taylor children, Nancy dreams of her own home someday and writes letters to Andrew in Michigan. Dannie befriends Old Leo who is living in the hunting cabin in Byler's woods and takes his horse Silky for long rides in the woods and meadows. Join Nancy, Dannie, and their whole family as they experience daily adventures, life changes, and their abiding love for each other.
A winter vacation for the Sugar Creek Gang at the Snow Goose Lodge is full of surprises. In addition, the gang goes ice fishing, checks traps, encounters a wolf, and chases a bear.
Years of writing have won Wendell Berry the affection of a broad public. He is beloved for his quiet, steady explorations of nature, his emphasis on finding good work to do in the world, and his faith in the solace of family, memory, and community.
Who Is Stealing Your Time? Each day, there are things you know you have to do. Then there are things you really ought to do, plus things you desperately want to do. But how do we find time for it all? Stuart Briscoe, former senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, presents an outstanding commentary on evaluating our priorities so that the concerns of this world do not rob us of our valuable time. Prioritizing our lives isn't easy, particularly when we consider the conflict that can arise between doing what is good and being comfortable, popular, and profitable. But Briscoe calls Christians to boldly address any areas of selfishness and to begin to see life through kingdom eyes. When we do, our priorities will change to focus on goodness, righteousness, and truth."But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness." --Jesus (Matthew 6:33 ) It sounds great in theory to seek God's kingdom first, but is it really feasible? So many things rob your precious time that you wonder if you can afford to bump everything else in your life to secondary status. But this is not about prioritizing. This is a matter of heart. While you long for harmony in your harried schedule and significance amidst the busyness, God yearns to give them to you. Stuart Briscoe's insights will guide you to the focused, fulfilling life you long for. Because once you begin seeking the Lord before all else, all else simply falls into place. What are you waiting for? You have no time to waste. Story Behind the BookStu Briscoe travels more than he is home, so time is a premium for him and his wife, Jill. He has found that the only way to stay focused on his life and ministry is to put first things first and not allow those things that attempt to steal his time to succeed. Upon further study, he has discovered that the right approach to managing his time and priorities is really to put the right things first. By putting God's kingdom first and seeking His will, everything else falls naturally into place.From the Hardcover edition.
For the first time, Ruth Bell Graham shares the full story of her life and what it is like to be the wife of the most famous Christian evangelist of this century. Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diary accounts, and personal interviews with family and friends, Patricia Daniels Cornwell creates a richly detailed, deeply personal account of Ruth's transformation from spirited child of medical missionaries into a dynamic, highly motivated woman and major world figure. A Time for Remembering does not avoid the difficulties--maintaining a nurturing homelife in the face of outside pressures, her near-fatal accident--which have only affirmed her faith. What emerges is a loving portrait of a remarkable, vital Christian wife, mother, and woman with her own unsung ministry to the downtrodden.
The decision has been made. After 23 years of marriage, John and Abby Reynolds are getting a divorce. But before they can tell their children, their daughter joyfully announces that she's getting married! Postponing their news until after the wedding, they begin to wonder . . . can they find again the love they've lost?
Sequel to A Time to Dance...another excellent book about God's mercy and grace through trials and tradgedy
He'd seen the eyes whose sparkle teased him his entire life awash with tears of joy. Everyone knew Nessa wanted to be his wife-Nessa herself had made sure of it. So why did she flee what she claimed to have wanted so badly? Nothing is sure when it comes to women. Michael's words from earlier that day rose to his thoughts. Fair enough, Isaac allowed. But it wasn't unreasonable to assume that the woman who had been all but a man's betrothed since the cradle should accept his proposal. Really, asking the question itself was more a formality than anything else. To think he'd wasted so much thought and time in preparing his proposal! He kicked the stone upon which she'd sat, dislodging smaller pieces to rain on the grass beneath. How dare she refuse him? Nessa had led him on for years only to reject him when he came to the sticking point? Unbelievable! He strode through the woods, breaths coming fast and shallow as he stomped away from the site of his humiliation. Nessa was his by rights. Her willingness to be his bride was owed him. How could she turn her back on him as though his offer was hardly worth the breath it took her to refuse? Lord, I pushed aside my own desires to shoulder my responsibility to Nessa and our families. I longed to choose my own wife, lay the path Tdfollow, but knew it wasn't my place to flout the plan You had for me. I bowed to what I believed to be Your will. How could I make such a mistake?
Led by her mother's tragic death to become a nurse, Jacquelyn Wilkes finds it hard to fully trust the new doctor, Jonah Martin. Warm with patients but distant with his staff, could he be hiding something from his past? When Jonah becomes an ally in the fight against Jacquelyn's cancer, will she have enough strength to heal his haunting emotional wounds as well?
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